Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Glo Bingo- A School Event

Glo Bingo Night
Every year, the 5th grade students put on a Bingo Night at our elementary school. The students are responsible for promoting, working the event, and cleaning up. The 5th grade parents organize it all. I have been wanting to have a Glo Party for some time and thought this would be a great time to do it. Thankfully, the other awesome parents that helped with this event were on board and Glo Bingo was created!

The most important prop for a glo party is a black light, and in our case we needed multiple black lights to make sure the whole cafeteria glowed. Thankfully, between a few parents, we had about a dozen black lights that we scattered around the perimeter of the gym propped up on ladders. We also bought a couple of these high powered black lights from Amazon and they were perfect for a large area.

Since the school already had white laminated bingo cards, we figured that we could use highlighters to mark the cards since they glow under black lights. We placed a small pack of baby wipes on each table and these were used to wipe the boards clean once a bingo game was completed.

On the bingo flyer we asked everyone to bring a highlighter, but we also had about a 100 to give out in case people forgot. Which they did. And as another back up plan, we had bingo chips ready to hand out.

As with any school event, there is a lot of work that goes into making it a success. Parents, teachers, and staff all helped in coordinating volunteers, finding prizes, setting up, and working the event. I had the fun job of decorating the cafeteria, making centerpieces, and putting the Glo Shop together.

We asked everyone to wear neon or white so they would glow.
We hung up black paper on the sides of the stage and simply decorated with neon and black light reactive decor. Tip: not everything that is neon will glow under a black light. You can purchase a mini black light flashlight and bring it with you shopping to check if the neon item glows. I got my black light flashlight from Amazon for $9. We also used the flash light to check the Bingo cards since we left one light on the stage for our bingo caller to be able to see.

A parent already had the fun neon lanterns and fans in her party stash. I bought this awesome neon reflective tape from Amazon to decorate the walls and floor. I found neon paper in pre- cut shapes to stick on the walls that glowed. The only disappointment was the neon paint. The bottles glowed like crazy under the black light but the paint barely showed up on the black paper under the black light.

I wanted to have a fun photo spot for the kids to take pictures and one creative mom went to work and helped create this awesome back drop. This was all done with the neon reflective tape.

My girls and I made the hanging decor. I put them to work making paper chains out of neon paper and used crepe paper that I mixed in and tied to hula hoops.

Glo Bingo 2020

My biggest concern with this event was that the tables wouldn't be brighter enough for people to see. Thankfully they were and every thing turned out great!

I picked up neon poster board from the Dollar Tree and cute each sheet into fours to make a neon place mat. On top of each place mat was a centerpiece of either these super cool, battery operated fiber optic centerpieces. These were only $4.99 from Save On Crafts.

Or the balloon centerpieces. I used tall cylinder vases wrapped in the neon reactive tape and filled them with glow sticks. I also used neon balloons from the Dollar Tree and a LED light balloon for each centerpiece. This provided more than enough light for each table. Plus, each person who bought a bingo card also received a glow bracelet. And many people purchased more glow items from the Glo Shop.

You can't have Glo Bingo without a Glo Shop! We had an array of super cute glow necklaces, neon glow glasses, bracelets, hats, fiber optic hair clips, rings, and finger flashers all for sale. The kids and parent volunteer worked the shop and sold a lot. The whole place was glowing!

I would have to say Glo Bingo was a huge success! Pizza, snacks, beverages and candy were available for purchase and we had over a dozen bingo winners leave with great prizes donated by parents and local businesses.

A big thank you to the 5th grade students, amazing parent volunteers, 5th grade teachers, PTA, the principal, and all the school families that came out to support these kids!!!

What are your most favorite school events? 

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Budget Friendly Halloween Party Ideas for Kids

I had the pleasure of hosting a cute little group of "ghouls" for this Halloween party. I wanted to keep this party one of traditional Halloween fun with lots of orange and black colors, bats, spiders, and pumpkins. Nothing gruesome or scary, just fun and cute! 

Black and orange crepe streamers and balloons hung from the chandelier and ceiling. Dollar Tree is a great place to find balloons and streamers! All tableware was orange and black. Halloween Bingo cards purchased from Target Dollar Spot were at each place setting ready for the little "ghouls". Prizes were colorful skeleton pens, stretchy skeletons, Halloween stamps, and stickers also from Target Dollar Spot. If you are sensing a trend here, you are correct. Target Dollar Spot has the cutest Halloween goodies! Dollar Tree is another favorite for Halloween prizes and goodies. 

Cake pops made by Pallister Pop Shop
Other party activities included making slime. Yes, it's messy, but kids love it! We did take this activity outside. This was the only part of the party that wasn't orange and black. We made sparkly pink slime. Only 3 ingredients are needed for this slime recipe. Elmer's pink glitter glue, 1 1/2 Tbsp. of saline contact solution, 1 Tbsp. of baking soda. Mix, knead and play. I did add some little plastic spiders to the slime also. 

Another activity that we did was the spider race. I had little pom pom spiders and the girls used a paper straw to blow their spider down the table to the finish line. An easy, inexpensive, yet fun game! This would also be great for a classroom party too. You could also have the kids make the pom pom spiders from yarn and add some stick on eyes.

And of course, no traditional Halloween party is complete without a pinata! You can find really good deals on pinatas at the end of season. I got this pumpkin pinata for $1 the prior year! Fill with candy and cute little prizes from Target Dollar Spot or the Dollar Tree and you have yourself a fun and inexpensive activity.

