Riley and Mema

Riley and Mema

I love having fun with my grandsons, so much for them to experience and learn.


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Happily Ever After Princess Party Ideas

Every girl dreams of becoming a princess. It excites them when they see tiaras, crowns, and elegant gowns. They fantasize how it is to have royal treatment and live happily ever after. Turning these dreams and fantasies into a reality is actually possible. By preparing a princess theme party, your little girl can turn into a princess for a day. So, consider some of these princess party ideas, and you can be their fairy godmother who can make their dreams a reality.

The Royal Invitation

A princess party will not be complete without an invitation. It sets the mood of everyone and builds excitement even before the party begins. So, you have to make sure that you come up with a unique and elegant princess party invitation. There are templates that you can download online or you can purchase them from your favorite party needs shop. But if you have ample time, you can make your own royal invitation to make it more personalized and unique. Look for a specialty paper; buy some glue, glitters, and colorful pens then use your creative mind to come up with a one of a kind invitation. It can be shaped like a castle, a tiara, or a dress. Do not forget to indicate in your invitation that guests should come wearing their prince and princess-like costumes.

The Glamorous Decorations

Setting-up a castle-like atmosphere is an important when you are decorating the venue for the princess party. Make sure that you transform an ordinary place into a glitzy and extra-ordinary venue. Here are some tips:

  • Form a canopy using pink and lavender streamers. You can also try other color combinations like pink and sky blue or pink and yellow. The streamers should cascade from a bow in the middle of the ceiling (or from a chandelier, if you have one) to the sides of the room.

  • Fill the room with balloons, flowers or butterfly decorations that are in harmony with your chosen motif.

  • Cut star shapes out of white card stock and cover them with gold or silver glitters. Hang them from the ceiling with the use of a fishing line or decorative strings.

  • You can also make use of life-size cardboard cut-outs of your favorite princesses like Cinderella, Belle, Fiona, and Snow White. They can serve as decorations and they are also great to have for your photo backdrops.

  • Set up a wide screen and a projector then play a princess movie on mute. The moving images in the movie also add to the decoration and set the mood of the guests.

  • Create a curtain door out of pink cloth or strips of glittery materials where children can walk through. Don’t forget to lay a red carpet to add to the dramatic royalty effect.

The Cake

The cake is very important when planning your party, and so is choosing the right design and size for the occasion. Ask the birthday girl what she wants. She might like a castle cake, a crown cake or a cake decorated with a princess on top. Then decide if you want to make it yourself or buy one ready-made.

Princess Party Food Ideas

For a princess party, you can never go wrong with foods that are pink in color. You can serve drinks like pink lemonade, strawberry milk shake, or strawberry juice. Make sure that you serve the drinks using fancy plastic champagne glasses. You can also try serving pink cupcakes or cupcakes decorated with tiaras, crowns, and pink flowers. Strawberry puddings with strawberry wafer cookies are also one of the kids’ favorite. You can also have a candy corner with loads of pink lollipops in all shapes and sizes. For your sandwich, you can cut peanut butter and jelly sandwiches into heart and star shapes. Children would also rave about strawberries dipped in white chocolate or make a fruit tray with strawberry yogurt as a dip.

The Princess Goody Bags

Children love to receive goody bags and a party would not be complete without it. Look for a fancy pink bag and fill it with items like lip gloss, body glitters, coloring books, princess stickers, princess wands, tiaras, hair clips, jelly bean bracelets, princess button pins, and fun necklaces. You can also add chocolates wrapped in pink foils or pink lollipops.

Princess for a Day

These are just some of the princess party ideas that will make you a fairy godmother who can make a wish come true. With all these ideas plus your own creative and imaginative ideas, you are sure to give your little girl a princess treat, allowing her to be a “Princess for a day”.

Pirate Party Ideas

Boys have been fascinated with pirates sailing the seas and buried treasure for a long time. However, a pirate birthday party theme is not only for boys but is a fantastic idea for girls also.  If your daughter likes pink, then your pirate party can include pink decorations, but not necessary. It is a fun party, so choose what suits you best.  This is an excellent birthday party theme for summer months as you can take it outside and decorate the yard to suit the occasion. Encourage your children to be part of the planning and decorating, as often this part is just as exciting as the party itself.

Here are few simple pirate party ideas for your kids:

Pirate Party Invitations

Party invitations should be attractive and look like authentic pirate invitations to excite the children about the upcoming party. You could design the invitation to look like a treasure map and on the inside write the details in pirate language.  Another idea is make the invitation in the shape of a flag out of card stock paper or make a cut out face of a pirate and write your invitation details inside the eye patch.  The invitation should read something like:

“Avast ye… this old salt is inviting ye for some grub and rum on his ship.
So matey… be there and aye, be on time.”

Pirate Party Décor

One pirate party idea is to decorate the party room with flags, fish nets, skulls, shells and crossbones.  Have a line of flags that are hung from string that is attached from the fence to the house. Cut out your own flags from material using worn out t-shirts.

