Epiphany or Three Kings Day Party Planner

Epiphany, the holiday celebrated in the Roman Catholic church and the eastern orthodox churches on January 6 is right around the corner. Why not combine celebrate this lovely holiday feast day with a party?Round out the winter vacation and holiday break and make the return to studies a positive time by celebrating Epiphany. Looking for free printable epiphany party crafts? Read on ...

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Party and Fiesta Planner

Dec. 12 marks the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Catholic Church. It dates to 1531 when Catholics believe the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an Aztec peasant at Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City. Latinos venerate Bl. Juan Diego on Dec. 9 and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Their feast days are part of Catholic Advent celebrations. Here are free printable Our Lady of Guadalupe lesson plans. Lesson plans on Mexico are included.
Loyola Press tells of Juan Diego, who reported seeing a "lady clothed with the sun" who commanded him to build a church. To prove that she was the Blessed Virgin Mary she caused her image to be emblazoned on Diego's tilma (cactus fiber cloak). Loyola Press provides a printable image made from the icon that parents can have children color as they tell the story.
Mary our Mother describes many miracles associated with Our Lady of Guadalupe's image. It provides a Biblical analysis, dates, timeline, history and biographies. There is a cultural analysis on relations between Spanish explorers and missionaries and the native Aztec in Mexico in the 16th century. Many terms are Aztec or Spanish and this site provides translation. Parents can use these to explain the significance of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Catholics and Hispanics.
Mother of All Peoples tells how the Guadalupe apparition of Mary fits with other appearances of Our Lady. Tradition in Action offers slide shows about scientific aspects of Our Lady's image. Parents can use this to help children understand the image from a technological viewpoint.
Catholic Heritage Curricula has many free home-school activities. It offers a how-to-draw coloring page of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Catholic Mom has free printable Our Lady of Guadalupe lessons, games, puzzles, coloring sheets and activities. There are several printable crafts.

Sancta has printable prayers and holy cards. Sancta gives parents permission to print these images and use them for family devotions.
Children's author and illustrator Tomie de Paola wrote "The Lady of Guadalupe." Parents can use this version to tell the story to younger children. The book contains many helpful and references and some activities too.

How to Plan a Cultural Heritage Festival

Social studies involves three major areas of study: geography, history and culture (including traditions, religion, food and customs). One of the best ways to explore all aspects of social studies in your classroom is to host a holiday heritage festival. Here's how...

Free Printable Stone Soup Lesson Plans for Thanksgiving

'Stone Soup' parties are popular classroom activities. 'Stone Soup' by Jon Muth, Marcia Brown or Ann McGovern are all great versions of the old story. Use 'Stone Soup' in your holiday and Thanksgiving classroom activities. Here are lessons from 'Stone Soup'. Read on

Free Printable Disney Tangled Activities

Did you like Disney "Brave" or Disney "Tangled"based on the Grimm Brothers story of Rapunzel? Brave, with Princess Merida and Tangled with the Rapunzel herione are newer Disney princess movie. They're not your average "boy meets girl, falls in love" Disney cartoon. Neither Princess Merida nor the Rapunzel of Tangled are your mother's fairy tale damsel in distress. This new breed Disney princess is so tough even her hair has an attitude! And the title of Tangled is so wonderfully farcical. It juxtaposes well with the stereotypical neat coiffure of your standard Disney princess.
Princess Meridia and Rapunzel are tied for first place to the Disney princess least in control of her locks. Disney needs a musical for those two called "Hair." Anyway, here are free printable Disney Tangled coloring pages and Disney Brave coloring pages and activities.
Here's the Disney Tangled homepage with free downloads and free printable Rapunzel of Disney Tangled crafts, coloring pages and games. Hello Kids has more free printable Tangled coloring pages. Colouring Pages has some more coloring pages of Rapunzel from Disney Tangled to print free. Coloring Book Info has a slightly larger collection of Disney Tangled coloring pages. Last but not least here are more free printable Disney Tangled coloring pages of Rapunzel and her wayward hair, Flynn Rider, the king and queen and more.
Disney Brave takes place in 10th century Scotland. It features a spunky, red-haired Disney Princess who's more interested in archery than handsome princes, especially those looking for matrimony. Start your quest for adventure at the official Disney Brave website, here. You'll find Disney Brave games including Triplet Mischief (based on the antics of the rascally brothers of Princess Merida), Highland Games, Target Challenge (to hone your bow and arrow skills) and Temple Challenge.
Then create a Disney Brave themed birthday party--the website has everything you need to do so. Get free printable Disney Brave paper crafts, recipes and party supplies. Print free Disney Brave party invitations and send to guests. There's a free printable Disney Brave activity booklet, Disney Brave paper dolls and 3D play set featuring Princess Merida and friends. There is also a printable paper crown like Queen Elinor's for the birthday child. Guests will enjoy making shrink charms. Serve chocolate bear claws and Scottish sweet buns using the recipes provided. Follow up your party with free printable Disney Brave thank-you notes. Get 82 free printable Disney Brave coloring pagesfrom Coloring Book Info.

