Free 2015 Oscar Night Party Printables

by Jillian Leslie on

Collage for the Oscar Night Party Printables |

The 2015 Academy Awards are almost here (Feb. 22nd), and we have a set of free 2015 Oscar Night party printables to help you celebrate in style! It's so fun to see all the glitz and glamour and of course the dresses (my favorite part). Get all your friends and family together to celebrate, and we've even included a ballot so you can vote for your favorite movies and stars. Don't forget the popcorn!

This free 2015 Oscar Night party printables collection was designed for us by Printabelle, and it comes with a welcome sign, Oscar ballots, water bottle labels, cupcake toppers, and blank tented menu or place cards.

Download the free 2015 Oscar Night Party Printables here.

Here are the individual files:

Free 2015 Oscar Night Party Printables |

Ballot for Oscar Night Party Printables |

Free 2015 Oscar Night Party Printables |

Free 2015 Oscar Night Party Printables |

Menu cards for Oscar Night Party Printables |

If you’d like any of these printables personalized, Michelle will do it starting at $3 per file! To learn more about Michelle and see all the printable collections, head to Printabelle and the Printabelle Facebook page.

And for more inspiration, check out all the amazing Oscar parties on our site!

Chinese New Year Party Ideas

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Chinese New Year |

Chinese New Year is approaching and it's the Year of the Goat. The Goat is said to be peaceful, artistic, relaxed, but a little set in it's ways.

So clean your houses in preparation, because today we're sharing some beautiful and festive Chinese New Year party ideas to help you get you ready!

1. Chinese New Year food table

This beautiful spread features delicious foods which will bring good fortune throughout the coming year!

Chinese New Year Food Table |

2. Cherry blossom cupcakes

Cherry blossoms on cupcakes welcome the spring -- and the Chinese New Year!

Cherry blossom cupcakes |

3. Table settings

I love these red, orange and gold place settings -- perfect for celebrating the Chinese new year!

Chinese place settings |

4. Party favors

Gifting chocolate "money" in traditional red envelopes is a great way to welcome your guests to the New Year!

Chinese Party Favors |

5. Zodiac cupcakes

These yummy cupcakes celebrate the various Chinese zodiac animals with cute fondant toppers!

Zodiac cupcakes |

6. Chinese New Year centerpiece

You can add red and gold holiday decor, like these sparkly garlands, for your Chinese New Year celebration!

Chinese Centerpiece |

7. Fortune cookie cupcakes

Spraying fortune cookies with edible gold mist makes them into a perfect red velvet cupcake topper!

Fortune cookie cupcakes |

8. Oranges for luck

Oranges will bring special luck for the coming year! They are supposed to bring an abundance of happiness and prosperity.

Chinese oranges |

9. Backdrop

You can make your own special party table backdrop with black poster paints and a loose brush.

Chinese banner |

10. Chocolate-dipped fortune cookies

Dipping fortune cookies in chocolate is a simple and delicious treat!

Chocolate dipped fortune cookies |

Be sure to check out all the Chinese New Year parties on our site!

Frozen Hot Cocoa Party and More!

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Frozen party and more |

Today I'm sharing an amazing Frozen hot cocoa party. It's a gorgeous Frozen party with a hot chocolate bar and yummy toppings, I know... cool idea. Plus wait until you see the three other parties I'm showing off in my four favorite parties of the week! I just love the creativity I'm seeing!

My other three favorites include a beautiful pink flamingo girl birthday party with the most adorable birthday girl (check out her outfit), a Clueless movie 30th birthday party with a retro 90's "as if" vibe, and a dreamy, girly, fabulous circus first birthday party in lovely pinks and purples!

Clockwise from top left:

I hope you enjoy the parties this week. Thank you to everyone who has added parties and shared your work. It really is a community of inspiration.

