Winter Birthday Party Ideas

Winter Birthday Party Ideas

The holidays are over so now it’s time to turn to Winter Birthday Parties.  If your child has a Winter Birthday then you know how challenging a party can be.

A Winter Birthday pretty much calls for an indoor venue, unless you plan on taking everyone skiing, ice skating, or dog sledding.  Not bad ideas if you live in an area where these activities are available.  But for the rest of us who aren’t so fortunate here are some winter birthday party ideas for you!

winter birthdayFrozen Party

One of the first ideas that come to mind is a Frozen Party.  You can’t get any more wintery than that!

It’s the perfect theme for your little princess, maybe not so perfect for your little prince.  If you do decide on a Frozen party for a little boy you can focus on Olaf instead of the princesses![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

winter birthdayWinter Wonderland

A Winter Wonderland party is a good alternative if your child isn’t into the Frozen thing.

It’s pretty much the same as a Frozen Party only without the princesses.  [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

winter birthdaySledding Party

Take the kids outside for some sledding and other snow activities.  Okay, this only works if  there’s snow outside.

Then usher them into the house for a hearty lunch!  Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches are my favorite cold weather comfort foods.

Setting up a hot cocoa bar will add to the fun!

Click here for more sledding party ideas from the Spruce.

 

winter birthdayBeach Party

By the end of January you’ll probably be dreaming of sun drenched beaches, so why not bring the beach to you!

Throw a Beach Party!  It’s a great theme for teens and tweens.  You can center it around Disney’s Teen Beach Party movie or use your own ideas.

Hang posters and pictures of the beach.  Add a palm tree or two and some plastic pails and you’ve got a beach party.

Serve a refreshing fruit salad to give it a tropical feel and don’t forget the Hawaiian Punch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kids’ Thanksgiving  Craft Table

Kids’ Thanksgiving Craft Table

 

Whenever we have a large family get together with lots of kids we like to set up a special table Kids’ Table.  Not only does it frees up room on the dining table it makes them feel special, and keeps the kids entertained during the meal.

This works great on Thanksgiving!  Set up a kids’ Thanksgiving craft table within view of adults so you can keep an eye on them.  Keep them busy coloring their own place mat before the meal.  A cute pilgrim hat crayon holder on each place setting keeps crayons hopefully on the table and not the floor!  The table can convert into a craft table after the meal to keep kids busy while adults clean-up, watch the game, or just visit.

 

Remember it doesn’t have to be fancy, just FUN!

Here are some cute ideas from Fiskars to help you set up your own Thanksgiving Kids’ Table.  For cheap craft ideas click here!  For fun treat ideas click here!

Make each child a table card with his or her name using a brown paper bag,  cardstock, and foam letters.  Trim the bag with pinking edgers, push the pointy corners in, fill with newspaper or better yet a popcorn ball and form into shape.  Insert bone cut out from cardstock and staple close.  Glue foam letters on.
Set sail with this “Mayflower” cup.  Cut out a circle of blue cardstock for the coaster.  Cut out the sails from thin foam, punch holes on the top and bottom, thread in straws and plop in to brown paper cups.
Pilgrim Hat crayon holder using paper cups, cardstock, and construction paper.  Cut out the bottom of a black paper cup with a craft knife.  Glue it on upside down to a circle cut from black cardstock, glue on construction paper band and buckle.
Thankful Tree made from cardstock as your centerpiece.  Cut out a tree shape from brown cardstock.  Fold each in half lengthwise.  Glue folds together to make tree stand up.  Cut out leaves from construction paper.  Glue leaves to tree.

 

Prefer a Turkey crayon holder?  Make these pinecone turkeys from Amanda’s Parties to go.

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Or just cover the entire table with brown paper, you can buy them in rolls, and have the kids go at it!  That’s what The Frugal Homemaker did![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

This idea from Rusty and Rosy turns juice boxes into turkeys.

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A popcorn filled paper bag turkey doubles as a centerpiece and a snack.  Great idea from One Charming Party.

