Bye Bye to our Blizzard Birthdays!

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Happy New Year From the Beverly’s Birthdays Team!

We can hardly believe that January has come and gone! That said, it was an exciting birthday month for our organization. Winter Blizzard Jonas come and went, as did our Blizzard Birthday Bashes! We hosted 13 January Blizzard parties, each filled with winter games, crafts, balloons, cupcakes, MOE’s taco bars and most importantly: BIRTHDAY SMILES!!

PROGRAMMING:

One of our favorite January crafts was our SNOWMEN AT NIGHT salt-paint portraits. For this activity, we gathered the kids to the floor to read Caralyn and Mark Beuhner’s winter classic, SNOWMEN AT NIGHT. We wanted to get the kids’ creative juices flowing so that they could take the story back to the tables and create their very own snowmen at night. It’s always fun to see what the kids create after they are inspired by a fun story or anecdote!

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Other January activities included:

  • Penguin Waddle Races
  • Minute to Win It Snowball Competitions
  • Snowman Mummy Races
  • Winter Bingo and
  • Beaded Snowflake Ornament Construction.

The kids had a blast and the volunteers and program leaders had just as much fun celebrating with the kids on their special day!

 

VOLUNTEERING:

January was also a great month for our volunteers. We say time and time again how much our volunteers mean to our organization. January was absolutely no exception. The Shady Side Junior School hosted a huge event on Martin Luther King Junior Day in which they cycled through five volunteering stations. Each station’s activity aided us in achieving our programming goals. Activities include:

  • Valentine Mason Jar Construction
  • Picnic Table Painting for our office/volunteer space
  • Boo-Boo Bunny Construction
  • Sugar Cookie Baking and
  • Treat Bag Assembly

There is something incredibly heartwarming about children wanting to help other children. It is especially rewarding when the kids are able to verbalize and understand why these projects are important. We saw a lot of positive attitudes at the Shady Side Junior School and could not be more proud and thankful for their time and contributions!

January volunteering continued at the office as well! We had several enthusiastic groups come out to help us create “Birthday in a Bags”, “Candy Towers” and more! THANK YOU to our amazing groups! We love having you around and hope you enjoy the work as much as we enjoy having you!

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DELICIOUS ADDITIONS:

January also christened our new partnership with MOE’S Southwest Grill. We could not be more excited and thankful to be involved with such an incredible company. Each January party was decked out with a lavish taco bar catered by MOE’S. MOE’S also created fun Beverly-Moes Birthday Crowns that we have been gifting to the Birthday Kids at our parties. Party attendees have certainly not been shy in showing their gratitude. A few kind words can go a really long way! Thanks for the treat, MOE’S!

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

January was truly a STELLAR month. In closing, as we head into the rest of 2016, we’d like to reflect on the following quote and leave you with some food for thought:

Both Claire and Martina (Bev’s Program Managers) had eye opening experiences in January that reminded them why we do what we do as an organization. First, Claire had a girl (age 13) send in a birthday present request that asked for bottled water. She did not request Fiji or Smart Water – just plain, bottled water. Claire was so moved by this outlandish request that she decided to gift the girl with an entire Water Bottle Tower, containing only the best bottles around:

Similarly, Martina attended a party at the start of January in which she was serving pizza to the guests. A young boy came to the front of the line, politely declined the pizza, but asked if he could take a paper “Happy Birthday” Plate. Martina gave the plate to the boy but asked, out of curiosity, why he wanted the plate if he wasn’t going to eat any pizza. The boy simply replied that he wanted to save the plate for the entire week (washing it in between meals) so that he could have something to celebrate and eat off of for the whole week of his birthday. Martina could not think of a sufficient reply, but instead went back to her birthday bin and handed the boy a full pack of unopened paper birthday plates…

I don’t know about you, but I can’t remember the last time I truly cherished a bottle of water or a paper birthday plate. We wanted to share these moment because they are a nice reminder that we all have things to be thankful for. More than that, we all have talents we can share to make others smile. Help us continue to spread smiles for months to come and always remember we are ALL special and we ALL have things to be thankful for. HAPPY FEBRUARY!