Last if you like medieval fantasy activities, visit Jane and the Dragon. You can't help but notice the resemblance in looks and manner between Princess Merida and Jane and the Dragon. This New Zealand WETA Workshop 2005 cartoon looks like it was probably the inspiration for Disney Brave in 2012. The Jane and the Dragon girl is a princess, has unruly red hair, subdues dragons and does other un-princess-y stuff, just like Princess Merida. There's no clear indication that Brave is based on Jane and the Dragon on either end. But if you love medieval fantasy role play, enjoy Jane and the Dragon!

Free Printable Thanksgiving Party Decorations

Free Printable Thanksgiving Party Decorations Looking for free printable table decor and party decorations for your Thanksgiving dinner? Martha Stewart is the go-to gal. Here are free printable Thanksgiving place cards, centerpieces, napkin rings and decor featuring pilgrims, turkeys and more. Read More

Free Printable Crafts for Hindu Diwali Celebrations

Free Printable Diwali Party Supplies, Rangoli Crafts Diwali, also called Deepvail and Divali, is a five day festival celebrated by Hindus and followers of Jainism and Sikhism. Diwali 2012 is celebrated from November 7-13 in the western calendar. Here are free printable Diwali crafts activities. Read More

Catholic All Saints Day Party Games and Activities

Catholic All Saints Day Party Games Catholics celebrate All Saints Day on November 1, following All Hallow's Eve, or Halloween. Families and churches seeking alternatives to Halloween celebrate All Saints Eve parties. Here are games to play for your All Saints Day or All Saints Eve party. Read More

Catholic All Saints Day Party Games- Saints Scavenger Hunt

All Saints Day Party Games: Saints Scavenger Hunt and Riddle Guessing Games Planning an All Saints Day party or party after All Saints Eve mass? Here are several free printable party games. I've written several variations of an All Saints Scavenger Hunt and Riddle Game. Print these clues for your All Saints Party.
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Free Printable Dia de los Muertos Activities, Day of the Dead Party Games

Dia De Los Muertos - Day of the Dead Celebration and Party Activities
The Latino culture has shared many rich traditions. Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), celebrated on November 1 -All Saints Day in the Catholic church- honors deceased relatives. Here are free printable activities and lessons to celebrate Day of the Dead. Read More

Free Printable Halloween Party Invitations, Trick or Treat Cards

Free Printable Halloween Trick or Treat Cards and Party Invitations Planning a kids' Halloween party or Trick or Treat party? Everything seems to cost so much; how about skipping the expensive cards and invitations for your party? Here are cute kid-friendly, not too scary Halloween greeting cards and invitations. Read More

