Thursday, April 7, 2011

Party Planning and a Giveaway

Hey ya'll! I had really intended to blog about Andrew's birthday party by this time, but it just hasn't happened. It's been a busy crazy week. Andrew's sister, Joy, has been in the hospital since Monday. I don't feel like it is my place to share all the details with you, but if you could be praying for her and for wisdom for the doctors, we would greatly appreciate it. It seems she is finally getting some answers and that is an answer to prayer.

Because of that and some other things, I just haven't posted this week. I haven't had time and I don't have the pictures yet. Jill was my photographer. As soon as she gets the pictures to me, I will share with you. She's been busy tending to Joy this week

But there is something from the party that I'm ready to share with you. I started the planning process back in January. Some people laughed at the fact that I started planning two and a half months before his birthday. This was the first party I've ever thrown and I knew I needed all that time.

The party was going to be a basketball party, but I didn't want to go overboard with that as a theme. After all it was for an adult. I decided to use colors as my theme instead. I chose orange, blue, and green.

I spent hours on etsy looking for the perfect invitation, but didn't find anything that was right. I found several things I liked, but none of them were exactly what I was looking for.

I decided to email Miranda. She has done my last few blog designs and I love her work. I didn't know if she did invitations, but I had to ask.

In true Miranda fashion, she emailed me back almost immediately and said she didn't have much experience, but she'd give it a try. We emailed back and forth and before the end of the night she had several digital papers for me to choose from. It wasn't long after that, she had created my invitation.

Simple. Perfect.

I absolutely love working with Miranda. She is super easy to work with and always does a fantastic job. And F-A-S-T!! She makes sure you get exactly what you want. As far as I'm concerned she will be doing all my future blog designs.

I want to show her some love as a thank you for the invitations. I'm giving one of you lucky readers the chance to win a blog makeover by Miranda. Your blog will be all ready for spring/summer with her "The Anchor's Aweigh" package. Go check out her gallery here. She seriously does an amazing job!
To enter to win this awesome giveaway all you have to do is:

1. Become a follower of my blog for one entry.
2. Become a follower of Little Sailor Design for a 2nd entry.
3. Leave a comment sharing a party planning tip for a 3rd entry.
4. Blog about a party you've planned then come back and leave a comment with a link to your blog for 4 entries.

That's a total of up to 7 entries folks!!! Let's show Miranda some love.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. I will draw for a winner on Friday, April 15.


  1. my party plannning tip, is to always have a theme:) then stick to it:)


  3. ooops I forgot my comment, I just helped planned Anna's birthday party without a theme:((( so I have not followed my own party planning tip, but hope I win, I need a make over on my blog:))

  4. You are seriously the BEST! :-) XOXO!

  5. I am following you and Little Sailor Design

  6. Party planning tip: outdoor parties are great, but have a backup plan in case it rains.

  7. Party planning tip - lists and a time line. Planning the time line helps me keep things moving along as I prepare. I also am learning to ask for help - going solo makes it much harder.

  8. Here's my post!

  9. I cannot find a way to make me a follower, but I am one - LOL!