Thursday, January 7, 2010

Goody Bags

So as you read in my previous post, we had a great time at the Winter SoCal Blogger's Brunch.

There were great people, great food, amazing decorations by Blackbird Blue and You, and of course LOVELY Goody Bags - courtesy of some generous Etsy Sponsors. All throughout the weeks leading up to the event, I got packages in the mail filled with lovely items from talented Etsians. Thanks to them, I was able to put together some wonderful Goody Bags!

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Each bag was filled to the brim with exciting surprises!

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Sarah from that adorable Etsy store Crafty Folk contributed a lovely collection of her endearing pins. I love how quirky and cute each one was. I really fell in love with them all! Kelly from Kelly Is Nice completely wowed us all with her gorgeous earrings. Each pair was completely unique and absolutely stunning to behold. Even her packaging was amazing, complete with a wax seal.

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Quotes And Notes is a lovely Etsy store full of sweet sentiments and eye candy, and for the Brunch, Marlene contributed some lovely wooden bookmarks with literary quotes. She then personalized the back side to say "Winter SoCal Blogger's Brunch", which was such a sweet touch. Jenn from Monkey and Squirrel added a girly charm to our Goody bags, donating some truly amazing cast iron wall hooks. I was completely in love with the lovely delicate pieces, and as soon as I got home, I hung it up in my French-themed bathroom as a pretty necklace-holder.

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And what girl doesn't love some pretty hair bling? As well as lovely handmade cards, Kim Art donated some particularly lovely flower hair pins with layers of lace and color, so soft and delicate. Maggi popped one of hers into her hair immediately upon opening. And then there was Margaret Meyer's amazing art prints. The prints were of a lovely, whimsical scene that you'd expect to see in your favorite children's book. We all ooohed and ahhhed over this for a while.

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Haruka from Designs By Takemoto contributed some adorable little plates. She created them especially for the Brunch (amazing, right?!), and they included cute images of different animals. Perfect for a little spot to rest your earrings, or even to hang up as wall decor. And then who could forget Marie from The Blue Balloon's donations?! She contributed packets of lovely hand-made doily note cards. So dainty and delicate, each depicted a different vintage image, from a typewriter to a sewing machine. They were very lovely cards indeed! And also congratulations to her - she gave birth to a lovely baby boy on New Year's Day - it was so good of her to be part of this even though she obviously had a lot on her mind!

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Another amazing contribution was the pretty items from Monica and Grace from EmenGee Designs. These lovely artists handmade some amazing button cluster and flower brooches. The flowers were so chic and feminine, and the button clusters were so fun and whimsical. These brooches were another lovely contribution to our stash!

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Then last but not least were the beautiful tags from Jen at Jzroszell. She sent us a beautiful array of lovely art tags, ranging from Eiffel Tower collage tags, to beautiful spring birds in flight. Each little tag was truly lovely, and are just too pretty to use on a gift - i would rather keep them as a keepsake!

Finally there was the Door Prize Bag. Lucky Kristy won this, and inside were a few amazing items from other Etsy Sponsors. First of all, Amy from the charming Etsy store SeeChange Design contributed a luxurious strand of vintage pearls that everyone there wished they had won! Next up were some lovely magnets with beautiful illustrations by Sabine from Zarou, and then to top off this lovely prize was a truly lovely photograph print by Vicki from Simply Hue. That lovely carnival scene was such a beautiful prize!

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So a big Thank You to all of our fantastic Etsy Sponsors!
And now here is your chance to win some of the items from these Goody Bags! As well as a lovely Flower Place Card from Blackbird Blue and You!
To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment here telling me about the best get-together you've been to in the last month or so. It doesn't need to be a Blogger's Meetup - just anything you've been to lately that you really enjoyed. I will announce the winners Sunday, January 17.

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Erin said...

Hmmm... well, over the holidays my friend had a Christmas party for some friends from church, and it was a blast. We got there at 7 and didn't leave until 2am! We had no idea it had gotten so late, we were pretty pooped the next morning. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and food, though, and well worth it.

Annie said...

what fabulous goodies!!
best get together in the last month, for sure family christmas! it was so much fun and so different/crazy than in years past!

Kaye Prince said...

Well, lets' see...other than Hanukkah and Christmas (which were pretty great) I think my favourite get together actually happened today! Last semester I made some really great friends and had all my classes with almost all of them (and at least some classes with everyone of them), but this semester things are a bit different and for the most part I only have one class or none with each of them.

Today the five of us got together and had lunch not only to reconnect (and stay connected) after the holidays, but also to celebrate our A+ victory in one of our classes (we all did the 50% project together too). It was really lovely and we're planning on making it a weekly thing so that we don't grow apart.

I haven't really had girlfriends since high school (which ended almost 8 years ago now) and it's been really lovely to meet some wonderful, very smart ladies who I know will be my friends for life!

Mechelle Harrison said...

My bible study had a Christmas potluck dinner where we played white elephant gifts after eating. The place was decorated with Cocoa cola memorabilia. It was like being in a little soda shop from the fifties. That added to the festive occasion!!

Olivia said...

My Mom, 2 sisters, my oldest daughter, Madelyn and I had a wonderfully girly trip to LUSH this past weekend for soaps and bath bombs galore!

Jaime said...

Fabulous giveaway and what a great goody bag! The best get together I have been to recently was my step brother's wedding on Jan 1. It was gorgeous- full of family and good times. And of course, beautifully planned and executed, down to every last detail!

Heather McCool said...

hi! I'm a friend of Maggi's and she tells me that you and I should be friends often :) anywho, I wanna win! ::ahem:: I mean, the best event lately was spending an early Christmas with my wonderful husband, lovely babies and just eating amazing food and snuggling and opening presents and singing Christmas carols together. It was our favorite Christmas ever :)

Heather McCool
considerthelilies1227@gmail.com

MYSAVIOR said...

