{Freebie} "Witches Brew" Vintage tea stained party circles/toppers

Having a vintage inspired party this Halloween? We are giving away our "Vintage Witches brew" Collection as a freebie! - a whimsical vintage tea stained design with Witches, black cats and Ravens :) The first giveaway in the series...party circles/toppers...Click below for the download...Matching invitation coming soon! These would also be fun for a Harry Potter party - leaky cauldron anyone? For oodles of Harry Potter inspiration check out our HP party - A trip to Hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry and featured customer parties including a Magical Harry Potter Party by the amazing "Kiss me Kate" and another fantastic HP party by Sue R. For our HP collection visit our shop.

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Remembering 9/11...

I was on my commute to work, many many miles away from New York City. Like so many countless others, I remember that morning like it was yesterday...I think there can't be a person in the world who does not remember hearing that news and exactly what they were doing and how they felt. There was a silence over the air and the news anchor began to tell of a plane that hit the world trade center. At first like many I thought "oh someone flying a personal plane or a small jet must have lost control". But then as the morning rolled on the story unfolded into much more than anyone could have ever fathomed. I think the world stood still that day. Everyone in the office remained glued to a computer monitor and listened to the news of the devastation. We were miles away yet for weeks and weeks we were compelled to follow, cry and feel the deep pain along with the families who had their loved ones lost or missing... to the tragic events that had happened that fateful day.

As the weeks rolled on we began to hear of amazing stories of bravery, the fire fighters and complete strangers who risked themselves to save another. In another corner of the globe....planes heading for NYC were diverted to a little island on the east coast known as "Newfoundland". Where I was born. :) I knew the stranded could not have landed in a more perfect place, as I knew they would be welcomed with open arms and treated as family even if they had never met. Proudly 3000kms away I listened to stories of how my fellow Newfoundlanders opened up their homes to the stranded, fed them, clothed them and indeed made them a part of their families. :)  9/11 brought a nation and the world together. It showed us exactly how vulnerable we are to terrorists and it also showed us how we can all come together and rise above it!

As you may have read in previous post of mine, that NYC has a very special place in my heart....since I was a child I was in awe of Lady Liberty, hence I named my little girl "Liberty", and it felt right to call her that after 9/11. It meant so much more. Lady Liberty a beacon of light for the many immigrants who caught a first glimpse of her the moment they came to New York. A symbol of Freedom for so many and to the world. Here she remains, untouched by the devastation that was 9/11 and still today a symbol of freedom.

Shortly after 9/11 my husband and I felt compelled to travel to New York. So, just before Christmas we did just that. It was my first ever visit to New York City. Nothing prepared us for what we saw, heard and felt. It was a feeling I will never forget. The families at the site of the World trade center yearning for their loved ones, laying wreaths, pictures and flowers. It was heart wrenching. I would like to share with you  a few pictures I took of that visit. For me I will never forget the images of New York at that time. It takes just a glimpse at my own Lady Liberty and I am reminded of New York, the people, the loss and devastation...but it also reminds me of the bravery, triumph, togetherness...and like the namesake "Liberty"...the Freedom that we all share today still...thanks to sacrifices made by so many to fight terrorists and people trying to take our Freedom away. September 11th will never be forgotten.

If you have never visited New York city, you are truly missing out, as New Yorkers are some of the most beautiful, welcoming and friendly people I have ever met. :) I continue to visit New York to this day and it is my favorite city in the world. When my children were old enough to "remember" I brought them there with my sister Dorothy "dort". It was a surreal trip to return and walk by the site and when "Liberty" met "Liberty". :) A trip back this year will be in order with the whole family.

"Imagine all the people sharing life in peace" "You, you may say I am a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope some day you will join us, and the world will be as one" - John Lennon




"All we are saying is give peace a chance" - John Lennon
Liberty meets Liberty. :)


"Sometime in New York city"
"John Lennon tribute" big fans :)



The quintessential New York city photo. :) WE HEART NEW YORK!

{Parties} Eloise at the Plaza - Part 3 - The Spa, Party Fun & Emergency Hotel Kits

"The Package Room has all these packages in it and sometimes I have to help them lift those heavy boxes and look for small packages that might be for me ELOISE!"..."and Kleenex makes a very good hat!" LOL! Here are the remaining images of our Eloise at the Plaza Party...the girls day at the spa & packages that Eloise dearly loves like the Emergency hotel kits from the 1950's...my inspiration for one of the party favors. For Part 1 of our Eloise at the Plaza Party click here!  For Part 2 click here! For our Amy Atlas Eloise Guest Dessert Feature click here!



The guests hideout for the party adapted from "the lost and found" that Eloise likes to dress up in. This is where guests had a spa day where we let them do their "own" facials and manicures and even their own pink hair streaks...a la Eloise style! They played classic games like "snapping Skipperdee" (like hot potato...and they won their very own Skipperdee), pass the parcel (you know how Eloise loves parcels! Where they won custom Eloise Pillow cases, and Eloise at the plaza movies!) & they had a viewing of the Eloise at the Plaza Movie.


The Spa table included Strawberry Facial Masks, Manicure creams, nail polish, nail art stickers, tattoos, hair glitter and hair streaks, Eloise inspired towels, puffs and tiaras for dress up. Their Emergency Hotel kits (included boas, sunglasses, tattoos, nail polish, lipgloss smackers in pink and strawberry of course, and Do Not Disturb Eye Masks!), and their own purses with custom name tags filled with candy makeup. :)

Eloise Emergency Hotel Kits!





Purses for the hotel guests filled with candy makeup. Our Custom party circles.




Custom made Eloise Pillowcase prizes. :)

Applying masks after dress up. :)

Painting nails.

Snapping skipperdee game....one little hotel guest still in Dressup. LOL. Mario meets elf.



Take home goodies. :)

Our Custom Eloise tags. :)






What fun was had. :) A Selection of paperie coming to our shop soon. Invitations and party circles available now. For rush orders contact serendipitysoiree@gmail.com




Vendors:

Party Styling, Decor and illustrations: Serendipity Soiree
Cake & Sweets: Serendipity Soiree
Custom Party Goods and Invitations: Serendipity Soiree
Custom Cookies: The Cookie Jar
Cupcake Containers: The Posh Box
Striped Straws: In the Clear
Photography: Hello Joy Studios (available @ Serendipity Soiree by request)

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We are having technical difficulties responding to our blog. We are hoping blogger gets this fixed asap. In the Meantime if you have any questions regarding any of our designs or anything seen on our blog etc please contact serendipitysoiree@gmail.com. For those who replied to our Eloise party regarding orders, please shoot us a quick email and we will be happy to discuss your custom needs! Thank you for your comments!