I'm writing this from my hotel room in Hawaii. It's been a wonderful trip with my husband, David, and daughter, Lainey. I got to put my feet in the sand, watch the beautiful crashing white waves, tour a coffee farm, and explore an amazing lava tube cave. We're leaving the day after tomorrow and while I'm sad to leave paradise, I'm excited for what awaits. Stay tuned...

Easy Chocolate Banana Brownie Recipe

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Easy Chocolate Banana Brownie Recipe |

My daughter loves to bake and has been baking with me since she was a toddler. It's one of our favorite activities to do together, especially on a rainy day (hence the slightly darker photos). But let's face it, cooking with kids, is a messy proposition.

So when we were asked by Bounty to help introduce their new Bounty with Dawn Paper Towels, I couldn't think of a better way, than to start baking with Lainey! Enter our delicious and easy chocolate banana brownie recipe.

Easy Chocolate Banana Brownie Recipe |

What's great about these brownies is they are moist, chocolatey, filled with lots of banana, and not too sweet. We used dark chocolate and a healthy pinch of salt to give them a nice balance and a deeper complexity of flavor.

Making chocolate banana brownies |

 Easy Chocolate Banana Brownie Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced ripe bananas (~2 large bananas)

Preheat your oven to 350F,  and grease a 9x9 inch pan with butter.

Add the dry ingredients, flour, salt, and baking powder to a mixing bowl, and stir until the ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Melt the butter (about 30 seconds in the microwave), and let it cool. Add the butter, eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla to a second mixing bowl.

The easiest way to melt chocolate is to put it in a microwave safe bowl, and heat on high for 20 seconds. Stir and heat for another 10 seconds. Repeat until it is smooth. Add the melted chocolate, and 1 1/2 cups of bananas.

You can the dry ingredients all at once. Stir with a fork until just combined. Break up any large chunks of banana.

Bake for 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.


Making chocolate banana brownies |

But after all the measuring, mixing, and tasting, we were left with this... the mess.

Chocolate banana brownie mess |

But now I've got a new ally in my war on mess --Bounty with Dawn. Our paper towel brand of choice is always Bounty. I love how tough they are, plus the "select-a-size" helps us all not be wasteful.

Bounty with Dawn paper towels

So with the new Bounty with Dawn, all you do is wet a sheet and it's ready to use. It's been designed to be more powerful than just a paper towel and soap. It's meant to clean greasy pots and pans, countertops, and tabletops. Plus you can use it to clean mirrors, glass cooktops, or other shiny surfaces without streaking, by just running it under the faucet a little longer and squeezing out the excess water.

The best part I found, is that because it's Bounty, it's strong and won't rip, even after rinsing it out a few times. It tackled my mess beautifully and quickly and smells good too.

Bounty with Dawn paper towels

So here are the brownies right out of the oven.

Easy Chocolate Banana Brownie Recipe |

And here's the final product, so delicious and moist. Btw, I think there are only three left at the moment.

Easy Chocolate Banana Brownie Recipe |

So please, go cook with your kids and have fun, and know Bounty with Dawn is there the help with the yucky stuff

Easy Chocolate Banana Brownie Recipe |

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 Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Bounty. But all opinions and ideas expressed in the post are all mine!

10 Must-Haves for your Dinosaur Party

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10 Must-Haves for your Dinosaur Party |

If you're thinking having a dinosaur party, below are some fantastic party ideas for food and fun that will help your guests have a great time!

1. Welcome wreath

Here's a "dino-mite" welcome wreath to greet the guests. The mini banner "rawr!" is very fun!

Dinosaur Wreath |

2. Stegasaurus cookies

These footprint fossils cookies are so clever and so easy to make!

Dinosaur cookies |

3. Dino chairs

These inexpensive Ikea stools have each been fitted with their own dinosaur tail. Your guests can then wear them during the party for more fun!

Dino chairs |

4. Baby dino cupcakes

These tiny fondant dinosaurs are hatching right out of the cupcakes! Aren't they clever!

