The Ultimate Blog Party

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Are You Coming?

The Christmas decorations are packed away, the party season is over and we still have two long months of winter stretching out before us…

We need something to shake things up. So pull out your prettiest dress, get your hair done, and come on over!

5 Minutes for Mom is hosting The Ultimate Blog Party!

This will be the place to be. Get your blog noticed, win prizes, hang out with your friends and meet some new ones.

Here is how it will work:

  • Invite your friends
    Put our Invitation Button on your sidebar and write a post inviting all your friends.

    (I have always loved BIG parties – the bigger the better. I hate to be exclusive – so EVERYONE is invited!)

    Simply copy and paste the following code into your sidebar and it should look like the button you see below.

  • Ultimate Blog PartyCome on over to the party
    It will be a week long bash starting March 2, 2007 and ending with the big prize giveaway on March 9, 2007.

    All party guests who sign the Mr. Linky by 12pm Eastern on March 8, 2007 and who invited guests (invited friends via a post and have an Invitation Button on their blog) are eligible for our random draw prizes. Prizes will be announced at 5 Minutes for Mom at 7pm Eastern on March 9, 2007.

    Note: Please use only the central Mr. Linky at 5 Minutes for Mom. Since only bloggers listed on this Linky will be eligible for prizes, we don’t want anyone to miss out by adding their name to another Linky. Please link directly to your Ultimate Blog Party post or have your Ultimate Blog Party post as a sticky at the top of your home page.

  • Don’t forget you are hosting too!
    This Blog Party is all about meeting people – so put out some food, turn up the music and tell us a bit about yourself.

    Yes – what would a party be without small talk? Be as funny, creative or straight forward as you like. Include a recipe or two, stream some music or videos, add a voice post or video of yourself, decorate your place – whatever will put you in a party mood. Be creative and have fun!

  • Submit a prize (optional)
    Our prize page will be generating a lot of traffic and attention. So if your blog or store wants to submit a prize let us know.

    Everyone is welcome to host a prize. All prizes will be listed on our Ultimate Blog Party Prize Page. The page will be continually updated with new prizes as they are submitted.

    Please Note: Prizes must be for something FREE. Discounts on products and services will not be included. If you are providing a gift certificate, it must be for an amount that can purchase an item.

    Only party guests (signed the Linky and invited guests via a post and Invitation Button) will be eligible to win prizes. All prizes will be awarded by a random draw. 5 Minutes for Mom (Janice and Susan) will not be eligible in the draw. Prize hosts will be responsible for sending their prize to their winner. If a prize host wins their own prize, their name will be put back and a new name will be drawn.

  • Get out there and MINGLE!
    Don’t sit in a corner and only chat with people you know! Search the Linky and look for names you don’t recognize and head on over to their place to meet some new people.
  • And Then… and this is so fun we are just so excited…
    The week after the Blog Party, write a post and introduce some of the new bloggers you met at the party.

So there you have it. If you have any questions, just contact us.

We can’t wait – see you soon!

PS – A huge thank you to Heather from Swank Web Style for the fabulous button and banner.

Edited to add: Just to clarify, everyone is invited, regardless of parental status, gender, religious affiliations, etc. This party is about having fun with friends and meeting new people.

Another Note: Just to clarify – the week of the party you just need to put up ONE party post. The rest of the week you blog as you normally would. But please link the URL of your party post in the Mr. Linky so that others can find it – or put it as a sticky at the top of your home page.

Still have some questions? Want to know more about Mr. Linky? Read our Frequently Asked Questions post.

Comments

  1. says

    That’s a great idea!
    I going to by food and drinks and invite my readers!!!
    The button and the post will be up soon!!
    Hugs,
    Sonny
    Please visit my blog and have fun.
    I will excercise for comments!

  2. says

    Hey ladies,
    Sounds like a fun time. I am illiterate trying to get these buttons to my bog but I will try, it never works.
    Leave it to you both to work us up a good party, thanks I could use some new friends at the ole blog… Blessings

  3. says

    Groovy!! :) Count me in! I bookmarked this so I can do it when I get back from running errands. It sounds like a great way to break up the winter blahs.

