Tuesday, August 7, 2012

lovely little obsession + giveaway

Sometimes you stumble upon something that is just too good to keep to yourself. That is how this "lovely little obsession" series came to be. If you're anything like me you love a good soiree, dinner party, cook-out, picnic, cocktail hour, or any reason to have a party! 

About a month ago I was helping a local business plan an event for bloggers in the area and wanted to send a virtual invitation. I did a quick google search and pulled up some of the well known sites, and began browsing thier designs, but nothing really stuck out to me. 

Then I clicked on a site I had never heard of before called Punchbowl. Not only did my amount of options for design increase greatly, but Punchbowl has customization and cuteness down to a science! Unlike the other sites I was used to, Punchbowl invitees actually receive a virtual envelope complete with a liner and postage (yep you can customize those too)! Upon further exploration of the site I found Punchbowl also has features that allow you to add polls (what cocktails should be served?), potluck lists, gift registries, and so much more!

The first invites I made using Punchbowl for an Olive Oil Tasting Event.

After I made that invite I kept going back to Punchbowl over and over to make all kinds of invitations, they were so fun and cute to make! I just had to share with all of you what a wonderful site Punchbowl is and how often it can come in handy. For example, while I did send out paper invites for a Stella + Dot brunch I am hosting, I also sent a Punchbowl save-the-date too. I also made invites for 3 special birthday events for myself and the boyfriend. 

The save-the-date I sent for my Stella + Dot doughnut brunch. Love this invite and liner! 
Notice you can customize your postage and envelope message too!

A close friends only invite for a tour, tasting, and birthday dinner for myself + the boyfriend. 
This was a fun one to design as well. The liner says things like beer, alcohol. yeast, drink, etc.

The big party celebration invite for myself + the boyfriend at our favorite local spot. 
Since the party will be on the roof and there are string lights, I chose this design. 

Punchbowl would be perfect to use for birthdays, some of the low-key wedding festivities (bachlorette party + brunches), cookouts, housewarming parties, and would even be awesome for a consultant (Mark, Stella + Dot, Thirtyone, Pampered Chef, Etc.) to make save-the-date or invites for thier host or hostess.

Myself, my mom, aunt, and grandmother do this twice a year for mine and my mom's birthdays. We get sushi and go shoe shopping at DSW. So this one was only sent to 3 other people, but like I said it becomes addicting, and how cute is this anyway? Of course I love the hearts on the envelope!

Punchbowl has multiple membership options, including a FREE membership that I used to design and create all of the invites seen here. Depending on what you might need Punchbowl for (could be a great tool for certain businesses) they offer the free, plus, premium, and platinum memberships. 

Punchbowl was kind enough to offer TWO of you lovelies, 
one year PLATINUM memberships (to say I am jealous is an understatement).


One of Two - 1 Year Platinum Memberships to Punchbowl
Valued at $99 Each

Contest Rules:
- Like Punchbowl on Facebook.
Make sure to include your FB name in your comment below.

- Leave a comment below telling me what you'd use your 
Punchbowl platinum membership to make + don't forget your email!
- Contest ends August 13, 2012 at 11.59 PM EST.
- Winner will emailed on or around August 14th, 2012.
- One entry per person please.

One additional entry for each of the following:

- Following Punchbowl on Pinterest
Make sure to include your Pinterest name in your comment below

- Following a lovely little blog on Twitter
Make sure to include your Twitter handle in your comment below

- LIKING a lovely little blog on Facebook
Make sure to include your FB name in your comment below

- Following a lovely little blog on Pinterest
Make sure to include your Pinterest name in your comment below

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  1. These are absolutely adorable! I can think of a million things I could use them for! Thank you cards, birthday invites for not only my birthday but my 3 year old's birthdays, cookouts, and any reason I find to have people over.
    email: radarlynn@gmail.com
    pinterst: sarahbwhit
    youtube: radarlynn
    facebook: Sarah B

  2. This is an amazing find! This year at school in the event coordinator for out campus chapter of RentTheRunway and these would be amazing to send out to all of the girls on our list! I've liked, followed, subscribed to everyone and my name is Cassie Dulworth on every platform. Good luck to everyone!

    Email: cassiedulworth (at) hotmail (dot) com

  3. What a great giveaway! And thanks for turning us on to this -- I'm going to be all over Punchbowl now!

    I could definitely see myself using these -- especially in the near future! I'm going to be moving, so of course, I'm going to need one for our housewarming party. Aaaand, my roommate and I will be hosting dinner parties and other various fun functions for our friends. These invites would be soooo great for those type of occasions!

    My facebook name: Denise Wright
    My Pinterest url: http://pinterest.com/denise_nicole87/

  4. I just like Punchbowl on Facebook, I would totally make my "Nerdy Thirty" theme birthday invites later this year. Such a cute site, great find Lyndsey!

    xo Teresa

  5. I am also following your Lovely FB page, Twitter and Youtube channel!

    xo Teresa

  6. I'd use it for sending last minute birthday and thank you cards! Sometimes, it's inevitable to send stuff last minute so this will be great.

    pinterest: angelilee
    youtube: pandastar07 ( I follow you and punchbowl)
    email: angelilee91@gmail.com

  7. I would use these adorable invites for thirty-one parties, thank yous, bday parties, etc.

    Pinterest: Jessalyn Johnston
    (I follow you and punch bowl)
    Twitter: jessj1012
    YouTube: Jessalyn Johnston
    Facebook: Jessalyn Johnston
    (I like you and punchbowl)
    YouTube: Jessalyn Johnston

    My email is jessalyn.johnston@gmail.com
    I think that's everything:)