Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Life Is Short, So Wear Your Party Pants

Oh, to have been a party planner......

In today's economy, it doesn't seem necessary to most people. But think about it. What better way to get a postive attitude about your life than to have a party wth your friends?

We could all sit around moaning and groaning about the economy, the healthcare initiatives, or in my case, the real estate market. Whatever.

We still, as friends, should be able to come together and enjoy life. Just read: "Life Is Short So Wear Your Party Pants". Definately a required read for those pessimists out there.

I tend to lean to the optimist side, so I pull out the book every now and then when I feel low, or beaten, or trod upon. It was a great investment!

There's the obvious that Margaritas would have to be served. But what else?

I thought of the beach....

Considered Jimmy Buffett songs.....

A Slice of Lime Golf Contest - hitting a lime up to the golf hole in the backyard. Closest to the pin wins. Hubby s a spectacular golfer; so he wasn't allowed to win. Who'da thought lil' ol' me would win? After the perfectionish neighbor had to resign that I'd beat even him --- I was pronounced the winner. This goes against my own party rules; but it would be rude of me to argue with my guests!

Another game/challenge during the party was - The Lost Shaker of Salt. How fun is that! We had a winner! And it wasn't me! ROFLMAO!

Party began at 7 with a characture artist and believe it or not; lasted until around 5 a.m. Those of you who partied all night and are reading this - You Know Who You Are!

Sweet Tooth Goodies straight from your grandma's oven

Friends recently ventured on their own business/website. I had the honor of helping with the set-up for their "introduction to the public" party!

These sweets are to die for! I personally adore the Grandmother Vioria's Butter Pound Cake which virtually melts like sugar and butter in your mouth! It Is Exquisite!

All family recipes are used; you won't find this great stuff in stores! (Not yet anyway!) :o)
Check it out:

Baby Shower Favors

Baby Shower Party Favors: There are these cute Ducky cupcake toppers. You can even use them in a slice of cake that's been cut, just pop it in there and everyone thinks what a WONDER you are that you came up with this idea!
The diaper favor "bags" can be done in blue for baby boy or pink or yellow.... I will even make these adorable diapers in any preference that you have. Fill with a fun candy and wah...lah.....
The paper diapers are embellished with mini safety pins, ribbon, and colored pearls (like gems but are smooth).
Get all this and more for your next Baby Shower!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ladybug Party Supplies

The Ladybug Party theme is almost complete. First I have the Ladybug Goody Bags. You can either make them at the party as an 'activity' or you can have them pre-made.

Next is the Ladybug Party Invitations which come as a set of 6. The wings open up to reveal the party particulars inside.

Ladybug Cupcake Toppers are in this theme. Cute as can be!

There all is offered Ladybug Thank You notes - set of 6.

And of course, party hostess has to have the Ladybug Happy Birthday Card to add to the main gift.

Finally, is the Ladybug Gift Bag - comes with all the ribbons, tag, and tissue paper.

A Happy Birthday Banner with the Ladybug Party theme is on the way. Just a few things to add and it will be listed on etsy as well.

It's a whole party themed and complete! "

Other themes are "Presents & Polka Dots", "Polka Dots", "Pirates", "Camo", "Baby Shower", "Baby Boy", "Baby Girl", "Halloween" and on and on when my imagination gets going!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Arggggghhhhhhhh!!!!! And I'm Not Getting Myself In Character for the Pirate Party. I just returned from Michael's

Yes, you heard (read) me right. I just returned from Michael's which is USUALLY a pretty simple task. I'm a devoted customer of Michael's but today really sent me over the edge. I also produce samples for craft companies which are seen in their displays, produce craft kits which have been for sale in Michaels' stores. So, keep this in mind.

