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7.06.2015

10 Ways To Celebrate Shark Week

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We look forward to it every year...it's Shark Week! We love it because it always puts the idea that 'humans run things' in perspective. Plus, sharks are super cool!  If you are a shark enthusiast, here are 10 ways to celebrate Shark Week...

10 Ways To Celebrate Shark Week

one. shark bowl from Industreal | two.  Society 6 phone case | three. wreath made from shark toys | four. spa robes from Always Fits | five. spray pool from Target |  six. Landshark Lager | seven. shark tooth cuff from One Kings Lane. | eight. Chumbuddy's sleeping bag | nine. shark stapler from Amazon | ten. Shark Gift Shop's earbuds



If you are looking for party ideas like these fabulous cookies from The Sweet Adventures Of Sugarbelle, check out last year's post which links to even more stuff.

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7.03.2015

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Emoji Graduation Party

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We hit a milestone...the little one graduated from 5th grade and his brother from 8th grade. I wanted to do a party to celebrate and get friends together before everyone fled for the summer. But theme do you choose for a 10 and 13 year old that isn't carnival or beach?

Emoji Graduation Party

Of course, emoji! Remember my inspiration board? I really needed to stretch the party muscle...not a lot of emoji products out there, but it's growing!

We held our party at a local hotel, so I wanted easy to transport food that would hold up for a few hours without refrigeration.  What's easier than creating a sweets bar?

Emoji Graduation Party dessert table

I decided to focus on the color yellow,  generic emojis like hearts and rainbows, and smiley face products.  My first stop, Oriental Trading.  They have lots of smiley face products and themed products to choose from!

Emoji Graduation Party balloons

Emoji Graduation Party lips balloon

Emoji Graduation Party smiling balloons

7.02.2015

Makers + Shakers - Meet Kori Clark Design


A couple of years ago, over on Seattle Mamas, I started a series interviewing local powerhouses who started with an idea and turned it into a crazy reality.

It was so popular, I thought to myself, 'hey self, you should do the same thing, except this time, you should stalk some more of  your favorite bloggers from all over'. So, I created the Makers + Shakers Series: 8 Creatives You Should Follow.

The series was so popular, I decided to continue it with 8 more creatives!


This week, we are meeting Kori Clark, of Kori Clark Design, an illustrator and watercolorist, who specializes in custom graphic sets, watercolor portraits, graphics for brands, designers, and stylists.

I've known her since she was the blog Paper & Pigtails and sharing printable party designs. Her work has been featured everywhere from DIY Network to Martha Stewart Weddings.  Since then, she has become so much more.

Read on and find out what makes Kori creatively tick...

Kori Clark Design balloon watercolor

Please tell our readers a little bit about who Kori is. 
Okay! Well, I am a Southern Girl, Wife, Mother, Illustrator, Designer & Watercolorist. I love animals and the country. My goal is to create both art and a life that is filled with joy!

Kori Clark Design watercolor gift tag

We go waaayyyy back...but tell all my readers how KoriClark.com began!
Haha! Yes! We sure do! Crazy how long we have been on this road now! I actually have a degree in graphic design, but studied drawing and painting growing up. After college I worked as a graphic designer and when I had my daughter, I decided to try my hand at freelance.

It evolved over time and I began doing more illustrations and watercolor graphics, in combination with my graphics. KoriClark.com is place I can share my work, some of the brand projects I work on, and my Pup Products!

6.30.2015

Tuesday Tip - How To Host A Minions Party


Last week I shared some of our Minions movie excitement with our cereal parfait bar.  Head over to Moms & Munchkins where I'm sharing even more ideas to host a Minions party! You know it will be a hot theme on the party circuit this summer.




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6.29.2015

Alt Summit Summer 2015: It's All About The Business Cards, Baby

Altitude Summit Business Card Wall from Sherwin Williams
Image courtesy of Altitude Summit
 I'm slowly getting my Alt Summit posts out...there is just so much to share! Last time, I shared how we created our amazing balloon arch for the closing party.  Today, it's all about the business cards, baby!

