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Baby Shower Games & Activities

Baby Shower Games & Activities

I have a love/hate relationship with games at any type of shower. They seem necessary on some level, but there are a lot that are so stupid (there, I said it). So, when I plan a shower I try to balance things out and vow not to do any that are lame. 🙂 I offer one that is just for fun,  one that is crafty and useful to the mother-to-be and one that is a station where people can participate while they are just mingling.

Here are unique ideas for games/activities I’ve done at baby showers:

– Fabric Aplique  or Stenciled Bibs & Onsies

fabric aplique onesie tutorialThese are simple to make but you can get really creative and fun with them! I love the pictures that are taken each month to show the baby’s growth the first year and these are perfect for that. You can create fabric aplique onesies and bibs for each month (I’ve got a super easy step-by-step tutorial right here) or just create fun designs like pictured above.

One benefit to doing terry cloth bibs is they are one size fits all – which isn’t the case with onsies. 

My favorite “___ months old” stickers for boys are here.

My favorite “___ months old” stickers for girls are here.

Baby Shower Games & Activities

(Photo courtsy of www.seebabygrow.com)

– Hair Accessories

Make good use of your guests crafting skills by having a hair bow making station. You can make a few for an example and print out instructions or just let them go to work making their own creation. Either way, the new baby will be outfitted in adorable headwear! If you have a silhouette or cricut electronic cutting machine – these will be SO easy to do since you can just cut out the 3D flower templates ahead of time and let guests assemble them. If you don’t have one, make a friend that does. 🙂

You can hot glue the flowers/bows on alligator hair clips or put them on a nylon headband.

Here is a link to a tutorial on 15 different hair accessory designs – check it out!

Baby Shower Games & Crafts

– Create an ABC Book

Last year for my nieces shower I had guests create a page for an ABC quiet book. I made a mini album from chip board and cardstock as my base and covered each page in a patterned paper. Then I printed out images associated with each letter that guests could color and add along with a cardstock letter to the page. If I had been smarter, I would have taken it to be laminated once it was complete so it would last longer. We had a lot of little girls at the shower and they really enjoyed coloring the pages.

Here is a document with all of the images I used: abc book images

– Wishing Tree/Advice for the Parents

Using twigs or small branches from a tree, spray paint them (a cute coordinating color to the party theme) and put them in a large cylinder vase. Then provide 4 x 6 or 3 x 5 note cards for guests to write wishes for the baby or advice to the parents. Guests can secure their notes to the tree with a clothespin or ribbon. Slide them into a photo book for the parents to take home.

Baby Shower Games & Activities

– Who is That Baby?

This takes a little bit of advanced planning but can be really fun! Have guests submit a photo of themselves as an infant prior to the shower. Have the photos on display with numbers associated with each one. Then give each guest a guessing paper and let them write their answers. The guest with the most correct answers wins a prize! 

– Guess the Stats!

This is a fun activity to have on display and can pull out the competitive nature in your guests. Have a large chalk board (or some other type of platform) and lots of colorful chalk. Create columns and allow guests to fill in their guesses for the baby’s arrival date, time, weight & length.

– Baby Mad Libs

Give each guest an index card and have them write a question related to the care of a baby. They cannot be yes or no questions. Then have them turn the card over so the question is facing down and hand the card to the person next to them. That person now has to write the answer to their original question (the question they wrote) on the new card. Then have the mommy-to-be read the questions and answers. Let the laughter ensue.

– Celebrity Babies Matching Game

Create a document that shows a photo or list of names for the babies in the left column and the celebrity parents in the right column. Then let guests match the correct babies to their parents. The guest with the most correct matches wins a prize!

cruise baby    pitt baby

(Can you guess these celebrity babies?)

– Baby Song Game

Give each player a piece of paper and a pen and as you play a few seconds of each song they have to guess the song title and artist. Then go through and give answers. They get a point for each correct title and each correct artist. The winner gets a prize. It would be fun to create the CD as a favor for each guest to take home.

