Making History: Historical Themed Birthday Parties

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I’m the worst at planning parties. I’m still embarrassed over the creepy drawing I made for my kid’s Valentine’s Day party that was a horrible version of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. I can blow up balloons and that’s pretty much it.  So when I came across Making History and their unique birthday parties, I quickly bookmarked their site because they have some seriously cool ideas for parties.

Thank you to Making History for sponsoring this giveaway.

Living History

History class was a favorite of mine growing up because I enjoyed learning about the past and how our world is the way it is now. But a big part of why I loved history was because of the teachers I had. They really made learning fun and interesting. Getting to dress up in an Indian costume for Thanksgiving was pretty sweet. And I made a video with my high school friends to illustrate the women’s suffrage movement and we all wore early 1920s dresses. When history comes to life, it can be very entertaining.

And history does come to life with Making History! The founder of the organization, Stefanie Ridley, is a certified teacher herself and is passionate about history. She was born and raised in South Carolina, with degrees from Charleston Southern University and Southern Wesleyan University. She was the lead fourth grade social studies teacher at Spearman Elementary School in Piedmont, SC from 2006-2014 so she has lots of experience with younger kids and what interests them.

And during her time as a teacher in Piedmont, she was a participant in the Teaching American History Grant, which provided several professional opportunities, one of which was to visit various historical places around the country.

Needless to say, Stefanie loves history and wants to encourage kids to learn about it and make history of their own, which is why she created Making History. Along with birthday parties, they also do on-site field trips. These are easy to plan for teachers, involve parents, and get students excited about the past! Making History field trips are authentic, hands-on, standards-based, cross-curricular, and FUN. The best part- no buses required! Making History also offers affordable, special events for after school programs, homeschool groups, and boy/girl scout troops too!

Making History hand-dipped candles

Historical Birthday Parties

Making History has several popular historical birthday parties they typically book but Stefanie is able to tailor a party based on a particular piece of history your child may be interested in. All parties include costumes for the children and a photo booth to remember the fun day!

For kids interested in historical wars, Making History has the Revolutionary War Spy Party, where patriots hear the stories of two famous spies during the Revolutionary War, dress in period disguises, write with invisible ink using quill pens, hang a coded clothes line for Washington’s spies, and play with colonial era toys.

Making History Birthday Party

For adventurers who want to learn the real stories of explorers who sailed the high seas and discovered the New World, then the Explorers Expedition Party is for them. Children make their own compasses, act out a daring skit, and put on a costume to become a Viking, Native American, or Conquistador. Play along with Ferdinand Magellan as he takes the kids on an interactive and tasty voyage around the world with “Magellan’s Munchies.”

For the girly-girl, Making History presents a birthday Tea Party from the Colonial Era. The tea party includes an etiquette lesson, real flowers, and cloth napkins plus light refreshments, games, dancing and the creation of hand-dipped candles. As a mother of girls, I think this would be worth it for the etiquette lesson alone!

Making HIstory tea party

Taking a page from Grease, the 1950s Sock Hop Party features poodle skirts, greaser jackets and rock-n-roll. Toys and games at this party are authentic to the 1950s.  Not only will the kids have a blast dressing up and dancing they will also experience life in a SC Mill Village in the 50s, including what the kids who grew up around textile mills did for fun!  Listen to tunes from the 50s, including Elvis and Hank Williams and maybe there will even be a surprise visitor!

Get a first-hand look at real artifacts from the 1940s, act out a battle skit and practice real first aid skills used in WWII with the WWII Battle Bash. Dress up as a sailor, soldier, Uncle Sam, or even Rosie the Riveter. No rations on the amount of fun at this party.

Lastly, it’s the Oregon Trail game come to life with the Pioneer Party, which includes competition of skills that young pioneers would have enjoyed playing in the 1800s in the Wild West. Children do a relay race style competition that stimulates the trials and triumphs pioneers experienced on the Oregon Trail. Children will also construct log cabins, weave a rag rug, and churn their own butter to eat on johnnycakes. Yum.

pioneer party in greenville sc

Sit Back and Enjoy the Fun

With essentially the push of a button or a phone call, you can plan a truly memorable experience for your child and their friends. Making History birthday parties all include digital personalized invitations, a Making History t-shirt and special gift for the birthday child, 1.5 hours of historical fun held at the location of your choice, photographs of all your party-goers dressed in period costumes and theme-based party favors for your guests.

