How to Plant a Spring Scavenger Hunt Party

Spring is the perfect time for family and friends, so why not consider planning a spring scavenger hunt? A spring scavenger hunt is a great way to get kids outdoors, active, and celebrating all things spring. Planning your own is easy especially when you give these tips for how to host a spring scavenger hunt a try! Here is how to get started.

How To Plan a Spring Scavenger Hunt Party

1. Set the specifics.
You want to first set the specifics for the party such as the date, time, and location. Alert friends via social media to let them know about the hunt or send out paper invites. Let them know if there is anything they should bring. A snack to share afterwards might be a good idea!

2. Create the hunt list.
You now want to create the hunt list for your guests. This should include items that go along with spring and will be easy to find. Some ideas might be: flower seeds, a bulb, a plastic egg, a carrot, Easter grass, garden tools, etc. Try to create a list of 15-20 items for children to find. Be sure you have the items written down in list form and copies available for each child or team.

3. Prepare for the party.
Prepare for the party by having plastic shopping bags available for teams to collect their items in. They will also need pencils and their hunt lists. To go along with the spring theme try some colorful balloons, tissue paper flower decorations, and other spring décor.

4. Let the festivities begin!
Break children into teams or have them work solo. Go over the rules of the spring scavenger hunt so they know where they can and they can’t go hunting for items. Go over any safety rules and let kids know when they should gather to meet back up. Then, let them go hunting! Kids will love jetting off and looking for their list items.

Meet back at your designated time and see which team has collected the most items. You can also designate the winner when you see which team finds all of the items first. When you are done, celebrate with snacks and even some spring themed games or crafts.

A spring scavenger hunt is a great way to get kids into the spirit of spring and get them out and active. Gather your kids, family, and friends and enjoy a spring scavenger hunt of your own!

7 Easy Easter Party Ideas for Kids

Children love holiday parties and Easter is no exception! If you are planning an Easter party for your little bunnies, take a look below at some helpful tips to make it the best bash yet! Planning your own Easter party for kids is easy, you just need to get a little creative and be willing to have fun. Here are 7 easy Easter party ideas for kids you can try!

Kid Friendly Easter Party Ideas

1. Invite guests to participate via their outfits.
When you invite your guests, ask them to wear spring colors to the party or their favorite spring hat. This is a fun and wacky way to involve guests in the festivities and really set the theme of spring fun.

2. Enjoy some Easter themed snacks.
Stick to the simple finger foods that kids love, but be sure to add some themed snacks as well. Marshmallows can be “bunny tails” while carrots and ranch dip can be “bunny food.” Don’t forget the Peeps and jellybeans, which look cute when served in colorful cupcake cups or even plastic eggs.

Here are a few more Easter theme snack ideas for your party:

3. Make your own spring themed décor.
Try making your own décor. Just head to the dollar store for silk flowers, colorful tissue paper, and lots of jelly beans. Jelly beans when added to a vase make an instant centerpiece, while tissue paper can be made into pom poms to hang from the ceiling. You can even put out bowls of colorful plastic eggs, or hang them from dental floss like a banner.

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4. Play some Easter theme games.
There are so many Easter games you can play, including Guess How Many Jelly Beans are in the Jar and Pin the Tail on the Bunny. For this game, just find a bunny photo and enlarge it. Blind fold children and have them take turns pinning a cotton ball on the bunny. Of course, you can always do an egg hunt too.

More Easter game ideas:

5. Don’t forget the Easter entertainment.
Why not enjoy a showing of the movie It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown? It is a family friendly Easter flick that kids are sure to love, and at about 30 minutes long it will keep their attention until you are ready to move onto another activity.

6. Get crafty!
Give kids a chance to get crafty and make some simple Easter décor. Paper plates, craft paper, pom poms, and googly eyes are all you need to make paper plate bunny masks. You can also make baby chicks out of yellow pom poms, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners.

More kid’s Easter party craft ideas:

7. Don’t forget the door prizes.
Head to the dollar store where Easter candy, Easter bubbles, Easter socks, and more are waiting for you and will make the perfect door prizes. Gather a handful of these items into an Easter basket for kids to enjoy when they leave.

So are you ready to start planning your Easter party? Planning an Easter party for children can be a cinch when you give these party planning tips a try! You are sure to have a memorable time.

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American Girl Party Ideas

If your child is a fan of all things American Girl Doll, an American Girl themed party might be for you! You can plan your own American Girl themed party easily and inexpensively, you just need to get a little creative. An American Girl themed party is the perfect way to spend a birthday or any celebration for that matter, so take a peek below at how you can get started planning your own!

American Girl Party Ideas

To begin, let guests know that the party is BYOD. Invite each child to bring their own doll, any doll that can enjoy the party along with them. Send out invites via social media so everyone knows where to be and when! Once plans are in place, you can now get started with the specifics.

1. Set the color theme.
When you walk into an American Girl store, you will right away notice the hot pink, deep red and black color scheme. Working this color scheme into your own party can really make it feel fun. Work this color scheme into balloons, linens, streamers, tissue paper pom poms and other décor pieces.

For your tables, you can craft these simple American Girl themed centerpieces, much like the ones you see at The American Girl café.