Instructions here!

DIY Halloween Party Ideas

DIY Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween PartyOur family loves Halloween.  We have so much fun decorating, making costumes, and best of all throwing a Halloween Party for friends and family.

When Halloween falls on a weekend, like it does this year, it’s extra fun.  We like to host a Halloween party in the afternoon then take everyone out to trick or treat when the sun goes down, with a quick costume change of course.  (When Halloween falls on a weekday we usually throw the party the weekend before)

Here are some ideas to inspire you to throw your own Halloween Party.  Your little goblins and ghouls will love it!

Halloween Party

Halloween Punch is always a party favorite, specially when it comes out of a bubbling fog covered bowl.

We use green colored Hawaiian punch “spiked” with Sprite and place the punch bowl in a cauldron with dry ice.

Never put the dry ice directly into the punch bowl, and never handle dry ice with bare hands.

Here’s a Video from Chow Tips on how to safely use dry ice in your Halloween Punch

Serve ghoulish foods and place them in fun bowls.  We have a battery operated treat bowl with a skeleton hand that grabs guests when they reach for a treat.  I got it several years ago from Walmart.

Just A Taste

These cute Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops are always a big hit.
Click here to learn how to make them.

Halloween Party

Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies are easy to make with refrigerated Pillsbury Cookie dough and canned frosting.

Click here to learn how!

 

 

 

For healthier non-candy treats check out the ideas on Listotic.

Halloween Party

Utilize “scary” ingredients from your pantry and fridge to create simple ghoulish treats.

Olives make great “spiders”, use them to top pizzas, deviled eggs, and more.

Sources:

My Recipes
Kiddie Foodies
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
Food.com
Recipe Runner

Grapes make great “caterpillars” when skewered on wooden sticks and great “eye balls” in a fruit salad.

Halloween Party

Don’t forget to freeze plastic spiders and eye balls in ice trays for some Halloween drinks!

Halloween Party

Decorate inside and out!  You can do it inexpensively with Dollar Store finds.

Click here for decorating ideas using Dollar Store Finds!

Glow sticks make cool Halloween Decor, or decor for any other event too!

Click here for glow stick decorating ideas!

Halloween Party

No party is complete without games, and Halloween Parties are no exception.

Bobbing for apples is always a hit and so is the sensory game involving touching foods and naming the “body part”.

Click here for game ideas!

We like to wind things down either before or after trick or treating by reading the kids a Halloween book or watching a not too scary Halloween Movie.

Click here for a list of Halloween reads!

Click here for some not so scary Halloween movies!

 

Shop Halloween Party Supplies on Zazzle.com

 

6 October Kid’s Party Themes

6 October Kid’s Party Themes

October

October is a fun month to have a birthday party. There are so many themes to choose from it will be hard to decide which one you want to use.

Bright fall colors make eye popping decorations.  Take advantage of the bounty of fresh fruits and veggies fall offers and serve healthy party food like zucchini pizza!

 

 

Here are 6 party themes for your October born child.

October

Halloween Party!

For late October birthdays there’s nothing wrong with combining the birthday party with a Halloween party.  You’ll only have to decorate once!

There are so many fun treats, games, and activities for kids with this theme including Frankenstein Marshmallows, bobbing for apples, and watching scary or not so scary movies.

Click here for fun Halloween Party ideas!

October

Flintstone Party!

In honor of Bam-Bam’s, of Flintstone fame, how about a Pebbles & Bam Bam or Dinosaur Party?

Greet guests with a giant inflatable dinosaur to set the tone and serve Stone Age goodies like Dino Bones (chicken lollipops).

Sources:

Savvy Nana
Not Just a Mommy
Glorious Treats
Not Your Normal Steam

October

Mad Hatter Tea Party!

October 6 is Mad Hatter Day!  Throw a Mad Tea Party complete with flamingo croquet field.

This is essentially an Alice in Wonderland themed party, just emphasize the Hatter by using more tea cups and top hats in your decor.

