Holiday Sip and Shop

Sorry to have been a bit MIA this week…. I am finishing up the final touches for Halloween tomorrow and working on some event materials! I’m excited for the swag bags I’ve been working on for the upcoming Vend Raleigh 2nd annual Holiday Sip and Shop on Friday November 15th. Check it out here : holiday sip and shop

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Friday Favorites — Halloween Prep

Happy Friday everyone! Hopefully everyone made it through their week and got to see more sunshine than we did down here in NC….fingers crossed we get to see the sun this weekend!  With Halloween only three weeks away you can’t go anywhere without seeing candy corn, costumes and pumpkins.  We have the pumpkins and costumes covered, but will wait to get the candy until the week of Halloween to avoid having the temptation in the house….if we bought it now I’m afraid I would eat it all before the little kids even got here!

My favorite things this week all pertain to Halloween and are relatively simple to make/decorate/do.  I normally try to bring in a little something to school for the kids and teachers, and if I have leftovers my co-workers luck out as well!  I will be making this candy corn bark this year because it is super simple to make and transports well: http://www.brit.co/dipped-treats/

White Chocolate + Candy Bark

If you’re going to host a Halloween party this year, this is a great party activity for kids and adults: http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2012/10/pumpkin-bean-bag-toss-game-with-jo-ann.html  If you’re not up for sewing, just use some paint and draw numbers on the actual pumpkins instead.  You can buy beanbags at Target or any toy store.

This time of year brings alot of opportunities to host people whether it be family, friends, neighbors or co-workers; as with anything your best bet is to focus on good food and drinks and keep decorations simple.  When you can, use natural items to decorate such as acorns, pumpkins and leaves.  This site has five great table decoration ideas to use at your next get together: http://www.temp-tations.com/5-fall-decorating-entertaining-ideas

Mini Pumpkin Place Card on Pumpkin Plate

And when in doubt, go with my motto……..KEEP IT SIMPLE!  The best part of this time of year is the time we get to spend with our family and friends.  Everyone enjoy your weekend and the nice fall weather!

Vend Raleigh Illuminate Conference 2013

Vend Raleigh Illuminate Conference 2013

I had the honor and privilege of participating as a sponsor for the Vend Raleigh Illuminate Conference this year. If you’re not familiar with Vend Raleigh (http://vendraleigh.com/), its an amazing network of “mompreneurs” that is led by Cary Heise of Stay at Home Rock Star (http://www.StayatHomeRockStar.com) and Social Butterflies (http://www.SocialButterfliesNC.com). The organization hosts many different events throughout the year and is a source of constant support for moms that own and run their own business. Illuminate, a one day conference hosted by Vend Raleigh, occurred several weeks ago and I’m proud to have my work at the conference even though I was not able to attend.

Halloween Printables….for free!!!

Halloween Printables….for free!!!

If you’ve never checked out the website Kara’s Party Ideas then you’re really missing out!  I have spent hours looking at all the amazing party themes and ideas that she has blogged about, and its such a great resource for party supplies as well.  Definitely check it out and plan on spending more time looking around than you think you will!

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Free Smash Cake

This will be a short post as I am getting everything ready for my first day back to work after 10 weeks of maternity leave!  It’s hard to believe the time has gone by so fast, but I am looking forward to getting in the swing of things back at work, and I know Jake will keep a good eye out on Tyler during the school day.  I have kept up with parties during my maternity leave, but I have not done much for my other job as a clinical research coordinator at Duke Medical Center, so I’m sure I’ll need a couple days to regroup and get back to “work normal”.

I came across this picture from Jake’s 1st birthday party over the weekend.  I didn’t know at the time of Jake’s birthday, but have since found out that Harris Teeter provides a free smash cake for your child’s first birthday.  This is such a great deal, especially considering all your child is going to do is destroy it!  You will need to provide them two weeks notice (atleast), and depending on the location (all that I’ve used have been wonderful) they will create a cake for your theme.  If you already have a baker or want to create a masterpiece yourself, atleast use the free cake for a fun family dessert for the child’s first birthday.  Who doesn’t love free cake?!

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Not a baby shower game fan???

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Baby showers are some of the cutest and most fun parties to plan; everyone loves a baby! When planning a shower, people normally fall into two categories: yes to baby games or no way do I want games. If you’re of the latter opinion, a really fun alternative to entertain the mommy-to-be is to have a scrapbook shower. For this type of party you will need to buy scrapbooking supplies and lots of stickers, tape and scissors. Each guest will decorate one page of a scrapbook; examples include baby’s first bath, first holiday, first smile, etc. At the end of the party you will present a fully compiled scrapbook to the guest of honor and then all she has to do is fill in the pages with the pictures.

This is a really fun idea for the guests and for the mommy-to-be as she is given a gift that will truly last a lifetime. Creating a baby scrapbook is fun to do even if you play party games as well! When it comes to planning a party, try and think outside the box……that’s where the best ideas come from!

Friday Favorites

The world of blogging is so new to me, and I constantly have ideas running through my head about fun topics to write about; then I go to write about them and can’t remember a thing! I’ve started making a “road map” for myself to keep track of all my ideas and when I will write about them.  I have so many parties and events that I’ve done in the past, so I’m excited to incorporate them over the next couple of months into my site to give you all a good idea of what I’ve done and where I’m going with my business.  I’ve said it before, but I truly appreciate your understanding and patience with my writing skills as I learn more and more every day about how to portray my work/ideas/thoughts in this whole new blogging endeavour.

Today starts my first “Friday Favorites”; every Friday I will talk about things that I have come across over the past week, or maybe something that I’m looking forward to for the weekend.  Sunday is the first day of fall, so I could easily write about all things pumpkin every week for the next three months, but I will do my best to branch out!

While its only September, I am already getting excited for Christmas as I will have two little boys to spoil! My littlest one will only be 5 months old, so he won’t care, but my 2 1/2 year old is really going to have alot of fun this year (too bad he won’t remember all the fun!).  I always go all out for decorating at Christmas, but tend to keep things pretty simple for the fall.  The Williams Sonoma herb wreath is always on my “want” list for the fall, yet I always seem to talk myself out of it and just admire it online.  Instead I try to freeze as many fresh herbs as I can from our garden (the small patch of one we have) and tend to make TONS of pesto with all our leftover basil.  Image

My son’s school this week had Safety Day, where an ambulance and fire truck came out to school for the kids to see and look around in.  Needless to say my son LOVED it and I had such a nice time getting to know our local fireman.  When you ask my son what the fire truck and ambulance do, all he says is “they help people”, which sums it up perfectly.  The firemen said to stop by the station whenever we want as they love visitors; it helps keep them busy and break up monotony when they aren’t out on calls.  And there is nothing cuter than a little kid getting excited about what you do! To tie this in to what I do, I got a call this week asking about venues for children’s birthday parties that did not cost an arm and a leg; caveat being the party is in the winter so it needs to be indoors.  My first thought was a fire station; not every fire station will host a party, but there are definitely several stations in the area that will.  It is free to use their space, but I normally suggest giving a donation to the station and bringing food/sweets for the firemen.  Because it does not cost to have the party there, you can use the money you are saving towards food, decorations and favors.  The firemen will provide all the activities you will need for a party; normally consisting of touring the trucks, trying out the clothes, seeing the station and anything else the guys have around that day.  To me its one of the best places to have a party for kids as you don’t need to worry about having the kids be entertained, which is always a priority to me at parties.  This weekend I will be blogging about a party I did at a fire station for a little boy this past year, and I can’t wait to share my ideas and pictures with you all! I hope that everyone enjoys the upcoming weekend and the beginning of a wonderful fall.  Image