If planning a children’s church party, check out these cute Happy Birthday, Jesus Christmas party ideas. Thank you to Oriental Trading for providing the party supplies for this post. This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading, but all opinions are my own.
As the wife to a family minister, one of my favorite times to help my husband in his ministry is with the children’s Christmas party. We have four elementary aged children of our own, so we know first hand how much the kids anticipate the children’s Christmas party. My own kids can barely contain their excitement, and I enjoy that we can celebrate together with their friends while centering our party on what we hold to be the true meaning of Christmas- Jesus.
The tricky part of planning a Christmas party in December is timing. I never know how many we will have in attendance. My thought process is along the lines of “the more, the merrier,” but we all know that the Christmas season is a busy one, and sometimes children are not able to attend because of prior family plans. So how do we plan for a party when we aren’t sure how many will attend?
We keep food simple. Pizza, chips, and other typical party items make an appearance at kids’ parties for a reason. They are easy foods to have on hand when an exact attendee count isn’t possible.
We plan for crafts or activities where the number of attendees can be anywhere from 5-50 without making a difference. Group games or minute-to-win-it type games are good options, as are simple crafts. One year we had a Christmas movie viewing party, complete with a star ornament craft to complement the movie. This year, we will be telling the Christmas story and completing a few crafts to accompany the story.
Our plan for this year is to use Happy Birthday, Jesus, party crafts and supplies from Oriental Trading. We will have stations that will each fit 5-10 children, depending on how many attend the party. The stations will last approximately 15-20 minutes each, and they will allow the children to complete a craft or game at each station. There are plenty of religious Christmas crafts from Oriental Trading to make this easy. Now that I have purchased them, all I have to do is set-up the stations.
Each child will also create a card for Jesus. We will hang these on a special tree or use them to create a banner.
Here are photos of a few of the party supplies and items that I have gotten so far. I’ll be sure to share photos of our fun night on social media, and I hope that you will follow along!