Start A Party Printables Business Course


Back in April, I ran the inaugural session of the Start A Party Printables Business Course. It was amazing! We had students enrolled from Canada, Italy, Australia and even Egypt. I loved teaching students, seeing their design work and providing feedback. Honestly, it was one of the hardest, but most fulfilling things I've ever done!

Over the past few months I've been asked over and over again when I'm going to be running the next session, and although I hadn't planned on running the course again so soon, I've decided to run a summer session for those of you who are itching to get your new creative business started by September!

This is the only online course that will teach you the design & business skills your need to start a party printables business. The first half of the course is dedicated to learning Photoshop & design skills, and the second half of the course is all about business branding, and how to package & position your products for successful sales on Etsy.

Throughout the 8 week course, I am always available to give feedback, answer questions, and to encourage students to create their best work. Even if you have never used Photoshop before, as long as you have a desire to learn, you will be creating your own invitations & party decorations by the end of the course!

Sound interesting? Check out the Start A Party Printables Business Course website.   And get on the VIP list to find out when the next session starts! 

Burning questions you want answered? Leave them in the comments below and I'll be in touch

Uniquely You Campaign for ModCloth



Last week I was contacted my ModCloth to see if I would be interested in participating in their Uniquely You campaign. Why yes, of course I would! I love ModCloth's unique, affordable styles, but most of all, I love their fun & interactive website.

It's so cool that they allow users to post reviews and even pictures of themselves wearing the outfits. Honestly, how refreshing is it to see how clothes actually fit real women? It totally helps when trying to decide if a certain style will fit your body type and takes a bit of the guesswork out of buying clothes online. I'll admit, I spent way too long on their website perusing all their adorable dresses.

Above is my style board featuring the lovely Twirl Next Door dress and sweet coral accessories.
I love the bold stripe pattern mixed with a soft & feminine cutout neckline. I was inspired to make the look more summery by adding a pop of color with the coral accessories.  You know how much I love coral :)  This dress is so versatile, it literally can be worn day or night, casual or dressed up. It's the perfect canvas to add your own sense of style and have fun with!



Spa Dessert Feature



Sandal weather means it's time to get a pedi, right girls? Check out these darling photos submitted by my client & party stylist, Vania the Canadian Hostess. Vania contacted me to custom design the invitation & paper decorations, and then she styled the most gorgeous party around the theme and colors.  Check out the fondant cupcake toppers in the pics below, they're almost too cute to eat!

More about the party from Vania: Manicures, facials, sweets, and laughs were all on the menu for this ultimate spa-themed party. For the party colours, we decided on turquoise, honeydew green and orange. I wanted a vibrant colour combo that evokes tropical summer and joy.
Upon arrival, each girl received her own cozy bathrobe and was invited to the “Relaxation Lounge”, which featured a Tropical Smoothie Bar. The tranquil and relaxing atmosphere featured three spa treatment areas: facials, manicure and pedicure. After our special guests were treated to facial masks and had their nails done in the design they chose, they were invited to create their own lip balm by choosing their favourite flavour and colour.

The party table displayed a custom beauty setting for each girl, including a hand towel, mirror, a cosmetic pedicure set and a water bottle. The sweet bar featured a triple chocolate cake and spa- themed red velvet cupcakes. I also incorporated a few beauty items into the table design like bedazzled soaps and shower gels, which the girls took home after the party. As a memento from the event, each girl received her own spa basket that included a variety of beauty items: sleeping mask, her own handmade lip balm and shower gel.









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Party Styling: Vania @ Canadian Hostess
Party Printables: Haute Chocolate
Photography: Raffaella Lorro
Desserts: Bluebird Cakes

Cake Trend: Floral & Stripes

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Cake One | Erica OBrien / Cake Two | Hey There, Cupcake! 

This season stripes & florals have been a big hit from fashion to party decor to cakes. I love the contrast between the black and white lines and pretty florals. It's a bold, yet feminine look thats so perfect for a chic summer wedding!

Unique Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

If you're itching to try something new for Easter this year and the good ol' drug store egg dye kits aren't doing it for you, then check out this collection of creative and unique Easter egg decorating ideas.

I've been blown away by the cool egg decorating ideas I've seen floating around Pinterest lately. I'm all about simplicity, so I think I'll picking up a couple metallic gold pens and having some fun dress up my eggs, maybe I'll add a bit of glitter too!



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Which one of these Easter Egg Decorating techniques are you going to try? Let us know in the comments below!

10 Reasons to Start A Party Printables Business


Yesterday I announced the launch of an exciting new opportunity, the Start A Party Printables Business Course. You may be wondering if this type of business is right for you.  Here are my thoughts on why this is one of the best businesses you could ever start, and why it will help you live a life you love!

Be Creative, Everyday: Let's face it, most office jobs just don't give you the ability to think outside the box on a daily basis, let alone create and craft things that you find truly interesting. As a business owner, especially in a creative industry, you are constantly developing new products, working on interesting projects, and with a party printables business, you're crafting fun celebrations everyday!

Be Your Own Boss: You get to make the rules. Only want to work part time? Do it. Want to work full time and devote all your waking hours to your business, that's fine too. Whatever your vision for your business, you get to decide how to make it happen.

Work from Anywhere: I work on my couch, the kitchen table, my home office or the local coffee shop. When I decided to take my son to visit his grandparents across the country for the summer, I picked up my laptop and brought my 'office' with me.

Low Overhead: When I first started out, my idea was to offer printed invitations & party decorations. But when I started adding up all the equipment & supplies I would need - a professional quality printer, various types of paper, ink, cutting supplies, and the list went on...whew, I got overwhelmed with the costs.

