Chalkboard Chic Holiday Cards and Inspiration

We told you we were obsessed!  We love Minted’s new inspiration board builder and are going crazy creating boards.  Our latest board features three of Minted's chalkboard theme holiday cards and coordinating postage, adorable chalkboard chic labeled  mason jars and retro paper straws for Santa's treat,  and chalkboard frosted-glass tea light holdersto use  as party favors, place cards, and to add sparkle to your holiday table. More Chalkboard Chic Party Ideas

If you too enjoy creating boards like this we would love to partner with you by offering to host your Minted  Inspiration Board Challenge entry right here on PartyIdeaPros.com.

So here’s how Minted's contest works:

1. make

Find your favorite Minted holiday card or Christmas card.

Click the green plus sign  to start your Inspiration Board. Now double click the image you just added to edit your board.  To upload more images and style your Board there is an easy to use interface running just above the board itself..

2. share

Embed your Inspiration Board on your own website or blog (Pinterest or Facebook do not qualify) by clicking to retrieve your code or we will be happy to host your inspiration board as a guest blogger on PartyIdeaPros.com if you send us the code.

3. win

To enter the contest, submit the link to your website or blog where you embedded your Inspiration Board.  If we host your board, we will email you the link so you can submit it to enter the contest.

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Game Night Party Props and Decorations

Game Night Party Props and Decorations

Shindigz is definitely on a roll. Not only did they offer some amazing Halloween costume specials, today we opened our inbox and sitting there waiting for us was an announcement that Shindigz is now stocking Hasbro Game night theme props and decorations – the perfect add-on to our Game Night Party package.  These large props and standees are ideal for proms, fundraisers, Sweet Sixteen and Quinceanera celebrations, and just about any birthday bash.  How fun would it be to use this nostalgia invoking decor at your next family or high school reunion.   Whether your favorite game is Monopoly, Sorry, Clue, Operation, Battleship, Twister, or Candy Land these fabulous new party props are sure to bring a flood of childhood memories to your party's venue.

The fact is that these classic Hasbro games never go out of style.  My 2 year old cousin recently came to visit and I pulled out out old Mr. Potato Head and he loved it as much as my children did many moons ago.  A Game Night theme party is fun and smile invoking for kids of all ages.

Party Hearty!

Halloween Piñatas

Halloween piñatas

Halloween Piñatas

Kids love piñatas almost as much as they love candy.  So combining a piñata with Halloween trick or treating – how perfect is that!  We love these Halloween Piñatas – a scary black cat, a giant flying bat, a witch on a broomstick, an adorable Frankenstein, and a great carved pumpkin.

Halloween Piñatas are not only perfect additions to any party they may be a great alternative for those of you not so into trick or treating, begging for candy by knocking on strangers doors.  The fact is that some children really do find the holiday of Halloween scary and overwhelming so inviting a few friends over to your house for a costume party may be just the answer.  Send out Halloween invitations, serve Halloween theme food & drink, play Halloween games, offer cute Halloween party favors, have a costume fashion show, and end the festivities with breaking the piñata so everyone walks away with a bagful of candy.  This way you also have complete control over the candy and don't have to comb through pillow cases full of yucky unwrapped candy handed out by strangers.

Have a safe Halloween and party hearty!

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!

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

Party Hearty!