My best friend, Helen, came over before Christmas with her special homemade Christmas bread. So delish!
It is a treat every year. My daughter, Jenifer, made some wonderful tea and we enjoyed a piece with some homemade strawberry jam.

♥♥♥
Sue

monkeyandsquirrel said...

ohhh, thanks so much for the sweet words. i'm so glad that the little hook even worked with your home decor. i'm not entering the giveaway with this comment, i just wanted to give another thanks to you!

Ann Moore said...

Oh crickets! I commented on the wrong blog...forgive me...amoore5252@hotmail.com for Ann Moore

Sarah Mina said...

Love the goody bags! One of the best get-togethers I went to recently was a Christmas Cookie Exchange(there's a post on it on my blog) at a friend's house. Lunch, girls, gossip, cookies...it was great!

K said...

Oooh, so cute! I wish there were some get-together here in Washington state. Also, I tagged you: http://kiki-seattle.blogspot.com/2010/01/lets-have-fun-shall-we.html

Meghan said...

The best get-together I've been to in the past month (or so) was a Girls Night Out - a bunch of us got all dressed up and met at a friend's house for appetizers, and then we did a swanky hotel "bar crawl" where we visited awesome lounges and drank lots of champagne.

Jingle said...

We actually got together with some friends to help plan a wedding for some friends and we had a great time!

jessicajane said...

that looks like an awesome group of stuff! i loooove craftyfolk. she is so sweet.

my favorite get together in the last month was a week before Christmas. I had some of my military wife friends over and we drank wine, ate dinner, then made a bunch of Christmas ornaments. They all had a great time and it was really fun to host at my house.

Michele said...

Your descriptions make me want to go to each of those etsy stores and buy something!

Christmas Eve was a great get together. It was the first holiday that my mom or sister wasn't hosting. We went to my cousin's house and had a great time. It was a while since we saw them and it was really special.

Thea said...

My get together hasn't quite happened yet, but it's set for January 16th and I anticipate it to be great! A few girl friends and I are initiating a monthly crafts night, where we each take turns hosting and setting up a craft for us all to do. We send out a list of materials that we'll need to bring and show up at their house - baring wine and cheese, of course!

Mo said...

oo Dionne, that is so generous of you !! and everything looks so lovely !!

well, best get together was december 6th 2009. St Nicolas. My mom's family. 27 people : 15 kids, 6 dogs, 1 Super Grandpa named Mario and so much food, laugh and love !

oh, hello friend. said...

wow, what a LOVELY bag dionne! :) i say it again you really know how to put a social together! the goody bags are just fabulous.

well a great get together i've had recently was on new years eve.. nick and i went to my brother's house for a party and his friends were really nice and cool! we had a good time mingling (nick and i have crossed over to the couples group, we talked a lot to a newly engaged and newly married couple) and we placed 2 truths and a lie and catch phrase with like, 30 people. it was awesome! ;)

xo. danni

A List Creations said...

I think my favorite get together was our Chruch Christmas party. We had so much fun playing the games, and fellowshipping. It was nice to have my husband there this year. It's so great to spend time with your church family! Most of them are closer to me than my own family.

Sarah said...

Wow! What a haul!!! Everything looks so beautiful!

lyndsey said...

i NEED a goodie bag :)

on xmas eve we went to a brunch party with some friends. it was a small gathering with delicious food - such a nice way to relax in the middle of holiday stress. and after not getting out for three morning-sickness months, it was MUCH needed!!

Anonymous said...

Liz Castillo
lizcatoc@att.net

Jane S. said...

It looks like you had a great time meeting up with your fellow Etsyans! Lovely stuff in those gift bags.

Christmas 2009 was one of the best ever. It was relaxed, full of laughter, love, family, and of course some great food. Even if I wasn't related to my family I'd still want to hang out with them -- they're really cool.

Jane S.
janers41 at hotmail dot com

carmel said...

celabrating the first day of channuka in our house with our kids. lighting up the candels- giving them presants that were a "suprize!" turning the lights of and injoyng the candles lights
it was great!

chelsea said...

hmmmm the best get together I have been to lately would have been my 10 yr high school reunion. I loved hearing about what people had been up to for the last 10 yrs listening to all the success stories of friends. A lot of us have reconnected on facebook now so we can stay in touch.

Gabby said...

Wow, what an amazing goody bag! I missed out! :)The best get together in the past month for me was New Year's. I was at a party with all British friends. And a bagpiper! too fun!

Amanda said...

Oh I'm with you--those goodie bags would have sent me "oohing" and "aahing" all day.

I'd have to say the best get-together was at my parent's house for Christmas Eve; my sister and her family were there and I got to see my nephew enjoy his 1st Christmas!

Ashley Yazzie said...

Oh, so beautiful! I wore my gorgeous earrings today! I love them with all my heart!

carotrott said...

Just recently my mother and I invited two others for a lovely mother-daughter brunch. We went to this adorable tea and brunch cottage not far from where we live. The cottage is decorated with vintage tea sets and fresh floral arrangements. I enjoyed my Venetian tea that had a hint of my favorite- chocolate! The four of us were able to catch up and later walk around to an antique shop in the area. It was a delightful way to spend the afternoon laughing and relaxing.

Lola said...

My husband and I visited his family in Mexico for the holidays but his parents didn't have a plan for New Year's eve.

Two days before we made the plan with his parents and sister to do a get together/end of the year party at her sister's house. The 30th, we started calling all the family to invite them, and bought the decorations.

