Frozen Olaf Template

The Frozen pandemonium is still going strong at our house. My daughter pretty much only asked for Frozen themed gifts for Christmas and she was one happy girl with each one she opened on Christmas morning! Olaf Template - eventstocelebrate.netMy good friend gave my daughter this adorable Frozen Olaf that she drew and then cut out of Craft Foam. All of the pieces are separate (except the eyes are assembled and the eyebrows are glued on) so my daughter can “build” Olaf over and over again. It is the perfect bath tub toy, but my daughter also just loves to put it together on the carpet, or we will spritz a little water on the sliding glass door and she can put it together on that. 

I wanted to make one of these for another friend, so I traced the one my friend made me and then thought perhaps there are others that may want a template of their own so I scanned it and saved it as a pdf for you to print. It’s not fancy or professional, but it does the job. I figure that’s all that really matters – right? Right. :)

Here is the Frozen Olaf Template: Frozen Olaf Template

Fun ways to use it:

– It would be a really fun Frozen themed birthday party activity. Just print out the carrot nose and trace it onto orange paper several times and you can play “Pin the nose on Olaf”. 

– Print and cut out a copy for each birthday party guest and let them glue Olaf together with a glue stick.

– Cut it out of Craft Foam and use it as a bath tub toy. The craft foam adheres to the bathtub wall when wet. 

However you use it, have fun!

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Valentine’s Day Craft for Kids

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I got a head start with our Valentine’s Day decorating the other day and thought I’d share what I had my 3 year old daughter make. She loved making this garland so much that the next day we made more and now they are all over our house. I love seeing how proud she is to show it to anyone who comes to our house. 

Valentine’s Day Craft for Kids – Toilet Paper Roll Painted Garland

Supplies:
Toilet Paper Roll
Washable Kids Paint
Finger Paint Paper
Tape
Paper Plate
Ribbon
Colorful Cardstock Paper
Stapler
Adhesive
Glue Gun
Pom Poms

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I cut the toilet paper roll into 1″ sections and shaped them into a heart. I used a piece of tape across the top help hold the shape. We added some paint to a paper plate and she stamped the hearts in the paint and onto her paper. Then she added lots of polka dots with her finger.

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Once it was dry, I cut it into 3.5″ x 5.5″ rectangles and mounted them on coordinating cardstock then we stapled each to a length of ribbon, hot glued some pom pom’s and hung them on the door! I love that we can get this out each year to decorate our home with and it’s got her “stamp” on it. :)

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Easy White Elephant Gift Ideas

There are already a lot of White Elephant gift ideas on Pinterest, but I felt like a lot of them cost a lot of money. If I know something is most likely going in the trash after the party, I don’t want to spend a lot of money on it. So I rummaged around my house and came up with, what I think are Easy White Elephant gift ideas for my family party this weekend. 

Easy White Elephant Gift Ideas

My husband works in the nursery at our church on Sunday’s and it can kind of be a germ pool and a place of lots of tears (sometimes his, sometimes the kids – I kid, I kid). So I thought it would be fun to put together a Nursery Workers Survival kit for those working with the kids at church. 

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You’ve got your essentials – hand sanitizer, a kids medical mask (for those that get dropped off with a terrible cough), snacks and a game (5 little ducks). 

Then, for those who are looking for a bit of romance, I did a redneck Recipe For Romance Kit

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It includes a Boys 2 Men cassette tape, tea candles and a can of beans (for the bubble bath) all packaged in a Victoria’s Secret bag. 

Last year my niece, Alix was the lucky recipient of my “Diarrhea of Anne Frank”. It was a mixture of flour, cocoa powder, water, pureed spinach and nuts in a mason jar. Yuck!

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Elf Inspired Neighbor Gift

Last week for my birthday my family gave me a real-deal cotton candy machine! For a party girl, it’s pretty much a dream come true. I almost burst into tears when I opened it – seriously. That night I laid in bed awake at 2 am thinking of all the fun ways I am going to incorporate it into every festivity and celebration from now on. I’m starting with our Christmas neighbor gifts this year. I decided cotton candy would make the perfect gift. I’m sure we’ll get fudge, cookies, etc. but not cotton candy. That’s why I LOVE the idea – it’s unique, I’ve never seen it done. 

I was inspired by one of my all time favorite movies (for any time of the year): ELF with Will Farrell. As soon as I thought of the Cotton Candy as a gift, the line from the movie, “cotton headed ninny muggins” came and I knew I had a winner. Here is the gift tag I came up with that I will print and attach to some fluffy, sugary, childhood-memory-inducing cotton candy. 

