Archive for April, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

If your Cinco de Mayo plans involve a bottle of extremely spicy hot sauce and a margarita in-hand, you’re not alone!  Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays we all love to celebrate – everything from the amazing Spanish music to the decorations, the culture – oh and did we mention the food?!  Tacos, enchiladas, chips, chili peppers – and don’t forget the salsa!

We’ve found a few Cinco de Mayo party ideas to help spice up your Cinco de Mayo party…from some of the best bloggers around!

Chili Pepper Paper Pom: One of my favorite party accessory discoveries this year was the invention of the paper pom!  It’s a really simple party decoration that truly lights up the room, and it’s easy to do!  The folks over at Oh My Creative put an amazing Cinco de Mayo twist on this fabulous party design with a Chili Pepper Pom!  It’s made very similar to a traditional paper pom, with just a few changes!

What you’ll need: beading wire, green tissue paper, red tissue paper, scissors

Directions: Divide your red tissue paper into sets of 4 or 5, and make the largest layer about 9 inches square.  Make the next layer about ½ an inch smaller on each side, until your final squares are 4 inches square.  Accordion fold each layer of paper as one and round the two ends.  Cut a long piece of the wire in half and twist the ends together around each folded group, leaving about an inch between each layer.  Fluff your pom from the bottom up, which will fill in the one inch spaces you made with the wire.  Once you have reached the top, accordion fold the green tissue paper to create the top of the chili pepper, but don’t round the edges – just trim them slightly with square edges so that they look like spikes.  You’re left with a gorgeous chili pepper pom that looks like it was done by a professional, (don’t worry, we won’t tell)!  View the whole tutorial, (with photos), here!


Spicy Michelada Recipe: Bloody Marys always look cool to me, but I’m honestly not a huge tomato fan.  , This drink recipe has an amazing Spanish influence, while keeping the tomato to a minimum.  The bloggers over at Spoon Fork Bacon created this Spicy Michelada recipe while on a juice cleanse – it’s sure to add the spice you’ll need on Cinco de Mayo!

What you’ll need: honey, salt, paprika, cayenne, limes, light Mexican beer, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, soy sauce, jalapeno, cracked pepper

Directions: Mix the salt, paprika and cayenne on a plate.  Spread your honey very thin on a separate plate and dip the rim into the honey, followed by your salt mixture, to create your glass rim.  Fill with ice and set aside.  Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and all remaining ingredients, except for the jalapeno.  Once mixed, pour over your ice-filled glass and garnish with extra lime slices, black pepper and jalapenos.  To view the whole spice how-to, click here!


Piñata Cookies: Everyone loves a good cookie, but when it’s filled with a candy surprise in the center, you’ve really got my attention!  These Cinco de Mayo Piñata Cookies are made from sugar cookies, frosting and mini M&M’s, and they come to us from!  Caution…these little piñatas are overly colorful and addicting!  You’ve been warned!

What you’ll need: sugar, powdered sugar, butter, vegetable oil, eggs, cream of tartar, salt, almond extract, baking soda, flour, vanilla, mini M&M’s, milk

Directions: Create your dough by combining your sugars with the butter and beating in eggs and oil.  Add your dry ingredients at the end and then split your dough into five even sized balls (dyed with colors like blue, orange, yellow, purple and pink), and one smaller ball (black).  Layer the dough in a container that is the width of how large you want the donkey to be.  Start with the black layer and work your way up layering color after color.  Freeze overnight.  In the morning, slice the dough, which will quickly reveal your layers.  Bake them for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cut your cookies into shape using a donkey cookie cutter in sets of three.  Two should be looking to the right, and one to the left.  Create a hidden pocket in the middle donkey, and cut off his ears and feet.  Use frosting as glue to adhere the back and middle layers together, and pour in your M&M’s.  Top with another spread of frosting and your cookie topper.  Delish!  For the step-by-step, click here!

NEW Doc Milo Graduation Invitations

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Graduation season is upon us!  For many of you, your children are literally counting down the days until they finish up their finals, don their cap & gown and receive their diploma!  Graduation is such a fun and exciting time for students, and at the same time, it’s also an amazing time for the parents of the graduates, too, as they watch their child succeed in the world, celebrate all of their child’s achievements and begin the next chapter of their lives.

