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Paper Bag Game

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Fun Party Game For Groups! This game is a fantastic group game to throw in the mix of any party! The paper bag challenge is a great group game for all your parties and it's also great for all ages. Laugh and have some light-hearted fun with this elimination style party game!

More fun games for groups...

Cracker Wacker Game

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This game is such a blast!  It is great to play with large groups.

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All you do is tie the crackers present style with yarn or string. Do this part before the party. Leave a few feet of string so you can tie it around the participants waist.  

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Then you tie the string around the waist and dangle the cracker to about the middle of the hamstrings of the person playing. Then give all participants a roll of newspaper and some boundaries that they have to stay inside of to play the game. The object of the game is to hit all the crackers off the other players strings and to be the last one left inside the playing area with a cracker. If yours gets knocked off you are out of the game! Its wild and ferocious and lots of fun! 

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Video: Annie Idi Over Game

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This is hands down my favorite game that I played as a kid. Our family recently played it and I am still head over hills for it. It's great for all ages. All you need is the right house, people and a ball!

Awesome Yard Game: Kubb

Our family loves yard games! Seriously we own about every lawn and catch & release game you can think of. We love ladder golf, bocce ball, badminton, croquet and the like! This one, Kubb, is going down in the books as an top favorite. It was a hit and all ages and activity levels can play.

The object is to take out the king in the middle, but you can't do that until you knock down all the kubbs on the opposite side. As the game goes on they move and switch sides for various reasons. It's pretty fantastic. 

We had a little debate on how to say the name. Is it cube, cub, cubee? We don't know but we love it! Think horshoes in the level of activity but there is more involved with strategy and a larger playing area plus you can play with 2-6 players. We actually had 9 so we made 3 teams of three and rotated through while the off team sat on the side lines and cheered. Seriously it is a great find! Plus it would make a great gift if you are looking for one!

 

You can get it at Amazon, surprise! Here is the link wink

Simple Summer Games

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Summer is so much fun!  But lets be honest, part of it is intervening before kids take the "messing" with each other too far! I find that if my kids have something fun going on then it shifts their energy from messing with each other to playing with each other. 

Here is a list of some super simple games that kids can play with just a beach ball, or two, and some things you probably have at home. 

Count the bumps. 

Divide into two teams. Stand in a circle and see which team can get the most bounces without letting the ball drop. You can also do this one holding hands in a circle only using feet and having to restart if the ball drops or if you have to break a hand hold.

Play beach ball soccer.

Place two laundry baskets at the ends of the field for goals. Play with one ball and pass it to each other while keeping it off the ground. No running while holding the ball, only passing, bumping the ball the way you would in volleyball. If it hits the ground it defaults to the other team. A goal is made when the beach ball lands in the laundry basket. 

Steal the beach ball.

Divide into two teams. Each person on each team gets a number, starting both teams with the number one. Place the beach ball in the middle with each team lined up behind their boundary line. As soon as their number is called they run to the middle to grab the beach ball. There should be one runner from each team. They can score a point in 3 ways. #1 - If a runner grabs the ball and makes it across their boundary line without being tagged. #2 - If a runner tags the person with the ball before they make it back to their boundary line. #3 - One point to the opposing team if a person drops the ball before they make it back to their boundary line. 

Play beach ball volleyball.

Set up a net and get some towels. If you don't have a net you can just use a rope. Divide into two teams. Have everyone on each team get into two's and give them a towel. With the towel they catch and return the ball over the net. Score like volleyball.

Keep it simple with things you can do to make your house fun where kids are focused on playing! Happy Summer!

Video: Flour Ball!

This is our 7th annual flour ball fight!! It is such a ball! The kids look forward to it every year. We all go and get floured and have a complete blast!

We play capture the flag with the flour balls... let me explain. Two teams, two flags, a middle dividing line and boundary lines around the outside of the playing area. We make these lines with cones. The flags are placed behind the opposing sides back line, in the middle. The object of the game is to obtain the flag on the opposing side and get it back to your side, then your team wins. The only thing is... you guessed it... the flour balls get in the way! 

