How to throw an Elmo birthday

Young kids get “tickled” over an Elmo or Sesame Street birthday party and decorating for the party is as easy as A,B, C and 1, 2, 3.

1. Go through your child’s plush animals and books and pull out everything Sesame Street. Tuck Sesame Street characters around the room and stand books up as fun and easy decorations for the food table.

2. The Sesame Street website has a wonderful collection of free printables that you can use to decorate for your Elmo party including letter printables that can be used to make a birthday banner with your birthday boy’s or girl’s name.

3. Since Sesame Street is all about bold primary colors you can do a fun and simple science experiment with your child and create a pretty party centerpiece at the same time. Purchase a bouquet of white carnations. Separate into four different cups of water. Add drops of red, blue and yellow food coloring into three of the cups and add blue and yellow into the fourth cup to make green. Over night your child can watch the white carnations turn into a rainbow of colors. Arrange the flowers together for a centerpiece for the party.

4. Since letter blocks are part of the logo for Sesame Street, it’s fun to create your child’s name from letter blocks to decorate a table or even the cake for an Elmo party.

5. The Sesame Street website also has free printables featuring numbers one through twenty. Print out your child’s age and make a welcome sign for your party guests.

 

How to throw a Winnie the Pooh birthday party

I just love Winnie the Pooh, that silly old bear, and his friends Eeyore, Tigger, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Rabbit and of course Christopher Robin. Winnie the Pooh is a favorite nursery theme and it is wonderful young birthday party theme. Here are some tips for inviting your friends and family over the 100-Acre Woods to celebrate a special birthday.

Dress for success Winnie the Pooh style.

The birthday boy or girl can be dressed for a day in the 100 Acre Woods Pooh style with a red t-shirt. Mom, Dad and the siblings can done red t-shirts for the special day too and take a honey of family photo at the birthday party.

You’ve just got to have a honey pot.

Whether you fill it with flowers or serve popcorn in it, every Winnie the Pooh party has to have a honey pot. Start with a pottery crock and either paint on the letters if you want a permanent keepsake or use removable letter stickers if you just want a honey pot for the day. Don’t forget, Winnie the Pooh’s pot is a “hunny” pot.


Have your Winnie the Pooh cake and eat it too.

You can find 45 Winnie the Pooh birthday cake ideas at CoolestBirthdayCakes.com
from simple and sweet to the fanciest honey pot of Winnie the Pooh cakes.

You’re invited… to print free Winnie the Pooh invitations.

If you want save money and make your own Winnie the Pooh party invitations you can find several cute ones at the unofficial Pooh Printables Page. There’s also some cute Pooh themed lined paper there that’s perfect for thank you notes.

Decorating the 100 Acre Woods.

You can find fun printables for decorating for your Winnie the Pooh birthday party at Disney Junior website. If you have preschool age guests, these printables also make fun party favors.

Raid that plush animal collections and pull out all of the Winnie the Pooh and friends characters. Plop them along your party tables up against flower arrangements or potted plants. Arrangements of leaves are perfect for a rustic 100 Acre Woods.

How to throw an American Girl doll birthday

My daughter has long been an American Girl doll fan and thanks to her grandparents she has the Kaya doll, Felicity doll and Elizabeth doll. For her eleventh birthday, she decided she wanted to have an American Girl doll party and I couldn’t have been happier. A doll party is super sweet and easy too.

American Girl birthday party invitations:

We couldn’t resist a photo invitation with our girl and her American Girl doll inviting her friends to bring their dolls over for a play date. We worded the invitation to bring your “favorite doll” so whether anyone had an American Girl doll or not would not be an issue.

American Girl birthday party cupcakes:

The birthday cake was as obvious for a doll party so finally we decided on cupcakes. We made cupcakes with white cream cheese icing and decorated them with the American Girl purple and hot pink star emblem. The party girl loved them and it was so easy for the party host. We even found hot pink star sprinkles.

American Girl birthday party favors:

We created our own party favors that were all about dressing up the dolls. We included found travel hairbrushes that folded up, lots of ponytail holders and stick on jewel earrings. We handed the bags at the party and the girls had fun doing their dolls hair and each other’s hair.

