Alt Summit Summer 2015: It's All About The Business Cards, Baby

Altitude Summit Business Card Wall from Sherwin Williams
Image courtesy of Altitude Summit
 I'm slowly getting my Alt Summit posts out...there is just so much to share! Last time, I shared how we created our amazing balloon arch for the closing party.  Today, it's all about the business cards, baby!

Alt Summit may be about a wealth of information for your business, but it really is about the business cards.  There is a little bit of everything!  From a cute little ring to a push-pop of confetti, classic cards and some made from plastic and wood, the creativity was amazing.

Not Just A Mommy business cards

I've decided to share all the ones I collected, but first, here's mine...and let me tell you, cute in execution, not in delivery.  I didn't even think about how I would transport them. I could only carry so many in my bag without crushing them, then trying to untangle one to hand out is not cute.  So some people had straws on them, some didn't.

I apologize if anyone felt is definitely an great idea if I were sitting at a table and they were laid out for the taking.

OK...back to the other cards...I did meet a lot of my favorite crafty people so I didn't get their cards...otherwise I would have had SO MANY MORE! Seriously, I was fangirling over so many people.  Again, that is another post for another day!

So, if a card speaks to you, please feel free to visit the owner by clicking on their name below the picture!

Eva Blake's Makery & Emporium | Jodi Levine | Legal Miss Sunshine | Modify Ink | Design For Soul | Monica Lee Studios | Betsy Clegg (just an email) | Confetti & Bliss | The Road To The Good Life | The Land Of Nod | Barefoot Contessa | Plum Stitch | Bot Communications | Visit Vallarta | Gumroad | Step Away From The Screen | Vana Feliciano | Jenean Morrison | Konnect Interactive | Just JP | Being Tazim | Being Spiffy | Cyndie Spiegel


Design Dazzle Summer Camp 2015 - Link Party

Design Dazzle Summer Camp Link Party

I'm back for my third summer as a Design Dazzle Summer Camp Counselor with my Dad, You Rock! Father's Day table with free printables.  Be sure and check out all the other fun and fabulous posts by my fellow Summer Camp Counselors.

We want EVERYONE to be involved in Summer Camp, so we're hosting our annual Summer Camp link party because we want to see YOUR fabulous ideas as well! Our Summer Camp Link party starts today and will run through Saturday July 11th.

Feel free to link up any projects, ideas, crafts, etc. that you have created which involve Summer Fun & Kids. We want new ideas as well as ideas from years past…the more the better! We'll feature some of our favorites throughout the party on our individual blogs.

When you link up to our party, it will show up on ALL the following participating blogs:

Be sure to visit all of our new and previous Summer Camp ideas as well, by clicking the image below!

Design Dazzle Summer Camp series

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Real Party - Create A Minions Cereal Parfait Bar

Disclaimer: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #The7thMinion #CollectiveBias

Minions Cereal Parfait Bar

Are you excited for the release of Minions on July 10th? We certainly are! Where did they come from? What were they like before Gru of the Depiscable Me movies?  Who knew there was a minions/henchmen industry?

Minions Cereal Parfait Bar

How about getting your little minions and their friends together before a matinee showing with a cereal parfait bar?

Minions Cereal Parfait Bar store shot

At Walmart, you will find everything you need to put together a fun and healthy start to a busy day. Pick up specially marked packages of General Mills cereal and collect all 7 Minion toys that include the movie's Stuart, Bob and Kevin. Plus, it's the only place you will find the special prehistoric Minion.

We didn't find the special Minion this time around...but the others are just as fun!

Minions Cereal Parfait Bar; find the 7th Minion toy


Alt Summit Summer 2015: Picnic Party + Balloon Arch

Note - Photos not bearing my watermark are courtesy of Altitude Summit.

