Roald Dahl’s classic tale The BFG (cert PG) comes to cinemas 22nd July 2016 and we think kids everywhere are sure to want The BFG to make an appearance at their party! To help make this possible, we have 15 Gloriumptious BFG Party Ideas for Kids in association with Clonakilty Sausages, one of the official partners of The BFG Movie in Ireland, to ensure you have whoopsy, whiffling human beans everywhere saying scrumdiddlyumptious!
The BFG is the exciting tale of a young girl named Sophie (played by British newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and the mysterious Giant – The BFG (played by Oscar Winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Two of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg – unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic to life. The BFG will be in cinemas in Ireland on July 22nd.
Clonakilty Sausages have an exclusive competition to win one of fifteen sets of family tickets to the Irish premiere in Dublin. The tickets are for a family of four, and at least one adult must attend. What a memory for your family, to be on the red carpet for this launch, and to be amongst the first in Ireland to see the movie!
Entry is simple, you will find a code on 1lb packs of Clonakilty Sausages which you enter on clonakiltyblackpudding.ie/bfg. That’s it! The competition closes on the 13th of July and the premier is on in the Savoy Dublin on the 17th.
#1. The BFG Party Dress Code
As Sophie was in pajamas the first time she meets the BFG you could ask all guests to come in their favourite pjs for your BFG party.
Alternatively they could all dress like the BFG in green trousers/leggings, white shirt/t-shirt and brown waistcoat or jumper.
#2. Create BFG Cut Outs
To create you very own BFG decorations or for a great BFG Party Activity, you will need:
- A roll of paper (ones used for an easel are perfect)
- A human bean
- Roll out the paper and get a human bean to lie down on it.
- Draw around their shape and cut out.
- Decorate if you wish or just leave as silhouettes and hang around the party room.
You could cut out 10 Giants and decorate them after the ones in the BFG story: Fleshumpeater, Bonecruncher, Childchewer, Bloodbottler, Gizzardgulper, Manhugger, Butcher Boy, Maidmasher, Meatdripper, The BFG.
All except the BFG wear dirty cloths around their waist, are very ugly and have long arms and big feet. The BFG wears a white shirt and brown leather waistcoat with green trousers and sandals. He has enormous ears.
This activity could also be done during the party and the kids could take them home afterwards.
#3. Make Enormous BFG Ears
Image from Hobby Craft
I love these enormous BFG Ears from Hobby Craft. Made using a metal headband, felt and glue you could either make them for each guest beforehand, or get the kids to make them as a party activity.
#4. Pin the Giant Ear on the Human Bean
You can purchase giant, plastic ears from joke shops or make your own using the directions above.
To play the game, one human bean is blindfolded and must try and pin, sorry place gently, the giant ear onto another human bean. Spin them around after blindfolding them to make it a little more fun!
#5. Make a BFG Dream Trumpet
Image from Luckeyfrog Learning
The BFG uses his giant trumpet to blow dreams into human beans and giants! Create your very own dream trumpet using:
- An long inner tube from a roll of tin foil, clingfilm or parchment paper
- Brown Tape
- Brown card
Roll the brown card into a cone shape and attach it using the tape to the end of the roll. Alternatively you could use a plastic funnel to tape to the inner tube roll but, if you have a few human beans coming to your BFG party, this could be expensive.
#6. Make BFG Dream Jars
Collect jars in the weeks leading up the party and get each child to decorate a jar and add their Phizzwizard (good dream) or Trogglehumper (nightmare) to the jar. Give them labels to summarise their dreams, like the BFG,. Backwards words and mis-spellings are a must!
Printable versions of BFG Dream Jars can be downloaded from Luckeyfrog’s Lilypad.
#6. Share a Phizzwizard or a Trogglehumper
Get everyone to sit in a circle. One human bean starts the tale with the first line of a Phizzwizard or Trogglehumper and the other human beans must add a line each.
For younger human beans they could tell the story out loud and for older human beans, you could fold paper and each one has to write a line without looking at the line before.
#7. The BFG Printables
Image from Penguin Books
#8. Giant Dress Up
Get a large suitcase and fill it with adult sized clothes. The little human beans have to see how many bits of clothing they can fit on in a minute.
#9. Hold a BFG Mini Quiz
Download BFG quiz questions and answers from Scholastic and check out how much the kids really know about the BFG!
#10. Create BFG Dreamcatchers
Image from Redtedart.com
As a BFG party activity get the kids to create their very own dreamcatchers. For these cute dream catchers from Redtedart.com you’ll need:
- paper plate per child
- wool or string
#11. BFG Kids Party Nibbles
For your BFG Party Food why not create miniature snacks to make your party guests feel like giants. Good miniature party snacks could include:
- Mini macaroons in different colours.
- Mini sandwiches, make sandwiches in the usual way and use a cookie cutter to make them into tiny shapes or roll them and cut into pinwheels.
- Mini pasta, you can buy miniature pasta bows and mini fusilli usually used for soups.
- Mini Pizza, use a savoury muffin, bagel or crumpet as your mini pizza base and add tomato sauce and toppings for individual mini pizzas.
- Cake Pops could be a good alternative to a birthday cake. You could arrange them into a dream jar in the middle of the table.
- Mini sausage rolls made using cocktail sausages. I find the Clonakilty ‘Ispini’ sausages work really well for homemade sausage rolls.
- Mini individual quiches.
- Mini burgers, create your own or buy them ready made.
- Mini cupcakes and cookies.
- Mini marshmallows dipped in chocolate for extra decadence.
#12. BFG Snozzcumber
To recreate the Snozzcumber that Sophie hid in, you could use green jelly which has been set in a round mould. Add a plastic doll to the mix as it sets to show Sophie in hiding!
#13. The BFG Frobscottle
Image from Food in Literature
#14. BFG Cake
Image from Pinterest
Isn’t this BFG Snozzcumber Cake fabulous? Re-create it using a swiss roll recipe and pipe 2 different colours of green butter icing in lines to get the snozzcumber just right. Then create the BFG from fondant.
#15. BFG Party Bags Ideas
Image from Pinterest
How about giving each guest their very own net to catch dreams in? Small fishing nets can be purchased in most toy stores. Other ideas could include:
- Gummy or chocolate ears.
- If you have not made a trumpet, you could include a small novelty trumpet in each party bag.
- Print out a BFG colouring sheet for each child to take home and decorate.
- A pack of giant crayons.
Don’t miss The BFG when it opens in cinemas on July 22nd!
Do you have any other BFG Kids Party Ideas? Please share them in the comments box below.