Adventure Time: Finn the Human on DVD 11/25

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Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME: FINN THE HUMAN arrived on DVD, today- Tuesday, November 25th! The DVD includes an exclusive backpack and is value packed with 16 fan-favorite episodes!
ATFinntheHuman2DThis Christmas, Santa’s got a brand new bag—courtesy of Cartoon Network! Following the huge success of the Jake vs. Me-Mow and Jake the Dad DVDs and accompanying Finn and Jake hats, fans of Cartoon Network’s smash hit series, Adventure Time, can now complete their Finn look with an authentic backpack, which is valued at around 20 bucks on its own, packaged with the DVD! Packed with 16 hilarious episodes from fan-favorite seasons, Adventure Time: Finn the Human is a must-have gift for any Adventure Time lover. Beginning November 25, 2014, for only $24.98, fans will be able to get their hands on nearly three hours of content and a sweet exclusive backpack, perfect for any adventure this holiday season.The episodes included on the Adventure Time: Finn the Human DVD are:

  1. The New Frontier
  2. The Lich
  3. Finn the Human
  4. Jake The Dog
  5. We Fixed a Truck
  6. Blade of Grass
  7. The Red Throne
  8. The Great Bird Man
  9. One Last Job
  10. Little Dude
  11. City of Thieves
  12. Conquest of Cuteness
  13. Who Would Win
  14. Ignition Point
  15. Furniture & Meat
  16. Sad Face

Adventure Time: Finn the Human is the latest DVD release from Cartoon Network, and joins the best-selling—not to mention bonus-filled—Adventure Time seasons 1-4, as well as episodic releases, Adventure Time: Jake the Dad, Adventure Time: Jake vs. Me-Mow, Adventure Time: My Two Favorite People and Adventure Time: It Came From the Nightosphere, all of which are currently available at retail. These DVDs join a robust line of consumer products, including toys, apparel, accessories, comic books, costumes, posters, youth electronics, posters, publishing and much more.

 

Created by Pendleton Ward, the Adventure Time television series is an original animated comedy from Cartoon Network that follows the everyday adventures of unlikely heroes Finn the Human and his best friend, the shape-shifting dog Jake, as they travel across the Land of Ooo and encounter its unique inhabitants. Whether it’s saving Princess Bubblegum, defeating zombie candy, mocking the “oxy-moronic” Ice King, or rocking out with undead music wiz Marceline the Vampire Queen, with Finn & Jake it’s always Adventure Time! New episodes of the Emmy® Award-nominated series debut on Cartoon Network on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), with replays throughout the week.

What we thought:

Little Blogger- I really liked this DVD because it had some of my favorite episodes like We Fixed a Truck, Blade of Grass, City of Thieves, and many more.  I was really excited that it came with Finn’s backpack.  I love Adventure Time because it has funny characters and funny adventures that Finn and Jake go on in each episode.  Adventure Time is very entertaining to watch.

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Film Clip: Conquest of Cuteness
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MerryMakers Plush Dolls Review

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MerryMakers Plush Dolls are collection of huggable dolls based on favorite children’s book characters. These dolls are thoughtfully designed, meticulously crafted and carefully tested.  Having a doll that is based on favorite children’s book characters really brings reading books to a whole new level.  When children have a tangible character in their arms and can read to their huggable literary friends, it makes them want to read more.  Stories really jump off the page when the character is sitting next to you!

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Adding Toys to Children’s Books Makes Eager Readers

Oakland, CA – (November 6, 2014) – When toys are added, do the books get better? 

Clair Frederick, President of MerryMakers, Inc., an Oakland, California-based toy and gift company, explains, “We are adding more joy to the joy of reading. When we add a plush based on the lead character from a children’s book, kids become more engaged. A tangible toy brings a deeper relationship with the character in the book.”

“The combination of the book with a related toy involves a child in a more meaningful way. It’s an additional connection to the story,” adds Betsy Foster, VP Sales and Marketing.

Supporting evidence of MerryMakers business plan may be seen inPete the Cat, the popular children’s book series by James Dean, published by HarperCollins. Pete the Cat books have sold over 5 million hardcover copies and have regularly appeared at the top of the NYT Bestseller List.  The Pete the Cat plush doll is the bestselling product in the MerryMakers line.  There seems to be no stopping Pete, with 2.9 million books sold in 2013 alone.

MerryMakers offers a variety of Pete the Cat merchandise, including a Giant Pete the Cat doll, a Pete the Cat backpack pull, a pencil case, a Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons puppet and a Pete the Cat Saves Christmas doll. In addition, MerryMakers acts as the exclusive licensing agent for Pete the Cat and has signed several licensing deals including University Games, Educational Insights, Colorforms and Wonder-Shirts.

