Board Game Night Party

Board Game Night

Board Game Night Party

In our increasingly digital world, board games might seem like an old-fashioned pastime. But more and more people are turning to board games as a hobby. These days, board games are more than just the classic Monopoly, Clue, and Connect 4. European-style games are a class of tabletop games that generally have simple rules, short to medium playing times (no five hour Monopoly marathons here!) and lots of social interaction. These kinds of games have become incredibly trendy: board game cafes have opened up all over the world! We think that these games can be a great way to connect with family and friends. So why not change up your usual Friday night entertainment and throw a casual board game night party?

Fair warning: some of the games on this list can be played with kids, but some of them are grown-ups only! For games for all ages, check out our Family Game Night post.

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Best Food Gifts for the Holidays >> The Fruit Company Holiday Gift Tower

Best Get - The Fruit Company Holiday Gift TowerYesterday (December 6, 2012) I opened my front door and had a wonderful surprise waiting for me.  Jed over at The Fruit Company had sent me The Fruit Company Holiday Gift Tower to review.  In full disclosure, companies send me “stuff” all the time and very seldom do they make it onto Party Idea {Pros}.  We only post reviews of products we would buy ourselves and 100% recommend to others.

Let's start with the presentation of The Fruit Company Holiday Gift Tower

  • This gift tower is very lovely – large enough to be impressive but not so big as to be gauche. The red, green and white boxes and ribbon capture the holiday spirit perfectly.  We especially like that all the boxes coordinate rather than match.  This gives the entire presentation a modern, chic sensibility.The Fruit Company Holiday Gift Tower  - Apples, Nuts & Truffles

The contents of The Fruit Company Holiday Gift Tower

  • 1 Pecan, Cherry, Hazelnut Truffles – 3 oz – DELICIOUS – so good in fact that before I had even unpacked all the rest of the boxes, my family had devoured the chocolates.
  • 1 Chocolate Covered Cherries – 4 oz. – These are quite good, if you like cherries in your candy.  Personally, it is not my thing but the chocolate around the cherries was to die for.
  • 1 Mixed Nuts – 4 oz. – Very fresh with just enough salt to satisfy me but not too much salt for my mother-in-law who prefers unsalted nuts.

The fruit was all yummy – among the very best we have ever received.  For a change none of it was over-ripe!

  • 2 Fuji Apple(s) –
  • 3 Bosc Pear(s) –
  • 3 Comice Pear(s)

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PIP’s Tip >> Reusable, Customized Party Plates

Customized Party Plates

Customized Party Plates

PIP's Tip >> Reusable, Customized Party Plates

Update! So sorry – Create UR Plate has closed their partner program and has no items listed for sale in their Etsy Shop. And we have not even been able to access their website.  If anyone comes across an equivalent merchant, please, please let us know!

In May 2013 we wrote about  “the best party idea we have come across in eons — create your own reusable, customizable glass (or clear plastic) party plates! These plates will transform your table from drab to fab instantly!” PIP’s Pick – Customize Glass Party Plates  The only issue was our complicated rather clumsy solution to creating the look of customized party plates.  Well today we are so excited! We finally found an easy, affordable way to change your table and create customized party plates with Create Ur Plate reusable decals.  Not only do they have hundreds of customizable designs from which to choose, you can also buy the plates which fit the decals exactly, right on the site. Check out how easy it is in this Create UR Plate – How To Video Continue Reading →

The Fruit Company’s Valentine’s Day Heart to Heart Gift Tower – PIP’s Pick

The Fruit Company's Heart to Heart Gift Tower

Just in time for Valentine' Day we received a special delivery at our front door. Jed at The Fruit Company sent us the beautiful new Valentine's Day Heart to Heart Gift Tower to review and share with you.  This gift tower is full of seasonal delicious treats that would make anyone's Valentine's Day sweeter.

The Wow Factor 

To start, as you can see this gift tower packs a punch on presentation.  It is a stunning tower that anyone would be delighted to find on their front door step. It has four different shaped boxes that say Valentine's Day without the obnoxious assault of bright pink and hearts.  The modern sophisticated design is appropriate for men and woman as well as office staffs and  families. Continue Reading →

CanvasPop Review – Turn Instagram Photos into Canvas Art

CanvasPop Review - Turn Instagram Photos into Canvas Art      CanvasPop Review - Turn Instagram Photos into Canvas Art

CanvasPop Review –

Turn Instagram Photos into Canvas Art

I recently received an invitation  offering PartyIdeaPros.com a $40.00 credit to try out CanvasPop, a service that prints photos onto canvas without the need for additional framing.   To me, it was a no brainer especially since as a compensated affiliate I always like to review the products of our partners before recommending them!  Plus, photo canvas art is one of the latest and greatest decorator trends – my friend Judy just filled 2 entire walls with stunning photo art memories.

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