Friday, February 24, 2012

{Friday Freebie} Oscar Viewing Party Swag Bag

YAY! I'm getting so excited for my Oscar Viewing party on Sunday and wanted to share my excitement by doing a giveaway.  I will be sending my guests home with a swag bag of goodies and I have an extra bag for a lucky reader!!!!!

My Oscar Viewing Party Swag Bag includes:

A charming Oriental fabric satchel
Ribbon Flower Headband
Udderly Smooth Hand Cream
Essie Nail Polish
EOS Lip Balm
Martha Stewart Flourish Kraft and Chalkboard Labels
$25 Gift Certificate from LaBelle Parties
Favor Boxes from Alison Lawson Cakes
Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Dreams 'Celebration' Party to Go (not even in my shop yet!!!!)

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment and let us know who you think will win the Oscar for Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Movie!  Giveaway ends on February 29th and the winners will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, March 2; be sure check back to see if you've won and GOOD LUCK!!!!

UPDATE - Clearly my rules for giveaways suck - considering after the Oscars we will know who the winners are, there would be no need to guess.  So, simply leaving a comment will qualify you to win and you're still more than welcome to leave your predictions for the best actor, actress and movie before they're announced.  The contest will still end on Feb. 29 and the winner will be announced on March 2nd.   Thank you in advance for understanding my DUH moment :)

(Excluding items from LaBelle Parties and Alison Lawson Cakes, the items included in the giveaway are from my own personal stash of freebies!)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

{MG Party Impressions} Oscar View Party Sneak Peek

Here is a little sneak peek at my Oscar Viewing Party over at MG Party Impressions!

Read more about this party and get inspired over at my featured post on MG Party Impressions.  You can also find the printable party kit in my Etsy shop.

Black History Fact 
Halle Berry 

Halle Berry is an American actress and a former fashion model. Berry received an Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG, and an NAACP Image Award for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and won an Academy Award for Best Actress and was nominated for a BAFTA Award in 2001 for her performance in Monster's Ball, becoming the first and, as of 2011, only woman of African American descent to have won the award for Best Actress. 

She is one of the most highly paid actresses in Hollywood and also a Revlon spokeswoman. 
She has been involved in the production side of several of the films in which she performed.  


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

{Pin-tastic Tuesday} Oscar Inspiration

Just working on a few things for this year's Oscar Viewing Party - can you guess the theme????

Did you figure it out????  It's Old Hollywood Glamour!!!!  

I'll gather some of my best gals in my living room with niblin's and cocktails and we'll vote on who we think will win and play some Oscar Bingo.  Check out my Oscar Party Inspiration Board on Pinterest  to keep an eye on all the ideas I come up with for Sunday's bash!

Keep posted this week for more Oscar party details & inspiration & giveaways!!!!

Today's Black History Fact

Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965) was an American actress and popular singer, and was the first African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.[1] She performed as a vocalist in venues such as the Cotton Club and the Apollo Theater.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

{Whatever Wednesday} PSMIYO Sundry Challenge

Last week I entered the PSMIYO Sundry Challenge where the participants had to take five sundry items found around the house (brown rice, lemons, chocolate, toilet paper and candles) and set up a romantic evening tablescape.  Although I didn't win,  :\ I did have fun setting this 'table' up.  In any case, I wanted to share the photos with you.

There are tons of candles in my house and I wanted to use the lemons to dress them up.  I hot glued dried lemons around a pillar candle, I created a paper rosette and added a glitter heart sticker, another dried lemon slice and a blingy heart for a candle in a jar.  I created the lemon candle holders by hollowing out a lemon and added a tea light candle.  Then placed them on glass candle holders with ribbon.  For a bit of sparkle and bling, I added a glitter heart using double-sided tape and MS Garnet glitter.

 The banner was made using letters I cut from patterned paper and attached to a ribbon to create the garland. The topiary centerpieces were re-purposed from my Princess and the Frog parties and to stick to rules of the challenge I added dried lemon rounds to the base.  

I had no idea what to do with the toilet paper and eventually came up with roses.  I used Uncle Ben's brown rice to anchor the toilet paper roses and hot glued the buds to stripey straws.  The other boxes, place mats, cut out glitter sentiment were all from my party stash and were dollar finds at Target and The Christmas Tree Shops.  

For the chocolate element I placed a Hershey's Chocolate bar wrapped with scrapbook paper, a heart doily, a glitter heart sticker and ribbon on the dinner plate to finish everything off!

Check out the winner's tablescape at PSMIYO - it's really fabulous!

{Today's Black History Fact}

New Jersey begins to abolish slavery
February 15, 1804
The New Jersey Legislature approved a law calling for "gradual" emancipation of African Americans. In so doing, New Jersey became the last Northern state to outlaw slavery. 


Thursday, February 9, 2012

{Thursday Inspiration} Valentine's Day Round-Up #2

Yay!  It's my second Valentine's Day Round-up!!!!  I just love all of these wonderful creations that my DiD friends and other fave bloggers have shared.

What little sweetheart wouldn't love these adorable felt heart barrettes from the Purl Bee?

These scratch off Valentine's by fellow DiD'er Lindsay from Easy-Made Invitations are THE MOST!  She's got an easy tutorial on how to create your own.