Another popular MerryMakers toy is based on Tom Lichtenheld and Sherri Duskey Rinker’s book Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, published by Chronicle Books. MerryMakers teamed with Chronicle Books to create a plush Excavator, the lead character in the book. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site has spent over two years on the New York Times Bestseller List, and MerryMakers’s soft excavator is one of the company’s top-selling preschool products.

The MerryMakers catalog of plush and other gifts includes items based on Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama series, Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser’s Fancy Nancy books, Kevin Henkes’s famous mouse Lilly, Ian Falconer’s Olivia, Nick Bruel’s Bad Kitty, Judy Schachner’s Skippyjon Jones, Tedd Arnold’s Fly Guy, David Soman and Jacky Davis’s Ladybug Girl and Melanie Watt’sScaredy Squirrel.

MerryMakers line of toys is loved by kids, praised by parents and acclaimed by teachers.  We chose characters from two of our favorite books.  When my girls were younger I always read them The Kissing Hand (of course for the sake of this post I couldn’t find the actual book).  When my daughters would leave to go somewhere without me (like school) I would give them a kiss on the palm of their hands so they could hold my kiss with them the whole day like in the story.  I just love this cute plush raccoon that is complete with a red heart on his hand.P1230537

My girls also love all of the Just __________ and Me books.  Of course my favorite is Just My Mom and Me.  So we were all exited to see that MerryMakers makes a plush Little Critter doll, too!  P1230540My girls are older now but they still love to read and they now love reading to their new MerryMakers plush dolls.

Here are some of the plush dolls that you can find on the MerryMakers website.
Which one is your favorite?

Pout-Pout Fish Found Floppy Bunny Pete the Cat
Pillow
Lilly
Nelly Gnu Clark the Shark Fancy Nancy
(New Size!)
Gingerbread Man
Pete the Cat
Pencil Case
Fly Guy
(New Sizes!)
Caroline Jayne Church Bear Voyage to the Bunny Planet
How Rocket Learned to Read
(New Size!)
Girl with a Pearl Earring Dot. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Pete the Cat Holiday Llama Llama Holiday Ladybug Girl Bad Kitty
Pete the Cat Pete the Cat
Buttons Puppet
Walter the
Farting Dog
Now in 2 Sizes
Olivia
Now in 3 Sizes
Five Little Monkeys Otis the Tractor Baby Bear Sees Blue Nightsong
Whistle for Willie Peek-a Who? Dear Zoo Little Critter
Llama Llama Puppet Z is for Moose Llama Llama Skippyjon Jones
Penny and Her Song A Ball for Daisy On the Night You Were Born Froggy
Scaredy Squirrel One Love How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? The Quiet Book/The Loud Book!
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Only One You The Snowy Day The Kissing Hand
Where Is the Green Sheep? Duck & Goose Aliens Love Underpants Geronimo Stilton
Everywhere Bears History Everywhere Bears Outdoors Park Ranger Bear Doll Park Ranger Backpack Pull
Park Ranger Doll Mysteries of Egypt
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Blue Orange Games: Aztack & Doodle Quest Review

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With 14 years experience creating high quality games, exquisitely designed for maximum fun, Blue Orange Games looks to the future with consistent ideals. I’m so glad I found this company! We have always had the classic games around the house (like Monopoly) but after a while we would try to look for new family game night ideas.

Blue Orange only chooses durable, feel-good materials, and pledge to produce games that last through generations and create cherished moments. Cherished moments is definitely something I want when spending time with my girls.

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Aztack

Ages: 7 to Adult
Players: 2 to 4
Play Time: 15 minutes

aztackAztack is a game that focuses on Visual Perception, Focus and Attention. Something we could all use to sharpen our skills. To win the favor of the high priest, players must build a temple out of inscribed stones according to divine laws. Every added stone must bridge the two underneath and match them by color or glyph. Only the most observant and strategic player will win this stacking game. Block out your opponent and stack the most stones to rise to the top of the Aztack!

aztack2Aztack is fun because you have to strategize which piece to play next.  You can either match both colors, both symbols or for an extra turn you can match both colors AND both symbols.  My girls were able to play it because it is a matching game similar to dominoes but I enjoyed it, too.  The “stones” have a nice feel to them.  They are high quality and not flimsy.  This is a new family favorite for sure.

