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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!
Nothing is more boring for kids than being stuck at home doing nothing during Christmas vacation. For parents, Christmas vacation is the perfect time for family bonding and working together as a family by making fun craft projects. With Christmas being just around the corner, it is the perfect time to make winter themed crafts, or other fun craft projects that parents usually don't have time to make with their children. To make the most out of this time with your kids, here are some craft ideas that are guaranteed to be hits with children of all ages!
With Christmas being just around the corner, this is the perfect time to make fun Christmas crafts as a family. Instead of buying pre-made ornaments, consider spending a weekend making fun, homemade ornaments as family. Kids love making cute ornaments, ranging from magic scratch ornaments to fun photo frame angel ornaments. Since these ornaments are made by your children, they can all be personalized to give your tree a unique look for the holiday season. Not only will kids love making ornaments and decorating the family tree, but you will be able to enjoy inexpensive Christmas decorations made from the heart.
Nothing is better than baking cookies or cupcakes on a cold winter day with Mommy, especially when you are decorating these foods with holiday kits. With all the different winter and Christmas themed food kits, kids can make just about any food they like feel like Christmas. For a fun weekend projects, make snowman shaped cookies or cupcakes and decorate them with cute Christmas themed cupcake skirts. Kids are guaranteed to love making and eating these cool winter treats! If you are unsure what type of sweet treats to make with your kids, look at different types of Christmas themed pans and other kits that are sold as kits. They are guaranteed to make your children smile this holiday season, as well as leaving your house smelling like Christmas!
During the holiday season, it is easy to find holiday themed jewelry. You can find just about any type of holiday charm, as well as special craft kits to make cross necklaces and nativity themed jewelry. Since jewelry making is very time consuming, the winter break is the perfect time to make some of these complicated jewelry projects. If your child loves to make jewelry, you may also want to consider making more traditional jewelry, such as beaded bracelets and friendship bracelets. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy making fun crafts with your daughter that you will both be able to enjoy all year long! Don't forget that most jewelry making crafts are also great Christmas gifts to give to friends and family.
With Christmas right around the corner, many of us plan on spending the month of December going to numerous or parties. Not only do you have to fit these parties into your busy schedule, but also take the time to find appropriate gifts to give your host or hostess. Even though some people say they are out of style, it is still considered good etiquette to give your hostess a gift - and will make sure they remember you for a long time to come! With so many different items available for the , it is easy to find perfect, inexpensive winter hostess gifts for all of your favorite hosts and hostesses.
Winter Hostess Gifts - A Big Thank You
Traditionally, a hostess gift is a gift given to a host or hostess as a way to say "thank you" for inviting you to their party. This is a separate gift from a Christmas present and typically has a value of $30 or less. If you are actually staying with your host or hostess for multiple days, however, you may want to offer something more expensive, based on the amount of time you may be staying with them. Usually, a winter hostess gift is something as simple as a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates. If you are giving wine, make sure ahead of time that this is an appropriate gift based on your knowledge of the host. Try giving something that is a bit personal, but not overly so, just enough to say that you took the time to consider how much time and effort they put into organizing the party. Most of the time, a gift card is considered inappropriate since it is not a personal gift.
Unique Winter Hostess Gifts
One of the hardest things about giving winter hostess gifts during the holidays is finding inexpensive, nice gifts that are perfect for all of your hostesses. With many of us going to numerous parties during the , it is worth considering purchasing several of one item that is cute, appropriate for everyone and doesn't go against anyone's religious beliefs. For this reason, we love giving out during the holiday season. These fun, silly figures come in a variety of fun winter themes, including , , and, of course, ! Our personal favorite are the since they can be displayed throughout the , allowing you to give your favorite host or hostess a gift that they are likely to cherish even after the holidays!
Winter Hostess Gifts: Wrapping
Just like any gift, it is important you spend some time finding the right gift wrapping for your winter hostess gift. Usually the wrapping is the sign people have of knowing if they are getting a good gift or something someone quickly picked up at the store. By putting a bit of extra attention into your gift, it shows that you truly care about the amount of time and effort they put into organizing the party. Also consider going with winter themed and . Along with the right tissue paper and , your favorite hosts will not be able to wait to open your special hostess gift!
