|2018 April/May||Brides Magazine||Big Golden Heart Sparkler Wand|
|2017 Dec 11||HonestlyWTF.com||Deluxe Surprize Ball Angel|
|2017 Spring/Summer||PresentMagazine.com||Mini Tabletop Pinata|
|2017 April/May||Brides Magazine||Confetti Fountains Gold & Silver|
|2017 Feb||Bikini.com Valentine's Day Gift Guide||Big Golden Sparkler Wands XO|
|2016 Dec 8||Recipris||Big Golden Numbers & Star Sparklers|
|2016 Dec 7||CoolMomPicks.com||Santa Deluxe Surprize Ball|
|2016 Nov 24||Food Network - Farmhouse Rules||Big Golden Numbers Sparklers|
|2016 Nov||RealSimple.com - Holiday Gift Guide||Crystal Geode Surprise|
|2016 July 14||Inspiredbythis.com||Numbers Sparklers|
|2016 Summer||Domino||Sparklettes & Deluxe Sparklers|
|2016 June 22||Laurenconrad.com||Sparklettes|
|2016 June||100 Layer Cake DIY Resources||Party Horns Bouquet|
|2016 May 30||Martha Stewart Weddings||Big Golden Sparkler Wand Letter|
|2016 May 9||Pasadena Playhouse||For the Party supplies|
|2016 May||Country Living||Big Golden Sparkler Wand Star|
|2016 April 6||Subscription Box Ramblings.com||Magic Butterfly|
|2016 Feb 29||Deliniate your Dwelling||Big Golden Numbers Sparkler|
|2016 Feb/Mar||Brides Magazine||Mini Letters Sparkler Card L-O-V-E|
|2016 Feb 17||DarlingDarleen.com||Big Golden Numbers Sparklers|
|2016 Jan 27||Brocante Home||Mini Surprize Balls Pastel|
|2016 Jan 25||Gift Shop Mag What's Hot for 2016||Mini Surprize Balls Multi Color in a Jar|
|2016 Jan||Giftware News||Mini Surprize Balls|
|2016 Jan 3||One Fab Day||Confetti Pop! Big Golden Sparkler, Sparklettes, Numbers sparklers|
|2015 Dec||Vogue.com||Party Horns Bouquet, New Year Surprize Balls, Mini Gold Numbers Sparklers|
|2015 Dec 19||FlutterMag.com||Gold Metallic Paper Crowns|
|2015 Dec||Glamour Magazine Germany||Sparkler Card Santa|
|2015 Nov||Parents Magazine||Conversation Game Talking Sticks|
|2015 Oct 20||Oh So Beautiful Paper||Deluxe Halloween Surprise Ball & Halloween Sparklettes|
|2015 Aug||Le Partie Sugar||Wish Papers & Lucky Pouch|
|2015 Aug 21||Happily Ever Parker||Big Golden Sparkler Wand & Confetti Fountian|
|2015 Aug 20||Gifts & Decorative Accessories||Surprise! Popper Card|
|2015 July||Vogue||Sparklettes & Big Golden Star Sparkler|
|2015 July||InStyle Magazine||Big Golden Star Sparkler|
|2015 June 11||EatDrinkChic.com||Party Horns Bouquet|
|2015 May 6||The Knack||Writing Games|
|2015 April 14||New York Post||Treasure Fortune Candles|
|2015 April||Hello Subscription.com||Wish Papers|
|2015 April 5||Subscription Addiction||Wish Papers|
|2015 April 1||Vogue||Garden Vegetables Surprize Balls|
|2015 April 1||Romy & the Bunnies.com||Deluxe Easter Surprize Balls|
|2015 Mar 17||The Charm it Spot.com||Party's in the Mail Easter|
|2015 Mar 13||NBC New York||Big Golden Sparkler Wand Heart|
|2015 Mar 2||Banana and Banani.com||Magic Fire Sticks|
|2015 Feb 13||Cheap Chica's Guide to Style||Mini Gold Heart Sparklers in Tube|
|2015 Feb 11||Fathom||Mardi Gras Sparklettes|
|2015 Feb 2||Fashionable Hostess.com||Big Golden Number & Heart Sparklers|
|2015 Jan 27||Life with the Champions.com||Pop! Confetti Poppers|
|2015 Jan 25||Shop Sweet Life.com||TOPS Malibu sparklers for birthday, graduation, & 4th of July|
|2015 Jan 24||The Queen of Swag.com||Mini Gold Heart Sparklers|
|2015 Jan 20||InStyle Magazine||Valentine Gift Guide - Mini Gold Heart Sparkler|
|2015 Jan 15||Outblush||Fancy Pea Shooters|
|2015 Jan||Carpe Diem||Big Golden Letters Sparklers|
