Kid’s Valentines

Let’s get cute and creative.  A small gesture of love, friendship and kindness are what valentines mean to me, if you get them in the mail or at school.  School valentines can be simple and sweet.  I’m a big fan of non candy ones cause well my kids are still working on candy from halloween.

Most schools request that the valentines be non student specific, and if candy it be store bought in packages so parents can make the call on whether or not to allow their kiddo to have it.  We always goes with a blanket message of “To my friend” “from…” Which than allows each kid to write their own name.  It is a great assignment for those pre-school students and those need the extra practice on fine motor skills and writing.

These are some of the ones I’ve done over the years.

These cute little heart containers were easy to find at our local grocery store and 3in bags did the trick.  Click here for the free printable heart beat tags. There are two kinds one for friends and one for teachers.

 

Bouncy ball were tons of fun and the colors made them super appealing.  The practice cutting and writing was great for my little one.  Creating Really Awesome Fun Things really came thru for me with the free printable.

 

This was last year; as according to second graders click pencils were so much cooler.  A printer, some washi tape and we were done.  For the free printable click Heart Beat Pencil Tags

 

Also thanks to PluckyMomo.blogspot.com. These were on tab for this year.  Small 2in bags and festive stamps from the dollar spot.

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As I look back I realize we have done tons.  Look for a second post with more ideas.  Feel free to share what easy and fun ideas you do for your valentine.

 

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Thanksgiving Time

Gathering friends and family around a table for a break from the daily routine and grind is a welcome season in our house.  After 4th of July, Thanksgiving is my favorite.  Are you looking for simple ways to keep things festive, fun and stress free.  Start by deciding what type of Thanksgiving you are going to host a buffet or sit down.  Divide duties from there.  Everyone is usually happy to help so don’t feel bad for dividing up the work.  Our assignment last year was kid friendly place cards, the centerpiece, and some desserts.

Using toilet paper tubes we cut them in half and pulled out the construction paper.  Off we went to tracing hands.  The kids loved this part and since they have different sized hands they fit perfectly fanned out as feathers.   A little glue and a marker and we were done.

Center pieces don’t have to be crazy massive or over the top, unless you want to go that route.  I chose to go with a pre-arranged beautiful piece last year.  I was drawn to this arrangement because it was all in a cornucopia.  I realize that my monthly decorations are not as vast for Thanksgiving so I love items that can be repurposed for the next year.  This cornucopia could be saved and used again as a floral arrangement, or mantle piece.

Let’s talk culinary talent.  My mother-in-love found this butter made in the shape of a turkey.  Well above my pay grade and skill set. 

Let’s talk pie.  Each family has their own traditions when it comes to dessert.  We always have an apple and pumpkin, from there it just grows.  Favorites include maple walnut cake, pumpkin cheese cake, chocolate chiffon, blueberry, strawberry rhubarb, and some turkey shaped sugar cookies.   Yum!

 

With less than a week til Thanksgiving what’s on your family’s dinner table that is unique or special?  Share below.

An Elephant and Purple Glitter Birthday Party

Sweet, simple and special. Using elephants, glitter and the color scheme purple and grey for my little lady who’s turning 3 this year.  My dear friend Julia at the blog A Little Bee Told Me helped me out with the invitations, decorations, some of the stickers and labels.

Let’s set up and decorate.  This has to be one of my favorite steps.  I spend weeks collecting and thinking thru each area so to see it come together is just the best moment for me.  I often try not to buy items and just collect items that are already around my house.  It doesn’t have to be expensive to be special.

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I went a bit nuts and yes taped purple labels on the waters and used a cookie cutter for the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  But I will say because they were cute they didn’t last and were gobbled up.  You can also get a glimpse of the birthday girl in her purple tutu.  To read about her love of tutus click here.  I used a roll of paper under all the serving dishes.  It was a super cute and easy way to label all the food without having to put much work into it, just a purple marker.

This year’s dessert was, the classic, cake and ice cream.  I pre-scooped black raspberry ice cream into cup cake wrappers so it was easy to serve and looked cute on the plate.  Audra at Mad Hatter Bakery worked her magic and mixed up this beautiful cake.

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We had to complement the cake with some sweet treats.  My mother-in-love’s first attempt at cake pops and my first attempt at frosted rice krispy treats.  They were yummy and we both have be perfected their look over time.

Party favors were small and simple.  I actually used white boxes that were left over from our wedding hotel welcome packages.  They were perfect.  Printed the elephants on sticker paper and a sharpie marker and they were all set.

 

We’ve been very lucky to have such beautiful weather during our children’s birthday parties.  Being outside is such a part of childhood that, we welcome.  We are blessed with lots of family and friends so to fit them in our small house would be so comical.

