5 Tips to Throw a Fun & Easy Party

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5 Tips to Throw a Fun and Easy At-Home Birthday Party on a Budget

 

One of the challenges of parenting in the digital age is the worry about making everything “Pinterest perfect.” Kids’ birthday parties are no exception, but the reality is that our children just want a fun time to celebrate with their friends. When you get back to the basics with an easy at-home party, it’s not only budget-friendly, but it’s also less stress and more fun for everyone.

 

Start with a Theme
Planning around a theme gives you a focal point and serves as a springboard for other ideas. For younger children, loose themes that are gender neutral work well, such as fairytale characters or bugs and butterflies. Older children may already know what theme they’d like, or you can brainstorm possibilities together based on their interests. If you’re still looking for inspiration, we like these theme ideas that are broken down for different age groups.

 

Another option is to have an activity-based party, so you have the theme, activity, and sometimes even the food all rolled into one, making party planning even easier. Two activity themes we love from HuffPost are chocolate-making and scavenger hunt parties.

 

Make Low or No-Cost Invitations

Printing invitations can really bust your budget, but digital options are free or inexpensive and are more eco-friendly too. Going digital can give you the option to manage RSVPs online with services like Evite. If you’re tech-savvy (or have a design-savvy child), sites like Canva give you plenty of creative freedom to make your own special invitation.

 

If you decide to go the paper route, let your child help make homemade invitations. Use craft supplies you already have lying around, or grab some blank cards from a dollar store and let your child decorate them to their heart’s content.

 

Set the Scene

 

Decorations transform your home from the everyday into a world of wonder, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on them. One budget-friendly way to decorate is to keep store-bought decorations general and spruce them up yourself. A couple of DIY decorating ideas we like from Babble are confetti balloons and using printed washi tape to decorate plain cups. Try to get the best bang for your buck with inexpensive decorations that really pack a punch. Decorating with string lights is a great way to spice up your party, both indoors and outdoors, without spending much since they are inexpensive and kids usually love them. And when you’re finished with your party, you can use the string lights to add comfort and warmth to a space in your home!

 

Focus Refreshments on What Kids Want Most

 

Instead of setting out an expensive spread of food, focus on what kids really want, such as fun snacks like popcorn and, of course, the best part: cake and ice cream. You can get away with this by timing your party to start mid-morning or mid-afternoon when no one expects a meal. Most children would agree that the cake is pretty important, so consider making it yourself and starting a tradition by letting the birthday child help.

 

Play Classic Games and DIY New Ones

 

Planning a few activities is an absolute must because downtime leads to boredom and kids running wild. Classic games are just as fun as ever, so pick a few like freeze dance, hot potato, or red rover to keep kids entertained at no cost.

 

For something more current, one of the more popular party activities these days is to set up a photo booth. Scour the internet for photo prop templates that fit your theme, and print them yourself on heavy paper. To up the fun even more, use large cardboard boxes to make an actual “booth,” and let your children get involved by decorating it themselves.

 

The reality of modern party planning is that when you get back to basics, it’s easier to let go of stress and focus on what matters most. Children won’t remember (or even know) how much you spent on their party, but they will remember how much fun they had. Use these tips and your own creativity to pull off a memorable, fabulous shindig at home without breaking the bank.

 

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JBF McAllen Sale April 10th-11th!

JBF ( Just Between Friends) Sale is BACK! Mark those calendars for April 10-11, 2015 at the Nomad Shrine Club 1044 W. Nolana, Pharr TX.  Go shop or sign up to SELL! As parents we always have clothes, toys, books and more to get rid of.  Spring is just days away and that means time for Spring Cleaning.  This year instead of giving your stuff away try to SELL it and make some $$$.  Many have asked what can be sold and how does it work!  Here is some info we got from the JFB website to get you ready to sell.

What to sell??

 “Seasonally appropriate infants’, children’s and maternity clothing will be accepted . Please inspect your items carefully as they will also be inspected at drop off. To continue to offer an industry-leading sales event, only the highest quality merchandise is accepted. Clothes that are soiled, stained or with holes, will not be accepted”.

More Items Accepted:

  • children’s clothing
  • children’s books
  • family DVDs
  • carseats
  • highchairs
  • accessories
  • bedding sets
  • sports gear for children
  • dressy outfits
  • costumes
  • toys toys toys
  • outdoor play items
  • DS and DSi games
  • ride-on toys
  • dolls and action figures
  • coats and jackets for kids
  • ride-on toys
  • swings
  • joggers
  • electronic toys
  • strollers
  • Raincoats & rain boots
  • portable play mats
  • nursery decor
  • children’s shoes
  • baby carriers
  • diaper bags
  • onesies
  • nursing supplies
  • changing tables & so much more!

