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1  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Need invite ideas to beat last years invites! on: August 12, 2008 10:53:58 AM
hmm, this is a good question.  I also sent out these type of invites last year(mine weren't as good looking as yours).

How about the message in a bottle invite.  I think they sell those on oriental trading.

Or get the little box or envelope and make little witch brooms.  I've been playing around with making little witch brooms on my blog(http://getsboredeasily.blogspot.com)
maybe with a tag line that says "Fly over to our house on October 23rd for a frightfully good halloween party" or make up your own tag line I'm not very good at them.

A CD with the invite printed on the label with pictures of last years halloween party. The tag could say something like "Come see what all the excitement is about...You're invited to the Johnson's Annual Halloween Party on October 23rd.

A picture of a witch with a picture of your guests face on it...Tag...It wouldn't be a party without you!  Please plan on flying over to our house on October 23rd..

A bag or box full of wiggly eyes that says "Eye think you should come to the annual Halloween party on October 23rd"

A pocket mirror with a tag that says "Open this to see who is invited to our halloween party this year." 

OK, I'm getting a little crazy...but good to get some brainstorming going..

Hope



2  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Boys Halloween Birthday Party -- Help me brainstorm! on: August 12, 2008 10:37:01 AM
I did a halloween carnival last year.  Most of the kids ranges from 2 to 8.  Here are a few things I did:

Pumpkin Bowling - Get 3 to 5 2 liters and spray paint them, fill 1/4 a way with sand.  Get small pumpkins and set up a bowling area in the front yard. 

Bean Bag Toss - I made some bean bags with some scrap orange fabric, filled with beans, and had containers to try and throw them in. 

Apple Bobbin - Bag of Apples, water, and a container to put them in.

Dig for Treasure - Sand and fake coins.  Some of the coins had numbers on them.  The little ones really loved this one!

At this age a lot of parents usually attend so when they get there put them on a game station to get them involved.  I had bought little things for each game for prizes too.  Very important that everyone gets a prize no matter if they toss the bean bag into the buckets or not.

As a special treat the neighbor brought his truck filled with hay and we had a hay ride too. 

I'm trying to come up with more stuff this year.  I have a few pics on my blog of some of the food I made if you want to check it out.  http://getsboredeasily.blogspot.com ...click on Halloween on the sidebar.

I think I'm going to make can of worms for party favors.  I'm going to get the soup cans with the flip top, open them from the bottom with a can opener, clean, fill with gummy worms in ziploc and glue bottom back on...with a new label that says Fresh Worms or Can of Worms.

I used lots of pumpkins(you can get real ones or make them pretty easily with fabric if you can sew), hay, corn stalks(don't be shy about asking neighbors with corn in their garden for these), ghosts(balloon+white trashbag = ghost), etc to decorate.

We made the witch stick goody bags too for favors.  You can find these on the Martha Stewart website along with other great ideas.

If you do a search you could probably find directions on how to make your own paper mache spider pinata to fill with candy.

Good luck!
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: golf tees???? on: August 05, 2008 01:27:05 PM
you could make a unique table with them.  Just take a normal table and either drill holes and put the tees down in the holes or hot glue them on the top and place a piece of plexi or glass on top.

Decorate a picture frame.

Make a belt with little tabs every inch or so to hold a tee.  Make a tee roll(sort of like the crayon roll tutorial you can find on the internet if you search)

Make Golf related christmas ornaments out of them

Use them as pegs for shelfs to hold necklaces, bags, etc.

Place them in a large glass vase with lid for decoration(like the vases you see with lemons, etc in them).  You could spray paint them whatever color you would like.

Glue a round wood bead on the top and decorate to make cupcake picks out of them.

Make place card holder out of them.  Place 2 on their top and use wire to string a little banner between them with a name card.

Put a Golf Ball and some tees together in cellophane and a pretty bow to give to the golfers on your christmas list.

Make a birthday cake for your dad and place tees all over with golf balls on top.

Make a clock for a golf lover.  Hot Glue a Tee at each number.

Make Tee Garland to use on a golf related christmas tree.

OK, I'm going to stop now...lol

Hope












4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: egg carton on: August 05, 2008 12:53:00 PM
How about using them as a paint tray so the colors don't mix. 

Roll up some baby socks and put them in each hole for a baby shower gift.  Wrap a bow around it and put a stuffed duck or chicken on top.

