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Here are some creative purple approaches others have taken: cupcakes,    Zumba®, scavenger hunt, fashion show,  balloons, poetry slam.


Slam Poetry is a type of competition where people read their poems without props, costumes, or music. After performing, they receive scores (0-10) from 5 randomly selected judges. The judges can be anyone: they don’t even need to be poets! Scores are awarded based on how much each judge likes a poem. The purpose of this judging process is to make poetry participatory for everyone. Slam Poetry doesn’t need to be a specific form of poetry. With that in mind, here are some common factors you’ll find in slam poems. If you want to see some slam poetry in action, check out the slam poetry our writers have posted to the site.

  1. Make it original. The written piece must be original. The story being performed for competition needs to be your own work.
  2. Time. Each poet has 3 minutes to perform. While practicing your poem, time yourself to make sure you do not go over the time limit. (Poets lose points for going over 10 or more seconds!)
  3. Simple & Relatable. Your poem should be able to reach your audience the first time it’s heard. Read and perform it for family & friends before competing. Ask them what is clear and what is not. Choose themes and subjects that many people can relate to, like relationships, politics, religion, insecurity, family-social issues, etc. Your poem should be clear and convey a message.
  4. Rhythmic & Passionate. Your poem should have a rhythm that shows through your passionate performance. A slam poem moves the audience through different moods. How the poem is performed is at least as important as the content if not more! (No pressure.)
  5. Power Poetry. Submit your Slam Poem in a multimedia form to Power Poetry. Watch other slam poems for inspiration, to give/get feedback and to start competing in your own Poetry Slam!




How to Plan a Scavenger Hunt

Here you will find tips on how to plan a scavenger hunt that will be perfect for your group.  Are you a bit overwhelmed on where to begin?  Have too many ideas or none at all?  No worries!  That is what The Scavenger Hunt Guru is here for – to help you on your way to a successful hunt.

Check out the information below and explore the site for ready-made scavenger hunts and fun scavenger hunt ideas.


Tips for Planning a Scavenger Hunt

First, figure out who your audience is going to be.

Are they going to be children, teens, adults or a combination of ages?  Are they co-workers, students, family members?  This is important so that your hunt will cater to your particular group.

Next, determine your group size.

Is this a hunt for one specific person (for example your hubby on Valentine’s Day) or are you planning an activity for a group of 30 high school students?  This will determine the supplies you will need and the amount of time/creativity you want to put into preparations.

Now it’s time to think of your scavenger hunt clues.

Scavenger Hunt Ideas

First, decide whether you will be hiding items or if they will be items that are already in place at your location.

Next, decide if you want to have a theme for your hunt.  If so, you will want your clues to coincide with that scavenger hunt theme.

Another thing to think about: do you want your clues to link together to lead to one ultimate clue?  For example, each team only gets one clue and when they find that one, there is another clue waiting for them at that location to lead them to the next spot.  Or, do you want to give your participants a list of items and they go for it all at once in whatever order they choose?

Clues should be age appropriate.  For small children maybe the clues are pictures of the items if they can’t read yet.  For more challenging adult scavenger hunts, maybe your clues are in a code that teams need to decipher.

Scavenger Hunt Riddles

Scavenger hunt riddles are an interesting way to organize your activity.  Each clue can be a puzzle of it’s own where participants figure out the puzzle and it leads them to a clue.  Or, participants can discover clues along the way and when they are finished, all of those clues will add together to answer a riddle that you give them at the beginning.  This is a fun idea when organizing a scavenger hunt for teens or adults.  It makes it more challenging than simply looking for a list of items.

Be sure to remember your audience as you measure difficulty level and time to find objects that you put in your list.  Spend some time looking around the area where you are going to hold your hunt.  Be observant and try to think outside the box as you come up with your clues.

It’s also very important when planning a scavenger hunt to come up with a framework and guidelines.  

Scavenger hunt rules will help to make your hunt run smoothly and will keep it fun for everyone, especially if you are planning for a large group.  Be sure to set these up ahead of time and be ready to explain them to the participants ahead of time.

Rules for a Scavenger Hunt

*  Establish a perimeter or boundaries for your hunt. 

If it is indoors, does it include upstairs and downstairs or only one room?  If it is outside, is it in a playing field, a neighborhood, or certain part of the city?  This is important so that your participants are aware of where they can be looking for their items.

*  Determine your group size.

Is this an activity that must be completed on one’s own or in a group?  Can groups team up to find things?  This is especially important with school groups.

*  Set a time limit.

Hunts can range anywhere from 30 minutes to an all day affair.  Be sure to keep in mind the age and attention span of your group as you set this.  The activity will only be fun if everyone stays engaged for the entire time.

*  Be aware of the environment.

