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Real Life Party: Kids Flamingo Birthday Party

I am so excited to share this party with you guys!  As I posted on Instagram, I’m going to toot my own horn a little bit with this flamingo birthday party.  Mostly because I feel like this party has a lot of Pinterest wins, haha!  Have you ever seen those Pinterest fails?  So funny.

My daughter is pretty obsessed with flamingos, mostly I think because they are pink.  You can see her flamingo themed room here.  But the love of flamingos carried over to her birthday party this year too, and I kind of took it to a ridiculous level.  Keep scrolling to see all of the details and a ton of pictures!

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Flamingo Birthday Party Decor

It was pretty easy to come up with a color scheme for this party as everything started with pink.  But in order to not have pink overload I mixed in a tropical twist with pineapples, palms, and a little green and blue.

I was able to find a mix of things over time since we had the theme picked out months ago.  So as I went to places like Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and Target, I’d pick one or two things up.  It was nice to do it over a period of time.  However, I did kind of forget what I had as it got closer to the party and ended up not using a couple of things.

flamingo birthday ideas, flamingo cake, flamingo birthday activities, tropical flamingo partyI love using a piece of black posterboard for a “fake” chalkboard.  A little searching on Pinterest and you can be totally inspired to create your own masterpiece.

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Flamingo Birthday Party Tablescapes

We set up two different tables for this party.  A kids table on the patio where all 13 toddlers could sit to eat snacks and cake.  Plus another one inside where all of the food was.  These were a great focal point and allowed me to showcase the theme in a big way.

I used some short Ikea tables combined with my coffee table to create a table low enough for all the kids.  It’s super tropical and the place settings were a colorful combo.

Another Pinterest win was painting the leaves of the pineapples.  I’ve seen it several times on Pinterest, but didn’t do it until this party and they turned out great!  I’m now accepting recipe suggestions with all the pineapple at my house though, haha!

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As far as the food table goes, I wanted it inside to cut down on the bugs.  The party was hosted between meals so we just served some kid friendly snacks.

After digging through some of my party decor I found some fabric for the tablecloth and cups to put the popcorn in.  I really need to organize all of my party supplies so I know what I have before buying more.

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Flamingo Birthday Party Dessert Table

The dessert table area is what I’m really proud of, specifically the birthday cake.  I made the backdrop using some palm print wrapping paper and a flamingo party set I found at Michael’s.  Too bad I didn’t realize the words were all jumbled up before taking pictures.  Or that the green letters wouldn’t really pop in front of the backdrop.

flamingo birthday ideas, flamingo cake, flamingo birthday activities, tropical flamingo partyAs far as the actual dessert goes, there wasn’t anything too crazy.  I made the cake, got some cupcakes from the grocery store and plopped some flamingo toppers in them.  Then I put out the leftover cookies from the lemonade stand that didn’t sell.

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I used two vanilla boxed cakes and made each box into it’s own layer using an extra deep cake pan.  I then used this recipe to make my own buttercream icing and colored it pink.  For the feathers, I bought pink chocolate melts and melted them on parchment paper until they were soft enough for me to use the back of a spoon to squish them out into a feather shape.

The best way I found to melt the chocolate circles was to heat a sheet pan in the oven, then put parchment paper on it, and drop the circles on top.  After a couple minutes the hot pan melted the candy melts enough that I could smash them.  I think it turned out so cute!  It’s simple, but makes a big statement.

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Flamingo Birthday Party Activities

To keep all of those toddlers and kids entertained, I had set up a few activity stations in our backyard.  One was a flamingo ring toss, another a hand painting station, and the third a water gun cup race.

For the flamingo ring toss, I got lucky and found yard flamingos at the dollar store, so it didn’t cost much to get a bunch and put them in the yard for the kids to try and lasso with some rings.

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We also blew up some large flamingo pool floats and put ball pit balls inside.  I didn’t get any pictures of it, but it was pretty fun to see those big flamingos in my backyard.  I’ll probably do another post on how we made the handprint flamingos too, because I was too busy to take pictures.

That wraps up this fun, colorful, and tropical party.  Overall I think everything turned out really well, but most importantly I think my daughter had a good time with a bunch of friends.

Tell me your favorite part of this party in the comments below!

 

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Pinkalicious Party Ideas

Hey friends!  I haven’t been around much this week because I always have a hard time going from working on the weekend to getting blogging done.  I’ve forgiven myself for not getting things done and am back on track with this Pinkalicious party today.

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My daughter received her first Pinkalicious book from her cousin about a year ago and has loved them ever since.  But now that Pinkalicious was made into a TV show on PBS, it’s even more the rage at my house.

Although her upcoming birthday party already has a theme, I couldn’t pass up celebrating her love of reading and throwing a little Pinkalicious party for her.   It’s a great idea to use a book theme for a kids party.  There are a ton of party ideas you can pull right from the pages.

We set up all things pink and of course treated ourselves to cupcakes.  Decorating for this party was a breeze because we had so many pink things already.  This is yet another reason I love color coordinated party decor because you can use it again and again.  No plastic, themed, one use party decorations here!

