Super Slumber Party Tips & Ideas

Mrs. Fields Secrets Slumber Party Ideas
Ah, the slumber party, a kid’s dream come true. But a slumber party can be a parent’s worst nightmare without some good planning. Check out these great tips and ideas for making your party one that everybody enjoys!

1. Sleep masks made of felt are a fun activity and party favor (plus, they actually encourage sleep!).
2. These Pizza Pops are tasty, portable and a fun spin on regular pizza.
3. Popcorn is a perfect treat for slumber parties. It’s not too sweet and it’s easy to vacuum! Consider setting out some fun mix-ins too, like m&m’s and pretzels.
4. For breakfast, serve french toast on a stick. Another fun twist on a classic and you don’t have to worry about having everyone seated at the table.
5. No slumber party is complete without karaoke. Gather a fake microphone and some rockstar costumes to enhance the experience.
6. Using sheets, pillows and strings of Christmas lights, you can create a magical fort, perfect for ghost stories.
7. Write out different activities and put them each inside a helium balloon with a time written on it. This will keep the party moving along and keep an element of surprise going all throughout the party.

TIP: Be prepared for late night homesickness by making sure you have all parents’ phone numbers and cell phone numbers handy.
TIP: Avoid frustration by making any house rules clear at the beginning of party.
TIP: Slumber parties rarely involve any slumber. Clear your calendar for the following day for plenty of rest!

Creative Outdoor Ideas with Glow in the Dark Paint

Mrs. Fields Secrets Glow in the Dark Paint
I love the idea of simple details like glow in the dark paint transforming outdoor spaces at night. Whether you’re planning a party or just giving your yard a special touch, let these ideas inspire you:

1. Small, stenciled images on a garden path will reveal themselves in the dark and also help light the path.
2. These flower pots glowing bright at dusk make quite a statement.
3. Spray paint stencils on the lawn in glow in the dark paint to add a festive (and temporary) touch.
4. I love the idea of an illuminated path like this, leading guests to a party.
5. Using a paper doily as a stencil, transform simple cement stepping stones into lacy, glowing art.
6. These tree stumps are colorful by day, and glowing bright at night—fun for seating or tabletop decor.

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Beyond S’mores: Campfire Recipe Roundup

Mrs. Fields Secrets Campfire Recipes
A warm, crackling campfire on a cool summer night is pure heaven. The only thing missing is something delicious to eat. Sure, you’ve mastered s’mores, but what next? I’ve rounded up some of the most delicious campfire recipes around. Easy, delicious, and perfect for your next campout!

1. Campfire Pig in a Blanket
2. Chile Lime Corn on the Cob
3. Three Cheese Potatoes with Bacon
4. Campfire Cones
5. Campfire Popcorn
6. Campfire Mac ‘n’ Cheese
7. Orange Chocolate Cake with Nutella
8. Campfire Orange Rolls
9. Peach Mallows

Do you have a favorite campfire recipe? Share it!

Photo Scavenger Hunt in the Park

For fun with family or friends, organize a photo scavenger hunt in the park. Divide into teams, then arm yourselves with cell phone cameras and a healthy sense of adventure! Set a time limit and once it’s up, share your photos and determine a winner. Use these suggestions for photo ops, or create your own list.

Scavenger Hunt in the Park
Capture a photo with at least one member of your team in the following scenarios:

  • Climbing a tree
  • Making a human pyramid
  • With a squirrel
  • With a police officer
  • With a set of twins
  • Giving a stranger a hug
  • Giving a stranger a high five
  • Sliding down a slide head-first
  • Swinging on monkey bars
  • Jumping from a swing
  • Giving someone a piggy-back ride
  • Playing leap frog
  • Pushing a baby stroller
  • Riding a merry-go-round
  • Wearing a stranger’s hat
  • Wearing a stranger’s sunglasses
  • With someone wearing the same shirt
  • Photo-bombing a picnic
  • Photo-bombing a romantic moment
  • Practicing Tai Chi
  • Catching a frisbee
  • Shooting a basketball
  • Kissing a stranger
  • Making grass angels
  • Waltzing with a stranger
  • With the biggest feet you can find
  • With the smallest feet you can find
  • With the craziest hair you can find
  • With the most tattoos you can find
  • Arm wrestling a stranger
  • Spelling out a word with your bodies
  • Rolling down a hill
  • Posing as a statue
  • Walking a dog
  • Riding a bike
  • Riding a skateboard
  • With clothes on backward
  • Splashing in a fountain

