6 What I wore- Fantastic Fridays: Week 30

Wow the days are flying around here and soon enough we’ll have our first blanket of snow here in the North. Today’s Friday, which means it’s time for the next installment of What I Wore this Fantastic Friday

If you’re unfamiliar with this series, check out a few of the early posts (more links at the bottom of this post).

42 How to Throw a Last Minute Party, Part 3: Budget and Checklist (Freebie)

Moving right along with the "How to Throw a Last Minute Party" theme, let's talk about money, Benjamin's, dollas, dough-- fine... a budget. 

Even if you're planning your party last minute, it's essential to have a rough idea on how much you plan to spend. I love spreadsheets as much as the next but all the ones I've come across were boring, plain, and not ascetically pleasing. So bringing some glam and bling was right up my alley. 

47 How to Throw a Last Minute Party, Part 2: DIY 3D Invitations using Silhouette Cameo

As promised, I'm back with the tutorial on how to create magical 3D invitations using my Silhouette Cameo. Which also happens to be a continuation of tips and tricks when throwing a last minute party:

On Monday, I shared the vision and finished Homer Simpson Invitation:

What I didn't show you was the jipped toned down digital version I presented to our Facebook friends:
Side note: privacy blurring is so ugly, and I didn't bombard guests with my logo- just sayin'.
I may be biased but those 2D invitations got nothing on the 3D beauties. However, that digital version was used for the foundation of the entire project.

38 The Silhouette Challenge: Birthday Invitations Homer Simpson Style

Up next on the procrastinators guide to planning a party is the vision for the invitations. In order for guests to actually show up, it is proper etiquette to give them adequate notice of your party. Since it was only a week and a half away, the invitations were high on the list of priorities.
A little prequel my friends: 

My girl Lauren from The Thinking Closet (whom I had the privilege of meeting at Haven this year) hosts a Monthly Silhouette Challenge. She's been inviting me since August and I haven't gotten the nerve to bust out my Silhouette Cameo and jump on the bandwagon to this great challenge. Sure I've used the machine before plenty but to actually post among some pretty talented ladies- queue the nerves.
Until now.

0 How to Throw a Last Minute Party, Part 1: The Location and Theme

The beau's big milestone birthday was coming up and since a good girlfriend couldn't/shouldn't/wouldn't let this one slip by un-noticed-- I began planning his surprise birthday a week and a half before his actual birthday. Cheah talk about procrastination. But c'mon the BEST ideas are formulated from that kinda pressure, am-I-right?

You may recall last Friday; I introduced what's in the hopper this week: how to plan a last minute party, procrastinator's style.
Before getting into specific details for your party it's best to have a rough idea of the basic essentials for a party:
  • Helpers- who can/should/will help you pull off your last minute party
  • Budget
  • Guest count
  • Guest needs (handicap, allergies, etc)
  • Time: start/end of party
  • Theme
  • Decorations
  • Entertainment
  • Food/drinks and who is financially responsible
  • To Do List, which is incorporated into the budget in part 3

12 DIY Failures: Around the Blogosphere No. 2

Welcome back to Around the Blogosphere where some of the most spectacular tutorials are showcased from the most creative blog friends (or co-workers if you will) I know. Today's theme is actually DIY Failures so get your pencils and take notes, my friends, on what NOT to do...

These brave souls showed off a project that didn't quite go as expected and decided to man up and share their misfortunes with the world. 

2 October $300 Giftcard Giveaway

It's October and fall is upon us, the leaves are changing and crisp cool air is the new normal. It's also the time of year that I start to remember what I'm thankful for.  There are plenty of things I'm thankful for but today, it's all about giving back to you, my readers. Y'all still make me giddy with every thoughtful comment. Virtual hugs for everyone today! 

Enough of that mushy stuff, some pretty fabulous bloggers and I partnered up to host a $300 Giftcard Giveaway. You can spend those three Benjamin's at Michael's, Target, or a regular 'ol Visa giftcard. It's pretty easy to enter, just submit your information in Rafflecopter below (please allow the page to fully load). If you're new, login using Facebook or an *email address to begin. The giveaway is open until Sunday, October 13th. The more people you follow, the better chance to win.

*your email address will only be used to notify you if you've won.

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Good luck my friends! Black and White Obsession's Giveaway Policy can be viewed here.

What would YOU do with $300 big ones?
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