Make sure items are clean and not smelly!

 

Here is 5  Step process to sign up and sell!

Here is a quick overview of the consigning process with Just Between Friends.

1. Create a JBF Account to get a Consignor Number. Visit www.mcallen.jbfsale.com

2. Register with McAllen sales event.

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3. Prepare your merchandise, tag it and then bring it to the sale.

(Follow the instructions to enter your tag information and double-check to make sure all the information appears the way you want it to appear. Tags must be printed on white card stock or else the barcode scanner cannot pick up the information and your tags will not work properly. You can find white cardstock at local office supply stores or order online. Tags print 4 to 6 per page, depending on the information entered.)

When pricing your items JBF ( Just Between Friends) recommends pricing the items at 1/4 to 1/2 of the original cost! Boutique and brand names in style may be priced higher.

 
4. After the sale, you pick up any unsold items you do not wish to donate.
5. About 2 weeks later, you receive your consignor check in the mail!

 

We hope this information helps get you set up with JBF!

 

Shoppers don’t forget you can get some AMAZING deals at show!  Toys, highchairs, cribs, infant clothes, children’s clothes and yes even Maternity Clothes.  Make sure to use the JBF ad in Tots-Tweens to get FREE admission or click on the link for  Free Admission AD

April 10-11, 2015 Schedule!

Friday, April 10th
8am – 6:00pm Open to the Public! $2 admission  (admission proceeds benefit our charity partner) Children, strollers, and wagons ARE allowed on this day.

Saturday, April 11th
50% Off Day – Open to the public~Free Admission!
8am – 2:00pm Items without a star are 50% off today only.

They  accept cash, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.

Attention First Time Moms, Mommies to be, Moms with a child under the age of 1 , Teachers and Military Wives : Sign up for an EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE SALE.  Register here by clicking here!

 

Happy Selling and Shopping! For more info visit www.mcallen.jbfsale.com

 

 

Thanks,

Lulu Hanke

Tots-Tweens.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Spend $30 and get $10.00 back!

Join Children’s Orchard, McAllen, this weekend for a grand event!

April 11-13th , 2014!

Spend $30 and get $10 back!

For more information call Children’s Orchard At:

(956) 631 9600
5101 N. 10th St.
McAllen, TX. 78504

Sweet Deal!

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Tag and Sell your Kiddos Clothes

 

By: Etta V. Rivera Mom Squad Member

By: Etta V. Rivera
Mom Squad Member

The first day of Spring…. Started off like any other day. Waking up late to the alarm, getting the kids to school. Making my way back home with my youngest son to a list of chores to do today.  When I was a kid, the first day of Spring meant I was that much closer to getting to color , hunt and brake open that Easter Basket! Now as a Mother to 3 very active children, The first day of Spring means; planning to buy their Easter baskets soon…before they sell out of them at the stores and start SPRING CLEANING. We Mothers all do it, putting if off till the very last minute, not wanting to get rid of their baby clothes just yet. Also wanting to get the best price for their clothes. I have recently found out about “Just Between Friends” an event that will be taking place in April. Just Between Friends is a two day event where you can sell your gently used children or maternity clothes or products. They except top name brand items and there is a $12 fee for selling (which is worth it if you have a lot of good clothes or toys). I have signed up to sell and shop at this event. You can get into this event for free with a guest pass. I have just started getting all the clothes together that I be selling at Just Between Friends. My next step is to tag all the clothes and products I have. I really can’t wait for this event and I will be keeping ya’ll updated on how the tagging and proper drop off goes. I can’t wait for this event to happen…not only to make some extra cash but to see what i can find for my kids. Cause we all know they grow so fast! So just a reminder ladies and men don’t wait the last minute to clean out those closets.

https://www.jbfsale.com/home.jsp

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Etta V. Rivera

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Strawberry Whip it’s

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Member: Ashley Boyd Harrison

 

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Whip it’s

These Strawberry whip it’s are a easy 0 WW point for 5 of them. They hit the spot when you crave something sweet and still wanna keep it under your Freebie points. There a must for the kids as well. Serve these up for Deseret and watch your kids attack these healthy snacks.

 

Cut the root off the strawberries and stand them up as shown.

 

 

on the opposite side carefully cut them into fours going half way to the bottom.

 

 

 

 

Spray the whipped cream into the creases of the strawberries

 

 

ENJOY *

 

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