Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

Wether you’re Irish or just Irish for the day, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday to celebrate. My daughter is 5 and loves to celebrate all holidays, big and small. When she recently asked me what we do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, I was a little stumped. I told her that we wear green, but I felt like that was an inadequate answer considering that our family’s heritage does include quite a few ancestors from Ireland. I decided that we needed to make things a little more festive around our house for St. Patrick’s Day. I also teamed up with 8 other bloggers to share ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Visit all of the blogs to explore different kinds of holiday inspiriation for everyone’s favorite day to be Irish. You can also enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post for a chance to win a $1oo Visa gift card. May the luck o’ the Irish be with you!

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Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape

To make my family feel special for St. Patrick’s Day, I styled a fun green and gold St. Patrick’s Day tablescape in our dining room. I wanted them to know how lucky I felt to be their mom and wife! A balloon garland, a quick centerpiece, individual Irish soda bread loaves, and printable cards at each place setting did the trick.

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For a simple centerpiece, I filled a gold basket with some small honeycomb tissue decorations and a paper clover garland I purchased at Target. That’s it! Nothing fancy, but it brought some great color and texture to the table.

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The balloon garland looks fancy, but it’s also fairly easy and inexpensive to put together. I admittedly have a bigger balloon collection than most people, so I had an assortment of different greens as well as gold and white balloons available. You can search for tutorials on how to make a garland using a balloon decorating strip like I did this time. Alternatively, you can save yourself some trouble and purchase a kit like the ones I love to use from One Stylish Party.

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Each place setting featured little details like a shamrock coaster that was really just a foam shape that I purchased in a pack from the dollar store. Personalized tent cards let each member of the family know how lucky I am to have them (download your free printable version below). Irish soda bread is one of my favorite traditional recipes that I remember my grandma making each year. I used her recipe and made them into individual loaves instead of the usual big ones. They looks so pretty wrapped up on each plate.

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If you’d like to use these place cards on your own table, you can download the free printable with 16 different version for husband, wife, son, daughter, friend, etc. Click here for your file.

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St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop

Now go check out the 8 other bloggers participating in this St. Patrick’s Day blog hop and don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $100 gift card. I hope you’re inspired to create your own St. Patrick’s Day celebration for friends or family.

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Lucky You Party by Elva M Design Studio | Top of the Morning St. Patty’s Day Breakfast from Happy Family Blog | Lucky Me I have You! party by The Party Porch | Festive Holiday Breakfast from Giggle Home Furnishings | Shamrock Drink Station + Pinch Me Punch from Legally Crafty Blog | St Patrick’s Day Celebration from AK Party Studio | Follow the Rainbow Treasure Hunt + Pot of Gold Pancakes & Parfaits from Jolly and Happy | Lucky Charms Sweet Cart from Pretty Twinkle Party | Green and Gold St. Patrick’s Day Tablescape by a la Mo

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Cerealsly Lucky | a St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Bar

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productWhy should Valentine’s Day get to have all the fun with cute puns? When I started brainstorming ideas for a St Patrick’s Day party in partnership with Oriental Trading Company, I loved a gift idea that I ran across with the pun “Cerealsly Lucky”. I couldn’t get it out of my head, so ended up creating a Cerealsly Lucky themed St. Patrick’s Day cereal bar for breakfast.

You’ll find these fun details below:

  • An easy and inexpensive backdrop using square gold paper plates.
  • Rainbow tulle pompom garlands in two different sizes.
  • Homemade and store-bought cereal displayed in glass jars with lids.
  • Printable 8×10″ Cerealsly Lucky sign that you can download for free here!
  • A rainbow of fruit toppings including freeze-dried strawberries, cantaloupe, bananas, kiwi, and blueberries served in clear slanted bowls with individual scoops.
  • Striped rainbow snack or ice cream cups for guests to serve thier cereal creations in. They are just the right (small) serving size so that you can go back for seconds.

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I love the idea of a cereal bar where you offer different varieties of cereal, toppings, and milk. You could set out just a few options or go all-out and get fancy with lots of offerings. My decor for this cereal bar is pretty specific to St Patrick’s Day, but I could see the punny theme working well for many different occasions. The first thing that jumps to mind is “Cerealsly Lucky in Love” for Valentine’s Day or a bridal shower brunch.

