Thursday, December 29, 2011

Recipe: Corn Dip Appetizer

With lots of NYE parties approaching I just have to share with you this easy-peasy appetizer. It's a fan favorite - I am pretty much forced to make it for every gathering. Or maybe that's the only thing my friends trust me to make, either way - it's delicious! I promise, it really is even though it may not look like it ;)

What you need: 
2 Cans Green Giant Mexi Corn
8 oz. Sour Cream
3/4 cup Mayo
1/2 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
3-4 chopped green onions

Drain the Mexi Corn and stir all of the above ingredients together until well blended. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Serve with Tostitos Chips :) Oh, and the "Scoops" work the best! 

Thanks to my best friends mom for giving me this recipe in a cookbook she made me when I got married :) I've been since named the Corn Dip Queen. 


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

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Our Holiday Cards

Today I'd like to share with you our Christmas Cards this year! I decided to stick with the red, black and white theme from our photos taken by Photos by Vitella and really like how it turned out. I knew I wanted to do a collage again but I never seem to create a simple one-photo card for us because I can never narrow it down. Oh well, the more the merrier, right? :)

As for the envelopes, I have to say it came together nicely since I ordered from all different vendors. I especially love the custom photo stamps I purchased from Zazzle and the return address labels from Tiny Prints. I also had every intention of creating wrap around address labels but just have been swamped with holiday card orders so I searched on etsy and saw these and ordered them right away. All I had to do was print, cut and stick on my envelopes. Oh, and the pretty red envelopes are from Paper Source.

Back of the envelope...

In case you're wondering, I bought Cami's dress on Zulily for $22 back in October and the adorable rosette headband is from AMK's Boutique. My hair clip is from the ever-so-fabulous Whippy Cake. Ryan's dazzling pinstriped shirt is from his closet that he's had for the past three years because that's how he rolls. Haha. I know, I'm not really funny just bear with me. ;)

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from our little family to yours! XO, m

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Recipe: Holiday Oreo Balls

Last year on the back of my Christmas card I included the below recipe {with a cute picture of Cami, of course}. These little yummy treats are to.die.for. I originally got the recipe from a former co-worker several years ago and have made them every year since! If you haven't tried these little pieces of heaven before, be sure to add them to your cookie platter this year! They don't stay on the plate long and I always get asked, "What ARE these?" So here you go...

{Cami's Snowman Tee by *golden*}

Enjoy!!! XO, m

Disclaimer: Don't eat too many at once, or you'll have a bit of a tummy ache. ;)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Cards Deadline

Hi friends! Just a reminder, Christmas is less than two weeks away. I can't even believe it! If you haven't ordered yet, it's not too late! Last day to order printed cards is Monday, December 19th. I'm keeping my etsy shop open until Friday, December 23rd to purchase the digital file to any of the cards. 

You can view all 25+ designs right here. Or visit my facebook page :)

Here are just a few of my favorites so far this year..

Hope all of your Christmas shopping is going better than mine - still have so much to do! Eeek! XO, m

Friday, December 9, 2011

Photos by Vitella

  Pictures are my favorite. There really isn't anything better than having priceless photos to look back on someday. I'm lucky to have such a wonderful photographer who never ceases to amaze me. 

Meet Ellie Piper of Photography Studio It's kind of funny how I randomly found her. Three years ago at a bridal expo (while I was pregnant) I saw her booth and told my husband I should go talk to her since I was looking into doing maternity photos. Actually, I already had someone else booked but figured I would go see what she had to offer. I ended up canceling with the other photographer, and even though I decided not to do maternity photos, Ellie has shot the majority of our photos ever since!  She shoots everything from weddings to babies to families. Actually, there's nothing she doesn't do. Plus she's the nicest person ever, so there's another plus. Check out her work over on her website/blog:

Here are some of my favorites that I will always treasure...{sorry in advance, there are a lot}

She also photographed my sister Rebecca's wedding as well as our best friends, Amber + Andrew...

Thank you so much Ellie, you truly have such a gift. Hop on over to her facebook page and give her a "Like" - you won't be disappointed! XO, m

{All photos copyright Photography Studio 37. Do not copy}