  4. says

    I was going to answer your comment, but this isn’t the right place. Can you send me your e-mail address? I couldn’t find it. I’m linked to my e-mail on my profile. Thanks!

  5. says

    I have the banner up and a post made but what is the “linky” thing we are signing in to. Sorry this is my first ultimate party lol!!! Please forgive my ignorance :) Can’t wait for the party to get here!!!

  6. says

    Sounds like a great time! I especially like the idea of mingling and then introducing the people we have met the following week! Wonderful idea! :)

    I posted about the party and have put the button in my sidebar. Thanks! :)

  7. says

    I have got to “master” adding stuff to my sidebar in TypePad. I soo enjoy the reading/writing aspect of blogging, I dawdle on the techie side.

    Y’all never cease to amaze me with your innovativeness! The only reason I don’t read you more often, is b/c you have a gazillion readers (commenters) already :/. Not a good reason…some of your comments (to my old blog) were some of my favorites….thinking Jack Kevorkian and snot flying right now–ha!

  8. says

    Well, there’s got to be a first time for everything. I not only was able to make the button work–yee haw for this techno-novice, but I also managed to post about it too. And now my day can be over. Looking forward to it.

  9. says

    This sounds like alot of fun. I’m not a mom myself, but I am married and I’d love to meet alot of new bloggers…

    Please sign me up!

    Happy Saturday to you and yours!

  10. says

    Sounds like a lot of fun — it’s been pretty quiet at my place. I hope I can remember all the steps — and to get back over here to party! I’m adding you to my Google Reader so I don’t forget.

    Can I still be included if my Christmas decorations are still up, lol?!

  11. says

    This Canadian is always up for a party! Count me in. Ive already blgged about it, and put the code in my side bar. Where do I sign ‘Mr. Linky’ Can anyone let me know?

    Kelly

  12. says

    I put up a button on my site, but when will the Mr. Linky thing be up…or am I missing something. Great Idea! Thanks for all of your hard work. I am looking forward to the party!

  13. says

    I really hope I can figure this out because I really want to do it. You might put step by step instructions for those of us that are programming-challenged. Thanks so much for organizing it!

  14. says

    I am in. I will be putting the button in my sidebar today! I’m not sure I understand the whole Mr. Linky thing, though. Could you explain? Thank you!

  15. says

    I put the button on my sidebar just now. OK… I am very computer illiterate, so please explain what “Mr. Linky” is now and what I need to do next. Thanks!

  16. says

    I’m in, I’ve put the button on my site and sent out the invitation, thanks for making it simple :o) All I need now is to find out how to do the Mr Linky thing.

  17. says

    Already have the button graphic up and eagerly await the fun beginning. I may even donate a prize for the prize page since it sounds like so much FUN

    Blessings

    Mama Kelly

  18. says

    I am triple excited. A blog party the week before my birthday.
    Count me in, just don’t count the candles on my cake.
    This will be great fun! Thanks for the invite!

  19. says

    i can’t even remember how i got here (which is not so uncommon, ladies!) but a party sounds wonderful.

    migraines are frequent visitors and a big fat one has stopped by today, so i won’t be hoopin’ and hollerin’ about it right now, but Lord willin’, i’ll feel like partyin’ down when the big week rolls around. (please, Lord?)

    i’m going to hook up the graphic link back to ya’ll on my site… but i’m totally lost about signing a mr. linky. totally.

    the only man i saw here is paw up there in the “wordless” gif with maw. surely you’re not referring to him?!?

    *heh heh*

    someone clue me in, please?

    (glad to find ya’ll!)

    blessings~

  20. melody says

    Sounds fun. As a relatively new blogger, I am in. Got the button on my sidebar and will get an invite posted soon.

  21. says

    How FUN! What if we wanna donate a prize that we’d have to mail to you? Mom makes sterling silver and Swarovski crystal earrings and would like to donate a pair (or two) for some lucky winner. Let me know if that is an okay thing …
    DMM

  22. says

    Oh darn I’ve already hosted a few parties one recently for a hEaRtS give-a-way! One was a tea party we had so much fun.
    I”ll bee travelling during your deadline..oh well I’ll just have to have some fun when I return.

