School colors. School spirit. School roses.

School colors. School spirit. School roses.

School Roses >> Unfortunately, we cannot link directly to the college roses but all you need to do is click “Brands” and you will find FTD College Roses 2nd in the drop down menu.

School colors. School spirit. School roses.

Whether you are an entering college freshman or a university alum, FTD offers an extraordinary selection of rainbow roses that will help you celebrate your school colors and your school spirit. Although they do not yet have vases that represent every university FTD has indicated that it is working hard to forge relationships with more and more colleges across the county.

If you are a current student (or are related to one) these  fabulous  bi-color rose bouquets can both be given and received for such special occasions as birthdays and graduation but they also make festive additions to homecoming events, football games, Greek parties and “deliveries”, and best yet, to celebrate the many accomplishments and milestones reached throughout your life.

So next time your are looking for that little something special to represent your college colors and college spirit – think  college roses!

Party Hearty!

Sorority Sunglasses & Necklaces

Sorority Sunglasses

Sorority Sunglasses & Necklaces

With fall sorority rush and college football season quickly approaching, we had to share these fabulous sorority sunglasses by Moon and Lola.  These sorority sunglasses are the perfect combination of sorority spirit and chic and subtle style.  The personalized wayfarer style monogrammed sunglasses are available in tortoise with your choice of a gold or silver hand-rubbed monogram. Sorority letters appear on both sides of the glasses. Wear them to class, to daytime soirees, and of course to outdoor sporting events.  Priced at just $48.95 they are the perfect alternative to wear when you don’t want to lose or ruin your favorite sunglasses yet still party pretty! We love everything about these glasses except that they are not available for all sororities.  Well at least the woman in ADPi, Alpha Phi, Chi Omega, Tri Delt, DG, DZ, KD, Kappa, Pi Phi, and Zeta will be looking great come fall!

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Celebrate College Admission

College Footbal Logos

Finally, after hours and hours spent filling out applications and writing college essays, and then enduring the interminable waiting game, college acceptance (and rejection) letters are beginning to trickle in.  Our advice is simple — toss the rejection letters and celebrate every acceptance whether it is your first choice school or your safety school!  Celebrate your achievements and the schools who appreciate you!  Once you narrow your choices down and ultimately make the final decision as to which school will be the lucky school to include you in their class of 2015, begin wearing your new school colors.  Splurge on college gear.  Buy college t-shirts and sweatshirts, hats and caps, college pennants, bedding, watches and jewelry, and anything and everything else to proclaim your new college spirit.

College Admissions School Spirit Congratulations Gifts

Party Idea Pros’ hands down favorite store for buying college fan gear?  Fanatics It offers a large selection of licensed merchandise at competitive prices.  Looking for Greek Gear? Check out GreekCreations.com

Congratulations, Party Hearty (and Fight On)!

PIP’s Pick — $10 Costume Sale

$10 Costume Sale

Today through  May 2, 2013 all clearance costumes & shoes are drastically reduced to $10  at Costume Express.  This is an unbelievable sale.  It is definitely worth the time to check out the discounted costumes and stock up not only for Halloween but for your year long costume wearing events.  Think elementary school productions, Memorial Day and 4th of July parades, and children’s birthday parties.

Do you have a graduating high school senior leaving for college in the fall?  Many of the college mixers are themed costume parties so what better a gift than a fully stocked costume box. Costume Express $10 Clearance Sale Izzy’s costume box includes  everything from Disney princess costumes to cute animal costumes to sassy angels and sizzling devil costumes.  Many costumes serve multiple purposes – for example the featured clowning around costume works great for a neon themed party as well as a Mardi Gras party.

Don’t dawdle  – these costumes are flying off the shelf.

Party Hearty!

 

Erin Condren Customized Day Planner – A Must Have College Accessory!

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Despite all of today’s high tech gadgets and ways to track and sync our busy schedules, college coeds still often prefer the old fashion day planner.  Case in point: my daughter Isabelle who is always right on top of what is in and what is not spent hours on her one day home this summer searching for and then custom designing this year’s day planner.  She already knew many of the girls in her classes at USC would be sporting an Erin Condren planner this semester so she wanted hers to stand out from the rest.

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This is a bit embarrassing to admit but it took us multiple hours to perfect her design.  Izzy wanted her planner to coordinate with her new chevron bedding without being too matchy matchy. (It probably would have taken only 15 minutes from start to finish if she would have just been willing to order Erin Condren’s fabulous zig zag planner, but no such luck.)  Plus she wanted different, but coordinating designs on the front and on the back of the planner.  A tad complicated but oh so cute!

This particular design was actually inspired by the scrapbook paper she used to decorate her under-bed storage drawers.  Last year her dorm room was all about everything sweet and candied dreams.  This year she is going a bit more kids jungle safari  combined with the latest chevron patterns and even a bit of chalkboard chic.  I have to admit, the final product really is great especially since it has all sorts of organizing tools built right in.  For me, it was definitely worth both the time and money spent on this planner especially if Isabelle actually uses it and actually gets herself to class on time with assignments in hand!

Party Hearty!

Tea Collection’s Around the World Activity Contest

Tea Collection's Around the World Activity Contest

Tea Collection's Around the World Activity Contest  Tea Collection's Around the World Activity Contest

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 DressTea Collection Laululintu TeeTea Collection La Rambla Dress

Tea Collection Marguerite Banded Dress | Tea Collection Umi Moraine | Tea Collection Laululintu Tee | Tea Collection La Rambla Dress

All I needed to do was

  1. Take a photo of Alyssa completing a DIY activity based on one of Tea’s Anniversary destinations (Brazil, Turkey, Japan, Korea, or West Africa).
  2. Add a photo caption describing the destination inspired craft
  3. 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.

Alyssa's West African Dwenimmen Jewelry Making and Lion Cupcake Baking Day   Alyssa's West African Dwenimmen Jewelry Making and Lion Cupcake Baking Day   Alyssa's West African Dwenimmen Jewelry Making and Lion Cupcake Baking Day

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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