Thursday, February 28, 2013

SIPS :: St. Patty's Day Shamrock-a-Tini

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Hello everyone . . .. it's time for COCKTAILS WITH CINECA!

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner & I couldn't be more excited! I pull out my 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' t-shirt, watch Boondock Saints (for the 777th time) and get my annual 4 leaf clover tattoo in memory of my little brother. It may not be the way everyone celebrates St. Patty's Day, but it's my tradition...and I love it!

I'll admit, I also attempt to catch that silly leprechaun. I've never found his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but I may have found something better. A deliciously green St. Patty's Cocktail...  
The Shamrock-a-Tini
4 ounces good Vodka (Skyy, Ketel One or Grey Goose)
2 ounces Apple Pucker
2 ounces Midori Liqueur
Maraschino cherries, for garnish

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
Add Vodka, Pucker & Midori
Shake, Shake, Shake Your Money Maker
Pour into two chilled martini glasses
Garnish with a maraschino cherry 

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Happy St. Patrick's Day, my friends! Cheers to a year full of Luck O' The Irish!


Guest Contributor: Cineca Keck

Cineca is a mommy, lover of music and traveling, and a self-proclaimed food junkie. When not experimenting with new recipes, watching cooking shows, and building tent forts, she’s a busy wedding and event planner. 

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

{CRAFTY TIP TUESDAY} Washi Tape Utensils


Top O’ The Mornin’ To Y’all!   
It’s Melissa O’Newell stopping by Eye Candy Event Details to bring you a quick fun budget party tutorial! 

Washi Tape Utensils
Washi Tape is a very thin paper tape that seems to come in 100’s of patterns and colors. I am obsessed with using it to brighten up any party! 
If you are not familiar with Japanese Washi Tape then you are missing out! OR maybe you bought that cute little tape and still have not found a use for it!  You are in LUCK!

All I did for this quick fun idea is take my plain old plastic utensils and pick three different patterns of Washi Tape.   

Covered them long wise and pressed down good.  The tape seems to stick VERY well to plastic. (unlike the wooden utensils where it does seem to come up more often than not).  

There you have it – fun party ware!  I love mixing up the patterns. The kids seem to really love them and I just love the pop of color it adds to the party.  I would pair with a white plate so that the colors pop out more! 

Have a great St. Patrick’s Day and until next time…Party On Friends!


Want to see MORE party ideas? Head on over to Melissa’s blog post over at My PartyPassion! While you are there, join her blog so you can see all of her amazing parties that she throws!

Party Tips Contributor: Melissa Newell

Melissa Newell has been planning and executing parties for over 20 years - parties have always been a passion of hers.

Melissa’s motto is Go Big or Go Home! She celebrates with her children every chance they get - making each day a celebration of Life!

Creativity on a budget and the attention to the smallest of details is what she is known for. Her blog, My Party Passion, highlights all of the parties that she throws!

You can follow Melissa

Saturday, February 23, 2013



Welcome to my Sponsor Spotlight for this week!
I bring you the crazy talented, super sweet, nice as can be, friend of mine: Kristin with Stampin' Fanatic!


She is offering up a special DEAL for you all that is valid THIS WEEKEND ONLY!! So make sure you check out her shop!
Kristin offers a unique mix of handstamped, die cut and digital elements. 


She is offering 25% off any order, this weekend only! 
 Just make sure to email her & tell her you saw the DEAL here & she will give you 25% OFF!
Oh and did I mention, she is ALSO GIVING AWAY 
24 St. Patty's Day Favor Tags!!

  Want to WIN these adorable tags? Super easy . . . you just have to "like" her page and post on her wall that you saw the giveaway deal here to be entered. Super E-A-S-Y!
  Good Luck!

I currently am accepting sponsors & I do have a few spots left for the coming months. 

 If you are looking to increase your traffic to your blog or just would like some more FB followers, then contact me at & I will send you all the info you need to decide.

