Waterfall Braid

Next up on my pinterest challenge is a hairstyle. I don’t do my own hair much, but I do have 2 little girls who like having pretty hairstyles. I’ve seen lots of cute girl hairstyles on pinterest, and pinned many myself, and now I have finally gotten around to doing one again. I think the waterfall braid is super cute (I used this tutorial on Girly Do Hairstyles). It works well with the length of my older daughters hair. She only let me do half her hair though, she wasn’t feeling up to letting me do her whole head. Well, now that I know what I’m doing maybe we can try again later when she’s in a better mood (of course, who knows when that will be…such a moody 9 year old)

Bollywood Dance Party

My older daughter will be turning 10 soon. She wants to celebrate with a ‘Bollywood Dance Party’ (such a good Indian, her dad is proud). So I scoured the internet for some ideas. Living in the middle of nowhere (with almost no other Indians in the area) makes it hard to find some of the stuff we want, like an Indian dance teacher. But, we persevered and have come up with some fun things. Here is our inspiration board. I’ll be back later once we get things more put together with party specifics.

Airplane Birthday Party for a 5 year old

My second child turned 5 last week. He loves airplanes (like his daddy, who is in the Air Force). So, we had an airplane themed party. I got lots of ideas around the internet, especially on Pinterest (love that site!). Here is what we did:
I decorated in blue and orange. There was a bunting made of paper airplanes (my hubby made them), balloon clouds, and a small backdrop of cloud fabric I had in my stash. I made signage for check-in, food court, restroom, and baggage claim. It was cute.

As the kids came, they colored some luggage tags (from Oriental Trading).

They played “find the planes in the clouds”. We put some small toy planes in a box of packing peanuts and let the kids dig around for them. Then they played with the planes for a bit.

Put together and decorated some foam gliders (from Oriental Trading) and flew those for a bit. While they played I got things cleaned up for lunch, our in-flight meal.
In the lunch boxes was a sandwich (choice of turkey or ham), some orange slices and some chips. They also got some Sky Jello (recipe found here…except I used store bought Cool Whip instead of whipping my own cream). We had some little servings of Cheez-its, Goldfish crakcers, blue jelly beans, and blue chocolate covered pretzels. And there were water bottles with our little printed labels on them.

After lunch they played for a bit and then wanted cake and ice cream. I used a Wilton shaped pan for the airplane cake. I think it turned out pretty good (and tasty).After cake came presents and more playing. When it was time for the guests to go, we gave them a goody bag/box and a marshmallow propeller pop to go. The goody box had some aviator sunglasses, a paratrooper toy, bubbles, york peppermint pattie bites (blue and white), orange gummies, and a plane made of candy (found here). And they also got to take home their luggage tag and foam glider.

Everyone seemed to have lots of fun. Now on to the other 3 birthdays this fall (we have lots of fall birthdays in my family).