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Earth Day Party Ideas!

Earth Day Party Ideas

Have you ever thought about how much trash and waste goes into a birthday party?

Why not give your next party an ”Every Day is Earth Day” or an “Earth Day Birthday” theme? A green party theme is a ton of fun and there are so many ideas you can play off of.  It might even be fun to throw a party for the earth and make it an Earth Day Party!

Here are some earth day party ideas for an eco-friendly bash – whether it’s for Mother Earth or your sweet little one!

Eco-Friendly Invitations

Of course the most eco-friendly invitation is one that is paperless.

Create an emailed invitation for your eco-chic party on a site Echoage.

If you want to take the idea further and reduce the waste associated with gift wrapping, Echoage allows you to pick a favorite charity (you can opt for one focused on environmental projects) and guests can make a donation in lieu of gifts. This is the greenest giving of all! 

Brainstorm on invitation wording like a party that will be “Out of this World.” Or “Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice. Join us for an Earth Day Birthday Party for…”  Or, “The Best Friends are Sustainable Ones. Celebrate with us at an Earth Day theme party for…”

Eco-Friendly Party Supplies

Playing on the Earth Theme, pick a color palate of browns, white, green and blue for a global-flare.

Opt for reusable plates and silverware versus paper.

If that isn’t practical, consider purchasing party supplies from Susty Party, an eco-friendly party supply company that sells items that are compostable and biodegradable.

AbesMarket.com even sells Greenware disposable cups that are 100% made from plants!

Eco-Friendly Food / Drinks

When shopping for food and drinks, think local. Shop your local farmers’ market for local produce and veggies.

Make your own mini organic pizza crusts, and let kids top theirs with a choice of toppings (including local organic veggies and cheese.)

Serve homemade lemonade with fresh lemon slices in reusable cups.

Eco-Friendly Party Activities 

* Have kids first make their own pizzas so those are ready to pop in the oven when the time comes.

* Planting Station: Buy mini terracotta pots and paint them with chalkboard paint ahead of time.

Set up a table with colored chalk so kids can decorate their own pot to take home. In center of table set up soil and seeds, and help kids scoop their own soil into their pot and then plant their flower seeds of choice. Send their decorated pot home as their party favor.

* Make your own binoculars.  Let kiddos make and decorate their own set of binoculars out of SCOTT Naturals™  hybrid bath tissue rolls to take on their nature scavenger hunt.

* Nature Scavenger Hunt: Let kids explore around the backyard or take a walk around the block as they search for various items found in nature.

* Go Green Story Time: Read a favorite eco-friendly children’s book.

Eco-Friendly Dessert

Playing off the nature theme, have the kids make their own earthy “mudpies” using homemade organic chocolate pudding and toppings with such as whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, pretzels, gummy worms, smashed up organic chocolate cookies, etc.

Or, make an farmers’ market fruit cake like the photo above!

Eco-Friendly Thank You’s

Take a picture of your child with each guest and send them a sweet emailed thank you with a sentiment like “Thank you for being a sustainable friend.”

As you can see, you can have a ton of fun with this green theme. And events like this can spark many teachable moments about the Earth and our care of it.

Resources: EchoageSusty PartyHomemade Pizza RecipeHomemade Lemonade RecipeFruit Cake Recipe on Family FunHow to Make Paper Tube BinocularsHow to Make Terracotta Pots with Chalkboard PaintEco-friendly Children’s BooksOrganic Chocolate Pudding Recipe,  Worms in the Mudpie Recipe

Photo credits: Forks from Susty Party, Fruit Cake from Family Fun, Terracotta Pot from Scissors and Spatulas, Worms in the Mudpie from Raspberri Cupcakes

Keep Your Tiny Turkeys Busy

fun Thanksgiving Day activities for kids

If you are looking for fun Thanksgiving Day activities for kids, I recently found these FREE personalized coloring pages from Frecklebox you can personalize for your pint sized guests to keep them entertained on Turkey Day!

