Conducting the Party
When the guests arrive, as you tie the white belts on the children, introduce yourself to the kids and their parents. Try to develop rapport with the kids and parents by asking questions. Ask them their name, then match it to the name tags you made the day before. Then, ask them what grade they're in, or if they play any sports.
You can say something like this, "Hi, my name's John, what's yours? What grade are you in? Do you play baseball?" Make sure you do this with every guest as they come in.
After all the guests have arrived and everyone has on their white belts, line up the group in two or three lines of five or six and reintroduce yourself. Sit everyone down and say something like this, "Hi, I'm Mr. Jones, and I'm one of the instructors here at Martial Arts America. I've been studying Martial Arts since I was 8 years old, about the same age as many of you!"
"Martial Arts is a great way to improve you physically and mentally, and it's a lot of fun. How many of you want to have some fun at Billy's birthday party today?" (The kids will always yell in agreement.)
"Well, let's get started. Billy, why don't you come up front here. In honor of your birthday, we're going to make you an honorary black belt and assistant instructor for the rest of the party. (Put the black belt on Billy) Everybody help me say Happy Birthday to Billy. (Happy Birthday Billy!) Now Billy, let's show the class how to do some punches."
Now you'll have the kids go through some punches and kicks, easy basics to get the kids moving and having fan. Use drills that are fun, that you're very familiar with and are easy.
Make sure everyone feels as though they can succeed. In addition to being a birthday party, this should be a mass trial lesson. A child should leave the party knowing, at the very least, that martial arts could be fun for them.
As the new "assistant instructor" helps you through these drills, make sure you make him feel special. After all, it is his special day. Right before the pizza is scheduled to arrive, have the birthday boy or girl break that extra easy board you picked out the day before. This will make him or her feel extra special and will give the whole party a great feeling of excitement,
When the pizza comes, let the birthday mom serve the pizza and the soft drinks. Then, if the mom has brought a cake, light the candles, sing happy birthday and cut the cake. If they have brought presents, bring out the presents for opening.
There should still be a little time left, so separate the kids into a couple of teams and see which team can punch the hardest, kick the highest and shout the loudest. This will keep the kids out of trouble and keep them excited when their parents come to pick them up. Tell them that the flassistant instructor" and yourself will select the winning team and give them a prize. When the contest is done, confer with the "assistant" and then announce that in your combined opinion everyone did such a great job that everyone will win a prize. Now you can break out the party favor bags and have everyone pull out their headband and put it on. Everyone is happy and excited and ready to go home.
Ending the Party
The end of the party should happen as the parents come to pick up the kids. A great end of the party is "The Stranger Drill" where kids learn about "Stranger Dangers", keeping safe from strangers.
A good way to do this is to line the kids up in their original lines. Then ask the kids, "Who is a stranger?" Let the kids answer until you get the answer "Someone you don't know."
Then ask the question, "Is a stranger a good person or a bad person?" Most kids will tell you immediately "A bad person!"
Then ask them "How do you know?"
The kids will give you a number of answers, but then point out, "We don't really know if a stranger is good or bad, do we?"
The kids will agree.
"So what should you do when a stranger comes up to you?"
You'll get lots of answers, then say "When a stranger comes up to you take three steps back. Now, what should you do when a stranger comes up to you?"
The kids well shout "Take three steps back!"
Then tell them, "Pretend that I'm a stranger, what are you going to do?"
They'll again yell "Take three steps back!", then tell them to take three steps back.
Now ask them, "If someone is trying to trick you, are they going to be nice or mean to you?"
Some kid will say "Nice!"
Say "Right! Now how would they try to trick you? They'll probably try to get you to do something or get you alone by asking you something."
"They might try to trick you by asking you to help them. They might say something like "Can you
help be put these books in my car?" or "Could you help me find my puppy."
"Let me ask you something. Should an adult ask a kid or another adult for help?"
The kids will start to get it by now, they'll say "Adults!!"
"Say great! Remember that kids. If you want to learn more about how to protect yourself from
strangers and bullies, we have that in our classes. If you decide you would like to try classes here,
since you've been a guest of Billy's for his birthday, we have special trial programs for you."
"Okay, let's sing Happy Birthday one more time to Billy!"
Everyone will then sing Happy Birthday and your "assistant" can dismiss the class. Take a picture of every child before they leave the floor. As they leave mingle with the kids and parents to answer questions and to say "goodbye".