Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

As the year comes to an end, I just wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU! 

Your support, enthusiasm and loyalty are so important to me and make this journey all the more meaningful.

This is an amazing adventure, and even more special because I get to share it with you!

Stay tuned for lots of fun things to come...2011 is going to be our best year ever! 

In the meantime, have a safe and happy New Year's Eve.  CHEERS! 


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy Bee-Day Party!

Gender reveal parties are such fun!  What a great way to celebrate a baby on the way!

Serena of Rylie Boo Events submitted this cute little party that she recently styled for a gender reveal. 

I'm totally loving the cookies...and the cake is just precious!  Take a look:











Great pics, Serena!  Thanks so much for sharing with us!  :)

And in case you were wondering...the cake was BLUE inside.  IT'S A BOY!  :)

Vendor info:
Printables and styling: Serena Baker, Rylie Boo Events
Balloons: Polka Dot Market
Cake and cake pops : Decadent Delights
Onesies – T for Ty
Confetti and banner – PigCastle
Cookies – The Cookie Jar

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

New Year's Eve Party Munchies

Hi there!  :)

I'm back from a much-enjoyed little break, just in time to share with you some yummy munchies to help you ring in the New Year!  :) 

I've picked out a few party faves that would make great celebration nibbles.  To view the recipes, just click on the name of each snack.











Photo courtesy of MyRecipes.com





















Don't these all look scrumptious?  Makes my mouth water!

For more yummy ideas, visit my Party Food page here.

Enjoy, and Happy New Year!  :)

PlatesAndNapkins.com Designer Party Supplies



Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Homemade Advent Calendar


I just love things that are unique and personalized, so when I saw the idea for this homemade advent calendar from The Girls at Eighteen25, I knew I had to try it!

My kids are teenagers now, so they don't get very excited about advent calendars anymore...until NOW! 

This 24 pocket shoe organizer advent calendar is big enough that I can tuck special goodies for all four of my kids into each pocket, and it's stuff that they'll actually like!  Soooo much better than the cheesy calendars with a piece of fake chocolate behind each door!

My favorite part about this?  It can be used year after year!



To make your own, simply spray paint some clothespins (I used pistachio green) and hang numbered tags on the outside of each pocket.

UPDATE!  FREE printable labels for this project are now available here.

Print out the numbers on white cardstock, then cut them out with a 2 1/2-inch scalloped punch.  Use a glue stick to adhere some festive wrapping paper to 4x6 index cards, then stick the numbers in the middle like this:



Now just tuck personalized goodies inside each pocket and you're good to go!

Each day, after the kiddos retrieve their goodies, move the number to the inside of the pocket so they'll be able to see how many more days until Christmas.



Such a cool idea!  Be sure to visit The Girls at Eighteen25 for more fun projects!

Find supplies for this project at Target.com.




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