Have a great weekend everyone & I make sure to check out Kristin's shop + enter her GIVEAWAY !

Friday, February 22, 2013

{TARGET FINDS} My chick & their chick!


Yup that's right!!!! Target + me sitting in a tree . . . k-i-s-s-i-n-g  . . oh wait I mean . . . d-e-s-i-g-n-i-n-g away! Oh wait - that's just IN MY DREAMS!!!  

Did you realllllllly think I got to design this collection to match their new items in their Dollar Spot section? I WISH!!!! One can dream right! {sigh} Seriously though, if anyone knows how to make that happen, I'll be your best friend!!! ;)

Easter is coming soon & I was on my "weekly" shopping trip to Target yesterday with my daughter in tow & we are perusing the Dollar Spot section because we all loooooove a good dollar find right? Well you can imagine my AMAZEMENT when I happened upon these little treasures!

Cute huh? Adorable huh? And look at how well they match my "Lil Chick" EASTER collection that I have available in my Esty shop? This "lil chick" line is by far my most popular line that I designed 2 years ago & it now has an Easter birthday line as well as some others. It's ONE of my FAVS. So how cool is that? 

Target + Eye Candy Event Details' "Lil Chick" collection = one easy Easter party!

If you would like to check out this entire collection, you can read about it here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

{HAPPY BIRTHDAY} melissa + NEW collection

hey y'all.
I need to let you in on a little secret - sssshhhhh! 
Tomorrow is Melissa's birthday from the TEAM. Can you do me a favor & go to her page over at Melissa Newell, Party Stylist and Planner and wish her a BIG old HAPPY BIRTHDAY!? Pleasssssssssse! ;)

why do you ask are we doing this today & not tomorrow? Well Melissa's FB page will be going away tomorrow as she is streamlining her life & simplifying just a bit so we want to give her something to remember from all of her fans, before that happens, so what do you say? Let's flood her page with birthday wishes!

But what is that you say? . . . you LOVE her posts on here? No worries, she WILL remain part of the team & she IS keeping her own blog, so make sure you stay in touch with her there & here. She will still be here giving us all her AMAZING party tips so that will NOT change! YAY!

So PLEASE go on over to her page today & wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY - she will LOVE it! (btw - she has noooooo idea I am doing this so she will probably get me for this! lol)

AND one more thing . . . the CUTE little graphic you see at the top of this post, well it's part of a NEW collection coming soon. The Barnyard collection - it's definitely going to be one of my favs!

Thanks for the favor you all . . . you're the BESTEST! xoxo

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

{WANTED} Blog Contributors for Team Eye Candy

I am so excited to share this post with you & hope you are just as excited! I am looking to E-X-P-A-N-D the TEAM! Ya know TEAM "Eye Candy". Yup. We're ready. Ready to grow a little more & we are looking for YOU? Maybe. ;) 
Ar you excited yet??? You should be! Here's your chance to get excited if you have ever wanted to be on this team . . .maybe now is the time, ya know- your chance! OR get excited as I will be adding NEW team members which means . . . .NEW fun & exciting content to share with all of you! Can I get a ahhhhhhh YEAHHHHHHH! =)

Eye Candy Event Details is currently seeking (a few) regular blog contributors. We are looking for DIYers, event planners, crafters, stylists, foodies & more who share our LOVE for parties & events! I am going to start having MORE regular weekly/ monthly features on certain days & am looking to fit someone in who has a LOVE for some of these topics. Do you LOVE doing craft projects? A fab DIY? What about talking about weddings? Maybe you love a good recipe? Are you a stylist who creates amazing party displays?

I would LOVE to find people for the following areas:
~ contributors who love to craft & do fab DIY projects & show it to everyone when they are done!
~ contributors who love weddings! Talking about weddings. Looking at weddings & all the details involved, inspiration boards & more!
~contributors who are stylists but do NOT have their own printable line & LOVE sharing party tips
~ contributors that LOVE making desserts.