Dinosaur cupcakes |

5. Rock candy dinosaur eggs

I love how these rock candy pebbles have been incorporated into the dinosaur party theme -- perfect!

Rock candy dino eggs |

6. Dinosaur cake

Travel back to the Stone Age with this themed dinosaur party cake! I love the fondant dinosaur toppers.

Dino cake |

7. Party hats

Your guests will transform with these dinosaur party hats which are super easy to make yourself.

Dinosaur party hats |

8. Carnivore and herbivore food

Picnic lunches -- which can be made beforehand -- are perfect for your dinosaur party. I love how the food is labels for carnivores and herbivores.

Dinosaur food |

9. Dinosaur dig

Your guests will love getting to dig for dinosaur bones they can take home as party favors! This is a great activity at a dino party.

Dinosaur dig |

10. DIY party favor jars

Inexpensive plastic dinosaurs and glass jars are transformed into keepsakes -- with the help of a little metallic spray paint. Then just fill the jars with candy and you've got your dinosaur party favor.

Dinosaur party favors |

Check out all the fun dinosaur parties on our website and our dinosaur party ideas on our dinosaur party Pinterest board.

Dinosaur Party Pinterest board |

How To Host A Fifty Shades of Grey Ladies' Night Party + Free Printables

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How to Host Your Own Fifty Shades of Grey Party |

We were inspired to put together a Fifty Shades of Grey Ladies' Night Party in honor of the movie opening Valentine’s Day weekend. I have to admit I'm excited to see it. What woman couldn't use a little sexy escapism in her life?

How To Host A Fifty Shades of Grey Ladies' Night Party + Free Printables |

If you and your girlfriends are planning to see the movie together, how about hosting a little soiree beforehand? Below are some ideas to inspire you, plus we've included a set of Fifty Shades of Grey free printables to help you decorate.

Okay, I must admit, this was a fun assignment! I knew I wanted the party to feature a decadent dessert table and a signature cocktail. I wanted everything to feel lush and romantic, in deep shades of red and grey. And I wanted a slight touch of danger.

First I asked Michelle at Printabelle to design our themed party printables. We came up with tented food cards (6 themed + 2 blank), cupcake toppers, wine glass flags with quotes from the movie, and a "Mr. Grey Will see you now" welcome sign.

Free printables for a Fifty Shades of Grey party! |

Free printables for a Fifty Shades of Grey party! |

Free printables are my secret weapon for pulling any party together. The best thing about them is that you can print as many as you need (I recommend printing on heavy photo paper), and it creates a cohesive look. I promise your friends will be impressed!

Download the Fifty Shades of Grey free printables here.

Next, I started working with Arianna at Crokantie to design the cake, which I knew would be my centerpiece. I love the romance and softness of an ombre ruffle cake, but to make it feel more impactful, we decided to do it in red. She blew me away with what she created. It was a work of art!

Red ombre cake at a Fifty Shades of Grey party! |

She also designed these fun "red velvet room" cake pops.

Red velvet cake pops Fifty Shades of Grey |

And she designed these grey ombre "curious?" cupcakes. I placed the cupcakes on red licorice spirals, added cupcake toppers, and skinny red ribbon to them to decorate. I love that the toppers show both Anastasia's famous lip bite and Christian's grey tie.

Fifty Shades of Grey cupcakes with free printable cupcake toppers |

I also wanted to add some themed sugar cookies as another "wow" factor to my table.

I asked Jeanna from the Truffle Pop Shoppe to designed some cookies and she did an unbelievable job!

She used quotes from the movie and iconic images -- the grey tie, the Charlie Tango helicopter, the infamous red room key -- to create such a mood. Honestly, these were almost too pretty to eat. Almost...

How To Host A Fifty Shades of Grey Ladies' Night Party + Free Printables | CatchMyParty,com

For my final touches, I bought two different types of stretchy velvet fabric. For the dessert table backdrop, I covered two foam core boards in my silver velvet fabric and used a deeper sparkly grey velvet for my table cloth.

