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10.23.2014

$25 Fall Tablescape Challenge


When Keisha of Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams put out the call to participate in a $25 Fall Tablescape Challenge, I was more than game.


The rules were simple; design a fall themed tablescape for $25 or less AND incorporate these items into your design:
1.  apples
2.  a wooden sign
3.  red wagon 
4.  a pumpkin 
5.  wheat stalks
 


After the success of my recent Wine & Cheese Party, it got me to thinking that it is the perfect set up for guests to enjoy before Thanksgiving dinner.  I kept my Thanksgiving table neutral so my wagon centerpiece and accents could really shine.  With the focus on natural elements and various textures, the table remains chic, but not too fussy and formal.  

Instead of placing a centerpiece in the middle of the table, I set up a grouping of items at the end of the table. Plus my cheese was in the way...necessity is the mother of invention.

10.22.2014

Real Party - Mad Scientist's Lab: Making Slime

How to make slime for a Mad Scientist/Halloween party activity

Last week, we hosted a Mad Scientist's Lab Party and with the crazy number of photos, I figured it would be better to share over several posts.  Today I'm sharing one of the ways I kept 10 3rd-5th graders busy...which ain't easy...but it can be done.

Mad Scientist's Lab slime ingredients

Making Slime

Making slime NEVER gets old.  You can't have a science party without making some.  You don't need a fancy overpriced kit either.  This gets messy so be sure and cover your workspace with plastic.

10.21.2014

Tuesday Tutorial - Mod Podge Pumpkins

How to mod podge pumpkins with Middy Bitty Bags

I'm not a big fan of pumpkin carving...I like to enjoy my pumpkins for most of the season. My latest Design Team project for Whisker Graphics, Mod Podge Pumpkins.  I mod podged Middy Bitty Bags onto pumpkins; the  perfect way to decorate pumpkins that can last through Thanksgiving.

10.17.2014

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - How To Host A Wine & Cheese Party

How to host a wine & cheese party

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of winning a President Cheese giveaway, and I said 'self, what are we going to do with all this cheese'? And self said, 'Host the one party we've been dying to do, a Wine & Cheese Party!'.

10.15.2014

$300 Cash Pinterest Giveaway

People to Follow on Pinterest $300 Cash Giveaway; ends November 12

Aren't you guys special...two giveaways are going on this week! If you missed it, check out yesterday's post to enter to win customized sodas!

I'm always looking for fabulous pinners and blogs to stalk and everyone can use a little cash with the holidays coming...that turkey isn't going to buy itself.  I've teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers and small businesses for my first ever Pinterest giveaway that combines both!

This is an easy giveaway to enter...if you follow me on Pinterest, that's already an entry.  And chances are if you follow me, you already many of the party blogger participants.

We couldn't have held this giveaway without our group who love Pinterest as much as I do! They include: Spaceships and Laser Beams, Soiree Event DesignAnders RuffSnapSmart Party PlanningI Will InvitationsJellyfish PrintsLauren Haddox DesignDimplePrintsOne Busy MommyMimi's Dollhouse, Designed by Dawn NicoleTried & TrueThe Flair ExchangeThree Little Monkeys StudioCelebration Lane, Hello My Sweetpaper & cakeCreative JuiceA Cup Full of SassNot Just A MommyFrog Prince PaperieCreative Designs by ToniFantabulosity, Recently HeardCozy CoutureA-Manda CreationFrench PemberleyParty PatisseriePSA Stamp CampLive the Fancy LifeBe Envied EntertainingUR invited and We Heart Parties.

And that's not all! Enter below on Rafflecopter to see everyone who participated and for terms and conditions.  Good luck!

Eligibility and Rules: This giveaway runs from October 13, 2014 at 11:59PM ET - November 12, 2014 at 11:59PM ET. It is open to individuals over the age of the majority in their home country. The winner will be chosen randomly through the Rafflecopter form. It is the sole responsibility of the winner to report to and adhere to all laws in their respective country, which includes payments to any governing tax body. This giveaway is void in any country or territory where it is prohibited by law. 

Claiming Prize: The prize will be sent via PayPal. The winner must have a PayPal account to receive it. The winner also must claim their prize within 48 hours of receiving notice via email. If you do not claim your prize within this time frame, your entry will be void and another winner will be drawn. Please ensure that spaceshipsandlaserbeams [at] gmail [dot] com is on your "safe list." 

Disclosure: This is a blogger-sponsored event that is in no way affiliated with Pinterest or any other social media channel. If you have questions, email Stephanie at Spaceships and Laser Beams at spaceshipsandlaserbeams [at] gmail [dot] com. Please use Rafflecopter below to enter! 

