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Backwards Party Printables

Celebrating Backwards Day on January 31st? Having a Backwards Birthday Party? Or maybe you want a fun way to celebrate Halloween – or April Fools Day without tears from pranks. We have a Backwards Party Printable Package that makes it easy-breezy to celebrate your way.

Backwards Party Printables

Here’s what you get:

  • Banner with letters to read: Happy Backwards Day or Happy Backwards Birthday or Happy Birthday
  • Cupcake Toppers: 2 designs – I Love Backwards Day, Wild & Wacky Backwards Day Party
  • Cupcake wrapper: red with white polka dots
  • Welcome Sign
  • It’s Backwards Day Walkway Signs: 3 designs – Goodbye, Are you walking backwards?, What’s your name spelled backwards?
  • Popcorn Box: red with white polka dots
  • Bottle Labels: 2 designs – I Love Backwards Day, Wild & Wacky Backwards Day Party
  • Party Favor Bag Topper: Wild & Wacky Backwards Day Party Prize
  • Fill-in Invitation
  • Party Hat: red with white polka dots

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backwards party fill in invitationFill-in Invitation

(We have personalized Backwards Party invitations available in our shoppe that are mailed to you printed with envelopes.)

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backwards day upside down cupcake under the table

Cupcake Toppers:
The I Love Backwards Day toppers come with a scalloped edge as shown.
The Wild & Wacky Backwards Day Party toppers can be used as squares on party favors or to attach to paper cups, thread on straws or used to decorate party items and thank you gifts. They can be cut into cupcake toppers with a 2″ circle cutter or a scalloped cutter. Circles can be used to decorate lollipops or embellish ribbons tied around pitchers, cups, vases, utensils container or serving containers.

Cupcake wrapper: red with white polka dots

backwards day printables smallPopcorn Box: red with white polka dots

Bottle Labels: 2 designs – I Love Backwards Day, Wild & Wacky Backwards Day Party

Water bottle labels can also be used as napkin rings, to cover juice boxes, put around containers holding candy, etc.

Party Favor Bag Topper: Wild & Wacky Backwards Day Party Prize
Can be used to put as topper on resealable bag of candies or toys, or used as a tent label on your table beside a basket of party favors.

backwards day banner

Banner with letters to read: Happy Backwards Day or Happy Backwards Birthday or Happy Birthday.

Also included (no photos, but seen in example at the top of the page)

  • Welcome Sign
  • It’s Backwards Day Walkway or Hallway Signs: 3 designs – Goodbye, Are you walking backwards?, What’s your name spelled backwards?
  • Party Hat: red with white polka dots that can be used as is or embellished with ribbon & pompoms


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Backwards Day Food Ideas – Yes, You Can Eat Backwards

Surprise your guests with backwards food or eating the meal backwards with dessert first. Here are the recipes we used at our party. They were a big hit!

Backwards Day Food: Main Course Ideas

Meatloaf Cupcake
meatloaf cupcake
Here is a fun meal for Backwards Day – meatloaf cupcakes!

Just cook your usual meatloaf mixture in your muffin pan for 20 minutes. When it’s cooled top with Mashed Potatoes to look like icing and a dab of catsup or cherry tomato for a cherry on top.  

This is the perfect beginning to a backwards meal because it makes it look like you’re having dessert first.  Don’t say a word – just wait for their reaction when the figure it out for themselves!

(Here’s another little secret: my kids love, love, love meatloaf cupcakes all year round and I love them as a fast and easy meal.)

Backwards Birthday Cake

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If you light the candles on this baby they’ll truly expect it to be cake!

This is oh-so-easy to make: just grill 2 hamburger patties, prepare either real or ready-to-use mashed potatoes, and cook some frozen mixed vegetables. Place first burger on a plate, top with veggies then place remaining burger over them. Now frost your layer “cake” with mashed potatoes.

