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Recipes for Fun - Kids Slime, Gloop, Goop & Glurch!

Recipes for Fun - Kids Slime, Gloop, Goop & Glurch!

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Squish, Squeeze and Squeal!

What kid doesn't like something icky, sticky and goopy that they can squish between their fingers? Below you'll find recipes just for kids! A great rainy day project that will keep them busy. Keep the ingredients in a kids activity basket that you can pull out when you're looking for something new to do.

Side note: I halved each of the recipes below, and it made plenty for my 2 boys to smush. Food coloring can be added to the recipes for some colorful fun! Just a few drops needed.

Recipes for Fun - Kids Slime, Gloop, Goop & Glurch!

Gloop (Noise Putty) Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz bottle of glue
  • 8 oz water
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp borax powder

Directions:

  1. Pour 8 oz bottle of glue into bowl. Fill empty bottle with water and add to the glue - stir constantly. If you want to add a color, add a few drops of food coloring to this part of the mixture.
  2. In another bowl, stir together 1 cup of water and 1 1/2 tsp of borax powder until dissolved.
  3. Mix the 2 bowls together - Instantly they will become slime! Working it with your hands to make it a little more stiff.
  4. To make this "noise" putty put in a small container, then stick your fingers through the putty, it makes some "interesting" noises!
  5. Keep in a covered container in the refrigerator.

What Does Noise Putty Sound Like?

My kids think this stuff is hilarious. Okay, it makes me giggle too.

Glurch (Silly Putty) Recipe

Glurch (Silly Putty) Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups white glue
  • 1 cup liquid starch

Directions:

  1. Mix together with hands. Keep kneading until it forms a silly putty ball. Will take a few minutes of kneading before the wetness goes away.
  2. If it is wet and starch is not bonding, add more glue. If it is sticky, add more starch. Keep kneading until it forms a silly putty ball.
  3. Store in an air tight container in refrigerator.

Homemade silly putty makes a great birthday party favor and activity! Help kids make their own batch then send it home in a fun favor container.

Goop Recipe

Goop Recipe

This project isn't one to keep, and is pretty messy! But it feels really cool.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups water

Directions:

  1. Mix dry ingredients and add water a little at a time. (This is important, as you may not need all of the water.) Mixture should be scoopable with hands - not too runny.
  2. When a lump is squeezed; it melts, then becomes more solid again.

*Note - Although this picture shows food coloring added, it stained our hands, so I would recommend leaving the food coloring out of this recipe.

Over the Hill Party Game Ideas

Over the Hill Party Game Ideas

Over the Hill Party Game Ideas

Lordy, Lordy - Look Who's 40

When a friend or family member reaches a milestone birthday such as 40, 50 or 60, you can throw them an Over the Hill party and even send them an Over the Hill cookie gift.

There are so many different ideas for celebrating their big day in a fun way. Suggesting that they're getting old can be done in a lighthearted way that pokes fun at the guest of honor.

You always want to make sure you've got a receptive guest of honor who won't take offense. Once you're sure you've got a receptive audience, here are some games you can play to add to the levity.

Photo courtesy of Basykes on Flickr

Dinosaur Trivia

Dust Off the Memories

Play a game of trivia where contestants have to guess which "dinosaur" or outdated thing is written on a card. Ideas to include are the Edsel, the rotary telephone, a typewriter, corded telephones, remote controls with a cord, Atari video games, leg warmers, discos, etc.

A good resource for these items is online. You can print off the image itself, or simply the text of what the item is. You can have children guess what the item was or may have been used for as well, this makes for a good laugh.

Over the Hill Party Game Ideas

Walker or Wheelchair Races

Race to the Finish

Bring in some spare walkers or wheelchairs and set up good-natured races. Create an obstacle course using fun objects and give out prizes for the fastest. smoothest walker or wheeler.

Image by KevinDooley on Flickr

Hold a contest for who can decorate their walkers most creatively or for the contestant who can demonstrate the best walker shuffle.

Don't forget to have birthday cookie gifts on hand to give to the winners.

