Thursday, December 13, 2012

Basic Etiquette

  Basic Etiquette From Sandy’s Land

Table Manners not only include proper eating, it also shows considerate for others.

  1. Always say thank you when served something, this shows appreciation.
  1. Eat with a fork unless the food is meant to be eaten with your fingers, such as finger foods. For example, tea sandwiches, cookies and small desserts can be eaten with your fingers. Eat slowly to enjoy the food and this helps with better digestion as well. Wait at least 5 to 10 seconds after swallowing before getting another forkful of food.
  2. Do not stuff your mouth full of food, it is not a pleasant sight to others and you could possibly choke.Always use a napkin to dab your mouth. Remember to keep napkin in your lap when not in use.
  3. Do not reach over someone’s plate for anything. Politely ask that the item be passed to you. This shows consideration to the person sitting next to you.
     5. Chew with your mouth closed. No one wants to hear smacking it does not look good and it         annoys other. And Do Not Talk with your mouth full.
6.Do not pick anything out of your teeth while sitting at the table, nor should you blow your nose at the table. Excuse yourself to go into the restroom to pick your teeth and nose (blow nose) J
7. If the meal is not buffet style, it is most proper and considerate to wait until everyone is served before eating. In addition, when eating rolls, tear off a piece of bread before buttering.
8. Always sit with a straight back. Do Not hunch over your plate. Make sure that your wrists or forearms rest on the table. Or place hands on your lap.
9. Don’t make any rude comments about any food being served because this may hurt someone’s feeling.

Table at Sandy's Land 2012 Sweets with Santa Christmas ParTEA held at the Fellowship Chapel

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sandy's Land ParTEA

Sandy's Land host ParTEAs for Girls and Boys. 

Our mission is to Party with a purpose where we include empowering interactive activities for ages 5 - 12
Sandy's Land ParTEA for Eight
Check out our ParTEA Set Up, click on link below
White Linen & Satin Chair Cover
Fushia Table Setting with Dessert Carousel (Ice Cream)
Pink & White Satin Linen with Heart Shaped Cups and Saucers
A few ParTEA packages: Tea for Two, Royal ParTEA, Princess & Pirates, Purple Passion, Princess Tiana ParTEA, Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Delight, Cookies & Cream, Strawberry Short Cake, Pajama Jam, Doll Party, Girls Night Out and I <3 ParTEA.

Price range for Sandy's Land ParTEA Packages are $120 - $350 for two to eight individuals.
Set up include:
  • Authentic Glass Tea Cup & Saucers
  •  Tea Pots
  •  Water Pitcher
  •  Sugar & Creamer Set
  • Decorated Table with Whimsical items including Party Theme
  • Demi Spoons
  • Fabric Napkins (lace, embroidered and or include napkin rings)
  • Satin Chair Covers
  • Chair Sash
  • Tea Warmers
  • Dessert Plates
  • Forks

Desserts: Tea Sandwiches, Cookies, Cake, Pies and Ice Cream.

Beverages: Lemonade, Party Punch, Hot Chocolate, Tea (mint, peach, and berry).

Arts & Crafts Projects: Designer Shirt, Dream It (Pillowcase design), Bling It (Shirt, Jeans or Shoes), Oh so cute (Bracelet), A Dash of Cute (hair adornment, head bands and fascinators), Fancy Flops (accessorize a pair of flip flop shoes), Cup Cakes (decorate cupcakes), Party Paint Apron, and Dolled Up (create a doll).

Activities: Balloon Run, Find it, Sack Race, Obstacle Course, Treasure Find, Wrong Words Hurt (WWH), P2 Dance and Power Search (activity sheet).

Add on: Candy Bar, Royal Pink Chair, Princess & Carriage Standee, Photographs, Fabric Back Drop, Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos, and Henna.

We host 2 to 12 individuals per party. In addition, we host Girls Night Out for Women. The Pink ParTEA can celebrate Cancer Survivors. Purple Passion ParTEA can celebrate Lupus Survivors.

Candy Bar created based on Color Theme

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sweets with Santa Christmas ParTEA

Sandy's Land presents Sweets with Santa Christmas ParTEA
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Fellowship Chapel, 7707 West Outer Drive, Detroit MI 48235
Live Entertainment, Magic Show, Delicious Desserts, Hot Chocolate, Delectable Menu and TEA. Beverages will be served in authentic China. Each table will be uniquely decorated with ornate whimisical items and will include glass tea cups, saucers, demi spoons, doilies, napkins and tea pots. Santa will have a few Elves on hand to assist him.
Come prepared to do some Christmas Shopping just before the Holiday. And take photographs with Santa and the Elves.