Try this with a group of teens, a family reunion, or a big group date. Post your favorite pictures to our Facebook page!

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Ice Cream Soda Inspiration

Mrs. Fields Secrets Ice Cream Soda Inspiration
My current summer obsession is an old-fashioned ice cream soda. They’re cool, colorful, and so refreshing on a hot afternoon. Wouldn’t they be perfect at your next dinner party, baby or bridal shower or wedding reception? Try out these mouthwatering recipes or use them as a springboard for your own creative inspiration:

1. Strawberry Ice Cream Soda
2. Coffee Ice Cream Soda
3. Blackberry Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Soda
4. Lemon Ice Cream Soda
5. Blueberry Maple Ice Cream Soda
6. Peach Cocktail Ice Cream Soda
7. Chocolate Ice Cream Soda
8. Classic Coke Floats
9. Pineapple Coconut Sorbet Soda
10. Vanilla Raspberry Italian Soda
11. Orange Creamsicle Soda
12. New York Egg Cream Soda

25 Super Fun Outdoor Water Games

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It’s steaming hot outside and everybody is looking for ways to cool down. If you don’t have a pool or a lake nearby to jump into, have no fear.  Here are 25 wet and wacky ways to beat the summer heat:

  1. Water Balloon Baseball: Pitch water balloons to batters. A hit is a burst balloon. Bases can be anything from kiddie pools to buckets of ice water or sprinklers.
  2. Water Balloon Piñata: Hang water balloons from tree branches or your playhouse monkey bars and take turns taking swipes at them.
  3. Noodle Waterfall: Cut holes in a pool noodle and hang it from a clothesline, then run the hose through it to create a waterfall.
  4. Sponge Relay Race: You’ll need two teams, two large sponges, and four buckets. Each team has one bucket full of water, one empty bucket and one sponge. Place buckets 50-100 feet across from each other and teams relay, soaking their sponge with water and wringing it out into the empty bucket. Team with the most water in their previously empty bucket wins!
  5. Water Obstacle Course: Create a wet and watery obstacle course with hoses, sprinklers, buckets, kiddie pools, slip ‘n’ slides, and anything else you can think of.
  6. Sprinkler Tug-o-War: Turn on a sprinkler and place teams on either end of a rope with the sprinkler in the middle. The team to pull the other across the sprinkler wins. (In this case, it pays to lose!)
  7. Water Bottle Waterfall: Have participants choose a number between 1 and 10. An adult with a knife or sharp tool pokes the chosen amount of holes a the water bottle and the players must try to drink as much water as they can. The person who ends up wearing the most water loses. (Or wins.)
  8. Jumping Jack Splash: Two people turn a jump rope while someone jumps in the middle holding two full plastic cups of water. The jumper tries to keep from spilling the water for one full minute. Anything left in the cups at the end of the time can be splashed on the rope holders.
  9. Water Balloon Launch: Two teams use beach towels to launch water balloons to bomb the other team. Start with a balloon in a slack towel with two people on either side. Pulling the towel taught launches the balloon!
  10. Water Limbo: Spray a strong stream of water from the hose to create a limbo bar, then have player see how low they can go.
  11. Musical Sprinklers: Blast some music and dance in the sprinklers. When the music goes off, everyone must freeze. Anybody who moves is out.
  12. Mini Lazy River: Go through the kitchen drawers, junk drawers and toy box to find objects to make a makeshift river, running water through a hose. Test the river’s flow with a ping pong.
  13. Frozen Footsies: Fill a kiddie pool with water and give each participant a large bowl. Dump a large bag of ice cubes into the pool. Players must transfer as many ice cubes to their own bowls as they can using only their feet.
  14. Bullseye Splash: Use sidewalk chalk to draw a large bullseye on the driveway with surrounding rings. Assign points to the various rings, the highest points in the middle of the bullseye. Players toss a wet sponge or water balloon trying to hit the bullseye. Player with the most points wins.
  15. Squirt Gun Tag: Like traditional tag, the “it” person has a squirt gun and tags others with water. The new “it” person takes the squirt gun.
  16. Ice Cube Painting: Color water with food dye and freeze it in ice cube trays, using multiple colors. Take an old sheet outside and let kids paint a mural using the cool ice cubes.
  17. Ice Blocking: Like summer sledding, all you need is a grassy hill and a block of ice. Sit on top and fly down the hill. (Not safe for small kids. Helmets recommended.)
  18. Dribble, Dribble, Drench: The water version of “Duck, Duck, Goose.” Players sit in a circle and the “it” person walks around behind players and dribbles water on the head/back of each player, then “drenches” a select player who then chases them, trying to tag before their place is taken.
  19. Squirt Bottle Wars: Squirt bottles make even better tools than squirt guns with more water and easier control. Outfit players with full bottles of cool water and it’s every man for himself.
  20. Slip ‘n’ Slide: All you need is a large strip of strong plastic and a hose and you’re in business.
  21. Sprinkler Jumping: If you’ve got a trampoline in the backyard, place the sprinkler under and enjoy jumping in the water. It feels like rain.
  22. Kiddie Car Wash: Get out the bikes, wagons, tricycles and have a good, old-fashioned car wash with buckets, hoses, sponges.
  23. Ball Blast: Place various balls on the ground inside a hula hoop. Players must use the hose to try to spray all the balls outside the circle of the hoop.
  24. Ice Prizes: Freeze waterproof toys or coins inside ice cubes or blocks of ice. Give each player an ice cube and see who gets to their prize first.
  25. Water Fight: No rules, no structure, just grab the nearest hose and try to defend yourself!