A cousin made a Spanish Paella for 30 people, my sister-in-law made the salad, and we bought the French Baguette, Tortilla Espanola for tapas, wine, sparkling cider and refreshments. Several members of the family brought different desserts as a gift.

The get together was successful, the food delicious and most importantly, we got the chance to share the beginning of a new year with family and friends.

Anne said...

I never go out but for new years this year the hubby and I met up with a bunch of other married friends of ours at the home of one of our friends who recently bought their first home. we had a good time!

Little Miss Tiara said...

wow wow wow, so many goodies again! haha... :D

best get-together? do you really need me to answer this question? *sigh* of course it's the one involving the best friend and a confession of the decade, lol.

Maki said...

Oh man, I wish I lived in California!!!!!

Looks amazing!

xoxo

Nina said...

Well I met one of my college friends last year, had a good talk (gossip mostly). Then I helped her buy a straightening iron! :)


irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

Theresa N. said...

I went to a church Christmas Tea I really enjoyed. The speakers were excellent and the food wonderful. For goodies we received cookie cutters in the shape of a teapot with a recipe card.
Theresa N
weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

Ang said...

What gorgeous goodies! This Christmas we hosted both mine and my husband's families for Christmas Eve (we have all the kids!) - homemade Mexican food, margaritas, and lots of presents exchanged. Our best family get together yet! Thanks for the giveaway!

lahana said...

I love the all items. For the best get-together. I and my 10 friends had a wonderful new year party in a tiny japanese apartment. It was a lot of fun. Thanks for the giveaway.

Nicole Marie said...

how exciting!! really anytime my girlfriends and i get together is a great time! before christmas we decorated cookies and just sat around and talked and listened to christmas cookies and exchanged gifts. it was so fun!

Kotori said...

What fun goody bags. Seriously Dionne, you are the master event planner... you may have found yourself a new job!

I am lucky because I get to look forward to a fabulous get together every month. On the 3rd Monday of the month my Mom's group (8 girls) get together to discuss our lives. It's such a meaningful time and a time for us to each support one another. I feel blessed to have that time with them.

nifer said...

The best get-together I had in the past month had to be going to my parents' house on Christmas day. My aunt was down in Florida bearing witness to the birth of her sixth grandchild, so my other cousins and their kids ended up at my parents', and it was like the sweetest family reunion! We talked to my cousin in Florida on the phone, I talked with my cousin's daughter about going to college next year, and planned an upcoming ski trip with my aunt and sister.

Tambria said...

The best gathering I attended in the last month was my in-laws 31st anniversary dinner! The kids usually go all out with the gifts, cards and poetry for these dinners. It gets better every year.

We ate great food, they opened their gifts, we played Scattergories and danced to the new Whitney Houston CD.

We had a blast!

Kristy said...

oooh great pic's Dionne! I am now a follower

Miss B said...

Oh how I wish to have been there Miss Dionne, what fun and I so would love to meet you in person:)

xo,

Miss B

~ Cee ~ said...

Wow! What a great mix of items! We had a get together with in-laws over Christmas that was three hours of fun especially for our toddler. She was all over the house where we were visiting, 'oohing' at the tree and fascinated with the cats. It was enjoyable on its own, but even more so to experience everything through her eyes and from her perspective. Thanks for this giveaway!
ceevegnashville [at] gmail [dot] com

Kalynda said...

wow, what an amazing giveaway!!

I am going to be a bit unoriginal here, but my best get together recently was Christmas. It was my daughters first ever XMAS and was just wonderful. BBQ with family... wouldn't have it any other way.

Auburn Not Red said...

With the holidays, it's always fun getting together with family. It really is the most wonderful time of the year!

Thanks!
curlyfrysc@charter.net

Shan said...

definately christmas... it's our first in our newly built home and we had family visiting from interstate and overseas!! it was bliss :)

Emily said...

Best get-together was a Christmas party with some friends since none of us were able to go home for the holidays.
e.estt[at]yahoo[dot]com

Biddy said...

Well, last month was December...the best get together for me was the traditional family get together with my boyfriends side of the family and my side of the family...TONS of great food and desserts plus there was handmade gift exchange last year! It was fun AND entertaining.

Camille said...

I'm in a sorority and we're getting ready for rush ... I just spent a few hours with my sisters glittering, modpodging and painting! It was great fun :)

cam22190 at gmail

Joanna's Foto Blog said...

About week before actual Christmas Eve day we (my husband & myself) got together with our very nice neighbors for traditional Polish Christmas Eve dinner. Each household prepared assigned dish, which of course was chosen from the list of traditional ones. We had fun, great food and it really felt like family celebration!
It's so good to have great friends!

--
Joanna
http://joannasfoto.com/blog/
joannasphotography[!a]gmail.com

Shannon said...

It was great being with family over the holidays...

but the best time I had was the week before Christmas, when my BFF, her hubby and kids all came over one night... pizza, fun games... it was great!

nuthouseshannon(at)gmail(dot)com

Perla said...

Best get-together was a few months back where a bunch of us from an online forum were going to meet face-to-face for the first time. It didn't go as planned and only two of us showed up but we got along really well and have gone shopping together a few times since then.

pmleos at gmail dot com

Patt said...

The best get together was Christmas Eve dinner at my youngest daughter's house. It was so much fun with all the grandkids there.
Hugs Patt

Amber said...

I got together with a bunch of old high school friends to see Sherlock Holmes and go on a mini cupcake-crawl in Chicago! So much fun and great to reconnect with friends of old.
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Daph said...

My Tops group (of very wonderful ladies) got together for a Christmas party. We had yummy food and swaped gifts and sang silly songs and Christmas songs around the piano.
earthdancedaph@yahoo.com

ruricloth said...

The best get together I've been to in the last month was a New Years party we had with some close friends and family! It's so nice to start out the new year with the ones you love most:)

ruricloth@yahoo.com

Bella said...