For a crafty friend how about putting buttons, brads, ribbons, etc in each separate hole and wrap.  Tag that reads "Thanks for being such an "Eggstra" special friend.

My daughter loves to get those plastic cartons out of the machines at walmart that are like 25cents and 50cents.  How about using those to fill with dollars and placing in the egg carton for a nice cash gift for the hard to buy for.

Treasure Carton to hold precious rocks children may find.

Turn it upside down to hold bracelets around the egg cups.

Take a bunch of them and attach them together to create a game for children.  Mark certain holes with point values and try tossing coins or other tiny objects in the holes to get points.

Put little snacks in each one like everyone has been doing with the muffin trays to get children to try new things.  Like cheese sticks, ham roll, breadstick, strawberries, blueberries, etc...Do a search on Muffin Tin Monday and you will see other examples.

Make a advent/countdown calendar with them.  Label each slot with a number.  10 days before your birthday,vacation, holiday etc... do an activity or get a special treat.  This would be fun for Easter and put your activity in a plastic egg inside the egg carton.

How about making chocolate truffles or pb balls and packaging them for a gift. I'm thinking this would be great for my neighbors this year for Christmas ...Again using the line "Your and "Eggstra" special Neighbor".  Happy Holidays

I think I've blabbed enough...hopefully someone will get some inspiration out of all my rambling.

Hope







5  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: What to do with Paint Chip Samples? on: July 14, 2008 09:39:26 AM
I took the red and green long ones and folded them in half to make really cute ziploc bag toppers for christmas goodies.  Turned out really cute.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / my version of rickrackruby's necktie bag on: May 13, 2008 04:58:51 PM
I love my bag and the tutorial that rickrackruby put together.  Thanks for looking!

I've been wearing it around and have already received many compliments!  I'm psyched.



Thanks!
Hope
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: My prom dress!!! on: May 06, 2008 06:00:42 AM
Very beautiful.  One of the best ones I've seen on here.  Love the design.  You looked very glamorous.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Making a Cake Topper Help Needed Natty Boh & Utz Lady on: April 30, 2008 10:43:58 AM
Maybe you could make a mini billboard to top the cake???

Cute idea...I love this idea and the idea of having chips as the favor!!
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: chocolate party/fundraiser/festival on: April 29, 2008 01:28:54 PM
How about candy bar bouquets for centerpieces?  Or hershey bar vases with fresh flowers for centerpieces.  You could use aluminum foil to make giant hershey kisses for decorations.  You could make signs to hang over all the different tables and set them up throughout the hall...Chocolate Fountain Station, Sweet Chocolate Cake Station, Lucious Chocolate Truffle Station, Chocolate Overload Station.  Depending on how many entries you have you could setup a table for each one.  People could vote for their favorite by placing a quarter in a jar on the table of the entry they like the best.  Whoever has the most money at the end wins the prize for best chocolate recipe.  Each person could decorate their table however they wanted and would help cut costs on you having to decorate everything.  The committee could give a prize for best decoration.

I love the recipe book idea.  You could bind all the chocolate recipes that you are having at the party in a book and sell them cheaply to raise more.  You could make a chocolatey costume for someone to wear to go around with the recipe books to sell them.  I'm envisioning a big hershey bar(made out of cardboard, paint, and aluminim foil) carrying around a basket full of recipe books for sale. 

I would also put a donation jar and maybe a slip of paper for people to put their name in for a door prize beside of the donation jar.  You could give away a Candy Bar Bouquet, nice chocolates, or a car wash from the kids? 

Hope some of these ideas spark something for you.

This is a great idea and sounds like a lot of fun!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: I need a Mother's advice on: April 29, 2008 01:07:41 PM
I love this idea.  After a week all my help was gone.  I would have loved just to have some company.  Do you have a digitial camera -  maybe offer to come visit after a week or two and take some mommy-baby photos and burn them to a cd for her.   You could present her with a mommy-baby photo shoot certificate to be scheduled one week after baby's arrival. Every mom wants pictures of her new baby but they don't always have pictures of the new baby and them together.

You could take dinner over and she could nap if she wanted.  You could offer to clean bottles, pacifiers, laundry, etc.  She might also need someone to pick some things up at the grocery store when she doesn't feel like going out.  I agree even if you present these at gifts you will have to follow up with implementing because speaking from experience I was so overwhelmed with all the newness that I wouldn't have made the call to cash in on these wonderful gifts.
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