Party Food

Finger foods are what children like best and eat best

This would include sandwiches, such as cream cheese and olive, tuna, peanut butter and jelly, buttered raisin bread, and egg salad.

It's a good idea to make several kinds and to cut the whole sandwiches into fourths.

Carrot sticks, celery sticks, pieces of cauliflower, and green-pepper rings offer a variety in vegetables.

Pitted ripe olives are a favorite with most children, and if you want to make yourself popular, give each child ten, to stick on the ends of each finger. If you don't feel so generous, put a carrot stick through two or three.

Potato chips, corn chips, cheese puffs, etc.

Jello with fruit added can be molded in paper muffin cups and served with plastic throw-away spoons.

A five-cent bag of salted peanuts, a box of raisins, or a package of animal cookies can be eaten at the party or taken home (children like to take things home).

If you are going to serve the birthday cake at the party, cut very small pieces with assurances that they can have more.

Cupcakes served with a lighted candle are often more fun for the guests.

Ice-cream cups are the easiest to have at a party, but maybe your child has his heart set on orange popsicles. Popsicles, cones, and bars are all very drippy and better for outside eating.

Orange juice or apple juice could replace milk at the party luncheon or supper. Half root beer and half milk is another good party drink. Or chocolate milk with a dipper of ice cream. Cut paper straws in half if you are using paper cups.

Two Successful Parties For Preschoolers

The Barbecue. A cook-your-own-hot-dog party for warm-weather birthdays.

Invitations could be written on brown wrapping paper.

Food: Hot dogs, buns, potato salad, relishes, cokes in bottles, and ice cream sandwiches or marshmallows.

Favors: If mothers have time and like to sew, they can make aprons for the girls and chef's aprons for the boys. Red neckerchiefs and neckerchief slides would suit both sexes. Crepe-paper lariats from the dime store are fun and suitable for the occasion.

The Circus Party

Invitations: Blow up balloons and write time and place, etc., with colored poster paints. The host can deliver the balloons in the neighborhood. State on invitation "Bring your bike, trike, or wagon or wild animals." (A goldfish, turtle, dog, cat, and little sister qualify as wild animals.)

Dressing up: Some children dress up only for Halloween, and some children play-act a different character every day with costume; most children are glad to get a chance to do it more often. Boys who don't want to wear their spook costumes to this party can come as cowboys, Indians, or pirates. Tarzan is easy and a good costume for summertime. The tattooed man can wear shorts and poster-paint decorations.

Girls can wear dress-up clothes from mother's closet, or be a queen, an angel, a witch or a squaw with few materials and lots of imagination. Dancing girls can wear their best Sunday-School dress and patent leather shoes. A fat lady stuffs a pillow under big sister's dress and draws the belt tight

Other costume ideas are listed in the Holiday section under "Halloween."

Activities And Games

Cut one-inch strips of colored crepe paper and let the children decorate their trikes or wagons and have a parade down the block or around the patio.

Make a peanut lei for each child by stringing shelled peanuts on a heavy thread. (Children can help with this.)

Fishing for surprises-To make the pole, attach string to any sturdy stick, and on the end of the string fasten a small paper bag with a safety pin. A sheet hung over backs of chairs, or a clothesline, conceals the "fish." Gifts such as bubble gum, rabbit's feet, bean shooters, whistles, magnets, make the fishermen happy.

Pin the Nose on BoBo-The same as pin the tail on the donkey, except you draw a clown face on a sheet of cardboard and use red-circle noses to see who gets the closest (Most children who have reached four don't mind being blindfolded.)

Clown hats-This could be the favor if it is a birthday party. Form a cone from a sheet of paper 12" x 18". Trim and staple together. Decorate the hat by pasting circles or long strips of paper, or paint, or crayon designs. Use a crepe-paper tassle at the top and attach ribbons on each side so it can tie under the chin.

Food

Sandwiches, relishes, pink lemonade, popcorn in white paper bags.

Ice-cream clown-turn an ice-cream cone upside down on a dipper of ice cream which is on a paper plate. In the ice cream, make a face with red hots, gum drops, or raisins.

Circus cakes-Use animal crackers or plastic animals from the dime store around the edges of a frosted cake. Use graham-cracker crumbs on the top and around the bottom of the cake for sawdust effect or

Merry-go-round Cake-Use eight or ten colored candy sticks around the edge of the cake. On top of the sticks is an inverted paper plate, the top of which has been frosted like the cake. Use animal crackers or plastic animals at each candy-stick pole to resemble merry-go-round animals.

It's nice, occasionally, to have a party that isn't a birthday.

The following party suggestions can justifiably be called "in-formals."

The Hose Party: All the children are invited to come over and run through the hose or sprinkler. Tell them to wear their swimming suits and bring a towel and pair of shorts. Water pistols would make a good favor. Probably the only time everyone had a water pistol at the same time.

The Watermelon-Hose Party: Same as the Hose Party except first you eat watermelon, run through the sprinkler, turn the water off, change into dry clothes, and have surprises for each child hidden in the sandbox. Surprises could be magnets, soap bubbles, or a four-piece balsa-wood glider.

The Paper-bag Party: Pack everyone's lunch in a paper bag and help the children decide where a good place to eat (outside) would be. This could also be called "camping" if you provide a few blankets and a thermos of something.

A Cookie-making Party (for a small crowd): It's not really a cookie-making party, it's a cookie-decorating party, because the dough is all made. But they get to roll it out and use the cutters and squirt tubes, and they get to spread icing on them when they are baked and then decorate them with colored sugar, raisins, gum drops, and cinammon drops. And they get to keep the cookies they made, to take home and eat Whether a cookie-making party is a success or not depends on several things. A big enough table to work on, enough materials to work with, and a mother. Valentine's Day, Easter, and Christmas are good times to make cookies, but a Santa Claus in the middle of July tastes good to little children, too.