15 Phrases for The Telephone Game

Telephone is truly a oldie but a goodie.  It is one of those games that has stood the test of time.  It is so wildly popular still today because of the sheer silliness of the game results.  Kids are funny.  Sometimes they are fall down, spit your drink out funny.  Now take a bunch of wound up, sugared up kids and tell them to quietly repeat a single phrase to their partner only once.  What you get is normally hysterical pandemonium.  This is a go to game I always keep in my back pocket.  It never fails to fill that extra 5-10 minutes you didn’t count on at the end of the party.  I started doing this years ago when a craft took 5 minutes instead of 25 to complete.  Oh dear!  At that time I made up the phrases on the spot, but now I have learned there are a few phrases that work better than others so I come prepared.  Here is a list that can be used for any grade to get you started.  Use the shorter phrases for the younger ones.  You will be shocked at the results.  LOL

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  1. Noisy Ned needs nuggets
  2. Ghostly gum tastes gooey
  3. Scarecrows steal soft sandwiches
  4. Junie B Jones likes Jamba Juice
  5. Dracula drinks dark drool
  6. Ms. ________ makes math mash-ups (fill in your child’s teachers name )
  7. Moody Mummies munch on moldy mothballs
  8. Walking in a Winter Wonderland
  9. Snowflakes will slide softly soon
  10. Leaves like loose piles
  11. Teachers take tons of toadstools
  12. Recess rocks restless roosters
  13. Counting cars quietly
  14. Lightening McQueen likes loaded lunches
  15. Classmates climb cars for cash

3 Themes for a Successful 7th Birthday Party

This one is personal.  My little guy is turning 7 next week and I have been thinking/agonizing over this for weeks.  Admittedly my son is a bit of an odd ball but these ideas will work for just about any group and are very customizable.  A good theme needs to be able to encompass games, party favors, snacks and foods and even costumes.  A few of these ideas I incorporate a specific location or event as well.  There’s nothing better than not having to clean your house or worrying about multiple little kids running wild in your home.

Renaissance Festival/Medieval Times-  This works for both boys and girls.  Boys can be knights or kings and girls princesses or queens.  Most festivals will work with you to provide a meal location and discounted food.  The food is always fun and messy so bring a pack of baby wipes for clean up.  All of the entertainment is included right at the facility so your set to go.  If you choose to go to a festival or show a much smaller group is necessary for cost and corralling purposes.  Think cat herding!  I would invite 2-3 kids maximum.  This theme can be done at home however by serving roasted turkey legs, orange icys in hollowed out oranges, candied almonds and spiced apple juice.  If you serve drinks in large plastic goblets your guests will feel very royal.  Games could include bean bag tosses, Nerf crossbow target and face painting.  There are great glitter tattoos out there that can be done by anyone.

Apple Orchard or Pumpkin Patch Party-  Most apple orchard and pumpkin patches offer a variety of packages for parties.  Many choices include hay rides, apple or pumpkin picking, petting zoos and bee keeping.  They are traditionally inexpensive and the added benefit of supporting a local farmer is always nice.  You can encourage your guests to wear their Halloween Costumes and decorate with fall leaves and scare crows.  Games should include bobbing for apples and pumpkin seed spitting.  I know its gross but if its outside and controlled the kids will love it.  Crafts can be pumpkin decorating with markers and stickers and scarecrow making.  Here a few of my favorite crafts:

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Foods should include of course all things apples.  Apple pies, apple cakes, apple bread, apple cookies, apple crumble to name a few.  Pumpkin bread, candied or salted pumpkin seeds and apple cider round out a fun menu.  A lot of places will even allow a campfire for hot dog or smores.  You will of course need a lot a parent supervision for this!

Masterchef Party-  This one is a little strange I know.  Both my children like to cook and I don’t know a kid around that doesn’t like to decorate cookies or cakes.  Many Hy-Vee’s and Social Suppers have facilities dedicated for these purposes.  It won’t mess up your kitchen and you won’t have to prepare any food.  Its a win-win!  I would suggest making something all kids like spaghetti, tacos, grilled cheese, or pizza.  Pizza is very fun because the kids can pull the dough and choose their own toppings.  Its also very hard to mess up.  Guests should receive Chef hats, coats and aprons and party favors could include a small pack of cooking utensils.  Cookie or cake decorating can complete the evening.

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I hope you and your kids will have as much fun with these party ideas as I have had.  Wish me luck with my son’s party.

Popular Kids Party Food and Drink for Halloween

Kids can be finicky.  What one kid likes another hates.  When you add in allergies and sensitivities it can be a nightmare to pick the ideal party food and drink.  Let me guide you through what can be one of the most challenging choices to make.  These ideas below are all easy and always popular with even the most picky of eaters!

Popcorn Hands with Candy Corn Fingers

The beauty of these are that they are a twofer.  They are a delicious snack that satisfies both the salty and sweet craving and its a great time-wasting craft.  You need clear plastic gloves and yarn to tie the ends closed.

Jello with Wiggly Surprises

Make jello, any color or flavor, in a sheet cake pan.  When you pour the jello in the cake pan to firm up, add any gross edible candy you can find.  Gummy worms, eyeballs, pumpkins, or nerds.  Just about any candy will work just make sure you cool the liquid jello slightly before adding the worms or they could melt.  Bulk candy can be found at any grocery store.  I found red, green and orange jello works the best for the gross out factor.  Lastly cut the jello into squares or cookie cutter shapes like ghosts or pumpkins if your feeling ambitious!

Rice Crispi Treats with Candy Confetti

Everyone knows how to make Rice Crispi’s Treats, but if you don’t the recipe is on every box of Rice Crispi’s.  The key to Spooky Halloween treats is lots of red and orange food coloring and orange and black candy confetti.  This can be found at most large grocery stores or craft stores.  You just need candy small enough to put in the treats but large enough to be seen.  Often you can find orange marshmallows in the Fall and then you won’t need to use food coloring.  If you have to use food coloring add it after the marshmallows are melted and before you add the cereal.  These treats can also be cut into fun shapes with a cookie cutter like the jello.

Ants On a Log

These are a classic that are given a new twist to adjust for food allergies.  Celery sticks cleaned and cut into logs as usual but instead of the traditional peanut butter use cream cheese.  You can use raisins or cut up fruit of any kind.  Celery has very little taste uncooked so it is the perfect conductor for other flavors.  Cream cheese and strawberries are very pretty and quite tasty.  If you have both peanut and strawberry allergies use kiwi or banana.  Just make sure you come up with inventive names to make the kids squeal with delight or fear.  Names like boogers on a log or slimy worms on a log definitely paint a picture.  Stink bugs on a log are my oldest boy’s favorite.

Spooky Brew

This is an easy drink that can be modified to fit almost all tastes.  Grape juice mixed with pineapple juice is delicious but looks terrible.  Thats perfect.  The key to the brew is the look not taste.  If you serve it from a glass punch bowl you can freeze an ice ring with gummy worms, pumpkins, vampires teeth whatever you have.  If you use red juice like cranberry juice mix 1 liter of Sprite and add an ice ring of vampire teeth.  Punch of the Vampire is both gross and tasty!

Spiced Apple Juice

Apple juice mixed with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg gives the perfect little kick that makes this drink special.  This drink is even better warm.  If you heat it ahead of time you can transport it in a large cooler and it will stay warm for about an hour.

All of these treats and drinks can be easily modified for different tastes, allergies and sensitivities.  With a little adjustment they can be modified for different seasons as well.  Enjoy the party!