DEAR READERS AND NEW VISITORS....MY BLOG IS HAVING A FEW TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES,THE CIRCLE WITH THE DASH WHERE A PHOTO SHOULD BE. I AM SLOWLY GOING BACK RELOADING THEM!

7.22.2014

Tuesday Tip - Canvas Print Guest Book Review + Giveaway With Canvas Kudos

Disclaimer – I was provided product for review and giveaway from Canvas Kudos and no compensation was given, real or implied. Others may have a different opinion or experience with Canvas Kudos. 

Canvas Kudos canvas print guest book giveaway; ends 7/29

I love the growing trend of non-traditional guest books; finding unique and fun ways to remember who was present at your big day is an important thing. After all, books just get tucked away on a shelf and are never seen again.

Canvas Kudos canvas print guest book giveaway; ends 7/29

If you are looking for a customizable keepsake, how about a canvas print guest book? Enter Canvas Kudos, canvas greeting pieces that can be signed, personalized, and displayed as decor.

They are the first to bring signable canvas keepsakes to the marketplace and their innovative product is one that gains in value with each passing year because it is signed by those who love you, can be hung as wall decor or positioned as a decorative item and lasts forever.

Canvas Kudos canvas print guest book giveaway; ends 7/29

Canvas Kudos has a variety of themes you can choose, from baby showers and graduations, to get-well and retirement.  Set out a few permanent markers and your guests are ready to make memories. Each canvas comes with the hardware you need to display on your wall so you can reminisce about your special event every day.

Marine Corps themed Canvas Kudos guest book

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that my husband was recently promoted to Lt.Colonel in the Marine Corps and we had his promotion ceremony this past weekend.   Canvas Kudos sent me an 18" X 18" personalized print to use for our guestbook.  This is a new option they offer that allows you to choose your design and colors.  I created mine in the Marines Corps of scarlet and gold with navy accents.

7.21.2014

100 Days To Squeeze With Stoli® Vodka

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of STOLI® Vodka. All opinions are 100% mine.


Stoli Vodka 100 Days To Squeeze #StoliLemonade 


Ah...summer. Nothing says it more than lemonade...and with a kick is even better.  Celebrate this classic with a fresh twist with a fabulous lemonade cocktail featuring Stoli® Vodka.

Stoli Vodka 100 Days To Squeeze #StoliLemonade trucks

They are launching the “100 Days to Squeeze” campaign to celebrate the taste of summer and encourage consumers to 'squeeze' the most out of the season at Stoli-branded lemonade trucks and over 300 national Stoli® Lemonade bar night events in 12 cities. That's right, cocktail samples, lemonade ice-pops and fun summer challenges for the chance to win Stoli® prizes, is coming to a town near you.

7.18.2014

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Flamingo + Pineapple Party X 2

It's a Flamingo + Pineapple party all this week on the blog.  Those two are so trendy, summer cool right now, I couldn't resist getting in on the fun.  I did two shoots in one, a kids' table and tweaking it a bit for an adult soiree.First it was my inspiration board, then it was pineapple macarons and more pineapple crafts.


Today is the piece de resistance...not one but two party tables. If you haven't seen it already, head over to Bloom Designs for the kids' table. I thought it would be fun to show how you take some of the same ideas and tweak them for a more adult feel.


As you can see, from the déjà vu,  I kept the same background elements and a few table elements but did a little tweaking for a more grown up feel.  This is great for those times you want to reuse party items for separate parties that need to go from cutesy to chic.

Printables work for any age party...I didn't change a thing with Love The Day's flamingo set.


Whenever I host parties and events, I always keep functionality and the type of guests in mind...


Although cupcakes work for any age group, a pretty cake is more appropriate for adults...sometimes we just want more than just one (cupcake) serving and kids fighting over who has the bigger slice of cake is not cute or fun.  Notice my cupcake toppers work just as well as cake toppers.



Swap out paper plates, napkins and plastic cups for more adult-special plates and glasses.  Don't be afraid to use the 'good' stuff that only comes out on holidays.   

A good cocktail is always a must for adults...and if you are serving alcohol, be sure and serve food.  Alcohol on empty stomachs is a serious no-no.  Hardy finger foods like mini tacos and spring rolls are easy to pick up from your favorite grocer or restaurant.


Macarons are universal...I just put them on another cake stand.  Notice in the kids' version I didn't use as many cake stands.  Less things to knock over...


...and definitely more fruit!  I love these flamingo picks from Dollar Tree.  I scored the pineapple bowls there too but years ago.



Candy kabobs are universal too...this time I use two kinds from Sweets Indeed.  The palm tree skewers a perfect for those who want a little sweet without feeling guilt and the larger, pineapple ones  for those who say 'life is too short'. Guess which camp I fall into?


