Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Style Calendar for 2011

This is a fabulous free gift from the Shy Socialites and Trillustrations.

Pages of tips, ideas and activities to help you develop and be comfortable with your own personal style in 2011.

The 21-page kit includes a 12 month calendar, wardrobe inventory pages, lined writing pages and more.

If you would like your copy, please write to and request the Style Calendar

Happy 2011!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Plum Perfect 2011 mini Party-Kit

A gift from us to you and your small gathering of about 6 people, include the 3 inch circles from before, as well as mini candy bar wrappers and 6 "personality" drink markers...includes one for you, you Socialite you, you can also invite a Beauty Queen, Super Hero, Comedian, Rock-Star and Millionaire!

write to us at to receive this free gift as a PDF file.

Have a Fun and Fantastic 2011


the Shy Socialites

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2011 Will Be Plum Perfect!

Still looking for a 2011 New Years party theme?  
How about "2011 will be Plum Perfect!"
The new year is a great time to focus on everything that is going right, and getting better, and to look forward to a plum-perfect future!

It is also a great time to start thinking about the 2011 season color palettes! Here at the Shy Socialites laboratories, one of our favorite things is playing with color, mixing, matching and concocting until we are giddy!

These 2 inch circles attached to toothpicks or craft sticks will add some of the plum perfection to your party table!

Look for more plum perfect merchandise this week!

Click to enlarge, right click and save image or write to us for the PDF file

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Something is Popping!

the Shy Socialites have a new item we can customize for you as part of your event or party package, mini popcorn boxes!  The design ideas are endless, from patterns to monograms to matching the colors to your event!  How about fun nautical ones with a scatter of stars and seahorses?  A bride and grooms name, a birthday boy or girls name, you can even use these as place-setting cards, we can even include party information.  They would make fun invites you hand to your guests. 
We will combine our talents and creativity to come up with something wonderful!    In celebration, here is a free print-at-home box for you  to try!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Website Blog

Stop by the blog on our website, where you will find some wonderful tips, creative ideas and delicious recipes

Why YOU should follow the Shy Sociallites on Facebook

1-Because we are the Snazzy (okay that is enough right?)
2-Because you will find up to the minute tips and ideas for your next shindig, soiree, or just for everyday,
3-Because you are our guest there, not a fan or liker or anything like that, our invited, adored and honor guest.
4-Because we want to talk to you and that is a great place to talk.
5-Because usually Bobbie, Daisy, Strafe or Davenport will be keeping an eye on the place (at least one of us) and we can send a text to whoever you are trying to get ahold of.
6-Because it will make Daisy squeal and hop around like a bunny who just ate a candy-cane.
7-Because Strafe and Davenport are really cute
8-Because Bobbie and Daisy are really cute.
9-Because we are asking, please :)

While we are still trying to find the best way to get information to and from all of our wonderful guest, there will be things posted both here and on the facebook page, such as the Q&A session with Chef Davenport., let us know which you prefer!

This is our Facebook Page

Questions about decorating or party planning?
contact Bobbie or Daisy

Questions about cooking and menu planning?
contact Chef Davenport

Questions about party location, travel and games?
contact Strafe

Comfort and Joy!

What are two great gifts to give this holiday season?  Why, comfort and joy of course!

In honor of those two fabulous gifts, we have created two gifts for you.  First for comfort these "comfort and joy tags" - use a standard single hole punch and ribbon to tie one to a bottle of wine (comfort and joy, and for great wine gift ideas, ask Bobbie) a container of hot cocoa-mix, or perhaps something warm and comforting like a hand-knit scarf or mittens.  To help create joy, these 1 inch mint-candy circles- punch them out with a one inch punch (need one?  You can get one at a craft store like Micheal's, or you can order one here) you can even cut them out with scissors if you  like.  Scatter these little bit of joy everywhere, hang them from your tree, make a garland, toss them in the air like confetti, we do not mind, do whatever you wish, as long as it brings joy!

Some of you may be looking at these thinking...hey that is the Peppermint and Spearmint collection, and you would be right!  Bobbie an I are working on your fantastic party set as I type (Okay Bobbie is, I am typing).  We still do not have a winning theme set chosen, so if you have not voted yet, please do (click here for a quick trip to the choices), and get a FREE gift for voting!

To get your Comfort and Joy set, our gift to you, write to us at
Want to talk to Bobbie or myself personally?  You can write to us at

Let's make this blog-a-zine fun and interactive, share a post here about something that brings you comfort or joy or both!