The room or backyard should be decorated in a way that it gives an atmosphere of a pirate’s hideout.  Add a pirate movie poster like Pirates of the Carribbean and paste it on the wall.  You can also put up a cardboard cutout of some sea creatures such as a starfish, shark or crocodile to make it exciting.  Make an artificial bridge with wooden planks on which kids can walk on.  You can create a treasure box with old cardboard boxes and present it as the pirate loot with artificial jewellery made out of paper, or use costume jewellery.  Make sure that the party décors are unique to the pirate theme as they help set the mood for your child’s party.

Pirate Clothing and Accessories

Pirate styles of clothing are distinct and unique.  Use colors such as black, red, yellow, blue, and white which are typically the pirate colors.  Use loose t-shirts in any of these colors and add a contrasting color for the sash to put around the children’s waist.  A pirate’s outfit is not complete without its accessories like an eye patch or a hat or bandanna. Another fun accessory is a plastic or cardboard parrot to sit on the shoulder of the child or alternatively can be used as a room decoration.

Pirate Party Foods

Includes lots of sea foods in the menu to remind the children that a lot of the pirate’s food came from the ocean.  A birthday cake in the shape of a ship would look fantastic in the middle of the table.  Decorate it with flags or skulls and crossbones.  Instead of having lolli-pops, try making cake-pops, by making your patty cakes, icing them and then putting them on the end of a stick. A variety of sliced fruit would also be an ideal addition to the food table. As for the drinks, grape juice or punch with lemonade, looks authentic.  You could even draw or paste small cut outs of a skull and crossbones on their mugs with their name on it.

Pirate Party Games

The treasure hunt game is always the highlight of any pirate party, as they hunt for hidden treasure. Have clues ready for the guests to go and find their hidden treasure. Your guests can either find their own treasure, or you could divide them into groups or teams, giving them a clue each and together they have to find the hidden treasure.

A pirate party is so much fun, and when you plan well, you and your guests will have a fantastic time, one that you will remember for a long time to come.

Kids Cardboard Craft Alternative for Bon Bons

I always enjoy home crafted items in preference to off-the-shelf, mass-produced stuff, and this is a fantastic activity to do with kids.  It is simple to make, requires minimal supplies and the finished product can be filled with other fun stuff. It is best to do over a number of sessions to allow paint and glue to dry.6DC93YNJAUYQ
Directions:  I used 2 empty toilet rolls and painted them red and then covered with silver glitter, and left them to dry. For larger binoculars you can chose to use kitchen paper towel cardboard centres, which would allow for larger items to be included inside.
To make the eye piece end, I used foam strips, approx 1cm wide and glued around each end of the toilet rolls. To hold them in place while the glue set, I used elastic bands. Then I put a hole on each side of the toilet roll and threaded the ribbon through, which was long enough to hold the binoculars together, but not long enough to be a choke hazzard.
This next step was carried out with a hand punch, which allowed me to make a neat hole in the side of the cardboard toilet rolls, and then I used the tweezers to pull the ribbon through. I then tied the ribbon together in the centre, covering the ends and making it look neat.
Finally, I added a couple of fun bits for the kids to enjoy. I chose small, inexpensive items that would fit neatly inside the cardboard toilet rolls, though the noise of my suggestions might annoy the adults. I chose these items as I have 3 grandsons, however if you have some granddaughters, you could include some girly items, such as necklace and bracelet or hair ribbons.
Here is the finished product: a fun project for anyone to make and enjoy.
Although this is an ideal Christmas activity, it can also be used for other occasions.

Christmas Cardboard Craft Bon Bons

Here is an alternative idea for bon bons at Christmas time. I enjoy hand crafted items and this year I’ve replaced “off the shelf” bon bons with these very easy, delightful, home-crafted items. I used green paper, which is slightly thicker than normal paper, yet not quite cardboard as it still needed to be flexible.  The dimensions of the paper/card was 155mm x 295mm. Fold in half and glue along the long edge and one of the small edges.

I added an assortment of trinkets to make it fun, including a puzzle and instructions of how to make a paper plane. On Christmas Day we sit around chatting, and so I’ve included a couple of things to keep the fingers busy. We have 3 small grandsons, and I know they will love the paper planes just as much as the adults.

Lastly, I added a sticker and then glued the final side. As our table cloth will be red and white,  I made these items in green. Can’t wait to see the table decorated.

Bath Time Fun

One of the most fantastic activities I’ve done with kids is this one…bath time fun. Just look at the smile on his face, he is loving every moment of it.

Colored Ice Cubes is a fun activity that helps the child in learning his colors and learning about cold.

He is intrigued as he watches the ice disappear while he holds it in his hands. He has fun chasing it around the bath and watching it as it keeps getting smaller.

When he catches it, you guessed it, he puts it in his mouth. Good thing it is just food coloring and water!

I’d better get some ready for the next time he visits!

Just a couple of drops of food coloring is all that is required to make this fantastic activity for young children. Plan ahead and have it in the freezer waiting for the young visitor to arrive, guaranteed you will have lots of fun together!