PIP’s Pick – Customize Glass Party Plates

Customize Glass Party Plates

The best party idea we have come across in eons — create you own reusable, customizable glass party plates! These plates will transform your table from drab to fab instantly!

Last year my good friend and colleague, Vicki, came up with the most innovative party idea I have seen in eons but it seemed too difficult for even a fairly advanced DIY maven to tackle without spending hours and hours on each project – reusable, customized glass party plates.  Vicki originally created these plates for our 4th of July Celebration party inspiration photo shoot but I have not been able to easily re-create the idea until today.  This morning I finally found the solution.

Customizable Square Glass Plate

Libbey Crisa Tempo square dinnerware is made of solid glass that is dishwasher and microwave safe. Sold 12 per case.

What you need:

This  8″ square dinner plate from Libbey.  Not only is it perfect for this project, it is the new hot look in dinnerware. Popular for appetizers, tapas, salads, entrees, and desserts. The possibilities are endless!

Dimensions:
Length and Width: 8″ x 8″
Eating Area: 4″ x 4″

The highlighted information is the operative fact here.  The bottom of the plate is exactly four inches square which means it is the perfect size and shape to apply clear custom window clings to the outside bottom of your plates.  These decals are sometimes referred to a clings since they adhere with static to smooth surfaces and are removable & repositionable with no residue.

So checkMothers Day Lobster Dinnerware Removable Decals this out — we customized these 4″ x 4″ decals by clicking on the  “animal clear decals” button and then adding our text and changing the colors. Originally we thought we would create decals and then found the static clings.  Since the static clings would not allow us to change the background color, we simply saved the image we created to our computer and then uploaded the image (feel free to do the same). Wouldn't these make fabulous plates to serve that fabulous lobster & filet Mothers Day dinner from Lobster Anywhere?  Perfect for lunch too – just serve lobster rolls!  Yum.

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Get Organized for the New Year with Mabel’s Labels

Mabels Labels Get Organized for the New Year

Label it! Keep your resolution to get organized this year.

 Get Organized for the New Year with Mabel's Labels 

If you are anything like us, then this year you resolved to get your life organized.  Thankfully Mabel's Labels has us covered on everything from food container labels to electric chord labels.  They just launched their newly re- designed line of Household Labels to help all of us get our lives organized this new year.   These labels can be used on anything from organizing pantry items to kids toys and they look cute while doing it!  Browse their selections or buy a combo pack to cover all your bases.  These are great whether you have kids (and everything that comes with them), or you just want to make your pantry, desk and kitchen easier to navigate.

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15% off Create your own Photo Books

photobooks2Now is the perfect time to look back on your year and make all your memories of 2012 last a lifetime!  What better way to preserve a year full of memories than with your very own photo book from Blurb.

Not only is this a perfect way to capture all your personal memories but its a unique and personalized way to share special moments with friends and family.  Create event books from weddings, birthday parties, vacations and more for the perfect gift this holiday season.

We love how easy blurb makes publishing your own books by providing you templates and even letting you use pictures straight from your Facebook, Instagram, Picasa, Flickr and many more.

We even have a Party Idea Pros special offer for 15% off your entire purchase from now until January 7th, 2013!

Just click the picture above to get started and when you check out enter promo code: BOOKS15OFF  to receive your 15% off deal!

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Have You Activated Your Nuts Today?

Activated almonds are trending everywhere today!  Social media is all abuzz mocking Australian celebrity Chef Peter Evans who recently revealed his typical daily diet includes activated almonds.  Our first question, like that of many others was, what the heck are activated nuts?  The Australian natural health magazine Wellbeing defines an activated nut as “a nut that has been soaked and sprouted to release its enzyme inhibitors”.

The article goes on to explain:

Why should nuts be activated?

All nuts (and this includes seeds too) have an enzyme inhibitor that keeps them from sprouting into a tree, bush or plant that they carry inside of them.  Once they are planted in the ground and given some water, the enzyme inhibitor is destroyed and the nut/seed can begin to sprout.

So, when you eat a lot of nuts and/or seeds, you can end up with a lot of that enzyme inhibitor in your digestive tract and that just slows everything down. It can actually result in digestive distress in much the same way gluten does. Constipation, stomach cramps and bloating are examples of some issues people have eating raw, unactivated nuts.

The more enzymes you eat, the less of your own body’s enzymes are required to break down food…which keeps you younger, longer too.

So in plain English, these are nuts that are soaked and dried for 12-24 hours in order to get rid of those things that slow down your digestive system.

Now that we know exactly what activated almonds are we spent way too much time trying to find them online . After a frustrating search we finally realized Amazon stocks various flavored raw organic activated almonds.  The best alternative is to make them yourself.

According to Easy Peasy Organic pretty much all you need to do is :

  1. Soak raw organic almonds  in water for 12 hrs.   NOTE: After soaking, the nuts will look nice and puffy and may even start to show signs of sprouting.
  2. Rinse the nuts under running water, and if you want to add flavor – now is the time to do it. Just shake a couple of tsp of  sea salt, garlic salt, dehydrated onion powder, tamari or curry powder over the wet (rinsed) almonds, and stir to combine well.      NOTE: If you want, you can use and eat the activated almonds as they are, without roasting them.
  3. Now, “roast' the almonds by drying out the nuts on low heat – either in a dehydrator or on the lowest temperature your oven will do (ie 140F). This will take anywhere from 6-24 hrs, depending on the temperature you're using. The nuts will be done when they feel (and taste) dry.

We do believe this would make a fabulous, funny and on trend holiday grab bag gag gift this season. Wrap up this great Activated Almonds T-Shirt with a bag of “activated nuts”!  Way better than  some of those other stupid gift ideas.

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Best Craft Tool, Ever!

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Party Idea {Pros} absolute favorite, cannot live without craft tool is (drum roll, please)

3M Scotch Adhesive Transfer Tape ATG 700 Dispenser

Once you get the hang of loading the tape (that truly is the hardest part) you will find yourself using this “gun” constantly.  We have used it to make diy invitations, scrapbooks, favor tags, hang posters and signs, wrap presents  party favors, party decor and even custom framing.  All you do is press the trigger and roll.  The stick is strong and durable.  Trust us — do not waste your time with the mini tape dispensers.  Yes they are lots cheaper but they do no work as well and in the end take way more time. (And yes ladies, our time is precious and we need to calculate its value when we are making purchases!)  Plus, these guns last forever.  Ours is a bit sticky and gummy and scratched up but is still going strong after 10 years!

The tape for the dispenser is hard to find, so be sure to buy at least 6-12 rolls at a time.  There is nothing worse than getting half way through a craft project just to run out of tape:

Scotch Adhesive Transfer Tape, 0.5 Inch x 36 Yards (924.5) | Adhesive Transfer Tape Roll for Scotch Tape Gun , 3/4

Our second most used tool — a paper cutter!

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