Our most recent Birthday Bash took place at the Midtown Bowl on August 28, 2011 and it was fantastic!
As usual it was so much fun to see all the BBA kids smiling and having fun. Everyone participated in the bowling and (of course) the cupcake eating!
We went with a pallet of turquoise and lavender with a bowling ball accent. The cheery colors went with the cheery atmosphere and coordinated well with the venue. We can’t wait to create a whole new theme and design for our next Bert’s Big Adventure Birthday Bash! And of course we’ll share the finished product with you!
Photography: Rustic White Photography
Kids love to have play dates. It’s not only a fun time for them to spend with their friends, you get to know their friends too and have some fun in the process! It’s no surprise that with so many play dates on the calendar, you may run out of ideas. Hopefully, somewhere in this compiled list that we’ve created for you, there’s something new and exciting for you and your kids to try out!
1. The best play dates happen in the great outdoors! Pack a picnic (blanket and all), some outdoor toys (like soccer balls, bubbles and kites) and head outside if the weather permits. You’ll get some time to relax in the sun and the kids will get some fun exercise in the sunshine. This http://frugaldad.com/rei/coupon for REI will help you save on a variety of outdoor activities!
2. Head to a museum that has a kids tour. Some museums bring new and fun exhibits for kids. This is a great way for you and the kids to learn something new!
3. Have a dance party! Turn up the music and have some fun! Play a game of freeze dance with the kids where they dance as fast as they can and stop quick when the music does. After, they can make up their own dance to one of their favorite songs. Have them surprise you with the finished product when they’re all done!
4. Play a kids version of Pictionary. Let them use their imagination on a small dry erase board and draw picture for you and their friends to guess. Make sure everyone feels like a winner at the end of the game with treats fro everyone.
5. If you’re okay with moving furniture around, help the kids make a fort out of chairs, pillows and blankets. When they’re happy with their fortress give them some fun books to read and enjoy inside their cozy towers.
Source: What to Expect
And with spring time comes spring time allergies. Allergies affect people of all ages, including the little ones and they can be horrible. It’s practically impossible to avoid the pollen outside, but there are a few things that you can do around the house to help lessen the affect of allergies on your children.
In children, food, dust and animal allergies are the most common. If spring is a troubling time for your little one, here are a few tips to help ease the pain:
- If your child is allergic to pets, keep your animals contained to certain rooms in the house. Also, be sure to keep them out of your child’s room and bathe them if needed.
- Remove rugs and carpets from your child’s room because they collect dust faster than a hardwood floor. If the room is all carpet, have it thoroughly cleaned early in the month and be sure to vacuum often to keep the dust particles to a minimum.
- Pack away your heavy drapes or anything else that collects dust easily. If you can’t stand the thought of bare windows, switch them out for light, airy and freshly cleaned curtains.
- If your child has a dust mite allergy, use special covers for pillows and mattresses
- If your child has food allergies (and you don’t fully trust the school lunches) pack a special lunch for them. This also gives them a chance to get a super special lunch box and you can even leave them special notes to help them through the day.
- For kids with pollen allergies, keep the windows closed both in the home and in the car, especially when the pollen season is at its peak, make sure to change their clothes after they have been outdoors, and don’t let them hang around near an area where yard work is being done.
- The best tip of all is to make sure to inform all caregivers of any and all allergies that your child may have and make sure that they are equipped with anything that they may need, such as injectable epinephrine or prescribed allergy medicine.
Wishing you a happy and sniffle free spring season!
Source: Kids Health
Putting two birthdays together is always a bit difficult, but especially if one of those birthdays is for a family pet. So, how can you put the two together? Here are a few ideas for a dog themed party for your little one and their furry friend!
Where will you have the party? The backyard is your best bet. This way the kids and the dogs will be able to run free and play. Just make sure you watch for the dogs that go potty!
Paw prints are always a hit for a puppy party! Feel free to put them on anything and everything: the tablecloth, the dogie bags, the welcome sign, etc.
A puppy piñata is not only a great idea, but great fun!
For the food, make sure you have treats and snacks for both the kids and the pets. Be sure to separate them so neither party gets confused as to which one is theirs. Try putting the kids at a higher table so the dogs won’t be able to get to it and leave the puppy stuff closer to the ground.
Best thing to put in a goodie bag? Dog bones! Use a cookie cutter to make a bone shape for bone cookies fit for kids (don’t forget the icing!) and get medium sized bones from your local pet store to have for the dogs at the party. You can also have a ball in the bags for the kids and a chew toy in the bags for the dogs.
What games should we play? Planned games may not be necessary since the kids will have fun running around with the dogs on their own. If you would like to have a few on hand try playing Red Rover, Red Rover or Pin the Tail on the Cat. You can also take all the party goers to obedience school where they can practice rolling over, sitting and laying down. The sight of your kids doing this with your dogs will make for great pictures!
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