Friday, April 17, 2009

New and Improved Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Being a former teacher, I feel that I can be a spokesperson for all teachers and say, "Please! No sweaters, notepads, pencils, or necklaces with apples!" Now that I've got that off my chest I want to say that it really doesn't take much to make your teacher smile. A nice note or letter letting her know what a good job she's doing means so much. Teacher Appreciation Day is May 5th so I wanted to share some novel and tried and true gifts and ways to show your child's teacher you care...

Bring her breakfast from Chick-fil-A...
Visa Gift Cards would be great!  Remember to tell her she can't buy anything for the has to be spent on herself! 

Personalized Gifts are my all time favorite!!! Here are some really cute items! 

Rhinestone Koozie from My Simple Indulgence.

What teacher doesn't need a personalized clip board? This one is so whimsical from Etsy seller jnall3

Feeling Crafty? Homemade gifts are affordable and teachers love them! 
Here are some cute ideas...

I loved fun magnets to stick on my whiteboard at school. Skip to my Lou made some using glass craft gems. 

Most teachers are addicted to hand sanitizer... I wonder why?? Little Birdie Secrets has embelleshed the boring hand sanitizer bottle. 

3 Scrapbooking Ladies made some "thank you" candygrams. 

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Little Rookie

My adorable nephew, Cale will be one in May and his mommy has decided on a baseball theme. Daddy has played baseball for years, including on his college team and is now the varsity pitching coach for his high school alma mater. So, how appropriate for him to have a baseball party! I have so many ideas in my head because I love to plan parties and brainstorm. So, here is my inspiration board... any baseball party theme ideas from readers?? 
credits: baseball cup, lantern, and sticker sheet from Oriental Trading, popcorn basket from dollar tree, cupcakes from Martha Stewart, baseball table runner from Pottery Barn Kids (no longer available, so can make my own or order from ebay),  peanut cones from Posh Tot Events, Cookies from TheRecipeGirl, Baseball tablescape from Head Of The Table

Thursday, April 2, 2009

It's a Pampered Puppy Party!

Last Saturday, the months of planning and creating came together for Wryeton's 5th birthday puppy party. As the guests entered, they visited the grooming station where they got puppy ears, a puppy nose, and freckles. 

Next, it was on to the adoption center to pick out our puppies and stuff them with love. 

The guests had to name their puppies and they made a dog collar using stretchy cord and pony beads. We wrote the puppy's name on a metal rimmed key tag and attached it to the dog collar. 

We  played "trainer says" but I don't have any pictures of that- sorry :( 

It was then time for cake! The kids sat down to the puppy-themed table.  I used dog bone scrapbook paper for the placemats, my 49 cent Ikea dog bowls, the topiary I worked on FOREVER, 2 black candlesticks I found at Hobby Lobby on 80% clearance, and a feather boa. 
My topiary was inspired by the topiary Party Planning Mom used at her Strawberry Shortcake party. 

After all the planning and creating, I didn't dare make my own cake! I found a shaggy dog cake from Publix and switched out their red ribbon for a pink and white polka dot bow. I really wish Fig and Ruby lived near me because their sweet puppy cake is So Cute! 

For the party favors, I made up little bags of graham cracker bones and velvet color mini-posters with my own label that coordinated with the invitations I created.  Thank you Pumpkin Petunia for the idea (although yours are a lot cuter)!!! 

Now on to plan the next birthday!!