We’re All Going Back to School!

So, I’ve been seeing these awesome first day of school printables everywhere…

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check this out:

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See, this cutie belongs to someone over at Bombshell Bling.

Swish Printables has some free BTS signs over on her blog.

Sunny by Design designed some classic BTS goodies too.

And then Dime Party Diva goes and makes these amazing First Day of School chalkboard posters!

But I’m a little jealous. I don’t have any kids to dress up and give one of these signs to. My mom wasn’t crafty like that when I was growing up.

No pictures on the first day of school. Just a hug and the repeated command to keep my brothers out of trouble.

Might I add, that was an impossible mission, but nevertheless…

So as I sat in my office (that I’ve been in the entire summer) I thought, ya know…I want one of those signs.

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Stop judging me.

Everyone gets to enjoy their first day of school and I’ve had SO many of them…

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Yes, I have been here for 9 years! My friend was taking these pictures of me and cracking up laughing. But you have to join in and have fun while you can. So on August 25th, I will celebrate my 9th First Day of College!

Then I made some more because I figured I probably wasn’t the only person coveting these milestone signs…

So, for all you educators out there, I present the Educator’s First Days of School!

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Head over and download the file. It has a sign for every year and if you’re feeling a little randy, give some to your teacher friends and make them join in on the laughs.

And if you’re making a career out of teaching, feel free to laminate the printable so that you can update it every year!

The artwork isn’t my original creation, but the funny is, so please keep these for personal use only 🙂

Have a wonderful school year and Make It Awesome!

 

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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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Month O’Thanks

Happy Monday morning!

I hope that your weekend was peaceful, exciting, happy, and not as busy as mine…

You know I’m always busy with something *sigh* and this weekend it was delivering cookies for a silent auction, being the MC and teaching a self-sefense class at a 2-day long women’s retreat, hosting a game night at our house,  attending church, finishing up another set of birthday cookies to be shipped to Philly, booking a client for a first birthday party…just the usual I suppose 🙂

But I am totally and sincerely thankful for the opportunities that have come my way. Exhausted, in a good way, and thankful.

I tell people quite often that there is always something for which to be thankful, even if you don’t see it immediately. So to help you find the silver lining, I made a set of printables for the month of November!

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My lovely friend over at Cupcake with Character has included them in her Fall Inspiration Newsletter, so check it out here and enjoy the other wonderful ideas and recipes that have also been shared.

Being thankful doesn’t have to end on 11/30! Feel free to keep it going on December 1st (and beyond) and I encourage you to find something for which to give thanks every day. Any day above ground is a day to find thanks 🙂

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