Tips to Teach Table Manners to Your Toddler

Making kids eat properly until now have been a difficult and tricky task. Being a parent you must have experienced, that kids spend more time running around when asked to have a meal, they often eat food while watching their favorite cartoon on TV or while playing with their toys. However, as they start going to kindergarten they become more organized with their meals. I think is the right time to make some meal times rules for them though does not expect them to follow those rules immediately. Just remind them rules when they come to table and remember the key to instilling good table etiquettes in practice.

  1. Wash Hands Before Meal-Make it the first rule of table manners, that kids need to wash their hands before starting any meal. Gradually, it should become a habit for them to wash hands before eating no matter whether they are eating at home or eating somewhere else.
  2. Use of Napkin- Teach your kids how to use napkin when they are eating. Tell them to place the napkin on their lap and when they are finished with their meal wipe their face with the napkin. Tell them the importance of using napkin so that they eat carefully and do not spill their food much.
  3. Chew With Mouth Closed- Kids tend to follow parents, so try eating once in front of them with mouth wide open they will surely find it tacky. Then, tell them to always chew food slowly and with their mouth closed. By doing so, they will learn it in a light, fun way.
  4. Not to Bring Any Toys or Books- Tell your kids strictly, not to bring any story telling book or their favorite game or toy to the table. He can carry on with such activities once he is done with his/her meal.
  5. Say Please & Thank You- Teach them to say please and thank you in their speech. If they want salt or ketchup to be passed onto them then tell them to say please pass on ketchup and be polite and say thank you when somebody’s serves them.
  6. No Talking or Negative Comments-Tell them that they should not indulge into talking while eating and if something have been cooked which they don’t relish eating they should not pass comments like Yuckk or eeewww! They should rather eat other food item, which they like.
  7. Be Seated Until Everyone Finishes- Tell them it is part of table etiquette to remain seated until everyone finishes and they should avoid leaving the table when everyone else is having their meal.

These are basics of table etiquette and you should start by teaching them basic initially and then introduce them to other things like how to hold knife, use of fork etc later. At this age it is good enough if kids follow these basic rules. For more tips for toddlers, keep reading our blog.

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Spooky Spider Web Pizza For Halloween

Raise the dead in your Halloween bash, by serving this Spooky Spider Web Pizza dip. This pizza is quick to make and makes a terrific treat for all the witches and warlocks attending your party. This scary spider web pizza will surely add to the Ghoulish fun while enchanting your taste buds.

Spider Web Pizza Spread

Spider Web Pizza

Spider Web Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 8 OZ softened cream cheese
  • ¼ Cup, Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • ¼ Cup, Chopped Pepperoni
  • ¾ Cup, Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 Cup, Spaghetti Sauce
  • Black olive cut in half (lengthwise)
  • Crackers

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  • In a large bowl, mix softened cream cheese and shredded mozzarella cheese, pour chopped pepperoni and blend this mixture well.
  • Stir in 2 Tbsp. Alfredo sauce in the mixture. Then, spread onto bottom of 9-inch pie plate.
Spider Web Pizza

Spider Web Pizza

  • Top it with spaghetti sauce and spoon left over Alfredo sauce into a plastic bag and carefully cut small portion from the corner off bottom and drizzle in spiral design over the spaghetti sauce and pull toothpick through sauce to resemble spider web.
Spider Web Pizza

Spider Web Pizza

  • Heat oven to 350 degree F. Bake the pizza for 15-20 minutes and after baking add 1 olive half for the spider’s legs.
Spider Web Pizza

Spider Web Pizza

  • Serve this spooky spider web pizza with crackers.

Halloween is all about ghostly treats and some wildly fun. To explore more Halloween party ideas keep reading our blog.

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Fun & Fantastic Favor Ideas For a Pirate Theme Birthday Party

If your little swashbucklers are looking for some sea -worthy fun then a Pirate theme birthday party is the most thrilling theme. A pirate party is all about spooky invitations, some ghastly fun, cute& creepy favors. Therefore, here is a treasure trove of favor ideas for you to make your party memorable for your guests.

Pirate Bounty Hat- Send lil sea lovers home with a pirate bounty hats and let them feel like true pirates. Pirate hats are the most loved accessories and kids love wearing it. These hats come with a crossbones and skulls logo in classic black and brown color and make a great party favor. Let the kids don this hat and stand in queue for a perfect pirate picture.

Pirate Bounty Hat

Pirate Bounty Hat

Pirate eye patch- Let the kiddies hide their evil eye behind an eerie and elegant eye patch. Eye patches are easy to wear and can jazz up any Halloween attire. Eye patches come in various shapes from regular oval, round shapes to heart shape at an inexpensive price.

Pirate Bounty Hat

Pirate Bounty Hat

Pirate Hook Hands- These pirate hook hands make a fun accessory and is a great fun favor too. These hooks look classy and are easily available in many styles like silver or gold finish hooks. Kids can have hours of fun wearing this accessory even after party is over.

Pirate Hook Hands

Pirate Hook Hands

Pirate Sword- Every pirate needs a pirate sword to conquer adventures. So include it in the favor bags to give away to aspiring pirates. This will keep them entertained throughout the party and they work great for games like pirate bounty party game and more. These swords are made of plastic and are safe for kids. You can also look for inflatable swords.

