September 2009 archive

Giveaway! Bug & Goose Personalized Tee

This little guy got to sport a Bug & Goose personalized tee at his circus themed party… cool right? Well, you now have the chance to win one for your little kiddo- party wear or just because! You’ve heard me rave about them before, it’s true- I love Bug & Goose Tees. They are super adorable and great quality.

Contest Closed

Now, one lucky reader will win their own personalized tee from Bug & Goose! Simply, take a peek at their signature tees and share with us which one you’d order. Good luck!

For Extra Entries {Not required}:

-Share this giveaway in the social media realm: Twitter, Facebook, Stumble, Digg- wherever you wish, just leave a separate comment and link for each you do. Up to 3 entries allowed per person.

One person will be chosen using random.org from all eligible comments on October 2, 2009. Winner will be announced no later than October 3, 2009, 12:00 am PST. Winner will be notified by email.

Don’t want to wait and see if you win? Bug & Goose is offering all of you 10% OFF! Simply use promo code “TS10″ now through October 2, 2009 to save!

WINNER! Congrats to #31 Nessa!

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Step Right Up! It’s a Circus Party Theme

I have been so eager to share this circus party theme with everyone! I am going to share all the creative {and simple} circus party ideas with you….are you ready? There is a lot to look at!

This circus party was held for a very special one year old’s birthday. When his mom decided circus was the theme she wanted, I got to work on creating a circus themed invite.

This is the front of the invite I created using my computer. I got the idea from Caroline Armelle from Armelle the Blog. I printed them onto red cardstock and they looked just like hers {thanks for the inspiration!}. The back of the tickets had more pertinent party info for the guests to read.

Two design elements that were carried through the entire party were 1. The red tickets and 2. The circus font {I downloaded for free and used on everything}.

This party had many DIY elements that cost virtually nothing. And since birthday parties can become very costly, this was a must- spend less without loosing the “awe” factor! Greeting guests was a welcome sign that was made out of old cardboard and some craft paint….simple right?

At the entrance was a table filled with party bags for each child. The labels read “Step Right Up” and were each personalized using that fun circus font I mentioned. Inside the bags were bundles of red tickets that each guest would use during the party. The bags were large enough {and easy for the little ones to carry around} that they fit all the goodies and prizes that were to come.

Throughout the party space was this handmade paper pennant. This is my favorite party decoration because it is simple so versatile {plus inexpensive}. Made with cardstock and ribbon, paper pennants are my go-to party decor item.

More signs made out of cardboard and paint to decorated the party space. Not only where they a fun decoration, but they let little ones know how many tickets they were required to forfeit for each activity. I was so surprised that the tickets themselves seemed to be the biggest hit of the circus party. The kids just loved counting out and handing over their tickets!

Oh and this is the birthday boy…rocking his “1″ tee from Bug & Goose matching the circus party theme of course! I love their personalized tee’s- a perfect party accessory. Order in your party colors and with with the age of the birthday child or their initial. Of course the birthday boy needed a wardrobe change {boys get dirty after all}. He went from his “1″ tee to a “Ring Leader” tee {you can see it below}.

Many games, activities and fun…. all “big top” themed (like circus bean bag toss).

The “concession” stand was a brilliant addition by the fabulous caterer, Laura. She whipped this mock concession stand up using tables, milk crates, zip ties and table clothes. Brilliant… and a huge hit! She served pizza and homemade corn dogs (which were to die for). Of course, payment for the concession stand snacks were made by little red tickets.

As simple as centerpieces get.

My new favorite cupcake stand decorated with mini paper pennant flags. {Thanks to Kim from Tom Kat Studio for the cupcake stand info. Read about “the stand” here}

Before the birthday boy’s highchair become covered in big top birthday cake.

There was a circus tattoo station. A popcorn machine, popping fresh kernels all afternoon that was scoped into cute popcorn sacs. A fun circus pinata {of course} and many other circus”y” details.

