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Hotel Transylvania Crowdtap Party

This weekend I had the pleasure of hosting a Hotel Transylvania Party for Crowdtap. Let me tell you…we had a BLAST!!!

I had my nephews and niece come over for an evening filled with good food and fun times. We started the night off with food. I had my table decked out in a black table cloth. Spiders and insects covered the table and some of the food along with one of the party favors, Hotel Transylvania bookmarks.



I received two recipes from Crowdtap in the digital party kit. The first was the beverage of the night: Green Sludge Punch. The guest really liked it.



The second recipe in the kit was Scream Cheese Dip. WOW! What a hit! Long after the party was over we were still snacking on it! I served it with tortilla chips.



To go along with the Hotel Transylvania theme I served Frankin’ Fingers. I heated little cocktail sausages in a crockpot with barbecue sauce and honey. Slime From the Swimming Pool in the movie, Frosted Brownies, and lots of candy completed the spread.




After everybody ate, I had the kiddos color pictures that were included in the digital party kit from Crowdtap. Perfect time to digest before the games and movie!

The Games

The first game we played I called Insect Hunt. I told the kiddos that bugs got into the castle and we have to find them all before we can watch the movie. I hid bugs I bought at the dollar store all over the living room. Since there were no “winners” for this game the older kids really helped out the little ones! I was so impressed!


The next game we played was a team event. I called it Wrap the Murray! One child is the “Murray” (mummy) the other child is the “wrapper.” The team that wrapped the best/most at the end of 2 minutes won. The kiddos really enjoyed this game! The giggles were great!




The winners!!

The last game we played I called Balloon Blast. I told the kids the wolf pups were up to no good and stole money from the hotel! They hid them in balloons and it is our job to get the money back! I bought coins at the dollar store. The gold coins = $3, sliver = $2, and copper = $1. The adults helped the little ones count their money. The two children with the most money at the end won. I had yo-yos and silly putty for the prizes.



Movie Time!!!

As the guests started watching Hotel Transylvania I made popcorn on the stove. I also had cute little popcorn bags! Everyone really liked the movie! Even the adults! I highly recommend it to families of all ages!





Outside of the Lunchbox school lunch ideas

Are you kids tired of the same old ham and cheese sandwich day after day at lunch? It is time to think outside of the lunchbox! Here are some healthy ideas for school lunch…

*Try different themes*


~Mini Waffles with a small amount of syrup or jam, a sliced hard boiled egg, and your child’s favorite fruit.

~Your child’s favorite cereal. Put some in a sandwich bag. Send in a mini bowl (like the small plastic kind in the baby aisle) Pack a single serve carton of milk or have you child buy a milk at school. Be sure to pack fruit to help fill them up!

~Bacon and eggs?!?! Sure! Pack a few slices of turkey bacon and hard boiled eggs. My children love Melba Toast so I will use that instead of regular toast (it might get stale or soggy.) Add yogurt as a side.

~Waffle with peanut butter and honey sandwich.

~English muffin with peanut butter.


~If your child likes tuna….make tuna salad. Cut the bread in the shape of a fish! Serve with goldfish cracker. Also if you have a fish cookie cutter cut out cantaloupe or honeydew!


~Chicken salad wrap. Add baked potato chips and some fruit.

~BBQ chicken pasta. Sounds weird, right? But it is fabulous and my children love it!

    Peanut Butter

~Crackers with peanut butter

~Celery sticks (well, any veggie) with peanut butter

I will add more ASAP!


Who doesn’t like sticky, gooey, colorful slime? I know my boys love it! I hate spending $1-2 on it though! Here is a way to make it at home for way less $ using only 4 ingredients.

First dissolve 1 teaspoon of Borax in 1 cup of water. Set aside.


In a medium mixing bowl empty a 4 ounce bottle of Elmer’s Glue. You can use the clear or white glue.


Add 4 ounces of water to the glue.

20120814-234059.jpg Add food coloring at this point if you would like. Cayden decided to use blue.

Stir water and glue together until well blended.


Now the fun part! Add the Borax/water and watch as slime begins to form! Just keep stirring the mixture. Use your hands…or better yet have the kids stir!


I noticed there seemed to be a lot of excess water in the bowl. I gave a handful of slime to each boy then used the rest of the slime to absorb the water.


The final product!




To make SLIME

1 teaspoon Borax
1 1/2 cup water, divided
4 ounces school glue (like Elmer’s Glue)
Food coloring

1. Combine 1 tsp Borax with 1cup water. Set aside.
2. Pour 4oz bottle of glue into a medium size bowl.
3. Add 1/2 cup of water and a few drops of food coloring. Stir until smooth.
4. Pour Borax and water into glue mixture. Stir until all liquid is absorbed.