Tuesday, August 5, 2014

a giveaway // outside the box papers...

Blame it on Martha Stewart, but when a party or celebratory time comes rolling around I get giddy with excitement. No, not because of the thing we're celebrating (although that's part of it)- it's because I get to decorate! Weird, right? Especially if it's at our place, I just LOVE going all out and decorating every part of the room in matching party decor (we're talking, even the bathroom gets some va-va-voom!)

Depending on the occasion, there might be streamers, balloons, ribbons, front door decorations, bunting in flag form (ahhhh I love bunting!), candles, tablecloths, etc. I actually have scrapbooking paper devoted especially to the paper flag bunting art, hehe. 

The food and drink area is my favorite part to decorate. That's where little paper flags on toothpicks, little tiny bunting (usually on top of a cake), wooden utensils and paper straws come out. Bring me all the paper straws please. My collection is getting out of hand. Depending on what the color scheme of that party occasion is, I'm pretty sure I have a collection of paper straws to match. 

Enter Outside the Box Papers. Made up entirely of party paper goods and decorations, they make my party hosting heart very, very happy. Plus, look at their paper straw collection! I mean, there's like 9 PAGES of PAPER STRAWS in every color and print! Like these chocolate mint straws or these multi blue striped straws! TOO FREAKING CUTE. And at $3.25 for 25?! They're priced unbelievably well. 

Paper straws not your thing? That's cool. That's cool. (...what???) Maybe you're more into goodie bags and treat boxes (would you look at these MINT babies and these pink frosting ones too!?) or fancy placemats to tie your dining table all together. If that's the case, they've got you very, very covered. 

Whether you're celebrating a birthday, holiday (like Thanksgiving), or special occasion, they've literally got a placemat for that. They're sturdy little suckers too! And seriously, everything is so reasonably priced. It's nice to know you don't always have to pay an arm and a leg for quality party decor :)

For my party, I choose the Audrey's Brunch Placemats and although made out of card stock- heavy card stock at that- they're surprisingly sturdy! I really like that I could toss the dirty ones away instead of having to stain treat and wash (and sometimes iron flat again). Easy peasy! Plus, the print was awesome AND the mat was a nice 11x17"! Totally big enough to fit my fancy white dinner plates on top of!

Wanting to go all out for this particular party, I chose to stick with the whole "black and gold thing" and got some black paper napkins and (of course) black and gold paper straws. This was also known as the Audrey's Brunch Party Package

My little humble dining table was completely transformed in a matter of minutes with these babies! All I needed of my own supply to complete the look was: a large gold print fabric napkin (which I unfolded and used as a mini tablecloth thing-a-ma-jig), tea light candle holders, wooden utensils, cups and my little red bird salt and pepper shakers. 

Since there were only 4 of us this time, I have plenty of supplies left over for another party! Score! 

Now for the reaaaaaaaaaaally fun part!

One lucky Sweet Lavender reader will win an Audrey's Brunch Black and Gold Party Package including:
  • 10 Audrey's Brunch Placemats
  • 12 Matching Black Napkins
  • 25 Black and Gold Striped Paper Straws

a Rafflecopter giveaway

All entries will be verified, so pleaaaaase make sure you are being an Honest Abe here. Otherwise, good luck guys! You definitely want to get your paws on this!

Now for the small print: Outside the Box Papers provided me with free samples of these products to review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. All watermarked pictures and opinions are my own. CONTEST OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY. Contest will run for 7 days and will end on August 12th. Winner will be shown on this blog post upon being chosen AND will be contacted by Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe via email. Winner has 24 hours to email back and claim prize before a new winner will be chosen. All prizes were graciously donated and shipped to winner by Outside the Box Papers.


  1. I'm obsessed with all the paper straws, but especially the Chocolate Mint Combo!

  2. Gorgeous! I love all the cute colors and patterns.

  3. I love all the treat boxes,especially the black favor boxes and the laser cut ones. So cute!

  4. So many pretty things! I love them all!

  5. Courtney of Savor GoodAugust 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    There are so many fabulous straw patterns to choose from! My favorite combos are the chocolate mint, gray and yellow, gold stripe, chevron & star!

  6. Megan Churchill-BrowneAugust 5, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    The French stationary set is so adorable!

  7. I love the black chevron, stripe and polka dot combo straws!!

  8. they have such cute stuff! i really like their corrugated cardboard tags (on the website), for attaching to christmas gifts...although i could probably scrapbook with them, too!

  9. so cute! i love the straws. the placemats are brilliant, too.

  10. so cute! i love the straws. the placemats are brilliant, too.

  11. So cute! Would love these for my daughters first birthday party!

  12. I love the chevron burlap!

  13. I love everything!!! One of my favorite is the Lime Green Polka Dot Candy Cups. I love polka dots.

  14. So much cute! i love the table for one cupcake stands

  15. I love the pink and gold striped straws!


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