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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Grinch Classroom Party


So this year I am the room mom for my son's 3rd grade class, in past years I have only been 'Co-room mom' or just helped out whenever, so I have only had to plan one party throughout the year or so. But this year I have been in charge of all of them... Halloween, Christmas, and upcoming Valentines Day. For Halloween we did a Harry Potter theme, it was so much fun but I got so busy I forgot to take pictures and document everything... so I made sure to do it for this party!  One of my friends is the room mom for her son's class as well so we have been getting together and doing the planning for the parties, it is nice to share the insanity (and cost) with someone ") Anyway we decided that for Christmas to do something with the beloved book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss. After much brainstorming, Googling, and lots of hours cutting and crafting I am proud to share our Grinchmas celebration!

To start off, on the 1st day of December we gave all the kids these adorable booklets we printed off found on Seussville.com to get them excited and in the spirit of Christmas! In the booklet it describes the Grinchmas season as doing one good deed each day and to spread holiday cheer. They come with all sorts of ideas that the kids can do each day. I just LOVE these!
Also in the booklet we included activity sheets, a Who-Pudding recipe, and a page where the kids could help give back by mailing in 3 good deeds that had done and Random House would donate a book to a child in need in their community! How amazing is that!
To help the kids remember to be doing good deeds I also made a large Grinch for the classroom and placed him on the wall with a pile of hearts that were cut out. Throughout the month when kids saw or did random acts of kindness, they would fill out a heart of what they saw/did and place it on the Grinch to help his heart grow.
 There was lots of love in that classroom by the end of the month!
The day of the classroom party I decorated the outside of the classroom to welcome the kids to Whoville for their 
Whobilation Celebration!
Fah who for-aze! Dah who dor-aze! Welcome Christmas!
When the kids came inside the Grinch and Cindy Lou were there to great them, along with some classroom presents.
The classroom was also decorated for the celebration...
one of my favorite elements were the hanging ornaments from the ceiling, they just added that extra touch that makes me smile ")
For the party the kids watched "How the Grinch Stole Christmas"
After the movie the kids enjoyed a Who Feast!
For the feast we served a can of Who Hash...
Our version of Who Hash was Chex Mix, pretzels, and M&M's. The can labels were designed by Food In Literature.
some delicious Who Pudding... 
and a drumstick of  Who Roast Beast!
Aka: bag of popcorn
Special 'Whoville Guest' chair covers
Adorable straw flags from Soiree-Event Design.
 WH-2-O beverages
I absolutely adored these bottle labels from Make It Festive on Etsy.
After the feast the kids were divided into 3 groups and rotated around to different activities. 
One of the rotations was a Grinch Punch-a-bunch game.
I set up a board with holes cut out to place cups in covered with tissue paper. The cups were all pre-filled and decorated for the party and so we just swapped out used ones with new cups for each rotation of kids. The kids would punch through an ornament and inside would be a question about the movie/book and a prize. 
There were 2 different prizes they could win, one was a bag of green sixlet Grinch pills
and the other was a Grinch 'licked' candy cane ")
 The next rotation station was a Grinch ornament craft for the kids to make. These were so adorable and easy to do! 
The kids each got a clear ornament and swirled green paint inside. We had Grinch vinyl faces that the kids put on the outside of the ornaments, then colored the eyes yellow with a paint marker, and hot glued (an adult did the gluing) a strip of green feather boa around the top.
Then they flipped them over and put a heart sticker on the back and attached a tag with an ornament hook.
The last rotation was a photo booth were they could take fun pictures with their friends. 
The Grinchmas banner was also from Make It Festive on Etsy, thanks again so much Mandy!

Thanks Kim and Lori from That's So Creative for sharing the wonderful props and inspiration!
Here are a few poses from some of the kids that I am friends with their mothers and they gave me permission to post
their kids picture...

There are so many other fantastic Grinch themed games, food ideas, and parties you could include or change for your own celebrations but I hope you enjoyed seeing our class party and wish you all a
  very Merry Grinchmas!

Tips: This party was actually not too expensive. I used rolls of wrapping paper on sale from Hobby Lobby for the table runners, chair covers, photo backdrop and other areas; parents donated all the food for the feast; we used butcher paper from the school to make the whoville arch, whoville characters and grinches; the booklets were free printables and we bound them at the school as well; clear ornaments, paint, feather boas, paper straws, and ribbon were also on sale at Hobby Lobby; and all the cups, tissue paper, poster board and other little various items
 were from the dollar store.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Christmas Wonderful Link Party

Elf spaghetti! Enjoy a fun dinner with the family with green noodles and marinara sauce. Don't forget the Mozzarella snowballs! Design Dazzle
Did you know that Santa's elves have a favorite dinner? Elf spaghetti is what they always choose to eat on Christmas Eve. To see the easy and yummy details go here

 You may have seen Design Dazzle's 5th annual Christmas Wonderful series is in full swing! We've had some fabulous Christmas ideas from some talented bloggers and we're not done yet...the fun continues through the middle of December! Over the years we've shared almost 200 blog posts with hundreds and hundreds of ideas. We thought it would be fun to have a great big link party to celebrate this magical Christmas season because we know YOU have some awesome ideas to share too! Simply link up your project below, which will show up on all of the 25+ blogs participating in our link party. Feel free to link up new projects as well as any past projects that you want to share. The link party ends Decemember 7th. We will be choosing some of our FAVORITE ideas to feature! a few days later.

 The following amazing blogs are participating in our Christmas Wonderful link party:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Tumble and Twirl Gymnastics Birthday!

My little Avery turned 5 last month and wanted to do a gymnastics party with all her friends! I had to do something bright and colorful that fit her age range. As soon as I found The Birthday House on Etsy I fell in love with their set! 
They were exactly what I was looking for!
I used the cutouts for the main centerpieces on the tables and to hold bouquets of balloons.
When the girls arrived they ran around and played a few games and ate some treats... 
 
I created a balance beam cake for the focal point of the treats.
Using a chocolate mold I got from Amazon, I also created little gold medals with yellow melting chocolate and attached a purple ribbon with more chocolate on the back.
Avery loves watching the rhythmic gymnastics so I decided to fill long candy tubes with mini gumballs and attached long strands of ribbon and a jewel on top to make ribbon wands to incorporate that into the table.
We had a cookie rose bouquet set up for the awards ceremony
One of my favorite things were the vaulting cupcakes on this table ")
I also got these bright pink water bottles from Birthday Express and added vinyl stars and names of each of the girls.
  Larger gymnastics toppers from The Birthday House accented the dessert table and cake to give them the finishing touch!
After some little games and treats we all packed up and headed off to my daughters gymnastics center for the real fun! Her gym lets you rent it out for private parties and events, it was so nice having the whole place to ourselves for the girls to practice and play whatever they wanted! 
....getting all chalked up!
  
The giant foam pit was the absolute best! I even had to jump in... no picture of that though ")
We also did a little rhythmic gymnastics...
The girls all had so much fun and did so great they were all winners and got gold medals and a rose!