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Surprise Gifts & Party Games

Surprises, Sparks and Splendor

Judy Walker says she was a ""right brain"" kid growing up in a ""left brain"" household. Her parents were scientific and orderly, while Judy wanted every day to be a carnival full of surprises. Now that she’s an adult and founder of TOPS Malibu, Judy has created her childhood wish. Her fanciful creations inspire excitement, curiosity and a hint of nostalgia.

Which wonder will you choose for your next special gathering? There
are the Surprize Cornucopias, filled with vintage-style toys and prizes like confetti poppers, retro candy and treasure soap. Or maybe you’re more in the mood for Surprize Balls? Light up some Deluxe Sparklers (who doesn't love sparklers?) or Magic Yule Logs that create colorful flames in the fireplace. If you want to get people chatting, try a themed Conversation Game, such as Wine Time (for the 21+ crowd) and Birthday Time (for all ages), at your next party.

Becca Lee introduced Julia to the treasures of TOPS Malibu on her birthday, and the fun was contagious. With the holidays nearly upon us, a bit of whimsy is a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of our jam-packed schedules. So go ahead, grab some sparklers. It's the little things that make the most magic.

— Mir
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Judy
    Judy

    Hi, I am Judy Walker and my company is TOPS Malibu. Do you ever wonder what to do at your next party or gathering? How to have more fun and bring people closer?

    I invent & design products that add a fun surprise to celebrations. My desire is to bring people together and take them out of their shells to share more of each other.

    Surprise brings a burst of laughter or an ah-ha! Moment of recognition. People drop their guard, creating deeper connection & a memorable time. It is a thrill to be included in Daily Grommet.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/12/2010 1:12 PM

    The details for any Grommet feature can be found on the Details tab by clicking the tab above the Grommet's story (below its video). Today's feature has many details so I wanted to make sure that no one missed that tab!

    Judy - what a wonderful way to add a little festivity into any event!

  • Dianne
    Dianne
    11/12/2010 1:47 PM

    I LOVE THIS!!! This is so up my alley...something I would do. (Only wish I thought of it!) Katherine, thanks for reminding me that about the details tab, I was looking for more information. Just wondering what is in the Christmas one???

    Also, do you have any more details on the conversation starters? What type of questions are in each one??? I already have so many reasons to purchase different ones. My son, will turn 25 in January and lives hours away. I will send him the birthday cornucopia. Not sure who will enjoy it more, me or him! We have a gas fireplace, but it will be so much fun to burn the yule log in our firepit out on the deck. We live in Michigan, but this is something I will do all year long, not just on snowy days. These are also something I would keep extras of tucked away for those times when you need a gift or conversation starters to pull out when you not everyone knows each other. My closet will be stuffed with these. I have so many ideas swirling around. Thanks for another GREAT GROMMET :)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/12/2010 2:04 PM

    @Dianne: I love all of your ideas and I love that this Grommet has stirred your imagination! I will let Judy tell you more about the specifics not covered in our details. Thanks for posting!

  • Judy
    Judy – Special Guest
    11/12/2010 2:48 PM

    @Dianne: The Christmas Surprize Cornucopia includes a Surprise Ball in the cone. 12+ gifts total in the ball and cone. Here are the kinds of prizes we put inside. We vary them so if someone at a party gives our product, everyone will get different gifts.

    Christmas:

    Surprise Ball, Metal Wish capsule with a paper scroll inside for writing your Holiday wish, game book or magic trick, Rudoloh nose, fortune, sweets: organic lollipop, candy cane or Italian candies, bells,fortune fish,

    4 " sparkler, quotes, tickets to Happiness etc, pinecone, confetti popper, Chinese yoyo, tattoo,Holiday fun bracelet and ring, finger puppets, mini beach ball, 3 D images.

    The Hanukkah Surprize Cornuopia has 12+ fun prizes similar to above but includes Judaica items and Kosher Candy, a popper that says L'Chaim etc.

    Questions Sticks:

    Pasta Time : These questions are marked Spicy, Meaty, Cheesy and Saucy. Whoever answers one in each category first is the winner. No true winners - just loads of fun for everyone.

    Here are some examples of questions: How difficult is it for you to keep a secret? What would you title your life story. What do you wear to bed? What little things do you hide? Do you collect anything? How are you different than your friends, similar?

    Party Time : Have you ever found money, explain. Describe your dream job. Who could you call in the middle of the night? Describe the first concert you attended.

    Birthday Time: Guess the most popular birthday in America, Why? Propose a birthday toast to the birthday person. Share some early birthday smells you remember. Go around the room telling the favorite birthday present you ever received.

    Wine Time: Describe each person in the room using wine terms. (sweet, full bodied. spicy, complex, oaky) Name some wines that are not made with grapes.

    About how many grapes in a bottle of wine?

    There are 20+ prizes in the Grande Surprize Cornucopia. They are for adults and kids of all ages to give for celebrations and birthdays. There is nothing like receiving a 32" grande cornucopia. It is reminiscent of being a kid at the carnival with a huge cotton candy or a beauty queen receiving a huge bouquet of roses.

    Prizes vary and include:

    surprise ball, crown, bubbles, confetti fountain, butterfly art paper confetti, clown nose, gems, sweets: organic lollipops and oversized taffy, charms, finger puppets, mini sparkler, mini beach ball, whoopie cushion, Wish Papers, Poof balls (which are like pea shooters that you blow paper mache balls through tubes), magic tricks, game book, quotes, gemstone, fortune, fortune fish. For ages 3 and up due to small parts.

    Most of the gifts inside are interactive.

    Enjoy!

  • Dianne
    Dianne
    11/13/2010 12:26 PM

    @Judy Walker: On my gosh, thank you so very much for that very detailed list. It really does help me. I have thought of so many reasons to have closet full of these cornucopias and gifts, ready to pull out when the moment strikes. All through the holidays, I would put out those "English" poppers at every place setting. The ones that give a pop when you pull them apart and everyone gets a paper hat and one little toy. I think it would be much more fun and interactive to pull out the ball and pass it around the table. Each person would roll out the paper until a gift is revealed and then onto the next person, everyone waiting to see what the next one gets. You could keep passing it around until it is emptied, leaving everyone with cute trinkets, laughter, and memories. If you have a larger group you could pass around 2 or 3 at the same time. The youngest one starts one and the oldest starts another. It doesn't matter because they are appropiate for all age levels. I can just see a 7 year old putting a tattoo on Great Gramma! The question sticks would be so much fun. I think that these are questions would keep on bringing more laughter and good times long after the party. Someone could then ask a question or two at work or school, passing on more laughter and fun. What a wonderful hostess gift or extra gift to have on hand and already wrapped. What a wonderful Grommet!

  • claire
    claire
    11/12/2010 10:03 PM

    Do you have any for New Year's Eve?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/13/2010 12:32 AM

    @claire: these would be great for any event!

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