As I have shared before we are HUGE Little House Fans. We have been watching the series episode by episode as a family (we are on season 6). We are studying Little House on the Prairie with our homeschool group all school year for Co-op, and of course, we love reading the books! So, when my oldest daughter requested a Little House on the Prairie birthday, I was happy to oblige.
I began by googling and checking out websites for reference and ideas. I was surprised to only find two blogs that really shared how to throw a Little House Party. The posts were great, and we were able to glean many ideas, but not all of them worked for us, and we wanted to make her 10th birthday party our own.
So, here are some ideas to help you throw a Little House Birthday Party!
Little House on the Prairie Invitations
We loved the invitations that this blogger shared on her site! I tried to make some similar to that, but it didn’t work out very well. Instead, I used picmonkey and some clip art images to create an invitation that worked for us. We printed them out, and I let her glue them onto small pieces of card stock and hand out to her friends.
We told all guests that if they wanted to, they could dress in prairie girl dresses, long skirts, aprons, bonnets, or similar attire.
Little House on the Prairie Decorations and Food
We went super simple for party decorations and purchased red and white checkered table cloths, simple vases and mason jars, and flowers that they could have picked during Laura’s time. We also purchased one washboard, and borrowed a tub for decoration at the gift table.
My daughter was set on staying true to Laura’s time period. Therefore, the menu consisted of water, lemonade, watermelon, and pies. We had some friends help us with baking pies, and they even made them from scratch (mine came from afar….Wal-Mart!). No chips, hot dogs, or pop were allowed.
She did allow a cake, and I thought our friends out did themselves with this one! Isn’t it fantastic?
Games and Activities from Little House on the Prairie
There are so many great ideas for games in this time period! We really wanted to have a washboard and tubs and let the kids “wash clothes” but washboards are expensive (who knew?) and it didn’t work out.
Instead, we ended up having three games. Sack races, Hula Hoop races and a Jump Rope contest. The kids all had a blast! The games were simple, inexpensive, and very accurate to the time period.
And that was our super simple (and inexpensive) Little House Party! Overall, the kids had a great time and Alyson said it was her best party ever!
For more ideas on games, activities and decorations check out these websites:
Are you ready to throw a Little House on the Prairie Party?