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Bible Character Costume Party


In May, I hosted a Bible Character Costume Party for our congregation.  We had so much fun!

It was a lot of work planning and preparing for it… totally worth it though.

Dinner Menu…

BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders, Philly Beef Sliders, Mac N Cheese, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Loaded Potato Salad, Cole Slaw,Fruit Platters & Variety of Pies and Cookies

bible party dinner menu

tables bible party

Kingdom melodies played during dinner.


I had prizes ( Gift cards and Gift Baskets) for Best Costume, Most Creative Costume and a prize for the Winners of the games we played.

Divided the guests into 4 groups/teams to play the games. Played the games Minute to Win it style.  That was so much fun seeing all the friends trying so hard (looking silly) to win for their teams.

Wrapping Lazarus:

Each team was given a roll of toilet paper to wrap Lazarus. We selected one person from each team to be Lazarus and set the timer for 2 minutes. The team that wrapped the fastest and had the most coverage won.

bible party game wrap lazarus

Collection Manna: This game was hilarious! I had every team member put a little vaseline on the tip of their nose and they had to pick up cotton balls using their nose (no hands) and transfer the cotton (manna) to another plate. The team that collected the most manna won.

bible party game collecting manna

Bible Puzzles: Each team had to put together 2 puzzles. Both puzzles were of Biblical scenes taken from the cover of 2 publications. The picture was glued to a cereal box and cut out in 12 pieces (I think..maybe it was 15?) We gave the teams 2 minutes to put their puzzles together….pretty sure we may have extended the time just a bit.

Bible Puzzle game for bible party


Book of the Bible Cup Stack: I wrote the names of each book of the Bible on styrofoam cups…each team had to stack the cups by putting them in order of the books of the Bible. The team that had the most Bible books in the correct order, stacked in the time allotted won.

cup stack game bible book order

books of the bible cup stack game

Photo Props…

We made some Biblical props such as, Scrolls, Ten commandments on tablets (spray painted foam board), Ephod breastplate and some of the other props were just for fun.

bible party photo props

Bible party decorations

We hung a Biblical scene photo backdrop ( My sister painted a canvas). The photo area was a huge hit. Everyone really enjoyed posing for pictures. :D

The first picture is of my family…

bible costume party

and here are some of the friends dressed in their costumes…

bible costume party aquilla and prisca



bible costume party ruth and noami


Putting your costume together does not have to cost a lot of money. Many of the friends went to second-hand stores and found clothes/items for very little money. Pinterest will provide you with lots of costume ideas.  Check out my board: Bible Costume Ideas on Pinterest .

Pillow Cases, Table Cloths, Bath Robes, Scarves, Jewelry, Etc. can easily be found in these stores.  Also, Party City has a nice selection of Biblical costumes.

bible costume

the shepherd boy and the shulamite girl costumes

Abigail, moses, david, samson bible costumes

bible character costumes

bible character costumes kids

The friends were commenting that they could not wait for the next Bible party… maybe next year. ;)

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Happy Bible Character Costume Party planning to you!


P.S. I didn’t get a chance to get permission to post everyone’s photo, so until I do, I blocked out some faces. :P


Fifth Grade Graduation Party – Beach Themed Party


Our son will be starting middle school in September… middle school!  I thought it would be fun to have a 5th grade graduation party for him and a few of his friends. The same friends that celebrated their Kindergarten graduation together. Not sure how the time flew right by us but it did. Can’t even think about High School graduation. :(

So back to the 5th Grade Graduation Party…

We did a Beach theme. The weather decided to be perfect “beach day” weather, CrAzY hot! Which we had to enjoy in our backyard instead of actually being at the beach. Oh well. it was fun!

Outdoor decorations…

Plastic Table Covering used as waves on the fence

Beach Balls

decorations waves beach party

decorations fence plastic table covering

Photo Booth Area

the graduates beach party

the girls grad beach party

Party favor gifts for the graduates…

Filled Sand Pails with candy, silly string, glow toys, gift card and cash.

gift baskets sand pail gifts

gift buckets sand pail

Here is the Candy & Cake Table…

candy buffet with out cake

candy and cake table beach theme

candy table left side candy buffet

beach theme candy table right side

And here are some of the kids getting their fill of candy!

kids at candy table

It was a fun day for the kids.

I have 2 years before I’ll need to host our daughter’s 5th grad graduation. She can’t wait. :P

Happy Beach Party planning to you!


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End of School Year Gifts for Classmates


As I sat there with our children making end of the school year treat bags for their classmates, I wonder to myself what do I do next year since my son will be in Middle school. Do we still do end of the school year gifts? Hmm

It also occurred to me that I never shared the gifts that we did from last year. Just like this year, I went for super easy and inexpensive.

This was last years….

end of school year gift for classmates

I found those fun & colorful lollipops at the Dollar Store (5 for $1).

Just added ribbon and tags. Easy!

This year, because we are really short on time we’re just doing bags of candy.

Here is what we did…

sweet treats for classmates

Nothing fancy at all but still a sweet little end of the school year treat from the kids to their classmates.

