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Throw a Planting Party for Earth Day

Monday April 21, 2014
planting party
Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day with the kids? How about simply heading out into the yard for a flower pot planting party? Sure, you may have to head to the garden center first to gather some supplies, but after that, this party can really be put together quickly - even at the last minute! So go ahead and invite the neighborhood kids to join yours for a celebration of Mother Earth that will truly bring more beauty into your world.

Easter Party Activity: Egg Coloring

Friday April 18, 2014
egg coloring kid

One of our family's favorite Easter traditions is dyeing and decorating Easter eggs. We like to do this on Holy Saturday, and then set the beautiful, pastel colored eggs out in a bowl for the Easter bunny to admire. Sometimes, he even hides a few of them, along with the plastic eggs he always brings.

If you're looking for a way to spend the Saturday before Easter, why not gather your kids, the neighbors or a couple of friends for an impromptu egg-coloring party? This is a great way to corral some of that pre-holiday energy that often finds kids hopping like bunnies themselves on the eve of this spring celebration.

Happy Easter to those who celebrate. And may all of your spring celebrations be as brilliantly colorful as that bowl of Easter eggs.

Do you have any egg-coloring traditions or tips to share? Please leave a comment, we'd love to hear from you!

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Celebrating Passover with Kids

Thursday April 10, 2014
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When my first-born was a little girl, she attended preschool in a Jewish Community Center. In the three years she was enrolled there, we learned a lot about Hebrew holidays and celebrations. Of all the events we attended there, the annual seder was the celebration I enjoyed most.

It's been a few years since those celebrations and each year, as Passover approaches, I often reflect and sometimes wish my second daughter had also been able to share in the same rich history and learning experiences as her sister. However, we have since moved to another state where the same opportunities aren't readily available.

If you're lucky enough to have kids with which to celebrate a seder this year, perhaps this collection of tips for celebrating Passover with kids can add to the fun.

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Easter Party Games

Monday April 7, 2014
easter games

The ham is in the oven, the egg hunt is over and the kids are ready to tear into those baskets full of goodies. Perhaps some Easter party games are just what you need to get them hopping about something other than jelly beans. And the extra activity may even help them work up an appetite for that dinner you're getting ready to put on the table.

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Easter Basket Cake

Wednesday April 2, 2014
Easter Basket Cake

This Easter basket cake is more than a holiday dessert. It can also be a fun Easter activity when you enlist the kids to help build it.

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Monster Truck Cake

Monday March 31, 2014
monster truck cake

A couple of weeks ago, my husband took our nine-year-old daughter to a Monster Jam show. They were going with friends who invited us for dinner after the show. Since I was asked to bring dessert, I thought what better way to carry on the theme of the day than with a monster truck cake?

I wasn't sure at first how I would design this cake, but after a lot of creative thought (translation: pinterest search), I discovered a way that was actually much easier to implement than I anticipated. The cake pictured is my version, inspired by a combination of ideas conjured during my "creative thought process."

If you're throwing a monster truck birthday party, I hope you are inspired, as well, to make one of your own!

Oh Hap-BEE Day!

Tuesday March 25, 2014
bumble bee party

Looking for a party theme that creates a lot of buzz? A bumble bee party theme is the way to go!

Recently, I was honored to be able to create this theme party for a toddler's birthday celebration. I can honestly say I was buzzing with excitement over every detail. As were the party guests, who wasted no time getting busy as bees with the crafts and activities.

This party theme also works well when throwing a baby shower for a "Mommy to BEE!"

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Spring Forward with Party Planning

Wednesday March 19, 2014
flower party

Many of us in the Eastern Daylight time zone may still be recovering from that lost hour of sleep after moving the clocks forward this month. As a result, the kids may feel a bit sluggish or out of sync. The good news, however, is that this feeling will soon pass as they adjust to the new time, and in exchange for the effort, will soon feel energized by warmer weather and longer days.

Take a cue from the clock and "spring forward" with your kids' party plans for the upcoming season. Whether you're planning an Easter gathering, birthday celebration or honoring the change of seasons, these top spring party themes may be just the thing to perk them up and inspire a smile that blooms like the flowers of the season.

Do you have a favorite springtime celebration for kids? Please leave a comment to share your ideas!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday March 14, 2014
shamrocks

Looking for last-minute ideas for celebrating St. Patrick's Day with kids? Well the luck of the Irish must be with you because these ideas for "going green" include everything from a shamrock-themed party to St. Patrick's Day party games to kid-friendly green food recipes.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Leprechaun Kisses

Monday March 10, 2014
leprechaun kisses

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!

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