Saturday, October 18, 2014

Customized Party Designs from Vanessa Zuren Designs #Review + $50.00 Shop Credit #Giveaway

One of the best things about B's birthday, is that we actually get to celebrate the birthday boy! When the whole family comes together to celebrate B, it really makes him feel so loved, and very special- and why shouldn't he? He's one special kiddo to us! When I began planning B's Spiderman themed party, I thought it would be a lot of fun to have a special birthday poster, all about B, celebrating his milestones, accomplishments, the things he likes, people he loves, etc. I am not artistic, so I was not about to try my own hand at designing a poster for B's birthday. However, there are so many wonderful folks out there who are talented artists- be that digitally, or freehandedly.

I was lucky enough to connect with the super talented and very sweet Vanessa Zuren, of Vanessa Zuren Designs. Vanessa hails from Tucson, Arizona, and is married with three beautiful children. Vanessa has always had a passion for design, and party planning, and decided to share her talents with the world by opening a shop on Etsy in 2009. Vanessa Zuren Designs is a one stop shop for invitations, complete party packages, birthday signs, quotes and home decor!

Vanessa was kind enough to offer to make a Spiderman inspired personalized birthday sign for B's party, and I was incredibly excited about that. I had a lot of fun looking through Vanessa's portfolio (through her Etsy shop), and was pretty amazed by what she has done/created. I loved the Spiderman inspired design that Vanessa had available in her shop, and connected with her to create a customized sign for B's party.

Spiderman Birthday Sign
Take a look at the sample image from Vanessa Zuren Designs!

Vanessa asked me to provided her with the following information, to be included on the birthday sign:

Fav. things
Fav. show
Fav. book
Fav. song
Fav. movie
I can...(list a few)
I love...(list a few)
Favorite Toy?
Best Friends
I want to be a...when I grow up?
Activities he/she likes to do. (Can list several)
I love my mommy and daddy, big sister or big brother
Add a sweet note to your son or daughter. (Happy Birthday Bubba! We Love you!)

*Vanessa suggested these as a guide, and told me that I could use these, if I wanted to. I could have added different things, but I liked this list, so I went with it.

After I sent the information over to Vanessa, she got to work right away. Within 24 hours, she e-mailed me a proof of the finished design, and asked for me to 'okay it,' if it looked good to me, which it did!

After I gave Vanessa the green light, she kindly had the poster printed for me, and shipped it out to me. It arrived just a couple of days later. This has probably been the fastest turn around on anything I have ever received through MBP. Vanessa is super speedy!

Our party sign arrived priority mail, and we couldn't wait to open it up and see it!

Our poster was rolled up and protected by plastic.

A closer look...

I let B help me open up the box containing the birthday sign, since it was for his party, and essentially, would be for him to keep. I explained that the poster was for his party and was very delicate, so he would have to be extra careful, which he was.

B, excited to help remove the poster from the packaging.

Since the poster had been rolled up for a couple of days, we needed to flatten it out on the table. 

I carefully laid a couple of heavy books atop the poster, to help flatten it out before the party. I stepped back and admired the personalized birthday poster with my husband, and we were both impressed. B thought the poster was the coolest thing ever, and couldn't wait until he was able to hang it in his room after his party!

The spiderman inspired personalized birthday sign included some cool info about B, on his fourth birthday. We were able to include his favorite books, song, show, some of the things he loves, his friends, etc. We really loved the way it turned out, personalized with B's name, and of course, Spiderman!

At the party...

Our plan was to have B's party last Friday evening, but we had to change the party date at the last minute, and wound up having it the night before we originally planned, due to a conflict in my dad's schedule. I had planned on having the poster either mounted on foam board, or placed in a poster frame, I could have easily done either of those things before the party, but ran out of time since I thought I would have one more day to run last minute errands.

Instead of framing the poster, we just hung it above the area where the gifts were being placed.

Once we got some decorations up, the poster made a wonderful focal point!

Our guests so enjoyed the personalized birthday poster at B's party! They thought it was so cute, and if they didn't already know about his favorite things, they enjoyed reading about them on the poster! Now that the party is over, the poster makes for a wonderful keepsake. I still plan on getting it framed, because we're probably going to be doing a Spiderman or Marvel Heroes bedroom makeover for B in the near future. We'll be trading out race cars for Spiderman, and this poster would look great framed above B's bed! With just a few switches of bedding and accessories, he'll have a Spiderman themed room in no time!

Right now, the poster is hanging above B's art desk, in his room. He can't wait to have it hanging over his bed!

We can't thank Vanessa enough for sharing her design talents with us by making this awesome personalized Spiderman inspired birthday poster for B! This sure made a wonderful conversation piece and special decoration for B's birthday party, and now, it's a treasured keepsake for his room!

Vanessa is so wonderfully creative and talented, and has tons of cool designs you'll just love! 
Check out a few of our favorites...

Sofia The First Birthday Party Package!
Sophia the First Inspired Party Package
Photo Courtesy VZD

Give Thanks Printable Sign
Give Thanks Printable Sign
Photo Coursety VZD

Jeremiah 33:3    Call to me and I will answer you
Jeremiah 33:3 Quote
Photo Courtesy VZD

Coral and Gray Bridal Shower Invitations
Bridal Shower Invitations
Photo Courtesy VZD

Every Good and Perfect Gift  Pink Nursery Print
Nursery Prints
Photo Courtesy VZD

Printable Frozen Inspired Birthday Sign
Frozen Inspired Birthday Sign
Photo Courtesy VZD

Any one of these personalized signs, party signs, party packs or invitations would be a hit for your next party or gathering! Vanessa's designs would make beautiful keepsake gifts, as well! I highly recommend connecting with Vanessa and having her design something extra special for your next party. Vanessa is as sweet as can be, is truly professional, and has a super quick turnaround. You will not be disappointed with your purchase from Vanessa Zuren Designs!

Want It? Buy It!

Head on over to Vanessa Zuren Designs to learn more about Vanessa, and to take a closer look at all of her awesome party designs! Shop by category, or contact Vanessa if you're wanting a custom listing. You can also connect with Vanessa Zuren Designs on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Want It? Win It!

Thanks to Vanessa's generosity, she is giving MBP readers the chance to win a $50.00 Gift Certificate to Vanessa Zuren Designs! Think of the wonderful, personalized party you could create with that! Just use the R Giveaway entry form below to enter for your chance to win! This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 and older.

Special thanks to Vanessa Zuren of Vanessa Zuren Designs for creating a special poster for B's birthday, and for offering this wonderful giveaway for our readers!

Good luck!


  1. I would use this for a Nursery Print for my nephew, very sweet!

  2. Some of my favorite memories are when our whole family (including extended family) would get together for a birthday - the birthday or any other celebrations were big, loud, joyful and full of love.

  3. I have probably sent hundreds of emails to my planner throughout the entire process, but she always responds back to them right away. Even late in the evening! The party planner never left me hanging and was always reassuring.


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