Slip on those flip flops, set out the tiki torches, and let's get the Hawaiian party started! We have everything you will want to give your kids a beach party that they will never forget. From hula skirts to colorful leis, and everything in between. We even have inflatable crabs and palm trees, and plastic seashell plates to add some color and realism. Brightly colored porcupine fish sippy cups are easy to grip, and are sure to grab the attention of the smallest members of your tropical party!
For the bigger children, your luau tableware includes coconut shaped cups with brightly colored flowers, and lovely hibiscus print plates, cups, and plastic eating utensils. You can even keep the cool juices outside at the Hawaiian party with our inflatable pineapple cooler, and sip through amusing hula skirt straws.
There are dozens of different luau decorations available, including a variety of beach balls, water games, squirting monkey heads, and much more. Sand activity sets and sand art help keep everyone occupied between exciting games, and all the children will love the feeling of being right there on the beach with their hula skirts, and authentic looking bamboo tiki torches.
And don't forget the luau party favors! Leis are available in many different styles, and we have temporary Hawaiian style tattoos, miniature beach balls for everyone, gummy candy flip flops, and delicious powder filled bottles. Make the beach party exciting and unique with "message in a bottle" invitations and a giant inflatable flamingo. This is a tropical party paradise, and the children will be excited about it for days!
And what set of luau decorations is complete without balloons of all sizes, shapes and colors? For children, inflatable balloons and toys mean that even the most exciting party is a safe and healthy one. You can even get a set of inflatable tropical fish, or some rubber duckies that are perfect for playing exciting games like duck bobbing, where different prizes are awarded as treats during the game.
What more could you want? We have beach balls of all sizes and shapes, sunglasses, fans and cups in so many different fun designs and colors that we can't list them all, and even a brightly colored luau hat for you, the beach party planner
No matter where you are, or what time of year it may be, it is always time for a children's tropical party. In fact, when the snow is piling up outside, you can entertain everyone with when you pull out the luau tableware and other luau decorations, inflate a few beach balls, and get ready for the hottest summertime party a kid could imagine.
Children love going to the beach, but unfortunately, most of us don't live close enough to enjoy the beach every day. Rather than have your kids daydreaming about your next vacation, you may want to consider having your own beach themed party designed especially for them! Not only is bringing the beach home great for your kids, but it can be a perfect opportunity to get even closer to your neighbors, allowing everyone to enjoy a fun, old-fashioned summer block party!
Backyard Beach Party: Themes
One of the hardest things when it comes to creating a beach party is picking a theme. While you can have a traditional pool party, it's usually more exciting for the children if you allow them to pick a fun theme, involving them with picking decorations and activities for all your little guests. Some popular beach themes for kids include:
If you want to make a party that is also friendly for adults, however, you may want to consider going with a luau theme. Luau decorations are perfect for most beach parties and open up a wide variety of fun decorations and lighting, especially if the party runs into the night!
Backyard Beach Party: Water Toys
The best part of going to the beach is, of course, water! When it's hot and sticky outside, nothing is better than sitting back and watching the kids play in the ocean. While we may not be able to really create the ocean, it's easy to find an inexpensive pool and fill it with fun water toys. Make it a fun experience for kids by having a variety of fun beach balls that everyone can play with in the pool. Even better, allow each of your little guests to pick out their own beach ball to bring home after the party! It's also fun to have a variety of fun different inflatable characters that kids can play with in the pool. Kids especially love toys like inflatable hammers since they can be used in spontaneous pool games.
Kids also love having water toys that can be used not only in the pool, but in the yard as well. Water guns and water balloons are fun, traditional toys that are all too often underestimated at most water parties. Kids can easily occupy themselves for hours with these simple toys, especially if they are playing with older children or adults as well. Adults should just expect to get very wet as well, with these party toys!
Backyard Beach Party: Food
If you are going to have a beach party that involves kids, you can't forget the food! To keep it simple, you may want to light up the grill, and provide the perennial favorites - hot dogs and hamburgers! After this, follow up with fun cupcakes decorated in a luau theme, or fish-shaped cupcake picks. Kids will be looking forward to dessert the moment they see these sweet treats! To keep your drinks cold and easily accessible to kids, you may want to use a cooler or inflatable buffet. These ingenious buffets inflate in a matter of minutes and can be easily filled with ice, allowing you to just fill it and chill your favorite drinks. With cold drinks, entertaining water toys, and delicious food, you can keep your guests, kids and adults, to be busy for hours!