None of the entries are mandatory but the more entries you do, the more chances you have to win! Running short on time? Come back as often as you like to finish the form and maximize your chances of winning the big prize. - See more at: http://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/blog/2014/10/free-stuff/pinterest-giveaway#sthash.r9aIrGYs.dpuf

People to Follow on Pinterest $300 Cash Giveaway
October 13, 2014 at 11:59PM ET - November 12, 2014 at 11:59PM ET






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10.14.2014

Tuesday Tip - Custom Soda Labels Review + Giveaway

Disclaimer – I was provided product for review and giveaway from Custom Soda Labels and no compensation was given, real or implied. Others may have a different opinion or experience with Custom Soda Labels.

Custom Soda Labels blog header labels

When I was contacted a few weeks ago about test-driving Custom Soda Labels, I was more than game!  I was looking for a unique idea to send as a thank you to my sponsors and the name of the game is always to make your brand as memorable as possible.

Who is Custom Soda Labels?  They offer custom soda labels for 13 of their soda flavors and water bottles.   They have fun options that you can use to personalize your bottles, from text to uploading your own photo.


Using their Private Label option, I was able to send in my file and they turned it into a soda label!  You can send in any custom work and make a unique beverage for every occasion.  I think that is pretty awesome...especially with the fun paper options they can come in.  The first bottle is glossy, the second is silver with a pretty texture and you can also get the matte option.

There is nothing cooler than seeing your name and brand on a bottle of soda.  As a brand, these are perfect for networking events, from a small function at your home to a huge event.

Custom Soda Labels treat bags

10.11.2014

Halloween Bash Blog Hop: Ideas 98 - 114

Over 110 fabulous Halloween Ideas shared by bloggers. #halloweenideas #halloween

Alas, all good things must come to an end! It's day 6 and the finale of our Halloween Bash Blog Hop and we're so excited to share another 17 fabulous Halloween ideas with you.

All this week we've been joining a fabulous group of creative minds to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! In fact, today's group brings us to 114! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share.

Be sure and check out the first 19 projects, my free Frankenstein treat label download and 19 more super cute projects on Tuesday, Wednesday's 20 clever projects,  Thursday's 19 awesome projects and Friday's 19 darling projects.

So here's the final installment of fabulous Halloween ideas from our creative blogging friends. Join the blog hop & click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!


Over 110 creative Halloween projects and ideas for Halloween fun. #halloweenprojects #halloween #diyhalloweenideas

10.10.2014

Halloween Bash Blog Hop: Ideas 82 - 101

Over 110 fabulous Halloween Ideas shared by bloggers. #halloweenideas #halloween

It's day 5 of our Halloween Bash Blog Hop and we're so excited to share another 19 fabulous Halloween ideas with you. I have joined with a fabulous group of creative minds to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! That's right, over 110! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share!

Be sure and check out the first 19 projects, my free Frankenstein treat label download and 19 more super cute projects on Tuesday, Wednesday's 20 clever projects and yesterday's 19 awesome projects.

But the fun ideas don't stop here! Continue checking out the creative Halloween projects my blogging friends have created for our blog hop by clicking on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you’d like to see in more detail and it’ll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!


Over 110 fun & fabulous Halloween projects & ideas! #halloweenprojects #halloween #diyhalloweenideas

10.09.2014

Halloween Bash Blog Hop: Ideas 60 - 78

Over 110 fabulous Halloween Ideas shared by bloggers. #halloweenideas #halloween

It's day 4 of our Halloween Bash Blog Hop and we're so excited to share another 19 fabulous Halloween ideas with you. I have joined with a fabulous group of creative minds to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! That's right, over 110! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! Be sure and check out the first 19 projects, my free Frankenstein treat label download and 19 more super cute projects on Tuesday, and yesterday's 20 projects.

Be prepared for a ton more of awesome Halloween goodness as seen in the projects below...join our blog hop!  Simply click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you'd like to see in more detail and it'll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!


110+ Halloween projects and ideas to  get your ready for Halloween! #halloweenprojects #halloween #diyhalloweenideas

10.08.2014

Halloween Bash Blog Hop: Ideas 40 - 59



Over 110 fabulous Halloween Ideas shared by bloggers. #halloweenideas #halloween

It's day 3 of our Halloween Bash Blog Hop and we're so excited to share another 20 fabulous Halloween ideas with you. I have joined with a fabulous group of creative minds to bring you over 110 fabulous Halloween ideas! That's right, over 110! From costumes to parties, crafts and home decor, recipes and free printables, we have so many fun ideas to share! Be sure and check out the first 19 projects, my free Frankenstein treat label download and 19 more super cute projects.

Are you ready for lots more creative Halloween ideas and projects?? Come participate in our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below, for the Halloween projects you'd like to see in more detail and it'll take you right to that post with additional information and photos on how to create it. Have fun and pin away!

110 Halloween projects & ideas! #halloweenprojects #halloween