My girls have already decorated two and they love the fact that their sheet has their name on it. I adore the idea of making coloring sheets with all the kids’ names and I can pretty much guarantee they will too.

Their personalized coloring pages include all sorts of fun designs and different holiday themes, so keep these in mind for Christmas gatherings too!

Frecklebox makes all sorts of cute personalized gifts for kids. Click on over and browse a bit for holiday shopping inspiration!

Disclosure: Links in this post are affiliate links – thank you!

What to Expect at Mickey’s Halloween Party (Hint: FUN!)

Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

All you have to do is take one look at my younger daughter’s CRAZY excited candy eyes in the photo above to tell you just how much fun we had at Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland last Friday night when we were invited to attend  a special media event.

For all of the details and dates on this special separate ticket event, please click here to read my post on Mickey’s Halloween Party 2013. This post will be focused on our firsthand experience and tips on how to get the most out of this boo-tiful party.

Studio Disney 365

To kick off the event, my daughter was treated to a complimentary rock star makeover by the girls at Studio Disney 365 in Downtown Disney. Made for ages 3 and up, girls can get primped and camera ready with hairstyling, makeup and wardrobe packages.

Every girl is made to feel like a celebrity and their transformation is kept secret until the final reveal. They currently have a Take Two! package for Halloween which includes a hairstyle, glitter, Minnie Halloween headband and makeup pallet to keep ($39.95). Call 714.781.STYLE for reservations. P.S. Would be a great place for a birthday party!

Studio Disney 365

Mickey’s Halloween Party 2013

Once she was glammed up, we were ready to hit the party! Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets allow you to arrive up to 3 hours before start time to “mix in” with the guests, then when the party starts, daytime guests are escorted out and only Mickey’s Halloween Party guests remain in the park.

Our Favorite Things:

- Costumes! Guests of all ages are invited to wear their (Disneyland appropriate) costumes. It was so fun to see all the kids in costumes and my girls loved an excuse to wear theirs early.

- Trick-or-Treating! All over the park you will find treat trails where kids can take their (provided) bags and trick-or-treat for candy. Can you imagine anything more fun to a kid than trick-or-treating at Disneyland?? The day we were there trick-or-treating opened an hour early at in Toontown. Keep your eyes open for this opportunity.

- Space Mountain & Haunted Mansion! Both rides are decked out in Halloween decor with spooky additions. If your kids like this sort of thing – these rides are a must see.

Halloween Screams fireworks! My kids hung in there for the fireworks show and it was simply spooktacular. If your kids can stay up, please, please watch the fireworks show. Amazing.

- Monsters U Show and Dance Party!  This was the surprise hit of the night at Tomorrowland Terrace! Everyone danced to the tunes the Monsters U D.J. was spinning and we saw special performances by the cheerleaders and Monsters U characters. Shake your groove thing! 

My girls even got invited onto the stage for a special “Scream Contest.” Yeah, they were just a tad excited.

Monsters U Dance Party

Mickey’s Halloween Party Tips:

1. Wear a costume that is comfortable and allows you to get on and off rides easily.

2. Purchase tickets online early to save money.

3. Arrive 3 hours early so you can take advantage of the extra park time.

4. Bring a stoller. Even with older kids, it’s our sherpa-mobile for stuff, especially the candy bags.

5. Bring your kid’s jammies and toothbrush! My kids were SO tired leaving the park at 10pm. I wish I would have thought to brush their teeth before leaving the park (you will need to after the candy) and I wish I had their jammies to change them in the car. They were both out like a light within minutes and it would have made for an easier car to bed transfer. Next time!

For more information on Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland and how to purchase tickets visit: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/disneyland/mickeys-halloween-party/

Here is a group photo of the bloggers that attended the event. Thank you Disneyland!
[photo credit Disneyland]

Halloween Blogger Event

Disclosure: My family was provided complimentary tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party to facilitate a firsthand review. 