And my favorite part of this circus theme…the photo booth!

Just a couple more photos, I promise!

Just place a coat rack or basket near your booth with fun props. We made this booth out of a refrigerator box, fabric and paint. So simple!

And for a party favor, what else but circus cookies? Tied to each was ribbon and a red ticket with “Thank You” written on it.

Believe it or not, there were many other details…I could have gone on and on :). Thank you for reading and I hope I inspired your next circus themed party in some small way.

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Best Gift for the BBQ Lover!

I have been meaning to share this {fab} find with you for some time now. Grill Charms are the only gift you need to give that BBQ lover in your life! Grill Charms offer the perfect solution to identifying your grilled items. If you have ever found yourself cutting into four different steaks in an attempt to find the one cooked rare, or mixing up the spicy chicken with the teriyaki…Grill Charms are your new best friend.

Trying to BBQ and make sure everyone receives the right steak while simultaneously “flipping, grilling, drinking, watching the kids run around the back yard and maybe catching the score through the patio door” is a daunting tasks, so just put a charm in it!

How they work:

“Grill Charm your food prior to cooking to indicate steak temperature, food seasonings and spice, or to address health or allergy concerns. Your food is personalized before, during and after it’s cooked.
The way you want it each and every time!”

Grill Charms come in multiple designs and collections, check them out!

Oh and check out this fabulous tip: Enter code “FBT” at checkout & receive $5 off your order!

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Chocolate Brown Bridal Shower

Do you remember that chocolate brown bridal shower I posted last year? Well, I just came across more pictures from that fabulous fall bridal shower and could not resit posting a few more pictures. If you are planning a fall shower or any event with the chocolate brown color scheme, I hope you find a bit of inspiration in these images. This was such a memorable event to both coordinate and attend (as was their fall wedding)- I just had to relive it one year later!

The wine barrel was found at the garden section of the local home improvement store.

I made these table runners from fabric I spotted and just loved.

I also made these wine glass charms. Really simple to do, found supplies at the nearby craft store. I placed them on the napkin so guests could choose to either place them on their martini glass or water goblet.

You can see the “Bridal Sweet Martini” recipe in the original post.

Our fabulous caterer set up the food table, lovely!

The dessert table, yum!

We built this trellis stand which was backed with a romantic fabric padding. Guests slipped in personal notes to the bride, tucking the cards in the trellis itself.

The favors were set up pool side (which also had floating candles in it). The soft glow from the water looked great when the sun went down on this evening shower.

Guests were given individually potted fall flowers. The little white tins were inexpensive and I made little tags that read “Falling in Love” and “Let Love Grow.”

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You Gotta Love this Photo Booth!

Having a photo booth for parties is one of my new favorite ideas! Not hat it’s a new idea per-say, but it is not one that I had done before. Recently having set one up for a child’s circus party, I got to see first hand the pure FUN this brought to the event. Setting up a cool photo booth is really simple and the experience {not to mention the great photos} is well worth it! I recently spotted this photo booth over at Style Me Pretty that was set up during this whimsical wedding. A bright fabric backdrop + a chalkboard = my NEW favorite version of the photo booth idea!

Yes, that last shot is the father of the bride, too fun! Next time you are planning a birthday party, anniversary party, reunion, wedding, or really any party at all- set up a photo booth. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

photography by Jeremy Lawson {simply gorgeous work!}

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Candy or Cowgirl?

It’s almost that time, my little girls’ b i r t h d a y s! I have two girls, they are six years apart, and their birthdays are one day apart. Did I mention they are in the same week as Christmas? Yes, December is one giant party in our family, which means I MUST begin choosing a party theme and get-to-planning! So far, I am considering two birthday party themes that I find adorable, Candy and Cowgirl. How ever will I choose?

The napkins alone are a toss up- candy or cowgirl? Which do you like best? Please help me decide!

Candy napkin via Family Circle & Cowgirl napkin via Country Living

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