*photo of the girls being goofy:
I decided that instead of gambling on the weather and scheduling too many outdoor activities, that we'd keep indoors and do crafts instead. 8 year old girls LOVE crafts, y'all.
*Photo of the girls doing crafts:
We decided to do two crafts. The first was to make rock buddies.
*photo of supplies:
We grabbed a bunch of rocks from our
*photos of the pet rocks:
These were Bumblebee's rocks. A ladybug and a bumblebee - appropriate, no? I hot glued the smaller rock to the larger rock:
Our second craft was to decorate wooden photo frames. I took a picture of the girls when they first got there, and printed off eleven copies of the photo. These are the supplies we used:
*photo of the supplies:
The wooden frames are available at Michael's for $1.00. We also used foam brushes, acrylic paint, feathers, sequins, markers, stickers, and glue.
The girls painted the frame whatever color they wanted:
*photo of a partygoer painting a frame:
Then they added whatever embellishments they wanted to the frame. I set out the frames to dry, and once they were, I added the photos to the frame:
*photo of the frame with the photo in it:
Super easy, and they get to bring home a fun keepsake of the party. In addition to their pet rocks and the photo frames, I sent home a fun little project for them to do at home.
*photo of play-doh kit:
In their goody bags, I put these homemade play-doh kits. I found the recipe on Pinterest (which is my new addiction). It's super easy, you just put together some salt, flour, and kool-aid mix. Then you put them in a cute bag, tie them up, and write out the recipe. All the girls' folks have to do at home is mix the ingredients with a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil, and voila! they have homemade play-doh.
The girls spent at least half of their time making these crafts, and then they roasted some hot dogs (or 'weenies' as Bumblebee likes to call them):
*photo of the girls roasting hot dogs over a fire in the back yard:
Bumblebee really wanted to have time to watch the movie Soul Surfer, and they gave it a try:
*photo of the girls watching a movie:
See how calm they are? Yeah, that lasted maybe five minutes, but there wasn't time to watch the whole movie. Before long, they were off to eat some of these:
*photo of cupcakes:
As they sang Happy Birthday to Bumblebee, she belted out, "And many more...":
*photo of Bumblebee singing:
Here's to many more fun birthday parties. This one was a success. As the girls were doing their crafts, one of them said, "best birthday party ever!" and it made me smile. You can't beat that for praise, can you?