My Party at Urbanic!

Last month I teamed up with Urbanic (one of my favorite local shops!) to celebrate spring and all of my favorite things. Everything from the DIY decor to the creative stations the lovely guests turned out perfectly. In the days (and hours!) leading up to the party, Ann-Marie and I inflated so many balloons to use for the decor. I also took inspiration from the party invitation to freehand the floral design the photobooth backdrop. It was a lot of work but all worth it once the party begun! 

Truth be told, the original intent of the party was to celebrate the launch of my book but -- spoiler alert -- Craft A Life You Love was picked up by a large publishing house! I've been keeping this secret under wraps for awhile and am so thrilled that I can finally share the exciting news with you! Because my book will eventually be sold under a different publisher (I self-published which is a whole different story), there may be a few changes to the title and cover, so I wanted to hold off on promoting the launch of my story until it is officially completed. Since we already had the date and venue picked out, I decided it became a good excuse to have a party. Plus I have always wanted to get a bunch of my friends and fellow creatives together to celebrate some of my favorite things at one of my favorite places.

We had fun getting everything set up before the guests arrived! I painted a floral photo backdrop and added some balloons that I stitched into a cluster using fishing line. I will have a video of the whole process up soon!

Once guests started arriving, I was excited to share the various activities and treats I’d chosen for the party. There was an ORLY cart mixing up custom nail polish colors for each person. I’ve been loving their nail polish lately so it was exciting to offer this super cool service to my guests!

I set up a table with a few Minc foil applicators and some cute prints for people to run through the machines. That way, they could take home an adorable custom foil craft! The flamingo lights by Sunny Life Australia hung around the crafty table.

There was also a hand-lettering artist! The talented Lindsay Shannon (@lshannondesigns on Instagram) was writing out personalized custom calligraphy.

During the party, we enjoyed cocktails from Our Los Angeles and Owl’s brew, food from Cava, and Jeni’s ice cream for dessert.

At the end of the night, everyone got to take home a goodie bag filled with some of my products, Pipsticks, a Doodlebug pin, a Tombow discount card, and a pack of Tombow adhesive.

I really wanted to take the flowers from Hello Honey, but she was planning on picking them up the next day. Because I knew I would be too busy, I recruited Amanda to shoot video while at the party. So grateful to have her as part of the team, as she rocked the editing on this video too!

It was such a wonderful time! Huge thank you to all the sponsors who helped make this event a success. Thank you so much to everyone who attended too! Check #amylovesurbanic on Instagram for more photos of the event!

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Creative Community at PlannerCon2017

Amy Tangerine at PlannerCon

Last month, I had the exciting opportunity to speak and sell my products at the very first PlannerCon in San Francisco! By far, my favorite part was getting to interact with the creative community of planners who attended. Check out my vlog from the trip to see how much fun we had!

Bullet Journal and breakfast
Amy Tangerine PlannerCon

By the way, this romper is SO comfy and fun and I borrowed it from this amazing new company that a friend of a friend started - Haute & Borrowed - use code AMY for $50 off your first month!

Amy Tangerine PlannerCon

We put together a table selling Traveler’s Notebooks, stickers, and other products from my On A Whim line and it was super busy the whole time. One of the best things about running our own little popup shop is that we were right in the middle of the action.

During the conference, I got to meet so many Fangerines and fellow planner enthusiasts! People traveled from all over the world to be there. Thank you to everyone who came up and said hello! I had a wonderful time meeting all of you and seeing how you’ve colored in the pages of my book.

There’s something really invigorating about being surrounded by so many creatives. It’s not just every day that I can talk to any random stranger about washi tape and Traveler’s Notebooks, and as someone who gets particularly excited about those things, I absolutely loved being at PlannerCon.

Amy Tangerine PlannerCon

I grabbed this shot from Avery's Instagram story. Basically my message was that even if you're struggling, even if things don't seem to be going as you had thought they would... if you're kind, and doing the best that you can, life will give you more than you ever could've planned.

So many of you have asked when the next one will be and you can find more info on PlannerCon 2018 on the Facebook page and you can get your tickets here before they sell out.

Are any of you as obsessed with planners as I am? Which system is your favorite - are you into bullet journaling, Traveler’s Notebook, Hobonichi, or something else? Tell me all about it in the comments below!

Shop ON A WHIM now! Check your local retailer and online: Simon Says Stamp | Scrapbook.com

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Jack's 3rd Birthday Party + Cheeky DIY

Firetruck themed birthday party

A couple months ago when I asked Jack what he wanted his birthday cake to be, he enthusiastically exclaimed, "FIRE TRUCK!" Since he seemed pretty set on the idea, I started keeping it in the back of my mind as a loose theme for his birthday party. My cousin makes his cake every year, so she had plenty of time to prepare and figure out the details to make his wish come true. I got the invitations designed and ordered about three weeks out, but it wasn't enough time to have them printed and mailed. Plus, let's be honest, I didn't have enough time to hand address every one of them like I wanted to. We got custom invites made by A Pretty Little Party (she also designed the ones for Jack's first birthday party) and sent them through Paperless Post. We collaborated with our friends at Cheeky and made a simple DIY out of their awesome plates, which you can see how to make near the end of this post. There's also a giveaway and chance to win your own party pack!

Our set up was fairly simple, we borrowed an awesome ride on firetruck and banner from Rachel since she threw two firetruck themed birthday parties for Grayson. We put one of Jack's firetrucks on the napkins because it was super windy that day and we didn't want them to blow away. JC roasted a pig and my mom made awesome potstickers, fried rice, crab rangoon, and egg rolls. I didn't get a photo of the spread of the food, but I did get it on video, which will hopefully be edited in the next month or so. Love that it's truly a family affair when it comes to putting these parties together. We used the same buckets for utensils as last year and you can check out his 2nd birthday video on YouTube.

