tiny peek at last week’s shoot

I’m so excited to share our newest collection and the photos from our shoot with the fabulous Angie Arthur Photography. Although we’re not ready yet, I couldn’t resist showing you a quick picture I took with my camera of one of the small flower vases on the table {let’s be clear, this is me, Angie’s images are amazing!}.

This entire project just made me smile. We designed, we crafted, we created custom monogrammed birthday shirts to match the collection, we partnered with a fabulous new company to make lovely dresses for all of our little models from our casting call, my cookie partners baked custom butter cookies (that the little models gobbled up), plus much more. As I said, I can’t wait to share!

By the way, we’ve got a fabulous giveaway planned when the new collection is announced! Stay tuned!

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FREE Easter printables designed for Parents magazine

For my “Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas” article with Parents magazine we created a few FREE Easter printables. The “Happy Easter” wrap is perfect as a napkin ring, beverage wrapper, or

vase and craft jar wrapper. Download the Easter wrappers and two pattern sheets (used to make the mommy bird craft seen at the beginning of the article).

Other ideas for the table include surprising your guests by dressing up their cups with colorful straws and a Murray Sugar-Free Shortbread Cookie (YUM!),  

and by embellishing the backs of the chairs with fun and simple crepe paper ruffles. And if you didn’t see the other crafts included in the article, here’s a quick recap:

Make sure you hop over for your FREE Easter printables and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Easter chick cookie pops for Parents magazine

I’ve shared on numerous occasions that my youngest has severe food allergies. Well as you can imagine it breaks my heart when he can’t have something pretty and yummy like the other kids. With that in mind, I made these fun dairy and nut free Easter chick cookie pops for my article with Parents magazine.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sandwich cookies (I used Oreos because they have no milk, egg or nut products), two per chick
  • Icing (I used Pillsbury white icing because it has no milk, egg or nut products)
  • Yellow and orange gel food coloring (liquid thins the icing)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Orange non-perils
  • Resealable bag, icing connector and #2 and #46 tips

Easy steps:

  1. Open your sandwich cookies and lay a lollipop stick inside, pressing it into the filling
  2. Tint ¾ of your yellow icing in a microwaveable bowl
  3. Spoon out ¼ of the yellow icing, set rest aside, and microwave it for 8 seconds
  4. Spoon melted icing over lollipop stick, replace cookie top and allow them to cool for 5 minutes
  5. Melt remaining icing and spoon over each cookie pop; allow them to cool for a minute and then add eyes and beak
  6. After cookie pop is completely dry, pipe on wings (icing tip #46) and feet (icing tip #2)

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Easter egg flower craft for Parents magazine

This is probably the craft I loved creating the most for the Parents magazine “Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas” article. These DIY felt and Easter egg flowers are so simple, the kids can help and you can color coordinate them to any Easter color palette!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Egg
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft paint
  • Hot glue
  • Lollipop sticks

Easy steps:

  1. Hollow out your eggs and wash gently (see the pictorial in yesterday’s post about the mommy bird egg).
  2. Let the kids finger paint the eggs and set them to dry on lollipop sticks. (You can also paint the lollipop stick to look like a stem if you want to display in grass or moss!)
  3. Cut petals out of felt.
  4. Hot glue petals to the base of the egg (near the larger hole) and display on lollipop sticks.

You can see more craft ideas and download FREE PRINTABLES from my article at parents.com. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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press: Easter ideas for Parents magazine

I couldn’t be more thrilled and feel more blessed to finally share that I wrote a contributing article for Parents magazine, titled Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas. It’s currently the first idea listed under Easter parties on parents.com {still reeling from excitement}!

I would LOVE for you to hop over, scroll through the article and if you like what you see, click the facebook “like” button for me, or if you’re a parents.com member, leave a comment! And if you do, please let me know and I’ll send huge virtual hugs your way! Oh, and did I mention there is a FREE PRINTABLE in it for you? Yep! You didn’t think this was going to be all about me did you?!

The article includes a colorful Easter placesetting idea, two easy Easter craft ideas, a fun Easter treat idea and three FREE printable sheets.

And here are a few images to go with the “how to” steps listed for that cute little mommy “egg” bird in the feature image. By the way, step 1, hollowing out the egg, is actually pretty easy. You just pearce both ends with a needle, making one end large enough to put a lollipop stick in. Whirl the stick around a bit to break up the egg yolk and it will come right out. As the final step, wash the egg throughly, and gently, with anti-bacterial soap and allow it to dry before letting the kids finger paint the body.  

I’ll be sharing more images and details for the other crafts and ideas tomorrow.

As always, I hope you’re inspired and thank you so much for supporting me and my dream. You all make my heart sing every day with your follows, likes, tweets and sweet comments! I couldn’t ask for a better support system!

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special delivery! baby shower

I shared with you a few weeks ago our storyboard for a new baby shower collection: Special Delivery. I’m just in love with purple this season. And when I found these purple swiss dot plates and napkins I just knew they would be perfect for our baby shower shoot. And the fabulous part is, they’re in the shoppe with the rest of the collection: custom invitations, thank yous and printables.

Here’s another look at the invitation. How cute is our little “special delivery?!”

The other fun thing about this collection is that although it was created with baby showers in mind, we didn’t include the stork in all of the components making this collection perfect for an Easter, Mother’s Day brunch or even a spring birthday party.

And how much do you love these fabulous cookies from Sweet Sugar Belle?! I’m thrilled to say Callye will be guest posting all the DIY details for the stork, including an easy to follow pictorial on Monday! (Update: Read post!) Make sure you stop back in!

You can find the invitations and thank yous in the shoppe today and all the decor, including the printables you see here and a few more, will be in the shoppe on Monday. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY crepe paper rosettes

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make the crepe paper rosette that we used on the back of our graduation cupcake pick from our new graduation collection: fold the crepe paper like an accordian, bend it into a circle, close it with a touch of hot glue and put a lovely round pick in the center. It’s that simple!

They’re great to top cake plates and cupcakes,

to embellish frames (the center is a silver gumball from our friends at That’s So Sweet), and you could also make multiple staggered layers of crepe for a fun cake topper… hmmm… you may be seeing more of these from me. {wink}

Have a fabulous day and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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for our 2011 graduates!

My beautiful niece, Christen, is graduating from high school this year. So in honor of her accomplishments and all the other fabulous kids from high school to college that are taking that next big step in their lives, we created this modern, yet classic, graduation party collection in all black and white, allowing for plenty of creativity to bring in school colors (a few examples below).

One of my favorite components, besides our new black and white damask plates and napkins, are the new large polka dot, damask (available in our buzz collection now) and brush stroke cupcake wrappers. Isn’t the crepe rosette with the cupcake pick center on the cake stand lovely?! I’ll share a pictorial of how to make it in tomorrow’s post.

And don’t you love the gumballs?! Yep, the cupcake toppers and the center of this crepe rosette adorning our personalized “congratulations” mat are pearl white and black gumballs from That’s So Sweet.

Other details include beverage wrappers,

beverage markers (also great as straw slips),

napkin rings, and

favor tags (perfect attached to little cello bags full of candies).

And if you want to introduce a bit of color to represent your school, try cardstock placemats, solid napkins, cupcake icing, crepe rosettes and/or various candies. The possibilies are truly endless when you start with a classic design.

You can find this entire graduation 2011 collection in the shoppe and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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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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