Gamble on These Creative Uses for Poker Chips


Poker chips are loads of fun, there’s no doubt about that. It doesn’t even matter if you’re a poker player — just ask anyone who has a spare set of poker chips and a toddler or two! The small, smooth with a few embellishments, multicolored discs are just… fun.

“Play with me! Spill me onto the floor! Toss me in the air!” It’s practically begging you.

There are lots of blogs out there with tons of great ideas on poker-themed parties and uses for poker chips. There are definitely of few of them right on this site, like this one on adult-themed parties, a fun corporate event in this one,  or this one about a casino party!

Poker chips don’t have to be all fun and games, though (well yes, yes they do end up always being fun!); consider a few other creative ways to use them. For birthdays and special events, poker chips can be used as gift tags. Use a permanent marker to inscribe the recipient’s name on the smooth white clay surface. Adhere with double-sided tape and/or some fancy “ribboning” and you have unique and durable gift tags. Unlike the typical cardboard ones, these aren’t going to get bent, creased, ripped in half, or otherwise marred beyond recognition.

“Put the key to the minibar on me!”

If you have loads of keys to keep track of (office, safe, shed, storage space, minivan, gym locker, etcetera), key tag poker chips in different colors are a fun and different way to organize. Also: use the poker chip key tags as prom or other school dance “tickets” to give the party-goers the keys to the dance!

Whether you are in education in a school system, if you home school (or know someone who does!), or have a toddler of your own to keep busy, sorting, matching, and color recognition games are important part of development to incorporate in learning and playing.  If you already have some poker chips and your little one found out about it, you know how much they enjoy them. Why not get gobs of poker chips in blue, green, gold, purple, green, red, yellow, and black that you can use with your child, children, or preschool or daycare that are specifically for them? An added bonus to this is that you’ll never have to fuss with sorting out the jumbled and sticky chips before poker night again.  Here are some fun learning activities to get your play-magination going.

Finally, here are some DIY ideas for the crafty readers out there. Glue clothes pins to poker chips personalized with your event (graduation, bat mitzvah, military homecoming…) and use them to do any or all of the following:

  • hold tablecloths onto tables
  • hold and weight name cards for seating
  • display photographs (clip the clothes pins onto ribbon and then clip in the photos)
  • whatever your imagination dictates you need to clip!

At the end of the event, you can even let guests take the personalized poker chip clips as favors!

Another DIY craft idea is to create a unique gift for that special person who loves poker. Make wind chimes! Using an assortment of mini bells, sleighbells, poker chips, and florist wire, you can wind together your own unique design and create something that looks and sounds beautiful. You could even host a craft party and have this be the project. Don’t worry, if you need to use a spot of hot glue to help the florist wire along, we won’t tell.

Remember, don’t be afraid to step outside the box and use something that is already fun in a totally unique way — take a gamble!

For being brave, you get a cookie!

Cute Play Date Parties for Ages 6 Months to 18 months


Planning play date parties is one of those fun challenges facing new mommies.  Whether you’re a new mother or an expectant mother, why not jump-start your party planning?  Even if you’re expecting and you don’t know whether to plan baby girl play dates or baby boy play dates, you can still plan a fun party that will work for either gender.

Cute Play Date Parties for Boys

Boys tend to grow up with a fascination with destruction and construction, so a great theme for your little man is a construction theme!  With an easy theme like this, you’ll be able to find plates and napkins quickly.  Now you can turn your attention to the “play” part of the play date party and plan a few games that will help the parents help their babies to learn new things.  This could include anything from “pattycake” to early counting and alphabet.

Another cute play date idea for baby boys is a monster truck theme.  This play date party idea would be great for daddy and son days!  It’s a party theme that you could carry through your baby’s younger years all the way to high school, a chance for your son and his dad to bond over the years.

Cute Play Date Parties for Girls

For some reason, play dates seem easier to plan for little girls than for little boys.  For a little girl’s play dates, you have choices from ballerinas to ladybugs Both could also involve a game of dress-up for the mommies to get involved in.  Treat bags and favor boxes are a must for little girls, so why not use a table centerpiece made up of favor boxes?

Boy and Girl Play Date Parties

These are probably the easiest play date parties to plan.  One of the most popular themes for a play date party that both boys and girls can attend is a farm theme.  Boys and girls can learn about farm animals!  If your party includes a naptime, mommies can relax with the babies and help them count sheep while they drift off to sleep.

Another popular theme is a circus theme.  The bright colors used in circus party decorations will stimulate your children and keep their attention, as will the variety of fun party favors and toys they can play with.

Play date parties are meant to be not only fun, but also educational.  By choosing a theme and planning your play date parties early, you’ll be able to plan a few games that will help your children get a head-start learning new things.

Construction Party Cake and Food Ideas


For your Under Construction theme birthday party, bake an easy-to-make Dump Truck Cake! It’ll be a hit with your guests of all ages.