Here are some songs you can include:

Baby Come Back – Player, Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton, Baby I Need Your Lovin – Four Tops, Don’t Worry Baby – Beach Boys, Having My Baby (You’re Having My Baby)  Paul Anka, I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher, Sweet Baby James – James Taylor, Always Be My Baby – Mariah Carey, Baby-Baby-Baby – TLC, Baby Baby – Amy Grant, Baby, Come To Me – Denise Austin and James, Ingram, Baby Don’t Forget My Number – Milli Vanilli, Baby Got Back – Sir Mix-a-Lot, Baby Hold on to Me – Eddie Money, Baby Love – Regina, Baby What A Big Surprise – Chicago, Give It To Me Baby – Rick James, Here I am Baby – UB40, I’m Your Baby Tonight – Whitney Houston, Baby Boy – Beyonce, Baby One More Time – Britney Spears, Can’t Get Enough of You Baby – Smashmouth, Hey Baby – No Doubt

I’ve got TONS of ideas for planning showers – just click on the CELEBRATIONS & SHOWERS TAB at the top of the page! 

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Ninja Birthday Party

My friend Amy has done it once again. The birthday parties she does for her three boys are always so creative and full of great DIY details! This ninja birthday party is no exception. Her son takes Karate lessons and so coming up with the theme for his party was a cinch.

Ninja Birthday Party Ideas

She hired a friend who has a black belt in karate to come and teach the boys the basic discipline of karate and a few entry level moves. The boys LOVED it and had such a fun time.

Ninja birthday party

Ninja party lesson

A cruise through the clearance section at JoAnn’s scored Amy the perfect fabric for a backdrop. She added a printed sign to finish the look.

Ninja Party backdrop

Her son doesn’t like cake so she went simple and just added some nijago characters to the top of a store bought cake and a fun sign that she created along with the other party printables. 

Ninja party cake

Her son loves root beer and since the dark bottles fit perfectly with the color scheme, she simply wrapped a custom printed bottle wrap around each one to theme it to the party.

Ninja party drink labels

By adding fun little toys and wrapped candy bars to a take-out box – each boy had a fun party favor to take home.

Ninja Party Favors

Amy created the custom head wraps by taking 3″ wide silk ribbon and added Chinese characters to them with white puff paint.

Ninja party headbands

Happy Birthday Dawson! Hi-Ya!

Ninja party

 

Lalaloopsy Themed Birthday Party

I’m excited that my crafty friend Kara – who blogs at Simplistically Sassy shares this Lalaloopsy Themed Birthday party with you today. She is the ultimate DIY-er when it comes to parties and I love all of the personal details and touches she incorporated into this party for her daughter.

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Decorations: 

– Button monogram using a variety of pink buttons hot glued onto a blank canvas

– Yarn pom pom garland – tutorial found here

– Button table garland using cardstock and yarn (she used a silhouette machine to cut the button shapes)

– Lalaloopsy dolls, tissue paper and painted terracotta pots

– Starburst topiary – tutorial found here

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Food:

– At her daughters request, Kara made homemade baked donuts using a donut pan – like this one. Don’t they look delicious?! I shouldn’t write when I am hungry. The girls got to frost and decorate it with sprinkles. Fun and tasty!

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Activities:

– Keeping with the button theme – Kara filled a jar with buttons and the girls guessed how many were inside.

– The children colored Lalaloopsy coloring pages – found here for free!

– Each child made a Lalaloopsy necklaces using bottlecaps and pictures that fit them exactly (they can be found here for only $2.50!). She used mod podge to put the pictures on the caps, and then had the string pre-cut, and the beads ready for the girls.

– Button, Button, Who’s Got The Button? And Hot Pom Pom (like Hot Potato) rounded out the afternoon fun.

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Favors:

– These delicious and adorable chocolate button suckers – yum!

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Do you have a party that you want featured on Events To Celebrate?!

Just email your photos and a description of the party (especially details of any DIY portions) along with a list of where you got items used in the party (so we can borrow your ideas) to eventstocelebrateblog@gmail.com. Let’s party!

