Ready to fall down the rabbit hole and party with us?
Welcome to the party!
The March Hare is ready for tea and we can see Alice stepping through the looking glass in this classic version of the book.
For the colorful tea cups, I went to a local thrift shop and bought a few for less than $0.50 a piece. Then all you need to do is add some bright spray paint and voila you have an eye catching decoration.
This centerpiece was one of the things I was most excited about when the idea came to mind. That is real grass, Wheat Grass. Yes the kind you hear us health nuts talking about. One of my local organic shops sells it fully grown for you to juice at your pleasure. After the party I used it to make healthy, yummy smoothies. A few fake flowers left from the Tangled party added to the garden look. My Aunt had given my daughter this porcelain tea set when she was a baby. It finally saw the light of day for this party.
Decorating the food table was easy. I used a heart shaped paper punch and grabbed several paint sample strips from Home Depot. You can have your own confetti in less than 30 mins and it’s free.
In the bowl we had the White Rabbit’s snacks, Annie’s Cheddar Bunny mix.
Little honey wheat bread rolls.
Tea Sandwiches cut using a flower shaped cookie cutter.
Fruit served in a heart shaped bowl.
It wouldn’t be a party without pictures. This whimsical Photo Booth let the girls let loose and embrace their inner Mad Hatter.
Curiouser and Curiouser?
Those adorable pictures needed a home. As a thank you for all the kids, each girl made a Tea Pot Frame Craft. They went home with the completed frame and inside the thank you cards I included one of their pictures.
I could think of nothing more appropriate for the game than Pin the Grin on the Cheshire Cat. He is my favorite character in the books and movie.
I found these awesome Alice in Wonderland cupcake toppers at Fleece Fun (they have a lot of free printables) and bought the figurines to add some flare. They also later doubled as cake toppers for a simple cake for the family.
A random find, the Reynolds Staybrite Pink Baking Cups
They look like a perfect match to the Cheshire Cat and the colors don’t fade during baking.
The Queen of Hearts was not pleased after she found out the goody bags were not for her.
Have a Very Merry UnBirthday!
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New from my favorite yogurt brand are the Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches for the family! Delicious, convenient, and organic goodness for on the go, mess free eating. Stonyfield Yogurt Pouches are available in nine flavors for your YoBaby, YoToddler, and YoKids! No worries, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy these but we will get to that later.
My kids love pouches, it’s like space man food meets crazy kids and bam you have the golden product. I love that my kids get excited about food pouches (after all they are easy to throw in lunches and not messy) but I am also very picky about what they eat. That’s one reason I was excited to hear about Stonyfield coming out with their own version. With a company like Stonyfield I knew they would be organic, yummy, and healthy too. That makes this mama happy and as you can see, the kids are big fans!
This one would love to hoard them all!
They diplomatically decided on eenie meanie minie moe for which pouch to try first.
What I love about the new Stonyfield pouches:
- Convenient way to eat one of our favorites on the go. Yogurt cups in the car= too messy to think about!
- Re-sealable which is great for kids who like to graze, I wouldn’t know what that’s like but I’m sure someone does.
- They aren’t just for kids. I sneak some of these when no-one is looking. Ssshhhh
- YoBaby & YoToddler are made with the whole milk pediatricians recommend for proper growth and development.
- YoToddler has real fruits and veggies blended in, plus Omega-3 DHA, ranked by moms as a high priority benefit.
- All contain calcium, protein, vitamin D and live active cultures.
- All are made with pure, organic ingredients, and never any high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors.
Love me. Hold me. Squeeze me. Organic yogurt pouches now available in a dairy aisle near you!
Use this convenient store locator to find what store near you has these yummy pouches.
Stonyfield is giving one Teachable Mommy fan FREE coupons to try their new Yogurt Pouches!
This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield. All opinions are my own.
I always get nervous with a new recipe. If you screw it up then dinner is ruined and if you’re a perfectionist like me you feel like you are a terrible person!
Despite the apprehension and fear I was about to waste a beautiful squash I rolled my sleeves up and got cooking.
- 1/2 Spanish Onion (chopped)
- 6 Cloves of Garlic (chopped)
- 5 Medium Carrots (chopped)
- Chicken Broth
- 1 Large Squash (diced)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Garlic Powder
- Sea Salt
- Heat olive oil and sauté the onion, garlic, and carrots until tender
- Add the squash, chicken broth, thyme, basil, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper to taste.
