Gluten FreeValentine's party for kids!
This party was so simple! We invited a handful of her little friends and I used things I already had around the house so it cost me...$0! And the kids had so much fun. February isn't usually very warm, but it felt like May! So we took the party outside. (Flowers and balloons provided by grandma!)
Gluten Free Party Munchies:
I made the Thumbprint cookies earlier in the week and put them in the freezer for safe keeping and to keep little hands from grabbing them before party time. Just thaw at room temperature a couple hours before you want them.
I was fresh out of zucchini but I had a couple apples that I shredded to take the place of the zucchini. Worked just fine! I didn't even bother buying any Valentine muffin liners and just used left over candy cane designed ones from Christmas. Cause seriously, only Martha Stewart would notice!
We started off by snacking on the muffins and cookies while the girls decorated these super simple and cute foam paper heart wands (pictured above). I had found the foam paper that came with cutout stickers at Wal-mart a couple years ago for Allie's birthday. There was plenty left over so I finished them off and stuck a skewer through it to make a wand. You may want to clip the end of the skewer so no one impels themselves or use large popsicle sticks.
- colored foam paper
- foam stickers
- skewers or large Popsicle sticks
- tape or glue (opt.)
XOXO Tic Tac Toe:
This game was supposed to be "cupid bulls-eye" where they take turns shooting a toy bow and arrow at a heart shaped target. Unfortunately, by the time we got to party time the bow and arrow were no where to be found. So I quickly improvised (as you can tell by my fabulously crooked x's and o's). I used some extra foam paper and cut out some x's and o's for a large scale version of tic tac toe. Cause you know...hugs and kisses...xoxo...I had to explain it to the 4 and 5 year old's. But they had fun with it.
Hug, Hug, KISS!
Okay, this was a simple one that the girls absolutely LOVED! It's duck, duck, goose with a Valentine's twist. Hug, hug, KISS! The one that was it got to wear the cupid wings. After a couple rounds they ditched the wings...of course they also ditched most of the rules and ended up chasing each other all over the yard too.
"Love You Beary Much" Beanbag Toss: (or sock toss...whatever)
This adorable little bear is my oldest daughter Allie's Valentine's box for her class party. Since Allie is exceptionally punctual and wonderful about getting projects done ahead of time we had it finished the day before. (Of course her brother isn't like that so I still had the late-night-valentine-box-scramble fun with him). Anyway, since her party wasn't until tomorrow this bear pulled double duty and became a beanbag toss game!
I had planned on making some easy heart shaped felt beanbags, but apparently I'm not as wonderfully punctual and didn't get them done. So instead I grabbed 3 pairs of rolled up socks! The girls got to be pretty good aims and most of them could get 2 out of 3 by the time we wrapped things up.
We ended the party by trading some dollar store Valentine's cards and thanked everyone for coming. Success!
Happy Valentine's Day!