Saturday, May 30, 2015

Graduation Party from PartyPail

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It’s that time of year again! The class of 2015 is graduating high school and college and ready to embark on their next adventure. PartyPail has everything you need to send them on their way with the perfect celebration! And, they're offering up to 50% off graduation party supplies (prices marked), just in time for your party.
From plates and napkins, to balloons and streamers, PartyPail has everything you would need to honor the graduate in your life! With a full range of graduation party supplies, you won’t need to shop anywhere else. Plus, it’s all based on color, so you can pick out the graduate’s school colors or just throw them a party based on their favorites. I personally love the black & white graduation party supplies
Almost all of the PartyPail graduation supplies can be personalized with the graduate’s name and date of graduation. Take a look at these custom graduation banners as an example. 

Red Custom Graduation Banner

In addition to the great sale, PartyPail is offering free shipping on orders over $49. Use the coupon code below to take advantage of this great offer:

Coupon Code: freeship49d
Expiration Date: 06/04/2015


Friday, May 29, 2015

Create the Sweetest Candy Themed Birthday Ever

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sweet shoppe candy party supplies

Bright, colorful, and fun! That's the look and feel of the Sweet Candy Shoppe party theme. Think rainbow colors, accented with hot pink, lime green, neon yellow, lavender, turquoise, black and white. The Birthday Express Sweet Shoppe party supplies incorporates all these colors in their collection of brightly-colored rock candy sticks, multi-colored Whirly Pops, Gumball assortments, lollipops, and more. They've also got a fun, candy-themed personalized birthday banner that will really make a child's special day sweet. 

Other decorating ideas include: lining your walkway with fake lollipops, using construction or crepe paper to make candy-shaped wall decorations, and adding lots of colorful balloons all around the party zone. For inspiration, picture Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, Candy Land, or even the game app, Candy Crush. 

Candy Shoppe Food/Drink - While most kids are convinced that they could survive on candy alone, it's a good idea to have an array of healthier foods to balance out all the sugar (although, there will be plenty of sugar involved in a Candy Shoppe Party). Fun ideas include make-your-own-mini-pizzas or cooking up small-portion hamburgers, as well as having a veggie plate loaded with multicolored veggies and fruit (carrots, red and yellow bell peppers, green beans, purple cauliflower, strawberries, blueberries, etc.). 

sweet shoppe candy party supplies 

On the sweeter side, the options are almost endless! You could arrange a rainbow colored assortment of licorice sticks in cups on a table and have the guests bite off each end and use the licorice as straws! You could pre-frost cupcakes and then let the guests decorate them with everything from jelly beans and Pop Rocks Candy to M&M's and sprinkles. And you can serve it all on Birthday Express-designed Candy Shoppe dinner plates

Candy Shoppe Games and Favors - What's a Candy Shoppe Party without a fun game of Candy Land? Birthday Express also has you covered with other enjoyable games, such as a Giant Cupcake Pinata and an Inflatable Cake Ring Toss Game. Perfect candy-themed favors include cupcake scented nail polish, candy necklaces, ice cream lip balm, and Candy Shoppe tattoos. And you could send each guest home with their very own Candy Shoppe Filled Party Favor Box that includes a candy sticker sheet, candy buttons, a glitter bracelet and more sweet treats!

And what better way to say "Thanks for being such a sweet friend," than with Birthday Express' Candy Shoppe Thank-You Notes. 


Candy Shoppe Thank-You Notes

Cupcake Giant Pinata

Candy Shoppe Dessert Plates



Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Savings Event at Birthday Express

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Great news! Birthday Express just launched their Summer Savings Event and it features some great deals including hundreds of products $.99 and under! These deals sizzle so get them while they're hot! Check out the deal links and some of my favorite products below.

Shop Now >> Summer Savings Event - Up to 80% off at Birthday Express

Hot Items On Sale – All Under $.99 at Birthday Express

Mermaids T-Shirt 3T

Sweet Tweet Bird Blue Foil Balloon




Girl Assorted Cookie Cutters

Hippo Blue Tumbler




Hippie Chick Dinner Plates

Boy's Lil' Cupcake 1st Birthday Lunch Napkins



More Great Items
Playful Puppy Pink Framed Signature Matte - Only $8.99! 
Playful Puppy Blue Applique Fleece Blanket - Only $2.99!
Enchanted Unicorn 2nd Birthday Cone Hats - Only $0.99!
Body Glitter - Only $0.49!


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Party with Disney's Frozen Fever and Olaf

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frozen birthday party supplies

Kiddos who are smitten with Olaf the snowman or for those that simply can't get enough of the singing sisters,Birthday Express can help you create the ultimate Frozen party experience! 