If you know anything about the current generation, it’s that the trends are ever-changing.  Graduation season is always an exciting time in the design world for us, as our designers spend months following the latest trends in fashion, colors and patterns so that your grad can have the trendiest graduation essentials around.  Doc Milo has just recently released a brand new update to their graduation invitations and announcements and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  This year’s graduation collection features designs for high school, college and med school graduations, and the designs feature stylish color combinations and patterns that embody your graduating senior, no matter what her personal style.

Western style is huge this year, taking us from a bit of hippie influence all the way to the southern cowgirl in her cowboy roots.  Doc Milo’s Yee Haw (She Did It) invitation truly embodies the southern style, featuring a blonde or brunette grad wearing a short white sundress and cowboy boots along with her black graduation gown.  She substitutes a cowboy hat for her grad cap – how cute!  Another grad favorite is the collection of modern photo graduation announcements and photo graduation invitations in the new 2013 grad collection.  You’ll see photo cards where the graduate’s photo makes up the main background of the card, along with an array of typography printed over top of the photo.  Each card has a fun and modern background to help you bring out the graduate’s grad-style, from hot pink, orange and yellow plaid patterns to animal print, chevron stripes and brocade damask patterns.

Take a look at some of the fabulous designs you’ll see in the new Doc Milo release, and check out all of the new 2013 Doc Milo graduation designs here!

Celebrate Earth Day

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Calling all nature lovers…We will be celebrating Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd!  I remember that as a child I always loved Earth Day, as we would come home from school with a baby pine tree to plant – one of which is still growing today, at the house I grew up  in.  Earth Day began in 1970, and was founded by Senator Nelson of Wisconsin, as a way to encourage support and participation in environmental programs that help us clean and protect the earth.

What can you do to help protect the earth while celebrating its rich resources?  There are so many ways to do your part to help protect our earth, and you can practice these things all year long, rather than just one day a year!  Volunteer for a cleanup crew, save energy by adding solar panels to your house, organize an educational event for your community, volunteer at your town greenhouse – make a fun new commitment with your family to do something every day to reduce your effect on the world we live in.

If you’re looking for some weekend fun ideas that incorporate Earth Day, we’ve got you covered with some really great DIY’s and products that your whole family will love…

When we talk about conserving our resources and saving the earth, often reusing and recycling are the first things that come to mind!  The above idea comes to us from Prudent Baby, an amazing mommy blog with some fabulous ideas and inspiration!  It’s a scrap-busint fabric bowl, which is made from leftover scraps of fabric, (less than a yard of fabric total), which are wrapped around a thick white piping cord or rope.  You simply tear your fabric into 1 inch strips and wrap them tightly around the rope until it is covered completely, (or until you wan to change fabrics).  Make sure you leave a long end of your fabric at the beginning so that you can begin tying your layers for security.  You then curl the end of the rope and keep it in a tight spiral as you wrap.  You continue this for about 6-8 wraps, until you have your desired bowl base size.  Then begin adding the outer edges by moving the rope up by about a 45 degree angle, alternating double and single wraps.  Once you get to the top, be sure to cut and burn the end of your rope so that it doesn’t fray or unravel.  Prudent Baby has an amazing photo and step-by-step tutorial for this amazing reuse & recycle project – check it out!

If you’re looking for a project to do with the kids this weekend, you’re going to love this Kid-Friendly Terrarium idea!  I was actually given a small terrarium for Christmas from a dear friend, which was made up of brown rocks, potting soil, mossy greens and a gorgeous purple plant, (with a dinosaur in the middle, of course)!  I am one of those people that kills plants just by looking at them, so when she first gave me the gift, I was a bit nervous.  The great thing about terrariums are that aside from being the cutest little mini planet in the world, they also don’t need buckets of sunlight or water.  I water my terrarium plant about once a week and in my office I am about as far away from windows as you can get.  It has grown from a small three-leaf plant to about twelve leafs now, and growing!

Makes and posted this easy and fun kid-friendly terrarium idea, which I couldn’t wait to share with our readers, (and do with the kids)!  It’s so simple, mildly inexpensive and helps your kids learn about the earth while creating their own mini world of their own!  You can use any glass container you wish, whether you choose a jar, a fish bowl or simply a tall clear glass, (for inexpensive options, try yard sales, thrift shops or the dollar store).  You will need potting soil, rocks, a container, plants and fun plastic animals/dinosaurs for decorating.     If you’re concerned about which plants to use, try using a fern, spider plant or cactus, but make sure it is a small or baby plant.

