I am VERY happy to introduce Laura of the Super Glue Mom Blog! She is guest posting on Tiffany's Take this week, lucky me! Welcome, Laura!
I love Laura's blog because it's super informative, and she is totally honest about the trials and tribulations of being a parent (including having her hair glued by her kids, hence the blog name!). Laura and I met on Twitter and we joke that we are long lost sisters! Our journey to sisterhood began when I was dealing with a BIG dilemma trying to figure out what to do for Tristin & Tyler's birthday in January. I was so tired of being inside and it's too cold to be outside in January! Check out her cool take on bringing the outside IN!
The Ultimate Birthday Party
Frugal, fun, and your kid’s will love it!
I am thrilled to guest post today for my city-mom Tiffany. I often joke that she is my lost sister in NYC. We both have kids, see the importance of teaching them about being ‘green’ and respecting our planet, we feel each other’s pain juggling work and family, and have spouses that we swear can’t keep up with all that we do sometimes.
One of the challenges we face as moms from the time our kids are born is coming up with fun and original birthday parties. I remember not thinking my kid’s 1st birthday was all that important; that a small gathering with a little cake would be enough. Boy was I wrong! The pressure! When my son turned 3 last year, it was time for me to ‘think-outside-the-box.” What hasn’t been done before? I settled with a drive-in movie themed party. This is when Tiffany asked me to come up with an “original” birthday idea for her boys.
What birthday party idea could I come up with that she could do in the city and that would work for her ‘suburbia’ readers like me? The solution: A birthday camp-out. This can become an ultimate boy birthday party whether you live in a house with a back yard or in a 1,000sq ft apartment in the city.
What you’ll need:
- A tent (it doesn’t have to be big), I love this one from Toys R Us
- Sleeping bags or blankets (inflatable mattresses will do too)
- Late night snacks & drinks
- Bug repellent for outdoor parties (Love Burt’s Bees Natural Insect Repellant)
- A spooky story
- A game or two
If you have a back yard, you might want to ‘stage’ a campground. Pitch the tent, set sleeping bags/blankets/inflatable bed in the tent, set up a fire pit with a 2-3hr self burning log (or make a circle with stones and burry a couple of flashlights under leaves and twigs), set up a table with food and snacks, and a cooler for refreshments. If you are doing all of this indoors, remove as much furniture from the living room and set the stage there. All ‘grilling’ can be done in the kitchen in a 350 degree oven.
If you have younger children that will not be sleeping over, you may want to do a 6-8pm party. It would still be fun for them to bring the sleeping bags or blankets and play along. In this time, they’ll enjoy party food, read a story or two (my kids love Scooby Doo spooky stories) play a game, and make some s’mores. If you have older kids that will be sleeping over, after s’mores is when they get to go in the tent and sleep for the night. If the ghost stories prove to be a bit too effective, turn on the back door or patio lights for comfort. Make sure you have a big breakfast planned (see below) in the morning because they will have a huge appetite!
- Hot dogs of course! Bust out the bbq or grill them in the kitchen.
- Grilled Nachos: In a piece of foil put a handful of tortilla chips and let each kid put the desired toppings: pinto or black beans, diced tomatoes, avocado, black-olive slices, salsa, and grated cheddar. Fold in the corners of the foil to create a pouch; label with permanent marker, place on the edges of the grill on low for 10 minutes, or until cheese has melted.
- Grilled Cheese Tents & Campfire fries: Prepare grilled cheese sandwiches and frozen shoestring fries (as directed). Cut the sandwiches in half and stand them up lengthwise on plates so they lean into each other to form the tent. Secure with a toothpick on each end. Place a dollop of ketchup near the sandwiches and stack fries on top in a pile for the campfire.
- Breakfast Banana Splits: Wrap up your backyard adventure with this a.m. treat for four. Combine 1/3 cup light-brown sugar and 3 Tbsp butter; stir until crumbly. Add 1 cup granola, mix, then set aside. Split bananas lengthwise with the skin still on (be careful not to cut all the way through). Place on sheets of foil and stuff with the granola mixture. Wrap the stuffed bananas with the foil, and roast on the grill for 10 to 15 minutes. (Rainy-day alternative: Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.) Serve with a scoop of vanilla yogurt.
Flashlight Finders: Hide a prize, like a plastic bag filled with the makings of s'mores, in your yard (or split through out the house), and challenge your kids to find it. When they find all the bags to complete the s’mores, let the making begin!
It’s corny, I know. I can’t carry a tune; but it would not be “camping” if you don’t sing a few bars. Don’t remember any songs from your “camp” days? Visit www.bussongs.com for ideas.
Man, oh man! What a FUN party it’s going to be! Please send me an invitation! I’ll bring some snacks and the southern kids.
Laura aka Super Glue Mom