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1st Bee-Day

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Thomas the Train Birthday

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Summer Fun Human Bowling

Today I wanted to share a fun game to help kids beat the heat 
this summer, so this is our version of human bowling we call Wet & Wild Bowling! My kids have always loved to bowl so I thought this would be the perfect activity to kick off summer with some friends, plus it is SO simple!

First I ordered some large inflatable bowling pins online, I got mine on sale for around $15 here, but there are plenty different kinds out there so shop around, and then all you need is a slip’n slide. I was at good old Walmart one day and saw a 3 lane slip’n slide and just new it would be perfect, the bigger the better!
Now for the fun part just follow the instructions on your box to set up your slide, inflate pins and arrange at the end of the slide… let the games begin!
Oh my goodness, I can’t even tell you how much fun this was! Some of the adults might just have gone down a few times too… You HAVE to try it! Also to make it more fun we printed off a score sheet, gave the kids team names and kept track of pins knocked down, same style as regular bowling, but we made up our own point system since there was 6 pins instead of 10.
I thought it would be fun to make the kids hooded towels instead of bowling jerseys with their team name. There are lots of simple tutorials on Pinterest to make hooded towels, and I just added 2 strips of red ribbon to give them a bowling pin look. One of the sweet ladies in my neighborhood that my kids have deemed as their second grandma embroidered a team name on back for that extra fun touch!
I also used our simple patio furniture to set up place settings were the kids could sit back and relax to watch the games and enjoy some treats.
These adorable cookie favors and award ribbons were made by my incredibly talented neighbor Anna Dawn! Could not have pulled this off without her ")
And no summer party is complete without some yummy treats!
We used printables from Amanda’s Parties To Go and lots of treats you can find at the local grocery and party stores to create a delightful dessert table!
More amazing cookies from my amazing neighbor  “) 
I love it when cookies are standing up rather than laying flat on dessert tables, 
it really adds that extra WOW factor!
I just adore these bowling pin containers filled with mini marshmallows.
 Such a quick and easy party favor!
I hope you enjoyed our summer party and it inspires you to STRIKE up your own summer fun! If you like what you see then please leave a comment or check out some of our other parties! Thanks for stopping by ")

Event photographs and styling: Sweeten Your Day
Bowling printables: Amandas Parties To Go
Printable bowling score sheet: All About Party Prints
Jumbo inflatable bowling pins: Collections Etc.
Bowling Pin Cookies: Memories by Anna Dawn
Bowling pin favor containers: Sierra Products Inc. 
Gumball tubes, colored gumballs, lollipops, balloons, and chevron popcorn boxes: Zurchers

(This post was originally published at Design Dazzle on June 24th, 2015 as part of the Summer Camp series.)

Friday, May 29, 2015

Minion Teacher Appreciation

This year I was the room mom for my son's 3rd grade class. It has been a blast! But it has also given me a chance to get to know his teacher on a more personal level as well, and I could not have been more appreciative of all she has done for my son as well as the rest of the students in the class. She really was a lifesaver and went above and beyond the 'regular teacher' to help these kids succeed! I wanted to do something a little extra to show our gratitude and appreciation for all her hard work this year. So I asked the teacher if we could have an 'end of the year' party for the class, she said yes of course ") but I chose to make it more of a surprise thank you as well!

Usually the parties are right after their lunch/recess so that is when I usually rush into the classroom and set up the decorations for all the parties. This is pretty stressful and I am sure I look like a frantic mad lady, but thanks so the help of my good friend/next door neighbor it usually gets all done by the time the kids get back!

The desks were divided up into 4 tables and we threw on some table clothes, a quick centerpiece with some banana shaped confetti, and some snacks on each desk. 
Each place setting had a cute little box of popcorn, mini water bottle, Minion goggles, and a Minion-ized banana.  
For the centerpieces I covered an empty soup can with some blue denim patterned paper, filled with some curled yellow ribbon and a large cut out of a letter P (for Mrs. Porter) to resemble Gru's logo.
I just adored these water bottle labels!
We also set up a fun little treat table in honor of the teacher...
I made a small little Minion cake for the teacher to take home.
All the facial expressions just crack me up!
and these cookies were just too cute to eat!
Little 'P' logo cupcake toppers ")
I simply could not get over the cuteness of these banner letters.
This little guy was pure AWESOMENESS! It is a balloon over 40" tall that has weights on the bottom so he just stands and doesn't float away. He was a hit with all the kids!
To kick off the party the kids watched 6 mini Minion Movies while eating their snacks. Each movie is only 3-5 minutes each, perfect for just a short activity and treats.
After the movies they kids broke off into 4 different rotations for some more games and activities.
The first one was one I called 'Minion Pong'
The group was divided into 2 teams, one team had a blue paddle and the other had a yellow paddle (large tongue depressor/craft sticks glued onto the backs of paper plates), and given balloons with Minion faces on them.
The object of the game was to hit the balloons back and forth over a line on the floor and try not to let it hit the floor on your teams side. If it did hit the floor the other team got a point. 
Pretty simple but very fun!
The kids created their own Minion for a craft station.
and played Minion Operation for another rotation...
For the last station the kids each thought of something like liked about their teacher and wrote it on the big poster. After they signed it they each got a cupcake to eat and lollipop to take home from the treat table.
For this I created a poster in Photoshop and sent it over to Costco to print. Then glued it onto a 20"x 30"piece of foam core board. This was so cute and some of the things the kids wrote were really sweet! It was a great way to end the year and the teacher got to keep this to look back on.
I almost forgot to mention that we hung up a large 3'x5' backdrop on the classroom white board that the kids could get their picture taken in front of if they wanted
My little Minion ")
Mrs. Porter's Minions 2014-2015
Thanks again so much for a wonderful year Mrs. Porter, we love you!

Event Styling and Photographs: Sweeten Your Day Events
Large Minion Backdrop: PartyPropPrints
Printable Minion Popcorn Boxes: ClaudellCrafts
Printable Minion Letter Banner: InstandBirthday
Printable Minion Faces Assortment: Distinctly Digital
Minion Cookies: MartaIngros
Custom Water Bottle Labels: LetsPrintAParty4U
Minion Movies and Operation Game: Amazon
Minion Goggles, Jumbo Balloon, Lollipops: Birthday Express