Click here for Wonderland party ideas and FREE Printable!

Click here to learn how to make flamingo croquet set!

Click here to learn how to make tea cup floral centerpieces!

 

October

Grover Party!

October is Grover’s birthday too.  Throw a Sesame Street themed party starring Grover of course!

It might be fun to set up a cookie buffet for this party, instead of treat bags let guests choose their favorite cookies to take home.

Learn how to DIY your own cookie buffet click here!

Sources:

Savvy Nana      Ms. Fox’s Sweets
Melly Moments              HWTM
The Purple Pug

October

Firetruck Party!

October 9th. is Fire Prevention Day, a Fireman or Firetruck Themed Party is definitely in order!

Grab some plastic fireman hats from the party store and let the kids have a blast!

Sources:

Loving My Nest
Smart Party Planning
Spaceships and Laserbeams
Director Jewels

October

Wonder Woman Party!

Last but not least October 24 is Wonder Woman’s birthday.  Throw a Super Hero Themed party starring everyone’s favorite female hero, Wonder Woman!

Sources:

Pizzazzerie
Life’s Sweet Moments
Anders Ruff
Kara’s Party Ideas
Parties and Patterns (free printables)

For more Super Hero ideas and free printables
check out Devon’s Super Hero Party!

Planning your Themed Party?  Let us design custom party stationary for you!  We design everything from invitations to menu cards specially for you!

Order your personalized invitations from my Esty Shop!  We can design it and send you the files so you can print it yourself or if you prefer we can send you finished cards that are ready to send!  Savvy Nana Crafts check it out!

Kroger Cake Review

Kroger Cake Review

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Cake is one of the most important thing when you are having a party or during a holyday. This is why you need to pick the right cake to light up the party. There are a lot of things you should take into consideration from selecting the cake to receiving it at your front door or picking it up from the store. Also, take into consideration the design, the ingredients, and of course, your budget.

In this article we are going to review Kroger in order to find out more about their products and the designs. If you want to learn more about how to order a cake from Kroger and about their prices, you can visit them in person or search for the fees online. Kroger cakes prices are going to help you decide if this store is the best one to order the cake your want.

A Cake for Every Occasion

Kroger offer cakes for every occasion. At this bakery you can find cakes for birthdays, a baby shower, graduation, and even a wedding. For every occasion they have different licensed cakes. They have a vast selection of models and designs to choose from.

Birthday cakes
When it comes to birthday cakes, this is the area where Kroger excels. They have a lot of models for kids and for adults. Also, they have licensed designs for boys and girls. Some of their designs include Star Wars, Paw Patrol, Frozen, and Spiderman. All of these are very interesting and your kid is going to love the bright colors and his or her favorite character on the cake.

They also have simple designs which are great for a birthday cake. You can select a simple white or chocolate cake with a few sugary flowers as decoration. These are suited for anybody and they can even be a great birthday gift. One of the best thing about these cakes is the price. They price range between $24 and $47.

Baby Shower cakes
As we mentioned, Kroger has different cakes for every occasion. What better occasion to have a cake then a baby shower. They have licensed special designs for this event. Some of their most known designs include Baby Special Delivery Stork and Baby Block. The price of these are almost the same as the ones for birthday cakes.

Wedding cakes
If you want to have the perfect wedding but you are on a tight budget, you should pick out a cake from Kroger. They have 2 options: a 2-tier or a 3-tier cake. The designs are going to amaze you. These cakes look exactly like the ones you find at a renowned bakery and they also taste amazing. Also, this way you save some bucks on your wedding cake.

Build-a-Cake Service

One of the best things about Kroger cakes is that you can actually build your own cake just the way you like it. It is a great thing for people who want something special or simply when they don’t find the exact design they were searching for. Also, the best thing is that you can select everything from the cake type to the frosting and the decorations.

This option is great for those who want to celebrate a different event than a wedding or a birthday. With build-a-cake option, they are allowed to make the cake just the way they want. You can customize the cake by selecting the type of cake (sheet or round) and then choosing the icing, flavors, and the decorations. Get creative when purchasing a personalized cake.