 

Fun Ideas With Glow Sticks

Mrs. Fields Secrets Glow Stick Inspiration
Before you dismiss glow sticks as childish, check out these sophisticated ideas for using glow sticks to dress up your next party. Such fun and so unique! (Sources linked where available.)

1. Glow sticks in water balloons in pantyhose hanging from the ceiling make a dramatic display.
2. Glow sticks in the bottom of a beverage container make a festive focal point.
3. Glow sticks in jars of water make great lamps to line a walkway or poolside.
4. Serve cotton candy on a glow stick for a bright night treat.
5. Glow sticks in balloons, floating in a swimming pool are dreamy and fun.
6. Glow sticks in the bottom of the pool make for fun night swimming and a great diving game.
7. Empty a glow stick into bubble mixture for glowing bubbles.
8. Glow sticks hanging from the ceiling make a unique and colorful chandelier.

HINT: The shorter, thicker glow sticks tend to give off the brightest and longest glow.

HINT: Look for non-toxic glow sticks, particularly if you’re going to be breaking them open for the bubble idea.

Do you have great glow stick ideas? Share them in the comments.

Backyard Summer Forts

Summer is the season of escape, whether out of the country, to a sunny beach or even right to your own backyard. Homemade forts can make your summer absolutely magical, and they’re not just for kiddos. Take some inspiration from these tips, pack a picnic and invite your special someone(s) to join you in your own backyard escape.

Mrs. Fields Secrets Backyard Forts

1. How to build a stick fort.
2. How to build a dome kit fort.
3. How to make a colorful hanging hideaway.
4. How to make a clothesline fort.

HINT: Lighting makes a fort especially nice at night. Don’t take open flames into forts; stick to flashlights and LED candles.

HINT: Start a trend and invite friends and neighbors to build forts, then arrange a neighborhood fort tour.

{Top image via Pinterest. Source unknown.}

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