What we did today

And, it was good.



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Tell me about Mother’s Day Weekend!

I had a busy, busy Mom’s day weekend. It was wonderful, but it kept me away from my keyboard. I have lots of fun posts coming this week. In the meantime- tell me about your weekend! I wanna know all the fun details- breakfast in bed? Brunch with the fam? Outdoor BBQ? Dinner at a restaurant? Pretty gifts? Lots of snuggles? I want to hear all about it! Links to your blog posts about it work as well!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, mother-in-law, grandma, and all the other wonderful moms out there! This year was my first mother’s day…and, let me say that this year I discovered how amazing each and everyone of you are! Being a mom has been the most challenging and rewarding thing I’ve done yet in my life. Thank you to all of you moms!



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Happy Friday—A Well Crafted Week

Today is Friday! 
Which means I am heading to work in a few minutes and most other people are leaving work for a fun weekend in a few moments. If you go out this weekend be nice to your bartender/server! 
Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!
Week of Posts in Review:
Cocktail Recipe: Elderflower Sparkler—great for a special mom’s day treat!
C.R.A.F.T. Pal Gift Exchange— You might get an idea for a quick and easy mom’s day gift!
Pretty Summer Tablescape Pt. 2— Some inspiration for a beautiful mom’s day table.
Pink & Orange Summer Tablescape — I like these colors together.
A Well Crafted Party Etsy Shop— Come by the shop and get 10% off of your order in honor of the grand opening! Use the code GRNDOPN10 for your discount. Discount ends at midnight May 20! 
(Oh, and the first order is going to have a special surprise in it… will it be your order!?)
Other news: Only one more week to be entered in the SWAG Bag giveaway!
I also write at Leave the Laundry for Later: 
Read about X’s playdate with Pearl,
all the fun I had last weekend, and the start of a series on the legal side of blogging.
Have a beautiful weekend!

Cocktail Recipe: Elderflower Sparkler

 I had a lot of fun with the drinks for the Portland Blogger’s April meet-up.
The  Elderflower Sparkler is SUPER easy to make and ridiculously delicious.

Playdate with Pearl

X held hands with a girl today.



He hung out with his bloggy friend, Pearl. It’s wonderful to have met so many amazing people through blogging (and instagram) that also have kiddos near X’s age.
When we got pregnant we were overjoyed at the thought of having a kiddo…but, sad he wouldn’t have other kiddos to be around.
Kira, Pearl’s mom and writer of Rain OR Shine, was one of the first Portland bloggers to reach out to me. Just so happens that Pearl came along just a little bit after X. It has been a blast getting to see her grow up (via instagram, blogs, and play-dates) alongside my little guy. And, it is great to have another new mom to talk to about baby problems, frustrations, joys, and questions.



I can’t wait for the next Play-date!
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CRAFT Pal Exchange April

This past month (April) I participated in the C.R.A.F.T. Pal package exchange. I had so much fun when I participated this past February that I signed up again.

This month my pal was Cindy from CinSarah blog and Blessed Design Studio. She sent me this lovely package:



She sent me tissue paper, painted clothespins, a lovely necklace, cute scrapbook accessories, pink & white straws, and a cute print from her etsy shop!



The print up on my mantel at home.

Here is what I sent her:



I was obviously in a party supply creating mood. I sent her a hand-sewn banner, rose cupcake toppers, and hand-lettered invitations for a future event. It was a lot of fun to send!

The C.R.A.F.T. (creating really awesome free things) package exchange is hosted every other month. Sign up over HERE!
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Weekend Update: Stylin and Sunshine

I’m too tired to write much today. 
It was a wonderful weekend. 
Friday night I worked and had a pretty great evening.
Saturday was a grey day, but the overcast was wonderful for my photo shoot. 
Sunday I worked at the bar during the day…. 
but, it was so sunny outside that no one wanted to come inside to eat pasta and drink wine.
It was a very slow day. 
That evening I was able to enjoy the sunshine though as friends came over to join us for a 40th birthday dinner. We had steak, chicken, veggies, and more yumminess out on the grill. 
And, Monday I opened my Etsy store
It was a good weekend. 
How was your weekend? 
Do anything fun!?
Here is some photographic proof of the fun weekend I had:

Pretty Summer Tablescape Pt. 2

Over the weekend I made two summer tablescapes to shoot for my new Etsy store. 
The second has emphasis on bright yellow, green, and orange.
I think this would also make a lovely Mother’s Day or even graduation day brunch. 