  23. says

    Wow, what a concidence, we are celebrating a mock holiday called Proud to be Purple Day on March 4th. I will invite all my Purple gal pas to the party.

    We are childfree, but hey, we all have parents as friends. It takes all types of people to make a healthy “village”!

  24. says

    Hey, this sounds like fun. I’m relatively new to the blogging world, so this will be a great opportunity for me to get to know other blogging women. I’ve already got your ad up at my blog and I’m planning special posts for the week of March 2 – 9th.

  25. says

    Ok, I have put the invitation on my blog and will try to remember the rest… life’s a bit crazy right now. Thanks for the idea – it sounds like a lot of fun!!

  26. says

    I have your badge on my site, but it is creating some errors via the html code. Here are the errors below: I reinstalled the code, but the errors keep popping up. Any ideas? Thanks.
    Error Line 657, column 83: document type does not allow element “a” here; assuming missing “li” start-tag .
    …w.5minutesformom.com/854/blog-party/”>You may have neglected to close an element, or perhaps you meant to “self-close” an element, that is, ending it with “/>” instead of “>”.

    Info Line 657, column 0: start tag was here .

  27. says

    I just posted this one on my blog tonight! been wanting to do this a long time ago but I was a bit hesitant, thinking I couldn’t do it…but now, I am up for it! Sounds really like a lot of fun!!!

  28. says

    I’m in. Have added the button and will make a post all about it when I get home from work. Looking forward to this, I need cheering up a bit!

  29. says

    I am so happy! A babysitter is big $$ here in Ohio? Visit my site! I am looking for business partners as well, so if spending $29 to start one is for you…click on and call me tonight!

  30. says

    I’m ready to party with you all (what a FUN idea!) but after an hour I can’t figure out how to add the button. Can anyone help???? I use WordPress, which is a little tricker than when I used blogger.

    Thanks bunches!

  31. says

    Oh, I love parties of this kind. So, what do we do again? Just kidding. I am offering a price. I have to decide which collection of book by an author I’ll do, but it will be at least 5 books.

    I know…random 5 Books by Harlequin Blaze. The story sizzles and all that.

  32. says

    Yeah, Im having a party! My link is up but still not sure about this Mr Linky thing. Cant wait to meet you all over at my place!!!

  33. says

    Party-crasher alert…yep, that’d be me. thanks to one of my blogrollers linking to you [ Capt. Picard’s Journal ]. I’ve linked you, too, in my own party post yesterday. I do love a good party – and Janice, you’ve a great one going on here! 😀
    :waves to all:

  34. says

    An ingenious idea! Nanny Tina and I are in. What to wear? Hair? Nails? So much to think about! We’ll give a prize but we must consult our holdings. Nanny Tina is heading to Canal Street now.

    Whoppee!

  35. says

    I’m new to this party thing, but I managed to get the button linked back to the party site and posted in my sidebar. Now what?
    I’ve checked out a few of your posts recently and noticed that most people have written a short bio about themselves and their families. Is that the usual protocol, or can we do whatever? Yes, I sound like a complete moron. Sorry to be so ignorant about these things.

  36. says

    I have placed the button in my sidebar and written an invitation to come join the party. Now I’m off to find out where I add to mr. linky……………………………..

  37. says

    Did I memtion that I’ve got books to give away at my site? Just leave a comment to any of the posts between now and the 9th and you’ll be eligible to win one of the books listed last Friday.

    Becky

  38. says

    Thank you so much this was a great idea.
    I will love peeking into the lives of others and their wonderful blogs and hope to have some great visitors who become friends to mine.
    Love,
    Angel

  39. says

    I’m playing! I can’t get to Mr. Linky at work (firewall) so I’ll have to remember to check back tonight from home! Thanks for this great idea!

  40. says

    This sounds fun, Even though I’m really late to the game. What’s the Mr. Linky thingy? I put up the button on my blog! Can’t wait to see who stops by!

