DEAR READERS AND NEW VISITORS....MY BLOG IS HAVING A FEW TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES,THE CIRCLE WITH THE DASH WHERE A PHOTO SHOULD BE. I AM SLOWLY GOING BACK RELOADING THEM!

7.31.2012

Blogiversary Giveaway Winners + Tuesday Tutorial - Styrofoam Beach Ball Garland

Thank you so much to all of you who partied with me during my weeklong giveaways for my Blogiversary...there were so many entries! I know you all been waiting for the winners and here they are and  announced on each giveaway's Rafflecopter widget!

12 gold daisy Mason jar lids and jars - Entry #56 Kaitlin Boles
10 honeycomb tissue balls/fans - Entry #46 Donna O'Neil
Amy Atlas' Sweet Designs book - Entry #23  Lanae Workman
Party printable from Wants And Wishes - Entry #61 Christina Hawkins


All the winners have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond, otherwise an alternate will be drawn!  Big thank you again to 2 of our giveaway sponsors, Snickerplum and Wants And Wishes!  Make sure and visit them when you need party fabness!!

Didn't win this time? That's ok, I'm already thinking of you all with future giveaways, there are some fun ones on the horizon....

Alright, switching gears...you have to head over to Kelly at Studio DIY for this adorable tute on making a beach ball garland from Styrofoam. Yes, ladies and gents, you will need to make them! I seriously cannot squeeze in any more projects this summer...I'm working on a Aloha To Summer party, our annual Ice Cream Bash, somewhere fitting in our annual Back To School Bash.  Jeez, I haven't even started thinking about back to school posts and oh yeah, SHOPPING for back to school!!

And if you need more beach ball inspiration, check out this blast from the past!

7.30.2012

Puget Sound Area Photography Session + Print Credit Giveaway

RAW Graphics photography giveaway
Hey my Puget Sound peeps, I've got a fab giveaway for you! My friend Rose Waterfield has her own photography biznaz...RAW Graphics.  Y'all know who she is...I've thrown her baby shower, Down On The Farm, De Plane! De Plane! and Construction Party for her son and the Silly Socks Pajama Party for her daughter. Yes, that is R.  If you want some amazing photos taken, head on over to my Today's Mama post to win a photography session and print credit, a total value of $135!

7.29.2012

Drink Of The Week - A Summer Drink Station

Bride + Groom drink station
It's been a while since I've done a D.O.W...so I'm making it up to y'all in style.  This fabulous drink station from Bride + Groom has perfect summer entertaining all over it.  A few crates, coordinating drink tags and a pretty setting makes simple beverages party ready.

7.27.2012

A Few Of My Favorite Things Giveaway - Wants And Wishes Party Collection

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Today is the last giveaway of my A Few Of My Favorite Things weeklong blogiversary celebration, where everyday you get the chance to enter to win...wait for it....a few of my favorite things!  You can enter as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win one.  All the giveaways will end next Tuesday, July 31.

Tuesday's giveaway, 12 mason jars with daisy lids, Wednesday's honeycomb tissue balls and fans, Thursday's Amy Atlas' book, and today, we are wrapping up the  party by saving the best for last. Do you know about Wants And Wishes? You should...I've shared just about every party Debbie releases...each one is serious inspired genius!
Wants & Wishes circus party blogiversary giveaway

Wants & Wishes dinosaur party blogiversary giveaway


Wants & Wishes Popsicle party blogiversary giveaway

If you are planning ahead, she has holiday collections as well, like Eek, Shriek And Be Scary. Recognize her skeleton brownies? Yup, I swiped the idea from her.

Wants & Wishes Christmas party blogiversary giveaway

Because party printables (and this shop in particular) are one of my favorite things, for today's giveaway, Debbie is generously offering one of my readers
your choice of a 
from her extensive themes

I know, right? What will you choose? Just enter below on Rafflecopter and make sure and read the terms and conditions.

