Monday, March 24, 2014

The Joy of Gifts and Teaching Students, The Lil' Shoppers Way

No cost to the school and students learning valuable skills about inventory, budgeting and purchase planning? Sounds great! This describes the gift giving opportunity that is The Lil' Shoppers Shoppe brought to you by The Chip Shoppe.
For over 37 years, The Lil' Shoppers Shoppe has assisted thousands of schools by offering a convenient, educational, and safe way for students to experience a program that is like no other.

The Lil' Shoppers Shoppe is available year-round for schools to participate, and was developed with the PTA and PTO to help students of all ages. It features over 100 quality gifts that change each year and over 85% of the items are $5 or less, and 50 cents is provided to students who don't have money! All necessary supplies and services are given to the school including: 
  • Colorful Parent Letters (also available in Spanish)
  • Budget Envelopes
  • Decorated Tablecloths
  • 3 Different Sizes of Gift Bags
  • Colorful "Coming Soon!" Event Posters
  • Chairperson Planning Guide
  • Guaranteed Pre-Holiday Delivery on Every Reorder Item
  • Pre-Coded Merchandise For Easy Checkout
  • Pre-Priced Tent Cards (with images of items)
  • UPS Next Day Delivery on All Re-Orders
  • Complete 24/7 online chairperson website
We even have a handy app that allows for smooth transactions. All the Shoppe needs to run is volunteers and then it's time to have fun. Students enjoy the fun of gift giving for the family. Teachers enjoy introducing store management in a fun way, and the school administration gets to provide this excellent service for their school. With The Lil' Shoppers Shoppe everyone wins! Visit the The Lil' Shoppers Shop to check out the gifts, the 100% satisfaction guarantee, and to signup. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Get your Cake Boss Cakes Here!

It’s here! Now is your chance to try delicious cakes from Cake Boss!

Cake Boss is a show on TLC featuring Buddy Valastro and his crew as they make amazing cakes for famous people as well as people in the area of Hoboken, New Jersey, where his bakery, Carlo’s Bakery is located. Since the premiere, over 140 million people have tuned into the Cake Boss. 30 million of that being children that are watching, it is perfect for the whole family.

Buddy himself runs Carlo’s Bakery, along with his big Italian family. They offer everything from cupcakes and cakes to cannoli’s and pound cakes. A delicious treat to satisfy that sweet tooth of yours!

Now for the good stuff…

The Chip Shoppe has been awarded a very exciting opportunity! We will be testing a new fundraising product line, CAKE BOSS CAKES! The Chip Shoppe will be partnering to promote a product line in fundraising. Before we launch this program next fall, we are looking for a few select groups to help test this unique fundraising opportunity.

What are the products?

This line will start out with the frozen cakes from cake boss. There are 5 different kinds to choose from.

Whole Lotta Carrots


Dulce De Leche 


Oh My Ganache!


Va Va Velvet 


It’s My Party


Here’s where you come in…

Participate in our Cake Boss market test and every item sold will earn your group or school a minimum of $16.00 in profit. For example, a class of 30 students selling 5 items each can profit over $2,400. If you can use the money, we certainly can use your help! A quick, no risk product market test is all it takes to earn additional funds for your school.

We now have the exclusive fundraising distribution rights to distribute Cake Boss Products for Fundraising! They are exclusive in the states of WI, OK, MN, IA, NE, ND, SD, KS, MO and IL.

If you are interested please call us at 1-800-771-2447.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Coming Soon: The Chip Shoppe Winter Warehouse Sale

­­­­It’s that time of year again for The Chip Shoppe Winter Warehouse Sale in St. Cloud, MN and Jackson, WI!

Are you ready for loads of savings and great products? Join us for the Winter Warehouse Sale. Hurry on over because each sale lasts only 3 days!

ST. CLOUD, MN
4759 Heatherwood Rd.
December 12th, 13th & 14th
Thurs & Fri 7 am-7 pm
Sat 8 am-2 pm

JACKSON, WI
N169 W21177 Tower Dr.
December 5th, 6th & 7th
Thurs & Fri 7 am-7 pm
Sat 8 am-2 pm

The Chip Shoppe Winter Warehouse sale will feature all of your favorite products just in time for the holidays... cheesecakes, cookie dough, braided bread, gourmet soup, pies, gift wrap, gift bags, jewelry, candles, chocolates, calendars, household kitchen items, and many more products that would be great to give as gifts for the holidays.

