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Watercolor Leaves

Watercolor Fall

Watercolor LeavesDon’t spend the money to take them to a ‘craft place’ when with a little pre-party prep you can make beautiful things they can take home right at your house! Again, my thanks to Mary Lea at pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com for her wonderful artsy ideas that can work so well at kids birthday parties.

Your young guests will be thrilled to take their beautiful watercolor leaves home from your fall birthday party. Not fall? Have a different party theme? This craft is infinitely adaptable to your theme. You create the outline, they fill it in with watercolors and mount their artwork on construction paper ‘frames’. The outline can be anything that works with your party theme- superheroes you’ve gotten from internet graphics, animals from internet graphics, you name it. You know you can find virtually any graphic you want online, then just print them out, copy or trace onto your papers to make the templates for the kids to fill in.

These templates use a colored glue based on Elmers and acrylic paints– you’ll find a link for making this glue http://www.birthdaypartygameslady.com/party-favors-for-kids.html://www.birthdaypartygameslady.com/party-favors-for-kids.html Mary Lea’s post on the watercolor leaves. What’s neat about using the glue to outline the graphics you’ll be giving the kids http://www.birthdaypartygameslady.com/party-favors-for-kids.html://www.birthdaypartygameslady.com/party-favors-for-kids.html paint in is it has a thickness to it on the paper, making it easier for the young ones to stay inside the lines and produce a neater, less messy finished product that they can be really proud of. Brilliant idea! It does need to dry, however, so make the kids templates ahead of time.

Yet again, a good party crafts can always double as your party favors, and two-fers are always better than onesies.

Loaded Questions

Loaded Questions for Teens

Loaded QuestionsSet the proper tone for your next teen party with a game that gets them thinking and laughing together rather than doing all kinds of things you don’t want them doing. Keeping ‘control’ by pretty much requiring them to play a game sets you up as in control, and can only help.

And Loaded Questions looks like a perfect combination of game and adult that’s still appropriate to work with a teen crowd. Better yet- right now Amazon is having a sale on games by this vendor (All Things Equal games).

The game includes 1300+ questions and is recommended by the manufacturer for ages 12 and up, so even though all the reviews talk about using it with adults or families, it has to be appropriate for teens. And as the reviews show, it’s a terrific icebreaker game, which is also important with a teen party where if things do stay in control you always have to worry that they never get going.

You might want to cull the questions you give the teenage group to eliminate “what’s your favorite beer”, but the examples given in the reviews speak for themselves as to the fun they will engender: “who in this room snores the loudest”, “If you could rid the earth of 3 creatures, which 3 would you dispose of?”

Party games that can actually work with teens are hard to find, so keep this one in mind next time you’ve got a bunch of teens to entertain, even if it’s not a birthday. And once you own it, think of the fun your own family can have with it – the reviews make it pretty clear it works even with younger kids than 12 as a fun family activity. Loaded Questions would also make an excellent family or birthday gift, not necessarily for a kid.


WhateverBall Invites

BasketballDo you know how easy it is to superimpose your invitation wording on top of a graphic using Word? Any graphic, say a basketball for your backyard basketball party or for your in the park football or soccer party.

If you only use Word as strict word processing, you’re probably not aware of it’s many graphic handling features, and they’re not hard to use. Find your graphic/clip art/photograph for your invitation, and I’ll walk you through adding all your invitation wording to it.

Either paste your graphic into Word, or if it’s a file on your computer go to Insert=>Picture=>From File and browse for your graphic. Click on the inserted graphic then go to Format=>Picture=>Layout=>Behind Text. Now grab one of the boxes you see at the edge of your graphic to size it for your invitation. [You may find the graphic you’ve chosen doesn’t expand very well, in which case choose another.]

Now you need your text tools– from View=>Toolbars=>Drawing and you should see an icon ‘A’ that says ‘text box’ when you mouse over it. Click it and draw your text box onto your graphic – you can use several text boxes if you so desire. Insert your text. Look further along on the Drawing toolbar and you’ll see icons for the line around your text box and the fill for your text box (none makes it translucent so your underlying graphic shows through) and your font color. Mouse over the various icons until you find these. About the only thing Word won’t let you do with these text boxes is rotate them, but I’ve never found that too constraining.

Now you know how to make a clever WhateverBall invitation for your next football, baseball, hockey, basketball, soccer party. Or, how to use any other graphic or photo you want with your party invitation wording superimposed on it. All with just Word.