For me, working from home means creating a working schedule that maximizes the time I have to spend with my family.  Granted, with a husband who is a performing singer/songwriter, our schedule has never been 9-5.

Taking after both her parents, our daughter has always been a bit of a night owl.  Luckily she has friends who share this trait.  So with that in mind we opted to celebrate her 4th birthday in the evening by hosting a fairy hunt.  It was a huge hit!

Glowing Fairy Jar hidden in the tulips

We used mason jars with screw tops as the “fairies”.  The jars were filled with stickers (I love the foamy twinkle letters, stars, and shapes available at Michael’s) mini toys, bubbles, jewelry and candy available at the $1 stores or in the dollar bins at Target or general stores.  NOTE: don’t use chocolate… it tends to take on the scent of whatever it’s paired with and sometimes foam stickers can be stinky.

Fill the jars before the party, but before you hide them, break up a mini glow stick (glow bracelets also available at Michael’s work great) and toss it into the jar and seal the lid.

Glow In The Dark Fun

Hide the jars in a yard, park or field once the sun goes down or around the house and dim the lights.  The glowing fairy jars create a fun treasure hunt for the party goers and double as a great take away.  To rule on the side of fairness we told each child how many “fairies” they could find.

I would love to hear more about your family fun.  Post stories or links in my comment section.

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