School-aged kids (7 and older) may love to dance, and not just any type of dance, but Hip Hop may be what they are really into. With hip hop being part of the American culture, your child may very well ask for a hip hop birthday party.
If you are interested in holding your party at an outside venue, say a dance studio, and hiring an instructor, this is an excellent no stress-party plan — especially since it won’t require much further planning on your part. If this is out of your budget, never fear, this can still be an easy do-it-yourself party, using the following tips:
On the invitation, invite the kids to bring their favorite hip-hop songs. One caveat to this; hip hop with its urban history and popularity with older teens and twenty-somethings often deals with subject matter that some parents may find questionably or objective. If you want to keep this party “clean” request radio versions of songs, or if you are already aware of a song, or artist, that you feel is too old for your group of kids, state that on the invitation. Don’t make this a focus, but certainly, if this is a party for eight year olds, the playlist will probably be different than for teenagers. If you want complete control over the songs played, then skip this step. Get feedback from your children however, on what seems to be popular songs in their group of kids, and don’t forget to throw in a little “old skool” hip-hop; Run DMC anyone?
A hip-hop dance instructor or someone who understands how to do this type of dance would still be ideal at a do-it-yourself party (and would probably bring their own music). Perhaps an older kid in the neighborhood, cousin, even older sibling can fill in here, if you are trying to keep costs down. Another great idea, contact the local high school. They often have dance groups, and kids wanting to make a few bucks.
The majority of the party will be taken up with dancing. Make sure you have plenty of room before hand by moving furniture if necessary. The party can simply be taken up with the entertainer teaching dance, or you could expand it to also include a dance competition after the kids have learned some moves. You may also want to have a video recorder available to tape the competition. Later on, the kids can watch the fun. This would be a great party memory for your kid, and serve as a “goody bag.”
Make sure to provide plenty to drink as dancing really works up a sweat. Otherwise, the menu can be simple with food easily eaten on the go a priority. Chips, veggies and dip, a pizza, perhaps mini burgers or chicken skewers if this is a party at home.
For the goodies wristbands, headbands, and a neon notebook and pencil for the kids to use to capture their dance moves.
Have a hip-hop good time!