Monday, March 14, 2011

Conversation Starter Cards on my $0 budget

Before I start I want to let everyone know that due to such positive support, I will be hosting a $0 Budget Party at the end of the month. Since this will be my first party, I would really love it if everyone who has any ideas (no matter how big or small) to remember to stop by and share them.  I will finalize the date soon but I was thinking April 1st. What do you think?


Here my fun $0 family building craft.

Last summer, my daughter and I had a girls day out in New York City. We went shopping and I took her to the American Girl restaurant for a special dinner. We had the most amazing time! If you have ever been, you know they have a box full of cards on the table with questions or conversation starters to ask the other people at your table. My daughter loved this and I really enjoyed giving her answers to questions we would never have thought about. Like "What is your favorite childhood memory?" or "If you were able to give up one chore for the rest of your life, what would it be?"

This past weekend my daughter asked if we could write up some questions and discuss them at the dinner table.  I thought it was an amazing idea. We wrote our own questions and then went on the internet and searched for "conversation starter questions" and found hundreds.

Materials:
Questions
Scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
Small box

Method:
I put all the questions in one Word file and then converted the text into a table with 2 columns. I formatted the rows to fit 8 questions on each page. We selected a font we loved and started printing them on light colored scrapbook paper. In total we had 20 pages or 160 questions.

Since I could not run to the Dollar store to buy a cute little box to store these in (doesn't fit in my budget of $0), I got resourceful. I used a cup a soup box to create a custom sized holder for the 160 questions.

I covered the box with a piece of scrapbook paper she selected and Mod Podge. I punch 2 holes in the top flap and on the body of the box so I could thread a piece of ribbon through. I used a large bead (doesn't match 100% but she loves it) to slip through the bottom loop to keep the lid closed.

We have put this on our lazy susan in the middle of the table so that when we sit down at dinner we can ask each other questions. It really is fun!

A small project but it still falls within my $0 budget.

If anyone would like me to email them the 20 page Word file (so you can print them yourself or change them to best suit your family), please download it here or leave me a comment with your email address and I would be happy to send it to you.

Side note: I have found we have gotten closer as a family since we started this spend free month. We have spent 2 full weeks without going shopping. We play games, talk, do crafts together or simply lay on the couch and watch a movie. The money saved this month will be nice, but the family bonding time is truly priceless!


Thanks everyone!

95 comments:

  1. Another fantastic $0 project that benefits the whole family. This is a lovely idea.
    Anne xx
    P.S. Recycling the soup box is fab.

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  2. What a great idea, I would love it if you could email me the file. Please email to klscupboard@comcast.net.

    Thanks so much for sharing this!

    ~KerrieLynn ღೋ☙❤
    KLsCupboard.blogspot
    KLs Cupboard on Facebook
    KLs Cupboard on Twitter

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  3. Love it! This is a perfect idea for getting my family back around the table together. I'd love the file since you've so graciously offered. :) My e-mail is rosebug40hive@gmail.com.

    Thank you!
    Susan

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  4. I've been pondering doing this idea for a while! If you would please share it with me that would be great!

    Adorable!

    Morrest1101@aol.com

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  5. I would love to start this with our little family of 3; so, if you would be so kind to e-mail your file, that would be fantastic!
    Thanks for the offer, Kendra
    burns (at) jwstucki (dot) org

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  6. This is so creative - and just my kind of thing! I'd love for you to link up at my new Tuesday Time Out!

    http://reasonstoskipthehousework.blogspot.com/2011/03/tuesday-time-out-link-up-party.html

    Smiles,
    Melanie
    http://reasonstoskipthehousework.blogspot.com

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  7. Thank you so much for being willing to share. I would love it if you would send me the file. My email address is stephanieruth1983@hotmail.com. Really enjoying your blog!

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  8. I love your ideas, how creative. Please send me the file when you have time. Thanks so much!
    cameron_d_harris@yahoo.com

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  9. What a great idea to illiminate frivulous spending! And you get to spend great quality time together! I would love for you to stop by and link up to my Ten Buck Tuesday link party!

