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Brick & Mortar \\ Swoozie’s in Denver

October 29, 2014

Lately, Vita and I have been making an effort to get out of the house more. We have been exploring new neighborhoods and shops, and have found quite a few gems here in Denver that I want to start sharing with you on a regular basis. There’s a cute little shop on 6th avenue called Swoozie’s that I drove by regularly and was always intrigued by the cute window displays. I could tell it was a paper shop filled with lots of cuteness. Now, I am picky about the paper goods and party supplies that I use regularly. I like clean and bright and colorful. I like modern with a touch of whimsy and vintage. And Swoozie’s happens to carry  some items that are right up my color-lovin’ alley.

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I’m kicking off a new series called Brick & Mortar where I share actual shops that are filled to brim with awesomeness and inspiration. And you better believe some of those will be sweet shops! Swoozie’s had a little party last night and they asked me to come along and share a few ideas for easy entertaining during the holidays. I know. Who in the world would give me the floor?!?!

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When a shop carries anything from Ban.do, you know that they’re quality. I wanted all the tumblers. And the phone cases. And the luggage tags. And the notebooks. Is that too much to ask!??

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DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

September 22, 2014

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series

Oh, oh, oh. Boo. Boo. Boo. I love Halloween way too much. Just kidding. Not too much. An appropriate amount. And that’s why I can’t wait another second to start a new Halloween series! Remember every year around Christmas time when I introduce Mission: Merry?! And then proceed to share all sorts of Christmas-y DIY goodness?! Welp. For this next Halloween holiday cycle, we’re runnin’ with a new series called Mission: SCARY. See what I did there? I know. I’m good with the words. Anyway! This series includes a slew of terrifyingly cute/fun/spooky Halloween projects. We’re kicking off with these easy DIY Halloween Boo Bottles. They’re terrifyingly easy…

DIY \\ Halloween Boo Bottles & A New Holiday Series Materials:

  • assorted glass milk bottles
  • white spray paint
  • cotton balls
  • tape
  • black Sharpie marker

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And it goes like this:

Stuff cotton balls into the mouth of each bottle and tape over the top. This will help protect the opening so that the bottles can still be used for beverages!

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Shake your tail feathers paint can and spray each bottle making sure to cover the entire surface. Allow 1 hour for each bottle to dry to the touch. Once dry, draw fun and spooky faces on each bottle like a ghosty face or the face of a happy jack o’ lantern.

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Fill the bottles with tasty cider or some orange soda (Diet Coke for me, thanks!) and then pop a cute and Halloween-appropriate straw in each! You’re all set for a terrifyingly fun celebration. Get ready for all the “terrifyingly fun” puns that are about to commence. I’ve got a lot of ‘em.

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Keep up with all the sneak peeks and fun happenings with this series by following the hashtag #missionscary! And if you feel like getting a head start on Christmas, check out the hashtag #missionmerry!

Sidenote – Logan made sure to tell me that this post was filled with “photos of the same thing but just at different angles”. I recognize. And I just liked all the photos too much not to share. ;)

So boo me. (Get it?)

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Eat Drink Create – Holiday

January 14, 2014

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If it’s possible, the holiday installment of our EAT DRINK CREATE party series here in Denver was my absolute fave. I look forward to throwing these parties, but there is something so magically awesome about Christmas-time. You get to dress up. Drink hot chocolate. Eat caramels. Eat pie. Eat peppermint. And toffee. And all kinds of candy… Somebody stop me.

The latest version of EDC was a total hit and Erin and I were so blown away by the awesome brands we partnered with and the awesome party goers who came to have a good time! We teamed up with some exciting peeps to make sure this was the best EDC yet, and it totally was. Take a look!

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We partnered with West Elm to host the bash. We wanted a gorgeous space that could fit all of our guests and we knew that West Elm would be the perfect place to do so! I don’t mean to brag (except that I do), but the staff at the West Elm in Cherry Creek is so helpful and fun to work with! They gave us everything we needed and helped make sure every detail was in place before the guests arrived. They also gave away a gorgeous throw and gift card to two lucky party peeps. I was having a hard time letting go of the throw blanket because, well, I wanted it for myself.