Create a pretty princess party with Frozen Fever party supplies, or treat your little snowman to a silly celebration with Olaf party supplies. Or, better yet, since the color schemes within each of the themes are so similar, combine the two for a unique Frozen party! 

Birthday Express has everything you need for a full-fledged Frozen-themed party including Elsa and Anna plates, Olaf cups and napkins and Frozen invitations! In addition to yellow and turquoise crepe paper, curling ribbon and balloons from the Frozen Fever and Olaf party themes, the Disney Frozen scene setter and a Disney Olaf plastic table cover work great as a backdrop for the party room. 

Need a Frozen party activity or game idea? The "stick-the-carrot nose-on-Olaf" Frozen party game or an Olaf pinata will keep the kids entertained! These fun games are sure to bring smiles to your child's Frozen-themed party. And you'll definitely have them singing when you treat them to party favors such as Frozen stickers sheets, bubbles, pencils and temporary tattoos. 

Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and friends are all on hand at Birthday Express to give your child a Frozen birthday to sing about for years to come. For more Frozen birthday party ideas or to check out the available party supplies mentioned above, Shop now!



Thursday, May 14, 2015

The MagnetStreet Diamond Anniversary Celebration Sale

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MagnetStreet.com is an online, full service stationery store that allows you to create highly personalized magnets, cards and other printed stationery from announcements to invitations and programs to thank you notes. And do you know that MagnetStreet just turned 10?! Yes, MagnetStreet is celebrating their 10th Year Anniversary  and they're celebrating it with their Diamond Anniversary Celebration Sale which started on May 5th, where you will get 30% savings on Wedding and Life Moments stationery!

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And because they're marking another year, here's a little something about MagnetStreet.

It All Started with Save the Date Magnets
  • Hard to imagine a time when “Saving the Date” was little more than a verb but back in 2005, MagnetStreet was one of the first national vendors to offer Save the Date Magnets.
  • Since then, MagnetStreet has grown to be a full service stationer—and an industry leader in design and print capabilities.
  •  From Invitations, to Announcements, Thank Yous, Favors … MagnetStreet now offers an entire line up on specialty papers for the big day and beyond.
  •  Never wavering desire-to-serve. We love helping our customers turn their dreams into reality—through personal expression via unlimited color choices and innovative editing tools for colors, fonts, photos, and wording.
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In love with color then and now
  • After all these years, MagnetStreet maintains a passion for personalization
  • Over 80 colors to choose from—or, create custom colors! Any colors. Any design!
  • Users can literally unleash their creativity to carry their style across their products.
  • Still working out those colors? No problem! Browse the Color Boutique to discover your dream palette, create and share fun custom artwork, plus, get a free custom color palette (for color matching and sharing with vendors)
  • Free Samples—in your colors!
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Designs for the times
  • Diverse stationery templates—to fit the trend and your style. From classic and destination to modern, vintage, rustic and unique …


The sitewide Anniversary sale covers all of our products for celebrating your wedding or life event. 30% off Wedding Stationery with code WCHEERS and 30% Off Life Moments with code LMCHEERS. You got to hurry because both codes expires on 05/18/15. Plus, there are fun giveaways for subscribers too!




Monday, May 11, 2015

Up to 90% off Costumes! Shop the BuyCostumes Semi-Annual Clearance Event

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BuyCostumes Semi-Annual Clearance Sale

For the entire month of May, BuyCostumes is running their Semi-Annual Clearance Sale with costumes up to 90% off! Now is the perfect time to stock-up on fun costumes for the kiddos... even yourself! Here are a few ideas on how to take advantage of this sale:
  1. Gear up the kids for summer fun! Kids will love dressing up as their favorite character or superhero.
  2. Do you have a family reunion or summer camping trip? Find some funny costumes or props to make the party more lively.
  3. If you're participating in a mud run or fun run, find a super cool wig or costume accessory to wear.
  4. Shop early for Halloween!
Click here to shop now >> Semi-Annual Clearance Sale - Up to 90% off!




Amazing Ways to Use and Create with Blurb

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Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing how and why Blurb is such an incredible source for telling your story—whether it includes photos, words, or both. I realize that not everyone has the desire to write a novel or sell a book of their photos. Some people just want to commemorate a trip, an event, or a special occasion. Others may want to visually capture a business concept or life experience. Whatever the inclination, Blurb makes it easy and affordable to realize it. 

