I've always LOVED Egypt. I think it is fascinating. I was able to go as a tourist several years ago, and it just made me all the more intrigued!
Read all about this birthday party idea and you might decide to "Walk like an Egyptian", just like old King Tut!
You could also use some of these ideas as part of a treasure hunt party or an adventurer party, such as an Indiana Jones Party.
Let's travel to Ancient Egypt....
Egypt Party Invitations
Print invitations on parchment type paper to look like a papyrus. Write each guest's name and the invitation in hieroglyphics (make sure you include a translation!)Send details as a memo for an "Egypt Expedition". Make a treasure map leading the way to an long lost Egyptian treasure.
Egyptian Party Decorations
Use some Egyptian cutouts of pyramids to decorate your walls (make your own with large sheets of posterboard).Decorate in black or royal blue and gold. Gold balloons and streamers would be perfect, along with gold partyware!If an indoor party, decorate sheets with stencils of hieroglyphics and hang them on the walls.Think of things you'd see in the desert - palm trees,sand, camels...
Egyptian Theme Ice Breakers and Activities
Decorate Pharaoh masksCheckout homeschool websites for lots of craft ideas. (Hint: Pick crafts where the kids can make something creative with little or no supervision.)Make a mummy craft! Take a popsicle stick, wrap it in strips of muslin and glue on googly eyes.Let the kids make cartouches using an Egyptian Symbols--A Hieroglyphic Stamp Kit
Egyptian Treasure Hunt
Set up your party as party as a great expedition. Your guests could be Ancient Egyptians, or they could be modern day explorers.
Pick some fun games, and arrange them as party of your quest. Create a running story to go along with the games.
For example, tell them that you are looking for the Pharoah’s treasure. Start off with the first clue and a task that they must perform. For example, they must learn the ways of wrapping a mummy, so have them do the mummy wrap game.
Once that is “successful”, the leader (you) can give them their next clue, which would be to search for a jewels in a sandbox. The jewels could then be used as part of a craft.
One of the clues could be a map in hieroglyphs (along with a legend) that must be deciphered.
Choose games from the list below based on the age of your guests. Make the last clue lead to the treasure they’ve been seeking. Perhaps their party favors, a piñata, or maybe even the cake!
Egyptian Theme Party Games
Walk Like an Egyptian - Walk like an Egyptian and play a fun game of Follow the Leader.Dance or Freeze Dance - Dance to fun Egyptian themed songs.Mummy Wrap Game - Often reserved for Halloween parties, this is perfect for an Egyptian party! Divide players into teams. Give each team a supply of toilet paper and on “Go” have them wrap up a team member like a mummy. After the designated time, call a winner!Scavenger Expedition - Set off on an expedition and go on a Scavenger Hunt.
Archeologist Dig - Hunt for treasure! Perhaps fill a kiddie pool with sand, and hid some fake gems and beetles in the sand. Pin the... - For smaller parties, play Pin the Head on the Sphinx (or whatever else you decide that fits this theme!), pin the crocodile in the Nile.Obstacle Course - Create an obstacle course - jumping over the Nile River, crawling thru a tomb (large appliance box or tunnel)...Snake Drop - Take turns dropping rubber snakes into a basket or jar.Adventurer Games - Play some Indiana Jones type party games.More Kids Party Games to add to your Egyptian Party
Egyptian Party Favors
A Fun with Egyptian Stencils book.Give some explorer type party favors, such as binoculars, or an Indiana Jones type hat. Fake JewelsMake a CD of fun Egyptian songs, like Walk Like an Egyptian and King Tut
Egyptian Party Birthday Cake Ideas
Build a Pyramid Cake by building up several layers and then cutting the sides down into a pyramid shape (make a template so you do all sides evenly), or use a pyramid cake pan.