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EAT – My favorite aspect of any party is always the food. Always. Always. If you live in Denver, or if you’ve ever visited me here, you know about Happy Cakes Bakeshop. These guys just do everything right with sugar. Their cupcakes are top notch. And so were the delish cookies they provided! I kept passing by the dessert table all night to pop a cupcake in my mouth. And to snag a cookie. If I spoke to you, I apologize for the mouth full…

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DRINK – Who’s in love with the wreaths around these drinks? Me! Styling these parties is so fun and it’s even better when you have a gorgeous product to work with. I’m a picky drinker. I really only drink three things: Diet Coke, milk, and water. I decided to add Zevia to my list because they have a pretty tasty cream soda! The Zevia folks made our night absolutely awesome by not only helping us make this party a reality, but by helping us provide beverages to the masses. These cute bottles were a hit and so was the custom Merry Berry Mocktail (recipe here!) we were able to create together!

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CREATE – People need pretty drinks. I can’t have you drinking an ugly beverage at one of our events! We set up a station where guests could create jingle bell cocktail stirrers so they could jingle while they mingle! Want to see the full tutorial! You’ll need to pin it to remember for the next holiday season!

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What’s a party without some sha-wag? We were so happy to give our party peeps all kinds of little goodies.

Look at that adorable greeting card from Sugar & Type. She donated a variety of baller cuteness for our guests – I mean, check out this Llama Mistletoe card!

Louise of Design Stitch Go gave guests the cutest measuring tapes! I’m always carrying a tape measure in my purse, and it’s heavy and clunky and I wish it were cuter. Problem solved.

And then we threw in some tinsel and disco balls for the ultimate in party prep. It’s for charity.

Let’s talk about the cutie patootie bags and custom labels from Pinhole Press?! I love having my name on things. I’m super vain. P.S. Pinhole Press lets you customize all sorts of paper goods. Our holiday cards were from Pinhole Press this year and we loved dressing those up and sending them on their merry way!

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No winter party is complete without hot chocolate. That’s right. Ticket Chocolate from Ticket Kitchen should be with you wherever you go. We had a slew of flavors to give to guests including Belgian Milk, Salted Caramel (yum!), Peppermint, and Vanilla Mint!

Fact: I eat these like suckers. Not kidding.

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Months before this party came together, I came across these stinkin’ great gable boxes from D & P Celebrations and knew that we had to have them for the holiday bash. Everything in their store is amazing but the designs for these boxes were just perfect! They were so fun to package up and send off with guests as they left! Thank you, thank you D & P for fulfilling my dreams!

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I believe the biggest hit of the night had to be our other DIY station from Whimseybox! What creative person doesn’t love a place filled with kraft paper, stamps, and all sorts of gift wrap goodness?!? People were going crazy creating custom gift wrap to decorate their presents for the holiday season! The Whimseybox folk always know how to have a good time. After all, they’re all about DIY!

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Of course we had a photobooth with props. Guest could set up right in front of a cozy faux fireplace and snap away! We had all kinds of fun holiday-themed props including some paper goods from Minted! They always supply us with the best decor for these parties!

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We be grammin‘. Instagram has to be my favorite thing on the planet. After baby girl Vita, of course! Guests were grammin’ all the action and you can check out their tweets and photos with the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate!

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These parties are fun because of the people who attend them. I’ve said it before, but I always get nervous before an event. Like a high school girl throwing a party and fearing that only her parents will show! Thank you thank you to everyone who braved the blizzard to be with us!

I can’t rave about our rockstar photographer, Katie Hellinger, and videographer, Annabelle Mintz of Evergreen Lane Productions enough. These two are an absolute dream to work with and they capture the essence of partying so perfectly! Thanks, ladies! Check out all the photos from the party here!

And of course, my favorite afterparty of the party is always the video. If for some reason you can’t view it below, please click here to watch it on Vimeo! You can also check it out on Erin’s blog in her recap!

