So, we had a party. An Up! party. Thing One loves the movie, and luckily so do I. Here's what we did:
I had a calendar a few years ago and I always liked the pictures, so I saved them and they were perfect for this. We pulled out a couple of globes, a jar for saving for "Paradise Falls," the mailbox, and lots of little foam planes.
We turned the cozy Christmas cottage into the flying house.
I made some paper plate paddles for balloon tennis. I trimmed off the outer 1/2 inch and hot glued on some large craft sticks. Balloon tennis is pretty great by itself. Thing One was happy to play for a long time, while I did other set up stuff. We will be using these post-party for sure.
The foam planes were a late summer clearance score. Hobby Lobby has the best deals at the end of VBS season. These crafts are perfect for parties because they are sets for a whole class and they usually run them 70-90% off, eventually.
We planned a house craft for all the kids. I cut the bottoms off of lots of milk cartons, and then put out glue, papers, fabric pieces and craft sticks.
Everyone chose a "house" and decorated it however they wanted. I think the kids really liked making the houses.
When they were done, each house got it's own balloon. We taped the ribbon to a half a drinking straw, and slipped it in through the pour spout. Then the straw turns sideways and holds the balloon in place.
For favors we printed out mini versions of the Adventure Book which you can download for free at this Disney website. It's a great book of family and individual activities for kids to do to earn badges, which you cut out and glue on once they earn them. The favor bags also had a chocolate bar, a tennis ball, a kazoo and some feathers.
We had a great time, and I think mostly everyone else did too. Except probably the sweet girl that threw up all over her mom and our kitchen half-way through the party. Just keepin' it real here, lest you think things always turn out the way I plan them : )
Adventure is out there! Thanks for reading!