Wow, the best get-together in the last month or so was for a late Christmas with my brother in law who just got back from a year in Iraq. So good to hug him!

SheilaC said...

My best get together is my girls night with 3 of my best friends!

We cook some food, watch a movie, or watch " Say Yes to the Dress" or "What Not to Wear".

We laugh and talk and eat and laugh and critique the tv and laugh!! It is SO much fun and I just love those ladies bunches.

SheilaC

CathyH said...

What a wonderful gift bag. I'm going to remember the Etsy artists for putting together gifts for my guests or parties. Monday after Christmas visited my friends in the Smokey mountains, ate a great meal, loaded up my subaru with firewood from their woods and came home with a barn cat!

Lily said...

My best friends and I recently had a movie night with (500) Days of Summer and Paper Heart and then we went to Panera and ate soup and it was the best.

Melanie said...

there are some darling things on here! My last get together that I really enjoyed was when my siblings and their families came to my place for a Christmas get together. We had a great time, we just bought a new home this Summer so it was our first major get together here. Great food and fun times!

melanieinaz2003 at yahoo

KaHolly said...

I was invited to attend a local bird club meeting that was so informational and so much fun! Met lots of nice folks.

I had trouble reading your post because the font was so small!!

crystal said...

My best get together was on Christmas. I was lucky enough to spend it with my family. My grandparents are in their 80's and so cute!! I helped my dad with dinner and my little brothers hung out too :)

cyclona66(at)aol(dot)com

Bec Clarke said...

My mum came to stay for 2 weeks. She lives 10 hrs away and the whole family enjoyed having her here so much over christmas

Charming Mittens said...

My mother decided to take my family to the Messina Hof winery in Bryan, TX the Sunday after Christmas. It was such a beautiful day! We met my sister's new boyfriend, had some wine, followed a hilarious tour guide, and finished it off with a very wonderful lunch.

It is fabulous to get together with my family.

carlynnewelch@gmail.com

Janice said...

The best get-together for me is on the new year's eve when me and my family spent the night together. We saw fireworks and had a nice dinner. Then everyone apologized to one another if we've made any mistakes in 2009 and we shared our new year resolutions. It was so nice to spend time with the family :)

cyalalala@hotmail.com

The Soap Corner said...

The best get together was at a craft quarter auction right before Christmas! I saw a old co-worker I hadn't seen in 20 years! We spent a lot of time catching up and reminiscing. Everybody was in the holiday spirit and it was more fun than I have had in awhile! teresa@thesoapcorner.com

petitepaperie said...

My best get together in the last month was with my three happy hour girlfriends. The four of us work at the same middle school and make a point of going out once a week for a drink, coffee, snacks at least one day a week after school.

We sometimes bring party favors or have a fun theme. In December we had a Christmas Party and made reservations and treated ourselves to an ritzy dinner! We all brought gifts for one another, and laughed for two hours as we opened all the funny as well as meaningful items we got one another. Before we knew it they were asking us to leave as the resturant had closed! We were there for 5 hours and could have stayed longer!

I love my husband, family and enjoy spening time with all. However the giggles you get with close girlfriends is the BEST!

Aik said...

My best get together in the last month was with my best friends. We really had a fun time together!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

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jasmine said...

wow that's a lot of stuff! :)
the best get-together i had was the last christmas party i had with a bunch of really close friends. we gorged ourselves on mince pie and played loads of board games, which made for good laughs!

Tazim said...

my mom's 65th birthday was this week and it was nice to see all my cousins that i had not seen in so many years!


tazimd@gmail.com

Rachel said...

a couple of my friends threw a joint 30th birthday party the first Saturday of the month! It was nice to see people from all over the region :)

rmaslow a@t yahoo d.ot com

Gina said...

I think the best get-together I've been to this past month has been Christmas with my family! I'm away at college so it definitely nice to see them again and spend time with them!

TigerLily said...

About 2 weeks ago we went to one of my besties in college wedding party, it ends up like a reunion because most of us haven't seen one another in 8 or 9 years so it was a blast! We hang out and laugh all the time just like we used to do while we're still in college.


yuri.kristi at gmail dotcom

Lilly said...

It was a lunch with my two sister at a steakhouse. We had a great time.
Thanks for the chance. This goody bag looks fab!
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

RabbitHollowPrims said...

I would say Christmas as we all got some much need family time....We both teach so 2 weeks off did us some good :)

Robolegojupiter said...

I just moved to Austria, Europe recently and the best get together was at my newly married husband's best friend's birthday. It was at a very old apartment in Vienna; the architecture was marvelous. We had a great time talking; most of them learned some English in school.

Renee said...

What an incredible blog you have.

For me etsy = incredible.

Renee xoxo

Katjamaria said...

It must have been Christmas time overall because my family lives in different parts of the country (Finland) and this is the only time of the year we see other all together. After Christmas traditions we went to see the Avatar movie and that was perfect, we all loved it! (<-which is crazy for us having so different tastes of movies)

MooBeeTees said...

My best get together was actually today! After chatting in the etsy forums, on twitter and through our blogs, five crafty ladies got together to talk about our passion - all whilst balancing a craft of choice on our laps! It was a hoot and we are all looking forwrd to having another one next month and inviting more like minded souls along :)

erin, maker of chimes said...

Christmas was great with the family, but other than that I had a great time at a recent baby shower. It was fun meeting lots of ladies, who were friends of friends. We all had so much in common and had a wonderful time, even though we'd never met before.

Anonymous said...

The best get together I've been to recently was Board Game night with some friends over Christmas. Thanks for the chance!

Sarah
untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

Diana D said...