Fill the terrarium container with about 1-2 inches of stones, and then cover with your potting soil, (you may want to do this project outside).  Place your plant in the center and surround with dirt, not forgetting to add your little plastic animal, of course!  Make it extra fun by taking pictures each week to see how your plant is changing!  After a couple of months you’ll be able to create an amazing flip book of your little growing plant!

Outside of reusing our materials and helping our earth to grow and flourish, the other important part about helping the earth is educating and encouraging others to do their part to help the earth!  One of my favorite InvitationBox products that we offer is the self-inking stamps from Noteworthy Collections.  One stamp base allows you to purchase and swap out as many stamp faces as you want.   They are great for use on promotional materials, envelopes for return address labels, book labels and so much more…

We featured the two stamps above, as they are the perfect way to encourage others to reduce, reuse, recycle, as well as keep the earth’s safety fresh in their minds.  Our globe stamp features an awesome reverse-ink style design of the world, which can be customized with your name, address, a fun worldly phrase or quote.  Our recycle stamp features the classic recycling symbol we all know and recognize so well.  Just think…if you added this stamp to your letters, letterhead or scrap papers, the one person who sees it might make the decision to pick up an extra piece of trash that day, or recycle a bottle rather than throwing it into the trash for convenience.

If everyone did one good thing for the environment each day, how would that affect our earth?  Do your part on Monday for Earth Day, and make a conscious effort to make every day Earth Day.  Afterall, we only have one earth – let’s make it flourish and last!

National Teacher’s Day Gift Ideas

Monday, April 15th, 2013

When I was a little girl, I used to always say that when I grew up, I wanted to be a teacher, just like my mom.  Then as I grew older and watched my mother come home each night with homework to grade and tests to make, I slowly started to see just how much hard work and dedication it took to be a teacher.  And it of course doesn’t stop there, as she would go to workshops, plays, sporting events, etc.  during all of her free time…not including all of my extracurriculars!  It was at this point that I thought, maybe being a teacher really wasn’t as easy as you’d think it would be.

Our teachers work so hard to provide our children with an education, emotional support and a safe place to learn, play and grow!  One day a year, we celebrate our hard working teachers which, let’s face it, spend as much time with our children each day, as we do!  National Teacher Day, (National Teacher Appreciation Day), is Tuesday, May 7th…and it’s the perfect time to make your child’s teacher or coach feel appreciated and loved by not only their students, but by the parents of the students, as well!

What can you do to show your appreciation?  My favorite way is to send the kids to school with a letter to the teacher thanking them, a bouquet of fresh flowers or a unique gift that they can either use at home or in the classroom.   I found this amazing teacher supply cake here to the left on the blog, Three Pugs & a Baby.  Not only is this supply cake adorable, it is also extremely useful for helping your child’s teacher refresh their school supplies.  Crayons, markers, glue, tissues, hand sanitizer – you name it!

Simply hit up your local Wal-Mart or Target for supplies including paper mache boxes, ribbon, cotton balls, pencils, crayons, markers, glue sticks, glue, travel hand sanitizer, Kleenex, rubber bands, a hot glue gun and cake board.  You can leave the mache boxes empty, or fill them with leftover supplies.  You can hot glue each item to the round boxes, or rubber band them to the outside, if the rubber band is large enough.  Glue dots are also a great alternative, and are easier for the teacher to remove the supplies.  Wrap each layer with a thick ribbon, which will hide the rubber bands and you’ll be all set.  This project is so adorable and any teacher would be overjoyed to receive it!

If you’re looking for something personalized, we have great National Teacher’s Day gifts that can be personalized for your son or daughter’s teacher.  Our personalized teacher gifts collection features, from customized notepads and note cubes to desk planners, monogrammed mugs, clip boards, coasters, picture frames, water bottles and wall art.  Personalize it with your child’s teacher’s name formal name, or their first name for something they can use at home.  We also offer engraved gifts featuring compact mirrors, key chains, trinket boxes and paper weights.  If your teacher sends home lots of notes or puts stickers on children’s papers, try out our teacher self-inking stamp, which you can personalize with her name, “from the desk of” or “GRADE A WORK!”.  Each time she uses her stamp she’ll be thinking of your child!

