Sunday, November 17, 2013

2013 Official Elf Report and a New Twist!

Well 2014 is upon us, it's so hard to believe! I know I've been neglecting this blog and I promise to get back to it, I have so much new and fun things to share. To start off, here is the 2013 Official Elf Report! It's been so much fun seeing this little printable I created shared all over the internet and Pinterest for the third year. Several readers have shared with me pictures of their elf with the printable so please feel free to share yours on the Magnolia Creative Co. Facebook page.

I decided to change up the report a little bit this year. There are still the Nice and Naughty lists for your elf to fill out but now there is also a miniature form for your children to fill out about their Elf's behavior. So many people have gotten so creative with their Elf's antics I figured this would be a fun little twist!

Download your free printable report here and enjoy! I wish you a Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!

Here is a little Instagram image if you feel like sharing. 
Please tag #magnoliacreativeco and #elfreport

Friday, August 9, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Magnolia loves Mimosa!

Hello y'all! I hope you've had a great week and are ready for a wonderful weekend. I have a special way to start it off right, a giveaway! I have not hosted one in a while and this one I'm really excited about!

I am lucky enough to call the super talented, jewelry designer Madeline Ellis my sister in law. Her pieces are very unique and definitely reflect her love of the South, landscape and Baton Rouge in particular. She's the perfect match for my brother and she instantly became my friend, I love her! Her jewelry line, Mimosa by Me is constantly growing and big things are in store for it! She sent me a sneak peek a while back of her newest collection, Southern state flowers and I knew instantly I'd had to share one with my readers.

So....enter below using the Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win your own Magnolia necklace, pictured above (the state flower of Louisiana) by Mimosa by me. All you have to do is:

Like the Magnolia Creative Co. Facebook page - easy right?

Like the Mimosa by Me Facebook page - done!

Leave a comment below after visiting the Mimosa by me website with your favorite jewelry piece - this could be a hard one, there are so many favorites I'm sure!

Ps. This giveaway ends Thursday, August 15 and the winner will be announced Friday, August 16. If you'd like to switch the Magnolia to one of the other 11 Southern states that can be arranged once the winner has been notified.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Seersucker and Sazeracs Part 1 of 2

This post is a part 1 of 2. I've been so very busy lately which is a good thing but I have neglected to post pictures from this year's Seersucker and Sazeracs, Well now you can view them in the new issue of Everyday Party Magazine! I'll have a  follow up post next week with more pictures and a recipe.

Check back tomorrow for a fun giveaway too! You won't want to miss it.

Friday, June 28, 2013

New Product: Hand Painted Ceramic Mason Jars

I've been very busy working on the new Magnolia Creative Co. catalog and some fun new products like these - hand painted ceramic mason jars. They are completely food, drink and dishwasher safe and so, so fun!

Kids love them and flowers look beautiful in them. My children had a ball as my models for our back yard photoshoot. The mason jars are available in several patters including:
Gingham, Polka Dots, Stripes, Stripes and Dots, Solid, Flowers and Ombré (my personal favorite). They measure 3.25" wide by 5.25" tall and are a thick ceramic. Tops and twine do not come with the piece but they can be embellished anyway you want!

Throwing a party and would you like to have your own custom set? I can match any home or party decor and you'll have a long lasting memory of your celebration. Contact me for more details on creating your own custom design.

Visit the website to order yours today. Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy, Happy, Happy!

Photo Credit: The Natural Life

I'm signing off for another social media free weekend with friends and family. This weekend is my godson's second birthday, it's a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed party complete with a bounce house and lots and lots of sugar! A fun time will be had by all and I wish you all the same. To my friends heading off to New York CIty for the Stationery Show, have fun, safe travels and I will see you next year! 

