Have you been trying to think of ways to add more homemade items to your goody bags? With many people trying to cut costs, they are deciding to try making their own treats rather than purchasing premade candies. This allows them to give more tasty treats, and focus on fun, themed novelty toys for each bag, allowing kids to go home with lots of goodies they can enjoy at home. Since every parent knows that candy is an important part of any kid's event, they decide rather than forgoing candy to make their own. While making candy at home may sound challenging, it is actually quite easy, especially with all the different candy molds and recipes that can be found for free online!
Let's face it, there are lots of adorable themed candies on the market. You can find anything from adorable animal shaped gummies to dinosaur shaped suckers. The problem with many of the candies, however, is that they can be pricy, especially if you are having lots of children at your event. This usually means that parents have to decide what to cut from their goody bags, which usually includes candy. While this may sound sad to begin with, it is actually not as bad as it seems. Along with many of the homemade recipes being easy to make, parents can pour the candy as its cooling into molds shaping it into different animals or shapes to suit the party theme. Best of all, by making their own candies, parents can ensure even children with allergies are able to enjoy all the treats in their goodie bags!
With so many different candies out there, parents can make just about anything for kids. Knowing that some parents need some extra help though when it comes to making candy for the first time, we included some of our favorite candy recipes that can be found online for free. Best of all, these homemade candy recipes are very easy to make!
- Kid Friendly Candy Recipes from About.com
- Homemade Candy Recipes for Kids from Home Made Simple
- How to Make Your Own Candy from Reader's Digest
Homemade Candy: Wrappers, Boxes, & Containers
One of the other fun things about making your own candy is being able to decorate and wrap the candy any way you like. Some family's use fancy themed wrappers for candies, while others use themed boxes that are designed especially for candy or cupcakes. Best of all, most party sites have a large selection of different types of candy containers, allowing adults to be creative when it comes to displaying or handing out the candy items. With the right containers, kids will be even more excited to try the fun, homemade candy at your next party!
With winter being here, many of us are bundling up and trying to keep ourselves warm as we deal with the frigid temperatures outside. For kids, being stuck indoors and unable to play outside is even worse, leaving parents frustrated. While it may be okay to put them in front of the TV or video game systems for a time, it is important to get kids interacting with others and having fun doing other, more creative projects. Rather than go with the same boring things this winter, consider taking a day and having a fun winter kids party with all of your children's friends!
Winter Kids Party: Crafts
Since it's too cold to play outside, consider having some fun, winter-themed crafts available for children at your party. This is the best time of year for doing fun projects that may be a bit time consuming but allow children to learn something new and fun. One craft that many children, especially little girls, love doing during the winter is learning how to make jewelry. You can find jewelry kits with a winter theme that are very simple, and some that are more complex, including beautiful beads with winter themed charms and colored beads. Sometimes they can be a bit difficult to find, so don't forget to check Christmas sections at party stores. After Christmas, you can often find snowflake and snowman kits discounted, allowing you to make adorable craft projects without the high prices!
Winter Kids Party: Treats
Another activity that is quite a bit of fun for children is making fun treats in the kitchen with mom or dad. It becomes even more fun when you have lots of little girls working together to make cupcakes, cookies, and other fun treats! To avoid a disaster, however, make sure you have everything together before little ones start working in the kitchen. If you are having lots of children, you may want to consider purchasing cookie or cupcake kits with a winter theme. These kits come with everything you need for decorating that dessert. Cookies are always a favorite since parents can make the dough ahead of time, allowing kids to make their own cookies with winter themed cookie cutters and then decorate them with sprinkles, colored sugar, and food grade paints.
If you want to be a little more creative, you may also want to consider making your own winter themed cupcakes. You can purchase snowflake or snowman themed cupcake cups, cupcake skirts, and even cupcake picks! Girls will have fun decorating their favorite cupcakes, giving them a fun winter theme! Best of all, they can share their creations when they are finished, allowing everyone to later relax and enjoy the yummy treats!
Are you struggling to keep kids busy as they are stuck home from school? Let's face it, while many kids may be excited to not have school, they can also get stir crazy when it's too cold to play outside or there just doesn't seem to be much to do other than play video games. Rather than have them bored throughout the snow day, make the most of it and turn into some fun mother and daughter bonding time! You may be surprised just how much fun you will have during a chilly snow day!
Snow Day Activities: Baking
When it's cold outside, many of us love to bake since it is a great way to warm up the house. While kids (and husbands) love eating delicious homemade treats, just think how much fun it would be for everyone to work together in the kitchen. Kids love putting on their own special aprons and making treats with adults. Best of all, you can purchase kits to make your job even easier, allowing you to have everything you need for making themed cupcakes, decorating cookies, or even making your own candy! If you want to save money, don't forget you can also buy decorative cupcake skirts and picks, allowing you to make treats look truly adorable before they find their ways into kids' tummies!
Snow Day Activities: Tea Party
We sometimes forget about it with our busy schedules, but kids love using their imagination and creating their own unique parties with stuffed friends. Rather than do something complicated, consider having a fun tea party with your daughter. This can be done by inviting a few friends over (assuming they are nearby, or the roads are safe, of course!), or just something special with you, your daughter, and her plush tea party guests. Just get out a cute tea set, make some tea, and set the table with homemade treats or snacks that your daughter helped make. Of course, this is also the time to get out the dress up clothes, allowing your daughter to feel like a real princess as she hosts her special tea party during her school snow day!