****UPDATE*** Debbie's Etsy shop is having a glitch (as of 7/27). Please visit her Facebook photo gallery, all her collections are showcased there if you can't go through Etsy.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

7.26.2012

A Few Of My Favorite Things Giveaway - Amy Atlas' Sweet Designs Giveaway

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Amy Atlas Sweet Designs Giveaway
Before we get into today's giveaway, we have to announce an alternate winner for the Livrada giveaway...I didn't hear from one of the winners so an alternate entry was drawn....Entry#11 Sam 


The alternate winner has been contacted and has 48 hours to respond or an alternate winner will be drawn...again....

Today is Day 3 of my A Few Of My Favorite Things weeklong blogiversary giveaway, where everyday you get the chance to enter to win...wait for it....a few of my favorite things!  You can enter as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win one.  All the giveaways will end next Tuesday, July 31.  First it was daisy mason jar lids, yesterday was honeycomb tissue balls and fans and today is my must-read for everyone.

Anyone remotely connected to anything party knows Amy Atlas...she is the Mother Of The Dessert Table.  Waaayyyyy back in the day...I was stalking her since her The Hostess Blog debut...yes, that is me, comment 4 on her very first post.

As usual, I digress.  Once she announced her first book, I have never anticipated anything more, barring meeting Bakerella and the birth of my boys.  It would be a bible, the Holy Party Grail, in short, awesomeness.  And it is.

Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It includes 15 chapters filled with more than 100 recipes for every kind of sweet treat, and  over 75 easy, affordable DIY craft projects to make them even more special. Each chapter features an amazing dessert table and Amy shares the how-tos and ways to personalize for your own event.

My favorite part is how she breaks down each dessert table by giving you the recipes, how to craft the various elements, her designer secrets for arranging everything, even where to pick up the sweets for your own killer table.

Amy Atlas Sweet Designs Giveaway party pictures
all images from Amy Atlas' blog
Chances are, if you read my blog you probably already have her book.  But, if you don't have a copy and since it's one of my favorite things, I want you to have one. Sadly, her book tour is not coming up here to Seattle, so her book will be as close as I will get.  If you already have one, give it to someone who doesn't have one.  I just sent one to my sister for her birthday and she sleeps with it under her pillow to absorb its amazingness.  I'm lying.  She doesn't do that...that would be a little crazy.

If you can't wait, order your own copy of Sweet Designs from Amazon.com for only $15.21! If you would like to try your luck and win one, all you have to do is enter below on Rafflecopter, and remember to read the terms and conditions.
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7.25.2012

A Few Of My Favorite Things Giveaway - 10 Honeycomb Tissue Balls & Tissue Fans From Shop Sweet Lulu

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Today is Day 2 of my A Few Of My Favorite Things weeklong blogiversary giveaway, where everyday you get the chance to enter to win...wait for it....a few of my favorite things!  You can enter as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win one.  All the giveaways will end next Tuesday, July 31.

Honeycomb tissue balls & tissue fans giveaway 2
Yesterday was it was my daisy mason jar lids giveaway and today is my latest obsession with tissue fans and honeycomb tissue balls. I know, first I was obsessed with paper lanterns, I still love them but the ease of storing fans and balls are winning me over.

I've found tissue balls s at Party City and Target, and tissue fans at local party stores, but the best place to find them in a variety of sizes and colors is at Shop Sweet Lulu, where I've found the majority of my own. She calls them tissue poufs.  Remember them from yesterday's circus shoot? You've also seen them at my Robot Valentine and Movie Night party.

Honeycomb tissue balls & tissue fans giveaway 3
Need more inspiration? How about this lovely idea for a chandelier from Varpunen?

Or hang them like this lovely grouping from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Honeycomb tissue balls & tissue fans giveaway 4
Group your paper fans for an eye catching display like this one from Devra Party Corp.

Honeycomb tissue balls & tissue fans giveaway 1
Mix and match tissue fans and balls with this stunning meadow backdrop from Odds & Ends.

