Category Archives: Celebrations

Mermaid Valentine

Handing out Valentine cards at school is something my cute daughter looks forward to all year! When I saw these cute gummy mermaids on Oriental Trading, I knew they would be the perfect treat to hand out for Valentine’s Day for my mermaid loving little lady! Oriental Trading sent them to me complimentary to use in this post. My plan was to design a cute free printable mermaid valentine to offer here, but my computer has been having trouble. Luckily, I found these darling mermaid valentine cards on Etsy being sold by Nestling Design for only $5! I just printed them at home and was all set!Mermaid Valentines -

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Family New Year’s Eve Activities

These family New Years Eve activities can be put together at the last minute! Best of all, they can be done for a NOON Year’s Eve party, like we did, or anytime you want to celebrate the New Year! This post contains affiliate links which I earn a small commission from if purchases are made through them.

The night before New Year’s Eve I was laying in bed and realized that I hadn’t planned anything for New Year’s Eve! New Year’s Eve was on a Sunday this year and so I knew we would go to church, and since we don’t shop or eat out on Sunday, I needed to come up with fun activities that we could do at home. So, I started thinking of a few last minute activities we could do and then the next morning just threw it all together. We had such a fun celebrating as a family that I want to make it a tradition. These are last minute New Year’s Eve ideas that you can do with one child or 12 and everyone will have fun! 

Family New Years Eve Activities - last minute fun for the whole family!

We decided to start our party at 9:00 am (our church isn’t until 1:00 pm) because no matter how late our kids stay up, they always wake up between 6:00 – 6:30 am. So, staying up late for them is fun, but not for us as parents. I hung simple black balloons in front of a gold foil fringe backdrop that I had leftover from another party. Each balloon had a time written on it in 30 minute increments. At that time, we let one of the kids pop the balloon that would start the next activity. If we finished with time to spare, we turned on music and had a dance break while we cleaned up one activity and set up the next.

Family New Year’s Eve Activities

9:00 – Paint or Draw Your Favorite Memory from the Last Year

Family New Years Eve Activities - last minute fun for the whole family!

I got out lots of art supplies and we talked about all of the fun things we had done the last year. Then they painted pictures of their favorite memories. My daughter painted a picture of her and my husband riding Big Thunder Mountain at Disneyland and my son painted a very interpretive picture of the new black truck he got for Christmas. 

9:30 – Board Games

Family New Years Eve Activities - last minute fun for the whole family!

My kids are really into board games right now. We played a rousing game of Candy Land and a few rounds of Yeti in my Spaghetti (we just got it for Christmas and my kids LOVE it!). 

10:00 – Craft Party Hats

Family New Years Eve Activities - last minute fun for the whole family!

I pulled out my stash of feathers, pom poms, chenille stems, markers and cardstock paper. At this point my son was throwing a fit about wanting to keep playing board games, so I made a hat for him with my daughter. We had a great time. 

10:30 – New Year Family Bucket List

Family New Years Eve Activities - last minute fun for the whole family!

This was my personal favorite activity. I use a poster board and we talked about all of the things we wanted to do, places we want to go, things we want to learn and things we are willing to try. It was fun to hear each kid come up with ideas for our family bucket list. 

11:00 – Balloon Animals

Family New Years Eve Activities - last minute fun for the whole family!

Sheesh, these are much harder than they look! Ammirite?!  Next time we eat at Brick Oven I’m going to pay the poor kid that comes around to our table more than $1.00 for a balloon creation! We managed to come up with a few shapes. The hand pump balloon inflation tool is a MUST with these skinny little balloons. My kids were more than happy with them and didn’t care that they looked nothing like anything resembling something. I need to invest in one of these Balloon Animal kits that come with instructions! 

11:30 – Lunch

We took a break to have some yummy lunch before the main event!

12:00 – Dr Pepper Toast and Party Horns

Family New Years Eve Activities - last minute fun for the whole family!

We wanted a proper and happy send off to the year, so naturally, we toasted with Dr. Pepper. The kids were so excited to do “clinks” with the plastic champagne flutes I had left over from this party. We shouted “CHEERS” and danced around the house with party horns until my daughter tripped with one in her mouth and injured the roof of her mouth with it. Good heavens, you know what they say, “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.” But it was the perfect representation of our family. We try. We try to have fun and make memories and occasionally we have bumps in our road, but we keep on keeping on. It wasn’t a fancy party, certainly not pinterest worthy, but we had a great time together and that is what matters! 