The celebration was lots of fun. We booked Pump and Splash, which was super fun for the kids and even some adults. Since we are in a drought and on a water restriction, our grass is completely dead. One of the awesome things about Pump and Splash is that it recirculates the water. It was the perfect addition to go along with our theme. We also had The Beat Buds perform, which was super fun and entertaining. I first saw them when I scrapbooked Willow's (Pink's daughter's) 2nd birthday party. Since then we have seen them at tons of events and Jack is in love with both of their CD's. The kids were so engaged, playing the musical instruments and dancing along.

Last but not least, the cake! The cake Cindy made was a HUGE hit. Not only did it look amazing, but it tasted so good. And Jack for the first time blew out his candles on his own!

We used Cheeky plates, utensils and napkins, which are available in the party department, exclusively at Target. Here's the simple DIY you can create with just a few items.

Thanks for checking out some of the fun from Jack's party - wish you all could have been there! We had over 80 people, and I can't wait to get the video edited to share more of the fun. And extra special thanks to Cheeky for collaborating with me. Love working with awesome people at amazing companies making a positive impact. The best part is for every Cheeky pack you purchase, they give a meal through their partnership with Feeding America. Cheeky has now helped generate over 9 million meals since launching in November 2014! We also have some pieces from their modern and whimsical Cheeky Home collection we love using on a daily basis. I also shared some tips and my party playlist over on the Party Series on their blog.

GIVEAWAY:

  • Cheeky Party prize pack of our fall assortment:
    • Cheeky Party beverage napkins
    • Cheeky Party lunch napkins
    • Cheeky Party 7" snack plates
    • Cheeky Party 9" lunch plates
    • Cheeky Party cutlery
    • Cheeky Party table covers
  • Cheeky will also donate a meal for every person who enters on 9/22!

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED - Congrats Thelma! You are the winner! TO ENTER: Leave a comment below with anything party related! Comments closed on September 26 at noon Pacific. Thanks to all who entered!

Jack's 2nd Birthday Party!

DIY Birthday bus tee

We had a total ball at Jack's 2nd birthday party a couple weeks ago. I wanted something where everyone would be able to come over and enjoy the backyard festivities, with just enough DIY elements to make it feel special. We decided on a "wheels on the bus" themed party about a month before. In preparation for the festivities, I really wanted to keep it low stress (mainly on myself), so we didn't actually have printed invitations made this time. But don't despair, I can always print out one of these invites designed by Ann-Marie through Paperless Post for his scrapbook. Speaking of which, I still haven't yet done anything with his first birthday party pics! Maybe before he turns three. ;)

Cute Invitation

Because I was in Australia for 10 days after we sent out the invite, I wanted to be as prepared as possible for the birthday party to go smoothly. I reached out to the girls from Details Darling to see if they wanted to help out, and they did! As party planning professionals, they took care of the things that I really don't think about too much and it was really fun collaborating with them creatively. With the logistics of having 50+ people over to our house on a hot afternoon, JC roasting a pig, and wanting to make sure both the kids and parents had fun, it was so nice being able to relax a bit and enjoy the event instead of running around like crazy (which is kinda how I felt for his first birthday party). Since it's tradition to make a shirt for the party for him, I saved time and instead of hand-stitching something, I made this shirt.

About a week before the party, I turned in the order for Lemonade Catering, made all the arrangements for the delicious party favors from Milk Jar Cookies, received my order of VW bus tents from Monster Factory, got the balloons from Knot & Bow, and finalized Two Lee Photography to shoot the photos (which is what you're seeing here!) Bethany and Ethan recently moved to LA and reached out to shoot our family, and we enjoyed it so much we had them come back to shoot Jack's party. My cousin Cindy was all set with her plan to make the cake - she didn't let me in on any of the details, only that she was making a bus cake. Also the week before, a friend of mine from Club MomMe mentioned The Mobile Play Patch LA. I was intrigued and gave her a call on the Thursday before the Sunday party. Michelle the owner was SO amazing to work with and I cannot even tell you how perfect it was having them there. The kids all had a ball! 

Jack's 2nd Birthday party!
Jack's 2nd Birthday party!
Jack's 2nd Birthday party!
Jack's 2nd Birthday party!
Jack's 2nd Birthday
Jack's 2nd Birthday
Jack's 2nd Birthday Party!
Jack's 2nd Birthday party!
Wheels on the Bus Party!
Wheels on the Bus Cake!
Amazing Wheels on the Bus Cake!
Jack's 2nd Birthday!
Jack's 2nd Birthday
Jack's 2nd Birthday
Jack's 2nd Birthday
Wheels on the Bus Party
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Jack's 2nd Birthday party!

Wish you all could have been there celebrating with us! You can see even more photos on Two Lee Photography.

Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival!

Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival!

On Thursday night, Cindy and I attended the launch party for Hello Kitty's Supercute Friendship Festival! The first part of it took place at the Forum Club, and then moved into the actual Forum for the big event. We were lucky enough to get a photo with the star herself on the red carpet! She is one busy and very popular girl.

Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival!
Hello Kitty Supercute Friendship Festival!

It was a feast for all the senses and because I knew it would be worth recording, I put together this little video from the evening and also the next day when I was in the studio with all the goodies. Highlights for me were getting a tattoo (temporary - of course), seeing Chrissa Sparkles again, and meeting the Cakies crew! They might be the cutest family ever. I had no idea those bows were all hand-made either. Her tutorial is right here. And because her 9 year old daughter's wrap up is way better than mine, you can see the photos and read it here.

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