Let your child’s teacher know how special and vital they are to you and your family.  Your child’s education is priceless – celebrate their special teacher this National Teacher’s Day!

Fun With Food

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

One of the things I fondly remember from my childhood was the totally fun and unique ways my mom would serve us food.  I was an extremely picky eater, but I remember that she would get me to eat just about anything, as long as it was on a stick or arranged in a funky way.  My favorite thing she made was little bugs made from toothpicks, cheese and grapes – adorable!  We also had a sandwich book that showed you how to make animals and colorful roll-ups out of your sandwich ingredients.

Now as an adult I find myself having the same issues my mom had with me with my own children – where if they could choose, we’d be eating processed chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese and oreos for dinner each night.  It’s time to have fun with food, and that’s what today’s blog is all about!  The more fun you have making it, the more fun your kids will have eating it!  And these fun ideas are super simple, so you can even let the kids help you create it!    Check out these bright ideas and make your own food creation tonight!  Just watch as the kids line up to help – and ask for seconds!

I can’t wait to try this fun with food project with the kids!  It can turn Sunday brunch into an event my kids actually like attending!  This adorable food inspiration is from, and it’s called the Crabby Crabwich.  It only takes a few simple ingredients to make this crab, and I like that you can fill your croissant with whatever food suits your taste buds, (I was thinking eggs and cheese, because my kids will not go anywhere near anything with the word “salad” in it)!  To make your Crabby Sandwich, all you have to do is slice and fill your croissant and tuck six baby carrots into the edges, which will make your crab’s legs.  Slide 2 1/2 inch balls of cream cheese onto tooth picks and garnish with 2 black olive slices for eyes.  Cut the tips off your croissant and slide in two pieces of red bell peppers to make claws, (or change it up and do strawberries instead)!  Add half of a radish for a smile, adhering it to the croissant with a dot of cream cheese.  My mouth is watering already!


Perfect for after school or in-between play, the folks over at Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons certainly have healthy snacktime down-pat with this adorable Peachy Parrot snack!  It’s great because it only involves four simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry, (well, except for the peaches)!  Simply cut the peaches in half – one for your parrot body and the other for his face. Place them face down with a pretzel rod directly below it.  Take another peach and cut it in half.  Cut the halves into thin slices to make your wings, beak, feathers and feet.  The eyes are made with mini marshmallows cut in half, with two chocolate chips for the eyes, (yum)!  If you want to add a little sweet, make sure everything sticks together with a small dot of frosting or yogurt!


One of my favorite websites for festive foods, Hungry Happenings featured this adorable dinnertime meal that doubles as a fun Halloween treat or a creepy critter to add to your son’s plate at dinner.  Corn Dog Centipedes are super easy, as you only need three simple ingredients – mini corn dogs, chow mein noodles (or potato sticks) and 2 dots of ketchup.  First bake your corn dogs according to your package directions.  When you remove them from the oven, reduce the temperature to 200 degrees.  Use about 9 corn dogs for each centipede and arrange them in a squiggly line.  Press your potato sticks or chow mein noodles in the sides and front of the corn dogs to create your legs, tail or antennae.  Place into a warm oven until ready to serve, and then finally dot the front of each bug with two ketchup eyes.

At-Home Spa Party

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Nothing is better then spending the day at the spa with your girlfriends; it’s the perfect stress reliever, and the perfect chance to talk – really talk.  This past month I tried to book a spa day for a friend and myself at our local spa and it would have been over $400 EACH for four hours of relaxation.  Not that there’s a price for a stress-free day, but I don’t want to cause more stress for myself at the end of the month because I went over budget on a whim.

If you’re like me, and enjoy the benefits of the spa, but prefer to keep your money in your wallet, there’s still hope!  Create your own spa at home and invite all of your best gal-pals to join you!  It can actually be the perfect low-budget party, (to be honest, I found a site that promoted a home spa day with everything purchased from the dollar store – score)!  Ask each girl to come with a robe in-hand.  You can offer terrycloth flip flops, which are perfect after pedicures, and make a perfect party gift.

