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

Soup Swap Party Invitation

Plan a Soup Swap Party

Soup Swap Party

Another who woulda thunk it moment! January 21st (the 3rd Saturday of January) is this year’s 12th Annual Soup Swap. 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” and followed the link chain to the the Soup Swap Facebook page. I guess it shouldn’t 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.

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 at The Wine Spies.  For a limited time take an extra 5% off any Purchase at The Wine Spies! Use coupon code LINKSPY during checkout. Continue Reading →

Usher in a Rosy New Year!

Usher in a Rosy New Year!

These fabulous New Year’s invitations from Tiny Prints 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! Continue Reading →

Kwanzaa Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

happy kwanzaa partyKwanzaa Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

December 26th – January 1st

It is about time we put together inspiration for Kwanzaa party planning,  ideas & supplies.  We are long overdue and sincerely apologize for this oversight.

THE MEANING OF KWANZAA

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Kwanzaa is an African-American tradition that’s celebrated from December 26th through January 1st. It’s a fairly modern tradition that was founded by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a California State University professor, in 1966. Kwanzaa is Swahili for “first fruits” and symbolizes the first fruits of harvest. The celebration of Kwanzaa focuses on seven core principles, which each stand for an important African principle that reinforces community among African-Americans.

During the celebration, families light seven candles that are placed in a kinara. Each candle represents one of the core principles, which in Swahili are called “Nguzo Saba”. On the first day of Kwanzaa, families light the black candle, which represents unity (umoja). Each following day, one candle is lit and placed in the kinara. The green candles stand for self-determination (kujchagulia), collective work and responsibility (ujima) and cooperative economics (Ujanima). The red candles stand for purpose (nia), creativity (kuumba) and faith (imani). During Kwanzaa, children also receive gifts of books and symbols.

The books represent the value of learning and the symbols are meant to remind the child of their commitment to African traditions. The final day of Kwanzaa is a time for families to reflect and is meant for inward contemplation. The celebration of Kwanzaa isn’t religious, but is actually a tribute to African ancient cultural traditions and values. It’s a holiday structured on remembrance and culture awareness. 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 →

Last Minute Budget Friendly Printable Christmas Decor

Printable Christmas Decor, It's the most wonderful time of the year

Last Minute Budget Friendly Printable Christmas Decor >> It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Last Minute Budget Friendly Printable Christmas Decor

Still not sure how you are going to decorate your home for Christmas. This post is specifically designed for you! Just tonight we stumbled upon these adorable, easy to execute last minute budget friendly Christmas decor ideas. All you need to do is to raid your garage (or junk closet) for picture frames, clip boards or any other display materials you are not currently using. Now print out one or more of these fabulous Christmas art prints and place them in the frames. Cheap, cute, and meaningful. We are obsessed. Continue Reading →

Holiday Gift Exchange Games

Holiday Gift Exchange Games

Holiday Gift Exchange Games

Holiday gift exchanges and Christmas gift grabs are a fun part of the  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 Party Idea Pros 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 🙂 )

Holiday Gift Exchange Games >> Gift Grab or Gift Wars

Courtesy of Amazing Christmas Ideas

How the game is played…

The game is fun, because each person gets to select a wrapped gift, unwrap it and then possibly lose it to someone else and have to select again. Being able to select from unwrapped gifts or “steal” a gift someone is holding is what makes this game so much fun. Continue Reading →