Charlotte’s Web Party Ideas by Guest Poster Lisa Kothari
“Some Pig,” “Terrific,” “Radiant,” “Humble”: all words Charlotte spun in her special web to describe dear little Wilbur, the runty pig a little girl stood up for and cared for. This sweet and classic childhood story takes Wilbur through an entire year, as he is born a “spring pig” and wants to see the snow and not the smoke house! It recently came to life beautifully at the movies and is sure to be a favorite story to base a special kids party on.
For the Invitation:
Send out a red barn invitation with flaps that open, and provide the party details inside. If you are hand delivering your invitations, purchase chocolate carrots and attach them to the cards for added festivity.
For the Decorations:
When decorating, make up a barnyard scene. Put some bales of hay on the path leading to your front door, and cut out large farm animals from poster board, such as geese, cows, sheep, pigs, and don’t forget the rat!
Post signs stating “Somerset County” and “Welcome to Zuckerman Farm!” Make sure to hang spider webs throughout the party area.
Charlotte’s Web uses lots of different colors. The storybook has mainly pastel colors, such as blues, greens, pinks, and creams. If you are celebrating a first birthday, this may be the color scheme you choose. Wilbur is also taken off to the Somerset County Fair where carnival colors pop. Bright blues, greens, yellows, and reds would be very appropriate if you build a Charlotte’s Web party around the county fair scene.
For the Games and Activities:
When the children enter the party, have a large piece of butcher paper spread across a table. Have them draw a barnyard scene of their own. Provide crayons, finger paints, glitter glue, etc. When the paper dries, hang it up as an additional decoration.
Provide each kid with their own “netting” for a spider web, and give them different words, such as “pretty,” “happy,” “unique,” etc. Have the kids try to make their webs reflect these words. Discuss how hard it must have been for Charlotte to embed words into her web! The children can take these webs home at the end of the party.
Play Hot Wilbur just like Hot Potato with a small stuffed pig.
Play Wilbur Says as you’d play Simon Says. Have Wilbur ask the kids to act like pigs, grunting, rolling in the mud, eating their food quickly, etc.
Enjoy a barnyard obstacle course, and help Wilbur get out of his barn. Set up a maze either in your basement or backyard, and have the kids run through while holding a little stuffed pig. Each child can take a turn walking around chairs, climbing through tables, jumping over footstools, etc. Whatever is fun!
Play Charades. Have the kids act out different barnyard animals.
For the Party Menu
- Make “pig slop” by cutting up vegetables and fruits and serving them with Ranch or caramel dip.
- Use piggy cookie cutters to cut out little sandwiches.
- Make a batch of piggy sugar cookies, and decorate them with pink frosting for an added treat
For the Party Favors:
Make each guest a T-shirt with an iron-on from the official movie site and send them home with their handmade webs too.
~ Lisa Kothari is the creator of Peppers and Pollywogs, a Party Expert and author of Dear Peppers and Pollywogs – What Parents Want To Know About Planning Their Kids’ Parties.
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