if anyone has any suggestions of games and stuff that i can put together i would be ever so grateful. it is my son's twelfth birthday on saturday, and we are having about 26 kids over to celebrate it. also, it is a going away party as we are moving a few days before school is finished for him and so he's going to miss the whole social thing that happens the last day.
the problem is that we are really short of space inside, and really really short of money.
so far i have decided to do it in the late evening, around eight oclock or so, outside (that way i dont have to feed them dinner, only snacks). i have tons of rope lights and im going to run them around the fence in my yard, and set up some music out there. i also have a chimminea for warmth . but im struggling for ideas for games and such to keep the kids focused and out of mischief . as they are a bunch of tweens, i can just see them standing around the fence with punch cups saying "this is Sooooo lame" and that would really suck.
i thought about doing a thing where you blindfold all the boys and have a girl pick one to dance and see if the boy can guess who he was dancing with. i also wanted to have some contests to give away little prizes...like the craziest dance, or something.
i am also having a guestbook by the door set up with a camera, so my son can have his pic taken with each of his friends, then i will send everyone a copy once we are moved. of course, there will also be a group pic.
anyhow, what im looking for are some more ideas on how to keep these little 's engaged and out of trouble. or some ideas for cool snacks or games or decorations or whatever. any help right now would be appreciated!