Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Celebrate National Llama Day

Disclosure: Thank you to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring this post. Product and/or compensation was provided to me to share my ideas and tips, however, all opinions are fully my own. #GiftThemJoy #ad #worldmarkettribe'll want to read this entire post....because you're about to embark on major....I mean MAJOR Llama fun.  

National Llama Day Details

I don't know if you can tell, but there's been a lot of LLAMA love to be had in my world lately.  I've definitely been in a Fa-la-la-llama mood and I'm crazy excited to be partnering with Cost Plus World Market to Celebrate National Llama  Day on Saturday, December 9th for a really fun in-store event.

IT’S BACK! Golden Llama Treasure Hunt

Ya'll it's back on!  The Golden Llama Treasure Hunt was so successful last month that Cost Plus World Market is bringing it back just in time for CHRISTMAS!!! 

Find a one of the 5 Golden Llamas in-store and receive coupon valued at $100 on 12/9/17 only.

 How to play:
       On Saturday December 9th, your local Cost Plus World Market store will hide 5 Golden Llama pieces throughout the store.
       They’ll share the daily clue in-store, via email and on their social media channels. Use the clue to help you find a Golden Llama and you could receive a reward.
       Locate (1) Golden Llama piece and bring it to the nearest store associate to exchange for a reward coupon valued at 100 on 12/9/17. Reward is valid only on the day it is awarded.

*Limit one (1) reward per person throughout the Promotion Period, regardless of store location(s) visited. EMPLOYEES NOT ELIGIBLE. See Terms of Participation for complete details.

For full rules please visit:

Lotta Llama Love Photo Contest

You Could WIN one of TEN $500 World Market Gift Cards.

How to Enter
       Take a photo with our llama
       Post the photo on Instagram, Twitter or on Facebook at
       Include #LottaLlamaLove and #WMEntry in the description

For full rules please visit:

But wait......HOLD ON TO YOUR LLAMA'S......because there's more....c
heck it....I will be at the PENTAGON ROW Cost Plus World Market serving up sweet delicious Llama Dulce de Leche White Hot Chocolate FREE to customers from 1 to 3 pm (while supplies last)  HOW FUN IS THAT? 

This amazing Llama Dulce de Leche White Hot Chocolate beverage was 
created by Vanessa Coppola of

I am crazy excited to be participating in this event and meeting folks....and it won't hurt that I will be at Cost Plus World Market, because #shopping and #Christmas.   You may or may not have seen all the fabulous Llama stuff they have.  I'm sure I will be grabbing a few Llama stationery items for my planner,  and one or two 
Llama Ornaments to hang up on my tree!  So come on out on Saturday between 1 to 3pm, let's take some selfies, drink some cocoa, shop a little and have lotsa Llama fun!

Head over the event page here to find a participating store near you.....and you didn't hear this from me....but SOME stores will even have LIVE LLAMAS for you to take your selfie with!  (WHAAAAT?)  So, now you REALLY have to go, right?  LOL (yes....yes, you do) and bring the kiddos with you because we will have some fun coloring activity print outs for them and love a 
delicious cup of cocoa!!!

For all my DC/MD/VA peeps - I hope to see you at the in-store event!  If you aren't in the DC/MD/VA area,fret not, you can 
visit your local Cost Plus World Market for a chance to get in on some LLama fun.


Visit me @cwbdparties on InstagramFacebookTwitter and Pinterest and tag me AND @worldmarket if you are at the PENTAGON ROW store this weekend!

Monday, November 27, 2017

My Etsy Shop Cyber Monday Deal

Hi  friends!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! 

I have a funny little story to share......The weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, my poor son was just so DONE with all the attention placed on Christmas.  He kept stating that no one cares about Thanksgiving and that it was a time for family and good food.  He was really serious about it and right on so many levels.  Bless his sweet little heart for valuing the purpose of Thanksgiving.

Of course, as any good mother, I empathized with him, gave him big hugs and mommy kisses and told him he was right; family is really important and we should make Thanksgiving just as important as Christmas!  Secretly, deep down inside  my crafty brain, I was making snow angels, constructing a Christmas village out of empty milk cartons, baking gingerbread cookies, decorating the tree, watching A Christmas Story and wrapping gifts....because after Halloween, Christmas is my most favorite holiday! 