So looking forward to summer vacation!

Happy End Of School Year to You!


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Teacher Appreciation Mexican Fiesta Luncheon


Teacher appreciation week is over. For the final day of Teacher Appreciation week, we invited the teachers and staff to join us for a Mexican Fiesta Lunch in the library. If you want to see what we did earlier in the week visit here and here.

Somehow, there was some miscommunication and the first lunch started 40 minutes earlier than expected. Needless to say, myself and some of the other parents and a staff member scrambled to set up as fast as we could! It certainly wasn’t set up as I had envisioned. There were decorations that didn’t get displayed (Such as giant inflatable cactus) and some food that didn’t get placed in nice serving dishes. We did the best we could in a very short amount of time.

However, the teacher’s loved it!  Some even said it was their favorite week of the year. :D

Upon entering the library, the teachers were greeted and helped to get in a festive kind of mood by hearing fun fiesta music playing.

This was the main table where our teachers ate their lunch.

teacher appreciation mexican fiesta lunch centerpiece

We did set the tables with bowls of chips & salsa and wrapped silverware. I forgot to take a picture after it was completely set. It looked pretty cute.

teacher appreciation week mexican fiesta lunch

The menu:  Shredded Beef, Shredded Chicken, Mexican Rice, Cheesy Corn, Refried Beans, Festive Fruit Salad, Stuffed Peppers, Taco shells, tortilla’s, chips & pico de gallo,  salsa and a ton of toppings. (4 different cheese, sour cream, spicy sour cream, green and black olives, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno, cilantro, white, red and green onion and guacamole).

This was part of the food table…..

teacher appreciation food table spread

Kills me to see the sour cream in their original containers. And the fresh guacamole in that bowl. BTW, the guacamole went fast!

Chips and Pico de gallo (recipe here) served in giant margarita glasses.

teacher appreciation chips and salsa glass

The local Mexican bakery was happy to donate a tray of cookies and one of the parents made these little cakes.

teacher appreciation fiesta lunch

teacher appreciation lunch bacon and kids

We had two buckets filled with drinks. One with Iced Tea and water and the other with several different kinds of soda.

It turned out to be a great lunch!

My brain is already filling up with some ideas for next year. Shhh… don’t tell my husband.

Happy future teacher appreciation weeks to you!


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Teacher Appreciation Week – Fruit Baskets, Snack Trays & More

Teacher Appreciation Week 2015 – Day 2

Snacks for the teachers.

I delivered this tray full of snacks and a basket of candy to the teacher’s lounge.

teacher appreciation snacks candy

teacher appreciation day snacks

By the next morning. most everything had been devoured. :)

Day 3 –

Theme: “We Couldn’t Have Picked Better Teachers!”

teacher appreciation sign

Gift:  Fresh fruit and flower pots.

teacher appreciation flower table pots

Up close…

teacher appreciation flowers

And the fresh fruit…

teacher appreciation fruit baskets and labelsI added little signs to the baskets…

“You’re the APPLE of our eyes”

“ORANGE you glad summer is almost here?

“You’re awesome to the CORE”

“You’re all just PLUM PEAR-fect!”

“We’re BANANAS for you. You’re loved BUNCHES”

teacher appreciation fruit flowers signs

Inexpensive and fun!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to you all!


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Teacher Appreciation Week 2015 – Superhero Breakfast

Good Morning!

To kick off Teacher Appreciation Week 2015, we started with a Superhero Teacher Breakfast.

Table set and ready to go…

superhero teachers

Breakfast Menu:

Sausage & Egg Muffins, Pastries and Muffins, Fruit Salad, Yogurt, Energy Balls and Juice.

superhero teacher breakfast

teacher appreciation superhero teachers breakfast

teacher appreciation week simply juiceYep, the juice containers wore capes :)

Here is a poster we made to welcome our teachers…

teacher appreciation week ideas

Super way to start the week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to you!


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Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 – Day 5 Breakfast

Teacher Appreciation Week is over… what a great week for our teacher’s!

We kicked off the week with a Popcorn Bar and mid-week we provided a delicious Chili and Salad Bar Luncheon.

To end the week we treated our teacher’s to  breakfast and a gift.

Good Morning!

teacher appreciation week breakfast sign

A yogurt bar with lots of toppings, including homemade granola…

teacher appreciation week breakfast bacon and kids

Even added some bling to the spoons ;)…

teacher appreciation week breakfast spoon blingJenna made these cute little loaves of bread…

teacher appreciation week breakfast bread

You’re simply the best juice!..

teacher appreciation week simply juice

We gave each of the teachers a gift card (donated from parents). I added the gift cards to these basil plants. I covered aluminum cans with scrapbook paper and embellishments…easy and adorable!

teacher appreciation week aluminum can gifts

And Nancy put together these sweet Thanks a latte cups…

teacher appreciation week thanks a latte

We truly enjoyed making Teacher Appreciation Week  special for our deserving teachers.

Until next Teacher Appreciation Week!


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Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 Day 3 Chili and Salad Bar Lunch

We kicked off Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 with a Popcorn Station set up in the Teacher’s lounge.

