Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fairy House


It all started with Sabrina ripping out a small clump of grass from our newly seeded lawn... the grass came out with the dirt attached and to all our eyes looked exactly like a fairy bed. So of course we had to make a fairy house to shelter the bed, and pluck a leaf of lamb's ear for a blanket, add a few rocks for fairies to sit on, and even make them a swing. They also have a straw floor, trees that are bare or nearly so since it's almost winter. Oh, and two giant pumpkins to decorate their front door and stone bird statues to protect them. I am so tempted to go out tonight and plant evidence of fairies having spent the night in there... maybe a tiny acorn hat left behind?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halloween Playdate


I love organizing small parties for the girls. A party that is not a birthday party is always so much more relaxed. And Halloween is the perfect excuse to get some friends together. This was Sabrina's first party with kindergarten friends, so she was very excited to have them over to her house. We had gorgeous fall weather and spent most of the time outdoors. The biggest hit was bobbing for apple of course!

We have a formula for these little parties. It pretty much goes like this:
simple decorations
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2 crafts
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1 food decorating activity
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1 game
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some free play
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3 snacks
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lots of water bottles
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small favors
=
2 hours of fun

In this case the formula translated into:
banner and pumpkins galore
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ornament decorating and jewelry making
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mini cupcake decorating with Halloween candy
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bobbing for apples (it would have been toilet paper mummy wrapping had we been indoors)
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cheese and crackers in caps, grapes in ghost tins and roasted pepitas
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watter bottles
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bubbles, stickers and Halloween pencils
=
2 hours of fun, lots of happy wet faces and some sweet sticky fingers