RECIPE FOR SMILES


Dear Moms & Daughters, I hope the beginning of 2017 has been a good start for you all. I am so excited to share this post with you. I think you will love this neat idea when you read

below. It tells about an event that my sister in law, Ardie hosted for an EARLY New Years Eve( Moms& Daughters and Mommoms) celebration. Although I was unable to attend because of sickness, everyone sent me pictures and videos during the festivities. Ardie hosted an AMAZING "Princess Tea Party" for little girls who had an AWESOME time. Below you will read her article, "Recipe for Smiles" I hope you enjoy as she shares all that she did preparing for a most memorable day ending the year, 2016 for little girls.

RECIPE FOR “SMILES”

INGREDIENTS:

GROUP OF YOUNG LADIES (I USED 5 – AGES 3 AND UNDER)

MOMS, AUNTS, GRANDMOTHERS OF THE YOUNG LADIES

AT LEAST ONE PRINCESS DRESS PER YOUNG LADY (SOME MAY WANT TO CHANGE INTO ANOTHER ONE LATER DURING THE PARTY)

ONE OF EACH OF THE FOLLOWING: TIARA NECKLACE GLOVES SCEPTER OR WAND

OPTIONAL: BOOKS, GAMES, COLORING PAGES APPROPRIATE FOR AGE GROUP

DIRECTIONS: BRING ALL INGREDIENTS TOGETHER. HELP YOUNG LADIES TRANSFORM INTO PRINCESSES AS HELP IS NEEDED. HAVE ADULTS TAKE TURNS READING THE BOOKS UNTIL THE ATTENTION SPAN OF THE YOUNG LADIES IS DEPLETED.

HAVE OTHER ACTIVITIES PLANNED BUT GIVE THE YOUNG PRINCESSES THE FREEDOM TO COME UP WITH THEIR OWN PLANS AS THEY WISH.

TIME INVOLVED – APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS INCLUDING TIME FOR REFRESHMENTS.

PHYSICAL BENEFITS:

VISION – ENABLES THE SPECTATORS TO SEE THEIR YOUNG LADY/PRINCESS AS A PRIORITY.

COMPLEXION – REMOVES WORRY LINES FOR THE DURATION OF PARTY. RESULTS VARY FROM PERSON TO PERSON, BUT MAY CONTINUE TO REMOVE WORRY LINES HOURS AFTER THE PARTY IS ENDED.

DENTAL – ENCOURAGES GOOD DENTAL HYGIENE SINCE TEETH WILL BE VISIBLE WHEN SMILING.

HEARING – AN INCREASED SENSITIVITY TO THE FAMILIAR, UNIQUE SOUND OF THE WORD “MOMMY”; REST FOR THE EAR DRUMS FROM WHINING WHILE PLEASING THE EAR DRUM WITH THE SOUNDS OF GIGGLES AND LAUGHTER.

CARDIOVASCULAR – INCREASED HEARTBEAT WHILE RUNNING AFTER YOUNG PRINCESSES.

HEART – FILLED WITH THANKFULNESS FOR GOD’S BLESSING OF GIVING YOU SUCH A WONDERFUL YOUNG LADY.

NEUROLOGICAL – INCREASED KNOWLEDGE OF THE RESPONSIBILITY GOD HAS GIVEN YOU TO RAISE YOUR PRINCESS TO BE A CHILD OF GOD.

SPEECH – REST FOR THE VOCAL CHORDS FROM DISCIPLINING WHILE STRENGTHENING THE VOCAL CHORDS BY USING SUCH WORDS AS, “ISN’T THAT CUTE?”, “YOU LOOK SO PRETTY!” AND “I LOVE YOU”.

MANUAL DEXTERITY – SHOWING CARE, COMPASSION AND LOVE BY HELPING THE YOUNG PRINCESSES WITH THEIR DRESSES, TIARAS, ETC.

NUMBER OF SERVINGS – ONE PER PERSON BUT PLENTY OF LEFTOVERS. SIMPLY SHARE THE MEMORIES WITH SOMEONE ELSE.

EXPLANATION:

IT WAS MY OVERWHELMING PRIVILEGE TO HOSTESS SUCH A PARTY ON NEW YEAR’S EVE DAY FROM 11:00 A.M – 1:00 P.M. THERE WERE 4 – THREE YEAR OLDS AND 1 – ONE YEAR OLD. I WAS THANKFUL FOR THE ADDITIONAL 6 ADULTS – MOMS, GRAND-MOMS, AND AUNTS) WHO ALSO CAME. I HAD 8 PRINCESS DRESSES AVAILABLE WHICH I HAD PURCHASED FOR TWO OF MY GRANDDAUGHTERS WHEN THEY WERE YOUNGER.

