by Ariel Diamond
I couldn't wait to spend the summer at home after my freshman year at Michigan State. As much as I loved my first year of college, I looked forward to spending time with friends and loved ones. Unfortunately between my summer school class schedule, course assignments, and juggling two jobs I had yet to spend the day with my favorite seven year old, my cousin Alyssa.
Alyssa and I love imaginary travel and have especially enjoyed children's books that take us to lands far, far away. Over the years we probably have read Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are dozens of times. We have joined both Babar and Curious George as they roam Africa and particularly enjoy Madeline's escapades in Paris. When I read about Tea Collection's Around the World Activity Contest I had one of those “aha” moments. Now that Alyssa has turned 7, I thought she could appreciate and begin to understand the cultures of the world through crafts.
I meticulously began to plan our special day together! I would like nothing more than to win a $500 Tea Shopping Spree for Alyssa's back to school wardrobe! Together we have already picked out some adorable pieces for Alyssa and even found a cute easy to wear, run-around dress for me!
Tea Collection Marguerite Banded Dress | Tea Collection Umi Moraine | Tea Collection Laululintu Tee | Tea Collection La Rambla Dress
All I needed to do was
- Take a photo of Alyssa completing a DIY activity based on one of Tea's Anniversary destinations (Brazil, Turkey, Japan, Korea, or West Africa).
- Add a photo caption describing the destination inspired craft
- Share our experience as part of Tea Collections Facebook entry page
Since PartyIdeaPros.com has been a huge supporter of Wrap2gether.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to global education and social justice, I had access to the most amazing art project ever. Izzy had designed and fabricated original handmade African inspired dwenimmen jewelry to foster cross-cultural relationships and benefit the Mancona International School in Odumase-Krobo, Ghana Eastern Region. Lucky for me and for Alyssa, Izzy had enough supplies left over so we could actually complete an age appropriate project using hand made dwenimmen, a West African Adirinka symbol representing strength, humility, wisdom, and learning.
We decorated the leather with markers and puffy paint to give it that nice tribal feel. Once finished Alyssa couldn’t help but model and show off her new creation.
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Camp Groupon – Explore Chicago!
July 6 – 8, 2012
In case you haven't heard, the folks over at Groupon are opening Camp Groupon this summer where anyone can custom-design a full weekend of fun and discovery in Chicago for just $749 per person! As great of a trip as it sound for my husband and I (unfortunately we already have plans for that July), I think it would be an ideal adventure for single men or women not really into the single scene but wanting company as they explore a new city. Here's what Groupon has to say about the trip — it looks like so much fun! Continue Reading →
Everything Comic Con – Party Planning, Ideas, and Supplies
Comic-Con International roars back into the San Diego Convention Center on July 24-27, 2014, with Preview Night on July 23.
Important: Attendee registration has changed this year.
Everyone who intends to purchase, apply, or register for a Comic-Con badge must sign-up for a Comic-Con Member ID. This includes attendees, volunteers, professionals, trade professionals, and members of the press. Anyone may register for a Member ID, they will not run out. You will only need to register for a Member ID once. Please note that duplicate e-mail addresses are not allowed, and only one Member ID per person. Member ID registration will close February 28th, 2012. Emails will be sent out with information about when and how to buy tickets. Yes, we registered!
If you just have to be part of the scene and cant wait until next year consider contacting Comic-Con vendors to see if you can work / volunteer in their booth or better yet just come to San Diego and hang out outside the convention center – the Gaslamp Quarter really heats up in the evenings! It is rumored that last year more than 50,000 visitors came to San Diego without tickets just to be at the epicenter of fun. And finally, even if you can't make the journey to San Diego to be a part of the largest pop culture convention on the West Coast, let Party Idea Pros help bring the festivities to you — Host your own Comic-Con Party!
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“Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance.” Proverb
Top 10 Summer Party Theme Ideas
Warm days and long nights is nature's way of saying, “Let's party!”. Gather friends and families to celebrate summer. Do not stress over the planning. Keep it simple. Party Idea Pros has gathered the best of the best and organized the choices into easy, simple to execute, celebration packages.. Yes, planning a party can be fun when all you need to do is point and click your way to a meaningful, beautiful, festive celebration! Enjoy the process — enjoy the party! Continue Reading →