Halloween Girls’ Night Bunco Party – Fun, Easy To Host

Fun and easy Halloween Girls’ Night and Bunco Party. Spooktacular ideas for food and decor. Host tips, free printables, learn to play the game. PLUS, the Halloween Decor Blog Hop!

 

Halloween Girls’ Night Bunco Party

Easy to Host – Learn How To Play + Free Printables!

 

+ Halloween Decor Blog Hop

 

Halloween is always a fun time to host a party. This year, I got to host our monthly Bunco Party for a vamptastic Halloween Girls’ Night! It was hauntingly fun and I cannot wait to share it with you.

If you have never played Bunco, you are missing out on some serious girl-time gaming amusement. Don’t worry, you can get into the game easily enough, I have downloads and FREE printables that will arm you with everything you need. Check them out below.

Since my party was at the beginning of October, I wanted to give it a Halloween theme. My house is all spooked out with the decor, I added Halloween names to the Bunco tables, and of course, I served a frightfully tasty Halloween-themed dessert, Vampire Cupcakes.

Jeepers Creepers, let’s take a peek!

I had a ton of fun creating my Halloween Mantel Decor, and am absolutely in love with the Orange, Black, and Purple color scheme. See the post HERE. This was a perfect focal point for my Halloween Girls’ Night Bunco Party.

Happy Halloween Sign hanging from Mantel
Fun and easy Halloween Girls' Night and Bunco Party. Spooktacular ideas for food and decor. Host tips, free printables, learn to play the game. PLUS, the Halloween Decor Blog Hop!
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Fun and easy Halloween Girls' Night and Bunco Party. Spooktacular ideas for food and decor. Host tips, free printables, learn to play the game. PLUS, the Halloween Decor Blog Hop!
Halloween Mantel Decor Orange, Black and Purple SM
Fun and easy Halloween Girls' Night and Bunco Party. Spooktacular ideas for food and decor. Host tips, free printables, learn to play the game. PLUS, the Halloween Decor Blog Hop!
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Fun and easy Halloween Girls' Night and Bunco Party. Spooktacular ideas for food and decor. Host tips, free printables, learn to play the game. PLUS, the Halloween Decor Blog Hop!
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Fun and easy Halloween Girls' Night and Bunco Party. Spooktacular ideas for food and decor. Host tips, free printables, learn to play the game. PLUS, the Halloween Decor Blog Hop!
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Fun and easy Halloween Girls' Night and Bunco Party. Spooktacular ideas for food and decor. Host tips, free printables, learn to play the game. PLUS, the Halloween Decor Blog Hop!
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Fun and easy Halloween Girls' Night and Bunco Party. Spooktacular ideas for food and decor. Host tips, free printables, learn to play the game. PLUS, the Halloween Decor Blog Hop!
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Fun and easy Halloween Girls' Night and Bunco Party. Spooktacular ideas for food and decor. Host tips, free printables, learn to play the game. PLUS, the Halloween Decor Blog Hop!

 

I set-up a super cute buffet table for some extra snacks and my delectable dessert.

These Vampire Cupcakes are easy-peasy to make and are quite a crowd pleaser — definitely a perfect Halloween-themed dessert. CLICK HERE for the RECIPE!

 

All of my Bunco supplies had a Halloween twist. From the goodie bags for my prizes to the table tags denoting which table was which, to the pencils. Even my prizes were renamed: Master Vampire = Most Buncos; The Headless Horseman = 1st Place; Mummy in the Middle = 2nd Place; The Cackler = Most Smileys; and The Body in the Basement = Most Losses.

Aren’t these spooky Candelabra Place Cards adorable? They were perfect for marking my tables and placed beside my cupcakes.

Ready to Play Bunco?

Bunco is a very EASY game, anyone can play it. There is no skill or strategy involved. If you can roll dice, you can play. This game is a great social mixer since you change partners and tables all night long, so you get the opportunity to chat and giggle with everyone.

Very few supplies are needed to play Bunco: dice; paper; pencil; and a bell (or something to make noise with). You will also want score sheets. And, if you are starting a Bunco Group of your own, you’ll want the Monthly Paid Schedule and the Rules, Prizes & Game Play. I have FREE PRINTABLES for these!

