How to have an Egyptian theme birthday party for kids
Here's a party idea that mummy would approve: an Egyptian inspired birthday party!
As kids parties go, this party is an educational opportunity inspire wonder and
excitement about ancient Egypt. So go ahead and throw an Egyptian party, because
your little archaeologist will surely "dig" this idea.
The mystique of King Tut, the glamour of Cleopatra, and the elegance of Nefertiti is
yours with poetic license to incorporate the great pyramids, giant sphinx, ancient
mummies, scarabs, and love of cats. Who cares if there's a few thousand years in
between King Tut and Cleopatra. Here's how to party like an ancient Egyptian:
- Think mummy, think. Halloween is the perfect season to start thinking about
your Egyptian party. You'll find mummy pretzel molds, skull cake and gelatin
molds, mummy candies, and mummy decorations. Egyptian gummy mummy
candies, above, are available year round, but they sell quickly. They make
- Walk like an Egyptian. You're probably already singing the tune in your head, so
load your MP3 player with the '80s classic Bangles song, and from the '70s try
Steve Martin's comical "King Tut" to get the party started.
- Transform guests into Egyptians. Involve party goers in your theme by helping
them dress up Egyptian style:
- Set up a makeup station or hire a face painter to give kids Egyptian eyes.
- Wrap gold fabric wire into snake like upper arm bracelets.
- Cut paper towel rolls into cuffs and spray paint them gold.
- Create Egyptian collars for guests from heavy card stock spray painted and
jeweled with sequins.
- The birthday kid should have a special Egyptian costume. Right, the Egyptian
costume for girls will inspire her to "Walk like an Egyptian." Below you'll find
more Egyptian costume ideas.
How to decorate for an Egyptian Party
Make yours a "House of Anubis" filled with Egyptian intrigue. Here are some ideas to
get you started transforming your space Nile style:
- Make it a golden opportunity. Ancient Egyptians coveted gold possibly even more
than we do today, so make gold the mainstay of your Egyptian party. Drape
gold lame material you find at the fabric store to create a special chair for the
birthday kid. Decorate with gold mylar balloons, displays of pottery tipped with
candy coins or plastic pirate dubloons, and bake cupcakes in golden baking
cups. See our golden party food ideas for more.
- Draw like an Egyptian. Create an ancient atmosphere by stenciling hieroglyphics
onto butcher block paper or hang white sheets with hieroglyphics. This is an
inexpensive way to transform a space in Egyptian style. Consider decorating
table cloths, invitations and more. Left, you'll find small Egyptian stencils with a
variety of symbols.
- Invite palm trees into your home decor. Make a grand entrance with phoenix
Palm trees, right, which you can use as home decor for years to come. These
quality palms measure 6'H x 3'W and come in the rectangular plastic pots. For
an evening party, string white lights.
- Construct a pyramid. The cutout of the great pyramids, right, stands eight feet
tall and comes folded with detachable easel for free standing viewing pleasure.
Pair it with the palm trees for the ultimate Egyptian party decor.
- Get boxed in! Make a Pyramid box centerpiece. See the full article on eHow. Or
buy the book "Make your Own Pyramid," left. Provides information on creating a
simple play pyramid from the cover and insides of the book, colour in and cut
out the black and white figures and Egyptian items to complete the Pyramid
- Wave Palm fronds: Assign daddy to fan the kids with real or artificial palm
fronds. Around Palm Sunday you'll find artificial palm fronds at the local Dollar
Tree stores. Kids love fanning each other with these, Egyptian style. At your
local party supply check the luau section for artificial palms too. Or ask your
florist to supply you with real fronds for the party.
- More party decoration ideas:
- Fit for a Pharoah: Make an Egyptian style throne for the birthday kid by spray
painting an old chair gold.
- Create an Oasis. An Egyptian Pool Party? Why not turn the pool into an oasis in
Egyptian Party favors
Trying to plan an Egyptian birthday party? Forget the Nile, go to Amazon! Here's how
to make the best goody bags with favors from ancient Egypt:
- Dover Little Activity books: You'll find an array of Egyptian inspired mini books
that make wonderful favors. At around $1.50 each, these are available in just
about any quantity you need. The Egyptian Activity book, left, has 33 illustrated
puzzles with mummies, gods and goddesses, kings and queens. Activities
include completing crossword puzzles, finding the differences between two
similar pictures, connecting dots, and more. See also the Egyptian tattoos,
right, as well as stencils and stickers.
