Teen Costume Sale – 25% Off, 2 Days ONLY!

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We just received word from one of our favorite costume merchants, Costume Craze, that they are offering at least 25% OFF all teen costumes for 2 days only:

Wednesday September 19, 2012 & Thursday September 20, 2012. 

Over the years we have learned that most teens prefer to travel in “packs” and love coordinating their looks.  Our Cute Costumes for Teenage Girls features lots of costumes that allow teens to celebrate their own individuality while at the same time creating a group impact.  Costume Craze has added a few new Halloween costumes to its site that will perfectly supplement our suggestions for  Goddess Costumes, Bugs and Animals, Ugg Monsters, and Horror/Gothic Costumes!

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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.

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“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.

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Ask Your Date to Prom

.I was just on the Jones Soda site and had an aha moment …

Ask your date to prom with a case of personalized, customized soda.

The only hitch is you need to plan well in advance!

As most high school students know, asking your date to prom, homecoming, or other school social is not a simple feat.  A phone call no longer suffice – creativity is expected.  Students are finding more and more creative ways to ask their dates to prom each year.  One year, my son was sent on a scavenger hunt.  My other son was playing a game of co-ed tag football and the question was popped in writing on the football itself.  He still has that ball.  We have seen the invitation delivered with balloons, flowers, and spelled out in the sand.  We even have a local statue which occasionally is seen holding a large “will  you go with me to prom” sign.

As we hear about fun and interesting ways to ask a special someone out on a date, we will continue to update this page.  In the meantime, if you are on the committee planning prom or homecoming be sure to check out our  Prom Themes, Planning Ideas and Supplies party package.

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