 

To see my son’s 3rd birthday party with a Firemen & Dalmatian theme click here.

Look Whoo’s Turning Two

This year’s party evolved because of some fabric I found on one of my crafting hunts.  I wanted to make a fun tutu kinda skirt as my little lady would wear a tutu every day of the week if I let her.  We had to narrow it down to Tutu Tuesdays a day when she wasn’t going to be playing in the mud or on the playground at school nor have to ask others to deal with all that tulle.  The fabric I found had owls and sweet girlie colors all over it.  I made it into a tutu for my birthday girl to wear.IMG_2212My good friend Julia at the blog A Little Bee Told Me came thru for me yet again with adorable invitations.

Time to set the tables.  A quick trips thru Michael’s craft stores for wooden owls and stickers were perfect to be sprinkled around the table.  I like to have a special area for the cake to be displayed before we get to dessert.  People love to take a quick peek at the design, as well as it gives me a place to make sure all items are out at ready like plates, candle, knife etc.  My sister was away for the party this year but she found and sent along a special owl plate that the birthday girl used.  IMG_2078IMG_2083Did a little set up of fun activities around the yard for the kids and adults to keep all entertained.  Made the sweet little owls out of paper lanterns and construction paper and a flag for the top of the swing set in the same fabric as the birthday girl’s tutu.  Let say it was a lesson in sewing triangles and took a few tries.  IMG_2080IMG_2079

Playing with Uncle Steve at the sand table is so much fun.  The sand table was also filled with purple glitter to match our theme.

Time for cake!  Thanks to Audra at Mad Hatter Bakery the cake and cupcakes looked adorable and oh so yummy.

Everyone left the party with giant bouncy ball (pictured above) and owl loot bag.   It made for tons of fun all party long in the yard, and it was a gift that would get used by a kid of any size.  IMG_2077

A wonderful time with wonderful weather.  Until next time, a year that will surly fly by.  Enjoy being 2 little lady.

 

To read blogs about my daughter’s other birthdays click below…

A Pink & Green 1st Birthday Party

Firemen & Dalmatians Birthday Party

Time to set the house a blaze for my little guy’s 3rd birthday party.  The pre-school TV show Paw Patrol is pretty big in our house right now and the dalmatian pup named Marshall has a place of honor.   That being said it made planning this party a snap.

We filled the windows of the house with construction cut outs of flames and filling his rain boots with flowers to help decorate.  I collected every fire truck and hat we owned and they became the centerpieces and accents throughout the house.

We sprinkled the walk way and front yard with flames cut out of foam that were glued onto popsicle sticks.  The kids had a blast using the water squirt extinguishers to try and knock them over.

The fun didn’t stop there as I took a stuffed animal cat (aka unicorn my daughter had) and tied a string around it.  The kids had fun climbing a step stool with the fireman dress up gear, we had so they could save the kitten in the tree.

After all the fun and games it was time to eat.  It was a simple meal with sandwiches and deli wraps.  I cut more flames out of foam for the cutlery, and used balloons that are actually cow print for dalmatians.

Cake time is easy and yummy with a sheet cake from our local market.

It was a sweet day filled with friends and family.  We thanked our guests for coming to celebrate with everyone taking home their own fireman hats and water squirt extinguishers.

IMG_7223Granted all this party fun happens on the weekends and on no school days, so on your actually birthday I have to send a special lunch into school and a visit to a real fire truck. IMG_7056

How do you make birthday’s special?

 

To read blogs about my son’s other birthdays click here…

Milk & Cookie Monster Birthday Party

Birthday Bash

Birthday Bash

I will admit I love kid’s birthdays.  The themes alone can be so much fun to play with.  My husband and I just hosted an UNO themed party for our son who turned 1 this month.  By far the cheapest decorations I’ve gotten.  I bought a pack of playing cards and just went WILD.  It all started pouring them over my toddler’s head to snap pictures for his invitations.  The finial product came thru thanks to A Little Be Told Me.  She does awesome work and has done all of our invites since 2010.

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Of course we had to set the tone at the front door.

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Gave my amazingly talented sister these sticks to which she created these stunning floral center pieces. Playing off the colors black, red, green, blue and yellow.

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I couldn’t help myself and had to have some fun with the table tents, and table setting. IMG_8435IMG_8438IMG_8434

Can’t leave out a monthly photo display (I made sure I pulled these cards first as not to glue all the ones I needed to my wreath)

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And of course some fun party favors.  Mini UNO cards for each to take.  IMG_8508IMG_8506

Finished the whole event with personalized thank you notes that my sister found for us.

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A WILD good time had by all.  A year went quickly and so much happened in such a short amount of time.  The weather was perfect but spending time with family and friends was by far the best part.

To see my daughter’s 1st birthday party with a pink and green theme click here.