Three Kids’ Party Themes for Boys and Girls

*A guest post

Image Credit: Catch My Party
Image Credit: Catch My Party

 

Throwing a birthday bash for your child becomes an excuse for you to let out the kid in you. However, this time, you’re using your imagination to build kids’ party themes with your child’s interest as inspiration. Party themes make it easy to plan and organize all the components of the event. From there, you can let loose your creativity to build food, decorations, favors, and activity ideas that match well with the theme.

Here are bright ideas for kids’ party themes complete with all the essential elements that make any children’s party rock.

Superhero Party Theme: Fight the bad guys and bring peace and justice to the earth with a superhero party theme.

• Invitations: There are plenty of online shops selling character party supplies, and you need just choose your child’s favorite among the lot. For instance, if your son is so much into the Caped Crusader, you can easily order Batman party supplies that include invitations. Simply fill out the invites with the important details of the party.
• Decorations: The party supplies mentioned above are normally available in bulk, which means even decorations and buntings are already included. Of course you still have the liberty to choose other Batman-inspired party decorations like a Batman standee, perhaps, or a scene setter that you can hang on a wall.
• Food: Bake or order a Batman cake. In addition, serve mini cupcakes with Batarang icing or candy on top. These are perfect complement for bat-shaped chicken nuggets generously dipped in honey-mustard. Serve them in mini pie tin foils.
• Activities: Make paper cutouts of costumes worn by characters in Batman cartoons. Have several adults line up in front, mix the cutouts in various boxes, and ask kids to pick out costume pieces in the boxes and dress up the adults in heroes and villains costumes. That would surely test the kids’ knowledge of their favorite Caped Crusader.
• Favors: Form mini boxes in the shape of the Batarang or any of Batman’s weapons and fill it these with yummy candies. Secure the box with a Batman sticker.

Disney Princess Party Theme: If you know your little girl fantasizes being a fairy princess, you can make her dream come true with this magical party theme.

• Invitations: Form the shape of fairy wing, tiara, or magic wand from vellum or translucent paper. Embellish the design with trinkets such as plastic jewels, glitter dust, or artificial flower. Write the details of the party on the cutout.
• Decorations: Fill the entire party area with flowers and other stuff that can rival a real princess’ kingdom. Tie flower garlands on table and chairs. Hang swirls from the ceilings. Cover short stools with combination of colorful fabrics to make them appear as giant mushrooms.
• Food: Line up the buffet table with edible glitters. Serve fudgy fairy-dust wand cupcakes. Serve colorful fruit juices in colorful drinking cups.
• Activities: Hire a face painter to draw swirly designs and apply glitters on the kids. Make sure to use non-toxic face and body paint. It is best to host the party in the garden so you can organize a treasure hunt for kids to chase after pretty jewels and fancy toys.
• Favors: Send off the beaming guests with hair accessories, nail polish, lip gloss, plastic jewels, and other stuff little girls are crazy about.

Pet Lover’s Party Theme: If your child is fond of animals, choose from kids party themes that focus on his animal friend. This does not mean inviting all the kids’ pets instead your guests can come dress up to pretend as the cute and adorable furry companion they care for.

• Invitations: Use construction paper or other heavy paper material in cutting out the shape of paws, dog heads, or dog tags. Punch a hole on the upper end then attach a beaded chain to make it look like an animal tag. Write all the details on the available space.
• Decorations: Fill the party space with your child’s animal stuff toys.
• Food: Look for recipes to learn puppy-face cupcakes, just the perfect treat for the partying little masters.
• Activities: This time, let the kids show how obedient they are as they play Master Says or Simon Says. Put a little twist by asking the players to pretend to be their own pets, all alert on their hands and knees. Design an obstacle course with tunnels, hoops, and other barriers. Make sure to employ safety measures during these activities.
• Favors: Use brown paper bags as take-home doggy goodie bags. Fill the loot bags with candies and pet-related toys. Don’t forget to include something for the pet waiting at home.

Kids’ party themes let you and the birthday celebrant work together to make the event more cohesive and fun. Choose a theme that best characterizes your child’s personality and speak volume about his/her interests.

 

Saying I’m Sorry

I have recently found a TV show for kids – Sheriff Callie’s Wild West!

The very first episode we have watched (Roey and I) has this song entitled “Saying I’m Sorry!” And it has become part of Roey’s favorite songs list from then on. Both my kids love to sing and that particular song is something any Mom will recommend. It is not just so easy to sing, it is also meaningful. Meaningful in the sense that it teaches the importance of saying “I’m Sorry”. Educating my kids with good manners and values is on top of my parenting priorities. I am not alone in this for sure.

Here’s the lyrics of the song from Sheriff Callie’s Wild West:

Sayin’ you’re sorry
isn’t always easy to say.
But those two little words can
help a lot to save a friendship any day.

Sayin’ you’re sorry
isn’t always easy to do.
But you’ll feel good when you apologize
and your friend will feel better too.

Sometimes we all say some things
we wish we could take back.
That’s the time to apologize and
get your friendship back on track.

Sayin’ I’m sorry isn’t always easy to say.
But those two little words
could help a lot to save
a friendship any day.

Sayin’ you’re sorry
isn’t always easy to do.
But you’ll feel good when you apologize
And your friend will feel better too.

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Go ahead and try to search it in YouTube and sing along with your kids. In the end, even if you didn’t have to say you are sorry, you will sure feel good.

