We’re Doing Some Early Spring Cleaning Over Here!

We have decided to do some early spring cleaning over here and wanted to show you our customized journals that we create.  I love all of our journals and each have a special meaning behind why they were created.  My ultimate goal in creating each journal was to be a source of inspiration and motivation when someone uses the journal.  The first that will be highlighted is our:

“I’m a Survivor Breast Cancer” Journal

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I created this journal to honor the women in my life, as well as, around the world who are in the fight, won the fight, or who bravely loss their fight.  This journal is dedicated to my Auntie who won her fight and my Aunt Betty who loss her battle.  Next is:

“My Bridal” Journal

IMG_5212This journal includes a look at all of your vendors numbers at a glance, along with, wedding timelines to help you stay on track.  A perfect wedding journal to fit in your purse and customized with your name.  The last journal highlighted today is the:

“Walking into my Destiny” Journal

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This is for the woman who loves shoes and who knows her purpose and is walking in it.

These could be a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift, Birthday Gift, or even Mother’s Day Gift.  You can check out these and more of our collection here.  We’ll be sharing more over the next few days.

Take Care,

Erika

 

 

 

Superbowl Party Fun

Depending on who you were rooting for, you are either basking in glory or scratching your head and asking what happened???  Well this year’s Superbowl hit an all time record with viewers an estimated 114 Million viewers.

Well I don’t know about you but I sure did have an awesome time decorating and getting things together for the big day. Below are pictures from the Superbowl celebration.

 

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I love crisp clean lines and love the look white picture frames add to any event.  I created this sign that was placed near the beginning of the food line.

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Created these signs in the team colors.  Which door would you choose?

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Had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Lesley of 5K Nutrition for this event.  Her and her team cutely wrapped the dinnerware for the guests.  These turned out so cute.

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Created these cute little signs for all of the food items.  I love how the yellow and green pair together.

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No party would be complete without dessert.  Served mini chocolate cupcakes on this created cupcake tier which is actually three individual cake stands.  And the focal point of the day was the snack table.  I so love how it turned out and everything was created with supplies from your local craft store.

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Overall I’d say that we made a touchdown with the day’s event.

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Well football season is officially over.  Here’s to next year’s party ideas.

Take Care and have a great day!

Erika

Are You Ready for Some Football???

Tomorrow the Seattle Seahawks will take on the New England Patriots in which some are predicting to be the “television event of the year.”  The International Business Times estimates “this game will draw higher ratings than any show this year and will have a good chance to exceed the number of viewers this year versus last.”  Per Nielsen there was an average of 111.5 million viewers.  Can you say WOW!!!

That’s a lot of people, a lot of parties, AND a lot of creative party ideas.  So what does one do to get ready for a Superbowl party?

I think there are four elements that are sure to make your party a hit; a comfortable and laid back atmosphere, great food, great drinks, and the game which is really the highlight of the party.

The Atmosphere…People want to enjoy the game and all the antics that go with it, like talking smack about your favorite team, enjoying the half-time show, and even looking at the replays.  As the host, you want your guests to be comfortable and relaxed.  I’ve been to parties where everyone just sat around and watch the game in silence.  So not fun.  The game is about energy after all it is not only the game that will announce the best team of the year, it is the last game of the season, no more football until the end of the year.  So you want your guest to feel this energy.

You can set the atmosphere with fun decor.  I love the idea of setting your food table up to look like a football field.  In fact this is one of the ideas I’m working on for my Superbowl decor.  We found this cute table from A Night Owl’s Blog.

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Great Food…you want to have great food that your guests can easily go back and forth to grab.  Why not create your menu on options that are often found at concession stands???  Some food suggestions are:

  • Chicken Wings
  • Popcorn (Why not provide different flavors for your guest to try)
  • Spinach Dipdrinks
  • Chips and Salsa
  • Chili Dogs or Corn Dogs for the kids
  • Soft Pretzels
  • Nachos and Cheese

Great Drinks…are a must.  You want to have a variety.  Try providing fruit infused water which is always refreshing, some fresh lemonade, and a variety of beers would be great.