Chances are you already have an idea for the kind of book you want to create. But in case you need a little inspiration, here are a few ways people have used Blurb to create their own creative and useful books: 
  • Gifts - A beautiful, custom-made book is one of the most thoughtful, meaningful gifts you can give. With Father’s Day, graduation, and wedding season just around the corner, this type of book can make the perfect gift that keeps on giving. And with Blurb’s cutting-edge book-making tools, you can add photos, words, stories, drawings—anything you want—and make something that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Ideas include: a favorite recipes book, a baby’s first year book, a book of poems, a senior year book, etc. 
  • Memoirs - You have a story to tell. Ok, so you may not have hiked across the Sahara or been on Broadway, but that doesn’t mean that you haven’t impacted lives or had interesting life experiences. And it certainly doesn’t mean that you don’t have valuable insights to impart. Even if you have no interest in sharing your memoir with anyone, the process of reflecting on your life and writing down some of your thoughts and experiences can be incredibly eye-opening and cathartic. 
  • Pet Books - What better way to showcase your best friend than with their very own book. It could be something as simple as pictures and quips of trips to the park, naps on the couch, playing with a favorite toy, or basking in the sun, to a more in-depth life story book about your pet. These can be shared as gifts, sold to fellow pet-lovers, or just kept for your own personal enjoyment. 
  • Non-Profit Fundraising Books - With Blurb, non-profits can share their story with compelling words and images and then sell them via Blurb’s Sell & Distribute option to fundraise for their organization. For example, Gerrit Greve’s Hearts for Healing book showcases how kids interpret a giving heart through art. It also chronicles how Greve’s students gained new confidence in themselves and their abilities knowing that their art could make a difference in someone’s life and health. This beautiful book is an example of how Blurb’s platforms can be used to support a cause that’s important to you.

These are just a few ways that you can use Blurb to share your story or promote a purpose, but know that there are many, many others. Get creative! Honestly, the most important part is just clicking on the “Get Started” link on Blurb.com. As you start the process of creating your own book, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the creativity floodgates open! 

And when it does and you’ve created your own book, be sure to tell me about it—if you’re okay with me doing so, I’d love to promote it to other readers. Who knows? You may inspire someone else to create a book of their own! 





New, easy-to-use Explore One™ machine from Cricut

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If you're new to the wonderful world of crafting -- or even if you consider yourself to be more of a "basic" crafter -- then Cricut's brand new machine is just for you! This nifty new machine is called the Cricut Explore One™ and it's perfect for crafting beginners and basic crafters because it offers a simplified design-and-cut system that is incredibly user-friendly. The Explore One™ actually offers most of the same features as Cricut's other Explore machines, it's just priced lower!



In addition to its affordable price, here are a few other things about the Cricut Explore One™ that you're sure to love:
  • It can cut over 60 different materials, from the most delicate materials like vellum to thicker things like leather. It can also cut cardstock, vinyl, fabric, balsa wood, leather, and more…without complicated settings.
  • You'll have free access to Cricut's Design Space™ online software and iPad® app so you'll able to design on your computer or your Pad®. You'll also be able to use a Bluetooth® adapter for wireless cutting.
  • The Explore One allows you to cut a wide range of shapes and sizes with exceptional precision, from ¼" tall up to 11½" wide x 23½" tall. You just select the material that you're using on the Smart Set® dial. From there, the machine's Cut Smart® technology will deliver a clean, professional cut.
  • You can upload your own images and use your own fonts -- for free!
  • Each machine comes with over 25 free 1-click projects and 50+ free images to get them started right away.
  • If you want to use the machine to write or score, you can easily swap out the cutting cartridge with the Cricut Explore One™ Accessory Adapter and Pen.
The Cricut Explore One™ makes it easy, fast, and affordable for you to explore your creativity and delight your loved ones with personal handmade projects and gifts! And if you purchase your very own Cricut Explore One™ before the end of May - you'll get free shipping when you use code MAYSHIP!





Thursday, May 7, 2015

Light Up the Fun with an Army Camo Party

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camo army party supplies

Atttennnn-tion! Does your little soldier have a birthday coming up? Then your mission is to report for duty to Birthday Express! They have all the supplies and gear you'll need to throw your little Ranger the perfect party!

Camo Army Party Supplies - Invitations? Check. Plates, cups, napkins, and utensils? Check. Birthday candles and balloons? Check and check. Birthday Express' Camo Army Soldier Value Party Pack includes all the party essentials you'll need to complete your party-planning mission - and at a cost that is sure to earn you a rank increase. 

Camo Army Decorations - In addition to the red and blue balloons, ribbons, and red crepe paper that is included in the Camo Army Value Party Pack, the Birthday Express' Camo Army Solider personalized banner will create an official party headquarters. You could also go with a camo-themed decor and turn the party zone into a top-secret special ops base for the little solider and their platoon. 

