teacher appreciation week

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Rachel over at One Pretty Thing is constantly giving all of us a snapshot of the best of the web and she didn’t fail me this week when I needed a fun… okay… and quick idea for Teacher Appreciation Week. I chose this way too fun “the grass is always greener” free printable download from Eighteen25, but there are so many more so make sure you hop over and check them all out!

And by the way, we’re still giving away a set of printables (winner’s choice) to one lucky winner for every 100 Facebook fans we get so make sure you pop in before the next draw!

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Mother’s Day printable for you

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Once again I felt like showing you, our customers, loyal readers of my blog, bloggers who have shared the shoppe and candidly anyone intrigued enough to stop by, how much we appreciate you. And when better to do it than just before Mother’s Day!

For my own Mother’s Day picnic this year we’re changing it up a bit and decorating with a few non-traditional Mother’s Day colors: red (my late Grandmother’s favorite), yellow (one of my Mom’s favorites) and black (one of my favorites). And of course I wanted to share our printable creations (napkin rings, beverage markers and placecards) with the other wonderful women in my life, you ladies of course! I hope you like them and have an opportunity to use them, if not for Mother’s Day, any day you feel like livening up the dinner table.

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Download your free printable templates including instructions now. And make sure you fan us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or sign up for special offers (in the box at the top of the page in the right hand corner) so that you don’t miss the next freebie! {wink}

Already signed up? If you’re already signed up or have shopped with us before, you’ll be getting an e-mail by May 4; existing Facebook fans and Twitter followers will receive the download link in the regular feeds.

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Finally, here’s a quick shot of the basket of goodies that I’ll be using for my own Mother’s Day picnic. I just love this fabric, my inspiration. And lemons will get the stage, making an appearance in my decor, in the drinks I serve and in the food. Can’t wait! 

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Enjoy and happy early Mother’s Day from The Celebration Shoppe!

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giveaway: become a FB fan

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Okay, so it has taken us way too long to get on FaceBook. And now that we have, I thought it might be fun to have a giveaway!

Please join us!

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introducing slumber party

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I’m very excited to introduce our newest custom invitation, thank you and printable collection: slumber party. Using bright pinks, blues, greens, oranges and even brown, we created a fun and chic collection that even includes all the components to host a beautiful candy table. Something I’m certain would help make any slumber party a success. Mom might be a little wary of the sugar highs, but let’s face it, the girls are going to spend the entire night giggling anyway so why not let them indulge. {wink}

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Here’s a look at several of the candy table labels. There are eight pre-filled labels (in addition to the ones above, there is also “jelly beans,” “soda,” and “cookies”) and a blank sheet of labels in the collection.  

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We’ve also created an adorable banner to hang over the candy table (or anywhere else). I loved putting this one together because it is so simple: trim out the design, thread the banner blocks with a beautiful grosgrain ribbon and hang. And for the backdrop, we actually used the same hot pink/fuchsia tablecloth as the candy table (available in the collection).

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As for tableware, we’ve paired the collection with two placesettings, our pink and lime green polka dot plates and our Serengeti brown and white print.

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Here are the napkin rings we designed to go with the pink and lime green table decor.

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And here are the napkin rings (loving the flip-flop!) that we designed to go with the Serengeti table decor.

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As always, we’ve designed cupcake wrappers and picks that coordinate with the decor and save you from slaving over a three tier cake if you don’t want to. This time we chose the phrase “SLUMBER PARTY!” and flip-flops for the picks, pairing them with a hot pink and white Serengeti print wrapper.

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Here’s another shot of the flip-flop cupcake.

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And no worries about favors; we have you covered with cello bag toppers,

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candy bar favor wrappers, and

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favor tags in case you want to go beyond sweets and give your guests their own pedi kit or sleep mask.

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We also designed straw slips in the six patterns found in the invitation (so no one has to worry about losing their soda pop).

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I’ll leave you with a few tips on how to set up your own candy table. 

  • First, think symmetry; have two or four of everything.
  • Second, popcorn cones are super easy if you use a little hot glue to close the cardstock {wink} and have a hubby nice enough to drill a few holes in a board for you (cover the board in a beautiful wrapping paper, insert lollipop sticks to hold up your cones and you’re in business). 
  • Third, use sheets of cardstock in the place of serving platters (a cheap way to make sure your table colors are consistent), but make sure you have extra on hand when you replenish your table because sometimes your treats will leave a stain on the paper.
  • Finally, use lots of color in your candy and visit your local bulk candy shoppes for the best deals. 