Essay participants must be between the age of 6 and 12. This event is for Boys and Girls. Essay topics are: What does Christmas mean to you? What was your BEST Christmas? And, Why do you celebrate Christmas? Choose one topic and write two (2) to five (5) paragraphs. Include age, name of school, contact name, number and address then email to Contest ends on November 30, 2012. Winners will receive 2 FREE Ticket to the Sweets with Santa Christmas ParTEA, for them and a (1) guest, and a gift. Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard will announced winners on her Radio Program (Dr. Deb's Kids) on WJLB FM 98 and their website. The winners will also be recognized on Social Media outlets such as facebook, twitter, blogspot, constant contact, and youtube.

Wear your FANCIEST Hat or FACINATOR to be crowned King or Queen in the Hat Fashion Show. Gifts provided to three (3) Winners.

We have VIP Tickets for $25 which includes a VIP Gift Bag, authentic Tea Cup & Saucer and 10 Tips of Basic Etiquette. You Must register online before NOVEMBER 25, 2012.

Thank you to Dr. Deborah Smith Pollard host of Strong Inspirations on WJLB FM 98 for her assistance/radio sponsorship
To find out more click on the link below:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Detroit Doll Show
Saturday, October 6, 2012
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
International Institute, 111 East Kirby Street, Detroit MI 48202
$5 Admission
Children 8 and Under get in for FREE!
Agenda: Doll exchange (swap), a series of workshops, vendors, fashion show, auction, face painting, character visit, food, prizes and Fun. The Fashion Show (Look-A-Like) is open to all Doll Show Participants. Criteria for Fashion Show is that the individual must coordinate their garment to match their favorite Doll (Doll MUST BE PRESENT). There will be prizes for 1 place, 2nd place and 3rd place winners. DEBUT of the Documentary, WHY DO YOU HAVE BLACK DOLLS? Directed and Produced by Samantha Knowles. Ms. Knowles will SKYPE in to answer questions in regards to her Film.

Program participants and or Worshop Presenters:

LaJeana Kennedy, Doll Designer
Erica Millbrooks, Founder of Shades So Sweet (handmade dolls)
Zawadi, Fine Artist/Doll Designer

Galen Pauling, Co-Founder of SanPaul Group llc, creator of Q.T. Pie
Terry Crawford, Doll Enthusiast
Sheri Crawley, Founder of Pretty Brown Girl
Honorary Chair, Debbie Behan Garrett creator of
Honorary Chair, Darla Davenport - Powell, creator of the Niya Doll
Doll Artist to display their hand made dolls: Marsha Lynn Philpot, Judy Sledge, and
Forrest Parks-Johnson
To Register visit For more information call 313-492-6953.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Hello Kitty Party Visits

Face Painting and Hello Kitty Visit

With ever two (2) hours of Face Painting with Sandy's Land service get a 30 minute FREE appearance of Hello Kitty at your next party. For each additional 30 minutes the fee is $45.

To check out Face Painting Prices visit To schedule your party call 313-492-6953.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Sandy's Land participate with the Celebrity Book Fair
Saturday, July 28 (Museum hours: 9 am – 5 pm)
10:00 am Gallery Talk with Jerry Pinkney in the Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney* exhibit - AT&T Gallery (requires museum admission)
11:00 am Living Arts Detroit (performance) - Multi-Purpose Room
11:30 am Detroit Windsor Dance Academy featuring Miss Black Michigan Alescia Hollowell - Multi-Purpose Room
12:00 pm Thiosane Performing Arts Company of Nsoroma Institute - Multi-Purpose Room
1:00 pm Storytelling with Gloria Jean Pinkney - Orientation Theater (Lower Level)
1:45 pm Gallery Talk with Jerry Pinkney in the Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney exhibit - AT&T Gallery (requires museum admission)
3:30 pm Storytelling with Gloria Jean Pinkney - Orientation Theater (Lower Level)

Free face painting by Sandra Epps begins at 11 am. Children’s workshops take place every hour from 10 am – 4 pm.

Guests will also be able to meet authors and have books signed by Jerry and Gloria Jean Pinkney.

Sunday, July 29 (Museum hours: 1 pm – 5 pm)
1 – 3 pm Jerry Pinkney Meet and Greet and Book Signing - Tent
1 – 5 pm Interactive puppet perfomances by Matrix Theatre Company - Orientation Theater (Lower Level)
1:30 pm Storytelling with Gloria Jean Pinkney - Multi-Purpose Room
2:30 pm Detroit Windsor Dance Academy featuring Miss Black Michigan Alescia Hollowell - Multi-Purpose Room
3:00 pm Thiosane Performing Arts Company of Nsoroma Institute - Multi-Purpose Room

Free face painting by Sandra Epps begins at 1 pm. Children’s workshops take place every hour from 1 pm – 5 pm.