Alt Summit may be about a wealth of information for your business, but it really is about the business cards.  There is a little bit of everything!  From a cute little ring to a push-pop of confetti, classic cards and some made from plastic and wood, the creativity was amazing.

Not Just A Mommy business cards

I've decided to share all the ones I collected, but first, here's mine...and let me tell you, cute in execution, not in delivery.  I didn't even think about how I would transport them. I could only carry so many in my bag without crushing them, then trying to untangle one to hand out is not cute.  So some people had straws on them, some didn't.

I apologize if anyone felt slighted...it is definitely an great idea if I were sitting at a table and they were laid out for the taking.

OK...back to the other cards...I did meet a lot of my favorite crafty people so I didn't get their cards...otherwise I would have had SO MANY MORE! Seriously, I was fangirling over so many people.  Again, that is another post for another day!

So, if a card speaks to you, please feel free to visit the owner by clicking on their name below the picture!


Eva Blake's Makery & Emporium | Jodi Levine | Legal Miss Sunshine | Modify Ink | Design For Soul | Monica Lee Studios | Betsy Clegg (just an email) | Confetti & Bliss | The Road To The Good Life | The Land Of Nod | Barefoot Contessa | Plum Stitch | Bot Communications | Visit Vallarta | Gumroad | Step Away From The Screen | Vana Feliciano | Jenean Morrison | Konnect Interactive | Just JP | Being Tazim | Being Spiffy | Cyndie Spiegel

6.26.2015

Design Dazzle Summer Camp 2015 - Link Party

Design Dazzle Summer Camp Link Party

I'm back for my third summer as a Design Dazzle Summer Camp Counselor with my Dad, You Rock! Father's Day table with free printables.  Be sure and check out all the other fun and fabulous posts by my fellow Summer Camp Counselors.

We want EVERYONE to be involved in Summer Camp, so we're hosting our annual Summer Camp link party because we want to see YOUR fabulous ideas as well! Our Summer Camp Link party starts today and will run through Saturday July 11th.

Feel free to link up any projects, ideas, crafts, etc. that you have created which involve Summer Fun & Kids. We want new ideas as well as ideas from years past…the more the better! We'll feature some of our favorites throughout the party on our individual blogs.

When you link up to our party, it will show up on ALL the following participating blogs:


Be sure to visit all of our new and previous Summer Camp ideas as well, by clicking the image below!

Design Dazzle Summer Camp series



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6.24.2015

Real Party - Create A Minions Cereal Parfait Bar

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Minions Cereal Parfait Bar

Are you excited for the release of Minions on July 10th? We certainly are! Where did they come from? What were they like before Gru of the Depiscable Me movies?  Who knew there was a minions/henchmen industry?

Minions Cereal Parfait Bar

How about getting your little minions and their friends together before a matinee showing with a cereal parfait bar?

Minions Cereal Parfait Bar store shot

At Walmart, you will find everything you need to put together a fun and healthy start to a busy day. Pick up specially marked packages of General Mills cereal and collect all 7 Minion toys that include the movie's Stuart, Bob and Kevin. Plus, it's the only place you will find the special prehistoric Minion.

We didn't find the special Minion this time around...but the others are just as fun!

Minions Cereal Parfait Bar; find the 7th Minion toy

6.19.2015

Alt Summit Summer 2015: Picnic Party + Balloon Arch

Note - Photos not bearing my watermark are courtesy of Altitude Summit.