Best get together was New Year's Day. We were in Birmingham with my daughter and she gathered the family of friends most close to her that she has known for 20 years. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Kym said...

Oh wow! What a amazing giveaway!
My best get together in the last month? Well without a doubt my husband coming home from work after being away for 6 weeks! Normally it is 4! You just feel like you want to burst when you know it is the day for him to come home, and it is the best get together of all!
Plus he gets to cuddle his daughter!
My email is visible in my profile :)

khaski said...

My best get together lately was Xmas eve at my BF's parents house, with her siblings and their families too. It was sooo much fun, a very relaxed night, and such a joy to watch all the children playing together and opening their gifts- a nice way to experinece the true joy of the Holiday! khaski78 at hotmail dot com

Perfect Blue Moon said...

My best get together actually hasn't happened yet; This afternoon I'm heading out swimming with my kid sister who I haven't seen in months! It's gonna be a blast, especially for her because I have to try and make up missing christmas!

Anna
perfectbluemoon@gmail[dot]com

Anne J said...

The best get together was definitely Christmas day. Everyone came to my house, so I didn't have to drive. My inlaws came over for dinner, but none of my annoying relatives showed up. We exchanged presents, had a relaxing Christmas dinner.

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Jenn said...

I don't get out much.... :) But the best I think was Xmas. After the most terrible year of my life, it was nice to be with loved ones and remember those we lost.

Tracey said...

The best get together I had was when we met up with the members of our small group at church at went walking neighborhoods to look at Christmas lights. We had so much fun, fellowship and laughter!

karryknisley76 said...

The best get together I attend in the last month was at our local diabetic clinic. We were informed my daughter would be put on the insulin pump. We had training on how to improve her quality of life.

janil said...

We celebrated New Year's Eve with my best friend's family. She was pregnant and she wait for the new born on January 6th!!! We enjoyed and their three sons and my two ones played and enjoyed too.

Thanks for this great giveaway!!!
Happy New Year!
cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

mframe said...

The best get together was New Years. We had several families over and had Wii sports tournaments. It was a great way to involve the kids.
mframe00@yahoo.com

Michelle said...

What an amazing giveaway!! The best get together I have been to lately was a "reconnection" b/w a lot of old friends to help celebrate an engagement. It is great to just get together with all of them and tell the latest life stories. How fun!

mandm_2002 at hotmail dot com

Damla said...

Last week, I met a few friends from our ex-band in a pub. We took photos of each other and chatted and laughed for hours. It was an enjoyable day:)

annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

Cabootique said...

My best recent get together was Christmas at my boyfriend's family's house. Lots of people, lots of laughing, fun, and good food!

carethediva[at]hotmail[dot]com

Angie said...

We have a monthly girl's Bunco night and they are a BLAST! Good food, a great game, fun prizes and fabulous friends! Who could ask for more than that?

Thanks
angie
rennieangie@gmail.com

Abigail said...

I guess the best get-together I've been to in the last month was Christmas. Time with my family, who I rarely get to see. Man, they are so fun! I am lucky in that I love all my family. <3
abigail.lee {at} gmail.com

suburban prep said...

I went to a Christmas Party that family friends hold each year. My brother who lives in China and his family came, my parents, sister and her family and then friends of my husband and mine came. It was a fund evening. It was just a fun time about Christmas.
msgb245 at gmail dot com

emcSquared said...

My best get-together this month was for my birthday on January 6. It was just my immediate family! The four of us get along so well and really enjoy each other's company. It was nice to have them all to myself and not have to share!

em9499(at)gmail(dot)com

Kathy said...

We had a New Year's Eve party at our clubhouse that was a blast. Great food and wine and music to dance by! Best of all was the people! It is great being around people you enjoy being with.

Sheila said...

The best get together I had recently was the New Year's Eve party at my sister's house. We ate some great food, played a lot of games and had a wonderful time!

Melissa said...

we went to Iseo Lake here in Italy to visit with some friends for the day. It was beautiful and sunny. We stopped for pizza and the girls got to play in the playgound. It was a great day at the lake

Melissa
www.lissylee77.etsy.com

Jessica said...

I had a lovely Christmas morning get-together at my Grandma and Grandpa's house!

MaddyRu said...

We had a really fun get-together after work a couple of weeks ago. It was for a going-away so the whole thing was bittersweet, but still so fun!

Alissa said...

Christmas was a bit of a crazy time this year, so I think the best get together I went to lately was a pre-Christmas get together at a friends house. It was nothing too exciting, which turned out to be just right. It was just a fun time spent with good friends, some holiday movies and delicious food.

RR said...

We had a splendid family dinner on Christmas Eve. It was simple, wonderful, and fun.

tanya904 said...

Our family had a wonderful get together for New Years Day this year. We enjoyed great food, watched football and had lots of laughs with the kids
tanyainjville@yahoo.com

Zertuchina said...

The New Year's party at my husban's family's place was awesome. Back home it's usually really calm and a little boring, but these people partied!!!! There were fireworks all around it was great!

- Marybeth I. said...

we went home to see my parents in NY. We live in the south so it was great for my kids - they loved the snow and seeing their cousins.

Earlier in the fall I had a small reunion with my college girlfriends.

Carapace said...

We had the big Yule family gathering, with my favorite parts of the family!
There were games, and pie, and a present exchange and everything! I had sooo much fun!
(Christmas was fun too, but that's a private affair in this house.)

carapacenator(at)gmail.com

Rachael Thomas said...

Each year all the girls in my family go to a fancy tea party. We all dress up in nice dresses and drink tea like ladies.. It's become a really fun tradition.

Jennifer said...

The best get-together was yesterday's Guide Dog Puppy class. It was our puppies first class and she was wonderful! All the puppies were adorable. That's why we keep doing this! It's fun, they're cute and it helps someone live a wonderful independent life.
cspmom at gmail dot com

blueviolet said...

