Borrowing ideas, customs and food from various countries from around the world will give you a variety of choices and ideas for a party. Whether the celebrant is about to embark on an international voyage or simply is interested in different cultures, an around-the-world theme may bring an eclectic and interesting flair to your celebration.
Cut a circle out of blue construction paper and glue it to a piece of card stock. Green paper emulates land masses on earth. Glue the green paper to the blue globe. You might add embellishments such as an airplane sticker. You also could create an invitation using images of international landmarks. Include the pyramids of Egypt, the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and other well-known landmarks. Use clip-art images to create a border, and write party information in the center.
Use flags and decor items from many nations to decorate the party venue. For example, hang a Mexican sombrero on the wall and decorate tables with Japanese-fan centerpieces. Include images and items from every continent and many nations. Use knickknacks such as a small Tower of London figurine or Eiffel Tower model.
A cake for an around-the-world event can take many forms. Serve a round cake decorated to look like Earth. Use blue and green icing to frost the cake and create land masses and water. A map of the world is another option. Use a sheet cake and feature a map of the world on the top. Use small figures to represent certain places on the map, such as a small figure of the Space Needle to represent Seattle. If you cannot find small figures, draw a few key landmarks with icing.
A quiet activity that serves as an icebreaker is to ask guests to share information about themselves. Ask each guest to tell about a foreign country she has visited, her heritage or a dream vacation location. You also may get guests involved in games from various countries around the world. For instance, try the Australian game "Stuck in the Mud," which is similar to freeze tag. For this game, one person is chosen to be "It." If he touches another player, that player must stand still until another player crawls under his legs.
Choose a favor that is a good representation of the theme. A map of the world, an inflatable globe or a passport cover are all suitable. You also may give a souvenir from your hometown. This is especially meaningful if you have any guests traveling from out of the area to attend the event.
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