{Giveaway} from Vintage Paper Parade!

I’d like to introduce you to one of PDB’s new sponsors. You may have noticed the new button in the left hand column with this adorable image:

Vintage Paper Parade is a wonderful little Etsy shop featuring whimsical, stylish and vintage-inspired illustrations perfect for a baby or bridal shower, children’s birthdays or holiday fun. 

Debra, the owner and designer, hand designs each image from children’s stories (and even stories told by her children) by keeping a notebook of sketches and choosing her favorites to add regularly to the shop. She calls Toronto home and launched A Spring Handmade Market to unite local Etsy artists earlier in 2009.

I adore the small, detailed tags! How perfect would they be for handmade party favors, gift packaging, or even to identify dessert buffet treats? The cupcake toppers and cards with elephants and circus tents follow as a close second (and did you see the fawn design?).

Vintage Paper Parade offers party packs and individual listings in most of the themes. You’ll definitely want in on this giveaway!


Vintage Paper Parade is offering one lucky winner:

*one set of personalized cards/invitations
*one set of gift tags
*one set of cupcake toppers
*$20 gift certificate for Vintage Paper Parade

In any theme or design of the winner’s choosing – perfect for your next celebration! (Valued at $55)

To Enter: Please visit Vintage Paper Parade’s shop and leave a comment here about your favorite item. If you’d like, share one of your favorite party themes, too!

Giveaway ends Friday, March 19th, at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following Monday.


Friday Guest Blog Interview: Ish & Chi!

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m delighted to share a favorite blog today that encompasses all things home and fashion design. Viv, from Ish & Chi, shares her crafty know-how, decorating ideas, beautiful style and fashion favorites — and it’s wonderfully enchanting to read.

I could not introduce her better than sharing the sweetest ‘about me’ collage she assembled for her site:

Her home decorating style is classy yet casual, evoking that cozy-and-comfortable feeling while introducing just the right amount of modern patterns and prints to keep her rooms fresh and chic. You’ll love her house tour entwined with each of Viv’s answers to PDB’s four interview questions.

And so let’s jump right in, because I am thrilled to take a moment to pick Viv’s brain on some of her favorite trends, how she defines her ‘design style’ and a sneak peek at her fantastic home (where she’s put all of her fabulous creativity and style to good use!) …

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Spring Inspiration Board: Cherry Blossoms!

I’m going out on a limb here… but I love these branches so much that I’m predicting cherry blossom-themed parties and weddings to be one of the ‘it’ decoration ideas for Spring 2010. What do you think? Don’t a few branches in bloom make a beautiful inspiration piece?

I know with these images I’m won over {sigh}:

Made from curly willow and origami paper, Curbly shares a beautiful way to create your own DIY branch centerpieces. Perfect for a shower, wedding, tea party or dinner with friends.

And to complete the perfect party, how does a cool and refreshing blossom iced tea, rhubarb martini or rose champagne sound? Yes please!

The perfect drinks for a cherry blossom celebration:

The adorable pink sugar cube recipe (in blossom shapes) can be found here. More lovely images from Martha:

Hello Naomi designed beautiful cherry blossom cupcakes that match this theme perfectly (bottom left image above).

I’m so very inspired by branches – they remain a staple with most of my decorating and cherry blossoms have just moved to the top of my list. I wish they were a bit easier to get a hold of though… if anyone has any good resources, do share!

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