Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Molly's Pink Ballerina Tiger 4th Birthday Party

Molly had insisted for months that she wanted an Ariel birthday party.  Then in February, she saw a pink and white Valentine's tiger in a store.  Then her visions of an Under the Sea Fiesta flew out the window and she insisted that a pink and white tiger ballerina birthday party was all she had ever wanted.  It really was a fun party theme to plan.  But there weren't too many ideas out there on pinterest for this specific theme.  I made this tutu with tiger striped tulle for her to wear and ordered the shirt for her party.  Of course we had to have tiger ears and a tail as well.   We left for Disney World the day after her party.  I wanted to keep things very small and simple.  I only let her choose 4 little friends.

I also made these little tutus for her four little guests.  I attached tiger tails and added tiger ears as well.

When our little guests arrived, they put on their tutus and ears.  Then we made bracelets to wear.   I taped down one side of the plastic string so that the four year olds could make the bracelets with little help.

Andrew and Ryan were awesome helpers at the party.  Molly has the best big brothers!

After all of our friends finished their bracelets, we headed downstairs to Molly's pink jungle.

I read the story The Tiger Who Came to Tea to the little pink tigers.

Next we played pin the tail on the tiger.  Molly colored the tiger.

Molly and her friends played musical tiger paw prints next.  We took away one tiger paw print at a time until all of the little tigers were sharing the same paw print.

The little tigers played the Hokey Pokey, Simon Says, and Freeze Dance.  Again Andrew and Ryan were super helpers and danced with the little tiger ballerinas.

When our tiger ballerinas were finished dancing, we headed outside to play with the pull string pinata.  I had filled it with lollipops, bubbles, and pink tiger striped lip gloss.

The little tiger ballerinas enjoyed blowing bubbles outside.

We headed inside for pink tiger treats and birthday cake when we were finished blowing bubbles.

Molly opened her presents and then gave each of her guests her own pink tiger friends to bring home.

When Molly had said good-bye to her guests, Molly enjoyed riding her birthday present...a pink horsey bike.

She doesn't quite have the pedaling part down yet, but her big brother helped her out.

Happy 4th Birthday Molly!  I loved throwing your pink tiger ballerina birthday party!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Molly's Four Year Old Favorites

Food: Lollipops
Color: Pink and Purple
TV Show: Power Rangers- Wild Force
Movie: My Little Pony  

Book: How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Room? 
Toy: My Pink Tiger and my cheetah and my white tiger 
Favorite Princess: Ariel 
Best Friend: Emily (the little one), because the big Emily is my Aunt 
Game: Nazi with Mommy (Disney PrincessYahtzee) 
Animal: Horsies and Tigers and Cheetahs 
Scripture Story:  Daniel and the Lions' Den 
Primary Song:  Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam
When I grow up I want to be a tiger
Song: Under the Sea 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Disney Countdown Movie: Cinderella

Warning: This is not the most creative post about our Disney countdown.   I used all my creativity on Ryan's birthday party this week and had none left.  :)

As the mom at our house, most days I feel a lot like Cinderella must feel in this picture.  Our house and van looked like it had been neglected for weeks (which it had),  so we put the kiddos to work as our "fun" pre-movie night activities this Saturday.   We worked together as a family to clean the inside of the house, then headed outside to get our "Coach/Van" ready for our trip.  Molly took her role as Cinderella very seriously and scrubbed harder than anyone else.  And did it happily.  

While cleaning out the van, we found a bottle of bubbles from a birthday party Molly had been to that day.  In Cinderella, there is a great scene with bubbles, so we took a break to blow bubbles.  I love how my "very serious and grown-up eight year old" giggled and chased bubbles.  

We ate very simple and yummy strawberry mice as our treat.  

Then the children ran upstairs to dress for our movie night.  Here is Molly in her slippers and dress.  Ryan dressed up as a Prince.  Andrew, who was too mature to buy into the whole "it will be fun to clean and pretend we are Cinderella and the mice" charade, said he didn't want to watch Cinderella or clean the house and would not dress up (But he did help clean, chase bubbles, and then he laughed the loudest throughout the movie at the cat and mouse chase scenes and danced with Molly and fetched her slipper when she "lost" it). 

Molly is still pulling this fantastic smile when I ask her to pose for the camera.  Maybe she will get it all out of her before Disney World.  Or not, and that would be okay.  I can't help but laugh out loud every time I look at this pic! 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Ryan's Safari Party

Ryan chose to have a Jungle Safari Birthday party and helped plan most of it with me.    Ryan loves "details and decorations" even more than I do.   He looked on Pinterest with me for weeks looking for games, food, and decorations.   He had lots of great original ideas, too.  He is a very creative little guy.  It was fun to plan with him. 

Ryan is not fond of big crowds, so he chose to invite just 6 friends from church to his party at our home.  He chose to celebrate with his 20 friends at school by bringing in strawberry muffins and water bottles wrapped with fun animal print snap bracelets.    The bracelets were a big hit. 

We held Ryan's birthday party at our home on his birthday after school.  

When each  guest arrived, Ryan greeted them at the door and gave them an explorer's hat, and asked them to sign his new book.  It is our family tradition to give a book with the same theme as the party to our child and have all of the guests sign it.

We started off the party by painting wooden snakes.  Ryan saw these at the craft store and insisted his party needed these! 

 While our snakes dried, we headed off on an Animal Rescue in our backyard.  I had taken pictures of dozens of our jungle toys and made a chart.  

Before the party,  I hid the toys in our back yard. 

 The children would locate one animal at a time, place it in our "cage", place a sticker on our chart next to the picture of the found animal, and then search for more animals. 

They were great trackers, only missing one of our animal friends, the ever elusive tree frog. 

 Our next game was Swinging Vines (aka Green Silly String).   Each child was given an entire bottle to empty out.  It was a quick, but fun activity.

Giraffes Love Doughnuts was a big hit.  The children pretended to be giraffes and stretched their necks to eat a doughnut off a string. 

Our last outside game was a bird pinata Ryan had picked out.  Each of the children got multiple turns to hit the pinata with a bamboo stick.  It was a tough bird.  But in the end, the birthday boy was actually the one who knocked it open!  

After the pinata, we headed inside down to our basement.  At Ryan's request, we had created a jungle in our basement.

We played pin the tail on the tiger.  Ryan colored the tiger, and we used ribbon for the tails. We played the song "Eye of the Tiger" while the children took turns.

Ryan thought that playing his African djembe would be the perfect thing to do at his jungle party.  So we played the song "George of the Jungle" in the background and played "Pass the Explorer Hat."  It is a game similar to musical chairs.  When the music stopped, if you were wearing the hat, you got to play the drums while the hat was passed around.  The children loved this game.  

Ryan also felt like his Safari Party would be incomplete without a disco ball.  So we ended the party by turning off the lights, turning up the jungle jams, and lighting up a disco ball.  We danced and laughed and even formed a conga line. You can't really see us very well, but we had fun!

After dancing, it was time for our cake and treats!

Each guest was given their pinata candy, painted snake, and a lantern to take home as a thank you gift.  Ryan has very sweet friends, and I enjoyed celebrating with them! 

Happy Birthday to my fabulous party planner!  I love you, Ry-guy!