Friday, May 5, 2017

Top Two Star Wars Party Tips

A few years ago, I threw a Star Wars party for my then six-year old boy.  It was a total hit, and since it still seems to be a popular theme for boys that age, I thought I would share the top two things that made our party so fun for the boys that were invited.

I won't go into everything we did.  There are so many great things online to choose from, and I think it is best if you try to tailor your party to your child and their friends, but I will share the two things that every single boy that was at our party enjoyed and couldn't stop talking about.  These are the things that I would advise any parent to do if they are throwing a Star Wars party for their son that is around six years old.

Light saber training. This was, by far, the biggest hit of the party.  We got a bubble machine and told the boys they had to pop all the bubbles with their light sabers before they hit the floor. They did this for a long time and kept saying over and over "This is awesome!!!!!!"  The light sabers were made from the ever popular pool noodles, cut in half, with a little silver duct tape and black electrical tape for handles.  I would definitely recommend something like this, or something even softer, because each child is bound to get hit a time or two in the frenzy to pop all the bubbles.  We had a few perplexed faces after being smacked by their neighbors light saber, but no tears, and the boys all recovered quickly and got right back to it.

We used this bubble machine and it worked great for us. (affiliate link)

The Star Wars cupcakes.  I used these Star Wars:  The Clone Wars rings as toppers. The boys loved them and were picking up all the extras to cover as many of their fingers as they could.  

These rings are no longer available, but I found some other cute Star Wars rings that would be just as cute, as well as some cool light saber toppers that weren't available when I threw my party, but I think the kids would have loved them.  I am providing affiliate links to them below.

This Star Wars party was so fun for the boys and I must admit that I had a lot of fun with it too.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday's Tip - Simple Organized Kids School Work

Today I am sharing how I organize my kids past school work.  I know some people have awesome filing systems or scrapbooking methods to organize their kids keepsake school work, but all of that is a bit too much work for me - especially when I consider the following story.

Right after my husband and I were married, his mother brought out a box of keepsakes for us to take to our house.  I guess she was sick of storing it.  It contained old school work, report cards, art projects, etc.  After we got home, my husband went through it quickly and then threw it all away.

Most likely, my boys will be the same way, so I don't want to hold on to every little thing, or spend hours and hours on some fancy system to organize their things.  But, on the off chance that they are a little more sentimental than their dad, I want to make sure that I hang onto at least a few things from each year.

So, my simple solution is just a bin for each one of them.  I store them on the shelves of their closets, and then when something comes home that I think I want to hang onto, I simply put it in the bin.  About once a year, we get them down, the boys look through everything and we decide if there is anything that can be tossed.  So far, the bins have not filled up - although my older boys may need a second bin in the next year or two.  My boys enjoy looking through their old work, and I have to admit, I enjoy it too.  It is fun to remember them when they were littler, and to see how far they have come.

I don't even give these bins a pretty label.  I just use a black sharpie to put their name in the corner, and we are good to go.

So, if you are looking for a simple, fuss-free way to organize your kids past homework/art projects, I highly recommend this method.  It is nothing fancy, but it works.

I have created an affiliate link below to the bins that I use and love.  They are nothing fancy, but they are functional and durable.  I have had mine for years and they still look like new.

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