Backwards Sandwiches

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Inside Out Sandwiches have the bread in the center! We used Tre Stelle cheddar cheese slices (real cheese as opposed to processed slices) on the outside to be firm enough to hold it all together – one on the top, one on the bottom.

Then we cut a slice of bologna in half and put each piece on a slice of cheese.

We cut the crust off a slice of bread to make it a rectangular shape and put it in the center of the two bologna/cheese pairings. We then sliced the sandwich diagonally to make munchable triangles.

Inside Out Hot Dogs

inside out hotdog

To make the hot dog look inside out:

  1. Cut a frankfurter in half lengthwise.
  2. Then cut top sliced hot dog buns in half lengthwise.
  3. Spread both sides of a bun piece with Cheez Whiz.
  4. Place a half frankfurter on each side of the bun using the Cheez Whiz as the “glue” that holds it all together.

Backwards Day Food: Dessert Ideas

{Easy Breezy Dessert} Upside Down Cupcake
upside down cupcake

Looking for something easy for dessert? The upside down cupcake is oh-so-easy and the kids LOVE them!

Take something ordinary, give it a twist and the kids love it.

Just take a regular cupcake, put it icing down on a plate, stick your cupcake topper and/or candles in the top and call it a backwards day cupcake.

(Those really tall, thin, twisty red candles look great but sadly I couldn’t find any.)

{Amazing} TV Dinner Cupcakes
drumstick TV dinner cupcakes

These cupcakes are so much fun for dessert and make the day extra memorable.

They are very easy to make but look like you’ve worked oh-so-hard. See our article with step by step instructions and ingredients list.

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Keep it simple by serving your meal backwards with dessert first – they’ll love it – or really play with their heads with this fun backwards food!

Backwards Party Invitations from Practical to Exciting

Which of these invitations best suits your budget and energy & time resources?

Practical: Backwards Party Invitation Cards

backwards party fill in invitation
The Backwards Party printable package includes the classic fill-in invitation.The fill-in invitation is the best kind if your child is having a backwards birthday party and is taking the invitations to school to invite all his classmates and friends. When his guests get home with them, jumping up and down in excitement shouting “Can I, can I” that mom wants to be able to glance quickly at the card, check the date and say yes or no right away.

 

customizable backwards party invitations
If you’re looking for a customized Backwards Party invitation, we have one available in our shoppe. Personalize the front of the card with your name, and customize the date and party information inside.They are printed and mailed to you with envelopes.

Single card
Package of 10 cards
Package of 20 cards

See our matching customizable Backwards Party supplies.

 

Exciting: Surprise Ball 3D Invitations

surprise ball invitation

For that special occasion – or if you’re a party maven who loves over-the-moon parties – I like to suggest an invitation that’s a little more exciting than just a card. For a backwards party a surprise ball is perfect! A surprise ball is a ball of crepe paper containing little prizes that the recipient receives as they unwind the ball. Since it’s backwards day, receiving the “party favors” at the beginning instead of the end makes so much sense!

As the invitee unwinds the crepe paper little gifts fall out of the ball until at the end they see the invitation to a party . . . the time and date . . . and then the host’s name.

See our Surprise Ball Tutorial for step by step instructions on how to make this invitation.

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For more information see How to Make Party Invitations that Excite.

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There has been a lot of talk in social media about no-shows at birthday parties. Don’t let that happen to you. Make an invitation that gets them so excited that they don’t even have a choice because they are so looking forward to what happens next!

Backwards Party Games & Icebreaker Ideas

Looking for some backwards party games for kids or for an adult party? We have lots, ranging from icebreakers that give your guests something to do to while all guests arrive & to get to know one another to full-fledged crazy backwards fun! Scroll through the list and use whatever suits the age and interests of your party crew.

Backward Party Icebreaker Ideas

Icebreakers at the beginning of your party are the perfect way to:

  • keep kids busy while the host mom greets the parents
  • give your guests something fun to do while waiting for everyone to arrive
  • ease a group of people into the party spirit when they don’t know each other
  • pump up the fun factor for the excitement to come – like an opening act

Here are our suggestions for icebreakers:

TP the party area!