Are there breakable items in the room?  Can children touch them?  Are there roads in the neighborhood that are off limits?  Can they pick up the items or must they write down what they find and leave the items where they are?  It’s important to be very clear on this one so that participants don’t unknowingly get in trouble.  This is especially true for outdoor scavenger hunts.

*  Prepare for emergencies.

Establish a cut-off time and an emergency plan if a group doesn’t show back up in time.  Think of sending an adult with each group of children if this is the age group you are working with.  If groups are going out for longer periods of time send a first aid kit.  Think of pairing folks up and using the buddy system for hunts that are in a larger area.

These are just a few ideas to keep in mind as you develop your scavenger hunt rules.  Remember the better you plan ahead, the more fun everyone is going to have!


Finally, it’s important to note that participants may come up with scavenger hunt answers are different from the ones that you had in mind.

Remember to prepare for this and be clear with your group if you are looking for one certain item or if they are allowed to be creative with their answers and discoveries.

As always, happy planning – and happy hunting!



New York Scavenger Hunt

Heading to the Big Apple? A New York scavenger hunt should definitely be brought along. It’s a great family activity and a fun way to explore New York City.  If you’re a local, plan to do this scavenger hunt activity for your next date night or girls night out. Scavenger hunts are versatile for all ages and groups – and this one is no exception!

 New York   Brooklyn Scavenger Hunt List

  • Photo of the Carousel in Central Park
  • Photo of the famous statue of Prometheus
  • How many steps lead up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art?
  • Eat a slice of New York style pizza
  • Photo with a police officer or firefighter
  • A sign in a different language
  • Name the polar bears living in the Central Park Zoo
  • Take a photo from the Top of the Rock Observation Deck
  • Visit the 9/11 Memorial and find the “Survivor Tree”
  • Buy yourself a treat at the Chelsea Market
  • Photo of the lions guarding the New York Public Library
  • Ticket stub for a comedy club
  • Photo of a dog walker with at least three dogs
  • Any item with “I Love NYC” on it
  • Takeout menu from a cafe in Greenwich Village
  • What is the Statue of Liberty holding in her left hand?
  • Photo of the ferris wheel inside Toys R Us
  • Photo of the Chrysler Building
  • Find Alice in Wonderland in Central Park
  • Ticket stub from the New York City subway
  • Photo of a pay phone
  • Phone number for the Trump Hotel
  • Look above the entrance to the GE building. Who is depicted in the sculpture there?
  • Photo of the sunset from The High Line
  • Take a photo of yourself with a street performer
  • Photo of three different New York City gargoyles
  • How many columns are in the main hall of Grand Central Terminal?
  • Photo of the New York City skyline from the top of the Empire State Building
  • Count the steps to the top of the Crown in the Statue of Liberty
  • Walking map of Central Park
  • Photo of the Brooklyn Bridge
  • Buy a box of chocolates at the largest candy store in the city – located at Times Square
  • Photo in front of the New York Stock Exchange



Vanilla Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup whole milk, at room temperature
Frosting, for topping
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners. Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Beat the butter and sugar in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl as needed. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to medium low; beat in half of the flour mixture, then all of the milk, then the remaining flour mixture until just combined.
Divide the batter among the muffin cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Transfer the pan to a rack and let cool 5 minutes, then remove the cupcakes to the rack to cool completely. Top with frosting.

How to Make Purple Frosting

hings You’ll Need

  • Electric mixer
  • Bowl
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • Butter or stick margarine
  • 2 tbsp. milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Red food coloring
  • Blue food coloring
  • Purple food coloring paste (optional)


Take 1/2 cup (or one stick) of butter of room temperature butter and place it an bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy.

Add in 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract with 2 tbsp. milk. Beat on high until blended. Add more milk if your frosting is too stiff, one tablespoon at a time.

Place 1 cup of powdered sugar into the butter mixture and beat until blended. Repeat until all the powdered sugar is gone.

Beat until fluffy and then add 10 drops of red food coloring for every five drops of blue coloring. Blend. Add color until you achieve the hue of color you’d like.

How to Plan a Fashion Show

Step 1: Develop a budget

When considering the overall design and production of the show, you will need to work closely with the design team to outline estimated costs and fees involved in creating the show. Once you know how much you have to work with, you can plan accordingly. Stay within your budget: Overspending in one area could shortchange another. For instance, if you spend too much on lighting, you may not have enough for the stage set-up and props.

Step 2: Spend time with the designer

The clothes will drive the show’s theme and setting. The best way to understand the idea behind the designs is to spend time with the designer so you can understand the viewpoint and vision for each piece. Take what you learn from the designer and develop a theme that embodies it. For instance, you might create a  theme for a collection that is primarily winter wear, as in the Uptown Twirl blog. You should fully understand the clothing line to develop the appropriate presentation. For instance, you would not want to present a bright green stage and background for a clothing line that is primarily green.