So since they are a few of my favorite things, for today's giveaway, one of you will win...

 your choice in colors  
from Shop Sweet Lulu (a $40 value)

You can mix and match, 5 poufs and 5 fans, 3 poufs and 7 fans, all fans or all poufs, whatever you want in your choice of colors!  Just enter below in Rafflecopter and remember to read the terms and conditions!
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7.24.2012

A Few Of My Favorite Things Giveaway - Run Away With The Circus Party Shoot/Snickerplum Mason Jar Daisy Lids


 ***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
Today begins my blogiversary celebration, where every day this week,  you get the chance to enter to win...wait for it....a few of my favorite things. Woo-hoo, let the partay begin! You can enter as many giveaways as you like, but you can only win one.  All the giveaways will end next Tuesday, July 31.

Today, we'll get the party started first with a styled shoot! When I was approached by Tashina of SnickerPlum to review some of their party goodies, how could I resist? Started by two sisters, Kristy and Amanda, (you know I'm all about mom power), their shop is full of cuteness.  How could I decide?  The circus theme caught my eye and I decided a styled shoot was in order, since I've never done a circus party before.
Quick as a wink, everything was out to me, and I got to work and now I present to you, my Run Away With The Circus treat table!  I wanted it to be colorful but toned down with gold and burlap so it wasn't too over the (big) top.This would be so much fun for a first birthday theme or a baby shower.

Run Away With The Circus party table

As always, I'm all about sharing how to be party fab on a budget and here are the details to help you recreate the look yourself.

7.23.2012

4 Year Blogiversary Giveaway Starts Tomorrow!

Before we start talking about a new giveaway, we have to announce the winners of the old one...the 3 winners of the Livrada e-book giveaway....


Entry #37 Mari U
Entry #20 Peg K.
Entry #23 Leanne M.

Congratulations! The winners have been contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond or alternate winners will be chosen.

My summer has been such a blur, that I completely missed my blogiversary on June 17...yes, I believe I had 4 parties going on that week.  I know, my blog won't hold it against me, but still. Since last year's A Few Of My Favorite Things giveaway was such a hit, I thought I would do it again this year.  Starting tomorrow through Friday, there will be a giveaway each day; 4 giveaways this week, 4 of my favorite party things, 4 years of blogging, etc. etc. You can enter as many as you like, but sadly, you can only win one.

I'm excited for tomorrow because I will be revealing my latest party shoot, inspired by one of the giveaway items, so stay tuned! Each giveaway goes lives at 6 a.m. PT.

7.20.2012

Fiesta Friday - Summer Olympics Party Fun

There are so many great ideas for this summer's Olympics I just had to share them with you all...serious talent out there!

2012 Olympics party invite
Get the party started with this fun invite from Jacolyn Murphy; love the Fruit Loops!

2012 Olympics party Hostess Blog
Check out this Olympic themed birthday party from Dot & Dash featured on The Hostess.  It is full of so many great ideas like this paper plate Olympic Rings centerpiece.

2012 Olympics party candy jars
Aren't you just in love with No Biggie's Olympic Ring candy jars?

2012 Olympics party cocktail
In case you missed it, my Today's Mama post has more Olympic inspiration like this cocktail, champagne and Life Savers.

2012 Olympics party donuts
Mmm...doughnut rings from Whatever Dee-Dee Wants....

2012 Olympics party Ucreate
A great round up of ideas on Ucreate's Olympics tutorial week including this Olympic Torch and  Podium Treat Stand.

7.18.2012

Strawberry Smoothies With Lucky Leaf

Lucky Leaf strawberry smoothies

I'm all about easy and fun treats this summer...it's too hot to cook! Check out my Strawberry Smoothie Fun post on Today's Mama for another great smoothie recipe from Lucky Leaf. 

7.17.2012

Tuesday Tip - New Books From Bakerella, Bake At 350 + Kara's Party Ideas

Holy smokes, this October must be the official book-launching month! I'm going to go bankrupt adding new party books to my library! I'm so excited to see and share these new books debuting from...

Tuesday Tip Bakerella's Holiday Pops book
Bakerella! It's all things holiday pops...please, oh please, let there be another book signing...

