If you have a child who lives for video games and plays everything from the classics like Pac-Man to some of the most popular titles of the day, such as Minecraft, then you probably know how difficult it can be to plan a birthday party for a gamer. Colorful cartoon characters have given way to gaming guides and wireless controllers, and throwing a party that the child will enjoy is a challenge. But with a little creative thinking and lots of planning, you can throw a video game-themed birthday party that your child will never forget.
Planning the Basics
If you’re going to plan a gamer-themed birthday party for your child, the best way to begin is consider which games he likes best and whether you should stick with the theme of a single game or include a number of his favorites. Be sure and include your birthday boy (or girl) in the planning stages, as they will enjoy the party more if they are allowed to make some of the choices in regards to invitations, décor, and how many people can attend. It may be easier to include a number of games in the theme, as you might have a hard time finding matching favors, napkins, and other supplies if you limit the theme to one game.
Gamer-Themed Party Games
If your child’s friends are anything like him, they are probably just as mad for games as he is, and this is something to keep in mind as you plan the party. Traditional games aren’t going to cut it, and you don’t want to have ten or twelve kids packed into the living room and fighting over the Wii or the PS3. To keep this from happening, consider having the party at a location that has a variety of video games that will keep them all satisfied. There are many retailers that specialize in renting out party rooms where you can eat and let your child open gifts but also offer a huge number of gaming options at the same time.
If you decide to throw the party at home, you can still come up with some gamer-themed party games that are sure to please. Have a gaming trivia contest to see who can answer the most questions about video games and their characters and offer gaming-themed prizes such as plush characters from their favorite games. Set a timer and see who can write down the most video game titles or set up a gamer-themed round of charades. These games are sure to keep the kids entertained until it’s time to eat.
Rent a Helping Hand
For the ultimate gamer-themed party, you should consider looking into arcade game party rentals.These companies will deliver and set up one or more of your child’s favorite full-sized arcade games so that everyone can have a turn at them. The biggest advantage to this is that you won’t have to ask the parents of your child’s friends to contribute any money because the cost of game play is included in the price of the rental. Have your child’s friends challenge each other to see who can get the highest score, and at the end of the party, the winning child will win a grand prize, such as a new game or passes to the local arcade. Having these arcade games will take a lot of the pressure off of you, and who knows, maybe after all the fun is over, you’ll have the chance to see if you still have the video game moves that you did when you were your birthday boy’s age.