Here are some Friday Favorites for your weekend.
  • For my Southern friends, check out how the Canadians do a Bayou Bash. This is an adorable party and you'll really appreciate the humor on grits. I feel I'll be sending her a care package soon.
  • Need some graduation party ideas, here are six.
  • Here is a precious mustache bash party - so cute!
  • This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party is not to be missed!
  • And along the same lines, check out this Legend of Zelda inspired birthday theme.
  • Need a light dinner this weekend, here is a wonderful chopped salad recipe.
  • And for dessert here are some very yummy rice krispie treat ideas!
  • Or try this Mud Cake for a delicious dessert in a jar!

And this week on Magnolia Creative Co...
Don't miss my Memorial Day fun finds and party collection.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Patriotic Party Ideas...It all started with hot dogs and pie bunting

It's hard to believe that this budget friendly styled photo shoot with Amelia from Her Royal Heinous was two years ago! I've seen our hot dog and pie bunting photos pinned hundreds of times, even by Pottery Barn Kids (YEAH!) and it was even featured on Pizzazzerie. 

To celebrate this upcoming holiday I've rounded up a few of my favorite Memorial Day items as well as arranged for THREE options to my Patriotic Party Collection

1. Personalized printable or printed
2. Blank printable with INSTANT DOWNLOAD
3. Limited pieces for FREE on Scribd

1. USA Cookies by Not Betty Cookies 2. Patriotic Gumball Necklace by Hottie Tottie Girl 
3. Wooden Utensils by Sucre Shop 4. Yankee Doodle Paper Straws from  Shop Sweet Lulu
5. American Twine by Divine Twine from Shop Sweet Lulu

I hope you and your family have a wonderful and relaxing Memorial Day holiday and remember those brave men and women who have died serving our country and protecting our freedoms. 

Patriotic Party Styled Shoot Credits:
Paper printables and styling: 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 8, 2013

Rope Wrapped Letter Tutorial

I created this tutorial for Everyday Baby + Child Magazine to show how I created this rope wrapped anchor. It was so much fun and such an easy project. 

Materials You'll Need:
Foam board, mat board or thing craft board
X-Acto knife
Clear packing tape
Jute twine
Optional: Hot glue gun or craft glue

Using a pen or sharpie marker draw out the shape you plan to wrap in twine. Cut the shape out with a sharp X-acto knife.

Cut small pieces of twine and using your clear tape, tape them across the edges of your letter or shape. This will help cover the ends. You may choose to tack the twine down now using a little dab of glue.

Now comes the fun part, start wrapping! Tape an edge of your twine on the back and start at one of your shape and start wrapping. Remember as you go to pull the twine tight and push it close together so you do not see the material underneath.

If you choose a letter such as the W I did you'll have to cut smaller pieces and do the pointed parts separately. Continue to use your clear tape or glue to affix the twine to the back. Keep wrapping around as you go around your shape until you've wrapped the entire piece.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Favorites

I hope everyone has had a good week. I've been sooooo busy which is great but I just feel like I've been a little vacant from the social media world, my apologies. I've been busy with custom orders and helping Audrey with her lemonade stand plans. You can view my post on this and the special Lemonade Stand collection I created here. It's been so much fun working with her and crafting and painting. Tomorrow is the big day and I know we'll have a blast.

There has been some really cute stuff floating around and I just want to make sure you don't miss any of it.

Get your Cinco de Mayo weekend started with these Fiesta party printables and this precious Cinco de Mayo Party, ole!

This baseball party is precious and perfect for the boys of summer!

Need some inspiration for your summer parties, Festivites Magazine has it with it's summer release.

Got  a child that loves Monster High? This Monster High Spa Party will knock their socks off!

The Kentucky Derby is this weekend and here is a great post of some yummy Derby desserts!

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up and here is a great post on some eco friendly teacher appreciation gifts and an adorable Mason Jar craft that will make the perfect teacher appreciation gift.

Thinking about Mother's Day this weekend and making your list? Here is a gift guide to help you plan and shop for Mother's Day gifts.