I also used red tulle to line the back of my dessert table. Tulle is so inexpensive and versatile, my favorite dessert table fabric. I use it to add an ethereal look, which in this case, softened the cool grey.

I put out fresh red roses, and two apothecary jars filled with grey and red candies (a great way to add color and height to your dessert table). Here's what my whole table looked like.

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For my signature "Lip Bite" cocktail, I wanted something deep red, like the color of blood. The cocktail consisted of blood orange juice, pomegranate juice, vodka, and sparkling water. In one word... yummy!

Lip Bite Cocktail Recipe

  • 2 oz. blood orange juice
  • 2 oz. pomegranate juice
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. sparking water
  • Garnish with pomegranate seeds, blood orange slice, paper straw
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I also served Fifty Shades of Grey wine (yes, it's a real thing) and embellished my wine glasses with printable wine glass flags. The great thing about wine glass flags is that aside from adding flair to your glasses, they work as wine glass markers so your guests won't mix up their glasses during the party.

Fifty Shades of Grey wine |

Fifty Shades of Grey wine |

Fifty Shades of Grey wine |

As my homage to Anastasia, I served some English breakfast tea (her favorite) in mini glass tea cups. It was a sweet little detail that fans will notice.

English breakfast tea at a Fifty Shades of Grey party |

And finally, for party favors -- I love to send my guests home with something fun to remember the party by -- I saw these Fifty Shades of Grey nailpolish kits from O.P.I., and knew these were the perfect touch of glam. They feature six limited-edition colors inspired by the movie. I tied red ribbons around the boxes and placed them at the end of my table.

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And here are some more photos from the shoot. I had an awesome time putting this together, hope it shows!


Red ombre ruffle cake at a Fifty Shades of Grey party! |

Fifty Shades of Grey cupcakes with free printable cupcake toppers |

Fifty Shades of Grey cookies |


Red velvet cake pops Fifty Shades of Grey |

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If you host your own Fifty Shades of Grey party, I’d love to see it, so please add it to our site!

And to all of you heading to the theaters this weekend, here's to some spicy, sexy, romance! Leave a comment to let me know what you thought of the movie.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the film studio.

A Unicorn Party and More!

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My 4 favorite parties from including a unicorn baby shower, a Cinderella party, a cows and tutus party, and a Valentine's Day party!

Today I'm featuring a fantastic unicorn party and three other fun ones in my four favorite parties of the week! There's something so playful and ethereal about each one and they all make me smile.

My featured parties include a creative (and here comes the playful part) unicorn baby shower in pink, orange, and blue, a dreamy (and definitely ethereal) Cinderella ballet themed girl birthday party, a gorgeously delicate (and again, ethereal) gold and pink Valentine's Day party with butterfly accents, and a fun (super playful) dual themed birthday party with cows and ballet!

Here are links to the parties (clockwise from top left):

Aren't they fabulous!

I'm heading to Hawaii for a little R&R.  And while all those voices in my head are saying, "How can you leave when there's still so much to do?!" I know how important it is to take time for myself, unwind, and enjoy time with my family. So off I go... to breathe, have fun, and stick my toes in the sand. :)

Kraft Paper Valentine's Day Free Printables

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Kraft Paper Valentine's Day Free Printables |

I love everything kraft paper. I use it for many things -- table runners, wrapping paper, sketching, and I even tack up big pieces on the wall so my daughter can draw her masterpieces. I was excited when Nina from Designs by Nina offered to share her adorable kraft paper Valentine's Day free printables with us. Thank you, Nina.

These are so up my design-aesthetic alley. They're simple, modern, and rustic-feeling, plus a little bit "crafty." I recommend using a red pen when filling them out, to add a little pop of color, or you can embellish with some red stickers or handdrawn hearts.

This collection includes: Valentine's Day cards, treat toppers, cupcake toppers, and gift tags. While I'm featuring her kraft paper designs, Nina also did a set in baby pink. See below. They're very sweet!