And thank you thank you to the amazing sponsors who help us make each party a hit! We couldn’t put together such a good time without you!

+ D & P Celebrations
+ Design Stitch Go
+ Happy Cakes
+ Minted
+ Pinhole Press
+ Sugar & Type
+ Ticket Chocolate
+ Whimseybox
+ Zevia

Special thank you to Yoked: Where bloggers & businesses meet. They had such a huge hand in making this party bigger than we imagined!

Photos by: Katie Hellinger Photography
Video by: Evergreen Lane Productions

*Interested in getting your business or brand involved with EAT DRINK CREATE? We have a ton of ways to collaborate! Email me – theproperpinwheel@gmail.com

A DIY Caramel Apple Bar

October 10, 2013

Baby Girl Ward was born recently (view pics of the cutie here!), so while I’m out learning how to take care of her, I’ve asked some amaze bloggers to visit! Today’s post comes from Melissa of So Festive! This girl just had a baby (like two days ago) and managed to whip up a fantastic party at 9 months prego. She puts us all to shame. Or maybe just me. Take it away, Mel.

Hi! I’m Mel from So Festive! and I’m so excited to be here on The Proper Pinwheel today. I’m all about easy, yet FESTIVE ideas and today I’m going to share an idea that is a perfect way to bring in Fall…the best season of the year, if you ask me.

How to Have A Caramel Apple Bar for Fall

1. Make some delicious homemade caramel. Pick your favorite type of apple and slice it up real nice. Sure, whole caramel apples are pretty and all, but not very practical. So yes, slice it up. (But you may want to wait to slice it up once the party starts so they don’t brown.)

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If you need a good, easy recipe, try this easy one:

Caramel Apple Dip:

Melt 28 unwrapped caramels in 2/3 cup of cream over medium heat. Stir constantly and then serve. To reheat, warm in microwave for 30-second increments.

2. Gather some of your favorite toppings. Some good ones are: nuts, cinnamon chips, chocolate chips, cinnamon and sugar, and toffee bits.

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3. Put it all together. And what do you got? A yummy caramel apple bar! If you want to go all out, serve different types of apples and have everyone pick their favorite.

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4. Then dip, top, and eat away. I promise you won’t be able to stop after one! And if you want to be really festive, play Apples to Apples while you are indulging in those delicious caramel apples.

If you liked this festive idea, be sure to head over to So Festive for even more simple and festive ideas for Fall! Keep up with Melissa on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

photography: all photos by Melissa Sunday

Partying Simply With Chinet

October 1, 2013

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You know me. You know I love to party. And you also know that I will start planning a party and then blow it way out of proportion! A simple bash becomes over-the-top and before you know it, I’m super stressed and regretting the decision to ever have a little shindig in the first place.

Since becoming pregnant, I’ve learned to relax a little more. I still love to party, oh yes, but I do things a little differently now. I like to keep it simple. Simple foods. Simple decor. It’s more about having a good time and being able to enjoy your guests. Which is always a caveat for me. I’m usually so busy playing host that I don’t get to mingle as much as I want. That all changed when we decided to throw a small dessert party for some new friends. Here are a few tips on how I saved time and sanity!

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As with any bash, I like to use white plates and white serveware. It’s easy to add color with different bits of decor, but you can really keep things cohesive if you choose one or two main colors for your dishes. To add dimension to your tablescape, place foods at different heights. I used these Chinet square dinner plates and hot glued them on top of these Chinet 9 oz. & 14 oz. cut crystal cups. You can stack them with smaller dessert plates or just leave it at one and call it a day!

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We had a little dessert bar complete with brownies (both sugared and covered in fudge). We served different toppings like caramel, hot fudge, and marshmallow whip. All those toppings? Store bought. A year ago, you would have found me slaving away in the kitchen trying to make my own marshmallow whip. No more! I’ve changed, I guess.

