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Winter Olympics Bingo

Thank goodness it's Friday!!



Let's celebrate with Free Download Friday!  All week I've been blabbing about my son's Olympic Birthday party.  Well, now let me spread some of the joy.  I would like to share my Winter Olympics Bingo game with you.  The download includes 12 different Bingo boards.  


I recommend downloading the calling cards, too.  So many of the pictures of the different Olympic events look similar (Alpine skiing vs. free style skiing vs. ski jump... you get the picture!)


You can download my Winter Olympics Bingo here and the calling cards that go with it here.

Enjoy your weekend!

Winter Olympics ~ Birthday Style

You've seen the gold medals... you've seen the torch... Now here are the details of the whole Olympic birthday party--the whole shebang!!

The birthday dinner began with an international cuisine.  We feasted on American hot dogs (my son's favorite of the moment!), French fries, Italian pesto pasta salad, Chinese green salad, Mexican queso dip, and German {Root} Beer.  (My husband thought he was so clever for thinking up that last one!)

Before the events began, each athlete had to check in.  Everyone was assigned a country to represent.  They each wore a sticker with the flag of their country.  (I chose the top-medaling nations of the Winter Olympics).  Of course my little guy represented the U.S.A. with the help of his Daddy.
Here is a run-down of all of the events in our Olympics:

We kept track of each nation's gold, silver, and bronze medals.  I was the referee of the night (that's why I am wearing black and white.)  With his Daddy's help, the U.S.A ended up with the most medals at the end of the night!

Although we honored the top winners of the night at our Medals Ceremony, the birthday boy presented a gold medal to everyone at the party as he unwrapped his presents.


We ate yummy Olympic birthday cupcakes.  I used M&M's to create the Olympic rings.  I just had to use a brown M&M for the black ring.  Not too shabby. My sister had the fabulous idea to strip down the birthday boy to his diaper and let him feast on his own cake in a small swimming pool.  My little sweetheart was a mess, but it was so worth it!


The whole party was so much fun!!  Watching my family participate in the suitcase relay was the highlight of my entire weekend.  The best part of course was watching the birthday boy!




By the way... I am so excited that the U.S.A. just took the lead in Olympic medals again with our latest gold medalists last night!  GO U.S.A.!

Olympic Torch

The Olympic flame
 

We had an Olympic Opening Ceremonies to start off my son's Olympic birthday party.  We used it to play "Pass the Torch"... which was basically Hot Potato played to the tune of the Olympics theme song.


I took a waterbottle and cut the bottom off.  Be careful if you try this... I stabbed myself with scissors.  Mr.  Oopsey Daisy's tools worked much better.  :)   Then I wrapped the whole thing in tin foil.  For the flame, I cut out orange, red, and yellow paper (although tissue paper would probably work even better.)  I just glued it inside the water bottle with good old Elmer's glue.

Doesn't my sister make a great model?!

Wednesday’s Wowzers: Olympics inspired.

I love good ideas!!  Today I was in the Olympic spirit and was also thinking ahead to St. Patrick's Day...
Make and Takes has a whole series of fun Olympic games and crafts that kids would love.  Mom's, you have to check this out!
Princess and the Frog organized an adorable family Olympics.  She featured an Olympic rings fruit pizza that I would love to make!  Yum!

Now I found myself another easy sewing project.  These ouch bags are perfect for when a little one gets hurt.  I love the Red Cross!  Thank you, This and That!

Smashed Peas and Carrots is very talented. I love the jersey-style applique shirt she made for her son.   Maybe I will attempt a very simplified version for my son!  So cute.
Curly Q Crafts had an adorable idea of making these "Why I'm Lucky" blocks.  Love it!  

I have already started making this shamrock wreath that Crap I've Made invented.  I will post pictures when I finish and hang it on my orange door!  I love myself a good wreath!

Birthday Name Banner

This has been such a cold, gloomy winter... but this weekend was just plain miserable here in Colorado.  So we spent our time cuddling up in blankets on the couch, sipping hot cocoa and watching the Olympics.  It was lovely!  But trying to keep my now-very-mobile son contained in our small apartment is tricky.  We are going a little stir crazy.  I am going to have to get creative this week for sure!

Anyway, I wanted to share the name banner I made for the birthday bash last week.  I couldn't let an occasion slip by without creating a banner!  But this one was really fun to make!

I love the dollar bins at Michael's.  I found some chipboard stars in a stash, and knew they were perfect.  I have a crazy thing for stars.  As a teacher, my classroom was decorated with stars.  They are just plain happy.  And for the birthday, I figured I couldn't go wrong with the primary colors--red, yellow, and blue.  I found some coordinating paper and mod-podged them on the stars.

Using my trusty Cricut, I cut out some stencil circle shapes for the letters of his name.  



I glued the letters onto the stars, and couldn't resist the bling-bling of glitter.  I really wanted the letters to stand out and... well, sparkle.



Now for the fun part!  I embellished the stars using buttons and Happy Birthday ribbon.  My husband complained that this was too cutsie for my very boyish boy... next year, he insists that I make him an airplane banner!



To hang the stars, I punched holes in the top points and strung it with twine.  I had to dab just a dot of hot glue to hold the stars facing forward on the twine so they wouldn't swing.

Just one more view...

By the way, isn't my parents' mantel lovely?!

Going For Gold

This last weekend was a crazy weekend for our family.  Besides celebrating Valentine's Day, this sweet little boy turned one! He also started walking in the last few weeks--and that means tearing up our apartment in a big-time way!  Oh yes, and my entire family was in town for the occasion.  I feel like I am still recovering from all of the fun and festivities.  So this week I will be featuring some of my birthday ideas and crafts.
I was racking my brain trying to decide upon the perfect theme for the big birthday bash UNTIL I realized that on the very day of his birthday, the Olympics would begin.  Score!  So we had an Olympic-themed birthday party.... and it was a blast!  I will share lots of the events of the evening with you.  But to start with:  

What's the Olympics without a gold medal?!  Everyone at the party would definitely need to earn a gold medal.

I started out with some wooden circles that I found at Michael's.  The hardest part of the entire project was peeling off the **sticky** labels off of each circle.  Thank you, Goof Off.  

I found a package of wooden stars (also at Michael's) and used Gorilla Glue to glue a star in the center of each wooden circle.  Less is better with Gorilla Glue.  I always have to remind myself of that!  It easily expands.

I spray-painted the medals with a nice shiny gold, of course.

I found this patriotic ribbon at JoAnn's, and used hot glue to secure it to the back of each medal.


All done!  This would be a really fun craft to do with kids, especially with the Olympics going on right now.

At our party, everyone was a gold medalist!  Enjoy watching the Olympics (I am watching right now!)
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