I'm so excited to start celebrating the holiday, that I'm doing something I've NEVER done before and having a CYBER MONDAY sale in my Etsy shop for a WHOLE WEEK!  I have oodles of fun holiday themed decor and printables that I will be releasing over the next few days and I'm hoping that you'll pop over to my Etsy shop and check things out. 

No special coupon is needed - any purchase over $30 will receive an automatic 15% off!

Here are some of my handmade shop items that are perfect for your holiday day home and festivities!

Scandinavian/Nordic Tome Santa Claus Ornament

Remember, I'll be releasing new products and special offers throughout the week!  So, be sure to pop over for more holiday fun!

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

How to Host a Friendsgiving Dinner

Thank you to Oriental Trading Company for sponsoring this post. Product and/or compensation was provided to me to share my ideas and tips, however, all opinions are fully my own. 

Thanksgiving is literally a few short days away and you may find yourself looking for last minute ideas for hosting a small gathering of friends....also known as a Friendsgiving. 

A Friendsgiving is a great way to host your friends for the Thanksgiving holiday, but you don't have to break the bank or do a lot of work to get ready - especially with my easy and affordable tips for setting a beautiful tablescape and preparing a delicious meal.  Below are some ideas and tips that I have on how to pull together a quick tablescape and meal for your closest pals.

Thanksgiving, Dinner, Holiday, Entertaining

With the right combination of decorative pieces, you can create a beautiful tablescape  that looks like you put in a ton of work....(but you really didn't)....I used a 
gold shimmer burlap table runner, a faux boxwood garland, mirror glass votives and metallic string placemats as the foundation of tablescape.  Using the votives creates a very intimate space and provides an extra element of lighting.  Spacing out votive candles with autumnal elements, like decorative pumpkins, down the center of your table, you can create perfectly natural looking centerpiece that will certainly wow your guests. 

Little details like
 burlap bows hot glued to the ends of the runner add another level of dimension to a simple decorative piece.  I just love, love, love mixing elegant pieces with more casual pieces and the combination of metallics and burlap completes this look perfectly.

Make it easy for guests to find their place at the table.  I painted wood cut gourds gold and white and wrote down the names of my special friends.   This is a simple DIY and if you add a magnet to the back of the place cards, your guests can take them home to attach to their fridge or magnet board as an instant thank you gift!

Instead of florals, I used a faux boxwood garland to fill in the middle of the table along with decorative pumpkins from my fall decor stash.  There is so much you can do with a few decorative pieces.  Keeping special occasional dinnerware on hand will always come in handy.  

These 'Thank You' gift tags make perfect napkin rings.  I plucked a few pieces from the garland to bring in some of the greens to my linen napkins I already had on hand.  

Place a wall sign or framed quote out to remind your closest friends how much they truly mean to you and how thankful you are for their friendship!

If you need an affordable idea for feeding your guests, my quick and easy tip for preparing a Friendsgiving meal is to keep it super simple. 

I went to my local Aldi and Trader Joe's and found a full meal to feed 4-6 people for less than $35.  Trader Joe's had a Turkey En Croute with cranberry sauce and gravy for $12.99!  That's a major score.  I also found frozen green beans and pearl onions, and frozen sweet potatoes...I doctored the side dishes up with spices and herbs and turned out a delicious meal!  I was even able to find mini pies from Aldi that were a perfect treat for dessert.

What makes this idea THE BEST is that there is very little clean up and the time to prep and cook everything was less than two hours!

Pulling together a last minute Friendsgiving is totally doable.  Just remember my tips when  setting it up:

  • Simple decor can go a long way, a few elegant pieces mixed in with casual everyday tableware and linens will give you a stunning tablescape.  
  • Dress up your place settings with cloth napkins, thank you tags and a few botanical sprigs (faux or real).  
  • Make gifts serve a dual purpose by personalizing take home name cards....they'll mean a lot to your besties because you made them (and they take no time at all to make). 
  • Make meal prep effortless with heat and go dishes that you can easily flavor with flair!


Thanks again to Oriental Trading for always providing festive elements for my holiday entertaining ideas! 

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