Getting the Cake

After you selected and ordered the cake the only thing you can do is wait until the cake is ready. One thing you should consider is to pick up the cake a day before the part or at least a few hours before to make sure that the cake is ok. Kroger cake also offers a delivery option but not all Kroger stores have this option.

Unfortunately, cakes need to be picked up from most Kroger stores. It is important to order the cake about 72 hours before the party to make sure that the bakers have time to make it. Also, if the party is during a holiday you will need to plan ahead.

All in all, Kroger cakes have a great quality-price report. Since the price of the cakes are a lot smaller than the ones you will find at a renowned bakery, you should also expect the cakes to have a good design not an amazing one. Kroger makes it simple for you to order the perfect cake from their licensed designs or to build your own model. Just choose the one you like and enjoy it.

Baby’s 1st. Birthday – A Baby Luau

Baby’s 1st. Birthday – A Baby Luau

luauThese days many people think a “Luau” is one of those must do things when visiting Hawaii.  It has pretty much turned into a commercialized tourist attraction that includes “Hawaiian” food, music, and of course dance, namely the hula.

luauAnd of course a luau is where one can consume copious amounts of maitais, blue Hawaiis, and other tropical concoctions.

All this is fine for the millions of tourists who visit the islands each year.  Of course they should attend a luau at many of the local venues like Paradise Cove or the Polynesian Cultural Center.  One must certainly try poi, haupia, and kalua pork, the mainstays of a “genuine” Hawaiian luau.

But for Hawaii residents a luau is so much more than maitais, hula, and kalua pork.  A luau is a traditional Hawaiian feast or party.  And yes traditional Hawaiian food is usually served along side other local favorites that showcase Hawaii’s diversity.

Hawaii residents generally host a luau to commemorate milestone events such as weddings, graduations, and birthdays, particularly baby’s 1st. birthday.  In the Hawaiian culture and many of the other cultures that are part of Hawaii’s diverse population (Filipino, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and Polynesian) a baby’s first birthday is definitely a milestone that deserves a luau.

Back in the day when infant mortality was high  a baby reaching his or her first birthday was a big deal.  These days a high infant mortality rate is no longer an issue, but many local folks still keep up the tradition.   To celebrate baby’s first birthday many of us here on the island throw what we call a Baby Luau.  A huge party where parents and grandparents invite family, friends, and neighbors.

Now you don’t have to live in Hawaii to host a baby luau (or any kind of luau for that matter).  People world wide host Hawaiian themed parties and call them luaus all the time.  It’s a very popular theme that’s pretty easy to do.

Here are a few ideas to help you plan a luau for your baby’s 1st. birthday or any other milestone you want to mark with a luau!

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luauPineapple Invitations

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear luau?  Pineapples of course!  So set the stage for your baby luau with pineapple invitations.

Order your hand cut pineapple invitations from Savvy Nana Crafts!

 

 

luauDecorations

The next things that comes to mind when you hear luau would be grass skirts, flower leis, and  tikis.

The leis can actually double as party favors!  Greet each guest with a lei and send them home with it!

 

 

 

luauFood & Beverage

Kalua pork, laulau, poi, lomilomi salmon, haupia, and kololo are almost always served at traditional Hawaiian luaus.  But most people are probably not equipped with an imu (underground oven) or want to cook a whole pig in a pit.

The food and beverage you want to serve at your luau is really up to you.  These days luau food is a mish mash of local favorites including Shoyu Chicken,  Filipino Pancit and Lumpia, Korean Kalbi, and even sushi.

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If those don’t appeal to you than take one of your favorite recipes and add a polynesian twist to them like Pineapple Meatballs or Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sandwiches.

As for beverage how about some good old Hawaiian Punch!  They’re sold in gallon jugs at most grocery stores.  If you’re looking for something with a bit more punch then mix up a batch of maitais.