Embrace your child’s wintertime birthday with a party that features a favorite frosty weather activity: ice skating! Even if your guests aren’t experienced skaters, an ice skating party can provide a fun opportunity to learn the basics. Those with seasoned ice skating skills will also love these ideas for partying on the ice rink!
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If you are going with a "Birthday on Ice" theme, one unique way to invite guests is with a ticket-style invitation that resembles a ticket to an ice skating show. You can customize and print a ticket invitation using this free template. Other ideas for ice skating party invitations include:
- A card stock cut-out in the shape of an ice skate. Have the birthday child decorate one side of the skate with colored markers, glitter, and stickers. Write the party details on the other side.
- A postcard invitation portraying your child wearing ice skates, or ice skaters on the rink in the photo section.
- A paper printout from your home computer that features ice skating themed clipart in the design.
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Many public ice skating rinks are likely to have a birthday party package available for your occasion. If not, you can inquire about renting the facility for a private event, or acquire a group rate for your skating session. An arena that offers birthday packages may also provide a private room where you can serve food, enjoy the birthday cake, and open gifts.
Other places to have an ice skating party include the park (check about permits from the parks department), or your own backyard if you’re lucky enough to have a lake on the property, or you're able to build your own rink.
Another fun idea for a "Birthday on Ice" celebration is to take a couple of your child’s friends to an actual ice skating show, and then head to the public rink for a skating session where guests can show off some of their own moves after the performance. You can even invite kids to come dressed in tutus and leotards!
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Whether you have the party at a rink that includes food as part of the package or you host the party yourself, in addition to the main meal, some ideas for an ice-skating party-themed food to serve are:
- An ice skate cake themed cake.
- An Ice Skating Wonderland cake inspired by this one from Kraft.
- Seasonal snowflake-shaped cookies.
- Hot cocoa (serve it in thermoses to take home as party favors).
- Figure-eight cookies (cookies cut with a number eight cookie cutter).
- Ice skating cookie cutter sandwiches (use figure-eight or ice skate shaped cookie cutters).
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Ice skating is the obvious main event at the skating themed party. At an arena, you can arrange for an instructor to give a lesson to your guests, or simply spend the time freestyle skating. If you’re looking to have some organized games to play on the ice skating rink, however, some fun ideas include:
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- Play freeze skate: Kids skate around the rink to music, but must stop skating and freeze in place whenever the music stops.
- Ice skating relay races: Divide guests into two teams and have them race on skates to a designated finish line and back.
- When the kids change from their shoes to their skates, place all of their shoes in a pile. When it is time to retrieve their shoes, blindfold them and see who can pick out their own shoes from the pile.
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The kids will want something memorable to take away with them. Great ice skating favor ideas include:
- Ice skate pom-poms or lace charms.
- Icicle treat cones: Dip a sugar cone in melted white chocolate. Fill with white chocolate chips and mini marshmallows. Wrap in cellophane and add a tag that reads, “Thank you for skating with me!”
- A thermos full of cocoa.
- A box or packet of hot cocoa mix.
- A pair of mittens.
- Leg warmers or boot socks.
- A program (if you attend an ice skating show).
- A pair of ice skate laces.
- Ice skating coloring books.
- Passes to return to the rink at a later date.
- Picture books or storybooks with an ice skating theme.