|2014 Dec 29||Oh So Beautiful Paper||Big Golden Numbers Sparklers|
|2014 Dec 22||FabFitFun||Surprize' Your Guests Party Enhancers by TOPS Malibu|
|2014 Dec 19||Houston Wedding Blog||Big Golden Heart Sparklers|
|2014 Dec 16||Today Show||"Under $10 Gift Guide"|
|2014 Dec||Love Luck & Kisses.com||New Year & various TOPS products|
|2014 Dec||Vanity Fair||Sparklers|
|2014 Dec||Real Simple Magazine||Big Golden Sparkler Wand Tree & Letters - XMAS|
|2014 Dec||Southern Living Gift Guide||Mini Surprise Balls Christmas & Snowball, Magic Yule Logs, Christmas Time Conversation Game|
|2014 Nov 29||Fox News National||Surprize Ball|
|2014 Nov 24||Huffington Post||Holiday Surprises|
|2014 Nov 22||Melissa Myers - Tastemaker & Lifestyle Expert||Holiday Surprises|
|2014 Nov||Gifts & Decorative Accessories||Judy Walker, founder/designer of TOPS Malibu|
|2014 Nov||Artslandia at the Performance||Christmas Cornucopia|
|2014 Oct||Cooking Light||Deluxe Glitter Pennants Halloween|
|2014 Oct||Baby Shower.com||Big Golden Sparklers "B-O-O"|
|2014||Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes Show)|
|2014 Sept 22||The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon||Party Horns for Birthday|
|2014 Sept 15||TheHouseofKennedy.com||Big Golden Numbers Sparklers|
|2014 Sept 2||Wizard Wars||Deluxe Sparklers|
|2014 Aug 4||mothermag.com||Cake Toppers: Big Golden LOVE sparklers letters, Mini Golden numbers sparklers|
|2014 Aug||This Makeup That Makeup||Wish Capsules|
|2014 July 18||Outblush||Big Golden Star Sparklers|
|2014 July 15||You are my Fave.com||Mini Gold Numbers Sparklers & Sparklettes Brites|
|Seek to be Merry (blog)||Mini 4" Sparklers in Tube|
|Oh Happy Day on Instagram||Mini Golden Heart Sparklers|
|2014 July 2||InStyle Magazine||Mini Golden Star Sparklers|
|2014 July 1||Style Blueprint Memphis||Numbers Sparklers|
|2014 June 27||Le Parties Sugar.com||Wish Papers|
|2014 May 27||Ceci Style||Party Horns|
|2014 May 15||My Domain.com||Sparklettes|
|2014 April 14||JacolynMurphy.com||Surprise Cone Mini Carrot Surprise|
|2014 Mar 12||Paris Market||Mini Surprise Balls & Mini Gift Boxes|
|2014 Mar||Refinery 29||LOVE Sparklers fr Ruche by TOPS Malibu|
|2014 Feb 25||You are my Fave.com||Big Golden Numbers Sparklers|
|2014 Jan 14||Dig this Jive.com||Mini Gold Numbers Sparklers|
|2014 Jan||Woman's World Magazine||Treasure Candle Beeswax|
|2014||Desperate Housewives||Surprize Ball featured as a clue|
|2013 Dec 12||CocoKelly||Big Golden Star Sparklers|
|2013 Dec||Virginia Pilot||Sparkler Wand|
|2013 Dec||Camille Styles Feature||Mini Golden Star Sparklers|
|2013||Southern Living||Star Sparklers|
|2013 Dec||Southern Living||Sparkler Letters: Joy, Noel, Cheer; Big Star Wands, Mini Gold Sparklers 4-pack & Celebrate|
|2013 Dec||Gifts & Decorative Accessories||Sparkler Hearts in Tube|
|2013 Nov 14||1859 Oregon Magazine.com||Confetti Fountain, Numbers Sparklers|
|2013 Fall||The Knot||Confetti Fountain|
|2013 Oct||1859 - Oregon Magazine||Many TOPS Products|
|2013 Oct||Gift & Decorative Accessories|
|2013 Aug 19||OhSoBeautifulPaper.com||Sparklers, Surprize Balls, candles|
|2013 Aug||US Weekly||Surprize Ball|
|2013 July 29||Jamila St Julien.com||Big Golden Letters Sparklers|
|2013 July||Pigment||Wish Papers, Mini Sparklers, Sparklettes|
|2013 July||InStyle Magazine||Big Golden Sparkler Wand Star & Mini Star Sparklers in Tube|