I was dreading the family get-together but it turned out to be a really fantastic time!
doot65[at]comcast{dot}net

Luv2Have said...

Definitely a Christmas dinner at out house with family we haven't seen in a year, it was fun watching my son play with his little cousin that was only 3 months old last time we saw her! Thanks for the chance to enter a great giveaway!

luv2have[at]gmail[dot]com

jerzycat99 said...

My sister's friend's familt lost their house in December and they did not have renter's insurance. So instead of buying gifts to exchange in our family, we donated items to the family and wrote them a check. 100 families helped one family. They are now renting a house and each child (6) of them and both parents, got clothes, presents, DVD player, family games, furniture, ect. It was great to see so many people help this family out. The family was so excited when they got the gifts. It was awesome to see so many people together to help. Best get together ever in my life.
jerzycat99@yahoo.com

M said...

My sister flew into town for the holidays and took my brother and I to a restaurant to celebrate my brother's birthday belatedly. We had a fantastic time joking and eating whatever we liked and then doing a bit of shopping in the area afterwards. We always have a good time together and it means a lot to me.

mDOTkurokoATgmailDOTcom

burlap + blue said...

What a fun giveaway!! The best get together I attended recently has to be our family's christmas celebration...it's always good to see family I haven't seen in a while and the food and atmosphere are great!

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night_child80 said...

This is such an irresistibly awesome giveaway! Best get-together was one a friend took my husband and I to for New Year's eve. We had driven down from Brisbane to Melbourne for the holidays, but didn't know anyone at this party. Nonetheless we brought handmade gyoza as our potluck contribution and made so many new friends, while having the best time to ring in the new year.

sRy_ said...

the childhood friends have had occasion to come together for Christmas, we live in different cities and we are planning a trip together.
Greetings from Spain!

Tara said...

the best get-together i've been to in the last month was my girlfriends and i getting together for a christmas party... good movie, delicious food, lovely gifts, and the best of company.

taraz9(at)excite(dot)com

Wehaf said...

My two best friends and I got together just before New Year's for a weekend. We slept in, ate out, and played lots of Guitar Hero and Rock Band. We talked about books and jobs and dogs and projects and everything under the sun. It was marvelous.

urchiken at gmail dot com

LoveMeKnot Creations said...

January 3rd I had a bunch of friends over for a themed dinner potluck night, it was Welsh/English/Irish/Scottish themed and everyone brought a homemade dish. It was great! And we watched movies, played Rock Band, had good times :)

lovemeknotcreations@gmail dot com

Mnewton1985 said...

On NYE, I went to a great get-together. We decided not to waste money this year on dresses and a night out, so we got some board games, rented some movies, and ate munchies. It was a blast!

mnewton1985(at)aol(dot)com

Ali said...

I went to a New Year's Eve Party where we just played games and talked and such... It was a great casual get together!

Carrie said...

We had a MSU game-watching party and it was lovely! Totally low key, no expectation, delicious food and a ton of good conversation. I need more of those! (ilovetea@hellokitty.com)

pippirose said...

The best get-together was my brother-in-law's birthday party. The whole family was there, and it was just a great time all-round.
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Kylie said...

My family just got together to help my fiance and I move into our first home. That's love!
kylie
doodlekp@gmail.com

Danielle said...

I actually just had a fun get together this afternoon with my friends and family. I hosted a Your Shape Houseparty.

The Happy Wife/Danielle
ldsmom2201 at yahoo dot com

ABCDErica said...

What can I say? DIY projects on New Years Eve is a great way to spend it. :)

I taught my friend how to crochet,
I made barrettes with sequins, and another did a bomber hat.

oh, and puzzles.

wintam said...

Best get together? last week we celebrated a friend's birthday - started on Friday with a dinner, went on on Saturday with a trip to the Sea of Galilee and in the evening movie and dinner... in between there were presents, cakes and lots of fun!

Vanessa said...

the best get-together I've been to in the last month was Christmas, my mom had one day off. I was so happy because she is a busy woman so I cannot have much time to have fun with her

lanky said...

The last get together I went to was on Christmas Eve in an Irish pub and I had so much fun playing silly games.

lankylegslass(at)hotmail(dot)com

Abby said...

Best get-together was when i got to meet up with a cousin who was studying overseas and haven't seen in a long time

reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

Selene said...

The big get together over Christmas Eve dinner and chatting with friends and family

shiki6210 at gmail dot com

Debra said...

I would have to say it was the new years eve get together. Seeing old friends and laughing until I cryed.
zaneymay@yahoo.com

4smartmonkeys said...

My favorite get together would have to be Christmas. It's such a wonderful time with family.
What a nice giveaway!

Sarah said...

My son's birthday party! He came home from China a year and a half ago and this is only the 2nd party we have been able to have with him so no other get togethere could be better than that =)

arewethereyetla5[at]verizon[dot]net

Penny Williams said...

Best get-together in the last month would have to be breakfast with my hubby for our anniversary -- no kids.

etrnlone said...

over the holidays, i went to several craft fairs. i always enjoy them, and sometimes i see something that i fell very creative about. i usually feel that it is missing something, and that i knoe what that something is. very inspiring, to say the least.

louisebrock said...

Best get together recently was probably going on a roadtrip with my friend to her mother-inlaws for a day of gingerbread house making. I am not from the US and so it was a new experience for me that i hope to continue every year. It was a great day of friendship, crafting and silliness.
louiselie09(at)gmail(dot)com

Trulyana said...

