It’s A New Year…Time For A New Me!

The end is near!

2014 is just around the corner and I’m ready for all of the things that the next year has in store for us, personally and professionally. So many doors have opened and opportunities have presented themselves this year, I’m so incredibly optimistic for the next year…and the years beyond.

My friends and I have been through a lot this year…good and bad, full of lessons and adventures. So to celebrate the freshness of a new year, we had a New Year’s Eve party with the theme “New Year, New Me 2014” and it was one of the most jovial nights I’ve enjoyed in a long time.

I absolutely have to use the word “jovial” because we laughed, long and hard, for about 2 hours straight with all of the stories that we told each other. Maybe animated, facetious, or jocund? Yeah, I had to look those up…

Hosting an intimate NYE event is not really that hard. Especially for me…I’d much rather spend an evening with family and friends than be out partying it up in the streets.

A homebody event planner. Go figure.

The decor and colors of the shower were based on a set of party printables that I won in a giveaway from Cupcake With Character. I love bright colors and was excited about incorporating the color scheme. It wasn’t the usual print that is usually associated with a NYE party and I was totally OK with that. So I picked the traditional black and gold, for timeless elegance, and the not-so-traditional, hot pink and turquoise, for spunky fun!

My husband said it looked like two parties hanging out together.

For our party, we centered it around a wine tasting. We had a delicious stash from Mirassou Winery. The 2 wines we enjoyed were the Sunset Red and Moscato. To accompany the wines, we snacked on pepperoni pizza, Teriyaki chicken sliders, and Colby jack and cheddar cheese. For the one friend in attendance who didn’t actually drink, we had punch and water; the recipe was one that I’d previously used at a baby shower and was a big hit. We also had tulle poms/swizzle sticks provided by Fizzy Party and they are so much fun to have in your glass!

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The dining table set up was of hot pink and turquoise plates, with black napkins and champagne-colored bands. Each place setting consisted of a personalized goblet, filled with Rolos and almond Hershey’s kisses, as well as an inspirational keepsake. The table scape was a gold sequin runner that was centered in the table, and dressed up with recycled wine bottles spray painted gold and trimmed in turquoise glitter ribbon. The flowers were left over from another event and the gold sprays I found for $1 at Michaels.

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The dessert table was (obviously) our (my) favorite party of the party. The printables got to strut their stuff on the dessert table. The banner was customized for our theme and hung with gold glitter ribbon against a black backdrop. The sweet stuff on the table was a simple menu of fresh strawberries with cream cheese dip, jumbo white chocolate  s’mores, wedding cake cupcakes, and a popcorn bar.

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The popcorn came from Sweet Noshings, which is a local candy store/popcorn corner/coffee bar.

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It is The. Best.

We got to nosh on Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Honey Butter, Cherry, and Spicy White Cheddar and Cheddar Cheese mix varieties of popcorn. The other element on the table was a gift box for all of the guests. The gift boxes contained a bunch of goodies from Mirassou and included a over a dozen different recipes (which can be made with the various Mirassou wines,) a wine charm, a stemless wine glass, and a brochure about the fabulous winery.

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The gift boxes were also personalized with each guests’ name. They were tied with white and gold twine, and held a countdown clock cookie, made by the awesome Jess Add Sprinkles, and a tag I created, which said “It’s time for a new you!” All of the ladies were impressed with her art…they didn’t know it was a cookie, and they loved it!

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We also had some fantabulous cookies that Kima’s Konfections sent to the party, but they didn’t get to be on the table because of the ice storm that we had. And by ice storm, I mean that we got 1/4″ of ice and the city shut down. Even though they didn’t make it to the shindig, I was still able to get them to the guests. I mean, how could this beauty not be shared with them?!?

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We also had a photo booth set up and staged it with a huge 36″ balloon from Party On! Designs. Again, Icemageddon 2013 prevented us from getting helium, so hubby volunteered to blow it  up. I told him how big it should be and he did as I asked, which freaked me out. I have a phobia of popping balloons and the bigger it got, the more I tried to run away. But it looked incredible with the party and decor! I used gold spray paint and painted “2014” on it and a few of us took pictures with the “globe.”

