Top Ten Ideas for Christmas in the Office

Christmas is just around the corner, but not all of us get a long holiday! Many of us are still working throughout this time, but luckily there are the four statutory holidays we do get to relax on!

So how can you still get into the Christmas spirit while in the office? Check out this top ten list.

1. Get a Christmas office tree! Doesn’t have to be a real one, our office has a plastic one someone had spare at home, and get everyone to bring in a few ornaments from home to decorate. You don’t have to stick to traditional trees either, what about one made of books or paper? The possibilities are endless.

2. Decorate your desk. Why not try a little decorating around your own desk? Hang some tinsel, artfully place a few baubles around… It doesn’t take much for you to see these and be reminded that the holidays are right around the corner.

3. Christmas cookies! Today the Cookie Time cookie bucket sales person stopped by our office to see if we wanted to purchase any buckets of their mini cookies for charity (we did). A delicious way to help others.

4. Christmas music. While it may drive you batty if you have it going 24/7, it is fun for a little while. Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra sing great classics, or you can try something a little more modern like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas”, or the Love, Actually soundtrack.

5. Dress seasonally. They don’t call it the silly season for nothing, and if there is a time to get away with wearing reindeer antlers or a Santa hat to the office, it’s now. You could also wear a Christmas tie or Christmas jewellery. Anything red or green is also ‘in season’.

6. Food. I don’t know about your office, but mine has a major sweet tooth! Everyone is sure to love it if you bring in some Christmas goodies. Ginger snaps, sugar cookies, Christmas cake.. Yum. You can impress everyone with your cooking skills at the same time!

7. Secret Santa. Our office does this every year. Pile the names into a hat, everyone draws one out and buys a gift (usually silly) for under $10. You never know what you’re going to get and it’s bound to get everyone laughing at the reactions of the receivers!

8. Cookie exchange. Originally an American tradition, it could be fun to do here! Every bakes a dozen cookies, brings them on a plate, and then refills their own plate with a selection of other delicious cookies.

9. Volunteer. Corral the office and go out and help somebody! ‘Tis the season of giving, and there are plenty of people who could use a hand. It could be at your local SPCA, planting some trees in the park or helping out the kids at your kindy. Whatever you do, it will be appreciated.

10. Office Christmas party. This is a great way for everyone to get to know each other without the stress of work on their shoulders. Christmas can often mean an extra-busy workload as well, so it’s a great way to unwind. Just be careful to not become that person in the office everyone talks about afterward due to too much

10 tips for surviving the Christmas Holiday

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The whole month of December is just magic for everyone. As a kid, everyone remembers the one house that really went all out for Christmas and make the memories that last a lifetime. Christmas is a time for family and friends, it’s a time for reflection and celebration. And without doubt, it’s a time to immerse yourself in gifts, wonderful food and fabulous company. Christmas requires lots of planning and coordinating. And really, all that needs to happen before December, ideally November (any homemade gifts of course have to start way before that). No worry, ProductSaver will help you go through all these things with handy tips.

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Top 10 tips for surviving the Christmas holiday:

  1. Check what you have at home, do not repeat buying the same things that you already have. Especially for the Christmas dinner!
  2. Write a list. By writing down all the things needed to be done before Christmas, Christmas Eve and especially Christmas Day.
  3. Shop smart! Survey products & prices online before you make any purchase. Always keep in mind. find the right products with right prices.
  4. Buy your Christmas costumes, gifts or decorations online in order to save your valuable time and petrol. Nowadays, the internet is making your life easier by providing wide range of sources that you need. Turn on your desktop/ laptop and surf the internet, then buy what you want and get it delivered to your door before Christmas.
  5. Try an avoid the messy kitchen from last minute preparation. So pre-prepare Christmas meal before Christmas eve. For example, marinate the chicken or glaze the ham before Christmas eve and cook it later on Christmas.
  6. There’s no reason why everyone in the house shouldn’t help out. Decide in advance whose job it is to wrap presents or set the table. If everyone knows what their task is, there will be fewer arguments.
  7. Create a CD or iPod playlist with your favorite Christmas songs. Have it ready as background music for all the other fun stuff you’re going to do on Christmas.
  8. Get your kids to help you plan the family vacation. This takes the stress off parents, and ensures that the family can all enjoy themselves during the time away.
  9. Save your energy, learn how to deal with hassles. Concentrate on the things you can change rather than worrying about the things you can’t.
  10. Keep a pen and paper handy to record gifts for thank-you notes later!

