Sunday, April 17, 2011

{It's FUN to BEE Two!} G's 2nd BEEday party!

We woke to a VERY rainy spring day, here in MI. I had worked SO hard all day Friday to get it all set up, I think that by this point I didn't really MIND the rain, but with the cheerful theme some sun would have been nice ;) The BEEday girl woke with a smile and her face and kept talking about eating cake balls and cookies- so we knew she was excited ;)

We hosted the party at my parents' house... they live near by and their home is SO much bigger than ours and much more condusive to the elaborate party I was throwing ;)

We set it up in 3 rooms... The kitchen had the main event... a HUGE sweets table & a taco bar for lunch! YUMMO! The living room got turned into a dining area, gift table & photo prop station. The "porch" was also a dining area and decked out for the event. It all turned out great- everyone ate a lot, talked a lot and laughed a lot at my childs silly antics. Great day!! She was also SO polite when opening gifts and told each and every person "thank you". Little Miss Manners! Without further ado... PICS!!

A ribbon wreath welcomed the guests

A photo prop station for pics with the BEEday girl!

Sample of the centerpieces I made & my little BEEutiful girl ;)

Picture from her 2 yr photo shoot with The Camera Chick

Photo prop sign; Frame from TJMaxx

 Props! Mini pinwheels from Hobby Lobby

 Bee photo stands; Hobby Lobby

Bee mask props thanks to the suggestion of Claudia of TiniPosh; From Target
Bee basket from my dear friend, Leslie {Leslie's Chocolate Covered Creations}
 Dining table with centerpieces and damask runner from Plates & Napkins

 Another centerpiece

Hanging decor with large and mini bees over the photo prop station

Gift table for my spoiled litte girl
Upon entering the kitchen, guests saw this:

Plates, bowls, napkins and rolled silverware... and of course a bee hive ;)
Plates & Napkins from Polka Dot Market

Paer daisies from Polka Dot Market & "Happy Bee-day Grace" Banner

And now, the TACO BAR!!

 Balloons from Polka Dot Market & a decorated high chair!

I used leftover ribbons from the ribbon wreath!

And then, the SWEETS TABLE!!

Bee hive cake that my mom made!

 Doughnuts from Dough-a-Deer

Bee Cake Balls from Terri's Treasures
Cake Pop holder from AtoZebra Celebrations

 Shortbread hive and bee cookies from Dandy Delights

 Chocolate covered pretzels from Leslie's Chocolate Covered Creations
Homemade gluten free cupcakes for me! Topped with cupcake toppers, of course! ;)
Black and white polka dot cupcake wrappers from Bake It Pretty

And the stand was complete with a number "2" and some mini bees!

 Favor Boxes from Polka Dot Market

Favor sign, close up. Frame from Home Goods.
 Main drink station; Izze drinks, Water & Lemonade

Izze drinks with paper straws from Bake It Pretty

 Water bottle labels

Bee Hive dispenser from Christmas Tree Shops {Thanks, Leslie!} 

My BEEutiful daughter whom I do ALL of this for:
Shirt from *golden*
Hair bow from Etsy

 Tutu from Trinity's Tutus
Tights from a daily deal on Zulily

Earrings from Etsy

Our happy little family with our BIG two year old girl!

Okay...whew! That was a HUGE post!! I hope I covered everything and tagged everyone who helped make it SUCH a special day for us! Thanks to ALL of you for your encouragement over the last few months... it made me work so much harder to make this party a huge success!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

And the WINNER is....

Comment #127 belongs to Penny and it read:
I became a new follower of your blog...

YAH!!! Congrats, Penny!! Penny says she has a baby shower coming up in June and prize pack is PERFECT for it! :)

Congrats again, and thank you to EVERYONE who entered!

Fans- be sure to send me your Stampin' Fanatic! goodies IN action... I am going to be doing a random drawing of client pics ONCE a month starting in May for a shop credit on your next order!!

LOTS of NEW and FUN and exciting things happening for Stampin' Fanatic! in the next few months... you won't want to miss it! *hint, hint* My ONE year Etsy-versary is coming up on May 20th! ;)

Penny- I will e-mail you and you have 24 hours to respond. :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

500 Fabulous Fanatic! Fan Giveaway!!

WOW! I cannot even believe that I am able to host this amazing giveaway... for one, the people who have so generously donated their items to the cause are beyond talented and so sweet for contributing!! Secondly, I can hardly believe how much my business has grown in the last 11 months. I am SO thankful for EVERY single one of my fans! Having over 500 fans is an amazing accomplishment... it can only be accompanied by this AWESOME giveaway!
So... Let's get to it!
Here in MI it's still feeling VERY much like winter- but Spring is attempting to break thru!

