Thursday, June 27, 2013

Meet your e-buddies

I got my first buddies assigned for the Cara box-  Lisa and Heather.  I can't wait to "meet" them and learn about them both!  This month's theme is "Sail Away With Me- Nautical theme" and I've already been researching some cool-looking DIY crafts, as well as gathering ideas as what to stuff my box with.  This is so exciting!
In other news, Bryan and Natalie's birthday parties are this Saturday.  The theme, you ask?  BUBBLE GUPPIES!!  

Yes, these lovable little fish-kids that so entrance toddlers and preschoolers.. and parents.. alike!  So while you work on getting that oh so catchy "Bubble-bubble-bubble Guppy-guppy-guppies!" tune out of your head, let me tell you what we have planned!

Mealtime:  So in the past, I've driven myself mad trying to get food together and cooked and served and cleaned up, then do cake and ice cream and serving 30+ kids and adults, all in the hot hot hot sun of June or July and then before we know it: the party's over. What?! Didn't it just start?!  So this year, we're cheating.  We're ordering some 6ft subs from Walmart, and ordering a couple of 24-cut pizzas, throwing a couple of fish-related items on the table and calling it a party.  OK, so maybe we won't "throw" it, and perhaps it'll be served a little cuter than throw the box of pizza and a bunch of sandwiches on the table.. but I'm really hoping I can spend time with the kids and visit with my family and friends instead of running everywhere doing stuff!

Games:  I think I've decided on a few different fun things this year.  In the past, everyone was happy to just dance through the sprinklers, jump on the trampoline, swim in the pool or play on the swing set.  Of course, THIS year.. we're supposed to have rain. And storms.  So on to plan B.

Bubble Painting-  that's right!  Know those Crayola bubbles that stain EVERYTHING they pop on, leading to multicolored siding on your house, and pretty blue and pink bubbles on the outside furniture? Well, someone had the idea to trap those bubbles and make them into art!  By adding a few drops of food coloring to basic ole-bubbles, have the kids blow bubbles onto sheets of white paper, allow to dry, frame in a construction paper frame.. and VOILA!!! Insta-art that will melt the hearts of adults everywhere!

Bubble Station- just blowing some bubbles.  Relatively harmless, right? We shall see..

Fishing!  We found this really cute little fishing set that comes with this fishing pole that has a "lure" with 6 hooks that are used to catch the fish.  Not sure if it'll just be an activity or if we'll turn it into a game.. but it'll be fun either way!

Pin the Tail on the Guppy!   A twist on a classic.  We'll be printing out large pictures of Gil and Molly, then have the kids see if they can get their tails on right!  Or on the eyebrows. Technicality.

And last but not least.. hopefully.. if we can find one we like and can afford...

I really hope Saturday turns out to be a decent day, weather-wise, but at least we know if its not.. it will still be a nice day all around for my beautiful babies celebration!

Pics to follow, of course!

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