Camo Army Games & Favors - No Army-themed party would be complete without Birthday Express' Camouflage Tank Party Game. Each solider is blindfolded and is tasked with getting the tank sticker onto the target. Talk about a tough assignment! Fortunately in this game, everyone is a winner. To show their appreciation for their troop's dedication, the birthday kid can ensure that each party attendee is field-ready with the Camo Army Solider Filled Favor Box. Supplies include, binoculars, a compass, a dog tag, aviator sunglasses, and Army soldier stickers.

And what soldier would be ready for birthday duty without their very own camo vest and camo helmet? Birthday Express has all these items and more! Copy that. Over and out. 


Camo Army Soldier Value Party Pack

Camouflage Tank Party Game

Camo Army Solider Filled Favor Box


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Blurb: Quality and Cost Effectiveness

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Thus far you’ve heard the Blurb story and learned a bit about the extensive tools and resources that Blurb makes available to their book-making customers. While all that is impressive, what’s really remarkable to me is how they offer all of that and provide visually stunning books made on photo-quality paper—AND do it all at such an incredibly affordable price. It’s really is something to marvel at. 

Since day one, Blurb has been praised for their unwavering commitment to quality, which is why renowned photographers, graphic designers, architects, artists, and other creative professionals repeatedly choose Blurb to display their works of art. That speaks volumes in my book (no pun intended) because, if they trust Blurb to showcase their work, then it just seems logical that I should too. 


Professional-Quality Books and Magazines
Whether you’re creating a photo book, a trade book, or a magazine, Blurb allows you to choose from a wide range of trim size, covers, fonts, layouts, and paper. Paper type is actually really key to any book which displays images. Other book-making platforms may have some nice quality paper, but you’re going to pay out the wazoo for your book. Others use recycled paper, which is good environmentally, but not so great for producing visually-rich images.

Blurb, on the other hand, provides customers with several paper options, including standard paper that has a smooth, semi-matte finish on 80# stock, to uncoated ProLine semi-gloss paper on 140# stock that’s ideal for high-end photography and design books. 


Digital Books/Ebooks
Blurb is actually one of the few book-making platforms that gives you complete control over creating an ebook. Blurb lets you make ebooks in both fixed-layout (Apple iPad®-only) and reflowable formats (iPad and Kindle devices). You can even convert any book or magazine you create into a gorgeous ebook so you can share and distribute it in a way that’s easy, affordable, and earth-friendly! 


Price
If price is a factor (when is it not?), Blurb is bar none one of the most affordable printers out there with one of the lowest price per page available – especially when you consider their quality and array of creative options. So that you will know exactly what you’re getting at what cost, Blurb developed a Pricing Calculator. I mentioned their pricing calculator in my last post, but to recap, this fantastic tool lets you see what your price per book will be based on the selections you choose (e.g. soft cover, 7 x 7 photobook, on ProLine Uncoated #100 paper). 

You can also compare the pricing of different types of books (trade book vs. magazine, vs. ebook, etc.), covers (hard or soft), sizes (7 x 7 vs 13 x 11), paper type (matte, glossy), etc. 

Although their pricing is already impressive, take note that Blurb is generously offering you 15% off any book you create from now through 5/30! Get started now

I recommend sorting through those pictures on your camera, smartphone, Facebook feed, or Instagram page and start creating your very own book. You’ll be so excited with the results that you’ll probably want to make a copy for all of your friends and family (I’m speaking from experience here!). 

If you need some inspiration, I’ll be sharing examples in next week’s post of how some people have used Blurb to create their own creative and useful books—so stay tuned!





Friday, May 1, 2015

Fire-up a Birthday with a Fireman-Themed Party

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little fireman birthday party supplies

Sound the alarms, fire up the engines, and get the party started with Little Fireman party supplies from Birthday Express! For all the little boys and girls who aspire to fight fires when they grow up - this is the party theme for them! Not sure what you'll need to pull off a 5-alarm party blowout? Birthday Express to the rescue! From plates to party favors, they have all the gear you need to throw a glowing party. 
• Little Fireman Supplies - The heroic party experts at Birthday Express help you create a one-of-a-kind celebration with their complete Little Fireman Party in a Box - Deluxe - 8 Guests! The supplies in the box have everything you need for a smokin'-hot birthday celebration, including Little Fireman dinner plates, dessert plates, cups, napkins, cutlery and tablecovers.
• Little Fireman Decorations and Favors - Turn your home into a firehouse with fireman themed backdrops, cardboard standups, and Little Fireman wall decals! Add red, orange, and yellow streamers and balloons and you've got a party that will set your little one's face aglow. The Fire Trucks Empty Favor Boxes can also work double-duty as personalized decor and as a goodie box for guests.
• Little Fireman Food & Drink - Firefighters work hard, so they need sustenance to keep them going! Create a fruit and veggie plate with orange, yellow, and red food items, such as bell peppers, carrots, strawberries, oranges, and cherries. For some added flare, have a bowl of hot tamale candies and spicy chips! For drinks, definitely include water (of course!), and perhaps some red punch. You could also give each guest their own Fire Hydrant Cup to drink out of! 
Lastly, make the birthday child feel like the hero of the party with their very own fireman costume and fire chief hat... the helmets also make a great party favor!

