Thanksgiving Decoration Inspiration

30 October 2012

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I not only love seeing nature create beautiful landscapes, I love the weather, the temperature, the clothing, the food, and the rustic fall color palette.

I am excited to create new fall items to add to my my shop. I will be making a fall banner or two and some Thanksgiving decorations.

This year's Thanksgiving Decorations are going to consist of the true color palette of Fall: hues of green, orange, yellow and brown.

I've included some pictures that have been an inspiration for my Thanksgiving decoration line.

Corn picture is from the blog Abergailia.

Leaves/trees picture is from We Heart It.

Tablescape picture is from All You (magagzine).

Wreath is from Red Robyn Lane.

Leaf painting is from The Joy of Color.

Eat. Drink. & Be Scary. Halloween Party

25 October 2012

Halloween is my second favorite holiday!  Now that we are finally settled in our new house I HAD to throw a little party!  This past weekend, we hosted our first annual Eat. Drink. & Be Scary Halloween inspired party. 

Here is a (not so good)picture of our party invitation.  The invitation was made by Emily of Sweetly Scrapped.  I love Emily and her vintage chic creations.  I am a repeat customer of Emily's.  I use her for invitations and the like every chance I get.

This is our dessert table.  I had fun styling this table.  I decided to keep it classic and simple.  I choose the traditional Halloween color palette of orange and black.

The Hardware:
The bats on the "bat tree" were made four years ago and are inspired by the one and only, Martha Stewart.  I freshened them up by creating a black modge podge vase for them to be displayed. Target was a huge help and inspiration to this years' dessert table.  I found a lot of inexpensive items there. The kitties, the pumpkins and the popcorn boxes are from the "dollar section" at Target.The cake stand, the cake pop and lollipop stands and the spider cupcake holders are also from Target.  The cupcake stand is from JoAnn's Fabric. I designed the black doily banner.  The remaining plates are from places unknown...I've had them forever.  :  )

The Yummies:
I decided to make most of the goodies this year.  I made brownie push up pops with the new Cool Whip Frosting, which I love so much.  I also made a carrot cake and used the Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting  for the carrot cake. I made additional brownie bites, banana pecan bites and Devil's Food Cake cupcakes. 

The upside down witches in the cauldrons were inspired by Kara's Party Ideas. I purchased the witches cauldrons from Kara's Party Ideas the Shop.  *See Kara's shop andvamazing Halloween party ideas  here.

These adorable cookies were made by a friend who just started baking these sweet, tasty treats.  Yes.  She is this good and is only a beginner!!

The super cute fondant pumpkin cupcake toppers were created by Julie from Cakes and Kids.  I am a repeat customer of Julie's too.  I love her work.

These beautiful, delicious lollipops are from a new vendor (to me) I found on etsy. She is SO.  AFFORDABLE!!!!!  Visit her shop:  Candied Cakes.

Delicious confections by one my favorite confectionista, Kimberley from Kimberley's Kitchen.

Aaaannnddd...What's a party without yummies from Peace. Love.Pretzels.?  They made these adorable cake pops and hand painted pretzels.  They made the chocolate covered oreos especially for me!  I am a lucky girl!

Kids Table:

The kids table.  The cute trick or treat bags were designed and made by my sister.  The pumpkin bracelet is by Gillian from Gillie Beans Boutique.  The super cute wooden utensils are by Brooke from Sucre Shop

Random fun-ness!!!  Scooby Doo and the gang.....

Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. A Giveaway.

11 October 2012

     I am so lucky and grateful to have gained such a great following.  It's funny, when I started this social media journey, I thought 1,000 "likes" on facebook would take me years.  To my surprise, it has taken a little over a year.  Thank you friends!

 I hope you are enjoying your ride with me.  I hope I am sharing content with you that you love and can use in your daily lives. 

To show my appreciation and to honor you, I am hosting a giveaway.  I am giving away one copy of Kara's Party Ideas the book.  

"Kara’s Party Ideas will wow readers with seven never-before-seen parties and six fan-favorites, each displayed in remarkable detail through photos and descriptions. From the delightful Circus Train Birthday Party (p.47) which features baby cribs as display tables arranged into a circus train, to the breathtaking Princess Birthday Party (p.1) where several elegantly dressed princesses held an exquisite tea party in a blossoming fruit orchard, to the exquisitely detailed Pow Wow Party (p.21) featuring a child-sized teepee and desert corncobs made using Twinkies, Kara’s Party Ideas is full of fun creativity, that will inspire the party planning novice as well as the professional event stylist." 
**Excerpt taken from**

Included in the book is a CD with free printables including invitations and party decorations.

Enter below.  Winner to be announced: Monday, October 22

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Huge Giveaway and an Explanation

04 October 2012

My life is so busy.  With two girls under 5, a husband who is never home from work on time and a dog that craves massive amounts of attention....each day is a complete whirlwind!  I feel like it is time to go to bed shortly after I have just woken out of bed!   With that said...Sometimes I think I might be trying to take on too much.   Let's see... each day I am doing the best I can to:  be a mom, be a wife, be a friend,  be the best I can be, keep up with my etsy shop and social media, blog,  start party planning business, etc.... Something's gotta give.  For me the something that "gives" is either the etsy shop, social media, the blog or building the new business and it's different from day to day.  I think that helps creates balance.  Hmph?!  Anyway...

Here are the reasons I am blogging today.  
1. To explain why I haven't posted pictures( as I said I would )of how we hung our glitter pumpkins from our last post.  I apologize. I honestly have been forgetting to charge the camera battery.  It has been charged and pictures will be coming soon.

2. To share a fantastic giveaway hosted by Banner Events, who is celebrating her first birthday.  A giveaway that my sister Ashley from and I are participating in....I sponsored a fabric streamer garland.  Ashley sponsored some custom, hand painted party goodness. There are 67 prizes totaling approximately $3,000 and 66 winners!!

Good luck and have a great day!