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Fourth of July Crafts For The Whole Family

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Art and Crafts Fourth of July crafts for the entire family are easy, fun, and patriotic. How tos for two different projects that will make your Fourth more festive. We spent an afternoon creating this fun Fourth of July crafts display. The firework garden spikes were perfect for all skill levels. The twig bundle was fun for an older child and can be re-decorated for other holidays. The crochet bunting was a longer and more involved project but it looks great year after year. Fourth Of July Crafts #1: Firework Garden Spikes These Firework Garden Spikes take a couple of hours and are made out of cardboard tubes. You will need:  Toilet paper and paper towel rolls White paint and paint brush Curling ribbon White construction or printer paper A star-shaped stencil Streamers in red and blue Elmers glue Sticks or skewers Paint the paper rolls white. While they are drying, cut out stars and the caps. The caps are made out of about 2 inch diameter circles. Cut a slit up one radius then slide

A Coffee Theme Party Is A Latte Fun!

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Good Party Themes Celebrate with a theme you love: coffee! With these recipes and decorating ideas, you are sure to create the perfect coffee theme party. A coffee theme party is perfect for all sorts of celebrations. Have a coffee fan's birthday coming round the corner? Why not throw him a coffee theme birthday party? Besides birthdays, other times when a coffee theme works well are: Graduations Anniversaries Office parties, and Welcome home parties Party Budget: $50 Coffee Theme Party Recipes What is a coffee party without the obvious coffee drink? Drip coffee is simple and goes great with all desserts. For something a little more exotic, try a vanilla ice cream latte. Mmm...These are delicious. Fill a 12 oz. glass with vanilla ice cream. Pour espresso or strong coffee over the ice cream and stir. For the cake, a rich and delectable layered mocha cheesecake is the perfect fit. Its flavor and aroma is a reminder of a nice cup of steaming coffee. To print the recipe, click here...

Candy? I Love Candy! Especially With A Candy Party Theme!

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Good Party Themes Throw a candy party theme to celebrate the approach of Christmas or a December birthday! Can't go wrong with these decorations and activities for kids! A retail waiting area ready for a company Christmas party for children. One of my favorite Christmas parties is a candy party theme which is directed toward children. Throw one of these parties to experience the fun for yourself. Candy Party Theme Itinerary Not only does this theme work perfectly for a Christmas party, but also for any December birthday. It doesn't matter what you're celebrating, the following itinerary is here for your convenience: 3:00-Guests arrive 3:30-Activities 5:00-Pizza 6:00-Guests depart Party Budget: $400 Candy Party Theme Food Having a pizza delivery scheduled makes a great lunch at a party where there will be plenty of excitement and candy feasting going on before it gets there. Pizzas are (comparatively) inexpensive when ordering for a large group, and need little attention whe

Tea Cups, Party Dresses, and Games: A Teenage Princess Tea Party Is Always Filled With Fun

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Good Party Themes Every girl loves a tea party. Celebrate your teenage daughter's birthday by throwing her a princess tea party! Find decorating ideas, food ideas and games here... A princess tea party is always a blast. For a teenage birthday, why not celebrate with tea? It's a snap with this guide. Princess Tea Party Itinerary Feel free to use this itinerary here or adjust for your own party: 11:00-Guests arrive Noon-Tea and lunch 1:00-Games:     Trivia     Musical chairs     Tea bag toss 4:00-Guests depart Party Budget: $90 Princess Tea Party Food Of course the ideal food and drink for this kind of party would be tea and cookies! A chocolate tart or brownies are also a great addition. Serve a cheese and fruit tray, too, for healthy snacking. Menu Tea Cookies Chocolate tart Cheese and fruit tray Princess Tea Teenage Birthday Party Feeling With floral patterns, pinks, and whites as your main decorating colors, decorate using: Balloons Tablecloths Str

How To Arrange Flowers

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DIY Projects Get stunning results when you learn how to arrange flowers with these 5 tips and techniques. Save money decorating for parties and gifting lovely fresh flower arrangements to your friends and neighbors Learning how to arrange flowers is useful for boys and girls. All homemakers should possess this skill. Interior decorating, hosting parties, giving simple gifts for neighbors and friends, are all times when creating a professional looking flower arrangement will prove to be a very practical life skill. The best reason for learning this skill is to enhance the joy of experiencing God's beautiful gift of nature inside your own home. 1. Make The Right Flower Choices There are three elements that make up most flower arrangements: greenery, spray flowers, and focal flowers. Greenery - Ivy, ferns and eucalyptus are common greenery. Spray flowers - Having more than one bloom on a single stem, flowers like daisies and poms are used as filler in bouquets and arrangements. Focal

