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1.26.2015

Valentine's Day With Minted

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Foil-Pressed Valentine's Day classroom Valentines

Valentine's Day is creeping up fast! Get the lovin' started with Minted's Free Foil Event...through midnight tonight, enjoy 20% off all foil-pressed Valentine's Day cards, foil-pressed classroom Valentines cards & foil-pressed art. 



Sealed with a Kiss Foil-Pressed Valentine's Day Cards


Fanciful art print


Seal the deal with stickers and accessories like favor bags and washi tape. My personal favorite is the Smart Cookie sticker...it reminds me of our cookie-themed graduation table a few years ago.

Whether you want to share New Year love with friends and family, in the classroom or on your walls, Minted’s foil-pressed designs are the perfect way to celebrate your valentine(s)!


scattered arrows fabric

If you have sewing abilities, then Minted's Valentine themed fabric has endless possibilities!




However, if you don't have sewing abilities, check out these no-sew bags featured on Julep.


Of course course I can't forget their amazing party decor sets like Valentine's Ombre Love... 


...and XOXO.
 
rosettes paper fans backdrop

I never tire of this gorgeous backdrop featured on Julep; make paper rosettes and order lots of tissue fans that can be reused at future events.

Conversation Heart Valentine Party Decor

Pair it with the  Conversation Heart Valentine party set for the perfect set up for a Valentine's Day party or brunch.

This post is a sponsored post and contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission on any purchase made from products purchased after clicking the links. As always, I don't link to anything I wouldn't personally recommend. And I love Minted. Seriously. 




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1.23.2015

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Easy Super Bowl Party Ideas

This is a post for Oriental Trading as part of their Blogger Community. This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the products listed. I was provided the product free of charge and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.


Easy and fun Super Bowl party ideas

Super Bowl XLIX is coming up fast and we can't wait to cheer on our Seattle Seahawks to their second win! Monday,  I shared a fabulous party spread and today I'm sharing how I tweaked the same spread for easy entertaining using fun products from Oriental Trading.

Super Bowl party table

Super Bowl party table chili bowls
  • Our chili bar features football chili bowls that hold a hefty amount of food and leaves plenty of room for the fixings.  They are very durable, no leaking here!  They are also perfect as nacho and ice cream bowls.
  • Yes, I used a mini Bundt pan to bake my cornbread Bundts...you can make them in muffin tins too.
  • Trophies are a must...these are fun and perfect for filling with candies, nuts and other treats.  Guests can take them home at the end of the game.
  • Mimosa yellow beverage napkins make perfect penalty 'flags' and work for both your bar and food areas.
  • Instead of bags of chips and snack food, put them in bowls and let guests serve themselves in brown lunch bags or patterned bags.  I used assorted Middy Bitty Bags from Whisker Graphics in our Seahawks' colors. 

1.20.2015

Tuesday Tip/Real Party - Love Is In The Air Valentine Table

Love Is In The Air Valentine Table

It's all about football and Valentine's Day around these parts, isn't it? We are flipping back to hearts and love for this week's Tuesday Tip with this month's Design Team project for Whisker Graphics; a Love Is In The Air party table.  Setting up a special table for the kids or your significant other doesn't take a lot of time or money.

Love Is In The Air Valentine Table SweetWorks candy bags

The theme was inspired by one of my favorite washi tapes from Cute Tape, it's so fun and playful.  I filled cello bags with SweetWorks Sixlets and Pearls.

1.19.2015

Real Party - Touchdown! Big Game Party

This post for Big Game party ideas has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser but all opinions are mine alone. #GameTimeMVP #CollectiveBias

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Wasn't Sunday's NFC game a nail-biter? But our Seattle team did it and we are on our way to the Big Game in two weeks! Today I'm sharing a few awesome ways to get ready if you are hosting a Big Game Party with fun decorations and easy recipes so you can spend more time watching and less time hostessing.

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  • I love to have a focal point, usually the main or food table.  Black butcher paper or chalkboard paper is perfect for mimicking a playboard.  
  • I used accents in our Seattle team's colors of navy and bright green but you can swap out the colors if you support the other team. And of course we have to to honor the 12th Man! Papier mâché numbers are easy to paint white and make the perfect addition to any table.

1.14.2015

Tuesday Tutorial - Candy Cane Hearts


I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday (Tuesday) but I'm still calling it Tuesday Tutorial, because it's super cute. Christmas candy canes are clearancing out so go get yourself some, then head over to Moms & Munchkins for my tutorial on making candy cane hearts for Valentine's Day, plus download the free tags to bag up your super cuteness.




