easy felt butterfly craft

Get your kiddos in the spirit of spring with this easy butterfly craft idea. It’s a result of my oldest son playing around with some of the felt, yarn and other goodies left behind after a few Easter ideas we whipped up. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Felt
  • Yarn
  • Straw
  • Lemonhead candy
  • Craft glue

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Trim out the wings (we chose two colors) and glue them together in the center
  2. Cut a straw to lenth, wrap it with yarn and secure the yarn to the straw with a touch of glue
  3. Attach the body of the butterfly and the head (a Lemonhead candy) with another dolup of glue

Happy Monday and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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BLAST OFF!

This entire space birthday party collection is inspired by my oldest son’s love for science (if you’ve not seen his science birthday party that was featured in Columbus Parent magazine, make sure you take a peek before you go). His most recent passion of the sciences is all things space: moon, stars, planets, rocket ships. In this space party supplies collection you’ll find all the wares to host an out of this world party that your little astronaut will never forget, from dessert table details to bright polka dot placesettings to unique treat ideas.

Every great party starts with the guest’s excitement when they receive the invitation in the mail and for those that know my asthetic, I LOVE pops of color in unexpected places. We kept the invitation bright by incorporating fun patterns into our planets and then we carried Saturn’s pattern to the back of the invitation.

I love getting creative in the kitchen. With the boys in tow and a huge mess when we were done, I came up with a few things for the dessert table:

mini space shuttle cakes - these fun no-bake mini space shuttle cakes are super easy to assemble (read all the how to details).

corn flake meteorites - a family favorite and super simple to whip up (read all the how to details).

iced Moon Pie treats - I thought it would be fun to not only display the moon pies (these are on multi-colored straws) but to ice them at various stages: crescent moon, half moon, full moon (read all the how to details).

Milky Way shakes – and what kid wouldn’t love a Milky Way shake?! Especially one that has a mini Milky Way candy bar attached to the end of a colorful straw. I served the shakes in old fashioned milk bottles wrapped with my rocket beverage wrappers and an orange spoon tucked inside. And for the coaster, we cut out some spikey red suns. I loved that part!

With all the treats ready to go I styled a quick dessert table using printable items from the collection. The art in the backdrop was created with a few canvas boards from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store ($18), dark blue paint ($1.50) and letters that are available with the banner shown at the base of the table (both printable files $4.00 in the shoppe). To add a little more demension I punched out various size stars and made a pattern around the art. I also used the stars on the red glass cupcake plate with a touch of hot glue.

For the dessert labels, the set includes labels for Starburst, Moon Pies, planet pops, cupcakes, cookies, Mars bars, Milky Way shakes, meteorites and then I thought it might be fun to play on fruit and veggie colors with orbit oranges and comet carrots. Plus there is a blank sheet so you can make up your own.

For the kid’s table I used bright polka dot plates and napkins with a rocket ship napkin ring, lime green polka dot shatterproof cups with a fun straw slip (to help the kiddos keep their cups straight) and one of my favorite items, the astronaut patch placecard. For the centerpiece I used multi-colored and patterned Sky Balls. (It was almost impossible to keep the kids away from them during the shoot so I can attest that they would be a great favor idea.)

On the topic of favors, I had fun with this one. We designed a gable box label that reads “Astronaut Training Academy Kit” and a set of four labels to package little goodies up in: freeze dried snack (aka Moon Pie), anti-gravity cubes (aka Starburst), space goggles and mission accomplished (which could be cute as a badge for the kids to pin to their shirts). We also designed cello toppers and favor tags that say “Thanks for blasting by!”

And what about a few “Out Of  This World Activities” to keep the kids busy. We painted mini planets (set of six Styrofoam balls for $1 at Dollar Tree) and my son had a multitude of other ideas. Don’t be surprised if I post at least one in the next few weeks.

And last but not least, I’m so excited to share that we used the rocket from our design to monogram a t-shirt for the big day. The front has an applique of the rocket and the sleeve has a monogram outline of the rocket and a name. These are perfect for the birthday child or as a favor for all the guests and are available through our partners at Sew Jewell.

Items in the shoppe:

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

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iced Moon Pie treats

We’re almost ready to reveal the entire Space collection, but while we wait I thought I would share another simple treat I created for the dessert table. Introducing the iced Moon Pie! I thought it would be fun to take a normal moon pie and ice them to be the various stages of the moon: full moon, half moon, cresent moon. To serve I pierced them with a colored straw and filled the jar with Twizzler bites. They still make me smile and the boys thought they were awesome! 

And the best part is they’re super simple to make. Just unpackage your Moon Pies, pipe an outline on each pie (I used a #4 tip, connector and resealable bag), melt the remaining icing, spoon it in and pull it to the edges with a toothpick. They’ll dry flat.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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IRISH I had a cookie

My cookie partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage, the super talented bakers that hand-ice our On the Farm, Princess Castle, Science, Tree House and holiday collections (with more coming soon) are gearing up for St. Patty’s Day and Easter!

