Posts Tagged ‘Budget’

nov11 Melissa is the genius behind Lean with Green blog. A blog that compiles the best of the Northwest deals and budget saving tips. I was invited to write a guest blog post about, “Hosting a Party on a Budget“. It has great tips on cutting back, but still having a fabulous party. With the holidays coming up, it is worth checking out. Cheers!

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ps. Happy Veteran’s Day! I hope you have the day off!!


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nov02Problem: You have 100+ envelopes to address and your hand is already cramping at the thought of it. In addition, your budget will not allow you to hire a calligrapher. What options do you have? Force your bridesmaids (remember they are NOT slaves) to address your invitations or recruit family members… OR you could make your handwriting in a font! Seems strange…but keep with me. There are various websites that allow you to upload samples of your handwriting and they’ll turn into a TrueType font. The ultimate personalization!


(image from Font for Peas)

You can even add your squiggles, hearts and geometric shapes to “your” font just like dingbats. I haven’t even mentioned the best part. Some sites are free or charge a nominal fee.font

(image from Fontifier)

Check out:

FontCapture (Free!); FontsForPeas (Free!);Fontifier ($9);YourFonts ($10)

If you are like me and your handwriting is nothing special. You can always “borrow” and download free fonts from websites listed above or from Da Font or Abstract Fonts to add some panache to your paper.

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Free Fridays

jul31It is that time again! I hate to admit it, but this week just flew by. Since I am planning a baby shower for Saturday (late morning) and a backyard back for Saturday evening, my evenings have been very busy. Here are a a few giveaways and templates to help make your Friday melt into the weekend.


Earrings: A lovely pair of ivory lacy filigree earrings with gold detailing. Perfect for a dinner party! Giveaway ends August 4th.


Wedding Templates: From Russel + Hazel, for whatever your planning heart desires. They have a comprehensive list for everything, from Budget sheets to floor plan arrangements to vendor contact lists. Get organized now!

Favor boxes and cupcake boxes: DIY templates for petal boxes, perfect for your next shower or wedding. Let your guests take home a bit of sweetness or wrap up the party favors in these easy take-home boxes.

Invites, Signs and Monograms, Oh My: The Hostess with the Mostess  has fabulous templates for a serious party with an agenda full of monkey business. Bananas not included.

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jul30To cut costs, you can cut the wedding invitations. Companies such as Evite allow you to invite your guests without having to address or mail a since paper invite. The invitation styles can range from super cheesy to semi-formal. Since this service is free, it can be bogged down by obnoxious advertisements and blinky links. It might be a good alternative to the email invitation, but is it formal enough for a wedding? Another company, Paperless Post offers the same service as Evite, but creates a more formal environment. Customizable designs that reflect the style of your wedding can help portray the formality of the event. No advertisements will scream across your screen, as there is a small fee for each “postage stamp” you use on an invitation. The first 25 stamps are free, each additional is about 0.08 cents. In comparison, the average wedding invitation costs 0.61 cents.

I signed up for the free service and “made” my invitation. It was extremely simple to set up and word my Summer Soiree. Once I completed the steps, my invitation was ready for delivery.

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My invitation pops up!

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After I email my invitation to all my guests, I can keep track of my guests’ replies with the tracking tool. I can even remind the guests of the RSVP deadline. Remember, bad RSVP etiquette is never flattering.

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Is this something you whoudl use for an event such as a wedding? Or do you prefer the romance of a paper invitation?

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jul29Portland is a bubbling hub of fashion design. This week’s collection features, Terri of Olivia Luca. A local designer that uses lush fabrics and offers eco-friendly options without charging an arm and a leg. Each of her delicious designs are tailored to fit your body and inimitable style. Sounds too good to be true? How about, the price? Even with all the details, most dresses are under $1000. I’ve died and gone to heaven. Head over to the Design Studio and feast your eyes on the dress of your dreams (for any occasion).

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1) Pouf, the Magic Dress: This silk faille strapless dress hits at the knee and puffs out with the use of extra crinoline. The ribbon sash adds sweetness to the dress in more ways than one.

2) It’s Easy To Be Green: A layer of fair trade silk organza floats atop organic cotton dress.  The empire waist and layered sashes accentuates the smallest part of the body.

3) Halter at the Alter: The mermaid silhouette slims through the hips and ends with a sweep train that will gently glide over the ground with every step. The deep v-neck elongates the neck and torso.

4) Strapped: Strapless silhouette is simple elegance at its best. A thick and handsome chocolate brown silk sash cinches the waist breaking up the a-line skirt. Boning is added for extra support and structure.

5) Trim and Tailored: Narrow spaghetti straps can be adjusted in a variety of ways with a simple alteration. The ever-flattering a-line skirt gently flares at the hips, hiding any curves to the body.

6) Off She Goes: Silk satin faced organza drapes beautifully on this extraordinary a-line skirt. The empire waist is paired with the off-shoulder surplice bodice creates a deep V in the front and back of the dress adding feminine touches without being to risque.

Did you know: All the fabrics used in the studio are 100% silk or a blend of silk and other natural fiber. She also offers a selection of certified organic cotton and cotton prints, sustainable SBP® hemp/silk, bamboo and other environmentally responsible fabrics. Wow, wow we wow. She also offers dresses for bridesmaids and flower girls. Design away, because fabric that is left over from your design is recycled, reused, or donated to local non-profit low-income artists.

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jun25It doesn’t take much to add pizazz to a party. Joanna, from LotusHaus Blog, made the basic Father’s BBQ into a fun fiesta with bright colors and flavorful dishes. For flowers, she bought grocery store bouquets and placed single red and yellow votives for more color. The tablecloth and runner were found at a local discount store and the colors really make the space pop. I love seeing intimate parties with such flare, it will make anyone feel more special.  She did a great job of keeping it cheap and bringing the fiesta to an otherwise standard BBQ. Lastly, she switched up the blah hamburger and hot dog menu to fit the theme: carne asada with aqua-mole salsa and spanish rice and beans. Luckily, she did not post pictures of the food, because my peanut butter and jelly sandwich is not doing a good job of holding me over.

Did you celebrate Fathers’ Day? What did you do?

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jun18Good morning! I’ve decided to expand my option of services to include a free option. Whoa! Free?! Yes. Free. A basic mood board will contain a collection of pictures, similar to what I’ve done in the past but without the detailed information and descriptions. If you are interested in having a mood board created especially for your event. Go here and complete the questionnaire. Your answers will help determine your overall feel and color scheme for your event. You may ask why this service is being offered gratis! I want to expand my mood board collection and want to offer it to my beautiful readers. So here is your next party… Cheers!

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