Snow Day Activities: Games
If you have a few kids over, don't forget that this is also the perfect time to bring out the boards games and spend some quality time with one another. For a few younger children together, bingo can be a lot of fun, or any number of other children's themed board games. If you have older kids involved, just make sure they don't get too competitive and discourage little ones. As well, you can encourage fair play by rewarding prizes not only to the winner, but kids who had good sportsmanship while playing! With the right amount of planning, it is easy to make a snow day fun for the entire family!
Sometimes, the very best gifts are the ones that come from the heart, made by little hands. While we all may love getting a little Valentine's Day card from our children, there is just something amazing about getting a cute little card or craft project made by them, knowing it was something they put a lot of time and energy into just to make you smile. Rather than getting the pre-made Valentine's cards and treats at your local big box retailer, make your daughter's Valentine's day even more fun by giving fun Valentine's Day treats and crafts as gifts!
Homemade Valentine's Day Treats: Cards & Crafts
When it comes to Valentine's Day, one of the most popular gifts are cards. While you can purchase pre-made cards and candies at most stores, it is much more fun to have children design their own cards and put their own special messages on their Valentine's cards. As well, you can make these cards as simple or decorative as you like, allowing kids to put their own creativity and imagination to work. Before starting, just make sure you have a variety of card-making supplies available, including markers, glitter, glue, stickers, and even foam cutouts.
Homemade Valentine's Day Treats: Cupcakes
Another homemade Valentine's Day treat that little girls love is making their own cupcakes. While you can find many complicated recipes on Pinterest, you usually don't have to do anything that complicated to make children happy. All you need is your favorite box cake recipe, icing, and a Valentine's Day themed cupcake set. These sets usually include Valentine's Day themed paper cupcake cups and decorative plastic or wood cupcake picks. Usually, you can find these in a variety of designs ranging from hearts to even animals! Don't forget too that you can use colored sugar and sprinkles to add that finishing touch to all of your homemade Valentine's Day cupcakes!
Homemade Valentine's Day Treats: Candy
Of course candy, especially chocolate, is one of those important treats that goes hand and hand with Valentine's Day. Rather than spend big money on candy, consider making your own at home! One of our favorite treats is making homemade chocolate bark. All you have to do is melt your favorite chocolate in the microwave, spread it out carefully with a parchment lined cookie sheet, and let it harden in the refrigerator for an hour. Of course, to brighten it up, you can add colored sugar or sprinkles to the chocolate before it hardens, allowing you to have cute Valentine's Day themed bark to give out as gifts. Just divide it out into cellophane treat bags and you have the perfect Valentine's Day treat that will excite all the kids at school!
For many little girls, nothing is more fun than inviting their favorite friends over for a sleepover, especially during holidays. Since Valentine's Day falls on a weekend in 2014, rather than hiring a sitter, consider working together with other moms to create a fun Valentine's Day themed sleepover for all the little girls in your life. With the right theme, girls will be busy all night long with a designated adult while the other adults have a romantic night on the town!
Valentine's Day Sleepover: Theme
If you are wanting to have a fun Valentine's Day themed sleepover, it is important that you pick the right theme. Of course, hearts are one of the most popular, classic themes for Valentine's Day parties, but this is also a time where you can be creative and have some fun! One cute theme that some adults love doing for Valentine's Day parties is animals. Kids will love giving each other animal themed valentines and watching cute romantic comedies with plush animal friends!
Valentine's Day Sleepover: Entertainment
For many little girls the best parts of a sleepover are making cute crafts with friends, dressing up, and of course, watching fun movies late into the night. For a Valentine's sleepover, consider renting or streaming romantic comedies that are age appropriate. Girls will love watching cute animals fall in love, or even enjoying a classic romantic movie with their friends - just make sure to watch the movie ahead of time to ensure it really is appropriate for younger girls! Along with movies, consider planning a heart-themed craft or two, or even homemade valentines to give to their parents, when the girls return from their fun slumber party!
Valentine's Day Sleepover: Treats
When many of us think back on our favorite sleepovers, they didn't just involve gossip and watching movies, but fun treats as well. One of the things that can be very fun for little girls is making homemade treats before the actual party begins. For example, consider making homemade chocolate bark with sprinkles, or maybe even heart shaped cookies. To make things even more fun, you can purchase food paint and heart shaped cookie cutters to make your treats even more perfect for Valentine's Day. If you want to make things in advance, you can also buy Valentine's Day themed cupcake kits, which include cute love-themed cupcake picks and paper cups, allowing you to turn your daughter's favorite cupcake recipes into the appropriately perfect party dessert!
Along with edible treats, you can also make adorable Valentine's Day themed goodie bags for all of the girls at your Valentine's Day sleepover. All you need are some cute Valentine's Day themed - whether the classic, simple hearts, or more elaborate - treat bags and cute Valentine's Day party favors. Some of our favorites are things the girls will use and love even after the party, like notebooks, pencils, and matching erasers! One thing is for certain, all the girls at your party will be excited to go to school and show off all the fun treats and stories about the awesome slumber party they attended for Valentine's Day!