Rainbow Classroom Party

I am the “Party Mom” for my daughter’s classroom. I basically come up with Party ideas and then implement them… well today we are having a Rainbow Party!! I hope it goes well… I even made Fruit and Veggie trays this morning from a generous donation. I think I will need to have the classroom write a thank you note!!

Anyhow, here is my attempt at putting together a colorful tray or two!

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On the trays are a variety of fruits like Watermelon, Grapes, Strawberries, Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Bananas, Mangoes and then a nice selection of veggies like Carrots, Celery, Green Bell Peppers, Broccoli, Cherry Tomatoes,  Olives.

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Hope it is colorful like the rainbow and the kids enjoy the treat!!!

Kids Halloween Party

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Last week I hosted a kids Halloween Party at my house and have to say I was a little stressed over it even though it was Potluck. The reason is I have a small home and a large backyard. In Nevada where I live, the weather can be hit or miss… the saying is “Wait 5 minutes and the weather will change.”

Nevertheless, I wanted to host an outdoor party and was stressing on how the weather would fair that Saturday. Luckily, the weather turned out perfect. However, the next day was horrible, cold and windy. So I truly lucked out.

Since we were going to be outside, I went the minimalist route for decorating. And the dollar store AND Walmart were my main stops for decorations, my true friends for the event.

A year ago June, I made an outdoor buffet table from pallets laying around the backyard. I have to say it is one of the best things I have ever made. I can’t tell you how many times I have used it for BBQ’s, birthdays and now I can say for a Halloween Party.

I decked it out with cobweb, a festive plastic tablecloth and then waited for all the guests to start arriving with their food they were contributing.

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Since the weather was nice the kids enjoyed playing on the Trampoline and the swingset… as well as playing with the cornhole board that I borrowed, and a bowling sent. I even put together a craft table so the kids could make cut-outs and just have another level of fun. But they thought the tire swing was THE BEST thing since sliced bread, LOL!

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But it made me happy at how much fun all the kiddos had… and was thrilled with all the food the parents contributed even though I supplied the main dish of ghoulish hot dogs and condiments. AND one of my friends made Gluten Free Cake Pops cause she didn’t want the kids and I to miss out on the desserts!! Now how cool is she!?

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Crafts made at the craft table…

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I placed an extension cord outside and placed all the hot dogs in the crockpot with hot water so no one had cold dogs.

All in all it was a great turn out and the kids and adults alike had fun. I call that a success!

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My Daughters outdoor “Frozen” Birthday Party in November

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Yes, my daughter wanted a “Frozen” Birthday like every other girl this year. I was informed of this decision about 6 months ago and have been working on this “project” for a couple of months now.

I held the party outside, but of course I stressed over it for a couple of weeks because I wasn’t sure if it was going to rain or snow especially since I had no idea how I would have 30+ kids and a bunch of adults in my little house if it did rain/snow.

But the weather held up nicely at 55º up until the last hour of our party — and then it started turning cold and breezy — a literal “Frozen” Party, LOL.

I used snowflake table clothes including and couple of Arendelle themed plastic table clothes for a couple of my little tables. I also decorated with Frozen themed helium balloons on the tables.

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Decorative cups..

My daughter’s birthday is coming up and I have invited a lot of people. Unfortunately my house is small, but luckily my property is very large – 1/2 acre to be exact. The weather around this time is rather iffy to say the least. And surprisingly the last 2 years the weather has been beautiful. However, I checked the weather forecast this morning and it states it will be sunny the day before and the day after the party, but should be raining all day long the day of!!! AGH!!! I really don’t want to squeeze that many people into my tiny house.

Nevertheless, my daughter wants a Frozen Party like every other girl this year. But have you seen how expensive everything decoration is out there? It is ridiculous. I went to Walmart and bought 100 clear plastic cups for under $5 and several sheets of Frozen Stickers for about $4 and made my own decorative cups for the occasion.

Frozen Cups made by placing stickers on to Plastic Cups.

Frozen Cups made by placing stickers on to Plastic Cups.