I had a coupon for 25% off my ENTIRE purchase (sale and reg. price) from 4 to 8 p.m. so, naturally, I tried to get everything on my crafting list. I have a good sized list and I'm not MADE of money, so I was keeping tabs on my spending total. I get to the cashier, it's 4:10.... no problems.... she's ringing me up after I tried to buy a Cricut refill blade and she kept telling me my other 40% off coupon couldn't be used for a blade replacement b/c the machine simply reads "Cricut" and decides that I'm trying to use a coupon on a $400 machine... of which... I am not. Nonetheless, I need the blades, so we proceed to put those blades into my entire order which is going to be 25% off. Right? Wrong.

My total comes to $56.00. (I'm rounding off for the simplicity of explaining this menagerie cluster ****). Well, register takes off $5.63 .. huh? Shouldn't it be like over $12.00? Okay, cashier is confused and tells me "well, that's what the register says it is, so I guess it's right".
Me: "no offense, but I can do math, and that's not nearly the 25% off".
She stares blankly at the register.
After about 2 minutes and punching on the same coupon button:
Me: "Maybe you should call a manager who can override all that and make it correct."
Cashier: calls another girl over to look at it.
Other girl: "Well, I'm no good at Math, I don't know..."
Miscellaneous woman interrupts my 'already too long' stay in this place. I'm starting to shvitz already! Are people staring? Grrrr......
Woman: "Excuse me, excuse me please! There's no toilet paper in ANY of the stalls in the womens' rest room".
Cashier: stares at register
Other cashier girl: Looks blankly at woman... waits about 15 seconds then says: "I'm sorry, we're totally out of toilet paper."
Then she proceeds to speak to someone (not clear who... maybe the gods above) that "she's got to actually GO to the store to buy toilet paper, and they get it from corporate and she's on a budget you know!".
What the heck? (That's me talking in my head now).
Other girl tells cashier to call manager.
Cashier stares at register for another 30 seconds.
Me: "Can I have a calculator and I'll tell the manager exactly what the 25% is so he can save some time".
I am given the calculator.
I figure the 25% is $14.00. Well LO AND BEHOLD... I happened to be correct!!!! The Customer is correct? No way!!!
Calls Manager.

Manager: saunters over. Tells cashier to input it manually if it doesn't work the 2nd time.
Then cashier starts unpacking my four bags of items to re-ring up every single thing. GRRRR...
Oh look! She puts in the coupon code and it does the same amount $5.63!~~~~
Cashier: stares at register for about 45 seconds, pecking at the one key which isn't working anyway.
Me: Maybe you should get the manager back over here.
Cashier: Sighs.
Manager again saunters over. Acts as if I'm just someone causing problems.
Me: "Don't you think it's really odd that it happened to me? I'll bet if it happened this time for no apparent reason then it must've happened to other people too and no one took the time to figure out what their 25% discount should've been."
Manager ignores my statement; manually inputs what 25% was that I had figured out with the help of a handheld calculator which I asked for. And off he goes.

Now, you may think I'm just a complainer. No sir! Not at all! I had sympathy for the cashier thinking maybe she was new. But, to stand there staring blankly at the register... doing nothing was more than I could take. Call the damn manager, KEEP him there to show him the register situation, and have him fix it!!!! ARGHHHHHH!!!

Left with my four bags of stuff packed abruptly into two bags the second time and needed a stiff drink. Geez. Think I should write a letter? Doubt it, they'll probably just stare blankly at the piece of paper and then finally decide to throw it away. :oP

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Paper Party Creations

My new venture: Paper Party Creations ( a division of The Creative Cocktail! hee hee!)
I am designing handmade party favors/party accessories for your own events! I will have cupcake toppers, banners, gift bags, thank you notes, invitations, and more. All for events such as: Baby Shower, Ladybug party, Princess Party, Pirate Party, Baby Boy, Baby Girl, Girly Birthday (Presents & Polka Dots), Boys Birthday. Also will be featuring Goody Bag Creature Creations. I'll make it all just for your event; making it a truly unique day!

Any other suggestions, just send me a note! I'd love to hear them all!

By the way, still in the process of trying to move. House is not moving.... not showing... nothing. It's very frustrating. So, I'm putting all that pent up energy into my creations!

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