As always, I hope you’re inspired by our new slumber party collection.  

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new collection sneak peek

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So I know it seems like I’ve been missing in action for the past few days. So sorry about that, but I swear I’ve been super busy. We’ve designed and are in the process of shooting a new slumber party collection. These are just a few of the rough pics off the camera. Much more to come on Monday including the custom invitation, thank you notes, printables and adorable table decor.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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featured in Mom magazine

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The 2Q 2010 issue of Mom magazine showcases our bugs & butterflies birthday party collection. Mom editors used our collection to style a “real” planting birthday party they hosted using the Mini-farm Box growing kit. {Excited giggle!}

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Here’s page 2 of the article and more about the Mini-farm Box.

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And on page 3 you can see our bug cupcake picks and cupcake wrappers, along with our polka dot cake plate and table runner. These items and more of the bugs & butterflies collection can be found in our shoppe. Oh, and if you can’t read the 4 pt. font in these screenshots, you can check out the complete article on our press & praise page.

Happy Monday everyone!

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featured in Pregnancy magazine

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I’m a little giddy to announce that we’ve been featured in Pregnancy magazine’s April 2010 issue. The Shower Diva, Susan Newton, was interviewed and asked to style a baby shower for the article. She chose our peapod bassinet invitation!

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And not only did they share our invitation, they also shared our peapod carriage thank you note, gigi pink beverage napkin, peapod carriage printable cupcake picks,

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and they used our peapod carriage printable beverage wrap to cover votive holders in this shot.

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And that’s our green grosgrain dessert plates and hot pink crepe paper placemats in the background! Here’s a look at our entire collection of peapod table decor in our shoppe. (For the complete article, check out our press & praise page.)

Oh, and when I flipped over a page, our friends over at Project Nursery were getting a little love. Check out the April 2010 issue to read all about it. Congrats Melisa and Pamela!

Thanks again to the wonderful people at Pregnancy magazine and Susan Newton, The Shower Diva!

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introducing woodland fairy

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My mom used to tell the most beautiful woodland fairy stories to my nieces, who are now teenagers (stop growing girls!), vividly outlining the smallest details. One of my favorites was that the fairies were tiny and typically unseen unless you knew where to look. So when we started developing this fairy theme, I thought of those stories and how my nieces little faces would light up listening to my mom’s magical fairytale. As you browse this collection’s decor, know that the moss on the cake plate, the squirrel in the forest and the sparkles on the invitation are all tributes to my mom’s creativity. {Love you Mom!}

I chose hot pink and lime green polka dot decor for this collection not only because it’s modern and oh so popular, but because pink is very fairy, right. And the green of course is very woodland. I know… I’m a genius {smirk}. We then incorporated splashes of light pink and brown throughout the invitation and printables collection for the softer side of modern. And don’t you just love the plaid tree!

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This is one view of the cupcake pick and wrapper set. There are four pick designs that could easily be mixed and matched with a few simple punches (2.5″ circle and 2″ scallop punches shown with foam adhesive squares for deminsion).

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This is a tight shot of the pick I lovingly call Woodland Forest.  

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And this one is even closer. See the little squirrel and the bird houses?! This is the same image used on the invitations.   

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I love how the fairies have sparkles on thier toes on this one.

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The green gingham in this pick is also available in the straw slips.

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This is just one of the six straw slip designs: hot pink with green polka dots (like the cupcake wrappers), light pink sparkles (like the sky in the invite), green gingham, green and white polka dot, green with pink flowers (shown and same as napkin ring) and light green and light pink polka dots. Just write each little fairy’s name (thin Sharpie works best) on her slip and no worries about the little ones confusing cups… that is unless they can’t read yet. {wink} Plus, since our shatterproof cups can survive the dishwasher, you don’t want to ruin them by writing directly on them.   

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For the placecard and/or food marker, perfect for candy tables and buffets, we made the tallest tree extend past the typical rectangle just to be unique.

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And for the napkin ring, we paired the hot pink polka dot napkin with a lime green ring embellished with mini white and hot pink flowers.

