Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Two weekends ago, we were at our friends’ house for a barbeque/party to celebrate their new baby on-the-way. The party was indoors and outdoors with lots of little ones running about. My dear friend Kelly offered face paints to the children and asked if they’d like to decorate their friends’ faces. This was particularly fun for my youngest who loves face paint, but rarely gets to apply it to a friend’s face. We collectively surrendered to the mess and decided that the evening would end with baths. Within minutes a few stars and whiskers were added to faces, but then the party moved outside and the paints were left behind.
Once outside the children found our friend’s canoe, which was parked on the grass . They hopped inside and were instantly paddling through uncharted waters, encountering aquatic friends and foes, and setting off for far away adventures. All of the adults looked away for a moment or two, and when we refocused our attention, the children were making telescopes, painting eye patches on their eyes and one was even wearing a pirate costume that he had brought from home. Random, but true! Oh my! It was just amazing! They had turned an ordinary play session into a pirate adventure…..eye patches and all.
This was a reminder to me that a simple prop — in this case, the canoe– can transform a play space and spark the imagination. And, that letting children lead the way is magical. Oh, and it also makes me think that a DIY pirate party would be a fabulous summer birthday idea.
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Friday, July 5th, 2013
Now that it is summer and we find ourselves celebrating outdoors, I am reminded of how much I love to make party garlands. When we break out the shade structure, I love to decorate it with a colorful, paper pendant garland. It makes the yard look happy and inviting.
The best part about this project is that most of it is actually kid made. I enlist my two and ask them to paint bright colors onto brown paper bags. Then, we cut out triangles and I slowly sew them using a straight stitch on my machine. You can also punch holes and thread with yarn or string.
Hang it wherever the party is!
Happy July weekending, my friends.
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Thursday, April 4th, 2013
These simple, handmade birthday invitations are a nice way to involve your child in preparing for her or his big day. With just a few easy steps, they are fuss free and super satisfying.
1. Paint a brown paper bag with a mixture of acrylic paints.
2. After the painted paper is dry, have child(ren) cut out cupcake tops.
3. Cut cupcake bottoms out of a brown paper bag.
4. Glue tops and bottoms onto card stock cards.
5. Stamp the age of the birthday kid onto the cupcake bottoms.
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