Showing posts with label favors. Show all posts
Showing posts with label favors. Show all posts

March 1, 2012

Tennis Cupcakes - I Could Go For That!

Just in case you thought things were getting too serious around here - look at these very cute tennis cupcakes!

These will be perfect for the next tennis party I host. Except - I'm not sure the color is right in this photo. It seems like the swirly icing should be green and not blue, right? And who took the time to make those little miniature racquets and tennis balls out of marzipan or royal icing or sugar dough or whatever? Should the day come when I have enough time on my hands to churn out something this sweet, you can be sure I will memorialize it with a Tennis Fixation post.

Want to see more tennis cakes? Just check out these great posts:

A Tennis Cake With Pink Cupcakes - Yum!
A Whole Tennis Cake TV Show!
Another Great Tennis Cake
Tennis Ball Cake, Anyone?

© Kim Selzman 2012 All Rights Reserved

July 25, 2011

Stringlets: A Fun Tennis Fashion Statement And Giveaway!

I'm always on the lookout for something fun, cute, tennis-related and, perhaps most important, cheap. No. Wait. Tennis-related. That's most important. But cheap is a bonus. And I've definitely found all of that in the Stringlet.

The Stringlet is an adorable little bracelet made from tennis string with a magnetic locking clasp.  It comes in a number of solid colors and color combos. I've been wearing a black one for several days now and it has yet to come off through several sets of tennis, working out, and all of the other stuff I do in my daily life as maid/secretary/short order cook/personal assistant to my family.

What I really like about the Stringlet is that its not the kind of thing you would associate with tennis right off the bat. But the more you look at it, the more you get it. So its like an insider's tennis accessory. And because the Stringlet is not pricey at all (from $5.25 to $5.75 each), I can see buying several of these as gifts for team captains or as favors at your next tennis-themed party. In fact, head over to the Stringlet website - - and you can get free shipping on orders of $15 or more!

Interested in trying out the Stringlet right now? The folks at Stringlet were nice enough to give me several Stringlets to review so I have two sets of three Stringlets to give away to two lucky Tennis Fixation followers! The first set is made up of one Optic Yellow, one Natural and one Blue and Optic Yellow Twist Stringlet:

The second set has a White, a Black and White Twist, and a Blue and Tangerine Twist Stringlet:

How do you win one of these fun Stringlet sets? Easy, as usual.
  •  For your FIRST entry, leave me a comment on this post before midnight Central Time on Saturday, July 30, 2011. To get to the comment form, click on the title of this post and you will find the comment form at the bottom of the page. You can do this one time for this post. Just go ahead and leave your comment right now so you know you're entered!
  • For additional entries, leave one comment on each post that appears between now and midnight Central Time on July 30. I'll try to do several posts so you have lots of chances to comment (and enter).

So leave a comment right now to make sure your entered in this giveaway. And then continue to check in and comment to gain entries throughout the week! I will draw two winning entries after midnight on July 30 and announce the winner on or after July 31.

Please note: Winners will be announced on this site. Winners must respond to me with their e-mail address within 3 days of being named. If I don't hear from the first winners within the 3 days, another winner will be selected.

If you are the least bit confused about how to enter this giveaway, just send me an e-mail at this address - kimselzman(at)gmail(dot)com - and I will give you all the help you need to become a Tennis-Fixation-giveaway-enterer!

© Kim Selzman 2011 All Rights Reserved

November 4, 2010

Tennis Ball Cake, Anyone?

Sometimes I worry that I’m taking all of this tennis stuff way too seriously. For example, I lost a match yesterday 6-1, 6-0. Not fun. In fact, it kind of ruined my day and made me wonder, “should I even keep playing tennis? What is the point of all of this hard work when I lose like that? How in the world can I keep going when the next match may just be another blow-out?”

And then, something happens that puts it all into perspective. And that’s exactly what happened this morning when I came across the Tennis Ball Cake. It seems my obsession with tennis isn’t all that crazy — because there other are people in the world, specifically the people at the Wilton cake decorating company, who understand just how fanatical tennis players can be. Crazy enough to invest significant amounts of time and money in a sport where they often get blown off the court. Fanatical enough to want a Tennis Ball Cake.

Am I going to order a Tennis Ball Cake anytime soon? Perhaps. Will I keep thinking about this cake to the point where I eventually take a stab at baking one? Very likely. For now, I’m enjoying the idea of the Tennis Ball Cake as evidence that, at least for a tennis player, I am 100% normal.

This Tennis Fixation post originally appeared on one of my favorite tennis web sites: Strawberries & Scream.


© Kim Selzman 2010 All Rights Reserved

November 7, 2009

Tennis Snack Fix: Custom Artisinal Cereal!

Custom artisinal cereal? What?

I was recently contacted by Me and Goji to try mixing up my very own "custom artisinal cereal." Me and Goji lets you choose from over 50 healthy, organic ingredients to mix your own cereal or granola. They have an incredibly easy site that holds your hand through the whole process.