The Game…well that should be a given right? :).  I am so excited about tomorrow’s game and I have been designing decor for tomorrow’s shindig.  I’m excited to see how everything will turn out.  I can’t wait to show you pictures next week.  So, ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL???  

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I’d love to hear your party ideas for tomorrow.  Please leave a comment so we can join in on your celebration.

Have a great weekend and go Seahawks………or Patriots :).

Take Care,

Erika

Happy Birthday to You Party Ideas!

Sunday, I shared with you that it was my mother’s birthday.  I got to join the celebration via Face Time. Last year I actually got to celebrate with her in Saint Louis and boy did I have a ball planning her surprise party.  My sister and I decided that since it was a milestone for her, and we had just unexpectedly loss our dad a few weeks before, we wanted to make this an extra special birthday for her.  This was going to be a challenge though, my mother knows everything and it is very hard to pull the wool over her eyes.  So we decided to host the party at my sister and brother-in-law’s house and invited her closest friends and family.

I  immediately kicked into party planner mode, who wouldn’t with an opportunity like this, doing something you  love to do AND for the girl of my heart?  It was a win-win situation and an opportunity for me to design and create some cool stuff to add a special touch for her day.

It was excited to see my entire family kick into event planner mode with me and we got all the planning and decor done in a week AND she was so surprised!

 

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I wanted the party to focus more on the celebration versus the décor, so I created just a few focal points and allowed the love in the air create the atmosphere.

Black, cream, and gold was the color scheme.  I wanted classy colors to complement a classy woman.

 I created this custom birthday sign with a diagonal pattern and used a pearl paper to give it an elegant touch.

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I love to add contrast to things when I’m creating so I created this tissue paper pom-poms in a polka dot pattern.  I added a little twist in how I cut the paper to give it a more contemporary feel.  My mother was actually the one who taught me how to make these when I was a little girl.  Tissue paper flowers are one of those old decorating ideas that will never go out of style.  I placed these on the cupcake table and around the home.

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The main focal point was the cupcake table.  I must say I was very proud of this creation.  I wanted to give the table a WOW factor so I created this awesome back drop by making paper rosette flowers to create this masterpiece.  Well it may not be a real masterpiece, but my mother loved it so much she has it hanging in her home to this day.

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My sister’s home had a wonderful furniture accent piece that paired well with the decor.  I love the hutch the cupcakes sat on.

Another DIY idea I used was making the cupcake stands.  This was done by attaching plates to candle stick holders and spray painting them in black and gold.

This is something you can definitely keep for serving items at any dinner party.

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Lastly I asked several of my mother’s friends and family to describe her and what it meant to celebrate her birthday.  I used those saying to created these custom cupcake tags:  “It’s Your Party”, “Diva Lady”, “Happy Birthday”, “We Love You”, “#1 Mom”, and “You’re Special.”  And I created these water bottle labels and gave guests bottle water as they left.  I got so excited I didn’t take a picture of them but here is the label design.

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I hope you enjoyed some of the Birthday Party Decorating Ideas I presented.

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Thanks for sharing more time with my family.  I hope you have a great day!

Take Care,

Erika

Birthday Wishes

I couldn’t let this day go by without saying wishing my mother a happy birthday.  This lady is so special to me and has poured so much into my life from instilling great values, love of education, and passion for our family.  She is the one who got me started with creating things which launched me into event planning.  Here’s to you momma!

Happy Birthday

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Thank you blogosphere for sharing with me in celebrating my mother’s birthday.  I wasn’t able to be in Saint Louis to celebrate physically with her this year but we sure did have a blast her last birthday.  I’ll share some of the decor created for that event later this week.

Take care and enjoy the rest of your week!

Erika