Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane, Beach, Halloween Invites and MOOORE...

What a week... the first part getting prepared for our FIRST Hurricane, which thankfully passed us by with no more then a little rain and some amazing waves. We didn't even lose power- crazy!
What is even more shocking is that Hurricane Irene is heading towards what we still call "home"... Baltimore/North/South Jersey! Lot's of prayers to all those facing this powerful storm.

Aside from that Party Box Design has been busy busy busy! Halloween is around the corner, and with that we finished our 2011 Halloween Collection! Some super cute party invites for sure.

We have also had an insane amount of custom design orders lately, yay!!!
I love working on custom invitation designs! Here is our latest, which is ohhh so so so so fuuuuun!

OOOoooo another recent custom design, that I just adore!

Life has surely been busy, which is really the way I like it. My sweet Charli P also recently started school, which she loves and so do we! I just can't believe she is 3... boy does time fly.
Have a great weekend everyone!
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Guest Blogger: Lauren McKinsey, Back to School Fun!

Hi my name is Lauren McKinsey, happy to be blogging here today at Party Box Design.
I feel no matter how big or small, it’s every moment that counts.
It has always been my passion to design products to help my customers celebrate those moments.

With the first day of school quickly approaching and summer coming to an end, I could hardly wait to celebrate my nephew’s first day of Kindergarten. With children of my own who are too old for back to school cuteness, I was excited to design a collection that I knew my nephew would love.
Wanting to capture the excitement of the first day of school, I quickly fell in love with the idea of creating signs that celebrated the joy of entering a new grade. These signs could be held by the excited scholar for the back to school picture we all can’t wait to take on that early morning before school.
And then there are the fantastic school supplies! I always like keeping my very own on hand at home, and since presentation is everything, why not keep them in a cute container or pail. What a great way to keep supplies separated for multiple children since they can have their very own personalized tags.

Remind your little person how proud you are of their accomplishments with a special note just from you.
And, now comes the fun part! The after school treats. From fruits to cookies to ice cream, your little person is hungry after a long day of learning. I loved the idea of labeling canisters with after school treats, snacks and fruit tags. Fill a jar with back to school Hershey kiss stickers for an after homework treat!

Wouldn't it be cute to have a glass of milk and cookies sitting on the table when your little scholar arrives home from school? Wrap "milk" bottles in creative and inspiring tags and insert a fun and colorful straw.

This is such a fun and exciting time! It is a time of new beginnings, new friends being made, new skills being learned and a time to sit back and enjoy life's great adventures. I wish you a wonderful new school year as you celebrate your child!

Turning a love of all things cute and desire to celebrate life's moments with creative designs, Lauren McKinsey began her design company in the fall of 2010.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Ellarye Boutique GIVE AWAY: $20 Gift Cert!!!!

Hello! My name is Emily and I'm the creative mind behind
Ellarye Boutique!

The name of my shop is a play on my daughters names, Elleia and Rielynn. I started this business from my home a few months ago when we attended a fundraiser at my daughters pre-school. There was a woman selling handmade flowered headbands and hats, and I remember thinking to myself, "I could do this!"
Can this give away be any more fab?!? I just adore these headbands and wish I could enter!
TO ENTER You Must first be a PBD Follower!
3. Blog about this Give Away
4. Tweet about this Give Away
5. Visit Ellarye and tell us what design you would pick!

Deadline to Enter: Aug. 23rd, 2011 12PM EST.

Please leave an extra comment for each entry and your E-Mail address. Winner will be chosen by True Random Number Generator.
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Guest Blogger: Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box!

Hi! I am Elizabeth Ann of Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box!
I love spending time in the kitchen, cooking and baking for others, and I ADORE home-cooked meals with lots of friends and family around the table!
Last week, I had a Cupcakes and Champagne Stella and Dot party!
Today, I want to share one of my favorite cupcakes from the party!
Andes Mint Cupcakes with Mint Buttercream!

Cupcake Recipe adapted from: My Baking Addiction
1 (18.25 ounce) package Devil’s Food Cake mix
1 (5.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs; lightly beaten
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon of vanilla
24 Andes Mints

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line (2) 12 cup muffin tins with paper liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs, water and vanilla until well combined and smooth. Evenly divide the batter amongst the prepared pans. Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch. Cool cupcakes thoroughly on wire rack.

Mint Buttercream Recipe: Your Cup of Cake
8 oz cream cheese
½ cup butter
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon heavy cream or milk
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
green food coloring

Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar, heavy cream and peppermint extract and beat well. Add green food coloring and stir well. Pipe butter cream onto cooled cupcakes and top with an Andes Mint.
When you are serving such amazingly tasty cupcakes at a party, you must always think of the hungry husbands at home. . .
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

{more} Halloween Invites and...

Soooo can you tell that I am over-the-top excited for Halloweeeeeen!?!
I really just love it so much and just can't wait for our party, soooo many awesome vendors- major!
Anyhoo... we have been crazy busy and on top of that designing new invites(good thing we love coffeeeee)!
My obsesssssssion with chevron continues... {please see above}.

OOOOOO and how crazy fun is our new "Mr. Man" Party Invite?!?
Men love to read the Sunday Paper... had to incorporate that!

OH MY GOSH, I almost forgot to share the cutest birthday girl invite ever.
A slight change up to the the carnival/circus theme,
a Carousel Birthday Party!

OK... the coffee is brewing and this Mama is back to work!
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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Halloween Party Invites, Vendors and more...

I LOVE Halloween... mostly because of the weather and it's another excuse to host a party! Plus... ummmmm crisp apples, candy, kids in costumes and the list goes on and on!

We will be adding ooodles of Halloween Invitations to Party Box Design, here are a few new ones!
OOOOOOO and we will also be having our Annual Halloween Party this year, costume contest and all!
Sooooo excited, some crazy amazing party vendors!
Last years party was so spooky fun... going to be hard to top!
SOOOOO if you are a vendor and would like to participate in the party, shoot us an email!
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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Guest Bloggers...

Anyone interested?!?
We are open to all kinds of posts... just email us with your idea and we can discuss!
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