Whoo Whoo is Having an Owl Party?

Sometimes what’s old is new again. Or what one child has another one wants.

These two sentiments rang true for our latest birthday party. My seven year old wanted an owl party – the same theme I had for her brother when he turned one!

If you remember our Halloween, when I made owl costumes, we are kind of on an owl-kick here!

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Whoo whoo are these cuties?! 

Owl Party Ideas

Of course, I turned to Pinterest for some ideas. Simply search owl and you’ll have so many fun pictures to ogle. There were a few that I tackled:

We had Big Sister’s friends over for a party on Friday night and then family came over on Saturday for a lunchtime party, so the owl theme was enjoyed for two celebrations. Here are some pictures of what we did:

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Pin the bow on the owl, Easy Owl Pinata, Owl treat bags

I found adorable owl print table cloths and masks in the party department of Wal-mart. It was a great way to cover the table for the “make your own owl” by glue-ing together the pieces craft.

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Craft table – make your own owl. Kitchen table runner & Digi Owl centerpiece.

I folded up another tablecloth for a table runner (the inside was just white and looked too plain), and added the kids’ Digi Owls as a centerpiece. As I’ve written about before, I love using what we already have for birthday party decorations. I did the same for my son’s jungle themed party.

Just like at my son’s party, we had cupcakes, but this time, I let the kids decorate their own owl cupcakes. For our family party, I bought a cake from our local bakery, whoo did such a great job decorating it!

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Seriously cute owl cupcake creations, and the professional’s work on the cake.

This was a really cute and fun theme, and I couldn’t believe all the owl stuff that’s out there.  Some friends even brought owl-themed gifts (drawing pictures of owls on cards, owl crafts, owl p.j.’s).

Have you re-used or re-purposed party themes in your own house? Let me know what you think of my owl parties, and share your own favorite party themes in the comments.

By the way, if you’re planning a party, I DO currently have a giveaway going on, and you could use the credits to create beautiful invitations. Comment on this post and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway!

So Excited!

I’ve been excited lately, planning and prepping for my daughter’s fourth birthday party.  And thanks to Zumba class yesterday, I have some songs in my head.  Sing it Tina.

Another happy song –

One more song that we all had fun dancing to at Zumba (that is a little more current).

As you may have noticed from the songs above, I’ve been really happy, high energy, and excited.  I celebrated a birthday (not one of any major milestone), and LOVED that Daddy O. took a half day to prepare one of our favorite meals – lemon / ginger shrimp & asparagus pasta.  The kids and him made peanut butter frosting together with way too much of their saliva in it to share the final peanut butter frosted brownies with anyone else (and I’m okay with NOT sharing those – yum).  Most of all, I loved seeing my kids excitement for my birthday: seeing their little faces glow as they sang happy birthday, gave me big hugs and kisses, and even when my daughter tried guessing my age (her first guess was 50….luckily I was not phased by this, as she can really only count to 20).

Having had such a wonderful birthday myself, when I was really concentrating on planning for my daughter’s birthday all month long, I am very excited to just wrap up the final details, do some cooking and baking, and celebrate how far my daughter has come in four years with our family.

As I mentioned in a previous post called Separation Celebration, it is so rewarding to see and experience your child coming into his or her own.

My firstborn is growing up for sure!

She is loving preschool, no longer growls at strangers (though we’re still working on exchanging some pleasantries), is a fish in her swimming class, and has taken to singing and enjoying our dance parties.  I couldn’t be prouder, and am excited to see her grow and learn more to prepare for 4K next fall.

This parenting gig DOES get easier, and I’ve been so happy to move beyond some of the potty training horror stories, and other toddler drama, and simply have fun with my kids.  Then I remember that my son is only two, so I’ll have more toddler drama in store just when I least expect it.

Tonight on a date night (reason to be happy #1001), I’ll raise a glass with Daddy O. to a fun party this weekend and to more joys of parenting ahead.  Cheers & Happy Friday!

 

The BEST Line(s) to get out of a Toy Store

Just days (okay, maybe hours) after Halloween passes, Christmas season comes to life in all shopping destinations.  The annual Christmas catalog for stores have been filling our mailbox.  My daughter has eagerly circled her favorite things in such catalogs (and it’s A LOT of course).  The shopping and preparations are upon us, as Christmas will be here before we know it!

Inevitably, I’ll be doing some shopping with my children along.  We recently went to Target and perused the toy aisle just to look for ideas.  With her fourth birthday AND Christmas coming up, I was able to use a few of my BEST lines to get out of the toy aisle without buying everything (or anything) in it!

3 Things to Say to your Kids while Shopping

  1. “Let’s put that on your birthday / Christmas list.”
  2. A close second, “Let’s save that for another kid. It’s not on our list.”
  3. Recently I added, “Ooh, let me take a picture of that one, so we can remember what you liked.”

I’ve used these lines when shopping for nieces or nephews, and they’ve really worked for me.  I’ve even pulled out a piece of paper and handwritten out ideas on my daughter’s list, and she REALLY had fun with it.  She even found a few things for her younger brother, saying, “Mom, I think my brother would like this.  Put it on his birthday list.”  It was awesome!

Inevitably, we end up with an item or two from the dollar section (though I sometimes manage to sneak some of these prized items away before buying them) to save a few tantrums, or even hand them to the store clerk at checkout and ask that they be returned to the proper area. The bottom line: I don’t want all of this STUFF in my house, and I don’t want my kids to feel like they automatically get what they want EVERY time we go shopping.

At the grocery store, my daughter was insistent about getting the Dora yogurt (thank you Yoplait for marketing to my children), so I told her that it wasn’t on our shopping list, but explained that she could use HER money to buy it if she really wanted it.  She agreed to that, and handed over the $2.19 from her piggy bank with a little counting help.  She has also told me recently that she wants to save her money for something really big – a canoe, I think she said!  Funny!

How do you get out of toy stores without buying stuff?  What phrases work for you?

One blog that I really enjoy following is called The Heavy Purse.  Meet Shannon and check out her posts: Financial Literacy Makes a Difference, and How to Avoid Creating Feelings of Deprivation in Kids.