Check out some of the fun Little Fireman party supplies below: 



Little Fireman Party in a Box - Deluxe - 8 Guests

Fire Hydrant Cup

Fire Trucks Empty Favor Boxes

Let Caviar deliver your meal this weekend. Caviar FTW!

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The Food You Love, Delivered - Order Now!


The football draft, baseball, horse racing, boxing and playoffs - this Saturday is the biggest sports day ever. Naturally it's Caviar FTW! Caviar will deliver delicious food whether you're eating one-on-one or feeding your whole starting lineup. 

Order from the best restaurants for a guaranteed home run, slam dunk, knockout - you get the gist. Pre-order and you'll be in the winner's circle, hands down. Stay fueled from the first pitch to the last punch with Caviar. 

Visit Caviar today to create your winning meal! 

  

Dreamy Deals from Eleventh Avenue!

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The New Deals at Eleventh Avenue this week will have you singing in the spring rain! Looking for the perfect wedding gift? Eleventh Avenue has a unique selection of items for you to give to the happy couple, including selfie sticks (makes taking honeymoon pics so much easier!) and a lovely mason jar organizer - perfect for adding fresh spring flowers or kitchen supplies. 

As the school year comes to an end, Eleventh Avenue also has fun gift ideas for teachers, such as adorable unfinished cursive HELLO signs that will give any classroom a warm, inviting feeling. Whether it's a thoughtful gift you need or just a little something special for yourself, you're likely to find it -- at a spectacular price -- at EleventhAvenue.com. 

And remember that now through 5/22, you can get an extra 15% off Eleventh Avenue sitewide when you use code AVENUE15!

Here are a few of my favorites:

    


Personalized Birthday Party Supplies

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It's one thing to throw a birthday party, but it's another to throw a completely personalized birthday party that your kiddo will remember for years to come. How to do it? With personalized birthday party supplies from Birthday Express, of course! They make customizing your designs and party supplies simple, so there's more time to party! Here's how easy it is:
  1. After you've found the party theme you want, click the "Personalize Image" and "Personalize Text" buttons to get started.
  2. Next, upload a photo of your child from your computer. You can even link to your Facebook or Instagram profile to grab photos!
  3. Then, effortlessly change your photo's size, location, and rotation.
  4. You can also finish things off with your own custom text - choosing from your favorite font, color, and size.

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Personalized Party Supplies - Choose from hundreds of kids' favorite birthday themes - from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Superhero Comics, and Secret Agent, to Ladybugs, Dora the Explorer, Mermaids, and more! Personalized images can be uploaded into invitations, tableware, centerpieces, banners, favor boxes... anything and everything one would need for a personalized birthday party theme. You can also combine personalized party supplies, such as plates, with other party supplies, like Disney Princesses or superhero party supplies. Birthday Express even has customizable birthday party supply packs for baby's 1st birthday, girls parties, and boys parties. Each pre-designed box comes with complete party essentials for a group of 8 to 16.

Personalized Banners - What's a personalized birthday party without a colorful and customized birthday banner?! You can make any birthday unique by creating a banner with a special message for the birthday child, then picking the font and font color your message will appear in. Once you’re done, you can even preview your design to make sure it looks exactly how you want before you order it. Birthday Express' personalized birthday banners are made of heavy duty vinyl so they are durable enough to withstand serious kids-play and all types of weather. Banners also feature metal grommets for easy hanging indoors and out and come in a variety of themes and sizes. 

personalized party supplies at birthday express

Personalized Party Favors - What's a party without party favors? Simply select the box that matches your theme, add your favorite photo, and an original message. Then, fill the personalized party favor boxes with goodies for a truly personalized box of treats! For example, you could fill a favor box for a girls party with chopsticks, mini nail polishes, gum, nail files, and mini lotions, etc..

It's never been easier to create a customized birthday party for your child. The only hard part will be picking the personalized party supplies from Birthday Express that your child will love the most!