Plan a 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
- 6 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 wine from one of our “go to” Wine merchants >> Gift Tree | The California Wine Club | Wine.com | Wine of the Month Club Continue Reading →
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 →
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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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 →
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.
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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!
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 →
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 )
There is still time to order and print a whole slew of printable games for your Christmas & New Years celebrations!
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Christmas Throw Pillows >> Snowflake Fronds and Wonderful Swirls
We happened upon this great Tiny Prints instagram today and had to re-post it. We love the idea of adding just a touch of holiday cheer to every room in your house. You do not need to decorate every inch of the room from floor to ceiling, just add a couple of fabulous holiday throw pillows here and there and you are set. We come across lots of pillows every single day and so far, these Tiny Prints Snowflake Fronds and Wonderful Swirls pillow are our hands down favorites. As we come across other pillows we like, we will continue to update this post.
Now that Tiny Prints is part of Shutterfly we just cannot garner the same enthusiasm for the company or their products. These days we are more likely to turn to Zazzle or when we are looking for something special.
One more thought >> these pillows would make lovely holiday & hostess gifts!
A Little About the Pillows