Tiny Prints for Custom Entertaining

We made custom Tiny Prints napkins with our event hashtag on them. So fun! #LorimarSleepover #sponThis post is sponsored by Tiny Prints. Because they are an awesome company that likes to work with bloggers and that, in turn, allows me to put on some really fun events for bloggers.

You guys! How fun are these napkins!? So I just got back from a trip I got to plan with 7 other bloggers. It included wine tasting and a sleepover. Fun, right?! More on the trip in the next week or so but I wanted to hurry and share these fantastic custom items with you before the holidays are completely over. If you aren’t hosting parties full of friends that love their social media the way bloggers do, then maybe you don’t need custom napkins with your event hashtag on them. But we did. And they were awesome! Tiny Prints has tons of colors and designs to choose from, you can write just about anything and they arrived pretty fast! They certainly won’t make it by Thanksgiving (although you may be able to rush the order for more money) but there is still a chance for your Christmas entertaining. They also have themed napkins which are great for other things like baby showers and events that take place during other times of the year.

You HAVE to do custom recipe napkins for your next party! These by Tiny Prints are awesome! #LorimarSleepover #sponMy favorite napkins, though, were the custom recipe napkins (there are two styles of glasses available for the design)! Aren’t those fun! These would be perfect for sharing the recipe for your signature cocktail at your party. Our tasting was put together in conjunction with Lorimar Winery so I worked with them to share one of their fun wine cocktails with the girls for our special dinner. (image above via @afabulousfete).

Loving these custom recipe napkins from Tiny Prints that we used for our #LorimarSleepover blogger event! #sponHaving custom napkins was a total treat and made for a very fun event.  Since we didn’t have a lot to do in the way of decorating for this event, these napkins were a fun, little touch.  Anything custom makes it feel that much more special.

Gift bag items for the gals at our #LorimarSleepover event. Dying over the custom acrylic block we did using @laurenv 's writing through Tiny Prints! #sponTiny Prints also went above and beyond with items for the girl’s gift bags! (photo styled by Lauren). That darling little notebook in the bottom left of the photo would make a fantastic gift idea. Since we didn’t know who each person would be on the trip at the time of ordering, we had Lauren write their names, but through the website, you can fully customize these notebooks for the recipient. And of course we had to find a way to work in more of Lauren’s amazing writing. We uploaded this image she created to the Tiny Prints website and made these awesome acrylic blocks for the girls. While these would look cute on a bar cart, or styled in the kitchen, you could also customize these with party details, like a menu or social media info if you are hosting an event that requires that. Of course, they are intended to be used with photographs, but that is the beauty of Tiny Prints! You can customize almost everything to suit your needs!

Thank you, Tiny Prints, for being part of our fun blogger event!

And a big thank you to The Flair Exchange and Melissa Creates for providing additional items for the gals!

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2014 Holiday Wish List

My Holiday Wish List. Featuring great gift ideas for your fave gals and all the things I am asking for this Christmas.Gosh dang it I love to buy gifts for people. But guess what, I also love shopping for myself. Shocker, right? Here is what is on my holiday wish list this year!  [Read more…]

DIY Etched Glass Vase and Bespoke Global Giveaway

Sea inspired girl's night in.I’m partnering with Bespoke Global for this post with entertaining inspiration, a glass etched vase DIY and giveaway. This sea inspired girl’s night set up was inspired by some of the fantastic entertaining items available on the Bespoke Global site. Listen and read on to see how I used their rad items to be the catalyst to create a cool night of hanging out with your friends. *Giveaway is now closed*.

Bespoke Global entertaining pieces and giveaway! Press play: This song fits perfectly for the feel and look of the party.


When I was perusing the Bespoke Global catalog several items jumped out at me and they all happened to be things that were modeled after things found in and around the ocean. Immediately I started creating a cool girl’s night in party in my head. I am in love with the gorgeous deep mints and blues in the centers of these dishes and the urchin inspired bowls are both quirky and awesome looking. I loved that these items don’t give off a girly vibe, per se, but are organic and natural in their design with just a touch of color. And these delicate glass tumblers inspired me to create a centerpiece for my get together, a DIY etched glass vase.