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  10. I would also love if you sent me the 20 page document :)

    youngnester(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. You are such a cool Mom! I would love this file. It will be interesting to hear some answers.
    tanyapoohbear@gmail.com

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  12. This is awesome. Please send me the list! jsbrownca@gmail.com

    you have inspired me to go on a spending freeze. I realized I have so much stuff I need to use up and i think I have a ton of things I can make for free just need inspiration and time! Keep these awesome ideas coming.

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  13. This is so neat! Please send me the list. skadams80@msn.com
    Thanks!!!

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  14. Hi, I would love a copy of the questions, we did a similar craft for our MOPS group, but we have gone through the questions too many times. Thanks. Lesley brightonfamily4@gmail.com

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  15. That is a wonderful idea! I would love a copy of the questions! Thank you SO much! MalissaAnne@gmail.com

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  16. I absolutely love the conversation starter box idea and would be so happy if you would email it to me. I am a sahm and am always looking for fun ideas to do, make, engage with the family.

    jmason_3@yahoo.com

    Jen :)

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  17. Love the conversation starter idea...we've been trying to come up with ways to get our children's grandparents to tell stories about their lives. Maybe something like this would make it easier. THanks for the idea and i would appreciate a copy of your questions.

    Connie

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  18. Me, too! I'd love a copy!

    jenclair(at)aol(dot)com

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  19. Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance. www.colieskitchen.com

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  20. Linda P ladyljp@comcast.netMarch 17, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    I would love to have a copy of your questions, not only for family gatherings, but also for my Activity Day Girls. What a wonderful way to welcome new girls. Thank you so very much.

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  21. I love the $0 busget ideas. Would you please snd a copy of the questions. Thanks you --
    mchoules@aol.com

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  22. I too would love a copy of the questions! It's really interesting to hear the things kids come up with...great family bonding time! beccagwin@gmail.com

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  23. I adore this idea! I saw something like this in a cutesy store, picked it up and nearly dropped it when I saw the hefty price tag. I'd love to have the file; thanks for being so generous! mdschoolmrs(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. What a great idea!! Please send me the file when you have time. Thanks for sharing.
    barbackerman@yahoo.com

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  25. What a lovely idea ! I'm also into recycling,reducing, reusing & rethinking ..its so much fun to see what you can create from junk or what people just throw away with out even thinking! so saving the planet and our money.that's a win win in my book !
    Sherrie from Aus at Simpleliving

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  26. What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing, please send me the file when you have time.

    rribeiropt2ATgmail.com
    Renata, from Portugal

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  27. Love this idea. Thank you so much for being willing to email it to everyone. I would like a copy, swamerican@gmail.com
    I look forward to reading more $0 budget ideas.

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  28. Wow! Love it! would love your file!
    jouellette@ensi.ca

    Thank you!

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  29. Wonderful! I would love a copy! eannoliver@aol.com Thanks so much for sharing!

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  30. I would love a copy too! I've done these before but I would like to add to my questions...

    heritagerus@sbcglobal.net

    Thanks!

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  31. Thanks for sharing! I would love to have a copy.

    trebliha@yahoo.com

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  32. Awesome! I've thought of making the same... what a great idea!

    I'd love to have you share this at my For the Kids Link Party! Stop by and check it out!

    http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/03/for-kids-friday-3.html

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  33. What a great & frugal project, love it! :)
    I'd love for you to email me a copy of your file too.. thanks!
    Can't wait for your first linky party!

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  34. Would love a copy of the file if you have time to email to one more person, lol! Thanks for a great idea!

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  35. I would love a copy of the file if you have time. I work with college students, and while I don't have family-around-the-table time, I'm always looking for ways to get the students to talking.
    award24@hotmail.com

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  36. What a fun idea! I would love a copy of the file! Thank you so much for sharing!

    tmt678@gmail.com

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  37. I would love to have a copy of the file. Thank you.
    lrineker@sha.state.md.us

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  38. Love this..we have a few but so happy to get more. Thanks for sharing!

