Wildflower Themed Birthday Party

Post by Tara Berger of One Stylish Party

I’m here to share with you a wildflower themed birthday party thrown in honor of a sweet 3 year old little girl, Alexis Maria who just so happens to be the daughter of my best friend Victoria.

Inspired by the birthday girl’s love of flowers and tea parties, my goal was to capture her vibrant personality with a whimsical and colorful celebration. Once we decided on the wildflower theme birthday party, I immediately set out to find the perfect party props and stumbled upon the Floral Teepee and Flower Love Poster Decal from Land of Nod which served as the jumping off point for the color scheme and party decorations.

Wildflower Themed Kids Birthday Party - 6 For the dessert table, I tapped a few of my favorite vendors to bring the wildflower party theme to life in the form of beautiful edible creations. Desserts included a rustic buttercream cake adorned with glittery fondant flowers, red velvet macarons, wildflower sugar cookies, floral crown cake pops, stacked sugar cookies with fondant flower toppers and homemade strawberry cupcakes with edible flowers.

The ivy backdrop with handmade crepe paper flowers served as the focal point of the dessert table and I incorporated several wooden vintage props to give the table varying heights. Along with my go-to milk glass cake stands, I also incorporated a few ethnically sourced floral trays from The Little Market, which complimented the theme perfectly.

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The tea party table included a gold sequin table cloth with a vintage floral table runner, fresh flowers and an age appropriate place setting for each little girl. The woven rag rug, throw pillows, tassel backdrop and Love Poster were a few of the other elements that helped bring the tea party table to life.

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And last but not least, the teepee play area was a hit among the girls at the party. The Floral Teepee was accessorized with plush blankets, throw pillows, colorful tassels, a jumbo balloon and a custom wooden calligraphy sign that read “you belong among the wildflowers” which couldn’t have been more fitting for the party theme. Outside of the teepee, I included custom floral crowns and ribbon wands for the girls to play with during the party.

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Wildflower Themed Kids Birthday PartyYou’d never know it from the pictures, but on the day of the party it POURED down rain, so we made a quick location switch from a backyard party to a pavilion at a local park. Thankfully we were able to still be outdoors and stay dry and the birthday girl and her guests still had every bit as much fun despite the weather!

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Tara is the owner of One Stylish Party, an online party boutique and creative studio featuring designs and inspiration for entertaining in style.

DIY Kids Halloween Class Party Crafts & Games

Post by Christina of Christina Williams Blog

A couple years ago, I got roped into doing the class Halloween party for the entire first grade. This was for my oldest child, so I was inexperienced with class parties back then. I really could have used a “recipe” for a Halloween class party. I looked high and low and couldn’t find anything that fit my needs, so I’m putting one together for you. The next time you have to do a Halloween party, you’ve got everything you need right here!

Class parties are typically one hour long, and I planned activities that are A) easy to explain, B) easy to prepare and C) inexpensive. So here’s how it works, I divided the kids into four groups and the kids rotated between four stations: a pumpkin craft, a bean bag toss, a haunted house project and a bingo game.

Activities

Craft: Halloween Pumpkins

Just grab some orange paper plates, some different colors of construction paper, scissors and glue. The kids can cut out simple shapes to make a silly jack-o-lantern face on their paper plate.

Kids Halloween Craft: Halloween Pumpkin PlatesActivity: Beanbag Toss

I filled dollar store knit gloves with beans for some cheap, funny beanbags. Toss them in a cauldron (or several different cauldrons) to win prizes. I stocked up on cheap Halloween-themed carnival prizes: erasers, pencils, spider rings, etc.

Halloween Bean Bag TossProject: Roll A Haunted House

All you need for this game is chalk, black construction paper, foam stickers and a couple dice. I explained the process in depth on my blog, so go there for complete instructions and a few helpful tips. But basically, the kids roll a die and earn a sticker to decorate their haunted house. Easy as pie.

Kids Haunted House GameGame: Halloween Bingo

What would a Halloween party be without a bingo game? Thankfully there are all ready so many cute printable versions I didn’t even have to make my own. I used this cute free printable Halloween Bingo from Artsy Fartsy Mama and the kids loved it. We used paper circle as markers, since the kids would be eating candy all day long, but candy corns would be cute, too.