Dizzy Walker Races - Take Walker Racing to Another Level

Memory

Or Lack Thereof

Poke fun at memory loss by having participants remember and recite strings of numbers, phrases or other challenging things. Everyone will be entertained as contestants display their own lack short memories.

Have them count backwards from 1,000 or ask them to recite as many US Presidents as they can. Put your own creative twist on this game if you think something may be more appropriate or humorous for your crowd.

Retro Dance Party

Over the Hill Party Game Ideas

Bringin' Down the House

Bring in a disco ball and some retro clothing and objects such as a record player and leisure suit. Hold a dance contest with CDs or records of old favorites.

Photo courtesy of Jvandoor on Flickr

See who can remember how to do the Hustle or the Mashed Potato. You'll be completely entertained breaking out these hilarious dance moves from years back!

Old School Showdown - Let the Games Begin

Bring in games like shuffleboard, chess or checkers, golf or bocce ball. Really any game that's associated with older folks. Have guests compete against each other for hilarious results.

The Five Senses

Over the Hill Party Game Ideas

When Senses Fail

Mock the fact that the senses dim as people age. Have an eye chart and give eye tests. Bring in salty, sweet and sour foods and blindfold the guests while they taste and try to identify them. Have a box of objects and ask guests to identify them by feel only.

Image by Mwlguide on Flickr

Play unique sound effects and see if guests can hear them and identify them. Finally, offer different vials of scents and find out who can identify them. Make them funny or over the top so everyone gets a chuckle.

You could even work this eye test theme into your over the hill tableware. Look for plates or napkins for added humor.

Helpful Links - Planning an Over the Hill Party

  • Over the Hill Gag Gifts
    Buy festive over-the-hill gift baskets and milestone birthday gag gifts for 30th, 40th, 50th and 60th birthdays from AA Gifts & Baskets. Shop today!

Toys of Yesteryear

Do They Still Make That?

Bring out old games from the guest of honor's childhood. See if everyone is still as limber as they used to be by playing Twister or other childhood favorites. Have retro toys on had to add to the nostalgia. Bring out Lincoln Logs or Barbies, Slinky, Rubik's Cube or Fisher Price toys that everyone will fondly remember. You'll be surprised to see guests fighting over them.

Musical Wheelchairs or Recliners - Or Just Chairs, Your Choice

Put a twist on the classic game of Musical Chairs by playing it with wheelchairs or Lazy Boy recliners. Guests may have to run for their adult diapers from laughing too hard.

Another option? Poke fun at the sense of sight by playing Musical Chairs blindfolded! The guests will have a ball and the spectators won't be able to stop laughing. See the video below for a demonstration.

Musical Chairs - Blindfolded Style

It Happened One Year

Back in My Day...

Research the year of the birthday boy or girl's birth to find out what historical and memorable events happened that year. Turn it into a trivia game. Either ask questions and have guests come up with the event, or have guests try to think of events that would have happened that year. Events can range from wars, to historical moments, or maybe even a big family event that people there would remember.

Toast and Roast

A Little Bash Before You Crash

Over the Hill Party Game Ideas

Ask guests in their invitations to bring stories of the guest of honor. As dinner starts, ask each person to stand up and roast the birthday boy or girl by telling an embarrassing or funny tale involving them. Depending on the stories and the number of guests, you can fill an entire evening with just this activity.

Image by Happy Mermaid on Flickr

Of course you'll want to give out prizes for the winners of these games to thank them for being good sports. Great ideas for over the hill gag gifts include tubes of hemorrhoid cream, dentures, and corn removers, AARP magazines, senior citizen discount cards, t-shirts with witty age-related slogans and hearing aids.

Ladybug Themed Baby Shower Ideas

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Ladybug Themed Baby Shower

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Plan The Best Ladybug Themed Baby Shower!

Ladybug showers are popular when spring is beginning to emerge and for summer garden party showers when a little baby girl is on the way. In this post, I give some ideas and provide resources for making the entire event ladybug themed from the invites to the baby shower party favors. I also include some clever ideas for food and games to keep your guests entertained.

If you'd like to share any of your ideas for a ladybug baby shower, please leave tips and suggestions in the comments.

