Archive for the ‘Parties & Celebrations’ Category
Monday, November 10th, 2014
Do you guys do children’s tables for Thanksgiving? I love the idea of them. The challenge though, at least in my mind, is making sure kids still mingle with the rest of the family. So, I created a quick and easy activity to get kids chatting and learning about their family history by employing them as super sleuths. All you need is some strips of paper, a bit of tape, and a pen or pencil.
You can catch the whole post over on PBS Parents. I’m hoping will add some fun to your family holiday festivities.
Monday, October 20th, 2014
Over the years, I’ve thrown a lot of birthday parties—twenty as a matter of fact. TWENTY! We’ve come a long way from the garden party I threw Ellie for her first. I remember cutting out an unreasonable amount of little flower shapes out of card stock. My hand was cramped for days. A picture of our daughter was glued into the middle of each and then affixed to a large cut out garden attached to the wall. (more…)
Wednesday, September 24th, 2014
photos courtesy of Sandra Harris
I’m Sandra and I’m usually over at the Reading Nook sharing my fave books for kids of all ages plus tips on literacy. I’m also Jewish and when Jen asked me to share some thoughts on Rosh Hashanah, I couldn’t say no! I’m all for learning all about different cultures and religions.
This Wednesday and Thursday evening around the world there will be millions of Jews celebrating Rosh Hashanah in ways that go back thousands of years. (more…)
Monday, September 8th, 2014
I’ve planned a lot of kids’ birthday parties. A LOT. And while they’re totally fun, I’m excited to throw a birthday party that involves dance music, drinks and appetizers for the grown up set! So that’s what we’re going to do. All week long, we’re throwing my friend, and Endless Summer Projects sister, Ali Hedin a big ol’ birthday party. I’m kicking off the party with the perfect playlist.
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Monday, November 25th, 2013
Oh the dreaded kids’ table. I remember feeling much too grown up for the kid table. Now I think I might rather grab a seat there, especially if there’s something fun to do while waiting for someone to pass the stuffing. This simple craft is sure to make the kid’s table a hit with young and old alike. As an added bonus, these doodling place mats work just as well tucked in between the grown up table settings.
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Monday, November 18th, 2013
I must confess that I’m not particularly good at setting a fancy or creative table, but there’s no shortage of inspiration out there. So today, I’m sharing some of my favorite ideas for a lovely Thanksgiving table, which are inspired by nature. Seek out unusual gourds, paint some pumpkins, and use greenery and flowers to make your table look extra special this Thanksgiving.
1. Light colored gourds & pumpkins paired with the greens + small candles makes for a very elegant table. The black striped linen tablecloth makes it that much prettier. Get the tutorial here.
2. This tutorial is for the garland, but I actually like the rainbow of mums as a centerpiece idea.
3. Rustic, pretty and easy to imitate. More styling tips here.
4. You may want to choose gold or silver, but I kinda love the neon pink too.
5. An extraordinarily simple idea for a very spare, yet elegant table (includes free printable for your guests’ names).
6. Pair your farmers’ market finds with some gorgeous green succulents for a natural Thanksgiving table.
And one more thing: download these lovely, free “Thankful cards” to share with your guests.
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013
Most nights, I read to the kids before bed. We’ve read many books over the years, classics, mysteries, and the like. But one of their favorites is Harry Potter. We’re up to book six.
For Jonah’s birthday, I wanted to recreate some of the magic from the stories they’ve loved so much. My grand plan was to make the kids to feel like they were students at Hogwarts. So we created classrooms in different sections of the house. One of the kids’ bedrooms was transformed into Trelawney’s Divination Classroom. The basement became the dungeon where we had potions. The dining room became Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes where kids made Pygmy Puffs. (more…)
Monday, July 1st, 2013
I love the idea of decorating your bike for Independence Day. Many neighborhoods around the US host bike parades or are simply swarming with kids waiting out the light, full of anticipation and excitement. This is the perfect craft to make those long hours before it’s time for fireworks pass more quickly. Plus, once you are done with your ride, you can use what you’ve made to add festive flair to your home or backyard.
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