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Don't Have a Pool? Throw a Pool Party Anyway!

It’s swimming pool season, and you can still have a great pool party even if you don’t have a pool. Here are our two favorite pool party ideas:

1. For smaller kids, you don’t need a large pool anyway. Our own Amy Adele production manager, Whitney, just threw a pool party for daughter Clara who turned 4. Whitney bought a couple of small wading pools for $8 each. The guests could jump from pool to pool and still make quite a big splash. An hour before the party, Dad David and Grandpa Tom assembled an easy, run-thru sprinkler out of PVC pipe. Whitney added a slip-n-slide, another sprinkler, some $1 water shooters, a slide, a bubble machine, some tunes and the garden hose. She even used an idea from our blog post last summer for the cake. It was an inexpensive party, and everyone had tons of fun.

 

2. For bigger kids, host a slumber party at a local hotel with a pool. This is a great option for any time of year — just choose a hotel with an indoor pool during the cold months. Limited sleeping quarters is a great excuse to trim the guest list down to just the closest friends, or get adjoining rooms or a suite for a bigger party.

Arrive at the hotel early on the day of the party and decorate the room(s) just as you would for any birthday party — balloons, streamers, the whole works. Put goody bags on the beds and stock the room with lots of snacks. Bring along some board games for after the pool closes and you find yourself with a roomful of excited kids.

Here are some of Amy’s Pool Party designs. Have a great summer everyone!

Swimming Pool Party Banner
Swimming Girl Invitation
Swimming Pool For Boys Photo Invitations
Pool Party Invitations

A Red, White, and Blue Summer Spectacular!

From Memorial Day, right through July 4th, and all all the way up to Labor Day, summer is one long blur of picnics, cookouts, fireworks, and American flags. Tis the season for all things red, white, and blue!

Here are some of our favorite patriotic party ideas to make you the hit of every summer gathering!

Hot Dog!

…with home-made potato chips! (Click the link for the recipe)

http://mintnclandycreate.blogspot.com/2010/07/4th-of-july-star-spangled-cookout.html

Easy Table Decorations:

Crepe streamers are simple, cheap and very effective.

Click the link for visuals in addition to a few other housekeeping ideas

http://mintnclandycreate.blogspot.com/2010/07/4th-of-july-star-spangled-cookout.html

Red, white and frosted

How gorgeous is this cake?!

4th of July Flag Cake

Hello Jello!

The perfect summer dessert — you can even slip in a little fruit for the kids.

Festive 4th of July Treats

Firecracker bundt cake:

An explosion of patriotic goodness!

Firecracker Bundt Cake – An Explosive Red, White and Blue Dessert

Patriotic drink for kids:

This thirst quencher contains cranberry juice (or fruit punch), Sprite, and blue Gatorade.

http://www.food.com/recipe/patriotic-drink-for-kids-175888

Amy’s summer-themed designs:

Picnic with Grill Invitations
American Stars Folded Notecard
Fireworks Party Invitations
Patriotic House Invitations
Picnic Party Invitations

Ideas for Mother’s Day

Anyone can buy flowers and chocolates for Mother’s Day, but we all know that what Mom and Grandma love most are the thoughtful gift ideas that didn’t come off a store shelf.

Here are some of our favorite Mother’s Day gift ideas from around the internet:

1. Bookmarks

These bookmarks can be downloaded, printed, painted and personalized. Click on the photo for the link.

2. Hand prints

And then there’s the old trusted standby — hand prints.  These ideas take hand prints to a whole new level.  And kids will have great fun making these for Grandma!

3. Amy’s stationery makes a great gift, too!

Amy’s Tulip Party Banner (40″ x 12″)
Amy’s Tulip Label
Baking Ingredients Recipe Card
Lucy’s Purple Border Stationery
Pink Happy Daisy Row Bag Tag

Party Banners!

We are excited to add a new product line at Amy Adele!  In addition to stationery, invitationst-shirts, bibs, one-piece baby outfits, calling cards, gift tags and labels, we now offer large Party Banners! Amy’s cute party banners are a fabulous way to share the excitement with everyone! These banners are printed on recycled paper and measure 12″ x 40″ long. Best of all, they match many of Amy’s invitation designs!

Fun idea:  Have the guests at your party sign the banner and take it home and hang it in his or her room as a memento of the event! How awesome to look up and see the all the signatures of his/her family and friends while remembering such a fun day.

Don’t forget! Graduation season is coming up–hang a graduation banner to conGRADulate the class of 2012!

Amy's Tulips Party Banner
Princess Crown Party Banner
Green Tractor Party Banner
Brunette Boy Graduate Party Banner
Baby Boys Stroller Party Banner
Fairy Party Banner

Have a "My Favorite Things" Party

I first discovered “My Favorite Things” parties when one of our beloved customers wrote to us and asked for some Amy Adele cards because she was taking us to a party as her favorite thing. We, of course, LOVED it!

