Archive for September, 2011

The holidays are just around the corner! Get inspired with these adorable holiday party ideas

September 28th, 2011

Invitations What better way to announce your holiday celebration than with these customizable party invitations. Feature your family portrait, the party details and RSVP information, and a warm holiday greeting. Theme With the holiday season, you can choose many themes. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or you are a big fan of Santa, there […]

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Invitations
What better way to announce your holiday celebration than with these customizable party invitations. Feature your family portrait, the party details and RSVP information, and a warm holiday greeting.

Theme
With the holiday season, you can choose many themes. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or you are a big fan of Santa, there are plenty of fun ways to enhance your atmosphere based on the theme of your choosing.

 

Music
It’s not a party without some great music. Here are a few of our favorite holiday party soundtracks:

Hanukkah – http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Hanukkah-Party-Various-Artists/dp/B003F76NLU/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1314394253&sr=8-13

Christmas – http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Lounge-Christmas-Cocktails-Part-One/dp/B000002UFL/ref=sr_1_5?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1314394398&sr=1-5

Kwanzaa – http://www.amazon.com/Kwanzaa-Party-Celebration-Black-Cultures/dp/B00000031I/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1314394359&sr=1-1

If you really want to step it up, add a karaoke machine and let your guests serenade the night away.

 

 

Drinks
Nothing beats some cold egg nog, but you can also serve some hot chocolate with a stick of peppermint for a fun drink to keep your guests warm.

Turn up the heat even more with this delicious Poinsettia Cocktail by the Food Network’s Emeral Lagasse
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/poinsettia-cocktail-recipe/index.html

 

 

Food
Have a potluck dinner or keep things light with a few hors d oeuvres like shrimp cocktail, a cheese platter, mini sandwiches or pinwheel wraps.

Treats
A spice cake is a wonderful holiday treat to offer your guests. You can also make a delightful candy table with jars of candy canes, ribbon candy, fudge, peppermint bark and peanut brittle. Add a gingerbread house for a whimsical finishing touch.

Activities
If your party is family friendly, create a fun craft area for kids to color, decorate gingerbread cookies or play a holiday-themed game.

For the adults and children alike, a gift exchange is a great ice breaker to get the party going.

Favors
Offer your guests a parting gift of a scented candle, mini stocking full of treats, or a hand lotion or soap in a holiday scent like peppermint, cinnamon or pine.

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September is National Children’s Good Manners Month!

September 23rd, 2011

September is National Children’s Good Manners Month! Sit down with your little ones and enjoy these excellent etiquette reads. The Scallywags by David Melling http://www.amazon.com/Scallywags-David-Melling/dp/0764159917/ref=cm_lmf_tit_3 Emily’s Everyday Manners by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post http://www.amazon.com/Emilys-Everyday-Manners-Cindy-Senning/dp/0060761741/ref=cm_lmf_tit_ The Golden Rule by Ilene Cooper http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Rule-Ilene-Cooper/dp/081090960X/ref=cm_lmf_tit_15 Thingumajig Book of Manners by Irene Keller http://www.amazon.com/Thingumajig-Book-Manners-Irene-Keller/dp/0824965906/ref=cm_lmf_tit_19 Please is a Good […]

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September is National Children’s Good Manners Month!

Sit down with your little ones and enjoy these excellent etiquette reads.

The Scallywags
by David Melling
http://www.amazon.com/Scallywags-David-Melling/dp/0764159917/ref=cm_lmf_tit_3

Emily’s Everyday Manners
by Cindy Post Senning and Peggy Post
http://www.amazon.com/Emilys-Everyday-Manners-Cindy-Senning/dp/0060761741/ref=cm_lmf_tit_

The Golden Rule
by Ilene Cooper
http://www.amazon.com/Golden-Rule-Ilene-Cooper/dp/081090960X/ref=cm_lmf_tit_15

Thingumajig Book of Manners
by Irene Keller
http://www.amazon.com/Thingumajig-Book-Manners-Irene-Keller/dp/0824965906/ref=cm_lmf_tit_19

Please is a Good Word to Say
by Barbara Joosse
http://www.amazon.com/Please-Good-Word-Barbara-Joosse/dp/0399242171/ref=cm_lmf_tit_21

Happy Reading!

