2016 Holiday Party Hop – S’more Christmas

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S’more Christmas

Welcome to day 5 of the 2016 Holiday Party Hop! Consider my bells jingled! I’m thrilled and amazed to be participating alongside some of the most talented and creative party bloggers for the 2016 Holiday Party Hop!  Eighteen delightful party friends sharing holiday tips, tricks, decor ideas, and recipes with you all week long!

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This week long event was organized by my sweet friend Deanna of Mirabelle Creations. If this is your first stop on the party hop, I totally recommend heading back to where it all started.  Deanna started us off with a Christmas Hot Cocoa Party.

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I’ll take mine with candy canes and piled high whipped cream, please!

My all time favorite holiday drink is a Starbucks Peppermint Mocha.  Hardly original, but easy to come by. Deanna is speaking my love language with this delightful set up.

The hop takes you through a Winter Wonderland of 18 Holiday inspired themes;

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 Twinkle Twinkle Little Party has me all warm inside with her Holiday Hostess Gift Idea: Santa Mug Hot Cocoa Kit.  Don’t folly, be jolly and hop on by to be inspired.  She’s offering a FREE Holiday tag download too!

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Next, Mariah of Giggles Galore  shared her Festive Tomato Artichoke Recipe. OMG, Yum!  I’m totally making these for Christmas TODAY!

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And, friends, that was just DAY ONE!  It’s been an amazing week of drool worthy posts (uh, I mean….)

Holiday Party Hop – Day 2:

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Day Four:
day4Which brings us to Day 5!

If you’re visiting from Made of Sugar and Spice, WELCOME!  Wasn’t her Girly Glam NYE Flamingle amazing?!

Girly Glam New Years Eve Flaming PartyCHEERS!

Now it’s my turn, and the (chocolate) bar is raised HIGH!  Chocolate to the rescue!  I mean, is there anything that we enjoy S’more than chocolate?

Wine, perhaps.  But I digress…

Let me tell you a little bit S’more about my favorite chocolaty treat, .. S’mores!

And what could be better than S’mores and Christmas?

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Custom Mae’d is a party stationery studio based in a log cabin in Middletown, Maryland.  I’m Mae of Custom Mae’d, and you could say I have a this thing for nature.  I’m so inspired by peace and quiet.

Record scratch, ….say what?

Yes, I’m a party girl by day, but nothing makes me feel more warm and cozy than twinkly lights, chocolate, and this quiet cabin in the woods.

Record scratch, come again? 

I have two young boys, it’s never quiet here.

But, a girl can dream.  And when I do, I dream of S’mores.

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Download your FREE ‘Christmas S’more’ Printable here:free-smores-printable

Download your FREE ‘Christmas S’more’ printable HERE!

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Next stop on the Hop is Giggle Home Furnishings.  I can’t wait to see what Lori has in store for us!

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Special thanks to Deanna of Mirabelle Creations for organizing the 2016 Holiday Party Hop!

And THANK YOU for stopping by.  It was FUN to have you along for the hop.

All the Best,

Signature Mae

 

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Back To School – FREE PRINTABLE

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Back To School – FREE PRINTABLE

I was over the moon when Carolina from Mint Event Design reached out to Custom Mae’d to collaborate on a ‘Back to School’ project.

Mint Event Design is an event styling business specializing in customized and themed parties, dessert tables and unique rental items.

I knew even before the confetti touched the table that the result would be fabulous, and she never disappoints!
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I created some cupcake toppers and added a printable banner to the mix, and Carolina worked her party magic!
Back to School Party
back-to-school-cupcake-toppersMy soon-to-be 1st grader will be going back to school on Monday.

Last year I was (really) struggling and feeling all the feels.

…Is he ready?

…Have I done enough?

…Will he be okay?

You can read more about that here.  What season are you in?  Are you ready?

 

Claim your Free ‘Back to School’ Banner using the opt-in form below.  Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.  I’m here to help!

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Party On!

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Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo

If it’s been a while since you’ve visited Catoctin Wildlife Preserve & Zoo, you should give it another go.

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I’ve been to Catoctin Wildlife Preserved and Zoo in years past, and honestly, I was disappointed. High entry rates for caged animals didn’t measure up for a great day out in the sun.  (SPOILER ALERT: My opinion has radically changed!)

I’m more than pleased to report that my most recent visit to Catoctin Wildlife Preserve has completely changed my opinion for the better.

Catoctin ZooIt’s like they hired a sanctuary specialist.  The entire environment has received a breath of fresh air.  Everything is happier – from the animals to the employees.  THIS is a local zoo we can be proud of.

From the zoo website: “The Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo is supported by the Global Wildlife Trust whose mission is dedicated to broadening human understanding of the animal world.

This is achieved through immersion in naturalistic habitat recreations and educational programs using live animals and instructional tools both on-site at Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo and through presentations in the greater community.”

Well, Catoctin – it shows!  You are succeeding in your mission!

