Monday, January 30, 2012

St. Patrick's Day food for a preschool party

St. Patrick's Day food for a preschool party is a great way to show the children in your life about the Irish Holiday. I will share ideas on how to make this special holiday even more memorable. St. Patrick's Day food is a fun and exciting way for children to enjoy the holiday.

The food for your preschool party is very important. Of course, you will need to stick to your budget. For these young children finger-foods are always best.

Finger-sandwiches always go well, and you can get creative with them. How about green egg salad, tuna fish, or even chicken salad. Simply add green food coloring to the salad dressing or mayonnaise.

If you have the time and ambition to bake your own bread or rolls, it is easy to color the bread green as you are mixing up the dough.

A very simple yet tasty cracker spread is cream cheese on your choice of crackers. You can purchase low fat cream cheese or regular. Any type of plain crackers works well here so whatever type your family enjoys will work here I prefer townhouse but my grand child prefer regular saltines. I have found that most preschoolers as well as children of all ages love this type of cheese on crackers.

To make this St. Patrick's Day food simply soften the cream cheese and add a few drops of green food coloring. I like to soften my cream cheese ad sprinkle in bacon bits or little pieces of summer sausage and garlic to taste.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cheap Valentine's Day

Cheap Valentine's Day decorations are in your local dollar store. You will find cheap prices on beautiful decorations. When you go looking for these cheap Valentine's Day decorations, be selective and creative. Remember this - the dollar store is your best friend for cheap Valentine's Day decorations.

Your local dollar store is full of things that only cost a buck, and that would help you in your quest for cheap Valentine's Day decorations. Dollar stores are notorious for having candles, of every shape, color, and scent that you could ever want. Occasionally your local department store will have a good sale on candles, but not very often.

For these cheap Valentine's Day decorations, you will also be using some flower rings, candle, glass candle globes, and Christmas lights, from the department stores or your local dollar store.

Okay the first cheap Valentine's Day decorations, is simply a decorative votive candleholder that has a flower ring around it. The depending on the type of candleholders that you purchase you can have a quiet soft romantic statement. I think the larger candleholders look better for the votive of candles, and one of the Globes are perfect for this. Simply buy a flower ring to go around the bottom and make sure the color of the flowers in the flower ring match the color of the candle.

Get out your Christmas lights. If you have any of the small white lights, they add a festive romance to your Valentine's Day decorations atmosphere. Simply hang the string of lights over the door or window casing to add a touch of romance. At Christmas time, you can purchase the Green Garland, which has the tiny white lights throughout it, this is perfect for using along with your Valentine's Day decorations, there are so many things you can do with this one, let your imagination go wild.

There are chunky pillar candles in the dollar stores; you can use as well. Purchase a chunky pillar in a color of your choice along with a nice flower ring to go on the base of them. Just make sure that the flowers of the flowering match the color of candle. These pillar candles tend to melt just on the inside so you will not have to worry about wax drippings on the flower ring or tablecloth, should you decide to use one.

Sometimes in the dollar stores, you will be able to get fiber optic items, and if they are the right items, they can easily be used as cheap Valentine's Day decorations. Sometimes we have to look beyond the obvious for cheap Valentine's Day decorations, they need not cause to a ton of money to be romantic.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Spring party invitations

Spring party invitations for a preschool celebration are very fun to make with your child. If you are hosting a spring party for your child, you need the invitations to help spread the word. Within this guide, you will find some simply get creative ideas that you can use to help your preschooler make these.

To create this spring party invitations for preschoolers you simply need some sheets of construction paper, crayons, markers, stickers, a glue stick, scissors, and a creative imagination. You may already have all of these items if you have a child in the house, but if you do not the items are available at your local department store or your local dollar store.

How many supplies you need will directly depend on how many preschoolers you would like to have at this spring party. Therefore, you will need to figure out a tentative guest list before you purchase supplies.

Since you will be folding these invitations in half, five sheets of colored paper will create 10 spring party invitations for a preschool party.

You will also need to know what type of image you will put on the front, and here are some ideas that you may want to incorporate within these spring party invitations.

Clipart, which is available in many a assorted images on the Internet freely is a great place to begin to look for images to put on the front of your card. Simply print off clipart cut it as close around the image as you can, and glue it on to the front of your card.

You could also have your preschooler hand drawn birds, flowers, or even wiggly worms on the front of this spring party invitation. If you show the preschooler  how to draw an oval for the body, a circle for the head, small triangles for the beak they can easily copy your example in help you design the cards.

A parent will have to write on the inside of the invitation the pertinent information such as whom the party is for, time, date, and information concerning the spring party for preschoolers.

The preschoolers themselves will be able to use the crayons, markers, and stickers to decorate the spring party invitation. The parents please include a place where other parents can send you an e-mail to RSVP, as many parents would rather send an e-mail than doing the traditional phone call.

Included on the left-hand inside of the invitation any important information for the parents, such as bring a dish to pass, bring a swimsuit, or any other information that is needed specifically for the spring party for preschoolers.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Valentine's Day Cookie exchange

Organizing a Valentine's Day Cookie exchange is quite easy. Simply gather some of your closest friends and exchange the cookies. This handy guide removes the guesswork for organizing the cookie exchange. This makes a fun exchange that might continue as a tradition among your friends.

Make a list of four or five friends who like to bake or decorate store bought cookies. Invite them over for the decorating exchange on a Saturday before Valentine's Day. Either the host can let everyone bring a few dozen cookies to decorate or the host can make. Alternatively, the host can buy the cookies and invite the guest to bring sprinkles, candy, or other festive toppings for the treats.

When the guests arrive have the cookies laid out so they can be decorated, and add the toppings to a bowl so they can be easily grabbed. Toppings in shaker containers are better but not always feasible. Those little red-hot cinnamon hearts or even candy dots will make your Valentine's Day cookies irresistible.

A chocolate bar or peppermint wheels broken in tiny pieces make a very tasty topping, but then again so does melted chocolate you can dunk cookies into. Butter cream frosting that has red food coloring to it makes a nice Valentine's Day pink to give your cookies the festive touch. Add a few more drops of the color to pink icing to make it red for an accent border.

Youtube has a good amount of videos on cookie decorating so be sure to look there for ideas if anyone is stuck, or simply let imagination carry the day.

It would be nice if the host played a romantic movie while the Valentine's Day cookie exchange is happening. Some good choices are 'Serendipity', "Ghost', 'Sleepless in Seattle' and 'You got Mail', I am sure there are quite a few more, but that will give you some ideas.

Serve a nice non-alcoholic beverage to your guest and get lost in the conversation of a good afternoon. Once the Valentine's Cookies are all decorated, divide them up so that each guest can take a bit of love home with them.