Looking for a sweet treat? These easy to make Sugar Cookies are so simple!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lemonade Stand Ideas

Summer is quickly approaching and that means pool time and lemonade time! Several big businesses in Louisiana are sponsoring a wonderful event called Lemonade Day. Their goal is to "empower today's youth to become tomorrow's entrepreneurs". Audrey is signed up and it has been so much fun! We received a backpack with two workbooks, one for her and one for me, the mentor. It's been great working with her and "branding her stand" and "setting goals". It also encourages the children to save for the future and give some money to a charity as well as spend a little on themselves. I encourage you all the see if this program is available in your area and work with your children. I come from a family of entrepreneurs so it's been great to pass this down to my daughter. 

I created a special collection that you can purchase through my etsy shop for a very special price of only $10. It's an instant download and it has everything you need for your child to create their own lemonade stand.

You will receive:
• 2" party circles in 4 designs
• 8" x 10" "Fresh Lemonade" sign
• 8" x 10" "Fresh Lemonade" sign with price circle
• Two 8" x 10" "Fresh Lemonade" signs with directional arrows
• Tip jar wraps in two designs
• Thank you sign
• Invitation
• 2" Thank you circles in 1 design
• Table tents in 3 designs
• 1 "Sweet" lemon banner
• 4" Goodie bag toppers in 2 designs
• Menu card in 2 designs
• Drink flags in 2 designs
• Bottle wraps in 4 designs
• Planning worksheets
• Cupcake wrappers in 2 designs
• Lemonade banner

Don't forget to check out my Lemonade Stand Pintrest board for my favorite supplies, recipes and ideas.


Friday, April 26, 2013

Cinco De Mayo Party Ideas and Friday Favorites

I've gathered up some of my favorite Cinco de Mayo party ideas on a pinboard. There are some really cute ideas out there to help you create a fabulous party of your own. My favorite has to be the Taco shell garland and the ping pong light tutorial, you can't get much cuter than that!

There has also been a lot of other great ideas all over the party blogesphere this week. Here is my roundup of links I love!

Precious woodland party featuring a spunky raccoon and owl for a first birthday.
An awesome modern baseball party.
You  have to check out this over the moon Star Wars Party.
Get your engines revving for this motorcycle birthday!
A great round up of fun Cinco de Mayo party supplies on etsy.
Party favors that last - enough said! Check it out.

Earth Day may have already passed but you'll want to save this Earth Day Cupcakes recipe for next year. It's a great project to make with your kids.
Try this new frosting on your next cupcake batch - Peanut Butter Frosting Recipe
Here is a great tutorial fro making Rasberry and Lemon Meringues - a great springtime treat!
You can thank me later - The World's Best Banana Bread Recipe

The top 10 spring cleaning tips from around the web - a must save.
And if you need a fun little craft for your kids to show their teacher how much you appreciate them, my Teacher Tulip Thank You is what you need. Just make sure your kids don't eat the supplies, mine did!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Teacher Tulip Thank You Craft Project

Teachers are so important! I have many friends and family that are teachers and I adore my children's teachers. With the end of the school year quickly approaching I came up with a fun little craft that you can create with your child to help them say, thank you!

Tulip printable - Download your copy here
A small container or flower pot
Little Debbie Tulip Snack Cakes - Pink or Yellow
Green tissue paper
Florist foam
Paper straws (The ones used are from Shop Sweet Lulu)
Scissors (Regular and Martha Steward fringe scissors)
Ribbon (optional)

First cut out the leaves on the printable and wrap them around your straw. Use a little glue to attach them. 

Next cut your tissue paper in half, the smaller piece is easier to work with. Place your florist foam in your container and place a piece of tissue over the foam. Then tuck some more tissue around the sides of the foam so about one inch is visible above the edge of the container. 

No use your fringe scissors to cut the tissue to give a grass effect. If you don't have the fringe scissors use regular scissors and make small slits in the tissue. Ruffle the tissue paper a little using your hands to break up the pieces.

