Hi, I’m Catherine. Welcome to my blog!
I’m so happy that you stopped by and I appreciate the time you have taken to browse my site.
I hope you that you feel inspired to create your own special occasions.
I lOVE entertaining. But aside from the entertaining, I also love the planning process.
I love to create, plan and organize every little detail of a party; the process gives me a buzz of excitement.
You could say that this blog is my creative outlet.
About this blog
I have found that the easiest way to plan a party is to have a structure. I have created a party planning checklist which can be tailored to any party you wish to plan. If you follow the checklist, then you can’t go wrong.
Simply download the checklist and use it over and over again with each and every party you hold.
Did I mention that it’s FREE? Grab your copy now, you won’t regret it.
As my schedule allows, I love to blog about easy recipes, boys and girls party ideas, crafts and of course I provide you with lots of free printable’s. There is always something going on throughout the year, so I like to give you specific ideas for the holidays too.
Above all, Smart Party Planning is about helping you make the most of life’s little moments in the easiest way possible.
There is a real trend on Pinterest right now that everything has to be the “biggest” and the “best” it can be. This can be quite overwhelming for us mom’s who are just trying to get through each day one at a time.
We don’t need to be competing with each other on who throws the biggest birthday party, or who can provide the fanciest lunch box snacks.
We should be supporting each other to get through this parenting ride in the easiest and most enjoyable manner possible.
As a mom, one of the things that makes us smile the most is when we see our kids happy. This can be from something as simple as a cheesy stick that they helped bake or a free printable lunch box note that was slipped into their school bag.
My goal: Is to provide you with PRACTICAL ways that you can keep those kids smiling whilst also keeping your sanity.
I am a busy mum and I understand that you are busy too. I know you don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen, or the budget to splash out on a party planner.
If you want something simple and easy, but something that will also make an impression, then I will have something for you here.
A Little Bit About Me
I have a background in Social Work which is as far from party planning as you can get!
I am married with one gorgeous daughter and a mischief maker son, who make me smile (and cry) each and every day.
My friends say I am obsessed with party planning. I will start to plan months in advance all the little details so that on the day it’s just magical. (And I’m not just talking about the kids parties here).
But yes, I am a little over the top here, and that’s just how I roll. But I love it, and I love it when my vision comes to reality. It gives me a real buzz.
Want to know more? Here are 10 useless facts about me.
- I was born in the UK, but now live in Australia.
- I am obsessed with chocolate. Literally, obsessed!
- I hate coffee. I am always asking friends out on a coffee date, which in reality means a chai latte date.
- I love wine. I go on as many wine dates as chai latte dates.
- I can not sit still. It’s amazing I am able to blog at all really.
- I love to travel, wherever and whenever possible. This has become more difficult with 2 young children, but I get bored in one place for too long and I need to go and explore.
- I am now part of the 40 something club, but I act like I am in the 20 something club. Ok….maybe 30 something club. I’m not good with late night dancing anymore!
- I have an obsessive personality. If I find something that excites me I become obsessed with it, until something can replace it….then I become obsessed with that.
- Yes I am one of those Games of Thrones and Fear of The Walking Dead fans. How can you not be?
- I can’t swim! Ok, so I can stay afloat, but if I ever find myself out of my depth for more than a minute….I’m totally going to drown.
Meet my family
Here’s a little sneak peek of the obsessive parties that I plan. This was at my son’s monkey themed first birthday.
And this one was at my daughter’s 5th Pink Glittery Princess party (She was very precise with the theme that she wanted).
I have to admit that I am now loving the fact that I get to do parties for both boys and girls.
My first big accomplishment with Smart Party Planning was writing my ebook “Planning The Perfect Party“. This is the easiest way to plan a party and one that is not going to blow your budget!
As mums we all want to plan those magical parties for our kids, but we don’t all have the skills or the money of Martha Stewart. Or maybe you do….but certainly not the mums I have come across!
That’s where this ebook comes in. It goes through all the things you need to think about, to leave you confident and in control of the entire planning process.
My Etsy Store
In July 2013 I opened up my Etsy store. This was so incredibly exciting and it is now filled with party printables including:
- Party Packs
- Cupcake toppers
- Chocolate bar wrappers
- Beer and wine labels
- Water Bottle Labels
- Gift Tags
There are printable’s for every occasion.
Here is just a peek of what you will find inside.
Everything in the store lands in your email folder immediately after purchase.
Gift giving and party styling couldn’t be easier!
BUT, I also have lots of freebies too. So don’t forget to download them from our free printable library.
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Thank you for sharing this journey with me, and encouraging me to create. Enjoy your party planning, and I hope you will find yourself inspired!