Ladybug Baby Shower Invites

Ladybug Baby Shower Invites

The baby shower invitations give your guests the first clue as to what the shower theme is for the upcoming event. When it comes to the invitations, you have several options:

1) Buy fully customized invites online that include all of the details printed on high quality card stock such as the ladybug invitations shown in the photo to the right. Keep in mind that this type of invitation can be expensive with invitations costing from $1 to $3 each.

2) Buy fill-in invitations where you write in the date, time, location, hostess name, RSVP and other shower details. These invitations are usually sold in sets and are a much more affordable option. However, keep in mind that if you are having a large shower, it will take a long time to hand-write all the details in each and every invite.

3) Create your own ladybug themed shower invitation either on your computer or by using craft supplies. You can create the invitation shown below by following the instructions from the Kids Birthday Party Guide website. Although the invite shown is for a birthday party, the concept can easily be adjusted for a baby shower.

For fully customized invitations, PrintsWell has a wide selection of fun ladybug themed invites.

Baby Shower Partyware

Baby Shower Partyware

When it comes to the partyware and decorations for a ladybug themed party, think black, white and red. Buy streamers and balloons with that color scheme. Place a solid red tablecloth on the table and then add black round dots crafted from construction paper or felt to the tablecloth to create a fun red background with black dots. If this is a spring or summer party, add some red gerbera daisies or geraniums in flower pots and add some plastic ladybugs from the party store to the tabletop as well.

To take it a step further, you can purchase ladybug themed baby shower tableware such as plates, napkins and beverage cups at many online companies and local party shops.

Finally, buy or make a ladybug themed diaper cake like the one shown above to double as both the decorative centerpiece during the shower and as the gift for Mom and baby.

Party Stuff on Amazon

 Ladybug Themed Baby Shower Ideas

Ladybug Themed Food Ideas

Ladybug Themed Food Ideas

Like the decorations, the food for a ladybug shower should center around the red and black color scheme. For punch, consider making your favorite red-colored punch recipe, buy some red Hi-C punch, or make red raspberry iced tea. Place the beverage in a punch bowl and float black plastic re-usable ice 'cubes' in the punch. You can find the re-usable ice cubes at party supply shops.

For food, try some of these red ideas:

  • Red jello salads
  • Chocolate-covered strawberries
  • Red fruit trays with strawberries, red-skin apples, raspberries, and watermelon along with cream cheese strawberry fruit dip
  • Veggie trays with sliced red peppers, black olives, radishes, and cherry tomatoes with dip
  • Mini pizzas with pepperoni and black olive toppings

TasteBook.com has a clever recipes for this theme. I found these fun ladybugs on a stick with instructions on how to make them here.

For desserts, check out the cake and cupcake ideas below or consider making M&M cookies except use only red M&M's and chocolate chips for the black dots.

Photo Credit: Flickr Glorious Treats

Ladybug Baby Shower Cakes

Ladybug Baby Shower Cakes
Images by Wilton.com

The round shape of a ladybug make it one of the easiest baby shower themes when it comes to creating a magnificent cake or plate of cupcakes. For cupcakes, it can be as simple as making a batch of cupcakes from store bought batter and tinting store bought frosting red. Frost the cupcakes, add some chocolate chips or junior mints as the dots and use some black licorice for the antennae.

The best online resource I've found is Wilton.com where you can find instructions and photos for 12 different ladybug themed desserts including cakes, cupcakes, cookies and candies. The photo above shows just a few of the Wilton designs.

Animated Ladybug Cake Video

Ladybug Dessert Supplies on Amazon

Ladybug Baby Shower Game Ideas

Ladybug Baby Shower Game Ideas

Incorporating the black and red color scheme or the ladybug theme into the baby shower game ideas is essential. Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing...

Guess How Many Game - Get a large clear jar or container and fill it with a mixture of red and black jelly beans (count them as you put them in). Have the guests guess how many ladybug beans are in the jar. The guests closest without going over the actual number wins the prize.

Printable Games - Printable games such as Bridal Shower Bingo are a great option for creating themed ideas for your baby shower. You can buy the 5 games shown in the photo at Simply Stuff.