Unique Neighbor Gift: COTTON CANDY

Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins

I’ve also got the FREE PRINTABLE for you in case you want to do this for your own neighbors.  Just open this PDF and print: Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins

Easy Neighbor Gift: CANDY CANES

Now, I realize that most people don’t have a cotton candy machine, but this same gift tag works great for a box of CANDY CANES too!  

Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins

So, if you’re going that route, use this FREE PRINTABLE: Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins – CANDY CANES

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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Halloween Door Decoration

It’s officially my favorite month! I look forward to October all year long! I put up all of my indoor Halloween/Fall decorations yesterday and today I made Frank for our front door. It’s about as simple as it gets. I used plastic table covers from the Dollar Store and spray adhesive (the same can that I’ve had a few years) – that’s it! I’d say that is $3.00 well spent. 

Halloween Door:

Halloween Door

TIPS:

– I measure the door and cut the green table cloth about 2″ wider and longer so it will wrap around the sides of the door once finished.

– I cut and glue the pieces to the green table cloth while it was on my floor, rather than once its on the door. I suppose you could do it either way, but I just didn’t want to get spray glue all over my door casing.

– I use clear packing tape to secure the finished piece to the door. I cut notches for the door handle and hardware.  

I’m just 2 weeks away from my due date on my sweet baby boy and the next order of business is to figure out a name for this little guy. Maybe we’ll just name him Frank. :)

Check out these Halloween Doors from last year for more fun and easy ideas!

Halloween Crafts and Games for Kids

Halloween Crafts and Games for kids

Each year I host a family Halloween party. Rather than taking on the entire party on my own, I have each sibling/family bring one activity or craft for the kids to do. I take care of the food and decorations and then only have to come up with one activity – knowing that there will be LOTS coming to entertain the kids. This has worked really well! I shared a few of the fun things we’ve done at past parties in this post, and wanted to share those we did at our party last year!

Halloween Crafts and Games for Kids

Halloween Party Activity for Kids - Decorate Cupcakes

Decorating Halloween Cupcakes:

After lunch we let each of the kids pick a cupcake to frost and decorate with lots of candy. We included sprinkles, candy corn, gummy candy and more! 

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Halloween T-shirt Tie Dye:

Each child brought a plain white t-shirt and we had them tie dye their shirts. We did it outside and everyone wore aprons and gloves to keep things tidy and they loved it. We used a Tie-Dye Kit and it came with all the supplies we needed. After the dye was added, we stuck them in a zip top plastic bag for each kid to take home so they could finish drying. Then, once they were washed, they were ready to wear!

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Halloween Treasure Hunt:

We sent the kids all around the yard on a spooky treasure hunt. There were enough clues for each child to have a turn finding one and at the end they got cute tin buckets (found in the dollar bin at Target) filled with fun Halloween favors: stickers, pencils, spider rings, a straw, glow in the dark skeletons, etc.

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Halloween Cupcake Walk:

We actually gave them donuts, but the idea is the same. We had frightful music playing as the kids circled the numbers and when the music stopped a number was pulled from a bag. The child standing next to that number got to come pick a donut. 

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Doughnuts on a String:

This was my favorite activity to watch, the little kids were hilarious. We suspended glazed donuts from strings and they had a contest to see who could eat their doughnut off the string the fastest. They didn’t have to eat the entire thing, just get it to fall off the string. It was so much fun to watch!

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Bobbing for Apples:

I was really surprised how much the kids loved this.  They each took several turns! Luckily, since we are all family, we didn’t care about the water getting each others spit in it. :) But they did so well, pulling those little apple stems out of the water – plus, they were apples picked fresh from the orchard so they were totally delicious!

Whether you are planning a family, neighborhood, preschool or church group Halloween party, these activities will entertain the kids for sure! 

See this post about all the fun food and DIY Decorations we had at the party!

Easy Halloween Party Decorations

Halloween is my favorite holiday. This year I will have a two week old newborn, which I am ecstatic about, but I know it is going to limit my ability to participate in all the festivities of the best holiday of the year. I host a Halloween party for my husbands family each year, but this year I’ve let them know that someone else is going to have to play party host. Thinking of holding my sweet new baby and getting in as much snuggle time as possible makes it all feel worth it. I really can’t wait to have a newborn, they are magical (albeit exhausting). 

