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Decorations, theme ideas, invitations, banners, anything that would be great for parties

Gentiva Hospice
Gentiva Hospice Volunteers
All the card making projects were ready to go when we arrived Thanks to Sharon

I recently attended an activity with the Gentiva Hospice volunteers.  These volunteers minister to Hospice patients in the Clovis area.  They get together about 4 times a year for team building and do something special for their patients.

Gentiva Hospice making Valentines

They gathered at Unique Creations, a local crafting mall and studio, to make valentine cards.  In a few hours, 15 guys and gals were able to crank out almost 100 cards. Their leader, Sharon Null had everything ready to go ahead of time.


Gentiva Hospice Volunteer Group
Volunteers busy creating valentines
Gentiva Hospice Volunteer Group

Volunteering with Gentiva Hospice benefits both giver and recipient.

Card making and any craft is a great tool for bonding and team building. There is the added benefit of having something to show for your team work!  People may not realize it, but art actually releases endorphins which not only feel good, but are good for your immune system!  Bonus!

Gentiva Hospice is a great way to serve the community. You can help people and make lasting friendships.  If you would like to become a volunteer or just get together with the group for their next project to help out, contact Sharon Null at 575-749-2086 or send her an email.

Gentiva Hospice Volunteer Group
Gentiva Hospice Volunteer Group gathered to make valentines for the Hospice Patients

Here are a few invitations and tags that I made up for the Princess Party.  I was excited to get to use my Prima Doll stamp.  I just colored her in with colored pencil and stamped her dress on craft paper!

princess invitations
Prima doll stamps were used to create these invitations
princess invitation
Scraps of paper create the folds in this princess invitation
princess invitations
Fancy dress invitations with scrapbook embellishments

For some reason I simply cannot break bread.  There are just too many variables and it takes too long and by the time the bread is ready for the next phase I have long lost interest and moved on.  I did try though.  And After I made a successful batch of paper weights I went to Walmart and looked for a solution.  No bread bowls of course, but I did find some large round rolls that were about the right size.

So here’s how I made them “soup-able”:

I cut off a lid and scooped out the insides.

Then I replaced the lid and painted a mixture of egg white and 1 tbl. water on the outside of the rolls (top and bottom)

After that I sprinkled a bit of garlic salt on the tops and sides

I baked them until the goo had crisped up and I was left with a beautiful bowl.  I changed temperatures several times with different rolls as I was multi-tasking, so temperature doesn’t matter.  Anywhere from 200 to 400, they didn’t seem to mind.

bread bowls
Transform store bought bread rounds into decadent bread bowls

Aren’t they pretty?


The egg helps firm up the bread so it can stand up to the soup, and the garlic just makes it taste awesome!  I baked these on a bare rack, by the way, and they do stick a bit so just gently move them around after they have been in there a few minutes.

Now, don’t make the mistake I did.  I put potato soup in them and practically sent myself into a diabetic coma!  WAAAAAY too much starch for one week!  Also, my soup was thick and you could practically eat it like a sandwich!

Fancy meal without the fuss, and a bargain as I spent about 3 bucks for 12 rolls!  That’s what I’m talking about!

bread bowls
Transform store bought bread rounds into decadent bread bowls

Bon Appetit!