Thursday, July 8, 2010

10 Fabulous Party Tips & 1 AMAZING Prize Package!! {Birthday Bash Day 4}

I must admit I am having so much fun this week. I have met some new friends and given away some fabulous prizes! Don't forget to following along over on my Facebook fan page as well.  I am giving away prizes over there as well, MYSTERY prizes. Why the Mystery...WELL...I am announcing a brand new line of products tomorrow and I CAN"T WAIT to share them with you!!! Gonna end the week with a big bang!! Speaking of prizes, I bet you want to know who the winners from yesterday's drawings are...

The prize package from The Purple Pug goes to... LARA
Lara said...I will have to go with Don't Over Commit... I have a hard time with that. I feel like I need to do it all, but I'm working on it:)

The Frosting Kit from Frost Me goes to... Amy S
Amy S. said...follow your blog

Congrats ladies thanks for playing along!!! You will love your prizes!!

Alrighty now on with the Par-Tay! This is a long post today, but SO worth it, I promise!!!

I asked Genevieve from Celebrate Today to give me a list of tips for planning a party, since she is a professional and all. This is a photo from A Pink Dino party Genevieve created not too long ago... check it out, it's ADORABLE!!

Here is what she had to say about planning a party:

Happy Day party planning bombshells!!!  I'm so stoked!  Pam has asked me to share some trade secrets!  {GASP!!!}  lol  Truth be told, I'm like THE most relaxed event planner on the planet so cranking out this list was a piece of cake!  My "secrets" to making an event less stressful are super simple!  Rock my top 10 and you'll be GOLDEN!

A superchicks' tips to stress free event planning!

1 - TikTok!
Do yourself a favor and PLAN AHEAD!  A “party in a pinch” is totally doable, but to avoid massive amounts of stress, give yourself TIME!  Time to brainstorm like a rockstar, research tons and shop shop shop!  If at all possible chicas, start weeks, no... months in advance!!!

2 - Embrace “to do”!
If you're looking for stress free, you HAVE to get your org on by creating a detailed "to do" list!  One that include EVERYTHING that needs to get done!  Space out your tasks and projects and you won't have a stroke!  Shopping for party favors the night before your  event... yeah, not cool!

3 - Select a kick ass theme!
Themes are AWESOME cuz they allow you to focus!  Having tunnel vision rocks!  It totally simplifies the planning process!  Check it!  I’m planning a “Little Red Riding Hood” party for my daughters 4th birthday right, so for weeks now I’ve been collecting fun fairytale/woodland items!  Every time I see something red or gray, I’m like… whoop!  whoop!  How can I use this?!  Go ahead, think outside the commercialized box and theme up!

4 - Elevate the awesomeness!
You heard me, get insanely inspired!!!  Stalk party planning blogs, online retailers, inspiration boards…  Take your theme to the next level!  If money was no object, what would you include?  Let your mind go there and get crazy creative!  Then, scale your outrageous ideas down!  Key tip... think "a few fab ideas" as opposed to "doing it ALL"!  You'll be stoked AND serene!  

5 - Emeral ain't invited!
Stifle your inner chef and resist the urge to try new dishes!  If you’re looking for stress free, PLEASE stick to old favorites!  Bake and freeze!  Oh, and check this out this foreign concept… when a guest asks if they can bring something SAY YES!!!  It’s immensely helpful, lowers your cost and makes them feel awesome!

6 - Step away from the ledge!
GF, if you've heard nothing else, hear THIS! You need to know when to STOP and say enough is enough!  Are your guests mind readers?!!!  They haven’t got a clue as to what “didn’t get done”!  So your water bottles aren't labeled, it’s O. KAY!  Trust me, nobody's walking away thinking, “Wow, that party sucked cuz Suzy Q didn’t…!

7 - Bag the clean house!
Unless your house is a pigpen, your focus should be on “the event” not on “Mr. Clean”!  Please, I BEG you, don’t start spring cleaning the day before your celebration!  Seriously, now isn’t the time!  Make sure the bathrooms sparkle and the toys are picked up!  You know you’ll have to clean up after the fact right?  So why in the world would you want to do it twice in two days?!  If you’re a clean freak, hire a service or put your kids to work!

8 - Expect Murphy!
Count on seeing Murphy's Law in action!  More often then not, anything that CAN go wrong... WILL!!!  Expect, prepare and don’t let it freak you out!

9 - Get off the CRAZY train!
Before your guests arrive, sit yourself down, have a cocktail and CHILLAX!  I’m not even kidding!  Do you really want to be a frazzled looking hostess-zilla!  I didn't think so!  My secret?  I focus on the guest of honor, the reason behind the event…  parties are about people, not napkins!  Works every time!

