peek at candy corn collection

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Happy Friday everyone! This has been a wonderful, but very long, week! We’ve got so much brewing right now I can barely keep up and one of the biggest things on this week’s “to do” list was to shoot our new Candy Corn collection (the invitation is already available in the shoppe for those who like to plan ahead). I’ll post the entire collection on Monday, but until then, here’s a little peek at what we’ve been up to!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and please stop back in Monday to see all the details, plus a few fun craft ideas to help complete the look!

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wordless Wednesday… sort of

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Okay, clearly I don’t know how to be “wordless,” but with Halloween on the brain and our new Candy Corn collection photo shoot still going on, I’ve been too swamped to say much (sorry for my absence yesterday), so I thought I would at least post a pre-photo shoot pic of our little ghost in sugar form. Don’t you think he was even adorable in the baker’s box?!

More to come later this week including the resource for these sweet little guys!

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new collection coming soon

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Our facebook fans got a peek at this little guy a few days ago, the invite for our newest collection, Candy Corn. I’m not sure which element I like more… the ghost or the owl! Hmmm… but the fact that our little ghost is losing his candy probably pushes me over the edge in his favor. {wink}

With the photo shoot for the decor and DIY printable collection (candy table tags, beverage wrappers, cello toppers, favor tags and more) only hours away, I’ve been scouring the shops for props, candy and cookies to decorate the table and I’ve found some goodies! I can’t wait to share it all with you!

(candy corn cookie image via Google, searched Etsy for shop but couldn’t locate; if you know the baker would love to give credit for this beautiful cookie!)

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yum! yum! milkshakes

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This has been a whirlwind wonderful week and to celebrate, we are having milkshakes during tonight’s family movie night. Oh yeah! So in preparation, I went looking around for kid-friendly and adult-friendly options. {wink}

This first group is very kid-friendly:

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These two are even more kid-friendly! Shoot, they’re everyone-friendly! Just look at them!

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And last, but not least, a few spiked milkshakes for the adults!

Happy weekend everyone!

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stay cool tags… free!

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If you’ve not ever been introduced to the eighteen25 blog, then you’re in for a real treat. These ladies make me wish I had sisters! {Love you big brother!}

So on Monday they posted a FREE download of the tag you see in the picture above. Very “cool” isn’t it! They designed it so we could all give fun goodies to our neighbors and friends this summer. Hop over to read all the details, download your printable and to see what else they’ve been up to!

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just around the corner

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I know what you’re all thinking. It’s a little early to be talking about Halloween! Actually it’s not. For those of us in the stationery business we have to be way out in front of the upcoming holiday, and Halloween is what’s been on my brain now for weeks. I have to admit I’m getting a little giddy about sharing what’s coming. Since it’s not quite ready, I thought I would share a few hints for one of my “new favorite” Halloween collections. I’m hoping to share it on Facebook as early as this afternoon so make sure you join us if you’ve not already!

Stay tuned!!

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customer: buzz-worthy

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I absolutely love seeing pictures from our very talented customers. The pictures above were sent in from Teena. She hosted a “Chic Bee themed 1st Birthday Party” for her little girl using our Buzz collection. Don’t you just love that cake!

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And I’m always amazed at how our printables are further embellished to fit the occasion. In this picture you can see how Teena overprinted text, “I got buzzed at Hanna Bee’s 1st Birthday,” onto the design. Just lovely!

Thanks so much for sharing Teena!

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real parties: end of summer fun

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When I was browsing the web to find just the right images to pull together yesterday’s back to school party post, I stumbled across Brooke at Cheeky Kitchen and Jaimee at Sophistimom, two talented women who are also moms and friends. I was instantly inspired by their posts about an end of summer picnic they had with their children last year. The photography is beautiful, the recipes are yummy and their writing style is engaging. If you’ve not met them yet, you must meet them now!

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I’m absolutely in love with Brooke’s unique lunch pail (the kind of buckets you get when you go to your local orchard) idea. They’re simple and yet make such a statement in her beautiful photography. In Jaimee’s words “Within each basket was nestled a sandwich to satisfy the most ravenous sweet tooth, a vintage book, confetti corn, and a root beer.

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Don’t you just wish you had been invited along on this adventure?!

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And the food looks amazing! (There are many more photos that you must hop over and see on both blogs.)

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As you likely are, I’m inspired to plan a end of summer/back to school picnic for my boys. I hope we have as much fun as it appears these two families had! Happy Wednesday everyone!