Pinkalicious party ideas, Pinkalicious fairy wands party craft, Pinkalicious party crafts, Pinkalicious cupcakesWe used a combination of pink pinwheels, banners, and pink tissue tassels.  Another great way to DIY easy party decor is to wrap up boxes with party coordinated wrapping paper.  Plus, the box adds height to any dessert or gift table.

Pinkalicious party ideas, Pinkalicious fairy wands party craft, Pinkalicious party crafts, Pinkalicious cupcakesTo keep the kids busy during the party I decided to have them make Pinkalicious fairy wands.  I cut out gold glitter stars and just attached them to skewer sticks from the kitchen.  Then I let my daughter tie on all sorts of pink and gold ribbon and trim.

This is super easy craft to let kids do by themselves.  It’s not messy and it will help them work on their fine motor skills tying the ribbon around the sticks.

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Pinkalicious party ideas, Pinkalicious fairy wands party craft, Pinkalicious party crafts, Pinkalicious cupcakesWe couldn’t have a Pinkalicious party without the pink cupcakes!  These simple cupcakes came from Safeway, and I will tell you they are the best value for your money.  I was able to get 6 cupcakes for only $4.00!!!  You can’t beat those prices.  Then I added a cherry on top from cherries I already had on hand.

The cupcakes were the only things I purchased for this party.  I will take a $4 party any day.  And if I’m spending that little, there is no excuse not to celebrate all the time!

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I also wanted to provide you with a ton of other ideas you could use at your own Pinkalicious party.

  • Have a short storytime and read a Pinkalicious
  • Make fairy wands
  • Make and decorate crowns like Pinkalicious wears
  • If you’re having a winter party, you can read the Pinkalicious ice skating book and have your party goers paint with ice
  • Play pin the cherry on the cupcake
  • If the kids are older, have them decorate or even bake their own pink cupcakes
  • Ask all of your guests to wear pink

This was a fun (and cheap) little party to put together that brought a smile to this little girl’s face.  And that’s all that matters really, right?

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Ready for her cupcake!

I hope you are inspired to maybe read some of these books, watch the show, or even just to go buy some $4.00 cupcakes!  Be sure to come back next week to see all of my Cinco de Mayo inspiration and ideas!

 

 

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How to Host an Easy Clean Up Play Date

I’m back again today with another parenting focused party post.  Play dates are pretty much the regular party around here.  If you’re in the same boat but feel that hosting a play date can be intimidating I can help.  Play dates may seem difficult to host because you have people in your house, there are lots of kids, and the clean up can be daunting sometimes.

I wanted to give a little advice on ways to make cleaning up from them a lot easier.  As for the other reasons, those have fairly easy solutions too.  Don’t invite too many kids, and don’t worry about having people over.  The adults will just be thankful to be around other adults and the kids don’t care what your house looks like at all.

So back to cleaning up from your play date.

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Easy Clean Up Play Date Ideas

1. Use a Baby Gate to Section of a Play Area

Containing the play date is key to a quick clean up.  Block off certain areas of your house with a baby gate, closing doors, or just telling the kids to stay in one area.  This is also great if there are actual babies at your house to keep them safe.

Only having a mess in one area makes clean up a lot faster.

2. Use Paper Table Runners

Plan to do a craft or activity at your play date?  Be sure to get a roll of kraft paper beforehand to cover your table or work space.  Once the craft is done all you have to do is roll up the paper and toss the mess in the trash.  This is also a great way to protect your table for any major spills or messes.

3. Only Use One Play Space

Over the holidays we had several parties where kids played with toys in the living room, the play room, my daughter’s room, and the basement.  So, there were toys everywhere, mismatched with where they were supposed to go.  Keeping the play date in one area or room really cuts down on how many places need to be picked up.  Just see number 1 for how to keep kids in one space.

4. Only Use Big Toys

You know what’s not fun?  Cleaning up a million tiny little toy pieces.  So that’s why I suggest when you host a play date to break out some of the bigger toys.  Things like big blocks, play tables, climbers, and all in one toys are great for play dates.  They may seem cumbersome, but at the end of the play date you won’t have to find a bunch of little things everywhere and clean up will be super quick.

5. Corral the  Snack Zone

Providing a snack for the friends at your play date is a very hospitable.  But cleaning up that snack may not be very fun.  The best way to cut down on the mess is to choose a less messy snack.  Things like fresh fruit and veggies are great.  You can also make everyone eat their snack in one spot.  Doing so will keep crumbs and the mess in one area to clean up.

I hope some of these tips encourage you to ask your friends to come over and play.  Well at least your kids’ friends.  With a little preparation it will be really easy to clean up after the play date.

If you’re still not convinced then just plan to host a play date at a local park.  Super easy clean up and the best part is that it’s not in your house 😉

Happy Friday, I hope you have a great weekend!!

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Kids Party Etiquette

Happy March! Did you know that March is National Parenting Month?  I found that out recently and it just so happens that I had a few parenting and party related posts up my sleeve.  I’ve been meaning to write about them so this is the perfect time.

Today’s post was inspired by a few things that happened while hosting guests this past holiday season. We hosted quite a few parties, and when doing so you have to account for things to get a little messed up.