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Adding small bunches of fresh-cut flowers to your table is a great way to add a little flair and fill up space! Again, we kept it simple with some white hydrangeas. These beauties will be disappearing from the floral section soon so I had to get my fix!!!

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My absolute fave part of the party? These Chinet cut crystal champagne flutes. They’re plastic, but they don’t look it! They added some class to our little bash. I decorated a few with bistro chalk markers. We also left the markers out so guests could decorate their own champagne flutes. The geometric design made an appearance, of course!

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I added a little color to the cake stands as well. These fun little touches are a neat surprise and help to personalize the party. It also helps when there’s a lot of chocolate.

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Because brownies can be a hit-or-miss, I bought a few and made a few. These sugared brownie bites were from our local grocery store, but they’re always a hit in my house! Add some caramel and marshmallow whip and you’ve got yourself a future diabetic.

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I usually like to make the beverages I serve to our guest, but again, we’re sticking with a simple theme here. I snatched up some delish sodas from Cost Plus World Market. The Limoncello is my absolute favorite.

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These fudge brownies didn’t last long. When I bake in the kitchen, I tend to leave a huge mess. I try to clean as I go, but the DISHES! Oy! I’ve laxed on the cooking/baking these last few months because I’m sick of doing dishes. To cut down on the clutter when I baked up a storm, I used Chinet Bakeware. It’s disposable and sturdy. Two things you need when baking a serious brownie. Confession: Most of the time, the batter never makes it to the oven. I will lick the bowl clean. I can really do it. This was just an exception since we were having friends over!

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Even though the table was filled with sweets, I had to add some kettle corn to add a little salt to the mix. You can pop your own or buy it from the store. Nobody will know the difference and you’ll be able to relax. I packaged the popcorn in these small treat bags so that everyone could have their own little snack. If I’m being honest though, I’ll tell you that I ate most of the popcorn bags myself. And I had to keep refilling them only to go and eat more!

After I posted about the most recent baby shower for BG-dub, I received a lot of messages and emails saying that people “understood why I always went all-in when throwing a party”. I come from a family that likes to do things over-the-top. We’re a very in-your-face type of people. But you don’t have to go crazy to have a good time. Whether you ask your guests to contribute to the menu, or pick most of it up at the store, you can have a great (and stress-free!) time!

*Chinet sent me product and a stipend for the food and decor in this post. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands that help keep us alive!

photography: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

5 Cake Toppers You Need Today

September 24, 2013

Every party has to have cake. It’s just a fact. If you don’t got cake, you don’t got nothin’. I’m planning to throw myself a secret send-off-into-motherhood-party where I’m the only one in attendance. There will be a cake, so naturally, we need a cake topper. Here are five that you absolutely need on the top tier!

cake toppers by The Paper Pony

Glitter hearts. A simple DIY that make even the most plain cake shine. View the how-to from The Paper Pony.

cake toppers by Lisa Leonard

These pinwheels are a no-brainer. Pick some up from Lisa Leonard.

cake toppers by Goose Grease

Peg dolls have made their way to the top. (pun intended). Learn how to paint your own at Goose Grease.

cake topper by Oh Lovely Day

We all know I’m a fan of anything easy. This DIY Ombre Cake Ribbon is simple, but stole my heart. View the how-to from Oh Lovely Day.

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Sparkler words. Get outta town. These would be so fun to photograph at night. Pick some up from TOPS Malibu.

What’s your pref? Do you like your cakes plain or dressed to the nines?

EAT DRINK CREATE | Summer

August 1, 2013

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So we had another EAT DRINK CREATE party here in Denver two weeks ago! Erin & I have been especially excited about this one because it was outside in a beautiful park setting. Let me tell you something. If you live in Denver, you just can’t count on the weather. We planned and planned and planned this event for months. I checked the weather 10 times a day for the 10 days leading up to the event. Clear skies. Clear skies. Clear skies. And then you wanna know how it all went down? Three hours before the event, the forecast changed to freak thunderstorms. FREAK! We made up our mind and said we are putting this on rain or shine. We went to the park and started setting up. Crazy, crazy wind showed up, but didn’t bring the rain with him. Hallelujah. It was super windy, but I’ll take it! Do you know what this kind of stress does to a prego gal?!?! I felt weathered. (pun intended)

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Anyways, this was so fun to put on. I’ve been so stoked because we went with a picnic-y theme. Pulled out all the stops including gingham, lemonade, pie, and embroidery. Full on American picnic, you guys! The amazing Nicole of Petit Soul Photography captured the evening perfectly! And to see even more photos and tweets, check out the hashtag #eatdrinkcreate on Instagram & Twitter!

