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Inspirational Gift Ideas

Inspirational Gift Ideas

Be Inspired and Inspire Others

Whether you are searching for a birthday or anniversary present, or a thank you or holiday gift, you cannot go wrong if you keep one precept in mind: be inspired and inspire others. Party Idea Pros has gathered the best of the best inspirational gifts from motivational books and prints to inspiring jewelry to personalized and unique gifts designed to motivate, excite, and positively influence. Continue Reading →

President’s Day Inspiration

Great Quotes from Great Leaders

President's Day Inspiration  >> Great Quotes from Great Leaders 

President's Day Inspiration

Great Quotes from Great Leaders

Enjoy some reflection time this Presidents Day by watching the 3 minute movie, Great Quotes from Great Leaders. It is filled with timeless wisdom from world famous leaders from all walks of life that will encourage and inspire you! Continue Reading →

Fun Wedding Registries

Fun Wedding Registries

Now that you are engaged, in addition to starting to obsess about the myriad of wedding details, you will also want to start thinking about what your life together might look like and all the “stuff” you will need (or might want) to get you started on this life long journey. This week on Small Talk Big Day, Amber lends some expert insight into creating fun wedding registries .

Just one note for your guests >> Even if you receive a Save the Date, we think it is best to wait until you get an official wedding invitation before you buy your wedding gifts. Besides, the registry is a work in progress. Give the bride and groom enough time to edit their wish list. As time goes on their priorities, and even taste, may evolve. Continue Reading →

Wedding Invitation Wording >> What Not to Include

Wedding Invitation Wording >>What Not to Include

This week on Small Talk Big Day, Amber, from Wedding Paper Divas, offers easy tips for wedding invitation wording. Two of Party Idea Pros most frequently asked questions is how to address wedding invitations and how much information to actually include on the invitation itself. Sometimes it is just as important to know what not to include especially if it might be a major wedding faux pas. Here are some great tips on what not to say to your guests:

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The Starfish Poem – Words of Advice for Graduates

(words of advice for college graduates … + the starfish poem)

Life is too short not to do something that patters art print from gaping void

life is too short not to do something that matters art print >> Looking for something a bit less extravagant? This print is also available on a t-shirt!

Words of Advice for Graduates & The Starfish Poem

Update >> Since graduation season is once again upon us, we have decided to republish this post since it seems as relevant seven years later as the day we wrote it. In those seven years, Daniel has gone on to forge a distinguished career in education. And, in my ever so humble opinion, he truly is heeding his commencement speaker's advice and both doing something that matters & helping to save the world. And while I am at it, I want to congratulate two of my nieces who are graduating this spring, Katie and Sami. Two more graduates who I am certain will make their mark in the world!

My son, along with his peers from across the country, graduated from college this year. Our family had the honor of listening to Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy in the Obama administration, deliver the Washington University of St Louis commencement address. Chu, in his own uniquely charming and witty way, told the graduates his “take home message to you will be just one sentence. Actually, it will be just four words.”

Do something that matters.”

and then Chu added

Help save the world.

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Mountain Day Inspiration!

Smith College Mountain Day Inspiration

Smith College Mountain Day Inspiration >> Personalized Fall Leaf Petals

Mountain Day Inspiration >> Celebrate Autumn!

Today is Mountain Day! The Smith College bells were rung early this morning (October 5th) to announce that the college's president has suspended classes for the day. Students are free to go hiking, have picnics, pick apples at local farms, or just take a relaxing break. #smithmountainday

What a beautiful tradition!  As some of you who have been following me for a while know, this is not the first time I have waxed poetic about Mountain Day.  I truly believe that every institution and organization should establish a similar holiday dedicated to re-invigorating the soul. Continue Reading →

You’ve Got Mail!

You've Got Mail Cartoon

You've Got Mail!

Every once in a while we actually laugh out loud at something that comes across our Facebook feed. This morning we laughed ourselves silly over this You've Got Mail cartoon so wittily depicting something we have been harping on for ages >> No matter how formal or informal your party, mail your invitations!  Those email invites not only get lost in all of our inboxes, they fail to elicit joy and excitement and a sense of anticipation in the recipient. And keep this cartoon in mind when you are tempted to email your thank you notes.  A beautifully written handwritten note still makes a more thoughtful impression.