The best get together so far has been on Christmas Eve when it was my mother's birthday and my partner travelled down to be with us, and my parents best friends along my father's good friend and my parents nephew. This was special for me, because my parents usually go to our home country every year, so it felt like my first family Christmas in over 14 years and with my beloved partner to share it with. All that was needed was my grandfather, and my partner's family. :) A very special time indeed.

A very Happy New Year to you!

409cope said...

The best giveaway that I have been to lately was with a large group of relatives on New Years Eve. We all went skiing and rang in the new year on the slopes. Very memorable. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Hannah said...

Just yesterday, I got together with a bunch of friends and played music. I play cello, but I don't really like playing by myself, so I loved playing with friends. :)

Catswhiskers said...

Get Together for dinner at OXO Lower/London lots of talk, laughs, drinks and giggles.... then opening the secret Santa presents and a walk near the river at around 2AM!!
By that time we had had too many drinks, too many little bags and gifts to carry, too flimsy clothing to protect against the cold night and a strong desire to go home and check out our goodies...

Please count me in for this giveaway!
Gina UK/BR
http://gina-catswhiskers.blogspot.com/

Melissa Blake said...

SO lovely!! xoxo

Chelsey said...

The best get together I've been to in the last month or so was a mini Christmas party at a friend's place -- just their family and mine, but still fun. Thanks for the giveaway! mybabyappleseed(at)yahoo(dot)ca

minishoes1 said...

I would have to say Christmas too. We had it at my sisters and brother-in-laws. my mom and my brother and his wife and about 8 more people were there. we laughed alot and told funny stories about when we were young. There were plenty of food!thanks! jacquecurl1@gmail.com

Rachel said...

I went to a great New Year's party. Thanks for the giveaway!

Rachelhwallen@gmail.com

Jolynn said...

My favorite get together was the New Years Eve party, that went into New's Day. We had friends and thier and teen over for games & snacks.
Jolynn_Reads atyahoo.com

Bachuchay said...

This is a great giveaway. Well the best get together we had last month was when I met up with my husband’s friends. There were lots of food and alcoholic beverage =) but most importantly there are lots of stories and experiences shared

huggie0109@yahoo.com

Salad For Breakfast said...

the best get together was definitely over the holidays where i got to see my entire family, relatives and some friends come together. it's not something that happens every year so it was a real treat to see everyone so happy and getting along, and see some people who i had not seen in years!

saladforbreakfast AT gmail DOT com

rose said...

Well for new years my church rented out one of the local colleges and we all had fun playing games there. There was a velcro wall, rock climbing, bull riding, sumo wrestling. It was so much fun! ambrerose@aol.com

Tali Schiffer said...

Oh wow, I want all of these items!! :)
The best get together I've been to in the last month was actually this last Thursday, when my someone's family had invited me to join them all to a day trip up north. It was my someone's parents, his younger brother & his girlfriend, and his youngest brother, and myself. It felt so natural to be with his family, like I was a part of them, and they welcomed me with open arms!

OzKnitter said...

The least stressful, so therefore lots of fun, was catching up with knitting pals a couple of days after Christmas. We sat, chatted and knitted. A great afternoon.

ozknitter AT gmail DOT com

Meghan said...

Mine was christmas, just seeing my little sister opening all her presents!@

EVA S said...

We held a New year's Day party with a group of friends. It was great to around chatting and relaxing.

Lindsey said...

Dionne,
I haven't had time to blog about this yet, but I had the most fun at the little Tea Party I threw for my childhood friends on my birthday, just a few days before Christmas. It was wonderful and certainly blog-worthy. Oh, for the time requirements!
Oh, and PS, we seem to be one step closer to buying a house, so keep praying!

Stephanie said...

my favorite get together lately was eating mexican-style food at my friend's house. she made an amazing corn salad and corn muffins filled with cheese. yum!

email: stephanie.hartwick@gmail.com

Christina Moreno- floresdelsol said...

dionne,
what a lovely time! What an event I would love to attend.

I have loved meeting up with my 4 sisters this past month. it has been wonderful.
I would love to win a bag!

THANKS!!
christina

Daya, muito prazer... said...

Daiane Negretti
daia171@hotmail.com
Piracicaba-SP
Brazil

my favorite get together was the new Year's Celebration in the house of a friend of mine!!! beer and love everywhere lol!

daer0n said...

The best get together that we had was at my father in law's place for new years!

Nury77 at live dot ca

a lovely girl said...

Oh my...everything is so super cute and lovley!

The best get together that I have been to lately is at my own house! My best friend moved to Memphis to be closer to me. Until she gets settled in she is living with my husband and I and we are really enjoying spending time together! It's like a girls night whenever we want! We can girl talk and watch sappy movies any night we want! I know I will remember this time for the rest of my life!

vegasmoonpie7@yahoo.com

elaine said...

Just before Christmas myself and 5 girlfriends got together for drinks and to exchange gifts-lots of laughter and great time.

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

AJ said...

Best get together with high school people last Saturday because our friend got married ( :

Jaydemia said...

just had a get together with some of my distributors and their families. Lots of food, stories and of course jewelry. The kids even enjoyed running around. Great way to start the year!

Kristin said...

Thanksiving in the App mountains with my fam was the best get together that I've been too lately! And those goody bags...WOW. Such lovely pieces.

Steff Metal said...

All my friends are metalheads, and we invaded an Irish pub last weekend for a friend's 22nd birthday drinks. About 40 of us turned up, all in leather and spikes and metal shirts. Luckily they'd warned the bar staff before hand, but the punters just looked at this HUGE group like "WTF?" One of the girls found a vintage padlock outside and used it to padlock together the jean legs of one of the guys, and the poor bar wench had to find a key to get it undone, she was such a good sport. It was just one of those really relaxed, fun nights out.

mim said...

going to my dad's house, when my uncle was visiting, hanging out with all my younger siblings and seeing a movie together...it was low-key but warm and happy!