So the flour balls work like this. They all start out on the middle line. All the people start on their back line. When the whistle blows everyone runs to the middle line and grabs as many four balls as they can put into their hands! It is nerve-racking because if someone throws a flour ball at you then there are consequences. First thing is, if you catch it, the person that threw it goes to jail. We'll talk about jail in a minute. If the flour ball hits you and you are standing on your own side then you have to freeze for 10 seconds, AND you have to count out loud - and I mean loud - this helps keep people accountable. If you are standing on the opposing side and you are hit with a flour ball, you go to jail.

There are two jails. One on each side, opposing corners, beginning on the back line.  I say beginning because if the prisoners are holding hands and one person has their foot on the back line then the line can stretch toward the middle to make the prisoners more accessible to be tagged by their teammates and obtain a free walk back to freedom on their own side.

A couple notes about jail. If a person on the opposing team crosses the back line of the opposing team they can free a prisoner and they both have a free walk back. They must do this with clear intent so it is not a good ending to a failed attempt at capturing the flag. In other words they can't be going for the flag, get tagged and say... well I was only going to free a prisoner. Make sense?  Also it is a good idea for the first person in the jail to be the one that extends to middle. As prisoners are added to the jail they add on at the back line so they can keep track of who is free next and one person doesn't end up stuck in jail the whole game.

When you place the flags behind the back line it is a good idea to place cones in a 7 yard square around the flag that only the opposing team can enter. This prevents puppy guarding, or standing over the flag making it very hard for the opposing team to get their hands on the flag.

If a person crosses the back line, picks up the flag and in the process of running back to their side they get hit with a four ball then they drop the flag where they were hit and head to jail. The flag stays where it was dropped, probably closer to the middle line, making it easier for the other side to get the flag.

When the flag finally crosses the middle line, that team wins. We then reset and play over and over!

Just a couple of tips that we incorporate as rules. If anyone is hit in the face with a flour ball the person that threw the ball goes to jail. We also always request those that are strong to refrain! Reminding all that this is a family/friendly game is a good way to start off when explaining the rules. 

On the invite to the event we request that guests bring 8 to 10 flour balls per person. This makes this event very easy to pull off.  

How to make flour balls

This recipe is for 50 flour balls, adjust it according to your needs. Gather

  • 9 packages knee high stockings / nylons
  • 20 lbs flour
  • Scissors 
  • 1 cup measuring cup
  • a cookie sheet
  • box or bucket for completed four balls

I buy the knee high stockings from Walmart -- they are about 30 cents each. One package makes 6 flour balls.

Assemble outside for a no mess method. You will need at least two people. One person to stretch and the other to fill. The more participants the better, it adds to the fun of the event!

Place the cookie sheet beneath you. Stretch the nylon and fill with 1.5 cups flour.

Then tie two knots. This allows you to cut in between them.

You are ready to fill the next flour ball. Stretch and fill and tie twice again. Then one more time stretch and fill and tie the end. You end up with three flour balls. Cut in-between each ball.

Repeat until you end up with this goodness!  Ready for fun!

Celebrating Life

There is an interesting relationship between celebrating life and having something in life to celebrate. It's kind of like the, '"You find what you are looking for" phrase. When we look to celebrate our life we remember to honor the things in our life that are deserving of being celebrated. When we do this, it plants seeds of desire to have things in our life worthy of celebrating. Looking for good in our life is contagious and when we see a little it invites us to start seeing more.  We automatically find gratitude for the things worthy of celebrating and open space for more things that fit into the "worthy of being celebrated" side of life.

By choosing to celebrate our lives we see the things, and the moments, and the people we love. By seeing them and recognizing this we automatically have a desire create more of it, to live more passionately. 

Thomas Monson said, "You don't find a happy life, you make it."

