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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Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Teacher Gift Ideas

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

End of the School Year is Quickly Approaching!

May 1 – May 5, 2017 is National Teacher Appreciation Week  

Looking for the perfect teacher holiday gift or end of school teacher appreciation present?  Party Idea Pros has gathered the  best of the best of fun yet affordable gift ideas for your favorite teachers.

Many of us can recall a teacher who inspired us to make the most of our strengths and encouraged us to overcome our weaknesses. Show your appreciation by thanking a teacher with this beautiful gift book and movie, The Heart of A Teacher. There are inspirational stories about teachers who made a difference, original poems, quotes and a special section with “100 Ways to Encourage a Child.” Enjoy this 3 minute movie that shares The Heart of Teacher poem combined with beautiful photography and music.

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Dr Seuss Theme Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Dr. Seuss Theme Party Planning Ideas Supplies

Dr. Seuss Theme Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

A Dr Seuss theme party is not just limited to children's birthday celebrations.  Be creative – think baby showers, graduation parties (Oh, the Places You'll Go), Halloween (Green Eggs and Ham) and Christmas parties (How the Grinch Stole Christmas) , and elementary school fundraisers and teacher appreciation days.  We love Dr. Seuss and concoct any excuse to create a party theme using works as inspiration.

Who is Ted Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss)?

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Theodor Seuss Geisel, best known to the world as Dr. Seuss, was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. During his distinguished career Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 children's books, including such all-time favorites as The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You'll Go, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.  Dr. Seuss books have been translated into more than 15 languages with over 200 million copies finding their way into homes and hearts around the world.  In addition to the books, Geisel's works have inspired a Broadway musical, and innumerable children's television specials and films , with the latest Seuss motion picture, The Lorax Movie, released on March 2, 2012.  Other honors include two Academy awards, two Emmy awards, a Peabody award and the Pulitzer Prize. Read More Continue Reading →

Garden Party Ideas, Planning & Supplies

Garden Party Ideas, Planning & Supplies

Whether you like working in the garden or simply appreciate exquisite flora and fauna, a garden theme will make your party bloom. 

This is a perfect theme for a gardening enthusiast’s birthday, anniversary, baby and bridal shower, or retirement party. It also works well for fundraisers, galas, dinner parties, and even children’s parties. Party Idea Pros will walk you through every step of your garden theme party providing professional recommendation on just about every detail including invitations, table linens, centerpieces, napkin rings, place cards, party favors, and lots and lots of little extras.  Party Hearty!

Update 4.03.14

Garden Party Ideas

Party Idea Pros has tried to simplify this package by creating inspiration boards to capture our favorite garden themed invitations, centerpiece ideas, balloons, place cards and place card holders, party favors and printable games in addition to a more streamlined look at other garden party supplies. Below is a quick overview of some of the best garden theme party supplies available.  Remember – even if an item is out of stock or discontinued most of our “go to” merchants have plenty of other options – we just can't showcase them all here.  These inspiration boards are already too full – can you imagine if we tried to squish in even more ideas 🙂

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Field of Flowers Party Supplies

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The Giving Tree Theme Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Monica texted me today and challenged Party Idea {Pros} to come up with a few ideas for a thoughtful yet playful The Giving Tree theme event the school is hosting for Grandparents Day. I didn't have much time to pull it all together but I do believe this is a good starting point to give the committee direction and to get their creative juices flowing.

Any of the trees, real or not, will work well on a buffet.  The least expensive way to approach the event is to fill a large clear vase with red apples and then go into the back yard and gather some tree branches to add to the vase or simply use apples at different heights to decorate your table.  Other options include this artificial apple tree priced at just $33.99  as well as living celebration trees  which you can give away as gifts at the end of the night or plant on campus. We always like bonsai trees since they herald good fortune and happiness. We also think this white cardboard DIY wishing tree kit is really cute  and the accessories are available in many colors including blue and yellow.  Whatever you choose, we would recommend picking up a few The Giving Tree (it's even available in Hebrew!)books and propping them up on the buffet.

Gift choice will vary depending on your budget.  The most economical would be  either the heart shape plantable seeds (grandparent <3) or flower shape plantable seeds.  you could display them in a bucket or hang them from the buffet and/or centerpiece trees.  Simple, thoughtful, cute!  We also like the symbolism behind this miniature watering can filled with plantable seeds.  Personalized plantable magic wishing beans start at just 59 cents each or can be packaged in a cute flower pot or watering can for an additional ~$2.00 each. We also like these chocolate covered pretzel sticks – they remind us of tree branches.

Hope this helps.

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Best Holiday Party Theme – Host{ess} a Sno Ball Party!

Best Holiday Party Theme of 2012 - Host{ess} a Sno Ball Party!

Photo courtesy of  Homemade Hostess Sno Balls

The 2012 holiday season is definitely the year to host{ess} a pink snowball holiday party.  With Hostess declaring bankruptcy this week the end of an era has arrived.  If you hurry you may still be able to pick up a few packs of classic Hostess Sno Balls – the long popular chocolate creme filled cakes covered in marshmallow and then covered in coconut flakes.  Better yet, start a new holiday tradition – throw a Pink Snowball baking party! This theme would also work great as an adorable winter bridal or baby shower, a great sorority holiday party, teacher appreciation holiday luncheon, or a sweet sixteen or Quinceanera party!

We can't believe after lots, and lots of searching we finally found invitations, stamps, centerpieces (just add pink or white tightly packed carnations arranged to resemble a snowball or better yet top with an edible sno ball!), and matching aprons that all coordinate  perfectly with this party theme.  We even found a recipe for homemade hostess sno balls.

Even though coconut is my least favorite food of all time, I must admit this has to be the best holiday party theme of 2012.

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