Musical Dots - A twist on the musical chairs game. Make big red circles covered in black dots out of construction paper and lay them in a big circle on the floor. There should be one less dot than the number of guests. Once the music starts, guests go round and round until the music stops when they must sit on the closest dot. The guest without a dot is out of the game. Another dot is removed and the music starts again. The game goes on and on until just one player is left sitting on the last dot and they win the prize.

Pin the Ladybug on the Pot or Pin the Dot on the Ladybug - Either of these games are a twist on the classic childhood pin the tail on the donkey game. You will need to either make a large pot or large red ladybug out of construction paper or draw it on poster board and place it eye level on the wall. Then give each guest either a small paper ladybug or black dot and blindfold them. The player that pins the ladybug or the dot closest to the mark on the poster board wins the prize.

Ladybug Hunt - A twist on a classic Easter egg hunt. For this game, either buy some small plastic ladybugs or make your own out of rocks or red marbles painted with black dots and hide them around the room or house where the shower will be (don't forget the bathroom). When guests arrive at the party, show them a sample ladybug and tell them that whoever has found the most ladybugs by the end of the party wins a prize. It is great fun hiding the little buggers and seeing just how many get found!

Ladybug Baby Shower Favors

Ladybug Baby Shower Favors

Some easy DIY favor ideas include:

  1. Fill baby bottles with red and black jelly beans.
  2. Place red candles or ladybug shaped soaps inside cellophane bags and tie them with black ribbon.
  3. Buy ladybug favor bags or make your own by purchasing red favor bags and coloring little black dots on them. Fill them with foil-covered chocolate ladybugs, flower seed packets, and other fun little ladybug themed items that you find at your local party supply shop.

For any do-it-yourself favor, you can add a custom touch by purchasing personalized ladybug favor tags.

If you aren't the crafty type or are running short on time, another great option is to buy ladybug baby girl shower favors either online or at a local party supply shop. I found some adorable choices with personalization such as lip balm favors, hand cream and even travel candles. Just do a search at Google... you'll be amazed at all the fun stuff you can find to buy online and use for your favors!


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Lady Bug Themed Gift Ideas

There are so many cute ladybug themed gift ideas online!

All the shower guests will think you are oh-so-clever when you can actually theme your gift around the shower too! The gifts shown above are for older children and may be more appropriate for a kids birthday party. However a quick search on google yielded some other great ideas. In fact, I found an ENTIRE store dedicated to selling ladybug products called The Ladybug Shop. They have apparel, rattles, toys and blankets that are ladybug themed for baby.

Community Aid Elk River (CAER) Food Shelf

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How to Help Your Local Food Shelf

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CAER Food Shelf - Fighting Hunger in Minnesota

Community Aid Elk River (CAER) Food Shelf

Community Aid Elk River (CAER) is a community based, Christian, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide emergency food, clothing, furniture/household items, special assistance, and limited financial assistance to Sherburne County MN families and individuals in need.

In 1979, CAER was founded by the local ministerial association. Churches, schools, youth groups, civic organizations and businesses have joined hands in a wonderful community effort to help those in need.

Even if you don't live in Minnesota, this post still has a wealth of information regarding ways that you can help your own local food shelf in their mission to serve your community.

I hope that this post inspires all of us to help those neighbors that are going hungry in each of our communities... they could be neighbors, families your children are friends with, and fellow church-goers. Hunger does not discriminate in this economy. Like ALL food shelves around the country, CAER is experiencing an unprecedented number of people in need due to the economic downturn. The faces of hunger are you and me... many of us are just one illness, injury or job loss away from needing assistance. There is no better time to lend a helping hand to your neighbors!

What is CAER?

Community Aid Elk River (CAER) Food Shelf

CAER is a non-profit, community-based Christian organization, whose mission is to provide emergency food, clothing, and special assistance to individuals and families in need. You can see in the above photograph, the CAER facility located at 19279 Watson Street in Elk River, Minnesota.