American Girl birthday party menu:

We decided since we were having a girlie girl party that we might as well go all out with our ladies themes. We decided to set up the party as a tea party with pots of tea, pitchers of pink lemonade, teacups, assorted tea sandwiches and cookies. Use a small star cookie cutter to make cookies and sandwiches in the signature American Girl emblem.

American Girl birthday party activities:

With plain plastic frames and assorted scrapbook stickers, our party guests were able to create a picture perfect frame. We took a photo of each guests and their doll and mailed it to them in their thank you notes.

Tips for getting your child to try new foods

As the holiday approaches your children may be introduced to some new foods.  They probably won’t eat them either!  But there are a few things you can do to make it a little easier on you and everyone at the dinner table as you use these tips to teach your child, “Try it, You may like it!”

 

It doesn’t matter if they are a toddler or teen, getting children to try new foods can be difficult. Here are few tips to make “try it — you will like it” a lot more fun than it was in “Green Eggs and Ham”!

Don’t baby them with baby food. Your child will probably show a distinct preference for certain flavors or tastes from a very young age. Instead of “babying” them with the things you know they love, be sure to introduce new flavors and combinations.

Drop the drinks. Cut back on the milks and juices, even if they are the ones that includes vegetables in them, during the day and in between meals. Not only is it bad for their teeth, but it also fills their stomach, often leaving them with no desire to eat the food in front of them.

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Thanksgiving Crafts: Turkey Handprints

Handprint Turkeys

How cute is this?  I want to thank my little friends at Little Blessings Preschool for sharing this wonderful invitation with me.  Many of us have seen the cute handprints that make perfect turkey feathers for a Thanksgiving Day craft but I love this one with a family of turkeys.  The kids used the “fist down” for the bodies and got to make several handprints instead of just one to create these  turkey family handprint crafts for Thanksgiving.

These cute Thanksgiving Day crafts are fun for invitations, cards or even place mats.

Halloween party foods & more photos

A picture can say a thousand words and these Halloween party photos can give you instant ideas for creative healthy Halloween snacks and original party ideas. Forget the instructions this time, you’ll get the picture!

Recycled Halloween Crafts

Make this adorable Pumpkin Pals and Halloween photo frames from recycled materials.  Get the details here in Green Halloween Crafts.

Candy Alternatives for Halloween Party Goodie Bags

Fall Craft Bags

We like to invite our friends over for a Halloween party each fall.  I’ve been committed to not serving candy or sending our guests home with any in Halloween party goodie bags.  From trick or treating to trunk or treat parties to school parties, there will plenty of candy to go around each Halloween.

On the other hand most parents don’t really want to add any more tiny, junky toys to their collections either.  Our Halloween party goodie bag is a Fall Crafts Bag.  You can either put in specific directions for fall, Halloween or even Thanksgiving crafts or else include lots of open ended crafts supplies like pipe cleaners, pom poms, stickers and paper and fabric scraps.

We used a simple brown paper bag and reminded our guests when we handed out our Halloween party goody bags that even the bag could be used to create fall crafts. It’s a simple way to put a little “green” in your Halloween.

Easy Play Dough Recipe

1 1/4 cups water

1 tablespoon cooking oil

1/2 cup salk

2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 cup floor

food coloring, natural coloring or scents if you like (like beet juice to make it red and cinnamon for scent).

Combine all ingredients in a pan on the stove. Cook until playdough like consistency. Store in an air tight container.

Gift Idea:  Divide out into portions.  Add a small cookie cutter to the container.

 

Birthday Party Favors for Older Girls

Tweens are at such a unique age. They are caught in this cosmos somewhere between Strawberry Shortcake and Rhianna. Once kids get to the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth birthday, bottles of bubbles and sidewalk chalk just aren’t going to win tween favor in the birthday party favor department. My own tweenager has been both hostess and guest at several tweenage parties. We’ll share the best summer party favors for tween girls here. Continue Reading …