Because this setup was for St. Patrick’s Day though, I used gold, green, and rainbows in the decor. I created the gold backdrop by attaching square paper plates to my backyard fence using painters tape. Green hanging clover decorations were layered over the gold backdrop and a framed printable sign featuring my Cerealsly Lucky theme was displayed front and center. I’ve been looking for an excuse to use my tulle pompom rainbow garlands since I originally created them for this princess party. They fit the St. Patrick’s Day theme, so I was more than happy to pull them out to add to this setup.

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I know this may be unpopular, but I’ve never really liked Lucky Charms. They are adorable… I mean, it doesn’t get much cuter than miniature rainbow marshmallows. I’m just much more of a Cocoa Krispies or Cinnamon Toast Crunch kind of a girl. In reality, I don’t buy any of it because 1. I’d eat it all and 2. I don’t want my kids to know it exists! So, even though Lucky Charms would have been the obvious choice for a St Patrick’s Day cereal bar, I went with homemade peanut butter granola and crisp rice cereal.

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The cereal was just the start though! We also had a rainbow of fruit options to add into the mix. It would also be fun to offer nuts or mini chocolate chips or marshmallows.

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I hope you’ve been inspired to celebrate St. Patrick’s day in a fun, new way with your little leprechauns or even your best girlfriends. “Wherever you go and whatever you do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you.”

Styling, Printables, and Photography: Party a la Mo  | Paper Decor and Serveware: Oriental Trading Company

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Bright Classroom Valentine’s Day Printables

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I’m sure classroom Valentine’s Day celebrations take many forms these days. My daughter’s kindergarten class has decided that the holiday is really about spreading love and friendship, and I agree! I’ve never been big on the romantic side of the holiday myself. As a kid, I loved getting little gifts from family members and exchanging cards with my classmates. I want to pass those fun traditions on to my kids.

We really do try to keep the sugar-consumption under control as much as possible, so I love non-candy ideas for classroom gifts and treats. This year we decided we wanted to share a small Valentine’s Day gift with the friends that make school days a little brighter.

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Maybe I’m easily impressed, but I went to a Taylor Swift concert a while back and I thought the flashing light-up bracelets that they handed out to the audience were so cool.  Granted, I don’t get to too many big-name, stadium-sized concerts these days, but the effect that the lights made when synchronized to the show really made an impression on me. My 5 year old also loved the bracelet that I brought home to her even though the lights only lasted a few days. With that as our inspiration, we chose these colorful light-up flash bracelets to gift to school friends for Valentine’s Day. I like that the bracelets have an on/off switch and the battery life is over 8 hours. The battery can also be replaced if you really wanted to. The bracelets come individually wrapped in a clear package that’s perfect for adding a bag topper to… no need to purchase any extra bags or packaging!

I designed 2 versions of the bag topper for you to use with the bracelets.  “You make my days so BRIGHT” and “You make my heart LIGHT UP” both work great for the light-up bracelets, but they could also work for heart sunglasses, glow sticks, or glow in the dark stickers.

Have fun spreading love this Valentine’s Day!

Just click on the version you want below to get the PDF printable file free for personal use. Print, cut, fold, and attach to your bags with double stick tape or staples.

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Dream Board Inspirational Printables

 

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Now that we’re a couple of weeks into the year, how are your new year’s resolutions holding up? Maybe you’re better than I am, but I know that when I’ve set resolutions they never last very long. However, if I set intentions based on what’s important to me, I find that they guide me through the new year in a positive way. I’ve shared before that I like to chose one little word for the year that I can keep going back to. This practice along with creating a dream or vision board helps me stay on track with making progress towards my best self.

When I shared the details from my New Year’s Dream Board Party, I also put it out into the world that my word for 2017 is CREATE. I fell in love with this word for its versatility. Creating is something that I’m passionate about, but the word is also a reminder that I have the power to create a life I love. Besides the obvious party projects that I want to create, I also want to create different kinds of art, precious memories with my family, healthy habits, and new work opportunities.

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Viewing a visual representation of your intentions on a daily basis really helps to set them in your mind. Dream Boards are such a great tool for this! Be sure to include words, quotes, and images that will remind you of your intentions for the future. And the good news is that creating a dream board does not need to be done on January first. It can be done any time of the year, so don’t feel like you missed the boat or that you need to wait for another fresh year. If you think you’d like to make a dream board for yourself, I want you to have the printable inspirational cards that I designed for my party guests.

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I found that printing these on 4×6″ photo paper at home worked really well. You can also just print the one you want on cardstock or regular printer paper. If you want to get fancy (or you just don’t have a color printer at home that you love) you can send the file off to be printed wherever you usually like to print your photos. Even if you don’t want to make an entire dream board, these inspirational prints would look fabulous in a frame.  Pick the one that speaks to your intentions, pop it into a 4×6″ frame, and place it somewhere you’ll see it each day.

