Last week we had a Dr. Suess party.
I have been so looking forward to my boys being old enough to enjoy a ‘party for no reason’ party.
To swell the numbers and the excitement we made an invitation and invited another family.
For dinner we had chicken nuggets, wedges with blue and red sauce and ‘make-your-own’ pizzas.
For dessert we had Truffla Tree cupcakes, One Fish Jellies, Dr Suess Hat Stacks,
Truffla Seeds, Marshmallow Pops
We played ‘I Can Do That’ which is a Dr Suess game and very family friendly
Read stories together by the fire and had fun
Everyone was invited to come dressed up in their PJs with a crazy hat or hair
Bounce went as a Barbaloot (The Lorax), Flip went as Thing One (Cat In the Hat) and mummy and daddy just went crazy! (Notice I am actually the only person looking at the camera in this photo???)
This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be) is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other.
Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.
My wee man is 6 today!! So we had a mystery party. Being that all the invited guests were 6 or younger I didn’t think we were quite ready for murder mystery (and neither am I!)
But we did do a great old mystery party – one sweet guest said to me, ‘Mrs F********* (they call me this because I do parent help at school) this is the best party I’ve ever been too.’ Bless him – it was a lovely bunch of friends he invited.
I had rather a tight schedule for the party we missed a couple of games entirely but we had FUN!
When the guest arrived they did a Mystery Person sheet – a self-portrait with some extra info afterwards. The intention was to use these to guest who was who at the end of party but we ran out of time.
All the guests received a pack with a magnifying glass, a clues notebook, a clues pencil, a name sticker, a little envelope with colour swatches in it and they added their prizes to it as they went
We played -
The Mystery box – feel it, shake it and write-up your guess in box 1 then I gave them 3 clues – I am metal, I am found in the kitchen and you use me to eat with. Then they wrote their second guess.
Guess the Guest – each guest rsvp’d by email with month of birth, no. of siblings, favourite – food, colour and animal. They put their name stickers on (so people could write their names without having to guess spelling etc) and I read out the information about each person and they wrote the names next to the spaces.
What’s My Colour – time was ticking along so I did this instead of getting the kids up and giving them a go. Each child had 7 colour swatches and I gave them a clue and they had to be the first to hold up the colour e.g- I am the colour of grass.
What is My Number – 9 different number sentences and the children wrote which number they thought was the mystery number for each sentence. E.g – I am less than 10, I am even and I rhyme with 4
Then we had a mystery treasure hunt each clue was written on white paper with white crayon so they had to paint dye over each clue after they found it to expose its message
Food – we had mystery food bags. I showed them some very cute ‘food pictures’ then gave them a mystery bag filled with foodie bits which they had to make into a picture on a white serviette and then tell everyone what they made.
I also provided some extra bits, including plain bread which a few of them used and then ate!
Cake – a big question mark made from cupcakes – easy!!!
Mystery Box Punch – I saw this idea on pinterest a while ago and it was a neat way to give the kids a small prize to take home.I forgot to take a final before pic!!!
They picked a number out of a hat which determined their order. (Flip and I had already discussed he would go last) and then they punched through the tissue to get their prize.
The party was great fun the 1.5hours disappeared and we didn’t get to the Mystery Bag – put your hand in a bag and guess the item before pulling it out, Reverse Hide and Seek, or finish the Mystery Person Pages. I probably could have done 2 hours but I always like to keep things short and sweet before there are tears and tantrums!!
A great day, a simple easy themed party, all good! What is your best birthday party tip??
The other thing that worked well was a list of jobs that needed to be done today so that everyone could help with the jobs to get the party ready and I didn’t have to give jobs out constantly.
And I’m joining in with Simone’s great link because I love seeing what others are up to!
In our house 5 is the first ‘party, party’ birthday where friends can come.
Flip chose a Penguin Party because he loves penguins.
For ease of making I went with a cake of penguin cupcakes.
The food was a DIY affair with Arctic waters (blue and green jelly) surrounding an Iceberg (vanilla ice-cream) topped with penguins (from the penguin waffle maker). Then the penguin party-goers could decorate it with other toppings.