The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle's Callye, has the most amazing cookie art EVAH....I love her style!  These simple dotty Valentine's cookies are so bright and cheery.  LOVES 'EM!

This Be Mine Valentine's collection by Bella Grey Designs makes me wanna press the cute button over and over!

Show your child's appreciation with this adorable teacher's Valentine by Home Confetti.

Valentine's cocktails or breakfast in bed would look lovely served on this fancy tray by Debbie from Party Patisserie

You can vote for Debbie's tray in this contest

Send a love note to your Valentine with these chevron cards by Valerie from Greyson Designs

Moodylicious-ly fun Valentine's party from children's spa product extraordinaire, Christina DeJesus!

These chocolate brownies by Bernice from Betty Bake just ooooooze sweet love!  YUM!

Photo Credit: Bernice Griffiths

I just adore this very romantic tablescape by Sandra from Sweet Sensations.

Mary from Special Occasion Design is really 'on the ball' with this beautiful rose pomander creation!

Thanks for reading and I hope you were inspired to create something lovely & romantic!

Monday, February 6, 2012

{Superbowl Party 'Recap'} Defeated

Ya know......I really thought we were gonna do it again.....but it didn't happen.....I'm so upset about the Pats losing to the NY Giants.  I talked so much smack....oh well, another one bites the dust.  I really  feel sad.....much like the Superbowl Party centerpiece my kids destroyed before I could ever take pictures of it.....


Because I'm a control freak and tried not to, this year I let my daughter help me with the decorations for the party.  She was too happy to help mommy cut and fold things.  She told me she was very good at cutting and was really cute....check out her handiwork!

Here's to me thinking I could really talk my daughter out of  helping me set up for 'the big party'.....Defeated.

I used the free printables that I made for the party and really didn't do much decorating because I was busy working on customer orders and making all of this food......
.....only to get seven phone calls from people saying they wouldn't be able to make it.  Pocketbook Defeated......

We made a yummy chocolate cake too and decorated it with sprinkles and toppings just before the half-time show....but it didn't even make it to the table before it was gone....Defeated.....

Even with that, it actually was a good time to be had by all (remaining seven of us).  Although my Pats did not win, as a native New Yorker (and still a closet fan), I am happy for the Giants!  Good game guys!

On another note, I can't let another day this month go by without recognizing the importance of Black History Month.  I'll add a historical fact about an African-American at the end of each post this month as 'Today in Black History.'  Please check out today's historical fact!

Today in Black History  - The Mayflower of Liberia

The first organized emigration back to Africa begins when 86 free African Americans leave New York Harbor aboard the Mayflower of Liberia. They are bound for the British colony of Sierra Leone, which welcomes free African Americans as well as fugitive slaves. Source (winning!)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

{Party Printables} Superbowl XLVI Freebie

There's a lot of activity going on in my house right now, we've got cleaning and prepping going on because we are getting ready for The Big Game (and a ladies night spa party, tonight....more about that next week). But I had a few minutes this morning to work on some FREE Superbowl printables that I wanted to share with you. Since the best team ever is in the Superbowl AGAIN I am very excited about getting this party underway!

I basically used the same design as last year's party and changed the colors and pattern for this year's teams.   The printable set comes with pennant flags, cupcake toppers, food/straw flags, tented food cards, table signs, square centerpiece signs, cupcake wrappers, water bottle wraps, fry/snack boxes

I hope you enjoy the printables and if you don't already know, The New England Patriots will win :) How are you getting ready for the Superbowl???? Who are you cheering for???? Are you just as excited to see Madonna get her groove on at half time as I am???? YAY!!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

{Thursday Inspiration} Valentine's Day Round-Up #1

{I know, I know.... it's Friday, but I had a really rough day yesterday and didn't get to do my post. So, I'm doing it today.}

There are soooo many fabulous Valentine creations and parties by my blogging buddies that I thought a Valentine's Day Round-Up was in order.  I'll  also have a series of round-up posts over the next few days so, be sure to check back often for more. Below are a few of my favorites thus far!

I just gotta love Pia from Cake Pop Fusion. She's participated in one of my bloggerversary giveaways and is a sweet blog buddy. I love the rose cake pop that she created.  It makes a perfect romantic Valentine, don't ya think?

Next up is Jennifer, from Double the Fun Parties with an adorable Sweetheart party that she created with  Kathy, from Tickled Peach Studios.  I can't tell ya what I like best about the party because it's all just so darn cute!

This Valentine's Day Spa Party was created by Christina, from Moodylicious Children's Spa and Christy from Itsy Belle.   What little girl wouldn't love to get her friends together a Valentine's spa day?

This Pixie Stix Valentine is sugary sweet by Emma, from My Creative Time who made this Valentine using craft tools from her own line of fabulous dies and stamp sets.   I love my paper crafts and this one here, is so fun!  

A woman who I immensely adore is Miss V!  Vanessa Valencia, from A Fanciful Twist.  I heart her whimsical and enchanted illustrations and artwork and completely fell in love with her when she sent my babies giant marshmallows.  I've even participated in some of her wild parties and she's celebrated my birthday with me!  So, I'd be remiss not to include her in my round-up after seeing these adorable printables she created this year for Valentine's Day.  

Valentines 3

If you're looking for more Valentine's Day Inspiration be sure to check back next week for another round-up!

Thanks for reading!!!

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