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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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Father’s Day “#1 Dad” Cake & Gift Ideas

Number One Dad Cake for Father's Day

For Father’s Day I wanted to make my husband his favorite cake, but I wanted to add a fun twist. I decided to cut the cake into the shape of a #1 – for #1 Dad. 🙂 Cute, huh? Luckily, we both have the same favorite cake – chocolate cake with caramel topping, whipped cream and toffee bits on top (sometimes referred to as “better than $=# cake”, but we don’t call it that).

I baked a regular Chocolate box cake mix and then turned it onto a serving platter to cool. I used cake release in the pan to make sure the cake would come out without any missing pieces.

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Once it had cooled a little bit I cut the shape I wanted. I used the cut out pieces to put together the # symbol. It looks a little bit ghetto, but once it is covered in whipped cream, you can’t tell. Then I made a few slits in the cake with a knife and drizzled on the caramel topping. I left it in the fridge overnight so it could soak into the cake (the traditional recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk to be poured over the cake as well – but I think that dilutes the caramel flavor and makes the cake too soggy).

 Number One Cake with Caramel & Whipped Cream

I used a piping bag to add the whipped topping because it was kind of a tricky shape and I wanted to be able to control how it went on. Lastly, I added the toffee bit sprinkles and I’m all set!

 Number One Dad Father's Day Cake Idea

Don’t worry, the leftover pieces didn’t go to waste. That was my late night t.v. watching indulgence.

Chocolate Cake with Caramel and Whipped Topping

Take a look at this adorable card I made. I stamped the words and then rolled my daughters hand in the ink pad and added her cute little hand print. My husband and the grandpa’s get one. Aren’t they precious?!!

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Then one last idea. My Dad is a huge rootbeer float fan, so I put together this kit for him. It has A&W Rootbeer, A&W Cream Soda, Ice Cream, an Ice Cream Scoop & 4 “beer” Mugs. It was really easy to put together and I KNOW he is going to love it!

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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!

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

 

Reusable Birthday Board

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My sister is mighty crafty! She made this adorable birthday board for her children and I want to share it with you because it is a brilliant idea. She has had it for a few years (thus, the signs of a little wear), and that is one thing I love – it is reusable!!

For the base, she took a 2’x3′ foam board and covered it with scrapbooking paper and then added a layer of modge podge to help it have a bit of durability.

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Count Down Tags: With numbers 1-7 on square coasters you can count down to the big day. The “Days Until” portion stays there and you just switch out the numbers (they have Velcro on the back).

Name Tag: A laminated name tag is made for each child and can be switched out because each one has Velcro on the back. The “‘s Birthday” stays there at all times so it is glued down.

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Next, there are six laminated tags that are held by cute handmade buttons that can be placed in whatever order will be best for your family schedule. They give something special to do the six days leading up to the birthday:

Tag 1 says: Make a “We love you because…” sign. USe butcher paper and hang it on the birthday persons wall or bedroom door.

Tag 2 says: Have a special night of fun: games, movies, baking cookies. Do whatever the birthday person wants to do as a family.

Tag 3 says: Decorate the birthday persons dining room chair, and set out the birthday table cloth. Let family sign it and write a message.

So, a little explanation about tag 3 – she made a chair cover out of felt that has a big “Happy Birthday” and candles sticking out the top. Each child also has a table cloth that is only brought out at birthdays that the family writes messages on in fabric marker each year.

Tag 4 says: Sleep on the birthday pillowcase. Go through old toys and clothes. Have the birthday person pick a few things to get rid of to make room for new ones.

A little more explaining. She made a special Happy Birthday pillowcase using fabric markers.

Tag 5 says: Have a special birthday date with mom and dad. Take the birthday person out shopping, to a movie, donuts, ice cream, etc. Have some one-on-one time (or bring the family) for a special night out.

Tag 6 says: Watch the movie of when the birthday person was a newborn and/or look at their baby pictures. Set them out for the rest of the week.

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At the bottom are six laminated ovals that you can use to write (with an erasable marker) the dinners the birthday person would like for the week leading up to their birthday. Lastly, in the corner is a cute piece of birthday cake that has been laminated where you can write the birthday persons choice for a birthday dessert.

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While it may take a little bit of work initially, it can be used for YEARS! The ideas are simple to include in your week, make the birthday person feel extra special and don’t cost much, if anything at all to do! I think this would be such a great project to do with a group of friends (or at a Super Saturday craft day) and while you are making one for yourself make one for a family member or friend!

DIY Cone Stand Tutorial

Cone Stand Tutorial

Last month I had an Ice Cream themed birthday party for my husband (post coming soon!). I found myself in need of a cone stand for the party favors and decided to make one out of a diaper box. It took about an hour and sure beat buying one! I was able to tailor it to the number of cones I needed it to hold and I think overall it turned out pretty good considering what it is made out of. 🙂

Here’s how it went:

I used a cake stand plate and a salad plate to trace two large circles on the cardboard. Then I used a credit card to trace the 8 legs. I used a box cutter to cut out the circles and scissors to cut out the legs.