Alt Summer Picnic Party and Balloon Arch

If you didn't hear, last week I had the most amazing time attending Alt Summit in Salt Lake City. I met some of my favorite craft, party and lifestyle crushes like Damask Love, Jodi Levine, The Alison Show, Handmade Charlotte...but more on that later.

balloons from Oriental Trading; photo courtesy of Confetti Sunshine's Instagram feed
To recap, I entered one of Alt Summit's contests for a conference ticket with teammates Sara of Confetti Sunshine and Melissa of Lulu The Baker (pictured above) and we won.  We were one of five teams tapped to put together an amazing picnic party to close out the conference, and everyone pulled out the stops.  Our task, to create a balloon arch.  But no, my friends, it would be no ordinary one...and the entire affair wasn't ordinary either.


We took inspiration from The House That Lars Built's amazing structure for her Flamingo Pop collaboration.  In fact, Brittany is local to Salt Lake City and we actually picked up the PVC stands she used in another structure.  And no, your eyes do not deceive you...those bad boys were easily 12 feet tall...we had no idea.


My friends at Oriental Trading hooked us up with lots of balloons in our signature colors that we blew up (with an electric pump, hallelujah!!) and tied to the PVC stands.  We also added fabulous little honeycomb balls from Devra Party and our friends at My Mind's Eye sent us gold banners to wrap around everything.

Alt Summit Picnic Party + Balloon Arch; view from the bottom

6.18.2015

Design Dazzle Summer Camp 2015 - Dad, You Rock! Father's Day Table


If you are looking for a fun tablescape to help celebrate all the amazing dads and father figures in your life, head over to my Design Dazzle Summer Camp post for my Dad, You Rock! Father's Day table, complete with free printables!

Linking up at Tatertots & Jello




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6.17.2015

Makers + Shakers - Meet Valley & Co. Events


A couple of years ago, over on Seattle Mamas, I started a series interviewing local powerhouses who started with an idea and turned it into a crazy reality.

It was so popular, I thought to myself, 'hey self, you should do the same thing, except this time, you should stalk some more of  your favorite bloggers from all over'. So, I created the Makers + Shakers Series: 8 Creatives You Should Follow.

The series was so popular, I decided to continue it with 8 more creatives!


This week, we are meeting the dynamic duo behind the renowned event planning and design house, Valley & Co. Events, specializing in fun and spectacular weddings and celebrations.

With their breathtaking events featured in every bridal and lifestyle magazine and website from Brides Magazine, Sunset Magazine to Better Homes & Gardens, The Land Of Nod and Style Me Pretty, husband and wife team, Aleah and Nick Valley, know a thing or two about throwing a party.

Read on and fall in love with our Seattle celebrities...

Valley & Co. Events pool
Nathan Cordova Photography
Please tell our readers a little bit about who Aleah and Nick are. 
We are kids at heart and absolutely love what we do for a living We plan and design weddings and special events for our clients at our company Valley & Co. Events. Bringing joy to others is our passion!

We are proud parents to our beautiful and silly daughter, Ava, and love to get out and explore the Great Northwest, our home. On any given day you might see us at Pike Place Market talking with local flower growers and grabbing mini donuts, sitting in our office hammering out details for 100-point budgets, reviewing rental orders and catering orders, sketching out designs, or collaborating on a magazine photo shoot or client campaign. We think it's pretty incredible to be in a creative business and that's what part of fuels us.

Chantel Andrea Photography
I've been a huge, huge fan of your amazing wedding and event styling for years! How did Valley & Co. begin? 
A: You are so kind, thank you! We started our company together in 2003 after working on events at our university for several student organizations. We both grew up with a passion for entertaining. I've always enjoyed watching my parents entertain, whether it was at their annual hat party, dinner parties, or really any special occasion, it was inspiring to see how bringing people together for celebrations, no matter how large or small, can bring such happiness.

N: After seeing us in action on various occasions and attending {or hearing about} our own wedding in 2003, our reputation of creating pretty amazing and fresh events in the Greater Seattle area grew quickly in several circles. We haven't looked back! Day in and day out we work extremely hard for our clients and pride ourselves on providing a truly unique experience that results in signature events.
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