“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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Venetian Mask Halloween Costume – Unique & Elegant!

Venetian Mask Halloween Costume - Unique & Elegant!Every once in a while I come across a picture or a photo that inspires me.  This one popped up on my Facebook feed.  Admittedly, I am extremely biased but my niece's gorgeous piercing blue eyes staring out from behind that incredible  Venetian blue and gold mask made me wonder if this Halloween rather than donning the usual scary costume or sexy fantasy costume we might consider  more refined, almost elegant Halloween attire.  I must admit, after my truly scary Halloween experience being stalked by a crazy dressed  in a Clockwork Orange costume, I get a bit freaked out by Halloween.  Sometimes I believe Halloween is used as an excuse for people to “try on” behaviors and personae that are unacceptable in every day life.   But I digress.

Light Blue Venetian Mask

The point of this post is to suggest switching it up this Halloween – rather than spend a fortune on a one wear costume, raid your closet or better yet buy yourself that long coveted cocktail dress you can wear again and again and add a stunning  Venetian mask. You can even create a couples Venetian mask that is both easy and fabulous or join forces with your girlfriends and together make a jaw dropping entrance.  (This would make a great teen costume too especially if all of your friends wore different but coordinating masks!!) Elegance is forever chic and  always sexy!

For more costume ideas check out HalloweenCostumes.com

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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!

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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!

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Fascinators – The Perfect Party Accessory!

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Kate Middleton, Fashion Icon & The Fascinator

Women across the world are wanting them and wearing them!

The fascinator is the new must have fashion accessory! What is it? It is an ornate hair accessory that features feathers, beads, flowers and other fancy trimmings. Kate (or should we say Princess Catherine) seems to favor fascinators with feathers. We like them all. Not only do fascinators add a whole lot of flair to any outfit, a nice fascinator does not have to set you back a pretty penny which is good because you will definitely want to own more than one!

Where to wear them?

Everywhere!

  • Planning a ladies night out or bachelorette party? Call attention to yourselves by wearing these fun and festive head pieces.
  • Planning a birthday luncheon?  Ask all your friends to wear fascinators or hats or any type!
  • Attending an afternoon wedding?  Don a fascinator — the latest British trend to storm America's shores.

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British Royal Wedding Party Ideas | Princess Theme Birthday Supplies

British Royal Wedding Party Ideas

British Royal Wedding Party Ideas

Princess Theme Birthday Parties

April 29th,2011

The day all the world watched Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot at Westminster Abbey.

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Official Announcement From Kensington Palace The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle

Official Announcement From Kensington Palace The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle

The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry & Ms. Meghan Markle

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Halloween Silly Bandz

 

Skip the candy!  Pass out Halloween Bandz to all your trick or treaters.  Great for Halloween classroom parties and as costume accessories, too!

What are bandz?

The bandz craze seems to have begun in Birmingham Alabama last year and now bandz are flying off shelves throughout the country. These colorful rubber bands are made of silicone and die molded, come in a variety of shapes and themes, and are manufactured by a handful of vendors. Basically, kids wear them, collect them, and trade them! Bandz come in multi-band packs starting at about $5.00/pack. Best of all, Bandz make for great party favors and napkin rings! (Warning: Choking Hazard! Not recommended for children under 3 years old!) Continue Reading →

K.I.S.S

K.I.S.S. (Keep It Stylishly Simple)

Keep it Stylishly Simple, Lightbulb Vases

Keep it Stylishly Simple >> Light Bulb Vases

 

K.I.S.S

Today’s economic circumstances require hosts to be sensitive to the times. Over the top glitzy is out. Simple, meaningful, and elegant is in. Think understated! Bigger invitations are not necessarily better. Giant floral masterpieces can be replaced with smaller tasteful florals or even single flowers. But remember understated does not mean austere. It is still ok to have fun — in fact, it may be down right patriotic. So don’t skip your next celebration, instead remember to KISS (Keep It Stylishly Simple!) Continue Reading →