|2013 Jun 16||Cupcake Wars||Sparklers|
|2013 May||Annie’s Treasure Trove||Surprize Balls|
|2013 April 21||My Momma Told Me (blog)||TOPS products|
|2013 Feb 5||Ceci Style||Party Horns|
|2013 Jan||Exquisite Wedding Magazine Laguna Beach||Confetti Fountain|
|2013||San Francisco Magazine||Mini Star Sparklers|
|2013||United Press||Featuring Judy Walker as designer of may innovative products: Fancy Pea Shooters, Surprize Balls, Surprise Cornucopica & more|
|2012 Dec 28||My San Antonio||Surprize Balls|
|2012 Dec 28||Amarillo Globe News||Fancy Pea Shooters, Confetti Pop!, Surprize Balls|
|2012 Dec 23||Lake City Reporter||Surprize Balls, Fancy Pea Shooters, Confetti Pop!|
|2012 Dec 19||Yahoo News||Fancy Pea Shooters, Confetti Pop!, Surprize Balls, Sparklers, Wish Capsule Necklace|
|2012 Dec||Metro Newspaper (NY, Philadelphia, Boston)||Confetti Pops! Sparklettes|
|2012 Dec||Gift & Decorative Accessories||Gold Heart Sparklers|
|2012 Dec||Vail Valley Magazine||LuluBelle's Sparkler Wands|
|2012 Nov||Colorado Vail Valley Magazine||Numbers Sparklers|
|2012 Nov||Brides Magazine||Big Golden LOVE Sparklers, Sparklettes|
|2012 Nov||Oeufle Blog||Assorted Products|
|2012 Nov||Dandy Camille||Entertaining Edibles|
|2012 July 4||The Art of Weddings PDX.com|
|2012 July 3||Ceci Style||Sparklettes Silver & Gold|
|2012 July||Bust Magazine||Glitter Pennants|
|2012 June 6||The Floral Society||Wish Papers & Fancy Pea Shooters|
|2012 May||The Today Show||Grande Cornucopia|
|2012 April||Babble.com||Party Supplies|
|2012 Feb 27||You are my Fave.com|
|2012 Feb||Style Me Pretty||LOVE Sparklers|
|2012||NBC Philadelphia||Cupcake Surprize Balls|
|2011||HomeMaker2Words Detroit Free Press||Confetti Poppers|
|Busy Bee||Valentines Surprize Cornucopia|
|2011||Edgell Communications||Halloween Pennants & Tags|
|2011 November 22||Cupcakes & Cutlery||Thanksgiving Surprize Balls & Wish Paper|
|2011 November||Woman's Day||Thanksgiving Surprize Balls|
|2011 October||HKW Design||TOPS Malibu for Party Supplies|
|2011 October||Greetings Etc.||Halloween Surprises|
|2011 Autumn||Mingle Magazine||Miniature Sparklers|
|2011 August||Ceci Style||Surprize Balls|
|2011 April||Mrs. Lilien||Confetti Fountain|
|2011 April||One Charming Party||Number Sparkler|
|2011 April||A Girl Named Bong||Surprize Balls|
|2011 April||BB Photo Flash||Number Sparkler|
|2011 March||Wedding Bells||Party Fringe|
|2011 February||The Original Pocket||Surprize Balls|
|2011 February||Haute Blue B||Number Sparkler|
|2011 January||Camile Styles||Festive Party Horns|
|2011 January||The Sweetest Occasion||Party Horns|
|2011 January||Simplesong||Assortment of products|
|2011 January||Swap Bot||Tops Malibu|
|2011 January||Party Resources||Party Horns|
|2010 December||InStyle Magazine||Surprize Balls Celebrate|
|2010 December||Mrs. Lilien||Party Horns|
|2010 November||Southern Living||Love Sparklers|
|2010 November||Woman's Day||Surprize Balls|
|2010 November||Happy Cute Family||Surprize Balls|
|2010 November||Katy Shops||Surprize Balls|
|2010 November||TheGrommet.com||TOPS Surprises, Sparks, & Splendor|
|2010 October||Alpha Mom||Surprize Balls|
|2010 August||Busy Bee Lifestyle||Surprize Balls|
|2010 August||The Frugal Style||Sparklers|
|The 10 Show - busybeelifestyle.com||Cupcake Surprize Balls|
|2010 Summer||Stationery Trends||Surprize Cornucopia|
|2010 July||Southern Living||Miniature Star Sparklers|