    Stacey
    sk33071@yahoo.com

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  39. I would love to have this file of conversation starters to take on our first ever family vacation in a couple of weeks. Thank you so much!
    Linda
    pioneer588@yahoo.com

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  40. Oh I would LOVE if you emailed me that list. I recently made up sets of 'fabric conversation coasters' with questions on and my girls LOVE them at dinner time:

    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/2011/02/talking-coasters-tutorial.html

    I would love some more ideas for more coasters to make!
    Thanks so much for sharing - you have a really interesting blog here!
    Have a lovely week

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  41. Sorry - forgot my email!

    jillinamillion@y7mail.com

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  42. I'd love a copy of the word file. Thanks for sharing!

    flackj@consolidated.net

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  43. I would lov copy of the file! What a great idea! I really like the idea of not spending for Lent!
    Smarsalek@hotmail.com

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  44. I love the idea and can see how it would bring family together, thank you.

    Please send me the file at Galewiggins@gmail.com
    Thanks again and I can't wait to see what other $0 projects you come up with :)

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  45. oo, please send me the file

    hntersmom@yahoo.com

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  46. What a wonderful idea. I would love to have the conversation starters file sent to me as well
    rgrijalva78@gmail.com Thank you

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  47. I would love the questions! Thank you!
    elaine_willig (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  48. I love this and would love to have the questions sent to me. I am looking forward to using this when my granddaughters come to visit for the summer.
    I would also like to ask, would it be okay if I posted this on my blog?
    Thank you so much.
    Sherree

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  49. I'd love a copy of your conversation starters! Please email them to me: bethd802@gmail.com.
    Perhaps a nice complement to this... The Kids Book of Questions (Gregory Stock)
    Thanks again!

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  50. Could you e-mail me your file? nurselambrecht@gmail.com

    Thanks for such great ideas! I've always wanted this game but always found it too expensive!

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  51. I just found your blog and love it! I love the conversation starter box and would love if you could email the questions. my email address is casandrastevenson@hotmail.com
    Thanks so much for sharing!

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  52. What a GREAT idea! I would LOVE to have your list of questions - thanks for offering. Love your blog!

    lacy286@comcast.net

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  53. I would love to get a copy of these. Wonderful idea!!!

    hofffam2@msn.com

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  54. Great idea - love it! Please email me the file with the list of questions - conessa_2001@yahoo.com

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  55. Love this idea! Can you please email me the starter set?

    Galewiggins @ gmail dot com

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  56. Hi can you email the list to me? What a great way to spend quality time together! mizzoutiger_76705@yahoo.com

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  57. Hi, our family has used many store bought conversation starter cards but I would love to have your file if you still have it , to make my own set. Thanks for all the great ideas on your site. jimmysann4@aol.com

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  58. What a neat idea, I would love a copy.
    wanda_vaughan@hotmail.com
    Thanks

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  59. I know I'm late to commenting on this, but I wanted to say that I'll be doing 2 sets of these: 1 for my family and 1 for my AVID class at school (it's a college prep class - I teach 7th graders)! Good job on the $0 spending. I don't know if I could do it :)

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  60. I will really appreciate if u can mail me the file!!!! @ forever_ahmars@ hotmail.com. Thanks in advance.

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  61. Could you please send me this file?! It would be perfect for my speech kiddos! Amy_phelps@live.com

    Thank you!

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  62. If you would be willing to send me the file for your conversation starters, I would really appreciate it! This is such a great idea!
    mirandanoll1@yahoo.com

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  63. I would love it if you could send me a copy of your file! I just found your blog through a post on pinterest, LOVE IT!

    whetselm@hotmail.com

    Thank you so much!

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  64. I'd love a copy of the word file, if you don't mind sending it when you have time. Thanks! Great idea!