Have plenty of wine or bubbly on hand, which will make the girl-talk flow so much easier, (as if you needed help)!  Or, if you’re looking to rejuvenate, you can also create your own spa-inspired drink with a glass of cucumber lemon water, with just a hint of mint.  From the first sip you’ll automatically be thinking SPA.    Simply slice your cucumber and lemon slices extremely thin and let them seep into spring water for about an hour before serving.  Garnish with a fresh mint sprig and you’ve got a refreshing spa drink for everyone to admire.

Have a stylish chalkboard frame on your coffee table listing the treatments your home spa will be offering that day – think manicure, pedicure, foot soak, lip scrub or face mask…easy spa ideas which only take 20-30 minutes to do.  Put on some relaxing spa music to set the tone, (and yes, Spotify actually has spa/zen music that you can playlist)!   Be sure to have plenty of basins, towels, nail files and nailpolish on hand for all of your guests.  If you don’t have enough nailpolish to go around, try asking each guest to bring a brand new bottle of nailpolish with them to your spa party.  You can put them at your pedicure area and have each guest take a different polish home with them at the end of the evening.

Below you’ll see a really fun collage which will help you create the perfect spa day.  My favorite is that At Home Spa Treatment which gives you the exact ingredients you’ll need to mix up the perfect facials, moisturizers and scrubs, using things you likely already have in your pantry!

cucumber water ~ facial ingredients ~ rose water ~ face mask ~ spa gift ~ serenity candle ~ friends

robe ~ polish ~ bath bombs ~ nail file ~ mask ~ bubble bath ~ mini face masks

Ready to host your own at-home spa party?   You can host one just for the fun of it, or let it be the theme for your next birthday party, bridal shower or bridal luncheon!  Set the scene with a spa party invitation that will get everyone in the mood for relaxation.  At InvitationBox you’ll find the perfect spa party invitations for teens, brides and adults.  From cucumber eyes to foot spas, pedicures, manicure essentials, spa scenes and girls wrapped in spa towels, you’ll have exactly what you need to set the scene for your special spa day!

A Kentucky Derby Party

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Gentlemen (and Ladies), place your bets! The 139th annual Kentucky Derby will be held on Sunday, May 4th, which marks the best two minutes in sports each year.  There’s really nothing else quite like it, when everyone dons their most sophisticated attire along with the traditional large brimmed hats for the women, and heads to the tracks with a mint julep in hand to watch their horse and jockey near the finish line.  Some are lucky enough to attend the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, and others will watch from home as southern tradition comes to life for this special event.  Will your favorite thoroughbred receive the Triple Crown this year?  You just never know.

Now is the perfect time to begin planning your Kentucky Derby party, and make it an annual event for everyone to attend year after year…especially if the tracks at Louisville are nowhere close.  A member of our marketing team told us about her friend that hosts an annual Kentucky Derby tailgate, where she mixes southern tradition, (i.e. formal china and silver, the dresses/hats), with modern tailgate, (fried chicken and a laid back atmosphere).  What a cute idea this was…which totally inspired my blog today!

When anyone mentions the Kentucky Derby, my thoughts automatically go to beautifully dressed women with large, over-the-top hats and floral dresses, and men in bow ties.  Truth: as much as the Kentucky Derby is about the horses, it’s also about the traditional southern attire that seems to surface year after year.  Traditional Derby wear for women is a formal day dress or a floral sundress, along with perfectly matching heels.  Jewelry is typically understated featuring pearls and light bangles, which don’t draw attention away from the gorgeous large hats that we all iconize with the Kentucky Derby.  Typically with Kentucky Derby hats, the larger the brim and the bolder the floral or feather décor on the hat, the better.  One of my favorite things to do in the days after the Kentucky Derby is browse through the craziest hats that people wore this past derby season.  Anything goes with Kentucky Derby hats!  The crazier the better.  Women typically attend events with two bags, one clutch for placing bets and mingling, and one stylish tote for the day’s essentials.  Men attend the Kentucky Derby dressed in seersucker suits with vibrant pants in hues of red, green, yellow or orange.  A bright dress shirt is always popular with a colorful bow tie.  Vineyard Vines does the official style of the Kentucky Derby.

