Bayou Bash – Crawfish Boil Invitations

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Welcome to Crawfish Season!

We’re fixin’ to boil some mudbugs and get a little cray with these Crawfish Boil Invitations by Custom Mae’d! 🤣🦐🌽

My girl @sunnyemorgan loves to stretch my design muscle 💪🏻 (love you, girl! xo). Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit, this time she pulled a low-down southern ‘Bayou Bash’ Crawfish Boil invitations straight out of this born-and-raised New England girl! 😳😎

Elvis once said that if you boil a crawfish just right, it'll be sweeter than sugar when you take a bite. Click To Tweet

Stock the cooler with Abita and don’t call me late for supper! These ‘Bayou Bash’ party invitations were just listed in the shop.

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Several options are available to suit you just right! I didn’t think “Tails, Cold Beer and Taters” sounded too legit for a first birthday, but maybe we’ll put a little sass in your glass for a reunion, grown up party or even a graduation? Let’s get a little cray!

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Invitations are available with or without photo.  We can change the wording, colors, whatev.  At Custom Mae’d, we’re flexible like that!

Contact me for ordering info.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

All the Best,

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National Teacher Appreciation Day

Hey, Hey! It’s National Teacher Week!

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Just kidding.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be relieved to hear that you haven’t blown it. We’ve got until the end of next week to pull this off, phew!

Teacher Appreciation Week 2017 is May 8 – May 12

For the life of me, I thought it was today. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been caught off guard, left to scramble last minute to pull something like this off.

Life is full of surprises, and opportunities to celebrate.  That’s why I’m choosing to focus on one (maybe two) events per month and offer you an assist in the celebration department.

I’ve whipped up a FREE printable to help you pull this off like a pro!

We’re all in this together, Mama!

We Need Smore Teachers Like You

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Download and print the attached printable. Have your student sign where indicated. Toss a couple of marshmallows, chocolate bar and grahams in a Ziploc bag.  Attach that label and you’re DONE! This one is so easy, that chocolate won’t even have time to melt in your hands!

DIY Student Fill In Printable – Due Wednesday, May 3rd

This one is going to take a little more planning and a little more time, but it’s well worth it.  Download this printable from my website. Have your student fill out the form answering the questions in his/her own words.  Be sure to make a copy of this one, Mama! Give one, keep one. This one is going to hit you in all the feels!

Gift Cards

These are a dime a dozen but always be appreciated. Starbucks or Staples both sound like good ideas to me! Most locations are keen to provide Teacher Friendly styles.  Super swift and easy.

I would love to see how you use your freebies, or even if you went out on a limb and did your own thing.  Snap a photo and send it my way for a chance to be featured on the blog.

Party on,

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Ready to Pop! Baby Shower Champagne Favors

She’s Ready to Pop! These Baby Shower Champagne Favors are the perfect touch for your BFF’s Baby Shower!

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Available in your choice of 2.5″ or 3″ inch circles, your personalized tags will arrive within a week of placing your order.

Tags are printed on white card stock in your choice of colors.

I chose to display mine on mini bottles of LaMarca Prosecco (approximately $4.99 each – sourced locally in Maryland).

 LaMarca Processo baby shower favors

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. I’m here to help!

Use the contact form on this site, or email me at mae@customaed.com.

Party on,
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World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day

I’m totally hot for my husband for so many reasons! 😍 🔥 😂 He’s handy around the house (ahem, ‘log cabin’), he makes me laugh on the daily, and he makes a mean burrito! Along with some of his other adoring qualities, he also assumed bedtime responsibilities with our older boy when my youngest son was born.

As part of that bedtime ritual, books are read and stories come alive!

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Today just happens to be World Storytelling Day. World Storytelling Day is a global celebration of the art of storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the March equinox, on (or near) March 20. On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night.

So, pillows are plumped and our book pile is ready.

Here’s a peek at some of our personal favorite stories that we read to our boys are (in no particular order):

1) I Love You, Stinky Face – by Lisa McCourt
A sweet story about the unconditional love of a mother for her little boy. Whether her boy were an alligator or a super-smelly skunk, a mother’s love is always the same!

2) The Book with No Pictures – by BJ Novak
The title pretty much sums this one up. That’s right, NO pictures! Yet there’s belly-busting laughter all around whenever this book is read. Liked but young and old alike. It’s a keeper!

3) If You Decide To Go To The Moon – by Faith McNulty
I would have to say that this is one of my son’s favorites. Maybe it’s the ‘down to earth’ language. I swear, to catch a glimpse of him when he’s caught up in this story is such an amazing experience. His eyes say it all. Captured.

4) The Tickle Tree – by Chae Strathie
An imaginative tale – A “phantasmagorical flight of fantasy at your fingertips”. The illustrations are almost as magical as the story itself. Text is woven all around the intricate drawings which pulls you right in to the story.

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The Tickle Tree

If you would like to add any of these titles to your personal library, purchase links have been added for your convenience.

What are some of your bedtime – or anytime – storytime favorites?  Tell me in the comments below.  We’re always looking to expand our adventures!

Party on,
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Summer Fun and Design Inspiration

Summer Fun and Design Inspiration

When creating new design, sometimes I’m motivated by a special event, a holiday, or a popular fad.

But often times that’s just not enough, and the work doesn’t come easy. 🤔

What’s my secret sauce? What inspires me to create my most favorite designs?

What’s the truth behind my design inspiration?

Simply put – MY KIDS!

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Lol, I know that sounds so cliche, but spare me the eye roll and read on… 🙄😂👉🏼

My boys – ages 2 and 7 – are lucky enough to still see the world much differently than I do. So when their world lights up, not only does it fill my heart with JOY, but their sparkle captures my attention.

Like fireflies to the jar, I try to capture these moments and translate them into design that is used well beyond your event date. ✨

My goal is to provide more than an invitation.
I want to offer a keepsake.
It’s more than a banner for the dessert table.
It’s a high quality personalized banner that hangs above the crib in the nursery.

That’s my goal. That’s my heart. That’s what lights me up!

As most of you know, I recently collaborated on a Wild West party with my sweet friend Carolina of @minteventdesign. While the details of the party are amazing (her attention to detail is ON POINT!), it was a sun-kissed summer day at the county fair that inspired this design.

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My friend’s husband is a semi-retired professional bull rider. (I know, right?!) It was by invitation that we were introduced to their world.

I’ll never forget my boy sitting on that fence, with his flushed sweaty cheeks, eyes lit up by the cowboys being …cowboys!

That, my friends, is what this is all about.

I don’t only make invitations.

I capture memories.
I preserve moments.

I chase (and release) fireflies.
How magical is that?! So when it comes time to capture that special day and preserve those memories, I’ll be ready for you!

Together we’ll turn your vision into something that really lights you up.

Party on, Friends!

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