We love Disney’s latest princess movie Brave. My daughter Ava looks a whole like Merida. She’s sassy like her too. My husband (The Spice) teases me as her Da, Fergus tease her Mum. The Celtic theme pulls at our heart-strings too.
When, my friend Brooke asked me to help plan her daughter’s Brave birthday bash, I jumped in with both feet. I went straight to Pinterest for inspiration. We found incredibly creative recipes. Unfortunately, Jordan has many food allergies. Centering the party around cute food was out of the question.
We needed games. Games worthy of a feisty princess’ own hand. Exit the mothers. Enter Brook’s husband Bill. He looked to the Highlands to inspire these Brave Party Games.
Party guests, “claimed their clan” as they arrived. The kids donned a corresponding green or purple tartan sash. The sashes later divided the group into two teams for the The Brave Party Games.
The first game was a classic sack race. Bill ran the race like an official referee. He used a clip board to keep track of the kids and events. He paired the competitors up by size to keep the games fair.
The parents and other contestants went wild cheering for “their” clan.
Then the kids tried their hand at archery. This was the most brilliant idea of the entire party. The kids threw water balloons at the hand painted target instead of using lethal bows and arrows. Such a cleaver idea.
Bill, the master of ceremonies, poured on the excitement by dramatically totaling the points for each team. He astonished the masses by declaring a tie. All “master archers” received a reward sticker for their achievement.
Next up, a game created by the guest of honor: Team Balloon Pop. ( I love these children and their imaginations!)
Out came half a dozen large lawn bags filled with purple and green balloons. The team that popped their balloons first, won. Several balloons had candy hidden inside for extra team points.
The cleaver hosts then challenged the kids to pick up the most balloon scraps. Which the kids did!!!
Last but not least was the Feat of Strength. The teams rolled Boccie Balls to see whose could go the furthest. The ball colors were a match to the team sashes. A pure stroke of luck.
The kids and parents had a great time participating in the Brave Party Games.
We left the Brave Party Games exhausted but happy. A sign of a great party.