Thursday, October 20, 2011

Blog Contributor for A to Zebra Celebrations

Hi friends! I'm super excited to announce I'm now a contributor over on the fabulous A to Zebra Celebrations blog. Nancy is one of the sweetest party gals around so it goes without saying I was beyond excited to finally meet her in person this past Summer at the HWTM Launch Party! I just started blogging for her this week but it's sooo fun seeing all of the details of different parties and being able to share them with her followers! You can view my first post over on her blog right here.

Here's a picture of us from the HWTM Launch Party! So much fun! I wish I was back in sunny San Diego instead of this cold and gloomy day like it is here in Illinois.

Thanks so much, Nancy! I'm looking forward to sharing some fabulous parties with your amazing fans! XO, m

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hoopla Earrings Giveaway Winner!

And the winner of the FREE pair of Hoopla Earrings is.....

Comment #12 JENNY! :) 
"Looooooove everything in her shop, my fave is the LEONIE - Taupe Brown Distressed Quatrefoil Filigree Earrings "

Congrats and
have fun rockin' your new fab earrings!!

Monday, October 10, 2011

I DO Giveaway Monday's by Michelle

Haha...I know, I thought the title was catchy, too. Hehe :) I'm excited to announce I will be hosting a fabulous giveaway every Monday on my blog featuring a fabulous shop/business! If you're a vendor and interested in participating in a giveaway, please email me to discuss so I can get you on the calendar!! :) If you're a follower who loves free stuff, make sure you stop on over here each Monday for your chance to win!

Today's Giveaway is from Hoop-La Earrings! Mandy's earrings are SO SO SO cute and super affordable, too! Hoopla is giving away a FREE pair of earrings of your choice plus free shipping on your next order! {These earrings make the cutest accessories and I actually recently placed an order to give as Christmas gifts to some of my favorite gals.}

Super cute, right?! Here's what you need to do to enter:
(Up to three possible entries)

1. Head on over to her etsy shop and check out her fabulous earrings. Then head back over here and leave a comment on this blog post with what pair you would choose if you won!

For extra entries:

2.  "Like" Hoop-La Earrings on facebook. Come back to this post and comment that you did so.

3. "Like" I DO invitations by michelle on facebook. Come back to this post and comment that you did so.

Good luck! Contest ends at 8pm CST on Monday, October 17th. Be sure to leave your email in the comment field so I can contact you if you win!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

DIY: Bring cupcakes in STYLE!

One of my daughter's little friends turns three tomorrow (I should say TODAY though since I'm writing this the night before it'll be up). His mom watches Cami once a week and it happens to be his birthday so of course we have to make cupcakes! I decided to spice it up a bit and send them along in style. Thought I would show you this SUPER easy way of making your treats look cute and guess what?! You will be able to download these files for FREE next week to make your own cupcake toppers. There will be a few different versions, but they will all have the generic "Happy Birthday!" in an array of color schemes! Stay tuned!

Now....for the goodies! First, I had a couple of extra polka dot gable boxes laying around so figured they would be perfect to transport the cupcakes. I bought these from Shop Sweet Lulu, which is my absolute FAVORITE shop to purchase party decor. Head on over'll be instantly hooked and the best part is everything ships out ridiculously fast. I also had the tissue paper fringe laying around (also from Shop Sweet Lulu) so adhered it around the box for an added touch.
{Side note...I did this project on a whim so I took all of the photos quickly on my iPhone and edited them in Picnik. If you don't know what Picnik is all I can say is, sorry! You better get your butt over there like now. I'm the furthest thing from being a photographer and need all the help I can get so using picnik to edit helps out tremendously.

 I then used my 2 inch scalloped circle punch to punch out my toppers.

I used some stripey paper straws (Shop Sweet Lulu) I had laying around and cut them in half to use as my base for the toppers. I normally use white craft sticks or the craft wood sticks (look similar to toothpicks) but thought these would be way cuter :)

Taped the straw to the back of the topper.  I normally use 1 inch white circular labels  from Office Max to adhere on the back, but since these straws are a bit bigger I just simply used some tape.

Insert your completed topper in the cupcake and voila!

 Six pretty cupcakes sitting in a Gable Box....

 I added a little tag on the front to personalize it....which will also be available as FREE a free download next week. Are you excited?!

I mean really, how easy is that? Perfect idea for your kids to take to school for their birthday's, playdates, girls nights, or bring to the office for a co-worker's birthday or luncheon. Quick, fun and you'll look like you spent some time on something that took five minutes. I hope you try this for your next get-together and if you do send me your photos! Happy cupcaking! :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Spooks, Spiders + Spells Halloween Collection

I'm so excited to show you my 2011 Halloween Party Collection :) Eeeek!!! It was featured on my favorite site, HWTM, yesterday!! You can read the feature right here.

My hubby had the grand idea of using straw bales as the backdrop and I just love how it turned out. We're fortunate enough to have them on-hand since my Dad has a shed full of them for his animals so I setup this shoot in my parents backyard :) This was also my first styled shoot outside. Despite the wind knocking everything over a million times, it was a beautiful day for a photoshoot.

This Collection is perfect for a children's Halloween party or even an adult party. Spiders were the main element used throughout and I love the ever-so-popular color scheme of black, orange, lime and purple. Most importantly, I cannot thank the fabulous vendors enough who helped make this perfect. Did you see the matching *golden* tee, custom sugar cookies, spooky cake pops, adorable decor? AMAZING!!!


Now the not so fun part about this shoot was that I was sick the week leading up to the shoot (which was on a Sunday morning). I had a really bad ear infection and actually ended up going to the emergency room right after the photographer left b/c I couldn't take it anymore. (Luckily I did because it turned out I was misdiagnosed with an inner ear infection when it was really an outer). So needless to say, I'm thrilled how this turned out because I was {this} close to canceling it.

A *huge* thank you to the below vendors for their amazing custom products + goodies! You can purchase this full DIY Printable Collection in my etsy shop.

Vendor Credits:
All Paper Products + Styling: I DO invitations by michelle
Halloween Tee: *golden*
Custom Sugar Cookies: Flourish Sweet Shop
Tissue Paper Daisies, Polka Dot Balloons,
Black + White Polka Dot Gable Boxes/Paper Straws: Shop Sweet Lulu
Cake Pops: Lillycakes
Spiderweb Pettiskirt + Custom Headband: AMK's Boutique

Monday, October 3, 2011

New to the Shop: Christmas Tree Card Holder

I'm super excited to share with you our newest product -- a magnetic Christmas Tree Card Holder. The little red ornament balls are magnetic so you can add your cards to the tree as you get them :) It can hold up to 16 cards for you to display during the holidays! The cards shown are all 5x7. It also makes for great decor until your holiday cards start rolling in :) My hubby came up with this one-of-a-kind design and I couldn't be more excited about the outcome! I just love it and hope you do too! You can purchase one of these in my etsy shop :)