Free Printable Tron Legacy Party Craft Activities

Disney will release the movie TRON Legacy in a video game called TRON Uprising. Both are based on the 1982 cult favorite TRON. Here are free printable coloring pages from TRON: Legacy and TRON (1982). On Coloring has over a dozen realistic free printable TRON Legacy coloring pages.Disney has a website for TRON Uprising and TRON Legacy with light cycle and grid games. You can try your hand at maneuvering the light cycle.
Coloring-Book.info has forty-seven pages of free printable TRON coloring pages. The coloring pages are detailed, realistic and follow the movie images closely. They are likely printed from the companion TRON coloring books that came out with movies at that time. You can print and color light cycle images, vehicle chase scenes, warrior scenes, battles on the virtual grid, light discs and other TRON movie stills. Here's a free printable TRON birthday party theme with activities and crafts.
Returning to play their original characters in "TRON: Legacy" are Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn/ Clu and Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley/ Tron. Although neither movies achieved high viewer or critics reviews, the TRON movies remain popular. Kids love the films for their cool light cycle scenes, vehicle scenes, robotics, LED and neon computerized graphics. The original TRON came out near in theaters near the time that the last movie, "Return of the Jedi" in the Star Wars trilogy came out.

Although Star Wars eclipsed TRON in popularity at the time, TRON had some interesting pre-figuring of virtual computer technology. The light cycle has never really been duplicated in sci-fi movies. For more free printables from movies, television shows and cartoons, visit Free Coloring Pages 4u

Free Printable Halloween Party Supplies, Trick or Treat Party Decorations

Free Printable Halloween Party Decorations,  Trick or Treat Banners and Streamer Hosting a kids' Halloween party? Looking for ways to decorate the house for trick or treat? Want to decorate your classroom for Halloween? Here are free printable Halloween decorations: witch, pumpkin, ghost, black cats, monsters and more. Read More

Free Printable Bridal Shower Games

Planning on throwing any bridal showers this year? Why not save time, energy and money by using free printable bridal shower games. Here are free printable wedding shower games, bingo games, word games, puzzles and more. You'll find all the best party games for great bridal showers.
Bridal Shower Games (click here) has several free printable bridal shower games, including Know the Bride (nice version and naughty version), Wedding A-Z word game, wedding word scramble, bingo games, word search for bridal showers, What's in Your Purse? and a customizable free printable bingo games for bridal showers.
Abbee is a one-stop website for all your free printable activities for bridal showers. You're linked to the 'free printable bridal shower games' page. On that page, you'll find links for four lists of games for wedding showers. Some are game descriptions and others are free printable activities.
Bridal Shower Games list one has links for free printable wedding shower bingo games and word lists, free printable word scramble games, famous couples wedding shower games, Guess Who? Don't Say or Do and other word games for wedding showers.
Bridal Shower Games list two has a free printable wedding shower games of memory, Hunt the thimble, The Price is Right, Herbs and Spices, Wedding Dress bridal shower game, How Well do You Know the Bride? and several other wedding shower games.

Bridal Shower Games has Rhyming, British Equivalents, Lucky Coin and other wedding shower games. Bridal shower games list four has similar games to the others already listed. Altogether, Abbee has around twenty free printable bingo games, word games and wedding shower games for your next bridal shower.  free printable bridal shower word games 

Free Printable All Saints Day Party Coloring Pages

Free Printable Catholic Saints Coloring Pages for All Saints Day
I've just found a lovely blog today, called Waltzing Matilda, that features a whole collection of free printable Catholic saints organized in order of the Catholic liturgical and saints feast day calendar. This blog features beautiful hand drawn images. Read More

Free Printable Paper Hats for Halloween

Free Printable Paper Hat Patterns, Templates and Craft Projects When I was a kid, my grandfather, who was newspaper pressroom foreman, showed me how to fold hats from newspaper. Can I remember now? No. But fortunately, there's internet. Here are free printable templates, patterns and activities for paper hats. Read More

