My hilarious and always dazzling friend, The Purple Pug, is celebrating three years of sharing fun, fabulous and funky real parties over on her blog. Some amazing party girls and I are sponsoring a giveaway celebration, where you learn about some great vendors and get your name in the hat for a drawing of not one, but TWO KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixers. YOU choose the fabulous color!
Just over two days left to enter! Swing on by, check out her blog redesign and click the like button to be entered. Again and again. And again. SUPER easy! Enter here. Good luck! And if you win, you can bake me a cake with your new mixer. Chocolate.
It occurs to me how much design work, particularly custom design work that you never get to see because it might not be the invitation my client chooses, or just because I’m moving so feverishly that I don’t take the time I should to show you. I’m going to try my best to show you what I’ve been up to and hope to sometimes share pictures of client parties when they are available.
I have a wonderful lady that I’ve worked with for a couple of years now. She came to me online after seeing Lauren’s son’s bug party. She is full of exuberance and fun ideas for celebrating her kids’ birthdays. Her enthusiasm is catching, and Lauren and I have had the pleasure of doing several party plans for her. The latest was for her daughter, Maddee’s 3rd birthday celebration. These custom design options may look familiar. They were completed around the same time as the vintage fishing invitations I worked on. They have some of the same design elements and a bit of a throwback feel.
We tossed around a few ideas all centering around a petting zoo. We had all but landed on a County Fair theme. The only hangup was that her daughter was hoping for some sort of princess element, as almost three-year-old girls are prone to do. Because it was in the fall, we were able to play around with angles like the party being a Harvest Festival, the party activities being things you’d do and see at a local fair, and the birthday girl being “crowned” the festival princess to satisfy that element of her party wishes. I also tried some poster-style versions, being the time of year the fair comes to town. Here are the invitation options I designed.
I can tell you which version of the invitation they went with for the party, but first I’d like to hear which is your favorite. I’m trying to decide which options to add to the online store. So let me hear about which you like best and why.
My friend and party planning partner, Lauren, and her family have welcomed a new baby boy! We are hosting a Sip ‘n See Shower for them next weekend. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this kind of shower, it’s a get-together after the baby arrives, sometimes at the mother’s home, sometimes not. Presumably, quite Southern (although I am an Alabama girl born and raised and never heard of such until a few years ago when someone asked me to do an invitation for one). Guests are invited to drop by within a set range of hours, visit, see the new baby and enjoy some refreshments. Like a band-aid. Fast and all at once. I like it. I’ve never actually been to one myself, so I’m very excited about the shower and about our theme!
Here is the invitation.
I can’t wait to share with you how it all comes together!
I am on the road, so Lauren graciously offered to tell you about Reese’s Heroes and Villains party last weekend.
What a weekend for our supermom and party-planning hero, Eleanor. For months she has soared over everyday ideas and leapt past licensed superheroes to create a fifth birthday celebration for her son that was truly out of this world. It all began here with the design, development and distribution of these one-of-a-kind invitations announcing the theme—Heroes AND Villains. KA-BOOM! What a fabulous idea. I mean, let’s face it what five-year-old doesn’t want to see what it’s like to flip their cape every once and a while. Brilliant! So with a theme in place, a date set and a super boy to please, our mom of mystery set out to execute no ordinary party. Did she succeed? Tune in next post to find out.
We had a great response to our photo submission contest. We received 75 entries for use in our online holiday card catalog! There was no limit to the number of photos you could submit, and the winner was chosen at random by random.org to receive a $100 Pink Peppermint Paper gift certificate. A HUGE thanks to all who participated. Remember now, this was not a photo contest, but it’s a shame because look at some of these beauties!
submitted by Kim Alexander
submitted by Rachel Wiley
submitted by Ashley Kerth
There are a TON of others that I love too, but I can’t show them all to you! You’ll just have to wait and see them in the holiday card designs. Thanks again to everyone who participated. I am just thrilled with the result.
Oh, I guess you still want to know who won. Drumroll, please…. the winner of a $100 PPP gift certificate is Carol Alford! Congratulations! Email email@example.com to claim your prize.