I was on my way out of the thrift store when I decided to do a "sweep" of the store to make sure E. hadn't dropped anything. That's when I found this on a quick glance down the book aisle:
Yay!!! This 1964 children's party book is awesomely vintage and still so much fun! It provides a thorough catalog of games divided by type (guessing games, games of skill, hunts, relay races, games for the youngest, and for older children):
It includes party themes, complete with game list and recipes, like this "Spacemen's Party":
And there are lots of little party-planning notes, including a page on how to include your child in the planning, the best time of day to have it depending on age group, and an entire section on adapting a party for disabilities.
And the graphics are too cute. In fact, it's one of E.'s new favorite books:
I wish you could flip through this book yourself. The games are creative and the descriptions are quite detailed. I love that they have several games that don't require any materials at all. But then I started thinking: do people do these kind of parties anymore? Would today's 11-year-old mind being rounded up for an old-fashioned party game?
*ps. Thank you very much for all the sweet comments about the sweater tote. I don't always get to respond to comments individually but I do always appreciate them.