Featured on Tiny Prints: Welcome to Twosville Birthday Party

party hat invitation from Tiny Prints

Twosville Party featured on Tiny Prints Blog— Photo by Motormouth Studios

One of my all-time favorite invitation companies, Tiny Prints, sent me some lovely invitations and gift tags for my son’s second birthday party. They are now featuring the event photos on their blog!

I’ll be back tomorrow sharing even more from his “Twosville” party. If you are dropping in to see more from the party and to see some free printables, then follow along via Bloglovin, Facebook, or Twitter to know when the post is live!

A few words about Tiny Prints: I’ve now ordered three orders from the company and I can’t begin to tell you how awesome they are. The website works with ease, you can have a designer look over the work before printing, the print quality is AWESOME, and each order arrived in a timely manner. I’ve ordered business cards, invitations, gift tags, and personalized napkins. All beautiful. Definitely check out their website and pin a few items for future events. Since registering on their site I’ve also received discounts in my inbox. Sign up on their site for a free account to see discounts in your email inbox as well.

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Disclaimer: I was sent complimentary party invitations and tags from Tiny Prints in exchange for using the products in a party and sharing it with the Tiny Prints blog. No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Modern Country Styled Wedding Photoshoot

When you like to design and throw parties and you get the chance to work with an amazing photographer… well, you jump at it, all the while trying not to look as excited as you really are. Evidently jumping up and down and giggling isn’t professional. Who knew!?

So, when Ali of Murray Photography emailed me to ask I wanted to work with her on a styled wedding photoshoot I tried my best not to over use the exclamation points. She wanted to do a more modern version of the country, farm-venue wedding. I couldn’t wait! Farms are so beautiful and whimsical. And, as much as I love burlap and mason jars (seriously, deep love), I was excited to show people that a farm wedding could be an elegant affair.

If you haven’t seen the photos yet then you NEED to jump on over to Wedding Chicks to see the featured styled shoot. Ali’s photos are gorgeous, the bride and groom are beautiful, the flowers outrageous, the paper goods perfect, and… if I do say so myself… the styling was quite spot on! Many of the images are shared in the full gallery on Wedding Chicks. I wanted to share some of my very favorites here though.

Wedding Photo Idea featuring florals

Wedding Dress Photo on top of cloth bunting backdrop

Groom Chair

Dessert Table Styling

Dessert Table Signage Idea

Vintage and Modern Sweet Heart Table

Styled Dessert Table

I plan on sharing some styling tips and practical ways to incorporate beautiful styling in a DIY wedding throughout the upcoming days. So, I’m going to try to not over share these gorgeous images. Again, to see the whole shebang, check out the Wedding Chicks feature (and comment!) Oh, and while you are hitting links… check out all the awesome vendors and talent below!

Featured on: The Wedding Chicks— A Modern Country Wedding

Modern Country Wedding Featured on Wedding Chicks

 

I’m so thrilled to see the Modern Country Wedding Styled Shoot that I worked on a few months ago featured on The Wedding Chicks today! I loved everything about working on this shoot and love the photos that Ali and Matt of Murray Photography caught of the beautiful couple and fun concept. Please go check out the post on the Wedding Chicks and comment to let us know what you loved! Pin your favorite photos! And, share with your friends.

I’ll be back later today to share more of the beautiful images and about the shoot!

A huge thank you to all of the vendors involved with making this styled shoot happen and turn out so beautiful! 

Working on it Wednesday: Birthday Party Crafts

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I’ve been prepping like crazy for my little guy’s second birthday party. My original idea was to just buy a ton of balls in various sizes and fill our backyard with them. The kids would have a blast!

But, as I do… I suddenly got another idea in my head that just won’t stop. Now the crafting has been put into overdrive. People have been over at my house every night this week helping to make this party idea come to life.

I’m so excited. But, I’m also kicking myself not getting the idea sooner and not STOPPING with the ideas. I know better!

Follow along on my Instagram on Saturday to see sneak peeks of the party!

What did you do today!?

Working on it Wednesday: Second Birthday Inspiration

I can’t even believe it… but, it almost time for us to be celebrating my son’s second birthday! It really feels like his first birthday was just a hop and a skip ago. Yet, next month my munchkin is turning two!

Party Inspiration for a Second Birthday Party:

I’m not ready for this big day AT ALL. I seriously have been planning one party in my head for about three months and then decided to switch it up entirely two days ago. YIKES. The things I do have set in stone are the color scheme and the invitations. Just need to pop those suckers in the mail! (I received invitations free of charge from Tiny Prints to feature in my upcoming party. They are gorgeous!)

Second Birthday Inspiration Board

Invites from Tiny Prints / How to Make a Party Hat via Oh Happy Day / Cardboard Playhouses via A Beautiful Mess

So, I’m obviously keeping it simple this year. As much as I like big crazy birthday parties… I have a two-year-old that still wakes up at night. I am not going to be able to go crazy. We’ll be having the birthday party with friends in our backyard. Our food plans are pretty simple as well— birthday cake, fruit, veggies, and popsicles (or ice cream, haven’t decided that one.)

Second Birthday Party Activities:

I’ve had a thousand and one ideas for themes and fun decor ideas. But, I’ve been totally stumped on the activities. (I didn’t do so bad on his first birthday activities.) Seriously though, I can’t wrangle one two-year-old to do a structured activity. How am I supposed to wrangle several? Thankfully, I have very smart friends! I asked Twitter to give me some two-year-old party activity ideas and got this awesome response:

two year old birthday activity idea via twitter

I then put the two-year-old party activity question up on Facebook and got some super ideas: 

  • “Last year we did dinosaur train (PBS show – it’s genius by the way). I made salt dough Dinosaurs that we put in t-shirt boxes and covered with sand. Each kid got a pair of Dollar tree safety goggles and a paint brush. The box lid came it with it, so it served as an archeological dig and a favor. We did that party by the pool and are doing a pool party again. August 5th in Oklahoma is hot!” —Jill
  • “Water! Those little ones love to play in water.” — Melissa
  • “Pajama party! Kids (and parents) came in the morning in their PJ’s. We had breakfast casserole, breakfast breads and fruit. Donuts stacked as a cake for birthday kiddies. Over in time for everyone to be tuckered out and back to bed ( in PJ’s of course) for nap time. Hands down parents favorite birthday. Kids had a great time too. Decorations included fun bedding, pillows, nighttime reading like goodnight moon…party favors were slippers! Teddy bears set out completed decor but would have been cute favors too. Cutest pics ever. I could go on and on…” —Heidi
  • “It’s pretty simple, but most kids love the ‘keep the balloon in the air’ game.” —Julie

Do you have any advice for an awesome second birthday party?

 

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

 

Have you seen Being Frugal? If not, check out these great posts:

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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