Parties by Catie-Marie, An Update

Parties by Catie-Marie, An Update

I announced the launch of Parties by Catie-Marie in the middle of February. I was so excited when this finally came to fruition and I was able to launch my little Etsy shop. I had been thinking and dreaming about it for months and the fact that I took the leap was such a big moment. I had poured countless hours into creating the products, designing branding materials and thinking about the future. While I do not have a huge line, I was so excited to launch the products that I did have.

Even before I had launched the shop, I was thinking about all of the other products that I wanted to create. So many items beyond wedding invitations and invitation inserts… I wanted to expand to a full line of paper products for weddings, baby shower products, birthday party decor and holiday decor.

But we are in a very different place than we were in at the middle of February. The fact is we are in the midst of a global pandemic. One that can be incredibly dangerous due to the silent nature of the illness for the first 14 days. The best way we can flatten the curve on this pandemic, is to stay away from other humans (a.k.a. social distancing).

The entire goal of my company is to bring people together and along them to create a festive and classic atmosphere at the events and holidays they host. In light of everything going on, I feel it would be irresponsible to continue to encourage people to host parties and gatherings. Given this, I will be temporarily closing Parties by Catie-Marie. I will assess the situation on a regular basis and reopen when I feel it would be responsible to do so.

I appreciate everyone’s understanding during this time. Hopefully we will be back up and running in no time. Until next time, friends… CML

My Hopes for 2020: March & April Check-In

My Hopes for 2020: March & April Check-In

I cannot believe it is already April?! We are only three months into the year and it has already felt like a full year. March has definitely gotten the best of me with everything going on in the world and life. I fell out sync with writing for the blog and was focusing on other things. I have half written like ten posts and have made it my mission to finish them and post them. For now, I am going to review how the past couple of months have gone with my resolutions.

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Friday Five | The Best Planner

Friday Five | The Best Planner

I haven’t done one of these posts in quite a while. I thought it would be fun to throw out some of my favorite recent finds! There were honestly so many items I wanted to share because I haven’t done one of these in so long. Some of the items over the next few week may be catch up items 🙂

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The Wedding Series: The Wedding Party

The Wedding Series: The Wedding Party

I hope everyone has enjoyed the wedding posts so far. We started by talking through priorities and figuring out what you want your wedding to be. Then we talked about the wedding planning process. That was one of my favorite post to write as I am such a little planner. Now, I want to talk about go into more detail and talk through some of the mechanics of some aspects of the wedding. First up is the wedding party.

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A Second Trip to Boston, Part 2

A Second Trip to Boston, Part 2

I will start off by saying that we did A LOT while we were in town. Hence the need for a second post. Our days were packed but we still carved out a little bit of downtime each day. It ended up being perfect. I am so excited to go through all of the things we did while we were in town! Some of these were things I had done before and some were brand new. However, I ended up enjoying each thing for different reasons!

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Parties by Catie-Marie: February Products

Parties by Catie-Marie: February Products

Last week I announced the launch of Parties by Catie-Marie! It is something I have been working on this for a while and was so excited to share this with everyone. It is something I have become so passionate about and hope others can benefit from that passion. I wanted to breakdown the products that were launched with the launch of the business. Each month I will be back to launch more products and walk you through them!

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Wedding Series: The Planning Process

Wedding Series: The Planning Process

It has been a few months since our perfect day. I still think about it often  and am so grateful for each part of it. It made all of the months of planning and stress and excitement fully worth it. As soon as Riley and I talked through what our priorities with the wedding would be, we jumped right in.

I am a planner to the fullest. In general, my process is to come up with a concept then think through all of the specifics until the concept becomes more realistic. Planning my wedding was no different. Riley and I talk through not only our priorities with the wedding were, but also how we wanted to feel, what we wanted to be incorporated and so much more. This was how our concept was created. I will admit, I wish Parties by Catie-Marie was around back when I was planning our wedding. While making the invitation inserts inspired the idea for the company, I realistically could have done so much more and hope to with my store.

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A Second Trip to Boston, Part 1

A Second Trip to Boston, Part 1

I know. My trip to Boston (evidenced by my Instagram) was a long time ago (like almost two years ago, eek) and I am just now getting around to talking about it. Well, I really don’t have any excuses other than my life got real busy right after this trip and I put off writing about it. But I loved this trip so much so I am still going to write about it. As I started writing this post, everything came rushing back to me and I have so much to say. So… I am breaking up this post into three different posts or it would be WAY to long!

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Introducing Parties By Catie-Marie

Introducing Parties By Catie-Marie

As many of you may know, I got married this past August (you can read more about that magical day here, here, and here). It was such a huge learning process that ended with the most wonderful day. One of the many things I learned during the planning process was that wedding invitations are expensive and are in no way friendly to our environment. I could not believe the cost of a full invitation. Once you had all of the components, you were pushing $6-8 an invitation. Crazy!

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Book Review: Cottage by the Sea

Book Review: Cottage by the Sea

We are onto the second book of the year! This was an easy read that I definitely enjoyed. I have to admit I tend to like these types of books that are just quick books that read like a romantic comedy in my mind. I try to read them infrequently, but they are a bit addictive at times! Read on to find out more about this one!

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