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Happy Autumn! Fun projects and treats to Share!!

September 16th, 2011

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ~Albert Camus September 23rd is the first day of autumn. Celebrate with your little ones with these adorable crafts and treats.     Pumpkin Seed Mosaic Art http://naturenest.wordpress.com/2008…ll-kids-craft/ Fall Leaf Mobile Create fall leaf cutouts from construction paper, fine cardboard or felt. Tape the […]

 

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
~Albert Camus

September 23rd is the first day of autumn. Celebrate with your little ones with these adorable crafts and treats.

Pumpkin Seed Mosaic

Pumpkin Seed Mosaic Image by Our Little Nature Nest

 

 

Pumpkin Seed Mosaic Art

http://naturenest.wordpress.com/2008…ll-kids-craft/

Fall Leaf Mobile
Create fall leaf cutouts from construction paper, fine cardboard or felt. Tape the leaves to thin ribbons, string or twine. Attach each string to a small branch and hang it where it can spin freely for all to enjoy!

Mini Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Sprinkle with nutmeg, and voila!

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/harvest…es/detail.aspx

Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Enjoy with a glass of apple cider.

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/oatmeal…es/detail.aspx

Happy Autumn from MAC Photography!

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Don’t miss out on these exciting upcoming sessions and promotions!

September 9th, 2011

Birthday Sessions Attention October birthdays! We have a special just for you! Call for a free portrait session and 12 keepsake wallet-size portraits. 2012 Child’s Calendar One of our newest products, and also one of our most popular, this calendar is a great gift idea for grandparents, nannies and best friends. Holiday Party Invitations Create […]

 

Birthday Sessions
Attention October birthdays! We have a special just for you! Call for a free portrait session and 12 keepsake wallet-size portraits.

2012 Child’s Calendar
One of our newest products, and also one of our most popular, this calendar is a great gift idea for grandparents, nannies and best friends.

Holiday Party Invitations
Create custom invites for your next holiday bash! This stylish new product will let your family and friends know about the party of the season—be it personal or business.

Yearline New Year’s Cards
This is a great alternative to Holiday Cards that features big events throughout the previous year. Send this custom greeting to your family and friends to celebrate a happy new year!

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September Charity Highlight

September 9th, 2011

Giving back is a big part of our personal and business philosophy at MAC Photography. From the local level to a global stage, there are always plenty of ways to help make this world a better place. This week, we would like to highlight the work that is being done by The International Rescue Committee […]

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Giving back is a big part of our personal and business philosophy at MAC Photography. From the local level to a global stage, there are always plenty of ways to help make this world a better place.

This week, we would like to highlight the work that is being done by The International Rescue Committee [rescue.org] With the Somali famine creating an extreme crisis in East Africa, organizations like this one are making a huge difference in the lives of thousands. Often, it’s the difference between life and death. It is reported that this year’s drought is the worst in 60 years, affecting 12.5 million people and bringing the region’s malnutrition rate to the highest figure in eight years. The International Rescue Committee teams are providing refugees in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia with badly needed food, water and health care.

I encourage you to join me in contributing to this amazing organization in this time of crisis for the people of Eastern Africa. Every little bit makes a difference.

Alex Perry’s article in TIME Magazine offers heartbreaking insight into this reality as well as compelling theories into the cause of this humanitarian disaster. I highly recommend it:
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/ar…090388,00.html

Charity Navigator , an independent charity evaluator, ranks not-for-profit organizations on the effectiveness of their programs, their control of administrative and fund-raising expenses and the transparency of their operations. The International Rescue Committee received four stars—the highest rating possible from Charity Navigator.