Making History parties are $185 for up to 12 children. Additional children are welcome at $10 per participant. Refreshments and paper goods to match the theme can be customized and added for an additional fee.

Making History invitation

Make Your Own History + Special Offer

Interested in booking a party? Email [email protected], or call 864-360-0659. Check out the website for more details at www.makinghistoryprograms.com or find them on Facebook.

As a special gift for KAG readers, Making History is offering $25 off any birthday party that is purchased by the end of March.  But don’t worry, you have an entire year to book the themed party of your choice!

Giveaway!

Want to host your own Making History birthday party? Enter to WIN a complimentary Making History birthday party basic package – your choice of theme – for up to 12 children! Party must be booked within a year of the giveaway end date.

This giveaway begins now and ends at midnight on March 26th!
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Which of the themed birthday parties offered by Making History would your child enjoy?

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Elizabeth Faulkner, her husband and two young daughters moved to Greenville almost 8 years ago after spending over a decade in Charlotte and 3 years in the Dallas, Texas area. When first arriving in our area she spent four years working with the staff at Kidding Around Greenville. During that time, she was able to explore the area and build a wealth of local knowledge about all things family related! Prior to working at KAG she spent many years working in marketing at several large corporations, including Verizon Wireless and Strayer University. With her local knowledge, marketing skills and history of buying and selling homes in various states she decided to transition to a career in real estate. Elizabeth is now in her 3rd year working as a local real estate agent and is loving every minute of it! In her real estate career, Elizabeth enjoys meeting new people and helping them achieve their housing goals. She loves helping families moving into the area learn their way around the Upstate and find the right spot for them. She also enjoys helping folks who have been here for years sell their home and move on to their next home or phase of life! Elizabeth takes great pride in working hard and providing top-notch service to her clients. Her goal is to make the buying and selling process a smooth one for each and every client she serves! To contact Elizabeth, call 864.414.2434.

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Rebekah Bishop
7 years ago

This is awesome

Tiffany
7 years ago
Reply to  Rebekah Bishop

We would love to host a colonial tea party!

Jenna Manning
7 years ago

Both of my girls would love the Sock Hop!

Brooke Rodgeres
7 years ago

The kids would love one of these…I just wouldn’t know what to choose!

Lauren Anderson
7 years ago

My daughter is young, but i think a sock hop or a tea party would be fun!

Joy
7 years ago

Wow, this is a very cool idea!

Maria
7 years ago

The Revolutionary War party would be super for my history buff 7 year old.

Becky Bridges
7 years ago

Making History is great. If you want a free preview, come to the Anderson County Library on March 19 at 6:30 p.m. Stefanie will be presenting an abbreviated version of the pioneer program. The Anderson County Library is located at 300 N. McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC.

Kate
7 years ago

What a fun and creative idea and reasonable priced!

andrea f
7 years ago

probably the pioneer one but they all look like fun 🙂

Laura
7 years ago

Tea party!

Marisa
7 years ago

It would be a tough choice. The almost 7 year old would prob pick 50s as there is dancing involved. I’d lean more revolutionary war though

Kyra Zollman
7 years ago

Looks like fun

Michelle C
7 years ago

We would love to have a Revolutionary Spy Party!

Erin Jones
7 years ago

I love the revolutionary war themes!

Alicia
7 years ago

This is such a neat idea for a birthday party!

Arden Fields
7 years ago

I think my daughter would like the sockhop best. She’s my little dancer.

India Fulkerson
7 years ago

My daughter is 4 and I think she would love the pioneer birthday party, because we recently started reading the Little House on the Prairie books to her and we’ve been letting her watch the tv show in reruns on the Inspiration channel. She loves the little girls on the show and she wants her own rag doll. She’d probably love dressing up in a sunbonnet and dress from that period. She loves johnnycake already and I’m sure it would taste even better with homemade butter.

Melissa Smith
7 years ago

I would love the tea party for my girls!

Clarissa Waltz
7 years ago

This looks incredible! Such a unique and memorable party experience!

Patricia
7 years ago

Pioneer party sounds fun!