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Doodle Quest

Ages: 6 and Up 
Players: 1 to 4 
Play Time: 20 minutes 
doodle questDoodle Quest is a super fun game my girls really enjoyed. They have asked me to play it several times already and we haven’t had it that long. It’s a game that encourages Visual-spatial, Creativity, Focus and Attention. To play, you will complete each quest with the power of your pen, drawing your way through underwater scenes on the quest cards. But it’s not that easy!  Players draw on separate transparent sheets and must trust their eyes in order to meet targets and avoid obstacles.  This unique drawing game includes 36 illustrations and two levels to master.  I love that each card has an easier level on the front and a harder level on the back.  This makes it great for children and adults to play together and still be on a level playing field.  Another great thing about Doodle Quest is that it can be a one player game, too, so my girls can play it when they are by themselves, too.  BONUS!

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Contents:

  • 18 Double-sided Quest Cards
  • 4 Transparent Doodle Sheets
  • 4 Drawing Boards
  • 4 Dry-erase Pens
  • 4 Erasers
  • 4 Fish Stencils
  • Scoring Sheet
  • Instruction Sheet

Blue Orange offers a huge selection of games to choose from. most of which you won’t even realize you are learning from. Go over and check them out for yourself at Blurorange.com!

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Lalaloopsy Girls Doll, Lalaloopsy Tinies, and Moxie Girlz Mermaid Review

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Are your girls ready for an underwater adventure? That’s exactly what you will get with this Moxie Girlz Avery Magic Swim Mermaid! This glittery, colorful doll swims on her own when placed in water, perfectly capturing the magic of mermaids. Who says mermaids aren’t real? This doll was exactly what we needed to make bath time a little more exciting for my girls.

Moxie Girlz MermaidAvery is equipped with sensors that enable her to detect when she’s in water. Upon being submerged, she begins waving her tail back and forth and is propelled forward. How cool is that?!  Plus her tail changes colors when it gets put into warm water or you hold it and the heat from your hand warms it.  My girls love watching her tail change colors.

  • Delights and dazzles with graceful swimming
  • Flowing hair and colorful tail capture attention
  • Automatically senses water and begins swimming motion
  • Moveable head, arms, and tail allow for numerous poses

I think your kids will love this Moxie Girlz Avery Magic Swim Mermaid as much as mine do!

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There is a new line of fashion dolls who were inspired by the core Lalaloopsy characters, Lalaloopsy Girls Dolls! These girls are grown-up and ready for school!

All of these dolls feature fun and innovative lanyard hair and come with their favorite pet. So cute! Deluxe dolls also include fun PJs for sleepover play and color-changing hair. My girls are obsessed!  My girls are getting older but they still love to play with dolls so these Lalaloopsy Girls Dolls are perfect for them.  I have to admit I love them, too.  Their hair is made of lanyard material (like the bracelets I used to make as a child) so you don’t have to worry about their hair getting messed up.

Features:

  • Each Lalaloopsy Girls character has a unique personality based on what she was made from
  • Features fun lanyard hair for immersive hair play
  • Includes comb
  • Includes adorable pet
  • Totally collectible!

Lalaloopsy Girls DollI love that these super cute dolls are so flexible and easy to adjust into different positions. They are great for imaginative play. Also when Mommy needs some quiet time.  We look forward to adding more of the Lalaloopsy Girls Dolls to our collection.

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Everyone’s favorite Lalaloopsy characters are now button-sized! More than 100 Lalaloopsy Tinies are available to collect.

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  • Adorable houses are the perfect size for your Lalaloopsy Tinies!
  • Each house works as a carrying case too!
  • Includes Exclusive Character Lalaloopsy Tinies doll
  • Every character is different
  • Totally collectible

I love all of the cute little details the house has. They look great and they are hard plastic so they hold up well. The play set comes with one mini doll and her pet mouse, as well as a few accessories including a stove, teapot, cup, and cake.

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These Tinies make the perfect stocking stuffer! My girls can’t wait to collect them all.
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100 FREE Children’s Kindle eBooks PLUS Cooking, Crafts, and More!

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Books can get so expensive so why not grab some free eBooks for your children and yourself?
Head here to see the list of the Top 100 FREE Children’s eBooks.
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Check back often as they are updated daily!
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Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars FREE Printable Activity Sheets- DVD Now Available!

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In honor of the Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars DVD which is available NOW, here are some fun activity sheets your Jedi knights!

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VTech InnoTab MAX Review and Giveaway

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Recently VTech released their 4th generation kid’s learning tablet called InnoTab MAX. I was so excited the first time I saw it on T.V. Seriously! I don’t even think my daughter cared as much as I did. Once I heard we would get the chance to review it, I was over the moon.

