Birthday DECORATING at the OFFICE - cubical / desk idea - SURPRISE your Co-Worker / Boss - streamers, balloons, cake

I work in a small office and I love to celebrate birthdays AND I love the chance to decorate. {{please let me decorate!!!}} Last week we had a birthday and here's what I did. :)

I came in late in the day after everyone left but I think this could easily be prepped ahead of time.

Streamers $.87 each at HEB
Painters tape

I measured one streamer from the ceiling to the floor to get the length and used that to measure all the rest.

I created a pattern of colors and stapled them all together.

I used 5 balloons but you could do way more. I tied each balloon on a ribbon to give it more flexibility just in case I pulled the streamers tighter and it also hid any mistakes. I used one streamer out of order by accident and it twisted everything but you couldn't see it.

We have a drop down ceiling with acoustical tiles in our office. I just lifted one tiles and tucked the balloons and the group of streamers next to the balloons. Start with one streamer and kept the color pattern going.

Slightly twist as you work your way down to the floor.

I attached to the floor, desk, and wall with painters tape. It's not pretty but I wanted it to be easy to remove as well as not leave residue on the desk or wall.

Filled her desk with balloons 

and the cake

Everyone loved it and the birthday girl kept calling it her "cage." Lol!

I also made a KITTY LITTER cake for her because "She's the SH*T!"
Turned out to be a CRAPPY day so we made puns all day. A few years before I made her dog poo cupcakes with the same theme.

A few months earlier I ordered these custom donuts for another birthday and they were 
Fun and colorful!

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MONEY Lei - {{Candy & Cash}} fun creative gift idea - Graduation, Birthday

My son was invited to a birthday party last Friday and at this age (15 years old) it's not really presents any more but usually money or gift cards. Pretty much 12 years and up. :/ I love wrapping and gift cards are so boring.

ME: We should make a candy and money necklace!!!
SON: {{confused slash annoyed face}}
ME: What kid doesn't like CANDY & CASH!!???
SON: Just get a gift card
ME: Seriously, it's going to be awesome!
ME: You can have some of the candy.
SON: Sounds like a great idea.


Tulle or clear gift wrap
Double sided tape

We had Twix and M&M's. Halloween candy bought early knowing it won't even make it to October 1st. :/ At least it went to a project and I didn't eat it.

Torn between a few ideas but decided to use a roll of tulle someone gave me almost 4 years ago. Not only was I proving that being a pack rat pays off and finally using it, but I figured the tulle is stretchy enough that you could remove the candy to eat right away. 

Starting with the most important part of the gift, I had my son accordion fold the 20 $1 bills. 

Started with the candy at the edge of the tulle and rolled it twice. Then I used ribbon and tied one ribbon separating each piece of candy.

I used the same ribbon and tied a dollar between each candy.

I thought about making two together so it's a circle but it looks like a flower. I know he wouldn't mind a flower necklace but I like the fan look.

Used a red ribbon (to match the Twix logo) and tied a second dollar.

Used a tiny piece of double sided tape to stick the ends together.

Makes a little fan

 My son absolutely LOVED it. He said it was better than a gift card.

His friend thought it was pretty cool and that was before he noticed the money. LOL!

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Dipped Nutter Butter Cookies - THANK a POLICE OFFICER DAY - Show Appreciation & Support! Gift IDEAS - LEO

THANK A POLICE OFFICER Day is coming up September 16th! If you see a police officer remember how much it would mean if you said thank you. It's a great way to show we value them and the protection of our communities.

Our family likes to make cards and bring treats to the police department. One of our favorite things to bring are dipped Nutter Butter Cookies. Oh how I love them! :)
Thin blue line theme

You'll need:
Candy melts
Coconut oil (optional but it makes the melts easier to work with)
Nutter Butter cookies
Parchment paper or foil (parchment paper works better)
Bags & ribbon

Dip cookies and let dry

Candy melts to decorate

I always like to start with the darker color

Little note to show our appreciation

Now the FREE downloadable tag you can print!
CLICK HERE (then right click to save)
Send the file to a 1 hour photo lab for easy printing.

We also decided to thank the individuals on our street that proudly display blue lights year round to show support for law enforcement. The blue lights convey a message of respect and solidarity with officers and their families.
My boys and I walked to the four houses near ours with these bags of treats and a little note.

Don't mind my miss spelling. Ugh! I did fix it before delivering but didn't fix the photo.

Other ways you can show support:
Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement.
Send a card of support to your local police department.
Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media.
Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement.
Display a blue light on your house to participate in the Project Blue Light


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I think it's important to show support for not only law enforcement but all our service men and women. Don't forget to thank our firefighters, military and veterans. The acknowledgement is greatly appreciated.

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