American Girl Party DIY Decorations Craft

Here is what you will need:

Supplies Needed:
Small canning jar or can
Hot pink tissue paper
Hot pink chevron craft paper
Silk flowers of choice
Scissors
Craft glue

Directions:
1. Begin by wrapping the hot pink tissue paper around the canning jar and cut it to fit.
2. Use a few dabs of glue to hold the tissue paper in place. Fold the tops of the tissue over the canning jar so it is secure.
3. Cut a strip from the chevron scrapbook craft paper. Wrap it around the jar and cut it to fit. Add a dab of glue to secure it.

American Girl Party Decorations Craft

4.Cut the silk flowers to size and add them to the inside of the vase. You can display the centerpiece on a colorful piece of craft paper (this would be a great place to add the color black into the scheme) and enjoy!

2. Samantha’s Rose Headband
Add a craft aspect into the party so kids can have a fun hands on time. A simple craft you can make is Samantha’s headband. While buying this new would cost you nearly $13, making your own costs just a few bucks.

American Girl Headband Craft Idea

Here is what you will need to make your own! It is the perfect make and take craft for kids to enjoy!

Supplies needed:
Stretchy headband base
Pink silk rose
Scissors
Hot glue, glue gun

Directions:
1. Begin by cutting the rose down so you only have the head. You won’t need the stem so you can discard.
2. Add a generous amount of glue to the underside of the rose. Press it to the headband and hold in place until secure.
3. Flip the headband over so you can see the underside. Snip away any stem that is still sticking out from under the flower.
4. Allow the headband to dry and when it is, you are ready to enjoy it! If you wish, you can buy smaller headband bases to make headbands for your dolls as well!

American Girl Headband Craft

3. Make some kid friendly snacks.
Serve snacks like you would find at the American Girl Doll café. Such examples would include mini cinnamon rolls, veggies and dip, mini burgers, mini hot dogs, and tiny cupcakes. You can also offer lemonade (pink lemonade would be great!) or ice water. For your dolls, offer a mini treat as you would find at the American Girl Store. Take a look at how to make a flower pot cupcake for dolls to enjoy while party goers snack away!

American Girl Cupcake craft idea

Supplies needed:
Mini flower pot
Large white craft pom pom
Small hot pink craft pom pom
Ribbon
Scissors
Hot glue, glue gun

Directions:
1. Begin by cutting a length of ribbon (cut in half if you wish for it to be thinner) and wrap it around the flower pot. Secure it with glue.
2. Add a dab of glue to the bottom of the white pom pom. Press it inside of the flower pot until secure.
3. Add another dab of hot glue to the pink pom pom and press it to the top of the white one. It will look like the cherry on the cupcake.

Your little doll cupcake is now ready for “eating.” Give each doll a mini dessert of their own while guests eat the treats mentioned above. Everyone will enjoy their treats!

There are a few other fun ways to continue the American Girl theme at your party. Why not set up a doll salon where girls can style their doll’s hair? You can also have trunks of clothes out for both girls big and small to get dressed up and have a fashion show. Place out plenty of small dishes, cups, saucers, etc. for the dolls to use as well.

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Give these tips a try when planning an American Girl themed party. You are sure to throw an event that all guests will remember!

Fun St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas for Kids

It is that time of year again, when our kids thoughts turn to leprechauns, rainbows, and all things green! If you want to host a St. Patrick’s Day party for kids this year, take a look at these helpful party planning tips below. Below you will find some fun and frugal ideas on how to host a fun St. Patrick’s Day party for kids that they are sure to remember. Let’s get started!

Fun St Patrick's Day Party Ideas for kids

1. Send out your St. Patrick’s Day invitations.
Create some inexpensive invites on the computer or even with scrapbook paper. They can say something catchy such as “Calling all leprechauns” or “Join us under the rainbow.” Be sure to make the date and time of the party clear as well, and invite all guests to wear green or rainbow colored clothing.

2. Choose your St. Patrick’s party menu.
Choose themed snacks that go with the St. Patrick’s Day theme. Ideas can be green juice or lime sherbet shakes, rainbow candies or cupcakes, green veggies and dip, chips with avocado dip or green tinted ranch dip, and assorted snack mixes. Choose food that is tasty but simple to prepare and clean up.

3. Create your décor.
You can create all sorts of St. Patrick’s Day décor on your own. Ideas may be rainbow balloons, a plastic cauldron filled with fake gold coins, green streamers, and cut out clovers. You can even hit up the dollar store for tons of St. Patrick’s Day décor for just a buck each. They have a huge selection of paper and plastic décor items that would work out great for this event.

4. Gather some door prizes.
The dollar store is a great place to find St. Patrick’s Day socks, glasses, and hats. Grab these items to give away to guests as door prizes or for game prizes. They are sure to be a hit. Wrap the prizes in green tissue and gold ribbon for an extra touch of fun.

5. Plan your St. Patrick’s Day games.
You play a variety of games including Memory. Place some St. Patrick’s Day items on a tray and give children 60 seconds to try and memorize them. Cover up the tray and have them write down everything they can remember seeing. You can also place some fake gold coins in a bowl and have children use chopsticks to relay them to each other in a race.

6. Get the party started.
Once you have your décor, food, games, and prizes ready, you can start the party! Play some Irish music (Pandora has a few stations) and start celebrating. Kids will love playing the games, enjoying the snacks, and of course winning the cool prizes.

Planning your own fun St. Patrick’s Day party for kids can be so easy and inexpensive. As you can see, you have many options for both food, décor, and games. Keep things light, fun, and of course, green! Kids are sure to get into the spirit and remember this St. Patrick’s Day party for years to come!