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back to school buzz

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A customer wrote in asking for ideas on how to throw a back to school birthday party for her soon-to-be 16 year old daughter. Back to school makes you immediately think of yellow buses and pencils, but remember, this is a 16 year old girl. Oh, and the guest list is another 50 teenage girls… so you can see, here in lies the challenge this mom faces. How do you pull off a semi-sophisticated teen girl approved party with a back to school theme? Needless to say I was intrigued to help her.

So the easy way out would be for me to point her in the direction of our black and yellow Buzz collection as seen along side the beautiful black and yellow cake from Cake Girls above, but the event planner in me wanted to give her choices.

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So here’s a black and red alternative and some economical ideas on how to pull it together:

1. Serving table backdrop – hang or frame a lovely damask fabric, or even a chalk cloth as your backdrop and then make it evident who the guest of honor is with these rod iron letters from Pottery Barn, but don’t stop there. Get some red tissue paper from the craft store and make mini-pom poms to insert in the letters for a more dramatic effect, plus tissue pom poms won’t wilt like real flowers might in the heat of August.

2. Drink service – teen girls love to gossip and mingle… like us older girls don’t!… so have a easy drink service like this idea from Better Homes and Gardens.

3. Apple centerpieces- for the centerpieces, don’t spend a fortune on a florist unless you have money to burn. Buy apples in bulk at your local Costo or Sam’s Club and place them in glass jars around the tables and if you don’t have enough jars, stack them into pyramids. But remember to send everyone home with one as part of their thank you or you’ll be baking apple pies for a week! (image via Merry B Events)

4. Book centerpiece - another idea is to re-purpose the books you have around your home and if you don’t have enough, make a trip to your local library. Just remember that if someone spills a drink on one you’ve borrowed, you might have to pay a fine or even for the entire book! (image via Martha Stewart)

5. Cloth beverage napkins - for a group of 50, or even five for that matter, paper napkins are just lovely, but if you wanted to make a statement you could use cloth. These could be made easily with a few yards of fabric, red fabric paint, a stippling brush and a stencil from the craft store. (image via inhabitots)

6. Chalk board coasters - I also thought these could be fun and could double as placecards. They can be picked up from Purpose Design on Etsy. Or, if you’re feeling crafty, run to your local dollar store for the coasters and the craft store for the paint. In a few hours you could have 50 of these little guys.

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7. Paper lanterns – I love to give parties height with either pom poms or paper lanterns (or Pterodactyls…) and these lanterns are a lovely way to achieve that.

8. Cake – What birthday is complete without a beautiful cake? This one is from Sweet Libertine Cakes.

9. Cupcakes – I couldn’t resist putting our black and white damask cupcake wrappers from the Buzz collection in.

10. Candy – Taking a tip from Amy Atlas, it’s always a good idea to have a little candy around. These lovely jars came from Pottery Barn and you can get any color of bulk candy from The Candy Warehouse.

And just a few more things:

Table setting - For the yellow and black option, all the decor can be found with our Buzz collection. For the red and black option, we have a modern twist of red and white stripe plates paired with red and white polka dot napkins with our pirate collections. Lose the pirate eye patch napkin ring and you’re in business. {wink}

Favor - Last, but not least, the favor. A damask journal would be lovely at each placesetting, but with a guest list of 50 that would be an investment. My suggestion would be to pick up the black and white ledger books, the ones with the white block on the front for your name, that are typically with the school supplies for about $.65 this time of year. Embellish them with a red grosgrain ribbon and the guest’s name. You’ve just solved your favor and placecard needs in one project.

I hope I’ve helped Janelle in her quest for the perfect back to school birthday bash for her daughter and maybe given you a few fun ideas along the way! And if you’re not up for a full “to do” before the school year begins, maybe you would be up for a little end of summer picnic (clever ideas and beautiful photography await you)! Happy Tuesday everyone!

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customer: perfectly pink

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I was admiring this beautiful party over at P is for Party, especially the height of this room with the pom poms… so lovely… when I realized this very talented mom, Christine, purchased some of her table decor from my princess castle collection!  Her little one, Sadie, is shown in the bottom right image, tuckered out after what was obviously an exquisite and fun filled party.

For all the details, many more pictures (courtesy of Leslie Gaworecki of Goodlight Photography) and all the fabulous resources used to pull this perfectly pink party together, hop over and see Christi’s original post.

Happy Monday everyone!

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