2/3/14

February Visiting & Home Teaching Messages

You're in for a sweet treat with this month's visiting teaching gift!  A sweet striped paper sack sets the tone for this lovely little goody.  Inside you will find the full message from the Ensign (a full color print), with a chocolate Hershey bar.  
The "HE" of the Hershey is showing and a tag covers the "RSHEYS" letters that reads "(HE) is the Good Shepherd and Loves each one of us.  Let us follow His example."  
The darling details of gold tulle, doilies, hearts, and our "Sending you Love" tag just finishes off this one of a kind gift.  


Oh how we love the month of "Love" around here!  This home teaching gift just has that bright, fun look that will get you motivated to go out and home teach!   

 We've combined the full message from the Ensign (a talk by Pres. Thomas S. Monson titled "Serve the Lord with Love"), a package of gummy hearts (12 servings), and of course a darling tag and ribbon to finish it off with style. 


Our tag reads, "By Love, Serve One Another."  

These gifts just have that look that says, "please take me and make someone else's day happy!" 

You can purchase these in our store in Lehi or online here!  Happy Shopping!

1/28/14

Balloon Tip!

We recently had a birthday in the family - and wanted to share a super easy tip!  Are you ready for it?  (It seems like a no-brainer, but many people don't think of it!)  
**If you are getting balloons to decorate for a party or to surprise the special someone (especially if they are little!) it is a great idea to tie the balloons at varying heights and spread them throughout the room, instead of just tying them in 2 or 3 bunches.**


It makes the room look fuller, and especially for kids, it makes them feel like the whole house is just full of balloons! You can get small candy to tie them to, tie to doorknobs, or even just grab some toys or items already laying around. 


We also got 2 dozen plain balloons (no helium) and blew them up to just lay around the floor.


We tied one birthday present to a few balloons so he could have it all day, and the rest of the gifts were reserved for the birthday party that night. 


Also, this was for a 4 year old - who definitely doesn't care about color schemes! We picked some fun prints (paw prints, pirates, farm animals, dinosaurs, polka-dots, etc) instead of all plain colors or all Happy Birthday prints - and he LOVED them!

Check out our website or store for our huge assortment of balloons and party stuff (isn't that banner cute??)

Happy Decorating!

1/18/14

Sweet Valentines Straws!

Is it too early to be thinking about Valentines!? (Never!)  It is our favorite holiday around here, and here is an absolutely darling idea!

~ Embellished Sweet Straws ~


This is an easy peasy craft! All you need are these paper straws -{and you are in luck because we carry them at our store & in many colors}, cute cardstock, and non-toxic glue! You can also add stickers, cut-outs, ribbon, or other vintage embellishments if you want {we also carry bakers twine that would be perfect for this project!}


Simply use a heart punch or cut out hearts by hand, embellish them up, and glue to the straw!


Wouldn't these be darling served with strawberry milk on Valentines morning? Or at a school Valentines party? Or at your annual Valentines get-together? The possibilities are endless!

Be sure to check out our website or come into the store and see all our cute Valentines stuff! Decor, goodies, candy, gifts, treat bags, BALLOONS & much more! Yay for Valentines!

(original link: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0033/2452/files/sweetstrawsdownload.pdf?1277661522)

1/16/14

Sending Love Secretly

Love is in the air!! We sure love this time of year and it is the perfect time to show those special people in your life you love them! We've come up with the perfect way to do just that. It is a little something we call "Sending Love Secretly"
We've made it inexpensive and super easy. All you do is chose a little gift from our store. Below are some examples of items we have (and much more!!) Then we wrap it up in a sweet pink and white damask bag, tied up with the tag that says "Sending You Love Secretly" - for only $1.  You leave us the contact info for the person you want to give the gift to. We will contact that person and let them know they have a surprise secret gift waiting for them at our store and to come on in and pick it up!



 We have tons (and I mean tons!!) of goodie bags to chose from. 

This is such a fun way to celebrate Valentines! Everyone loves a good surprise. We have already started the secret love sending and customers and friends have been so excited (and surprised) to get a little gift. A great way to make someones day - and just maybe they will pass along the love too!


1/10/14

January 2013 Visiting and Home Teaching Gifts

It's a new year! Get your visiting and home teaching done in style with our cute messages this month. 

We are loving the color scheme for our visiting teaching message this month! The message is entitled "The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Exemplar." 



The message is printed and tucked into a clear cellophane bag, all tied up with a darling tag that reads "As a New Year begins, TAKE 5 to follow in His footsteps," and comes with a yummy "Take 5" candy bar (every girl needs a little chocolate!). 


The Home Teaching message for January is called "The Best Time to Plant a Tree" by President Uchtdorf. 


We have it bagged in a darling gray chevron bag, stuffed with the message and, of course, treats! The tag on the outside says "The Best Time to Begin is NOW, not LATER" - going right along with the theme of the Now & Later candy inside! 


To purchase, please visit our store in Lehi, UT or order online here.

