Invitations shaped like a drum and a cake frosted to look like a drum are possibilities for a drum birthday party, but don't stop there. Use community resources to create a percussion event that introduces party guests to a wide range of drums from around the world. The theme works well for young and middle-school-aged children.
Drums for Decoration
Because drums come in so many shapes and sizes, you can create a colorful array to adorn walls. Choose either a single mural with drums painted on or create separate drums from paper or cardboard to arrange on the walls in a creative collage. Include Chinese drums that resemble circular rattles; bongo drums with colorful, graphic designs; American Indian drums adorned with pictures of buffalo; and hourglass-shaped African djembe, or dumbek, drums. Expand the party theme with cutouts of musical notes placed on the party table and hanging from lamps.
Drum Sticks on the Menu
Not that you want your guests to play with their food, but go ahead and have some fun with the menu by serving food that resembles or suggests drums. Chicken drumsticks might take center stage, with pretzel rod drumsticks and long carrot drumsticks served on the side. For party favors, let the children decorate drum-shaped sugar cookies with tubes of frosting, thin strips of licorice and sugar sprinkles.
Older children will be interested in seeing and hearing real drum players perform; contact your local high school or American Indian tribe to find players who will visit your party and let your guests try out their drums. Younger children will be happy to play their own plastic paint buckets bought from a hardware store, metal trash cans and wastebaskets, and small plastic containers such as those that once held butter or yogurt.
Very young children can make, decorate and play drums made from oatmeal containers, but older children will be more satisfied with drums that are a bit more complex. Children 8 years old and older can construct an African dumbek drum using duct tape to attach a plastic flower pot atop a cardboard carpet tube. An embroidery hoop and plastic sheeting make the drumming section, and either paint or fabric decorates the entire drum.
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