hat ~ dress ~ shoes ~ nails ~ clutch ~ necklace ~ earrings ~ eyes

When planning your Kentucky Derby party décor, consider creating an outdoor event with straw bales for seating, which you can cover in jockey silks.  Your table can be easily decorated with iron horseshoe napkin holders, which also work great for windy days to hold down table cloths.  Romantic florals are an important part of each table setting, featuring jockey silk themed mason jar vases to hold fresh garden roses and peonies.  Serve your food dishes on your finest china and silver.  A great idea for décor that I found this year was a red rose champagne ice chiller.  You’ll want to have plenty of bubbly cold and on-hand as the races commence, so that winning bets can celebrate.  Simply freeze your fresh (unopened) rose buds in ice cubes the day before your party, and then decorate your champagne and ice bucket for a romantic and useful décor.  Once the ice melts, you’ll have a gorgeous bucket of roses rather than a bucket of soiled water.  Need a pick-me up for your mixed derby drinks?  Try a fun (and easy) DIY project with folded flag drink stirrers, which make the perfect drink accompaniment.

roses ~ table ~ straw bales ~ peonies ~ folded flag drink stirrers

A Kentucky Derby party wouldn’t be complete without traditional southern cuisine!  Create a gorgeous sampling of southern foods with fried chicken, pulled pork sliders, potato salad, watermelon salad bites and biscuits.  The less messy the food, the better, which is why my favorite Derby recipe is always Cucumber Benedictine Sandwiches, which combine a delicious combination of cucumbers, cream cheese, onion, Tabasco, salt and white or wheat bread.  They’re elegant, dainty and absolutely delicious!  Be sure to refresh your guests’ taste buds with a refreshing mint julep cocktail, lemonade or a Long Island Iced Tea!

cucumber tea sandwiches ~ pie ~ watermelon ~ sliders ~ mint julep

April Fool’s Day Pranks

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Have strange things been happening to you all day today? Heard some bad news about a friend or family member? It’s April Fool’s Day…so don’t let too many people tell you a story today without being a bit skeptical! Usually a group of us stays late at the office on March 31st so that we can prepare all of our tricks for April Fool’s Day. A few years ago we played some amazing office pranks, from covering our Vice President’s desk with sticky notes to covering customer service’s phones with elastic bands.   However with April 1st being on the Monday after Easter this year, I’m sad to say that the office pranks were at a minimum this year…although there’s still a little bit of time left in the day!

So what are some really great April Fool’s Day pranks that you can play on your friends, family and co-workers?  I found a few really fun April Fool’s Day pranks online this morning, and I felt compelled to share – far be it for me to deny anyone the perfect April Fool’s Day prank!

1 – Place mini marshmallows ontop of the blades of your ceiling fan and ask someone to turn the fan on because it’s getting a bit hot!  Not only will they fly everywhere, it will suddenly appear to be snowing!

2 – Create a screenshot of a co-workers desktop and then hide all of their icons into a folder on their normal desktop.  Replace their background with the new screenshot you just took, and watch as they wonder why none of their icons on their desktop will open or work.

3 – At the office, bring in soda for everyone to share with solo cups.  Ahead of time, punch tiny holes right below the rim of each cup and watch as the drinker tribbles all over their shirt, not knowing why they can’t stop dribbling!

4 – If your co-worker has  a wireless mouse, place a piece of tape over the laser so that they have no reaction from their mouse once it is moved.

5 – When the kids are fast asleep, pick them up and move them to someone else’s bed.  Watch their amazed faces when they wake up somewhere other than where they went to sleep.

6 – Borrow someone’s cell phone when they aren’t looking and change the language to something foreign.

7 – Bring multiple outfits to work and change every few hours.

8 – Take an item from a co-worker’s desk and leave behind a ransom note.

9 – Put a note on your office copier that reads “The copier is finally voice activated, please press the green button and then begin speaking your commands”.  Be sure to have a video camera ready for future enjoyment.

10 – Leave a pair of boxers in the men’s room which have someone’s name on the tag, (make sure it is visible).

11 – Put a “blue screen of death” as someone’s screen saver

12 – Paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish so that it won’t suds up when wet.

13 – Fill cups with red jello and a straw instead of juice and give it to the kids for snack.

Looking for more April Fool’s Day jokes?  The Huffington Post has a great reporting on 2013’s best April Fool’s Day jokes which is constantly updated.  Google Blue & Google Nose were my absolute favorites!