I hope you felt as much love this Valentine’s Day as we did! To celebrate the love in our littles lives we threw a “Tutu’s and Ties” party. All the girls wore tutus and the boys wore ties, and I have to say they were quite dapper!
We had a sweet lunch complete with chicken salad croissant sandwiches, sangria salad, strawberry hearts, string cheese and smoothies. It was delicious! All ages thoroughly enjoyed. A simplified chicken salad recipe was created for the kids, and the same strawberries used in the sangria salad were left whole and cut into heart shapes. The kids loved them!
Feta Chicken Salad
- 1 lb pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, shredded or cut into bite size chunks
- approximately ¾ cup Fage greek yogurt
- ½ cup feta cheese
- 3 teaspoons fresh dill OR 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
- 2-3 green onions, chopped
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- salt and pepper
In a large mixing bowl combine chicken and ½ cup greek yogurt, continue to add yogurt until it reaches desired consistency. Add feta, dill, green onions, lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.
Serve on croissants or on top of a green salad.
Lunch was entertainment in itself, but we spiced it up with some homemade strawberry Jello playdough and heart paper airplanes. The kids had a great time creating, and it kept them occupied while us moms finished up our lunches and enjoyed a few extra minutes of conversation.
One batch makes approx. enough for 10 kids to have a 4 oz jar of playdough.
- 2 cups white flour + extra for kneading
- 1 cup salt
- 4 tablespoons cream of tartar
- 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 six ounce package of jello—any flavor (flavor will determine scent and color of your playdough)
- In a large mixing bowl combine ingredients evenly.
- Pour into a saucepan over medium heat and stir continuously to prevent scalding. It will start to get lumpy as parts heat and eventually become one thick ball. Rotate often and evenly to maintain the consistency. (The tricky part is leaving it on the heat long enough to solidify so it’s not sticky, but not too long that it burns.)
- Remove from saucepan and let cool on a floured surface. (Rolling it into a snake or separating it into a couple balls will help it cool faster.
- When it is cool knead in flour to ensure elasticity and consistency.
Derived from http://www.instructables.com/id/Jello-Playdough/
After lunch the kids ran around outside for a bit and then we finished off our time with everyone’s favorite, delicious donuts! To add to the party element we added some candles and let everyone blow them out. It really is the small things in life!
It was so wonderful spending time celebrating friendship with some of our favorite grown ups and little people! It’s so important to take time to be together and remind those closest to us we love them.
How do you celebrate friendship? Comment below!