Free Printable Halloween Crafts, Trick or Treat Masks, Paper Toys

Free Printable Halloween Crafts,  Trick or Treat Masks, Party Decorations, Craft Activities It's that time of year again. Time to scare and be scared. This Halloween, I've got even more free printable craft fun than ever before. I found a new website with literally hundreds of links for free printable paper crafts, toys, masks and costumes. Read More

Free Printable Angelina Ballerina Coloring Pages, Party Invitations

Angelina Ballerina is an endearing series of childrens' stories from Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig, featuring a little mouse named Angelina, who takes ballet and her friends. Here are free printable Angelina Ballerina coloring pages and crafts.
PBS Kids has a cute assortment of free printable Angelina Ballerina coloring pages featuring Angelina and her friend Alice Nimbletoes, grandma and grandpa mouse, Angelina's mother and father Maurice and Mathilda Mousling, Miss Lilly dance mistress of Camembert Dance Academy, Henry, Angelina's little cousin, Sammy Watts, Penelope and Priscilla Pinkpaws, William Longtail, Polly, Queen Sepharina and Princess Valentine.
Angelina Ballerina is the homepage for Angelina Mousling. Along with free printable coloring pages, you can find free printable Angelina Ballerina activities. Get free printable Angelina Ballerina crafts, door hangers, bookmarks, post cards and picture frames. There are also games to play, like jigsaw puzzles, tile matching games, sing along, Dance with Me, Reach for the Stars and other charming little games to play with Angelina Ballerina and friends.
Nick, Jr.free printable crafts, activities and games for Angelina Ballerina.
Coloring has assorted 
free printable ballet coloring pages and crafts featuring couples, specific dance positions and ballet steps, famous ballerinas, costumes from famous ballets and general ballet coloring pages. These coloring pages would make excellent supplemental resources for dance class and physical education.

Free Printable Despicable Me Coloring Pages

Free Printable Despicable Me Coloring Pages, Minions Coloring Pages Steve Carell took some time off from The Office, to bring us the box office hit cartoon Despicable Me, complete with fun-sized little yellow minions. I personally thought the theme song was the best I'd heard from a kids' movie. If you need free printable Despicable Me coloring pages and minions craft activities, Read More

Free Printable Disney UP Party Games, Crafts, Decorations, Invitations

Free Printable Disney UP Craft Activities and Party Decorations
Walt Disney's full length movie UP about balloon man Carl Fredricks and his would-be Wilderness Explorer friend Russell came out in 2009. If you loved UP, you'll love these free printable craft activities and party supplies. Read More

Free Printable Patriotic Crafts and Party Planner

Free Printable All American Patriotic Summer Crafts Family Fun is a well-named magazine. Cover to cover each issue of family fun is loaded with recipes, games, crafts, activities and free printable fun. Here is a list of free printable patriotic and all-American themed craft activities from Family Fun. Read More

Unique Party Invitation Ideas

Cheap Creative Party Invitation Ideas Planning an event, party, get-together, shower, reunion or open house? Who wants to settle for sending out boring old invitations when you could use a really creative unique way to announce the party? Here are altenative party invitation ideas.Read More

Cheap Sweet 16 Party Planner

Inexpensive Backyard Sweet 16 Birthday Party Planner: DIY Dance Floor and Beach Cabana Bar For our oldest daughter's Sweet 16 birthday party, we pulled out all the stops on our creative energy. Here is an inexpensive backyard Sweet 16 birthday party planner with music, dancing, non-alcoholic beach luau bar, diy cake, treats and games. Read More

Free Printable Greeting Cards and Party Invitations for Children

Free Printable Party Invitations and All Occasion Greeting Cards for Kids
Making and sending greeting cards has been a time-honored tradition in my classroom and homeschool. We made Get Well Soon, birthday, holiday cards. We made our own invitations, too. Here are free printable invites and greeting cards. Read More

Cheap, Easy Preschool Party Planner with Activity Stations

Cheap DIY Party Planner for Preschool Age Children with Activity Stations While there are dozens of adorable little girl party themes, I find it best to go with a simple, inexpensive party theme. Here's a party planner for preschool age children that's full of cheap, diy homemade fun. Based on preschool learning centers. Read More