Pirate Sword

Pirate Sword

Gold Coins- How about giving some edible favors? Fill it in your pirate party favor sacks and wow taste buds of lil pirates attending your party. You can also look for pirate gummy candies, lollipops, pop guns etc. You can also use gold coins for filling your treasure chest Piñata.

Gold Coins

Gold Coins

Apart from these favors, you can also give away pirate theme blowouts, hats, tattoos, sticker sheets. So, select any of these favors to keep the swashbuckling spirit alive! To let your party have a smooth sailing, we have all pirate theme supplies from coordinated tableware to invitations, to balloons, piñata and favors we have it all at an affordable price.

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DIY Adorable Bunny Costume for Halloween

Costumes are the most exciting part of Halloween celebrations and kids simply love it. If you are still pondering, which costume to pick for your kid this Halloween then here is the cutest costume idea for your little one. You can make an adorable bunny costume at home for your kid with little creativity and some inexpensive crafts.

So let your creative juices flow and make this fun & festive bunny costume within no time.

 

DIY bunny costume

Material Needed:

  • White shirt & pants or white sweat suit
  • Set of bunny ears
  • Sheet of pink felt
  • Black eye pencil
  • Giant white pom pom
  • A round plate ( to make bunny’s tummy)
  • Hot pink thread
  • Embroidery needle
  • Fabric glue
  • Pink lipstick and cream blush (for face make up)
  1. Grab a clean white shirt or pant and if it is still cold then sweat suit is a better idea.
  2. Pick the plate or any round object that fits the size of your bunny to be’s tummy.
  3. Now place this plate on the pink felt and use it as a template to cut the circle.
  4. Now bunny’ tummy is ready, attach it to fabric using a fabric glue or if you are comfortable with stitching you can Embroidery hot pink thread over the edges of pink felt to give it an attractive finishing while attaching the tummy.
  5. You can use a blanket stitch that will give a pretty outline pattern or if you want it simpler, you can do a running stitch to attach the tummy.
  6. Now, next step is to sew the giant white pom pom onto the back of the pants making a tiny bunny tail.
  7. Your kid’s bunny costume is ready; make him/her wear bunny headbands with ears to complete the costume.
  8. Do a little make on your child’s face to complete the look, a pink lipstick for lips and make whiskers using black eye pencil, applying cream blush on tip of nose will make a perfect bunny nose.
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Give a Fright to your Guests by Making this Flying Bat Pinata for Halloween

This Halloween host a spooktacular party with homemade decorations that will keep the lil witches and warlocks talking through 2014! A Halloween party decor is incomplete without creepy spiders, frightening bats, skeletons and skulls. Therefore, here are some simple steps to make this flying bat pinata at home and set a scary scene for the party. This pinata is made of paper mache and is perfect to give your party guests a fright…

Flying Bat Pinata for Halloween

Supplies Needed:

  • Black Poster board
  • Black Tissue paper
  • White card-stock
  • Bat face Template
  • Paint brush (medium size)
  • Scissors, craft knife
  • Clothespins & clothesline
  • Black duct tape
  • Craft glue
  • String
  • Candy
  • 2 Blown Balloons (large & small)

Directions:

  1. Begin by, covering balloon with layers of tissue papers. Then, place the balloon on an empty jar. Take some craft glue and dab it on some section of the balloon. You can mix small quantity of water in the craft glue to dilute it.Flying Bat Pinata for Halloween
  2. After applying glue, cover it with two complete layers of newspaper. Before covering with 2nd layer of newspaper, brush on some more glue. Once you are done with two layers of newspaper, tie a long string around the center to hang your pinata later.
  3. Then add 2 more layers of newspaper followed by black tissue paper, covering the entire balloon from its crown to its knot. Repeat the same process for small balloon, but do not add string as this will become face of the bat.
  4. Hang both the balloons from the clothesline using clothespins by their knots, as shown in the picture. Let it dry for 7-8 hours or overnight.
  5. Make a hole in top body of large balloon using knife and you can save this piece for making ears of bat later. Now grab your scissors and carefully make a slit next to the knot of balloon and remove.
  6. Cover the cut edge using tissue, fill the bat’s body with candies, and remove the popped balloon from smaller piece too.Bat Pinata DIY
  7. Now, it’s time to assemble bat, place the smaller piece (head) over the large one (the body). Drape numerous layers (at-least 3-4) of black tissue paper over the head towards the body and around the neck.Flying Bat Pinata for Halloween
  8. Keep brushing it with diluted craft glue until you feel neck is secured. Let it completely dry. In the meanwhile, take a white card-stock, using bat face template trace it onto card-stock. Then, carefully cut features and attach to the bat using diluted glue. Make ears from reserved piece.
  9. Draw large wing shapes on black poster board and cut them out. Attach wings to the both sides of the bat using black duct tape. Then, paste black tissue paper over the joints to cover the tape.Flying Bat Pinata for Halloween
  10. Next, attach a length of string to the end of each wing using tape. Again, cover the tape using tissue paper.
  11. Lastly, to hang the bat, suspend it from body string and tack the two wing strings to the ceiling to make the bat look as if it is flying.
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