adorable Easter cake pops

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I was thinking this morning about what type of cake I wanted to make this year for Easter. I’d love to make a beautiful white layered cake with maybe a chocolate transfer cross draped in purple for Easter dinner, but I like to make goodies with the boys that are a little more fun and whimsy too. So while out looking for ideas at my usual inspiration spots, I ran across these adorable sheep, bunny, Easter egg and chic cake pops from Bakerella. Hop {wink} on over and check them out. She lays all the details out for you.

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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star struck treats

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You’ve got to love these treats for a fabulous movie star birthday party! I’m impressed with the idea of the hand-prints in cookie dough. Genius from Family Fun magazine!

And the popcorn bag brownies from Bakerella are oh so yummy! I think I might just make them with the boys minus the formal party. {wink}

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lollipopping around

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There is nothing better than sugaring up your friends’ kids at a birthday party and sending them home… right?! {giggle} No really, I just felt inspired by the lollipop recently. It’s colorful and it can be very creative. Here are just a few lollipop inspired ideas from around the web:

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Happy Monday!

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busy bee birthday

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Not all birthday parties have to be bright primary colors, especially before your little one is old enough to have his/her own opinion about the theme and decor {wink}. So if you have a very busy bee running (or crawling) around your house, consider some of these fabulous ideas:

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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dino-roar favor ideas plus

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I mentioned when we launched our dinosaur birthday party collection that my youngest has already claimed it for his upcoming birthday party. With that in mind, I went in search of favor ideas over the weekend.

I really like the dinosaur dig ideas (upper left from Toys To Grow On, lower left from eBay) for the activity. Our guests will be in the 3-5 age range so we’ll likely go with the sand version and then let them take their finds home. But for older kids, the Tricerotops excavation is very cool.

If I didn’t already have foam puzzle dinosaurs in primary colors to match the table decor, this Knex Dino Pal (upper right) would possibly be worked into the decor (maybe at the beverage station). As is, it may still end up as a gift for my little one. {wink}

Oh, and we must have the dino masks. I found these at Oriental Trading, but you may be able to score some at your local craft store.

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And I ran across a few more cake/cupcake  ideas I liked too. This very fun fondant dinosaur cupcake is from Nevie Pie Cakes on Flikr. For those of you who’ve never used fondant, don’t let it intimidate you. You can tint and mold it into anything you like. Just make a tasty cupcake, because the fondant won’t be (at least in my opinion). And the cake is from Pink Apron on Flikr. I really like the layered effect with the child’s name spelled out in cookies. Hmmm… we’ll see. I’m still undecided.

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fairy village cake

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It’s almost as if Family Fun magazine knew what was on my mind this week. These are shots from the March issue. How adorable is this cake idea!? And it goes perfectly with our new woodland fairy birthday collection, which by the way you’ll see lots of pics of tomorrow.

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Here are some close ups of the little cake houses. I’m loving the toadstool idea. I use Starburst for all kinds of baking ideas (i.e., my crashing witch cupcake boots), but I hadn’t thought of this one yet: red Starburst candy and marshmallows. Heat them up a bit and you can mold them into anything. Plus, since they come in so many colors, you don’t have to worry with food coloring.

Not only is this idea fun for the party, I know my kids would have a blast creating the scene. I can imagine it might be a little messy, but it would be quickly forgotten when I saw the smiles. Love it!

Get all the details, resources and recipes on Family Fun. Oh, and this isn’t all. They have more fairy birthday party ideas that I’ll share late this week or early next so if you don’t subscribe make sure and stop back in (and then go subscribe)!

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peapod sweets

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We have three peapod invitation designs, peapod carriage, peapod bassinet and peapod bassinet too, and we’ve recently decided to create some adorable printables to adorn these collections’ tables.

So in honor of peapod creativity to come, I thought I would share two of the cutest peapod sweets I found on the web. This to-die-for cupcake is from Ally Cake Designs on Flickr and the cookies are from Bake at 350.

Great work ladies!

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a movie is the ticket

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Tweens and teens are the hardest to plan birthday parties for. They’re too old for themes and they’re too cool for anything organized. That said, everyone loves a good movie night.

If you have a in-home theater, create a buffet of movie treats including popcorn, sodas and assorted chocolate bars and let them be. And if you don’t, no worries. You can host pre-movie treats at your house and then shuttle the kids off to the theater, most even have private event facilities you can rent.

Or, simply invite the girls over for a night in. All you’ll need to do is add a cocktail bar to the movie treats buffett and you can call it a success.

And don’t you just love this cake?! It’s from a 2005 Better Homes and Gardens “kid’s parties” issue and I fell in love with it. My oldest was only one at the time, but I’ve saved it all these years knowing that someday I’ll get to make it.

Oh, and of course the movie night invitation and party supplies are available in the shoppe. {wink} Enjoy!

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din-o-roar party ideas

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Yesterday I shared an inspiration board for our soon-to-be woodland fairy birthday party collection {excited giggle} and today I’m sharing another soon-to-be. Within the next few weeks we’re going to introduce a bright and bold dinosaur birthday party collection. I can tell you my three year old, a true dinosaur enthusiast, is already making plans (literally) for his birthday in June.  

These are a few items from my inspiration board:

Enjoy and I’ll share our new creations soon!

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