Last year I created some really easy and inexpensive decorations for our party that I want to share with you:

Easy Halloween Party Decorations:

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Halloween Party Backdrop: 

I went to a local party supply store where they sell the colorful butcher paper by the yard. I purchased a few yards of each color and made pinwheels by cutting strips and folding them accordion style and then stapling them together, pinching them and hot gluing them in the center. Then I arranged them how I wanted them and hot glued them at the connection points so they would all hang together. On the back I added a large length of yarn so I could hang it from some nails on my wall (where I normally have a large painting hanging). 

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To add a fun sparkly element, I used Elmer’s School Glue to draw a spider web on wax paper and then coated them in glitter and let them dry. Then all I had to do was shake the glitter off and carefully peel the web from the paper. They were pretty delicate, but they added the perfect touch! A few plastic spider rings (with the ring part cut off) finished the look.

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Halloween Party Food:

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This large black tin “cauldron” was the perfect vessel to hold lots of ice cold sodas!

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To please the masses, I kept lunch pretty simple. We did Papa Murphy’s pizza, chips, veggies and dip, fruit and cream cups and a slushy Witch’s Brew. 

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It took just a few minutes to create these Mummy Cups and everyone LOVED them! I took white crepe paper and wrapped it around each cup and glued two Wiggle Eyes to each cup. 

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I tried to make Candy Corn Fruit Cups, but learned that using real whipped cream instead of the stablized stuff from a can or tub just made a melty mess. They were still delicious though. :) I used pineapple tidbits as the bottom layer then mandarin oranges and topped it with a large dollop (that deflated) of whipped cream and added two candy eyes. 

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The Witches Brew was simple and delicious. It was lime sherbet and sprite in a punch bowl. It was green and frothy and sweet. 

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 Around the light fixtures in the kitchen and family room I added balloons and hanging cardstock bats that were cut using my Silhouette Cutting Machine (if you are a frequent crafter, this is a must-have-machine!). But, if you prefer, you can just purchase some Bat Cut-Outs for a few dollars.  

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To flank the sides of the food table I used crepe paper streamers to fill the wall – super simple and super inexpensive!

The table decorations were simple since we use them for crafting – I set out my Spider Web Placemats, on table plastic table cloths that were $1 each at WalMart, bowls of candy and had a plastic cauldron with balloons as a centerpiece.

See, you really can make easy and inexpensive Halloween Party Decorations to elevate your holiday festivities!! Happy Halloween!

Here is where you can find all the fun Halloween Kids Crafts and Party Activities we did at the party!

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Food

I love trying to come up with themed food for parties. I kept this food really simple since I was trying to appeal to 3 and 4 year olds, but I’ll include other things I thought of that you can use as well. 

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Keeping with the characters from the show, I did a food item based around each of them.

JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES PARTY FOOD:

Here are SCULLY’S CRACKERS and CUBBY’S CHEESE MAPS. I just used a sharpie pen to draw the map details on each string cheese.  

Jake and the Neverland Pirates - Scullys Crackers and Cubbys Cheese Maps

I ordered these Plastic Sword Picks to make JAKE’S FRUIT SWORDS, and just added a small bite of cantaloupe, apple and a grape to each one.

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Fruit Swords

 IZZY’S FIZZY SEA WATER is some sprite with a small amount of blue food coloring added. 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates - Izzys Fizzy Sea Water

For dessert we let the kids pick out a YO HO HO (Hostess Ho Ho’s) or AHOY THAR MATEYS (Chips Ahoy cookies) to go along with their cupcake. 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Desserts

Are you dying at how cute these JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES CUPCAKE WRAPS are? I know, right?! They are just a few dollars from Laura at Party Games Plus. They came as a printable set, then I just cut them out and added them to the cupcakes! It really made a box of cake mix and a jar of frosting look incredible! 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Cupcakes

See? Simple but fun and themed! 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Food

 Other food items I came up with that would be fun to use:
ARRRG-tichoke Dip: Artichoke Dip
Canon Balls: Whoppers/Grapes/Gumballs
Catch of the Day: Goldfish crackers/gummy fish
Pirates Brew: Bottled Root beer
Peg Legs: Pretzel sticks or Corn Dogs
Bones: Candy Shaped Bones
Pirate Ships: Hot Dogs (with a sail added)

For the details on the DECORATIONS – click here.

For details on all the fun GAMES AND CRAFTS  we did – click here.

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