Linkup Now for the Parties and Picnics Challenge!


Summertime means warmer weather, giving many of us the opportunity to entertain our friends and family both indoors and out.  Picnics are the perfect way to feed a crowd outside.  Rain or shine, out or in–who doesn’t love a party?  That’s why we’re so excited to see your favorite ways to entertain in this week’s challenge:

Image Credit:  Ritzy Bee Blog

Our guest tutorials this week have given us some terrific party ideas.

a {day} with lil mama stuart showed us how to have a Shabby Chic Tea Party.

This Stay-at-home-Mom’s party was thrown by JC’s Loft.

From Social Salutations, we learned how to craft the perfect birthday crown.

As our guest judge this week, we’re delighted to have Kellie from Nest of Posies.

You can read more about Kellie, her gorgeous blog, shop, and darling party ideas HERE.

Kellie will be visiting all of your links to view your party and picnic ideas.  She’ll select her 10 favorites, plus an overall winner of the challenge.   We CSI Girls will choose our favorites, too.  All of the favorites will be featured in the challenge winners’ post this weekend.

In addition to the challenge winners, one of our readers will have the opportunity to receive a prize from this week’s giveaway sponsor, Agape Love Boutique.

A randomly drawn winner will win this gorgeous Agape Love necklace.

All the parties and picnics linked up to this challenge will automatically be entered into the Agape Love Boutique giveaway.  You can read about additional ways to enter the giveaway HERE.

Please remember that to be eligible to win this week’s challenge and giveaway, you must provide a link back to the challenge in your entry post.  It’s easy–we have a button ready for you to insert into your post HERE.  For additional challenge rules, please read below.

1. All entries for this challenge need to incorporate the challenge’s theme. We are not simply a linky party. We have a specific theme for each week. All submissions are competing to be the judge’s top pick. If your project does not incorporate the theme we will have to remove it.

2. When you enter the challenge, please enter the link to the specific post on your blog that relates to the project — not to your general blog. This will help when a year from now, for example, someone who visits the site can find your project directly.

3. The CSI Project button must be in your blog post. HERE are the buttons. This makes it easy for other people to come over and join in the challenge if they like – and for us to know that we have the correct entry in the challenge when we’re judging. And if you use an older post, please update it so it’s current. If you don’t want to update it, please add the button to that post and to the sidebar for the week of the contest. Thanks!

4. The project you submit must be your own project and something you have made. (It can be inspired by something someone else has done, but it must be your creation.)

5. We ask that you are a CSI follower or subscriber to win the prizes.  The more followers the site has — the more giveaways we are able to host

6. If you enter a project into our challenge, we ask that you please leave comments on at least 2 other entries in the contest. Not only is it nice to do, but it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

7. By entering, you give us permission to spotlight your projects – we will give you credit and link back to your blog. You are welcome to enter as many themed projects as you like! You also give us permission to add your name to our newsletter list. If you wish to unsubscribe you may do so at any time.

Let’s party….


  1. Reply
    Veronica July 14, 2011 at 12:18 am

    Thanks for hosting!!

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    Heather July 14, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Thank you so much for hosting each week! I love seeing all of the creative ideas linked up! And this week ~ parties!?!? ~ who doesn’t love a party? Woo hoo! 😛

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    Heather July 14, 2011 at 2:31 am

    I have quite a few older party posts that were published in the old blogger. So rather than add the CSI button to those posts {and have to diddle around fixing the html} I have added a banner/post to the top of my blogroll. I hope thats okay! Either way you guys rock ~ thanks again!

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    Jayna Rae July 14, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Thanks for hosting such a phenomenal competition/linky. I always love coming over here and playing. I am very excited about this weeks giveaway too.

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    Steph July 14, 2011 at 2:53 am

    Thank you for hosting the linky. Fun theme and thanks for all the inspiration this and every week!

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    Madigan at madiganmade July 14, 2011 at 6:33 am

    Thanks for hosting!

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    Myra @ My Blessed Life July 14, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Thanks for hosting! I’m excited to participate this week!! 🙂 LOVE Kellie!

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    Holly July 14, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I just love these weekly parties!

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    Mary Kathryn July 14, 2011 at 9:43 am

    SO excited about this week’s challenge and that I actually get to participate this time! Can’t wait to check out the other links! Thank you so much for hosting these fabulous parties!

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    Carrie July 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    What a great site! What neat and creative minds all in one place, I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with each week!

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    cassie @ hi sugarplum! July 15, 2011 at 10:23 am

    I am having so much fun reading all these posts!!! What a great challenge….Kellie has her work cut out! Thanks for hosting!

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