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Enjoy these free printable inspirational quotes centering around the words create, dream, happy, family, love, and shine. Just click on the image you like to bring up the pdf file.

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Elopement Styled Shoot

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As I’ve been looking back on 2016, I realized that I hadn’t yet shared the details of this beautiful elopement styled shoot by Angela Garzon Photography. Angela and I connected through a mutual photographer friend and she asked me to participate in her shoot. As a stylist, I’m usually the one asking other people to contribute or participate in my projects. It was a nice change of events to be able to design the wedding stationery for Angela’s intimate elopement concept. 

The look for the shoot was earthy with a lot of texture and some pattern. Color played an important role with a natural palette plus pops of deep color including indigo and magenta.  I love the touches of sparkle that the crystals added. Angela did a beautiful job styling and photographing everything and the final result is seriously stunning!

I’m so happy that my stationery designs could be a small part of this project. Enjoy some of the photos of my work here and then jump over to Angela’s blog for a more in-depth look at the rest of the pretty details. 

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Photography: Angela Garzon Photography | Styling: Angela Garzon and Holly Sutor | Flowers: Avoiding and Making Florals | Stationery: Party a la Mo | Cake: Diana’s Desserts

New Year’s Dream Board Party

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I’m a very visual person, so for several years now I’ve been piecing together an annual vision board to sum up my dreams for the year and keep them in a prominent place. If you’ve never gone through this process, I highly recommend it. You can find some helpful tips from Bri Geeski here. To keep my board focused, I also like to work around my one little word for the year. For 2017, I wanted to share the experience of creating my vision board with a few of the creative ladies that I’m lucky to have in my life. I arranged this New Year’s Dream Board Party for 6 of us to get together and plan for the year ahead. We chose our words, crafted our dream boards, and had so much fun in the process. As it turns out, we all agreed that it was a very relaxing experience. It was an opportunity to take a break from all of the holiday stress, focus on our selves, and have a little time with the girls.

My one word for 2017 is CREATE. I want to create art, opportunities, healthy habits, and strong relationships. I want to create a life I love, and the only person responsible for doing that is me! I feel like this word will empower me to make some important changes in my life. Other words that the guests chose were shine, happy, love, family, and dream.

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Each guest got a notebook to write down their thoughts about their word and the focus of their dream board. I had 16×20″ framed corkboards available for everyone to use too. I asked them to bring any items or photos from home that they knew they wanted to include on their boards. We went through piles of magazines looking for inspiring images and words to use. My family’s holiday photo card was a big inspiration for the party decor and I also put it right in the middle of my board. We are sending out New Years cards this year, so that worked out perfectly. Everything I do is for that family, so it’s important to me to put them right in the center of the dreams that I have for my future.

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The event took place at The Mint Studio, a beautiful local spot for gathering and crafting. I don’t like to do things in a small way, so we had lots of pretty details to make the morning memorable. Don’t miss these highlights:

⁃ Colorful Balloon Garland that I put together using a kit that included everything needed. Simple to assemble and such a big visual impact.
⁃ Gorgeous food that we all really enjoyed. I adore the vibrant colors of that golden beet carpaccio. Yum!
⁃ Acrylic blocks with designs featuring the 2017 words of the year. Another beautiful reminder to stay focused on what’s important.
⁃ Bright floral arrangements featuring pomegranates and mandarin oranges.
⁃ Drink stirs that were personalized with each guest’s name.
⁃ Dessert! Custom cookies featured our chosen words and the cake tasted as good as it looks.

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I wish you and yours a beautiful 2017! Thanks for following along with my creative journey.

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Venue: Mint Studio | Styling: Party a la Mo  | Photography: Sarah Tolson Photography | Acrylic blocks, notebooks and New Years cards: Tiny Prints  | Food: Crudo by Pascal Lorange  | Cake: Jenny Wenny Cakes | Cookies: Southern Belle Specialties  | Floral Design: Blooming to Inspire | Balloon Garland: One Stylish Party | Cake topper and drink stirs: Jenn and Jules Designs | Candyfetti: Sweets Indeed | Guests: Katie of Just Add Sunshine, Phyllis of Phyllis Sa Design, Jayme of The Mint Studio, Jen of Jen Pacella Design

 

Mermaids and Whales: a Shared Kid’s Room

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As I prepare to pack up my home of the past 10 years, I have something I want to share with you. I want to show you the shared room that I put together for my baby boy and 5 year old girl. Our current home has just 2 bedrooms, so when we found out we were having a boy I knew I wouldn’t be putting together a nursery just for him. A shared boy and girl room seemed like a challenge, but I put a lot of thought into making it a space that my girly girl would love while still keeping some boy-friendly areas. My daughter chose the theme, but then I took over from there. She wanted mermaids, so I generalized the theme to make it a little more gender neutral. We went with Under the Sea… mermaids for her and whales for him!