 

 

 

 

Warm Wishes and Holiday Cheer

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Season’s Greetings from us all at Beverly’s Birthdays! We are excited to start blogging again and look forward to sharing what we do with you on a monthly basis! 2015 has brought about many great experiences for our organization. We are thankful to all who have made our successes possible! Here’s a mini-recap and highlights from the year!

If you haven’t met them already, I’d like to introduce you to our two newest Program Managers:

Claire Pilarski – Program Manager/Agency Relations

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BIRTHDAY FUN FACT: As a December baby, Claire’s favorite birthday was Christmas-themed. Guests wore “cool” Christmas vests, painted ornaments and ate loads of Christmas cookies! – Sounds like a party to me!

Martina Caruso – Program Manager/Volunteer Coordinator

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BIRTHDAY FUN FACT: Martina’s favorite birthday experience was a Spice Girls-themed party, hosted at her father’s hair salon. Guests dressed as their favorite Spice Girl, got their hair and nails done, and sang along to the Spice Girls album (Martina was POSH Spice)

Claire, Martina and the entire Beverly’s Birthdays team is excited to leap into the New Year with force. We want to celebrate as many birthdays in 2016 as we can and look forward to spreading Cheer!

2015 RECAPS:

THE BIRTHDAY EXPERIENCE: This year we were able to create over 4000 birthday experiences. It’s hard to believe that that’s possible, but with the help and support of our volunteers and donors, we hosted 12-15 parties/month with additional birthdays experiences mixed in as well. Here are a few pictures from some of our favorite moments this year:

Pittsburgh Pirates & Westmoreland Children’s Bureau!

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Seuss Fun with Healthy Start! 

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Baby Showers!

 

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Birthday Party Cheer! 

 

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VOLUNTEERS: It goes without saying that we could not do what we do without the help of our dedicated volunteer groups and donors. From getting together to create “Birthday in a Bags”, “Itty-Bitty-Bins”, “Classroom Cheer Kits” to running drives and doing manual labor at our new office building, we have, hands down, the best support group in the ‘Burgh. If you would like to get involved, our birthday door is ALWAYS open! Get in touch with Martina for details! Here are some pictures of our stellar 2015 Groups! They are beautiful inside and out:

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FAMILY CIRCLE: This was also a very exciting year for our Executive Director and Founder, Megs Yunn. Megs was featured in the October 2015 issue of “Family Circle” magazine, where she shared her story and experiences with Beverl’y Birthdays over the past 3 ½ year. We are so proud of her accomplishments! If you missed it, Read about it here!

 

2016 News:

MOES: Looking ahead to the New Year, we have a lot of exciting news in store. We are thrilled to announce that MOE’s Southwest Grill will be our official catering partner for all 2016 parties! We could not be more excited to work with this great organization. Their kindness is overwhelming! More news on this partnership will be presented in the January Newsletter, so stay tuned!

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YUMMYHOLIC: We also had the privilege of meeting Jasmine Cho, a young entrepreneur, with beautiful baking talents. She (Yummyholic) will be the official baker for all of our upcoming Baby Showers. When you have a moment, check out her work at her website, HERE. We can’t wait to share her sweet creations!

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Thank you again for making our year so special! The Beverly’s Birthdays Team wishes you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy start to your New Year! We look forward to seeing you all in 2016! Stay tuned for more posts and updates to keep you looped in to what we do!

 

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Frozen fun creates warm moments

January was a chilly month full of “frozen” moments.  We captured the season in our winter frozen party.  The kids were surprised when we told them they didn’t have to put on hats, gloves, and mittensFrozengrouppicture to make our snowmen! We created a variety of crafts that incorporated elements of winter- snowmen, snow, penguins, snowflakes, and frozen characters. Kids love crafts that are edible and really enjoyed making their own marshmallow Olaf! The theme was continued throughout the party in the cupcakes and treat bags.

Edible Olaf

We used marshmallows to create the snowman.

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– Large campfire marshmallows
– Black sixlets
– Orange Slices
– Edible black marker
-Tooth picks
-White Icing

 Use tooth picks to join together three marshmallows in the form of a snowman. Draw on eyes and mouth with edible marker. Cut orange in half long ways. Put it on the top marshmallow to make the nose. Use icing to adhere the sixlets as buttons   on the snowman.

