I am updating again! My kids are really enjoying the elf, are yours? My little one, Kailani asks each day, “What message did Elfie send today?” and I love hearing that! Kares likes to read them too. Our elf is never really naughty, just silly. I don’t want to teach my kids to be naughty, but I do want them to have fun. Our elf was in the fruit basket, hanging from the light, in the bathroom…nothing to crazy, but fun still. I want the focus to be Jesus, not the silly elf. Here are some hilarious blogs about some people who go over the top! Click here for 1 Click here for the other
Day 9 We were still on vacation. Elfie was hiding in my suitcase. (Smart there, he stayed in my suitcase so that I didn’t forget to bring him home!)
If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.
Sometimes the smallest little acts of kindness and love can make the biggest difference. Today they had to try to hold the door open for someone. Let them go through first (and do it with a smile)! Sometimes the little things, turn into big things. The more you do kind and loving things, the more you act like Jesus!
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Elfie was hiding in the bathroom. He drew the girls a Christmas Tree on the mirror. It was really cute.
Today’s verse was from Acts 20:35
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
Today Elfie asked the girls to donate some food to those in need. We talked about helping others and how we are able to help others. We can help by donating some food from the grocery store and not expect anything in return.
Christmas has turned into a focus on presents, that I wanted my girls to GIVE than RECEIVE.
I am so glad that we are doing this bible study. My girls are learning the bible, focusing on Jesus, and doing kind things for others. They have really enjoyed it too. Are your kids liking it? Leave a comment and let me know! Do you have suggestions for a bible verse? Let me know!
I have been posting about the Superhero party we had for Kares. Here is the first post. Here is the link to the decorations (under $12 for it all). Here is the link to the superhero themed food we served. Here are the superhero party favors.
This post is about how we entertained over 20 children under the age of 6!
The biggest help was a BOUNCE HOUSE! We got a great deal on ours, but I know this can be a big expense. They didn’t have any superhero themed ones so naturally when you ask a 5 year old girl what she wants…Disney Princesses! It kept the little superheroes out of the house and entertained for hours!
My favorite part was the photo booth we had for the kids. I wanted to do something that would be a little different and memorable. So I set up a place for them to fly!
This was pretty easy. I bought 4 yards of blue fabric on sale for $1 a yard. Then bought 2 yards of white felt (hindsight I didn’t need that much) to make the clouds. I made a small area for the kids to lay on (I used a part of my couch chaise lounge, but a box or cushion would work too). Then I used thumbtacks to hang the fabric on the wall in our garage. I was sure to cover the part where they lay as well. Then the kids took turns pretending to fly through the clouds with the capes. I used my new camera to take great photos of them. I am including a picture of each child in the thank you notes. When you crop and frame it just right the pics look great!
The kids and adults had a great time at the party. I can’t wait to plan the next get together!
One of the best parts of the party was watching these kids turn into superheroes! I made a cape for each child to wear and take home. These were adorable decorations and then provided a lot of fun. Plus what kid doesn’t like to go home with a superhero cape?
I made these capes from t-shirts. Keeping my budget in mind, I wanted to find these shirts for cheap! THere were a few options. I searched the internet to try and buy them wholesale. Without having to buy 100 shirts, they were just as expensive online as they were in stores. Then I thought about going to thrift stores. I never actually made it to thrift stores because I found shirts at the Dollar Tree! I was so excited. They were in all different colors and sizes. Most of the shirts were irregulars, but that is okay, I was going to cut them up anyway!
Here is how I made superhero capes for $1
I took a t-shirt and cut it up the sides, then cut the sleeves off, then cut carefully around the front of the collar. THis way all that was left was the collar and the back attached. I wrote “Super” and the Kids names on them. (This made sure no one was fighting over a color at the party. Plus I had different size shirts, so the little ones could get a little cape and big ones a big cape) It was SO easy to do and looked so great. I hung the masks and the cape on a hanger.