- Egyptian silly bands, top, are a unique solution to finding themed favors. Find
them at the top of the page.
- Egyptian figurines: Egyptian figurines are hard to find. Divvy up the Ancient
Egyptian Toob, right, which includes replicas of nefertiti, bastet, tutankhamen,
isis, amulet, mummy case, scarab, pyramids, sphinx, thoth, anubis and
- Egyptian bookmarks on Papyrus. Give real papyrus bookmarks encased in thin
plastic. Both educational and intricately designed, you'll love the wholesale lot
of 10 bookmarks, pictured left, because it's just $4. Slip them into favor bags,
invitations or thank you cards.
Egyptian Party Invitations and Thank You Cards
If you're making your own invitations, consider adding the fun of hieroglyphs to the
envelopes, invitations and thank you cards. To give you an authentic Egyptian look,
get the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Fun with Hieroglyphs book, left, which includes
an alphabet chart, 24 hieroglyphic stamps and ink pad. Use them to write messages,
create designs, and make cards.
- Make your own Papyrus invitations: A sheet of real papyrus is expensive, but you
can use tea to stain paper like papyrus, then use hieroglphy stencils, right by
dover to decorate your home made papyrus.
- Egyptian foam stickers: Decorate envelopes and cards with Egyptian foam
stickers, left. Or use them for a craft activity. These foam stickers look terrific on
a simple white craft box available at Michael's Art supply. You'll be hard pressed
to find these stickers anywhere else. There are a variety of stickers of
hieroglyphics, Sphinx heads, camels, pottery, scarabs and more.
- Write your invitations in hieroglyphs: Find a Hieroglyph alphabet as a code and
have guests decode a short message. Or write each guests name as a
hieroglyph to give a personal touch to your invitation. Remember to write
vertically, not horizontally in traditional hieroglyph style.
- Wording ideas for an Egyptian Party:
- The Pharoah invites you to party at the Temple of Birthday to celebrate
Alexandra's tenth birthday
- Join us Saturday August 22 at 4:00 before the Pyramid closes
- Temple: 123 main street
- RSVP Alexandra's Mummy at 867-5309
- Wording ideas for the thank you cards:
- If late: I was "wrapped up" and almost forgot to thank you for coming to
my party. (Affix a picture of mummy or of a picture taken from the party
Egyptian Party Food Ideas
When it comes to the food at your Egyptian party for kids, you don't need to be
authentic. Most kids simply won't be open to new ethnic foods, so instead give your
kids the flair of the Egyptian nile with themed party foods shaped like a mummy, a
sphinx, or a pyramid. Here's how to prepare a feast fit for your little Pharoah:
- Yummy Mummies: Make yummy mummy cookies with sugar icing, or dip a nutter
butter in white or dark chocolate. Even easier, buy the gourmet Chocolate
Nutter Butter cookies, left, found on Amazon.
- Pyramid cakes: A pyramid cake is an easy choice for the party, but cutting the
cake won't be so easy, so bake individual pyramid cakes. Another option is to
bake a gingerbread pyramid with treats inside. Be sure to decorate with palm
trees and camels.
- Mummified poporn: Fill a sandwich bag with a snack mix of kettle corn, and
sweet and savory treats such gummy worms and pretzel twists. Secure the
bag to a Popsicle stick with tape, wrap in gauze, draw eyes, and tie with a
pretty curling ribbon. This is a fun treat to unwrap at the party, but it also
makes a nice favor.
- Candy Kebabs: While the Kebab is a traditional Egyptian cuisine served with
vegetables and rice, you can have fun with a kid friendly kebab made of candy.
Skewer up marshmallows, cookies, gummy candies and more. Just be sure to
keep kids safe with their kebabs as skewers are safe. Have them eat their
candy kebabs seated or send this treat home with parents. You can wrap them
in cellophane and ribbon.
