WOW!  I smile to myself for so many reasons as I look back at this year of starting this blog.  I have learned SO much.  I have “met” so many, many lovely people.  I am amazed at the kindness of my reader friends, the helpful nature of so many other bloggers, the gorgeous parties that you all send  to me, and the warm welcome The Party Wagon has received into this party blogging world.

I must admit, I didn’t really know a lot about blogging.  Although I had been planning and hosting parties for years, I was pretty much just doing my own thing.  I didn’t realize there was such a booming party world out there until I stumbled across a party blog a few weeks before I hosted a combined birthday party for my children.  Needless to say, I was sucked in quickly and found myself at the computer each night after putting the children to bed.   Talk about being late to the party!  But, that happens when you are busy with very small children, and I must say that I am glad I didn’t discover this any sooner because, no doubt, I would have been consumed.  I am not sure I would have had the balance that is so desperately needed to be a daily blogger.  I am still working on the balance and think I could use one of those long, tight rope bars and a safety net many days (not to mention an assistant!).

I can’t thank you enough to those of you who follow my blog and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest- I remember being SO excited to reach 100 “fans” on FB, and I get excited each time the number goes up.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!! 

Self-promotion does not exist naturally in my genetic make-up, and so it was a bit hard for me to promote my page through social media in the beginning…  and so I am forever grateful for those who share/like/comment/follow.  It means the world to me!

AND SO…as a BIG THANK YOU to all of you and to CELEBRATE one year of THE PARTY WAGON, I am super excited to offer a PARTY PACKAGE GIVEAWAY to one lucky winner!!

I get messages every day asking for help planning a party, and so I thought it would be fun to offer a large package of resouces with invitations, decorations, desserts, photo booth props, and more!  I put a message on Facebook for interested vendors, and the response was wonderful!  The winner of this GIVEAWAY will be able to host a fabulous party with so much help from so many talented and creative vendors!  Take a look…!!!  Keep in mind, the vendors are letting you choose your own theme from their shops- these photos are just examples of some of their beautiful work!  All vendors must be given 4 weeks advance notice to create your prize.

Dessert, first…

1EDIBLE DETAILS IS OFFERING $50 STORE CREDIT so that you can shop for a fondant creation of your choice- you can use them on cakes, cookies, cupcakes, as milk bottle toppers and more!  Contact Brittany directly before ordering so that she can apply the credit.


2.  LYNLEE’S PETITE CAKES IS OFFERING ONE DOZEN CUPCAKE TOPPERS ($45 VALUE) OF YOUR CHOICE–  to be used after August 2012.  Here is only one example of many choices for toppers…


3.  THE CAKE POPPERY IS OFFERING 2 DOZEN CAKE POPS- one dozen custom and one dozen “plain”.   The Cake Poppery makes exquisite pops and has a gorgeous gallery of photos to see.  He will customize one set to match your party and also include a dozen dipped and drizzled!  Please note that due to the heat of summer months, cake pops can only be shipped from late October to April without incurring overnight shipping fee.  Overnight shipping is not included in the giveaway.



4.  SUGAR HIGH IS OFFERING $25 STORE CREDIT to use for your choice in her bake shop.  Brenda makes gorgeous cookies, cakes, and fondant toppers.  Cake and cookie orders are local only, but toppers can be shipped.  Use Sugar High’s edible art dress up cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more!  Here is one of my favorite collections from Sugar High…picnic toppers for cupcakes or cookies!


5.  GOOSIE GIRL IS OFFERING ONE DOZEN COOKIES ($29 VALUE)- Terri designs gorgeous custom cookies to suit your party theme!  Here is one of my favorites…


6.  SUCKERS BY STEPH IS OFFERING ONE DOZEN CHOCOLATE LOLLIPOPS FROM HER SHOP TO COORDINATE WITH YOUR PARTY THEME!  Stephanie has a huge variety of lollipops- perfect for girls, boys, children, and adults!  Here is a sample of her pirate themed pops…




8.  SWEET TEMPTATIONS IS OFFERING 1/2 DOZEN (6 total) CHOCOLATE COVERED OREOS OF YOUR CHOICE FROM HER SHOP.  With so many choices, you will love to coordinate with your theme!



 9.  EMBELLISHED PAPER IS OFFERING $100 VOUCHER TO HER SHOP FOR INVITATIONS AND POPCORN BOXES!  Megan designs and assembles handmade party invitations and popcorn boxes.  The popcorn boxes can be used to hold everything from popcorn to favors- they come in many colors and can be customized to your needs!


10.  PARTY PLAN-IT IS OFFERING A PARTY PACK OF 12 invitations, 12 thank you cards, 12 large stickers, 24 small stickers…valued at $50.  You can shop from their  existing collections, and they will print everything and ship to you!


11.  PLUMCAKE PARTIES IS OFFERING $35 GIFT VOUCHER TO SHOP FOR A HANDMADE BANNER, OR SETS OF CUPCAKE TOPPERS, INVITATIONS, OR FAVOR TAGS!  Leanne assembles each of her creations and ships them to you, party ready!  Voucher expires on April 17, 2013.