URGENT Needs

Community Aid Elk River (CAER) Food Shelf

When I say urgent, I mean that the food shelf is either out of these items or will be out within a day or two. Without your donations, these items will not be part of the food and hygiene packages handed out to those that visit CAER.

  • Instant Rice
  • Soups
  • Saltine Crackers
  • Ketchup
  • Jello Gelatin
  • Coffee
  • Instant Pudding
  • Laundry Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Paper Towels
  • Kleenex
  • Laundry Soap
  • Tampons/Pads

These items can be used at any food shelf across the country! So when you are doing your grocery shopping this week, pick up an extra roll of paper towels or box of tampons and drop them off at your local food distribution center.

Hunger Facts in Minnesota and America

Community Aid Elk River (CAER) Food Shelf

*According to the MN Emergency Food Shelf Network, 11% of the children served by Minnesota food shelves are forced to skip a meal because there is not enough food at home and 43% of their parents skip meals too!!

*The number of people being served by the food shelves in Minnesota has risen an astounding 45% in the past four years.

*According to Second Harvest Heartland Surveys, children are going hungry right here in Minnesota.

*An estimated 1 in 10 children in Minnesota lives in poverty and 1 in 3 qualifies for free and reduced lunches, based on low income guidelines.

*Last year, 2nd Harvest Food Bank distributed over 31 million pounds of food to their network of food shelves. It was a record year and even that level of food distribution was not enough.

*50% of the households that benefit from local food shelves have at least one child under the age of 18.

*In 2007, there were more than 1.8 million visitors to local food shelves.

*The fastest group of food shelf clients are the working poor... 47% of those surveyed reported that paid employment is their major source of income.

*Over 1 in 10 seniors in the United States live in poverty.

Photo Credit: howbourgeois on Flickr

Online Hunger Resources

  • Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank
    The food bank solicits from manufacturers and producers, warehouses and distributes more than 41 million pounds of food this year to its 1,000+ including our very own CAER Food Shelf.
  • Hunger Solutions Minnesota
    Hunger Solutions Minnesota is a comprehensive hunger relief organization that works to end hunger in Minnesota. We take action to assure food security for all Minnesotans by supporting agencies that provide food to those in need.
  • MN Hunger Partners
    Provides emergency food website links for users.
  • Emergency Food Shelf
    Minnesota's free food bank... The mission of the Emergency Food Shelf Network is to provide high quality food and essential support services to hunger relief programs in the community.

The Faces of Hunger in Minnesota

This touching video conveys the stories of 3 local families who use food shelves in Minnesota. No matter how many times I see this video, it brings a tear to my eye. It just isn't right that people go to bed hungry in America (or anywhere for that matter)!

Live in Sherburne County MN and Need Help?

Eligibility Requirements and Information

If you live in and around Elk River, Minnesota (residents in Sherburne and bordering Wright and Anoka counties if in Elk River school district 728) and are in need of emergency assistance including food, clothing, household items and limited financial assistance, PLEASE do not hesitate to contact CAER via phone, the website, or by stopping in at the food distribution center.

ADDRESS:

CAER Food Shelf

19279 Watson Street NW

Elk River, MN 55330

Phone:763-441-1020

Fax: 763-441-1377

HOURS of OPERATION:

M - W - F: 10 AM - 3 PM

M & Th evening: 6 - 8 PM

Website: www.caerfoodshelf.org

NOTE that ineligible persons will be referred to the appropriate food shelf or other agencies in their service area. There are food shelves in both Big Lake and Becker that serve many citizens in Sherburne county as well.

All households must be interviewed and complete an application with CAER staff in order to receive any services offered by CAER, including clothing and household. You will be required to have an address verification: a current bill or other mailing with your name, address and it must be dated within 30 days from the day you fill out the application.

CAER serves all persons regardless of age, creed, national origin, religious affiliations, gender, sexual preference, marital status, or disability.

Good Books about Ending Hunger

Community Aid Elk River (CAER) Food Shelf

#1) Financial Donation

Financial donations are THE most effective way to donate to CAER because they can purchase food directly from the Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank at DEEP discounts. For example, they can buy a gallon of milk for just $0.85, spaghetti sauce for $0.36 a jar, a dozen eggs for $0.28, and canned corn for just $0.13.

