Thanksgiving Toddler Activity – Free Printable

Who says the kids’ table isn’t loads of fun? Keep the toddlers entertained while waiting for the Thanksgiving feast with Wally’s pilgrim hat count and color activity sheet. Start by making the children’s table inviting by popping it with a golden yellow plastic tablecover. Then add the activity sheet at each place setting making it an entertaining place mat. Place a small box of crayons at the top of the coloring sheet. Who doesn’t love a gift? Finish it off with Thanksgiving party favors, including our favorite, the Pilgrim ducks.

 

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Halloween Tablescapes on a Budget

Halloween Tablescapes on a Budget

As Halloween draws near, it’s time for us to revisit the common pain points around the season: overpriced costumes, expensive decor, and most importantly, the logistics of perfecting the optimal Halloween candy route. This holiday is the perfect excuse to go wild with spooky decorations and silly centerpieces that will wow your attendees.

Whether you’re entertaining adult guests, throwing a Halloween Eve celebration for kids, or simply putting on a festive dinner party, Wally’s Party Factory supplies can help you style a fun, spirited table for any occasion. Today we’ll talk about creating an aesthetically pleasing, easily-recreatable Halloween table setting that won’t break the bank.

Step 1: Choose your decor style and colors

For parties and other similar events, stick with colors that are closely associated with the season: black, green, orange, purple, and white. Determine what specific decor style you want to pursue, whether its gruesome and gory or sparkly and whimsical. Whatever your personal design preferences may be, stick with similar decor styles to avoid overwhelming the space and create a seamless, visually-stunning presentation.

Step 2: Select a table cover

You set the tone for the rest of your setting and decor through your selection of a table cover. If you’re looking for a more mature, sophisticated look, we’d recommend something minimalist and neutral, like a black, white, or grey table covering. For our table today, we want to create a more lively, festive atmosphere, so we’ve chosen this clear table cover that’s decorated with black spiderwebs. You can find it here for only $2.97.

If you’d like to up your background decor game even more, we’d suggest layering a matching table runner with similar color and styles that match your original covering. Play around with fabrics, textures, lengths, and sizes. We’ve chosen this black spiderweb table runner, which can be purchased for $10.97.

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Step 3: Position your centerpiece(s)

Centerpieces are often considered the most attention-getting and visible feature of a table setting. Although you’d normally seek out practical items that successfully reflect the tone of your setting, Halloween is a great time to get outside your decoration comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to experiment with several different pieces and their positions to establish what looks best for your specific table and environment. You can add height and dimension to your tablescape by exploring different combinations of centerpieces, accent items, and candleholders.

Utilizing several long, flat platters or even stacking and layering platters of various sizes can help you achieve this. For our current table setting, we propose situating three platters vertically along the length of your table runner. For a fun, spooky look, place a long, skeleton hands platter ($1.99) and our “Wicked” round platter ($2.49) vertically on each side of this decorative skull plate ($7.99).

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Step 4: Finalize place settings

Place settings directly influence the way your guests interact with your tablescape. You can control the formality and feel of any occasion by creating place settings that reflect your intentions for mood and spirit. Enhance your table by selecting plates, napkins and cutlery that set the tone for the interactions that will take place at your event. (more…)

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Last Minute Valentine’s Boxes To Do the Night Before the Classroom Party

What happens when you come up with a brilliant idea for a blog for Last Minute Valentine’s Boxes To Do the Night Before the Classroom Party, but you don’t have the time to execute it? You call on your coworkers and cross your fingers! I have to say the results are pretty amazing.

Do You Want to Build a Snowman: Frozen Last Minute Valentine's Boxes To Do the Night Before the Classroom PartyDo You Wanna Build A Snowman

Items Used: Frozen wrapping paper, toilet paper rolls, pink paper plates, 3 sizes of boxes, cotton balls, and various embellishments

One of the best ideas for a Valentine’s Box is to pick your child’s favorite movie or television show. Your kiddo will be more inclined to help, and is sure to appreciate your hard work at the end of the night. Wally’s Hint: Use photographs of you and your child to place on the characters to make it more personal.

 

 

 

 

Tissue Flowers and Melted Crayon Hearts Last Minute Valentine's Boxes To Do the Night Before the Classroom PartyMade From the Heart

Items Used: square box, pink and red tissue paper, crayons, wax paper, fishing line, and battery-operated votive candles

If you happen to be more of a Pinterest-y type of parent, why not combine several handmade projects into one fabulous box! Melted crayon wax paper hearts suspended by fishing line make up the sides of this square box. Topped off with tissue flowers and a flickering flameless candle inserted into the middle, this made from the heart box is sure to be envied. Wally’s Hint: You can find a helpful melted crayon in wax paper tutorial here: http://www.marthastewart.com/272535/crayon-hearts.

 

 

 

 

Love Me Tender Guitar Last Minute Valentine's Boxes To Do the Night Before the Classroom PartyLove Me Tender, Love Me Shoe

Items Used: shoe box, straws, patterned scrap paper, duct tape, yarn, and stickers

This Valentine’s box will have you all shook up. Making a Valentine’s Box that includes your child’s favorite hobby is always a fun project, and in this case it’s also very cute! Wally’s Hint: If you want to go a step further, try making the instrument playable!