- Flatbreads: Crunchy flatbreads paired with cheeses or hummus will appeal to
kids, and the adults will certainly appreciate such appetizers.
Activities for an Egyptian party
Resist the tempation to make human pyramid where kids can get hurt. For this royal
jubiliee, instead turn the kids into ancient scribes by providing them with hieroglphic
stencils. Face painting and jewelry making are also sure to be part of your day in
ancient Egypt. Here are more ways kids can spend the day with family and friends in
the land of Giza:
- Go buy the book! Lift The Lid On Mummies, right, will invite kids to open the
mummy-shaped box to learn about real-life mummies and the people who study
them. Included is a 10-inch plastic-model body, and four carved heads of gods
to protect the Canopic jars where you'll store the plastic organs. Have kids find
the hidden drawer of gauze wrappings, as well as a headdress, scarabs, and a
cardboard cat to mummify. Kids can wrap the mummy from head to toe, place
lucky amulets in the gauze, and bury it in the back yard as a group activity. It's
loads of fun exploring the afterlife.
- Go buy the kit! Make it easy on yourself with the Exploring Ancient Egypt Fun
Kit,right, includes dozens of Egyptian activities at a king-sized value! For under
$12 you get 45 stickers, tattoos, and stencils, plus a King Tut sticker paper doll
collection, and two complete coloring books with crayons. There's even four
stained glass coloring sheets, an Egyptian poster, three full-color Egyptian
- Play games the Egyptian way: Play Egyptian inspired games, like tug-of-war, tag
and leapfrog, or build a pyramid of cards. Senet is a traditional Egyptian board
game, available left.
- Make a mummy. Divide the kids in teams to wrap mummy in toilet paper. Assign
five rolls of toilet paper to each team (Scott's brand works well), and enlist kids
to use all the toilet paper to wrap one team member as a mummy. Kids will
quickly have to work in teams to pick the mummy and wrap. Award prizes for
the funniest looking mummy and the quickest to get mummified. Take pictures
of the results for thank you cards.
- Unveil a theme Birthday gift: Present a kitten to the birthday kid, as the Egyptian
considered them sacred. Is the birthday kid more the dog type? The anubis
plush, right, makes a theme appropriate gift to help preserve memories of the
- Whack like an Eygptian with an Eygptian inspired Pinata.
- Order a custom-made Egyptian Pyramid pinata.
- Modify a pinata. Believe it or not the Isis pinata made from a Hula Girl pinata.
- Mummy would appreciate and approve the Mummy pinata, right. It's just
$10.99 and with low shipping (just $2.99).
Wondering how to dress for an Egyptian party? Dress the birthday kid and family in
style. To get started, you'll need a headpiece, an Egyptian collar, and jewelry such as
cuffs, and a snake arm band.
- Egyptian costume accessories: The Egyptian belt, wrist cuffs, mask, and collar
are available separately. Embellished with golden lame' fabric and trim, plus
black fabric insets and jewels, these pieces will help make the birthday kid feel
special for his party.
- Girls Golden Egyptian costume: Pictured right, the costume comes with a golden
headpiece, an ornate golden and a white sheeth with a golden belt.
Real Egyptian Parties
An Egyptian party takes planning beyond the ordinary, since the party supplies just
aren't readily available in the local party supply stores. But that's what makes hosting
this party theme so enjoyable. Get inspiration from others who've already planned a
- Queen of the Nile Party. An Outrageous Kids Party episode for Season 2 featured
an oasis of an Egyptian temple. Ava's Queen of the Nile party included snake
charmers, belly dancers and even a real camel. For her grand entrance, little
Ava was transported atop a platform by husky male servants. Click the T.V.
Guide video above for all the details on this Cleopatra-inspired party.
- Uncommon for Tutankhamun: A little preparation and you can send the kids to
their tomb for an uncommon party activity. This King Tut party game will help
make your party extra memorable.
- Dig the Internet for more. This Egyptian party has an amazing Pyramid tent,
Egyptian inspired table setting, and more.
- Get wrapped in a great Web site: See the yummy mummy inspired treats and
ideas at busy bee lifestyle that are great for Halloween or an Egyptian party.
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