Monday December 16, 2013
Remember those cookies you spent a whole week baking? Well, they're gone. That's right, the kids ate them all, and you're only an hour into your holiday party. And now they're looking for ways to burn off the sugar rush. I think I overheard one of them challenging the rest to a race to the top of the Christmas tree. First one to retrieve the star wins!
Okay, so maybe I exaggerate just a bit. But this scenario doesn't stray very far from what really happens when you gather a group of children together at Christmastime. Take a bundle of excited energy, sprinkle in a dash of candy cane sugar and, well, all I'm saying is it's a good idea to have some active play scheduled into your event.
Fortunately, if you're looking for Christmas party games
, the choices available are about as abundant as cookie recipes
. We've even got games that are sorted by theme, so if you are hosting a gingerbread party
, you can choose one of these gingerbread party games
. There are also reindeer party games
for fans of Santa's sleigh-pulling team, tree-trimming games
for your decorating party and elf-themed games
to please your little pals. And if you're looking for ways to celebrate long into the winter, snowman party games
are fun for the entire season.
Do you have a favorite holiday party game for kids? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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Monday December 9, 2013
Can you smell that? It's the second week of December and the scent of baking gingerbread is in the air. We like to do our gingerbread decorating a couple of weeks before the big day, to kick off the festivities and add our creations to the holiday decor. Long after the decorating is done and the mess has been cleaned, the houses sit, in all of their candy-adorned glory, to welcome us all the way into the New Year. Which is why I like to say we're not just making gingerbread, we're making memories.
A gingerbread decorating party
is a nice way to share those memories with friends and loved ones. I can already see the adorable table settings and hear the laughter as the children play gingerbread games
As a matter of fact, of all the choices for holiday celebrations for kids, I think this one is my favorite. Sure, it's the messiest and possibly the most time consuming (especially when you bake your own gingerbread!), but it's also the one the kids seem to enjoy the most. Most enjoyable for mom, too, is the chance to watch them become engrossed in the creative process and see their faces light up when it's time to show off their finished projects.
If that's not worth celebrating, I don't know what is.
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Friday November 29, 2013
Invite these adorable -- and yummy! --
to your next holiday gathering. Make them for a reindeer-themed party
, to serve in the classroom or as a special treat while viewing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
or your kids' favorite seasonal television special.
To make these edible reindeer, simply cut brownies into triangle shapes, insert mini pretzel antlers and top with coated candy eyes and nose. As fun to make as they are to eat, you can even let the kids decorate their own brownies. Yum!
Image courtesy of Christine Gauvreau
Wednesday November 27, 2013
It's the day before Thanksgiving; time to double check those grocery lists and dash out for that last pumpkin pie. While filling your cart with Thanksgiving dinner items, don't forget to toss in some ideas for the kids. With so many preparations to manage, it can be easy to overlook the smallest of guests. Fortunately, there are several ways to include them, even at the last minute.
These Mayflower bread boats
, for instance, are a simple way to add fun and flair to the kids' table. Created by Lisa Moore, all they require is a loaf of bread, a knife and the food you're already serving. Moore suggests personalizing the sails (made of recycled cereal boxes), which means these can also be used as place cards. Even better, no dishes to clean up!
Speaking of the kids' table, here are some last minute ideas for some kid-friendly table decorations
And since they don't all enjoy watching football, how about some Thanksgiving-themed games
to play or a Thanksgiving movie
for kids to watch in between courses?
A Thanksgiving story
is another way to entertain the kids while incorporating a little bit of the holiday's history. Gather them for a read aloud session over some apple pie, or print the lyrics to one of these Thanksgiving songs
for kids and have a little sing-along.
Do you have a kid-friendly way to celebrate? Please leave a comment to share your last minute Thanksgiving ideas for kids with other readers.
Image courtesy of Lisa Moore