Most paper straws are not strong enough to puncture the florist foam so you may need to prepunch it using a plastic straw, pencil or ice pic. Now comes the fun part your child can help you with. Unwrap the snack cakes and place them on the straws. Place the straws in the prepunched holes and admire your work. If you make this the night before you can place small clear favor bags on the tulips and tie at the bottom using some thin ribbon or baker's twine. The printable also includes a small thank you card and some 2" party circles you can also use to embellish your flowers.

I hope you enjoy this little project. It's a sweet treat any teacher would love to receive! 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday Favorites and some new things to come.....

Well it's been a busy week around here and the same goes for the party blogesphere. Here are some of my favorites from this week.

For parties
Looking for some nautical party ideas? Check out this post on the top 12.

Lilly Pulitzer will always be a favorite for many and she will be missed. This adorable party celebrates that and a first birthday. Click here for Lily Pulitzer party ideas you can do yourself.

My daughter is very into all things space and I know she'd have a blast making this Retro Space Helmet candy dishes for a space party.

I adore this star party for a preteen! The twinkle lights are amazing!!!

And for a new twist on an old favorite, check out this Rock Star party!

Need an easy and effective decor for your parties, ruffled paper streamers are a must! You can learn to make your own fancy ruffled lovelies!

Another way to spruce up your party is by watching this video tassel tutorial perfect for an upcoming Earth Day party!

For the DIYers and chefs
I love this DIY sunscreen station. With pool time quickly approaching I know I can use this!

I love this Asian Cabbage Coleslaw Recipe, enough said!

Fresh fruit is the healthiest party treat for kids so check out these sweet fruit party treats.

With the sadness from the events in Boston and West on everyone's minds it's hard not to mention it. Hold your family close, count your blessings, be humble, thankful and most importantly keep those that are suffering in your prayers. I hope you all have safe and happy weekends and I look forward to sharing more fun with you next week. I plan to spend the weekend getting a mani/pedi with Audrey and taking Jackson to a local favorite toy store. I also plan to paint some fun new products and LOAD the shop with all new designs. I feel a giveaway coming on.....until next week!

Take care!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Seersucker and Sazeracs: A Southern Tradition

Photo courtesy of Tales of the Cocktail

Easter has passed, the weather has warmed up (for some of us) and it's time to start sporting our stripes. Seersucker is everywhere, I've even heard it referred to as the new chevron! My husband and I hosted a party last year we named Seersucker and Sazeracs. For those of you that don't know the Sazerac is the official state cocktail of Louisiana, yes we have an official drink, are you surprised? You can find the traditional Sazerac recipe here. We invited a few friends over for some afternoon cocktails and some light hors d'ourves and we had a great time! Our afternoon party stretched into the night and is now becoming an annual event. Pictured below is last year's invitation.

I created die cut invitations with real seersucker tie embellishments. The invitation stated that guests must wear seersucker and everyone happily agreed. I created a special logo inspired by the Sazerac logo. I wanted to create my own "bar sign" so I took a plain piece of glass and hand cut vinyl to use as a stencil, it took forever! I used the frosted glass spray paint to mask it out and the result was awesome! I placed the glass in my planter stand sign and added some hydrangeas from my yard and placed on our bar. It looked awesome at night with the tent lights behind it!

On each table I placed a white table cloth topped with a seersucker runner, fresh flowers in glass vases and mint julep cups and a silver frame with prints of the Sazerac recipe, the history of the drink and several other beloved cocktails such as the Pimm's cup. The logo was also printed on cocktail napkins. The food was kept simple and very Southern. I served marinated cheese (you can find the recipe here), mini muffalettas, shrimp pasta and creme brûlée cups. I will post the recipe for the mimi muffalettas next week, it's always a crowd favorite and SO EASY to make!

If you're interestsed in throwing your own Seersucker and Sazeracs party you can view some other ideas on my Southern Traditions pin board. 

Vendor Credits:
Invitations, styling and other printed materials: Magnolia Creative Co.
Creme brûlée cups and stripe flags: Polka Dot Market
Printed napkins: Cayenne Marketing

Have a  great day!