Snowglobe Scene

We let kids create their own snow globes using clear plastic plates. We glued a piece of construfrozensnowglobection paper to a large plate. Children draw their scene using markers, stickers, pipe cleaners, and glitter glue then an adult can use a hot glue gun to adhere the clear plate on top of the scene.

Contents:
-Construction paper
-Clear plastic plate
-Large Plate
-Hot glue gun
-Markers, stickers, glitter glue

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Bags were purchased from Oriental Trading Company. Just provide markers and/or crayons and let the kids each color their own bag. These were very useful for the kids to carry their crafts home.

Grow your own crystal snowflake

Kids can grow their own snowflakes using borax and pipe cleaners. Form pipe cleaners into snowflake shape. Tie a string to the snowflake and the other end to a straw so that you may hang it over the cup into the solution. Pour the pre-made solution into each cup and let them sit over night!

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– 2 cups water
-1/3 cup borax
-Pipe Cleaners
-Cup

-Scissors
-String
-Straw or pencil
-Scissors

Snowflake Mobile

Purchased from Oriental trading Company. Contains everything in pack with instructions.

Snowflake Ornament

Kit purchased from Wal-Mart. Kit includes everything with instructions.

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 A jar was filled with counted out marshmallows.  Each child had a turn to come up and guess how many marshmallows were in the jar.  The child closest to the number of marshmallows in the jar wins a prize!

Marshmallow suck-up race

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Contents:

-Mini Marshmallows
-Straws
-Cups

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Kids guess a number and then spin the wheel to see if the spinner will land on their number.  If the spinner lands on the number the child guessed, they win a prize!

Frozen Bingo

frozenbingoYou can’t have a party without bingo!  Frozen bingo is similar to regular bingo but instead of using numbers, we used characters from the frozen movie.  These cards were purchase off of etsy.com and were available to print off after purchasing.  To make this game even more winterized, we used marshmallows as the covers!

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The kids loved this game and it was super easy to make.  Use a piece of poster board to make a life-size Olaf.  I sketched ours by looking at a picture online.  Then I used orange construction paper to cut out carrot noses.  I put each child’s name on a carrot.  When it was their turn, I placed a piece of two sided stick tape on the back of the carrot.  Spin the child a couple times and let them try to get Olaf’s nose back where it belongs!


We were very lucky to have special guests at our frozen parties this month.  Fx Face Painting and Fairytale Princess Parties brought special guests to participate in the activities with the kids.  The kids loved seeing their favorite princesses come to life!  Face-Painting Designs by Dana turned our party into super heroes with her awesome face painting.  

It may have been a chilly month but we had many warm moments! These crafts are great for all ages!  and easily can be recreated by moms to entertain their children on snowed in days. 

We can’t thank our volunteers enough for donating their time and talents!  They cupcake and treat bags really made our frozen party come to life!

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More cheer in the New Year!

As 2014 comes to an end, we realize we have a lot to celebrate. We recently threw our last party of the year – bringing our party total for 2014 to 64 parties!Did we mention we have given out over 300 birthdays-in-a-bag this year? We couldn’t have done it without the generous donations and volunteers we’ve had throughout the year – thank you!

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In other news – Beverly’s Birthdays has its first eBook! Never Too Late, a Harlequin book, is based on two architects who volunteer with Beverly’s in hopes of gaining points with their boss, but find that there is more to life than just a promotion. Download the FREE eBook here.
For those of you who missed the KDKA segment of Beverly’s Birthdays, check it out here. Megs talks about how families can help spread cheer!
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Start the year off right by volunteering with Beverly’s Birthdays!  Don’t have the extra time to volunteer but still want to support the cause?  Consider hosting a donation drive and collecting the items we put in our cheer bins.  Another great way to support us this year is by attending our events.  We will be starting off the new year right with a happy hour toast in February to create some buzz for our big event in April.  We are so excited to announce this years evening of cheer will be held at the Children’s Museum.  Stayed tuned for more updates to come!