We painted the room a beautiful light aqua color (BEHR Clear Aqua). Most of the furniture was left from my daughter’s original nursery and we added a mini crib for the new baby. The bedding and accessories are a mix of handmade, Target, Pottery Barn, Tiny Prints, and a couple DIY projects. Some of my favorite details can be found below.

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  • Mermaid Scale coffee filter wall art
  • Big girl bedding of mermaid sheets and a wave quilt
  • DIY bubble chandelier
  • Coral, the handmade mermaid doll
  • “A Mermaid Sleeps Here” pillow (see below to make your own!)

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  • Navy and aqua quilt that was handmade by my aunt
  • Personalized name pillow including all of his birth stats
  • Wood California rattle
  • Customized whale canvas with the quote “Dream Big, Little One”
  • Handmade wood rocking horse that was lovingly crafted by my uncle
  • “You Are Loved by Me” watercolor painting from my baby sprinkle decor

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Not long after I completed the kid’s room, we decided to put our house on the market. It sold quickly and we’re all excited to move into a new, bigger house where the kids will have their own rooms. I guess you could say that the mermaids and whales will be going their separate ways soon. They did look awfully cute together while it lasted though. I hope you enjoy the details as much as I do.

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If you have a little mermaid of your own, I’m happy to share the file so that you can make your own “A Mermaid Sleeps Here” pillow. Just download the file here and upload it to Tiny Prints to make a Favorite Memory pillow.

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Sources

Wave Quilt Set and Whale Wall Shelf: Target Pillowfort | Portraits of the kids: Stills by Hill Photography | Canvas Art and Custom Pillows: Tiny Prints | Full of Heart Mermaid Print: Ann Shen | CA State Rattle: Bannor Toys | Mermaid Doll: Green Stitches | Bailey Sheet Set: Pottery Barn Kids | Baby Memory Book: Lucy Darling | “You Are Loved by Me” Watercolor Painting: The Prints and the Pea

Introducing Declan Paul!

Birth Announcement6If you follow me here on the blog or on other social media channels, you probably noticed that my posting and interaction dropped off quite a bit during certain points of the past year. It wasn’t personal… I was just pregnant! Pregnancy translated into the usual exhaustion for me, but also left me uninspired and feeling less than creative. Those are unfortunate side effects when you run a creative business, but the end result was completely worth the struggle.

Today, I’d like to officially announce the arrival of my new baby boy! Declan joined us on March 24th and the past 2 months have been filled with baby snuggles, nursing sessions, and diaper changes. For all the trouble he gave me during the pregnancy, he’s been an easy-going baby since he was born. It feels a little like he has always been with us and it’s amazing to know that he has completed our family.

After his birth I couldn’t wait to get word out to our friends and family about our new addition. A round of calls and texts went out to our nearest and dearest first. Then came the Facebook and Instagram posts, but I couldn’t stop there. Paper stationery is just so important to me that I had to mail out a formal birth announcement as well. I love receiving them from others, so I figured I’d spread a little squishy newborn love via the postal service.

Being the proud Mama that I am, I’d send each and every one of you a paper announcement if I could. But since that just isn’t possible, you get a blog post with photos of the gorgeous birth announcements that Tiny Prints was generous enough to send me. I chose this modern Arrowed Intro design in lightest turquoise by Elm + Gray for Tiny Prints.  I loved how the colors tied in with his Baby Sprinkle decor. The card design itself is gorgeous, but I couldn’t resist using some available options to add rounded corners and pearl white shimmer paper.

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Now, I am the first person to advocate for professional family photos, but I also know that hiring a pro is not always practical. We had a posed newborn session with our favorite family photographer, but I just couldn’t wait to get this first round of announcements out. The solution was to use a photo that I shot and edited with my iPhone. It didn’t hurt that Declan was loosely swaddled in an arrow blanket that tied in with the card design nicely. I just did a quick black and white edit to the photo to make the announcement look more cohesive. Don’t let a lack of perfect professional photos stop you from creating a beautiful birth announcement

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If you appreciate little stationery details like me then you’ll agree that the matching envelope liners and personalized postage made the final package extra dreamy. I mean, when’s the next time the kid will have a postage stamp with his name on it??