Despicable Me Minion Birthday Cake, Party Favors Recipes

"Despicable Me", "Despicable Me 2" and "Minions" are huge hit movies with kids and adults. Gru's yellow capsule-shaped minions are especially popular. Need ideas for Despicable Me or Minions birthday cakes? Here are recipes for Despicable Me birthday cakes, using Hostess Twinkies to make Minions. You can actually make Twinkie cake Minions recipes as party games or crafts. Use Twinkies Minions for party favors or edible decorations (eating the party decorations would be very Minion-like indeed!) Here are recipes for Despicable Me Twinkie cake Minions.
Hostess Twinkies: Party guests should get to decorate their own Twinkies Minions to eat.
Bowls of frosting or spray cans of decorator frosting in these colors: blue, black and white
Pep-O-Mint Lifesavers or other small round white candies with holes. If you can find candy necklaces or bracelets, cut the string apart and remove the candies. Cheerios or Alpha-bits cereal would work for Twinkie cake Minions.
blue Betty Crocker Fruit Roll-ups, blue fruit leather or blue frosting
string black licorice
yellow licorice, cylinder Good n Fruity, Runts or Mike 'n Ike Candies or cylinder cookies (for arms)
Tootsie Roll midgets
To make Despicable Me minions birthday cakes, unwrap Hostess Twinkies. For Minions' safety goggles, attach white candies to front with frosting. Fill in with white frosting then black dots in the center. You can also make a ring of silver frosting with white frosting inside and tiny black dots of frosting in the center. Use black frosting to draw goggles band around the Twinkie cake Minions heads.
Make Minions overalls by wrapping a strip of blue Fruit Roll-Ups wrap around base of Twinkie cake Minions. Draw overall straps with blue spray frosting. If you wish, you can also make overalls entirely from blue frosting. Poke yellow cylinder candies or cookies in sides for arms. Put dabs of frosting on the end for gloves. Attach two unwrapped Tootsie Roll midgets on bottom for feet. Poke bits of licorice in the top for hair.

Guests might name their Twinkies Minions and give them personas. You can also arrange decorated Despicable Me Minions upright on their Tootsie Roll feet and place atop birthday cakes. Or make them into Minions army birthday cakes! Children will love making their own Despicable Me minions treats. For more fun, creative recipes, visit this author's blogs Great Food 4U

Graduation Cap Mortarboard Cookies for Grad Open Houses

Graduation Party Mortarboard Hat Cookies and Favors Recipes Sheet cakes for graduation open house parties are very expensive. And pretty though the cake may be, they usually taste like cardboard and sweetened shortening. How about cookies shaped like mortarboard graduation hats instead. Here's the recipe. Graduation Hat cookies recipe

Free Printable Peter Rabbit Coloring Pages, Beatrix Potter Party Craft Activities

Free Printable Peter Rabbit Coloring Pages, Beatrix Potter Character Crafts Beatrix Potter, born 1866, is best known for her children's book series The Tale of Peter Rabbit, featuring little woodland creatures. Here are free printable Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter character coloring pages and crafts.
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Free Printable Alice in Wonderland Party Theme Activities

Free Printable Alice in Wonderland Activities and Crafts In 2010, director Tim Burton gave us his vision of Alice in Wonderland, with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham-Carter as the Red and White Queen. Here are free printable crafts and activities from Disney's movie. Perfect for a birthday party or, naturally, a tea party! Read More

Free Printable Bingo Games- Customize for Holidays, Parties

Free Printable Bingo Games for School, Parties, Holidays Bingo is one of the oldest and most beloved board games. Bingo games can be converted into an endless number of configurations. Teachers use bingo games to teach content. Customize for birthday party, holiday parties and occasion parties. Here are free printable bingo games. Read More

