planet & spaceship cupcakes

For our new space birthday party collection our partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage used our printable cupcake pick designs to make edible sugar paper planet and spaceship rounds. How simple and fun are these!!

They come in sets of 24 with four designs (the fourth is the red planet on our invitation) and are already cut as rounds so you just have to peel them off and place them on your cupcakes or cookies. You can find them with the rest of the space collection in the shoppe now.

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

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{ohio} child casting call

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I’m teaming up with the fabulous Angie Arthur, owner of Angie Arthur Photography and co-founder of I Heart Faces on an upcoming project and we’re in need of models:  

  • Children ages 4-6
  • Modeling experience is not required, but child must feel comfortable behind the camera with activities going on around them
  • Must be available on Thursday April 14th between the hours of 11:30 and 2:30 in the Columbus, Ohio area
  • Compensation will be 5 or more high resolution images to use as you like
  • Images to be used in marketing purposes for The Celebration ShoppeAngie Arthur Photography and clothing vendor(s); great opportunity for someone building a modeling portfolio

Interested in having your child participate? Please email sample photos or a link to photos along with your name and phone number to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com with the subject line “April Casting Call” by March 28.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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coming soon! graduation 2011

We had a lot of fun with this new Graduation 2011 collection, choosing to be creative in our patterns instead of our color palette and allowing this collection to be versatile enough for any school. Along with our photography, coming next week, we’ll give you ideas of how to bring out the school spirit with ribbons, candies and more to help make these designs your own. {Update! The collection is now available in the shoppe and can be edited for any graduation year! Come see!}

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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new! custom dinosaur t-shirt

We recently introduced a custom t-shirt for our new space birthday party collection and it was so well received we’ve decided to add a custom monogrammed t-shirt to our Dinosaur birthday party supplies as well. You can see my youngest son’s dinosaur party here: dinosaur birthday party.

This custom monogrammed dinosuar t-shirt is a match to our dinosaur birthday party collection (invitation and thank you) offering a T-Rex and up to eight letters. You can find it via our partners at Sew Jewell.

And if you have a party coming up and you’re looking for a shirt to match one of our collections, shoot us an e-mail at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com and we’ll try to help!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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for Japan with love

Join me, and bloggers nationwide, tomorrow for a Bloggers Day of Silence. If you have a blog, don’t post tomorrow. Rather than blogging… or reading a blog on Friday, give to ShelterBox.org and keep Japan in your thoughts and in your prayers. There are so many that are suffering right now (6,406 confirmed dead, 2,409 injured and 10,259 still missing) and could use your blessings. 

And if you’re wondering what ShelterBox is. It’s an organization that provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.

Thank you to the ladies at Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged for organizing this fabulous idea that has raised over $20,000 already! You can keep track of our progress and give right now at ShelterBox.org.

I couldn’t imagine having my home washed away, losing a loved one, fearing nuclear contamination… My prayers are with you Japan and I’m simply speechless…

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sneak peek: special delivery

We’ve been working on several new ideas and collections over the past few weeks, one of which is this Special Delivery baby shower collection (invitations and thank yous already in the shoppe). I’m in love with the little hippo, the “special delivery,” and his mom, but I chose to develop the printables around the stork and the flowers giving this collection more range than just for baby showers. Several of the printables, along with the purple polka dot table decor, are perfect for a spring tea, Mother’s Day luncheon or Easter dinner.

Much more to come on this baby shower collection and a new birthday collection soon! And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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daisy cupcake cake

I was wandering through the craft store about a week-and-a-half ago and saw these Wilton pleated cupcake liners. They made me immediately think of flower petals. I grabbed them up and this past weekend I whipped up this fun daisy cupcake cake. It would be perfect for Mother’s Day or a garden party!

You’ll need:

  • 16 pleated cupcakes
  • 4 regular cupcakes
  • yellow and orange gel food coloring
  • 3 cups white icing
  • resealable plastic bag
  • yellow, orange and green M&Ms
  • optional: 8 yellow flower petals cut from cardstock
  • Dairy free option: Use yellow Duncan Hines cake mix, white Pillsbury icing and Skittles

And here are a few tips:

  • Fill the pleated cupcake liners about 2 tsps more than you would a normal liner otherwise your cupcake will be short and you’ll have to compensate with a sugar rush of icing
  • For the swirl effect, tint two bowls of icing, one yellow and one orange, and then spoon them side-by-side into a resealable plastic bag (I used a gallon size) making sure both colors come down to one corner, snip the corner and swirl

And when the day was done… only crumbs were left. It’s funny because this little project made me think about when I was a little girl and I would pluck a daisy to see if “he” loved me. You remember… he loves me {pluck}, he loves me not {pluck}. Well I can assure you that my boys loved once I finally released them to snack these up! By the way, I didn’t let them eat them all… I pawn my sweets off on my mom’s office friends on most occasions. What?! Everything I bake can’t stay here! {wink}

Happy Wednesday everyone and so sorry for the mini hiatus! I was actually working like crazy on two new collections, a baby shower and a birthday, plus another mini collection and some fabulous Easter crafts. I’ll share everything very soon!

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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.

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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.

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