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5 Share-Worthy Graduation Party Ideas

3 May

May and June mean it’s graduation season!  Junior high, high school and college kids will be graduating and moving into the next chapter of their lives.  With graduation comes celebrations – big and small.  To help celebrate the graduates big day, there are some fun ways you can make it special.  I’ve rounded up some of my favorite ideas to make your graduation party memorable.

  1. Coordinate everything in their school colors.  This goes for everything you have at the party!  If the school colors are blue and white, coordinate everything with those two colors:  balloons, plates, napkins, table runners, cups, etc.  It really brings the theme together.  If you have a high school graduate who will be going to college, you can celebrate by using their new college colors.  It’s also a great way to announce their college choice for those who aren’t already aware of where they will be headed in the fall.

    Decorating in school colors. Photo source: Catchmyparty

  2. Decorate with pictures of the graduate. To get people “oohing” and “ahhing” display pictures in frames of the graduate throughout the party. If it’s a small gathering at a restaurant, you can put a few on the table(s). If you are having a big backyard party, put various pictures at different tables so everyone can view the graduate through the years. You can also hang them from outdoor tents for a great backdrop as well. This is also a great ice breaker for guests who may not know each other.

    Surrounded by memories of the grad. Photo source: Pinterest

  3. Set up a photo booth.  Make a huge chalkboard backdrop with chalkboard contact paper.  You can have it say “Class of 2017” where friends (and family) can take pictures at the party.  You can also add a hashtag so everyone can view the pictures later on social media (i.e., #Samgradparty17).

    Say cheese! Photo source: Pinterest

  4. Give everyone a class ring.  For a fun and inexpensive centerpiece, put out a glass jar or bowl filled with Ring Pops and label it “Class Rings.”

    Class rings for everyone! Photo source: Mylifeatplaytime.com

  5. Design a box for cards. Most guests will bring a card to congratulate the graduate. You can gift wrap a medium sized box (and don’t forget to make a slot big enough for cards!) in their school colors. Guests will appreciate having a place to put their cards before enjoying the festivities!

    Congrats cards welcome here! Photo source: etsy.com

Do you have ideas you’d like to share? Maybe something you did at your party that really “wowed” your guests! Share in the comments!

Congrats to all the 2017 graduates and best of luck in your futures!  See our graduation ideas for even more inspiration!

xoxo,

Jennifer

How to Make Camp Letter Writing Easier

22 Apr

Camp NotesCamp is a special time in a young person’s life and if the camper is going to overnight camp, it’s especially nice to exchange letters. Many camps do not allow cell phones during camp, as they are easily lost or ruined, but letter-writing with family and friends is definitely encouraged. For the most part, kids love to receive mail at camp! The exchange of letters each week is an easy and fun way to stay in contact with your child when they are away.

Plan Ahead

Talk to your child before they leave about writing notes and make suggestions on who to write and what they can write about.  To encourage letter writing, let them know that they will also be receiving mail. For some young people, it’s one of the first times they will have an opportunity to experience letter writing or with waiting for the mail to come each day!

To make this easier for the camper, there are special camp note pads with camp themes which will be fun for the camper to use. Notepads that have writing lines make writing easier for the camper to send their thoughts.  There are also some fill-in-the-blanks notepads that can help a camper too.

Setup Envelopes

It’s a good idea for you to pre-address and pre-stamp envelopes, in advance of the child’s departure.  It’s worth talking to the camper before they leave on how to address an envelope and even where to put the stamp.  When you are pre-addressing envelopes, talk to the camper about who they would like to write a note to, such as a special aunt, grandparent and friends at home.  Help them address some envelopes to all those special people before they leave or at least have them watch you do it so they get the general idea.

If you think your camper is old enough to do this task on their own, you can provide them with an address list so the camper can address the envelopes themselves.  Then, you might want to address one envelope for them so they have a format to follow.  Be sure to send a few pens with the camper, some extra stamps, and their note pads (or stationery) and envelopes.

Add Photos, Prompt for Responses

When you write to the child, sometime it’s nice to add in a photo or two from home, such as of their pet or of their family so they have a photograph in their bunk from home.  Getting a touch of something special from home is usually appreciated.

Also, when you send your notes to the camper, ask questions that will engage the camper in a response, such as: What is your favorite activity at camp, how is the food at camp, do you like your bunk mates, and is there anything you need that I can send to you?  You can update them about anything new at home and even tell them how proud of them you are about how they are so grown up.

Heartwarming Letters

If you have ever read letters from campers, you’ll know what I mean when you say they can be sweet, dramatic, and even absolutely hilarious.  From the sad camper who begs to come home and then the next week is as happy as a clam, to hearing about their likes, dislikes and activities, it’s hard to get enough.  These letters can tug at your heart or make you laugh out load – but seeing that envelope from them can almost always make you smile.

Make it fun and easy for the child to write a letter home this summer with a personalized camp note pad and just sit back and wait for many touching moments to make their way into your mailbox!  There are even books that have been published with copies of some of the funniest camp letters sent home. Also, be sure to save these letters because when the kids get older, they will absolutely love reading them.

Best wishes,

Renee

Fans of MLB can enjoy Personalized Louisville Sluggers

24 Mar

Personalized Louisville Slugger Baseball BatsI know a few people who absolutely cannot wait for opening day.  Since it’s on April 2nd this year, it’s right around the corner.  I guess since we’re from Chicago, and although fans of all baseball, we have a special spot in our heart for the Chicago Cubs. Their defeat of the Cleveland Indians in the seventh game of the 2016 World Series, their first appearance since 1945 and first win since 1908, makes it hard for us not to be excited about the coming season.

Our Louisville Slugger personalized bats are one of our favorite items to gift for Father’s Day, birthdays, coach gifts and even for new baby gifts.  They come in tee ball, little league or adult sizes and are available in black or natural wood. These are genuine Louisville Sluggers are just like the professional players use.

Fans of all 30 MLB teams can now have their own special piece of the game with their team’s favorite logo and color scheme on a custom personalized bat from Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball. You can put a name between the words GENUINE and LOUISVILLE SLUGGER — just like the pros — or add a personal message.

These customizable MLB bats make great gifts for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, team awards or celebrations of any kind for baseball fans everywhere.  In addition to MLB team logos, we have official “It’s a Girl” and “It’s a Boy” bats that are personalized and makes a thoughtful and unique memento of the special day, especially for parents that love baseball.

It’s a great time to celebrate the 2017 baseball season and gift someone special their very own personalized official Louisville Slugger baseball bat.

Best wishes,

Renee