My echo; You don't find a life worth celebrating you choose to celebrate the life you have. Choose to celebrate. Choose to put forth a tiny bit of effort to celebrate accomplishments and the people and the beauty in your life!

Here's to creating and recognizing life with many areas worthy of celebrating. CHEERS! 

 

Teenage Boy Party

This party was a hit and it was pretty simple to pull off!  Boys don't really care about lots of time consuming extras.  As long as you make sure there is something that is engaging and that there is food I think almost any party them for boys could be a blast.

So in a nutshell we played night games and had a waffle bar, here are the details...

FUGITIVE

The first game we played after everyone arrived is called FUGITIVE. I have also heard it called 007.  The players map out a starting and ending point with about a mile in-between.  Ours started at a school and went to a church.  We all gathered at the school and then the cars left.  Our job, the cars, was to drive to the church and on the way back try to find the boys.  The boys try to make it to the church without being caught by the people in the vehicles.  If they get caught they pile in the vehicle and help to find the other boys.  

This game is a lot of sneaking, ducking, running, hiding... all things boys love to do!  Please be safe while playing!  I seriously recommend only allowing adults to drive while playing and to use caution.  Also don't be afraid to set some rules like to be respectful and no going in backyards.  We played twice, the boys loved it. Then we headed back home to our backyard.

Add any lights, or glow in the dark items you can find!  I forgot to grab a picture but I set out a clear water dispenser and added these glow in the dark ice cubes and set them to the strobe setting.  That was pretty cool and we had this speaker that was perfect for the music and party lights. We actually bought the speaker last year at Christmas time and have used it a ton! It is loads of fun.

The waffle bar was also very simple and a total hit.  I prepped the batter and toppings before the party.  I borrowed a bunch of waffle irons so I would have enough to crank out the waffles for lots of boys.  THE only thing I wish i knew before this party was to distribute the power load.  We had lights and the strip for the waffle irons plugged into the same outlet.  I thought it was Christmas vacation.  We tripped the breaker. Then I moved the the extension chord for just the waffle irons into the kitchen and we tripped the breaker again!  So, lesson learned.  Plug them in two's into separate outlets. 

For the waffle toppings I cut strawberries and set out chocolate chips, peanut butter chips and whip cream.  I also put out butter and syrup.  AND if you have never tried Trader Joes cookie butter drizzled over waffles, you are missing out and should give it a go!  With strawberries and whip cream.

Then we played a really great game that Coach Jake came up with.  We dangled $1 bills from the upper 90 corners of two soccer nets and the boys lined up!  Anyone that hit the $ was handed a fresh crisp dollar bill.  The boys - all of them - not just the soccer kids - loved it.  Its funny how much they wanted to hit it! We did like 15 $1 bills and when they ran out they ran out, but it lasted quite a while with the boys having plenty of chances. That added such a fun element to the party.  

Wishing you the best in planning your upcoming event! Remember, especially with teen boys, keep it simple!    

Live Pinterest Party!

OH this is one of my favorites!  This is a party where women gather to share the best of what is currently working for them and there is just something to be said about women gathering to share all that good at one time!  Here are the instructions that I put on the invitation. 

HI Friends!!!!  Who is ready for a live pinterest party?!?!?
This is a party where we all bring our favorites and share them with each other.  Bring anything that you love or that has made your life easier and show us, tell us, or bring a copy! 
Some ideas are products, books, movies, recipes, family night lessons, things you have done with your family/kids. You get the idea!
If one of your favorites is a snack feel free to bring it but no need if it isn't, I am sure I will come up with a yummy drink!  Maybe we will have carmel apple sangrias again?? 

 I have used evite for party invitations because you can email it out, its cute and it keeps track of the RSVP list for you.  I will say, this last time we did have two errors in the email not being delivered, that I know of.  So, just a heads up on that one.  I have also used RED STAMP for invites.  It is an ap you can download and make super darling invitations that you can text out but it doesnt keep track of RSVPS for you.

