Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

What did the fruit say to the ice cream?…

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

… I’m sweet on you! Cheesy jokes aside, there was plenty of sweetness to go around at our Happy Sundae party, where ice cream and bright sunshine set the scene for the perfect summer fun. What better way to celebrate the season than with an ice cream bar featuring Tillamook’s fantastic classic flavors?! Guests were able to create their own sundaes using a variety of toppings including: raspberry, kiwi, mango and more. I wanted to share pictures from the party and give you some inspiration for your own little ice cream social. Summer is always an excellent time to get together with friends and family. Why not celebrate? Here are my tips for creating a party to remember.

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

1. Awesome Options - Give people lots of choices. Tillamook ice cream is the perfect summer pick-me-up and you deserve a treat! Enhance the natural, creamy flavors with fresh fruit for a healthy twist on a classic summer dessert. My favorite flavor is Old-Fashioned Vanilla, but there are tons of awesome ones to choose from– Mudslide to Birthday Cake to Mint Chocolate Chip, there’s a flavor out there for everyone. After all, Tillamook is dairy done right. It’s natural, delicious and creamy. And it makes it even more fun when they get to sample all of them if they wish!

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party
Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

2. Find Your Vibe - Are you a balloon person? Or a streamer person? Maybe you’re like me and you love both. We matched the colors of our streamer wall to coordinate with the classic Tillamook cartons. The pastel, nostalgic colors were a perfect match and the results were so cute, I had to bring the streamer wall home so I could use it again. Other cute decorations– including a mini letterboard, pastel tassel banner, and gorgeous flower arrangements - brought the whole look together beautifully. Don’t be scared to put a twist on it - because creativity is key, find ways to incorporate other things you love into the mix. We repurposed a paint palette and used it to arrange the fruit toppings in rainbow order.

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

3. Invite Your Tribe - Keep it simple. The goal is to enjoy the event with family and friends– not obsess over every little detail. I really wanted a balloon wall but I was short on time so I brought in the experts. I hired a local balloon designer, who came in and created an epic masterpiece. It freed me up to focus on building the balloon cloud of my wildest dreams. If someone you know is an amazing baker or loves decorating a space, bring them in and collaborate to create something beautiful. Ask people to bring one or two of their favorite toppings or dishes to make things easier. If you’re short on freezer space, never fear, pick up the ice cream right before the celebration. Use this to find the closest Tillamook ice cream and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party
Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party
Sweet Summer Ice Cream Party

Of course any excuse to celebrate is a good one, and having an ice cream party is no exception. Even though I know the kids would naturally enjoy it, the adults at the party couldn’t help but indulge just a little, too. A few of us even went back for seconds and maybe even thirds. After all, life is short and it’s up to us to make it as sweet as possible. 

Three Deepest Desires

Three Deepest Desires

Throughout my nearly 20 years as a creative entrepreneur, I’ve learned so many things - some of them the easy way and some of them the hard way. Now that I am approaching a huge milestone in both business and life, I’m continually pursuing my three deepest desires: fulfillment, freedom, and fun. Before I start any new projects, I ask myself, “does this fit into at least one of the three F’s?” If it does, I’m all in. If not, I move on, allowing space for bigger and better things. I haven’t always had such clarity on the pursuits that make me happy though. It’s come through a lot of struggles, soul searching, making messes, and deep introspection. I’m still a work in progress, but here are my top 3 tips for feeling care-free while being fearless in the pursuit of what makes you shine.

  1. Let go of perfection. No one is perfect. Do your best and enjoy the process. The thing about perfectionism is that it goes hand-in-hand with another “p” word– procrastination. Putting something off until it’s perfect means that it will most likely never be completed. Pursuing an unattainable goal prevents you from sharing your gifts with the world.

  2. Learn from failure. You win some, you learn some. There’s always a lesson you can take away. Giving up is easy; sticking with something and working through the negative emotions a failure can stir up is hard, complicated work. Not every single thing I’ve attempted in my career has worked the way I hoped. That doesn’t mean I should stop taking risks or dreaming big. On the contrary, a failure can teach me more about how to be successful in the future.