Alt Summer Picnic Party and Balloon Arch

If you didn't hear, last week I had the most amazing time attending Alt Summit in Salt Lake City. I met some of my favorite craft, party and lifestyle crushes like Damask Love, Jodi Levine, The Alison Show, Handmade Charlotte...but more on that later.

balloons from Oriental Trading; photo courtesy of Confetti Sunshine's Instagram feed
To recap, I entered one of Alt Summit's contests for a conference ticket with teammates Sara of Confetti Sunshine and Melissa of Lulu The Baker (pictured above) and we won.  We were one of five teams tapped to put together an amazing picnic party to close out the conference, and everyone pulled out the stops.  Our task, to create a balloon arch.  But no, my friends, it would be no ordinary one...and the entire affair wasn't ordinary either.

We took inspiration from The House That Lars Built's amazing structure for her Flamingo Pop collaboration.  In fact, Brittany is local to Salt Lake City and we actually picked up the PVC stands she used in another structure.  And no, your eyes do not deceive you...those bad boys were easily 12 feet tall...we had no idea.

My friends at Oriental Trading hooked us up with lots of balloons in our signature colors that we blew up (with an electric pump, hallelujah!!) and tied to the PVC stands.  We also added fabulous little honeycomb balls from Devra Party and our friends at My Mind's Eye sent us gold banners to wrap around everything.

Alt Summit Picnic Party + Balloon Arch; view from the bottom


Design Dazzle Summer Camp 2015 - Dad, You Rock! Father's Day Table

If you are looking for a fun tablescape to help celebrate all the amazing dads and father figures in your life, head over to my Design Dazzle Summer Camp post for my Dad, You Rock! Father's Day table, complete with free printables!

Linking up at Tatertots & Jello

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Makers + Shakers - Meet Valley & Co. Events

A couple of years ago, over on Seattle Mamas, I started a series interviewing local powerhouses who started with an idea and turned it into a crazy reality.

It was so popular, I thought to myself, 'hey self, you should do the same thing, except this time, you should stalk some more of  your favorite bloggers from all over'. So, I created the Makers + Shakers Series: 8 Creatives You Should Follow.

The series was so popular, I decided to continue it with 8 more creatives!

This week, we are meeting the dynamic duo behind the renowned event planning and design house, Valley & Co. Events, specializing in fun and spectacular weddings and celebrations.

With their breathtaking events featured in every bridal and lifestyle magazine and website from Brides Magazine, Sunset Magazine to Better Homes & Gardens, The Land Of Nod and Style Me Pretty, husband and wife team, Aleah and Nick Valley, know a thing or two about throwing a party.

Read on and fall in love with our Seattle celebrities...

Valley & Co. Events pool
Nathan Cordova Photography
Please tell our readers a little bit about who Aleah and Nick are. 
We are kids at heart and absolutely love what we do for a living We plan and design weddings and special events for our clients at our company Valley & Co. Events. Bringing joy to others is our passion!

We are proud parents to our beautiful and silly daughter, Ava, and love to get out and explore the Great Northwest, our home. On any given day you might see us at Pike Place Market talking with local flower growers and grabbing mini donuts, sitting in our office hammering out details for 100-point budgets, reviewing rental orders and catering orders, sketching out designs, or collaborating on a magazine photo shoot or client campaign. We think it's pretty incredible to be in a creative business and that's what part of fuels us.

Chantel Andrea Photography
I've been a huge, huge fan of your amazing wedding and event styling for years! How did Valley & Co. begin? 
A: You are so kind, thank you! We started our company together in 2003 after working on events at our university for several student organizations. We both grew up with a passion for entertaining. I've always enjoyed watching my parents entertain, whether it was at their annual hat party, dinner parties, or really any special occasion, it was inspiring to see how bringing people together for celebrations, no matter how large or small, can bring such happiness.

N: After seeing us in action on various occasions and attending {or hearing about} our own wedding in 2003, our reputation of creating pretty amazing and fresh events in the Greater Seattle area grew quickly in several circles. We haven't looked back! Day in and day out we work extremely hard for our clients and pride ourselves on providing a truly unique experience that results in signature events.


Tuesday Tutorial - Patriotic Candy Poppers

Patriotic Candy Poppers
For last month's Whisker Graphics Design Team project, I created patriotic treat bags using their Bigger Bitty Bags.  This month, I am at it again, this time using the bags to create patriotic candy poppers!