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1.13.2015

Tuesday Tip - 2015 Reebok Spartan Race Giveaway

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED*** 
Winner update 1/20/15: Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky winner (listed on the Rafflecopter widget) is Ken W.

This post is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the Reebok Spartan Race series. I was provided the giveaway item free of charge by the company or PR agency and I provided my honest opinion.


Last year I had the pleasure of learning about the Reebok Spartan Race series and with all the resolutions made about getting in shape for 2015, it felt perfect when they reached out to me again to share about all their new programs and host another giveaway.

Wait, you say, what is the Reebok Spartan Race?

Enter to win an adult open heat entry in any Spartan Race! Giveaway ends January 20

 If you have tried trail races, mud runs, tough mudder runs, or a warrior dash, then you are probably ready to step up to a Spartan Race obstacle course. It’s been voted the #1 obstacle race by Outside Magazine and focuses on building a healthy and active community of people.  With events held worldwide, they are poised to take over the planet!

1.05.2015

Top 10 Of 2014

Top 10 Posts Of 2014

I still can't believe it's 2015! True to tradition, means it's time to wrap up all the fabulousness that happened to my little blog with the top 10 posts of  2014. There are so many more than 10, so I did a very unscientific poll with the most viewed, most Pinned, and general awesomeness, at least according to me!

 In chronological order...

Top 10 Posts Of 2014 The Big Game

1. My super popular Super Bowl post.

Top 10 Posts Of 2014 Valentine's Day

2. 2014 was the year of The Guest Contributor;  first, I became a Party Tip Tuesday contributor for Moms & Munchkins.

12.31.2014

Real Party - Bon Voyage, 2014! New Year's Eve Party

Bon Voyage, 2014 New Year's Eve Party

It's my final post of 2014 and what better way to send it out than sharing our New Year's Eve Party, Bon Voyage, 2014!

We kept it low key this year, after coming back from almost a week in Vancouver, BC on Tuesday (check out some of our trip photos on Instagram) and my sister-in-law coming in for a visit yesterday.

Bon Voyage, 2014 New Year's Eve Party

Don't let the backdrop wall fool you...it's been up since the boy's Christmas party so it was easy pulling the rest together.


It all started with the globes I found on our trip at the greatest place on earth, Dollarama.  We need them here in the U.S.  Seriously.  I saw them and was like, 'I'm going to need to use those right away' and Bon Voyage, 2014! was born.

It's all about height when it comes to creating an interesting and dynamic table; I pulled out my favorite vintage suitcase and cake stands.  And disco balls.  Because I also found the large ones at Dollarama.  I know.

12.25.2014

Merry Christmas 2014


From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!  This year's card from Minted...




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12.23.2014

Tuesday Tutorial - Christmas Tree Cupcake Toppers + Candy Bracelet Ornaments

I keep it real. Yes, I have these awesome tutorials and party photos...but there is a dark side. The failures. The coulda-shoulda-wouldas.  The 'If you could pan wide and see the destruction around this pretty picture'.  When a project goes sideways, I think it's fair to share.  I really wanted to title this post 'PINTEREST FAIL'.


In fact, if you follow me on Instagram, you saw my initial excitement.  It all started with this cone shaped cake tutorial pin from Better Homes & Garden.  I said to myself, 'Self, these would be super cute as Christmas trees with piped frosting. Let's do this!'


I followed the set-up directions...got the cake batter in...stressed out a little that they would tip over in the oven so I sat in front of the oven for the first 12 minutes.  Which they didn't, so I thought I was on easy street.

After the allotted time, I took them out, did the toothpick test, they were perfectly cooked.  So I let them cool and put them away since they were for this week's Enrichment Club, and no worries, I would frost and decorate the demo the next day.


Enrichment Club was at 1:00 pm.  At 11:00 am, I got all my sprinkles out, filled up frosting bags outfitted with #21 star tips and prepared to unwrap and frost a cone.  But instead of having to peel them off, they fell out of the cone.  And then my heart stopped...because the toothpick test was perfect for the majority of the cake, but it did not reach the bottom tip, which remained in the cone COMPLETELY RAW.


Yes, raw.

All of them.  Raw.

I am assuming the beans that support the cones did not conduct heat well to bake the batter.  Longer baking would have dried out the rest of the cake, so I have NO idea how they got around that in the original recipe.

Tuesday Tutorial - Christmas Tree Cupcake Toppers + Candy Bracelet Ornaments

So after I stopped mentally screaming...and a little out loud because I'm home alone...I remember a super-cute idea from Tablespoon frosting sugar cones and turning them into Christmas tree cupcake toppers.  I could do the same thing with a quick trip to the store for the cones and cupcakes. Pinterest win!
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