Being the maid of honor isn't an easy job, but someone has to do it! It is usually the maid of honor and the bridesmaid's job to put together a bridal shower for the bride to be. Summer is one of the best times to have a bridal shower since you can take advantage of both the warm weather and the beautiful surroundings! Many summer bridal showers take places in local parks or a friend's backyard. Once you have the right location, creating the perfect bridal shower for your best friend is easy!
Summer Bridal Shower Themes
Finding the right theme for your bridal shower can depend on a variety of things, including your wedding colors and the general theme the bride is wishing to have for her wedding. If your bride does not have a theme already picked out, pick a theme that goes along with things your bride enjoys. For a bride that is wild and care free, you may want to consider going with a luau theme, a Hawaiian-inspired party with alcohol and a fun pool party setting for your bridal shower. However, if you have a bride that wants something a bit more elegant, go for a summer themed tea party with roses, butterflies, and other decorations. Both themes can easily be used to make a fun bridal shower that embraces the personality of the bride to be, while still allowing all of your guests to have a good time.
Summer Bridal Shower Decorations
One area where the Maid of Honor and bridesmaids stress the most when it comes to a bridal shower is decorations. With all the decorations available today, it is easy to get overwhelmed with options. Since it is an outdoor event that may not be at your own home, we recommend keeping it simple but elegant. Consider decorating your tables with artificial rose petals, and simple flower decorations that go with your theme. As well, always use disposable, plastic or paper party sets that are easy to clean up and can still look elegant. What many people do not realize is that you can even find disposable wine glasses to give that same, elegant look to all of your place settings. If you are someone's home having a patio tea party as part of your bridal shower, don't forget that you can even make the simplest things at your table decorative - like sugar cubes. Today, you can find a wide variety of themed sugar shapes or frosted sugar cubes for just about any theme!
Summer Bridal Shower Favors
Finding the perfect party favors for your summer bridal shower can be difficult, but not impossible. Since most bridal showers are for adults, you can usually go with classy party favors or candy, such as buttermints. When picking party favors for your guests, make sure you keep the theme of your shower in mind. Picking different themed candies is always safe, as well as bubbles. Quite a few bridal showers include themed bubbles, but many go for something simple, such as rose shaped bubbles or wedding themed bubble bottles. Since it's outside, you can always encourage your guests to blow bubbles during certain times at the shower, or to congratulate people who have won bridal shower party games. With the right amount of planning and decorations, you can easily create the bridal shower that will have the future bride, and guests, talking for months to come!
With Spring in full swing it's time to think about entertaining outdoors again. Hosting a garden party is an ideal way to break into outside an get-together. So get out your lawn furniture and spruce it up so that you can plan a garden party.
Food & Beverage
If you want to make it more of a barbecue, grill up the basics: hamburgers and hot dogs. Serve along with potato and macaroni salads and crisp coleslaw. If you want to add some sophistication you can plan for a variety of hot appetizers with a big salad. With that you can lay out a variety of cold cuts and breads. Fresh fruit will be appreciated. A carved watermelon filled with seasonal fruits will not only look great but taste even better. You will also want to have a few tempting desserts to accompany the coffee and tea.
For drinks you can stock up your liquor cabinet and have a full bar or serve just one or two signature drinks. You might consider making a fruity punch with a bit of a kick instead or stick to just red or white wine. If children will be attending, make sure you have plenty of soft drinks, juices and water.
Candles are a great idea and we have a great selection that will fit the garden party theme perfectly. You may want to have hanging lights instead and we have those in stock as well. You'll want to have plenty of tables and chairs for guests to sit, chat and eat and we have plenty of tableware items from which to choose. We also have bubbles so that you can place a few bottles on the table and let the guests blow them into the wind.
Because it is a garden party you want people to think of flowers, plants and planting. You can provide guests with lollipops in the shape of butterflies, daisies, or long stemmed roses. They are as pretty as they are tasty. When guests are getting ready to leave, present them with a treat bag or box and fill it with seed packets. Choose from our Palm Tree Favor Box if you are going tropical and our English Garden Watering Can Box is ideal for this.
If you are worried about the weather and have no plans for a rain date, feel free to compare prices for outdoor canopies. Even if you don't use them it will give you peace of mind knowing you have them in case you need them.
A garden party is a lovely affair to have in the afternoon. Guests can come and go at their convenience and you can reacquaint yourself with neighbors and friends you've seen rarely during the colder months.