I am SO excited to bring you today’s post! Last week I showed you a peek at the party I styled for Tiny Prints, and today I’ve got the whole party for you! I spend countless hours every December browsing through all the great Christmas Cards at Tiny Prints; their stuff is really, really great. Honestly, when I got the email asking if I wanted to throw a party using some of their products, I kind of thought it was a joke. I’ve been a huge fan of Tiny Prints Holiday Cards for years and years, so this is really a dream collaboration for me. They were generous enough to give me a bunch of their adorable products to use for my party. So thanks, Tiny Prints for sponsoring the party-and this blog post!
I spent a couple days dithering over the possibilities. I had a hurricane of ideas, but couldn’t pin down the perfect plan. That’s when I decided to call for backup. I recruited my friend Anna to co-host with me; Caitlyn Pearce to photograph the event; my best girl Ann to help with the food; and my sister to help with brainstorming and to save my butt over and over again. Seriously, a dream team. I don’t know what I’d do without you ladies and your mad skills. Love you all.
Anna had the idea to throw a favorite things party, and it was the perfect solution to all my sleepless nights. I love the concept of throwing a holiday party early, because the month of December gets busy with work parties, school performances and community events and it’s hard to squeeze in some girl time. Doing it early helped us kick off the holiday season with a healthy dose of cheer.
We got to work customizing all the stickers and cards at Tiny Prints. The starting point was this black and white party invitation; and the whole colorful palette grew from there. I wanted it to be a cheerful, bright take on a Christmas party. There was even enough room left in the budget to snag some of their custom pillows. I did general customizations like “home sweet home” etc., but you can also personalize them with names and photos for all your gift-giving needs.
Each guest brought five of their favorite item. We labeled them with a Tiny Prints sticker that I’d left blank and we wrote in the numbers as guests arrived. Each guest told a bit about their gift and why they love it. After we’d heard about all the gifts, we took turns drawing five numbers out of a bucket. The numbers we drew corresponded to the gifts we got to take home.
I had goody bags ready and waiting; we included an assortment of gift tags and thank you notes from Tiny Prints, as well as a holiday CD Anna made, a silly little Christmas notepad I made and some recipe cards from my Etsy shop.
The food table was one of my favorite “stations” at the party. For obvious reasons. And because I had such a great time putting it together. We had gorgeous, delicious cakes by Ann, donuts, fruit and hot chocolate and apple cider to drink.
I framed a bunch of funny Christmas quotes to fill some of my empty walls. Anna thought up a bunch of the sayings and some are movie quotes. I was so excited when I found black and white coffee cups to match my party. I may have ordered waaaay too many of them, so I might have to throw another party soon just to use up all the cups.
I wrapped all the frames on my gallery wall with black and white wrapping paper, and the Tiny Prints gift labels. That cute Christmas tree wrapping paper is personalized wrapping paper from Tiny Prints. Not only is it an adorable design, but having your name printed on wrapping paper is just plain awesome.
I’m pretty excited about this huge paper mobile I made for the party. We’ve been in this house for a year-and-a-half now, and this tall wall in our entryway is still bare because we can’t decide what to put here. Anyway, the mobile took me a couple hours to make and install–all for under 20 bucks. Plus, we’re leaving it up throughout the holidays, because it’s much better than staring at a big, empty wall all season, right? (P.S. It’s painfully obvious, but this isn’t one of Caitlyn’s photos…I took this one. And the next one, too).
And here’s a look at the contents of the goody bags. I detailed it all above, but thought you might actually want to see it. I’m such a huge fan of everything Tiny Prints and I’m thrilled I had the chance to work with them.
And here I am (on one hour of sleep…YIKES!) to say THANKS to everyone who came to the party! I loved seeing some old friends and meeting some new ones, too! A huge thanks to Anna, Caitlyn, Ann and Rochelle for making my crazy plans come to life. Thanks, Tiny Prints for having cute holiday cards and for helping me do what I love. And to my husband and kids for supporting and loving me despite my crazy antics.
All photos (except the ones I pointed out) are courtesy of Caitlyn Pearce Photography. Go get to know her better. She’s practically Superwoman. She’s a photographer, an artist, a jewelry designer and a stylist. I don’t know how she does it.
And hop over and say “hi” to Anna. She’s funny and smart and you’ll love her as much as I do. Plus, she writes about cool stuff. Take a look.