Pinata Alternative - Frozen Themed Punch Game

Which one first... hmmmm.
My youngest celebrated her 5th birthday this month. {insert crying from me at this milestone} we celebrated with a big party for her friends and family, and it was great weather for once! February is a hard month, the weather is still deciding if we are starting Spring or continuing Winter, making indoor/outdoor plans challenging.

Last year, for the Octonauts party, we did the traditional party pinata... and it was not good. The kids enjoyed it all - my girl too, and the mad scramble for candy was amusing. But as the dust cleared, Miss M was over in the corner sobbing her heart out on daddy's shoulder because SHE wanted to be the one who broke open the pinata!! It took a good 15 minutes to calm her down, and I vowed that there would not be another pinata in our parties.

So. Here comes the 5th birthday, and I am scrambling for a game to take the place of the pinata. I had done a Punch Board tree at Christmas, for a small Christmas Eve game for the kids. It was a hit! This might be good.

Pretty Dang Cute!! If I do say so myself!

Note To Christmas Punch Board makers out there -- DO NOT OVER FILL CUPS!!! This thing was so heavy the cups would not have survived a vertical position with the kids punching at them. No one complained about the table game :-) or the way-too-many-treats per cup, though, so its up to you. We did one round per hour, the kids loved it!!

A tree shape would not work for a Frozen party, though... Of course, a snowflake sounded perfect. It was either that or I could try to make Olaf, but the thought of "punching" Olaf was not appealing. 

I set out all the cups to see if I could get a recognizable snowflake shape. It took a TON of cups. I had a horrible vision of trying to prop this up, and having it try to survive a bunch of little kids punching their way to treasure. But. I had a fence, so it could work... if I could find a board big enough to hand these 48 cups on!!!
MidnightCrafting Frozen Party Game Pinata Punch Board
Blue Solo Cup, I fill you up... oh, wait. Wrong kind of party LOL
Yes, its a ridiculous amount of cups but we had about 8-12 kids coming, so it would be 5ish turns at the cup wall. I only planned to do maybe 3 little treats in each cup, one being from the pack of 48 that came in the Elsa Party Favor Pack (meant to be, right?!). Seemed reasonable.

Using a giant piece of cardboard left over from my parents Purple Bed purchase (that box for the base was enormous) I was able to fit all 48 cups! I Hot Glued them, and used my recently acquired Paint Night skillz to add some Frozen themed snow swirls. I am not a painter, but: Voila! Elsa would love this party game!! My daughter was THRILLED to help me fill it up, and couldn't wait to play.

My husband Screwed this sucker up on the fence, and except for a few cups that fell off due to maker error and some nice hot sunshine :-) it was pretty sturdy!! We re-glued the cups and all was well.

Punch Board for the WIN
It was a HUGE Hit at the party! The kids lined up, and each got a turn to punch one cup. For the second turn they punched two cups, and the third turn - some of the smaller kids had wandered off since the line was 10 deep - it seemed to devolve into a free for all. The kids had a great time!!

Bonus:: after the party the board came down and the girls ripped off the cups to make a dance floor. We laughed and laughed. They had a "ball" hahahaha Our friends thought we should be playing some 80s dance music for them to break dance to, rather than the Frozen soundtrack.
After Party Dance floor

End result, my daughter had "The best party EVER!!!" 
{heart heart heart} Which is all this mama hoped to hear.
Happy Birthday, baby girl!
And just like that, she is Five. 

Used in this project:
Giant Piece of Cardboard
Solo Cups (smaller plastic cups might work better to make larger shapes)
Tissue Paper and Rubber Bands to seal the tops
Treats (less is more people, unless you plan to do it as a table top game)
Hot Glue LOTS of hot glue
Paint for decorating (optional)

Step by step instructions for the basic idea over at the East Coast Mommy blog

Happy Crafting!

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