We played blu-tac the beak on the penguin.
Penguin fishing – The Atlas invented this one – the ‘penguin’ has 10 secs to catch as many fish as possible from the icy ‘sea’.
and penguin chalk drawings and face painting.
Oh and some pass the parcel because really what is a party without pass the parcel?
For prizes we had chocolate fish.
I think I get 10 points for no fuss, low-cost party..Don’t you think?
First time working with fondant icing too. Couldn’t have done it without 2 Aunties and Ma.
5 years ago when I had Flip I said to The Atlas – The next parent-teacher interview I go to I will be the parent.
Who would have thought we’d be here in Christchurch, NZ with so many great schools nearby.
Who could imagine biking to school with this wonderful little man. Knowing he will do so well.
Knowing the season has changed for me.
Happy 5th birthday little penguin lover I couldn’t be happier to be your mama if I tried.
Weds 9th of March officially marks the start of lent.
Being a ‘modern’ church kind of lass we often miss out on the wonderful occurrences in the church calendar and I have wanted to be more involved in celebrating the significant events of the church year.
So this year I decided to ‘do lent’. Traditionally it is a time to give up something/fast as Easter approaches.
I thought about giving up chocolate but given my current rate of consumption I felt this might be setting myself up for a fall. SO..I have decided to only buy and eat fair-trade chocolate during Lent, and I hope beyond too.
It is apparently widely acknowledged that there is a great deal of child slavery involved in the chocolate trade and I feel so upset that I would be contributing to that.
So this lent I pledge to only buy and consume fair-trade chocolate for myself. (I will probably still bake with cocoa and possibly use cooking chocolate for baking – I hope that’s okay although I will try to buy some cocoa from Tradeaid who do supply f.t cocoa).
This leaves me with Cadbury and Whittakers milk chocolate (which as my sister pointed out barely have any cocoa – hence they haven’t gone fair-trade with their dark chocolate) and the wonderful, amazing and thoroughly worth the extra cost Green and Blacks chocolate.
For me the gift of Jesus and his life were for all people, all ages, all races and for all time so I think this is in keeping with Lent and my desire to build a bit more of Him into the way I shine my little light.
So how about you are you doing anything for lent this year?? I’d love to know.
On Saturday we celebrated.
I was reminded very much of this proverb ‘Even in laughter the heart may ache’.
We have waited and anticipated but none of us had quite anticipated this.
The florist changed
The proceedings moved
The hairdresser closed
The caterer cancelled
The organiser elsewhere
The music changed
The minute silence unbroken
The boys trousers not yet bought
Some guests no longer living
Others no longer attending
The bride Radiant
The groom Handsome
The love palpable
We celebrated with them and we wish them a life time of happiness and always a safe place with one another from the storms of life.
Loving you guys
Gratefulness, Grotto, Giving, Gingerbread
So G was some days ago on our advent calendar but today we have had lots of Gs to celebrate.
Grateful for a gorgeous Christmas decoration from Maree - lovely, lovely angel.
Grateful for 2 gorgeous prints from Cloud Nine (my Christmas present to myself)
Grotto – the Santa grotto at Spreydon Baptist Church. $2 per person and SO worth a visit.
Master 2 was enchanted. Master 4 yet to see it.
Giving – we want our boys to know the joy of giving. Tonight the boys – husband leading went onto the Gifts that Grow website. Master 4 bought shoes for a little person to wear to school and Master 2 chose ducklings for some little family. What a joy to be able to be able to participate in something like this – we are blessed.
Gingerbread – the smell of Christmas! We made a very special set of gingerbread men today. Masters 2 and 4 each decorated some together.
We were very proud of ourselves. Hopefully the kindy teachers will like the ones Master 4 made for them.
Big task ahead – the Christmas newsletter. I love these the news the catching up the yearly reflection.
Last night we joined with about 100,000 others to celebrate Christmas in the Park.
Enjoyed the atmosphere.
Being famous by association.
My sister was singing.
I love all the great stuff that is on in Christchurch each year and the way people support events.
And of course fireworks to finish.