DIY pirate skull cap suckers

I’ve been waiting a long time to share my new pirate birthday party ideas with you and I’m so excited! My youngest fell in love with the thought of pirates this past Spring, yep, a year ago, when Disney’s Jake and The Neverland Pirates premiered. So in June of this past summer I hosted an “off the hook” (HA! I’m so funny!) birthday party for him.

BUT, just before his real birthday party we had to create a new printable pirate party collection (two collections in the shoppe, pirate ship and pirate skull) to use. And since we were making a new collection that also meant we had to shoot the new collection. So I called my talented friend Angie of Angie Arthur Photography and a few other friends, which I’ll share over the next few days, and I styled a very fun pirate party on the shore of a local lake with ships in the background.

It was an awesomely hot day (pushing 95), but we all survived and the kids did have a ton of fun! I think the sugar helped. {wink} And for my little one (this little scallywag below is Angie’s baby), it was a bit like having a party before the party!

So to start, I’m going to share a very simple and fun pirate party favor idea. I picked up red and white stripe fabric from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, cut it into 2.5″x5″ strips and wrapped it around the top (aka the pirate’s head) of red Tootsie Roll suckers. As you wrap and twist to one side, add a touch of hot glue here and there. The skull cap will adhere to the paper and come right off when the kiddos are ready to eat them!

And if you’re wondering how they all stood up so well in the bucket, I covered a styrofoam ball from JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft Stores with chocolate coins from the candy store.

You can see more of my new pirate party supplies by visiting the shoppe, as well as my blog posts: pirate party photo props, monogrammed pirate t-shirts, pirate ship and pirate skull cookies and more will be posted in my pirate category!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

Photography credits: Angie Arthur Photogaphy.

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FREE Super Bowl party printables

Hosting a Super Bowl party this year?! Download my wrappers and mini pennant banners, updated from my original Snackpicks.com article, for the two winning teams: NY Giants and New England Patriots. I confirmed that the Giants will be wearing their away white jerseys (white chevron wrappers) and the Patriots will wear their blue jerseys (blue chevron wrappers). You can use them all, or just your favorite team. The set also includes a 11×17 football field mat and a 11×17 green grass chevron mat (great for a backdrop for your stadium). 

UPDATE for 2013 Colors ~ Baltimore vs. 49ers ~ templates can be downloaded now! And see more Super Bowl party ideas including bacon and chocolate popcorn. {grin}

Crafting the printables is simple. I recommend card stock for the wrappers and pennants, but you can use regular printer paper if you like. Secure the wrapper loosely around a cupcake liner with double sided tape or hot glue and fill the wrappers with snacks. For the pennants, wrap the diamonds around a toothpick and secure with an Elmer’s glue stick.

Next, grab a wire spice rack for your stadium and set up your fans! I chose Cheez-It crackers for my snacks and I picked up my wire rack at Target!

DOWNLOAD 2012 Super Bowl Party Printables NOW!

 

DOWNLOAD 2013 Super Bowl Party Printables NOW!

 

For your convenience, I’ve combined all five sheets into one pdf. When you print, be aware that you’ll want to print sheets one and two, the mats, on 11×17 paper, and sheets three through five, the wrappers and pennants, on 8.5×11 paper.

And as a friendly reminder, these are copyright protected and for personal use only. They may not be sold or distributed. We ask that anyone wishing to use our freebies come here to download them. 

And if you do get a chance to use them, we’d love to see your display! You can share them on our facebook page or shoot us an e-mail at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com. Enjoy! 

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stadium of Cheez-It fans

For my most recent project with Kellogg’s Snackpicks, I created a fun and simple idea for the upcoming Super Bowl party season. I know what you’re thinking, these aren’t going to be the Super Bowl colors! That’s because this project was created months ago. But now with the game only a few weeks away and with the teams being finalized soon, I’m thinking it might be fun to update these as a little free printable?! {smile} UPDATE: FREE 2012 printables are posted! AND 2013 Super Bowl party templates are posted!

For the stadium, I just picked up a wire spice rack, filled cupcake liners with my favorite Cheez-Its, there are tons of flavors, wrapped them in these little cups, gave them some pennants and done!

These could be great for all kinds of snacks too. Kellogg’s has these fabulous 100 calorie pack mini cookies that would be a perfect fit. They even have white chocolate covered pretzel hitting the shelves this month and they are super yummy! Confession: I had a bag last night with my evening cup of coffee… and I didn’t even feel guilty about it! {smirk}

Hop over to Kellogg’s Snackpicks for tons of Super Bowl recipes ideas too, like mini chipotle hamberger sliders, bruschetta bites, brownie rainbow pie and more! And no worries, I’ll link the free printables back to this post as soon as they’re ready! UPDATE: FREE 2012 printables are posted! And 2013 Super Bowl party templates are posted!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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coffee filter cookie sleeve

For my most recent Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com article I created a DIY coffee filter cookie sleeve. Here’s how:

Just simple folds, insert your Keebler Chips Deluxe cookies and close with a band of patterned paper. Done! Hop over to Snackpicks.com to see more ideas on hosting a Santa inspired milk and cookies bar for your Christmas party. And visit the shoppe for all of our printable Santa party decor.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! 

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milk & cookies Christmas party

For my most recent Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com article I created a simple milk and cookies party idea inspired by “the big guy” himself, Santa of course!

