Monday March 10, 2014
Every year, on the eve of St. Patrick's Day, my kids hide all of their coins and set a leprechaun trap. Every year, on the following morning, they wake to find an empty trap and the mess made by the leprechaun in his search for their precious gold. And though he is known for his mischievous antics and greed for gold, every year, he also shows his sweeter side by leaving them a small reward for so smartly and safely protecting their loot.
These leprechaun kisses
are a fun reward from the little visitor. They also make great St. Patrick's Day party favors
or gifts for your child's classmates.
Because, really, is there any better time than St. Patrick's day to enjoy some leprechaun kisses?
Do you have any fun ideas for St. Patrick's Day treats? Please share with us in the comments below!
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Friday February 28, 2014
Last summer, we attended a charity event in the park. One of the vendors, a professional photographer, was offering sessions in a photo booth. The line for this attraction was long, but worth the wait. The kids popped in, donned fancy hats and put on their biggest smiles for the camera. When they emerged, a woman handed them their prints, and then they smiled even wider.
When we got home, the photos were placed in the prime spot on the fridge - soon to be accompanied by the photo booth prints taken at the End of Summer Carnival, Autumn Festival, Halloween-o-Rama and PTA Movie Night. The kids never tired of the photo booth. Actually, they began to anticipate it. A mere mention of an upcoming event always sparked the question, "Is the photo booth going to be there?" By the time we returned with photos from the winter holiday fair, the front of the fridge looked like a scrapbook page. For each snapshot, they had gladly waited in line, along with dozens of other kids whose excitement never wavered.
Thinking this would be a great attraction for a kid's party, I logged into the photographer's website. Sure enough, their photo booth is available to rent for private events. Actually, photo booths have become rather trendy everywhere, popping up at events ranging from weddings to company picnics to backyard birthday parties.
If you want to keep the kids smiling, consider a photo booth for your next party. Photo booths range in styles and rental costs vary according to type of event and location. Of course, doing it yourself is always an option - just remember that the DIY part also includes the actual photographing and printing.
Image courtesy of Christine Gauvreau
Thursday February 27, 2014
March 2nd is the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss. Many elementary schools honor the occasion with some sort of Dr. Seuss Day celebration. Continue the party at home, too, with these ideas for a Dr. Seuss birthday party
You can also make this Dr. Seuss cake
, read classic Dr. Seuss books
and watch Dr. Seuss movies
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Tuesday February 25, 2014
The academy awards are glamorous, entertaining and exciting - for adults, anyway. For kids, however, the actual viewing of the event can be kind of boring. If you're planning an Oscar night party that includes young guests, you may want to incorporate some kid-friendly elements into the evening.
This popcorn cake
, for instance, is just one way to perk up the fun factor. Perhaps the kids can enjoy a slice while they watch their own movies or play games in another room, out of earshot of all of those long-winded acceptance speeches. You could even turn the room into their own personal movie theater, with the help of a projector shined onto a wall. Or, if you're lucky enough to live in a climate that allows, set them up in the backyard for an outdoor movie party
Invite kids to celebrate with some ideas from this Lights! Camera! Action! party theme
. Of course, they can also participate in some of the same fun elements as those at the grown-up Academy Awards viewing party before heading to their own fun event.
As for the popcorn cake, I'm sure the kids would be happy dine on that alone, but fortunately, there are more ideas for kid-friendly Oscar-themed foods
to include on the party menu.
And since the Academy awards run late into the night, perhaps the kids can dress in their very best, most fashionable pajamas, so they will be all ready for bed when Oscar night comes to a close.
Share your favorite Oscar night party ideas for kids in the comments below. We'd love to hear them!
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