The weather’s getting warmer, the kiddos are getting restless, the mommies are getting excited (at least these mommies are!). All that can only mean one thing–Summer Vacation is just around the corner! We plan to kick of the summer as soon as our little ones step off the bus on the last day of school. Here are a few ways to get the party started! There is quite a range, from mild to wild. Make sure you tailor to fit your youngsters.
Greet Your Kids at the Bus Stop With:
- water guns
- water balloons
- silly string
- a greeting written on the pavement in sidewalk chalk
- a tray of goodies and/or drinks (perhaps with little umbrellas)
- whipped cream pie in the face
Whip up this delicious teacher gift with our 30 Minute Jam Recipe and a cute tag.Thank you teachers!!
Whether you are celebrating the end of the school year or the start of summer (or like us, BOTH) these cupcakes are perfect.What you’ll need:
- Lemon Cake Mix and the ingredients to prepare according to the directions on the box
- Lemon Icing (I added a little more food coloring to make them really yellow)
- Small Pretzel Sticks (you will need to break them in half to be “rays”)
- Sour Gummies shaped like semi-circles
- Sour Fruit Strings (cut in approx. 1 inch lengths for mouths)
Assemble according to our pictures. Here’s to the best season EVER!! Yeah, Summer!!!
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week I made these little treats. They aren’t much compared to all the hard work the teachers my children have this year put in to teach my kiddos. But, at least they will know we appreciate them.
- Sand shovels (I scored these little babies at the end of the summer for 0.48 cents each)
- desired candy (I used M&Ms and Peanut Butter M&Ms)
- cellophane bags
Simply assemble the bags as shown and attach a tag using the play on words,
“I DIG having you as my teacher!”
My daughter read the book, Oz the Great and Powerful and wanted to see the movie. She decided that a themed 10th birthday party would be a great time to debut the film at our house. My goal? – Throw a party my daughter enjoyed AND keep everything under $50.
I borrowed this sign from my cousin and hung it on the door to greet our guests.The table was set as the Emerald City with Dollar Store paper goods. A basket adorned with balloons made a nice “hot-air balloon ride” centerpiece.
Emily wanted the food to go from black and white to technicolor and I made a banner with the phrase, “You are capable of more than you know.” -OzWith the use of a stem of fake flowers from Walmart, I turned ordinary cupcakes into a field of poppies.The bulk of the party was spent watching the movie in our basement. I had recorded it on DVR, but it got deleted. So, despite that fact that I had to buy it for $14, the party was still put on for less than $50. Emily enjoyed her party and all the little efforts made to carry out the feel of Oz.
You loved our Fun and Fancy Flip Flops for less than $2, now love (and “LIKE” and by all means “PIN”) our Party Balloon Headband.
This head band was made for less than $2 and is so cute. I used water balloons and a wire headband (all from the $1 store of course). Simply tie the balloons in knots around the headband until desired look is reached and voila – an adorable headband for the birthday girl (or a super-fun birthday party guest!).
This wreath cost about $7 to create and was made in less than 20 minutes.
- 1 wicker wreath (this one is 13 inches)
- 5 pairs of socks (in honor of Valentine’s Day I used red, pink and heart-adorned socks)
- snips for cutting the wreath
- a small piece of chenille for a hanger
- packing tape or other heavy duty tape
- coordinating ribbon if desired
Step One – Using the snips, cut the wreath to make it possible to slip the socks on. At the opposite end of the cut, attach the chenille as a hanger.
Step Two – Using scissors, cut the toe out of each sock to form a tube.
Step Three – Slide the socks onto the wreath in your desired pattern. Use the top of the following sock to cover the cut edge of the sock before it so that the cut edges to not hang out of the finished product.
Step Four – Tape the cut portion of the wreath with tape and adjust the socks as necessary.
Step Five – Add a bow if you wish and display your creation for all to see!
While this wreath has a Valentine’s Day theme, but you can modify it for any holiday or special occasion by finding the perfect footies.
Hold onto your hat, we don’t have a microwave. That’s right, no microwave. So, my husband is king of the good-old-fashioned-popcorn-on-the-stove popcorn and we love it! Usually we enjoy our popcorn with a little salt and a smidgen of melted butter. However, during yesterday’s snow day I had my kids experiment with toppings to kick our favorite snack right in the kernel. Here are a few of the winners.For the basic popcorn, place 6 tbsp in a large pot and add 2 kernels of corn made for popcorn. Cover and heat on medium heat. Once the 2 kernels pop, add 2/3 cup of kernels to the pot and cover. Leave on the heat and shake the pot occasionally. Listen for popping to cease and remove from heat quickly.
Drizzle popcorn with soy sauceSprinkle popcorn with dry Hidden Valley Ranch seasoningSprinkle with The BEST Hot Cocoa Mix and add M&MsFor Muddy Popcorn:
- 5 cups of prepared popcorn
- 1/4 c peanut butter
- 1/2 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Melt peanut butter, butter and chocolate chips. Pour over popcorn and toss gently. Then add powdered sugar and toss gently again.And now for some of the gross toppings and combinations my kiddos tried out:
- squeezed clementine juice and peanut butter
- 1 huge marshmallow
- powdered butter – ugh!
I declined their generous offer to let me try their concoctions.