Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cami's Sunshine + Lemonade Playdate

I've been meaning to share this fun playdate I hosted at my house for my daughter and her favorite little peeps (and Mommy's) :) It was such a fun day! I submitted this party to Pizzazzerie's Summer Stripes Tablescapes Contest. I didn't win but you can view the fabulous winners here.

It was a super chilly day here (was planning on going to the park in our subdivision) but we made the best of it! :) I feel like I am always working, but I am also always trying to include my daughter into what I do. As soon as Courtney from Pizzazzerie announced she was having this contest I knew I wanted to give it a shot but had literally no time as I was in a complete June Wedding Season coma, as I like to call it. I knew I didn't want to just have a party for no reason so thought of having a playdate and went with it :) One of my mama besties came over the night before and helped me wrap water bottles, hang banners and create cupcake toppers :)

On to the good stuff....the PLAYDATE. Here's the invite I emailed out....all of the kids were dressed in orange/yellow/green! It was super cute! Since Summer is almost over, I plan to sell this collection in my etsy shop next year with some extra's :)

I purchased most of the decor and goodies from my local Dollar Store or had it laying around in my party stash. Orange striped napkins, straws and striped cupcake wrappers I bought from my favorite party store, Shop Sweet Lulu.

I love this color scheme! So summery and neutral :) I forgot to take pictures of the food but I served PB&J, Mini Turkey/Ham/Cheese on sweet rolls, green grapes, carrots, and lots o' sweets! :)

My favorite part - :) I made stripes on the cupcakes using sprinkles.

I striped grocery store sugar cookies with M&M's :)

My daughter is the super silly gal in the middle :)

My friend's pretty baby....we matched perfectly :)

Thanks to everyone that came! My daughter had a BLAST playing with all her favorite pals :)

Monday, July 25, 2011

1500 Facebook Fans Giveaway!

Wow!! July marks THREE years for I DO invitations by michelle. Crazy how time flies and how far my little biz has come along! I started out making a few wedding invitations for family and friends that has turned into party mayhem, thanks to Hostess with the Mostess and so many other fabulous sites for featuring my daughter's Elmo party. WHO KNEW?! I sure didn't...but I absolutely L*O*V*E what I do....and guess what? I LOVE my fans too! You guys ROCK! I just hit 1500 fans on Facebook - so freaking exciting! So with that said and to celebrate my 3 year anniversary, I'm hosting a FABULOUS GIVEAWAY that includes some amazing prizes from the following amazing shops/vendors. Don't miss out on this fabulousness - free custom tees, desserts, invitations, party supplies, photography sessions and hair bows, oh my!! Drumroll please.....the winner will receive the following:

$30 Shop Credit to I DO invitations by michelle
$25 Shop Credit to A to Zebra Celebrations
1 Custom Tee (up to $50 value) to *Golden* Shop
1 Dozen Platter Sized Cookies to The Cookie Jar
Free Mini Session ($50 Value) + One 8x10 to Chelsea Corinne Photography
Free Mini Session + One 8x10 to Photos by Vitella
 1 Dozen Classic Lillycakes
$20 Gift Card to AMK's Boutique
Ready, Get Set, ENTER! Here's what you need to do:


Check out all of the fabulous vendors above and leave a comment below on this blog post as to what you are most excited about winning. (ie: a custom tee from golden or photo session with Chelsea Corinne. Also, please try to remember to write if you are local to me or not)

For Extra Entries:
(leave a separate comment for each - so you could have up to 8 additional entries )

Become a fan of each of the giveaway vendors on facebook. (See links below) Leave a new comment below on this blog post for each vendors page you "like" on facebook. (For example: "I am a fan of A to Zebra Celebrations" would be one additional entry, and so on.) Again, please try to remember to tell me if you are local or not.

Winner will be selected using If the winner is not local to me, I will use again until I pull a local winner who will receive the giveaway portion for our local vendors only - Chelsea Corinne Photography & Photos by Vitella. (They are local Northern Illinois photographers so they are unable to provide services to everyone like the other vendors can). 

Thanks for the support and good luck!!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy Summer!

Woah, I haven't blogged in forever!! I have so much to talk about and fill you in on -- lots of exciting things to share with you next week :) Super excited to be styling two weddings sweet tables back to back next weekend and also a zebra-themed baby shower for twin girls at the end of the month! So excited to see everything come together!! :)

If you haven't already heard, Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess (my favorite site EVER) just launched her new social website for fabulous party inspiration, parties, and some seriously gorgeous eye candy! I can't get over how addicting it is - it's like facebook for people who love parties!  I was lucky enough to be one of the beta-users before the site went live. It's fantastic! Now, go check it out and sign up! :)

The weekend after, I setup a candy buffet table at a another wedding that we attended. (Which was also the same day we celebrated our FIVE year wedding anniversary!) Time sure flies when you're having fun :) I also made the invites, fan programs, table numbers and seating chart  for their hot pink and black wedding. So fun!

Can't wait to style the other sweets table next weekend! One wedding is hot pink and lime destination themed and the other is eggplant and black!

I'll be back early next week to blog about two amazing features from Cami's Elmo Party that are supposed to be featured this week on Hostess with the Mostess (squeel!!!) and Baby Lifestyles. I am so honored that a few of the photos from her party were featured on NBC's! Pinch me! You can view it here.

XOXO, Michelle