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Celebrate the Fab Four's 50th anniversary with a party

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The Beatles 50th anniversary of coming the America is February 7, 2014. If you have kids who love the Beatles, why not introduce them to a little of the craziness that was Beatlemania with a party? The Beatles had fans young and old, and even now, kids love them.

Invitations. The 1960s were a great time for music, and the Beatles started the British Invasion. You could make your own invites by printing out psychedelic pictures for the front and add your own wording inside. You can also buy premade invitations in the shape of a record (A record? What’s that?) and add “flower power” stickers.

Decorations. The 60s were a groovy time with lots of colors. Depending on what Beatles era you’re going for, you could decorate with silhouettes of the Beatles, Peace signs, die-cut records, or movie stills printed from the Internet.

Activities. Trivia games for older kids are always fun, especially with the Beatles being as diverse as they were, but for the younger kids, you could always do a Musical Chairs game with Beatles songs. Or play Name that Tune. Play a portion of a song and have the guests try to name the song. You could also make up a game of Pin the Guitar on the Beatle. Similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey, have a picture of one of the Beatles and make guitars to pin up on the picture. For kids who are older, you could have a Rock Band competition with Beatles songs.

Refreshments. A cake decorated with a picture of the Beatles would be a crowd-pleaser. You can have the usual party foods, and rename them. Ringo’s Drumsticks for buffalo wings, Paul’s Pepperoni Pizza, John’s Juice, and George’s Ginger cookies. Prizes. Keeping with the Beatles theme, you can give away CDs, pictures, books (age appropriate of course), or DVDs of the Beatles movies.

Incidentally, Stargazers Theatre in Colorado Springs is hosting Yesterday—The Beatles Tribute on Saturday Feb. 15, 2014. The show starts at 8 PM and costs $20 advanced tickets, or $25 at the door. This is an all ages show, so grab the kids and enjoy the Beatles music from each era. Call (719) 476-2200 for details.

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