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The sweet folks at Humble Pie provided the main dessert: the world’s greatest pie! I mean that. There was apple cheddar. There was strawberry rhubarb. There was cherry. My fave part is always the crust. Give me shortening and flour anyday! If you are ever in Denver visiting (me!!!!), I strongly urge you to stop by Humble Pie. You can’t stop at a slice. You just can’t.

We packaged the slices in individual pie boxes (I’ll share a tutorial very soon!), and wrapped them with love with twine and a wooden fork. HUGE thank you to Erin,Katie, and Annabelle (and her husband Cory!) for helping us get the pies and everything else set up! We love helpers! Love ‘em!

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To keep things simple, we served some deliciously enormous cherries to our guests.

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No picnic is complete without lemonade. Pink lemonade! Yellow lemonade! For everyone!

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Bump shot. You are welcome.

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These events are so much fun because we like to provide a little project/craft to everyone who comes along. We partnered with the gals at October Ink and had them design a little cherry graphic for us. The crafty ladies behind Fancy Tiger Crafts provided mini embroidery kits to each guest. Each kit was complete with the hoop, the thread, the fabric, and fun!

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As always, we are so grateful to the companies that partner with us to help make these events possible. We also worked with local boutique, Common Threads, to make this event happen. We love love LOVE their shops. One in Denver and one in Boulder! Stop by and take a peek around. All sorts of cute stuff that you can wear to a picnic or to a holiday party! Yowza! They also offer creative classes to help you get your craft on!

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We tossed blankets all over the park to make a comfy place for peeps to sit and socialize.

Halfway through the party, the crafty troops at Whimseybox - they just moved to Boulder! – raffled off three different boxes filled with different crafts! So generous. I was really jealous because I’m in love with Whimseybox and didn’t want to let the boxes go!

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See that adorable banner?!? The folks at Minted provided some fancy schmancy party decor that fit our setting PERFECTLY! It also made an adorable photo backdrop for friends to take pics with.

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Even babies traveled to embroider with us!

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I absolutely love meeting all sorts of creative folks. I also get really blown away by how amazingly dressed everyone is. Someone. Please. Come and dress me.

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I always love sharing the recaps of these events because Annabelle of Evergreen Lane Productions creates these amazing videos of the events! This one might be my new fave. It’s the song. It’s totally the song. Check it out!

Eat Drink Create – Summer from Annabelle Mintz on Vimeo.

We are so, so grateful to everyone who came out to the party! I’m so glad you braved the wind with us and that y’all had a good time! We are already starting to plan the holiday party, so get ready. The biggest thank you to these folks. We couldn’t have pulled this off without them! Stalk them. Do it.

Common Threads
Evergreen Lane Productions
Fancy Tiger Crafts
The Humble Pie Store
Minted
October Ink
Petit Soul Photography
Sarah Fritzler Design
Whimseybox

I love partnering with Erin to throw these lil’ shindigs. To see her recap, click here!

Photos by Petit Soul Photography; video by Evergreen Lane Productions; Eat Drink Create logo bySarah Fritzler.