For Day 3 we provided a delicious Chili & Salad Bar for lunch!

Check it out…

This sign greeted our teachers

teacher appreciation week lunch

I failed to get a picture of the Chili – we had a few different kinds. White Bean Chicken Chili, Vegetarian Chili and a Meaty Chili.  Here are the chili toppings…

teacher appreciation week chili toppings

And the salad bar…

teacher appreciation week salad bar

After our teacher’s reached the end of the salad bar line they were very thankful they weren’t paying by the weight of their plates! Free Salad piled high!

We had dessert and drinks too…

teacher appreciation week lunch drinks and dessertsDelicious Banana pudding cups!

teacher appreciation week dessert cups

Jenna also made these adorable chocolate dipped Oreo “Apples”…

teacher appreciation treats

We used those Oreo treats as part of the table centerpieces…

teacher appreciation week table centerpieces

Along with these apples that I added little notes to the scrapbook paper leaves…

teacher appreciation week apples decor

So much fun treating our incredible teachers to a special lunch!

To end out this special week, we are providing the teacher’s with breakfast and a gift on Friday.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week Luncheon to you!


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Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 Day 1 Popcorn Station

Teacher Appreciation Week 2014 – Day 1

Popcorn Station

teacher appreciation week for our popular teachers

We made a cute sign to go with our popcorn theme:

teacher appreciation week betty hayden

We provided a few different popcorn flavors and a plain popcorn that the teachers could season with their choice of several different popcorn seasonings.

teacher appreciation week popcorn station

And some movie theater size boxed candy and soda.

teacher appreciation week popcorn station candyA “pop”ular start to their special week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!



Book Corner – Reading List Update 2013


December already! The year is almost over and I failed to update my reading list each month, until now…

This is what I have read for 2013 so far and as always this is in addition to my daily Bible reading, Bible study publications and the many, many books that are read to our sweet children :D

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There are some really great books in this list!

Business & Marketing

Always Know What To Say – Easy Ways To Approach And Talk To AnyoneMurphy, Peter W.

 Smart Talk:Lisa B. Marshall

 Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit: The Secrets of Building a Five-Star Customer Service Organization

~ Leonardo Inghilleri

Endless Referrals ~Burg, Bob

Be A People Person: Effective Leadership Through Effective Relationships

~John C. Maxwell

 Employee Engagement 2.0: How to Motivate Your Team for High Performance (A Real-World Guide for Busy Managers)

~Kevin Kruse

 Eat That Frog ~Brian Tracy

Raving Fans ~Ken Blanchard

 Building Better Relationships: Proven Strategies to Make the Most of Your Personal Connections (Collection) ~Richard Templar, Linda Elder, Richard Paul, Mark Woods, Trapper Woods, Merrick Rosenberg, Daniel Silvert

 Dental Marketing Fusion ~Mike Saunders MBA

 Word of Mouth: 2013 Marketing Calendar for Dental Practices ~Elizabeth Kraus

 How to Work for Yourself: 100 Ways to Make the Time, Energy and Priorities to Start a Business, Book or Blog ~Bryan Cohen

Say YES! to Change: 27 Secrets to Motivating Yourself and Your Team ~Lawrence Polsky

 Family & Self Improvement

 The Stress Free You: How to Live Stress Free and Feel Great Everyday, Starting Today  ~O’Brien, Elizabeth

 Declutter your life ~Ideas, Infinite

 Parenting With Love And Logic ~Foster Cline, Jim Fay

 Become the Confident Mom You’ve Always Wanted to Be ~Susan Heid

 Choose Yourself ~James Altucher

 Dad is Fat ~Jim Gaffigan

 How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk  ~Adele Faber

 The Complete Life’s Little Instruction Book ~H. Jackson Brown Jr.

 The Positive Thinking Secret ~Aaron Kennard

 Book Love: Help Your Child Grow from Reluctant to Enthusiastic Reader 1st Edition ~Melissa Taylor

 Fiction – Just for Fun

 Simply Amazing ~Shaw, Candace

 Waking Up Married ~Kelly, Mira Lyn

 The Mother Load ~Bates, Keeley

 What Alice Forgot ~Liane Moriarty

 In Need of Therapy ~Tracie Banister, Jeff Okerstrom

 Worth The Drive ~Mara Jacobs

 Worth The Fall ~Mara Jacobs

 Worth The Weight ~Mara Jacobs

 With a View ~Alanna Coca

 Next Year I’ll be Perfect ~Laura Kilmartin

 Waiting for You ~Abigail Strom

 Chocolate for Two ~Maria Murnane

 Cross My Heart ~Abigail Strom

 Tea For Two~ Diane Moody

 Into Your Arms ~Abigail Strom

 Double Dare ~Rhonda Nelson

 Honeymoon For One ~Chris Keniston

 Hand-Me-Down Love ~Jennifer Ransom

 Paper Roses ~Amanda Cabot

 Will you be adding any of these books to your 2014 reading list? Please feel free to share your book suggestions for my 2014 reading list. I love adding new books to my bookshelves!

 Happy Reading to you!


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