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Parties Made Simple

July 1999 Newsletter


If you have any great party craft ideas, cake ideas, family receipes, or party planning tips - please send them to me and I will include them in a newsletter. If there is anything that you would like me to include - please let me know and I will do my best to research it and include in the next issue of this newsletter!


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In This Issue

Private Eye Cake

Hot Seat Cushions (Craft)

Star Wands (Craft)

Little Red Hen's Bread Receipe

Detective Party

1-800-PartyShop July Specials

1-800-PartyShop August Specials

Discontinued Themes

New Themes

2000 Party Supplies

Contact Information

Online Ordering Information




A question mark cake? How mysterious--and how perfect for a Spy Party. For an extra sleuthing surprise, hide a small charm in the cake before frosting it, then see which spy is the sharpest. (Just be sure to tell party guests there's a hidden charm so that they'll eat carefully.)

1 baked 13-by-9-by-2-inch cake
4 cups yellow frosting
Gummy feet

Cut the cake as shown in the small picture. Frost it with yellow icing, then walk a bunch of gummy feet across the cake for footprints.


Some 1-800-PartyShop Products to Compliment this Craft!

First Down

Fore (Golf)

Goal (Soccer)

Grand Slam


Slam Dunk

Slap Shot


Hot Seat Cushions
Whether they're football, soccer or field hockey fans, kids love rooting for their home teams. On your next visit to the game, show your team spirit by bringing a set of these colorful pennants that double as cushy bench warmers for those cold metal bleachers.

• Gardener's kneeling pad (available at garden centers and most department stores for about $3)
• 14-by-8-inch piece of 1/2-inch-thick Fome-Cor (available at most art supply stores)
• Acrylic paints or colored markers

STEP 1: If you are using Fome-Cor, cut a handhold in one end of it with a craft knife (a parent's job).

STEP 2: Your kids can take it from there by printing on their names or slogans with permanent colored markers. Or they can use acrylic paints to decorate the surface with an image of a rolling soccer ball, a picture of their team mascot, or any other symbol they choose.

I thought this craft would be great for a summer project for families to make (especially with the steaming HOT weather). It would also be great as a project for a Sports Themed Party or as a gift idea to the parents of a local sporting team! If you make these, please send me a picture so that I can feature it in a newsletter!


Some 1-800-PartyShop Products to Compliment this Craft!

Happy Birthday Barbie

Medieval Fantasy

Party Girl

Snow White


Star Wands
These star wands have no magic powers, as far as we know, but your kids can light up a room with a bouquet of them. The stars don't need to be symmetrical (or even five-pointed); in fact, the more creative, the better they look.

• Pen and scissors
• Aluminum foil pie plate
• Heavy wire (like armature wire)
• Permanent markers
• Fingernail polish
• Glitter

STEP 1: Have your child draw star shapes on the bottom of a pie plate. Cut out each one, leaving an extra "tail" piece.

STEP 2: Cut a 12-inch piece of wire and bend a small loop in one end. Wrap the "tail" of the star around the wire loop and crimp securely. Now your child can decorate the stars with permanent markers, if desired (the plain metal also looks pretty).

Crafter's Tip: For a sparkly finish, we painted ours with fingernail polish, then sprinkled glitter onto the wet polish.

This idea is from

This would be a wonderful craft for a Fairy Princess Party Theme or a Dress Up Party or just to keep young girls entertained on a rainy day. As always, if you do use this idea, please send me a picture so that I can feature it in an upcoming issue of the newsletter.


Little Red Hen's Bread

2 1/2 c. milk
3 c. water
1/2 c. margarine
Put in a microwavable bowl and heat to 120-130 degrees. It takes about 4 1/2 minutes on high in my microwave.

In a separate large bowl (I use the largest Tupperware bowl I have):
4 c. whole wheat flour
6 c. bread flour (plus you'll need 1 to 1 1/2 cups more to finish)
1 c. brown sugar
2 T. Yeast
1/2 t. salt
Mix thoroughly, and make a "well" in the center. Pour in the liquids when they are the proper temperature. Stir until well mixed. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes. Add more flour in small amounts until you have a soft & slightly sticky dough. Have 4 medium/large bread pans ready. Divide into four equal pieces. Shape into loaves (I do this by flattening the dough out and then rolling it up jelly roll style). Put in the bread pan with the seam side down on the bottom, and the whole loaf resting against one side of the pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20-25 minutes. Preheat your oven to 375. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown on top. Brush with butter before removing from pans, then let the loaves cool on rack (out of their pans).
This makes a soft and rich tasting loaf of bread. I can't bake it fast enough! Great for sandwiches. Put in bags when thoroughly cool. Let cool 20 minutes before cutting.
Let me know how it works for you!

I got this receipe for bread from another 1-800-PartyShop consutlant ~ Wendy Bills. She says her family no longer eats store bought bread! Thanks Wendy for the receipe. If you try this, please let me know so that I can pass on the praise to Wendy.


Detective Party (Scavenger Hunt)

Decorations: Empty jewelry box, footprints cut out of construction paper, finger prints (dip fingers in ink and put on white paper) cut out. Place jewelry box in center of table (you will put clues for the jewel hunt inside). Place finger prints on and around. Footprints go on walls (clues will be on the backside), floor etc.

Cake: Use your child's Detective Agency Logo or Acme. Before frosting or before baking place one candy inside the cake. Who ever gets this 'jewel' gets a special prize.

Goodie Bag: Briefcase: Make out of paper lunch bag. Cut off two inches, form handle out of remaining and cut out center. Fill with small notepad, pencil, mini magnifying glass, badge (make out of paper and contact paper or use as an activity and let the kids make these themselves), Decoder Watch.