It has new processing power that is six times faster than the previous generation and features a 7″ high-resolution multi-touch screen display and is recommended for kids ages 3-9. I love that HUGE age gap. I hate when I buy technology or any toy for that matter and they grow out of it as soon as I blink.

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First, I have to tell you that I just love the size of this tablet. And it has a cover that’s attached so kids can just flip it shut when they are done. Now us parents don’t have to worry about the screen getting damaged when not in use.

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This amazing InnoTab MAX features an enhanced 2nd generation version, of Premium VTech Kid Connect™, at no additional charge, allowing children and parents to exchange voice and text messages, photos, drawings and fun stickers in real time between the tablet and a smartphone. I just downloaded the app right to my iPhone and BAM I could connect with her. This is great when I have to go out of town for work. I can still connect with her in our own way. I love it!

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As if all of that weren’t enough, InnoTab MAX offers the best of both learning worlds with access to more than 650 educator-endorsed, age and stage appropriate learning titles as well as carefully cultivated educational Android apps that can be purchased and downloaded through VTech’s Learning Lodge® app store. Score! The tablet comes with 15 onboard apps including Premium VTech® Kid Connect, My Magic Beanstalk, Movie Maker, Art Studio, Wonder Cam Max, E-Reader with Story Dictionary and a whole lot more. So oldest daughter that’s 11 has used it as a homework helper as well. Just don’t tell her I told you that.

Something that was so important to me was the battery. We have had a few other devices that we were always buying new batteries for. It was unreal! The InnoTab MAX features include a built-in rechargeable Lithium battery and kid-safe Wi-Fi so kids can explore appropriate online games, videos and websites that have been pre-selected by VTech. No more worrying about what your kids could be doing on the world wide web. Plus, parental controls allow parents to manage their child’s apps, web access and tablet time, as well as view a progress log. You are allowed a maximum of four users, which is plenty for us. 

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For me, this tablet is pretty much perfect. A handle, flip and fold stand and removable cover are provided on InnoTab MAX for convenience and as added protection. It didn’t come with a screen protector, but I did add one just to be safe. I love that my daughter is learning while having fun. I’m sure she doesn’t even realize she actually is learning. Go check it out for yourself and let us know what you think!

One reader will WIN a VTech InnoTab Max tablet!! Perfect timing for the holidays. In case you don’t WIN you can still grab your very own Tech InnoTab Max Tablet on VTech or Amazon.

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Scotties Trees Rock! Contest + 24 Tissue Box Craft Ideas #ScottiesTreesRock

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Scotties has launched their fourth annual TREES ROCK! Contest. This is a contest that encourages kids to share why they think trees rock. Individuals or groups of kids in grades 3 through 8 can submit a video or essay about the importance of trees. Cool, right? A national vote will determine the winner! That individual will receive $10,000 for their school to use towards a sustainable project! And as if that wasn’t enough, there are $7,000 worth of prizes set aside for finalists too. Score!

 

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This is a great way to get kids excited about the environment and doing something sustainable in their community! Wouldn’t this be a great addition to your school and community? And a great accomplishment for school age children. Be sure to get your entries in by November 14, 2014 for the video contest or February 6th, 2015 for the essay contest!  For more information about their annual TREES ROCK! Contest go here or click on the images below.

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 Scotties is the brand of facial tissue you can trust to deliver everyday comfort through softness and strength in every sheet. As always, Scotties products are environmentally considerate and they are dedicated to responsible forestry. For every tree that Scotties uses to create its products, they will plant three more trees in its place. In the past 50 years, J. D. Irving, Limited has planted over 800 million trees. Amazing!

Scotties tissue boxes not only are decorative and pretty but they are great for making crafts like pencil holders, treasure boxes, or even a diorama.  What crafts have you made with a tissue box?

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Animalz by ReTrak- Adorable Plush Headphones

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animalz animalz pictureCute, lovable and lightweight enough to take anywhere, Animalz by ReTrak headphones are a fun, furry accessory for holiday road trips, airplane rides and casual listening.  Designed for little ears with volume-limiting technology (MY FAVORITE FEATURE TO KEEP LITTLE EARS PROTECTED!) and a retractable cord for tangle-free travel and storage, Animalz are available in six fun fabric animal designs.

Animalz HeadphonesIn addition to being fashion-forward enough for the ladies and cool enough for the gents, parents will be pleased to know that Animalz’ volume limiter sets the maximum volume at 85 decibels – recommended for protecting developing ears.

