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Entries in Hostess Gifts (5)

Monday
May192014

BLUE GOOSE GIVEAWAY

It’s official!  Blue Goose Boutique, Lauren McKinsey’s newest shop, is open for business!  READ ON TO HEAR ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY FROM LAUREN HERSELF...

Blue Goose Boutique is a dream come true as we begin to sell what we fondly refer to as physical products.  this means that you will now start to see the cute designs that we offer in our printable shop appearing on things such a notepads!  currently, you will find seven notepad designs in our boutique. we are so excited to be CELEBRATING our grand opening of the shop with a wonderful giveaway!

our GRAND PRIZE winner will receive: {total value of $194}

  • $50 gift certificate to Blue Goose Boutique
  • One year CUTE CLUB membership to Lauren McKinsey {value $89}
  • Hand painted {signed and numbered} blue goose magnet {value $15}
  • Mongramed tumber from She’s Kinda Crafty {value $15}
  • $25 gift certificate to Paper + Pop {a printing & cutting service for printables}

our SECOND place winner will receive: {total value of $65}

  • $25 gift certificate to Blue Goose Boutique
  • One month CUTE CLUB membership to Lauren McKinsey {value $12.99}
  • Hand painted {signed and numbered} blue goose magnet {value $15}
  • One set of 3 monogram decals from She’s Kinda Crafty {value $12}

our THRID place winner will receive: {total value of $43}

  • Choice of 1 notepad set from Blue Goose Boutique {value $18}
  • Hand painted {signed and numbered} blue goose magnet {value $15}
  • Sheet of 20 monogram return address stickers from She’s Kinda Crafty {value $10}

our notepads make the perfect gifts for:

  • teachers
  • moms AND dads
  • birthday gifts
  • graduations
  • holidays
  • and just FOR YOU

each notepad was lovingly designed by ME and then made in our home. YES, for now, we are making our own notepads.  so, every notepad you order was designed by us, made my us, wrapped by us and sent to you with lots of love! we have a fun variety of sizes and quantities of notepads.  four out of our seven notepads come in packs of two with an adorable pencil picked out my me to match your pad.  the notepads are beautifully packaged in a clear cello bag, wrapped with pretty twine and have a matching gift tag attached.  they make the perfect gifts and we have even done all the presentation for you.  three of our notepads are single pads.  you will find the description for each notepad on the website, but each tear off notepad is filled with high quality paper and backed in thick recycled chipboard making the notepads extra sturdy.  several of our notepads come with a magnetic strip so that you can hang them on the refrigerator or other magnetic surfaces.

i have to admit that this A to Z notepad is my favorite!  i didn’t want to fill up the blog post with 26 pictures, but each page in the pad has a different letter of the alphabet.  the notepad has 52 pages in all.  this notepad is inspired by the ABC collection i created a few months ago that i just adore!   to see an image of what each page looks like click here.  this 5 x 71/2 inch notepad comes as a set of two pads with a matching pencil and gift tag.

our Always be Sunshine notepad.  this 5 x 71/2 inch notepad comes as a set of two 50 sheet pads with a matching pencil and gift tag.

our dream BIG notepad.  this 5 x 71/2 inch notepad comes as a set of two 50 sheet pads with a matching pencil and gift tag.

Our Little Bookworm notepad.  this 5 x 71/2 inch notepad comes as a set of two 50 sheet pads with a matching pencil and gift tag.

Our To Do list is another personal favorite.  i LOVE the 15 lines for writing and the HAPPY graphic at the top of the page.  i can’t wait to make one for ME.  this 5 1/4 x 8 inch notepad is filled with 60 sheets of cuteness.

our Shopping List.  another favorite!  this 3 1/2 x 8 inch notepad is filled with 60 sheets perfect for making your grocery and shopping list.  it comes with a magnet for the back as well if you want to hang it on your refrigerator or another magnetic surface.

and just in time for father’s day, this adorable Superhero Dad SUPER list is perfect for that special dad!  this 3 1/2 x 8 inch notepad is filled with 60 sheets that will make dad smile as he tracks his lists of things to do!

i just had to show you the sticker that “sits” on the back of each notepad.  isn’t it fun?

for the next 30 days, you can use the coupon code GiveAway-10 for 10% off your Blue Goose Boutique purchase.

we are also excited to be giving away two CUTE CLUB memberships as part of our grand opening celebration.  the CUTE CLUB is an EXCLUSIVE membership program that allows you to download EVERYTHING {yes, i said EVERYTHING} in the Lauren McKinsey store.  we have over 1200 printables and add a new collection every week.  sometimes we even add two new collections.  we offer an annual or a monthly membership.  you can learn more here!  you can even use the coupon code GiveAway-10 for 10% off your CUTE CLUB membership.

thank you for celebrating with us!  you make me smile BIG!

