Apr 3, 2015

Cinderella Printable

Have you seen the new Cinderella live action movie? What did you think? This past weekend we celebrated my youngest daughter's birthday by taking her and her cousins to see the movie. It was a magical event as each of them wore their princess dresses and watched the fairytale of Cinderella come to life on the big screen. To celebrate, I'm excited to share a Cinderella printable for you to download.

A recurring message throughout the movie was to "have courage and be kind." Spoken by Cinderella's dying mother, these were the words that Cinderella chose to live by. It's a message that I hope to instill in my daughters. One I hope they remember every day. So I was inspired to make this print and have it displayed in our home. 

The movie was full of magic for the little girls and the big girls! So much so that we went back and saw Cinderella again the very next day. Magic, people! I'm telling you, it was pure magic!!!! Here are a few photos from our visit….

Mar 19, 2015

Cinderella Ballet Giveaway

I'm so excited to bring you this post. I have an amazing giveaway to see Cinderella performed by the Ballet Etudes Company at the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, Arizona. The winner will receive 4 tickets to the Saturday, April 25th performance at 7:00pm.

The Ballet is the classic tale of the beautiful Cinderella, her clumsy step-sisters, a magical Fairy Godmother, and a handsome Prince comes to life in a Ballet Etudes' fan-favorite production. With magical sets and costumes and original choreography set to Prokofiev's breathtaking score, this production of Cinderella will leave you believing in magic. 

Created in 1986 by Sharon Sedar Meko, Ballet Etudes fulfills the artistic needs of serious young dancers who desire performing opportunities of the highest caliber. The studio aims to realistically duplicate the experiences of a professional ballet company for dancers ages 9 to 18. Under the guidance of its professional staff, Ballet Etudes is dedicated to providing the highest quality in dance education and optimum performing opportunities for it's members. Company members are selected through open auditions by a panel of adjudicators and once chosen are held to the standard of a professional company.  

To enter the giveaway you must log in with you email through Rafflecopter below. Leave a comment letting me know who you would take to see Cinderella!!! For extra entries in the contest follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below!!! The contest closes at 12am on  Friday, March 27th. I will notify the winner on Monday, March 30th. Good Luck!! 

Feb 23, 2015

Frozen Activities and Games

Hi Friends! I'm back to share more of LilyKate's Frozen birthday party! When hosting a party for both boys and girls, planning activities that both genders will enjoy can get a little tricky. I spent a lot of time trying to decide if we should have activities and games at the party. The thought of corralling a group of 4-7 year olds to patiently wait their turn to play a game seemed daunting.  However, I needed an activity to keep the guests occupied while waiting for everyone to arrive. In the end, I had fun putting together the Frozen Activities and Games for the party. 

I decided to set up two activity stations to keep the kids occupied while waiting for the other guests to arrive the party. 

The first activity station was Ice Painting with Epsom Salt. This fun, science-and-art project is a genius idea from My Sister's Suitcase. All you need is black construction paper, paintbrushes, and a mixture of equal parts Epsom salt and hot water. Kids paint with the Epsom salt solution and when it dries, the salts crystalize, creating pretty ice paintings. 

The kids loved painting and seeing the results as the water dried and the parents loved that it was pretty mess-free. 

The second activity station was called, "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?". The guests were able to build their own snowmen just like Anna and Elsa did in the movie. The best part was the entire snowman was completely edible. To make Olaf, I stocked the snowman-making station with mini chocolate chips, small carrots, stick pretzels and two different sizes of marshmallows.

The kids were able to get creative with their snowmen and each one was unique. Once all of the guests had arrived we surprised Lilykate with a visit from Elsa and Anna.

The moment that Anna and Elsa walked into the party was pure magic! The girls at the party were mesmerized. They posed for pictures with the girls, signed autographs, played a few games, and even sang a few favorite songs from the movie. 

Anna and Elsa traveled to us from Fancy Face Party Company. I highly recommend working with them. They were fabulous and really made the party magical for the kids.

After Anna and Elsa said their goodbyes, we ate pizza, followed by the fabulous Frozen  Party Treats from Inspired Sugar, and got ready to enjoy our final activity for the evening; the outdoor movie.

We laid blankets out on the lawn and served the kids popcorn and hot chocolate as they watched Frozen on the movie screen that we had set up in the backyard.

It was the perfect end to a magical afternoon, full of surprises and fun.

:: sources ::
photography :: sarah shaw, fazzi photography
backdrop styling :: suzanne ruesch

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