|Cookie Magazine - 100 Best Birthdays||Number Sparklers|
|2010 July||Holidash||Mini Sparklers|
|2010 June||The Couture Contessa||Pasta Time|
|2010 February||Sugar and Charm||Mini Sparklers|
|2009||Martha Stewart Weddings||Confetti Fountain|
|2009 November||The Crabtastic||Surprize Balls|
|2009 November||Palm Beach Newspaper||Surprize Cornucopia|
|2009 Fall||Martha Stewart Weddings||Confetti Fountain|
|2009 August||Gifts and Decorative Accessories||Cornucopias|
|2009 July||Martha Stewart Weddings||Mini Gold Star Sparkler|
|2009 May||Parents Magazine||Pennants|
|2008 July||Not Martha||Surprize Balls|
|2008 April||hiekkaolii vuodatus||Surprize Balls|
|2007 June||Wedding Bee||Surprize Balls|
|2007 April||Junior Society||Surprize Balls|
|2006 December||NBC's ivillage.com||Resolution Capsule, New Years Pennant & Surprize Ball|
|2006 November||Fancy Food News Bytes||Surprize Balls (Bami Balls)|
|2006 July/August||Brides Magazine||Heart & Number Sparklers|
|2006 February||Country Living Magazine||Heart Shaped Tags|
|2006 December||Country Living Magazine||Holiday Decorations, Surprize Balls (Bami Balls), Pennants, Tags|
|2005 December||Party & Paper Retailer||Surprize Balls, Confetti Eggs & Hollywood Co Stars|
|2005 December||Artist's Sketchbook Holiday Guide||Magic Brush|
|2005 December||Country Home Magazine||Party Horns & Confetti Fountains|
|2005 November||Party & Paper Retailer||Sparkler Wands|
|2005 October||InStyle Magazine||Paper Flag Pennants|
|2005 October||Mary Englebreit's Home Companion||Halloween Pennants|
|2005 October||Gift & Decorative Accessories||Pasta Time|
|2005 August/September||Party & Paper Retailer||Candy Lei|
|2005||The Academy Awards||Party Favors|
|2005||Grammy Awards||Sparkler Gift Tags|
|2005 Fall||Greetings Etc.||Judy's Surprise Party!|
|2005 January||Portland Monthly||Mystery Capsules|
|2005 May||Food Channel||Ice Lights, Candy Lei & Surprize Ball (Bami Ball)|
|2005||Dallas Morning News (Home & Garden)||4th of July|
|2005 July||First for Women Magazine, Bauer Publishing||4th of July Sparklers|
|2005 February||Modern Bride||Butterfly Confetti|
|2005 Spring||Modern Bride||Sparklers & Tags|
|2005 December/January||Mary Englebreit's Home Companion||Hanukkah Surprizes|
|2005 December/January||House Beautiful||Holiday Tags, Party Tags|
|2004 November||Country Home Magazine||Deluxe Sparklers Celebrate, Original Sparklers, Sparklettes|
|2004 November/December||Greetings Etc.||Wedding Surprize Ball (Bami Ball)|
|2004 October||New Age Magazine||Preparing for the Holidays - Surprize Balls (Bami Balls) Jewish Celebrations, Christmas|
|2004 August||Gift & Decorative Accessories||Sparkler Gift Tags|
|Orange County TV Show||Greeting Garland|
|2004 Halloween||Mary Englebreit's Home Companion||Candy Lei, Halloween Pennants|
|2004 February||Better Homes & Gardens||Paper Chains|
|2004 January/February||Bridal Guide||Pennants|
|2003 November||Gift & Decorative Accessories||Confetti Eggs|
|2003 October||Mary Englebreit's Home Companion||Halloween Tags|
|2003 October||Gift & Decorative Accessories||Surprize Ball Celebrate Romance (Bami Ball)|
|2003 July||Specialty Report||Loteria Game|
|2004 June/July||Mary Englebreit's Home Companion||Confetti Popper Fountain, Sparkler Mondo|
|2003||Arizona Republic Your Essential Style||Sparklettes|
|2003 July||Country Living Magazine||LuluBelles Sparkler Wands|
|2003 March||Greetings Etc.||Greeting Garland|
