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Celebrate and create on our Party Truck or at our Glastonbury Party Studio located at 30E Hebron Ave., in Glastonbury, CT. Whether you want to host a child’s birthday party, a community event for kids, or an adult get-together, our Party Truck and Party Studio are the perfect solution. Our creativity coaches and art-tenders provide fun arts and crafts experiences for your guests. Everyone creates an artwork to take home and the best part is, we take care of everything from set-up to clean-up. Moms agree that The Art Truck is a creative and fun party idea for children of all ages. Schools and community groups enjoy celebrating with us and adults love The Art Truck's painting parties for family events, office parties and moms' nights out. Call us to learn how we can make your celebration a work of art. 844-287-2789 844-CTPARTY

How to Throw Your Child a Fun, Budget-Friendly Birthday Party

How to Throw Your Child a Fun, Budget-Friendly Birthday Party  It’s something children always look forward to — a day all their own! Most children clamor for a birthday party each year to celebrate their big day, but sometimes a party can be hard to pull off without spending a lot. If you want to reserve the bulk of your budget for presents, or money is simply tight, you can still give your little one the party she deserves. Check out these ideas for throwing an easy and fun birthday party at home — all without breaking the bank!

Spend Wisely  While we may want to shoot for the moon when it comes to our children, we also need to be sensible. If planning ahead is your thing, try to to buy supplies well in advance of the party; this can help spread out costs throughout the year. For example, you can usually find discounted party supplies after major holidays, some of which may be themed, though many will be multipurpose. Also, work with what you have on hand. If your child loves soccer, have a soccer-themed party and encourage other children to dress in uniform. Don’t forget to check out bargain stores either. Dollar stores are a great resource for inexpensive party supplies. You can also save a little extra money by emailing your invites rather than sending physical invitations.

Get Creative with Food When it comes to the food, you can save money by supplying it yourself. Schedule the party after lunch but before dinner to avoid having to feed everyone a meal. Instead, get creative with colorful snacks like fruit skewers, homemade dips with pretzels or chips and simple sliced sandwiches. If you’re inviting lots of guests, you may want to skip buying the cake and make it yourself. If you are not the best baker, a few boxes of cake mix can go a long way toward cutting costs, especially when paired with pre-made frosting. Ask a friend who may be better at decorating for help if you’re really worried about presentation, but kids will probably be more excited about eating cake rather than what it looks like.

Plan Your Games If your child’s birthday is during a warmer season, hosting a party at home is a cinch. There are plenty of games kids can play outside and often they will take care of the fun themselves. It’s good, however, to have a few ideas in mind to get the ball rolling. Freeze tag followed by Simon Says can be a fun way for kids to run around. You could even set up your own basic obstacle course using items you already have in the house. If it’s warm enough, you could have a water balloon toss coupled with a sprinkler to give kids a blast while keeping them cool. If there is a little wiggle room in the budget, you can even set up a crafting space outside for kids to make bird houses out of popsicle sticks and glue, or make puppets with lunch bags, markers and some yarn.

In Case of Bad Weather It’s always a good idea to have a plan b in the event of bad weather. Come up with a list of indoor activities that could keep kids occupied and having fun. For example, you could have a scavenger hunt and leave clues around the house with a prize at the end. You can tell stories as a group, having each child take turns to build a tale together. Or you can come up with a craft activity to keep the kids occupied. It only takes a little extra preparation to be ready in case of rain ruining an outdoor party.

With a little planning, and a lot of DIY, you can throw a fun, inexpensive birthday party she’ll remember. Just remember to keep a few contingency plans in mind in case circumstances require a quick birthday party shuffle. The work will be worth it when you see her face light up on the big day.

Thanks to Emily Graham for sharing her great party planning tips with us! Find her at emily@mightymoms.net Mighty Moms

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Holiday Sweets and Treats

It’s the season for celebrating and sharing so we’ve been looking far and wide for the best holiday crafts and sweet treats that everyone will love to make – and eat. We think you’ll love what we found and we’re excited to share with you!  So, we created several holiday-themed Pinterest Boards to organize our favorite ideas and make it easy for you to find creative inspiration for celebrating with style and ease.

Find great ideas for Christmas sweets and treats,  Christmas ornaments, and Christmas crafts for kids and Hannukah sweets and crafts. Enjoy!

 

 

3 Ways to Increase Your Creativity Levels Now

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The creative process plays an intricate role in most people’s lives. Every day, in some shape or form, the basis of it is used. Creativity lives is everyone, therefore everyone is creative. However there are some moments where it seems that the creative space can not be found even in the deepest crevice of your brain. When faced with those times, you may feel stuck, unmotivated or just plain uninspired. Creativity can indeed be fleeting but here are a few tips to perhaps make it stick around a little longer.

Read a Book

Yes, read. When you feel like you are stuck in a moment where you can’t produce a thought or an idea to save your life, reading will provide a great escape. When you are reading your imagination takes over and someone else’s words fill your mind, taking the pressure off of you for a moment. Allow yourself to get lost in the tale of a fictional character’s life and take a well needed mental break. If you find yourself pressed for time, even reading a short chapter or a few pages will give your brain adequate time to reboot. Reading exercises your brain by flexing your “mind muscles” and as with any muscle, it needs to be exercised daily in order to grow.

Listen to a Guided Meditation

Meditation is one of the most ancient practices of the world, and there are reasons why it is still relevant today. Having a still moment to relax and just be present with your body is something that very few people make time for, yet the benefits are astounding. Listening to a guided meditation will allow you to clear your mind of clutter, de-stress and think more clearly. There are several ways you can practice meditation, however if you find yourself having a hard time being able to silence your thoughts, a guided meditation is the best route. Be sure to create a clean and organized space to clear your mind. You can download guided meditations online or directly from your app store. Meditating does not have to be an extensive or long process in order to reap the benefits. You can find short, yet effective 5-10 minute meditations and enjoy them on a short break.

Do a Brain Dump

Listen, it’s not as bad as it sounds, but incorporating this exercise in your day will definitely help boost your creativity levels. Brain dumping is just a mental exercise that helps you get all of your thoughts out of your mind, and onto paper. Sometimes being stuck creatively just means you have a ton of ideas but you don’t know which direction will lead you to where you want to be.

Grab a pen and paper (no technology, please) and write down any and every thought that comes to your attention. Once you’ve reached a halt, review what you have written on your paper thoroughly. After you go over your list, organize what you’ve written into a list in order of importance. Now that you have everything in front of you, you can use it as a compass to navigate you to your next task or project!

Work with Kids

It’s true that you never quite know what a child will say or do. They are generally free of the inhibitions and self-criticism we experience as adults, and that’s why they can be a great help in unlocking our creativity. Ask a child to think up a story and they’re likely to take you on a journey that zigs and zags in ways you could never have imagined. But these zigs and zags can be quite inspiring. If you have children, spend some time with them creating stories, plays, or art. If you don’t have children, consider becoming a tutor — you can help them with their academics and then offer up a creative exercise you both participate in each session. Or look for opportunities to volunteer with children through arts or literacy programs or your local library.

People tend to think that the creative process has to be a painful, drawn out experience. Finding effective ways to boost your creativity just involves you taking the time to step back and give your mind the time to catch up with your body. When you push yourself to the limit, you block the creative process and compound stress into your body. It’s always good to make nurturing your mind a part of your daily routine to ensure that creativity will always be able to find you.

Thanks to contributor Sarah Lockwood at thepreventioncoalition.org for this wonderful article. We invite guest bloggers to share ideas on creativity, arts and crafts, celebrating special occasions and family life. Please contact us if you’d like to contribute to The Art Truck blog.