Thank You

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Shy Socialites and World Label

So World Label contacted us and asked if we wanted to partner with them on a project, Strafe misunderstood and thought they said "Party", and you know we Shy Socialites love parties (even if we are quite about it).  So we RSVP'd and found out they wanted to partner with us to make an AMAZING set of holiday labels and favors.  "of course!"  We ADORE World Label and their amazing variety of labels, you can find labels for everything from lollipops to wine bottles, and anything in-between.  We were more than thrilled to work with them to create this set.  Then they said "Hey, let's make it a a gift!  Let's give everyone out there a chance to enjoy a little something from World Label and the Shy Socialites." We all thought that was a smashing idea! 

So here they are a gift from World Label to you, that is right these are FREE downloads.  Be sure to leave a comment thanking World Label, because saying "thank you" is the swell thing to do. (and it would not hurt to say you would like to see more from the Shy Socialites), and use these fun labels and favors to make your Christmas gifts snazzy AND swank!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Peppermint or Spearmint ??

The Shy Socialites are planning a Holiday Shindig. Something with a fun mint-candy theme!  Daisy wants to decorate in peppermint, from sweet striped invitations to red, white (and a touch of pink) streamers and decorations!  Bobbie would like to go with spearmint theme, creating cool spearmint-tinis and decorating in snazzy shades of green.

They have agreed to let you decide, and to thank you for your vote you will get free gifts!  Both girls LOVE free gifts.

How do you vote?
It is easy.
1-leave a message here saying if you prefer peppy-peppermint or stylish-spearmint.
2-write to and let us know if you would like the "Spearmint Gift" or "Peppermint Gift", also let us know what letter you would like for your monograms and the name you would like on the card (some options are just a first name, first and last, "the name here family", so on and so forth), and we will send you your set of choice.
3-We will count your votes until December 7, 2010, once we have a winning theme, the Shy Socialite will create a print-at-home party set, our gift to you, so you can throw a mint-candy Shy Socialites party yourself!  If you voted, by writing to and requesting a set, you will be sent the party set automatically!

See, simple.  So hurry up and help the Shy Socialites choose their party theme!

*Note-the text used to create your set will vary, we are very creative and it will look fabulous!

Friday, November 26, 2010

A Stylish Way to Stay in Touch

We love email, it is a great way to send a quick note to a friend, share a laugh, an idea or a photo of someone special.  That said, nothing is more precious than a hand-written note.  Stationery is a great way to show your style and makes an amazing gift.
You can find a lovely selection of stationery at the Shy Socialites Shop, something is sure to tickle your fancy!
Also, you can  print your own at home, with this lovely gift we have created just you, a geometric Christmas print in lively reds and greens.
Contact us by December 8, 2010, let us know if you prefer New Roman Times or Edwardian Script, which letter you would like, and we will email you 2-page PDF, great for keeping in tough this Holiday season, and our way of saying thank you for reading our blog-a-zine!
Why not comment below and let us know about a time when a hand-written note made your day!
contact email

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

15 Ways to Snazz-Up Your Hot Chocolate!

Feel free to print this page it is designed to fit in your binder-planner*!
PDF available on request

A Play-List for Decking the Halls

A dozen of our favorite Christmas hits!  You can copy this list for your note!
You can find these songs on iTunes and/or at music!

Holiday Social Planner - A Gift for You

'Tis the Season!  Well, the Shy Socialites think every day is the right season to celebrate, go to lunch with friends, visit family and donate our time and talents to causes we care about. Yet, this time of year there are so many wonderful things going on, it is easy to lose track of when and where!!  Print-out this tidy and fun little sheet and keep in in your planner binder*, on your bulletin-board, refrigerator or in yourglove-box, a quick glance will let you know when, where, and what!
A free gift from your friends,


P.S. if you prefer a PDF, please write to us and we will be happy to send that.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Give-Away from the Shy Socialites

Do you love scrapbooking, card-making making and paper-crafts?  You could get a FREE paper or digital set from the Shy Socialites of their set "Ornament Sensation".

We are looking for 10 readers who would like a paper-kit mailed to them and 5 readers who woudl like a digital kit emailed to them.  In return we are asking you to answer a questionnaire evaluating this snazzy set. 

Interested?  Write to and let us know which you prefer.  We will get back to you if you are chosen.