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Is your child interested in getting involved in the community and looking to learn leadership skills?  Our newest program, Champions of Cheer, is a great initiative for your youth to participate.  We will be selecting 10 individuals between the ages of 9-12 who are interested in making a difference in their community. The 10 elected youth will complete a leadership development training with Beverly’s Birthdays and then complete a fundraising project of their own.  For additional information please go here. All applications are due by January 16th.If you have any questions about the program, please contact Megs Yunn at myunn@beverlysbirthdays.org.

Thank you for all of your support in 2014.  We couldn’t ask for a better cheer squad. We wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to spreading more cheer in the new year!

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The Key to Corporate Giving

There is a question we are asked daily when talking to people about what we do: How can I get involved? While there are countless ways to help our cause individually, one of our biggest contributors are corporations. It is possible for companies to either donate money or get employees involved.

Employee Involvement

One of the most popular ways we encourage employee involvement is in-kind donation drives. At Beverly’s, we always have a list of things we need to bring a smile to a child’s face. So what exactly do we need? Below is a list of items perfect for in-kind donation drives.

All items need to be new and unopened. We cannot accept any items that contain nuts or peanut butter due to allergies.

  • Target, Wal-Mart Gift Cards
  • Juice Boxes/Capri Suns
  • Individually Wrapped Snack/Movie Theatre Size Candy
  • Novelty Candy (Ex: Pez)
  • Teen & Young Girl Hair Accessories (Headbands, bows, ribbons)
  • Teen Beauty Accessories (Nail Polish, Lip Gloss, Body Spray, Body Lotion)
  • Stocking stuffer size toys appropriate for girls 4-9 (i.e.- Barbie, Dora, My Little Ponies, Hello Kitty, Lisa Frank, etc.)
  • Stocking stuffer size toys appropriate for boys 4-9 (i.e. – Superheroes, Cars, Dinosaurs, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
  • Stocking stuffer size toys appropriate for boys 10-14
  • Baseball Caps

Beverly’s Birthdays is also piloting in a new program, Classroom Cheer. We will be providing birthday treat bags to local school districts so that children have a birthday treat to give to their peers on their special day. These treat bags will include any of the following items:

  • Snack size animal crackers, individual bags of pre-popped popcorn, and/or pretzel
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  • Juice Box
  • Small piece of candy
  • Birthday toy trinket

We recently partnered with PNC to put together over 600 treat bags for classroom cheer. Thank you PNC! This event is a great way to encourage employee participation and donation.

We also have a partnership with the Greater Pittsburgh Food bank, Good Samaritan care program of Washington County, and Feed my Sheep food cupboard located in Butler County to provide Birthday in a Bag.  We provide pre-assembled bags filled with all of the necessary items to host a small birthday celebration.  The bags are distributed throughout the region for low-income families in need. The items listed below are collected to fill our birthday bags:

  • Candles
  • Cake Mix
  • Icing
  • A set of birthday tableware (napkins, cups, tablecloth, plates, cutlery)

IMG_4938Alcoa held an employee event to help us with our Food Bank donations. Previous to the event, there were boxes stationed throughout the building to collect the items listed above. We then teamed up to put the bags together and deliver them to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. Over 150 bags were put together for the cause! Thank you Alcoa!

Company Contributions

We all know that sometimes there just isn’t enough time in a day to hold an employee volunteer event, so why not donate money? We have several ways to contribute to Beverly’s parties. Corporate Cheer for a Year allows a company to “adopt” a shelter which will provide presents and parties for an entire year by donating $3000. 100 Birthday Smiles is a $1500 donation which can provide presents for 100 homeless children. A $500 donation is called Two Times the Birthday Fun and contributes to two Beverly’s Birthdays celebrations.  A Month of Birthday Cheer, a donation of $250, will allow a company to sponsor one birthday celebration.

These are just a few of the many ways your company can contribute to Beverly’s Birthdays. Do you like our mission?  Consider supporting Beverly’s Birthdays for your next corporate community outreach project. Please contact Michelle, our program and volunteer coordinator, at MMesser@beverlysbirthday.org for additional information.