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I WAS A BIT NERVOUS HOW THE PARTY WOULD BE WHEN THE FIRST YOUNG LADY SAID SHE DID NOT WANT TO PUT ON A PRINCESS DRESS. THIS WAS QUICKLY FOLLOWED BY A SECOND, “NOT NOW”. HOWEVER, A THIRD YOUNG LADY IMMEDIATELY STEPPED UP AND CHOSE HER DRESS, PUT IT ON AND QUICKLY PUT ON THE TIARA, NECKLACE AND GLOVES. SOON FOUR OF THE FIVE HAD PUT ON THE DRESSES AS WELL; THE FIFTH ONE LOOKED LIKE A PRINCESS IN THE OUTFIT SHE WAS WEARING. THE PARTY BEGAN!! I HAD ASKED THE MOMS TO BRING THEIR DAUGHTERS FAVORITE BOOK AND I BEGAN BY READING, “THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THE BOOK” TO THE GROUP. THIS IS MY GRANDDAUGHTER’S FAVORITE BOOK CURRENTLY. THREE OTHER BOOKS WERE READ AND THEN THE YOUNG PRINCESSES WERE READY

TO MOVE ON. I HAD A COUPLE OF CASTLES WITH TOYS FOR THEM TO PLAY WITH AS WELL.

Click to hear story time with Ardie

SOON IT WAS TIME FOR LUNCH. WE HAD TUNA FISH AND PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES, PICKLES, CHIPS, CARROT STICKS, SLICED APPLES WITH APPLE JUICE AND WATER. I MADE A CHILD HEIGHT BUFFET FROM KITCHEN CHAIRS AND SHELVES SO EACH PRINCESS COULD HELP THEMSELVES. DESSERT WAS PROVIDED BY MOMS, GRANDMOMS, AND AUNTS.

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What an Awesome Princess Luncheon !

AFTER LUNCH, THE YOUNG PRINCESSES DECIDED TO CHASE EACH OTHER FROM THE LIVING ROOM TO THE FRONT DOOR OF THE HOUSE AND BACK AGAIN. THIS ACTIVITY WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE SOUNDS OF SCREAMS, SHRIEKS, AND GIGGLES! THEN IT WAS ON TO A FEW ROUNDS OF HIDE AND SEEK BEFORE THE PRINCESSES DRESSED BACK INTO THEIR OWN CLOTHES TO LEAVE FOR HOME.

I AM SO VERY THANKFUL THAT THE LORD GAVE ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE ALL THESE YOUNG LADIES AT MY HOME AT THE SAME TIME. ALL OF THEM ARE MY GREAT-NIECES EXCEPT FOR THE ONE WHO IS MY GRANDDAUGHTER. AS A GRANDMOTHER AND GREAT-AUNT, I AM CONCERNED FOR THEIR FUTURE. I PRAY THAT ONE DAY EACH OF THEM WILL COME TO KNOW CHRIST AS THEIR PERSONAL SAVIOR AND LIVE FOR HIM 100%. THIS WILL PROBABLY NOT BE AN EASY THING FOR THEM TO DO WITH THE CHANGES WE SEE IN OUR WORLD, BUT I BELIEVE THERE IS STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. AS THE COUSINS CONTINUE TO HAVE CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER, THEY WILL KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHER YOUNG LADIES WHO LOVE THE LORD. THEY WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE THE SPIRITUAL AND PRAYER SUPPORT THAT WE KNOW IS SO IMPORTANT. I COVET AND VALUE THAT SUPPORT IN MY OWN LIFE!!

MY RECIPE FOR “SMILES” WAS PERSONALIZED FOR ME. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADAPT IT TO YOUR OWN UNIQUE FAMILY AND SITUATION. YOU CAN SUBSTITUTE AN ALL COUSINS DAY TRIP, A SLEEP-OVER, BAKE DAYS, ETC. INVOLVE YOURSELF IN THE LIVES OF YOUR GRANDCHILDREN, GREAT-NIECES (AND NEPHEWS!), AND CHILDREN. ENCOURAGE THEM TO LOVE THE LORD AND SERVE HIM BY YOUR LOVE AND SERVICE FOR THE LORD.

HAVE A GREAT TIME!!!

FUN TIME WITH THE COUSINS