david burtka life is a party cookbook
Lydia Loves-Gift Ideas for Birthdays, Hostesses, Pets & You
  1. Life is a Party by David Burtka – I am a sucker for a beautiful book that doubles as a party guide! With so many ideas, you are bound to find some that will add a sparkle to your soirees. A fun and usable gift idea!
david burtka life is a party cookbook

2. LifeJacket by Cara Brown Designs- Talk about a one-of-a-kind, very special piece of clothing… this LifeJacket by Cara Brown is sentimental and and classic! Cara works with you closely to choose a design that reflects your life and the milestones along the way. What an amazing gift for yourself or to mark a special occasion! You may also remember Cara from these necklaces that I adore!

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3. Stationery by Loralee Lewis– Loralee designs elegant stationery along with her fabulous party suites. You will see Loralee’s designs throughout my site. Loralee has an eye for beauty and a fabulous sense of humor to go along with it! Here is only one example- you can find many more of her designs at the link above. You can see a similar design in this Easter Supper Club.

loralee lewis paper stationery with monogram and quatrafoil design in blue

4. Tweezers with a Light I don’t know what took me so long to get these tweezers with a light. I will do you a favor and encourage you to grab a pair, too! Ha! They really do make a difference for me because I struggle in the vision department. I hope they help you, too!

lighted-tweezers

5. The Tiny Tassel Earrings (and more)– The adorable Mimi at The Tiny Tassel makes accessorizing more fun with her selection of jewelry adorned with handmade tassels. There are many different styles of earrings and you can choose the color tassels that you would like! Here, I am sharing the scalloped tortoise shell earrings- but be sure to check out all of the varieties!

the tiny tassel tortoise shell scalloped earrings

6. Doggie Tail Dog Toy by Hyper Pet – Lots of you asked about the dog toy that I shared on my Instagram Stories. This toy has been a huge hit with our 2 dogs. I recommend going ahead and buying some extra batteries! 🙂 Tuck literally can’t get enough of it. I take it away if they start to chew on it- but mostly they run around chasing and tossing it. It has been a fun one!

doggie tail dog toy hyper pet

Please let me know what your favorites are! I love sharing ideas for gifts and always welcome feedback. I am a member of the Amazon Affiliate Program, and so I share the items that I purchase from Amazon with you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Would you like more ideas? Go here for so many other Lydia Loves!

Thank you for being here!

Cheers xo,

Lydia

Hello Gorgeous Cup by Natalie Chang
Lydia Loves- My Favorite Ideas for Parties, Gifts, and Self-Love

Hello, Friends! Sharing ideas for ways to make life more enjoyable is one of my favorite things to do here at The Party Wagon. Some of the questions that I am asked most often pertain to where to find gifts, party items, home decor ideas, or special treats for yourself. Here is my latest list of my favorites- I hope you love them, too! As always, let me know if you try these items or if you know of something fabulous that you would like to share! Enjoy! And if you would like more, find all of the “Lydia Loves” Editions here

  1. whiskey in a teacup by reese witherspoon

    2. Old Whaling Company Body Butter – This body butter (made in Charleston, SC with roots in New England) is the perfect moisturizer- especially in the winter months! I love it year-round and I love that they sell travel sizes in addition to regular sizes. There are 10 different fragrances as well as a fragrance-free version!

    old whaling company body butter

    3. Coffee/Tea/Cocoa -to-Go Cups by Natalie Chang The handwriting on these cups gets me every time! Not to mention that I love the idea of gifting these to my friends and family. What a perfect pick-me-up for anyone in your life! Natalie hand-letters her designs- and these to-go cups also come in pink writing!

    4. Harney & Sons Tea– I was told about this tea from my friend who knew I loved tea- and my friend’s maiden name is Harney. 🙂 She told me I had to try it, and she was so right! I love the tea and I love the beautiful tin canisters! This tea is always on my birthday and/or Christmas wish list!

    harney and sons tea earl grey

    5. Art Prints sold at Parker Kennedy Living– these whimsical and beautiful prints sold at PKL The Cellar make me want to create a salon-style grouping! There is something dazzling and unique about each one. I linked you to the group of them that are available at PKL!

    janet-hill-at-parker-kennedy-living

    6. Luggage Tags Designed by Joanna Baker– Joanna designed my logo for me- based on my bar cart that I styled and photographed for her. If you are planning a winter getaway, spring break trip, or summer holiday, then check out her stylish designs for luggage tags. The tags will make your luggage easy to spot in the baggage carousel while helping the airlines keep up with it! There are so many cute designs!

    luggage tag by joanna baker nyc

    7. Disco Ball Ornaments– if you follow me on Instagram, you saw the disco ball ornaments that I shared. So many of you asked where I bought those- I actually bought them 20 years ago in a small shop in Pine Mountain, GA. But, I found similar ones for you on Amazon and I am sharing the affiliate link for you if you would like to use disco balls for party decorations. I have loved mine! In addition to New Year’s Eve, I have used the disco balls for dance-themed parties and for rockstar/popstar parties. They work for a variety of themes and occasions.

    easy disco ball decorations for new years eve chandelier decoration
BLUE GOOSE GIVEAWAY

It’s official!  Blue Goose Boutique, Lauren McKinsey’s newest shop, is open for business!  READ ON TO HEAR ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY FROM LAUREN HERSELF…

Blue Goose Boutique is a dream come true as we begin to sell what we fondly refer to as physical products.  this means that you will now start to see the cute designs that we offer in our printable shop appearing on things such a notepads!  currently, you will find seven notepad designs in our boutique. we are so excited to be CELEBRATING our grand opening of the shop with a wonderful giveaway!