National Drive-In Movie Day – June 6th

Oh, the good old days. It makes me sad that drive-in movies are not around anymore (at least not in Utah County). Relive the fun and excitement of the past by celebrating National Drive-In Movie Day tomorrow, June 6th! Whether you’ve got the equipment and warmth where you live to host one outside or just want to have a fun night inside for the kids, I’ve rounded up some really fun ideas from other bloggers to share with you!

I can’t get over how stinkin’ cute these cardboard box cars are! Find an fruit orchard or grocer in your area that will let you buy a few apple boxes from them and let your children go to town decorating their own cars!

Box Car Details I love: 

drive in movie outside

– Paper plate wheels

– Personalized Plates

For full details on this party – including lots of tips for the outdoor aspect of the equipment – read here.

drive in movie cars

– “Side Car” to hold concessions in

– Stickers to decorate – purchase files for only $5 here.

For full details on this adorable drive-in movie birthday party featured on Small Fry Blog – read here.

You can’t have a drive-in movie without concessions – popcorn, drinks, candy – the works! Here are a few ideas from others that I thought were super creative!

Concessions Details I love:

drive in movie concessions

– Take this idea from Homemaking Fun and hand out paper money (that perhaps they earn doing chores that week) and price everything $1. I love that she used the fun size candy bars so you don’t feel like you or your kids are getting too much candy. Drive in Movie Party - Consessions

– Labeling everything makes it more fun and helps it feel like a party. Here is a link to the free printables shown above!

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, and you don’t even need an actual drive-in movie theater to celebrate this fun day with your family and friends!

Barney Themed 3rd Birthday

This party is submitted by Beth Williams, a stay at home mom of 5 kids. She has three daughters who all have a birthday within about 5 weeks of each other – so springtime is birthday planning time for her. I love a lot of things about this party. The reality for most of us is that 1- we don’t want to spend a lot of money, 2- we don’t have time to make a lot of intricate decorations, and 3- the kids attending the party just care about having fun and eating candy. Adding a theme helps tie everything together and makes it a lot of fun to plan (in my opinion), but keeping that within reason – especially for the age of the children – is key. Anyone who has spent more than ten minutes with a group of three year old girls, knows how short their attention span is. That means that she had to plan several short activities to keep them engaged and having fun. She did just that.

The kids were given a Barney coloring page when they arrived. You can print your own here. This helped keep them focused a little as guests were arriving. coloring barney pages

Once they were finished coloring, their pictures were stapled onto a bag that they would later find at the end of their Treasure Hunt filled with goodies!

treasure hunt bags

They danced to music on a Barney and Friends CD while they played the freeze dance game and each took turns choosing when to stop the music. Following the dancing they played the 4 corners game. Each corner of the room had a color poster of a character from Barney and Friends. Beth would hold up a picture of a character and the girls would have to run to that poster.

Freeze Dance Game

A game of duck-duck-goose was turned into Barney-Barney-Baby Bop!

Baby Bop and Barney

Then it was cookie decorating time! Sugar cookies, purple and green frosting and an assortment of sprinkles, candy toppings and purple “Barney” milk was served.

decorating cookies purple milk and cookies the birthday girlThe girls were so excited to go on a treasure hunt that took them all around the house and yard to find clues that ultimately led them to a spot in the backyard where they found their treasure bags filled with candy, drinks and toys! They got to play on the backyard playground and trampoline for the rest of the time.

Treasure hunt clues

Treasure Hunt

Here are the clues:

Clue #1 (hand to the birthday girl) Barney and all his friends think it’s special to get letters in the mail from friends. Look for the next clue in the mailbox. (picture of letter/mail and mailbox). 
Clue #2 (in mailbox) Barney loves to sing and dance to music. Find the next clue on the piano. (picture of piano)

Clue #3 (on piano) Baby Bop takes a nap when she get s tired. She took a nap on Sue’s bed. Go there to find the next clue (picture of Baby Bop and bed)

Clue #4 (on Sue’s bed) B.J. loves to play outside with friends. Look for the treasure on the swingset (picture of B.J. and swings)

Beth decorated by adding streamers and balloons to the party rooms in the classic Barney colors of purple, pink and green.

