Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Baby Shower -Sweetest Treasures

Its been awhile since I've posted, but I've been soo busy helping my friend and family planning their parties and organizing some events... For the long wait I will be posting more often.

Having a baby is the most exciting thing that anyone can experience with in their life, it is a new addition to the family. Woman tend to make baby showers for their first child, where loved ones come together to shower the new mommy to be with gifts for their new born.

I had a friend who is currently pregnant and we threw her a surprise baby shower. We though what would be better as a gift favour than giving something the guests can eat and reuse. So i thought of Hersey kisses in a jar.

So here is what you will need: 6 small spice jars ($1.13 each at Dollarama =$6.78), 1 pack of ribbon(1.13 at Dollarama), 1 roll of clear wrapping paper (1.13 Dollarama) and about 2.5 poinds of Hersey kisses ($20 at Bulk Barn)
The greatest part of this gift is its under $5!!!

So here are the steps to compile this wonderful gift favour:

Step 1: Take the jar and wipe it down with a cloth.

Step 2: Take the Hersey bags of the 3 different kinds and place its into 3 different section.

Step 3: There are regular Hersey kisses, Cookies & cream kisses and white chocolate with a chocolate middle kisses. Each jar is about 230ml jars--- you can fit about33 kisses in each jar.

Step4: Start with one style of kisses and place it in the jar. You may count 11 kisses and place them in. Close the lid shut.

Step 5: Take the clear wrap and wrap the jar!

Step 6: Take some ribbon and tie it into a bow.

Now your Gift Favour is complete, this should take no more than 5 minutes to assemble each Favour.

I hope you enjoyed the post, please leave a comment below. I would love to hear what you have to say.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Baptism Candle Holders

My sister called me up last week and told me that her friend was throwing a party for her twin's Baptism (boy and girl). The reason for the call wasn't to inform me on the party but to come up with a gift favour idea. My sister told her about my blog so she checked it out and loved the ideas so much that she challenged me to find the perfect gift for the party. Challenge? you ask, she had some restrictions:
  1. Under $5
  2. Two pieces representing each child
  3. Stylish
  4. Classy
  5. "Not cheesy"
  6. Easy to assemble -- due to the babies
  7. Incorporate pink and blue colours
  8. Quality made
  9. No gold colours
I thought to myself "Ok she knows what she wants" now lets go shopping for this gift. At first it felt like a scavenger hunt, to find that perfect gift under her guidelines. It took me 3 days but i finally found the gift:

I found a candle holder for $2 at Dollarama and a pack of 100 tea candles for $4.51-- .045 cents per each candle(including tax) at IKEA, and ribbon (blue and pink) for $1 each at Dollarama. For each ribbon you can cover 4 candle holders = .25 cents per gift. TOTAL= $4.815 (Taxes including)

The only thing you need to do to assemble this gift is to place the tea candle in the holder and tie the preferred ribbon around the candle holder. It should take no more than 30 seconds per each gift.
I asked if she wanted me to wrap the two candle holder in clear wrapping paper and she said it was her style, but I think that is a way to cut cost.
The boys holder I placed a white candle with the blue ribbon but you could place a blue candle if preferred.
The girl holder I placed a pink candle with a pink bow. All and all, she was very happy with the gift and said that she has told many other friends about the blog. I followed her restrictions and still managed to come under $5 per gift.
Once again Amazing
Gift Favours Under $5!!!!!
Check out next week for another great gift favour that will be under $5!!!!

Monday, February 6, 2012

M & M Caramel Apples--Sweet Treats, Toddlers Birthday

My friend called me up one night and was asking help for some ideas for her toddlers birthday party. One was turning 3 and the other 2, she said didn't want to do loot bags because its always the same mundane stuff. The theme was Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs for the daughter and Cars theme for the boy. After several minutes on the phone we decided to do caramel apples. The mission now was to make these caramel apples under $5 including the decorations.So now we had to go to the store and figure out how much they actually cost in store in compared to what it would cost to actually make them. We had wishful thinking that the M & M covered caramel apples would be close to $5, unfortunately that wasn't the case. They started from $10 and up. Next stop was Bulk Barn, Costco, Dollarama and No Frills.

So we decided that we were going to make M&M, caramel apples. We needed the following:1.1. 1.Caramel cubes (30oz) Bulk Barn $7 $
2. Apples--- 9 apples for $3 No Frills $3
3. M&M party pack 1kg for $12.99 $13
4. Skewers 12 from $1 Dollarama $1
5. Ribbon $2 from Dollarama $2
6. Clear wrapping paper $1 from Dollarama $1

=============$ 27 X 1.13 tax = $30.51/9 kids = $3.39 per kid = UNDER $5

So here are the steps to make these:
Step 1: Unwrap 100 caramels and place it in a bowl. Add 2 tbsp of milk to the bowl of caramels. Then place the bowl in the microwave for about one minute and 30 seconds.

Step 2: Wash the apples, peel off the stickers and pull out the stem. Take the Skewer and stick it into the apple.

Step 3: Place parchment paper on a tray.

Step 4: At this time the caramel should be ready, take it out of the microwave carefully because it will be extremely hot. Stir the caramel so that you can see that all the caramel was melted down. If caramel has not been fully melted place it back in for another 30 seconds. Be careful the caramel may be hot!!!!

Step 5: Take the apples with skewers and dip each in the caramel. Twirl the apple around till the excess caramel drips off. Take the caramel apple right away and dip it in the bowl of m&m's. Mold the m&m's onto the apple.

Step 6: Continue Step 5 for the rest of the apples, and then let it set in the fridge for about an hour and then you can wrap it up with the clear wrapping paper and finish it off with a pretty bow.

So we made M&M caramel apples for $3.39 including taxes. I do warn that you have to be patient because working with caramel can be a little bit difficult at first.