The chances are that you will know at least one other person who is going to find Christmas stressful. Remember, a problem shared is a problem halved! Who knows what tips others will having for surviving the holidays.

DIY Candle Tutorial

Making personalized candles using the tissue paper method is a very popular method and easy to do. Below are the guidelines to personalize your candle for home decoration or gift etc. Be creative!

Transferring Ink to Candles

Ingredients:

  • Tissue paper
  • printer paper
  • wax paper
  • markers
  • tape
  • heat gun or hairdryer (hairdryer is recommended, so you do not have to buy a heat gun)

First, you tape a piece of tissue paper, about the size of the candle, to a piece of copy paper.  Markers will bleed through the tissue paper pretty easily so you will need something to protect your table, and it was easier for the you/kids to draw on the tissue paper when taped to the “paper”.

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Then cut out a piece of wax paper bigger than your candle.  You need it to go all the way around and give you some extra to hold on to for the next step.  Smooth it out nicely, and pull it tight over the tissue paper.

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The following step is use your heat gun or hair dryer, turn it on and use a back and forth motion over the design, about 30 to 40 seconds.  Be careful when you are doing this step because it will get pretty hot on your fingers, you just keep moving it and actually turned the hair dryer off for a second or two to cool down then back again.

After that time, gently pull away the wax paper and your design should be transferred to the candle, the tissue paper pretty much disappears.

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Tadaa, a simple DIY craft is done.

Transfer a photo onto the candle

Now you can decorate the candle further if you wish. Cut out tissue paper to fit on a sheet of printer paper, smoothed it out and put a little tape on all sides to hold it in place. Then you feed it into the printer.

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Follow the rest of the directions for the transfer.

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See on the left side how the wax paper is a little wrinkled so pull it tighter before you started the hair dryer.

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And you are done!

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Halloween Party Ideas

Halloween parties make a great alternative to trick-or treating. For an incredible, well-put together Halloween party, it’s best to make arrangements well in advance. Here’s some party planning tips for a terrifyingly good time.

Send out Invitations

Get your party invitations out 2-3 weeks before the party. To avoid any confusion, clearly state instructions about themes, costumes, and when the party ends.

Have Adult Supervision

For children, adult supervision is necessary for safety reasons as well as preventing any property damage. Adults can help with the party and enforce rules, while the guests have fun.

Have a Camera Ready

Take pictures and arrange them in a photo album to show your guests after the party. Another idea is to have someone take Polaroid pictures of each guest as they arrive. Give everyone their picture as they leave your party in remembrance of the occasion.

Have a Backup Plan

If you’re planning your party outdoors, be prepared for inclement weather. Have other arrangements ready at a moments notice.

Decoration

Spookify the place, hang shredded black garbage bags in entrance ways and old torn sheets in windows to make your party room look decrepit and abandoned. Shredded black garbage bags make great tablecloths too — just roll everything up in the bags after the party and toss in the garbage. In addition, cover the party food table with a black or orange tablecloth and a selection of scary items such as plastic bugs, rats, and skulls.

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Supply Food and Candy

And plenty of it. What’s a party without goodies? Try dressing up your food to look like gross things such as eyeballs, body parts, etc. Make the punch look like blood.

Hand out Party Favors

Don’t let the kids leave empty handed. Hand out gifts to game contest winners and make up some party favor bags with Halloween candy.

Games

it is a great way to break the ice, especially when all of your guests don’t know each other! Ideas include costume contest, pumpkin decorating contest, play musical Caps (similar to musical chairs, but guest pass around hats) and more.

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Top 10 Kids’s Party Cake/Decoration ideas

You need to plan and celebrate your child’s birthday – but where do you start?

Here are ProductSaver’s top ideas for party cakes and decorations, to start those ideas flowing. Decorating for a birthday party can be simple, even with an elaborate theme. Some of these tips may be helpful to pull off the big day.

1. Fabulous recipe for Microwave play dough, no more stirring stiff dough, just mix, microwave and let it cool. Each child gets to take home a cute little package of play dough – complete with labels made with the same Rainbow design as the invitations.

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2. Give your horse-mad daughter a birthday surprise with this deliciously pretty My Little Pony birthday cake.

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3. Kid Halloween Party Ideas

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4. Cute color combo for girls party.

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5. Kids’ rainbow treats. Kids love colour of all shapes and sizes!

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6. Kit Kat birthday cake

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7. Bunny decoration

8. Boys party cake

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9. LEGO cake

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10. Cowboy parties are a great theme for an outdoor party.

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So there you have it, we hope we provided some inspiration!