June 2011 archive

Silhouette GIVEAWAY!

Are you ready to get your “DIY” on? We’ve got a great Silhouette GIVEAWAY for you!

Silhouette GIVEAWAY

I am always looking for new way to make my own paper crafts, party decor, favors, and anything else I can create to pull together a party theme. So when Silhouette reached out asking if I wanted to test their cutting machine, I got just a tad bit excited. Within five minutes I had it set up and had created my first project!

DIY - Silhouette GIVEAWAY!

I can’t wait to share more creations (coming soon!). Here are some cool things you can make with your Silhouette:

All the above projects can be found on the Silhouette blog. Check it our for loads of cool inspiration and tutorials! Cupcake wrappers, toppers, favor bags, cards, even home decor — the possibilities are endless! You can even make temporary tattoos — YES tattoos! I am thinking some cute party themed tattoos would go over great with kids at the next party I plan.

Want to win your own Silhouette? *We also have a GREAT offer for Thoughtfully Simple readers (see bottom of post!)

Enter To Win: *Contest CLOSED

Do one or all of the following for extra entries. Be sure to leave a comment here letting us know each you did!

1. Leave a comment below telling us what you would like to make using your Silhouette

2. “Like” Silhouette on Facebook (while you’re there be sure to “Like” Thoughtfully Simple too!)

2. Tweet this giveaway. Copy and paste:

Enter for chance to win a Silhouette Machine from @HostessTori http://su.pr/1m431P Pls RT

Good luck everyone! Contest ends midnight PST June 27, 2011. Winner will be emailed and announced here! (Contest open to US residents only)

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PROMO

Want to get your own Silhouette now? We have a GREAT offer, check it out!

All Thoughtfully Simple readers can get:

  • 1 Silhouette SD
  • 2 Packages Temporary Tattoo Paper

for $199 (That’s 120 bucks in savings!)

Also, (wait for it…) 25% off all other products in the Silhouette shop (excluding gift cards and download codes)! The promo will run June 21-29 2011 and is open to US residents only.

Check out the details in their shop here and then use promo code: THOUGHTFUL at checkout.

Thanks Silhouette and good luck everyone!

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Summertime place setting

Whether you are having a BBQ, picnic, or pool party — entertaining outdoors should be kept simple! Here is an easy DIY idea that can double as a place setting and a favor (depending on what you place inside!). This place setting would be great for any occasion but very festive for those Fourth of July party ideas.

fourth of july party ideas

DIY Place Setting Boxes

-Small white box, gingham print tape (around box), cotton candy bubble gum, bandanna print plate, bandanna print napkin, plastic cutlery and party poppers (all from Michael’s Craft Store).

-Your favorite individual bag of chips

This post was sponsored by Frito-Lay and created by Thoughtfully Simple as part of the Frito-Lay Summer Entertaining Twitter Party.

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Simple Summer Dips

When I think of summer dips, I think of fresh and flavorful ingredients (not mayo based or thick and creamy traditional dips). The next time you entertain, why not whip up one of these easy dips? They are healthier, will hold up sitting out in the heat and they taste fantastic!

Jalapeno & Cilantro Hummus

summer dips

serves 8

1 cup garbanzo beans
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno (remove the ribs and seeds)
2 1/2 tablespoons tahini
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon curry powder

In a blender or food processor, mix the garbanzo beans, jalapeno, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. Season with cumin and curry powder. Blend until desired consistency. Serve immediately or chill until needed.

*Serve with Garden Salsa Sun Chips (the flavor combo between the chips and the hummus is to die for)!

Mild Mango Salsa

easy dips

12 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 red onion, diced
3 jalapenos, diced
2 mangos, coarsely diced
3/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tbsp Tabasco

Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

*Serve with Fritos or Frito Scoops for a fun twist on the traditional chips and salsa!

This post was sponsored by Frito-Lay and created by Thoughtfully Simple as part of the Frito-Lay Summer Entertaining Twitter Party.

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What’s for breakfast?

Looking for Fathers Day breakfast ideas? I think it is nice to wake Dad up Sunday morning with a hearty, delicious breakfast (and a cup of joe with the morning paper of course!). In our house, we have narrowed down the menu to 4 of his favorites. However, we just might end up making a couple because we can’t decide!

fathers day breakfast

-French toast and fruit skewers via cakeface (kids love assembling these!)

-Breakfast melts via The Pioneer Woman (you can make these ahead the night before)

-Blueberry muffins via With Style and Grace (pack these up for a day out and about)

-Brown sugar and bacon waffles via Joy the Baker (really, need I say more?)

It’s obvious we might all be in a food coma this weekend because these are ALL looking good!

So, what will YOU be making Dad this Sunday?

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Can you tell me why?

why do you blog

We all read a lot of blogs. Personally, I read a wide variety of blogs. Many for professional knowledge and research and many simply for leisure. My daily reads vary, but whether I am reading a marketing blog, design blog, or entertaining blog, I want to feel that connection with the author. I always hit the “about” page when I first discover a new potential favorite and I’ve noticed something that is (surprisingly) often missing — it’s the why.

Think about it, the most successful blogs and authoritive authors tell you why they are writing. They don’t just list their experience or qualifications (we can check LinkedIn for that!) but rather share their passion and intention with the reader. This is the personal and compelling part of your story that can hook a reader and build up your subscribers.

What do you think? Is the why important to you? Do you know why you do what you do? If so, do you share it with others?

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Time for something new

afterparty (af-ter-par-tay) n

a relaxed social event in which people sit and talk after they have been at a larger event.

“after the party, there is always an afterparty.”

I have been writing here on Thoughtfully Simple since September of 2008 (more about how it all began). And I have to start by saying thank you. Thank you for reading, commenting, and emailing. Thank you for your support , inspiration and connections – you all make it possible to keep this site running, so thank you! Over the years, I have realized that although my main intention was to post ideas that will inspire you to get your “hostess on,” the most exciting (and rewarding) part comes after I hit publish. It’s your comments, thoughts and the ability to share and engage with all of you that has become the most rewarding for me. I have decided to carve out a little space here on Thoughtfully Simple where we can do that – like an afterparty. An afterparty isn’t just for rockstars and celebs after a major event. I see it simply as the time after you have greeted, mingled, perhaps even played hostess; when the main event has passed and you find it time to grab your drink, plop down in a comfy spot, kick off your heels and have a nice chat with those close to you.

The most frequent emails I get are from you {my lovely readers} wanting to know more about me – or rather, what I think, what I would suggest for XY and Z or my thoughts on the lifestyle/entertaining industry as a whole. I realized that there is really no place on Thoughtfully Simple for such topics and discussions, so I am hoping the Afterparty will provide that space. I’d like to open up discussions here, and hear more of what you have to say. From what you are working on, inspiration you’ve found, thoughts on blogging, party planning — anything goes!

I’d love to hear what you think! What topics would you like to see discussed here on the blog? Do you have any suggestions or questions you’d like me to get this (after)party started with? I’m all ears!

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