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If you ask anyone who knows me what my favorite movie is, they will be able to respond without hesitation; The Princess Bride

This movie has been my favorite since I was a kid and it always will be. No matter how many times I watch it, it never gets old. And, I do watch it a LOT. In fact, I’ve watched it so many times I can put the movie on mute and pretty much quote the entire thing word for word. No joke. Yeah…it’s my favorite. Maybe an obsession, but whatever.

As any good parent would do, I have passed along my love for The Princess Bride to my children. My boys love the movie (almost) as much as I do. So when my oldest asked me to have a Princess Bride themed birthday party this year, I couldn’t resist. I said to him, “Gimme the 65, I’m on the job!”

So here is our Princess Bride themed birthday party…

 

 

I made Princess Buttercup crowns for the girls to wear and Dread Pirate Roberts masks for the boys. Everyone also received a fill in the blank name tag in the format of “Hello, my name is Indigo Montoya…” Below are some of the fun ways my friends and their children filled out their name tags.

 

Food

I had so much fun with the food for this party! We had Iocane powder (pixie sticks), rocks (rock candy), Six-fingered man (chicken ) fingers, Lightning Sand, The Chips of Insanity, Shrieking Eels, Miracle Max pills, R.O.U.S. meatballs, and MLT’s.

Activity

I didn’t really do many games this time around. But I did create a Fire Swamp in the backyard for the kids to walk through. I acted as Princess Buttercup and my birthday boy was Westley. He lead us all through the Fire Swamp to safety. We battled fire spurts, lightning sand, and even R.O.U.S.’s.

Favors

I wanted to do something special for the favors. I didn’t just want to throw everything in a bag. Nope. This was a Princess Bride party, so that meant the favors had to live up to the quality of the book/movie. So, I asked a friend (with a die-cutĀ machine) to make paper book favor boxes with the cover of the Princess Bride book on them. They turned out amazing! On the inside, the kids received Iocane powder (pixie sticks), a Princess Bride button, a Princess Bride coloring page, Princess Bride stickers, and circus peanuts.

This party was such a blast! My son loved it and everyone had a great time. If you love The Princess Bride, I encourage you to try this yourself!

The printables I used for the party were from HERE and HERE.

I leave you with a picture of all the Princess Buttercup’s and Westleys, along with the cutest Dread Pirate Roberts ever. Enjoy!

 

family-time

We are in a stage of life where things are often busy. It feels like I’m always running here and there, whether it’s for a play date, work, play rehearsals, church commitments or something else. There is always something.

When life is busy it’s so easy to get caught up in everything that’s going on around us that we forget to stop and just be. It’s so important to set aside special time together as a family, besides just dinner time. And, let’s face it, some families don’t even have dinner time together because of their crazy schedules.

But time together as a family is what we need; time to appreciate each other, love on each other, and just have fun together.

Here are five ways my family likes to spend time together.

 

Movie Night

Every Friday night at our house is movie night. We eat dinner together and then gather in the living room to sit and watch a movie. Even though my husband and I may have other things we want to get done, we put all that aside to spend some time with our boys and enjoy a movie.

 

Game Night

My boys love to play board games. We will often put time aside after dinner and sit and play games together. It’s a simple and fun way to spend time as a family.

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Family Outings

What better way to spend time together as a family than go on fun family outings? We often go to the zoo, children’s museum, aquarium, parks/playgrounds, and the library. You can also do things like bowling, miniature golf, fun parks, ice skating/roller skating, etc. The possibilities are endless!

 

Family Story Time

My boys love reading books. So, every night we sit down together before bed time and have story time. It’s something we all do together. It’s not only a way for us to spend quality time with each other, but it also fosters a love of reading in our children.

 

Crafts

We love doing different crafts in our house. Anything from making cards for others, sticker books, collages, coloring, play doh, painting, putting model cars/planes together, and more. It’s a great way to get creative and spend time together.

 

How does your family spend time together? Leave a comment and let me know.

 

 

 


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