The kids had a party on Saturday and I managed to make some gifts for our sweet friends. It is really hard to make gifts for people, I think. Most of the time you don’t have a lot of notice so not a lot of time to a) come up with an idea, and b) sew it up. These friends are very dear and I wanted their gift to be special, so I agonized a lot over it. In the end, an idea hit me: bedtime bags!
Bedtime gets harder as the kids get older, I find. At this point in the day, they are tired but wired; mine start running all over and shrieking too, which drives me crazy–I’m always scared they will fall and get hurt because they are not very coordinated at that time of day. Enter the bedtime bag.
It is, basically, a bag where you put goodies that are used during your bedtime routine/allowed only at night, for easy access and to entertain the kiddos while you finish those last few tasks before lights off.
I made mine out of white cotton, using initial printables I found on Heather Ross’ Prints CD and ironed on. I filled it with some goodies my girls enjoy, and made a cute little tag for it. I also made a star stuffie to go with it. Cute!
I have a tag printable for you, if you wish to try out this idea:
Bedtime Bag Tag
A few weeks ago, I hosted a baby shower for a friend and based it on the theme Little Sister/Big Sister.
I really enjoyed planning with this theme since it is so close to my heart. I have two daughters (Big sister and Little Sister) and they make the world such a happy place for me! It is my wish that all sisters will share such joy 🙂
I made invitations:
And my daughters got so into preparations that they even colored some decorations for me!
I thought I would offer these printables as a free download. Enjoy your little girls, and sisterhood!
Placemat Coloring Page
I used this coloring page during my daughter’s party this past Saturday. I set places for all the girls and provided crayons for them to decorate their own page, then explained how to set the table and had them practice on their very own placemat. It was a hit!
Another use would be to have your child color and then laminate it. That way you can pull it out at dinner time and have him/her set the table as part of his/her chores.
Yet another use would be to carry copies with you and crayons to pull out when you eat out. Some of the printed activities at restaurants are not toddler friendly, and this would be a fun thing for your toddler/preeschooler to do while you wait for your food.
How would you use it?