 

Heading to the Wild Wild West!

We kicked off fall by bringing in the Cowboys and Indians! There’s a new sheriff in town, so hold on to your horses while we show you how to have a western bash for your child’s next birthday party! The little sheriffs have a lot to look forward to…

We started this party off with Domino’s pizza from the Southside location at 511 East Carson Street. Help us repay them for their generosity with your business! from our awesome sponsor! The parties always start off with pizza because it isn’t a party until you have pizza!

Wild West Magic Scratch Ornament

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The Wild West Magic Scratch ornaments were ordered from The Oriental Trading Company. The ornaments came in a variety of western themed shapes including boots, cactuses, & sheriff badges. Included with ornaments are a string for hanging and a scratching stick for each shape. This is a great activity for children of all ages. The kids used the included scratch stitches to scratch off the black top coat and reveal an array of colors underneath. No child was too old to scratch off magic!

Sheriff Badges

The sheriff badges are easy to make and the kids enjoyed designing their special badge. Templates for sheriff badges are available on outerwear. Simply find an outline of a sheriff badge online, trace or print the badge on construction paper (typically, yellow is used) and cut the badges out. We made sure to have the badges already cut out before the party as the cutting can be tedious for younger children. Markers, glitter pens, and stickers were used to decorate the badges to display each child’s name. These were a great craft in place of name tags! A piece of two way stick tape was used to make them stick the child’s shirt. Safety pins may also be used.

• Yellow construction paper
• Sheriff badges cutout
• Markers

Paper Bag Sheriff Vests

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Paper bags can be bought at any local grocery store for around $.05 so this is a super cheap craft idea for anyone on a budget! Simply cut the bags down the middle of one side to resemble a vest. Then cut out two holes on each side for the arms and a circle at the top of the bag for the neckline. Markers, glitter pens, stickers, metal fasteners, and the previously made sheriff badges can be used to create the vests. We also cut the bottom of the bag in small long slits to resemble fringe! A little fringe gives everything a western feel! Yee-haw!!

• Large paper bags
• Scissors
• Markers

Cactus Hand Print

This craft can get a bit messy but it brings out the kids creativity. The kids dip their hands in green paint and can then decorate their own desert scene. We used red tissue paper to decorate the flower part of the cactuses. We encourage you to have wet wipes near by for an easier clean up!
• Construction paper
• Green paint
• Black pen
• Stickers
• Tissue Paper

Indian Headbands

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You can’t have cowboys without Indians! Start with black poster board cut into strips. The best way to secure the size of the headband is to hold the strip around the childs head to measure, then use a stapler to hold the band together. Tape is also an option. The kids can then use feathers to decorate their headpiece to resemble an Indian chief!

• Black posterboard
• Scissors
• Stapler
• Feathers

Rodeo Round-up

The rodeo round-up game uses minimal preparation with maximum fun. Using three hula hoops and 9 ballons (3 colors and 3 of each color), the kids must round up one of each color into their “stable”. This game is suitable for children of all ages and helps to get out the Cowboys and Cowgirls extra energy! Using a single color of balloon and simply placing them all in one hula hoop is a great variation of this game to make it less challenging for younger ages children.

• Hula Hoops – 3
• Balloons – 3 colors, 3 of each color
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Bottle Ring Toss

This game is fun and easy! This game resembles the ring toss from the fair. Take five glass bottles place them in a triangle shape- 3 in the first row, 2 in the second row, and 1 in the last row. Kids can use rings (we used plastic bangle bracelets) to toss and try to hook them on to the bottles. Want to make the game western themed? Paint the bottles with a cow print and use rings wrapped with twine.

• Glass bottles
• Rings

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Welcome to the Jungle!

safaricupcakes The jungle took over Beverly’s Birthdays in August with some awesome safari themed parties. The little explorers set off to hunt down animals with their homemade binoculars. Eat n’Park, our newest corporate sponsor, helped conquer the jungle at East End with our brave explorers!

The games and crafts for the safari party are easy to do and appropriate for all ages. The kids were able to use the crafts they created in the games they participated in at the end of the party.

