Regular readers of this blog will know that we tend to take a fairly light-hearted attitude to life, and that these blog posts are generally not noted for their gravitas and seriousness. However, I think that today the time has come to make a serious observation about one of the fundamental ways in which people can be divided into one of two distinctly separate parties.
Quite simply, I believe quite strongly that the world can easily be divided into two types of person: those who adore anything to do with Spongebob Squarepants, and those who have never heard of him. If you count yourself as a fully paid-up member of the latter party, then in all seriousness you have my sincere sympathy and condolences. For myself, despite being regularly compared to Squidward by members of my family, I am most definitely a loyal fan of little Spongy.
The little square chap has proved extremely popular with both children and adults, and makes an excellent choice of theme for a children's party. However, if you are thinking of having a Spongebob Squarepants children's party, and you are not a fully paid-up member of the Spongebob Squarepants fan club, then it may be worth doing a quick bit of research in order to understand more or less what it's all about. That will then help you to be able to come up with a variety of Spongebob themed games and activities.
The basic premise is easy enough to understand. Spongebob Squarepants is a sea sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea, is best friends with a starfish called Patrick whose IQ it is rumoured once peaked into double figures when he wasn't looking, lives next door to Squidward Tentacles, a grouchy squid, and who works at the Krusty Krab making Crabby Patties.
Spongebob and Patrick enjoy going jellyfishing on their days off, and Squidward plays the clarinet. Now doesn't that all makes sense, and aren't you glad I spent a couple of minutes bringing you up to speed?
The fact that the entire cast live under the sea in a place called Bikini Bottom, yet still manage to go to the seaside, and drink from glasses, is testimony only to the bizarre imagination of those behind the programme. Mind you, as someone who was brought up on the Magic Roundabout, Spongebob is pretty tame as far as surreal creativity is concerned. But for the perfect Spongebob Squarepants party, we can provide a whole heap of themed party products including Spongebob straws, Spongebob party plates, Spongebob party plates and a truly fantastic Spongebob cake which all the children will love.
One particular benefit from the Spongebob cake is that, because of Spongebob Squarepants' shape, it's entirely rectangular, which makes it much easier for cutting and sharing out. Because the programme takes place under the sea it's a perfect opportunity to bring in a fishy theme as well, so as far as games are concerned almost anything which can be tied into the idea of the sea is likely to work well. So instead of musical chairs, why not cut out a few clams out of paper beforehand, and have a game of musical clams?
'Duck, Duck, Goose' could instead be 'Squid, Squid, Crab', or whichever combination seems most popular. Pin the tail on the donkey can become pin the tentacle on Squidward, and with a little imagination I'm sure you can come up with a wide variety of other fishy games. Children love fancy dress, and a Spongebob Squarepants themed children's party is a great idea, with children either dressing up as characters from the Spongebob Squarepants programme, or simply in a costume which has a fishy theme, from sharks to mermaids.
Finally, it's probably worth trying to learn the Spongebob Squarepants theme song as well, as children love singing along to this rather silly sea shanty. Spongebob Squarepants is a fairly bizarre programme, but at the end of a children's party it's likely that it will be a bottle of rum that will help you get back on dry land. So, are you ready kids? I can't hear you! Oh...................