13.  SWEET GEORGIA SWEET IS OFFERING A $20 GIFT VOUCHER TOWARD THE PURCHASE OF ONE OF HER WREATHS OR TOPIARIES!  Bethany will customize your wreath to suit your colors or holiday and uses fabric, ribbons, burlap, and more!  Please note that May and June are already booked for orders.


More Party Decor~

14.  PARTY-ON DESIGNS IS OFFERING $35 GIFT VOUCHER TO SPEND IN THEIR SHOP!  Amber offers a variety of fun accessories from balloons, to paper straws, to tissue poms and more!


15.  PALM BEACH PARTIES IS OFFERING A SET OF NOTECARDS- 10 count ($15 value)- All cards are designed, cut, scored and packaged by CARLA! Printed onto either linen or smooth white cardstock. Cards come with matching envelopes. Personalize with a 3 letter monogram or name.  There are many designs- and Carla has recently designed notecards for MTV swag bags and for celebrity Lauren Conrad.


16.  THREE SISTERS PHOTOGRAPHY IS OFFERING A SET OF PHOTO BOOTH PROPS!  Andrea is offering a gift voucher for $21 to use for photo props at Creative Butterfly XOX.  Make your photos even more fun with silly props such as these…




Printables that can be used for a party or throughout the year for celebrations and  holidays!

18.  SPACESHIPS AND LASERBEAMS IS OFFERING AN ULTIMATE BOY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY-the winner can choose AS MANY ITEMS AS THEY LIKE from an EXISTING COLLECTION!  With so many BOY themes, the winner will have a ball choosing what they like from the shop!


19.  UR INVITED IS OFFERING A $50 GIFT VOUCHER TO SPEND IN HER SHOP FOR PARTY PRINTABLES!  Anne has fantastic designs that she will send via email from her shop in Australia!


20.  MIRABELLE CREATIONS IS OFFERING $50 GIFT VOUCHER TO HER SHOP FOR EXISTING PRINTABLES!  Deanna makes wonderful designs and donates half of her proceeds to charity!  I always love her paper cones for serving something yummy!


21.  LAUREN MCKINSEY DESIGNS IS OFFERING A $50 SHOPPING VOUCHER FOR EXISTING PRINTABLES FROM HER SHOP!  Lauren McKinsey Designs is FULL of bright, whimsical designs- perfect for adding lots of cheer to birthdays and holidays!



22.  PRINT THE PARTY IS OFFERING 2 DOZEN POLKA DOT BALLOONS AND AN EXISTING PRINTABLE PARTY SET FROM HER SHOP!  Kelly has many cute designs like this ice cream parlour party, and the winner can choose his/her theme!


23.  MOODYLICIOUS CHILDREN’S SPA AND BOUTIQUE IS OFFERING A CHILDREN’S BODYWASH GIFT SET!  Christina is offering a set of 3 bodywashes designed just for children.  It is a perfect gift!


24.  THE PARTY WAGON IS OFFERING A PARTY PLAN ON PAPER TO HELP YOU PULL IT ALL TOGETHER!  I will help you with ideas for a theme, for games, activities, party favors, and styling!  The winner will have so many fabulous prizes to use, and I will help you know the best ways to use it all!  Party Plan on Paper will be sent via email and will include a Pinterest Board if desired.

 25.  The Party Wagon will also include a signed copy of Courtney Dial’s book Push-Up Pops.  The winner can keep the copy for him/herself or supply me with an address of a friend, and I will ship it to that person as a fun surprise!



Use the Rafflecopter form below and follow the prompts.  It’s SO EASY to enter.  Winner will be chosen at random by Rafflecopter.  Giveaway ends on April 24 at 12:01 a.m.

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  1. Jamie Cooper

    What an amazing giveaway, thank you for giving us all this great opportunity! Many congrats to you on your anniversary and cheers to many more!!!

  2. Jaimi

    What a fantastic milestone of a year!! I want to get more in to my blog butI have two little ones myself and like you said, it's just too much of a dedication! I guess I'll just have to live vicariously through all of the amazing bloggers out there like you 🙂

  3. Jennifer J. Gordon

    This is an INCREDIBLE giveaway. A great way to celebrate 1 year! Happy Anniversary – here's to many, many more!

  4. Bee

    Congratulations on your successful and exciting year and thanks to all these fantastic vendors for their participation. Happy 1 Year Old!

  5. beth

    Yea Lydia!! I'm so happy for you. You have a wonderful blog!! Congrats and best wishes for another wonderful year. Thanks for the fab giveaways!!

  6. millissa murdoch

    congrats on one year !!! …and thanks so much for the great giveaway opportunity and introducing me to so many new and awesome vendors 🙂 can't wait to check them all out !!!

  7. Julie

    Your blog is great. Congrats on 1 year! My blog is 6 months old, and I can't wait to celebrate 1 year! I'm working on a friend's 30th birthday this summer and some of these would really come in handy for the party!

  8. Kim D.

    HAPPY 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!Your site and blog are wonderful! Such professional, creative ideas and very well displayed and written. If I win your generous prize, it would absolutely help with my daughter's next birthday…..a big one, FIVE! (where does time go?)Thanks, and good luck to all!

  9. Tonya

    What great ideas!! With 3 girls, it seems I am always planning a party! Congrats on one year!! A prize would help with my oldest daughters 15th birthday in June or my husband's welcome home party in July after he gets his kidney transplant!!