I needed something with low overhead where I could start making profit right away. A party printables business was the perfect alternative.  My operation costs consist of computers (I have an iMac and a Macbook), camera, internet connection, Adobe membership, and seller fees paid to Etsy and Paypal based on the amount of sales I make each month. I also have a small fund for party props and photo styling.


Unlimited Income Potential:  How much you earn in your business will depend on several factors; including how much time and resources you are willing to dedicate to it, the quality of your designs, and your ability to get traffic and connect with customers . That said, there really is no limit on how much you can earn. I was able to replace my full-time employment income within one year of starting my business and my sales have continued to grow each month. In the course, I will teach you my tips, tricks, and lessons learned on how to grow your business quickly while providing great customer service.

*This information is not meant to be taken as professional financial advice.

Browse Blogs & Magazines Daily: One of the things that will make your business successful, is being in tune with the market and trends. That means reading party & wedding blogs, reading about fashion, home decor, design, baking and photography. If you're not interested in these things, well a party printables business isn't for you. But if you see a pretty dessert table and it makes your heart pitter patter, keep reading!

Learn Skills that Interest You: One of the best things about owning a party printables business, is that you get to learn and develop skills in areas that you are interested in: design, photography, styling, writing, baking. These are all things that I love and as a business owner I am constantly learning, taking courses and putting these skills to good use.

Be Surrounded by Pretty Things: It's almost a prerequisite that you love glitter if you are going to be part of this industry ;) Running a party printables business will help you cultivate your own sense of style. By blogging and using social media, you will be able to share that style with the rest of the world, and people will be interested in you and what you are saying. You'll become a tastemaker, someone that others look to for ideas, tips and inspiration. If this excites you, that's awesome, I think you're going to LOVE having your own party printables business!

Bring Joy to People's Lives: Creating invitations and party decorations is so fulfilling because you are making products that help people celebrate life's important milestones! What could be better than that? You will be helping your customers make their vision for a special occasion come to life. It's awesome to be doing this every day. And when you hear back from a customer that your design is exactly what they were looking for and has made their special day perfect, you'll feel warm and fuzzy inside, I promise!

Have Time for your Family: This is a big one, and the reason why I initially started my business. Being able to work from home, while making a full time income meant that I could keep my son with me rather than sending him to daycare. I worked in the mornings, at nap time, in the evening at first. But that meant being with him during the day in that oh-so-important and magical first couple years of his life. Now that he's older and at pre-school, I have more time to work during the day and my evenings and weekends are free for family time. No commuting, no cubicle, no draining boss to deal with. I feel so blessed to be able to work on my own terms, in a space that I love, and spend time with the people that I love.

Honestly, I could go on and on about the benefits of starting a party printables business. About all the things that have changed in my life because I took the leap and decided to make my dream happen!

By the time you're done with the course, you will already be designing invitations & party decor that people will want to buy. And you will have all the business skills you need to open and successfully run an Etsy Shop.  That means that you'll be making money and building your dream a lot faster than trying to do it on your own.


Enrollment for the Summer Session is now Open! Find out more on the website: Start A Party Printables Business.

How To Start A Party Printables Business

Start A Party Printables Business | Course From Haute Chocolate

Enrollment is open for the summer session! Find out more here.

I am so excited to announce the launch of a new online training course I have been developing for the past few months.  If you have ever thought about starting a party printables business but don't have a background in graphic design, this might be the course for you! 

It is the only course to teach you How to Start & Successfully Run your own Party Printables Business.

It is an 8 week, online video-based training program that teaches you step-by-step how to create unique invitations & party decorations. The first half of the course is dedicated to design concepts and learning to use Photoshop. The second half of the course is all about branding and setting up a successful shop to sell your designs.  I'll also share all my insider tips on things like pricing & packaging your products for the most sales, and the number one thing I did to double my sales (almost overnight)!

Since starting my printables business two years ago, I have worked with over 5000 happy customers, and have been able to create a full-time income, working from home in a business that I love. My designs have been featured on leading in industry blogs such as Amy Atlas, Hostess with the Mostess, Baby Lifestyles, Catch My Party and Craftgawker.

You might be asking why I would teach others to do the same, doesn't that mean more competition?

The truth is, there is already a lot of competition out there in the party world, and in every other niche you can imagine! I believe that everyone has something different and unique to offer and that my customers are attracted to my shop because they love my designs and customer experience. No two shops offer the same designs or the same experience- that's what is so fantastic about this business - you are only limited by your own creativity.

In the course, you will learn how to create your own unique designs - not imitations of my work, or anyone else's. You will learn to unleash your creativity (even if you are doubting your creative side). By learning the basics of good design, and the ins-and-outs of Photoshop, you will have the skills you need to create beautiful invitations & party decorations that people will want to buy.

Whether you are working in the corporate world and are longing for a switch to something more creative and fun, or are a stay-at-home mom, desperately searching for a business that will allow you the flexibility to be with your kids while bringing in additional income - starting a party printables business can be the perfect way to have your cake and eat it too!

I have always been passionate about empowering women by helping them start their own businesses. I grew up working in a family-owned business, and after graduating the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Sociology, I worked as a business manager for non-profit organizations helping women & youth start small businesses. Entrepreneurship is in my blood, and it makes me so happy to help others find their own entrepreneurial path.

Usually, when I tell people what I do, the conversation goes something like this:

I design invitations & party printables, and I also blog about party ideas, crafts, fashion and home decor.

"You mean you get to design pretty things all day?" Yep.

"While working from home and getting paid for it?" Yep.

"Wow, sounds like an awesome business!" It is :)

And I want to show you how you can build an awesome business too!

If you've ever thought about starting a printables business, or even if you have always wanted to start a business from home but weren't sure what kind of business to start, check out my 10 reasons to start a party printables business.

Enrollment is open for the summer session! Find out more here.