Also on-site will be a number of noted local children’s book authors, including Andre Batts, Ronnie Boggess, Karen Dabney, Anita Gibbs, Phyllis Gilmore, Denise Crittendon, and David Watkins. Over 2,200 books giveaways will take place, courtesy of First Book.
PLEASE NOTE: Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney and other Museum exhibits are free with Museum admission. The Book Fair and associated activities are free without admission. This event is made possible by support from Ford Motor Company and the General Motors Foundation. For more information, please call (313) 494-5800.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201
The Wright Museum™

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Detroit's Doll Show!

Detroit Doll Show hosted by Sandy's Land Entertainment to take place on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the International Institute, Hall of Nations, 111 E. Kirby, Detroit MI 48202.  We are looking for Doll Artisans, Collectors, and Experts to a participate with the show. To participate as a vendor, speaker or conduct a workshop please send your contact information: website, email, number, photographs of your collection, copy of your book, or sample of your work to We look forward to connecting with you!

Princess Tiana Party

Princess Tiana Party Packages

Party Princess Tiana
$150 (1.5 Hours) up to 12 Guests

Princess Tiana will play games with guest.
Games: Princess Treasure, Secret Box, Word Find, Kiss the Frog, Dream Fortune and Party Princess Project. Choose one (1) Arts & Craft: Princess Bracelet, Royal Crown, Fairy Wand or Fairy Facinators.

A half hour set up prior to party. $125 for eight (8) 4x6 keepsake photographs with Princess Tiana with the Horse and Carriage Prop. Photographs will be placed in a paper frame.

Princess Tiana and Tea
$295 (2 Hours) up to 8 Guest ages 5 - 12
2 Hostess which include Princess Tiana

*Satin Chair Cover and Sash
*Decorated Table
*Glass cups, saucers, pitcher, plates and tea pot.
*Demi Spoons
*Table cloth and napkins
*Lemonade, Cookies and Cream
*Arts & Craft: Create GLAM Hair Facinator
Games: Princess Treasure, Secret Box, Word Find, Kiss the Frog, Dream Fortune and Party Princess Project. Gift for Birthday Girl!

Set up 1 hour prior to party. The Hostess will need the use of the kitchen to do some prep work for food.

Add ons: Fruit Kabobs in a Tray $40 each, Fun Vegetable Tray $30 each and Cup Cakes $25 for one dozen.

To book your party call 313-492-6953 or email

Monday, January 23, 2012

I Heart ParTEA

Hosted by Sandy's Land

This would be perfect for Girl's Night Out, Pretty in Pink event, Baby Shower, Birthday Party or Wedding Shower.

8 Girls for $295.00 including the guest of honor.
 $15 for each additional guest 
1.5 Hours
  • Heart shaped Cups and Saucers
  • Cream and Sugar Flower Set
  • Tea Warmer
  • Demi Spoons
  • Chocolate Strawberries
  • Cookies
  • Two tier serving platter
  • 2 Tea Pots
  • Peach or Berry Tea
  • Sugar and Cream
  • Center Piece
  • Napkins with Napkin Rings
  • Table Decorations
  • Pink Table Cloth and Overlay
  • Sateen Chair Cover
  • Table Place Cards

Party will include Heart-Game and keep sake LOVE project of a Bling-It heart pendant or beaded bracelet per person. Glitter tattoo, one per guest. 1.5 to 2 hour set up time prior to event. Travel fee is added if location is 30 minutes beyond Northwest Detroit.

Party Extras: Chocolate spoons at $2.50 each, Balloon Bouquet $15 each, Group Photo and Frame for Guest of Honor is $15, Chocolate Dipped Apples with Sprinkles $5 each, Chocolate Dipped Pretzels 3 for $5, Balloon Arch $35, Girl Power book $13 each or $10 for 3 copies or more, Dozen of Balloons for $15, Candy Dessert Buffet $100 - $175 and 12 Heart Shaped Sandwiches (peanut butter, creme cheese, or cucumber and creme cheese) $25. Princess Tiana $80 per hour and $50 per hour for Princess Sandy. 

10 Tips to Make Your DREAM A Reality!

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday

10 Tips to Make Your DREAM A Reality
1.      Create your Vision Board…When you see IT you can be it. Affirm your Success with your DREAM Pillow. Dr. King said, “We must never allow ourselves to become satisfied with unattained goals. We must always maintain a kind of divine discontent.” 

