Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Bucket List Series: Origami Party

We Just had the MOST fun Party Yesturday!!!
What do you do on a summer day when it's RAINY ?
Have an Origami DAY!

 I am so thankful for such wonderful friends... They totally make these get togethers so much more fun!

As part of our Summer Bucket List with our friends; we had a great day of paper crafting.

I layed out wrapping paper on the table for decoration, and hung origami paper on string around the room.... They made perfect banners....

On the buffet I set up an origami display of all the projects we were going to learn.
 I also used a japanese fabric cloth, a japanese tea set, kokeshi doll, and a japanese lady doll for our centerpiece. 

We talked about the japanese word ORIGAMI and it's defintion ( Ori- folding Gami- Paper).

I printed and laminated the Japanese flag for our table as well.

All the supplies needed were various sheets of origami paper, and some glue and scissors!

I printed and laminated the directions for many of the designs and hole punched the corner, tied with a ribbon. This way it was easy for me when I was giving instructions...

And I know my kinders were going to be doing these over and over the next few days! =)

Some were very easy! Some were time consuming.. GREAT for ALL ages!

Tutorials we used :

Heart Tutorial

Educational Benefits for Children
Read about the educational benifits for children from the  Origami Resource Center  click the link to read the full article. a few great articles here : Origami Benefits 
theragami  method is based on the use of Origami to achieve vital academic, cognitive and therapeutic objectives.

We made paper airplanes too of course!

Then we went outside to race them!

They raced to see who's went the farthest, the slowest, crashed first etc...

Time for snacks!!!

I made some origami drinking cups out of 6 inch paper, and filled them with marshmellows.
To keep them from tipping over, I stacked them in a large empty egg crate. 

The families pitched in and brought snacks, and it was great!

When the kinders were all done, they need away to take home their creations~ PAPER BAGS! This whole event was paper! I then laminated little Japanese flags and taped them to each bag. The kids can then take it home and place it somwhere so they can remember to keep Japan in their prayers.

Label with their names.

The kids had SO much FUN!

And don't forget to decorate with pinwheels!

For the littles I set out our Tangram bin...

And for younger children that aren't quite ready to do full Origami, I printed out this adorable Dog and also a few Kokeshi Doll cut out printables

Origami Party Cost:

Each child that participated paid $3 for supplies. The families brought a snack to share.
pinwheels $4
wrapping paper for tables 80 cents
origami paper $3 for decorating with
egg carton- free
marshmellows $1.50 bag
paper lunch bags .99 cents

Cost to the hostess under $10!!!!

Very affordable fun rainy day!

Linking up to some fun crafters and bloggers out there:


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer Bucket List Series : Tea Party

Summer bucket list #1


Have a Tea party that is fancy, elegant, and looks expensive... But it isn't!

I made some Tissue paper Pom Poms, and hung them from the trees. We brought out our coffee table, and covered with a white sheet, and some table linens from the second hand store.

we had a spare table set up ... the kids wooden picnic table...

Making the large Pom Poms really added that special "umph" (is that a word?) to the event.  Cost : $5!

The big girls sat at our patio chairs, and I co-ordinated the colors for them in Green's and purple's...

We bought Tea Cups from second hand shops and they are all mis matched. Perfect!!!

I went through my jewelry, and brought out my grandmother's jewelry, jewelry I have had since I was a kid, and some other chunky pieces I had.... Took a mirror (hanging in the house) and laid it on top of  a stool, and then layed the jewelry around on it.  Voila! A "Prett'ys " Station!

 What a fun way to dress up for the party, and the girls felt special using real jewelry.

This little sweetie, wore all the rings on ONE finger. =)

Next; the Dress up Station!
Hats, fur scarves, feather boas......
I set up a Girls  tulle bed canopy in the trees around the dress up station, It looked so whimsical!

We set up another mirror against the tree, so they could see themselves in their new attire.

Just a simple basket filled with all the items.

Mama and the little K Kinder!

Now they are set for the party!

Each mama brought WONDERFUL desserts and finger foods for the party. With everyone pitching in, it was a great success!

Aren't these cupcakes adorable????? Thanks JEN!

Yummy goodness!

We served pink lemonade... And another Mama shared a lesson on the Proper way of drinking Tea.
It was alot of fun!

After tea, we set out bowls of beads for the girls to make their own jewelry to take home with them.

Now we can't have these little girls all dressed up without some photos can we?

I have an old children's bench, I set it out with our front door garden plants next to it.. instant photo spot!

The Girls felt really special today I think.... I know my little K did.... She really enjoyed it.

My little Princess....

So many cute little toes...

Each little girl went home with their own Tea cup, and a lemon drop candy favor, and the necklace they made.

Tea Party Cost: 10 Girls

Tea cups $3 each ( each parent paid $3 for the tea cups per child) all mis matched
Dessert plates (real china) $3 for all (second hand store) all mis matched
Tissue Pom Poms $5
Linens $8 (second hand store)
white sheets for table FREE
Tables, mirrors, stool, little chairs - FREE ( all from around the house)
Flowers from front porch
Table flowers $2 each from grocery store ( dropped into containers I already had)
Food: Each family brought a dish to share
Pink lemonade $2
Paper bags to take home goodies: $5.00 for 10
Lemon drops $5.00 for 10

Total cost of TEA PARTY for hostess : $34.00

Now that's a TEA PARTY!

Don't forget to have the girls bring a friend!


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