What you’ll need:
• One packaged chocolate cake mix
• Two 3 oz. boxes of chocolate pudding prepared according to directions on the box
• One box of Oreo Cookie Crumbs
• One well-washed Tonka Dump Truck
• One 9″ X 13″” cake pan
• One yellow shovel scoop

Prepare and bake the cake according to directions on the package.  After cake is completely cooled, cut it into bite-sized pieces.  Layer the bed of the dump truck with cake, pudding, and crumbs.  Continue to add layers until the dump truck is piled high with “dirt.”   Serve heaping scoops of dirt with the shovel and enjoy the smiles you’ll see!

If you are serving more people than can be accommodated by one boxed mix, we recommend that you simply bake extra cupcakes or an extra rectangular cake.  All can just be frosted in matching frosting and cut and served behind the scenes.  You may want to bake some white cupcakes with vanilla frosting, in the event that some children aren’t interest in a chocolate overload!

Food:
• Busy workers don’t have much time to stop for lunch, so pack them a sack lunch that can be eaten high up in the girders of a new skyscraper. Add a sandwich, chips, a cookie and an apple to a brown paper sack.
• Cake and ice cream served in Mini Construction Helmets will be the hit of the party.
• Serve sandwiches cut into shapes with construction vehicle cookie cutters.  Cut sugar cookies into squares, diamonds, triangles and octagons, and frost them to look like road signs.
• Try our “Construction Zone Blast”, and you’ll fill the room with “ooohs and aaahs”.  Start by serving red or blue punch.  After you have placed a filled glass in front of each guest, add some dynamite dust (a few Pop Rocks candies) to each one. Since this candy is processed with carbon dioxide, it will crackle, pop, and spit when it comes into contact with a liquid.
• As the excitement is so high at children’s birthday parties, most children under the age of 10 will eat very little, and the waste can be disheartening.  Schedule your party during a time when parents will not expect that their children will eat a meal…and serve only cake, ice cream, and a few other munchies.

Favors for an Under Construction Theme Birthday Party


Yellow-Canvas-Tote-BagParty favors are a great way to thank guests for coming to your birthday party! Under Construction theme party guests will get a kick out of construction themed favor packs.

Create favor packs packaged in a yellow canvas tote bag and include a metal whistle, construction hard hat, construction zone trucks, bubbles, party dough, keep on truckin’ stickers, and a red flashing button.

You can create your own favor packs my ordering any combination of party favors and tote bags.

Guests can create their own favors with a Construction Hat Kit. The kit includes supplies for making foam construction hats with each guest’s name on the front.

Have acrylic picture frames personalized with each guest’s name and include a digital or Polaroid photo of them with the birthday boy or with a Rotating Crane or Giant 3-D Bulldozer decoration.

Check out our Under Construction Party Activities too!

Decorations for an Under Construction Theme Party


Decorating for your Under Construction party is simple and fun with these tips!

Outdoor decorations:

Our Construction Yard Sign is a must to mark the party site! Add a Construction Zone Party Sign to the sidewalk in front of your home, or to the bottom of the driveway.

Place orange cones around the perimeter of your construction site, and rope off all the areas that might be hazardous with Construction Party Zone Streamers.  Run the streamers between trees, around porches, and anywhere else that unauthorized personnel should avoid!  The cones can also be used for several party activities.

For the area where most of the party activity will take place, our personalized Giant 3-D Bulldozer or Rotating Crane Decoration is the ultimate construction decoration!  Pull the lever on the bulldozer and the shovel moves.  Lifting boulders (paper) will be a cinch.  If the party needs to move indoors, this cardboard and corrugated big rig can easily be hauled to any party location.
Attach a bouquet of helium filled balloons to a light post or mailbox so there will be no mistaking where the fun will be that day!

Indoor Decorations:

Start  your decorations with the Under Construction Party Kit which includes tableware, thank you notes, red star confetti, orange balloons, blue balloons, yellow curling ribbon, and a chocolate brown tablecover. The Deluxe Kit also includes an Under Construction foil balloon, orange crepe streamers, blue crepe streamers and silver spiral candles.

Giant Tools can hang on walls or outside the tool shed.  Just imagine the size of the nails, bolts, and lug nuts these tools could handle!

One 4’ X 50’ roll of our gray solid color flat paper will go a long way in your decorating, and you’ll have plenty left to use for games and activities.  Cut off large sections of paper, and crumple them up to make giant boulders of varying sizes.  Place the boulders all around your construction site.  The paper can also be laid on the ground to create an asphalt road.

Balloons can economically transform any room or yard into a festive space in a matter of minutes by using some of the following ideas:
-Use a helium tank to fill balloons.  Tie Curling Ribbon to balloons, and group them together. (Odd numbers look best: 3, 5, or 7) Place groupings of balloons around the party site.
-Tie a bunch of helium filled balloons to the birthday child’s chair, or tie one balloon to the back of each chair.

Table Decorations:

Table decorations can really bring your whole theme together. Create your party tables with the Under Construction Ensemble.

First, cover the table with the Under Construction Tablecover. Sprinkle red star confetti over the surface. Create a centerpiece using items such as construction hardhats, construction zone trucks and Under Construction cone molded candles.

Edge your tables with Under Construction warning tape. It says “Birthday Zone” on the traditional yellow and black caution tape.

Party favors also make great table decorations at each place setting add personalized construction buttons, metal whistles, construction hard hats and keep on truckin’ stickers.

Be sure to check out our other Under Construction TipZ.

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