Spring is chock full of birthdays for our family. My mom, dad and daughter were all born within a couple weeks of each other. That means extra efforts must be made to ensure that each family member feels special on his/her special day. Read More
About a month or two before my daughter’s birthday, we sat down with the computer, opened up Pinterest and starting looking for party ideas. Holy Pandora’s box…
|Tissue ice cream decorations from Amazon|
Anyway, after a couple of evenings of debating the merits of a My Little Pony party versus an American Girl doll t-shirt decorating party, she went in an entirely different direction and announced that what she wanted, in fact, was a “Beanie Boo – Adoption Party – slash – Ice Cream Sundae Party”.
The ice cream sundae part was the easy part. I ordered pretty much EVERYTHING online, except for the ice cream of course (more details on that later). But I needed to figure out how a “Beanie Boo Adoption” worked. Thankfully, a couple of other bloggers had already pulled off such a party, so I gathered some initial inspiration from them.
Paige over at Paige’s Party Ideas had some great ideas from a party a friend of hers threw for her six year old daughter. She even incorporated a vet clinic and check-out area (I didn’t go that far!!). I probably borrowed the most ideas from Monograms ‘n Mud – namely, the pink and purple color palette and the craft idea. The craft idea was key because with 20 of my daughter’s most beloved friends coming to the party, I needed to make sure I had a way to keep them busy and out of trouble!!
Our Beanie Boo Party Plan
The key elements of our Beanie Boo Adoption / Ice Cream Sundae Party were as follows:
The Beanie Boo Adoption
Each child was given a numbered ticket upon arrival to the party. The tickets were simply thin strips of cardstock with heart shaped numbers attached. The number corresponded with a number that I had earlier assigned to each Beanie Boo that we’d purchased. I kept it random, except for rigging it to make sure the birthday girl got her preferred Beanie Boo and I made sure that the three boys who attended got the more masculine looking Beanie Boos.
The Beanie Boo Registration Process.
Most of the kids in attendance are kindergarteners and are learning how to read and write. I thought it would be fun for them to practice their new skills with the Beanie Boo registration cards.
They were asked to fill in their names, the names of their adopted Beanie Boos (found on the tag), the Beanie Boo’s birthday (also on the tag), eye color and fur color. They then signed their names, promising to take good care of their adopted Beanie Boos!
Craft Time – Beanie Boo Party Hats.
With registration complete, we moved on to the task of making sure the Beanie Boos were party-ready. I had planned on making the party hats, but then I stumbled across my party hats during a Target run (update: sold out but these are cute too….and these as well). They were the perfect size and only a few bucks. Done and done.
I also hit Target and Amazon for stickers, sequin tape, jewels, etc. for the kids to decorate the hats with. Each table was set up with a few bottles of glue and an assortment of hat decorations. Some of them (my daughter included) got pretty creative with it.
Ice Cream Sundaes.
The kids were fired up for ice cream. I made the mistake of having all of the sundae fixings set out at the start of the party. Bowls of gummy worms, gummy bears, swedish fish, M & Ms, and sprinkles sat out for the taking. I had to shoo the kids away several times from this table!
If I were doing it again, I’d definitely wait till after craft time to set out the sundae toppings. I found waffle bowls on Amazon, which made the sundaes extra special. Three cartons of ice cream – vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry – were more than enough for this sized party. The most expedient way to serve 20 kids ice cream seemed to be to take everyone’s order, fill up the waffle bowls and then bring them out all at once.
Believe it or not, this was our first party having a piñata and, let me tell you, we’ve been missing out. It was so much fun. It was a little stressful making sure the kids didn’t whack each other in the head, but they had a blast!! And it kept them occupied for 20-25 minutes. The piñata was also from Amazon and it was the perfect size for the crowd!
(Optional) Our party was 2 hours long so there was just enough time for my daughter to open up her presents before parents started arriving for pick-up.
I don’t usually blog about my kids’ birthday parties because they always erupt into chaos and picture-taking is out of the question. But this one actually worked as planned and the kids were occupied/entertained for most of the time so I could get some shots. Highly recommend!
Almost once a week, we have breakfast for dinner. To be honest, it might be my favorite night of the week. Why? Because the kids will actually eat the dinner I make without a fuss and I get to make ONE meal instead of THREE. Plus, I love breakfast foods too.
Last week, I made homemade waffles for the kids and they totally gobbled them up. The two-year old out-ate us all! (Those of you who know him will not be surprised by this.) I was pretty low on groceries, but did have blueberries and lemons on hand (a favorite flavor combo here at B&B…see here and here), so ran with that.
Makes 4-6 waffles, depending on waffle iron size.
2 cups of flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tbsp sugar
1 3/4 cup of milk
2 tbsp melted butter (cooled)
1/2 cup roughly chopped blueberries
2 tsp lemon zest
Prepare your waffle iron. Heat to medium.
Sift dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl, mix milk, eggs, and melted butter. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients together. Gently fold in blueberries and lemon zest.
Pour batter into waffle maker. Cook until risen, and lightly browned. Repeat.
Top with blueberries, powdered sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice. Enjoy!
This past weekend, we spent some time outside, planting some seeds in trays to start inside, until it’s safe for us to plant them outside. The best part about living in the South is that spring comes pretty early!!
Then we dropped in our seeds, covering them with a tiny bit of soil, and labeled our rows.
First I cut two 1×2″ boards to the height of the pegboard. (You’ll want to measure your board for this measurement since they can vary.
The pegboard could be filled up a little more, but I’m so happy with the results so far and have already found it to be extremely useful.
I purchase six unfinished wooden crates from Michaels for about $10 each.
Hubs and I stained them Minwax aged walnut and stacked a couple high, and a few across for bookshelves. We chose not to nail them together so we could easily change the placement and configuration. *Note I do not recommended stacking anymore than two high without attaching for fear of them tumbling. They could also be drilled into the wall should you choose to build the stack higher.
(Find the easy no-sew DIY for the “To the Moon & Back” sign here)