Lots of Fun for Your Lil’ Kickers

soccer classes for kids in Orange County CA

Today’s post is about a great program from a juicy new Tiny Oranges sponsor called Lil’ Kickers, which offers soccer classes for kids in Orange County and many other fun programs I am excited to share with you today.

My kids love everything about soccer – and this mama loves that they are active, running and happy.  Recently I had the opportunity to chat with Tim from Lil’ Kickers, who told me all about their fabulous soccer classes for kids and child development program.

And the best part?  He wants your kids to try the program for FREE! Simply mention this Tiny Oranges blog…and receive THREE FREE trial classes (valid for one child only).

Next Level Sports Complex

You’ll find Lil’ Kickers at the Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grove – a premier multi-sport complex that offers a broad range of athletic programs for all ages.

Tim told me all about the Lil’ Kickers program and their philosophy about working with young kids.  Read below and see for yourself!

What makes Lil’ Kickers soccer classes for kids in Orange County unique?

One of the most unique aspects of the Lil’ Kickers soccer program is that we were created by child development professionals and soccer professionals.

It is firmly rooted in child development theories, and every class is designed specifically for where a child is developmentally, cognitively, socially, physically, and mentally.

What do moms love about your program?

We use imagination and creativity to engage with the kids. Soccer fields are transformed to become the bottom of the ocean or the galaxy above.  Kids are super active, super engaged, and have a great time.

What kind of “age appropriate activities” could we expect in a class?

In our  “Hoppers” class (beginning for three and four-year-olds), kids will learn soccer skills without knowing they are actually developing soccer skills.

We use story and imagination to engage the kids. This helps the children interact and stay engaged.

Our blue soccer balls become laser balls, or battleship cannon balls, or blue pearls that are at the bottom of the ocean…and the kids are in imaginary “scuba gear,” retrieving the blue pearls and bringing them back to the submarine before the octopus (the coach) stops them.

What ages do you teach?

There are classes for kids as young as 18-24 months which are Parent & Me soccer classes all the way up to age 9.. You can visit the website to see the class breakdown by age and along with class descriptions.

Tell us more about what you offer…

Lil’ Kickers is more than just soccer.  We have our weekly classes for kids ages 18 months to nine-years-old like I mentioned, but we also have soccer birthday parties that incorporate soccer and a whole lot more (bounce houses, dodge ball, basketball, kickball, flag football, and volleyball to name a few!).

We also offer a “Parents Night Out” on a regular basis where parents drop their kids off for “date night,” leaving their kiddos in the hands of the best babysitters, our Lil’ Kickers coaches.  We also have great OC summer soccer camps and winter soccer camps, too!

Want your Lil’ Kicker to try it out? 

All you have to do is call us at 714-230-0706 x107 - mention this Tiny Oranges blog – and receive three Lil’ Kickers classes for FREE (valid for one child only).  SO excited to try them!

Thank you Tim for sharing more about your fabulous program!

[Disclosure: Lil' Kickers is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor.]

Kid Approved Fourth of July Dessert: Brownie and Fruit Kabobs


Today I’m sharing a Fourth of July dessert idea for kids that every guest is sure to love: brownie and fruit kabobs drizzled with hot fudge because every birthday celebration deserves a fabulous dessert and America’s birthday is no exception!

Start with a batch of cooled brownies and then gather some “kabob worthy” goodies.

I picked strawberries, blueberries, and marshmallows.

I decided to use mini skewers because I found these festive ones at Target, but large BBQ skewers work just as well (and will save guests from having to go back for seconds!)

Enlist the help of family to skewer the brownies, fruit and marshmallows in whatever colorful design they choose and then drizzle with hot fudge.

  Be creative, remember you’re making brownie kabobs so really the sky is the limit.

My kids had so much fun assembling these brownie and fruit kabobs that I have a feeling we’ll be making them again throughout the year.

I hope you have liked this fourth of July dessert idea for kids (and adults too!)

Wishing you all a happy and sweet Fourth of July!