Monthly Archives: May 2010

Green With Envy

I was talking to a long-time friend Tuesday afternoon and she was really curious about what I was talking about on my blog post with the green “hint”.  She was wanting to know what the big surprise was.  It’s not really a surprise, so I hope this isn’t a big disappointment for you, but it was the reason we went to NYC last week…

What was it?

The National Stationery Show!

Ok, so you may not be jumping up and down and falling out of your chair with excitement like me, but I just wanted to let you know how FABULOUS it was!  I have wanted to go FOREVER since I started playing around with stationery as a hobby.  I have always been jealous of everyone who was able to go!

I was able to go to a session on trends in stationery and listen to some
stationery “superstars”.

Here are some other pictures from the show:

We had such a wonderful time in NYC!  Isn’t my husband the best?… taking me to a show about nothing but stationery for two days… wow, what a good man!  Hope he’s ready for next year when we have our own booth… will we?  Maybe!?!  (Who knows what’s in store…)

Oh, one more thing… I must share the FABULOUS (seems like I’ve already said that once before) Frrrozen Hot Chocolate from Serendipity.  For those of you who have seen  the movie Serendipity, you’ll know about the restaurant and the Frrrozen H0t Chocolate. Yummy!  Oprah loves it too, and she was able to get them to spill their secret {super easy} recipe.  I sure wish I had another one right now… might have to whip one up!

Hope you have a great day!

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We are Back!

We are officially back to work!

The orders we received 5/11-5/23 are being processed beginning Monday, May 24.

Thank you all for being so understanding as we were taking a little break.

What were we doing?

We’ll, I’ve received SEVERAL emails from you who figured out where we were
when you saw us on TV!


Welcome all of our new HollyDays
customers and blog readers!

We were the crazy people standing and waving signs at the Today Show on Thursday!  I was holding signs saying “hello” to our daughter and my husband was holding the www.shophollydays.com sign… and thanks to that sign, we’ve got a lot of new customers and several really sweet emails complimenting us on our products and website!

Here are some other pictures we took when we were at the NBC Today show.

Did you see that it was 56 degrees?
(windy and shaded, so this girl from humid Alabama was cold!)

It was so much fun.  We woke up at 4:45 a.m (3:45 CST… our normal time zone), got ready and hopped on a cab to stand in line.  We weren’t very far from the front of the line, so we were able to get in a good spot.  We decided to stand on the side nearest to Rockefeller Center because that is the spot I know I’ve seen when I watch the show.

We were standing right next to Lenny.  If you are a regular viewer of the show, you may know that Lenny comes to the Today show every single day.  In just a couple weeks, it will be 18 years he has been there, only missing a few days because of a transit strike.

Al came out first and we got to shake his hand.  When he did his first weather report we were right there!  How exciting!

We also met Matt and Meredith when they came outside.  They stood right in front of us, too when they did one of their stories.

Oh, and Sarah Jessica Parker was there.

Ok, enough about that!  We had so much fun in NYC!  Would you believe we weren’t there just to play?  Here’s a little photo hint… although not many of you will know what it means unless you are in the stationery business.  I CAN’T wait to tell you all about it!  hmmm… kinda matches Sarah Jessica Parker’s shoes…

Ahhhh! I’m so excited… just can’t wait to tell you!

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Taking a Little Break

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We Have Been Featured!

Welcome guests from Simply Creative Insanity!  Brandy from Simply Creative Insanity Blog has featured us today!  She is showing off photos of our pink cupcake first birthday party!  She does an even better job than I did showing off our party!

Go to her blog to see us and to get more party inspiration!  She has a ton of ideas for parties, gifts, recipes and more!

Thanks, Brandy!

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1st Birthday Party {Part 3}

Ok, this is my last post with photos from my little girl’s pink cupcake party.  I had so much fun planning it.  It has me inspired to do more parties! (don’t tell my husband, he already thinks I’m crazy enough as it is!)  In fact, we did a shower last weekend for our friends who are having a baby boy.  I can’t wait to share a few of the decorations from the party, but until then, here are some more pink pics!

The smash cake.  The one that ended up all over the place and even in Mommy’s hair.

Remember our poms from a recent show we did?  We did more to hang in the trees in the backyard.

Actually, my friend made them with our tissue paper and her grandmother fluffed them…

See the polka dot balloons?!  Love them, don’t you?!  Well, we’ll be adding them to our website soon, but if you are interested, just contact us and we’ll get some to you!  They come in Pink, Chocolate Brown, Lime Green, Red, Yellow, Blue, Robin’s Egg Blue, Wildberry (hot pink) and Purple!  They are $3.25 per pack of 5.  We also have the pearl pink balloons available, as well.

We bought a big pink tub from Target and pink balls for the kiddos to play with in the backyard.

One thing I learned through all of this is to remember who you are doing the party for and to cherish every moment of it.  Really.  I look back on this day as fun for me, but best of all it was fun for Karidyn.  That’s what matters.  I’d have to say, judging by her reactions all day, it was one of the best days of her life so far… and that’s what makes me proud.

Hope you enjoyed the photos!

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1st Birthday Party {Part 2}

Here are more of my favorite pictures from my daughter’s pink cupcake 1st Birthday Party.

Fondant cake and cupcake stand.  With the help of my friend, Lacey, I was able to do my very 1st fondant cake (so don’t look too close!).

White chocolate (dyed pink) cupcakes on a stick

Cupcake Pops!

Pink marshmallows

This is the view from the back of the food table.  We had the party at 11:30, so we served lunch in addition to all the goodies.  Chic-Fil-A chicken nuggets, sandwiches we made with some good stuff from Newk’s Cafe (chicken salad, pimento and Newk’s Q… yummy!) and fruit skewers made by my friends, Lacey and Tara.  Fruit dip… pink of course!

Birthday banner on the fireplace mantle along with the framed invitation and a cupcake in a cupcake stand.

We served Strawberry Lemonade and Cherry Limeade.

{Waterbottle labels that matched the party decor.}

I made these sugar cookies with royal icing.  Turned out ok, but took a LONG time.  Now I know why people who make these charge $2-$3 and up for these babies!


The party favors were strawberry or vanilla  “cupcakes in a jar” for the guests to take home.

That’s enough for now!  I still have a few more I want to show you, so those will come next.  Sorry to overwhelm you with so many photos.  At least I haven’t shown you the other 600!

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1st Birthday Party {Part 1}

I am so excited!  Here are the pictures from our little one’s first birthday party!  This will have to be broken up into several blog posts, so this is the first of a couple.  We’ll start from the outside and work our way inside.  The theme for the party was cupcakes and of course, pink, pink and pink!

Outside, we made a large cupcake out of wood.  I painted and glittered it to match the invitations.

I bought some tiny buckets at Michael’s craft store after Christmas and spray painted them pink.  My sister-in-law made the pink vinyl polka dots that I stuck on the buckets… much faster and easier than painting dots!  We filled the buckets with pink carnations. They lined our sidewalk to the front door.

{door sign on our front door to match party decor}

For Karidyn’s high chair, I made a tulle tutu for the front.  Personalized plates available here.

I made the hat to match… and she actually wore it!
Too busy eating cake to realize it was on her head!

Those are all the pictures for today, sorry for not showing the cakes, cupcakes and food spread!  Make sure you come back this week so you can see what’s inside!

Hope you have a great day!

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A HollyDay For Us

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