First, you pick the base for your cereal. There are a lot of them (too many for me to sit at my computer and count) and they are all over-the-top in how good they are for you. I picked the "Flaxed and Flaked" cereal base as I'm going through this thing with flax seeds lately.

Then, you get to add the fun stuff - all kinds of dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Again, there are plenty of these and for each and every one, a simple click tells you exactly why you would want to put that ingredient in your mix. I picked goji (lots of antioxidants, plus I had no idea what this was), mulberry (full of resveratol so I don't have to just depend on drinking red wine), banana (sweet and yummy), currants (a top source of boron, who knew?), chia (lots of omega-3s, plus it just sounded weird) and amaranth (plenty of lysine, surely I'm low on this).

And then comes the absolute best part - you get to name your cereal! My mix is called Tennis Fixation "Fix My Forehand!" Mix.  I've almost eaten the whole "capsule" full and I can't tell that my forehand has really improved that much.  But I can no longer blame my on-court performance on low boron levels.  And these capsules that your cereal comes shipped in are also too cute.  Just bigger than a tennis ball can, they ensure that, upon arrival, your cereal mix is in perfect shape. 

Now, let's say you're not that creative or you aren't sure exactly what to put with the raw 5-grain muesli mix.  Me and Goji has all kinds of custom mixes they've created and can recommend for you.  I'm very interested in trying the "cereally Invigorating" and the "Whoa! Protein" mixes.

Is this stuff cheap?  No.  With these high-quality ingredients, of course it's not.  But it's also not expensive.  In fact, the cost is comparable to what you pay for a good, organic cereal in the grocery store.  And you can monitor the cost of your mix as you add each ingredient.  While shipping for your first capsule runs $4.99, Me and Goji is running a special right now where additional capsules are shipped for only 99 cents.

I think this is a great way to get a healthy breakfast or snack and, with all of the clever naming possibilities (Save My Serve!), can see my tennis team captains getting custom artisinal cereal as a thank-you gift.  We at Tennis Fixation recommend you check out Me and Goji!


Photo courtesy of Me and Goji
© Kim Selzman 2009
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May 26, 2009

It's A Tennis Party!

It is officially the end of the Spring tennis season here and it seems that there is an end-of-season party every few days now. I love parties and I especially love tennis parties. I have hosted several and I always try to have some cute, inexpensive, tennis-themed party favor to hand out. Here are a few favorites, from virtually no effort to create to very little, if any, effort to create:

1. Pink Tennis Balls - While I'm not a fan of playing matches with pink balls, they are awfully sweet looking. Apparently, a lot of other people don't like playing with them as they are always on sale. So buy them when you see them, tie a ribbon around the can and - voila! Tennis party favor!

2. Tennis "Emergency Kit" - Now, this one requires absolutely no craft skills. Anyone can do it. Take an empty tennis ball can (which I assume you save because surely there is some use for those things) and fill it with all of the little things one might need for a match - a mini-pack of tylenol, a hair band, a band-aid, a mini-tube of sunscreen, lip balm, a small pack of candy - you get the idea. I once received one that had a mini-margarita kit in it! Fill the can, tie on a ribbon and, once again, you are a party favor genius!

3. Personalized Notepaper - This I did for a really special group of tennis friends. I set up a Word document that was to print on an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of paper with a landscape orientation so that there would be two notepaper halves side-by-side (5 1/2" x 4 1/4" when cut) on each sheet, put each person's name at the top in a pretty font and color, and included a clever tennis saying at the bottom of each notepaper (this one happened to be "I Play Tennis for LAFS" which was the summer league we were in). After printing, the pages were cut in half and bundled with colorful ribbon. Much applause from recipients who thought this was the height of craftiness.

4. Team Key Chain - Similar to the tennis notepaper but with just a tiny bit of craft skill involved because you have to go to a craft store. Buy little key chain kits, designed for kids to do (so should be easy, right?). You pop the plastic cover off, insert your computer print-out design, snap the cover back on, and there you have your team key chain. I made these for a summer league one year - one side had a picture of Brad Pitt on it and the other side said "Brad Pitt and Tennis - No Place But LAFS" (same summer league, into fun stuff). These were a huge hit. As would be anything tying together Brad Pitt and tennis.

5. Personalized Tennis Towel - Let me be clear here - I am not talking about the kind of personalized tennis towel that has been professionally monogrammed. That is reserved for a captain's gift. Or a gift for your teenage daughter who has finally seen the tennis-playing light. Rather, what I mean is a "homemade" tennis towel that starts with a cheap white hand towel purchased at some place like Wal-Mart and is "personalized" with an iron-on generated by you on your computer. You can buy iron-on paper that you feed through your printer at any craft or office supply store. Believe me, I have done this and it is not only easy, it makes you look like some kind of craft goddess (which may or may not be a good thing).

© Kim Selzman 2009
All Rights Reserved