Downloads and Free Printables for Halloween Girls’ Night Bunco Party

Bunco Score Sheets

The score sheets come two to a page. Each player needs to have one.

Bunco – Monthly Paid Schedule

If you are starting a Bunco Group, use this to keep track of who has paid. You collect money at the end of the bunco party for the following month’s Bunco.

Bunco – Rules, Prizes & Game Play

This is loaded with information and awesome tips too. It provides all the details on how to play the game of Bunco, prize descriptions, game set-up, and more.

Bunco is a great idea for a Halloween Girls’ Night or anytime. Think about it for a church group event, big family get-together, or any event where you might play a game. You will have a BLAST!

Halloween Decor Blog Hop

If you are looking for some quick and easy Halloween Decor DIY Ideas, try my Trick-or-Treat Lantern, the Haunted Mirror – An Eerie Halloween DIY Decor, and DIY Spider Candles. Spooktacular!

Check out this Bubbling Cauldron of Candy and other fun candy display ideas.

Now, you have seen a lot of my Halloween decor so it’s time to check some of the ideas from this talented group of bloggers that I have joined up with to do this blog hop. I know you will be inspired by the creativity.

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How To Create A Kids’ Playhouse

Summer and kids go hand-in-hand, and your kids are going to love these ideas from regular contributor, Megan Wild. Build a Playhouse in your Backyard!

 

How to Create a Kids’ Playhouse

Building Memories Your Family Will Cherish

 

As the weather warms, dreams of kids playing outside until dusk, chasing lightning bugs and feeling the grass between your toes begin to dance in your head.

There is perhaps no outdoor activity more quintessentially youthful than playing in a backyard playhouse. Thanks to kids’ imagination and ingenuity, the outdoor abode doesn’t have to resemble the Swiss Family Robinson’s intricate, multi-room treehouse. Heck, it doesn’t even have to be in a tree.

At the moment, however, you are staring at a bare backyard. So how can you win parent of the year and take your backyard from boring to the neighborhood kids’ favorite hangout? Creating your child’s dream playhouse is within reach, even if you don’t have the acumen for complicated DIY projects. Here are four easy steps to creating the perfect playhouse for your children.

 

Check Local Ordinances

Start by checking with your local municipality to ensure you are following any existing regulations. Some communities have rules about how large these structures can be, how close to the property line they should sit, and whether they need to be built on the ground. Some municipalities may ban treehouses altogether, and only allow playhouses in the yard.

This is also the time to check with your homeowners insurance. Some insurance carriers do have regulations about structures like playhouses, and you’ll want to be sure you’re covered before moving forward.

 

 

Select a Design

Now that the paperwork is out of the way, you can get started with the fun stuff, like picking a design. Be honest with yourself about your do-it-yourself abilities. Sure, an insulated playhouse with lighting and Wi-Fi might be your child’s dream, but is it within your budget and ability? Thankfully, there are a variety of designs and options available online that can be matched with your time commitment and level of ability.

This playhouse design, created by a loving grandfather, has something for everyone, including a mini climbing wall, slide and plenty of roofed-in play space. It’s grandkid approved, no surprise there!

A rustic fort design is perfect for families who want something other than a traditional-looking playhouse.

Some of you might balk at the idea of building your own playhouse from scratch, or you might be anxious about the amount of time and skill it takes to get this project right. If so, look for inspiration from parents who took the ubiquitous Little Tykes plastic playhouse and gave it a remodel you have to see to believe. This is also a great option for families on a tight budget, since these playhouses can often be found at yard sales or resale websites.

 

 

Tools, Supplies and Building

Now that you’ve got a design selected, it’s time to get your hands dirty! Building a playhouse is a great opportunity to teach basic handyman skills to older kids, like hammering a nail and sanding wood. You may want to do the more dangerous sawing and cutting at a time when the kids aren’t underfoot.

For a project this size, logistics are important. For example, once you purchase the lumber at your local hardware store, there’s the matter of transportation. All the lumber and additional supplies are heavy, and since this is a temporary project, you may want to consider renting equipment to help you move it. Or stock up on aspirin or ibuprofen and invite several friends to help with loading and unloading.