 

 

 

 

 

A little Monster for the Little Monster Last Minute Valentine's Boxes To Do the Night Before the Classroom Party A Little Monster for the Little Monster

Items Used: square box, green construction paper, eyeball head bopper, clear glitter paint

Ahhhhhhhh… This monster will gobble up all the Valentine’s Day cards! There are so many styles and colors of monsters, you can’t go wrong! Wally’s Hint: Have your child draw a monster and then make the box based upon his or her drawing.

 

 

 

 

 

TOUCHDOWN: Score Big with this Fan Favorite Last Minute Valentine's Boxes To Do the Night Before the Classroom PartyTOUCHDOWN:

Items Used: rectangular box, green mylar balloons, white paint marker, and craft foam

Have offspring that love to sport? Whether they love to play or can’t wait to watch their favorite sport, you will score major points with a sports themed Valentine’s Box. Wally’s Hint: You can also use metallic table covers or recycle mylar balloons to get this metallic effect!

 

 

 

 

 

There's Always One: The Procrastinator's Last Minute Valentine's Boxes To Do the Night Before the Classroom PartyThere is always that one…

Items Used: envelope box

There is always that one…

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many ideas for Valentine’s Boxes, the hardest part is picking a theme. Be sure to include your child in the process because ultimately it is what he or she thinks of the box that really matters. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Wally’s Valentine’s Day Things I Love

Looking for a fun activity for your classroom or to do with the kids at home for Valentine’s Day? Wally’s Valentine’s Day Things I Love Children’s Free Printable Activity Sheet is the perfect activity for this special holiday.

Give each kiddo a Valentine’s pen necklace or Heart Pencil to fill in what they love most. Wally’s Hint for Teachers: Make this free activity a part of the classroom celebration. You can also send a sheet home with each student to complete with his or her parents.

Looking for a fun activity for your classroom or to do with the kids at home for Valentine's Day? Wally's Valentine's Day Things I Love Children's Free Printable Activity Sheet

To keep the fun going, offer heart stickers and stampers as a way to decorate the sheet. Display on the bulletin board or on the refrigerator for everyone to enjoy.

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New Year’s Drinks Never Tasted So Sweet!

Tickle your nose as you toast a New Year with Champagne filled glasses loaded with cotton candy, rock candy, and Pop Rocks at your New Year’s Eve party! Wake up the next morning to a morning after drink that will surely put you back on your feet. Each drink packs a sweet, fizzy delight for everyone (of legal age) to enjoy! New Year’s drinks never tasted so sweet!

Cotton Candy Champagne Drink

Ingredients

Strawberry Cotton Candy
330 mL Perrier
Champagne Glasses

Directions

Fill a highball glass with cotton candy and pour Perrier into the glass.
Cotton candy will start to disappear, sweetening Perrier and turning it pink.

Tip: For fun, use different flavors and colors of cotton candy and serve at your next party.

http://princesspinkygirl.com/new-years-eve-drinks/2/

 

Rock Candy Champagne

Ingredients

Bottle of Champagne
Rock Candy
Champagne Glasses

Directions

Pour the Champagne into a Champagne glass and add your favorite flavor of rock candy.

Image from: http://www.hwtm.com/index.cfm?page=albums/view_album&albumid=7696&photoid=93452

 

 

 


Butterbeer Jelly Shots

Ingredients

1 cup Crème Soda
2 envelopes plain gelatin
1/3 cup Vanilla Vodka
2/3 cup Butterscotch Schnapps
Colored large crystal sugar, for garnish, if desired
Serving platter

 

 

Directions

Pour soda into a medium saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Allow to soak for a minute or two.
Heat over low, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat.
Stir in the vodka and schnapps
Pour into standard loaf pan (non-reactive metal or glass, approx. 9×5). Refrigerate until fully set (about 3 hours).
To serve, cut into desired shapes.
Immediately before serving, dip in colored crystal sugar, for garnish, if desired. Try using Pop Rocks for your crystal sugar garnish.

http://princesspinkygirl.com/new-years-eve-drinks/2/

 

The Morning After

Ingredients

2oz Rum
.5oz fresh lime juice
.5oz maple syrup
Angostura Bitters foam
Cups

Directions

Shake all ingredients and strain into a rock glass without ice. Top with Angostura Aromatic Bitters foam and add a light dusting of cayenne pepper.

http://princesspinkygirl.com/new-years-eve-drinks/2/

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‘Twas the Day Before the Christmas Party…

We are sharing a Wally’s Classic – ‘Twas the Day Before the Christmas Party

The Day Before the Christmas Party

‘Twas the day before the Christmas party, when all through the house
Not a person was decorating, not even a mouse.
The stockings were missing and the chimney was bare,
Everyone hoped that Wally would soon be there.
The kids were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Christmas party decorations danced in their heads.
Mamma in her ‘kerchief and papa in his cap,
Had just settled in for a long winter’s nap.
When out by the dog house they heard such a clatter,
They sprang from their beds to see what was the matter.
Away to the window they ran like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow,
Gave the luster of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a bulldog and his team with their decorating gear.
With a big canine grin, so cute and jolly
They knew in a moment it had to be Wally.
More rapid than eagles his greetings came
And he barked and listed his decorations by name.
“A red foil centerpiece, shaped like a Santa hat,
To put in the middle of the table or at each placemat.
Red and Green paper lanterns to hang where you please
And Gingerbread garland that makes decorating a breeze.”
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney Wally came with a bound.
A bundle of decorations he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And decked the halls, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his paw aside of his nose, and giving a nod,
Up the chimney he rose!
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Decorating to all, and to all a good-night!”

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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