Cheerleading Birthday Party

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Invitations

Send invitations 2-3 weeks in advance. Your invited guests will know that they're in for a fun-filled party when they receive a festive invitation.

Make your own invites using cardstock paper and gel pens. Cut cards in the shape of a megaphone. Use your gel pen to write on the front: "Give me a P" "Give me an A" "Give me an R" "Give me a T" "Give me a Y" "What's it spell?"

Then on the inside write, "PARTY and it's for _____ ! Show your birthday spirit and join us...(then include party details)." You can also spell the party girls name instead of  PARTY. Place a small amount of tissue confetti in the envelope, or card before sealing.

Party Decorations

This cheerleading party will include jumping, tumbling and other activities. First, be sure to designate a space in your home, by arranging furniture and other items. Show your school or team spirit by using a matching color scheme. Use standard decorations; streamers, balloons, confetti etc.

Create a table centerpiece, using a set of cheerleading pom-poms and a weighted balloon bouquet.

Activities

"Ready, set, let's go!

Upon arrival, help the guests put their hair in pony tails, add ribbons and special hair ties. Keep hygiene in mind, by purchasing inexpensive individual hairbrushes for each guest, from your local dollar store. Provide a light make-over, or face glitter and the girls are ready to go!

Birthday poster

While the girls are waiting for their makeover, they can fashion a special poster for the birthday girl. Provide a flat surface, large sheet of poster board with the birthday girl's name already written, stickers, markers and /or gel pens. Encourage them to get creative by writing special birthday cheers.

A Special Guest

Your guests will be enthralled when a real cheerleader or two comes to give them a demonstration and lesson. If you know a high school cheerleader hire her and a friend or two to visit your party. If you don't know a cheerleader personally, you can ask a teenage friend if she is acquainted with a cheerleader or call your local high school squad leader. Plan the rest of your party schedule around the special guest.

Personalized pennant

Guests will show their creative spirit with this fun party craft! Before the party, cut a pennant shape for each guest. We recommend using craft foam, for easy cutting and gluing. Supply craft foam sticker shapes and letters, permanent markers in bright colors, glues sticks and other decorating supplies.

Pom-poms

No cheerleader would be complete without her pom-poms! Although pom-poms are easy to come by and inexpensive, this is a fun additional party craft you may choose to add. Because the girls will need their pom-poms for cheering...this activity should be done before the special guest arrives, or the girls make-up their own cheers. You'll need:

  • sheets of colored and white tissue paper, 8 per guest
  • several pairs of sharp scissors
  • rubber bands, chenille stems, ribbon or colored tape.

1. First, provide 4 sheets of tissue paper for each pom-pom. Stack the sheets and lay them flat. Fold about 6 inches from the top to make the the pom-poms an appropriate length - about 14 inches long.

2. Then fold again in the other direction, from the side, until you are left with a roll of tissue paper about 3 inches wide, by 14 inches long.

3. Hold one end of the tissue roll and cut strips, leaving about 3-4 inches uncut. This will be the handle. Secure the end with a rubber band. Then if you want, wrap the handle with ribbons, or colored tape.

Let's cheer

Help the girls develop their own basic cheerleading routine to practice and perform. Add music, dance steps and maybe some pre-written cheers to help them get started. Keep the age group and abilities in mind.

Treats

Serve up some fun with treats you'd find at sporting events; hot dogs, chips, popcorn and bottles sports drink. Add healthier menu items with a veggie and dip platter, or fruit kabobs.

Birthday cake for cheerleaders: It's easy to cut a sheet cake into the shape of a megaphone. Frost the cake and edge it with a contrasting color.

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