Greetings and Welcome to our Spring-Summer Issue,

We at It’s A Piece of Cake are proudly celebrating our 8th Birthday.

THANK YOU ALL for making us the big 8!

As always, sweetest spring-summer wishes from us to YOU!



Smart Meetings
The intelligent way to plan in the western region
Smart Meetings Magazine calls It's A Piece Of Cake "the kid-smart event-planning company."
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www.smartmeetings.com




Birthday Party A La Card
KUDOS to Steven Cichon for this clever design! We loveeee it!

The eco friendly picnic set comes with wooden cutlery and a tray holds an untreated cardboard plate. A cup holder and a place to deposit fork and knife are also there, to keep a hand free to refill the plate. Due to these qualities the picnic set became a big hit for children´s birthday parties. Convenient, recycable, easy to dispose off. www.kidsmodern.com




How to Throw a Green Party
Eco-friendly food and drinks, entertaining tips, decorating advice, and fun activities By Danny Seo. 

Invites
E-vites are the greenest and most convenient way to go, but not the most personal. Instead, design a colorful invitation—scanning a handmade invite is the easiest—and send it out as a JPEG image with a personalized e-mail note; follow up with a phone call. If it's a formal occasion, think postconsumer recycled paper for the invitations: It's paper made from old paper, so you're helping to complete the recycling loop.

Tableware
Look for plates & utensils made from bamboo, a fast-growing renewable and biodegradable resource.

Food
When planning your menu, also keep in mind that a lot of green-minded folks are committed to a vegetarian diet (for various moral and ecological reasons, including the idea that "eating low on the food chain" has a smaller impact on the environment). Offer at least one dish that's completely free of animal ingredients.
More tips> www.dannyseo.com



It's Easy Being Green!
Teach your child/ren about the environment and conservation practices while turning your home into an environmentally sound "green house"!

Build a Birdhouse for Your Backyard

A simple birdhouse can be constructed out of an old milk carton. After washing the carton out, cut a two-inch hole on one side, stick a short pencil stub under the hole for a perch, and seal the top with waterproof tape.

Use a piece of wire or cord to hang the birdhouse on a tree. Not only are you helping wildlife, but you are also reusing materials that otherwise would have gone into the garbage. 
Please Note: In San Francisco, the milk cartons go in the green cart to aid in the composting process...so they can be "recycled".
Brought to us by National PTA® www.pta.org



Take Part in Community "Green" Activities 
Take part in community recycling programs or volunteer a few hours of family time to help clean up a local park or beach. Work with your PTA to develop outdoor learning centers in your community or on school grounds. You can create a discovery trail, a butterfly garden, a sundial, or a weather station.

Stay Involved and Learn More
For more info about campaigns, composting, carpooling, and all kinds of cool stuff. Visit:

Global Green USA:
Clean City Coalition:
Tree Hugger:
Earth Day Network:
Green Zebra :

www.globalgreen.org
www.sfcleancity.com  
www.treehugger.com
ww2.earthday.net
www.thegreenzebra.org


Saving Earth Begins at Home
An interesting story in the New York Times  about "Eco Moms." Definitely check it out.
www.nytimes.com/2008/02/16/us/16ecomoms.html




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Send your questions and creative party ideas to simla@itsapieceofcake.net.

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Spring-Summer 2008

Simla Akyol is the founder of It's a Piece of Cake, Children's Events and Entertainment service in San Francisco. It's a Piece of Cake specializes in custom-designed children’s parties and hosts educational workshops for kids and parents.

Simla Akyol and It's a Piece of Cake has been featured in numerous periodicals such as Real Simple magazine, Child magazine, Marin At Home, Noe Valley Voice, Oakland Tribune,  and  recipient of the Bay Area Parents' Magazine’s “BEST OF THE BEST” award for 2005 and 2006.

You can contact Simla via e-mail at
simla@itsapieceofcake.net or phone (415) 987-1946.


Virtual Place Settings Our simple interactive game is a great teaching tool for kids to set the table properly.




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