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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Custom Mae’d Party Stationery – In The Press – Everyday Party Magazine

It’s not Everyday that Custom Mae’d is featured in a magazine!

Thrilled to announce that my Baseball ‘Play Ball!’ Party is featured in the Spring Issue of Everyday Party Magazine!

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Be sure to check out the feature, and while you’re there, download a FREE ‘Autograph’ printable for your little slugger!

Personalized Baseball Autograph Sign

The ‘Autograph” sign sure was a big hit!  A baseball covered with birthday wishes from his friends certainly makes a fitting keepsake!  A one-of-a-kind souvenir he’ll treasure for years to come.

Download the FREE printable version for boys and girls here.  Free printables are for personal use only and cannot be edited, altered, or resold.

Want a personalized version?  Custom Baseball ‘Autograph’ DIY Printable Signs are available in the shop for only $7 .  Full service printed signs are also available.

Party On, Ballers!

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Wild West Party – Food Labels – Table Tents

We may be hunkering down in the Old Wild West, but that doesn’t mean that we have to settle for slim pickins’! Feast your eyes on these creative Wild West Food Labels and get those party juices flowin’!

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Wild West Party – Food Labels – Table Tents

Get ready to blaze a trail with these lip-smackin’ Wild West Food Label ideas:

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chewin gum – chewing gum

chicken feed – chicken

cow patties – hamburgers, no-bake oatmeal cookies

fools gold – gold coins (chocolate)

hay bales – Rice Krispy treats

happy trails mix – trail mix

lassos – Twizzlers

 

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We’ll round out your table with these additional labels:

baked beans

bbq kettle chips

brisket

root beer

sarsaparilla

 

 

Tighten your spurs, because these Wild West Party Labels are coming at you with options!

  • as a DIY printable file, $7
  • fully printed and trimmed to size, $12

Go on, now! Y’all go get your Wild West Party Food Labels and make that shindig your planning something to stomp your boots about!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?!

Party on,

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Wild West Party

Wild West Party

Party Printables (Banner, Gift Tags, Table Signs… ): Custom Mae’d
Party Styling: Mint Event Design
Cake: Sheila’s Sweet Shoppe

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Whoa, Nellie! Saddle your horses and tighten your spurs!

Let’s hunker down and wish Eli a very Happy 2nd Birthday!

This party was beautifully styled by my sweet friend Carolina of MINT Event Design.

Carolina is an event and party stylist based in Austin, Texas. Everything she touches turns to ‘gold’.

I am fortunate to be able to work with Carolina on occasion. Every time I do, I am left anxiously awaiting our next opportunity to collaborate!

Thanks again, Carolina, for making my party goods shine!

Wild West Water Bottle Labels

Wild West Grub Sign

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Talk about making a grand entrance!  I love the way our Wild West Banner was put on display.  Flanked on each side with red paisley handkerchiefs, a perfect accent for a Wild West theme!

Printable Wild West Happy Birthday Banner:

Wild West Cowboy Happy Birthday BannerClick HERE to view this banner in the shop!

This banner is available either as a DIY printable banner or fully assembled delivered to your door.  It’s nice to have options, y’all!

You should have seen how she used the personalized party favor tags.  Carolina is a party styling genius!

 

Wild West Birthday Party Favor Tags:

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Need something special to help celebrate your little buckaroo? Or … buckarette? 😂 I’m here to help! Contact me (I’m Mae of Custom Mae’d) and together we’ll turn your vision into a Custom Mae’d reality!

Party On!

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