Remember last month when I mentioned Design Crush was turning five and we were going to celebrate? Well we did!

Two weeks ago a great group of friends and supporters spent an evening at The Wedge chowing down on gourmet pizzas and libations, including a fresh-squeezed grapefruit margarita named The Crush just for the occasion.

Danielle (left) and Susan (right) of EngageOKC were my lovely sponsors/coordinators who put everything together. And did I mention it was 100+ degrees outside? And that it took place on a patio? Because yes and yes, so please ignore my hair.

My favorite local stationery shop, Chirps and Cheers, put together these fun goodie bags for everyone who came to celebrate. You guys, Black Pearl erasers. I didn’t even know such a thing existed!

Two of my favorite ladies in attendance, Erin of CooperHouse and Kate of Cookie and Kate. Erin and her husband, Tim, are my web developers and instrumental to any sort of success Design Crush has experienced. And Kate made the best mixed berry bundt cake with lemon cream cheese glaze as a celebratory dessert.

My family (well, the few who live in Oklahoma) even made an appearance. My stepdad Bill, my mom Cynthia, and the infamous Pete!

I really can’t say thank you enough to everyone who reads Design Crush, I don’t have the words. However, as a small act of gratitude I have ten goody bags that I’m giving away to the first ten commenters. Please leave a valid email address to be contacted.

And here’s to five more!

All photos ©Regan of Afashionado


Update: We have our ten winners, watch your inbox folks!

  • Sara

    July 23, 2012 at 9:21 am Reply

    Congrats on 5 years!!!

  • Laura

    July 23, 2012 at 9:33 am Reply

    Wow! Congrats!:) Looks like it was a great party.

  • Erin

    July 23, 2012 at 9:45 am Reply

    Congratulations! I love your blog – read it every day! 🙂

  • Marge

    July 23, 2012 at 9:46 am Reply

    Congratulations on 5 years! I’m glad you took the time to celebrate such a great accomplishment! And, I’d love a goody bag!

  • Jacky

    July 23, 2012 at 9:47 am Reply

    Congrats on 5 years!

  • Jean Baker

    July 23, 2012 at 9:55 am Reply

    Congratulations on 5 years! Here’s to many more!

  • Laura M

    July 23, 2012 at 10:08 am Reply

    Congrats on 5 years! I love coming here each day for some design inspiration!

  • Jillian

    July 23, 2012 at 10:29 am Reply

    Happy 5 years!

  • Sarah

    July 23, 2012 at 11:02 am Reply

    Congrats! I just started reading your blog this year, and it’s been a favorite of mine!!!

  • Rin

    July 23, 2012 at 11:10 am Reply


    I adore your blog and can’t wait to seee what the next five years bring!

  • Susie

    July 23, 2012 at 11:22 am Reply

    Congrats on five years! Looks like it was a ton of fun, despite the heat.

    Sea and Swank

  • Kristina M

    July 23, 2012 at 11:25 am Reply

    congrats on 5 years kelly! such a huge accomplishment. your blog has been one of my daily reads for years 🙂

  • amy

    July 23, 2012 at 11:28 am Reply

    Hooray! Congrats on your five years! 🙂 I just love your site, and I read it every day!

  • Miya

    July 23, 2012 at 11:29 am Reply

    Happy blog-birthday, Kelly! Many, many happy returns!

  • Kim

    July 23, 2012 at 11:32 am Reply

    Congratulations on five years! If DesignCrush were a human child, by now you’d be able to stand on one foot for 10+ seconds, use sentences of more than five words, and dress yourself without assistance. Ah, they grow up so fast… 🙂 Best wishes for the next five years!

  • Caitlin T.

    July 23, 2012 at 11:41 am Reply

    Congrats on the birthday! And that’s awesome that Pete was able to attend—how special!

    Saltyoat at gmail dot com

  • nora

    July 23, 2012 at 11:49 am Reply

    Happy Cinco de Design!

  • Claire

    July 23, 2012 at 11:51 am Reply

    Congrats on 5 years!

  • Gloria

    July 23, 2012 at 11:52 am Reply

    Looks like it was a fun celebration, despite the hot weather 🙂 Happy 5 years!

  • Vilija

    July 23, 2012 at 11:57 am Reply

    What a fun way to celebrate – bonus that you discovered the black pearl eraser! Looks like a great time was had by all.

  • Kate

    July 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm Reply

    Your party was so much fun! It’s always such a treat to see you and the other Engage OKC members. Thank you for letting me be a part of your celebration! xo.

  • zoë

    July 23, 2012 at 12:03 pm Reply

    Everyone looks lovely and happy for 100 degrees! Woohoo!

  • Addie

    July 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm Reply

    wow, congrats!!! Thats awesome as only 20% of small business survive for 5 years – hurray! Here is to at least 5 more, but hopefully more!

  • rooth

    July 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm Reply

    That’s so cool that you had an in-person celebration – congratulations again!

  • Kirsten Grove

    July 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm Reply

    I’m so happy for your success!!!! xxoo

  • Lisa | With Style and Grace

    July 24, 2012 at 1:02 am Reply

    Congratulations on five years, Kelly!! Thank you for all you do – your blog has been one of my favorites for years. Cheers to you.

  • Jordana @ White Cabana

    July 24, 2012 at 7:51 am Reply

    Congratulations on lucky number five Kelly! Cheers!

  • Brave Beltworks

    July 24, 2012 at 10:56 am Reply

    Congratulations on your 5 year anniversary! Looks like a great night!

  • jamie brunner

    July 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm Reply

    It seems I don’t remember things in terms of ‘years’ but in terms of logo design. I’ve been an avid Design Crush reader/browser/borrower/stealer since your logo was brown and pink and – I think – used the Jane Austen font. That was a lot of years ago, right?

    Thank you, Kelly, for exposing me to things I likely wouldn’t have found on my own. And thank you too for sharing a bit of your life – through your Pete stories – with all of us.

    Here’s to a lot more years – or a lot more Design Crush logos, whichever way you choose to look at time.

    • Kelly

      July 24, 2012 at 5:37 pm Reply

      love this, Jamie! yes, that was many years ago. 😉

  • justagirlLaura

    July 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm Reply

    Congratulations! What a wonderful event; you definitely deserve it! Thanks for being such incredible inspiration.

  • Erin

    August 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm Reply

    Happy blog birthday Kelly! Congratulations on 5 fabulous years!

  • Alya

    August 25, 2012 at 4:52 pm Reply

    I’m a HUGE fan of your blog.. I’ve been reading ir for about 4 years now, maybe even longer. And I have to say it is one of my go-to places for product design and that similar sorts of inspiration.

    Even though I don’t always comment, I’m still always here, so don’t stop blogging!

    Happy Blog Birthday xx

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