Featured On: Being Frugal

Check out my guest post today that is featured on Being Frugal and Making it Work! I wrote a few frugal party tips that I use and love.

Three Frugal Party Tips on Being Frugal and Making it Work

Three Frugal Party Tips on Being Frugal and Making it Work

 

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What I’m Loving: Tongue in Cheek Period Party

I’ve been a fan of The Period Store since I first saw it hit the web. SUCH a great idea— Order your monthly products and get some cool art, tea, and meds along with it. I now like the store even more after seeing this awesome “Period Party.” The whole thing was very tongue in cheek and outrageous. My favorite kind of party. I would have been laughing the whole way through!

Menstruation Celebration from the Period Store

Check out the Menstruation Celebration from The Period Store. Photo Used with Permission. (Please Pin from the Original Source)

Period Store Party

“Kiss me, I Gave Blood This Month.” BAHAHAHA.

Check out the Period Store:

The Period Store is  a new sort of “box” program that allows you to pick out your favorite brands of period products (pads, tampons, menstrual cups, etc.) and they will arrive just in time for Aunt Flo’s visit along with a pretty art print, chocolate, tea, and medicine packs. GENIUS, I tell you! The prices are similar to what you’d be spending in the store and now you don’t have to remember to put them on your shopping list each month. Check out The Period Store website or find them on social media: twitter | facebook | instagram. Oh, and seriously, follow their blog The Periodical (funny, right?) for awesome articles.
This is not a sponsored post… I just really like this idea and this party!

Snapshots: Portland Bloggers’ Family Picnic

Today was a LONG day. But, man… was it fun! We had our Portland Bloggers’ Family Picnic today. Sunshine, friends, good food, and blogging… sort of my favorite things wrapped up in one! I’ll be back a different day sharing some of the professional photos that Macey of Motormouth Studios shot, but I wanted to share a glimpse into today! Photos are iPhone photos via my Instagram, the Portland Bloggers’ Instagram, and the Portland Bloggers’ Facebook Page.

We unveiled the new Portland Bloggers' logo at today's event. I so dig it. Carly J. Cais designed this awesomesauce logo for us.

We unveiled the new Portland Bloggers’ logo at today’s event. I so dig it. Carly J. Cais designed this awesomesauce logo for us.

Isn't it so great!?

Isn’t it so great!?

My kiddo really, really liked the balloons.

My kiddo really, really liked the balloons.

My yummy picnic food... recipe coming to the blog SOON!

My yummy picnic food… recipe coming to the blog SOON!

Bee (The Spicy Bee) and Me getting in at least one photo together!

Bee (The Spicy Bee) and Me getting in at least one photo together!

The kiddo was worn out after the picnic. Heck, I was worn out after the picnic. We both looked a  little like this when we got home. Hopefully my feet weren't quite as dirty!

The kiddo was worn out after the picnic. Heck, I was worn out after the picnic. We both looked a little like this when we got home. Hopefully my feet weren’t quite as dirty!

 

 

 

 

 

Picnic Week: Favorite Picnic Posts Round Up

Picnic Week on A Well Crafted Party

 

In honor of this weekend’s Portland Bloggers’ Family Picnic I decided to make it Picnic Week here on the blog. Use the ideas gathered here to create a fun Summer time picnic at home or, if you are in Portland, bring your newly found ideas to the meet-up! I’ve already shared my favorite picnic supplies and a quick pasta salad recipe, there is so much more coming though! So, pop back in throughout the week for more picnic goodness.


My Favorite Picnic Posts

photos via: BashPlease.Com featured on Design Sponge / How to Wear DIY from Adventures in Dressmaking / Butcher Paper Picnic Basics from Oh Happy Day! /Ombre Picnic Blanket from Design Love Fest / Italian Pressed Sandwiches from A Well Crafted Party / Sweet Potato Chips from A Beautiful Mess

My Favorite Picnic Posts Round-Up

I’m not the first, nor will I be the last, to post lots of pretty pictures and great ideas about picnics. Below is a list of some of my favorite picnic themed posts found across the internets. Can’t get enough picnic goodness? Then follow along with my Picnic Pinterest Board for more inspiration as I come across it.

Pretty Picnics to Inspire

DIY Picnic Projects

What to Wear to a Picnic

  • My friend Suzannah has written a few posts with ideas of what to wear to a picnic. I love her styling of this DIY gingham dress. She also recently wrote a whole post with a TON of ideas of DIY picnic wearables
  • You want to be comfortable, yet cute, at a Summer picnic where cameras are coming out… this simple bright yellow dress combo is perfect for a picnic.
  • Hats are a fabulous for protecting skin and giving a sweet, relaxed vibe to a well-chosen outfit. Love this look from The Sweetest Occasion.
  • While I think dresses at picnics are adorable… sometimes, they just aren’t very practical! I love this cute shorts and tank outfit.
  • What will I be wearing to this weekend’s picnic? I’ll probably do similar to last year’s picnic and wear a maxi dress.

