Mar 282013
 March 28, 2013  crafts, Naw Ruz

Spring Party and Free Printable (Naw Ruz) - Alldonemonkey.comWhen you want to celebrate, it’s such a gift to have good friends to party with.  That was how Monkey and I felt when some of our best friends were able to join us for a spring party last week to celebrate the Bahá’í new year (Naw Rúz), which falls on the first day of spring.

We were also lucky enough to have my parents in town during the holiday!  Monkey was so excited to have them here, and they were such a big help to me getting everything together for our guests.  Baby Monkey got some extra snuggle time with his grandma while I rushed around at the party, and the kids were drawn to my father like a magnet, which tends to happen wherever we go.

I had hoped for some beautiful weather so the kids could play outside, but unfortunately it was so windy we opted to keep them indoors.  This meant that at times the noise level got a bit high, but everyone was having so much fun we didn’t mind.Spring Party and Free Printable (Naw Ruz) -

One thing I love about this group of friends is that everyone jumps right in to whatever activity we are doing.  We had a craft table in one area, where the kids could do a daffodil craft, and in another area there was a table set up for making fruit pizzas.

Beyond that, there was a lot of time for the kids to play with toys and run around.  There were also a few groups that spontaneously decided to read story books together, which is always one of my favorite activities.

I was so proud of Monkey for being such a great host, which to me is an important part of learning to be of service.  He shouted “Happy Naw Rúz!” to all of our guests when they arrived, and when they left he helped me hand out the favors: a packet of seeds and a card with a quote.  We had to work on not just throwing the seed packets to the kids, but most of them thought this was funny, too, so no harm done 🙂

For the cards, on one side I printed “Happy Naw Rúz!”  On the other side, I chose a line from one of my favorite children’s prayers:

I am a sapling of the garden of love;

make me into a fruitful tree.

 ‘Abdu’l-BaháSpring Party and Free Printable (Naw Ruz) -

It is such a beautiful quote and was right in keeping with the “garden” theme of our favors.  You download Word document here (makes nine cards): Naw Ruz party cards.

Thanks to our guests for making it such a special day!

Spring Party and Free Printable (Naw Ruz) -

Spring Party and Free Printable (Naw Ruz) -

Spring Party and Free Printable (Naw Ruz) -

How do you celebrate spring?

  7 Responses to “Spring Party and Free Printable (Naw Ruz)”

  1. What a nice post! Loved the Nawruz cards!!! Thank you!

  2. Looks like a lot of fun! I also love your daffodil craft!

  3. So much fun and something the little one will always remember.

    I just love the cards, and love love love the saying. Beautiful! Actually, I don’t know much about your faith. Maybe you can bless me with a guest post sometime. I would love to learn more.

    I am going to download those cards. Perhaps we will send them out in celebration of spring. That’s something we can do as a school project – to brighten people’s day.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! I so love you Leanna! You are awesome!

    • Aw, thank you so much, Lisa! That means a lot coming from you! And I would love to do a post about it sometime. I still owe you one about co-sleeping! 🙂

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