TPing the party roomWhat could be more backwards than TPing (toilet papering) the party room instead of pretty crepe paper garland?

When each guest arrives give them a roll of bathroom tissue and let them go at it. It makes for an unforgettable experience – and usually ends up being the favorite part of the party. (And don’t think this is just for kids. No Way! Adults really get into it too.)

We removed all the chairs and ran a string across the room along each side of the table to give the paper something more to catch on and create a little cave under the table for the kids with all the falling strips. (Since it’s backwards day the kids eat under the table.)

Under the table we put large pillows for them to sit on and hung some red fairy lights and white icicle lights to give a glowing, festive atmosphere under there.

Falling Bubbles

bubbles in sunlight by steve jurvetson wikimedia

A bubble machine can entertain for as long as you need them to!

Place the machine up high so the bubbles fall down to make it look backwards to the usual fun of blowing bubbles up into the sky.

Want to pump up the fun?

Set up a video camera and TV so the kids can watch themselves dressed backwards trying to catch bubbles.

Challenge them to use their TV image to try and catch bubbles behind their backs, which will look forwards if they are wearing their clothes backwards. Savvy?

Make Backwards Cookies

Kids love decorating cookies – even the less artistic.

Set up several bowls of different colored icing, a plate of cookies and some sprinkles. Give each kid a paper plate, a plastic knife and a napkin when they arrive.

Tell them to make Backward Cookies – cookies with icing on the outside instead of in the middle. They can frost both sides of the cookie and add sprinkles to their liking.

Photo Booth
backwards costumeSince they’re all dressed backwards, a photo booth is a great idea for an icebreaker.

Hang a sheet with colorful stripes or a cheerful solid as a backdrop and have them pose for a photo.

Add a box of interesting props to encourage their creativity.

  • pipe – real or bubble pipe
  • feather boa
  • necklaces of all colors, lengths & styles
  • toy weapons
  • speech bubbles to commemorate your party or theme

Get a volunteer who knows how to use a camera to take their picture for you while you greet guests. You can send the photo to them later in a thank you card, or turn it into a craft for kids – they decorate picture frames now as an icebreaker and volunteer prints the photo off, inserts it into the dried work of art to send home as a party favor.

Have the Party Backwards By Starting with the Favor Bags
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Give them their goodie bags when they arrive.

Nibbles are a great way to keep kids busy, and giving them party favor bags when they arrive is in keeping with the party theme.

Walk & Talk Backwards
backwards name tagGreet everyone with a hearty “Goodbye” instead of hello and even talk backwards if you can. Give your guests each a “Hello My Name Is” name tag with their names spelled backwards.

Set a time period at the beginning of the party and put a gold on the party goer every time they remember to:

  • call other guests their new name on the name tag
  • walk backwards everywhere they go
  • write with their opposite hand
  • anything else backwards that they come up with

Have a prize for the person with the most stickers at the end of allotted time.


Backwards Party Games

Let the games begin! Here is a selection of crazy-wild activity games to get everyone pumped up and a selection of cool-down games to get them ready to settle in to a movie or dining backwards.

Chaotic Fun: Opposite Charades
opposite charades backwards gamePlay Opposite Charades

Tape a word or phrase on a person’s back for them to guess within a specified time limit. (Have an egg timer that buzzes or set the alarm on your watch or cell phone.

Everyone else – yes everyone – acts out the clues to help him guess the answer. It’s utter chaos – and so much fun!

Want to make it even more challenging? Use the Minute to Win It countdown on YouTube for a more dramatic countdown – and only 60 seconds to guess the answer! (Make sure you narrow it down for them with Food, Person, Movie Title, Movie Character, Place, Object, etc.)

Crazy Fun: Limbo

For a backwards party you have to limbo!