Laura from Eye Candy Event Details has so generously offered her adorable
 "Think Spring" stationery collection; a $30 value!
You'll get: 3 piece art set; 4 postcard designs; 6 mini card designs; 10 note card designs; stationery box & stationery paper. Please note: These files will be sent via email - this is a digital printable set that you can print as many as you like!
This set is SO cute and FuN!!!! Hopefully this will get you geared up for the warmth headed our way...
The theme for the rest of the giveaway is Summer Soiree'.  I'm LOVING these items... the colors, the patterns. They are perfect for hosting a fun summer party! :)
To kick it off,
I have created a custom flip flop invite set (10); matching Surfboard Thank You cards (10) and coordinating cupcake toppers/favor tags (12)! The invites will be personalized for you when you're ready to host your shindig! I am also offering a $15 shop credit to my Etsy store! Feel free to use it on a custom item, additional items to match the Summer Soiree' Collection or something that is currently listed in the shop!

Daiane, from PaperPartiesBoutique has offered up waterproof water bottle labels (10) & a super cute Summer Soiree' Door sign to let the guests know it's party time! :)

My idol, no- really, Jill from Peas&Thank Yous has been SO kind to donate this GORGEOUS Aloha banner to welcome all of your guests! I cannot get over how adorable it is!!
Claudia of TiniPosh has offered up the most ADORABLE Surfer Girl personalized gable boxes- excellent for party favors!! Claudia also runs TiniDivas... adorable stuff for your Tini Diva ;) Check her out!
TiniPosh: Etsy . Facebook . Blog    TiniDivas: Etsy  
Need a favor for your boxes?! Rebecca of Little Paper Boutique has donated a set of 8 matchbook style notepads! About them: Each notepad has 15 sheets of paper that measure 2.5" x 2.5". The notepad itself is 3.25" x 3.5". There are 4 lime green, 2 pool blue, and 2 hot pink included in this set. How perfect!

Ever surfer girl needs the PERFECT accessories for her Summer Soiree'...This is where the talented Adriane of Kaliah Designs comes in! These adorable hair pins are a brand NEW item to her shop and we are getting the first peak! SO cute!! What you'll get: A set of three brightly colored floral cabochons that are adhered to silver bobby pins.
And really, what would a summer party be without some amazing goodies?! Sara of Dandy Delights is offering up ONE DOZEN of her AMAZING shortbread cookies. She has an yummy NEW flavor, lime shortbread, just in time for a summer party and as a compliment to a margarita! ;) She has offered to do a custom cookie to coordinate with the Summer Soiree' prize pack OR any other design of your choice! Sara does amazing work and she is my go-to cookie lady for my OWN parties!!
  WOW!! What an amazing prize package! Someone is going to have the most excellent
Summer Soiree' & a LOT of fun
"thinking spring" with the stationary set!

Will it be YOU?!

Here is how you can enter:
You get ONE entry for leaving a comment here telling me about the Soiree' you would throw!
You MUST leave this comment to be eligible to win!

Then, leave ONE extra entry for EACH of the following:
"Like" Stampin' Fanatic! on Facebook

Next... have the chance to get up to SEVEN more entries (leave ONE comment for each "like")
"Like" Eye Candy Event Details on Facebook
"Like" Paper Parties Boutique on Facebook
"Like" Peas&Thank Yous on Facebook
"Like" TiniPosh on Facebook
"Like" Little Paper Boutique on Facebook
"Like" Kaliah Designs on Facebook
"Like" Dandy Delights on Facebook
(please note: if you already "like" any of these pages , be sure to leave your comment telling me that, as well!)

So... you have up to TEN chances to enter and TEN chances to win!!

PLEASE- include your e-mail address in EACH entry so that I can contact you when you win ;)

The giveaway will run from Friday, April 8th at 9am THRU Midnight, Tuesday April 12th. The winner will be chosen using I will post the winner here and on my FB page on Wednesday AM. The winner will have 24 hours to contact me or forfeit the prize and I will re-draw!
A side note: Please be fair- only enter if you will USE the prize being offered. The chosen winner's comments will be reviewed to make sure the entry for which they won was completed, so don't cheat! And, please be REAL. If you make up a fake FB page for the sole purpose of entering the contest, I can disqualify you at my discretion. And, please oh please, stop by the ladies pages above and actually say HI, check out their work and give them some props. They are SO talented and SO kind for helping me out! :) I'm SO lucky to have them as my friends!! :)

Now: Go... Enter... and GOOD luck!!

Any ?'s... Please e-mail me!