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White elephants have a long and proud history throughout the world. As a result, there are vast numbers of companies, organizations and places with the words “white elephant” in their titles. Take a look at this list to see who else, other than AlbinoPhant, is using the white elephant name to promote themselves!
And this is just a partial list!
The White Elephant Hotel in Nantucket, an island landmark by the harbor.
The White Elephant Surplus Store, originally selling army surplus items, but soon becoming a favorite discount toy and sporting goods store.
White Elephant Saloon – a music venue… Read the rest »
How to Buy a Gift for a White Elephant Party
from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit
Gift Exchange parties are engaging social experiences. Most of the fun and conversation is created from the gifts that are opened and shared. We often become anxious and a little stressed over our gift selection. After all, aren’t there lots of choices out there, with tons of possibilities. So, where do you start?
Ask the host if there is a theme for the party. Themes give you a hint as to what gifts might be appropriate. Your gift… Read the rest »
What sort of gift should you bring to a White Elephant gift exchange? Well, obviously a big factor in that decision is going to be whether or not the host has given the party a theme, or a price bracket. Both of these are pretty common in organizing a white elephant or Yankee Swap event. The price limitation saves you from the embarrassment of bringing a really cheap gift only to discover that everyone else has spent a bit more money on theirs, while the theme gives you a bit of guidance about the type of gift you should choose… Read the rest »
Who plays this party game anyway?
Where was your first white elephant party? Did the organizers call it a gift exchange, or Yankee Swap, or something different? How many people were there? What rules did you use? There are so many different versions of the traditional white elephant game, and the flexibility is all part of the fun. That’s why it’s so popular, right across the US and Canada, with people in all age groups. It’s the one party where you’ll find grandparents, kids, teenagers and business people all grouped together and all having a great time!
Although the tradition… Read the rest »
Here’s another interesting twist to the White Elephant gift exchange idea – I’ve just seen it on this blog, AlewivesGirl. Does the thought of choosing a great gift fill you with anxiety? Are you a creative type, who prefers to design and make rather than shop and buy? Then here’s the Yankee Swap party for you: a craft exhange!
Making your own gift is surprisingly simple, and there are lots of ‘crafty’ people out there who love nothing more than making gifts for their loved ones using their own two hands and a bit of imagination. Go and read this… Read the rest »
According to Wikipedia; the White elephant gift exchange is a popular party game usually played during the Christmas season in the United States and Canada.
The wiki has also compiled the most popular rules of game play as well. Get them here.
This post is not about the rules or the definitions, but rather how to do this fun activity online.
Most people in the US and Canada play the game of White Elephant, Yankee Swap, Dirty Santa or Chinese Exchange pretty much the same way. Most join a host at ether a home or a community center for the… Read the rest »
Chances are that if you’ve been to a white elephant gift exchange party, you did so in the United States or Canada. Here, they’re a really popular way of getting friends and family together, particularly during the Christmas holidays, and sharing gifts without running up a lot of expense. Maybe your party was called Yankee Swap, or Dirty Santa, or perhaps something different. But whatever the name, the concept is definitely an American one. No one’s really heard of it in Europe, anyway – although garage sales in the UK are sometimes known as “white elephant sales”. But that’s different.… Read the rest »
Because the white elephant style of gift exchange game is played in so many places, there are lots of different versions of it, with variations on the rules. So what is the standard method for playing the game? Well, I’ve done some research for you (in my role as Party Planner at the palace!) and have come up with the most popular rules of play for white elephant gift exchange parties, for anyone who’s not quite sure how it all works.
So, firstly – and fairly obviously – there are gifts. Usually there will be a theme and/or a price… Read the rest »
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air…
This Independence Day is all about freedom.
The freedom that comes from a REAL payment by REAL people.
A freedom that allows you and me to sit comfortably and read this blog, or to connect on Facebook or to party together online.
These freely-used networks of Web 2.0 are courtesy of a freedom given us by someone else who has paid the real price.
There were no virtual bombs at Fort McHenry in 1812, and likewise there are developers, advertisers and investors who are paying a real price to see… Read the rest »
In the distant past, a university co-ed weighed her choice of a college degree or marriage.
The choice of marriage was followed by the consecutive births of five children. She found that time moves rapidly forward when fully engaged as mom and wife.
Now, 34-years following the point of her life-changing decision, the opportunity to go back in time was presented: On April 27th of this year Sarah Christensen now 55, re-entered the university to complete her last three classes for a BS in Recreation.
She really had nothing to prove – She had completed a successful career as a… Read the rest »