Are you looking for creative ideas for your daughter's party? Would you like to have the gifts be meaningful and geared towards a goal instead of superfluous items that are easily discarded just days after the party - or items you wouldn't necessarily approve of?
If you are creating a hope chest with your daughter, consider having a special party that revolves around the hope chest. You can share the blessing of a hope chest with all who attend the party and help inspire them to begin their own chest too! This is easily done and you can choose a wide variety of "themes" to use from the long list below. Each theme has suggestions to go with it but feel free to create your own!
A few basic suggestions before we look at themes.
1) After you have chosen your theme for the party, write an explanation about what a hope chest is and why your party is based on the hope chest. Provide a list of items that can be given as gifts that would fit in with the theme of your party. Make sure there are items listed for all price ranges so guests are not made to feel uncomfortable if they can not provide an expensive gift. When you send out the invitations for the party, make sure these pages are included inside each invitation. If your daughter doesn't mind, you might also include the child's mother as a guest too. They will certainly enjoy a party like this as much as their daughters would and it may help inspire the whole family to begin a hope chest for their daughter.
2) Party favors can reflect the theme of the party and can also allow you to send something nice home with each child to begin their own hope chest with. Favors do not need to be fancy or expensive and you may be able to find some very nice items at closeout sales ahead of time to save for the party.
3) Prizes for games that are played can also revolve around the party theme. These should be a little nicer than the party favors, but again they do not need to be expensive.
4) You might consider having a guest book available or a pretty journal so the guests can write a little note on why they chose the gift they gave, or some words of wisdom for being a future wife and mother, or a favorite Bible passage or whatever comes to mind. This journal can go into her hope chest and can be added to each year for future birthdays if you like. If you take photos during the party, these can be added to the book or journal as well.
5) If you will be teaching a skill or lesson as part of the party, make sure there are enough adults present to help and they have learned how to do it prior to the party!!! One adult for every 2-3 children would be a good ratio and the adults will have learned something new and rewarding for their efforts.
Each of the theme idea links to the right will give ideas, games, recipes and more. Many of the ideas can be used for any time of the year - even for un-birthday's! So when boredom comes along or long, hot summer days with nothing to do...consider a hope chest party where EVERYONE is blessed, not just the guest of honor.
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