Tuesday, September 9, 2014

5 Tips for Planning a Fun Party

For the past 5 years we've thrown an annual Fourth of July party. It gets better every year and everyone seems to have a blast. I enjoy all aspects of throwing this particular party except for the clean up afterwards. We really should throw a clean up party the following day. I doubt many would attend that one. It's worth it though. I love the planning process, decorating, cooking, and watching friends and family enjoy themselves.

1. Choose a theme and run with it. No matter what kind of party you are throwing be sure to have a theme. It really helps when picking out decorations and planning the menu. For our Fourth of July party I find creative ways to incorporate red, white and blue in the decor and food.

2. Dress the part. Have fun with your outfit and dress to match your theme. Trust me, you won't be the only one. Not dressing up would be like going to an ugly sweater party without the ugly sweater. Plus it's just fun!

3. Make a variety of food. My favorite gatherings are the ones that offer a wide variety of food. A few different options for each category; appetizer, main course, side salads, desserts, and drinks. Half of the fun is filling up on good food. Food gets expensive so ask guests to bring a dish to pass.

For my daughters first birthday I planned a beach party and served all the food in buckets and used shovels as serving utensils. They then doubled as part of her presents. 

4. Plan games and activities for all ages. Keep your guests entertained by planning games. Offering prizes might help get them excited. At our Fourth of July party we play volleyball for fun, have a euchre tournament with prizes and water balloons for the kids. The games can coincide with each other as not every one will want to play all the games. We even play games at adult parties. No birthday party is complete without pin the tail on the donkey.

5. Party favors. I tend to think that favors are only for weddings and showers but they work for any party. It's a great way for people to remember the good time they had and get them excited for the next party you host. There are no rules as to how big or small they need to be. It could be anything from crayons for a kids party to sending home leftover food in cute containers.

Bonus budget friendly tip. Purchase decorations that double as favors or home decor. A few good ideas would be candles, flowers or art prints.

What are some of your party planning tips?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Eco-Friendly Friday: Wedding Finds

It's official, I am obsessed with searching Etsy and Pinterest for eco-friendly finds. There are so many awesome products out there. This week I found a bunch of great wedding pieces that would pair nicely with a fall wedding. Check them out for yourself!

How amazing are these acorn and seashell candles by Less Candles? This shop is full of handmade candles and fire starters that are made out of reused and natural materials. I can't get over how creative of an idea this is! Way to be eco-friendly!

Weddings Favors and More is a shop full of wedding supplies. These two items are my faves. I think the flower girl bags would be perfect for a fall wedding full of leaves.

So I have seen flowers made out of paper before but not men's boutonnieres. These two are made out of vintage maps which makes them even cooler. They are perfect for a DIY wedding. This shop has a few different version of these flowers. Check out the one made out of a comic book!

I am loving these tree branch coasters. I think they would look awesome with candles on them for table decor. They would pair nicely with this tea light candle holder and some flowers. 

Want a unique send off or eco-friendly favors? Forget about the rice and candy, try plantable confetti. Fancy That Loved has a bunch of colorful options. You can get all one color or a mix. How fun would it be to gather in an open field with friends and just start tossing these?! What an easy way to plant flowers!

Looks like I just planned a fall wedding or have a good start for one. I think fall weddings are the best. Maybe it's because mine was in the fall or I just love fall decor so much. What is your favorite wedding season?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Monthly Goal Results: August

In light of living more freely I am making one goal each month. The goals are meant to get me out of my comfort zone and open up to new things. Some goals may be vague where others will be more detailed and strict. Goals will be set the first of the month with a follow up post on the last day of the month. Feel free to join in! Work towards the same goal or share your own. Lets cheer each other on. 

August's goal was to experiment with paint, focusing on watercolor. I didn't experiment with paint as much as I would have liked but I did play around with watercolor a little bit. I also browsed watercolor inspiration at storenvy. I found lots of neat pieces so I created a fun little collection. I'm thinking I need the pillow covers and deer mug!

I had a lot of fun with this test piece. I used lots of water and white to swirl the colors together. It gave it a nice marbleized look.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Monthly Goal: September

In light of living more freely I am making one goal each month. The goals are meant to get me out of my comfort zone and open up to new things. Some goals may be vague where others will be more detailed and strict. Goals will be set the first of the month with a follow up post on the last day of the month. Feel free to join in! Work towards the same goal or share your own. Lets cheer each other on. 

I'm not going to lie, this months goal scares me a little bit. It's going to require some commitment, focus and hard work. That's what goal setting is all about, right?! So here it goes, time to make myself accountable.

September's Goal: Post more often without sacrificing quality. Yup, that's it. This may seem easy to some but for me it's a toughie. I find it tricky to juggle multiple social media platforms and a shop. It definitely takes time and commitment. This month my primary focus is blogging and taking time to comment on some of my favorite blogs. I have lots of ideas and posts written out in my binder. Now it's time to get them on the computer and hit publish.

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Series: Eco-Friendly Friday

In honor of nature, I am starting a new Friday series called Eco-Friendly Friday. I'll be sharing lots of round-ups with wonderful eco-friendly inspired products, fun DIY's, nature inspired art and more. Get excited because I sure am! We are kicking the series off with a round-up featuring packaging products.

I am incredibly excited to have found this shop, White Paper Dragon. I am definitely going to order paper and envelopes to use for Thank You notes.

Le Box Boutique has lots of wonderful packaging products to choose from. The natural twine is my favorite as I could definitely use some.

How cool is this gift wrapping option from 100 crochet necklaces? I'm loving it, best of all it's eco-friendly!

That wraps up yet another week. I hope you all have an exciting, long weekend!

Monday, August 11, 2014

eitsart's history and timeline of events

With any good story there is a bit of history. So before we dive into eitsart's story lets begin with some background info (history). Back in 2010, I was big into arts and crafts. I experimented with all sorts of crafts (scrapbooking, embroidery, painting to name a few). Trying anything and everything really was my creative outlet. This experimental phase opened me up to the dream of opening an online shop to share my creations. eitsart was born.

eitsart (ahyts ahrt) is derived from my last name eitsert (which is German by the way). I always knew I wanted to incorporate my personal name into my brand. When I came up with the name I was testing the waters selling artwork and prints on etsy.  It felt right to mash my last name with the word "art".

In 2011 I really started to expand on this venture. I started focusing on freelance work. I went to college for Graphic Design and have always done a little work here and there for family and friends. It was time to branch out and explore this area some more. Freelance work opened up many doors for eitsart. Doors I never dreamed of, like designing and constructing DVD cases for a local videographer (that deserves a post of it's own).

In 2012 the eitsart esty shop was re-branded and migrated over to storenvy. It was also a featured seller over at Emmaline Bride. The shop now offers prints, wedding invitations, and CD/DVD cases. Soon it will offer baby announcements, party invitations, and other stationary products.

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design background // what inspires me // the world around me

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Monthly Goals: August

I had a hard time deciding on a goal for this month. There are just so many small and large things I'd love to accomplish. Ultimately I want to make more time to paint and experiment with watercolors. I love painting and it takes me back to my high school art class days. I had a great art teacher, he sure was tough on us but that molded me into the artist I am today.

August's Goal: experiment with paint, focusing on watercolors.

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