EAT DRINK CREATE – A New & Regular Happening

April 23, 2013

 

EAT DRINK CREATE event by The Proper Pinwheel and Art Social

A few weeks ago, Erin of Art Social and I held our first EAT DRINK CREATE event at West Elm here in Denver. We’ve been planning this event for several months and we were so thrilled to finally let the secret out! I know! There are so many secrets being spilled over here! We wanted an outlet that would bring bloggers and other creatives in the Denver area together. It’s been quiet around here for too long. I’ve met many of the people who attended the event and I wanted some kind of party where they could all meet each other! Erin and I decided that these events were going to happen every quarter and we’re already planning the summer and the fall! It’s gonna be good. ;)

**Make sure you watch the video at the bottom of this post. It captures the party so perfectly! And the music is so fun to dance to. ;)

The deets:

EAT – There were donut kabobs. There was popcorn. In TWO flavors! Have you ever had Doc’s Popcorn? The kettle corn is to die for. A little salt. A little sweet. My mouth just filled with saliva typing about it! We also had regular butter flavor for those who love movie popcorn. Again, these were mostly accommodating to my taste buds. And I ate (no joke) 5 bags of the stuff before the night was over. I’m unstoppable. I’m a machine!

DRINK – We served Mexican Jarritos in assorted flavors. We attached little tags with our logo stamped on. We also had bottles of water for those who were driving.

CREATE – What. The. Fringe. We  gave everyone cute mini lanterns that could be covered with fringe to make pinatas/fringe decor with. There was so much fringe. Everywhere. We had it all pre-cut and my house was filled to the brim with the stuff in the days leading up to the party. Luckily, it got all used up and I didn’t go home with any! Phew. I’m not into fringe storage.

Consumer Crafts was kind enough to donate a goodie bag to each attendee. These things were filled with some serious goods including baker’s twine and washi tape. Two necessities when considering serious crafting. (Huge thanks to Katie of Lemon Jitters for helping us with the hook up and for also donating the cutest little “hello” signs! We couldn’t have done it without you!)

Ban.do also threw in some cute pom pom flowers for everybody. I planned to just keep them all for myself, but about an hour before the party, I grew a conscience. Ack.

Kate Donaldson was our awesome photographer for the evening and she took so many great photos it was hard to pick which ones I wanted to share with you! The girl has a great eye and took a lot of fun photos of our guests!
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Look at all the ban.do flowers! I’m coveting all over again… To see more of what’s inside these goodie bags, hop on over to Erin’s recap. They were seriously LOADED with goods.

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The dangerously delicious popcorn that I had in my hands all night. Five bags, people! I am beyond happy with our logo for these events. It was designed by the wonderful Sarah Fritzler! We also worked with her on designing the invitation for The Hello Social! The girl’s got game. I mean that.

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We all know that strawberry is the BEST flavor of this stuff. Artificially sweet. There’s nothing better in life.

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How cute is Erin? And how intense am I?

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These lovely ladies had me laughing all night. Their instagram captions were nothing short of hilarious. Go here to check out all the photos on the instagram feed! (#eatdrinkcreate)

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The awesome folks at Artifact Uprising gave away a custom Instagram book to one lucky attendee. Congratulations to Tara from Modern Maven for winning that lil’ sucker! Again, I’m so so jealous! Have you heard of Artifact Uprising? They have an amazing aesthetic. If there is a list for who to follow on Instagram, they’re at the top! @artifactuprising

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This table looks neater than my house at the moment. Oh boy.

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See? The popcorn. It was amazing.

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This is cute Jayne. She’s 1/2 of the October Ink equation and we were so happy she could come! She just moved to Denver and we wanted to welcome her properly. With a party, of course!

I can’t thank West Elm of Cherry Creek enough. Those folks love to party and we had a lot of fun working with them! PLUS – the store looked amazing and it was hard not to spend all the money that I don’t really have. Did you know that West Elm has a blog and that it’s filled with loads of useful decoration information?

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These two make me want to chop my hair off and dress really chic and stylish. I envy them and their coolness.

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A few of the gals (Emily from A Denver Home Companion, Sarah from Sarah Ann Noel, and Tara from Modern Maven) waiting for a photo op! It was so fun to have everyone together. Together and eating.

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Erin is a total dreamboat to work with. I couldn’t have picked a better partner for these events. She’s creative. She’s cute. And she’s oh-so-friendly. I can’t wait to start spilling the beans for the summer event! If you are in the Denver area, we want you there! It’s going to be big!

