“Give Back” Birthday Party Craft Activity

"Give Back" Birthday Party Craft ProjectToday's mom's have little trouble creating beautiful and festive children's birthday party celebrations but sometimes between our own crazy busy schedules and the quest to throw the this year's most talked about event, we forget to add the little things that make the day especially meaningful.  We think it is important for kids to know how much we love them but equally important for them to understand they are not the center of the universe.  Kids need to learn and develop  a healthy sense of self which includes compassion and caring of others.  What better day to teach this lesson than on the very day they are lavished with gifts.  Teach by example – integrate a “Give back” craft activity into your child's birthday party in addition the the usual birthday fun and party games.  This “Give Back” craft activity would also be a wonderful addition to any classroom holiday party and could even be incorporated into a baby shower.

Our favorite “Give Back” birthday party activity is making easy no sew fleece blankets for local children or seniors in need.  This activity is super simple, appropriate for all ages and sexes and can seamlessly (yes, pun intended) fit into most party themes.   Basically if you can use a scissors and tie a knot you can make this blanket.  All you need is cute fleece fabric, scissors, and a ruler or tape measure. Depending on the age of the children involved you may want to pre-cut 6″ (or 4″) square cut out from each corner.

What to buyThemed Fleece

For a larger adult size blanket use 2 yards of each fabric.   And we think for small children and toddlers you can get away with using even less fabric especially if the blanket is meant more for “shlepping” around as a security blanket rather than for warmth.

We must admit, fleece can be rather pricey, often running between $11 and $15 per yard.  That is why September is a a perfect time to buy fleece.  Both Hancock Fabrics and Joann are a offering select fleece on sale at up to 70% off!!!  Plus we just checked Amazon and their fleece fabric definitely seems more reasonably priced, especially for a craft project.

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Mustache (Moustache) Bash Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Mustache Bash Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

We admit it — for months we have been dismissing one of this year's hottest fads, Mustache Mania.  The truth is we just didn't get it.  But it is one of those fads that has definitely grown on us (pun intended).  We love the simplicity of design and actually find ourselves smiling whenever we see a “stache bash” invitation. The magnificent mustache theme is perfect for bachelor and fraternity parties, both and adult and children's birthday parties, retirement parties, and even weddings (check out that fabulous Stache + Kiss Wedding invitation below) .

Even if you don't want everything at your next party to be mustached, adding a touch of “stache” whimsy here and there will undoubtedly product quiet chuckles amongst your guests.  We promise, these little touches will not only be noticed but they will be appreciated.  Not sure that any of you noticed, but if you look closely at our new image on our welcome page, you will find a small mustache inserted under the word {Pros} – yes, we put it there just because it makes us smile!

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Chalkboard Chic Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Chalkboard Chic Party Ideas

Chalkboard Chic Party Ideas

Chalkboard Chic

Chalkboard Invitations, Place Cards, Table Numbers, Party & Home Decor, and  More

It doesn't take more than a minute or two perusing Pinterest to know that vintage is in.  Brides have especially been loving our vintage tin tile  outdoor wedding photography backdrops and magnetic seating charts & escort card boards.  Today we want to make sure every one is aware of the newest trend in vintage — chalkboard everything.  At first we thought it it was our personal obsession after discovering a ceiling tile chalkboard  but after my daughter called and said she painted a chalkboard wall and created 2 chalkboard side tables in her summer apartment rental, I knew I was on to something.  Izzy is always a beat or two ahead of burgeoning trends.  And then today, I opened my email and there waiting for me was a note from Tiny Prints with the subject  “Chalk it up to Birthdays”” featuring their latest fashion forward invitations.

So today we have chosen to  showcase this chic new chalkboard trend in invitations and suggest coordinating your place cards / escort cards, table numbers, party & home decor.  Once we began our quest, we were amazed at how much chalkboard “stuff” is readily available online. Plus, as Izzy could tell you, you can easily transform just about anything into a chalkboard decor yourself using a can of chalkboard paint or chalkboard peel & stick papers.

Just a note of caution – if you DIY, make sure you check the color on the container.  Turns out chalkboard paint comes in both black and green.  I wanted black but mistakenly bought green paint.  I ended up trying the green, not liking it, and repainting my ceiling tile chalkboards with the black  chalkboard spray paint.

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Wonder Woman Theme Party & Gift Ideas!

Wonder Woman PartyWonder Woman Theme Party & Gift Ideas!

Wonder Woman, the dashing and dazzling, the iconic super heroine reminds us that inside every woman is a Mighty Aphrodite full of courage, confidence and charisma. ~M·A·C

Explore this great selection of Wonder Woman gifts and accessories including fabulous Wonder Woman cosmetics, pajamas, flip flops, aprons, jewelry, greeting cards, home decor, and even Wonder Woman celebration decorating ideas!

 

M·A·C WONDER WOMAN COLLECTION

M·A·C “s new line of limited edition Wonder Woman cosmetics. was the inspiration behind our Wonder Woman Theme Party package. Stock up today because although the collection was only officially only available from February 10, 2011 through mid April, 2011 we have found a few products still available on Amazon!  These make amazing gifts!

M·A·C WONDER WOMAN COLLECTION

SHOP M·A·C WONDER WOMAN COLLECTION ON AMAZON

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Bright Nursery

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Bright Nursery

Looking for nursery decor ideas or baby shower gifts?  Recently, actress and model Molly Sims announced she is beginning to design and decorate her baby's nursery and rumor has is she wants to incorporate bright colors! We love the idea of a bright, cheerful nursery with adorable cribs featuring fun new colors.  Don't stop there — add color with your crib bedding, your nursery rugs, furniture, and accessories, and  create bright and cheerful nursery walls with playful removable wall art decals and stickers.

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Chic and Stylish Baby Shower Gifts

Chic and Stylish Baby Shower Gifts

Over the last few years celebrities like Natascha McElhone from Californication, Sheryl Crow, Tia Mowry, Jaime Pressly, and Christina Aguilera have all been spotted sporting chic and stylish, mom-on the go, diaper bags.  With each pattern cuter than the next, it is the brand every style conscious new mom craves! Yes, Petunia Pickle Bottom products are a bit of a splurge but that's what makes them such perfect baby shower gifts — something the soon to be mom covets but may not be comfortable buying for  herself.   

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