Daisy, Bobbie, Marina, Strafe, Davenport and Les-the Shy Socialites!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Decorate your fireplace with pumpkins

Decorate with pumpkins! Do you have a non-working or ornamental fireplace that you just don't use? Are you tired of the same old dusty white candles that you put in there years ago to spruce it up? Well, I am. Quite some time ago I moved into a lovely home with a non-working fireplace that I had every intention of doing something with, eventually. Years later it is just a black hole in my family room and has always been a bit of an eyesore. I've tried candles, mirrors and flowers in there to give it some pizazz. Alas I came across this great idea to fill it up with pumpkins! Pumpkins come in so many shapes, sizes and colors. They are super duper affordable this time of year or you can grow your own for free. And the best part is, they last for months! Just fill up your fireplace with a myriad of pumpkins. Don't be afraid to stack them on top of one another and have a few spilling out the front onto your hearth. Have fun with it, add candles and foliage. For an all out fall theme you can add a bail of hay and a scarecrow!

Pumpkin Planter

Greet your guests with whimsical pumpkin planters on your porch steps or make bring them inside and add that wow factor to your dinning room table scape at your next autumn dinner party. And its so simple to do, here's how...

1.)Gather up some seasonal flowers from your local garden center or supermarket. Keep them in the containers you purchase them in.

2.)Find some pumpkins big enough to accommodate your flower containers.

3.)Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin just big enough to fit your flower containers and scoop out the pumpkin guts and seeds (save those seeds for roasting!) Drill or carve a small hole in the bottom of the pumpkin for water drainage.

4.)Drop your flowers (still in the container) into the pumpkin, if they sit too low you can use rocks, crumbled newspaper or packing peanuts in the bottom to give your flowers a boost. Voila!

Pumpkins will last longer if kept out of direct sunlight.

You can fill the pumpkins with potting soil and just plant the entire arrangement (pumpkin and all) in the ground once the pumpkin starts to rot, although this method does not last as long as the pumpkin will start to decompose from the soil.

Use a variety of flowers and leaves such as drapey vines, tall wispy grasses and colorful flowers.

Paint or draw faces on your pumpkin for a Halloween flair. Group several pumpkin planters together for a bold look.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hallows Eve Vegetarian Chili

Serve up some smiles this Halloween with delicious vegetarian chili that is sure to keep the growling bellys of your ghosts and ghouls at bay. This free printable recipe card is formated to print on a full size 3 hole punch page so it stores away for easy refference in your recipe or party planning binder. The Shy Socialites wish you all a safe and happy Halloween. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Soup Tureen

This classy white soup tureen will add the finishing touch to your dinner party and can be used year round!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Free Printable Shopping Lists

Celebrate Fall with a Soup Soiree!

Coconut & Sweet Potato Soup

Warm and delicious soup is the perfect compliment to a chilly fall day. This yummy recipe is our free gift to you. It can be printed on a full sheet and then stored in a 3 hole punch binder for easy organization. Enjoy!

Have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear?

Those jeans that are too snug, that blouse that is too big, that cute sweater that your aunt gave you for your birthday but you've never worn because it's not quite you. Whatever the reason is we all end up with clothes in our closet that we just don't wear. Well now is the perfect time to gather your girls for a Fashion Swap!

Hosting your own Fashion swap can be easy and a lot of fun. Here are some tips to make your swap a success:

  • Send out invitations a few weeks in advance. Keep a list of the people who rsvp and call them a day or two before the party as a friendly reminder

  • This type of gathering can work well with just a few of your closest friends or if you've got room you can invite as many people as you wish. Just make sure you have plenty of space for all those clothes!

  • Serve cocktails and appetizers. Or make it a potluck and have everyone bring a dish of their favorite bites.

  • Make it a formal affair if you choose. Ladies love to dress up, however sweatpants, t-shirts and comfy attire are easier to change clothes in so keep this in mind if you decide to set a dress code.

  • Have a few dressing "areas" set up around your house. Bedrooms and bathrooms work well of course but you can also set up a folding screen in your living room. Make sure you have at least one full length mirror available.

  • If you want to make the exchange fair, hand out tickets or pennies to your guests when they arrive. Give 1 ticket for each item of clothing they bring. 1 ticket is good for 1 exchange. 2 or 3 tickets may be given for high end designer labels.

  • Have separate piles for different types of items ie: tops, bottoms, shoes, accessories.

  • After socializing and having a few cocktails its shopping time! Have everyone dive into the piles and pick out their favorite items. You can all go at it at once or you can pick names out of a hat and shop in an orderly fashion. However you do it you're sure to have a blast. Have a fashion show to show of your new looks.

  • Donate leftover clothing to a women's shelter, goodwill or other charity.

These parties are a hit every time and a fun way to trade out your unworn clothing for FREE! Host a party when the seasons change or whenever you think your closet could use an update.

Friday, September 17, 2010

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