I’m so grateful to everyone who came! We had a blast getting to know you better and can’t wait to see you this Summer! Woo!

We also had Annabelle Mintz from Evergreen Lane Productions hanging around catching some vids for us. This is by far the funnest video I’ve ever seen. Maybe I’m biased, but it’s cute. The music is super chipper. I dare you to watch it! It’s a quick little snippet that gives more insight into the fun we had at the first EAT DRINK CREATE!

Eat Drink Create – Spring from Annabelle Mintz on Vimeo.

A huge thank you to all those who contributed:

ban.do
Consumer Crafts
Kate Donaldson
West Elm
Sarah Fritzler
Lemon Jitters
Annabelle Mintz
Artifact Uprising

 

photo cred: all photos by Kate Donaldson Photo

Giveaway: My Beso Necessities For The Perfect Bash

March 26, 2013

The Proper Pinwheel Party Collection for Beso People of Argentiinnnaaa!!! (Please tell me you’ve seen Evita.) I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for the last several days and have been channeling my inner Eva Peron. Such a great movie!!! And musical. I’m cultured.

To make up for the silence that has been going on around here for the last little bit, I wanted to bring you guys a lil’ treat! Except it’s a really awesome and big treat! I’ve partnered with Beso and created a collection of my fave party necessities. If you’re unfamiliar with Beso, it’s a super easy site that allows you to create collection boards of your fave anythings. It also provides you with links to buy those things (sometimes at discounted prices! Eek!). One of the best parts is that you can create collections based on anything your heart desires. Search for anything and add that picture to your collection! A link and other info will be included for purchase info! Shopping in an easier fashion. I’m all about shortcuts. Click here to view the collections page!

I’ve created a collection and one of you lucky people will get to win something in my collection or your very own up to $200! Easter is right around the corner and I’ve chosen anything and everything that screams SPRING in my collection! I’m sharing a few of my favorite paper and party goods that I know make any party a success! You’ll notice that there is a lot of Rifle Paper Co. in there! Of course! Click here to view The Proper Pinwheel’s collection!

Okay, the deets:

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

To enter the giveaway: Create your own collection of fave party goods and share the link here in the comments section! Creating a collection is as easy a pinning a photo. It takes two minutes. Seriously!

The winnings: Anything in my collection or your collection up to $200!

It all ends: Sunday, March 31st at 11pm pacific. Winner will be announced the following week!

Good night & good luck!

UPDATE:

Congratulations to the winner, Katy DeBardelaben of All Sorts of Pretty! I’ll be emailing you to get you the hook up! :)

View Katy’s collection here!

*This post is sponsored by Beso, but all opinions belong to yours truly. We are grateful to those sponsors that help us bring you quality goodness. :)

 

The Ins & Outs of The Hello Social

February 5, 2013

The Hello Social

Wow! I am still catching up from Alt Summit and am so happy to finally share the details of The Hello Social! This party was in the works for quite some time, and now that’s it’s over, I’m so happy we did it! It was created for all new attendees to Alt Summit but lots of veterans showed up too! Melissa and I were absolutely overwhelmed by the turnout. Lots of people! At West Elm! At a party we threw! Heck yeah!

It was held at the beautiful new West Elm in the City Creek Shopping Center in SLC. Now, I have been to a lot of West Elms. I love them. I feel a kinship to that store. And Salt Lake City was breathtaking. They have a gorgeous loft in the middle of the store and decor from floor to ceiling. I have to admit, I was more interested in stealing some cake plates than setting up for the party! Good thing I’m an honest person and was taught to never steal. No matter how much you want to….. ;)

We worked very closely with the store manager, Liz, and the rest of the staff to get all of the details ironed out. Those people know just what they’re doing and they become instant friends with you! They were so fun to hang out with at the event, and afterward during the cleanup! Good conversations were had.

The Hello Social

Now, there are a LOT of photos and there is a LOT of information below. I suggest you read on. :)

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