I took the boys (ages 6 and 1) to the zoo in mid-June 2016.  We were at the park for over two hours.  And though the weather was not ideal (we experienced torrential downpour and took cover in the bat enclosure until the heavy rain subsided) we fully enjoyed our stay.

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You had their attention from the main gate all the way through, which makes this Mama very happy.

We’ll be back, over and over again.

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By the way, that snippy comment about pricing at the zoo?  It’s a solid memory.  I had it in my mind that I paid too much in years past.  I can now honestly say, your prices are reasonable. Totally and completely.  For about the same price of going to the movies, my kids are outside engaging with nature. I’d call that a bargain! Thank you.

All the Best,

Signature Mae

 

 

Did you know Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo offers birthday party packages?  For more information about weddings, group activities and corporate events, visit the zoo website at www.cwpzoo.com.

You may be interested in: Safari Birthday Invitations (different color options are available)

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Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood – Wedding Open House 2016

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Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood – Wedding Open House 2016

Hello, beautiful people.  I have some FUN news to share!

Custom Mae’d was recently invited to participate in a Wedding Open House with Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood!

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ThorpeWood – April, 2016
Tucked away on the Catoctin Mountains near Thurmont, Maryland, this 155-acre mountain retreat will take your breath away.
    “ThorpeWood as a venue is totally gorgeous, ridiculously cozy, and crazy romantic. All events at ThorpeWood are booked and managed by Mountain Memories at ThorpeWood, LLC, owned by Julie Castleman and Lexi Hartner. Both Julie and Lexi enjoy shepherding brides and grooms, making arrangements for corporate groups and assisting with details of many other types of events held at ThorpeWood. Together they have successfully guided more than 800 couples through one of the most important moments in their lives—making their dreams a reality at ThorpeWood.”
Both Julie and Lexi are equally fabulous and so LOVED by anyone who has ever met them!  Their attention to detail and genuine enthusiasm leave a lasting impression.

I was honored to participate alongside such talented and brilliant local vendors – caterers, florists, DJ’s and more!

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Canapés Catering

Canapés Catering is a full-service catering company, providing customized menu design and complete event planning. Canapés has been offering fine cuisine and impeccable, personalized service for 25 years in the Pennsylvania, Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. area. Whether large or small, casual or elegant, we will work with you to ensure that your event is perfect.

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Monica’s Floral Designs

Monica’s Floral Designs – Wedding flowers since 1987 –
Serving Frederick, Maryland and surrounding areas.

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Blossom and Basket Boutique

  Blossom & Basket Boutique is owned by Ellie Bonde and Rene Bonde Shiffler,
a mother daughter team, and is located in beautiful downtown Mt Airy, Maryland.

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Shew-sical Entertainment and Candlelight Floral

Shew-sical Entertainment and Candlelight Floral Designs were so kind to reach out and say ‘hello’.
I regret not having more time to take a few more photos. Their respective websites are linked above.

Also, do your tastebuds a favor and check out Renaissance Chef!
They served a Brie appetizer (Praline Brie En Croute) Brie with brown sugar and nuts… so delicious!

As for my little corner of Mountain Memories Wedding Open House paradise:

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Custom Mae’d Stationery & Party Decor | C&V Design

I reached out to Illiah of C&V to collaborate on what was to be my first ‘Open House’ experience. There are simply no words to adequately describe how perfect this collaboration panned out.  I’ll let the pictures speak a thousand words:

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boho-bride-stationeryCreated specifically for this event – S’more LOVE Wedding Favors:
Suited to your design style and personalized just for your special day!

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S’more LOVE Wedding Favors

S’more LOVE Wedding Favors are available as DIY Kits and/or fully assembled* (for my local clients).  I’ll change the design (color and style) to suit your event.

My sweet friend Illiah of C&V is taking a step away from stationery design and focusing on her first love ~ translating the heart & voice of creative entrepreneurs with design & words. For a free consultation: Hello@ceeandvee.com ceeandvee.com

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Illiah of C&V Design – seen here capturing my Wild Boy’s attention. Her words and design interpretation are MAGIC! www.ceeandvee.com

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please don’t hesitate to contact me for further vendor or venue information.  It would be my pleasure to put you in touch.

All the Best,

Signature Mae

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Father’s Day Printable – FREE DIY Crafts for Kids

Father’s Day Printable – FREE DIY Crafts for Kids

Father’s Day is right around the bend! Stay ahead of the current and catch this great deal to create a DIY Father’s Day Tackle Box with your free Father’s Day printable!  (I know, I ‘hooked’ you up with something very punny!)

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My son and I stocked an old embroidery box full of (candy) fish and worms, printed a couple of fishing photos, and attached the ‘Father’s Day Tackle Box’ printable to the top.

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Hook, line and sinker! A gift any dad would be totally hooked on!

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Download using the link above. If you find you’re up the creek without a paddle, don’t hesitate to contact me!  I’m here to help!

Happy Father’s Day, y’all!

All the Best,

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