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All in all, we had a great time 🙂 The weather outside was frightful, but my friends were so delightful!

This party is perfect for throwing an intimate NYE gathering or just a girls night in. Very budget friendly, the wines run under $10 a bottle, and taste wonderful!

If you want to opt for something sans alcohol, think spa night, movie night, or even a game night! We brought in 2012 with a Wii party with our friends and it was a blast!

Celebrate life! Cheers to a New You and a Joyous and Prosperous New Year!

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Concept and Styling: Creating Awesomenessity!

Printable Collection: Cupcake With Character

Recipe Cards and Gifts: Mirassou Winery

Clock Cookies: Jess Add Sprinkles

2014 Cookies: Kima’s Konfections

Tulle Poms: Fizzy Party

36″ Balloon: Party On! Designs

Gourmet Popcorn: Sweet Noshings

Photography: Lyndsi Metz Photography

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Don’t Be J…

I was able to attend a conference last weekend, Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas, hosted by The SITS Girls. They are a community of bloggers who truly support each other and want each other to succeed. Incredible women to meet and know ❤

In the short time that I’ve been a member of the event planning community, I’ve found that isn’t always the case. The positives absolutely outweigh the negatives, but I firmly believe that if there were no challenges or competition, we wouldn’t be pushed to be our best.

I was blessed to be able to meet a lot of the positive women this weekend…Fawn of the Happy Wives Club, Christy of A Woman the World Deserves, Dottie of The Flirt Doctor, Jennifer of BellaGrey Designs and Amy of Living Locurto only begin the list of amazing bloggers that I met…every person there, from the guests to the hosts to the sponsors, were just phenomenally warm and welcoming.

Please don’t think I’m “name dropping” because that certainly isn’t the case. I mention them because I’d heard of them as leaders in the industry and when I found out they were there, I had the biggest groupie moments ever and I was afraid to even speak to them because I felt like I wasn’t good enough to even be in the same room.

But the strangest thing happened…I spoke to them and they spoke back.

They encouraged me and we established relationships. They gave me the confidence to truly be who I am and to keep pushing in my business.

They were real people…there to learn, to meet other people in the industry, and to be a source of encouragement to everyone. It was refreshing and unexpected, considering other experiences that I’ve had since beginning this journey.

During the last day of the conference, I was tweeting and Instagramming a lot of this things being shared at the conference to encourage us. It triggered a memory that I’d had while getting ready for work one morning. I’d been reflecting about all of the things that I’ve been through…the emotional rollercoaster of thinking that I’m not good enough or that I’m not doing as well as other planners (who’ve been doing this longer than me and have more time to devote to their work) or that I will never be able to make this into something bigger.

I dealt with emotions of anger, jealousy, despair and regret…and then the thought hit me!

If I’m jealous of other people, I’m pretty much telling God and myself that He can’t bless me in my own right. I’m telling God that He didn’t make me unique enough to do what He designed me to do and that my success is dependent upon other people’s opinion of me and my capabilities…and that I’m living for them.

Big mistake, BIG…HUGE!

There is absolutely no reason for me to be jealous of anyone! That’s is allowing people who don’t care about me and don’t want to see me succeed to occupy incredibly valuable time and space in my life.

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Sorry, that lady still cracks me up…

But seriously, there is no reason to be jealous of another’s success. A lot of people want what someone else has, not realizing what they had to sacrifice, lose, or have taken from them to get there. You never truly know who a person is or what they had to go through to get to where they are.

Honestly, some of the people that I found myself being jealous of…I don’t want what they have and I surely don’t want to be who they are to get it either.

Just keepin’ it real, son!

So all of that to say this: be thankful for who you are and what you have. There is no reason to tear another person down because you don’t have what they have or you aren’t where you’d like to be. Work harder and earn it…for yourself. If you’re a Christian, remember who you’re working for in the first place. If you’re not a Christian, just be a good person, m’kay?

I made a printable to share with you. You may not need it (I sure need to be reminded some days) but just in case you do, enjoy!

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