Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Boardwalk Birthday Party Ideas


Dear Charlotte, your birthday party posts always make me tear up... usually starting the moment I begin typing. Tears slowly roll down my face as I see how fast time goes by, how fast you are turning into a little person. How proud I am to be your Mama. Ahhhh someone bring me a tissue!
You are five, five years old and bubbling over with personality. You are an artist, and can draw for hours, you talk with your hands and its precious.

My beautiful girl inside and out, the most amazing smile that just shines through... your gorgeous big brown eyes filled with wonder. I love you to the moon and back times 10000044400055736283994!

I hope when you are older, you will look back at these photos
and cherish these beautiful memories and realize that you too,
can follow your dreams!
 



When the kids came through the back gate, towards our pool... they literally arrived at the boardwalk! We had cotton candy, snow cones, boardwalk dogs and fries... you name it, we had it!

INCLUDING an actual BOARDWALK!
My husband and family friend literally dug up one we found washed ashore on the beach, no joke. These men carried this million pound boardwalk to the truck,
loaded it up and placed it in the back yard.
In order to access the yummy food, the children had to step up onto THE BOARDWALK!

The table housing all the goodies was built by my husband from reclaimed beach wood!
Amazing and oh so special!
 
This is the best party we have ever thrown for Charlotte, as I don't think there was a child without a smile on their face... so many giggles, jumping in the pool...
then back out to nosh on some more treats!

We did have a splash free zone for the adults to enjoy some treats as well!
All found at The Crabby Bar... beer, wine and cocktails! Y'all know I can't host a party without some fabulous water bottle labels, and a fun bar
which has been repurposed for each of our parties!
The boardwalk is filled with delicious treats, and our party was no different.
Including SALT WATER TAFFY... which came directly from the Jersey Shore!
I bought a simple white cake from the grocery store and lined it with taffy, inexpensive and so cute.
This party holds a special place in my heart because I am a Jersey girl. I wanted to incorporate what I remember as a child, visiting the boardwalk.

The first time Charlotte placed her feet in the ocean, was at the Jersey Shore.

It also felt important because of Hurricane Sandy...
Hurricane Sandy was the deadliest and most destructive hurricane of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, as well as the second-costliest hurricane in United States history. My heart goes out to those who are still rebuilding, and who lost more then I could ever imagine.

This party would not have been possible without some fabulous vendors.
In fact, I dedicated a special post to them... including a review for each of them!
So please be sure to check them out!

THANKS so much for check out our Boardwalk Party!
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Easy Entertaining: A Bridal Shower

You are invited to a fabulous bridal shower... inspired by simple entertaining!
A gorgeous appetizer, an amazing cocktail and a small grocery list.
Gorgeous colors, patterns and fonts!
 
Cantaloupe + Black Pepper Goat Cheese!
So ridiculously yummy, and the colors just pop on your serving platter!
I purchased both from my fave store, Trader Joes!
 
Of course, you must have a beautiful drink with your lovely appetizer... with fabulous wine labels!
We choose Wine Sparklers!
Delicious white wine paired with a splash of seltzer! So refreshing!
Plus its a Bridal Shower, so you can't help but add some darling drink flags!
 
That brings your grocery list to a total of 4 items!!! Woohooo!
 
All of these items may be found at Party Box Design!
Happy Monday Y'all!
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Charleston Crab Crack

My husband and I love hosting small gatherings... often impromtu!
With warm Summer weather, fresh local Charleston seafood
and amazing craft beer... a crab crack seemed perfect!
Of course I had to make it fun...
so I designed these great crab crack invitations!
 AND... custom beer labels! Crabby Brew anyone?!?! Yes, please.
 
We always use old bay + j.o. seasoning when steaming our crabs. My husband is a master crab steamer(born and raised in Baltimore) and I can't give away any more of his secrets! lol
 
B.U.T you do get rather thirsty when eating crabs,
so naturally you know water bottle labels must be made too! 
Overall, our little crab crack was a total blast and the fun decor really pulled it together!
 
Two of our guests had the pleasure of trying steamed crabs for the very first time
at our little brown paper covered table! BOTH of them loved the crabs and it was such a fun meal... filled with new experiences, laughter and memories made!
 
All of these fabulous items may be found in our little stationery shop, Party Box Design!
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Pirate Chick Party

 
Who said there are only boy pirates?!?
Certainly not Party Box Design!!!!
 
 
Plus, I am sure all that salty air makes them thirsty!
Soooo, we created these super fun water bottle labels!
AND... of course all the pirates need some cute party favor stickers!
 
I can smell the salty air now... and hear the little pirate giggles!
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cheers Y'all Cocktail Party

 
My favorite color right now is mint green... totally obsessed!
So this invitation combines two of my favorite things, mint green + cocktail party invites!
 
The invitation is so fun, I had to create coordinating items, like this fabulous wine bottle label!
Which would also work perfectly for a wedding favor gift, or a bridal shower... totally universal for many events.
 
Beer Labels had to also be created, I mean how fun are these?!?
These would work perfectly in a welcome bag for a destination wedding, for the groomsman to drink before the wedding... or even the signature beer at your wedding.
The list goes on and on.
 
Either way, totally had to share this fun new design! Happy Tuesday Y'all!
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Green Smoothies + Weight Loss

As of December 1st 2012 I have lost 25.25 total body inches.
Literally, over 2 feet of FAT.
 
I exercise at least 3-4 days a week, eat real whole food, low carbs
and start every single morning with a green smoothie!
 
I am horrible with recipes, as I never measure anything... but I can tell you what I place into that gorgeous blender!
 
INGREDIENTS
Organic Kale and/or Spinach
Almond Butter
Chocolate or Reg Almond Milk
1 Banana
Chia Seeds
Honey
Ice Cubes
Greek Yogurt
 
Simply mix all those items in your blender and enjoy!
 
YOU will feel full until lunch!
This simple smoothie has changed my life and you must try making it!
 
P.S. I have lost all that weight... and still cheat on the weekends! I have been going by the 80/20 rule. Which means I can only cheat 20% of the time!
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Friday, July 19, 2013

Oyster Roast Anyone...

More Southern flair happening at Party Box Design...
OYSTERS Y'all!
Which wouldn't be complete without some rockin beer... craft beer especially(says my hubs).
Or possibly some great wine?
 
Either way, oyster roasts are so common here in Charleston! The ones I have been to, the oysters are steamed... but a lot of places also have them raw!
 
They remind me of crab feasts in Baltimore! Friends gathering, laughing and enjoying life!
Love this pic via Garden and Gun!
Happy Friday Y'all!
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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hey Y'all... fun Southern inspired stationery!

I love every.single.thing about the South... well minus the VERY LARGE BUGS!
Charleston is amazing, Isle of Palms has the most gorgeous beach AND the food rocks... fried pickles, love!
 
Anyhoo, with all my stationery designs I find inspiration from the life I live... so it only felt right to come out with some Southern flair! Right y'all!?!? LOL
 
I am kinda obessed with these beer bottle labels... so so perfect for any time of year. Your guests will simply go crazy over the personal touches at your event!
ooo and wine too, I mean really... you must have these!
Adding oodles of Southern style to Party Box Design, so be sure to visit out website on the daily!
xoxo
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