|2002 July/August||Country Home Magazine||Greeting Garland Americana|
|2002 January||Mary Englebreit's Home Companion||Tag A Longs|
|2002 January||Specialty Retail||Spotlights|
|2002||Gift & Decorative Accessories||Love Sparklers|
|Cincinnati Enquirer||Greeting Garland|
|Bridal Guide||Game Note Coasters|
|New York Magazine||Surprize Balls|
|E Entertainment||Bami Ballen & Spotlights|
|InStyle Magazine||Tea Leaf|
|Jay Leno Show||Ice Lights|
|Seventeen||Hip Pocket Matchbook Games|
|Good Morning America|
|Home Show by InStyle|
|1990 June 28||LA Times||Bubble Blower|
|Ricki Lake Show|
|Dallas Morning News|
|100 Layer Cake||Party Horns|
|Le Divan Fumoir Bohémien||Surprize Balls|
|The Diaper Bag Diaries||Tops Malibu|
|Cupcakes and Cutlery||Sparklers, Thanksgiving Surprize Ball, Wish Paper|
|Presidential Inauguration Party|
I really enjoyed this article. It exemplifies the reason why I designed our Conversation & Writing Games. I know from experience that these games truly work to bring a group together. The questions at the end are interesting.
Written by Daniel Jones Published in the NY Times Jan 9 2015.
In Mandy Len Catron’s Modern Love essay, she explores whether intimacy between two strangers can be accelerated by having them ask each other a specific series of personal questions. The 36 questions in the study are broken up into three sets, with each set intended to be more probing than the previous one.
The idea is that mutual vulnerability fosters closeness. To quote the study’s authors, “One key pattern associated with the development of a close relationship among peers is sustained, escalating, reciprocal, personal self-disclosure.” Allowing oneself to be vulnerable with another person can be exceedingly difficult, so this exercise forces the issue.
1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
3. Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you are going to say? Why?
4. What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.
12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained any one quality or ability, what would it be?
13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?
14. Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
16. What do you value most in a friendship?
17. What is your most treasured memory?
18. What is your most terrible memory?
19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?
20. What does friendship mean to you?
21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?
22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.
23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?
24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?
25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “We are both in this room feeling ... “
26. Complete this sentence: “I wish I had someone with whom I could share ... “
27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.
28. Tell your partner what you like about them; be very honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.
29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.
30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?
31. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.
32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?
33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?
34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?
36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.