Tuesday Tip Bake At 350 Decorating Cookies book
Bake At 350 is finally sharing the love in a book, and although I don't have any cookie skills, I've always bugged out on hers and feel that one day, some day I may be able to make my own.

Tuesday Tip Kara's Party Ideas book
Kara's Party Ideas has always been one of my first stops for all things party and now she's going to be on everyone's bookshelves.

Are there any others books coming out I missed/should know about? Leave me a comment! 

7.16.2012

Livrada 50 Shades of Grey E-Book Giveaway

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
I was approached to help promote a new venture called Livrada.  I love to be the first in-the-know for the latest stuff, and say "I knew them when", so of course I said yes!

Livrada is a smart NEW way to give an e-book; you walk into a store and purchase title-specific e-book gift cards that can be used across digital devices. No more gifts via email or generic gift cards, the gift cards are replicas of the actual book cover. It's always a pain trying to figure out which books work on what platform. Livrada's focus is on the title, not the platform so whether the recipient has a Kindle or a NOOK ad, the e-book can be redeemed for either.

Livrada’s goal is to carry more titles and expand to include all e-book readers.  They have they just exclusively launched these 6 New York Times in ALL Target stores yesterday...

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
44 Charles Street by Danielle Steel
Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Now you can give the perfect gift! To celebrate this new venture, I was offered Fifty Shades of Grey e-book gift cards to give away to 3 of my readers! Gift it to a special friend, or keep it for yourself and hide out in the laundry and read.  What...only I do that? Since my menfolk fear laundry, they don't venture there much.

Remember, for now, the Livrada e-books are only for the Kindle or NOOK, but I know they will conquer the e-reader world soon!  Just enter below on Rafflecopter. a Rafflecopter giveaway

7.13.2012

Fiesta Friday - National Ice Cream Month

July is National Ice Cream Month, although personally, it can be every month.  Every summer I host an ice-cream bash and I've been putting together a Pinterest board for inspiration! Here are a few of my favorites to inspire you this month....

National ice cream month collage

This isn't an ice-cream party, but the color palette from this dessert spread from Real Simple reminds me of sherbet.  I love, love, love this Ruffled Ice Cream tutorial from Icing Designs.  Yarn ball ice cream decor from The Hostess Blog is easy to do and adaptable to your party's colors. Wouldn't this book from Scrapbook And Cards Today make the perfect invite? Bakerella's ice cream cone pops...how does she cut them down without shattering the cones? I will never tire of One Charming Party's ice cream cone headband. Inspired genius...nothing on Jenny Cookies' Ice Cream Shoppe dessert table is actual ice-cream. Fun tissue pom sundaes from Buckets Of Grace.

7.12.2012

Summer Backyard Movie & Olympics Party Ideas

Can you believe how the summer is flying by? I've got a post up on Today's Mama to get you on track for the newest rage in entertaining, summer backyard movies . And of course, how can I not have a Summer Olympics party post  going? You have to go and check out this adorable party from A Small Snippet.

7.10.2012

Tuesday Tip - Spa Week Giveaway/99 Red Balloons Blowout Sale

Today's Tuesday Tip is all about you... First up, to beat the bulge during the dog days of summer, Spa Week has joined forces with the TODAY Show's famed nutritionist, Joy Bauer, to help get one luck winner and a guest get their wellness routines back on track with our Take a Healthy Bite Out of the Big Apple Giveaway. Go, enter today!


99 Red Balloons is having a Blowout Sale! Everything party is on sale, from these Burlap Wine Tasting Bags, (which could make awesome hostess gifts,y'all!), to lots of holiday goodies.  Limited amounts on everything, so you better scootch over. 

7.06.2012

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Strawberries & Lemonade Park Party Feature On Design Dazzle

Strawberries Lemonade playdate party

I've been dropping sneak peeks for my guest spot as a Camp Counselor for Design Dazzle's Summer Camp series, and it is now live and in full Technicolor! I'm thrilled to share it with you, so check out my tips for throwing a fun and affordable playdate at the park with a Strawberries & Lemonade Park Party.  It's the perfect summer theme and after you read it, you will get thee to Target, stat!