Free Printable Toy Story Crafts, Party Activities

Do you love the Disney Pixar Toy Story trilogy? In each cartoon, Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3, old friends come back to visit, new friends are met and some nasty villains vanquished. If you really like Toy Story movies, guess what? There's a Disney Pixar Toy Story 4 coming out in 2018! Till then, here are free printable Disney Pixar Toy Story, Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 activities and coloring pages for kids. 2015 celebrated the original Toy Story 20th birthday!
Disney Family has free printable pictures of your favorite Disney Pixar Toy Story characters: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Slink, Hamm, Bullseye, Mr. Potato Head, Bo Peep. There are activities and coloring pages of Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 too. Then click for free printable Toy Story crafts, greeting cards, 3D paper crafts, play sets, games, recipes and toys. Print a Toy Story 3 play set, Woody marionette, cowboy boot stocking, Toy Story character finger puppets, alien pumpkin carving template, Buzz Lightyear birthday card or invitation and more. If these movies were so much fun, what will Toy Story 4 be like?

Coloring Book has 80 free printable Disney Pixar Toy Story activities and coloring pages from all three Toy Story adventures. This link has specifically Toy Story 3 activities and printables. Six Sisters Stuff is a blog with a complete free Toy Story birthday party kit with printables. Use to decorate a bedroom or throw a Toy Story 3 themed birthday party. Use activities for kids and coloring pages for placemats or fold into party invitations or greeting cards. Have a coloring contest. Use the free printable coloring pages to make a Toy Story coloring book for each party guest. Make the cool Toy Story 3 crafts and recipes from Disney Family. The cowboy hat cookies are super cute! What a great way to gear up for Toy Story 4!

Free Printable Disney Princess Party Craft Activities

Free Printable Disney Princess Party Crafts Activities, Greeting Cards and Party Supplies Disney's princesses, Ariel the Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Mulan, Jasmine and now Tiana have been childrens' favorites for generations. Here are free printable Disney princess craft activities, greeting cards and party supplies. Use for a Disney princess party! Read More

Free Printable Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow Party Theme Decorations and Activities

Free Printable Disney Fairies Craft Activities Disney Fairies is a cartoon movie featuring Tinkerbell from Peter Pan, and many of her friends. If you like fairies, and in particular Disney Fairies, then you'll love these free printable Disney Fairies craft activities. Read More

Free Printable Baptism Cards, Christening Cards

Many faiths celebrate the sacrament of baptism, be it infant baptism or adult. Infant baptism is also called christening in some denominations. Baptism and christenings are usually followed by a celebration. To keep party planning costs down, use free printable christening invitations. To keep gift giving costs down, use free printable baptism cards.
Hoover Web Design has ten free printable baptism invitations that can be customized and used as baptism greeting cards. You can also choose free infant christening invitations to print. Use printables as christening cards. Use baby clipart for open house party decorations.
Snapfish has free printable baptism cards and invitations plus birth announcements, baby shower invitations and new baby cards. Use for baptism and christening cards and invitations by changing text. Snapfish also has free printable birthday theme packages, photo frame cards and holiday crafts that can be personalized. Use as baptism invitations or cards.
Free-Printable-Party-Invitations-Online has several free printable baby themed invitations and cards, suitable for baptism, baby shower, birth announcements and christening.
Blue Mountain has free baptism and new baby congratulations e-cards. Choose from adorable cartoon style animals, babies and other appropriate clip art. Blue Mountain has free printable greeting cards in the "print at home" section. Choose holiday, all occasion and life event cards and invitations.

For more on planning parties, explore this blog. For printable Catholic Activities, visit my blog of that name. Here's my blog with free printable greeting cards.

Free Printable Shrek Party Activities and Coloring

Free Printable Shrek Movies Coloring Pages Shrek the ogre, ogress Fiona, Donkey, Puss in Boots, Gingy, Prince Charming, Lord Farquaad and all your favorite characters from Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Halls and for 2010, Shrek Forever After are available in free printable coloring pages. Read More


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