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December 22, 2014

How to Gift Show Tickets

Theater gifts When I was growing up my family was on a tight budget. We rarely splurged on extravagant outings but my parents shared their love of live theater with us whenever they could. From pay-what-you-can performances at the best theater company in the town, to lively inner-city middle school musicals, we were always ready to check out what people had to offer on the stage. As an adult I married into another theater loving family and together we are trying to raise a new generation of theater lovers.

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When the holidays roll around, I can’t help but want to spend some of that Christmas budget on an experience rather than another piece of plastic under the tree but I also want the gift, in this case tickets to the stage version of Beauty & the Beast this January, here in Fort Worth, to feel special when it’s unveiled. Hopefully a little creativity will make opening the gift as exciting as seeing the curtain go up next month!

Here are some of my favorite tips for how to wrap event tickets:

If you have actual physical tickets to the performance you are one step ahead. It seems that will call is becoming more and more popular. If you don’t have physical tickets, print out the website page or write a special note as your special gift.

Wrap the tickets in a jumbo box with beautiful paper and a bow.
The message is that these tickets are a BIG DEAL! note: Tape the envelope to the bottom of the box so that the gift doesn’t get tossed with the tissue.

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Start a scrapbook.
Print out some photos from the show and and add them as the first page in a theater scrap book. Leave space for them to add ticket stubs, newspaper reviews and written memories of the show.

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Go with a theme
Think of something that makes the show special and incorporate it into the gift. For Beauty and the Beast, we might package the tickets or a note in a chipped thrift store tea cup, an old book, or tied to a rose.

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Set the scene
Present the tickets with other items that will make the night special, like something fancy to wear to the theater or a band t-shirt for a concert.

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Make a game of it
Create clues that lead your date to the big reveal. These can be hidden around the house or wrapped up in a surprise ball. Fun fact: My husband proposed to me with a surprise ball on Christmas morning 2003 so personally I am quite in love with that idea.IMG_0345

Most of all remember that the real fun is yet to come when you actually get to go to your show!

Break a leg little elf!

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Beauty and the Beast

Bass Performance Hall – Fort Worth, TX

1/14/15 – 1/18/15

Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming back to Fort Worth!

Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at Bass Performance Hall!

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December 22, 2014

Last Minute Christmas Guide to DIYs and Recipes

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It seems like only yesterday we were dreaming of a pink Christmas. How was that 2011? Flash forward to today and we’re only a few days away from Christmas 2014, yikes! Wrap up those handmade gifts and plan your Christmas recipes with our Last Minute Christmas Guide to DIYs and Recipes…

Decor:
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Salt Dough Ornaments | Salt Dough Garland

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Super Last Minute Christmas Stocking | Sharpie Ornaments | 3-Minute Garland | Tinsel Ornaments | Flower Vase Ornaments | Bottle Brush Trees

Gifts:
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No-Sew Leather Bow NecklaceKid Art Trivet | Custom Crayons | Leg Warmers

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Teacup Candles | Decorated Kleenex Holder | Simple Serger Napkins | Rose and Eucalyptus Body Scrub | Easiest Body Scrub | DIY Jump Ropes | No-Sew Animal Masks

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Marigold, Lemon, and Honey Soap

Wrapping:
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Furoshiki Wrapping: How to Wrap with Fabric | How to Tie a Perfect Bow

Gift Wrap
Stamped Wrapping Paper | French Pouf | Felt Gift Bows

Sweets:
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No-Bake Coconut Snowball Cookies | Tangerine Sorbet | Strawberry Shortcake

Breakfast and dessert
Coffee Cake in a Cup | Sour Cream Coffee Cake | Chai Monkey Bread | Liege Waffles | French Toast in a Cup | Bread Pudding

Garnishes & Toppings
Garnishes
Marshmallows | Candied Rose Petals | Whipped Cream: 6 Delicious Flavors

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Dried Citrus Slices Without a Dehydrator | Pickled Cranberries

Cocktails & Drinks: 
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Spiced Apple Cider Champagne Cocktail | Sparkling Rum Punch | Darker & Stormier | Apple Pie Moonshine | Irish Mule | Sangria

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Cranberry Shrub Cocktail

Appetizers:
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Mini Pancake Bites | Kale, Peach, and Roasted Almond Salad | Tuna Tartare | Last-Minute Pantry Salad Trick | Sweet and Savory Pumpkin Skewers | Deviled Eggs

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Lastly, top off your Christmas dinner with the prettiest Fresh Food Wreath.

Style:
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Gradient Nails | Gemstone Nails

Style
Contouring Makeup Tutorial | 6 Day and Night Makeup Styles inspired by celebrities | How to Use a Curling Rod | Scotch Tape Cat-Eye Trick | Friendship-Bracelet Style Hair Braid

Happy Holidays!!

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December 19, 2014

Fabric Friday

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For our final Fabric Friday of the year, we are going back to basics with this Birch Organic Fabrics, WIDE WIDTH Fleece, Sky fabric. It’s perfect for a one-yard fleece poncho or fleece bonnet to keep warm in the cold, or cut it up to use in a fleece pom pom garland for the mantel. Sometimes it’s hard to pass up all the pretty prints at Fabricworm, but don’t forget it’s key to have a few solid basics in your collection too.

Enter for the chance to win one yard of Birch Organic Fabrics, WIDE WIDTH Fleece, Sky, and find out who won last week’s Fabric Friday after the jump…

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