Thursday, November 27, 2014

Silhouette Black Friday Deals and DIY Personalized Baking Dishes

I am currently on a huge baking kick. In October we turned up the Christmas music and snapped holiday family photos to create these amazing personalized cookie plates. I am continuing the baking theme into my DIY gifts this year. I have always loved personalized baking pans that I have seen online and wanted to try and make some as gifts this year.

Thanks to my awesome Silhouette Portrait & Etching kit, I created a personalized pie plate for my Grandma Smith's famous apple pie and 9 x 13" baking pans for my mom and sister.

Honestly, I was a little nervous about etching on glass (and screwing it up), but it was so super easy. Silhouette offers very detailed instructions and even a DVD to watch first. I am totally in love with my new Portrait. It can do so many fun things from vinyl, banners, labels, glass, and so much more.
I love my machine so much that I wanted to share Silhouette's Black Friday Deal going on from
Nov. 26 to Dec. 8, 2014


Portrait Bundle
- Portrait machine & 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $179.99
CAMEO Bundle #1
- CAMEO machine, Designer Edition software upgrade, Dust Cover, 4 Tools and $25 Download card to the Silhouette Design Store for $269.99
CAMEO Bundle #2
- CAMEO machine, Design Edition software upgrade and 1 free year to Club Silhouette for $299.99
CAMEO & Portrait Bundle (One for you, one for a friend!)
- CAMEO machine, Portrait machine and 2, $25 Download cards to the Silhouette Design Store for $299.99
Already a Silhouette user?
Use code: CTPARTY to receive 40% off at (*excluding machines, design downloads, download cards, subscriptions and gift cards) PLUS Free Shipping on orders over $25 for the lower 48 states
50% off all designs at – no code needed!
Happy Black Friday shopping!  I'd love to hear about all the good deals you find!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Favorite Things Exchange Party

Congratulations Valerie Sobus, you have WON the #favthings2014 Bag of Swag Giveaway!

Hi Craft That Party readers, I recently shared my "Favorite Things" Exchange Party over on ediTORIal. Wanted to share it here as well in case you missed it.

The purpose of the party is for everyone to bring and share 5 of their favorite things and exchange them for 5 new favorite things.
How It Works:

I mailed invitations to my guests three weeks in advance requesting they bring 5 of their favorite things to the party. The items could be bought or homemade. The only rule was that you had to bring 5 of the same item, unwrapped, and costing under $6. In return, they would leave the party with 5 brand new favorite things to take home.

Party day couldn't come soon enough. I was bursting at the seams to share all of the exciting surprises I had in store for my friends. We started the night mingling over sweets from the dessert table.

I set out placecards where my friends could display their 5 favorite items on my dining room table. Each place setting had a beautiful favor box and a "You Are One of My Favorite Things" tag as a little token to show my friends how special they are to me.

We moved the party into the living room. Everyone took turns presenting their favorite things to the group explaining where they found it, how much it cost, and why they chose it. Items ranged from beauty products, sweets, kitchen utensils, Starbucks, and more. I was totally impressed with the creativity and ingenuity of my friends to find such great items for under $6!

The Exchange:

To avoid a mad rush to the table during the 5 rounds of the gift exchange, I asked a series of five fun random questions. For example:

Pull out your phone, how many photos do you currently have on your camera roll? Highest number picked 1 new favorite thing from the table first.

For the next round, if you have 4 or more kids you may pick first, 3 kids picked second, etc...


Once everyone had chosen 5 new favorite things from the table, they thought we were done... but we were only getting started! I secretly enlisted help from a few of my favorite shops and brands to send my friends home with TEN of my favorite things!

 I wore many of my "favorite things" to the party as clues for the surprise giveaway happening at the end. In this photo, I surprised everyone with Jamberry Nail Wraps! As you can see above, I am wearing green polka dot Jamberry Nail wraps that matched my outfit. 

For the next half hour, one by one I brought out each of my favorite things.  There were lots of screams and cheers! Here are all of the wonderful things my friends went home with...

Top Row: Oh Goodie Designs Confetti Wands : Piggy Bank Parties Favor Boxes & Tags : Sunbasil Garden Soap Love Soaps
Middle Row: Goin Chic Boutique Polka Dot Totes : A Blissful Nest Mugs : Jamberry Nails Wraps
Bottom Row: Birthday Express Gift Certificates : Alex and Ani Bracelet : Ike and Co. Vintage Glass Earrings

For my grand finale, I picked three names out of a hat for The Spa at Hershey Hotel gift certificates. Their cocoa facials are my most favorite thing ever. If you ever visit the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania or Hershey Park, you must leave time to get covered in chocolate at the Hershey Spa and tell them I sent you!
A huge thank you to all of my incredibly generous vendors.  I hope that you will check out each and every vendor listed for more inspiration and great products.