Kids Halloween Bingo

Kids Halloween Party Ingredients:

  • Orange paper plates (one for each child)
  • Construction paper (scraps would work great!) Yellow, purple, white, black, green.
  • Glue
  • Kid Scissors
  • Beanbags (or cheap gloves filled with beans)
  • Witches’ cauldrons (or plastic jack-o-lantern buckets)
  • Tall black construction paper
  • White chalk (10-12 pieces)
  • Foam Halloween Stickers
  • Dice
  • Printable Halloween Bingo Cards (enough for 1/4 of the class)
  • Bingo markers (candy corn, paper circles, etc.)
  • Cheap carnival-type prizes (spider rings, vampire teeth, etc.)
  • Timer
  • Bell
  • Stickers


Before the Party

Gather/buy all the ingredients listed above. Some of the stuff (chalk, glue, scissors, etc.) should be available at the school. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Send out a sign-up sheet for the parents to donate items from the list, or enlist a few of your friends to be on the party committee. After you have the supplies, separate them by station. Prep anything you can ahead of time to make things run as smoothly as possible.

Party Time

Step 1. Divide the class into four groups. (I used stickers – candy corns, spiders, ghosts, and pumpkins). Each sticker represents a different group.

Step 2. Each group rotates to a different station every 12 minutes. (That leaves 3 minutes to clean up and rotate to the next station.) I brought a timer so we could keep track of the time, and a bell to signal it was time to change stations.

Step 3. There’s a set of parent helpers at each station that remains with that activity for the entire party.

 

So there you have it! A recipe for an easy, fun Halloween party. Happy Haunting!

Christina Williams is a blogger and graphic designer living in Salt Lake City, Utah. She’s a night owl and a bookworm, as well as a mother to three children ranging in age from two to eight. She shares her latest DIY and design projects along with her adventures in parenting on self-named blog, Christina Williams.

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Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits

Blog post by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM

Pumpkin Pie Gelato ParfaitsWe developed a serious thing with gelato this past summer — trying out every gelato shop, truck and cart we came across. I love that it packs so much flavor and richness, that just a little bit is enough. And even though the weather has started to turn cooler, we’re not ready yet to give up our favorite dessert. So we thought we’d try our hand at mixing up a yummy gelato treat full of seasonal flavors. There are plenty of recipes out there for making pumpkin gelato from scratch, but we chose to keep it simple and doctor up one of our favorite local gelatos with pumpkin. Add in our other favorite pumpkin pie ingredients and we had a huge win. Delicious!

(And super super cute when topped with one of our Jack O’Lantern macarons, if I do say so myself)

Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits
Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pint Cinnamon Gelato
  • 1/4 cup Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup Crushed Graham Crackers
  • 1 cup Whipped Cream
  • Pecans for garnish
  • Pumpkin Pie Sugar + Spice*

Directions 

  1. Let gelato sit at room temperature until it just starts to soften (about 5 minutes). Scoop gelato into a large mixing bowl and gently fold in canned pumpkin. Place mixture back in freezer until well frozen.
  2. Layer gelato, crushed graham crackers, and whipped cream into parfait glass. Press each layer gently with the back of a spoon.
  3. Top with pecans and sprinkle with pumpkin pie sugar + spice.

*To make pumpkin pie sugar + spice, combine: 1 tbsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, 3/4 tsp ground allspice, 3/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, and 1/2 tsp turbinado sugar.

Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits 3 Pumpkin Pie Gelato Parfaits 5Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM

Mad Science Kids Game

Post written by Paging Supermom

Your kids will get a kick out of this Pop-Up MAD LABORATORY kids game for Halloween.

Mad Science Kids Game

In this game, kids try to guess the contents of several spooky specimens jars. This Laboratory is surprisingly easy to construct using free printables. It all begins with a Mad Laboratory Backdrop. You can print this is a black-and-white, engineering print at a local copy center for less than $10. Download, print and tape into place. Add inexpensive test tubes filled with a mysterious, green potion (just neon food coloring + water) to bring the lab to life.

Mad Science Kids Game 2Recycle jars, spray-painted black are used to hold the specimens. Download and print the Mad Lab Specimen Jar Labels.

Mad Science Kids Game DIY Specimen Jar

Mad Science Kids Game 2TO PLAY: Fill the prepared jars with items recommended below, feel free to substitute. Have your Mad Scientists take turns reaching in to feel each jar’s contents, trying to determine what each specimen really is. Have them record their findings on the Mad Lab Experiment Forms.

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Mad Science Kids Game: What to Use In Mad Lab SpecimensFor younger kids that may not be able to identify the specimens by touch, have them describe each one with words like “slimey” or “squishy” etc. The labels and jars could also be used to hold spooky treats on a Halloween Party food table.

Mad Science Kids Game 10Grab the free printables:
Mad Laboratory Backdrop
Mad Lab Specimen Labels
Mad Lab Experiment Forms

Paging Supermom is written by “Sometimes Supermoms” Aimée and Bettijo, and came to be after many discussions with each other sharing their best insights on homemaking, parenting, party planning, teaching, playing and sometimes simply surviving. They soon discovered that although they can’t claim to be super all the time, each had their own moments. By sharing successes (and some of the funny moments when they fell flat on their faces), they hope to inspire others to find their inner superhero a little more often.