As if planning a big birthday party in December wasn't enough I had to have my annual holiday slumber party with my nieces. My daughter, Jaylah, loves when her cousins come over to spend the night. We always have a good time!
Before we start our fun we always decorate something. This year we did santa hats and stocking. I bought each kiddo a hat and stocking. I aslo bought fabric markers and sharpie markers for them to be able to quickly decorate them. I have used paint pens in the past but they didn't dry in time to wear them.
This year we had a holiday scavenger hunt. I went on pinterest and found some holiday clues that would work perfectly for my home.
You can find the clues I used at http://www.chicagonow.com/between-us-parents/2013/11/holiday-scavenger-hunt-clues/#_a5y_p=1119385
At each clue there were little gifts for the girls to get. The girls took their stockings on the treasure hunt and filled it up at each clue.
After the scavenger, I prepared the table for decorating gingerbread houses. I used graham crackers and held the pieces together with hot glue. (NO eating these houses!)
Items needed: 3 boxes of graham crackers, hot glue gun and glue sticks, icing and icing bags and lots and lots of candy to decorate the houses.
On pinterest I found many ways to build a graham cracker gingerbread house. The girls were so excited to decorate their gingerbread houses. They each got an icing (piping) bag as their "glue" and there was lots of different candies to choose to put on their houses from skittles to cherry sours. I think they ate as much as they put on their houses!
During the gingerbread house activity I had set up a Hot Chocolate Station. They each made hot chocolate or apple cider and could put whatever they wanted in it to make it taste as yummy as possible.
Our final activity was to make Oobleck! If you have never read the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr.Seuss you don't know what you're missing. Check it out real quick.
There are many recipes for Oobleck out there, but the one we used was easy and perfect. It's less messy to do the whole project in a bag but more fun to do it in a bowl and use your hands. Hint: If you use food coloring (and of course we did) you will have colored fingers for a few days after this project.
The night ended with dancing and tv watcing. We had an amazing time together as usual. Until 2017!!!
All About ME
I am Tanya, a 38 year old wife and mother of two. I currently reside in St. Louis, MO. I started Creative Celebrations as way to share with others my love for party planning. I hope that each time you visit you will come away with a tip, trick or new idea to make your event a CREATIVE CELEBRATION!