Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas from me to you!


I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year. This is my family's Christmas card. I've always hand drawn our card but this year I wanted to use a family photo, my kids are just to cute to not be shown off in my opinion. I had a lot of fun hand drawing it this year and the entire color scheme was based off of Audrey's dress I purchased on etsy from Simplicity Couture. The dress is adorable in person and looks so cute with the bow tie and suspenders I purchased for Jackson from Petite Peanut.

Thank y'all so much for supporting this little shop of mine. I love to create and knowing that I'm bringing smiles to your faces for your important events just makes my heart shine. I truly appreciate your love of my products and I just wanted to share my simple heartfelt THANK YOU!

Have a wonderful day and many more!

Always,


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Vote for the Little Man! A Let's Geaux Party client party















Our client wanted to do a “Little Man” theme to celebrate her son Jack’s first birthday. We wanted to take this theme and put a unique spin on it. Since the party was scheduled for the Saturday before election day we decided to go for a vintage election theme and make “Vote for the Little Man, Your No. 1 Choice” our theme.

INVITATION

The invitations were a 3 inch political button attached to a round invitation. Guests were asked to wear their button in “Support of their No. 1 Candidate”. The buttons featured a picture of Jack wearing a political skimmer hat. The same photo was also used on vintage election posters and yard signs that decorated the party area.

FOOD & DRINK

At the party, guests dined on fried chicken, chicken tenders, mac n cheese and biscuits. To quench their thirst, guests were served bottled root beer with a custom label with the slogan “Root for the Little Man”. For dessert home made apple pies in jars served fresh from the oven with hand stamped wooden spoons were a hit! Cupcakes topped with elephant and donkey fondant toppers from Edible Details were also served. The dessert table also featured a hand painted canvas to match the vintage election decor. The birthday boy was treated to his own patriotic smash cake topped with a custom elephant topper holding a “1″ and wearing a Uncle Sam style hat. Guests were sent home with sugar cookies baked by the residents of Holy Angels, a local training facility serving intellectual and developmentally disabled residents.

DECOR

Decor consisted of white linen tablecloths, topped with blue overlays and individual settings of coloring pages, crayons and skimmer hats for each guest. White mums added a perfect fall touch with red and white daisies on either side and flags waving proudly. Vintage election posters were nailed to trees and hung around the event and balloons are always required! This time we found red and blue balloons with white stars – but we also took clear balloons and stuffed them with star confetti before inflating them.

ACTIVITIES

The Bayou Choo Choo train thrilled the children with rides on the beautiful Saturday morning. Other activities for the children were patriotic coloring sheets and a jump house.
The “Little Man” was voted the No. 1 candidate by a landslide and everyone on both sides of the aisle had a great time congratulating him!
*****

VENDOR CREDITS:

– Concept, paper design, styling, hand painted canvas backdrop, apple pies: Let’s Geaux Party
– Photography: Megan Carrigee Photography and Let’s Geaux Party
– Invitation “Little Man” button: Busy Beaver Buttons
– Smash cake: Aly B’s Bakery
– Fondant elephant cake topper & cupcake toppers: Edible Details
– Cupcakes: Sam’s
– Sugar cookie favors: Holy Angels
– Fried chicken, tenders and biscuits: Popeyes
– Mac and Cheese: Eastridge Country Club
– Ride on children’s train: Bayou Choo-Choo
– Rentals: AAA Rental Gallery
Let's Geaux Party is the joint event planning company that specializes in children's parties by Emily Welch of Magnolia Creative Co. and Amelia Chandler.  Together the can create a one of a kind event for the special child in your life!

These boy party ideas were also featured on Spaceships and Laser Beams.

- See more at: http://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/blog/2013/02/party-central/boy-party-ideas-add-yours-to-our-linky#sthash.o5aY8j3G.dpuf

Friday, December 7, 2012

Gift Picks for Him and Her

1. Personalized Cutting Board from Jennifers Cookies 2. Whisky Stones from Uncommon Goods 3. Ties from Petit Peanut 4. Beer Carrier from Coldcreek Brewing 5. Old Fashioned Glasses from Mignot Faget

The men in my life can be so hard to shop for. I've picked out a few gifts I'm sure they would love and I hope yours will like as well. All my men enjoy grilling and drinking and at least with these gifts they can be fashionable in doing so, because that's what they care about right, haha! My favorites are the whisky stones (such a cool concept) and the Mignot Faget glasses. My husband received the Louisiana glasses as a gift for his birthday and they are quite beautiful. 
1. Personalized Travel Mug from Magnolia Creative Co. 2. CLUTCHES! Yellow and White from Emily Ley and Leather from Preppy and Pink 3. Monogram Necklaces from Mimosa by Me 4. Scarf from Layla Grace 

Women can be equally hard to shop for but these gifts I know will appease even the most discerning taste. Every lady loves a monogram! I ADORE these clutches and own the green one from Preppy and Pink and I ordered the yellow one shown from Oatmeal and Lace for Emily Ley. I am anxiously awaiting it's delivery! A personalized travel mug is perfect for any woman on the go as is a beautiful scarf that can dress up and add a punch of color to any outfit. The bronze necklaces from Mimosa by Me are a personal favorite (she's my sister-in-law and the unfinished bronze one is mine - squeal!) They are elegant and will surly be a treasured gift! Every girl loves makeup and special little treats for herself and Birchbox provides this monthly. If you have not looked into this company you should. For $10 a month you get a fun little box mailed to you with new samples - a Merry Christmas to yourself each month perhaps ;)

Happy Shopping!




Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Gift Picks for Kids


1. Chalkboard Birthday Plate from Magnolia Creative Co. 2. Name Crayons from Color Me Fun  3. Super Hero Cape from Land of the Nod  4. Lunch Box from Sweet Mady 5. Nativity Set from Craft That Party 6. Letter Blocks from Dwell on Layla Grace 7. Personalized Foldable Tee Pee from Love Lime Kids 8. Wooden Kitchen from Willow Toys 9. Felt Fruit from Little Fruits


Kids can be so much fun and so hard to shop for at the same time. I put together a list of my favorite gifts for kids this holiday season. 

Our Chalkboard Birthday Plate makes a great gift year round and the chalkboard rim makes it easy to customize for your child year after year. We can even paint their favorite theme or design instead of a cupcake!.  My children LOVE art and most kids love their name on anything so these Name Crayons from Color Me Fun are perfect! As a design geek myself these Letter Blocks from Dwell on Layla Grace scream buy me. Who wouldn't want to expose their child to different typefaces!

Gifts like this adorable Super Hero Cape from Land of the Nod or a personalized Lunch Box from Sweet Mady are great no matter if it's a boy or girl. My daughter has one of their lunch boxes and I personally couldn't be more pleased, I just wish I had found it two years ago! Imaginative play is great for kids.  A Personalized Foldable Tee Pee from Love Lime Kids or this Wooden Kitchen from Willow Toys are something they will love year after year and treasure when it's passed down to their children. Don't forget to throw in some Felt Fruit or other goodies from Little Fruits for extra cooking fun!

For a holiday themed gift this hand painted  Nativity Set from Craft That Party. I ordered one for my two little ones and they love them!

I hope this list can help you find some great gifts for the little ones in your life. 



Thursday, November 29, 2012

[DIY Tutorial] Felt Christmas Tree for Kids

I wanted to make a craft for my kids for the holiday, actually our elf "Johnny" wanted to make a craft. I'd seen the Felt Christmas Tree on Pinterest and wanted to try it. There were several tutorials online and they were all pretty simple, buy felt, cut, decorate and stick! So I set off to Hobby Lobby to get all my goods.

In my research I did find a very good tip. I can't find the blog link so if this was your tip I apologize for not crediting you. If you know the credit please post a comment below. Use a fine bristle hair brush or scouring pad on the felt to help raise the fibers, it makes the felt stick together much easier!



























• 1 yard green felt - I made two trees. I could have made 3 had they been thinner

• Many different colors of felt. Hobby Lobby sells felt 4 sheets for  $1.
I had PLENTY left over.

• Embellishments - I found these great tinsel balls and used them. I also bought jingle bells but they were too heavy for the felt. Stick to light embellishments like sequins, tinsel balls, foam, felt or string.

• Gold Ric Rac - I wanted a garland on my tree. You can use any ribbon. It's cute because there are some gaps so you (or your Elf) can continue to leave notes tucked underneath.

Step 1: THE TREE
The first thing I did was use a sharpie marker and draw out my tree shape. I folded the felt in half so I was cutting two out at the same time. I did the same thing for all the ornaments too, it makes things go faster. After the shape was cut I used my bristle brush to fluff up the fibers of the felt.


Step 2: THE GARLAND
Next I added my gold ric rac garland. I unrolled the spool and started at the top with a little dab of hot glue. I criss crossed my way down the tree by simply laying the trim diagonally and then flipping it over on itself and glueing. I left gaps for notes and other ornaments and such.


Step 3: MAKING ORNAMENTS!
This is the fun part. Again I used the sharpie and drew my felt on pieces folded in half to make two at a time. One I cut them all out I used all the left over scraps to make polka dots, stripes, letters and other shapes on the ornaments. I also added the little tinsel balls too for some sparkle. Since I cut my tree stump very tall I had room to add some presents. It would be really cute to add a gift tag with your child's name too!

*Don't' forget to use the brush or scouring pad to fluff up the felt as you create your ornaments, presents and other tree decor.



Step 4: HANGING YOUR TREE
I had planned to use the command strips to hang the tree and had trouble making it stick. So I used blue painter's tape and it worked great. My daughter's room has two doors (OLD house, used for ventilation) and one is always kept shut. I hung the tree on the back of this door so it would also be in the hall and they would be in their own little area out of the way. 

I made a quick note from "Johnny" the Elf telling the kids to enjoy their own tree. I used some left over felt to add some holly to it.