I hope you have been inspired to look at parties a little differently and see how you can use the same party items for a different feel.

Where to buy:
Banner, confetti circles - Love The Day
Pineapple and palm tree candy kabobs - Sweets Indeed
Hot pink tissue fans - Oriental Trading
Mint, pink and navy tissue fans – Devra Party Corp.
Pink burlap for table cover – Joanns



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7.16.2014

10 Cool Pineapple Crafts


It's a Flamingo + Pineapple party all this week on the blog.  Those two are so trendy, summer cool right now, I couldn't resist getting in on the fun.  I did two shoots in one, a kids' table and tweaking it a bit for an adult soiree.First it was my inspiration board, then it was pineapple macarons.

Today, it's all about the pineapple crafts...there are just so many amazing ones that I narrowed it down to my favorite 10!  All but two have tutorials so be sure and head to their respective blogs for the how-tos.


Pineapple invite from Oh Happy Day.

7.15.2014

Tuesday Tutorial - Pineapple Macarons


It's a Flamingo + Pineapple party all this week on the blog.  Those two are so trendy, summer cool right now, I couldn't resist getting in on the fun.  I did two shoots in one, a kids' table and tweaking it a bit for an adult soiree.

Yesterday, you saw my inspiration board;  today, I'm showing how to turn macarons into pineapples for my party tables! No, I don't have macaron-making skills, I picked them up,  but I do have candy melt skills.

7.14.2014

Flamingo + Pineapple Party Inspiration Board


It's a Flamingo + Pineapple party all this week on the blog.  Those two are so trendy, summer cool right now, I couldn't resist getting in on the fun.  I did two shoots in one, a kids' table and tweaking it a bit for an adult soiree.  Today I'm sharing my inspiration board...there are so many fun ideas out there but you can't do everything you know...

7.11.2014

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Classic Arcade Game Truck Party

Disclaimer – I was provided party supplies from Birthday Express for review and no compensation was given, real or implied. Others may have a different opinion or experience with Birthday Express.


So the boys turned 10 and 13, a week apart. And since I did the Mario Game Truck Party when the oldest turned 10, the little one had to have the same. But with finals that week, mama bear did not have the time or energy to do two birthday parties. So I said, hey can we combine them as a joint party and I promise it won't be cheesy. And they said OK.

Classic Arcade Game Truck Party

But I did insist on a classic arcade theme.  They really didn't care.  2 hours of video games and pizza was their only requirement.

7.08.2014

Tuesday Tip - The World Of Blogging Is Changing...You Better Get On Board

Last week,  Kim of The TomKat Studio shared a post about decorating her kids' room in her vacation home, including items from Pottery Barn Kids.  A reader left this comment...


It sparked an interesting debate between readers and fellow bloggers.  Normally, I don't like to step into the fray of 'real world' stuff like politics...I used to rant back in the day, but eh, the blog is supposed to be my happy place.

But because this is something my readers would be interested in and probably feeling, then I'm pulling out my soapbox and clearing my throat.  What really inspired me was the email I received from a major company inquiring about my sponsored post rates (WOO HOO!!) and then my shock as they quoted their rate.  I may not be as awesomesauce as some of the huge blogs that I love to follow but I know my endorsement, post space, and readership is more valuable than that.  But more on that later...

7.04.2014

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - It’s Hip to be Square with Chinet® House Party GNO

I participated in the It’s Hip To Be Square With Chinet® House Party and was provided the product free of charge by the company or PR firm as part of the program. Others may have a different opinion or experience with House Party. This review is based strictly on my opinion.


Happy 4th Of July!  I guess there is no better time than now to share my Memorial Day GNO.  Back in May, I was chosen to participate in the It's Hip To Be Square with Chinet® House Party.  So, I invited a few girlfriends over for some laughs and a few drinks.  Plus, I had to use up the fun box of goodies and give out to my guests.

It’s Hip to be Square with Chinet® House Party GNO bar cart

Remember the dinner napkin tassel tutorial? Of course you do...I'm sure you are wondering how I used it. And if you look closely on the bottom, you will see the favor cups I made with Chinet® 9 oz tumblers.

7.01.2014

Tuesday Tip - Easy Summer Cupcakes


easy summer cupcakes beach party cupcakes

It's time for summer cookouts and family get-togethers, so that means you need to bring a treat or two.  Today's Tuesday Tip is all about fun cupcake ideas that don't require mad frosting skills;  first up head over to Moms & Munchkins and learn how I made these easy beach party cupcakes.

easy summer cupcakes watermelon patch cupcakes