Monday, December 19, 2011

What a year it has been....

Wow. Can't wrap my head around the idea that 2011 is quickly coming to an end. It has been the most fabulous year for me and I can't thank my family, friends  + fans enough for supporting this little business of mine. What started in 2008 of only creating wedding invites has turned into one fun party! Who knew throwing my daughter an Elmo inspired 2nd Birthday Party would have gotten my "name" out there - Martha Stewart's Doer of the Week. Still so incredibly humbled by that honor, and always will be. A very special thank you to Jillian at Catch my Party for my first official party feature earlier this year. I don't plan parties so people think I'm awesome; I do it for my daughter. She was only two years old at her Elmo party and whenever she sees a picture from that day she says, "I want to go to my birthday party!" It melts my heart that she still remembers that day where she had so much fun with all of her favorite people. That's all that really matters, plain and simple. It's pretty darn cool, too, to see other people liking my parties and I'm so honored for each and every feature!

In September, I became a party contributor for Nancy, of A to Zebra Celebrations and is it ever fun! I just love seeing all of the adorable parties - it's amazing all of the talent + crafty chicks out there. Seriously, amazing! I had the pleasure of meeting sweet Nancy this past August when I took the trip to San Diego to attend the HWTM Launch Party. SO awesome seeing the incredibly talented Jenn's work in person. Her work is so inspiring and pure genius. Loved meeting everyone - especially Chris of Celebrations at Home, Jessica of Modern Moments, Lynlee of Lynlee's Petite Cakes, Paige of Paiges of Style, Jillian of Catch My Party, Victoria of A Subtle Revelry and so many more.  How's that for name dropping? Ha! It kind of went like this..."Hi, I'm Michelle with I DO invitations by michelle - you don't know me but I LOVE your work." Stalker-ish much? Probably. There were so many talented ladies in one room and it was such an incredible experience and such a fun night!

OK, so the reason for this post - the fabulous Kristy of The Purple Pug mentioned on facebook about doing a recap post and thought it was a great idea! So here 2011 in a nutshell :)

Starting in April 2011 - Cami's Elmo Inspired 2nd Birthday Party

Vintage Circus Styled Shoot
{featured on Pizzazzerie}

Amber + Andrew's Yellow + Gray Vintage Country Wedding
{Featured on Style Me Pretty}

Kim + Johnny's Hot Pink + Black Wedding

 Kalin + Brian's Vintage Preppy Wedding
{featured on Style Me Pretty}

 Brenda + Mike's Destination Wedding Reception

Melissa + Jimmy's Eggplant + Black Wedding

Martha Stewart's Doer of the Week

Chrissy + Danny's Twins Zebra Themed Baby Shower

Spooks, Spiders & Spells Halloween Collection

One Fish + Two Fish = New Fish Baby Boy Shower

Merry + Bright Kids Holiday Party Shoot

Are you still with me? Hope so :) A huge thank you to all of my other fabulous clients for letting me help make some of your most important days special through paper :)

Thank you for reading (Amber) :) Had to give my bestie a shout-out for being my #1 fan, just behind my wonderful husband. There is so much love in my heart for all of my fab readers and clients - thank you for one AMAZING year. Hope it was a great one for you as well! I'm going to be taking a little break starting December 22nd and will return back after the new year. Lets hope I can start blogging more regularly this time! ;) XOXOXOXO, m


  1. wonderful accomplishments! congrats!!

  2. Love the recap. You're right, you have had a great, busy and fabulous year!! As always, so PROUD of you! Can't wait to see what's in store for 2012!

  3. Congrats on all your amazingly fabulous parties, Michelle! Love them all! So happy to have been a small part of a couple of them, too! So happy to have met you!!! ♥