As for the building, follow the old adage to measure twice, cut once and follow basic safety guidelines while the backyard is a mini-construction site. This should be a fun project, not a stressful one. Finally, remember to finish the wood in a way that will protect it from the elements and is also safe for kids.

 

 

Finishing Touches

You’ll be looking out your back window at this house every day, so finish strong with a few final touches. If you want to be able to see your kids, leave the doors and windows off, but older kids might get a kick out of being able to have a more private place to call their own.

A coat of paint on the door, a flower planter or pot, or some LED lights strung across the roof could turn the playhouse into a mini-home. Pinterest is a good place to look for ideas to give your basic tree house some curb appeal.

 

Pee-Wee Herman shouldn’t be the only person who gets to have an awesome playhouse.  Creating a playhouse for your children or grandchildren is a large project, but the rewards are even bigger. Sure, there are the moments of peace and quiet you’ll gain while the kids are out playing. More importantly, you’ll give your family countless memories of a happy childhood spent in the perfect backyard playhouse.
~Megan

Visit Megan at her blog, Your Wild Home!

 

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Kids, Summer, YIKES!

Kids, Summer, YIKES!

Ideas for Summer Kids Activities

 

Summer is here, and that means the kids are out of school and looking for something to do. Keeping your sanity as a mom, grandparent, or daycare provider means being able to entertain those kids all day long. This can make for a YIKES! moment when it comes to summer planning. What you need are some brilliant ideas for kids activities.

When looking for activity ideas, you want the kids to have fun. But you also want them to get some exercise for both their body and mind. Another consideration is cost. You don’t want summer fun to break the piggy bank.

Here are some ideas to take the YIKES! out of summer…

The first thing to do is to check your local area for summer kids programs such as:

  1. A Summer Reading Program at the Library or Book Store. A lot of children’s libraries have other fun programs available too, like story time, magic shows, animal or science shows.
  1. Free or low cost Movies for kids at the local Theater.
  1. Check with your city or town for free or low cost Swimming sessions, or other programs they may have available.

I like to inspire you to allow your kids to use their imaginations and get outside and move. Check these out…

 Here are some activity ideas for Sensory Play

12 Sensory Activities For Kids

And now, onto some awesome ideas I collected for you from Pinterest…

Build a Lemonade Stand and have some old-fashioned fun! Check out these awesome printables at Somewhat Simple

Find 100+ Summer Lovin’ Ideas at Mother’s Niche

35+ Nature Activities for Kids at Reading Confetti

Snowball Fights in the middle of summer? YES! Check out this California Snowball Fight

32 of the Best Backyard Games from Listotic

50 Cool Summer Activities for Bored Kids (No Parents Required) from The Stir

Summer Science for Kids from Growing A Jeweled Rose

Over 75 Water Play Ideas from Kids Activities Blog

How To Make Amazingly HUGE Bubbles from Baby Savers

Aren’t these some awesome ideas for kids activities? I hope they inspire you and your children to be creative and have some fun!

What are some of your favorite Summertime Activities?

Do you have any special summer plans?

 

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12 Sensory Activities For Kids

Sensory Activities for Kids

Turn On the Senses at Playtime!

 

I’m the new Act in The Sideshow–Scene 13!

Lysa at Welcome To My Circus, invited me to do a guest post for her on-going series, The Sideshow. After racking my brain for what I would write about, I decided to turn my thoughts to children. It fits, right… a circus, children, fun.

I had already been planning a post on Summer Fun for Kids here at Life With Lorelai that will be debuting soon. So, I thought I would explore a certain type of play activities for Lysa. Since my son struggled with Sensory Integration issues when he was young, it is an area that is important to me. Although these types of sensory play are great therapy for kids with special needs, they are fantastic fun, and a great learning experience for everyone!

I hope you will stop by Lysa’s blog and check out my guest post: Sensory Activites For Kids

Here are a few of the sensory play ideas you will find…

Garden Sensory Bin from Vicky @ Mess for Less

PIN here.

15 Animal Walks for Sensory Input from Dayna @ Lemon Lime Adventures

PIN here.

Sniffing Scent Jars from Vanessa @ Mama’s Happy Hive

PIN here.

Sand Play Dough from Jen @ Mama.Papa.Bubba

PIN here.

Check out the full post here.

And watch for more summer fun for kids coming soon…

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