 

Explorer Binoculars

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  • 2 toilet paper rolls (you can buy colored ones at Michael’s)
  • Hole puncher
  • String
  • Markers
  • Glitter glue
  • Stapler and/or tape

We suggest that the bincoulars are put together before the party begins. Simply staple or tape two toilet paper rolls together, punch a hole on the outside of each and tie some strings to help them hang around your neck! The kids can use whatever they want to decorate their own pair for their safari adventure.

Parrot Puppet

  • Red paper bags
  • Pre-cut paper feathers (varied construction paper)
  • Pre-cut beak pieces (orange construction paper)
  • Pre-cut feet pieces (orange construction paper)
  • Feathers
  • Google eyes
  • Markers
  • Rhinestones
  • Craft bond glue sticks

This craft involves some preparation! The feathers, beaks and feet all are easier when cut before the party. Children are able to pick out feathers, add color, and decorate their parrot with google eyes.

Elephant Hat

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This craft was bought on Oriental Trading and everything is included in the pack. The kids loved being able to wear these around the party!

Monkey Masks

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  • Small paper plates
  • Pre-cut brown circle (same size as plate, brown construction paper)
  • Pre-cut tan medium ovals for mouth (construction paper)
  • Pre-cut small tan cirlces for ears (construction paper)
  • White figure eight cut out for eyes (construction paper)
  • Google eyes
  • Craft bond glue sticks
  • Popsicle Stick
  • Black Marker

Starting the party off with everything pre-cut is a great idea for this craft. Even laying out all the peices for one mask at each chair setting will help. Also, we suggest gluing/taping the popsicle stick to the paper plate prior to the party. The picture to the right shows an example of what a final mask should look like (minus the elephant ears hidiing behind it!)

Turtle Shells

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  • Green posterboard
  • Green Ribbon
  • Markers

The kids LOVED these turtle shells, especially the boys. This craft is easy to pre-assemble and fun to decoarate. As you can see from the picture, decorating them as Ninja Turtle shells were the popular thing to do.

Safari Hunt

This is where those homemade binoculars come in! This game is super easy to create.  When you think of making this game, envision a bingo board.  The cards for this game will look the same and you will want to print off each picture as you would do in creating the bingo game. Put several different types of animal that would find in the jungle on your card.  You will use the printed off pictures to hide around the party area.   Each child should have their own bingo card to cross off animals as they find them. Remind each child to put the animal back in its place so other children have the opportunity to find it as well. The first child that finds all the hidden animals, wins! This is a great game for younger children to pair up with an adult and hunt together. Let the hunt begin!

Pin the Cupcake on the… Alligator?

Just like the classic game of pin the tail on the donkey just instead you want to feed the hungry alligator! Those alligators have more than just one sweet tooth! This game can be found at Target.

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Bird Seed Relay

  • 4 cups
  • 2 spoons
  • Bird seed

This game is fun and involves teamwork! Form two teams and fill two cups with bird seed. Set the remaining two cups a few feet away from the filled cups. Now, the goal is for teams to get all the bird seed from the filled cup to the other. It isn’t the first team done that wins, it is whichever team has the most bird seed in the cup at the end. Ready… set… go!

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers for helping us out with these parties! We couldn’t do it with out you : )

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Precious, Precious Princesses

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                                             Princesses for a Purpose

 

Beverly’s Birthdays is very lucky to not only have the support of the community, but businesses in the community.  When businesses outreach to us, we are able to reach more children in need.  Y-O-U are what helps our mission statement become an action.  With that being said, we owe a HUGE THANK YOU to Bella Capelli Beauty Academy- Monroeville who is our fairy godmother in this Cinderella story. They made this event a possibility.  We truly appreciate the time and talent donated by your students.  They helped make every little girl feel special and like a princess for the day.
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 Party Details & Elements

Our princess event turned out princess perfect! This party would work great for your next little girl’s birthday party or fun girls’ slumber party! Be the hostess with the mostest and throw a party fit for a princess! The following includes the details and elements to recreate a princess party:

