Our kiddos are early risers and although this works for us during the weekdays, it’s not so much fun on the weekends. They know that their 6:30 AM wake up call is not really appreciated on a Saturday morning, so we have a deal. If they let us sleep in on the weekends, they can sneak into our bed and watch their favorite shows as long as they’re quiet. Since we like to keep their screen time to a minimum, it’s a win-win situation. They get to watch tv and we get to catch up on some much needed sleep.
Even though our kids don’t watch a lot of tv, when they do, they tend to watch the same things over and over again. Whether it’s a DVR’ed episode of Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, or another viewing of Guardians of the Galaxy, our kids know what they like and the characters they love have become a weird little part of our family. There have been way too many dreams of mine that have included the rascally quadruplets hanging out with my kids.
During one of their early morning tv sessions, they heard about the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. Apparently, they saw a commercial for it and couldn’t believe that there was an awards show just for kids. They were so excited about it that they broke our family rule and started poking me in the back yelling, “Mom? Mom?! MOM!” until I grumbled and pulled the covers over my head.
At the breakfast table later that morning, they were all about the Kids Choice Awards and were debating which of their favorite characters should – and would – win an award. They got into several funny, yet heated discussions, about why one favorite character would be a better winner than another favorite character.
Since they were so excited about the show, I asked my sister if she wanted to host our very own Kids Choice Awards party at my home. The awards show was being held on March 28th, which was a Saturday, so the kids could stay up past their bedtimes and hang out with us. We tried to keep it a secret for as long as we could, but when they caught us decorating that Saturday afternoon, they knew we were up to something.
While they were tearing about the yard, my sister and I started setting up our really cool Guardians of the Galaxy inspired tablescape. The kids are quite obsessed with this movie and their favorite character is Groot. To pay homage to their nature-loving friend, we set up a rustic tablescape complete with lighted willow branch lanterns to represent Groot’s amazing sacrifice for his friends at the end of the movie.
We really loved this nature-inspired tablescape. Every aspect of it was so much fun! As we’ve mentioned before, parties don’t have to cost a ton of money and with some careful planning, you can create a memorable, carefree gathering without breaking the bank. For our Kids Choice Awards party, we used simple, rustic decorations and lots of after-dinner snacks to keep it from getting too overwhelming. Everything you see in our tablescape was made with simple supplies that we had lying around the house or that we picked up from Walmart (they have the best prices on craft supplies). Don’t forget to check out the special Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters Kids’ Choice Awards Display while you’re at Walmart!
DECORATING & FOOD IDEAS
Regardless of the occasion, we are really drawn to simple, natural-looking tablescapes. If we can find a way to incorporate greenery or shrubbery into our design elements, we’re over the moon.
If you look closely, you’ll see my BFF tablecloth. Remember – this is the one I stole from our Mom and refuse to give back. This white tablecloth is always featured in our tablescapes because it’s so incredibly simple and makes everything else pop off of the table.
For this party’s decorations, we were all about Groot. We really love this character and tried to keep it Groot-approved. All of the decorations stay true to a subtle color palette of browns and greens – just the way he would have wanted it! From our adorable Groot bags (isn’t my sister so clever?) to our DIY moss covered chalkboard, we kept it nice and woodsy.
While we were at Walmart picking up our children’s requested drink: low calorie, Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters – we also picked up the chalkboard sign, some moss, and those amazing willow branch globes. The minute we saw them in the floral aisle, we started squealing. There was never any doubt in our mind that we were going to place tea lights inside of them to recreate the Groot ball.
When it came to our snacking station, we knew that the awards show would start well after our normal dinnertime, so we wanted to keep the snacks light. Our kids love yogurt, so we decided to make Mini Parfaits for them to nosh on while they watched the show. We also included lots of other wholesome snacks: apples, bananas, dried fruit, and an assortment of nuts.
Wholesome Mini Banana Yogurt Parfaits
- Bananas, sliced
- Flavored yogurt
- Ground flax seed
Step 1: Carefully arrange bananas in a circle on the bottom of the mason jar.
Step 2: Using a spoon, add dollops of yogurt on top of the bananas.
Step 3: Now add a layer of granola and flax seed.
Step 4: Repeat Steps until you have a beautifully layered parfait.
Step 5: Enjoy your yummy, kid-friendly parfait and wash it down with a lightly fruit-flavored water beverage like our children’s favorite: Capri Sun Roarin’ Waters.
GAMES & ACTIVITIES
No Awards Show would be complete without some voting, right? At the beginning of the party, each child got to take a Groot bag and visit the Cast Your Vote Station to fill out their picks for several of the categories. Being that they’re still young, we didn’t vote for every category, but we made sure that we covered the major ones. The kids were so excited that they got to be a part of the voting process and loved carrying around their Groot bags. Who knew that some paper lunch sacks, scissors and a Sharpie could bring so much joy?
We also played a Try Something New Game with the snacks from our tablescape. Each time one of the kids tried something they had never had before, like a new dried fruit or nut, they got a little token. At the end of the show, they got to add up their tokens and pick out a small prize. To keep it strength-based, everyone that tried something new got to pick a prize. To keep it Groot-inspired, the prizes encouraged them to go outside and have fun: bubbles, water guns and seed packets.
Overall, our Kids Choice Awards party was a blast. The Groot-inspired tablescape went over really well with everyone, and the hanging willow branch lanterns were the bell of the ball.
So now that we’ve shared with you some of our ideas for a Kids Choice Awards party, why don’t YOU tell us what YOUR child’s favorite Nickelodeon show is? We would love to hear from you!!
Your Mom Friends,
Denine & Daniele