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On to the favors. We created both woodland forest scene cello bag toppers, and

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two favor tags: woodland forest scene and hot pink polka dot fairies.

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Oh, and we can’t forget the fairy wand cookie cutter. A dash of sparkling crystal sprinkles and they will be irresistable, and the perfect treat for the cello bags.

As always we added a few touches here and there to the table for the shoot. The cake plate was embellished with strips of moss and the base was surrounded by a fern, moss and branch spring wreath. There were also small flower arrangements, sprigs of hot pink and white flowers, along the table. You can see them behind some of the cupcake images. And last but not least, a fairy herself perched on the edge of the cake plate. Okay, actually it’s a butterfly, but it’s all about the imagination, right?! {wink}

Make sure you hop on over to the shoppe for all the woodland fairy details. Have a great weekend everyone!

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bugs & butterflies printables

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I get a little clostrophobic this time of year. I’m originally from the South, where flowers are starting to pop out of the ground by now, while I sit here snowed in up to my ears… Oh well. Expanding our bugs & butterflies collection is my way of kicking the season off early in my winter wonderland.

Plus, I’m so excited to announce that Mom magazine will be featuring this collection in the 2Q 2010 issue. I can’t wait to see how their photo shoot goes on Monday and share images with you! While we wait, here are a few pics from ours.

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I’m really loving the mix of patterns in our new bugs & butterflies cupcake picks and cupcake wrappers. They go so well with the new mix of color plaid plates and napkins. By the way, when you buy this template you’ll receive all four designs so you can just mix and match away!

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Here’s a close up of the cupcake design with the green and white stripe wrappers.

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And here’s a close up of the cupcake set made from the yellow beehive design. 

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We also created straw slips. This is just one of the four patterns you’ll receive with the template. Others include green and white polka dot with butterflies, yellow and green polka dots, and green and white stripes. Each has space to write the child’s name or you can just use the colors to mark the cups.

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And we tried out a few napkin rings for the Mom magazine photo shoot, settling on the green and white dragonfly version. But what this means for you is that you get all three with one template. {wink}

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The other standard you’ll likely find with all of our future collections is the placecard/food and candy table markers. Are these not adorable?!

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Oh, and we can’t forget favors. We created bugs & butterflies cello bag toppers.

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Here’s a closer look at the “Thanks for buzzing by!” design. They’re such a quick and easy way to wrap up yummy treats for your guests, and

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last but not least we created these fun “Thanks for buzzing by!” goody bag tags. You can find all of these in the bugs & butterflies collection later this week. As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire your next celebration!

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introducing owl couple

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I’m soooo excited about this one. I know some of you are saying… “she’s always excited.” But this one is truly special. You see, I have a beautiful cousin and two beautiful nieces who are pregnant right now and surely one of them will want their baby shower to be a hoot! (Come on girls, indulge me!)

Our new owl couple custom invitation, thank you and printable collection would be an excellent way to pad the nest of any mom-to-be. Here are a few of the details:

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We decorated our cake plates with brown cardstock scallops to showcase our whimsy tree branch cupcake wrappers and owl couple cupcake picks.

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Shown on our pink and brown table decor is the second cupcake pick design: our pink and white stripe “Babies are a hoot!”

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We also made some adorable nest cupcakes (toasted coconut and candy malted milk eggs).

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I love these printable placecards since the little owl ears stick up and give the typical flat card some dimension. And if you’re not having a sit down meal, they also work great as food labels on buffets or candy tables.

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These beverage wrappers are also perfect to wrap hurricanes or even candles. And check out the super cute straw slips (also great for stemware). They come in four patterns (pink and white stripes, tree branch whimsy, pink polka dot, brown polka dot) and have plenty of space to write guest names.

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And no need to fret over favors. These pink and white stripe owl couple candy bar favor wrappers are simple and a perfect treat.

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Or, use our cello bag toppers to package up other candies or favors that guests can take with them.

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You could even make owl cookies with our cookie cutters and place them in the cello bags. {wink}

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Just like the straw slips and candy bar favors, we used a pink and white stripe (same as the back of the invitation) pattern to embellish our owl couple napkin rings.

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And last but not least, if you’re feeling crafty, make a few of these DIY plush owls to set around your decor. Read more about them, including our free pattern template, in our earlier post. As always, I hope you’re inspired because this baby shower could be a real hoot!

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