  • Princess theme cupcakes
  • Princess plates & napkins, pink tablecloths, purple juices
  • Crowns, Wands, & Party Favor Bags-ring pop, princess fruit snacks, candy necklaces, princess jewelry, royal word search
  • Create your own headband
  • Hand print Castle
  • Edible Princess Jewelry
  • Hair & nails
  • Princess Story Corner

Nothing says princess party like having princesses in attendance of the ball! We invited all guests to dress up like their favorite princess. It was priceless to the faces of our little princesses when they realized our special guests were Cinderella, Belle, Pocahontas, Ariel, & Merida! We were very lucky to have the help and support of FX Face Painting & Fairtytale Princess Parties, Pittsburgh. We encourage you to follow their Facebook Page and consider having them as entertainment at your next party. They were amazing with all our little princesses and made the event extra special! We are very EXCITED to announce we are their benefactor of choice! We are very gracious for this honor. A portion of every party, FX Face Painting & Fairytale Princess Parties, Pittsburgh, will go to Beverly’s Birthdays. How thoughtful and generous just like a princess from a fairytale!


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The color scheme used for this party was pretty pinks.  The cupcakes had a cute detail of ruffled butter cream frosting to resemble the different princesses dresses.  Corresponding princesses were placed on top of the cupcakes with included fondant details to match the princess character.  The cupcakes had a surprise filling of custard.  The aroma of sweet frosting permeated the room drawing a very eager crowd of princesses with a sweet tooth!  THANK YOU to Sue McLaughlin for providing the delicious sweet treats for this event!  Her work is always amazing.

Are you interested in getting involved with Beverly’s Birthdays?  Consider throwing your next child’s birthday in honor of Beverly’s Birthdays.  Do your kids have too many toys?! Ask guests to bring a gift for a homeless child in lieu of gifts for the birthday boy/girl.  For more information regarding making Beverly’s Birthdays the benefactor of your next birthday party contact our Program Coordinator at MMesser@Beverlysbirthdays.org.

We would love to hear your creative craft and game ideas for our next homeless shelter party.  We throw an average of 8 parties a month so we can always use cute ideas!

We’d like to finish by saying THANK YOU to all the princesses and their queens(moms) for sharing your Sunday with us.  We hope you had a royal day getting pampered.  You deserve it! Your support helps us make more at risk youth’s happy endings come true.

When we instill the value of service in our youth, we will create individuals who like the person in the mirror staring back at them.


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Out of their World

alien cupcakes May was an awesome party month for Beverly’s Birthdays filled with
0-U-T-E-R S-P-A-C-E  themed parties . We blasted off with our astronauts on a journey through the unknown.  Hold on to your seat as we share our Spacetacular crafts and activities so you can recreate an out of this world party for you child’s next birthday!  3-2-1……BLAST OFF!!!!

We started our parties this month with games outside first so our very excited high energy astronauts wouldn’t cause another Big Bang when we squeezed them all inside.  The games we created this month were appropriate for all age ranges, with the little ones being provided assistance by an adult. Explore the games below and the items needed.

Saturn’s Rings Bean Bag Toss
    -Sidewalk Chalksaturns ring toss
    -Bean Bags

Using the side-walk chalk, draw one large circle.  Using another color draw a smaller circle inside the large circle.  Lastly, choose another new color and draw a small circle within the last circle you drew.  The circles represent Saturn’s rings.  Your drawing should look similar to the picture on the right.  Have kids line up 10-15 feet behind Saturn.  Allow each child to make three tosses with the bean bags.  After the child has dropped all three bean bags total their score.  The inside circle is 3 points, middle circle 2 points, and the outer circle point is 1.  The child with the most points wins!

Hot Rock
     -Aluminum Foil
   – Styrofoam Ball (Purchased at a craft store)

Cover the Styrofoam ball with the aluminum foil so that the Styrofoam is no longer showing.  This game is appropriate for smaller space cadets.  Have the children sit in a circle and pass the rock around until you say METEOR.  The person who is holding the rock when you yell METEOR is out.  Make the circle smaller each time a person is out.  The last person sitting wins!  This is came is similar to hot potato.

rocket rokcet launchZ rpcket slam

Rocket Launch
     -Kit was purchased with rocket and launcher in box from Toy Section at Target.