Download the kraft paper Valentine's Day free printables here.

Download the pink Valentine's Day free printables here.

Kraft Paper Valentine's Day Free Printables |

Kraft Paper Valentine's Day Free Printables |

Free Valentine's Day Printables |

Ideas for Valentine's Day Printables |


Full set of Valentine's Day Printables |

Full set of Valentine's Day Printables |

You can learn more about Designs by Nina on her blog,InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest.

For more Valentine's Day inspiration, be sure to check out the fantastic Valentine's Day parties on our site and all our free Valentine's Day printables.

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Roll Recipe

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Valentine's Day Heart Cinnamon Roll Recipe |

Today we're sharing a recipe for heart shaped cinnamon roll recipe from Shauna at Ella and Annie Magazine! How great would these be to serve on Valentine's Day morning!

Start Valentine’s Day with these adorable heart shaped cinnamon rolls! So easy to make. You can use store bought cinnamon rolls or use this great recipe for the bread machine I found. Either way, they turn out super tasty!

Cinnamon Dough Recipe

Dough for Cinnamon Rolls |

Once the bread machine dough cycle is complete, remove dough. Place on a floured surface. Cut dough in half. ( I usually freeze half the dough.) Roll out dough into a rectangle.

Dough for Cinnamon Rolls |

Melt ¼ cup butter if you are making the entire batch. Spread butter over the rectangle.

Dough for Cinnamon Rolls |


Sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture ( 1 tablespoon cinnamon + ½ cup brown sugar ) over the butter, covering the entire rectangle.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Rolls |

Starting on one end, roll up the dough.

Ingredients for Cinnamon Rolls |

Cut your cinnamon roll slices about 1-1 ½ inch thick.

Cinnamon Rolls |

If you bought store bought dough then you, of course, can skipped the previous steps!

Unroll the cinnamon roll. Find the center and begin rolling each side in, forming the shape of a heart.

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls |

Assembling Cinnamon Rolls |

Bake cinnamon rolls according to package directions or recipe.

Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls |

Frost these pretty little babies with homemade frosting or a store bought cream cheese frosting!

My kids just LOVED these! I bet yours will too (or your special someone)!

To see more of Shauna's work, check out Ella and Annie Magazine and visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

For more Valentine's Day inspiration, be sure to check out the fantastic Valentine's Day parties on our site and all our free Valentine's Day printables.

10 Date Night Themed Picnic Baskets Giveaway

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Welcome to our 10 Date Night Themed Picnic Baskets Giveaway where you'll win one themed basket every month for the rest of the 2015! We're participated with some other awesome bloggers!

10 Date Night Themed Picnic Baskets Giveaway! |

Have we got a surprise for you!! You have a chance to win 10 date night themed picnic baskets!

Yep, TEN of your favorite bloggers have created a special date night just for you and your spouse, and ONE lucky winner will be walking away with all of them! Want a closer look at all the baskets? 

The 10 Date Night Baskets

10 Date Night Themed Picnic Baskets Giveaway! |

1. Romantic Dinner Basket- {From No Biggie} Get ready for a deliciously decadent date night. This Italian gourmet gift basket includes: Handmade Linguini, Artisan Bread Sticks, Marinara Sauce, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Tuscan Vineyard Crackers, Gourmet Cheese Wedges, Hand-Crafted Biscotti, Assorted European Chocolate-Dipped Cookies, and Dark Chocolate Truffles.

2. Movie Night Basket- {From Freebies 2 Deals} Ready for a romantic night of snuggling on the couch? This fun couples movie night basket includes 5 Movies: The Princess Bride, Dirty Dancing, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, This Means War, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. PLUS an Altoids 3-pack, Big Red Cinnamon Gum, Microwave Popcorn, $25 Fandango Gift Card, $10 Target Gift Card for Additional Snacks, Bag of Lindt Assorted Chocolates, and a Beige Threshold Throw.