Financial donations also offer CAER flexibility in buying items that are most needed at any given time. In addition, cash can assist with purchasing urgently needed items, buying items that the second harvest food bank does not offer, covering overhead and staffing costs, and providing limited financial assistance for gas/rent/etc. to clients.

All cash donations are tax deductible in the U.S. as CAER is currently registered as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization with the IRS. Click here to go to the CAER website and donate with a personal check or online through Paypal with a credit card or bank transfer.

#2) Food Donations

How you can help your local food shelf

CAER accepts all non-perishable food items in unopened containers. The great thing about direct food donations is that they are available for immediate distribution to CAER clients. They are always running short on the following items: Jello Gelatin, Pudding, French-style Green Beans and other canned vegetables, Regular & Instant Rice, Saltine Crackers, Coffee and Juice.

In addition to the above list, the following items are a great donation choice for any food shelf:

  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Noodles/Pasta
  • Tomato Sauce/Canned Tomatoes
  • Canned Fruits
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Hamburger/Tuna Helper
  • Beef Stew/Chili
  • Tuna
  • Sugar
  • Flour
  • Dried Peas/Beans
  • Pancake Mix/Syrup
  • Cereal
    How you can help your local food shelf

#3) Non-Food/Personal Item Donations

CAER is ALWAYS in need of non-food items and personal hygiene products such as paper towels, toilet paper, feminine products, laundry detergent, dish soap, shampoo, deodorant, Kleenex, etc.

CAER usually cannot purchase these items at deep discounts through Second Harvest so they depend solely on donations for distribution to clients.

Some other hygiene product donation ideas include razors, shaving cream, napkins, toothpaste, and bar soap.

#4) Volunteer at CAER

Volunteers are truly the backbone of CAER. They are always in need of volunteers to assist with food distribution, with the sorting and organization of donations such as food, and with other special projects throughout the year. During food drives such as the postal services stamp out hunger and the March campaign, CAER's volunteer needs increase dramatically.

How you can help your local food shelf

Volunteers make all the difference to our neighbors in need! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact CAER at (763) 441-1020 during normal food distribution hours. Please consider what type of work you'd prefer, what days of the week and what hours so that the volunteer coordinator can make the best match to CAER's needs.

And for those of you that can't volunteer in Elk River, consider volunteering at your local homeless shelter or food shelf. It seems that most non-profits have a volunteer shortage so if you have some free time, use it to make a difference in someone's life!

#5) Donate Garden Produce

How you can help your local food shelf

Don't let your extras go to waste! Consider donating your excess fresh produce to the food shelf for distribution to the needy in your community. CAER (and most food shelves) recommend dropping produce donations early in the week so they can get it distributed before it deteriorates or spoils.

As you are planning and planting your gardens and crops this year, please consider "planting a row for CAER"! Last year many people donated their fresh organic fruit and vegetables to the CAER Food Shelf and they are hoping for that response again this year. The families that come to the food shelf in need of help with food are very grateful to receive fresh, wholesome, produce that is home grown by their own neighbors who care.

Whether you plant an extra plant, an extra row, or donate your surplus, your donations are a precious commodity to many adults and children who must rely on their local food shelf for help in putting food on the table.

Photo Credit: uelis on Flickr

#6) Hold A Food Drive

How you can help your local food shelf

Another great way to get involved in the fight against hunger is to organize a food drive. This is particularly effective if you belong to a group where you can get a majority of the members to participate. When deciding on what type of food drive to hold, be sure to consider the make-up of your group, its size, and the interests of your members. They will likely be more proactive if you are collecting something that is of interest to them.

Here are several food drive ideas that have worked for others in the past:

  1. Food Day (great for schools and work places) - Choose a day for your food drive and then a fun alliterative food for the workers or kids to bring on that day. For instance, Macaroni Monday, Tuna Tuesday, Whole Grain Wednesday, Tampon Thursday, Fruity Friday or whatever you can come up with.
  2. Kids for Kids Food Drive - Ask kids to bring their favorite snack food in to donate to other kids in need. You can even put together kids snack baskets with the items collected.
  3. Fill A Bag Food Drive - Hand out bags from local grocery stores and ask the group members like church goers to bring the bag back filled up with groceries.
  4. Meat The Need Food Drive - Ask people to bring in canned meats.

