Sorry girls...it took me a day or two to get back over here.
I am so glad my info seems helpful!
As for who/how I contacted sponsors, I browsed links on many of my favorite Mommy blogs for retailers. Once I found an email addy for them (sometimes challenging!) I introduced myself, stated I was preparing for a terrific blog party and wondered if they would be interested in....well here, this is actually what I wrote:
I am having a week-long pre-summer blog party called The 3 Ps in a Pod
Super Summer Vacation Giveaway http://www.threepsinapod.blogspot.com
It will run starting next Tuesday, May 6th and run through May 13th. I plan to run a variety of different giveaways during that time.
I am writing to see if I could interest you in sponsoring one of those giveaways in exchange for some super publicity.
How We Like to Manage Things:
I will promote your giveaway at other various contest sites such as 5 Minutes for Mom, Laura Williams Musings, Mommies United, Prizey, Prizeatron and more.
The item to be given away is completely up to you. It could be a specified item, a gift card or a set amount of credit to allow them to purchase merchandise from you.
The contest will require all participants to visit your site and extra credit is given if they choose to link back to you.
The winner will be randomly selected and I will notify them after which I will email you their contact info and you should make arrangements with them to distribute their prize.
Sound Interesting? Great! Please keep reading!
To sponsor a giveaway:
Reply back to me as quickly as possible so that I can begin the publicity.
Include the name/link of the item you’d like to give away or the monetary amount of a gift certificate.
Please let me know if you would you like to open up the giveaway to anyone world-wide or just to US addresses. Either way is fine.
That is all there is to it. If you need more info or have any questions,
feel free to contact me as well.
Thank you for your time!
Don't Miss the 3 Ps in a Pod
Super Summer Vacation Giveaway
May 6-13 http://www.threepsinapod.blogspot.com
As I said before, the people who replied were so kind and very generous. I provided some of the giveaway gifts myself so even if no one had replied, I would have been okay.
As for a blog you can get ideas from, Angela at 7 Dogs and a Baby held an awesome first birthday for her Connor about a month ago. Check her blog at http://www.sevendogsandababy.com/
If you have more questions I can answer, holler and I sure will try.
Also, I will be more than happy to help advertise on my blog as I have an upcoming events area so let me know.