Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Father's Day is around the corner!

Father's Day is coming up and it's 
definitely a time to celebrate! 

I am lucky to have a very supportive father and a wonderful husband that is a super father to our two children. In their honor I created this collection for Father's Day including gift cards, party circles that have a number of uses and fill in gift certificates so that kids can give their dad exactly what he needs. You can download the gift certificates here or download the Father's Day collection which includes the gift certificates, party circles, gift tags, Father's Day banner, drink flags bottle wraps (all not shown on layout) from our website

We also have some great gift ideas on our website for dad including personalized steins where you pick the colors and travel coffee mugs perfect for the dad on the go. You can choose your special man's favorite colors and the font style of your choice.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Is Non-Traditional For You?

Pictured above is my son Jackson's birth announcement. I know it's not what many people would picture as a birth announcement. Jackson is named after my husband's father (Jackson aka Jack) and John Bonham, the drummer from Led Zeppelin. My husband is a huge Zeppelin fan and a drummer himself. Since his name is a little unique we wanted to have some fun with his announcement and so the mini Led Zeppelin album concept was born. 

Johnny chose the "Physical Graffiti" cover because of the name in the windows and it's one of his favorite albums. The announcement is a 5.75" square and was mailed in a white square envelope. I did the scrapbook look on the inside and the back as a way to showcase pictures of our new bundle of joy and his birth information which is listed on the "concert ticket". Guitar picks, drumsticks and old polaroids along with a backstage pass completed the look. Now this kind of announcement is not for everyone but sometimes it's fun to think outside the box and have some fun with things that are usually thought of as traditional like birth announcements and wedding invitations. I know that many designers such as myself welcome this kind of opportunity to have some fun and make something very creative.


Where do you find party inspiration? Party blogs, friends, family, children or clients? I try to look places you would normally think of. My favorite places are the Hobby Lobby fabric swatch bin and the Target Dollar section. Both have great finds and I can always discover something to plan a party around. My next collection is based on some fabric I found at Hobby Lobby. Can you guess where the next party photo shoot theme will be? We're planning it with Her Royal Heinous and it will be revealed soon…we can't wait!

Clients also give me a ton of inspiration as well and come up with the cutest party themes. From a breakfast birthday party with a cereal bar to a car wash birthday party the fun themes are endless. I especially love this "Cajun Luau" I designed recently for a adult birthday party.

Let the inspiration begin!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Memorial Day Countdown!

I hope everyone's Memorial Day plans are coming together nicely. Ours are especially with the new BBQ grill we're going to purchase tomorrow - Happy Father's Day to my husband! Our old one finally bit the dust after MUCH good use. We plan to grill us some good food including some hot dogs for the kids and maybe some steak and seafood for the grown ups!

If you need some printable for your party plans you can download our FREE Patriotic Party collection here or you can purchase the complete collection, a personalized one or special party pack here on our website. Our Patriotic Party was so much fun to plan with Her Royal Heinous and was featured by many blogs including Pizzazzerie and Social Couture

Have a great day everyone and laissez les bons temps rouler!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Budget Friendly Patriotic Party

Amelia from Her Royal Heinous and I worked on a Budget Friendly Patriotic Themed Party. We started off with an idea of using a more muted, classic American theme. I designed the printables and we were off. Dollar store finds, previously purchased items and a lot of baking ourselves. This party can be used for Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day or a Welcome Home Party which is very close to our hearts as Amelia's husband is in the Air Force and returned home from deployment in December. With a few minor changes this theme can even be used for a baseball party.

The collection is available in our shop and can be personalized with your party copy. Purchase it here today! We'll also have a limited FREE collection available soon on our Scribd site.

Originally we discussed covering the entire table with a white cloth - but that would have hidden the charm of the picnic table. The flags were left over from Amelia's husband's return home from Baghdad but you can find them anywhere now during this time of year. A few $1 tins from Hobby Lobby, some sand and the flowers from a local store created a great backdrop for the all American party.

The apples for the garland were half off at Hobby lobby, just threaded with some twine through and added ribbon accents to the end. The white tableware and burlap table runner for the main table were already owned. As well as the Dollar tree sink shelves that was sprayed white and used for almost EVERYTHING now. It makes a PERFECT table riser to display anything! Clean and simple.

For drinks we had Pellegrino, cane cola with printable bottle wraps and lemonade served in traditional mason jars. The food was traditional, hot dogs, potato chips, sugar cookies, cupcakes, cake pops and a Cherry Pie complete with a printable USA cake bunting. The hot dogs were wrapped in pattern sheets from the printable collection and tied with twine.

The dining table was covered with a white table cloth and some burlap fabric. Again our dollar store finds of placemats, napkins and tin buckets added the perfect pop to our table. Place settings were topped off with more printables tied with twine and completed with favor bags filled with bubble gum and peppermints.

Paper printables: Magnolia Creative Co.
Party styling and photography: Her Royal Heinous
Apples, paper flowers on chairs, burlap fabric, glassware, flag garland and ribbon: Hobby Lobby
Placemats, napkins and baskets: Dollar Tree
White plates: World Market
Place stand: Layla Grace
Ketchup, mustard and relish holder: Pottery Barn
Red, white and blue buckets: Target $1 section
Red and white straws: Hey YoYo

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Pink Slip Pajama Party

Pink Slip Pajama Party!
In celebration of our 500th Facebook fan we asked her to suggest a free printable. Here is what she said….

It's me!!!!! I'm the 500th fan!!!! I'm SO excited! This might be a crazy idea for a theme, but I've been thinking about it for a couple of weeks. I am a Kindergarten teacher for Katy ISD and I was recently laid off due to budget shortfalls. I've been wanting to throw a "Pink Slip Pajama Party" for my fellow teachers to celebrate the end of the year and boost our morale. Is that too crazy for a theme? The emphasis would be on positivity and looking towards the future and, of course, wearing our pajamas.... ;) 

So here it is our Pink Slip Pajama Party collection available FREE! It includes small and large party circles, drink flags, tent cards, invitations, water bottle labels and pattern sheets. This collection is also available on our website and can be personalized with your own wording. 

Thanks Patricia for a great idea, supporting Magnolia and we can't wait to see pics of your fabulous party!