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World Cup Swizzel Sticks

by Ashley Page Norton 

Is everyone watching the World Cup? For me, this summer will be remembered as very World Cup focused – I’ve loved watching as many games as I can get to. It’s sad that the U.S. is out but there are still some amazing games left to watch – the remaining four teams play this week to determine who’s in the final on July 13th! Here is a quick way to make some soccer ball drink stirrers to use at a viewing party. They come together easily, despite having a tricky shape (the pentagon) on the ball!

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Bubble Relay Race

We hosted a “Welcome Summer”party a few weeks ago as part of a Quaker Chewy campaign. I already shared a post about the Color Fight and today I’m sharing photos from our bubble relay race. We split all the kids into teams and had them race across the grass doing the crab walk. The twist is I set up 4 bubble machines to create a giant tunnel of bubbles to race through. After the races in turned into the kids just chasing bubbles around (the little ones got a little distracted-ha!) Don’t miss my Sister Design Mom’s post & My Sister in Law Say Yes’ post too!

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This post is sponsored by Quaker Chewy. Quaker Chewy helps give kids the energy they need to play. That’s why Quaker and NERF are teaming up to fuel backyard fun, helping families get out and get active together, right in their own backyard. When you buy three specially-marked boxes of Quaker Chewy, you can enter the codes online at http://fuelfun.quakeroats.com to get a free Nerf sports item.

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Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

Giant Color Fight

We hosted a giant Welcome Summer party at my sister’s house a few weeks ago as part of a campaign for Quaker Chewy. We are going to be sharing all our activities over the next week or so. Today I’m going to talk about the color fight we had. We had one about five years ago and I thought it would be fun to welcome summer with a giant color fight with all the cousins. It was amazing! The kids had so much fun and were thoroughly worn out and dirty afterwards. It was seriously so fun. Below I’ll tell you how we did ours. ps: Check out My sister Design Mom’s post and My Sister in Law Say Yes’ post too!

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We asked all the kids to wear white and wear clothes and shoes that could get ruined. (We stopped by the thrift store to pick up white tshirts.) The color comes out, mostly but some pieces just didn’t make it through. Better to not wear your favorite shirt. I planned for 1 pound of color per person. You could get by with about a half pound per person if you had a really large group. Our color fight lasted 10-15 minutes with 1 pound per person. It would be shorter with less colors. The colors come from India and the Holi Festival every Spring. Make sure the colors you buy are nontoxic.

Materials Needed:  12 Pounds of HOLI Colors, disposable cups, white clothes, garbage sacks for each person (for the car ride home.)

1. At the beginning we took a picture of the kids all throwing the colors up in the air and after that the color fight was ON! (We also took an “after picture” which was fun to look at the two together.
2. For easier distribution I put all of the colors in compostable cups so the kids could grab them easier. It also helped the fight last longer because they kids kept having to go back to the table to get more. We made a rule you couldn’t throw any colors within 10 feet of the table. We also made a rule you couldn’t hit the little kids in the face with the color (it still ended up everywhere anyway!)
3. After the kids were throughoughly dirty and happy we took a final picture. This activity works best as the final activity just because everyone needs a good bath afterward. We hosed off the kids and then rode home on plastic bags laid on top of the carseats to prevent any staining.

And THAT is how to throw a giant summer color fight. Thanks to Quaker Chewy for hosting and providing all the snacks!

This post is sponsored by Quaker Chewy. Quaker Chewy helps give kids the energy they need to play. That’s why Quaker and NERF are teaming up to fuel backyard fun, helping families get out and get active together, right in their own backyard. When you buy three specially-marked boxes of Quaker Chewy, you can enter the codes online at http://fuelfun.quakeroats.com to get a free Nerf sports item.

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Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

A Fresh Baby Shower

by Casey Baudoin

Spring parties are perfect for bright and fresh color combos.  I’m loving aqua and citron/lime these days!  Serve your guests with fruit dishes and smoothie drinks, and add in some handmade items like tassel garland and stamped table cloths to make it special.

A Fresh Baby Shower | Oh Happy Day!

1. tassels  2. feather mobile  3. DIY stamping  4. dessert cups  5. fruit flurry  6. feather invitations  7. spoons  8. plates

An Animal Party

by Casey Baudoin

When you want a sweet theme for a child’s birthday party, you can’t go wrong with animals!  So many options.  Some of my favorites are little animals with birthday hats, pinatas, homemade animal masks, and classic animal books as party favors.

An Animal Party | Oh Happy Day!

1. cake  2. pinata  3. cups  4. invitations  5. drink stirrers  6. animal masks  7. gift display  8. book