Step 3: Create a timeline

Once you know what the designer is trying to present in the collection, you will develop the order in which the clothing will be shown. The designer will be a valuable resource. You will also need to consult the stage designer. He can assist you with the runway layout. As the production begins, you should be closely engaged to make sure the design concept correlates with the layout of the show. For example, if there is more than one design being shown at once, a runway that allows multiple models and separate catwalks would be beneficial.

Step 4: Promote

It is critical to get the word out about the show. Consult local media outlets such as radio and television, and inform them of the show’s theme, date and location. Consider your marketing materials when developing promotional signs. You should have a uniform theme throughout, one that lets patrons know what to expect.

Step 5: Develop a schedule

To keep the show on schedule and resolve any problems that may arise, you will need to develop a schedule. This outlines such things as what models are wearing, the timeline and information on the designs. You will need to work with the stage staff, lighting crew and music coordinator to ensure everything is in sync. Work closely with the rest of your team to select the lighting and music to compliment the designs. For instance, if the clothing is edgy or modern, consider upbeat music. Music creates mood for the audience.

Step 6: Practice makes perfect

Review the casting roster. Work with each model to coordinate order of presentation and make any changes necessary. The designer can help you develop the order.

Don’t forget to do a dry run: Dress rehearsal is a must. Run the show a few times the day before to work out any last-minute changes.

You Will Be Amazed To See What You Can Achieve With A Plain Coffee Cup And Some Nail Polish!

Step 1: Gather All The Materials

For this project, you will need:

  • One white coffee mug (with no patterns or drawings whatsoever)
  • One plastic bowl filled with water (the bowl must be deep enough to sink the entire mug in) and some fingernail polish in the desire color.

Give the fingernail polish a few seconds to attach to the mug, let it dry for three hours and then pat dry your newly made marbled coffee mug with a paper towel. Make sure not to wipe it, though, as that will only ruin the entire design, and your efforts will be in vain! Check out theVideo Tutorial below:


Step 2: Start The Project!

Once you have filled the plastic bowl with lukewarm water, add the fingernail polish to it and let it spread out. After that, take another polish (a different color) and add several drops of that one as well. Carefully mix the two colors with a toothpick and then dip your white coffee mug into the entire mixture.


How to Throw a Bake Sale

From helping raise funds for disaster relief to supporting  bake sales are a perfect way to rally your community behind a worthy cause and share your love of baking.

Organize & Promote

  • Post a sign with the name of the organization or how the proceeds will be used.
  • Turn your bake sale into a social event with live music, craft and food demonstrations and games.
  • Schedule a bake day to prepare for the event. Spacious school and church kitchens are particularly helpful.
  • Arrange a telephone committee to contact each organization member to solicit baked goods.
  • Promote your bake sale any way you can—via email, social media, radio, TV and your local newspaper. (Sending a sample box of goodies along with a flyer announcing the event to the local radio or TV station probably wouldn’t hurt!)
  • Include a thank-you note with purchases.
  • Find a business that will match or double your profits.
  • Sell a recipe booklet that includes all bake-sale recipes.

What to Bake

  • Offer small samples for tasting, as well as water and coffee, and customers will likely stick around longer.
  • Bake and sell small treats like doughnuts and mini muffins while the sale is in full swing.
  • Be sure to include everything from decadent chocolate treats to items for special diets.
  • Offer a variety of sizes—from single servings to full cakes and pies—and sell individual cookies and bars.
  • Have a variety of prices, but keep prices simple for adding and making change by pricing in increments of 25 cents.
  • Don’t forget to keep things simple and also offer items that don’t require baking.

Pretty Packaging

  • Explore dollar stores and bargain bins at national discount retailers for inexpensive containers for your baked treats. Think small galvanized buckets, take-out containers, cellophane bags, fabric bags and gift boxes.
  • Purchase cute, inexpensive plastic plates and place your treats on them. Wrapped with clear wrap and tied with a pretty ribbon, they look gift-worthy and give the buyer the perk of a free plate!
  • Search sites like Etsy for adorable sale tags that you can affix to packages with the name of the treat.
  • Beautiful ribbon can be purchased for a song at craft stores. Or pick up fabric in punchy colors and graphic patterns, and cut your own strands of ribbon to tie up cellophane bags or adorn gift boxes.
  • For extra-easy transportation, package cupcakes in clear punch cups, covered in cellophane and tied with a bow and nametag.

Last-Minute Details

  • Bring bags, a cash box with plenty of change, price stickers and marking pens.
  • Make it easy for customers to carry bake-sale items home. Furnish bags big enough to encourage the purchase of more than one product and a few for the freezer.
  • Have recipes printed and available for people to take. This is especially important for people who need to know the ingredients because of special diets or allergies.