One of my favorite memories as a child was from Easter: My mom and neighbor decided to organize and host a morning full of Easter activities. It included an egg hunt, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and was topped off with a full on parade. All the neighborhood kids marched down the streets around our house while donning their Easter best (complete with homemade bonnets and batons) alongside a wagon blasting music. Despite this being over 20 years ago now, it still brings a smile to my face thinking about all the fun we had.
I don’t know about you, but I have a number of friends who are having babies or are pregnant. So, ’tis the season for baby showers! In my time, I have attended a number of baby celebrations. I have witnessed the opening of many parcels and played an abundance of activities involving diapers. At my friend’s Oh-So-Sweet Cherry Baby Shower last year, I wanted to switch things up a bit, so we went with a few new games I had not seen done before. They were fun and received a great response, so I’m passing them along in hopes that you too can be inspired.
In the last year, my daughter and I started going to “Mom and Me Ballet” classes. It was evident from her first couple of sessions that she loved the music and movement. Thereafter, she could often be found twirling or singing around the house. So it was a no brainer when I decided to throw a dance party to celebrate her turning three.
When I host a kids party, I always like to try one new recipe and add it to the dessert table. Inspired by a post I saw on Instagram, for my daugther’s party I thought I would test out sprinkled Rice Krispie treats shaped like donuts. Most know, I am a fan of Rice Krispie treats because they are fast and easy to make and they are always a hit with the children. But this new variation takes it to a whole new level and were a hit among party goers, so I thought it was a must share.
Before Christmas, my mom usually hosts an open house to get some family friends together to celebrate the season. With a busy December, the schedule didn’t allow for it to happen, yet we still wanted a reason to get together and catch up. We also came across the cutest pajamas that just needed to be bought, and they presented the perfect snowman theme. Low and behold, the Pancakes and PJs party came about.
Recently we were attending a holiday potluck, and I wanted to bring a festive, kid-friendly dessert. I had also heard that Kellogg’s had a campaign running over the holidays called “Treats for Toys”. The basis was that you could create a treat with your child, post a picture of it, and each photo shared would result in Kellogg’s donating a toy to the Salvation Army. Of course, I love a good cause, and I knew my son would really enjoy creating something.
The year was 1984. I was five and my little brother was one. It was then we were put in matching outfits and subjected to our first Christmas photo shoot. For the next 32 years, my mom has upheld this annual tradition, with our photographs including the entire family, with spouses, kids, and pets being added as our clan has grown.