our GRAND PRIZE winner will receive: {total value of $194}

  • $50 gift certificate to Blue Goose Boutique
  • One year CUTE CLUB membership to Lauren McKinsey {value $89}
  • Hand painted {signed and numbered} blue goose magnet {value $15}
  • Mongramed tumber from She’s Kinda Crafty {value $15}
  • $25 gift certificate to Paper + Pop {a printing & cutting service for printables}

our SECOND place winner will receive: {total value of $65}

  • $25 gift certificate to Blue Goose Boutique
  • One month CUTE CLUB membership to Lauren McKinsey {value $12.99}
  • Hand painted {signed and numbered} blue goose magnet {value $15}
  • One set of 3 monogram decals from She’s Kinda Crafty {value $12}

our THRID place winner will receive: {total value of $43}

  • Choice of 1 notepad set from Blue Goose Boutique {value $18}
  • Hand painted {signed and numbered} blue goose magnet {value $15}
  • Sheet of 20 monogram return address stickers from She’s Kinda Crafty {value $10}

our notepads make the perfect gifts for:

  • teachers
  • moms AND dads
  • birthday gifts
  • graduations
  • holidays
  • and just FOR YOU

each notepad was lovingly designed by ME and then made in our home. YES, for now, we are making our own notepads.  so, every notepad you order was designed by us, made my us, wrapped by us and sent to you with lots of love! we have a fun variety of sizes and quantities of notepads.  four out of our seven notepads come in packs of two with an adorable pencil picked out my me to match your pad.  the notepads are beautifully packaged in a clear cello bag, wrapped with pretty twine and have a matching gift tag attached.  they make the perfect gifts and we have even done all the presentation for you.  three of our notepads are single pads.  you will find the description for each notepad on the website, but each tear off notepad is filled with high quality paper and backed in thick recycled chipboard making the notepads extra sturdy.  several of our notepads come with a magnetic strip so that you can hang them on the refrigerator or other magnetic surfaces.

i have to admit that this A to Z notepad is my favorite!  i didn’t want to fill up the blog post with 26 pictures, but each page in the pad has a different letter of the alphabet.  the notepad has 52 pages in all.  this notepad is inspired by the ABC collection i created a few months ago that i just adore!   to see an image of what each page looks like click here.  this 5 x 71/2 inch notepad comes as a set of two pads with a matching pencil and gift tag.

our Always be Sunshine notepad.  this 5 x 71/2 inch notepad comes as a set of two 50 sheet pads with a matching pencil and gift tag.

our dream BIG notepad.  this 5 x 71/2 inch notepad comes as a set of two 50 sheet pads with a matching pencil and gift tag.

Our Little Bookworm notepad.  this 5 x 71/2 inch notepad comes as a set of two 50 sheet pads with a matching pencil and gift tag.

Our To Do list is another personal favorite.  i LOVE the 15 lines for writing and the HAPPY graphic at the top of the page.  i can’t wait to make one for ME.  this 5 1/4 x 8 inch notepad is filled with 60 sheets of cuteness.

our Shopping List.  another favorite!  this 3 1/2 x 8 inch notepad is filled with 60 sheets perfect for making your grocery and shopping list.  it comes with a magnet for the back as well if you want to hang it on your refrigerator or another magnetic surface.

and just in time for father’s day, this adorable Superhero Dad SUPER list is perfect for that special dad!  this 3 1/2 x 8 inch notepad is filled with 60 sheets that will make dad smile as he tracks his lists of things to do!

i just had to show you the sticker that “sits” on the back of each notepad.  isn’t it fun?

for the next 30 days, you can use the coupon code GiveAway-10 for 10% off your Blue Goose Boutique purchase.

we are also excited to be giving away two CUTE CLUB memberships as part of our grand opening celebration.  the CUTE CLUB is an EXCLUSIVE membership program that allows you to download EVERYTHING {yes, i said EVERYTHING} in the Lauren McKinsey store.  we have over 1200 printables and add a new collection every week.  sometimes we even add two new collections.  we offer an annual or a monthly membership.  you can learn more here!  you can even use the coupon code GiveAway-10 for 10% off your CUTE CLUB membership.

thank you for celebrating with us!  you make me smile BIG!

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A BERRY GOOD TEACHER
We are lucky to have a large strawberry farm close by, and we visit often during Strawberry Season!  The children love to pick the berries and have a hard time finding a way to stop because they see ripe berries in every direction!  We decided to put a few baskets together for teachers as a thank you for a “BERRY GOOD YEAR“, and I wanted to share the idea with you…simple, pretty, yummy, and healthy!

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MY FAVORITE SUMMER HOSTESS GIFT

Nothing says summer like blackberries, and I love bringing a flower pot full of berries to a Fourth of July celebration.  This hostess gift is yummy, unexpected, easy, and affordable!  Blackberries are only in season for a short time and so they are a real treat.

They aren’t just for the Fourth of July- change the ribbon and liner and use it for any summer party.

AND, if you are the hostess…serve them in these adorable little pots for the children big and small.  Everyone loves their tiny size~ and they look so cute on THE PASTRY PEDESTAL.

The tiny terra cotta pots already have a hole in the bottom and so they fit perfectly onto the pedestals.

The cute paper circles on the bottom of the pedestals are from LAUREN MCKINSEY DESIGNS.

All of these pots of berries are easy to assemble.  I found the terra cotta pots at Michael’s.  The waxed paper liner for the pots are from Michael’s in the baking section.  Regular tissue paper and regular waxed paper will work too!  Ribbon is also from Michae’s~

Super easy, super fun, super affordable! 

The Pastry Pedestal is available at this site~

https://www.thepastrypedestal.com/

Paper printables available from Lauren McKinsey Designs

https://laurenmckinsey.com/2011/06/think-cute-designs-products-celebrate-independence/

More Independence Day ideas coming soon~