The cutest little giraffe, kitty cat, and ladybug ever!
So there you have it, easy, inexpensive, and fun activities anyone can do. You can read more fun Halloween ideas I have done in the past HERE. Enjoy your October!! And please share any fun and budget friendly Halloween party ideas you have.


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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Halloween Party Ideas for Kids

Mrs. Party Planner
Today is October 1st and the beginning of my most favorite season and holiday. Fall technically began last week, however, here in Texas, we have yet to experience a real fall day this year. But, when the first day of October arrives, it is fair game for all things Halloween!!

I tend to go a little over board on Halloween decorations, parties, neighborhood fun, and cute lunchbox ideas during the month of October. I can't wait to share them with you and hope you follow along and find some inspiration for your own Halloween fun to share! 

This Halloween party is one that I haven't shared yet and took place a couple years back for a great group of boys. 

When the costumed guests first arrived to the party, I had a bunch of black and orange balloons scattered around the entryway. The boys were instructed to pop the balloons with any means necessary and a fun surprise awaited them inside. The boys discovered stretchy skeletons and even dollar bills. But, there was also another surprise. The first clue to the Halloween Scavenger Hunt. 

Here is a little alien reading the first clue to the scavenger hunt

There were four clues in all that led the boys all over the property finding bats, rats, spiders, and finally the remains of Mr. Bones buried with treats for the boys.


After all that excitement I had some hungry boys on hand. Pizza was ordered since it's easy and usually a crowd favorite, but I also had some other fun snacks and dessert. The beverage of choice was swamp juice aka Sierra Mist, a couple drops of green food coloring, and gummy worms. You could also sherbet for a more 3 dimensional effect.

Mrs. Bones was serving the children that night 

Mrs. Bones, the happy hostess

Halloween cake pops

I really limit sugar in my house during the year, but when it comes to a party, I let loose. Mr. Bones Jr. was stuffed with donuts, Little Debbie Swiss Rolls, Twizzlers, gummy worms, and Bubble Tape Gum. I got the idea to do this after seeing a gruesome skeleton with meat and blood. While the meaty skeleton is creative, it really isn't my style, so I adapted to make it kid friendly.

Party Tip: Did you know that tonic water glows with a black light? Give it a try, you can create all kinds of fun, spooky scenes! You can also learn how to make glow in the dark slime HERE. I gave these out as party favors years back, but they would also be fun for a classroom party.

Welcome to October!!! What kind of Halloween fun do you have planned this month?


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Monday, September 30, 2019

Magic Themed Birthday Party

Mrs. Party Planner's Magic Themed Birthday Party

As a young child, I attended a friend's birthday party where a magician performed. I remember loving the performance and have since wanted to have a Magic Themed Birthday Party for my own children. So you can imagine my excitement when I suggested this to my youngest a year ago and they enthusiastically said they would love to have a Magic Themed Party! Keep reading for ideas and tips to throw your own party!

While my mom was browsing Party City she found the most adorable magic party invites on clearance for only fifty cents a pack! Y'all, fifty cents for ten super cute paper invites is a steal. She called me from the store and I told her to grab the last two packs.

Evites are always easy and convenient these days but there is something special about receiving a paper invite too. Or even an invite in a bottle like I did for my girls' Under the Sea Mermaid Party

Decorating and party styling are always my favorite when it comes to party planning. I love getting creative and using what I already have in my party supply inventory to create a fun backdrop. The backdrop material and gold champagne buckets were all recycled from a 50th Birthday Party I planned a couple weeks back. The red sequin panels I found here on Amazon. And the black shiny material was purchased at Joann Fabrics. The star garlands I also had from a prior party and were also purchased on Amazon

Balloon garlands really add a punch to your party and can easily be done yourself with the help of Balloon Arch Decorating Strips found at Party City. Tip: when creating your own balloon garland or arch, add balloons of different sizes or shapes. You can also add some fake floral leaves or flowers. As fun as balloons are for parties, I wish they were recyclable. Balloons and the string can really harm wildlife so the best way to dispose of balloons is to deflate and cut up the balloons and string into small pieces and seal the pieces in a bag. 

Each party guest received a magician top hat and magic wand from Oriental Trading. I was pleasantly surprised with the good quality of hat and wand. In addition, each guest left with two magic tricks they can perform for their families. I also found the magic tricks that came in a variety pack at Oriental Trading.

I made the Happy Birthday banner myself with a little help from my Cricut Explore Air 2.

magic trick party favors

My daughter styled the rabbit with a hat and wand :)
 A little magic trick I had up my sleeve was an idea I found from the PetitChef. A few days prior I put two drops of food coloring into the solo cups. The day of the party I added a couple ice cubes and poured water from a clear glass pitcher into the cups. The party guests squealed with delight in discovering their clear water had magically turned into blue, green, yellow, or red water!

The cupcakes were ordered from Market Street, a local grocer, and turned out great! Judging from how quickly they disappeared, I would guess they tasted great too!

And no Magic Themed Birthday Party is complete without an actual magician! Magician Rick Morrill did a fantastic job of wowing the audience. He kept nineteen kids and a few parents entertained for about an hour.

Happy Birthday sweet girls!! Momma loves you and had so much fun planning this party for you!!

Party styling, decor and photography: Mrs. Party Planner
Magic hats, wands, and party favors: Oriental Trading
Cupcakes: Market Street Bakery
Magician: Rick Morrill


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