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  65. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea. My granddaughter had the opportunity to have lunch at American Girl Cafe and really enjoyed the questions. We had quite a lively lunch. Her answers were a riot. I was unable to download the questions. If you could email them to be, I would be most appreciative. Carol caw529@optonline.net
    Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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  66. could you send me your list of questions please? Great fun! saracswanson@gmail.com

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  67. Okay, I'm having so much fun on your blog! My productive day has come to a screeching halt. I know this post is a year old, but I can't sign in to Google Docs to download your conversation starter topics and I would love to have them emailed to me if you are still offering. (And if you are not, I am still going to keep having tons of fun on this blog--well done!!!)

    wordwhirler@yahoo.com

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  68. This is an excellent idea! If you don't mind sharing, I would love your document to make some for my family. My email address is eringerhardt@hotmail.com Thanks!

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  69. Awesome for family time, would you please send me the file at andrea.bruske@hotmail.com

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  70. I'd LOVE a copy of this aksamantha@gmail.com

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  71. I'd love a copy as well--thanks so much in advance! I'm planning an American Girl birthday, and it looks like this project will be used long after the party is over! Jxdaugherty@sbcglobal.net

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  72. I would love a copy of this as well, I tried downloading but had problems...What a great idea! My husband has been out of work for several months and so I just found your blog and love it. My email is smitty2101@att.net

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  73. I am online looking for tips on how to make conversation cards for my wedding favours and found your blog! Brilliant! If you could send me the file I would be so appreciative. Thank you lea@leaforbes.com

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  74. I am loving this site! Would you mind sending me the file of conversation starters....such a great idea! Thanks! Brings78@aol.com

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  75. Could you please send me a copy of the file, they are fab!
    my email is dmacguinness@yahoo.co.uk

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  76. Hey I would love a copy of this conversation starter files. if you could email it to jessicaca.lynn@gmail.com then i could print it off and everything thanks a ton!

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  77. Fab... can I get a copy of your conversation starters please...
    daydreambeliever1964@gmail.com

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    1. Please e-mail me your conversation starter questions--a lovely idea. jwprestridgejr@att.net

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  78. Hi there, I love this idea. May I ask you to send me the file of the questions to my email address? donnamarcelle@yahoo.com

    Thanks!

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  79. Hi. This is a great idea. Would you email me the file, too, please?
    Thank you so much :)
    yentruoc.mail@gmail.com
    ~Courtney

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  80. I'm planning an American Girl party for my daughter and would love this file. Would you please email it to me ? Thank you
    -jdegaetano1@yahoo.com

    -Jessica

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  81. This is great, thanks for your willingness to share. Can you please email me the file kim_peck731@yahoo.com

    Thanks! Kim

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  82. I didn't like the case, but the cards are even better than the ones stores are selling.

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  83. Bravo! What a great idea! Every Tuesday we get together with friends from church for dinner? I'm always scrambling at the last minute to come up with conversation starters. It never crossed my mind to make a box! (Serious, palm to forehead moment! Lol) Would you mind sharing the fie? JayAndRene@yahoo.com
    Thanks oodles,
    René

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  85. I would love a copy of the file with the questions. Please send them to pstorrey99@yahoo.com

    Awesome idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  87. I love the idea! It's a fun way to get to know friends and family! Can you please e-mail me your file at stacylcharlton@gmail.com. ThanksM

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  88. Great idea! Would you please send me the file? I want to use this for my staff returning back to school. My email is
    jenni6@me.com

    Thank you!

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  89. This is a great idea. Would love to use this with my family and youth group that I work with.
    Goodfellow.family@sympatico.ca

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  90. Thank you for your ideas. I found you through pinterest. :)

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  91. love it!!! can you share the file with me? anaosorno@hotmail.com
    thanks

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  92. Yes please. If you're still sharing. nicholehinderer@yahoo.com

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  93. What a wonderful project. Would love to receive a copy of your card sayings. Please send to bettymcclelland@shaw.ca
    Thanks so much

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  94. Sounds awesome! Please email a copy of your card sayings. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT! gerrisavage@msn.com

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