You don’t want to miss these outstanding prices! All foods will be priced at $6.00 and all gift items will be 75% off! Plus, if you go to our Facebook page, you can download a coupon for 1 FREE gift item with a purchase.

The Chip Shoppe Warehouse Sale is the perfect place to go to get your holiday shopping done AND you get to save money while doing it!


We would love to see you there!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Simple Snacks Kids Can Make


When your kids come home from school, chances are they are going to have an appetite before the arrival of dinner. But what can be easily prepared when they’re by themselves? While you are at work, here are 5 simple treats that your child can easily make! Trust us, with these delicious recipes, they will want to time and time again.

Chocolate-dipped fruit
  • All it takes is two simple ingredients: fruit + one bar of The Chip Shoppe’s ‘One Dollar Chocolate Bars.’ 
  • Cut up apples, oranges, bananas, or strawberries ahead of time for your child (or if they are old enough, allow them to cut it themselves) and store the fruit in the refrigerator. 
  • When your child comes home, the only thing that is left to do is melt the chocolate bar in the microwave. Every microwave is different, but we suggest breaking up the chocolate bar into bite-size pieces, and starting the microwave out at 1 minute cooking time. 
  • If you want to get really creative, we recommend freezing the fruit. Bananas are especially fun to eat and the cold fruit with the warm, melted chocolate makes for a great combination. 



English muffin Pizzas

  • These are a great easy snack that will surely fill your child up until dinner. Start out with 1 English muffin and put it in the toaster until it is golden brown. This will create the crust-like texture of an actual pizza. 
  • Once it is toasted, place the English muffin on a microwave-safe plate. Have your child add one spoonful of pizza/marinara sauce onto the muffin and spread it across like jam. 
  • Sprinkle on a handful of pre-shredded cheese, and microwave for 30 seconds on high. 
  • If your child is not a picky eater, suggest topics like olives, peppers, or pineapple to add some produce to the mix! 


Chip Shoppe Soup + Cheese Roll-Ups

  • The Chip Shoppe offer 3 lb bags that are already made to “heat and eat!” Introduce your child to the heating instructions specific to the type of soup you purchased, and show them how to make the appropriate serving size. 
  • While the soup is being heated up, it is time for the making of the cheese roll-up! Place a wheat tortilla on a microwave-safe plate and sprinkle pre-shredded cheddar cheese over the tortilla. When the soup is done in the microwave, replace it with the plate of the cheese roll-up and microwave for 45 seconds on high. 
  • Have your child wait at least 30 seconds before attempting to roll up the tortilla. After this is done, let the dipping of the tortilla into the soup commence! 



Trail Mix Popcorn
  • On a free day, have you and your child make trail mix. You may stick with the classics (chocolate chips, raisins, peanuts, and m&m’s), or get creative with pistachios, sunflower seeds, peanut-butter chips, or even marshmallows! Fill the mix in sandwich bags that can be used throughout the week. 
  • Microwave the popcorn using the standard directions on the bag. Once it is safe to open the bag, have your child mix the popcorn and one of the sandwich bags of trail mix together in a large salad bowl. Easy two step process for a salty and sweet treat! 


Turkey Roll-Ups 
  • Another quick two ingredient snack that is guaranteed to satisfy! Have your child wrap a string cheese around a piece or two of deli turkey meat. To make sure it stays, place a toothpick in the middle. If you are worried of having your child use a toothpick, refrain and just tell them to wrap it tight and hold it with their hands


With these five simple snack ideas, you should ever hear... "mom, dad I am hungry! What can I eat!?"



Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gift Wrapping Ideas

Gift Wrapping Ideas



Gift-wrap has been evolving since gifts have been given. Even the way a gift has been concealed has been improved. In America the use of modern wrapping paper is credited to Joyce and Rollie Hall. In 1917 these brothers were having an exceptionally good holiday season at their stationary store. When they ran out of tissue paper (what people were using to conceal gifts) they replaced it with “Fancy French Paper” (traditionally used for lining envelopes). The “Fancy French Paper” was an instant success and by 1919 they were printing their own wrapping paper. Today gift presentation is as important today as it was nearly 100 years ago.