12/29/13

New Years Eve Party Ideas

A FUN PARTY THEME IDEA: Countdown by the Hour
(Use a CLOCK theme to carry throughout the decorations and activities)
-Paint kids faces white, then use black to draw clock hands.
-White balloons (or clear filled with confetti) can be drawn on to look like a clock.
-Have guests bring an alarm clock (and gather all of your own)… set the alarms to all go off atmidnight (or earlier, depending upon the ages of the guests).
-Kids can decorate a paper plate to look like a clock. Punch a hole in the top, and hang the clocks at different levels from the ceiling.
To start out the night…
Make an individual party bag for each guest that you will hand each guest at the beginning of the party (instead of the end). Personalize the outside with their name as well as a greeting: “Let’s Start the countdown to 2010!” or “Countdown by the Hour to 2010 starts NOW!” In the bag will be their hat, horns, individual pack of confetti, a champagne glass, a notepad for goal setting, and of course, a treat. A few creative filler ideas include bubbles (for midnight or before), bubble gum (have a contest to see who can blow the biggest), silly string, glow in the dark paint or necklaces, face paint (just for fun), alarm clock or any other clock accessory.
Here are a few ideas for different activities that can be done throughout the night. Each activity you choose will be wrapped up in a container or just with ribbon and have a clock set for the time that it will be opened.
1. Baking – any recipe will do! Cookies, brownies – something to decorate afterwards makes this activity a “craft” and a treat! Cut your cookies out in all different shapes to make look like confetti – frost in all different colors, add sprinkles, and deliver to a neighbor!
2. Pedicures – (obviously for a group of gals) Have someone come and do glitter toes for everyone, or get your own supplies and give yourself a new do! Soak the feet in coordinating colored buckets, have individual supplies for each guest, and break out all the nail polish.
3. Movie watching – open up your bag and have 3 different movies to watch. Each movie is labeled (#1, #2, #3) Take a vote on which movie to watch or randomly draw a number. Don’t forget the microwave popcorn!
4. Flashlight Limbo- Grab 2 flashlights shining towards each other to make the limbo line, turn off the lights, and limbo away! Don’t forget the music!
5. Silly Snapshots – Grab a camera (or more, if possible). Gather some fun props – sunglasses, hats, high heels, purses, scarves – even non-clothing items such as a broom, margarita glasses, pots and pans, etc. Give everybody the assignment of using the props to take some silly photos. Inside, outside, upside down… the more creative and silly the better! After all snapping is done, look at your pics on the TV as a slideshow. This is really fun; even for adults! Don’t forget to print out the pics or get everyone’s emails to send afterwards.
6. Classic Board or Card Games: gather up all your favorites, wrap up with a ribbon and have fun! Set a designated time to start and stop if you want to get all the other activities in.
7. Crafts Galore: Necklace or bracelet making (with food items or real beads), scrapbooking, etc. Have all the supplies ready to go beforehand.
8. Snow Painting: You will need spray bottles filled with water. Add food coloring to make your “paint.” Send guests outside (bundled up, of course) to paint the snow! You could give a prize for the most unique painting.
9. Scavenger Hunt: Hide New Years supplies (horn, hat, mardi gras beads, etc.) either in the house or around the neighborhood. Split into teams and give each team a list of what they need to find. First team back with all the items wins! Another option is to not hide the items beforehand, and have the teams actually knock on doors to find the items.
10. Bubble Wrap Stomp: As part of the grand finale, purchase a big roll of LARGE bubbled bubble wrap (it pops easier). Roll it out on a hard floor or sidewalk and let the kids jump like crazy at midnight! It sounds like firecrackers are going off!
11. Stuff the Balloons: This can be done before your party, or used as a craft during the party. Either buy or make your own confetti (making your own can be fun for kids!) and using a funnel, fill your balloons with a small handful of confetti. Blow them up, attach string, and hang upside down from the ceiling. Just before midnight, each guest is given a pin to POP the balloons! A great way to end the night in a “magical and festive” way. Don’t forget the camera because the confetti falling creates a great scene.
12. Snow Sculpting: Split guests into groups of 2. Each team will have a big mixing bowl… Send them outside to fill up their bowls with snow. Then everyone comes back in and makes a “sculpture” out of their snow before it melts! You can give each team random supplies: knives, spoons, food coloring, etc. to help with their sculpting.
13. Play the CANDY GAME: (You will need at least one candybar for each guest – but more is better; as well as a variety of candy – some big, some small – hard to find candy is great, too. All the candy is set on a table or the floor in the middle of the circle. Also a pair of dice and a brown paper sack for each guest). Have guests sit in a circle. First player rolls the dice onto a small plate or tray. If the guest rolls a 1 OR a 6 on either die, he/she gets to choose a candy out of the middle and put it in your brown bag. (Choose 2 candies if you roll a 1 AND a 6) . Do this until all the candy from the middle is gone. Then set the timer – 5, 7, 10 minutes depending upon how long you want the game to last. Again, you roll the dice and if you get a 1 or a 6, you get to “steal” a candy away from another player. This is where you have to REMEMBER who took WHAT and ask for the candy by name. If you guess right – they have to give you the candy. If you guess WRONG, you have to give them something from your bag. It’s fun to see who “fights” over what candy!
14. New Years Resolution Game: At the first of the party, give everyone a 4x6 piece of paper and have them write down their top 3 New Years goals. Gather them up and put in a hat or other container. After a couple hours, have each guest “draw” a card from the hat. Take turns reading the goals and guessing which goals go to what person! You can keep track of points: 1 point for each right guess.

12/3/13

December Visiting Teaching Gifts

December's Visiting Teaching gifts are here!  It is always fun to create gifts around the holiday themes, especially this season.  The title of the message from the Ensign is "The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ:  The Only Begotten Son."  




We've used a kraft box (2"x2"4"), filled it with the message (printed on a cream paper), 2 Pioneer Valley buttercream caramels, and a special magnet of Christ.  We received special permission from artist Del Parson (of Utah) to use one of his pictures of Christ, entitled "Jesus of Nazereth."  We added words at the bottom of the magnet "I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God," which is a quote from the message.  We hope that sisters nationwide will be able to view this magnet all year long and have it inspire them daily.

The gift looks darling all done up with a strip of paper wrapped around the box (which has different names of Jesus printed all over it), red jute ribbon, and a darling round tag that wishes your sister a very Merry Christmas.  


To purchase a December Visiting Teaching gift, visit our store in Lehi, Utah or shop online here.

p.s. We sell Home Teaching Gifts too!  Check out the link above to see December's gift.