- Simmer until tender
- Puree with a stick blender until smooth
I think it turned out great! The family loved it and asked for seconds so I would call it a success.
One of the fun things about having Hometown Harvest as a sponsor is I will be pushed to try and create new recipes. I am looking forward to the challenge!
What is your favorite Squash recipe?
What I love about Oriental Trading is that I can put a party together easily without spending a ton of money.
I hung up the Light Blue and Lilac Paper Lanterns to add a pop of color to our party. Looking for a specific color? Most are available and even patterned ones as well. These decorations are quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I will say the best way to hang them is using fishing line and tying at least 3 strands to the lantern.
These vases are filled with the Acrylic Blue Ice Vase Fillers and the Colorful Spring Flowers Pinwheel Craft Kit. These make a great centerpiece for the main table, food table, or just sitting on the coffee table.
As you know I try to be eco-minded in my life. Parties are no exception. A hot trend in the eco industry are paper straws. They can be recycled and even if your local facility cannot process them, they will biodegrade. Oriental trading offers an assortment of colors and styles, including these Hot Pink and Turquoise Striped straws.
What is party without crafts and bubbles?
Spring Brights Bubble Bottles and the Easter Decorating Stamps are great not only for party fun but also as egg stuffers. I am a big fan of non-candy filled Easter eggs, and you know what? The kids do not even miss the candy, they love finding little gifts inside the eggs instead.
Our first craft was the Easter Picture Frame Kit. Easy to do for just about any age and they make great gifts for family. Have your pictures ready ahead of time before the craft or you’ll be that mom…yeah I was that mom.
She decided to demo how this will look with her face in it!
Naturally, baby brother had to do it too.
For us, Easter is not only about the fun but remembering the sacrifice and promises we have from Jesus. Oriental Trading has a great selection of religious themed crafts for Easter and other holidays. I chose the Color Your Own “Jesus Gives Us New Life” Flowerpots. We used regular markers, glitter glue, and the Easter Decorating Stamps to bring these flowerpots to life.
I got in on the action too, why should the kids get all the fun?
To learn how to make the pinwheels and see another fun Spring craft check out: Celebrate Spring with Oriental Trading!
What is your favorite Easter tradition?
*I am a blogger for Oriental Trading. I received free products for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.
Captain America The Winter Soldier is the number 1 movie in the nation and the film with the largest April box office! And for good reason too. From start to finish Captain America is packed with action, drama, and a little comedic relief. Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, and Scarlett Johansson are exactly what you would expect- awesome. I will admit I wasn’t always team Black Widow, especially as a kid, but man that girl kicks some butt and I love it. Whenever a franchise adds a character I always doubt it a little. Anthony Mackie, Falcon, was a great addition to the team. His character was well rounded, respectable, and the perfect fighting partner for Steve. Those wings are vicious, in a good way.
The Winter Soldier was filmed nearby in Washington DC. It sets the stage for an old school battle for the safety of the country and touches on some of the other national security issues that have been talked about all over the nation. Not only are the plot lines juicy but the depth of character, which Marvel is so good at, is there. The audience can empathize with Steve, Natasha, and even dare I say Fury?
Nick Fury warns Captain America not to trust anyone, and that means everyone including S.H.I.E.L.D. As if a double crossing wasn’t enough, Steve has to face off against a foe that has a haunting history, The Winter Solider. Along the way are a few surprises (especially if like me you avoided IMDB) and moments when you think it’s all going to be destroyed. The climax is one of the best ones I have seen since the Avengers and Thor The Dark World.
For anyone who thinks Captain America is too vintage, this movie will blow that perception out of your mind. He can take out an elevator full of bad guys and never lose the charm that makes him endearing to generations.
Everything comes to a head when Steve faces off against the Winter Soldier who is acting on orders from someone unexpected. Steve must choose between his life and his ideals. The question remains, can he save them both?
Captain America The Winter Soldier is exceptional in every way. It has been awhile since I saw a movie where I left having no words. I was so excited and loving it all I could say was: That. Was. Awesome.
Bottom line: Go see this movie and stay through the credits!
One of my favorite scenes
The Captain dominated the screen
The Winter Soldier was filmed in my backyard in Washington DC. I know a lot of wished we were out running on the mall during filming!
For your favorite superhero print out these fun activity and coloring sheets
See Captain America The Winter Soldier in theaters now!