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Looking for a Backwards Party Game? We have some for all ages! From learning games to crazy fun we have it all the best backwards party ideas. 4Or you can make it even crazier with the String Limbo Party Game.

This machine shoots a blacklight responsive string more than 7 feet across the room. Blacklight and limbo music are included in the machine! Easily adjustable to any height, this kit also works as a handheld limbo game. Works with 4 “AA” batteries and 4 “C” batteries. Also includes an AC adapter jack and an extra string.

Just $26.95 from Stupid.com

And if you’re limbo-ing (is that a word?), you just have to have Chubby Checker’s Limbo Rock playing in the background – which you’ll find on YouTube.

Outdoor Fun
backwards day treasure huntHave a Backwards Treasure Hunt:

  • write all the clues backwards (keep it simple by using the backwards writer at Bored.com)
  • give the kids access to a mirror so they can read easily read the clue
  • surprise them by leading back to the starting point to find the hidden treasure
  • make sure they walk backwards when going from clue to clue!

Play Simon Says but do the opposite of what the leader is saying, such as lift your left leg when they want you to lift your right leg. It’s difficult!

Play Opposite Hide and Seek (also known as sardines) where one person hides and as each person finds the leader they hide with them. The last person to find the group is the next leader who hides.

Play Replace the Flag which is the opposite to Capture the Flag. Divide group into two teams and divide your playing area into halves, one for each team. The best play area has places to hide with a large area to run – such as outdoors. Tie a colored ribbon on their arm to represent their team with a different color for each team. Their goal is to put the team’s flag (same color as their armband) on the flag pole hidden by the opposing team in their own territory within a time limit. Tagged people must go to jail in the opposing team’s area but can be rescued when teammates tag them.

Hold Backwards Races. Do all the usual party races, only perform them running backwards: egg and spoon race, crab race, sack race – a relay race is absolutely hilarious backwards.

Pen & Paper Games

Its a good idea to have a “cooling off” game before eating, and pen & paper games are perfect for that.

Get kids to write a story about a day in a backwards town:

  • which is the name of their town or city spelled backwards
  • the main character is their name spelled backwards
  • details everything they did yesterday but in backwards order or is about someone as silly as Backwards Bill

Backwards Bill is a fun poem by Shel Silverstein made even “funner” when read by him. (See the whole poem at Amazon.)


 

Older kids & adults can come up with Palindromes.

Explain that a palindrome is a word, phrase or verse that is the same when read forwards or backwards. Here are a few examples, but you can see a whole list here.
– kayak
– level
– mom
– noon
– racecar
– now I won
– nurses run
– my gym
– a santa at NASA

Then if you really want to blow their minds, here is a song by none other than Weird Al Yankovic using all Palindromes!

Source:
Photo of bubbles in sunshine by Steve Jurvetson

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Backwards Party Decorations Set the Backwards Mood

Try one or all of these Backwards party decorations to get everyone feeling . . . backwards.

TP the Party Room!

Toilet paper is the opposite of pretty streamers . . .

When the guest arrive give them a roll of toilet paper and let them go at it.

It makes for an unforgettable experience – and usually ends up being the favorite party of the party. Go figure!

We removed all the chairs and ran a string across the room along each side of the table to give the paper something extra to catch on and create a little cave under the table with all the falling strips.

(Because you must eat under the table on backwards day as you see next.)

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Eat Under the Table on Backwards Day

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If you didn’t TP the party room put a big table cloth, blanket or similar item on the table so it hangs down to create a little cave under the table.

We hung clear icicle lights and swags of red twinkle lights around the perimeter of the table to add to the party atmosphere. (We used painters tape to attach them on the underside of the table. Easy removal!)

We put pillows underneath for the kids to sit on, but you could also set placemats for each place setting, depending on the age of the kids at the party.

Backwards Balloons

1. Litter the floor with balloons instead of them hugging the ceiling
Kids love this because they can crawl through them to get under the table and kick them around. (Don’t kid yourself – adults have a blast kicking them around too!)