Picnic Food

Whoa! That was a lot of picnic fun… Now I’ve gotta go get to work on prepping items for the Portland Bloggers’ picnic. I have no idea WHAT I am bringing after checking out all the fun inspiration on this list one more time.

Tell me about YOUR favorite picnic experience!

It’s Picnic Week: My Favorite Picnic Supplies

 

Picnic Week on A Well Crafted Party

In honor of the Portland Bloggers’ Family Picnic happening this weekend I wanted to feature a post about picnics. My love for picnics and my ideas for picnic-related posts covered an entire sheet of brainstorming paper though, so instead of ONE post, I’m posting several throughout the week! You’ll see ideas for creating beautiful picnics, picnic supplies, picnic clothing ideas, picnic-ready recipes, some free picnic printables and MORE. Are you as excited as I am? ;-)


To get the party started I wanted to share some of my favorite picnic supplies out there ready for your next picnic. I like to mix some handmade items with store bought, and vintage with modern to really set the scene for the perfect picnic. Pictured below are a selection of store bought items that I think could really put together a very pleasant picnic. Throw in some items of your own, make a few selections, and pick up one or two of these fun picnic supplies to put on a perfect Summer picnic.

Supplies for a Pleasant Picnic

Picnic Supplies for a Pleasant Summer Picnic

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  1. Water resistant backed picnic blanket (You can also make your own… check out later this week to learn how!)
  2. A cooler of some sort. You can try just a regular everyday cooler like this one from Coleman, or a cool collapsable tote (pictured above).
  3. Wine Key— I’ve always been a fan of the traditional waiter’s wine key that has a foil cutter, corkscrew, and bottle opener all in one cool too. This lime green one needs to find its way into my cupboard!
  4. Cups and Plates— Picnics are a great time to bring out the outdoor dinnerware and use them instead of throwing away a lot of trash. This is especially great when picnicking somewhere that doesn’t have available trash containers. Campware tableware sets are great for picnics. I’m also a huge fan of these cute melamine plates and cups that look like the disposable kinds. My favorite type though are the ultra pretty ones, like the dinnerware pictured above from Waverly, that can bring a little cuteness to the practicalness of a picnic spread.
  5. A few throw pillows— this old lady can’t sit on the ground without a little cushion. I happen to love the pictured throw pillows because they are totally outdoor friendly!
  6. Great reusable containers to carry delish food and drinks in. While I love the above food storage containers from Kinetic, I’m a big fan of good old fashioned Kerr Jars or Ball Jars.

 

All in one picnic supplies

Okay, so you want something that is all in one and super portable? I LOVE my picnic backpack that has an insulated area, wine holder, plates, cups, etc. We got our backpack years ago… but, these packs look awesome as well: (The following links are affiliate links.)

  1. Picnic Time Malibu Insulated Cooler Picnic Tote, Service for 2
  2. Picnic Time Pioneer Picnic Basket, Moka— For the traditionalist who still wants to bring a basket to the picnic
  3. Picnic at Ascot Bold Lux Wine and Cheese Cooler(Perfect for when you just need the necessities— wine & cheese!)

What must-have item makes an appearance at all of YOUR Summer picnics?

 

 

Summer Entertaining Series: First Birthday Photo Booth Fun from Life By Lindsay

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers’ sharing her tips for a First Birthday Photo Booth. Please welcome Lindsay of Life By Lindsay to A Well Crafted Party!


When I started planning my daughters first birthday, I decided to take the risk that every Pacific Northwest Mom does: plan for a birthday party outside!!! Luckily the weather cooperated that day, and we had a full on BBQ in the back yard!

First Birthday Details

 

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Summer Entertaining Series: Last Minute Sides and Snacks from PDX Food Love

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers  sharing her favorite Summer Recipes. Please welcome Rebekah of PDXfoodlove.com  to A Well Crafted Party!


Last Minute Sides & Snacks Roundup

Hi readers of A Well Crafted Party! My name is Rebekah and I write the food blog PDXfoodlove.com. I love to post about cooking and entertaining at home, and seeing just how much I can do myself instead of purchase ready-made. I like to highlight local produce and sustainable food products, and encourage my readers to vote with their dollars for products that are kind to the environment.

Today I’m taking on a subject that seems easy to think about now, but can cause a panic if you are unprepared: last minute sides and snacks. It’s happened to all of us- we find out another couple is coming to the party, even though they didn’t RSVP – and you need to expand your menu in short order.