Easy Party decor Balloon chandelier

Here are the party girls! I think one of my favorite things is that the girls had SUCH a great time playing together (I know because I was there with my daughter) and isn’t that what a birthday party should be all about? I get caught up in details and sometimes I forget to just let the little kids be little and have fun! Great job Beth – I remember her telling me that she only spent $25 on the entire party – now that is budget friendly!

Party Girls

Here is a link to FREE Barney themed printables including cute images you can use for cupcake toppers, a Happy Birthday Banner and more!

barney printables

Do you have a party that you want featured on Events To Celebrate?!

Just email your photos and a description of the party (especially details of any DIY portions) along with a list of where you got items used in the party (so we can borrow your ideas) to eventstocelebrateblog@gmail.com. Let’s party!

Summer Fun Poster

At the beginning of each Summer my sister purchases 5 or 6 feet of colored butcher paper. She and her kids sit down and brainstorm all of the fun activities they want to do over the Summer. Then they all write those ideas on the poster and they hang it in their house and cross things off as they do them. If they are having a week where not a lot is planned, they go to the poster to find ideas for what to plan. I decided to make my own version for our family this year so we wouldn’t get to the end of the Summer and not feel like we hadn’t done anything fun.

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I know other moms write ideas on slips of paper and put them in a boredom jar for kids to get into on those afternoons when they complain that there is “nothing to do!”. You know you’ve heard them say it – now you can prevent it a little bit by doing a little bit of planning. Celebrate Summer by keeping track of the fun (even simple) things you and your family do!

Wedding Wednesday: Childrens Room at the Reception

 

Kids at a wedding

(this is the Roskelley clan squinting in the sun at my wedding 5 1/2 years ago – my parents, eight siblings, their spouses and children – we’ve added more since then)

I have over 40 nieces and nephews and even though they took up nearly 1/2 of our very limited guest list for our wedding reception, I wasn’t budging on having them invited – they are my favorite people!! If you are like me, you want the little ones in your family included in your biggest day but also know that the festivities will last A LOT longer than their little attention spans. Some of the smartest people I know have included a children’s room at their reception.

I volunteered to be in with the kids at the wedding reception of my good friends sister so her family could enjoy the reception activities, but the children could eat pizza, watch a movie and play with lots of toys (it was held at an LDS church were the nursery room already has LOTS of toys). I had a blast and the kids were nearby for photo’s and went in and out of the reception area as they pleased, but they also had their own space to act crazy and have a good time.

Luckily, reception centers in Utah County are catching on. My nephew had his wedding reception at the Bella Vista reception center in Lindon, UT and they have a small room connected to the main reception room for kids. It was filled with comfy bean bags and they played kids movies during the reception – super smart!

Are there other reception centers in the area that you know have a kid friendly plan in place?

Kids Party Craft: Glittered Clothespin Magnets

Glittered Clothespin Magnets

Looking for a fun, easy for all ages and inexpensive craft for an upcoming birthday party? I’ve got the perfect solution! A few Saturday’s ago all the women in my family got together while all the men went off to a meeting and we ate pizza and made these adorable glittered clothespin magnets. It was something I just put together at the very last minute because I had the supplies in my craft stash and it turned out to be A LOT of fun! What surprised me the most was that I think I had as much fun doing them as the teenage girls, the tween girls and the younger girls (all the way down to age 5).

Clothespin CraftSupplies:

Clothespins

Assorted glitter colors

Masking Tape

Elmer’s School Glue

Magnets (ours were self adhesive)

Use the masking tape to mask off any areas you don’t want the glitter, apply the glue in a thin layer, dip it in the glitter and then remove the tape to show the cool design. Then, simply add the magnet to the back and ta-da! you’ve got a craft!  Clothespin Craft for kids Glittered Clothespins

 

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