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CHARM IT! Crayola Creativity Design-a-Charm Contest Launch Party


Growing up, one of my favorite childhood possessions was my plastic charm necklace.  If you lived through the 80’s, surely you are familiar.  They were crazy cheap and you could find them EVERYWHERE.

Years later I have my own daughter and wanted her to have a special necklace to build a charm collection on.  Imagine how thrilled I was to discover CHARM IT!, a charm jewelry line created for little girls.    I first discovered them at the cash wraps of stores like Nordstrom and Gap Kids and ever since I can’t shop at those stores without coming home with a new charm for Ally.


This year CHARM IT! has teamed up with Crayola for the CHARM IT! Crayola Creativity Design-a-Charm Contest for girls to draw and color what they think CHARM IT! should create into a charm.  It’s genius.  CHARM IT!  selects 12 winners based on (a) design’s ability to be reproduced as a CHARM IT! charm (50%); (b) creative appeal of design and colors (25%); and (c) uniqueness of design (25%). Each winner receives the awesome title of CHARM IT! Guest Designer and their charm design produced and sold nationwide as well as a $100 USD gift certificate to www.shopcharm-it.com, AND a single $1,500 USD donation of Crayola product will be made to the Kids In Need Foundation in honor of the winners by Crayola.

Ally and I thought it would be fun to invite a few of her friends over for a CHARM IT! play date.  Living in Seattle, there usually isn’t a lot of dry days to play outside so this was the perfect activity for the girls.

I figured the girls would be hungry after school so I made themed desserts around Ally’s favorite CHARM IT! charms.  They were almost too cute to eat!


We rearranged Ally’s loft to set a special table for she and her friends with all the Crayola crayons and colored pencils they’d need to get creative.


And what’s a party without dessert?  The donut CHARM IT! charm is Ally’s favorite, so we couldn’t have a play date without pink sprinkle donuts to match her favorite charm!

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To eliminate trips up and down the stairs, I set a small table of desserts for the girls to snack on, and provided a vintage beverage cart of rainbow colored sodas in case they got thirsty.

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The gumball machine CHARM IT! charm is one of my favorites and also one of the first that Ally acquired.  We turned the charm into sugar, AKA gumball machine cake pop truffles and sugar cookies!



To add a special touch on the table, I hooked a new CHARM IT! charm on each girls paper straw.  They were thrilled when they discovered their new charms on their straws (and quickly removed them before using the straw to add to their necklace or bracelet).





The girls helped themselves to a few treats and settled in to get creative.


I was so impressed with some of the drawings they came up with.  I can’t imagine how CHARM IT! chooses a winner.  There are so many cute ideas!

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Ally had so much fun having her friends over and I loved having a creative activity for them to do while they played.

You can host your own CHARM IT! Crayola Creativity Design-a-Charm Party by following these simple directions:

1. Download the CHARM IT!  Crayola Creativity Design-a-Charm contest form here: Official Entry Form and print as many as you need!

2. Invite friends, family, or your Girl Scout Troop to get creative and join in on the fun.

3.  Put together a few snacks and fun drinks and gather crayons and colored pencils.

4.  Let the girls go for it!  Let their creativity run wild.  After they have completed their contest form, gather the forms and send via email to contests@highintencity.com with the subject “CHARM IT! Crayola Creativity Contest” or mail directly to:

High IntenCity Corp
ATTN: CHARM IT! Crayola Creativity Contest
16-00 Pollitt Drive
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

5.  Cross your fingers they pick one of your designs!

No purchase is necessary to enter the contest.


A winner announcement will be made on www.shopcharm-it.com on May 20, 2015 at 2pm EST. Sign up for emails and follow CHARM IT! on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and The CHARM IT! Spot blog to get all the latest Design-A-Charm Contest news.

Because I’m such a fan of this company, I want to send THREE of you a charm bracelet with my favorite charms as pictured here:

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Enter below for your chance to win!
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To see last year’s CHARM IT! Crayola Creativity Design-a-Charm contest winners here. Good luck!!

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  1. Stephanie payne says:

    I loved these as a kid!!!! So glad they’re making a comeback!

    Super jealous of all your creativity! Even at my age, I would have loved this party! 😉

  2. I was just about to say the unicorn was my favorite, butt hat gumball machine is just TOO cute! My babygirl would LOVE this!
    Your parties are just too good! Care to adopt a 28 year old?? 😉

  3. Charm bracelets are the best. I love that they can all have a ‘meaning’ depending on the occasion or gift giver.

    The sugar pretzel is gorgeous. It looks good enough to eat!

  4. This post made me smile as I remembered my charm necklace! This is a great party idea and you made it so amazing as usual! Love your clean classic style with a hint of vintage! Your parties are so detailed but not overwhelming! You are truly an artist!

  5. Kate Bohling says:

    I love how colorful and happy these charms are! You’re never to old to sport a charm bracelet!

  6. Christy McGowan says:

    I absolutely loved these when I was a little girl! My sister and I would try to collect all of them. I have two little girls that I would love to start one of their own. You are so talented! I live your creativity! 🙂

  7. Candie shields says:

    Love all of the sweets charms!!! Could an adult get away with wearing one!?

  8. ally is a girl after my own heart with that pineapple charm – and with sunglasses?!?! so so cool.

  9. Melissa George says:

    I used to buy these when I was a Macy’s Buyer. Love them still!

  10. oh my goodness – i am just finding your blog and i’ve already spent 2 hours going through it … i’m addicted!! LOL! and i looove these charms – how fun! definitely going to have to get some for my girls!