Or maybe you totally forgot about your friend’s barbecue… until an hour beforehand.

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Summer Entertaining Series: Summer Bar Cart from Sam Rosen

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers (& friends) sharing her favorite Summer Essentials. Please welcome Sam of Sam Rosen to A Well Crafted Party!


Hi everyone! Thanks to Jenni for having me! I usually blog about fashion and parties so I knew exactly what I would share when Jenni asked me to share with her readers. I am a big fan of the bar cart trend right now! It’s perfect if you don’t have room for a full bar in your house, it’s always party ready! If you’ve looked into buying a bar cart, you probably found a large amount of gorgeous carts that are extremely expensive! I suggest looking into thrift shops. I am lucky beyond words because this was my grandparents bar cart and when my grandma passed my dad made sure this bar cart got back to Oregon {from Florida} for me. I immediately started to fill it. I had most of this stuff already, just waiting for a bar cart. I am obviously a champagne drinker and eventually I’ll get a few more alcohols and bar accessories but until then, this is what I’m working with. I found most of these items thrifting, given to me by family. or at stores like Target/TJ Maxx/West Elm.

Tips for Creating a Summer Bar Cart

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Summer Entertaining Series: Summer Wedding Attire with Cup of Ting

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers’ sharing her advice for Summer wedding attire. Please welcome Ting from Cup of  Ting! This is especially relevant to me today as I don my own Wedding attire as I enjoy my sis-in-law’s wedding! 


Hi, I’m TING!  Jenni was sweet enough to invite me to share some sunny fun with you while she’s out getting her vacation on.  I suppose you might want to know a little about me, so here I go…

I play house for a living!  I’m a foodie who loves all things stripes + I still play dress up.  As a dancing queen + healthy lifestyle cheerleader, I read cookbooks in my spare time + am not your typical stay at home mom.  Come play with me sometime in this little blog world of mine called Cup of TING… giving you a sip of my Fashion, Food + Fun!

Now, summer is a coming + do you hear what I hear?  Oh yeah, it’s wedding bells, champagne bottles popping, cheers + laughter all around.  Here’s the age-old dilemma though… what to wear.  My go-to for any summer wedding is the classic Little Black Dress.  Here I’d like to share some options to jazz up YOUR little black dress attire.

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Featured: Farm to Table Fete on Eat Drink Pretty

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated my husband’s birthday with a Farm to Table inspired party. I shared some of the pretty details and recipes with Eat Drink Pretty and it is featured today!

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Summer Entertaining Series: Summer Essentials from Cupcakes & Cutlery

As part of my Summer Entertaining Series I’ve asked several of my favorite bloggers to share tips, parties, recipes, and ideas for great Summer parties. Today I’ve got one of my FAVORITE bloggers’ sharing her favorite Summer Essentials. Please welcome Sharon of Cupcakes & Cutlery to A Well Crafted Party!


Hi guys! I’m super excited to be contributing to A Well Crafted Party today! I’m from California so we can pretty much entertain outdoors all year long. My design style doesn’t vary that much by season. I generally gravitate towards a boho vibe and this summer is no different. These are my summer entertaining essentials:

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Summer Entertaining Series: Introduction

Today marks day one of my Summer vacation! If you couldn’t tell from the many Wedding Travel posts leading up to today… I’m traveling to a wedding! My lovely sister-in-law is getting married this upcoming weekend and I will be one of her bridesmaids. My  son will be the ring barrier and my husband (her brother) will be an usher. I’m so excited to get to take part in her big day. But, knowing that I’d be way too busy to consistently post I asked a few of my awesome blogging buddies if they wanted to contribute to a series on Summer Entertaining. The response was overwhelming and the posts are SO MUCH FUN! Can’t wait to share them with you…. but, I’m going to wait til tomorrow!

I just asked the guest bloggers to provide a post having to do with ANYTHING about Summer Entertaining. We have some fun recipes, entertaining essentials, real parties, and more. A big thank you to all of the participating blogs!

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Summer Wedding Travel Tips: Women’s Travel Ready Wedding Attire

Planning what to wear to a bevy of wedding events is difficult enough without adding in the extra challenges of limited space and weight restrictions. I’m one of those people that will get EVERYTHING to fit into one bag rather than pay for extra baggage fees. In order to still be prepared for looking the part at all the wedding events and still being able to pack light, I’ve come up with a list of rules that I need to apply to my wedding trip packing.

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Summer Wedding Travel Tips: Travel Basics

Anyone else traveling for a wedding this Summer? While weddings happen year round… Summer is wedding season. When weddings are in town there is always some prep. But, there is nothing quite like traveling for a wedding.

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