The rocket is attached to the clear tube.  Kids step on the pump to launch rocket into the air.  We had children each take a turn launching the rocket.  The other astronauts try catching the rocket ship as it descends back to Earth.

Gravity Free Grub
    -Donuts
    -String

We created this game to simulate what it is like to eat in space where there is zero gravity.  First, we tied the donuts to the string.  Make sure to cut the string extra long so you can hang it.  The easiest cleanest place to do this activity is from a tree outside.  Make sure to cudonutt the strings depending on the child’s height.  It should reach their mouth.  Now for the fun part!  Have children put their hands behind their backs and eat the donut.  This is a great game for action shots so get those cameras ready! You will want to capture these cute cadets!

If you have a larger group of children, we encourage breaking them up into smaller groups.  Have the games as stations with an adult per each game.  When breaking up into groups, try to keep the same aged children together so the skill level is similar.

Defying the outside black hole, our space troopers made it back inside to the spacecraft…

Make your own flying saucer
    –Hot glue gun
    -Easter Eggsplanets
    -CDs
    -Glitter pens
-Alien Stickers

A little preparation goes into this craft.  Before the party, an adult should create UFOs.  Separate the Easter eggs into halves.  Using the glue gun, glue each side of the half egg to the top and bottom of the cd.  They should look like the picture to the right.  We provided the cadets with glitter glue and stickers to use their NASA skills to create their vision of what a UFO might look like.  This is a great craft for children of all ages!

Create a Planet
Coffee Filter
    -Washable Marker
    -Water Spritz bottle

Earth

Using the markers provided, the children can color on their coffee filters so create the designs they see when viewing the planets through a telescope.  After the coloring is complete, set the coffee filter on a paper plate.  Let your little astronaut spray it with water until the colors bleed into each other creating a marbled color effect similar to those seen on the planets!

 

Sand Art Space Mural
    -Kit purchased off Oriental Trading (includes sticky pictures andspace_sand_art individual colors of sand)

This craft takes more time than the others and is suitable for older children.  It can also get messy with the sand so it is advised that this activity be done at an outdoor table.

Astronaut Helmets
    -Paper Plates
    -Multiple colors of construction paper
    -Popsicle sticks

This activity involves some prep.  Prior to the party, cut out half of the inside of a paper plate.  Glue a popsicle stick on one side so it may be used as a handle to the mask.  We also pre-cut the little pieces using stencil punchers.  We put all the materials on the tables and let the children pick out the shapes and colors they liked for their astronaut helmet.  Glue sticks were used to place the pieces on the paper plates.  This craft is appropriate for all ages!  Now your space cadets have the helmet to be a real astronaut.  They can shoot for their dreams long after the party is over!

girlyastro astro

Build an Alien
Magic Model

alien craft

Each child was given a small piece of model magic in 5 various colors.  Let the children work with the clay to create an alien! Let them use their imaginations!  This is great for sensory play for the little ones.  Model sand can be placed in aluminum bins  where children can play with the modeling sand similar to a sand box.

We incorporated our theme throughout the party into our decor, party favors, and cupcakes. For this month’s party favor, we treated our astronauts to a sweet treat real NASA space cadets enjoy when in space…ASTRONAUT ICE CREAM!  The ice cream went perfect with these cupcakes solarstellar cupcakes!!  Even our armature bakers out their could shoot for the moon and make these! They were created by one of our talented bakers, Brittany Pruchnicki, using a sucker and a peach ring to resemble Saturn.  Brittany has a non-profit organization in the Pittsburgh area called Birthday Cakes 4 Free.  She provides birthdays cakes, free of charge, to financially or socially disadvantaged children on their special day.  Be sure to check out her Facebook page for more amazing cake ideas!

This month’s parties were a complete blast.  We wouldn’t have been able to put them on without the help of our amazing volunteers.  THANK YOU for all your help.  You are making this universe a better place.  We feel extremely lucky to be able to take these less fortunate children out of their worlds, even if it is only for 2 hours.  By showing an interest in their lives, we hope to teach them to reach for the stars.

 

 

shoot for the moon