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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monkey the Zombie Sock Monkey! on: September 06, 2006 07:03:42 PM

It was my zombie-loving friend Devin's 30th birthday recently. We always try to top one another present-wise. I think I succeeded.

Introducing.... Monkey the Zombie Sock Monkey! YAAAAAYYY!

He was inspired by KeenBean's Steve the zombie sock monkey. Gotta give credit where credit is due!
I also have to give credit to Michael's craft store... I bought the cute little monkey boxers (complete with tail hole) from them.

Monkey's Trogdor t-shirt! I had to do it... I gave Devin a real one for his birthday a few years back.

Monkey's delicious braaaaaaaiiiiiinnnnnnnssssss.....

*I'm thinking of doing a whole series of themed sock monkeys for friends' birthdays this year. Right now, my list includes a pinup monkey (with lacy garters), a surly teenager monkey, and perhaps a turquoise fashionista monkey. I shall keep you posted!


12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Need fortunes for fortune cookies! on: August 25, 2006 08:29:32 AM
I always smile when I get the "Confucius say" ones.

'Confucius say: "Man with hand in pocket feel cocky all day."'
13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Tie-Dye Themed Graduation/Going Away Party on: May 30, 2006 08:12:39 PM
Make all-white cupcakes and then provide food colouring so that your guests can decorate their own dessert.
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Ninja Party Ideas for a 6yr old? on: May 30, 2006 08:09:55 PM
It might be cool to contact a local karate/martial arts place and see if anyone would be interested in conducting a fun little workshop for the kids for a small fee and a cut of the cake. Smiley

They're probably too little for sushi, but what about candy sushi? You could use Fruit Rollups for the outer wrap part, cake or something for the rice, and then jellybeans or something for the fish part. Might be kind of cool.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: American Idol/ Bunco Party on: May 30, 2006 08:02:28 PM
You could have sour candies and call them Simon Drops or something like that. Smiley
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Beach party...any ideas?? on: May 30, 2006 07:59:05 PM
I made a melon basket when my parents threw a luau a few years back. I just cut a watermelon up to look like a basket (if you take two pie-shaped pieces from the top half leaving a strap in the middle, you've got the idea), and then hollowed it out. Then I took a couple of different melons (watermelon and cantelope were the best) and went at them with my trusty melon baller, and filled the basket with them. You can mix in other fruits and berries too. It took maybe 45 minutes max, and it looked amazing.

I was in Target the other day (I'm a Canuck, but was in the US on business), and they had these AWESOME coconut-shaped cups with a straw built in... the top flipped up so you could fill it, but when it was closed it looked like you had just stuck a straw in a coconut. I think they were $4 or $5... might be good for a prize.
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: 'Rainbow' grad party/birthday party--need ideas aye on: May 30, 2006 07:53:36 PM
Hmmm... as a bartender, I'm naturally thinking about drinks. This might actually be cool... have you ever had a black orchid martini? Basically you start it out like a regular martini... ice and vodka in the shaker, but you add some blue curacao (or any blue liquor) to it. Shake it up, strain it into a glass, then take cranberry juice (really, anything red is fine), and slooooowly pour it into the glass. If you do it right, the drink will go from blue to purple to black. It's wicked. And it might go with your theme... you could have the coloured juices in big clear jugs, and then make any drinks that change colour.

If your friends are lame and won't dress up ... been there, by the way ... you need to make it as easy as possible for them. My suggestion would be "wear your favourite colour"... and if you're looking for a silly, but kinda grown-up game, you could say that anyone who shows up wearing the same colour has to kiss for the camera, or some other form of "punishment".

Now *I* kinda want to have a rainbow themed party. Smiley
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Kiwi and Ketchup on: February 13, 2006 07:04:21 AM
Ummm... maybe I'm just slow, but I don't really get it. Did you just make it smaller?
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Making family Christmas parties easier and much much cooler... on: November 23, 2005 02:13:34 PM
Hi all!

My (large) family are trying this year to reduce the workload on our annual Christmas Eve dinner hostess while still keeping up the tradition of having an AWESOME party. I thought I would share some of the ideas my mom and I (this year's hostesses) are cooking up (pardon the terrible pun), and see if they inspired any ideas that you might be willing to share.

Cooking the turkey ahead -- apparently my uncle's new girlfriend knows some method of cooking a turkey where you can slice it and cook it in the morning, and heat it up at dinner time, and it stays all juicy and delicious while reducing the amount of work needing to be done before dinner. I have no idea how this works, but apparently mom does.

Drink of the year -- we're a mostly-drinking-age family, so cocktails are naturally a part of the party. Every year someone is chosen to come up with some kind of fancy-schmancy cocktail to serve, and they choose the next year's bartender. It's fun, because we're a pretty creative bunch and like to make drinks that bubble or glow or do something equally strange.

Appetizer-style everything -- We decided the whole sit-down dinner thing is getting kinda tired, especially now that my recently-married cousins have started popping out the little ones. SO, we're planning to serve all our usual dinner favourites in a finger-food style. PAR EXAMPLE: We're going to buy little plastic ice cream dishes, scoop mashed potatoes in them with a melon baller or small scoop, drizzle gravy over them and put a cranberry on top. Voila! Mashed potato sundaes. We're open to any other ideas you might have, and hopefully some of you will use this one.

The tacky auction -- we've been doing this for over 7 years now, and it's probably everyone's favourite part of the party. Everyone buys or makes something horribly tasteless and tacky (past favourites include a light-up Elvis toilet seat cover, puce vinyl bird-cage liner, and giant ceramic frog with light-up warts). We use a new order every year, taking turns either unwrapping a new tacky gift or stealing one from someone else. We laugh for hours, especially when a terrible gift from the previous year returns. It also takes the stress off of buying gifts for relatives that you love dearly but know little about. Usually my aunts buy for each other, and aunts and uncles buys for nieces and nephews, but there's no pressure to get anything.

Hope everyone has a looooovely holiday season.

20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: New York Glitzy Holiday PartaY! on: November 04, 2005 12:19:38 PM
Tell your dad the bartender to make a black orchid martini (minus the vodka, obviously). Pour ice into a martini shaker along with any kind of bright blue drink (blue raspberry tastes best). Shake and strain into a martini glass. Take cranberry juice and SLOOOOOWLY pour it into the glass... if you do it right, the drink will turn black. Otherwise it ends up purple, which is still kind of cool.

Have fun!

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