**I realize that the above descriptions are kind of vague. I did that on purpose as I want to know & get a feel for what the person who emails me sees themselves doing in these (flexible) positions on the blog. These positions have the potential to be what you would like them to be on here. If you have a little experience or a lot and you want to email me, please do! I will be choosing at least 1 person for each but I could always change my mind & add more. ;)

Here's a few more details to consider:
Contributors should be willing to send me a post twice a month. You must be able to submit clean, clear photos. Compensation will not be in the form of money but you do get compensated for your posts & I have all of that info for you, should you get chosen. It does include having your blog/ website name on my blog sidebar for as long as you are part of the team which equals free advertising for you! Plus the mentions through all social media when you are on the team & any time you post. Plus I post regularly, averaging about 5 times a week. This is an excellent way to gain exposure for your blog or business, plus be a part of a fun team! 

If you are excited for this chance, please email me the name of your blog or website along with any info about yourself that you would like me to know (so I can check ya out), the area you would like to be considered for and also WHY you would be a good fit for the team here! You do not have to be exclusive to just me, you can already be writing for someone else as well. All are welcome to email me as I would LOVE to hear from you! ;) 
Just send the info to Please write "Blog Contributor" in the subject line for me pa-leasssse! Thank ya!
Deadline is next wed. Feb. 27.

I promise to respond to everyone within the next 2 weeks & the people I choose will be notified by next Friday March 1.

I am so excited for this opportunity for BOTH of us! Looking forward to hearing from you soon!  If this is not for you but you know of someone, please feel free to pass along! :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

{COLLECTION DEBUT} Surfs Up Baby Shower

As you know I just LOVE receiving CUSTOM orders to design for my clients. This by far was a super EXCITING one for me to design as hellooooooo . . . I love everything surfing, I used to reside in Cali and what is NOT cool about a surf theme? 
The best part is they wanted to keep the colors generic because the couple was NOT finding out what the baby gender was - they were keeping it a surprise! I LOVE that . . . I did that with the birth of my daughter & am so glad I waited & was surprised! How fun!!!! SO the colors of coral & a soft teal just really exuuuuude the 'surfer vibe' don't ya think? Me likey. ;)
Introducing the brand new . . . .
'SURFS UP" baby shower collection

This is the perfect collection for those wanting a gender neutral color scheme or theme!
Here's what you get in this collection . . . 
(pictured above}
1. banner - that says "Welcome Baby" along with the surfboard graphics
2. paper pack - you receive 4 different design/ color combinations in this pack that can be used for scrapbook paper, craft ideas, decor accents & to make pinwheel circles


3. Welcome Sign - 8 x 10 print can be framed to use as decor on your table or a welcome sign on the front door for your guests. It says "Welcome Lil Surfer"
4. drink flags - attach these to straws for a fun way to coordinate in 2 different designs
5. food / drink / decor labels - comes with 2 different designs - each will have plenty of room so you can write in whatever you need to label. Easy fold-over tent style allows them to stand up on table.

6. napkin wraps - you will get 3 different designs/ color combinations that are great to use on napkins or decor accents
7. '"WISH" cards - use these as a keepsake for the momma. Have guests write anything that they "wish" for the baby. 
**says: 'wishes for lil surfer' on them

8. toppers/ circles - use for accents to your table decor - simply cut them out or use a punch, glue to lollipop stick or toothpick & done!
Hope you love this collection as much as I do! 
You can find the SURFS UP collection in my Etsy shop! 

There is also a SURFS UP invitation (of course!)


I personally think this collection would be amazing as a BIRTHDAY PARTY collection as well! A quick color change, a couple tweaks & BAM! Surfer b-day collection! I just put it on MY design list. ;)
 As always, if you EVER have any special custom design party collection idea requests, PLEASE feel free to email me anytime & I can design one for YOU!

Have a great week!