And these are the same melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies that Sue and her team whip up for us. They’re much softer than sugar cookies and Sue and her team take great care to package them so that there’s no breakage. Once dry, each cookie is heat sealed in a 4″ cello, perfect for our cello toppers, and then attached to a board with an adhesive dot so that they don’t shift during shipping. The cookies are then placed in a sturdy white baker’s box and packed inside a shipping box with foam. They’ll even hand write a note in case you want to send them as a gift.

Shamrock Cookies – Box includes 15 hand-iced butter cookies for $26 (Order by: Thursday, March 10th for shipping to most areas to arrive by St. Patrick’s Day. Order by: Monday, March 14th for local pick-up in the Columbus Ohio area on March 16)

 

I’m in LOVE with those carrots and aren’t the bunnies just adorable! I may have to have some for our Easter baskets this year. And in keeping in the true spirit of the holiday, her crosses are perfect! Easter assortment – Box includes 15 hand-iced butter cookies for $26- $28 (Order by: Saturday, April 16th  for shipping to most areas to arrive by Easter.)

The best way to order is to call Sweet Tooth Cottage at 614.361.6166 or e-mail Sue at  sue@sweettoothcottage.com. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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GIVEAWAY! $50 Hallmark spree

 

While at BlissDom this year (read my recap) I met some fabulous brands, one of which is letting me give a little something, something away! My new friends at Hallmark are offering one lucky reader a $50 giftcard that can be used for these fabulous personalized party plates and/or personalized greeting cards at Hallmark.com!

Have you seen the personalized plates? I hadn’t until I walked into BlissDom and saw Allie and Barbara’s faces on plates we were using for one of the snack sessions. FUN! And I love that not only can you add a photo, but you can add text, or just text (note the comedy in the black and white sample above. I can only wish I were still 29…).

The black and white would be perfect with my divine, bubbly or blossoms collections! And I just LOVE the floating dots in the next row. Those would be fun with my deep blue sea collection and the chocolate cake plates below that are perfect with a number of my pink girly girl birthday collections. I could go on and on!

They also have a number of themed plate designs for birthdays, baby showers, teen parties and more!

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TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

  1. Visit Hallmark.com and let us know what fabulous design you will order if you win! Leave a comment below to enter!
  2. To earn a second entry, like The Celebration Shoppe on Facebook! Be sure to come back here and leave a comment so we know you’ve joined us (and we have your e-mail)! 
  3. To earn a third entry, tweet the following, I entered to win $50 from @hallmarkpr on @celebshoppe http://tinyurl.com/4zkuk9v  

Deadline to Enter is Friday, February 25. Winner will be announced and e-mailed the giftcard code on Monday, February 28.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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a peek into BlissDom 2011

I shared in early January that I had two big trips scheduled for the month. The first was the Martha Stewart Dreamer Into Doers event in New York, and the second was the BlissDom 2011 blogger’s conference in Nashville.

I have to pause and share this picture of Laurie of Tip Junkie, Courtney of Pizzazzerie, me, Chris of Celebrations At Home and Amy of Living Locurto and co-founder of I Heart Faces all standing with a sign for the new CMT show Working Class (we got to meet the star and view the premier). And behind the camera was the super talented Angie of The Arthur Clan and the other co-founder of I Heart Faces.  I “heart” all of these women!

I really wanted to go to BlissDom in 2010 and it just didn’t work out so when the 2011 registration opened up in the fall I booked early. There was no way I was missing it again. And now that I’m back home I couldn’t be more thrilled with my experience. I met fabulous women in person that I’ve been talking to online for years, I made new friends and I was completely energized by extraordinary speakers including

the keynote speaker and author of The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown, who talked about the power of vulnerability. This is a snapshot of a slide (in a very dark room mind you) from her presentation. I love this because it is simple reminder to all of us who put ourselves out there for the world to read and see everyday. Some will love what you do and others will not. Don’t fret or be boastful, simply do your best and be proud of it.   

And then there was the closing note speaker, Scott Stratton of UnMarketing. Okay, so this wasn’t his presentation. It’s another fabulous image taken by Angie of The Arthur Clan at one of the evening events, but this gives you some insight into his personality. I would sum him up as a real. smart. crazy. fun. guy… that you should listen to if you want to be successful in social media. You can find him on his blog at UnMarketing, on twitter at @unmarketing and his book is none other than UNMarketing (which by the way, per Scott, is not about marketing for the U.N.). {smirk}

I also loved that they offered tiered breakout sessions based on what you were looking to learn. Since I’ve been around for a while I went to all the professional sessions, but they offered just as many for begginning bloggers. There truly was something for everyone!

