Start a Healthy Winter Tradition – Host your 1st Annual Soup Swap Party!

Plan a Soup Swap Party

Plan a Soup Swap Party

Soup Swap Party

Another who woulda thunk it moment! January 18th (the 3rd Saturday of January) is this year's National Annual Soup Swap Day. We originally read about this creative party idea in Sara McColl's Yahoo article entitled “The Only Party Invitation We Want This Time of Year” . I guess it should not surprise anyone that we were intrigued. A winter party theme that is easy to organize, allows you to keep your weight loss / get healthy resolutions, has very little cost associated with it. And best of all you get to go home with one of the best party favors ever –  6 quarts of delicious soups, enough for dinner for a week.

And even if you missed the official soup swap day, no worries. As far as we are concerned any day can be soup swap day.

Soup Swap Party Supplies

What else you and your 5 guests will need:

  • Six (6) Quarts of delicious homemade freezable soup
  • Ball Wide Mouth Quart Jars with Lids and Bands
  • Each invitee should pour the soup into the individual mason jars.
  • Jars should be labeled with the chef's name, the name of the soup and the date prepared (you can even include the mason jar labels with your invitations)

The host should prepare an extra pot of soup to be served with a loaf of warm bread and a bottle or two of fabulous discount wine from The Wine Spies. Or need it quickly, check out Saucey. Continue Reading →

All That Glitters New Years Party

All That Glitters New Years Party

New Years is the one day a year we say bring on the bling and bring on the glitter.  We love all of our new year's party ideas (New Years Party Planning, Ideas, & Supplies , Chic New Years Party Decor Made Easy!, and our personal favorite, Usher in a Rosy New Year! ) but truthfully, all could use a little extra bling. That is why we decided to put together this All That Glitter New Years Party. Feel free to mix and match elements from all our New Years party ideas. Continue Reading →

Usher in a Rosy New Year!

Usher in a Rosy New Year!

The myriad of fabulous rosy pink and rose gold New Year's invitations inspired us to create an entire New Years party theme.  We love the idea of ushering in a rosy new year or starting the new year wearing rose colored glasses, figuratively. Rather than gold and black glitz and glam, the softness of these invitations set the tone for an all round kinder, gentler new year.  We'll toast to that – Cheers!

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“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity >> No Sew Blankets

“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity

“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity >> Fabric for No Sew Blankets:: Featured Blanket available for sale on Etsy

“Give Back” Holiday Party Craft Activity >> No Sew Blankets

Today'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. Children 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.

And with the holiday spirit upon us, why wait for your child's next birthday party. This “Give Back” craft activity would be a wonderful addition to any classroom holiday party and equally brilliant to incorporate into your own kid-friendly holiday celebrations. Continue Reading →

Best Holiday Party Plates & Napkins

Best Holiday Party Plates & Napkins

Party Idea Pros has gathered the best of the best in holiday party plates and tableware.  From Christmas tree to snowmen  to candy cane to Santa Claus to Hanukkah theme tableware,  you will surely find a holiday pattern to please your fancy. Most of the holiday party plates have matching and coordinating napkins but on occasion we come across a festive holiday beverage napkin without matching plates.  We have added them to the bottom of this list. Most sites recommend coordinating products but if not, simply pair with a solid plate or even a clear plastic plate.  One last note – we love combining patterns so do not hesitate to mix and match your plates and napkins.  Mixing and matching not only adds a festive touch, it also makes the entire look more chic and up to date.

Best Party Plates  Christmas Canines Square Plate  Best Party Plates Continue Reading →

Pair Your Favorite Holiday Cookies with Wine!

 5 favorite holiday cookies paired with wine, Pair Your Favorite Holiday Cookies with Wine

Pair Your Favorite Holiday Cookies with Wine

Pair Your Favorite Holiday Cookies with Wine

We are obsessed with this post on The California Wine Club's blog pairing wine with holiday cookies! From the opening line “Why should milk have all the fun?” to the fact that The California Wine Club actually has sound reasons for their suggested pairings, we were hooked. And then to reel us in, they created this great holiday cookie wine pairing chart. We are almost as impressed with this post as we are with their wine offerings.  How fun would it be to gift a plate of yummy homemade cookies with the perfectly paired wine or better yet, Save 50% on First Month When You Join a Club Level (10/1-12/31). Continue Reading →

Best Feliz Navidad Holiday Cards

Feliz Navidad Holiday Cards

Feliz Navidad Holiday Cards >> One caveat: Shutterfly designers are only able to proofread English text but if you trust your own proofreading skills, feel free to write your sentiments in Spanish!

Best Feliz Navidad Holiday Cards

Our friends over at GreatGets have put together a wonderful selection of the best Feliz Navidad Christmas cards for those wanting to add a bit of authentic Latina spice to their holiday greetings.  They did the legwork for all of us and not surprisingly found a great collection of multi-cultural greeting cards on Tiny Prints.  Like us, GreatGets loves Shutterfly quality paper choices, trim choices, and most of all their unparalleled value.

So whether you’re sending holiday cards to your Spanish speaking relatives or you’re simply looking to add a little multi-culturalism to your Christmas greetings, Feliz Navidad cards are a great way to communicate your warm winter wishes this season. Continue Reading →

Hanukkah Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Hanukkah Table with Blue Dinnerware

Hanukkah Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies >> We love the idea of setting a table with interesting blue dinnerware so much we posted it on Instagram  (Image credit: One Kings Lane )

Hanukkah Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies 

Chanukah is just a a few weeks away so it is definitely time to start thinking about ordering your Chanukah cards, Hanukkah gifts, Hanukkah party supplies and party favors, and even your celebratory wine. 

Chanukah 2019 is celebrated Sunday December 22nd – December 30th

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Holiday Gift Exchange Games

Holiday Gift Exchange Games

Holiday Gift Exchange Games

Holiday Gift Exchange Games

Christmas gift exchanges and holiday gift grabs are a fun part of the winter holiday season. Make the traditional gift exchange into a game and add a fresh and festive element to your home and office holiday parties. If you are stumped for gift ideas, Be sure to check out PartyIdeaPros comprehensive list of Holiday Grab Bag, White Elephant Gift Exchange & Gag Gift Ideas (it really is quite a good list, if we do say so ourselves )

UPDATE!

There is still time to order and print a whole slew of printable games for your Christmas & New Years celebrations!

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Gingerbread Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Gingerbread Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

A gingerbread party is a playful theme for most holiday and winter parties. Think high school winter formals, greek events, sweet sixteen parties, quinceanera celebrations, and family reunions. And of course, it is the absolute perfect theme for an annual cookie swap party!

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Before you even begin to plan your gingerbread theme party, get in the mood with this adorable Pixar video

 

Pixar Animations – Cookie Blues

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