  41. says

    So I forgot to put the log in my sidebar, but it’s done now. I did everything else before though!! This is fun, too bad it has to end:(
    Wouldn’t it be fun to have a permanent blog party???

  42. says

    I hope I’m not too late to get in on the fun. Usually I’m running out the door five minutes late for everything. This time I didn’t have to run out the door but still almost missed the party. I’m linking today, hope it’s not too late to get others involved.

  43. says

    Hi guys! Just submitted an awesome prize (though I say so myself) of 10 copies of our special CD for kids, a completely original exclusive CD called “Be My Own Hero – Loving Affirmations for Kids”. Hopefully we are in time so please check it out on the prize page soon!
    Happy Blog Partying,
    Cassie

  44. says

    Woohoo! A party! A xanga friend passed this invitation on to me! What a great idea! Now if I can just find Mr. Linky???

    I belong to a blogring on Xanga that is holding it’s first anniversary with a huge party of our own in Dallas, Texas later this month! I’ve invited all my friends to your party too!

  45. says

    I am new to the blogging world, I do not have one of my own yet, but I really enjoy reading the blogs I have come across. Melissa at Little Woolgatherings is a friend from high school who sent me this way. This is such a neat idea! I look forward to meeting new people and finding new blogs to check out. I am a consultant with Heritage Makers, a digital online scrapbooking and storybooking company. We provide you with the tools and support to create beautiful, professionally hardbound books to preserve your family memories through pictures and story. I would love to share this with you. To learn more, please visit my website http://www.AMemoryShared.com

    Thanks for the invitation!

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  46. says

    I am with Maria from the UK I don’t quite get how this all works….I’m a bit thick… But I get a sense of the excitement of partying with other Lady Bloggers and I love cruising the sites.
    Thanks!

  47. says

    I signed up by Mr. Linky, and I saw my website appear on the list. I put in the Party button and post, and saw the pingback in the comments section . I did get visitors and comments through the party.

    But now, my listing is completely gone! I can’t find it at all, and I don’t know if I am still listed, why it disappeared, or if I got entered in the contest.

  48. says

    Um Kris, I just arrived and you thought you were late? I noticed no one is around, including you. Wow, what a party, look at the mess! Even the frozen margarita machine is empty!

    No wonder my kids laugh at me and tell everyone: “she doesn’t get out often.” *sigh*

  49. Cindy Thompson says

    I want to tell everyone about the great websites I found for party invitations. These sites,

    http://www.cardspersonalized.com
    http://www.cardsshoppe.com
    http://www.express-invitations.com

    have all kinds of party invitations, and have their invitations cards divided into categories. This makes it easy to find the type party invitation I was looking for.

    The thing I liked most about these sites is that I was able to find the image I wanted, then add my personalized message using the ink color, typestyle and fonts I wanted, and then instantly preview my new card. WOW, was that cool!! They also printed and shipped my order the same day I ordered. I could not find any other place on the internet who did that. They are GREAT!!

  50. Nancy says

    My family loves the holidays, beginning with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and Mardi Gras so we always have lots of parties. This year I decided to find real unique holiday cards that I could write my own holiday party invitation wordings. I found three great sites, Halloween Party Invitations, Scary Halloween Invitations and Christmas Invitations. I added all three sites to my favorites and ordered from Holiday-Invitations and was very pleased. I got lots of compliments, and was so happy. It made the holidays extra special!

  51. says

    Nice blog, if you need any help with crowd control at the party, the wristband company I work for can help in many ways.

    Thanks Lee Ann

  52. says

    There have been many events I have been to over the years. I’ve seen all kinds of entertainment. Live performers off all kinds. What I like most is live music at an event. A good live band is the best any party or event could ever hope for. Not surprisingly the opposite is so true. :
    The most fun I have ever had though without question is when I have taken advantage of sitting in on a photo booth when they have them at a party. These days they are getting very modern and fancy. It used to be a few people in a box. I love those too. the newer variety that come with photographers with editorial backgrounds and creative imaginations are something else.

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