How to make the Decoder Watch: Here's how to make, Need: Ribbon, cut to fit wrist. Match boxes, white paper to cover them and Velcro. First, write code inside slide out match box, easiest to write on paper and paste in. (Code is simply A=1 B=2 C=3--J=10--Z=26). Glue ribbon to back in center. Attach Velcro to each ribbon end. Draw watch face on top of Match cover. GAMES 1.

Scavenger Hunt: See ideas for Scavenger List on the ideas page. 2. You Name It: Find items that make noise. Each team of kids try's to guess what the items are. Winner has the most right. 3. Find the Jewels (a treasure hunt): Pass out the briefcases. Kids use their decoder watches to figure out clues to take them to a small sacks of jewels (bags filled with chocolate coins and colorful candies. This may take some time. 4. Make a word game with secret codes. 5. Play CLUE Activity

Party Gift Idea: Make a wanted poster on computer - Take Polaroid pictures of or Digital camera pictures of the kids- dressed up in trench coat, slouch hat and dark glasses! Makes a fun take home item. The poster can say:"Wanted for breaking international fun allowance laws" List the child's "alias", and say they were 'seen ' in the company of a notorious spy (or detective) (the birthday child).

Scavenger Hunt List Ideas Noodle, Penny (can list certain year), Leaf, Bug, Piece of Holiday wrapping paper, Card, Feather, Piece of Bread, Film canister, Pine cone, Magazine subscription card, Old birthday candle, Napkin with lipstick lips on it, Bean, Post it Note Secret Message using Decoder Watch Code

First message, place inside decoder, fold it up. 12-15-15-11 6-15-18 1 3-12-31-5 9-14 5-13-16-20-25 3-1-19-5 (Look for a clue in empty case)

Second message, Inside Jewelry Case 6-15-12-12-15-23 20-8-5 6-15-15-20-19-20-5-16 3-12-21-5 (Follow the footsteps)

Third message, written on back of footsteps. Child can pick any footstep. Here YOU need to write the clue for the bags hiding spot. Have Fun!

This party idea was gotten from Boardman's Birthday Party Ideas. She has lots of great party theme ideas on her site. Please be sure to visit and see if there are any ideas that you can use!


Coffee Chocolate Cheesecake Squares

--- Makes 48 three layer bars that freeze well. ---  

 BROWNIE LAYER      3/4  c.  margarine ~  1   Tbsp.  instant coffee powder ~ 3/4  c.  flour ~ 1/2  tsp.  baking powder ~ 2   eggs ~ 3/4  c.   brown sugar

 CHEESECAKE LAYER    1 pkg.  cream cheese (250 gr. - 8 oz.) softened ~ 1/2  c. sugar ~ 2  eggs ~ 2 Tbsp. flour ~ 2 Tbsp. strong coffee or coffee liqueur

  SOUR CREAM LAYER    1 1/2  c. sour cream ~   3   Tbsp. sugar ~ Chocolate to drizzle on the top of each sq. for decoration  

BROWNIE LAYER:  melt marg., and choc., together until smooth.  Stir in coffee and cool.  Combine four and baking powder.  Beat eggs and sugar until blended.  Stir in choc. and flour mixture.  Mix well.  Spread into a greased 9 x 13 pan.  Chill 10 min.

CHEESECAKE LAYER:  Beat cream cheese, sugar and eggs with electric mixer until creamy.  Gradually add flour and coffee mixture beating until smooth.  Spread over brownie layer.  Bake in a preheated oven 350 deg.  for 20 min., or until set.

SOUR CREAM LAYER:  Combine sour cream and sugar.  Spread on cream cheese layer. Bake  10 min. longer. Cool completely, cut into small squares.  Decorate each with a choc. coffee bean or drizzle a bit of melted; choc. on each.

Tropical Punch

     1 large package strawberry gelatin
     1 cup boiling water
     5 small cans pink lemonade
     5 lemonade cans water
     1 1/2 large cans frozen orange juice
     1 1/2 orange juice. cans water
     2 large cans unsweetened pineapple juice
     2 liters of ginger ale

    Dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Combine all ingredients except ginger ale.
Chill till serving time. Have ginger ale chilled and add just before serving.
Makes about 11-12 quarts.
Can change gelatin to green or orange...whatever color!

     ***If you ever DO want to spike it up, just add a fifth of light rum.

     Float slices of lemons, limes, and oranges in punch bowl
Could also make ice ring, using fruits.


1-800-PartySHop July Specials

1-800-PartySHop August Specials


Discontinued Themes

Now and than 1-800-PartyShop Distributors cancel Party Themes. I would like to take a moment to let you know which themes have been discontinued.

Small Soilders
Magnolias (only featured online)
Harley Davidson
Oh Ancient One
Princess Barbie
Star Wars
Barney and Friends


New Themes

Even though we occasionally have to discontinue a theme or two, 1-800-PartyShop is always striving to bring you the latest in Party Themes. I would like to take a moment to introduce two new themes we have added to our selection.


Star Wars Episode 1

Barney and Pals


The New Millennium & New Year's Eve

This is being called the "biggest party" of the millennium and it won't stop at New Year's Eve. 2000 will be the biggest party year yet! 1-800-PartyShop has just released our party packs for the year 2000. Our decorators have intentionally left out New Year's Eve 2000 and replaced it with Celebrate 2000! Just so everyone can use the products year round. Not only do we have a great party pack we also have great party accessories. Each picture will take you to another page - giving all the details for each item. Remember to click on your back button to return to the newsletter.

2000 Celebration Party Box

2000 Celebration Party Accessories


Contact Information:

Beth O'Connor

Ordering online is now available

Beth O'Connors Consultant Webpage


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