Then I used the sleeves to make a mask for each of the kids. I just cut eye holes in them and they were able to put them on their heads. Finally I cut scraps to make wrist bands, head bands, or anything else. I put these in a bucket labeled “Extra Disguises” so they could just grab.
Kares wanted to do a craft project at her party too. I wanted something easy that the kids could do themselves. I found these little people cut outs and then made different colored capes. I provided markers, crayons, glue, and eyes for them to use. I set all of it up at a little table in the corner and directed a few kids at a time to go create their own superhero! We hung all of the heroes up on the window to dry and provide a little more decoration.
I was able to find Super Hero markers and crayons for $1 each. They were perfect for the party. (Also great when the markers didn’t get the tops put on…we threw them out without a worry) I put them in the bins I bought at the Dollar Tree.
I think the kids had a blast, and were able to take home a personalized favor. I thought it was better than a bag full of dollar store toys they will use for an hour! They now have their very own superhero cape and little craft to go with it.
I posted before (click HERE) about the Superhero birthday party we threw for our daughter’s 5th birthday. This post is all about the decorations! We (my girls and I) made most of the decorations ourselves, and I really kept it on a budget!
We put streamers hanging from the lights and fan that went in all directions. These provided a lot of color and were SO cheap. I got a pack of 2 at the Dollar Tree. I bought red, blue, and yellow.
I tried to use things that she already had to decorate with. This makes things even cheaper! One of my favorite decorations was when we made Superman fly above the kids heads. We hung up one of her stuffed superman dolls from the fan. It was awesome!
She got a big Superman blanket for her birthday. So we hung it up on the wall behind the table. This was a great backdrop for the cake cutting!
I also hung up a superhero beach towel on the wall in our garage. We opened up the garage and had it as a safe area for the kids to play and adults to gather. But it needed a little something. So we, again used what we had, and created a little more superhero decor!
Superhero capes are a must for any superhero party! I made these as favors for the kids to take home, but they also provided great decorations. I will make another post with a do it yourself tutorial. So be sure to check back or click on the link to be emailed each time I update the blog! I bought shimmery blue material to hang the capes from. I also used it to hang up the craft and for the bow on the door. This was $9.99 at Hobby Lobby but I used a 40% off coupon and got it for $6.00. I have so much left over that it will make great July 4th decorations! (Here is where I got the superhero cape idea)
I try to think about all of the little details when planning a party. I wrote on the bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker. I wrote, “Looking Good Superhero!” then put “POW, BAM, WHACK” around it. This was a cheap and easy way to add a little something extra!
The front and back door also had to fit in with our theme. I found a superhero dry erase board in the dollar section at Michaels. This was perfect! I hung it on our wreath hanger on the back door. On the front door I put a yellow and blue bow. I got the yellow bow at Dollar Tree and used leftover blue fabric to make the blue part. I was going to make a superman symbol to add to it, but time just got away from me and forgot to do it!
Budget Breakdown: TOTAL DECORATIONS $11.00
Red, blue, yellow streamers- $3
Blue shimmer fabric- $6
Superhero Sign- $1
Yellow bow- $1
As you can see I kept the decorations very inexpensive. I used what we already had and was able to decorate my entire house. Keep checking back, I will post about how to make the capes, how to keep the food with the superhero theme, and how we were able to entertain over 20 kids at the party. You can sign up for emails so you never miss an update. Just click on the link to the right.
My 5 year old wanted a SUPERHERO birthday party this year. We had so much fun putting everything together. I wanted to share some of the best parts of the party with you! I will then make other posts with step by step instructions so you can easily make your own party!
I did a lot of research on how to create a great party for her. I found that some of the best pictures I saw there were some VERY expensive decorations, cake, favors and whatnot. I used ideas and a budget…This party was not super expensive, wasn’t too hard, and was SO MUCH FUN!
I plan on posting more pictures and tutorials on how to make this stuff yourself soon! Plus how I did it on a budget.
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