Sources:
Yellow Fringe Cupcake Toppers—A Well Crafted Party 
Orange Fringe Banner— A Well Crafted Party
Hand Painted Votive Holders— A Well Crafted Party
Hand Painted Vases—A Well Crafted Party
Table Cloth— A Vintage Sheet I picked up at an estate sale for $0.50!
Flowers—Trader Joes
Cupcakes from The Dessert Tray a Beaverton, OR Bakery

Pink and Orange Summer Tablescape

I love a pretty table.

These colors scream summer to me. 
I think this would make a lovely Mother’s Day tablescape. 

Sources:
Flag Banner— A Well Crafted Party Etsy
Fringe Banner— A Well Crafted Party Etsy
Rose Cupcake Topper—A Well Crafted Party Etsy
Votive Candle Holders— A Well Crafted Party Etsy
Hand Painted Round Vase—A Well Crafted Party Etsy
Hand Painted Cylinder Vase—A Well Crafted Party Etsy
Pink & White Straws were a gift… 
but, you can find some at The Sugar Diva
Gradient Bowls—Target
Cupcakes from a Beaverton, Oregon bakery called The Dessert Tray
White frame from Ikea
Flowers from Trader Joes

A Well Crafted Party Etsy Shop

The day I started this blog it was with the intention of opening my own party supply shop.
And, now, I’ve done it! 
“A Well Crafted Party” Party Supply Shop is Now Open for Business!

I spent the weekend working on a photo shoot to showcase the products. I really cannot contain my excitement. The photos turned out really beautiful.

So, check out the shop for custom and ready-made party supplies!
And, check back later today to see the photos from the product photo shoot.

Oh, and by the by…
Use the coupon code GRNDOPN10
 for 10% off of your order! 

Happy Birthday A Well Crafted Party

My little blog turned two on April 26, 2012. 
Happy Birthday!
In honor of the blog’s second birthday and the recent Portland Blogger’s Meet-Up
 I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY. 
We all like those… right?
The gift to be given is a gift bag package similar to what the Portland Blogger’s got at the last Portland Blogger Meet-Up.  All the bloggers in attendance received wonderful swag bags filled with goodies from Sponsors of the event. You can get one of those swag bags as well!
Flowers and Macaroons not included in giveaway
The Winner will receive a gift card from Nuvrei

 Cupcake toppers from A Well Crafted Party

Winner will receive a sampling of products from Blue Strawberry Scent

A Felt Mushroom from Meme & Saysay

Lipstick from Radiant Cosmetic
You can get up to ten entries into this giveaway!
Anyone in the US are eligible to win this giveaway due to shipping costs.
If the winner does not live in the Portland, Oregon area they will receive items in place of the Nurvrei giftcard. This giveaway is not sponsored by the above companies.
The companies gave items to the Portland Blogger’s meet-up and the extras were gathered to share with you so that you can be introduced to their great products.
Five of the additional entries can be obtained by visiting the above companies on their
Facebook pages and “Liking” them! 
Nuvrei
Blue Strawberry Scents
Meemee&Saysay
Radiant Cosmetics
A Well Crafted Party
Giveaway ends on May 19!

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Hair Pulling

My son is a hair puller. He loves the way hair feels in his hands. He sometimes really yanks…but, sometimes he is so sweet and gentle about it. Just recently he has begun pulling at his own hair while nursing. He doesn’t have much hair so he keeps pulling the tuft of hair at the back of his head. Im stuck between finding it adorable and worrying that he’ll pull out his hair!
Anyone else have a hair puller?

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Spring Pamper Party

Summer is coming right around the corner. 
That means it is time to get ready for sandals, sundresses, tank tops, shorts, and bathing suits.
One of my favorite things to do in the spring is to gather together a bunch of my girl friends for a girls night in of pampering. Shape up the nails, soften the peds, do some facials or makeovers. Toss in some light snacks and fun cocktails and it is a party! 
Some ideas for a Spring Pamper Party:
Drinks
Cucumber Water
Hot or iced Tea (green tea or maybe a flavored black tea)
 
photo via Sam Rosen

Food
Cucumber Sandwiches (or other Tea Sandwiches)
Fruit and Veggie Trays 
Asparagus (the perfect spring veggie in my opinion)


Decor & Atmosphere
Fresh Flowers
Scented Candles
White Fluffy Towels
Soft, Calming Music
Activities
Manicures
Pedicures
Makeovers/Facials


Favors
Soaps
Scrubs
Candles
Nail Polishes
Towels
Photo of Fragrant Sea Salt and Herb Bath Soaks via Blue Strawberry Scents
I think the that the secret to any good Spring party is to utilize the freshness of the season.
Use fresh herbs, tasty spring veggies, and seasonal flowers. 
 What is your favorite way to celebrate during the Spring months?

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