4 How to Throw a Last Minute Party, Part 5: The Gift

Hello again, and thanks for tuning into the next installment of “How to throw a last minute party.” It's a fantidlyastic series about how this procrastinator pulled together a Simpsons Themed party for my beau (he’s a huge fan) in just over a week. Today I’ll be spilling my guts about the beau’s main gift.

Main gift, say whaaat?! Yep, the beau was a bit spoiled this year as he was given two gifts. One of which acted as sort ofridiculously-awesome decoy gift. It will come full circle once you read ‘the story,’ --currently in the works as we speak. And the other gift was his surprise birthday party. Both gifts were meant to be the perfect mix of sentimental and mind-blowingly awesome-ness. You know, for putting up with me all year round.

If you’re just tuning in, feel free to follow through the entire series (on the bottom of this post).

So I have a confession, the beau’s main/decoy gift was not quite so last minute. Shockingly hypocritical I know, but hear me out. I knew I wanted this year’s gift to be something special, and once I laid eyes on said gift early last year, I knew it was the one.

It all started early last year when I stumbled upon a fabulous artist who sketches as one of her many talents. So immediately, without thinking, I contact her gushing about her work. Boy was I overly nervous, think: nerdy words, horrible grammar, and awkward moments-- which generally include inviting myself to hang out at their place. Wait that’s not normal?! To my surprise, our relationship only budded from there.

Who is this artist, you say? None other than Becky from Sketchy Styles. Here’s where I get my Simpsons nerdy-ness on, imagine my best Troy MccClure voice: “You may remember her from such collaborations as our magnificent Sketchy Styles Giveaway, social media buttons I whipped up for her, or most recently being overly dorktastic as a guest poster on her site.”

Somewhere along the line I bombarded her with the following wordy email:
Talk about diva, and demanding eh?

I hope you noticed the ninja move in there, in particular the frame part. My intention was to somehow have the beau make a picture frame for his own gift (namely because I haven’t mastered the miter box yet). But alas with the party planning, that idea got nixed. Wouldn’t that have been Legen-wait for it-dary?! Oops wrong show.

And if the email wasn’t enough, here are a few of the photos I attached to that long winded email...

The exterior all marked up with notes:

Porch angle of the house:

Some of our weeds, er greenery:
Psst, want to see more photos of our home click here.
Much to my dismay, the demands er requests didn’t scare her off. In fact, she went as far as far to say that I totally captured the reason why she sketches homes. Cheah, she’s a keeper!

Enough of my rambling, I know you just came to see the goods already…

Allow me to give you some time to clean up all that saliva…

When she sent me the proofs, I couldn’t get myself to stop staring at them. I may or may not have hummed some Frankie Valli’s “Can’t take my eyes off of you.”  Aren’t they absolutely… positively… perfect?! The detail, the imperfectly perfect sketched lines, the fact that she captured everything I had demanded hoped for and SOOO much more. Shortly after she confirmed shipment, I pretty much inconspicuously camped out waiting for those bad boys to arrive. All the while, trying very hard not to make it obvious that his gift was arriving soon.

Call it a bit too excited, but I could NOT wait to witness the beau’s reaction when he opened them! And just like that, you too will just have to wait until The Story. Bummer I know, but it’ll be worth it promise!!

I totally encourage you to think hard on a gift that would blow your guest of honors mind. There’s nothing like the feeling of giving the perfect gift! Have you tried being super-sneaky? Was it thrown by the wayside or unbelievably successful?

Oh and if you haven't already entered the KitchenAid Giveaway yet, stop on over for your chance to win. It's only open until Wednesday!!

P.S. I was not paid or perked from Becky; I just spent way too much time obsessing over her drawings. In fact, if you’re like me and can’t get enough of Sketchy Styles Sketches… drool all over her Etsy store here (leave a heart or two). Don’t have a favorite landmark or idea of your own sketch quite yet? She has the perfect present for anyone:
Purchasing any gift in your PJ’s definitely beats wadding those Black Friday lines any day and it helps support small businesses, just sayin’.

Check out more tips on How to Throw Your Own Last Minute Party:
Part 1- Choosing the Location and Theme
Part 2- Simpson's Themed Invitations the Visionthe Tutorial
Part 3- Budget and Checklist Freebie
Part 4- Food and Decorations
Part 5- The Gift (you're here)
Part 6- Pulling it all together-- aka the story.



  1. I absolutely love how this turned out! It's gorgeous! It's really the perfect gift idea!

    1. Awe thanks Brynne!! So glad I took the extra time to plan out his 'main gift' haha

  2. This is such a fabulous gift - and of course, I love the artist you chose to create the sketch. Becky is beyond talented!

    The only "gift" that I've ever given that even comes mildly close to being this creative and unique is when I gathered a bunch of my husband's family and friends to write him handwritten letters. The letters contained their best memories with him and anything they may have wanted him to know and never forget. I put the letters in cute vintage envelopes and stuck them in a box, tucked away until his birthday!

    1. Wow, your gift was truly personal and I'm he absolutely loved the gift along with the effort you put into it. The vintage envelopes I'm sure were a beautiful sight to see! Glad you could pull it off without him knowing about it!!


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