And the best part, I didn’t bake a thing! I let the elves handle that part, the Keebler® Elves that is! {wink}

The table was packed with all of your family favorites with fun holiday names: Keebler Fudge StripesTM {wreaths}, Vienna Fingers® {sleighs}, Fudge Sticks {North Poles}, E.L. Fudge® Elves {elves} and Chips Deluxe® {ornaments}.

Hop over to Snackpicks.com for ideas on how to easily embellish your cookie wreaths and North Poles, ideas on how to style your dessert table…

plus a DIY tutorial for my coffee filter cookie sleeves! 

You can also find my complete Santa printable party collection in the shoppe including beverage wrappers, dessert tags, cupcake wrappers and dessert table mat. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY Santa party favors

I had a little DIY fun this past weekend with the boys. We were testing a few ideas for our cookie decorating party favors and we came up with these little Santas.

You’ll need red, black and silver cardstock, cotton balls, pretzel size cello bags, cotton balls, tape, stick glue and candy. I used soft peppermint sticks and red cherry slices. 

Punch or cut out a red 2.5″ circle and trim a out a quarter of it like a pacman.

Close the circle and tape it on the inside. Next unroll a cotton ball. Add a small amount of glue to the rim of the hat and to the tip. Edge the hat with the cotton ball and then form a small ball for the top.

Cut strips of black cardstock for the belt and small silver cardstock squares for the buckle. Fill in the center of the buckle with a black thin point Sharpie and attach to the center of the belt with a touch of glue.

Insert the candy, fold the cello over in the back and tape. Wrap the waist with Santa’s belt and top with Santa’s hat, using a small piece of tape to keep both in place.

Waalaa! Fun and super easy Santa party favor idea. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Christmas tree footprint art

I often wish I could freeze time. My little boys are the most precious part of my life and I just want to squeeze them and snuggle with them forever.

But every time I turn around they’ve grown another two inches, so I’m always looking for ways to capture their sweet little features… like their little feet!

For your Christmas tree footprint art, you’ll need: white canvas and paint: Christmas Green, Cranberry and Bright Yellow. (I picked up all of my supplies from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.)

And little feet. {wink}

Aren’t they sweet?!

Next, cut a piece of paper the size of your white space to the right of your print and write your child’s name on it. Then cut out each letter and place them next to the print. This will allow your child to keep good spacing when painting on their name.

Now it’s time to let the little ones paint. We started with a star to top our tree.

Next we added their names. I suggest starting with the middle letters in case they get a little high or a little low so you can correct the spacing with the top and bottom letters.

And we finish with the year.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy Monday everyone!

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DIY snowman cello bag treats

I’m a bit excited to share my snowman cello bag treat craft with you this morning! I’m just in love with him and he will absolutely be making an appearance at school this season, at my Snowman party in January (the kids keep wanting to have a snow related party so they can have a snowball fight off the new tree house with friends) and maybe even at my annual Christmas cookie decorating party… I plan to use my Santa collection… hmmm… {note to self: make a Santa version! Update! Made Santa version!}. 

Here’s what you’ll need: white powdered donut holes, pretzel cello bags (I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores), orange and black ultra thin point Sharpies, craft paper (the designs shown are from my Ice Cream Social collection) and tape.

Start by putting three donut holes in a cello to measure approximate height. Cut a strip of paper that length and insert it into your pretzel cello bag as a guide. Draw on your snowman’s carrot nose with the orange Sharpie and the eyes, mouth and buttons with the black Sharpie.

Punch a 1″ circle and a 2″ circle (my Fiskar punches came from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores) for the hat brim and top. Cut a 1″x3.5″ strip for the hat and a 1/4″ wide strip for the scarf.

Assemble the hat with tape. (Note: Use your 1″ circle to make sure the diameter of your hat is correct. I allowed for overlap in the 1″x3.5″ strip.)

Trim fringe on the end of the scarf and attach just below the first donut with a touch of glue or tape. 

And if you like my snowman cello bag treats, make sure you hop over and check out my Halloween monster cello bag treats and my Thanksgiving turkey cello bag treats for next year!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY Christmas ornament curtain

I’ve been hanging Christmas ornament curtains on my little kitchen window for the last four years and everyone that comes to visit comments on how simple and pretty it is. So this year I grabbed my camera!

You’ll need a small white tension rod, ribbon and pretty ornaments. (I picked my tension rod up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. I think I only paid a $1 or $2 for it.)

The toughest part was getting my ribbon lengths the same for each ornament set. Now I just store them on the ribbon so I never have to do it again. {wink}

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DIY turkey cello bag treats

Thanksgiving is only a day away and I’m still planning and crafting. Yesterday I made these favors for our Thanksgiving kid’s table (I also made Halloween monster cello bag treats last month)!

So simple to make. Cut feathers, beak and eyes out of card stock.

Select your candy. I chose REESE’S Pieces. They’re the perfect color for a turkey and super simple to find. I picked this box up at Target for $1 and used the entire box for one turkey.

Fill a pretzel cello bag and tie it off with ribbon. I picked the cellos and the ribbon up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

Arrange your feathers and glue them together with a glue stick.

Attach eyes and beak with another dot of glue.

Gobble! Gobble!

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