|Chalk Sign / Popcorn Maker|
|Wickedly Cute Body Suit / Cat Ears Headband Similar|
It is just over a month till Ashlyn’s first birthday and I have quite a lot of planning to do.
- Take Pictures
- Smash Cake
- Birthday Pictures
- Make or Order Cupcakes
- Make or Order Smash Cake
- Make invitation list
- Make invitations
- Order birthday outfit
- Organize games & activities
- Order or Make Food
- Set up Decorations
So back to the shower. Here is my set up for when people walk in. I got the tutu from Zulily and the dress form and large Paris picture from Hobby Lobby. The little pink ballet shoes were a gift for my girls from my cousin and the Paris box is from Michael’s. It matched the picture perfectly.
I had mine and Ashley’s baby clothes lined up by the front door. I failed here because I didn’t have enough clothes pins to hold them all so this was my sad little solution, ha!
|Ace’s Pirate outfit from Zulily|
When my sister had her house warming party I offered to make my Mom’s Salsa Taco Dip. It is pretty much the easiest thing you can make ever and it is delicious!
- Mix together cream cheese, sour cream, salsa and taco seasoning together in a bowl.
- Next cover bottom of a glass container with the mix
- Layer lettuce on top of mix
- Top lettuce with tomatoes
- Load up on the shredded cheese
- Add black olives to top and done!
One of the primary challenge that comes with hosting any kids’ birthday party is keeping all of those little ones busy until it’s time for their own parents to take them home. Between the excitement and the sugar contained in a typical birthday party just keeping up can be more than a parent can do. Games will wear them out, but choosing craft activities will give them an opportunity to be creative while they play, and may even leave them with a great souvenir to take home with them.
Finger puppets are great fun and each child can take home their own set! Use pipe cleaners or fabrics, and don’t forget the classic brown-paper-bag-puppets we all made when we were kids. For longer parties or sleep over celebrations, you could also have them decorate a cardboard puppet stage and come up with a show to put on before the end of the night. Flex that visual creativity AND their storytelling skills, while building a little story-time into the evening to mark the time to bring it to an end.
A mural is an excellent activity for kids, and something that your child can keep and decorate their room with to remind them of the great party you threw for them, and of all the friends who wanted to come and celebrate him or her. This is probably an activity best planned for outdoors or in the garage, but with the careful use of a tarp or a series of newspapers, it can be accomplished inside pretty safely. Remember to make sure that each child is getting a chance to participate and a space to work in, whether or not they’re the most artistic of the group.
Decorating T-shirts is lots of fun, and each kid will have a specially made item to take home! Use crayons or grease pencils for younger kids to reduce the mess, but for an older group consider setting up outside for tie-dye. It’s really a very simple process, requiring only die and rubber bands, and anyone can do it. All you do is twist up a part of the blank T-shirt and put the rubber band around it, then dunk it into the color you want. Trial and error will lead them to the best combinations of colors and the patterns they prefer, so having a few blank shirts for each child is a good idea.
It’s all about color
This does require a few more elements than most of the craft ideas proposed above, but your party guests will be blown away when you teach them to use mirrors and paper to make a homemade kaleidoscope! Let the kids cut up the colorful paper and decorate the outsides of their tubes, then learn about refracting light when it comes time to put together the mirror and enjoy the beautiful colors. Each one will be entirely unique, and the kids will love taking home the kaleidoscope they made themselves.
Working with clay is a great activity for kids as it gives them an opportunity to really get their hands dirty while being creative and productive, but it can seem impossible to accomplish at home, since a proper kiln should heat up to nearly 2000 degrees. However, there are some great no-fire or air-dry clays on the market. Ceramics made with these items won’t be waterproof or oven-safe, but they will be handmade and great for decoration or storing things like keys and change.
Author Info: Jenny Franklin is a mom, a party planner, and a freelance writer. She currently writes for PartyPail, girls’ birthday party supplier.
|Ace’s invite, details have been edited|
|Cake, Cupcakes and Treats, oh my!|
|Loved his cake!|
It’s Monday again. The weekend went by to fast. I ended up being sick with tonsilitis most of it too.
Friday Branden and I went to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory, so good!
Saturday was my cousin’s baby shower, which was fun but also really hard. Everyone asked me when we would be having a baby. If they only knew how hard we are trying! My cousin’s baby’s name is going to be Colton. I love that name! My sister and I spent Friday night making a diaper cake. It turned out pretty good and my cousin loved it. I was really proud of us. We also went to Target before that and I realized we probably shouldn’t be allowed in stores together because we turn into little kids. We hit all the buttons on toys that make noise, dress up in weird things. It was a lot of fun though.
Then on Sunday I went to the Minute Clinic again and I have tonsilitis. So now I am going to the ENT doctor on Thursday after my OBGYN appt.
On a way to awesome note…WE PAID OFF BRAN”S CAR!
|Ash and me with Colton’s presents|
|We kick butt at baby shower games|
|My Mom’s side of the family|
|Ginger Bread Martini|