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We picked Biker Bearz and Jam Bunneez and they are SOOOOO adorable!  My girls love them so much.  They’ve been using them in the car to watch movies, using them with their computers so they won’t bother each other, and with my cellphone to listen to music and play games.  My girls said they are very comfortable and they enjoy using them.  Plus it’s like having a plush friend with you wherever you go!  These adorable headphone would make a great gift or stocking stuffer!

Look how cute they’d be peaking out of a stocking:headphones stockingsWatch this video to see how much fun kids have wearing them while enjoying their favorite tunes, shows or learning activities:

Family road trips, casual listening and airplane rides will never be the same. Say goodbye to long, boring hours and squabbles in the backseat and say hello to Animalz headphones for kids!  Whether at home or on-the-go, Animalz by ReTrak retractable headphones are designed for little ears and feature volume-limiting technology in six lovable soft fabric animal designs: Biker Bearz, DJ Panda, Jam Bunneez, Scuba Shark, Skate Monkeez  and Surf Dawgz*. Kids can now enjoy listening to their own music, playing games or watching movies all with their favorite Animalz!

Volume-Limiting Technology

According to the Journal of Pediatrics, more than 10 percent of children ages 9 to 19 have noise-induced hearing loss. Prolonged exposure to sound louder than 85 decibels can damage a child’s ears, causing permanent hearing impairment. With Animalz’s volume-limiting technology parents don’t have to worry about overexposure for developing, sensitive ears.  Animalz volume limiter sets 85 decibels as the maximum volume for optimal ear protection.

Tangle-Free Storage 

Animalz headphones offer crystal-clear sound quality and are equipped with a built-in 3.2-foot retractable cable. Designed with children in mind, kids can simply retract the cord once they’re done listening. Parents no longer have to waste time unraveling knotted wires. The convenient, tangle-free headphone storage makes clean up easy.

The cord comes with a gold-plated 3.5 mm connector that is universally compatible and works with most portable devices.Manufactured with high-quality components, Animalz have a soft fuzzy headband and ear pads with a lightweight design that are comfortable to wear. Built for years of fun, Animalz are backed by a lifetime warranty!

Which Animalz Retractable Headphones Are Your Kid’s Spirit Animal?   Take this fun quiz to find out!

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Top Tips For Organizing A Kid’s Party

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“Mommy, I want a birthday party.” The sound of your kids asking for a party for the first time brings sheer horror with it. Twenty other little ones running wild through your house, breaking everything and getting their sticky hands all over the furniture can send shivers down your spine. The food fights, the food allergies, the possible choking incidents, are all scenarios that put pure fear in us.

The reality for a kid’s party isn’t likely to be quite so traumatic. After all, you have raised a perfectly sensible and well-behaved child. Your little one knows right from wrong. He knows how to behave in public and how to respect other people’s homes. Chances are, other parents have been just as successful as you, so give them the benefit of the doubt. Your child will be able to pick her friends. She is undoubtedly as good a judge of character as you are, so will pick all the best kids to come.

As a mother, you are very good at calming situations down, and organizing your kids well enough to get them to places on time and eat right. Use these skills at your party. You know very well it all starts with planning, so grab some paper and a pen, and get scribbling!

A kid’s party needs to look like a kid’s party, so start with streamers and balloons from places like www.balloonsgalore.co.uk or your local party store. You can grab some customized balloons for your child, or buy one for every kid attending as a party gift. You will also need to buy party bags with little gifts as a thank you for each child. They usually contain pots of bubbles and a slice of birthday cake, plus one or two other little cracker-type toys.

Buy some cheap plastic or vinyl table cloths to cover your tables. This will prevent damage from spills and make cleaning up after food so much easier. They can be themed if you are happy to spend a little more money. You will also want to use paper plates. Pick recycled and recyclable plates and cups to reduce the impact on the environment. If you have a good stash of plastic plates and cups, these are even better.

You will also want recycled paper table napkins in abundance. These are great for emergency mop-ups, wiping sticky fingers and wrapping up pieces of cake for the guests to take home. Again, these can be themed or have pictures of favorite kids characters.

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Think healthy for food. Fewer sweets and more fresh options are best, but it is a party, and kids are there to have a treat and fun. Home baked pizza, vegetarian samosas and veggie cocktail sausages, often go down a treat. Provide healthy smoothie, milk, or whole fruit juice drinks rather than squash or pop. If you are providing the entertainment yourself, popular games to play include Statues, Pass the Parcel, and Sleeping Lions. You can also try a treasure hunt game if you are ok with the kids rooting around the house or garden.

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