2.      Journal your ideas. Start with attainable goals this will help you to get things rolling and keep you encouraged. You don’t want to become discourage in the process of obtaining your new home, storefront, trip to Paris, new career whatever your DREAM maybe. So, if you need additional time to acquire resources to fulfill your mission, give yourself that extra time. For example, you may need to take a percentage from every check to reach your $10,000 down payment for your new home, or you may need that money for your 1 month stay in Paris. Or you may need to seek assistance from various business support groups, Chamber of Commerce, SCORE, or do research to write a business plan and then submit to banks or personal investors. Set timely goals, 1 month, 6 weeks, 1 year what’s important is that you put a time on it and meet that deadline. WRITE THE VISION AND MAKE IT PLAIN. Revelation 1:19 says, “Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.

3.      Release the Negative and embrace the Positive. Your thoughts and words have power. And you definitely need to stay clear from DREAM killers or people who have Negative-idis. Mark Twain said, “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that but the really great make you feel that you too can become great!” Surround yourself Winners.

4.      Get a mentor. Whatever your DREAM is seek out an individual who has obtained what you desire. Try to emulate them. If you know them personally get them to be your mentor.Les Brown says, “YOU GOT TO BE HUNGER!” Are you HUNGER for your DREAM? Be persistence! Pretend you are the energizer bunny and keep going until you reach your DREAM.

5.      Volunteer! Blessings come from tiding your time. It’s an opportunity to learn something new, establish new friendship, and it is great networking. In addition, this is most beneficial if it is a career that you’re seeking to enter. In regards to blessings they do transpire from Volunteering. 

6.      Increase your FAITH! Don’t allow fear to paralyze you. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Take the first step in faith, You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

7.      Get tunnel VISION, Stay FOCUS. Keep your eyes on the prize. There will be set backs but use these as learning tools. “The road ahead will not always be smooth. There will be rocky places of frustration and meandering points of bewilderment. There will be inevitable setbacks here and there. There will be those moments when the buoyancy of hope will be transformed into the fatigue of despair. Our dreams will sometimes be shattered and our ethereal hopes blasted…Difficult and painful as it is, we must walk on in the days ahead with an audacious faith in the future.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

8.      Do your research. Knowledge is POWER. The more you know the further you will go.

9.      Expand your Horizon, DREAM bigger. Don’t place limits on your Destiny of GREATNESS. Take your life to the next level.

10.  Have a Gratitude Attitude and this allows new blessings to flow your way.

Embrace your PASSION. Ignite your Power. Pursue your PURPOSE. Plan your PROGRESS and watch your BLESSINGS peek to its full POTENTIAL! Just know YOUR BEST is yet to COME! - Sandra Epps
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream that...little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

8 Girl Power Tips

With all the negative portrayal of girls filtering throughout society in books, games, magazines, and television  it is crucial that our Girls get a positive boost. NO Girl can have the "Barbie Doll" body it is unrealistic. Most important, a Girls body is her temple, it is precious and should be treated as such. As mentioned in the book Girl Power Discover the Princess Within: "Every girl is a Princess. It doesn't matter where she lives, what talents she possess, how she speaks, what she wears or the color of her skin. The power is within!"

Discover the Princess Within with these 8 Girly Tips

1. Respect yourself and others. Treat others as you wish to be treated. Remember kindness goes much further than being mean.

2. LOVE the temple you're in. Your Body should be treated well. Drink plently of water daily. Some benefits from drinking water are: it helps to moisturize your skin so you will look fresh; water will help flushout waste and toxins from your body, it improves your thinking and ward off the common cold and other illnesses. Consume more fruits and vegetables because they have healthy benefits for the overall body function, brain, bones, etc. Lastly, include exercise daily. The more you hop, skip, run and jump the healthier your body will become - flexible and strong.

3. Celebrate being YOU! Dedicate a day to be pampered. DRESS up and get your happy dance on. Give yourself a manicure or pedicure. Write a list of things that bring you joy then do them.

4. Have a gratitude attitude. Be thankful for what you have and more blessings will appear.

5. Read! The more you know, the further you will GO in life.

6. Include an affirmation a day to keep the blues away. Affirmations are positive words or statements that give you personal power. Here are three you can use:
  • I am SMART!
  • I am LOVED!
  • I am BEAUTIFUL inside and out!
7. Know that everyone will not like you. What is important is that YOU like you! List 5 things that you like about yourself:

8. Be proud of who you are because you have GIRL POWER!

Display your GIRL POWER with a Rhinestone Girl Power Tee Shirt by placing your order at

Girl Power Discover the Princess Within is written and illustrated by Sandra Epps. Epps is a face painter, business owner and inspirational author.