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How To Entertain Children At An Outdoor Wedding

By Designed 2B Sweet July 19, 2014 389 Views No comments

Looking for ways to entertain kids at your outdoor wedding? While many of us love children, they sometimes need distractions at long social events, especially weddings. We have almost all been to a wedding where children were out of hand or just not cared for, which can leave adults feeling especially uncomfortable at an outdoor wedding since they feel someone should be responsible for the children. Rather than leaving kids to run crazy during your outdoor wedding you may want to consider having fun activities for children at the reception area, allowing them to have fun while adults enjoy the main event. You may even just be surprised at how easy it is create the perfect entertainment for kids at an outdoor wedding!

Have a Craft Area

It is quite common for children to have their own table at the reception, but sometimes it can be difficult to encourage them to stay at the kids' table. Rather than just trying to keep kids busy with bubbles and little activities, consider having a craft table with special activities going throughout the wedding and party after. Having children make jewelry, little wooden craft kits, or even cute photo holders for the bride and groom to display their wedding pictures after the big event can keep their imagination engaged and their attention focused. Kids will love having the opportunity to make unique gifts that they can give the bride and groom to open later! Not only will it keep kids busy, but they will look forward to showing off all their unique creations!

Hire an Entertainer

Over the past few years, more couples have been hiring entertainers for children at their wedding. These entertainers can include clowns, puppeteers, or even costumed characters. While this option can get pricy if you aren't careful, it is something many kids will love, especially if you have children of your own involved in the wedding. Just make sure you are clear about the ages of the children who will be attending, what you are expecting the entertainers to do, and how long they will be at your reception. You may even be able to get a quick picture of you with your child's favorite character while in your wedding dress, creating an adorable wedding picture of you and the child(ren) at your wedding.

Rent Activities

Sometimes one of the best ways to keep kids busy is by making sure they are physically active. If your outdoor wedding is a bit more casual, consider renting activities for the kids, such as bouncers and inflatable slides. These activities are relatively inexpensive if they are rented for only the time of the reception and allow kids to have fun while adults enjoy the wedding reception and socializing themselves. Just make sure to tell parents to bring an extra set of clothes if kids will also be attending the actual wedding ceremony as well. This will make sure children look perfect for pictures but are also able to have a good time later when they are playing outdoors with new little friends!

Beach Activities For Kids

By Designed 2B Sweet July 19, 2014 388 Views No comments

Are you planning on bringing your kids to the beach this summer? While the beach can be a lot of fun, it can also be very overwhelming for children. Not only is there a huge ocean to play in, but lots of people coming and going. To make sure that your trip is as stress free as possible, it is important that you plan out the day, making sure that kids are having as much fun as possible and not getting bored or overwhelmed. Luckily, with the right plans, you can keep kids busy with a variety of fun beach activities!

Build A Sand Castle

If it is your child's first time to the beach, building a sand castle is a must! Children love being able to work with friends or even their parents to create a fun sand castle that they can show off to all their friends. Before going to the beach, remember to bring at least a bucket, shovel, and any sculpting tools you think you will need for building your special castle. Just make sure to bring a waterproof camera too since the water and other people can accidentally damage a sand castle before you have the time to get your cellphone or a proper camera from the car. Kids will love to look at their special creation once they are home from the beach, preserving the memory with a fun picture!

Play Sports

While swimming is one thing that many kids love, many of them don't want to stay in the water all day. For younger kids, playing fun beach ball games is almost a must. You can do anything ranging from simple volleyball to playing kick ball on the beach. Since beach balls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, you can find the perfect one for your children. You can even find colorful, animated character beach balls, making kids even more excited to get up and play! For older kids, don't forget about other traditional games, depending on what is available at that beach, possibly including volleyball, basketball, frisbee golf or more! Just make sure to check online to see what your intended beach offers before arriving.

Exploring The Beach

Do you have a child that is curious about nature and everything around them? You can use this curiosity to your advantage by having children learn about the beach itself by collecting sea shells, looking at fish, and even various plants that live in the ocean. While it isn't recommended to take fish and animals from the beach itself, you can bring home empty seashells and other little items collected from the beach itself. Kids will love being able to go home and show their friends all the neat things they collected during their trip to the beach!

July is National Ice Cream Month

By Designed 2B Sweet July 19, 2014 446 Views No comments

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Not only is this the time of the year where you can find killer ice cream sales, but an excuse to enjoy ice cream with your children. I mean, how many times can you say you have an excuse to finish an entire quart of ice cream in one sitting? While it may not be worth it calorie wise, the smiles all around make it worth the extra exercise later. So, what could be more fun than enjoying ice cream outside with your kids? Well, an ice cream party, of course!

Really Its National Ice Cream Month?

So what is National Ice Cream Month? it is a fun day where everyone can enjoy one of their favorite treats guilt free. This fun little celebration started on July 14, 1984, when President Ronald Reagan declared the month of July to be devoted to ice cream with a presidential proclamation. Since then it has been celebrated all throughout the US with fun ice cream events and amazing sales from the various ice cream makers. In other words, it gives us an excuse to enjoy this delicious dessert with our friends and family!

