Month: February 2010
Little Mermaid Under the Sea Birthday Party - February 10, 2010 by Admin

Today’s winning party feature goes to this
Little Mermaid Under the Sea Birthday Party
submitted by Executive Creations!
Cute party!
You can tell that Stephanie put a lot of hard work into it.
She was so clever and used “Little Mermaid” books for tags, cupcake toppers and labels.
For an activity the kids went on a treasure hunt to find their “treasure boxes”. They had clues all over the house. She ordered the brown little treasure boxes from oriental trading company and filled them with chocolate coins, jewels and sea creatures. The kids took the favor boxes home to decorate.

Thanks for your submission, Stephanie!
Congratulations on being the winning party feature today!
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Best Party Ideas

Play Group Tea Party! - February 7, 2010 by Admin
My next winning party feature goes to this lovely
Tea Party created for a play group,
and submitted by CupKate’s Event Design.
What a party for a play group!
I’m sure all the guests were blown away.
Everything is just darling.
I love the, ‘pinkies out’ straws!
Great job, Kate.
Thanks for your submission.
Congrats on being the winning party feature today!
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kara’s party ideas

Walking With 3,000+ Girlfriends - February 4, 2010 by Admin
Crossing the Chicago River

Crossing the Chicago River

Girlfriend-in-Chief Dawn participated in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Chicago June 5 – 6 in the company of more than 3,000 “girlfriends.” Here are some of her thoughts on this amazing journey!

Completing the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer is a lot like childbirth: Painful but rewarding. Walking 39.3 miles in two days is, simply, hard. No matter how much you have trained, you can’t totally prepare for your feet repetitively pounding on pavement and Mother Nature dishing up some wet and windy surprises. Bones hurt, blisters pop, chafing appears in (ahem) private places, humidity induces unusual rashes. By the end of Day One, you’re not sure you really want to (or can) get up and walk on Day Two. And yet, the main takeaway from the weekend is a feeling of triumph. In fact, many find this feeling so addictive they choose to do the walk year after year (perhaps, in a phenomenon similar to that of childbirth, selective amnesia sets in).

I spent the Avon Walk weekend with eight other women brought together by our personal trainer, Tracy, a Walk veteran. Training for the walk was a classic example of our philosophy at GirlfriendCelebrations – doing something meaningful together builds friendships! Establishing a walking routine is a great girlfriend-bonding activity. During our training walks, my teammates Liz, Cathy, Robin and I had nothing to do but talk. We’re definitely closer as a result. And during the Walk weekend, I was privileged to get to know my other teammates Teresa, Bonnie, Linsday, and Sherry better as we walked and talked.

Even though our group sentiment was “never again,” after walking 26 miles (a marathon!) the first day of the event, my memory of it now is fond and framed in pink. I’m proud of our accomplishment. We did it, girls! What kept us going? The things that unite women during any bonding experience, whether it’s college rush, child rearing, or working in adjacent cubicles:

Common purpose – We were there for a reason, after all. Every single walker was mindful that we were there to end breast cancer. When we tired, all we needed to do was look around, or read the personalized shirt on the walker in front of us: “I’m walking for my mom. Miss you.” Surrounded by more than 3,000 girlfriends united by a common purpose (and yes, there were some brave men among them), we found it easier to keep walking.  More than 300 breast cancer survivors participated in the walk as well, and if they could do it, then we could, too.

Community support - In every neighborhood we walked, residents made signs, cheered, brought out their children, dressed up their dogs, and offered candy, water, and encouragement. “Great job, ladies! You can do it!” I can’t overstate how much this helped, especially when there were only a few painful miles to go.

Each other – Whenever I had doubts about my ability to finish the walk, I remembered my teammates and I knew, from training with them, that they would keep me going. I would not be going it alone. We would have each other, and that would be enough. Literally, just knowing that I was entering this event with a team made it easier to feel I would finish. Isn’t that the way in life? How many events, big and small, have your girlfriends carried you through?

Making it fun – At each city intersection, we were greeted by colorful crossing guards who decorated their motorcycles – and themselves -  as outlandishly as possible. I’ve never seen so many men in brassieres. Women piled on pink bracelets, beads, hats, feather boas, and costumes to celebrate the event. Punny team names dominated the day (my favorite team  – the Incredi-Boobs – was complete with superhero capes). What a great lesson in finding the humor in a great challenge.

Sheer perseverence. Putting one foot in front of the other. At the end of each day, that’s all we were doing – putting one foot in front of the other. Determined to finish, because we could, and others could not. Because blisters beat chemo any day. Because we wanted to feel a sense of accomplishment in doing what we promised to do. And, because we were together. We crossed the finish line arm in arm, some of us in tears, proud of ourselves and each other.

In Chicago, the 2010 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer raised more than .7 million to advance access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer. The Avon Walk Chicago, the fourth of nine Avon Walks this year, attracted more than 3,400 participants from 45 states, Washington, D.C., and Denmark, including 307 breast cancer survivors, who joined together to raise lifesaving funds and awareness for breast cancer. Carol Kurzig, president of the Avon Foundation for Women, announced during the Closing Ceremony a total of more than .35 million in grants to eight local organizations, ensuring the funds raised immediately benefit the community. More grants are slated to be awarded throughout the year to breast cancer programs nationwide. For more information, visit www.avonwalk.org



Girlfriend Celebrations

Summer Time Pool Party or BBQ! - February 1, 2010 by Admin

Plan a backyard BBQ or a pool party to cool off your friends & family.

Plan it in your backyard…. Park… Pool /Party room at your condo/apt or at the beach
First plan on the day, make any reservations for pool or picnic area.
Order your invitations. Stay in the theme of your party. Flip flop invitations are a GREAT touch.
Beach Decorations can be bought at Dollar Stores … Oriental Trading or http://www.partysupplieshut.com/
Some ideas… have plenty of beach balls, sand buckets to serve chips … fruit salads etc.
Custom Smartie Favors can be in the Sand Molds used as candy dishes.

Or put in Adorable Treasure Chest Favor boxes at a Child’s Birthday Party.

Having a Weenie Roast right on the beach &
Fruit Salads in hollowed out Watermelon or in colorful sand buckets & use the plastic sand shovels as serving spoons. OR serve pasta or potato salad in the pales as well.

If you are serving a punch… freeze some JUICE that you are using in the punch so as it melts, it won’t water down the punch.

Add Gummy fish or candy fish into the “ice cubes”. Do NOT use plastic fish because as the cubes melt… someone could choke on them.
Small blowup pools or small plastic pool filled with Ice makes a GREAT soda, beer or wine coolers “ice chest”.

Sea shells available at Dollar stores…. Hobby/Craft stores…. toss small ones on the tables for decorations & serve dips & candies in the large seashells.

For adult evening pool parties, add clear bowls of clear or colored water & add floating candles on each table.

CUSTOM LIP BALM should be a must at any outdoor party as a great party favor!
So there are a few ideas for your next Pool… beash or BBQ Party! Simply use your imagination & have fun!

Party Ideas from Candybarwrap.com

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