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Construction Zone: Fun Ideas for a Transportation Themed Birthday Party

Does your son love to dig in the dirt and aspire to drive a massive dump truck? Does he love watching construction and dream of wearing a yellow hard hat? Why not throw a construction themed birthday party for his next birthday celebration? Follow these steps to throw the perfect transportation themed birthday party:

Decor: Buy as much black and yellow as you can find. Buy or make square construction signs with messages like Do Not Enter! and Work Zone! and place them strategically around the house and yard. Buy a few plastic cones, and, of course, plenty of yellow caution tape. Add various cars and trains around as decoration.

Activities: Offer each child a yellow work hat as they enter the house, and work them that there are kids at work. If possible, also provide them with a shovel. Fill the backyard or sand box with plenty of plastic shovels and tools so that they can move some dirt! Add mini dump trucks if desired. Set up other “work stations” with fun tasks that give them lots to do with their hands. Even have a station with blocks or Legos that they can build and demolish!

Food: Keep it casual with yellow frosting and chocolate cupcakes for dessert. Fill mini dump trucks with various snacks and treats on the table. Label the cups with “Wet Paint.”

The best part about throwing a transportation themed birthday party? No need to clean up the house too much beforehand! This is a Work Zone!

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Cool Back to School Supplies for Tweens

Whether your child is finishing up elementary school or just beginning middle school, now’s the time to get some more fashionable school supplies! Here’s a list of some fun ideas to add a little color to your tween’s school year this fall:

 

  • A Bright Backpack–the more colorful the better!
  • Erasers of all shapes, sizes, and colors
  • Patterned Pencil Case
  • A Tiny & Colorful Mini-Stapler
  • Folders featuring their favorite things
  • Sweet Notebooks with small designs and patterns
  • Sticky Notes in various shapes and themes
  • Highlighters in every color
  • Colorful pens for doodling
  • Shaped scissors for craft projects
  • A new cell phone case
  • Paperclips in fun shapes like hearts and stars
  • A hip agenda–have them pick it out themselves!
  • Magnets for their locker
  • Mini-posters
  • Locker Decor–including a magnetic pen and pencil holder

What are some of your favorite tween school supplies this year?

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Planning the Perfect Pizza Party

You might think that a pizza party is the best (and easiest!) kind of party. Every party is, after all, just one pizza away from becoming one! But, if you really want to go above and beyond, your pizza party can be more than just a few liters of soda and a couple of local pies.

Get your DIY on and munch on a slice of everyone’s favorite food with our quick and easy guide to throwing your perfect make-it-yourself pizza party.

  • Dealing with Dough: Making your own dough might be a risky endeavor, because so much can go wrong. The dough might fail to rise, be too sticky, or end up with a less-than-desirable consistency. Unless your an experienced pastry chef, there’s really no shame in outsourcing the dough making. Try getting pizza dough from your local shop to really get something tasty. Or, consider getting different types of pizza dough from your nearby gourmet grocery store–like wheat or cornmeal–to ensure that your guests will be able to customize their pizza to their heart’s content.
  • Provide Sauce Options: Everyone appreciates a good red sauce–so be sure to experiment with levels of tanginess for yours! Consider adding other sauce options as well–like pesto, creme fraiche, or other cream-based sauces.
  • Cheese it Up: Be sure to stock up on the shredded mozzarella–since everyone will need some of that. To add some new flavors to your pizza palette, consider Buffalo mozzarella,  feta cheese, goat cheese, asiago, blue cheese, and parmeggiano reggiano. Your gourmet guests (and your taste buds!) will love you!
  • Go Crazy with Toppings: Toppings are probably everyone’s favorite part because they offer the chance to really get creative. Accordingly, don’t skimp out on the toppings. Peruse a pizza menu to help you make a list of every topping you can imagine. Set up your own toppings station to avoid back-up.
  • Easy Decor: The only must-haves for a pizza party are plenty of paper tablecloths (things might get a little messy!), paper plates, plastic cutlery, and plenty of pizza cutters. Feel free to add a little old-school Italian restaurant to your home with red and white checked tablecloths and cheesy Italian music.
  • Don’t Forget the Drinks: Have plenty of options available, like soda, juice, and water for kids. Pick up some beer and red table wine for the adults!

What are your must-have toppings for your ideal pizza party?