Patriotic Candy Poppers materials

You'll Need:
heavy crepe paper sheets
2" X 6" cardboard tubes (find at your favorite craft store)
striped Bigger Bitty Bags 
candy or other small items to put inside cracker
double sided tape

Patriotic Candy Poppers crepe roll

1.  Place double stick tape on a cardboard tube, then roll across a piece of crepe paper to secure.  Attach a piece of tape over the crepe paper to secure to the tube.
2.  Trim the crepe paper ends down to about 4" long.

Patriotic Candy Poppers

3.  Twist one end of the crepe paper and tie with ribbon, then fill roll with candy or other small items.

4.  Twist the other end of crepe paper and tie with ribbon. and secure with ribbon, tie in bow.
5.  Trim a Bigger Bitty Bag to 7 ½" on the long side, wrap around the crepe paper tube and secure with tape.

So easy, right?  The perfect way to celebrate your next patriotic party in style.

 I are running out to make some right now.

Patriotic candy poppers for your next party

Linking up at Tatertots & Jello, Thirty Handmade Days

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Father's Day Gift Guide

I've been so busy, consumed with end of school, grad parties and almost a week at Alt Summit, Father's Day totally creeped up on me! I'm sure it happened to you too. Don't worry, ties and homemade coupons aren't your only last-minute's an awesome gift guide for every budget that you can head out and pick up or 2-day ship for Sunday gifting.

Father's Day Gift Guide

one. Mark & Graham Camouflage Collection bags | two. Gent Supply Co. monochromatic deck of cards | three. Sur La Table homemade gin kit | four. Hero Go Pro | five. Mark & Graham monogrammed copper mugs | six. Olloclip 4-in-1 lens for iPhone 6/6 Plus | seven. Martha Stewart free retro clip art download | eight. Dollar Shave Club e-gift card | nine. Mortal Kombat X (available at your favorite video game store) | ten. Man Candles | eleven. Big Green Egg cooker (be sure and use the locator; they are not available at chain stores) | twelve. Sur La Table Breville Fountain Crush Slow Juicer | thirteen. J.Crew Corgi lightweight pattern socks | fourteen. J. Crew Italian cashmere sweater

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Alt Summit Summer 2015, Here I Come

photo courtesy of Confetti Sunshine's Instagram feed
As you read this post, I am getting ready to catch a flight to Salt Lake City for Alt Summit. You may have heard me mention it a few times.

Screenshot courtesy of Altitude Summit Summer page

Be sure and follow me on Instagram, because I will be sharing lots of photos, especially of the special project my team and I are working on for the Thursday night picnic party.

Yup, this is me and ma team...and what we are working on involves the balloons.  I know, what are we going to do? Guess you better follow me on Instagram. If not, you will have to wait on the recap posts...and who knows when that will be?

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Fiesta Friday - Jurassic World Birthday Party Ideas

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Jurassic World Birthday Party Ideas

It’s been a long time since the last Jurassic Park movie (1993! I was a college freshman!), but pint-sized paleontologists are in luck: the dinosaurs are back in Jurassic World, opening next Friday, June 12.  I, for one, am excited for this movie...I refuse to acknowledge any of the sequels and hope that Chris Pratt can work his awesomeness this time around.

Dinosaurs are a classic theme that never go out of style, so what better way to celebrate the new movie than with a Brachiosaurus-sized bash?! Check out these birthday party ideas...

Jurassic World Birthday Party Ideas

Birthday Express has a dino-mite selection of Jurassic World party supplies from party kits to a roaringly fun birthday banner.

Set the scene and welcome your guests to the jungle! Decorate your party space with faux trees made out of cardboard, foliage made out of construction paper, rocks, and even dirt if you're feeling adventurous!

Jurassic World Birthday Party Ideas

Your pint-sized paleontologist will love traveling back to the Mesozoic Era and visiting his or her favorite dinos in the Jurassic, Triassic and Cretaceous times. Birthday Express also has a generic dinosaur theme full of everything you need.

Jurassic World Birthday Party Ideas; party hats on dinosaurs table

I love this table from Bringing The Happy; how cute are those party hats?
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