Food Ideas At Your Ice Cream Party

Of course, you can't have an ice cream party without ice cream. For a great party, we recommend a variety of different types of ice cream, definitely including ice cream sandwiches. Since all of us like to eat things other than ice cream, at least every once in a while, traditional grilling and BBQ foods are great as well - who doesn't enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers before digging into the ice cream? To cut down on the mess, however, we do recommend getting some ice cream themed tableware for the party.  Putting an ice cream table cloth on a picnic bench with cute cups and plates turns a boring picnic into a fun ice cream party for your entire family!

Games & Prizes

What is a party without games and prizes? Just like any party, you can find fun ice cream themed games, ranging from bean bag tosses to piñatas - no need to make the ice cream eating contest official!  If weather allows, have some of your other favorite games there as well, including board games. To go along with the theme, however, make sure to have ice cream-themed prizes for the kids, like jewelry, toys, or even yummy looking school supplies that kids can use once they go back to school in August or September. Just make sure your prizes are age appropriate, and remember the fun ice cream bags so kids can carry their cool prizes home after the party. Kids will have so much fun at your ice cream party, don't be surprised if they want to have them throughout the month of July!

Ladybug Party

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Do you have a little girl who loves ladybugs? While most girls aren't too crazy about most bugs, this beautiful red and black insect is one of the few that girls most girls can agree is cute. Over the past few years ladybugs have actually gotten so popular that many little girls even want to have a cute ladybug birthday party. Luckily, these parties are not only are these parties cute but very easy to set up, allowing you to make the perfect party for your daughter and her friends!

Ladybug Decorations

What is a birthday party without decorations? Like many other party themes, it is easy to find ladybug party decorations as long as you know where to look. One of our favorite decorations is actually something you might never consider - a ladybug piñata. This adorable piñata looks like an oversized cartoon bug, perfect to be filled with small ladybug toys and candies. If you are having a hard time finding the right decorations, just go with black and red decorations in streamers and other decorations you want for your party. With the right preparations it will be easy to make your room look perfect for any little ladybug!

Ladybug Tableware

Like any party, cute tableware is the key to bringing your party table together! While a cute ladybug cake is obviously a key element of the birthday table, you should also have other decorations. With kids going about at the party, we recommend not trying to use good dishes or things you will have to wash later. This can lead to not only mess, but all too often broken dishes as well. Avoid the stress and consider getting ladybug themed paper tableware. This will not only reduce after-party stress, but leave your table looking even cuter, especially when kids are eating birthday cake from cute ladybug dessert plates.  If you do decide to forgo the cake and do cupcakes, don't forget that you can also buy cute ladybug cupcake picks and decorations as well for cupcakes!

Ladybug Costumes

Of course, most little girls love to play dress up, especially at their own birthday party. One of the easiest ways to make your little girl feel special on her big day is letting her dress up with her own ladybug wing and headband set. These sets look similar to fairy wings, but look like your daughter's favorite black and red insect. Mix this with ladybug themed jewelry and your daughter can be a special ladybug princess at her birthday party. Since these sets are fairly inexpensive you can even buy one for each girl at the party without spending a fortune! Just make sure when you send out invitations that people RSVP so you know exactly how many of these cute sets to buy!

Paris Birthday Party

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Planning a special Paris themed birthday party? For many parents, nothing is more frustrating than planning a party for their tween or teenager. Many girls want a girly birthday party, but they don't want a childish party. This can seem to limit options for some parents. Yet, most girls dream on going to a romantic trip to Paris and being able to see sights like the Eiffel tower for themselves. With how much girls love Paris, why not have a Paris themed birthday party? You may even be surprised at just how easy it is to make one of these parties!

Dress Up In Parisian Style

When many girls think of Paris, they first and foremost think of the Eiffel tower, and fashion. Any good Paris party will be sure to incorporate both. Getting the fashion side of things, however, can be tricky. For tweens, the best way to do this can be having girls come pretending to be runway models, or playing dress up with their favorite costumes. You can even add some flare to the party with sparkly hats that are perfect for any little diva. It may even be fun to let girls have their own Paris style fashion show for both their parents and friends. The trick is letting older girls feel special and dress up for the event.

Paris Themed Decorations

What is the most important display you can have at a Paris birthday party? The Eiffel tower, of course! This can be as simple as cardboard centerpieces that look like the Eiffel tower, or getting replicas of the tower that you can find at some stores.  It doesn't matter if its paper, metal, or even plastic - it is important for bringing together any Paris party. Once you have that, you can add other decorations to bring the party together, such as pennant banners or even making sure all the gifts are hidden away in special Paris gift bags. If you are having smaller children at the party, don't forget to also have decorations that they can enjoy as well - more traditional party elements like balloons.

Food For Your Paris Party

While many people think of Paris for the Eiffel tower and fashion, it is also known for its wonderful cuisine. For any person who dreams of a trip to Paris, it is important that you bring a taste of Paris to their birthday party. Have Paris themed dishes or even pastries for them to enjoy with their guests. Your tween or teenager will truly feel special and like an adult with a fancy, grown-up style meal at their party.  Of course, that doesn't mean you can't also have traditional birthday party food, like cake or cupcakes. Just make sure to dress up any cupcakes for the occasion, with Eiffel tower cupcake picks and special cupcake cups for your special Paris birthday party!