First let me make a statement. I do not like High School Musical. I simply don’t understand it. Did the kids in your secondary school burst into song at the drop of a hat? Nope, mine neither. However, I guess it is every generation’s duty not to understand what their children see in certain music or movies and my children certainly love High School Musical.
The trials and tribulations of Troy, Gabriella, Chad, Sharpie and the rest of the crew are not only The Disney Channel’s most successful movie of all time, but it has also emerged as one of the most sought after children’s party themes out there and even though I knew it was coming, the day my daughter told me that she wanted a HSM theme party was a day that sent me into a panic. “How” I thought,” can I arrange a High School Musical party without spending a fortune!?”. What I quickly found out is that whilst there is thousands of pre made HSM party packs for sale everywhere you look, there is a much more affordable and fun way to give your child the party she deserves without breaking the bank. What did I do? I simply made my own…. and here’s how!
Step One – The Invitations.
A children’s party’s theme is proclaimed when the invitations arrive, so this is the first key area you will need to get right to ensure your guests know the theme in advance.. Basketball themed invites work great for the boys and star cut-outs are perfect for the girls and luckily I was able to find great themed invites right here by creating a Party Page.
Step Two – Setting The Stage…. Literally
If you are as familiar with the Wildcats as I am, you will already know the three main areas you will need to recreate – the cafeteria for all the dining, the stage for all your singing and dancing games and finally the basketball court for all other games.
Setting up the cafeteria is a breeze! All you need is a dining room or area where you can put up a couple of trestle tables. Since HSM is so popular these days you can pick up themed cups, plates and napkins in any party supplies shop, but for authenticity, go with plain cutlery and plates as well as plastic trays to create that high school cafeteria feel. Print out some banners saying things like “Go Wildcats!” that can be hung around the room and make a notice board with some notices about auditions and basketball and your party will soon start to get that HSM feel.
Creating the stage area is a lot easier than you may think. The first thing you will need (and this, I have been told, is a requirement folks) is a red carpet which can easily be made from some red inexpensive fabric, readily available from most department stores. Once the red carpet is in place and you have finished testing it out yourself whilst daydreaming about walking into a movie premiere, you will need to work on the stage and background itself. Create some cardboard stars and decorate them with gold and silver paint and glitter before hanging them from the ceiling. For that extra touch of fun, write each of the guest’s names on the stars. Create stage lighting by tipping two lamps with their shades removed at an angle and covering them with some black cloth – just ensure that the cloth isn’t touching the bulb for obvious reasons. Want to go a step further?
Creating a mini basketball court can be just as simple, regardless of whether it’s indoors or outdoors. Basketball hoops for both indoors and outdoors can be purchased quite cheaply from most major toy stores in Ireland and along with some banners with HSM slogans such as “Go Cats!” which can be printed from your computer are pretty much the only things you need to set up your HSM basketball court set.