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Friday
Dec072012

HOLIDAY HOSTESS & TEACHER GIFTS

Finding a cute way to thank your children's teachers is always a bonus during the holiday season!  This easy idea will have everyone smiling with joy, peace and good cheer!

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Wednesday
May162012

A BERRY GOOD TEACHER

We are lucky to have a large strawberry farm close by, and we visit often during Strawberry Season!  The children love to pick the berries and have a hard time finding a way to stop because they see ripe berries in every direction!  We decided to put a few baskets together for teachers as a thank you for a "BERRY GOOD YEAR", and I wanted to share the idea with you...simple, pretty, yummy, and healthy!

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Wednesday
Jun222011

MY FAVORITE SUMMER HOSTESS GIFT

Nothing says summer like blackberries, and I love bringing a flower pot full of berries to a Fourth of July celebration.  This hostess gift is yummy, unexpected, easy, and affordable!  Blackberries are only in season for a short time and so they are a real treat.

They aren't just for the Fourth of July- change the ribbon and liner and use it for any summer party.

AND, if you are the hostess...serve them in these adorable little pots for the children big and small.  Everyone loves their tiny size~ and they look so cute on THE PASTRY PEDESTAL.

The tiny terra cotta pots already have a hole in the bottom and so they fit perfectly onto the pedestals.

The cute paper circles on the bottom of the pedestals are from LAUREN MCKINSEY DESIGNS.

All of these pots of berries are easy to assemble.  I found the terra cotta pots at Michael's.  The waxed paper liner for the pots are from Michael's in the baking section.  Regular tissue paper and regular waxed paper will work too!  Ribbon is also from Michae's~

Super easy, super fun, super affordable! 

The Pastry Pedestal is available at this site~

http://www.thepastrypedestal.com/

Paper printables available from Lauren McKinsey Designs

http://laurenmckinsey.com/2011/06/think-cute-designs-products-celebrate-independence/

More Independence Day ideas coming soon~

Sunday
May152011

A Garden of Gift Ideas

I loved getting to spend some time with Luci Furlow of Seasonal Color Greenhouses, Inc. to come up with some gift ideas!  Luci has planted beautiful pots for me for teacher gifts, and I wanted to share a few ideas with you!I love how beautiful this pink geranium is- and how perfect it looks planted and tied with a bow!  A great gift to last through the summer and to brighten anyone's day!

If you have several teachers to buy for, these adorable little buckets filled with a flowering plant or an herb make a great gift idea!  Here, we used basil and mint.  I love how the herbs can be planted and used forever!

A sweet note to the teacher that says, "We were "mint" to be together!  I will miss you!"  would be a cute addition.  Or, "You were "mint" to be my teacher!  I love you!"  You could also add your favorite recipe that includes mint (or any herb of your choice). 

I also love how Luci shows how easily you can create a thoughtful gift for a teacher or hostess (or birthday, or housewarming, etc.) using a geranium, a container of your choice, and ribbon...

QUICK AND BEAUTIFUL!

Luci emphasizes how easy it is to create a great gift in a short amount of time by using plants and simple containers. 

Seasonal Color Greenhouses is a wholesale distributor throughout the southeast that is owned by Luci and Mack Furlow.  In addition to their wholesale distribution, they offer a unique service that you can enjoy at home.  Luci will plant your garden containers and/or porch containers and you can, literally, enjoy seasonal colors year round.  Luci offers on-site container plantings or will pick up, plant, and deliver!

She even does front doors!!

THANK YOU, LUCI AND MACK, FOR SHARING YOUR GREENHOUSE WITH US- AND YOUR GIFT IDEAS!

Find Seasonal Color Greenhouses, Inc. on the web at www.seasonalcolorgreenhouses.com

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