A popular pre-teen and teen birthday party theme these days is modeled after the ever-popular “Survivor” TV hit show! If your kid is interested in this party as a theme, here are some ideas to implement the plan and bring out the “Survival Instinct” in everyone!
This will work well with either a long afternoon party or a theme for an overnight party. Also, a Survivor Birthday Party would be best outdoors for obvious reasons.
Invite the party guests to “Island ____” for the taping of Season X. Ask them to arrive in beach ware or jogging gear in order to survive! Have them RSVP for their place on the team.
Decorate the yard with Tiki torches, large potted plants, citronella candles, team flags, flag poles, etc. Set up a Survivor Circle with large rocks for people to sit on, paper and pens for the final survivor challenge, etc.
When the guests arrive, assign them to one of two teams and provide them with a bandana or t-shirt that marks off the the two teams. Have each team gather around their Team Flag.
Set up a series of challenges that the teams both must perform for points. If a team wins, they will receive 5 points, and if they lose they will get 2 points. Make sure to have on hand an “immunity” item for the teams as well. Also, whenever a team wins, they will also win a reward. Have a large whiteboard on hand to keep track of the teams’ points.
Older kids (around the age of 14+) that want this as a party theme, may be very interested in holding tribal council after each event and actually going through a voting process to kick someone off the losing team. This will make the future activities more interesting as the teams will be losing people. If this is the case, make sure to give the losing team members a job to do during the rest of the challenges so they still feel involved.