3. Romantic Evening Basket- {From Somewhat Simple} Your man is sure to appreciate this sexy at-home date! This intimate gift basket for two includes a Private Pleasures romantic adventure dice game, massage lotions, chocolate body paint, feather tickler, French truffles, and a 2-piece tea light candle gift set. All packaged in a keepsake wooden chest.

4. Picnic Date Basket- {From Tatertots and Jello} Treat your sweetie to a fun and flirty picnic. This darling picnic basket is stuffed full of goodies including: the movie Safe Haven, a picnic spread, 2 bags of Boom Chicka Pop! {Kettle Corn & Sea Salt flavors}, Cinnamon Jelly Hearts, Hershey's chocolates and more!

5. Game Night Basket- {From Thirty Handmade Days} Game on! This basket is loaded with everything you need for a hours of entertainment and snacking. Including: Checkers, Playing Cards, Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Old Maids, Dominoes, Tic-Tac-Toe, Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Microwave Popcorn, Rocky Road Candy, M&M's, Jelly Bellies, Butter Mint Candies, and more!

10 Date Night Themed Picnic Baskets Giveaway! |

6. Spa Night Basket- {From Living Locurto} Grab your "Do Not Disturb" sign and get ready for a night of pampered bliss! Inside this beautiful trunk you'll find rose petal soap, Paris Nights body lotion and shower gel, Passion Fruit Breeze body mist, raspberry and dark chocolate "Love Letter" bar, Godiva Chocolate lava truffles, Godiva milk chocolate truffles, and assorted European chocolate-dipped cookies! Does that sound like heaven or what?

7. Sport Night Basket- {From Mod Podge Rocks} Forget hanging with the guys, your man will want to stay in with YOU for this date night!! You'll get your own double-sided dart board, 2 sets of darts, playing cards, spicy chips, peanuts, crackers, cheese spread, sausages, beef jerky, hot sauce, pretzels, energy jelly beans, hot tamales, and more! I mean, wow. You're ready to rock and roll!

8. Fondue for Two Basket- {From Kids Activities Blog} Feelin' fancy? You're gonna love this. This basket comes with a cast iron fondue pot from Crate & Barrel, 8 color-coded skewers, and gourmet melting chocolate (Milk chocolate hazelnut & classic dark chocolate)! Light some candles and gather your favorite fruits and dipping snacks. You won't want the night to end! (Fun fact: chocolate is an aphrodisiac. Just sayin'!)

9. Camping Fun Basket- {From Catch My Party} Get ready to live it up in the great outdoors! This basket contains a 27 piece First Aid Kit, waterproof matches, SPF 45 face lotion, rain poncho, knife sharpener, and fishing tackle/equipment (including minnow fish net, hook remover, bobbers, fishing line, swivels, glo hooks, fish measuring tape, fish batter mix). Great for experienced fishermen or a couple looking to bond over a new experience!

10. Ice Cream Party Basket- {From The Dating Divas} Ice, Ice, Baby! Check out this incredible ice cream bar in a box! We've included: Our After Hours Ice Cream Party printables, ice cream scoop, ice cream sauces, ice cream cones, ice cream bowls and spoons, party straws, 4 jars of fun ice cream toppings, rainbow sprinkles, AND a target gift card to buy your favorite flavor of ice cream!

Don't those baskets look AMAZING?! Wouldn't YOU like to be all set on date nights FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR?!


Here's how! Just click on each name below to be sent to their Google+ Page, follow them, and once you are done, put your info into the widget below and you are officially entered! Then once the giveaway is over, make sure you are checking your email. If you win, you'll need to reply back to us within 24 hours.

Follow EACH site below on Google+ and then enter your info into the widget to be officially entered!

What are you WAITING for?

Year of Dates Giveaway

{Unfortunately, this giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. It ends on February 11th. We will individually email the winner as soon as the giveaway is over. The winner will need to respond within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen. Once we hear back, the winner of the baskets will be posted in this post.}

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