Here are three modern ideas to help improve your gift’s presentation:

1.     Picture nametags: Rather than writing the recipients name decorate their gift with their picture.

2.     Bedazzled bows- adding a brooch or beads will add sophistication to your bow.




3.     Flowers- flower arrangements will add elegance to your present.



Whether you want to go simple or fancy when wrapping your gifts this year, we have the gift wrap supplies you need to get you started! View our holiday catalogs here.



Thursday, October 24, 2013

5 Essential Ideas To Make Your Fundraiser More Successful


Fundraising for your school can be rewarding and at the same time frustrating. At the Chip Shoppe, we are passionate about not just providing a program we believe in, but one that is successful to you. We’ve put together some key topics that will help you navigate school fundraising and run the most successful campaign you can:

Set a Goal
Decide what amount of money you plan to raise. Your goals should say exactly what you’re hoping to achieve. Setting a higher goal will help to inspire your donors and yourself!

Tell your story
There’s a reason why you are supporting a cause or working toward a goal. Communicate your goals to your friends, family, co-workers and other potential donors. It’s a critical part of your fundraising success.

Get face-to-face
They are many great opportunities to make in-person asks, like dinner parties, sports games, family reunions or dinners, or community meetings. Going door-to-door may seem old-fashioned, but it helps children develop personal and sales skills. You might think it is hard to ask for money in-person, but it is actually more difficult for people to say "No" to you when you ask face-to-face.

Follow up
It’s very common for people to put things off. We all live busy lives and have a lot of other responsibilities on our plates. A little reminder nudge never hurt anyone. Don’t hesitate to follow-up with a reminder, especially as a deadline approaches.

“Thank you”
When your fundraiser comes to a close, make sure to follow up with everyone that supported you with a THANK YOU! It’s a simple thing to do, but also one of the most powerful ways to let your supporters know what a difference they have made.

We hope these tips are helpful and inspire success in your next fundraising adventure. As always, you can chat, email, or call us with any questions or concerns. We are glad to help! Click here to contact us.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Happy Halloween from The Chip Shoppe!


Halloween is just around the corner, and it’s one of our favorite holidays! It’s so much fun dressing up, playing games, and decorating! The Chip Shoppe wants you to make the most out of Halloween this year, which is why we have complied a list of activities, crafts, and treats.

Activities

Halloween Scavenger Hunt: Get outside in the beautiful fall weather and enjoy a Halloween themed scavenger hunt! Also, keep it a friendly competition with some warm apple cider or hot cocoa at the end for everyone. Here is a full list of objects you could hide on the scavenger hunt. Some include a witch’s hat, decorated door, spider web, and much more.

Halloween themed parties
1. Have a Monster Bash themed party! Have guests dress up as witches, ghosts, Frankenstein, or vampires! You can even offer a “Most Lovable Monster” award!

2. You can't go wrong with Disney! Disney is all about promoting fun for children so it’s great to have prizes for the best dancer, best Disney villain, hero, and more.

3. If Harry Potter doesn’t scream Halloween season, we don’t know what does! Have the kiddos dress up as their favorite character and have the Harry Potter movie soundtracks playing spookily in the background. You could even give each guest his or her own wand.

Crafts

Have a no carve pumpkin decorating! Forget the mess, kids can create masterpieces without even touching a knife. Set out buckets filled with colorful Halloween favors (googly-eyed glasses, witch's fingers, red lips, eye brows, ribbon, and more). The finished product will make great decorations and everyone will have something unique!

Make DIY favor cups with googly-eyes made from crepe paper and candy eyeballs. These adorable mummies will have all the treats any kid could want while trick or treating! It’s quick and budget friendly. All you will need is paper cups, white crepe streamer 500 feet, and candy eye decorations.

Yummy Treats

Edible eyeballs: they are just too good looking for the kids to pass up. They really only take 20 minutes to make and then an hour of chill time. For the complete recipe, click here!

Apple bites: these are hilarious and extremely easy to make! We suggest adding caramel to make it an even sweeter treat. This is a healthier option for the kids to get their Halloween treat fill! All you need are apples, slivered almonds, and caramel if you want!

Ghost and pumpkins: If you are looking for healthy and deliciously creepy Halloween treat, make banana ghost and clementine and celery pumpkins!

Have a great Halloween this year and enjoy all of the spooky activities that come along with it!