Party Vendors:
Photography: Allison Duda of A JOY Photography
Invitation, Favorites Banner, Straws, and Cupcake Toppers: Party A La Mo
Tribal Garland, Favor Boxes and Tags: Piggy Bank Parties
Honeycomb Balls: Shop Sweet Lulu
Plates, Napkins: Birthday Express
Pumpkin Spice and Caramel Apple Cupcakes and Cakepops: Samantha's Sweet's
Floral Sugar Cookies: Bambella Cookie's
Chocolate Covered Oreos: Bella's Bakery and Bowtique

Favorite Things Sponsors:
Party A La Mo
Piggy Bank Parties
Jamberry Nails

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Favorite Things 2014 Swag Bag Giveaway

Favorite Things Exchanges are becoming a fun party trend where guests are asked to bring 5 items to exchange. Everyone shares their items and picks brand new favorite things to take home! You can catch all the party details over on Tori Spelling's ediTORIal today.

At the end of the party, I surprised my friends with some special gifts. Each guest took home a bag full of my favorite things. I am excited to announce that I saved an entire bag of swag from the party to give one lucky reader! Enter below for your chance to WIN an entire BAG of SWAG worth over $400 from the party! See how to enter and rules below.


Let's take a closer look at the prizes...
Oh Goodie Designs Confetti Wand (now sold in Anthropologie!)
10 Piggy Bank Parties Favor Boxes & Tags
 Goin Chic Boutique Gold Polka Dot Tote
A Blissful Nest I Love Pretty Things Mug
A set of Jamberry Nails Wraps
 $15 Birthday Express Gift Certificate
Alex and Ani Bracelet
Ike and Co. Vintage Glass Earrings
Party A La Mo Favorites Banner
 A prize package worth over $400!
Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway here:
 Again, a huge thank you to all of my incredibly generous vendors. I hope that you will check out each and every vendor listed for more inspiration and great products.

Favorite Things Sponsors:
Party A La Mo
Piggy Bank Parties
Jamberry Nails
Alex and Ani
Birthday Express

Party Vendors:
Photography: Allison Duda of A JOY Photography
Invitation, Favorites Banner, Straws, and Cupcake Toppers: Party A La Mo
Tribal Garland, Favor Boxes and Tags: Piggy Bank Parties
Plates, Napkins: Birthday Express
Cupcakes and Cakepops: Samantha's Sweet's
Floral Cookies: Bambella Cookie's
Chocolate Covered Oreos: Bella's Bakery and Bowtique

Rules: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. We hereby release Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest of any liability.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents 18 and older. The winner will be selected by Rafflecopter and will have 48 hours to respond to our notification email before another winner is selected. Giveaway prize will be sent directly from Craft That Party. Happy entering and Good Luck!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

{Exclusive Sneak Peek} Brand New Custom Cookie Plates

I love testing out new products before they hit the shelves. Today I am sharing an exclusive sneak peek at a brand new product coming to Birthday Express. Very soon they will be offering full bleed custom paper plates! The possiblities for these plates are endless-- birthday parties, baby showers, weddings, gift giving, and more. I teamed up with A Joy Photography to show you how we plan to use our custom plates for the holidays. Two words... COOKIE PLATES!

We gathered our familes for a fun day of cookie baking in my kitchen. Yes, we even made them all wear coordinating holiday inspired colors with Christmas music in the background while we snapped some family pictures.

We sent our favorite photos to Birthday Express. Their amazing designers turned our photos into these wonderful paper plates. I cannot get over how beautiful they turned out!

We plan to fill each plate with cookies to give to our friends and family. Talk about a fun surprise beneath all the cookies! We also had plates made of the just the kids so that we could give special plates of cookies to their teachers at school. Such a personal and fun way to gift cookies this year!

Thank you Birthday Express for allowing us to test out your new plates. Be on the look out, custom plates will be offered on the Birthday Express website before the end of November.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Healthy Dinner Ideas: Walmart Smithfield Marinated Pork

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Smithfield®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PutPorkontheMenu

It's the start of a new basketball season in our house. This means Monday night meals must be quick, easy, and healthy for my little hoopsters. I've got an hour and a half from the time the bus drops them off to get homework done, eat dinner, change clothes, and get them to the basketball court. Anyone else have trouble juggling at that?!!

Here's how I got it all done. Monday morning I picked up a Smithfield Marinated Pork, frozen edamame beans, mushrooms, and quinoa while shopping at Wal-Mart. About an hour before the kids get home, I throw the pork loin in the oven to roast. It's already perfectly marinated, so no fuss there. So simple. It cooks while we get homework done and before you know it, it's time to eat and go!
My kids love edamame beans. Yes, I said it. They love something green and healthy. I've included my secret recipe below. I promise, it's a winner!
Parmesan Edamame Beans Recipe
Frozen sea salt edamame beans
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon olive oil
Directions: Microwave beans as directed on bag. When cool, shell edamame beans. Discard the pods. Mix beans and all other ingredients together. Bake for 25 minutes at 350.  

One can never have enough mushrooms, so I sauteed mushrooms to put on top of my portobello mushroom pork loin. Then I made my quinoa as directed on the bag. In no time, I've pulled together a healthy, easy meal for my family. 

My 8 year old said that this was his favorite meal ever and asked if I could pack it for his school lunch the next day. I'd say this meal was a huge success!

While supplies last you can receive a seventy five cents ($.75) off ONE (1) Smithfield Marinated Pork product coupon by visiting here.

For additional recipe ideas, visit the Smithfield Website, Smithfield Facebook, on Instagram, and Twitter.

Sunday, October 26, 2014


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