Putting together these goody bags was great fun. Of course, it was my daughter’s first birthday party. Check back with me again when she turns ten and see how much energy I’m putting into goody bags then.
The children in attendance ranged in age from 10 months to 8 years. It was a bit of a challenge coming up with items that would please such a wide set. Each bag contained a bottle of bubbles (dollar store), a couple mini rainbow slinkies (amazon), and some homemade “raindough.” Everyone went home happy!
The “raindough” was inspired by this post over at Wine and Glue. It was a bit time consuming to make several batches of play dough and color them all, but well worth it in the end. One tip – I used gel food coloring which tends to make stronger, more vibrant colors. Just be ready for some colorful hands from all the kneading.
I’m SO excited to share this little project with you! I put it together for my daughter’s first birthday, but it’d be super fun for a baby shower (“Mom-to-be is going to POP!”) or a bridal shower/bachelorette (“He POPPED the question!”)
As Anna’s first birthday approached, we went back and forth (and back and forth, and back and forth) on whether we’d do a really large party with most of our family and friends or just a small celebration with the grandparents. Ultimately, we decided that the first birthday is really a celebration of the fact that we all survived the first year and that we’d just go ahead and do it up.
And naturally, as I’ve said a thousand times, it all starts with the invitations. The theme is rainbow. Just wait until you see the rest of the details!!
What’s a party without a few games? I came up with these ideas for my brother-in-law’s Adiós, Army party, but decided to do a separate post because these would be great for a child’s army themed birthday party, too!
My sister stumbled across this toilet tattoo at the party store. (What, you’ve never tattooed your toilet????) It looked like the perfect target for darts! The family loved it. And, it can easily be recreated by printing out a sergeant cartoon. Or, have the kiddos draw one.
When I was a kid, one of my favorite games was something my mom called “Cockroaches.” It involved tieing corks to strings, rolling dice, and catching the corks with a handled strainer. (Doesn’t that sound like fun??? No, really. It is. I promise!) This game is a twist on that one.
- Poker chips
- Toy army men tied to equal length strings (enough for each player to have one)
- 2 dice
- “Catcher”- either a long-handled strainer or a funnel or something else that will do the trick
- Each player gets a toy soldier attached to a long string and 10 poker chips.
- Determine who gets to be the “General” by having each player roll the dice. Highest roll wins.
- Everyone except the General puts their soldier in the middle of the table.
- The General rolls the dice. If he rolls a 7, 11, or doubles, the soldiers are discharged and players should pull their soldier out from the center of the table using the string. But the army is under a stop-loss, so the General tries to catch as many soldiers as he can to keep them in the army.
- If the General catches a soldier, the soldier has to pay him a poker chip. If soldiers go MIA (by pulling out of the center when the General didn’t roll a 7, 11, or doubles), they have to pay the general a poker chip. If the general mistakenly catches soldiers (without rolling a 7, 11, or doubles,) he has to pay each caught soldier a poker chip.
- After five turns being the General, the duty rotates to the next player.
- When a soldier runs out of chips, they’re out. The final soldier left wins.
APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test)
Set up a small obstacle course and go to town. If you’re throwing an Adiós Army party, this could turn into a parade with some noisemakers and/or silly string. (My family LOVES parades. And anything that gets weird looks from the neighbors…)
If you’re doing an army birthday party you MUST check out the awesome course that Kim over at Seven Thirty Three made for her son.
My niece, Abby, is a diva. She’s loud, beautiful, always the center of attention, and LOVES makeup. Abby is such a budding beauty queen that her older sister has to hide makeup from her. (Or, risk the rath of Mom when Abby turns up covered in lip gloss after a nap. True story.)
So, when Abby’s second birthday came around, I knew exactly what to get her. But, man was I having a tough time finding an affordable, FAKE makeup kit. I mean, the kid is only two for goodness sake! Then it hit me. I can totally make this!