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Someone Special and Me

In honor of Mother's and Father's Day season, this year I decided to honor the amazing families in my class by hosting a "Someone Special and Me" event. Rather than purchasing a small gift for each parent, I decided to spend a little extra and make a memory instead. I'm excited to share scenes from our special event with you and answer any questions you may having in planning an event of your own! This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience. 

When planning the event, I had my eye on Maria Gavin's Mother's Day Tea Party Printable Pack! I knew it would be the perfect editable resource to fit my needs for our special event. The colors were bold and bright- just my taste! I used her posts as inspiration for the decor and activities. It includes everything you would need in planning an event of this nature.

If you're looking for more information on how Maria used the pack in her own classroom, read her posts here

Each student was able to invite one special person to join us for our celebration.  The name "Someone Special and Me" allows the students freedom in who to invite- their mom, dad, grandparent, aunt or uncle. I love how creative they were in their invitees. The editable invitation is included in the pack. It also includes as RSVP card for the special guest to respond. 

I suggest printing the invitation, as well as all the printables featured in this post on cardstock for durability. You can find it here.  I absolutely adore the editable banner. I printed, laminated and threaded the banner on yellow grosgrain ribbon found here. To make the threading easier, I used an "x-acto knife" and push pins to hold the tiering of each layer in place. I removed the push pins to tie the knot on each end. 

The Target dollar spot and party section were where I purchased all of the decor and paper goods. I wanted to stay consistent with the pinks, teals and colorful chevron print. If you keep an eye out, they often times have clearance on a significant number of their older prints and they make their way through seasons. I added some pizzaz by using the table cloth as a table skirt, colored paper as the table cloth and decorative doilies for a pop of white with the bold colors. 

Maria's pack also includes matching labels, place cards and tags of all sorts and sizes. 

To kick off the event, our class put together a short presentation for our guests. I took pictures of each student and created a slideshow of why their guests were special to them. The slideshow ran to the song, "Never Grow Up," by Taylor Swift. Cue the water works... I know. Thank you to one of my first grade teacher friends from college for the idea! :) 

After, the students completed a craft with their guests to take home. The canvas tote bags were purchased here. We used acrylic craft paint, although I am sure you could also use fabric paint as well. 

After completing the craft, students were able to enjoy refreshments and visit the photo booth. My high school intern and I (pictured below) assembled the photo booth. I assure you, it is not as difficult to create as it appears. We started by taping bright yellow paper as the backdrop and hung strips of streamers from the top. After, we hung balloons on a single fishing line for a decorative affect.

I hope you enjoyed learning about our special event. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out or comment below! 

Save the Date with Paperless Post

Thank you to Paperless Post for collaborating with me on this blog post. I received payment, trade, and or products from Paperless Post in exchange for promoting. However, all opinions stated are my own and I only promote products that I use and love. 

With spring in full bloom and summer just around the corner, I'm looking forward to finalizing my summer travel plans! As the years go by it seems that getting together with my high school friends becomes increasingly more difficult. Between work schedules, moving, engagements, and weddings, finding time to see each other is a challenge. Each summer, my friends and I try to arrange a special weekend away together.

This year we decided to have a girls' weekend in Montauk, NY. (The Hamptons are one of my favorite summer weekend trips! Interested in traveling there? More details later in the post!) I was so excited when I heard about Paperless Post, a company that designs customizable online and printed stationary! Their stationary includes colorful, creative and bold options, uniquely designed by world famous designers and lifestyle brands including kate spade new york, Rifle Paper Co., and more!

The online stationary feature is so convenient! It's difficult keeping up with everyone's changing addresses these days that I decided to use the digital option. There were so many fabulous designs that supported my beach theme- it was so hard to choose! Once I looked close enough to notice all the small customizable details, I narrowed my choice to the Palmier III Gold. If you know me well, I'm a sucker for gold! :) You can find all the Paperless Post save the date options here.

Paperless Post allows you to customize each and every detail that you can possibly think of. You can use the text sample as inspiration but don't have to be limited to it. This particular theme included a save the date text sample that I loved. However, the font text, color, size, spacing, etc. can all be personalized! Even small coloring details and the backdrop images can be adjusted.

After personalizing the card, you'll be able to customize the envelope, liner, stamp and postmark. There are plenty of stamp options to fit all occasions. Did you notice the postmark? I couldn't help but add the "I Love NY" postmark- it is so fitting! The little details make all the difference.

Paperless Post has proved to show that communication can be personal and well designed regardless of the medium.

The digital stationary also features an option to include a reply for your guests. Once again, you have the ability to customize the reply card design and backdrop. I love how effortless this is for the host to organize the responses and for guests to reply- no needing to pick up the phone to text or call!

Another great feature Paperless Post has included is that you are able to enter the event details. You can select any details that suit your needs, including a location, guest details, a gift registry and your contact information.

Once you have completed entering in all the necessary information, you will be able to send your save the date or invitation via email. Paperless Post created a very user friendly system that allows you to easily enter guest information on your own or even import it from other mediums. It also includes the option to send a sample to your personal email for free! This is the perfect way to confirm you are ready to send them out to all your guests.

Your guests will receive a card similar to the image below in their email inbox.

Once they select "view the card," the computer will generate a moving image of the envelope opening and the card sliding out.

It truly feels like a special treat receiving it in your inbox!

Below the card is where your guests will be able to to R.S.V.P. to the event. Paperless Post also keeps track of all the responses, making it easier to continue with the remainder of your event plans.

My friends absolutely loved receiving their save the dates! It has been an absolute pleasure using Paperless Post and I now look forward to our weekend away in The Hamptons.

If you live in the northeast and haven't traveled to The Hamptons, I highly recommend it! It's the perfect weekend getaway. It's home to pristine beaches, luscious green gardens, and the best beach boutiques!

Although there are plenty of shops, I find the best to be in East Hampton and Southampton. Both towns have the perfect mix of name brands and independent designers. You can find everything from clothes and home goods to farmers markets and the best cheese shops!

You'll find plenty to do and see in The Hamptons. There are a few small quaint towns that make up The Hamptons and getting around within the towns by bike is your best bet! It's perfect for easily finding a spot to park at the beach and getting into town for a quick bite to eat.

Also, I suggest you look into traveling to The Hamptons via The Jitney or by train. There is a significant amount of traffic heading west of NYC on the weekends. Consider driving during off hours to limit amount of traffic you will hit.

You'll quickly find that the streets and houses are lined with hydrangeas and boxwoods, accompanied by the sweetest gardens. Find a shady spot to read a book or enjoy your lunch!

Last but not least, my absolute *favorite* Hamptons treat! You can't leave without getting yourself one of Montauk's finest lobster rolls! They are so fresh and the perfect summer treat!