Step 5: WATCH THE FUN!
I guess I should consider it a compliment that my daughter wouldn't even turn around to smile she was having so much fun! My son, he's a little tornado, so after ripping all the ornaments off, putting them back up he was done and on to breakfast. I packed up  the extra tree and it's decorations and shipped it off to my nephew so he can share in the fun too!


I hope y'all enjoyed this little tutorial and have fun making your own felt Christmas Tree! 

















Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday Sale!


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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


We wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving
and a wonderful holiday season!



Friday, November 16, 2012

Purpose.....

Image courtesy of the incredible and inspiring Whitney English


I've been thinking a lot about this little shop of mine, where it's been, where I want it to go and what place it should hold in my life. It's so strange to me where and how it started and the many places and developments it's taken on. From completely wholesale driven to an online retail presence, from paper to ceramics and many, many parties in between.  In 2013 there will be many changes within Magnolia Creative Co. and in my life as well. I've been seeing so much unnecessary drama that really takes away from what matters and the purpose in everything. I'm learning to say no sometimes, charge what I'm worth and that I can sit and do nothing and it is ok! With the holiday season quickly approaching and the start of a new year I just can't help but be hopeful and thankful for everything I'm blessed with. I have an amazing husband, seriously, to put up with a creative takes a very strong and patient person and that he is! I'm so thankful for my wonderful, wild, witty, artistic and simply thoughtful kids who inspire me everyday.

I plan to attend a conference hosted by Whitney English in Dallas in December. She's always been an inspiration and I am so excited at the opportunity to learn from this creative entrepreneur and can't wait to share with you the upcoming changes for this little southern shop of handmade goodies.

Thank you for your support and the fact that you read this blog and my Facebook page and mostly for taking my art and bringing it into your everyday life and celebrations. It means the world to me!



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Marinated Cheese Appetizer Recipe


With the holiday season quickly approaching I thought I would share one of my favorite appetizers, Marinated Cheese. I have to credit my mother for this recipe. She's famous for it and was even featured in the Baton Rouge Advocate for this recipe. It's a very easy dish to make and it's always gone at the end of the night. The few times I've not made it people have asked where it is so now I make sure to always prepare it. 

Marinated Cheese Appetizer
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup wine vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
3 tablespoons chopped parsley (bottled kind is fine)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon oregano
1 small jar chopped pimento
3 cloves of crushed garlic
Various cheeses: Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Swiss....
Ritz crackers, Triscuits or Wheat Thins

Slice cheeses and lay vertically in your serving dish (see above picture). Mix all the above ingredients in a jar. Simply shake and pour over the cheeses and serve. 

One note, it's best to make the dressing the night before your event. I don't know why but that extra time mixing together just makes it taste better. You can even slice the cheese the night before too and right before your event pour the dressing over it and you're ready to serve. This dressing is even good over pasta mixed with shrimp or grilled chicken. YUM!

Enjoy!




Monday, November 12, 2012

2012 Official Elf Report


The Official Elf Report I created last year was such a hit I updated it with this years date. Before your elf heads back to the North Pole let him leave a progress report for your child to show him how they did and what they can work on for next year. 

Download your free copy here.

Enjoy!



Friday, November 9, 2012

Autumn Themed Styled Brunch


Even though it's almost 80 degrees here in Louisiana and not really feeling like fall I wanted to share an Autumn Brunch I styled for the Celebrations at Home Vendor Challenge last year. The theme for this quarter was Autumn. and hopefully this post will inspire some ideas for your own Thanksgiving dinner or brunch. I traditionally don’t do many fall designs so it was fun to so something different and a challenge I was excited about. I knew I wanted to use a rich fall color scheme of orange, burgundy and browns and I wanted to use a lot of burlap. My mother is a huge fan of fall so I raided her decorations and found pumpkins and leaves. I used Dollar Tree finds like leaves, mini gourds, moss and some carveable pumpkins I made into candle holders. I sprayed them metallic gold and added some spray glitter. They sat in terra cotta flower pots from my backyard. I created all the paper goods with rich patterns printed on craft paper. I used a beautiful handmade gold paper that I accented with twine to give it a rustic feel.

I knew I wanted simple foods and to do something with pancakes. Charynn from Two Sugar Babies created wonderful toppers with edible gold glitter to top the pancakes and also serve as place cards with the guests names written on the leaves with an edible marker. I also made egg and bacon cups, croissants, salmon cups and mini donuts served with coffee drinks with cups and striped straws from My Little Love. The food was served on wood stumps and hand made white serving pieces. Favors were macaroons from Aly B’s Bakery, a local Shreveport bakery. Several different colors were made to give a somewhat ombre effect in the push pop container. They rested in a wire basket with Spanish Moss and coordinating tags ready to be taken home by guests.

The overall feel was rustic and laid back and most of all simple which allows for time to relax and visit with our friends and loved ones. Isn't' that what the holidays are all about. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!














Vendors: 
Styling and Paper Goods - Magnolia Creative Co. 
Fondant Pancake toppers - Two Sugar Babies 
Treat Cups and Stripey Straws -My Little Love 
Macarons - Aly B’s Bakery in Shreveport, LA

The paper collection is available in the shop here.