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Thanks for sticking with me as I struggled through my creative slump. I’m feeling more myself and getting into the swing of being Mama to my two beautiful kids. More party inspiration, recipes, and DIY will be coming your way very soon!

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Oh Baby Sprinkle

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Styling events is such a passion of mine that I asked the hostesses of my own Sprinkle if I could be a little more involved than a guest of honor normally would be. I took some of the pressure off of them as far as the décor was concerned and they were able to focus on important details like food and entertainment. Regardless of how it all came together, we had a beautiful afternoon celebrating the upcoming birth of my second baby. I felt very loved and grateful for all the support I had as we prepared to meet our new little boy.

The watercolor elements seen throughout the sprinkle décor were inspired by the beautiful Oh Baby invitations designed by Lady Jae Designs for Tiny Prints. Working with the color palette of sea glass green and gray was an effective way to carry the simple theme from the tablescape, to the florals, to the desserts.

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Although I am an amateur painter at best, I attempted to create several of the watercolor items myself including the backdrop to the dessert table, painted paper fans, dip-dyed cloth napkins, and the circle garlands. It turns out that abstract watercolor painting is very relaxing for me and I really enjoyed it. The Oh Baby photo display included some more watercolor painting along with b&w photos of babies from many generations of both sides of our family. Perhaps those family photos gave the guests a glimpse of what our baby boy would look like.

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Sweets are always a big part of designing an event for me. The dessert table for the sprinkle boasted a gorgeous, 2-tiered watercolor cake with white wafer paper roses. Little details can make such a big impact and I loved having the “Oh Boy!” engraved cake server and personalized napkins right by the cake. Hand-painted macarons and passion fruit cream tarts adorned with white chocolate pearls rounded out the sweet nibbles. Also, I can’t forget the monogrammed sugar cookies that served as edible place cards for each table setting. Function and beauty at their best!

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One of my favorite elements at the sprinkle was the framed watercolor “You Are Loved By Me” painting that was lovingly created by my friend Mollie of The Prints and the Pea. The quote is shortened from a song written by a favorite children’s band of our family called Hullabaloo. The simple lyrics to the song can be summed up by, “You are good, you are strong, and you are loved by me”. Such a beautiful sentiment that I think all children should hear and believe about themselves.

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Vendor Credits:

Décor and Styling – Party a la Mo  | Photography – Stills by Hill Photography | Cake – Hey There, Cupcake! | Decorated Cookies – NatSweets  | Macarons and Tartlettes – Jenny Wenny Cakes | Stationery and Home Décor – Tiny Prints | Dish Rental and Tablescape Design – Not My Dish | “You Are Loved by Me” Watercolor Painting – The Prints and the Pea | Florals – The Tiny Bloom | Engraved Cake Server/Baby Flatware – Sarmon Designs  | Oh Baby Balloon Garland – Studio Pep | 24” Balloon – Betsy White Stationery

 

Favorite Things Exchange Party Printables

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When Jenny of Craft That Party asked me to put together a printable package for her Favorite Things Exchange, I jumped at the chance. Her styling is beautiful and she made my stationery and decor look so great! I’ve been getting a lot of requests for this Favorite Things printable package in the past few weeks, so I wanted to share what can be done with it. The black+white element really pops and also pairs nicely with the sweet florals. Use this printable invitation to set the stage for your very own Favorite Things Exchange. Carry the theme throughout your party with the coordinating banner, straw flags, signage, and more.

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Favorite Things Exchange parties have gained popularity over the past few years and for good reason… they are so much fun! My girlfriends and I participated in an exchange over the holidays and I left with some amazing gifts. To learn more about how to host an exchange of your own and to see more of Jenny’s gorgeous party, hop on over to ediTORIal for the details. You’ll love this unique idea for hosting your next girl’s/ladies/mom’s night out.

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Party Vendors:

Photography: Allison Duda of A JOY Photography

Party Styling: Craft That Party

Invitation, Favorites Banner, Straws, and Cupcake Toppers: Party A La Mo

Tribal Garland, Favor Boxes and Tags: Piggy Bank Parties

Honeycomb Balls: Shop Sweet Lulu

Plates, Napkins: Birthday Express

Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Apple Cupcakes and Cakepops: Samantha’s Sweet’s

Floral Sugar Cookies: Bambella Cookie’s

Chocolate Covered Oreos: Bella’s Bakery and Bowtique