Y said...

Best get together was New Year's party that my friends threw in a hotel suite overlooking Boston Public Garden. The winter view was spectacular. The gift exchange was filled with laughter. The new year was brought in with a fun and lively celebration.

erinn said...

on a new years days, i went over to a friends house for a lovely low key gathering. we nursed our hangovers with more drinking (oops) - citrus based grayhound cocktails and slow-cooked pork w/ sauerkraut - and played appled to apples, best card game ever!

Liz said...

This weekend was bowling with some friends (just the grown ups) and then we had the grown ups and kids over for dinner. It was wonderful.

lironbauer said...

best get together was shopping with my mom this week, after not seeing her for a month...
after shopping a coffie and a cake in lovley coffee shop...
that was fun.

AngieHandmade said...

Best recent get-together was the birthday party that my husband hosted for me. We all made sushi together, then ate it, then played charades. Can't think of a better way to celebrate.

aschertle at yahoo dot com

daisymay said...

I had a great get together with a load of college friends who I hadn't seen for almost 2 years. We were all home for xmas, from uni or our new lives so I organised a nice pub trip, it was lots of fun and great to catch up with so many old faces!

daisydayz25 @ googlemail.com

Mafe said...

Fantastic giveaway! I would love to have one!
Mine was Christmas, a great picnic with family and friends.

Insiya said...

I have been so busy with studies i hardly get to spend time with friends..I went for shopping with 2 of my best friends around 20 days back & all 3 of us got the same bolero !! People actually thought we were sisters..it was FUN!!!

Missy said...

On new years eve we have a couple friends we hadn't seen for a while come over and hang out which was really fun. Hopefully we can get together with them more often , like we used to.

Ľubaša said...

My fav get together was 2 days before christmas when my sister with her family stopped in my place. She, our mom, her husband and dauther... we had a godd time together and played tha games till late night. thanks
lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

NWTyping said...

enter me please~!

i love anything ***pink***

keep creating! :)

hope i win!!
thanks for the contest!

International Giveaways said...

The best together of mine was very recent actually. My friend had to defend her thesis paper in front of her professors in order to graduate so a bunch of us went to support her. We sat through her presentation (of which we didn't understand anything!) and once they told her that she had passed and received a master's degree, we took off our serious business outfits and had on these shirts that we made with a picture of her face and "Team Maria" written on them. Afterward we went to a club to celebrate, still wearing the shirts of course. It was really fun!

BTW, I blogged about this giveaway:

http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com/2010/01/goody-bag-from-notes-from-dionn.html

Ronit
internationalgiveaways[at]gmail[dot]com
http://internationalgiveaways.blogspot.com

Katie said...

I got to go home and see my family at Christmas for the first time in months! That was definitely the best meeting!

orangegirl779@hotmail.com

bison61 said...

Because of problems with alot of snow we celebrating Christmas a few days later-so all my family could be here. And it was a wonderful day to visit with them and the grandkids!

tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

Arin said...

Birthday party for one of my good friends-we went out to eat and had a good time-just the girls.
arianiah@hotmail.com

Karen said...

Christmas at my sister's house was a lot of fun this year.


sonflower277(at)gmail(dot)com

june_spirit2628 said...

The best one was Christmas dinner at my grandma's. All my aunts, uncles, and cousins were there. It was great to meet up again and connect with family. The traditional Christmas ham dinner was another highlight!

Marci
june_spirit2628@hotmail.com

varunner said...

I belong to a group for parents of multiples and they had a really fun cookie exchange last month. The games were hilarious!

Michelle said...

Hands down, the most fun we've had lately was getting together with our extended family's during the holidays! My kids love playing with all their cousins. We don't see them more than a couple of times each year, so it's a real treat. Thanks for the chance to win.

Beverly/bibay said...

I really enjoyed the get together i had last month with my former hospital co-workers. It was crazy! we ate good food, drank wine and danced all night! It was amazing because they said that they missed me so much and they were hoping that i will go back and work with them again. I was almost in tears because they were the bestest friends that i had ever had. Not to mention that the guy i have a crush on asked me to dance =D

bvrlylava at gmail dot com

Gene said...

The best for me is the yearly get-together with my siblings. Simple for some for us who live far from each other, we always make time to meet up in Christmas time. It's even special because my brother's family came home from Singapore.

geneinthebattle[@]gmail.com

h. mcnaron said...

I enjoyed a baby shower for a woman at work who just adopted after years of waiting. it was very emotional.

fashionfrugality said...

The best meet up I've been to this month is lunch with ladies from work. A few of my favorites ones were recently laid off so we met together last week to have lunch and catch up. I miss them so much!
kkondek at gmail.com

Maria said...

the best meet was that i went for christmas holidays from cyprus to london to visit my cousin that we had to meet for 2 years!!it was amazing and fun!! we had really good times!

neraidodhmiourgies at gmail dot com

Judy said...

What fabulous goodies!

Amber Young said...

The best get together I've been to lately was definitely my mans family reunion. They do one or two every year, usually right after Christmas and its nice to get together like that. He has a huge family so there are always 50 - 100 people that show up (and thats only for one side of his family and the people that feel like showing up lol) and it usually lasts all day, we do a big diner and it's just fits in so well with the holidays.

Jasmine1485 said...

It was a cooking afternoon with my best friend, we decided on a Greek theme and spent a few hours preparing a gorgeous feast! We made Greek salad, souvlaki, a lovely nibbles plate and some sticky baklava for dessert. We had fun cooking together, chatting and tasting and her whole family enjoyed the fruits of our labour that night. I took heaps of photos and they still make me smile to look at. :) Kate1485 @ hotmail.com

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