There were quite a few kids around for all of the parties and although they are kids, I felt they still could have behaved a little better. So here is where my unsolicited parenting advice comes in.

If you are taking your kid to a party, you need to teach them how to behave. If they are too young or can’t understand, then you need to be really observant of their behavior while at the party.

Kids don’t know any better and they never will unless you teach them how to properly behave.  While this isn’t a parent/mom blog, we need to be honest, at my age, almost everyone I know has kids.  Here are a few key things I think kids should be taught when at a party.

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1. Include everyone

So this is my way of saying don’t let your kid be mean to other kids.  And this advice really starts before the party even begins.  If you’re talking to your child about party invitations make it a point to remind them to include everyone and invite everyone from their class, school, friend group, etc.  It’s no fun feeling left out.

Even though my daughter is still just a toddler (but acts like a teenager sometimes) the idea of exclusion has already happened when we were hosting over the holidays.  After friends were at our house there was an incident where one friend was left out.  With three year old emotions running all over the place it was a big deal.

2. Don’t Bogart Something on the Food Table

The reason this is on the list kind of cracks me up.  We were hosting and one of the kids at our party literally took ALL of the strawberries off of the fruit tray.  Like a mountain of strawberries on his plate.  Thankfully his parents handled the situation appropriately and told him he had to eat all of them if he took all of them.  It was kind of funny actually.

However, if your child is at an age that they can go through the food line by themselves, it’s a good idea to remind them that there are other people at the party too and taking all of something isn’t great manners.

3. Don’t Destroy Property

Probably the main reason I’m writing this post is because we had some significant damage to our house during a party we hosted over the holidays.  Let’s just say that non-washable markers and carpet is not a good combination.  I will admit that I was raging mad when it happened and have since calmed down and realized that it’s just “stuff” and not the end of the world.

But, if you know your child is on the more “destructive” side or just doesn’t understand how to treat things that he’s not used to being around, then it’s a great idea to keep a close eye on your child at a party.  Most kids know their limits when they are at their own house because that’s what they are used to.   But, being at someone’s house is new territory for them and they may do things they normally wouldn’t at home.  Making sure your child doesn’t destroy anything is crucial when at a someone’s house.

4. Clean Up After Yourself

We had quite a few parties right in a row over the holidays and the toys were EVERYWHERE!  It took forever to clean up, things weren’t together that needed to be in sets, and some things were lost.  So, I recommend offering to clean up after your kid when at a party, or making your child do it.  It’s a great way for them to learn there are consequences to their actions.

I’ll admit that I’m not the greatest at this.  I’m usually just trying to get out the door without total meltdowns.  I’m going to try to remember to start cleaning up well before we’re ready to leave. Hopefully that way it won’t be rushed or not done at all.

I hope this post didn’t offend you, but some of these things need to be said.  Unfortunately some of these things just aren’t common sense.  Hopefully, you are already heeding this advice. If not it’s a great idea to start instilling it in your kids.

Happy National Parenting Month!

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How to Celebrate a “Birthday Month”

Happy November! I know we’re already a couple days in, but we needed a day or so to recover from Halloween.  We had a blast celebrating all day long with school parties, parades, and lots of trick or treating with friends.

I highly recommend inviting some friends over for chili and hot apple cider before trick or treating in your neighborhood.  That’s what we did and it was so much fun.  Now onto November!

I love November!  Thanksgiving, a time for gratefulness, the start of the holidays and it’s my birthday month!  Are you one of those people that celebrates your birthday all month long, just on your birthday, or not at all?  I typically just celebrate on my birthday, but my husband loves his birthday and loves to celebrate all month long.

So let’s talk about ways to celebrate all month long and do it in a way that’s not annoying to everyone around you.

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An Event Every Week Of The Month

Carry your birthday festivities throughout the entire month by doing something birthday related every week.  Now, I won’t judge if you want to throw a party every week 😉 but try some of these other options.

  • Do a charitable act, this is a great way to give back and not make your birthday all about you
  • Do an active activity like a 5K or color run
  • Send yourself or others bouquets of your birthday month flower, here’s a link to a great list of flowers for each month.
  • Host a trivia night, scavenger hunt, or board game night
  • Put together a roast in your honor, invite friends to tell a funny story or memory of you

Celebrate With Your Work Friends

Don’t leave the celebrating just to your personal group of friends, celebrate your birthday month with your work friends too.  You can do so by spoiling them!  Bring cupcakes, bagels, or donuts to work and you’ll have a great work day.

Try spreading the cheer out all month long by buying coffee for a different person each day.  Decorate the coffee cup sleeve for each person to personalize it even more.

Do a Birthday Month Photoshoot

What better way to celebrate yourself than with a photo shoot just for you?  A lot of times we get caught up getting family pictures or holiday card photos, and don’t take time to do pictures of just ourselves.  Need some inspiration to jump in front of the camera solo?  Try one of these ideas.

  • Recreate a photo from your childhood
  • A glitter or confetti photo shoot
  • Grown up cake smash
  • Boudoir photos
  • New headshots

What’s your favorite way to celebrate your birthday?  Would you try any of these ideas?

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Celebrating everyday!