Thursday, October 21, 2010

THIS may be my next party favor!

Ok, maybe not this exact one...because it's a bit pricey for a party favor, but HOW COOL IS THIS??

I found this on eventlucky. I love reading about Sara's party planning- right now she's planning a camping theme party for her husband.  Fun!

Here's the site that created this super cool, super green idea: furoshiki

Love, love, love it!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Halloween Party Recipe: MUMMY MEATLOAF

This is just too cute!  Read the recipe at Gourmet Mom On The Go.

I plan to make this for my MOMS Club fall party for the kiddos.  I will use ground turkey, flax seed instead of the Wheaties cereal, and will leave out the grape jelly.  I'm sure it adds to the taste as the author says, but we don't have jelly on hand because of sugar content, so I will just omit.

We don't do cheese, so I will either use rice cheese or gluten free crackers.

If you want this to be completely gluten free, you can use brown rice lasagna noodles.

So fun!  Enjoy.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


My friend Julie has been there and done that, as you can see above.  But her youngest wants a train party, about 5 months after his older brother's train party.  But she did trains!  She had a stellar train affair, with a train cake (pictured above), train cookies, train ticket invites, and even a train crossing sign.

What's a girl to do?  I talked about this here.  It seems to be a common problem.  My youngest always wants the same party her older sister just had.  With my girls, it's princesses.  .  With Julie's boys, it's trains.  There's nothing wrong with doing the exact same thing...but for gals like us, we like to challenge our creativity and shake it up a bit.

So...we have been brainstorming new and inventive ways to make her second train party just as exciting as the first.

With Halloween right around the corner, Julie thought up having her kiddos dress as trains.  And then we thought- "How fun would it be to let the party guests make their own train costumes at the party, using re-useable/found objects?"  I've said it a million times before, but I'll say it again- kids love to dress up.  They love to pretend.  And Julie and I love to recycle- thus the idea for making train costumes out of boxes.  Turns out, lots of people have done it and there are tons of links for how to do it.  This one seems to be the easiest.

The idea is to have the cardboard boxes ready for the kids to personalize with stickers, markers, etc. and then to let them chug a chug a choo choo around the house in their costumes.  She already has the train crossing sign and sound effects, so these costumes will fit in perfectly and make for adorable photo ops.  Also, the kiddos can take them home as their favor.

SUGAR TRAIN Kids Candy Mold Chocolate
Speaking of favors, another idea I love is to use these molds to make recycled train crayons.  Julie and her boys can do this together beforehand.  All you have to do is take crayon remnants (if you don't have enough, ask your child's teacher- I guarantee she has a box in a closet of what I call crayon nibs), melt them down, and pour them into the molds.  The molds can be re-used- even to make chocolate candies!

You can also buy them here on etsy

If you want to take it one step further, I think these conductor hats are  A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!

This party is for a 3 year old, so I think one activity is enough.  But for older kids, I think using die-cuts like these to do another craft would be fun.  They could also be used to make a cute tablecloth for the cake table. Then, afterward, you could use them to decorate plain card stock for thank you notes.

If you have any other train ideas, let us know!