Items: Kimura Glass, Urchin Bowl, Nesting Bowls

 

Etched vase for an easy DIY centerpiece.This simple DIY can be used to create custom glassware, including drinking glasses, vases, candle holders, and mirrors. And because you can choose the pattern, you can match them to any look you want to.

Glass etching DIY.I grabbed an inexpensive glass vase from the craft store along with some glass etching solution. They sell stencils that you can use right along with the etching solution but I opted to do a custom pattern. I brought out my painter’s tape just in case, but didn’t end up needing to use it for my design.

Glass etching is super easy and fun!I used a small paint brush and dabbed the etching solution on to the vase in a pattern similar to the one found on the Kimura glass from the Bespoke Global website.

Sea inspired girl's night.I think the addition of the etching really added to the visual interest of the vase and reminds me of bubbles making their way to the ocean surface. It totally fits the look of the rest of my under water inspired girl’s night set up.

DIY etched vase.The etching solution was pretty easy to use and I can’t wait to make more things with it. While the instructions said to leave the solution on the glass for 15 minutes, I left it on for about an hour. I found with doing hand drawn patterns, where it isn’t possible to get a super thick layer of the goop, you need to leave it on for much longer. Also I had to go pick up my son and that added on a half an hour that was unavoidable, but was helpful in the long run.

DIY vase for sea inspired girl's night in party.So you should totally make this vase. But you should also enter my giveaway for a $200 gift card for Bespoke Global. Use it to buy Christmas gifts for yourself or others! They have tons of AMAZING entertaining pieces but also great gift ideas for the men in your life and lovers of fine things. Their selection is totally unique and are real works of art. While I can’t afford everything on the site, I still couldn’t help myself but browse every single section to see all the amazing finds they’ve curated.

Here are some of my other favorites from the site:
Kimura Glass with Stem, Wee Bit Candle Holder, Heather Knight Shell inspired art piece, Anna Karlin Decanter, Heather Knight Geode Bowl, Gold Zag Tray, Tiny Gold Lip Dish, Honeycomb Faceted Bottle with Gold,

Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Lori Suvalle! Winner Winner Winner!

Contest ends November 12, 2014. Contest is open to legal residents of the lower 48 states and the District of Columbia who are 18 years old at the time of entry. One grand prize winner will be awarded a  $200 coupon code for redemption at BespokeGlobal.com. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries. Items purchased in conjunction with this contest must be shipped to a valid physical address (no P.O. Boxes) in the lower 48 states or the District of Columbia.  For complete rules, visit the contest landing page and click on “Read the full rules.”

Things I love – September 2014

This Golden Road Brewery IPA that benefits Heal the Bay is delicious! It has been a while since I shared the random things I am loving so I thought I would try to bring this series back. You know I love to share my favorites with you and these are not sponsored. I just want everyone to love them! 

I generally drink wine but this Golden Road Brewery is my new favorite beer. I got to taste several varieties of this brand during our #campmixalot weekend and this one, in particular, is delicious! Have you tried this brand? This specific IPA benefits Heal the Bay. How awesome is that?

I'm obsessed with The Real Housewives of Melbourne! #RHOMelbourneYOU GUYS! I am OBSESSED with The Real Housewives of Melbourne. As in Melbourne, Australia. I had heard about this show a while back but couldn’t find it to watch anywhere. One of my besties called me up one day to let me know that they were playing it on Sundays on Bravo (they have the episodes online too!)! I’ve been watching the shows and it is amazing! These gals and their accents are fantastic! My husband is even sucked in! They say things that I have to rewind several times to understand and use the funniest slang and figures of speech. Their voices are super deep. One wears an insane amount of makeup and is a lawyer (or barrister as they call it), who thanks to old British rule, has to wear a super ridiculous wig, perched on top of her big hair, when she is in court! I think my favorite has to be the gal that owns a large catering company and some restaurants.  Her name is Chyka (pronounced Chica), she seems to be the most level headed of the group, sort of the Caroline Manzo of the group. They have just as much gossip and talking behind each other’s backs as our versions. It is fantastic! Have you seen it? 

