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#FBTbash Party Favors!


What would a party be without a few fabulous party favors? Well, no worries because we have you covered! Here is just a teaser of what’s up for grabs! Be sure to click the links because Julie over at Free Birthday Treats has got all the giveaway details and your chance to win!

Here’s what is up for grabs:

$100 1-800-FLOWERS Gift Certificate

Karito Kids Doll

$50 Tiny Prints Gift Certificate

(4) Kids Central Kitchen Party Favor Baking Mixes

$25 Birthday In A Box Gift Certificate

Kubit2me Game

Charmed Life Grill Charms Collection

Dear Peppers and Pollywogs Book

If you don’t know about our Twitter birthday bash yet, check out the party details!
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A Birthday Bash Like No Other! Twitter Style!

And you’re invited!

In celebration of Free Birthday Treats’ first birthday, we’re hosting the 1st Annual FBT Twitter Birthday Bash (#FBTbash) and we would love for you to join us!

We’ll be sharing fabulous party ideas for kids, adults, and even pets! Great topics, unique ideas, great party favors, plus a whole lot of fun!

Here’s the scoop:

Who:

You, Me (@hostesstori), Julie from Free Birthday Treats (@JulieFBT) and some great live guests:

Lisa Kothar, Peppers & Pollywogs – Kids birthdays @LisaKothari

Amy Swygert, American Cancer Society – More Birthdays Campaign @amyuwm

Debba Haupert, Girlfriendology.com – Celebrating birthdays with your girlfriends @Girlfriendology

Jill Caren, Cool Photo Ideas- Capturing and perserving those birthday memories @coolphotoideas

We’ll also have great party tips from Sally Strebel, Best Party Ever and Lynn, Celebrate Green

What:

Twitter Party to celebrate FBT’s growing success and one year birthday milestone!

Where:

Where else? On Twitter! Join the party by using hashtag #FBTbash in every tweet!

When:

Wednesday May 13th from 5-7 PST

RSVP:

Let us know you’re coming! Follow @hostesstori & @JulieFBT then copy and tweet the following:

RT Hey @hostesstori @JulieFBT I’ll be there! #FBTbash Twitter Bday Bash! http://cli.gs/ZAzzNg

Be sure to look around here and get in the party mood! We have tons of Party Ideas, Party Food & Drink, and Fab Gift Ideas.

Also- don’t forget to stop by Free Birthday Treats and see what all the talk is about for yourself! I bet you’re dying to know what you can get FREE for your birthday!

P.S. Feel free to leave your twitter handle in a comment below so others can follow you too!

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One Thoughtful Idea! More Birthdays Campaign by ACS

When it comes to birthdays, my friend Julie from Free Birthday Treats knows her stuff. If you are looking for a birthday freebie, special discount, or a budget-friendly way to celebrate, Julie is your go-to gal. So when she shared the news of the More Birthdays Campaign recently launched by the American Cancer Society with me I was so thrilled! As you know I love to celebrate, and the more thoughtful the better. Naturally I was on board with this campaign.

I’ll let Julie tell you about it herself (she is the birthday guru you know) :)

Take it Julie!

Thank you! Well, I created FreeBirthdayTreats.com because birthdays are a celebration of life and should not go past without some acknowledgement. In the weakening economy though, it’s tough spending money on celebrations. So I track down birthday freebies and discounts to help others continue to celebrate their special day.

To say the least, I’m very passionate about birthdays and this brings me to an email I received today from the American Cancer Society: Join the Movement for More Birthdays. I adore it! Declaring the American Cancer Society as the official sponsor of your birthday…awesome! It just launched today and will be an ongoing long-term campaign.

For me, this is a no brainer, but then I lost my dad to cancer over 16 years ago. Had he have been diagnosed sooner, he might still be with us today.

I joined the movement and would like to invite all of you to do so as well. Just visit http://www.morebirthdays.com to declare the American Cancer Society as the official sponsor of your birthday, join their Face Book group, send an e-card, download their More Birthdays Kit or start your own birthday page like I did:

I created this page in honor of my father, Joe Jameson. My goal is to raise $2,500 to help create a world with no cancer. Donations are welcome at: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR/Events/BirthdayPages?pxfid=492974&fr_id=19690&pg=fund Thank you!

Thanks Julie for sharing! I predict this new ACS campaign is sure to take off- it’s such a thoughtful idea!

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13 {Simple} Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

“Going Green” is a great decision on any day, however Earth Day is a great reason to make some Earth-friendly changes if you haven’t already done so. Check out these 13 {simple} ways you can help Mother Nature this Earth day with these no-cost ways to celebrate Earth Day in ten minutes or less!

1. Turn your thermostat down two degrees and keep it there. And turn it off altogether tonight, heaping on the blankets if necessary.
2. Send Happy Earth Day e-cards to a half dozen friends.
3. E-mail your state or national representatives about a green initiative.
4. If you’re in the supermarket, track down the manager and encourage him or her to source local products.
5. Make signs to put on the mirror over faucets to remind family members to turn off water when they are brushing their teeth. (You can save an average of nine gallons every time you do this.)
6. Cancel subscriptions to newspapers or magazines you don’t really want.
7. Go online to CatalogChoice.org to free your mailbox from junk mail.
8. Call several people and arrange to carpool for an upcoming event such as a child’s sporting activity or a club meeting.
9. Go online and join a group like Sierra Club, World Wildlife Fund, Kids for Saving the Earth, the Wilderness Society or Co-op America.
10. Make a family pledge to walk everywhere today.
11. Talk to the principal at your children’s school about instituting environmental education in the curriculum.
12. Check to see that your tires are correctly inflated.
13. Sign the ” Healthy Yard Pledge” at Audubon.org.

More about our Green Guest Bloggers:

Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at http://www.CelebrateGreen.net

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Wedding Inspiration: Yellow and Blue

I have seen this color combo around lately, and it really grew on me. Something about the yellow and blue pair is unexpected and I like it! In all shades, I think this color combo gives off a preppy (yet fun) vibe!

The yellow and blue table inspiration above came right from the pages of InStyle Weddings. Listed as the editors favorite and I can see why! The beauty with this color combination is that you can play with it. Love Yellow more than blue? No problem! Want more blue and just a touch of yellow? This will look great too!

Bring your color theme together in the small things. Serve a yellow cocktail {like this Margarita} and serve yellow desserts. You can even add pops of color like above with this cobalt blue cake stand and stemware. I am loving how unique these are and how they tie they tie in perfectly into the wedding theme.

Hostess Tip:

You can find many, many more cobalt pieces to accent your wedding or give as gifts to your wedding party! Here is my favorite place to shop!

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DIY Bookmarks With Some Color

I have become a huge fan of Jessica Jones and her very crafty blog How About Orange…. Not only does she have fabulous style (I happen to love the color orange myself), she shares some super cool DIY projects that you can try even if you are not Martha Stewart. I am loving these DIY bookmarks…..so SIMPLE!

Made from old paint chips, this project is not only clever, but earth friendly- how thoughtful!

Read the original post to get the inside scoop and DIY instructions.

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