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3.25.2015

How To Plan A Tuscany Inspired Dinner


For a relaxed weekend get-together, you can never go wrong with pairing a comfort-food favorite like pasta with a nice glass of wine...or two.  Head over to Table Talk for my latest post for Rosanna, Inc.,  How To Plan A Tuscany Inspired Evening, inspired by a few of her collections.  From a fabulous recipe to pairing dinner wines, I've got you covered.




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3.24.2015

Tuesday Trend - Emoji Party Ideas

Emoji Party Ideas

So until I recently traded my S2 phone for an S5, I had no idea about the power of the emoji. My poor phone only saw question marks.

Emoji Party Ideas; Bird's Party printables

Now, I'm an emoting fool.  And I can't turn back.  I've never been the LOL type, but apparently I love me an emoji.  When Bird's Party's spring magazine came out with her super cute Emojifest party on the cover, it got me to thinking about all the ideas I've been seeing everywhere.

And the party bells are also ringing for my boys' joint graduation party from 5th and 8th grade, it's the perfect theme for tweens and teens.  Since I am new to the emoji game, I declare 2015 the Year Of The Emoji and today's Tuesday Trend.

Emoji Party Ideas; The Alison Show's Emoji Party

The party doesn't stop at The Alison Show. her Alison's Feelings Fest - Emoji Dance Party is full of awesome party ideas...and makes me feel like dancing.

3.23.2015

Real Party - Party With A Purpose Fundraiser Event


With the arrival of spring, of course that means it is FINALLY time to share a fabulous party I was part of last summer.  I say it's a perfect way to celebrate spring because decorating doughnuts is a great brunch or spring fling idea.  Yeah, that was a bit of a stretch but I'm running with it.

Party With A Purpose Fundraiser Event; doughnut decorating table

Last year, a local doughnut place named FROST moved into a larger location, and it got my party wheels turning.   I approached them about having a open house party to show the locals the new digs, and what a great space it would be to host your own party.  Before I knew it, it turned into Party With A Purpose, a fundraiser for the amazing Seattle Children's Hospital.

It was an amazing afternoon with lots of kids and lots of fun decorating doughnuts, sampling new cupcake flavors and general excitement .  I even met a few of SCH young patients and was so grateful they could attend and have an afternoon just being kids.

I've been waiting to share professional photos. Unfortunately, at the last minute, the event photographer fell through and another was used, but that was a wash too.  I snapped my own photos last minute, so some of them aren't the greatest.  With everything going on, I didn't get many photos while the event was going.  But I think there are enough photos here for you to get the gist, so grab a cup of coffee and your favorite pastry, there are a lot of photos ahead...

Party With A Purpose Fundraiser Event; sponsor donations

Party With A Purpose Fundraiser Event; sponsor donations


Of course, I was in charge of decor, activities, thank you bags, you know, event coordination, so I reached out to some of my favorite party vendors to join the party and they were game! The goodies started rolling in and I couldn't wait to get everything pulled together.

We used two color schemes, SCH's logo colors in orange and teal and FROST's pink and brown.

Party With A Purpose Fundraiser Event; thank you bags

Unfortunately, I didn't get a photo of inside the thank you bags for our ticket holders...FROST employees assembled 100 of them on site while I was setting up and then the event started, yada, yada, yada, no photos of them. Let me paint a picture of what was inside each bag...
  • Sweets And Treats Boutique sent various gold paper straws that I repackaged as a sampler package.  
  • Oriental Trading Company sent clear macaron boxes so we could put in a FROST orange macaron in each.  OTC also send super hero masks and stickers (because every child is a super hero and has their own unique powers, of course).  
  • Whisker Graphics sent bags filled with samples of their fun products like Bitty Bags and tags. 
  • SweetWorks gave us sprinkled-covered gumballs and all the candy we used for decorating the doughnuts.  I also included these fun diamond shaped crayons  and coupons from local businesses. 

Party With A Purpose Fundraiser Event; bridal table

3.19.2015

SpongeBob Squarepants Party Ideas

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SpongeBob Squarepants Party Ideas


My boys have always loved Spongebob Squarepants. Years ago, we did a Under The Sea party featuring all things Spongebob.  Of course, the new, live action movie is creating new fans!