10 - Have a funtastic time!
I always have a blast at my parties!  Why?  Cuz it's a PARTAY!!!  Once that first guest walks though the door, the party planning process is over!  Take a breath and reap the rewards!  You’re A SUPERCHICK!!!  ENJOY!

OK seriously isn't that a fabulous list! I LOVE it and think I will print it off to remind myself of every tip! Plus Genevieve absolutely cracks me up and puts me in the best mood. I wish I could party with her everyday!!

Now that we are in a funky Super Chick kinda mood how about a FAB_U-LOUS prize package...yes, a WHOLE PACKAGE!!! From who you may wonder,  its a good one....A Blissful Nest!! OK OK simmer down...I know you are excited! ;)

Blissfulnest Studios came from a need for creative release for Rebekah whom has been an interior designer for 10 years. After having her daughter a little over a year ago, her focus became more on children's design and "way of life". Rebekah hopes to help create the perfect day for all your little ones and hopes to inspire those whom surround her.

Rebekah is graciously giving away the following from whatever collection is current in her shop, BlissfulNestStudio (good for 1 year) to one lucky winner:

1 set of cupcake toppers
1 set of thank you tags
1 set of matching stickers
1 door sign

Here are a few ways to enter your name. You have until tonight, July 8, 2010 at 11:59 PM MST to enter, so don't delay!!
  1. Leave a comment here on Party Starters telling me which tip from Genevieve either cracks you up and or would help you the most.
  2. Leave a comment telling me which item you like best in Rebekah's shop
  3. Follow my blog OR "LIKE" the Party Starters Facebook Fan Page (already following or a fan on FB, leave a comment to let me know)
  4. Become a fan of Celebration Today on Facebook OR  Follow Her blog at Celebrate Today
  5. Become a fan of A Blissful Nest on Facebook OR Follow Her blog at A Blissful Nest
  6. Follow Party Starters on Twitter                                                   
Make sure you come back here and leave a comment telling me which of these ways you have chosen to enter.  After Midnight MST or G-7, I will draw one name and the lucky winner will be announced in tomorrow mornings post!


  1. I thought it was great to "know when enough is enough." I She was right to say that no one knows what didn't get done.

  2. I LOVE Rebekah's Candy Buffet labels! We always do a candy bar at our events and these are spectacular!

  3. I follow Party Starters on Facebook.

  4. I am a fan of Celebrate Today on Facebook.

  5. I am a fan of Blissful Nest on Facebook.

  6. Tip #7 bag the clean house is my favorite because I'm a neat doesn't always have to be perfect!

  7. It's hard to choose just one item, the Blissful Nest has tons of cute things, but for now I'm loving the blue & green cupcake toppers!

  8. I'm a follower of your blog, Blissful Nest & Celebrate Today

  9. "Step Away From the Lodge" completely cracked me up - and I think it will help me the most as well - Thanks for the awesome tips! They are printed out and on my fridge now.


  10. I also "LIKE" the Party Starters Facebook page, and I follow the blog!


  11. Chillax!!!! OMG! I thought I was the only one that said that lol. My hubby is all the time telling me to chill before company comes for a party. Now, I hear it in stereo LOL! Thanks for the awesome tips :)

  12. I'll have to say 'Step away from the ledge'. I'm always thinking about the 'shoulda coulda woulda'! I so need to remember that.

  13. I already am a happy Twitter stalker of yours!

  14. tip #1, I am really bad at this, I want to start planning months in advance (I do, in my head), but I'm always frantically running around to get things done in time.

  15. Love the cupcake birthday party tags and the candy table signs.

  16. I'm a fan of Party Starters on facebook
    Charlene G

  17. I'm a fan of Celebration Today on facebook
    Charlene G

  18. I'm a fan of Blissful Nest on facebook
    Charlene G

  19. I follow Party Starters on twitter @btrflywmn

  20. #9 is the best advice!. When I throw a party you can bet I'll be freaking out and sending my dog to answer the door cuz I don't have time for such things! :)

  21. I loved the Matching Lady Bug Happy Birthday Banner...very cute

  22. 9 - Get off the CRAZY train
    Best advice EVER!!

  23. Getting off the crazy train is something I need to apply! I end up letting the stress of the planning effect how I react to my hubby and family helping me! I will definitely print this list!!
    Tiffany Nelson
    mommy blogger
    This blissfull life of a 'Boy Mom'

  24. Following on Twitter
    Facebook Fans of all
    I say Tip #1 - being in the party business I see parents planning there parties so last minute that they end up spending so much extra money. I don't get it - kids birthdays are the same day every year.

  25. Lovin the Spiderman Invitations - so cute

  26. I think the most helpful tip is to plan ahead, and then have fun when it's party time! I also follow A Blissful nest on FB.


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