I've been using this Bando thermal coffee mug every day since I got it! Great gift idea!I don’t know why I am so surprised, but did you know that coffee tastes, like, way better when it’s not cold? So I got this Bando coffee mug a few weeks ago and I now use it every morning. And I freaking love it! It is perfect for walking the kids to school.  And it keeps the coffee warm!  Genius! I really love some of my old coffee mugs, and will use them from time to time, but these thermal mugs are where it’s at. 

Bands in Town App is awesome for finding live music of your fave bands. I love this app called Bands In Town.  I put it on my phone a few months ago and it is the reason I found out that my fave guy was coming locally in concert. It goes through the music on your phone and then tells you the bands coming to your area on tour that you might like. I love it! It’s designed well and is super easy to use. I think it also connects you right to a site to buy the tickets but I wanted to get online and see a better floor plan so I didn’t purchase through the app. But it has always been hard to find all the concerts that are coming to town in all different venues. But not any more.

Red wine in bed. And I found some red wine that I really enjoy!  I can’t wait to share my Temecula wine tasting trip with all of you, but I was super excited to find a few new wines!

Cool Stuff in Life and Style – June

My favorite Ronald Reagan tea pot!! Makes a great gift! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHow can it be July tomorrow?  This is the first full week that my kids are out of school and we started swim lessons this morning.  So why does it feel like summer is moving SO fast!  I’m praying it slows down a little so we can really enjoy it before we start school again.  So here is the cool stuff I am loving this month.  I already shared this on Instagram, but my parents bought me the BEST TEA POT EVER!!  You may remember that I had originally seen this Ronald Reagan wonder on my trip to New York but when it was over $100, I had to walk away.  My mom started to do some research and found it online for a much more reasonable price!

Ronald Reagan tea pot, a great gift for your friend's who love entertaining and has everything! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo one day, she and my dad showed up with my new tea-pot as a surprise.  They are pretty great parents, aren’t they?  And this tea-pot!?  I mean, my kids are a little freaked out by it but it now has a place on our mantle above the fireplace…

Fun dish for a cute gift idea // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comKristin gave me this awesome little porcelain You Rock tray!  I love it.  The colors are super fun and the sides are a little bit wavy making it whimsical.  It sites right next to my bed on my nightstand and I keep my chapstick and stray hair bands in it.  I love that it is practical but super cute at the same time!! Such a cute gift idea!

I heart wine.  And especially when the wine has hearts on it. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI heart wine, you guys!  I’m starting to branch out a little bit and try some new whites.  I’m partial to my Sauvignon Blanc but I know that I enjoy Pinot Grigio so I’m trying to go out of my comfort zone and try some new ones.  And of course I had to pick up this bottle with the heart on it.  Find it here.  SO cute!

Summer means impromptu dance parties // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe had a great Father’s Day barbecue at my sister and brother-in-law’s house.  The kids swam, we ate great food and then the kids orchestrated a dance off.  It was the best.  They even threw down a challenge:  kid’s against my husband and brother-in-law.  A freaking riot!  It was so funny, the kids had a blast and it was the perfect way to wind down a great day!

Custom poems make a great gift!  I had this one done for Father's Day!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI’ve complained about how hard my husband is to shop for before but this year I found some pretty fun gifts for Father’s Day.  I commissioned a custom poem for him from The Poem Store.  I found out about Jacqueline Suskin via Xenia when she instagrammed about her a while back.  I bookmarked it and knew that Father’s Day would be the perfect time to try it out.  I love how this turned out.  And you name your own price so you pay what you can.  My husband keeps this in his wallet which is awesome.

A fun cooler from Urban Outfitters.  Fill it for a great end of the year teacher gift! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhenever I have a quick minute I like to pop in to Urban Outfitters and see what the cool kid’s are in to.  I found this awesome 6 pack cooler in the clearance section for $1.99.  Of course I had to have it.  I really need to go back and see if they have more.  I could fill this with fun summer items and give it as an end of the year teacher gift (my son’s teacher is pretty cool).  And this picture doesn’t do it justice.  It’s bright!  Just how I like it.