Breakfast: Banana-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Breakfast: Banana-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Cups

One morning, I decided to serve both K & Roey Banana oatmeal. K ended up eating both servings and Roey ate Bananas instead. K got used to eating anything you serve her, believe it or not. My Mama has really helped a lot in her eating habits. She may be skinny but I am thankful that she is not sickly as well. Both my kids, actually. Thanks to HIM! Because, health is definitely a priority for me, and then education.

Roey, on the other hand, is the picky eater, she is not skinny though. She has just learned ( I don’t know where!) to say no to any food she thinks to be yucky! Unfortunately, the oatmeal I served them was one. So, the Mom in me was given a challenge. How can I make this kid eat oatmeal?

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Banana-Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Cups

Since I have been seeing oatmeal biscuit recipes online, why not try one? So, I ended up with these Banana-Raisin Oatmeal cookie cups the next morning and was very satisfied with the result.

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I love it Mom! It’s so fluffy…uhm…chewy!

She ate 2 cookie cups for breakfast and kept coming back to the fridge until every cookie is gone. K enjoyed the cookie cups too. Too bad I was out of flour and only ended up with 18 pieces that day. I also made a Choco Banana Oatmeal cupcake after few days for a variety. And will sure explore more healthy baking and cooking innovations for my loves.
How about you?

Hope you can share your Mommy-moves and creative tactics in serving your kids healthy breakfast or snacks, I would sure appreciate that!

Thanks in advance and happy baking or cooking and then eating! Ha! Ha!

Snacks and Sweets

 

 

Every Mom wants to serve her child/children all the healthy foods there is and it would bring her so much joy if the kids would like it and enjoy! I never had trouble giving veggies and fruits to my girls. They’re both curious and experimental (with the different tastes), I may say. Now that they’re able to help me out with little things and chores, I ensure to compensate them (okay, reward is the word) with healthy snacks.

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Nutty Banana cake

 

And I give in to sweets too, sometimes. In the next photo, lucky Roey has a 70 grams of assorted candies. That includes caramel fudge cubes I requested. Ha Ha!

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Roey at the Candy Corner SM Nova branch

So, do you given in to their sweets requests too?

In the Kitchen: Merienda Galore

What is one best way to spend time with the family? During merienda!

Afternoon snacks besides night chats is one part of the day I enjoy spending with my kids. My kids don’t have high levels of appetite (especially my elder daughter) but they have all the thrills and giggles whenever I serve something for them. We call it “Takaw-Tingin” here in the Philippines. It is summer and kids are out for vacation and as we all know, kids nowadays are unstoppable. They make it necessary for us parents to prepare something new for them, be it food, games, toys or unlimited number of activities so as to keep their nerves and minds busy! That somehow makes parenting one best way to explore and continue to learn. Hey! I have to somehow dig the internet for creative ideas from snacks to kiddie activities. Here’s one I imitated from a Pinterest pin – a unique way to serve ice cream!

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Maybe I can say that our country is one of the many places where you can go on food exploration and pig out! Since kids this summer is most of the time at home, we bond by eating together. Check out these afternoon merienda I served them one time. You will definitely crave too!

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Friend For Keeps

Friend For Keeps

“A friend is someone whole reaches for your hand, but touches your heart.”

Kathleen Grove

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I have been inspired to try back my love for photography as soon as I got my Cherry mobile Flare phone. Together with my childhood friends, we visited a resort in Bulacan. The kids had so much fun especially Roey who got to play again with Miggy. Miggy is just almost a year older than her and the two get along pretty well. I hope that their friendship, just like their Moms’ last a lifetime.
 

Lalaloopsy Craze

Lalaloopsy has swept away girls’ and even Moms’ feet! OA? Just kidding! But honestly, this cute, trendy and colorful doll caught the eye of many. Moms and kids alike! Besides its pleasing appearance, you can really play with it, or if you have the soft doll type, just bring it along to complete your fashion statement! (referring to kids’ fashion statement Moms! )

 

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Books were my gift to K last Christmas and she’s finished reading them all. My gift to Roey came a little late for December but it did not matter to her at all. When she saw this Lalaloopsy Soft Doll I purchased online from Shopping Galore , she fell in love with it! Her doll is Spot Splatter Splash which according to lalaloopsyland.wikia.com is one of the original Lalaloopsy dolls released last 2010.  She is indeed adorable with her Yellow-Orange hair and Pink-Peach cheeks. Little Miss Roey immediately asked me to open the gift and hugged her new doll. She did not forget to say “Thank you, Mommy!”, and as always, she kissed me with her “I love you too!” (even if I did not say I love you to her).

Today’s kids are really lucky. I remember to have had just one Barbie doll when I was already 12 years old. Ha ha! Though I received several dolls as I was growing up, during our time, Barbie is the most sought-after or wished-for kind of doll.

Shopping Galore is an online shop owned by Sarah, Liv and Christine. this is where you can place pre-order of items from the U.S. and have them shipped right your doorsteps as soon as the items arrive from the U.S. Check out their site and browse through the many products they offer. And, by the way, they offer some promos too!

Toddler Photography #4

These are new sets I made out of my toddler’s shots.

See how she’s becoming a little vain? These photos are of hers, taken by her. I often tell her not to do these kind of shots since the flash might cause eye issues. After the many reminders, I found her exploring the camera’s features and has learned to disable flash. Whoooah! So much for a 2 year old kid!

She’s made new shots which are near perfect. Something that makes me proud and will definitely post soon.

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Getting better yet?

These were taken one morning as I was preparing my elder daughter for school.

Notice that Roey took photos while she”s lying in the bed. We unintentionally woke her up because of the noise we made that morning. To my surprise, Roey”s first words that morning – “Where is?” – And she was referring to the digital camera which resulted to these photos. That’s her in White crocheted beanie.