Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top Parties 2012

I can't believe another year has flown by!  I am ready for 2013 and SEE BIG things coming my way!  Looking back at the blog and how it has evolved and how my relationships with other party people have strengthened  I am so excited for what the future holds!

I wanted to share the Top 3 Parties that were viewed the most in 2012! (according to Blogger - in order of stats - might surprise you - it did me)

(You can click on the title of each party to see the original post, more pictures and details)

(Featured at as one of the Top Girl Birthday Party Themes of the year and

MY TOP Picks that I LOVE 
(Besides the Three Above)

Besides parties, I have shared crafts throughout the is the TOP 2 Crafts according to Blogger Stats...

(for THIS party)

WOW it's been a fun year!  

I look forward to be a contributing member of:

and a 

Monthly Contributor to

I would love to hear any party suggestions for 2013 that you might want to see!

I have 4 parties already being planned for the first 1/2 of the year! Can't wait to share!


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Friday, December 28, 2012

Snow Day Party

We are finally getting some good sledding snow here in NY!  What better way to celebrate than a Snow Day Sledding Party!    Sneak Peek!

Just have to wait for our middle blessing to get over her nasty cold - then it's PARTY TIME!

Coming up....the BEST of the 2012 Parties!

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gingy Decorating Party and Giveaway: 3 winners!

Hello friends....I am so happy to share with you our Annual

 Gingy House Decorating Party

Normally we would have had other kids and moms over to partake in the party fun.  However, each year this is one of those parties where I only want my own children at the party...a little selfish, I know...but I get to focus all the attention on them and get right into all of the fun!

I was excited to team up with Amber from Party On Designs. She did an outstanding job on the Gingerbread Party Printables.  I was able to use a ton of their products at our party also!

Without further a due...(grab your hot cocoa and cue the Christmas Music...) 

Our Dining room was the scene for the party....there was a decoration station, goodie boxes and fun little surprises at every corner... I love how Amber personalized the set for us! 

Don't you just love the colors in this collection?!  Hot Cocoa was enjoyed by us all with some Marshmallow floaters on top....(I used the background paper and preprinted labels that were in the collection.)

The kids LOVED the aprons.  I asked Amber if she could whip up some gingy boys and girls for me to embellish the aprons.
 Worked great!

Time to Decorate!  Oh and decorate they did.  They all spent a good amount of time on their homes. Placing each piece exactly where they thought it needed to go.

The Gingerbread House was the anchor to the Decoration Station (where all the goodies were).  I made this from a recycled board that I used for my son's Nerf Party

We had a few breaks in the day where we regrouped and had a few snacks to keep us on our toes.
The cookies were from a friend of mine, Dawn - she has made cookies for several parties I have styled (Woodland Fairy Party, Pirate Party and more...)

Her Facebook page is a  HERE. Please visit and say hi! 

We also found time in the day to read and play some games.  

When all was said and done....cookies were eaten....houses were decorated...faces and hands were cleaned....everyone agreed it was a successful day full of Christmas love and cheer!

Now on to the giveaway




Amber from Party On Designs as agreed to graciously give away 3 of the entire Gingerbread Party Printable Sets! 

(you will receive an email with the PDF files for you to print off!)

This is a fast giveaway!

  We want you to be able to still use them before Christmas!  

Starts today and ends at Midnight on Friday EST.

Leaving Comments in the comment section for each entry and YOUR EMAIL address...

1.  Like Party On Designs on Facebook and leave a comment on their page saying why you are stopping by 8) (if you are already a Fan of theirs - stop by and leave a comment about the party) Don't forget to leave a comment on this page saying you liked them on Facebook!

2.  Leave a comment on this giveaway in the comments section telling me your favorite element of the party. 

Thats it! 

Don't forget to include your email please!

THREE winners will be chosen at random and announced on Facebook and this post on Saturday morning. 

Good Luck and Party On!

Party Styled and Photographed by: Melissa Newell
Party Printables, paper fringe, large snack cups, plastic bottles, paper straws: Party On Designs
Cookies: Dessert by Dawn

(This giveaway is not affiliated with Facebook in any way)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Gingyhouse Party - Sneak Peek

Just a few sneak peeks to tied you over until the party is revealed!

Can't wait to show you more!  

Thanks Party On Designs for partnering up with me for this fun party!

Monday, December 10, 2012

A few fun, EZ, inexpensive Christmas projects

In between working on a few fun parties..I was able to sneak a little bit of time in for some Christmas Crafting.  It's like therapy to me. I sit in my garage shop and turn on the tunes and craft away! 

This was an easy no brainier from the Washi Series that I brought you in November.    I found this Christmas Washi Tape and thought how cute to make them up for Christmas! 

Here was another fun project - ALWAYS looking for ways to reuse and recycle!  

I used a paper towel roll, scrap wrapping paper and a few embellishments. 

Put some markers, pencils and fun craft stuff in there for my daughter.  Fits nicely into her stocking! (other ideas: LEGOS, nail polish, candy)

One thing I dislike is doing dishes during the holidays (or anytime really).  SO I wanted to come up with some creative ways to dress up these paper ice cream cups (using them for dips and nuts) for our Christmas Morning Brunch.  I took the same red cup and dressed it up three ways...

Fun and will add a little pop to the brunch bar!
(cups are from Party On Designs, of course)

Coming up this week - My Annual Gingerbread Decorating Party for myself and my children. Looking forward to sharing this for sure!

Until then - Party On!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What I am crushin on for the holidays....

One thing I love to do, but also hate to do (because I want my ideas to be original and don't want to be influenced by others work) is look around the blog world at other parties  Who doesn't right?  

This season it seems that party planners have stepped up their game!  I am seeing parties that have such detail Martha Stewart would be proud!  here are a couple catching my eye:

Seriously the best out there!

Camp Christmas by Lauren Haddox Designs

This party is right up my families alley!  We all love to camp!

Some other things happening:

Still time to get in on the action on these!  Plus a great giveaway from Laura also!

I am currently working on 4 parties at once!  Next week we will debut our Annual Gingerbread House Party that I do for my kiddos each year!  This year collaborating with a Secret Vendor to bring you a great party!

Hope your family is blessed!  

Party On!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Busy at work - no help from the elves

Happy Holidays everyone!

  I am so excited about the 5 parties I am working just a few....some top secret!  

Have a Wonderful Weekend!

don't forget to check out the giveaway going on! HERE!