February 6, 2009
Dora The Explorer Party Ideas
Dora party invitations can start the party right. Get the famous “backpack” and have a note on the front that goes along with the show: “Guess who’s having a party (or Fiesta)! Open me to see”. Place your child’s picture inside, with a map for parents (like the map Dora reads).
When children arrive, have Dora greet them at the door, even if it’s a stuffed doll. To keep decorating simple, pick two colors to work with, such as pink and orange. You can have balloons and plates ready for the later festivities, with “Dora” playing on TV until all the kids arrive.
As far as the cake goes, there are so many great possibilities. Here are some great Dora the Explorer cakes that you can easily make yourself for the party. Here is another Dora the Explorer cake in the shape of Dora's head or another Dora birthday cake that is a sheet cake featuring Dora and her pal Boots.
What kind of Dora party would it be without passing out a map for the adventure? Once all the kids arrive, have them read the map and go on a hunt. You can keep it as close to the show as you want, or you can make it an all out scavenger hunt depending on the ages and maturity levels of the kids. Have a “Swiper” hidden that pops out periodically to try to confuse the kids. They will all shriek in delight as he appears and they set him straight.
If you choose to stick to the show, keep the storyline predictable for the kids. Read the adventure ahead of time - or even have someone write a story and include the kids by name in the adventure, and then have them stop at the three locations.
In one story line, the kids look for Diego’s animals. Provide the tools to use, such as “spy glasses” as they go through the Spooky Forrest, the Raging River, and the Bubble Mountain to locate the animals. Get the kids singing along as they go on the adventure. Have the animals in a basket, and use them to pass out as party favors.
Once the kids get to the end of the adventure, maybe they can reach a piñata to keep with the Mexican basis for the Dora shows. Have the kids empty the piñata while someone cuts the cake. Teach the kids to sing Happy Birthday in Spanish while the birthday child opens gifts.
The kids will leave with great memories and renewed imagination. You never know what adventure they will take you on next! A Dora themed birthday party will keep children occupied from start to finish, with never a dull moment for the kids or adults. The party will be over before you know it, but the memories will last a lifetime.