Last Sunday I was feeling crafty and needed to get my craft on. I got out my paper products and made some cards. I want to show them to you.
My oldest nephew turned the big eighteen yesterday and another of my nephews has his 5th birthday today. It’s crazy how time flies, isn’t it?! The 18 year old is finishing up his senior year of high school and doing very well in volleyball with his team. He would like to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, since they recently reduced the male age to 18 instead of 19. He’s such a good kid. He would be the ideal son. One who didn’t get into very much trouble, one who makes everyone laugh with his jokes, one who cares about the underdog in a group, one who is responsible enough to babysit his younger siblings, one who never got hooked on drugs or anything habitual so far, and one who loves his family and would do anything for them. He really has grown up very well. I still remember the chubby little-boy days. Heehee! I used to snap photos of him as a kid and they were some of my favorites by teachers and friends. I’m a very proud aunt to call him my nephew. The 5 year old is growing up as well. He had 6 friends he invited over to his birthday party. He currently has white blonde hair (a toe-head) and is super tall for his age. He’s a super busy boy, always moving, keeping his mom and dad on their toes. I’m so blessed to have such good nieces and nephews!
Happy 18th Birthday and Happy 5th Birthday, boys!
A Luau-style party is a great sweet sixteen theme and is sure to be a hit, no matter the season. Bring Hawaii to you! You can plan a memorable Hawaiian Luau party with these tips. This is a great way to get your friends together and have a hula-swinging time. Here are tips and ideas to make your luau party the talk of the town.
A Luau Party is a Perfect Sweet Sixteen Party Idea
A Luau is a feast in Hawaii. The party fare includes a pig, poi, salmon, and beer, music and hula dancers. If you do not have a pool, and do not leave near water, you can host the party in your back yard. Invite guests to wear their flip flops, bikinis, shorts and flowered shirts, or a cute sundress. The mood should be relaxed with soothing Hawaiian music playing in the back ground, plenty of colorful decorations: think potted Hibiscus, silk or paper flowers, bright streamers, inflatable palm trees and fish, and lots of good food! Uninvite mosquitoes and flies by using citronella oil as fuel in your tiki torches.
If your party is in the evening, turn off the outdoor lights and set up string lights, tiki torches and candles. Fun string light designs, like surf boards and parrots, can be found at a local store or ordered online through a party supply store. One online party supply is called Shindigz. Floating candles in the swimming pool look fantastic. You can also take white Christmas lights and put them in backyard trees and drape them over bushes and plants.
Use tropical-themed table coverings on the serving tables. To add more flair to the serving tables, add some colorful silk flowers. If you have some sea shells, place these on the serviing tables as well, to round out the theme. Use whole pineapples and coconuts to hold down the table cloths or nets. Hula skirts make fantastic party decorations. Hang them on the serving tables to add extra tropical flair! If you have a surfboard, bring that out of storage and set it up against the wall.
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I understand that not everyone celebrates Easter. Those of you who do, how many of you like to send out Easter cards? I never have before but it sounds like a fun tradition to start with a family. Grandparents would love receiving a hand drawn picture of the Easter bunny or even a tiny Easter chick. Older kids may understand the meaning of Easter and could draw religious pictures to mail out. There are lots of possibilities.
I sincerely hope everyone has a safe and fun Easter holiday, if you celebrate it of course. Happy Easter!!