2. Hang balloons upside down from the ceiling
Attach the ribbons or strings on air-filled balloons (as opposed to helium-filled) to the ceiling and let them hang down so they look upside down.

3. Use custom printed balloons
In our shoppe we have customized Backwards Day balloons. These 18″ mylar balloons are a great for decorating the buffet table, the birthday boy or girl’s chair or at the entrance so everyone knows which house is hosting the party.

They also make great party favors for the kids to take home because mylar balloons tend to float longer that latex balloons.

customized backwards day mylar balloon

See how the bottom part of the balloon is empty?

  • Use a Sharpie to write each guest’s name and tie the balloon to their chair as a place setting name tag.
  • Mylar balloons make great keepsakes that can even be blown up and used again. (My kids have kept balloons from Disneyworld, circuses and even McDonalds in their keepsake boxes.) Ask guests to sign the balloon – backwards of course – as a keepsake for the birthday boy or girl or for the hostess.

Customized Backwards Party Decorations

personalized Backwards Day party supplies

We have personalized Backwards Party Day Invitations and party supplies in our shoppe: t-shirts for baby, toddler, kids, men & women, drinking glasses, serving trays, mylar balloon, tote bag, canvas party favor bag, customizable invitations, and much more.

Backwards Party Printables

These backwards party printables add to the festivity of your wild & wacky backwards day!

backwards day printable package

Backwards Party Printables Package includes:
  • Banner with letters to read: Happy Backwards Day or Happy Backwards Birthday or Happy Birthday
  • Cupcake Toppers: 2 designs – I Love Backwards Day, Wild & Wacky Backwards Day Party
  • Cupcake wrapper: red with white polka dots
  • Welcome Sign
  • It’s Backwards Day Walkway Signs: 3 designs – Goodbye, Are you walking backwards?, What’s your name spelled backwards?
  • Popcorn Box: red with white polka dots
  • Bottle Labels: 2 designs – I Love Backwards Day, Wild & Wacky Backwards Day Party
  • Party Favor Bag Topper: Wild & Wacky Backwards Day Party Prize
  • Fill-in Invitation
  • Party Hat: red with white polka dots

For more information on how printables work and photos of items used at our party see our printables page.

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Backwards Movies for Your Backwards Party

Here are some great adult movies with a backwards theme. What movie genre would your group prefer to see?

Dramatic: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

curious case of benjamin button movieThe Curious Case Of Benjamin ButtonWe have dramatic and thriller Backwards movies for your adult Backwards Party. I adore them both because they keep you thinking for days afterwards. 5 is the story of man who lives his life aging backwards.

Brad Pitt is Benjamin Button, who begins life as a tiny elderly man, blossoms into middle age and finally becomes young.

He lives in New Orleans where he meets the girl of his dreams (played by Cate Blanchett) with whom he shares a few blissful years until aging differently sends them in opposite directions.

Movie is interesting in its use of makeup artists, special-effects wizards and body doubles to make Benjamin Button age in reverse.

Thriller: Memento

memento movie for backwards partyMementoWe have dramatic and thriller Backwards movies for your adult Backwards Party. I adore them both because they keep you thinking for days afterwards. 6 is a movie where the story begins at the end and jumps backward in time in 10-minute segments. The suspense lies not in discovering what happens but in finding out why it happened. Memento achieves edge-of-your-seat excitement as it moves backwards, and it keeps your brain hopping as cause and effect are pieced together to a mind blowing twist at the end.

Directed by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight, The Prestige, Batman Begins, Insomnia) with Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential), Carrie Ann Moss and Joe Pantoliano (both from The Matrix). Pearce plays Leonard Shelby as man obsessed with hunting down whoever raped and murdered his wife. The problem is that the incident affects his ability to make new memories. Unable to retain a location, a face, or a new clue on his own, Leonard continues his search with the help of notes, Polaroids, and even homemade tattoos for vital information.

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We love both these movies!

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