So this has always been a favorite topic of mine.  Asking people their current favorites.  It is fun conversation but it is so fun when your friends can bring and show you, like show and tell style, their favorites.  When you do this party often, say once a year it is so fun to see it build and to see your friends looking forward to it!  It is great to see new things people share. You might think, well, we have already shared our best, but each year but time goes by things change and new things come your way that are so fantastic that it is hard not to share.  And it is almost inevitable that after the party you head home and think, "oh man I should have shared ______!"  Because once we really think about the things that we love, that we think every girl should know about, many more fall in our lap. So finding solutions and helps and luxuries in life are fantastic but the being with girls is something that is priceless. Seriously, isn't it? 

For real, isn't being with girlfriends one of the most enriching parts of life?? AND when you provide a platform for everyone to share their recent finds it is so fulfilling. You learn so much about them and so many great tips for your life. See, even though the other areas or relationships in life like spouses or kids are incredibly precious and fulfilling their is nothing like another girl, nothing like another woman, that perhaps understands something so intimately what would help you.  Promise, your kids and your spouse really don't care about that eye cream, or have that "mom" perspective to share that gets you through another phase with your kids. 

It's funny too, at these parties to hear gals talk. Sometimes when someone is sharing, you know immediately when they share that it is something that you might want to try and other times, maybe what someone is sharing might not speak to you but someone else in the room is loving and needing what is being shared. Plus there is just nothing like supporting each other as we weave out way through this life. Seriously one of my favorite quotes is, "women need women and men need women." This is crazy true! Women absolutely thrive in environments where they can love and help and laugh with each other.  And there is such a charge that happens that gives us more energies to put more into being a great mom and spouse when we fill our cup.

So there are a few simple tricks to throwing this party.  I think number one is always serve a fantastic drink.  I have done virgin Mint Mojitos, Mint Juleps, Hot water with a selection of mix in's, Italian Sodas.  This time I did Carmel Apple Sangrias. 

The drink gives ladies some time to chat, with music in the background, when they arrive and to meet the guests they don't know.  It is also good to not have the drink ready when everybody gets there, on purpose!  This allows guests to lend a hand and help with the drink.

 After we mingle for a bit we sit in a huge circle and share.  Another great tip for this party is to go around the circle once with everyone sharing the #1 thing that they brought.  Typically people bring 5-7 items to share and that takes some time, some really awesome time!  But occasionally guests might have to leave early and don't get a chance to hear from everyone, so I think it is good to do a #1 can't miss share and then to continue with the book report! 

Below is a list of most of the things my friends shared at the party. (Some shares are better kept for when there are for sure only girls around!)

Also on the list are a few great mom tools.  One Mom shared that she gave her daughter a coupon book for her birthday and when it was reversed, (because usually they are the ones giving us coupon books) her daughter was so excited to use the coupons!  

Another great share was a couple moms had some ideas on resolving conflicts with kids.  One of them has her kids fill out this SODA CHART and another has her kids write her a letter where they include the details of what happened, your part in the conflict, how you felt about it and is there anything you need to say sorry for.  I have already used this twice since the party just in conversation but so effective!  Also one mom shared a chore chart idea. I talked about an idea called FREE TIME, which I will post about soon.  The great thing about this idea is that it came from a friend in Vegas that decided to throw a Live Pinterest Party and another friend Kass shared it there.  Great how good things spread!

We had someone rave about a fitness program from this cute CHICK.

Also a couple recipes were shared. THESE were from Natalie and this ONE from Caroll. Her hint was to crush and use sugar cubes instead of the expensive pearl sugar.  

And one ap was shared LDS Daily Verse. It looks like this   

Seriously I wish you could hear them all talk about why they like these things. It is such a blast.  Over the years I have had so many great finds through this fun party and it is such an incredible way to get women together and to relate to each other.