HISTORIC BIRTHDAY THEME: TITANIC

The ‘unsinkable’ luxury liner, Titanic sunk on April 15th, 1912. If you think kids can’t have a great time recreating a historic tragedy, well, you’re wrong. As long as the birthday girl or boy and the guests are amongst the survivors, kids 5 to 9 are usually really into it, and older ones (especially teens) don’t even care about the survivor bit. Party-goers can either be fictitious survivors or choose someone off the survivor list to portray (which is what my OSC group did when we recreated the incident for the hundredth anniversary in 2012).

COSTUMES

People who like sewing can make 1912-style costumes, for the rest, thrift shops with ‘vintage’ clothing racks can often provide suitable costumes for this era.

For a sense of what people on the Titanic wore, visit:

http://sensibility.com/blog/blog/reproducing-1912-fashions-remember-titanic/

https://www.pinterest.com/vintagedancer/titanic-fashion-and-clothing/

DECORATIONS & OTHER PARTY ITEMS

Unless you’re up for using real silverware, crystal, linen napkins and the like, recreate Titanic’s mealtime elegance with silvery plastic cutlery, plastic goblets, and high quality paper plates & napkins.

If your local shops don’t carry any, try:

https://www.partytrends.ca/

https://www.poshpartysupplies.com/

As to invitations, consider life-preserver-shaped ones, or Titanic passenger ‘tickets’.

FOOD

As always, be mindful of guests’ allergies & religious observances.

Titanic’s First Class passengers were served a variety of gourmet fare, but chances are most kids (including real First Class ones of the day) wouldn’t like consommé Olga, cold asparagus vinaigrette, caviar, or quail eggs in aspic anyway, so regardless of the personas kids have chosen, stick with what Second and Third Class passengers ate, because, on the Titanic, even they ate very well.

  • Milk
  • Bread & Butter
  • Cheese
  • Scones
  • Ham & Eggs
  • Curried Chicken & Rice
  • Roast Beef
  • Roast Turkey
  • Sausages
  • Kippers
  • Haddock
  • Jacket Potatoes
  • Boiled Potatoes
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Tapioca
  • Plum Pudding
  • Custard
  • Apples
  • Oranges

The ones below weren’t served on the Titanic, but, what the heck. They fit the theme.

  • Titanic Hot Dogs (regular hot dogs with four mini-marshmallow funnels).
  • Titanic Banana (kids put together their own with a half a peeled banana cut lengthways, four round-shape (such as Rolos) funnels and Smarties or butterscotch/chocolate chip ‘portholes’. They can even add whipped cream to the funnels to represent smoke.
  • Titanic Ice Cream (blue ice cream with ice cube ice bergs). Some stores carry actual blue ice cream; otherwise, use food dye.

And, of course, a Titanic birthday cake.

http://hotlyspiced.com/how-to-make-a-titanic-birthday-cake/

https://sweetipi.wordpress.com/2014/01/11/how-to-make-a-sinking-ship-birthday-cake-a-pretty-titanic-task/comment-page-1/

CRAFTS

Model Titanic – supply kids with different coloured modelling clays, regular LEGO ® bricks, shoe or cereal boxes, toilet paper rolls, buttons, corks, & assorted other odds & ends and see who can come up with the most authentic-looking Titanic replica.

For other craft ideas visit:

https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/the-titanic

http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mplate-porthole.htm

http://www.lifebuzz.com/napkin-folding/

GAMES & ACTIVITIES

Morse Code Treasure Hunt: Supply each child with a Morse Code ‘Key Sheet’ and a message written in Morse Code. The message being the location of treasure such as chocolate coins or plastic coins that can be traded for small prizes.

Save the Dog: A few dogs did survive Titanic, having been smuggled onto lifeboats by their owners. Have children sit in a circle with one child in the middle as a ‘lifeboat officer’. The lifeboat officer then covers his/her eyes while the others pass a small toy dog (a real one would doubtless object) around the circle behind their backs. When an adult says, “Passenger Check’, the passing stops and the lifeboat officer tries to guess who’s concealing the dog. If right, the smuggler becomes the lifeboat officer for the next round.

Titanic Rescue: Basically “Hide ‘N Seek’, with a ‘rescuer’ searching a darkened room for hidden children, and an adult ‘spotter’ who knows here they are saying if he/she is ‘hot’ or cold’. All ‘passengers’ found within a pre-set time limit get a Life Saver ®. Any who aren’t, perish.

Iceberg Swerve: Half-fill a large plastic tub with water and add large Styrofoam chunks or real pieces of ice). Give each child a different coloured cork or small plastic boat and a straw to ‘steer’ it with by puffing air at it. The objective being for boats to get from one end of the tub to the other without hitting an ‘iceberg’. (Those that do are out.)

Cold Water Plunge: To give kids an inkling of what it might have been like to land in the sea that night, fill a large plastic or tin pail with REALLY COLD water and put some marbles in the bottom. Then get kids to plunge their hands in to retrieve a marble and hold it in for as long as they can (safely) stand.

Titanic Word Race: Get kids to write down as many Titanic-related words as they can in a two-minute period. (Eg. ‘lifeboat’, ‘iceberg’, ‘steward’, and such.) The winner is the one who thought of the most. Prize Suggestions: a small plastic boat or a roll of Life Savers ®

Titanic Trivia: Form kids into teams answering questions about the Titanic.

And if you have the space, this is a good one for older children:

Lifeboat Squeeze: Set large cardboard boxes about and see how many kids can fit in without breaking it or tipping it over.

 

For Titanic background information, including passenger lists, visit:

http://www.titanicuniverse.com/

http://www.titanicfacts.net/

 

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