50% off Pack of 450 Printable Games

Printable GamesFor one day only, September 18, 2012, Funsational is offering 50% off its MVP Printable Games Party Collection including new Halloween games.

So sorry – not only has this deal expired, Funsational has closed its doors. But not to worry – Print Games Now has taken up the slack! You can also find lots of fun printable games on Etsy.

Both Print Games Now carry Holiday, Seasonal, and Event games; Baby Shower, Bridal Shower, Birthday, Over-the-Hill, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Spring, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Harvest, Christmas, New Year's and Winter games.

If we get one question more than any other, it is “do you have any ideas of games to play at my party and by the way, our guests are arriving in 45 minutes.”  Our answer is always the same — yes, go online and order a theme pack of printable games.  The biggest time suck is always the actual ordering and, of course, the printing of the games.  Something always goes awry — generally I forget to fill in a required field and then have to start the ordering process all over again or my printer runs out of paper or worse yet, the printer jams because it knows I am in a rush.  So if you plan in advance, you will not only have peace of mind that you have easily accessible party activities (you have access to the games 24/7), you also have plenty of time to print them out well before your guests arrive.

Have Fun and Party Hearty!

“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.

Party Hearty!

Tea Collection’s Around the World Activity Contest

Tea Collection's Around the World Activity Contest

Tea Collection's Around the World Activity Contest  Tea Collection's Around the World Activity Contest

by Ariel Diamond

I couldn't wait to spend the summer at home after my freshman year at Michigan State.  As much as I loved my first year of college, I looked forward to spending time with friends and loved ones.  Unfortunately between my summer school class schedule, course assignments, and juggling two jobs I had yet to spend the day with my favorite seven year old, my cousin Alyssa.

Alyssa and I love imaginary travel and have especially enjoyed children's books that take us to lands far, far away.  Over the years we probably have read Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are dozens of times.  We have joined both Babar and Curious George as they roam Africa and particularly enjoy Madeline's escapades in Paris.  When I read about Tea Collection's Around the World Activity Contest I had one of those “aha” moments.   Now that Alyssa has turned 7, I thought she could appreciate and begin to understand the cultures of the world through crafts.

I meticulously began to plan our special day together!  I would like nothing more than to win a $500 Tea Shopping Spree for Alyssa's back to school wardrobe!  Together we have already picked out some adorable pieces for Alyssa and even found a cute easy to wear, run-around dress for me!

Tea Collection Marguerite Banded DressTea Collection Laululintu TeeTea Collection La Rambla Dress

Tea Collection Marguerite Banded Dress | Tea Collection Umi Moraine | Tea Collection Laululintu Tee | Tea Collection La Rambla Dress

All I needed to do was

  1. Take a photo of Alyssa completing a DIY activity based on one of Tea's Anniversary destinations (Brazil, Turkey, Japan, Korea, or West Africa).
  2. Add a photo caption describing the destination inspired craft
  3. Share our experience as part of Tea Collections Facebook entry page

Since PartyIdeaPros.com has been a huge supporter of Wrap2gether.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to global education and social justice, I had access to the most amazing art project ever.  Izzy had designed and fabricated original handmade African inspired dwenimmen jewelry to  foster cross-cultural relationships and benefit the Mancona International School in Odumase-Krobo, Ghana Eastern Region.   Lucky for me and for Alyssa, Izzy had enough supplies left over so we could actually complete an age appropriate project using hand made dwenimmen, a West African Adirinka symbol representing strength, humility, wisdom, and learning.

Alyssa's West African Dwenimmen Jewelry Making and Lion Cupcake Baking Day   Alyssa's West African Dwenimmen Jewelry Making and Lion Cupcake Baking Day   Alyssa's West African Dwenimmen Jewelry Making and Lion Cupcake Baking Day

We decorated the leather with markers and puffy paint to give it that nice tribal feel. Once finished Alyssa couldn’t help but model and show off her new creation.

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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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Thor Theme Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

Thor Theme Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

Waves are but water. Wind but air. And though lightning be fire…yet it must answer thunder's call.Thor Odinson (Earth-616)

Plan your Thor Party Today! Seize the day and celebrate your own super powers — all it takes is a little boost from your favorite superhero. Party Idea Pros will walk you through every step of your Thor theme celebration with professional recommendations on just about every detail including Thor party invitations, centerpieces, napkin rings, party favors, costumes, party decor and lots and lots of little extras. After all, in event planning, the details matter and we have done all the research for you! KABOOM! Mission Accomplished!

Other Super Hero Party Packages by Party Idea Pros:

Wonder Woman Theme Party Planning, Ideas, & Supplies

Superhero Costume Party

Green Lantern Party Ideas, Planning Tips, and Supplies

Who is Thor?

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Green Lantern Theme Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Green Lantern Theme Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

Green Lantern Theme Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

In brightest day, in blackest night,

No evil shall escape my sight

Let those who worship evil's might,

Beware my power… Green Lantern's light!

The Green Lantern is the shared primary alias of several superhero characters (including Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and Jade) appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Each Green Lantern possesses a power ring and power lantern that gives the user great control over the physical world as long as the wielder has sufficient willpower and strength to wield it. The ring is one of the most powerful weapons in the universe, and can be very dangerous. While the ring of the Golden Age Green Lantern (Alan Scott) was magically powered, the rings worn by all subsequent Lanterns were technological creations of the Guardians of the Universe, who granted such rings to worthy candidates. These individuals made up the intergalactic police force known as the Green Lantern Corps.  (Thank you Wikipedia!)

Plot summary: A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.

DirectorMartin Campbell

WritersGreg Berlanti (screenplay), Michael Green (screenplay), and 5 more credits »

Plan your Green Lantern Party Today!

Seize the day and celebrate your own super powers — all it takes is a little boost from your favorite superhero.

Party Idea Pros will walk you through every step of your Green Lantern theme celebration with professional recommendations on just about every detail including Green Lantern party invitations, centerpieces, napkin rings, party favors, costumes, party decor and lots and lots of little extras.  After all, in event planning, the details matter and we have done all the research for you!  KABOOM! Mission Accomplished!

Other Super Hero Party Packages by Party Idea Pros:

Wonder Woman Theme Party Planning, Ideas, & Supplies | Superhero Costume Party | Thor Theme Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies

 

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Baby & Children’s Spring Party Clothes – ON SALE!

Baby & Children's Spring Party Clothes – ON SALE!

Update! Although this sale is long over, there are still plenty of darling Children's Spring Party Clothes – ON SALE from lots of different merchants!

Girls Tutu Lace Party Dress

Girls Tutu Lace Party Dress >> Also available in Yellow & Rose

And we love, love, love these SpaSilk Baby Boys' and Baby Girls' Newborn 23-Piece Essential Baby Layette Sets

Baby Boy Blue Organic Newborn Sacks Baby Girl Pink Organic Newborn Sacks

Organic Newborn Sacks >> Blue | Pink

Also check out the Barefoot Dreams Infant Gown and Hat Set.  Or If you, like me, are not into gowns, even for newborns, check out the Barefoot Dreams 3 piece Take Home Set available in blue, pink or cream.

Or check out this absolutely adorable Chiffon Bloomers >> perfect for under baby party dresses!

We also like Tralala's cheerful print spring and summer ruffle dresses.

 Tralala Baby Girls Princess Rose One Piece Footie Tralala Baby Girls Princess Rose Toddler Dress

Tralala Baby Girls Princess Rose One Piece Footie | Tralala Baby Girls Princess Rose Toddler Dress (So pretty for Easter!!)

Party Hearty!