December 17, 2018 at 10:24 am #5549
I am Rhett’s Class Parent, so I am in charge of organizing and running the Holiday Party tomorrow. I kept everything simple, but still fun. I made “holiday corn hole” basically taking our corn hole set and wrapping it in Christmas wrapping paper, and getting some red & green bean bags. Very easy to do. We have to do a no-bake food craft, so we are doing snowmen with marshmallows and pretzels and some other junk. We are doing a “photo booth” with a holiday background & props. The kids are rotating through 5 stations, and will get a goody bag at the end. We are presenting the teacher with her gift at the end of the party. So, all in all, it wasn’t too much work. I always end up spending a good bit of our own money on stuff like this, so that is probably my biggest complaint. But, otherwise, a fairly simple class holiday party.December 17, 2018 at 11:20 am #5551
I’m debating having a “gingerbread house”/Cookie decorating party for Malia and her friends. Nice idea but rarely goes the way I envision it. LOL But the kids are completely immersed in the holiday spirit so I’m edging closer to yes.December 18, 2018 at 6:25 am #5552
Fun! Rhett had a friend whose mom did a gingerbread man decorating activity at his December birthday party several years ago, and it was fun. She bought these really cool, pre-made big gingerbread men (so she wouldn’t have to bake them herself), and the kids enjoyed decorating them. Can’t say it lasted for more than 10 minutes, but it was fun while they were doing it.
Gingerbread houses, oy! I have a love-hate relationship with them. I think they are really cool, and if I was just doing it myself, it would be fun and come out really pretty. Once kids get involved, the houses can run the gamut. I’ve seen some that are pretty decent, and some that are terrible. And it’s not the kids’ fault. It’s just the construction of the house is not as easy as it looks. We did one last year, and it was okay. Rhett got frustrated with it after about 10 minutes, so I had to convince him to finish it out with me. We couldn’t get the actual structure to stick together with the stuff that was provided in the kit. So, I used Gorilla Glue! Whatever works is my motto!! It worked well, just be prepared with backup reinforcements. Putting all of the smaller decorations on was easier and more fun. I did not buy one this year because I hated to spend the money on it when we weren’t “feeling it.”
We have decorated sugar cookies with different colored icing several times, and it is fun. Again, it’s fun for smaller kids for like 10 minutes, and then the impatience sets in. I understand, cuz I just want to eat the cookies at the end of it all haha!
Let us know what you end up doing.December 18, 2018 at 6:32 am #5553
I got those little clear, squeezy bottles from Michael’s for the icing, and they worked really well.
Rhett wanted to do purple, and that was the hardest color to achieve. The others were pretty easy.
The house that Gorilla Glue built haha! If you have some backup glue or a backup plan, you should be okay. The smaller decorations were easy to do. The actual structure and anything with any weight was the hardest to do.December 18, 2018 at 9:17 am #5558
Ohhhh! That gingerbread house is worthy of it’s own post my friend! Very good construction!
yeah, I usually just buy the pre-made cookies and let them go at it. I’m now looking for the corn hole game to steal that idea from you!December 18, 2018 at 2:12 pm #5562
Our house was the Wilton brand, which was pretty good. There are a lot of brands out there, some of the cheaper ones are not very good. The A-frame style was really cute, and I thought it was easier than like a boxy style house.
Corn hole is so popular down south. I feel like I can’t call myself a Southerner if I don’t have a corn hole set haha! We don’t even have a truly “real” set. Ours is a generic, smaller version that is better for kids. Most of these hard core Southerners have full-sized sets that usually have their teams colors and logos on them. If the bags are filled with actual corn, like they’re supposed to be, they are actually quite heavy. If you get a generic set, or a smaller set, I think the bags are easier for kids to handle.
Here are some pics of the kids playing the game! You can see that I just wrapped the set in wrapping paper. And I bought red & green colored bags and stenciled a little Santa hat and Elf hat on the bag.January 9, 2019 at 11:22 am #5629
Apparently, Malia’s latest thing are unicorns. We didn’t realize she liked them so much until a couple relatives bought her unicorn gifts and she was ecstatic. SOOOO, her birthday next month will be unicorns.January 9, 2019 at 5:48 pm #5632
OMG, awesome! That is so fun!! Pretty much all the little girls we know around Rhett’s age are really into unicorns right now. I have bought several unicorn gifts for different birthday parties! There is a lot of cute unicorn stuff out there, except maybe that unicorn poop stuff. Hope Malia doesn’t want that haha!
Did you ever see Unico when you were younger? We watched it a bunch as kids, and I got the DVDs for Rhett years ago & he loves them. They’re kind of weird. But kind of cool too.February 11, 2019 at 11:31 am #5761
Malia’s birthday was a huge success! I’m exhausted. lol
We, of course, sent invitations to each of the kids in her class. They all RSVP’d yes. Oy! I wasn’t expecting that. lol
It was really cool to see Malia in her social element though. She has her circle of close friends that I know of, but to see her with all of her classmates was kind of eye opening. She’s incredibly social, friendly and genuine with each and everyone. She gives each one her time and energy in a way even I never mastered. She’s so generous and attentive. And they all ADORE her, boys & girls alike. I can totally see her being class president. There are 2 girls though that definitely battle for her affections. B is our neighbor and her best friend. C is the girl that Malia’s kind of supported through Kinder and 1st grade. But C – wow, she kind of picks on B and makes a point of saying things like “Malia and I are going to walk/play over here by ourselves” or she’s always rushing to be by Malia’s side so B can’t sit there. She comes from a pretty tumultuous background so we’re all sympathetic to it but it’s amazing how that behavior manifests at such an early age. Malia, thankfully, is very giving with her time so B never feels left out on Malia’s account. But B has definitely been moved to tears on more than one occasion. Her mom and I are always keeping an eye on those 2.February 14, 2019 at 9:33 am #5769
Yay! So glad it went well. Everything looked super cute!! It is fascinating to see how these kiddos develop socially. I volunteer at school a lot, so see Rhett there a lot with different kids. And he’s sometimes like a totally different kid haha!
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