I am attending a party next week called, “My Favorite Things.”  We are to bring recipes, websites, items to share that we have found to be a favorite.  Your website is one of those favorite things I discovered last year!  Could you possibly send me 20 business cards with your website?  Something I could pass along to my friends?  If not, I will just give them your web address, but thought it might be fun to give them something made by you!

The idea behind a “My Favorite Things” party is pretty simple. Gather a group of 5-10 friends. Start with the food: ask half to bring entrees and the other half to bring desserts — and of course, everyone brings their favorite things. Also ask them to bring the recipes with their dishes so everyone can leave with a copy.

Some “My Favorite Things” parties double as gift exchanges (great idea for Christmas parties). Set a price limit – say $5 to $10 — and each guest gives her “favorite thing” to each of the other guests. If there are 6 other guests, you’ll leave the party with 6 gifts. Make sure to remind your guests to bring a tote to haul all those gifts back home.

What are your favorite things? Here are some of ours:
1. Favorite new website: Pinterest.com
2. Favorite food: Chocolate!
3. Favorite book: The Help
4. Favorite TV show: Modern Family

And here are some of our customers’ favorite Amy Adele things — some of our top bestsellers:

Amy's Tulip Flat Card
Train Baby Bib
Pink Fairy Folded Notecard
House Family Address Labels
Girls Monkey Girl Tshirt
Daisy Calling Cards

Girls Ice Skating

We always love to hear from our customers! Last week we got this nice email:

Hi Amy,

I’ve been meaning to write to you to tell you that the invitations for my daughter Stella’s ice skating birthday party were beautiful and everyone loved them!! I also wanted to share the attached photo with you of her birthday cake. We loved the invitations that you made so very much that we asked our local bakery to base her cake on them!

Thank you again for making Stella’s birthday party a success! I’m going to look on your site for thank you cards next!!

If you, too, would like to have a cake at your party based on Amy’s designs, e-mail us to see how to proceed! Here’s the picture of Stella’s birthday cake, based on Amy’s Girls Ice Skating design:

And here are Amy’s Girls Ice Skating cards:

Girls Ice Skating Invitations
Girls Ice Skating Folded Notecard
Girls Ice Skating Flat Notecard
Girls Ice Skating T-shirt

It's Snowing!

Ok, it’s not really. We’re having a very warm winter in South Carolina, and not a flake in sight. But that just means we’ve got more time to PLAN for the snow, right? So let’s plan a Snowman party so when the blizzards begin, we’ll be all set.

Amy’s Snowman Invitations:

Snowman Decorations:

These simple but adorable chair covers are easy to make using felt and glue. Instructions can be found here.

Snowman Pizza:

It’s not pretty, but the kids will love it! Click here for details.

Snowman Cookies:

Snowman Coconut Cookies – Click here for the recipe.

Who wouldn’t love these Melted Snowman Cookies?? Click here for the recipe.

Snowman Shooters:

These cute Snowman Shots are made of vanilla ice cream and melted hot fudge. Click here for the details.

Snow Ice Cream:

Make your own Snow Ice Cream using fresh snow, milk and vanilla flavoring. Details are here.

Hot Chocolate:

And then warm everyone up with a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Freeze whip cream in a pan and cut out your own shapes.

Quick & Easy Valentine's Day Cards

Here’s a quick way to knock out all of your Valentine’s with one sweet punch. Use Amy Adele calling cards and attach them to candy bars, lollipops or candy hearts.

You can tape them right to the candy bar, or punch a hole and tie them with ribbon. Either way, that’s one way to get right to your valentine’s heart. With so many calling cards to choose from, the possibilities are endless!

 

Treat Your Little Wonder to a Super Girl Party

Show her how much you love her with a party that shows everyone just how super she is — a Super Girl Party!

Start with Amy Adele’s Superhero Girl Party Invitations:

Make your own cake and cupcakes based on these simple but fun designs:

 

Add some Superhero Energy Fuel:

Then finish off the festivities with Superhero Thank You Cards for all the birthday presents!

Superhero Girl Stationery

Cookie Monsters, Take Note!

The Girl Scouts have been selling their delicious cookies for almost 100 years–dating all the way back to 1917. In 1936, they hired a bakery to take over production due to overwhelming demand, and now they sell over 200 million boxes of cookies per year. Did you know that during World War 2, the Girls Scouts sold calendars in addition to the cookies because ingredients such as flour, sugar and butter were so scarce? Also did you know that in 1942 there were 48 cookies per box!! Oh how the times have changed.

Amy has just adapted one of her cards at the request of an enterprising young Daisy Girl Scout and her mother. They wanted to use Amy’s design for Thank You Notes to go with each of the orders, and as Gift Tags (Amy Adele Calling Cards) to attach to the Girl Scout cookie boxes. What a wonderful way for them to thank all of their customers!

Milk and Cookies Folded Notecard
Milk and Cookies Calling Card