It's That Time Again...

For a new visiting teaching message:

For the October 2010 Visiting Teaching Message, the LDS church put out the following statement:  "The October 2010 Liahona and Ensign will be a special issue focusing entirely on temples.  The issue will not contain a specific First Presidency Message or Visiting Teaching Message.  Home and visiting teachers are encouraged to prayerfully select their message from the contents of this special issue."

Since each sister is supposed to prayerfully select a message about the temple, we decided to create a Halloween gift to give along with your own personal prepared message.  The tag on the outside reads, "The Temple - Getting there's a TRICK, but being there's a TREAT!"  Isn't it so true?  (See more pictures here).

Inside this little (4"x4"x4") black pinstripe box is a Reese's peanut butter pumpkin (who can resist?) wrapped with a lovely b/w damask piece of tissue, and a creative message that talks about "Through the Temple - 1)The Holy Ghost can be with us always, 2) Our Kindred Dead can Rest in Peace, and 3) We can face the Monsters in our own daily lives" - a cute play-on-words to fit in with the season!  A quote from a general authority is included to go along with each saying.

These fun gifts are available in-store or online.  As you share your own personal message about the temple along side our festive gift, we hope that you will have a spooktacular time!

(Don't forget the Home Teaching Message!)


Introducing Incredible Cupcakes:

When we happened upon these cupcake kits, we just couldn't resist!  We thought that our readers would feel the same.  So here it goes: (drum roll please)  From clowns to dinosaurs and pretty princesses to a pooch, we've got your cupcake kits ready and waiting!  Each kit comes with 24 cupcake cases and 24 assorted toppers.  Take a look and let us know what you think:

Oh, and since we are so excited about them... we are offering a limited time special offer:  BUY ONE GET ONE HALF PRICE!  Come in quick... I'm sure they'll go fast!

{Please take note:  as for the time being, we are not offering these on our website, so if you would like to order some, just call us and we'll be more than happy to ship them off to you!}



In case you're not a facebook fan, we just wanted to show you some cute vintage Halloween tin signs that we just got in... They measure approximately 10" x 16" and are only $9.99!  

Call or come in soon to order yours!  Limited stock.
I can't wait - I'm going home tonight to hang this one my front door with some orange polka dot ribbon!  


Dance/Date Ideas: How to Ask & Answer

Since we named our store after our local high school Pioneers, we try hard to stock up on the Purple & White supplies (as well as blue for Westlake, red for American Fork) - and part of that "support" is helping the local kids come up with creative/unique ideas to ask and answer for dances at school.  So we have a binder full of ideas for them, and recently made a small section of items that they can actually pick up all ready to go and ask or answer that special someone!  Here are just a couple of the ideas:

A can (or more) with the words "I CAN" typed out on cardstock with googly eyes glued on.
We also have little eyeball balloons that would be fun to blow up and hang all over someone's room!

Box of Honeycomb cereal with "Honeycomb your hair and come to the dance with me!"
Also cute to add an oversized comb or a package of combs with this one.

And the best saved for last...
"I'll be BRIEF, will you go to the dance with me?"
And make sure to sign the underwear so he or she knows who's asking!
We bought inexpensive hangers to actually hang these real live whitey tighties!

For more ideas, visit our store!


This One's For the Girls!

It's time to party: black and pink style!  If you can't come in store, then you won't be able to see the darling pink and black party section we have created to help you plan your parties.... so we decided to post it, so everyone can partake!  Here are a few pictures and ideas to help inspire you for your next girls night out:

Party Ideas:
  • Bunco
  • Clothing Exchange
  • Scrap-booking
  • Favorite Things Party
  • Spa Night
  • Jewelry Making
  • Night Out on the Town

What to Eat:
  • Cocktails & Cupcakes: (Non-Alcoholic of course!)  Get creative:  Serve pink lemonade with raspberries, champagne punch with cut up strawberries, raspberry sherbet with sprite, etc... along side with a smörgåsbord of cupcakes covered in bright pink sprinkles!  Yum!)
  • Salads & Sandwiches:  How great would a berry salad be with a raspberry vinaigrette?  You could serve this with tiny bite-size pink sandwiches (Our local bakery located right next to us on Main Street will take orders for pink bread... Does yours?)

What to Give:
  • DIY Spa Kit:  Fill a fun pink & black bag with fingernail polish, lip gloss, clippers, tweezers, lotion, body spray, nail file and chocolate to give to your guests as they leave.  (Most of this can be found at your nearest dollar store to help save you $$$)
  • Ladies Favorite Things Bag:  Before the party, ask your guests to bring one of their favorite things to the party (enough for each person involved).  It doesn't matter what it is... just as long as it's one of their most favorite things (and since it's a black and pink party, have them bring something that is black or pink).  Gather them all, and place in a black & pink bag for each person to take home when the party is over.  
  • Door Prizes:  This could be anything!  Jewelry, hats, head wraps, candy sticks, flower clips or anything in our darling pink gable box.  
So for those of you who don't know... we love to do custom orders!  Just call us and let us know how many favors you need and how much you want to spend... we'll come up with something unique just for you!


Favorite Things Party

So my daughter just turned two!  While thinking of what to do for her birthday party I had two requirements:  easy & inexpensive!  For awhile, I was set on going to a local splash park and just letting the kids play... but realized that Anna wouldn't actually really love that!  Which then made me start to brainstorm... "What are Anna's favorite things?"  I got thinking about how she loves to paint her fingernails, she loves our dogs, she loves to ride our horses, and she loves to color/paint.  The song from "The Sound of Music" kept coming to mind - "These are a few of my favorite things..."  and I added... "Puppies & Ponies & Polish & Painting!"  Every time I read her invite I actually sing it in my mind! I know, cheesy!  But that's just me.

So I had it!  I would throw her a "favorite things" party.  I ordered some cute Puppy themed cupcake toppers, set up a nail painting station, had pony rides, and let all the kids water color paint on a huge piece of butcher paper!  Here are a few pictures (I am not a photographer, so I apologize in advance):

I designed the invites and banner to match...
The flag banner turned out cute, too!  
And so easy.  I color copied some graphics from her banner, cut into triangles, and strung together!

The Party Scene!  I had different balloons in mind, but it was super windy, so we had to go to plan B and stick them up on the porch.  Oh well!  Still cute!

The Puppy Cupcakes 
(coming soon to Pioneer Party in all different themes!)

Her favor bags were simple:  a couple of her favorite treats, a little dog toy, a mini fingernail polish (or parachute men for the boys).  Boys had green polka dot ribbon - girls had pink!

Painting away...

You can see the concentration on her face... she really does love it!

This is Willie.  He is hard to catch but awesome when we finally get him!  I talked my hubby into doing the braids & ribbons for the party... :)

One of our cute party guests, Mylie, getting her nails painted.

So there you have it.  A happy two year old.  An easy, fun, & pretty inexpensive party idea.  
Because sometimes it's just hard to choose ONE theme!  
More on this "Favorite Things" idea later... stay tuned!