Thanks to all of you that followed along with our fun on Instagram. I shared each activity in my stories as they happened. Follow along in our crazy, last minute attempts at fun!

First Birthday Garden Party Ideas

I received some of the beautiful decorations from Oriental Trading that helped me create these Garden party ideas to share. Others may be linked to affiliate websites. If purchase are made through those links I receive a small commission. 

First Birthday Garden Party Ideas

Having a December birthday, I grew up dreaming of having a swimming party or something that didn’t involve snow or ice. As my daughters first birthday approached I decided to disregard the freezing temperatures and create for her first birthday a garden party. Using lace, greenery, florals, soft colors and both wood and glass serving dishes helped create the romantic garden scene. Let me take you through the details so you can recreate this for your own special little lady for her birthday!

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Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad

I got this amazing chicken salad recipe from a dear friend. The cranberries and almonds give it a fun twist on a traditional chicken salad recipe. I love the tangy cream cheese paired with the sweet craisins. Serve it on a fresh croissant (my favorite), some sandwich bread or a great cracker!  Because I am allergic to celery, I have always had to make chicken salad at home since most of the store bought or restaurant versions contain it. I know, who in the world is allergic to celery?! Me, that’s who. But, lucky for you, that means I have experimented with lots of versions of the classic chicken salad recipe. In my opinion, this is the best chicken salad recipe and I don’t think you’ll miss the celery one bit! 

Cranberry Almond Chicken Salad Recipe - Events To Celebrate

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Spy Party Ideas

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If you’re planning a Spy party, I know you’ll love these spy party ideas! The party will take ordinary guests and send them through the rigors of Secret Agent Training. By the end of it you’ll be sending them home as official spies! Let’s dive right into these fun and super easy ideas for your spy party!

Spy Party Ideas

As guests arrived they were given a secret identity name badge and identity concealing sunglasses.

Spy Party Ideas: Activities, Favors and Secret Identity fun!

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Christmas Party Games for Kids

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Get ready for my very favorite Christmas party games for kids! Our calendar for December is filling up quickly! We have a Christmas party each weekend and some during the weeks leading up to Christmas! I’m helping with the Christmas party games for kids at a couple of parties this year and wanted to share with you a few of my favorites. Whether your group is small or large, these will get the kids involved and having fun! All of them can be prepped in just a few minutes and don’t take a lot of effort to do!

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How to Make Cotton Candy

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It’s no secret that I am 100% in love with my cotton candy machine! I was completely surprised when my siblings gave it to me for my birthday 3 years ago! Before that I wanted to use it in parties but it is hard to know where to buy cotton candy! Lucky for me, the cotton candy maker they bought me is the real deal and I have used it A LOT! We pull it out for birthday parties, field day at school, baby and bridal showers, holidays (remember my cotton candy neighbor Christmas gifts?) and even let my daughter and her cousins sell it in our front yard along with some lemonade.

How to make Cotton Candy - Events To CelebrateI’m going to walk you through how to use a cotton candy machine just in case you are like I was and have it on your secret wish list to take your parties to the next level!

If you read cotton candy machine reviews you’ll see quickly that those small ones sold at department stores aren’t awesome. They make a pouf that is about the size of an ice cream cone and just don’t get the job done. Mine is the Great Northern Vortex cotton candy machine and it has been amazing! I also have the hood that goes over it to contain the fluffy fly-aways. 

Cotton Candy Equipment:
Cotton Candy Machine
Cotton Candy Machine Bubble Hood
Floss Sugar – I have only ever used the Gold Medal brand
Cotton Candy Floss Cones
Twist Tie Food Storage Bags – Gallon size

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(This is the kind of bag I use. The cotton candy bags are much too large!)

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Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

I have had so much fun finding Thanksgiving activities for kids that will be perfect for my daughters first grade class! They watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving in school each year. Her teacher wanted some Charlie Brown Thanksgiving activities to go along with that. Oriental Trading to the rescue! They sent me these darling supplies for our Thanksgiving kids table as well as Thanksgiving coloring placemats and Thanksgiving thankful wheels! 

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There are a few essentials for Thanksgiving with kids. A plastic table cover for the kids table and paper goods that make clean up a snap! You know the toddler feeding rule – DON’T GIVE THEM MORE THAN YOU WANT TO CLEAN UP! 🙂 I think of that each time I pour my 3 year old a drink. 

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