  3. Be yourself. Everyone has a unique story to tell. Everyone is on a unique path. Be authentic and unafraid to share your gifts. Draw inspiration from others— no real art or content is created in a vacuum— but don’t undercut your special personality or flare. You have a lot to add to this world. Let your light shine, flaws and all.

What are your three deepest desires? What direction are your intuitions taking you? Let me know in the comments!

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Finding Inspiration | Guest Post by Allison Kreft

Allison Kreft | Amy Tangerine blogThere are lots of little things that I do to help keep the creative juices flowing. I thought I would share them with you. 1. Create a "To Do List". This helps to keep me on track with projects that need to get done. 2. Create another "To Do Wish List". I often have more ideas than I have time to do them. This is a running list of ideas to use when I actually get some downtime. 3. Have some books & magazines around that inspire you. It's nice to take a break from the computer and just flip through the pages. 4. Use your phone to keep a photo journal of things that spark an idea. I used to put post-it notes in books or dog ear pages in books for future reference. The snapshots are much easier to reference, plus you always have them with you. 5. Pinterest & Instagram. I dare you to not find something that inspires you on there. 6. Print your photos. Having them printed and in your hands can be enough to jumpstart a project. 7. See what's new and have supplies you love! There's nothing better than having a product you just can't wait to try out and use! 8. Make sure your supplies are easy to get to (and organized if possible). That way you don't have to spend time searching for what you need once you feel inspired. 9. Just start working on it. I find that once I start something, even though I don't have a vision of the final outcome the creative juices start flowing. 10. This is a new one for me. Since I now have 2 kids, It's been challenging to find time for new projects. Now that my oldest is 2, she always wants to do what I am doing. I decided to use this to my advantage. We sew (she has a play sewing machine), stamp, paint and scrapbook together. It's fun to see her mimicking my every move, and I can actually get stuff done!

I'd love to hear if you have anything else to add to the list:)

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Allison Kreft Abad is a designer, photography lover, crafter and mother of 2 girls. She was the creative director & designer behind Hambly Screen Prints until they closed in 2012. Allison moved on to release two collections with Echo Park Papers called "Everyday Eclectic" and "Today's Story" for Photo Freedom. Currently she has four collections with Webster's Pages including the newly released "Recorded" and "It's Christmas".

Behind the scenes | Guest post by Jennifer Simmons

As you may already know, I had a baby boy on September 18th. As I take a mini maternity leave, I have a series of talented friends/guest posters who agreed to fill in for me throughout the rest of the month (and into October). I will try to pop in with random posts here and there, but we are just trying to enjoy our family time right now. Enjoy! Behind The Scenes - Collection Inspiration

Hi everyone, my name is Jennifer Simmons. I've been lucky enough to work with Amy on each of her collections with American Crafts. As a designer, I help Amy translate her ideas into art files and, eventually, the products you all know and love. I thought I'd share a bit of our process here for you today.

We kick off each new collection by spending several days meeting with Amy. This means she travels to the AC office in Orem, Utah. Sometimes Buster comes along too. As a dog lover, I absolutely adore the days when he joins us in the conference room. JenPhoto_1_JenBusterDuring these early meetings, all of the inspiration Amy has gathered is discussed and eventually narrowed down. Below is some of the inspiration we selected for Amy's most recent collections.JenPhoto_2_InspirationAs you can see, the inspiration for the collection includes hints of the trends, textures, patterns, icons, type and illustration styles we hope to achieve within the line. Our inspiration usually drives our font selection and sometimes requires a bit of hand lettering, which is always fun to do. We also sort through hundreds of color chips and cardstock colors to arrive at a color palette. Picking colors is not the easiest or most logical process, but I love it. Finally, when all is said and done we compile our efforts into a style sheet. With the style sheet completed, a new process can begin – creating the illustrations, patterns and phrases that will be used across the collection.

About Me: I've been a designer/art director at American Crafts since 2007. I live in Salt Lake City, Utah with my family. In May, I welcomed my second kiddo, a baby boy, and have been enjoying a summer away from the office on maternity leave.

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