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Once I had all the pieces cut out I painted them with white craft paint.

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Then I used the bottle of my craft paint to trace and cut out the circles for the stand. I did 3 on the top circle and 5 on the bottom. Did I measure? Nope. It turned out just fine. 🙂

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Next, I used a hot glue gun to adhere the legs to each stand and then each stand on top of one another.

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Lastly, I glued a strip of rolled green tulle around the edges of each level to finish off the edge and filled each cone slot with a fun party favor!

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Celebrate Spring with a Wreath!

Spring is here and the weather has FINALLY warmed up here. I feel like celebrating the end of a VERY cold winter and wanted a new wreath for my front door to do it. I didn’t want to spend $50 or even $25 for one, so, I purchased an 18-inch wrapped straw wreath form for $5 at Hobby Lobby and used leftover fabric from my daughters room to create this:

Spring Wreath Fabric Flowers

I used the brown burlap-like fabric to wrap around the entire wreath. I had to use several strips, I just made sure to trim the pieces so the ends would always be at the back of the wreath. Then I made four types of fabric flowers and a scallop garland to decorate.

Fabric Flowers

Flower 1: I twisted a 1 1/2 inch wide strip of fabric and rolled it into a flower and glued the back to hold it.

Flower 2: I rolled up some pink ric-rac ribbon into rosettes and glued the back to hold it together.

Flower 3: I stitched along the bottom edge of a 1 1/2 inch strip of fabric and then pulled the stitching together to gather it into a flower shape, I then glued the two ends together and used a small circle of fabric to cover the center.

Flower 4: I cut out 6 flower shaped pieces of fabric (4 petal flower shape) and then folded those into fourths. I snipped the bottom corner off and glued it to a circle fabric base. I did four sides that way and then two in the center.

Scallop Garland: I used a bottle to trace and cut out six circles and folded them over a length of pink embossing thread and used a hot glue gun to secure them.

The whole project from start to finish took me an hour and 15 minutes (my daughter was napping, otherwise it would have taken twice that long) and cost me only the $5 for the wreath form. I love how it turned out and love that in the fall I can switch out the flowery prints for more Autumnal colors and get even more use out of the wreath!

What decorations do you like to add to your home to celebrate Spring?

Link up in the comments section to your spring wreaths.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

St. Patrick’s Day is just one week away! I love when a holiday falls on a weekend because it means that rather than sending your family off to various places, you get to be together to do all of the fun activities! One of my favorite memories of St. Patrick’s Day was a teacher at our school dying her feet green and blaming it on those pesky Leprechauns!

I love food. Therefore, celebrating to me means eating all of the yummy food traditionally associated with a certain holiday. It is pretty common to have a green breakfast (Lucky Charms w/green milk, green smoothies, green pancakes, etc.), but since it is a Sunday you can serve them traditional (or at least it is traditional in America) Irish food for lunch and dinner too!

Corned Beef and Cabbage served with Irish Soda Bread seems to be a St. Patrick’s Day must, but if I cook cabbage at my house (although I love it) I’ll be traded for the Leprechaun treasure.

corned beef and cabbage

Corned Beef is available at most grocery stores (and Costco/Sams Club) in abundance during this time so if you love it, buy extra to freeze! Here are some options my family is more likely to go for. (Click on the names to be linked to the recipe)

Reuben Sandwich:

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Corned Beef Hash:

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I stumbled across the Homemaking Blog and loved her idea to read the Legend of the Leprechauns (from Family Fun Magazine) and make a treasure box. Me and Lucy (my 20 month old daughter) had a great time making our treasure box, although it was her first time using markers and now I understand why Mom’s buy washable – hopefully it will come out of her clothes! We’ll set it out on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day for the Leprechauns to fill with green Easter grass, necklaces, a glow in the dark shamrock wand and some candy. 🙂

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LEGEND OF THE LEPRECHAUNS 
Full of magic and trickery, the leprechauns remain in their hidden world until the night before St. Patrick’s Day. On that one night of the year they appear throughout the world to dance and sing and frolic.

Disguising themselves as leaves and grass, and sounding like the wind and the crickets, they come and go unnoticed.

However, it is said that if a decorated treasure box is left empty under the moon, the leprechauns must fill the box with gold or jewels or gifts. But then they will hide the filled box in the most unlikely of places.

If the box is found on St. Patrick’s Day, the treasure remains in our world. If not, the leprechauns may retrieve what is rightfully theirs. And though the leprechauns are very clever, it is not impossible to find the treasure because, unknowingly, leprechauns often leave a trail of greenery behind them.

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