Celebrate A "Very Merry Birthday" With A Mad Hatters Tea Party Theme

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Good Party Themes "We're all mad here"...a Mad Hatters tea party theme will get all your guests to join in the fun of being mad. With costumes, a themed tea, and royal croquet court, enjoy a "very merry birthday to you!" A Mad Hatters tea party theme, what could be more fun! Celebrate in the great outdoors with a royal game of croquet. There is a lot of fun in store when everyone is mad for tea! Mad Hatters Tea Party Theme Itinerary As tea is generally considered an afternoon occurrence, an afternoon tea party is always in order, even if it is mad. 1:00-Guests arrive 1:30-Croquet begins with snacking on the tea and cookies 3:00-Unwrap gifts and serve cake 4:00-Guests depart Mad Hatters Tea Party Theme Food Lay out your Mad Hatters tea on an outdoor table. Be sure to serve several kinds of tea along with a variety of cookies. Scatter the trays and pots around the table to create a "mad" feel. To add to the Alice in Wonderland ambience of your Mad Hatter

Wholesome Books For The Whole Family

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 Best Books Books for the whole family should be wholesome  and  entertaining.  "Never read books you aren't sure about. . . even supposing that these bad books are very well written from a literary point of view. Let me ask you this: Would you drink something you knew was poisoned just because it was offered to you in a golden cup?" - St. John Bosco Our family loves reading! We read books then share them aloud or listen to  audiobook versions . The characters in our favorite novels become our friends and a part of our shared family experience. Use these reviews to stock your bookshelves with good books or aid in your family's literature discussions drawing out the virtues displayed in the book. You may also like our young adult book list. Finding a good book can be hard. Finding a good and interesting book for a young adult can be even harder. This list of has five great choices! Reviews here for The Merchant of Venice , The Guillotine and the Cross, David Copperfie

Young Adult Book Reviews

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Best Books Provided here are five young adult book reviews of interesting books for the summer: The Merchant of Venice , The Cross and the Guillotine, David Copperfield , Christopher Columbus, and The Scarlet Letter #1 Young Adult Book Reviews: The Merchant Of Venice The Merchant of Venice is a perfect book for this age group. This play is neither too complicated for young minds nor too dumbied down. This story tells of Antonio, a rich merchant from Venice and his gamble with Shylock, a greedy and grasping Jew who is willing to take any risk to see Antonio dead. Also on the scene is Antonios best friend, Bassanio and his courtship with the lovely Portia. It is a story with complex characters and an even more complex plot. A good read for anyone who likes to think. Continue Reading The Merchant of Venice Plot Summary #2 Of Young Adult Book Reviews: The Guillotine and the Cross As this book was written by our family-favorite historian, Warren Carroll, The Guillotine and the Cross i

The Best Family Audiobook

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Best Books After all our traveling to Latin Masses and long roadtrips home to visit family, we have discovered the best family audiobooks. One of my favorite audiobooks is Anne of Green Gables . It is such a familiar story that if my mind drifts, which it does more in the car than it does while I'm listening at home, I can snap back into the story. We were introduced to Father Brown through audiobooks. These short stories are perfect for errands. The most intense audiobook for us was The Jesuit Martyrs of North America . That may be due to the length as well as the poor recording quality. Another older recording that we loved and are desperate to obtain another copy after our cassettes wore out is Mark Twain's Joan of Arc. Both of these were recorded by Ignatius Press. Bethlehem Books has several audio editions of their stories. We were completely movie and TV free for a while and these stories filled the movie void and helped us get through until we found other activities to

Kidnapped

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 Best Books "Even though you are on the losing end of an argument, it is good to stick to your principles." In the book Kidnapped , by Robert Louis Stevenson the reader is swept to Scotland in 1751, six years after the Jacobite uprising. This 230 page adventure novel, published by Dover, copyright in 2000, tells the story of David Balfour's adventure as he travels through the lowlands as well as the highlands of Scotland with the outlaw Alan Breck Stewart. Although the two have nothing in common they manage to build a unique friendship. Kidnapped  Audiobook Recommendation This LibriVox recording of Kidnapped is very good. First it is a good length and can be listened to while driving for a long trip totaling about 8 hours. It is recorded by one person. He had good voices for each of the characters plus his Scottish brogue was good and he pronounced Scottish words well. The speed of the recording is good and there is no background. The recording is very clear. Excellent q