Nutcracker Birthday Ideas
The Nutcracker is a great theme for a
winter birthday or Christmas party.
Nutcracker themed party games, activities and more ideas for
planning the perfect Nutcracker party.
Kids, tweens and teens of all ages will adore this birthday
Nutcracker Party Games
You will need foam swords, plastic coins or other round flat objects and two baskets for this game. The object is
for teams to race one player at a time with a coin on the edge
of the sword and place it in the basket. Divide players
into 2 teams and give each team a foam sword and an equal number of
coins. The first player in line takes a coin and places it on the
sword blade and runs to the opposite side of the room and places it in
their basket. They they run back and the next person in
line does the same thing. Continue until one team has all of their
coins in the basket. If a child drops the coin as they are
running to the treasure chest they must pick up the coin and go back to
their team and start their turn over.
Nutcracker and the Mice
This game is played like the game freeze tag. One player
starts in the middle of the play area as the Nutcracker. All
the other players are the mice. The mice run around the
Nutcracker and try not to be tagged by him. If a mouse is
tagged by the Nutcracker then they have to freeze in position.
They can be unfrozen by another mouse tagging them. The
Nutcracker tries to get all the mice frozen at once. Then a new
Nutcracker is chosen and play continues!
You will need: A stocking
and spoon for each team plus small objects such as jingle bells, wrapped
candy or ping pong balls.
Divide players into two teams.
One at a time team members take the spoon and place a small
Christmas themed object on it (jingle bells, stars, ping pong balls),
run to their stocking and place the object inside and then run back to
their team and hand off the spoon to the next player.
The first team who fills their stocking wins!
Human Christmas Tree
You will need: Fun Christmas decorations like tinsel, garland, funny
The object of the game is to decorate a team member like a Christmas
tree using all the objects given to each team.
One player stands across the playing field from their team and
puts their arms out.
other team members, one at a time, race back and forth with decorations
and hang them on the human tree.
First team to use all their items to decorate their tree and are
first back to the starting line wins!
Some fun ideas for decorations – red and green play balls that the tree
has to hold, hula hoops, stick on foam Christmas decorations … anything
crazy and fun!
Christmas Kisses Game
You will need: A pair of mittens for each team, chocolate kisses, bowls
Each team will need two bowls.
One that is empty at the other end of the playing field and one
that is filled with kisses.
The first person on each team will put on the mittens, take a
kiss out of their bowl, run to their empty bowl and drop off the kiss,
then run back to their team and give the next person in line the
first team to transfer all of their kisses wins.
Tip: Place the same amount of kisses in each bowl and enough that
each player gets 3 turns. This
is a fun game because the mittens make it hard to pick up the kisses.
Nutcracker Party Activities
Paint wooden Nutcracker
statues and let the guests take them home as a party favor after the
Have the guests go on a
Christmas scavenger hunt.
Our Christmas scavenger hunt list has lots of fun items to find and is
free to print out. Add a few more items to the list to include the
Nutcracker theme such as: mouse, nutcracker, ballerina, stocking, clock
House or Cookie
In honor of the Gingerbread Men of the Nutcracker
let party guests have fun decorating their own gingerbread house or
large gingerbread man cookie. Set
out bowls of small candies like skittles, dots, gumdrops, etc. to
decorate the houses and / or cookies. This activity is better when done
at the beginning of the party so the gingerbread items will have time to dry a
little before they are taken home.
Nutcracker Party Food Ideas
Candy buffet filled with colorful treats
Christmas tree cookies
Gingerbread Man cookies
Nutcracker Party Favor Ideas
Small nutcracker figure
Stocking filled with small candies
Mug filled with a packet of hot chocolate mix and a wrapped candy cane