If your kids (or grown-up!) want to live in a pineapple under the sea, Birthday Express has everything you need to put together the perfect party.

SpongeBob Squarepants Party invite

Get The Party Started
Let SpongeBob's smiling face get your guests in the adventurous spirit with SpongeBob invitations! You can also personalize them by gluing them to an actual sponge or cutting a starfish or pineapple from stock paper and including it inside the invitation with a special message for your guests.

SpongeBob Squarepants Party room

Set The Scene
Birthday Express has it all when it comes to SpongeBob birthday decorations. The SpongeBob Scene Setter Decoration Set is a must-have for an underwater-themed party. 

I love the clever jellyfish made with paper lanterns and ribbon! Simply assemble your paper lanterns and tie ribbon to the bottom of the metal support frame.


SpongeBob Squarepants Party Ideas; underwater decorations

Hang blue streamers from the ceiling to resemble waves and green ones for seaweed; I love how Delia Creates did this for her party. Of course, don't forget to play SpongeBob or tropical music in the background!

3.18.2015

SoFabU Is On The Road To Seattle

Disclaimer - As a SoFab Influencer, I am writing this post to promote the event in exchange for a discounted conference ticket; however, all opinions are mine alone.


It has not been my conference luck lately...been trying to get to Alt Summit every year, but for a couple, I was in school and hubby decided to be on a military assignment for the others.  In fact, I haven't been to a conference yet, of any kind.

I partnered with Social Fabric last year and when I heard their SoFabU On The Road was heading to Seattle, it had to happen.  But wait, who or what is Social Fabric? They are a proprietary community of nearly 3,000 shopping-focused influencers with an aggregate multichannel reach in excess of 130 million. SoFab is run by Collective Bias...you've seen the #Cbias hashtag at least on my outlets...I just posted my Marvel Easter Egg Hunt for them.

SoFabU on the Road is a unique event that hands-on, interactive sessions for influencers to implement what we've learned on the spot.  The sessions are paired with a fun city-specific adventure where you'll get to put your newly learned skills to test.

The best part? Events are open to all bloggers and influencers!  That means you, my dear reader can come join the party.  The party bus is pulling into downtown Seattle, April 18, at The Crowne Plaza.


The featured speaker will be Andy Hayes,  the founder and creator of Plum Deluxe, the website that helps you create moments that matter. A published author, prolific writer, tea lover, and public speaker, he is based in sunny Portland, Oregon. Featured in sites and magazines such as CNN, Wall Street Journal, and National Geographic, Andy is known for his fresh ideas on living a good life.

Besides him, there will be networking, brands, a city-specific Adventure, and other learning opportunities. I'm excited to cross paths with my fellow SoFab members, especially the local ones.  Nothing beats real life networking events.

They are limiting to 50 attendees so expect this conference to sell out! If you can't join in on the fun here in Seattle, check out the other cities or follow along on #SoFabUOTR.


A big thank you to our national sponsors Johnny RocketsMüllerKraft and iBlog.

Disclaimer - As a SoFab Influencer, I am writing this post to promote the event in exchange for a discounted conference ticket; however, all opinions are mine alone.




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Real Party - Disney Marvel Easter Egg Hunt

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #DisneyEaster #CollectiveBias


Disney Marvel Easter Egg Hunt

I am a mother of boys.  Cute and adorable are no longer part of my vocabulary now that they are 10 and 13.  Sweet and awesome are my benchmarks of success.  So when putting together this year's Easter egg hunt, I kept that in mind. Since we are in the throes of a Disney Marvel obsession (May 1 cannot come soon enough for The Avengers 2), a Marvel Easter Egg Hunt was in order.

Every year, we alternate between attending a community hunt and hosting our own or joining forces with another family.  As the boys have gotten older, I've been stepping up our Easter hunt game. This year I think I topped it with the idea of a 'store' of goodies to shop for.

Disney Marvel Easter Egg Hunt Where to buy at Wal-Mart aisle

I headed out to Walmart and overwhelmed the cashier with every Marvel item I could find.  They have a great Easter display and in the party section, I picked up other goodies like napkins, erasers and stickers. 

