To incorporate the love of the beach and dancing Leah and I decided to have a hula party at the beach for her 7th birthday. The party started when all the girls arrived and picked a hula skirt to wear. Leah picked the fabric from my many years of collecting Hawaiian fabric. The flowers on the goodie bags were tissue flowers made to look like an Hibiscus Flower with a Cotton swab dipped in Mod Podge dried then pained yellow.
While we waited for the rest of the girls to arrive we did the limbo. The girls really got into it. It was fun to watch them try to get as low as possible.
My friend then taught the girls an traditional Hawaiian hula and then taught them a Tahitian dance. The girls caught on really easy and then took turns showing each other there moves. After dancing in the hot sun the girls decide to take a dip in the ocean.
When the girls finished there swim it was time to make carnation leis. Each girl picked 12 flowers and then started making them. The leis turned out beautiful and the girls looked happy to be wearing something they made.
We finished the party by singing happy birthday and opening presents. The girls then ate some snacks as they waited for there parents to come. The snacks included marshmallows dipped in chocolate, fruit skewers, cut up watermelon, Goldfish crackers, and homemade chicken nuggets.
Leah's party didn't end at the beach. When we arrived home her cousins where there and we had a dinner party for her. To continue the Hawaiian theme we had turkey meatballs with soyaki sauce from Trader Joes. Yum!! Then had ice cream cake after the kids all took baths and put P.J.'s on. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEAH!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
To celebrate my Mom's 60th we decided to get the family together for a yummy Italian food and lots of love. My mother has done so much for everyone she knows we knew we needed to so her some love back. We started the evening at her favorite restaurant in Tustin, CA Roma D'Italia. The restaurant was very accommodating and gave us a nice corner in the back of the restaurant. Perfect for the table of grand kids. Each place setting had a bag of Whopper malt balls wrapped in red ribbon and a sunflower on top (my mom's favorite candy). On the kids table I found round up lollipops in red and pink. Coloring pages and crayons help also in keeping the wee ones occupied.
The center pieces had a birthday quote in it to celebrate birthdays and getting older. To finish the table off there were frames from Ikea spray painted red to match and pictures of my mom in them of thought out the years of her life.
The night went perfectly we had a great dinner and then had homemade lemon cake (another of my moms favorite).
Thanks mom for letting us celebrate you!