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#26Acts of Kindness for the Family

#26Acts of Kindness for the Family

Boom Boom Revolution Family Edition * – Everyday acts for families to create and inspire kindness.

Are you looking for a fun and easy ways for your family to incorporate Ann Curry's challenge for each of us to commit to #26acts of kindness to honor each child and heroic teacher lost in Newtown?  We love these Boom Boom Cards because they make make teaching kindness simple.  Yes, we do believe kindness is a teachable skill with the first lesson being each individual must take full responsibility for their own kindness and expect nothing in return (100/0 Principle).

Here's how these amazing agents of altruism describe their cards:

Boom Boom! Cards Family Edition brings your family together to perform 26 acts of kindness. Once you’ve done a card, put a Boom Boom! sticker on the Command Central Activity Board to indicate that you’ve done it, post the story of what happened on the website, then pass the card on for someone else to do. Each card’s unique ID enables your family to follow the family deck cards you do on the website’s map and see where they end up! Included discussion cards inspire conversation about the whole experience with your children. Teach the values of compassion, kindness and community and have fun doing it!

Kit Includes:
– 26 Boom Boom! Cards designed with children and families in mind
– Boom Boom! sticky note pad
– Command Central Activity Board to chart your progress
– Boom Boom! Mission Accomplished Stickers
– Talk About It! Discussion Cards
– Handy carrying sack to keep the cards in
– Blank Boom Boom! Cards for kids to create their own

Make it a beautiful day!  Make every day a kindness day!

#26Acts of Kindness for Businesses


.#26Acts of Kindness for Businesses

Looking for innovative ways for your company or institution to incorporate Ann Curry's challenge for each of us to commit to 26 acts of kindness to honor each child and heroic teacher lost in Newtown?   Remember kindness starts at home  or in this case, in the office!  Start by implementing a Random Acts of Kindness  or a 100/0 Principle Day modeled after Smith College’s Mountain Day where every year, the president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces a holiday day off to re-invigorate the soul by ringing the college bells. Even though you most likely won’t choose to give employees a day off, incorporate the concept of encouraging your employess to live life more compassionately by taking authentic responsibility for  relationships into the day’s normal routine. The operative words should be kindness and respect and patience with zero tolerance for anything less. This is a good day to review your company's harassment policies and conduct company-wide harassment training.

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Take the Get Healthy Challenge!

Get Healthy!

Take the Get Healthy Challenge!

As we glanced over our site this morning we had one of those ah ah moments!  We know (because your tell us) that you are obsessed with losing weight before your big event.  Unfortunately though, too many of you are focused on losing pounds rather than getting healthy so we chatted with our friends over at Gr8Gets.com and they are graciously allowing Party Idea Pros visitors to get in on their Dare to be Great – Get Healthy Challenge!  What this means is that both Gr8Gets.com and PartyIdeaPros.com will run parallel contests.  Submit your Get Healthy stories to one of us or both of us and be eligible to receive a Dare to Be Great Award.

 

The challenge rules are simple.  Submit your personal “Getting Healthy” story.  It can be a story about your accomplishments or a journal of your continuing challenges.  It can chronicle, weight loss, fitness routines,  health through laughter or relaxationstrategies, or even your quest to overcome drug, alcohol, or mental healthy struggles.

Basically, your story just needs to tell us your plan to “Get Healthy!”  If your story convinces us that you are worthy of a “Dare to be Great Award” PartyIdeaPros.com will:

  1.  Publish your story/journal right here in our Party Pretty section and
  2. Send you a $20.00 Amazon gift certificate or  deposit $20.00 into your paypal account – your choice!  Can you believe you may actually get paid to get healthy?

Best yet, everyone who submits a story and email address will receive an  I know I can! email of encouragement.  If you prefer to receive a “snail mail” postcard with words of encouragement so you can hang it on your refrigerator, we can send that too – just let us know and include your mailing address.

I know I can!  Words of Encouragement

In addition to the postcard there are lots of motivational I know I can! gifts available for purchase:

I Know I Can! Poster | I know I can! Stickers | I know I can! Magnet | I know I can! Performance T-shirt

So let the challenge begin.  We look forward to reading your stories and sharing both our words of encouragement with you and your words of inspiration with our visitors.

Get Healthy – Get Started Today!

Eat Right & Live Healthy

Weight Loss Strategies

Submit your Get Healthy Story here

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