How to Throw a Socially Distanced BBQ!

How to Throw a Socially Distanced BBQ!

Fourth of July is right around the corner. A holiday filled with family friends, yummy food, delicious drinks and fun fireworks. While it will probably look a little different this year, I imagine that barbecues will still happen along with family get togethers and fireworks viewings. It is not crazy to think that after months of quarantine, people will want to get together with the people the care about. While getting together with others can be risky, thinking through ways to make the get together as safe as possible is a step in the right direction. Here are a few suggestions for how to make your barbecue just a little bit safer!

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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

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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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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