Ideas for a 25th Silver Anniversary Party

Ideas for a 25th Silver Anniversary Party

Ideas for a 25th Silver Anniversary Party

Celebrating Memories Made

When a couple reaches their 25th wedding anniversary, the family will surely want to do something special for them. The 25th anniversary is called the silver anniversary, and so, you can start by planning around that theme.

From here, you'll find that there are many other details that will need to be looked into when planning the party.

Image courtesy of houghtonbird on Flickr

Go Silver

25th Wedding Anniversary Candle Holder

25th Wedding Anniversary

Tradition suggests that gifts be of silver for this important anniversary, but you can take the silver theme and do whatever you like with it. Have an entirely silver tablescape if you'd like.

Have silver plates, cutlery, glasses, napkins as part of your 25th anniversary tableware. Don't be afraid to add in balloons and a silver cake. But of course, this is the minimum you'll want to do to get the festivities set up. Choose a theme to go with the silver tradition.

You can also choose to include silver candles or candle holders with the "25th wedding anniversary" insignia on them.

Riches of Family

Family Love Over the Years

Going along with the silver color, you might want to include a "Riches of Family" theme as well. Sprinkle silver coins on each table. Have edible chocolate coins as anniversary party favors.

Use play money to decorate a money tree. Photocopy the couple's picture onto a coin medallion. There are many over-sized coins available at dollar or party shops to include in this theme. You could even use dollar bill napkins and have a cake decorated as a large coin or dollar bill.

On Location

Make it Special

One of the best themes for a 25th anniversary party is to go somewhere special and surprise the happy couple. Renting out a boat is a terrific idea if it's in your budget. There are charter boats in just about every area that has water near it.

Or, plan a surprise 3-day cruise with the couple and close friends and family and have your party on board. Have family members chip in for the couple's tickets instead of giving anniversary gift baskets.

Ideas for a 25th Silver Anniversary Party
Image courtesy of kansasphoto on Flickr

Hawaii Here

Treat the Couple

Can't fly the guests off for an exotic party? No worries. Create an island getaway right where you are. Turn a rental hall into a tropical oasis with decorations and props. Pass out leis and grass skirts. Serve Hawaiian foods like roast pig and pineapple. Offer small bags of Kona coffee as favors for the guests. And if all agree, have guests or close family chip in for airline tickets for the couple as their gift.

Memory Lane

Bring Back Good Times

It's natural to want to take a walk down Memory Lane after 25 years, but you can do it with a twist. Have everyone come in costume from the year the couple was married. Were leisure suits in? Did the couple have a big hair band at their wedding?

In addition to including all sorts of 25th anniversary party favors and vintage memorabilia, enlarge photos of the couple from their wedding day and display them everywhere. Have guests stand up and share memories as well as a toast. You can find all sorts of vintage items at thrift stores or tag sales-record players, tape machines-to add to the fun.

Cute Slideshow Idea

This is Your Life

Highlight Reel

Ideas for a 25th Silver Anniversary Party

Enlist the help of family and close friends to make the day extra special. Recreate some of the couple's favorite memories at the party. In advance, have a family member provide memorabilia from scrapbooks and photos of important times in the couple's life.

Add a little note in your anniversary invitations that you'd like guests to come prepared with a story of the guest of honor. It'll be fun to take turns sharing these with everyone.

You can video tape guests ahead of time relaying fond memories and give the couple the tape as a memory. You can also play the tape at the party. Bring as many memories to life as possible. Did something funny happen when they met? Recreate it. Was Dad a wreck the day his first child was born? Bring in some props to tell it again live. The more you can bring to life, the better.

Have a particularly outgoing set of relatives or friends perform skits of memories in the couple's life. Have the cake screen printed at a bakery with a collage of funny or touching photos of the couple. Create a program that's like a theatre playbill listing the memories to give out to guests.

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