Disney Marvel Easter Egg Hunt; filling eggs with Marvel Money

I created and printed out Marvel Money and added themed stickers; the little one and I spent a lovely evening the night before bonding and filling our eggs with them.

Disney Marvel Easter Egg Hunt party table
  • We lucked out with glorious Seattle weather to set up in our front yard.  I have been dying for the chance to create a tissue fan/pom garland with my stash...it is pretty heavy and I was sweating a little that it would come down mid-party.  I don't know what their weight capacity is, but Pinhooks rock!
Disney Marvel Easter Egg Hunt prizes

3.17.2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Goldfish Crackers Snack Bags

Tuesday Tutorial - Goldfish Crackers Snack Bags

When my boys were younger, they devoured Goldfish crackers and Cheerios by the truckful.  Now, we have come back full circle with them as a pre-teen and teenager devouring pretty much anything in the cupboards.

This month's Whisker Graphics Design Team submission pays homage to snack time with my cute bag idea.  They are perfect for a last-minute playdate snack, nautical themed party favor or a just-because-I-love-you snack.

Goldfish Crackers Snack Bags

Supplies

Navy Blue striped and Blue Chevron Middy Bitty Bags
4" X 9 1/2" cello bags
fish stamp
white cardstock
washi tape
Goldfish crackers and your choice of snacks; I used puffy corn
markers
  1. Trim a 3" square of cardstock and stamp (or draw on!) your design.  I colored my stamp image with markers for the two tone effect.
  2. Fill the Middy Bitty bag 3/4 of the way with your choice of snacks and fold closed, about 2" from the top. 
  3. Trim the cello bag down to 7" long.  Packaging the crackers in the clear cello bag lets the 'water' of the Middy Bitty background bag shine through.  Fold the cello bag down so that it fits the front of the Middy Bag and close with washi tape.
  4. Attach the cardstock to the bags with washi tape by wrapping the tape around both bags.  Leave a little room between the tops of the cello and Middy Bitty Bag so the washi tape will adhere to them both.

Goldfish Crackers Snack Bags




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3.16.2015

Paper Easter Baskets Part Deux


Last year, I was obsessed with Damask Love's gift box tutorial and turned them into paper Easter baskets.  This year, I am still obsessed with them and took them to the next level.

If you are hosting a Easter party and will have a kids' table, how cute would these themed Easter baskets be at each placesetting? Just talk to each parent about their child's current obsession and create a little basket for each.

Don't fret...a quick trip to Party City or your favorite party supply store will have everything you need.


For example, if she is obsessed with all things My Little Pony, a rainbow themed basket made with a simple fringed crepe paper trim is perfect.  Candy bracelets, mini suckers and pens and a little figurine will send her over the moon.

3.14.2015

Minted’s 2015 Spring Event Has Arrived

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Minted’s Spring Event is here! Through Monday, March 16th, enjoy 15% off sitewide, including all Baby & Kids Products and all Wall Art. Be sure to check out  their new spring-themed art prints and plenty of fresh baby and kids stationery designs!

Here are a few of my favorites...

 








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3.13.2015

Fiesta Friday - Pi(e) Day 2015


Tomorrow is Pi Day, π Day...March 14...3.14. Yes my friends, it's my fellow math nerds' High Holy Day, Pi Approximation Day, or Pi Day for short. And it's a super, duper special one because it only occurs every 100 years, the most digits of pi, 3.141592653 will happen that day, 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 a.m./p.m.


So of course, it's time to celebrate all things pi(e)! Today, the boy's school hosted a Pi(e) Day where there was lots of pie to share! My very talented friend Amy's Cakery created these amazing cookies and another talented mom created a pie cake...yes, a pie baked into a cake times three! She is my new hero...


Lots and lots of pie for lots of eager middle schoolers!

Now, time for more pie from around the web...


She's my cherry pie cake with Hello, Cupcake!


Throw a fabulous pie party with Bon Appétit.


A very clever pie featured on Science Buddies...


Wow your guest with intricately cut pie crust with Style Me Pretty.


Mini banana cream cookie pies from Girl Versus Dough.


Macaroni and cheese pie with a bacon 'crust'? Thank you so much Desserts For Breakfast.

Need more pie inspiration? Check out last year's post!




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