And these are some shots from my little point and shoot (except for the last image) of just a few of the wonderfully talented bloggers I got to spend time with on the second evening. I wish I had more pictures, but to be honest I was so absorbed in the moment I forgot my camera most of the time. In the top image, from left to right, Courtney of Pizzazzerie, Chris of Celebrations At Home, me, Angie of The Arthur Clan and I Heart Faces and Amy of Living Locurto and I Heart Faces. Second image is the lovely Laurie of Tip Junkie and me. Third image is me, Bridget of Bake at 350 and Cheryl of Tidy Mom. And the bottom image is of  Chris of Celebrations At Home, me, Matt Kearney and Michelle Branch (our entertainment for the evening), Courtney of Pizzazzerie and Laurie of Tip Junkie.

And I can’t end this post without also mentioning the BlissDom sponsors. Alli and Barbara, the BlissDom masterminds, outdid themselves by rounding up some fabulous companies including Intel, Hallmark, Blue Bunny, Clorox, GE, Yoplait, ConAgra, Kellogg’s, Lifetime Moms and so many more. One of which has given me a little something something to giveaway. Make sure you stop in tomorrow for your chance to win! If you’re a party girl it’s right up your alley!

As always, I hope you’re inspired. AND I sincerely hope that if you’re a blogger I’ll see you next year at BlissDom. Trust me. You won’t regret it. But if you simply can’t wait that long, Alli and Barbara are offering audios, videos, transcripts and slides from all the events. Just visit BlissDom At Home to learn more!

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mini space shuttle cakes

I love getting in the kitchen, grabbing everything from the pantry and just creating. I know what you’re thinking… and yes, it is a huge mess when I’m done. But sometimes I come up with fun things like these mini space shuttle cakes for my new Space birthday party collection!

Here’s what you’ll need for each shuttle cake:

  • 1 Hostess cake (select the ones with the flattest tops from the box)
  • 1 Little Debbie cake (you may have to trim the end with a straight edge knife so it stands flat)
  • 1 mini Reese’s Cup
  • 1 Hershey’s Kiss
  • 1 Keebler Grasshopper cookie
  • 2 orange Spree candies
  • 2 tablespoons of icing tinted orange

Assembly is super simple:

  1. Unwrap all of the ingredients
  2. Score a grasshopper cookie (as shown in the image above) for the shuttle’s tail fins using a straight edge knife (don’t use serrated; it will make the cookie splinter)
  3. Tint the icing orange using gel food coloring (liquid will make your icing runny) and melt it in the microwave for 8 seconds
  4. Using the Hostess cake as a base, put a small amount of icing in the center and top it with the Little Debbie cake. Do the same to apply the Reece’s Cup making sure that you don’t use too much or it will leak out the sides
  5. Using the remaining icing, cover the Hershey’s Kiss and the cookie pieces. Allow them to set for at least five minutes
  6. Finally, add the Kiss, tail fins and windows (Spree candies) with another small dot of icing each and serve 

As always, I hope you’re inspired and stay tuned for more from our new Space birthday collection!

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corn flake meteorite candies

As I posted on Tuesday, we’ve been busy styling a new Space birthday party collection this week. And when we style new collections we like to share fun treat ideas, crafts and more to go along with them. For the new Space collection we made these meteorites, or corn flake balls. They are actually a long-time family favorite… okay, my mom is addicted to them, brings them to every family function and refuses to seek treatment, but what can I do because I love them too?!

The best part is, they’re super easy to make, only require a few ingredients and take no time at all. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Karo syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
  • wax paper

Easy steps:

  1. Mix sugar and Karo in saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly
  2. When thoroughly combined, bring to a boil for one minute
  3. Remove from heat and quickly stir in vanilla and peanut butter until well blended
  4. Stir in corn flakes
  5. Allow to cool briefly and roll into balls on wax paper (TIP: Dampen hands with cold water so the hot mixture doesn’t stick to your skin… Ouch!)

Check back next week for more ideas and a look at the entire collection. As always, I hope you’re inspired! And stop over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for more of my Kellogg’s treat ideas.

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new space birthday collection!

I’m super excited about our newest birthday party collection. As anyone who visits even occasionally can tell you, I have a budding scientist on my hands (his science birthday party and the collection) and his latest love of the sciences has everything to do with space. I’m not sure if this will be the theme he settles on for his seventh birthday party in the fall, but he’s loving it for now!

The custom invitation and thank you notes are already in the shoppe and we’re styling the printables and table decor now with some fun treat and craft ideas. The printables will include our normal beverage wrappers to dessert tags and we’ve thrown in a few new ones like astronaut patches and gable box favor labels.

Visit us here, on facebook and on twitter over the next several days for updates on the photo shoot, crafts and yummy treat ideas. And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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heart Valentine card crafts

We LOVE hearts for Valentines, but why not get a little creative with the kids this year?! We used the simple heart shape to make this adorable butterfly. And yes, those are candies for the segmented body. {NOTE: Many red cherry chews were consumed during the crafting of this card.}

 

But I think my favorite is this heart balloon card. It’s so super simple. We just cut three pieces of cross-stitch thread, tied them at the base, cut out three hearts and glued it all into place. Done!

And don’t forget that we’re also giving away dinosaur and owl cello toppers because we “heart” all of our fabulous customers and friends!

Happy weekend everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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