graduation cupcake toppers

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I’ve never done a wordless Wednesday… and obviously I’m still not doing one… but I will keep it short. These fabulous graduation cupcake toppers are FREE over at Living Locurto!

Happy Wednesday!

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{new} rock star printables

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Later today our new “rock star” printable collection will be live in the shoppe and I have to admit I will most likely personally use this collection for the boys when they get a little older (this year they’ve already decided, a prehistoric dinosaur dig for my youngest and a science experiment party, yet to be developed, for my oldest).

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Building on our original Rock Star collection, we chose Mediterranean blue, black and red as the table decor and favor color palette. Plus, we added two new patterns: stripes and animal print.

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These cello toppers are probably my favorite in the collection. I chose red sour balls for the shoot, but you could give jaw breakers, gum balls, rock candy, stickers, tattoos, iTune gift cards… the possibilities are endless.

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And due to a very popular request, we decided to create a new printable component for this collection, a 8×10 picture frame matte. Perfect for a candy table or gift table to show off your little rock star. (Note: We’re hoping to be able to add the foam guitar shown in this picture, as well as the blue stars found in other pictures, to the collection in a few weeks.)

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We also created a rockin’ napkin ring,

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multiple straw slip patterns. This is our stripe slip shown with the star shatterproof cup, and

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this is our animal print straw slip shown with our stripe shatterproof cup. Both will be available in the shoppe. There is also a “rock on!” with music notes slip and a stars and dots slip, just like the cupcake wrapper pattern in the following image.  

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We designed this cupcake set first and

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then decided we just had to create a stripe version with the silhouette as well, so you’ll get both designs for the price of one when you buy our cupcake printables.

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And if you want to create a fabulous candy table, we designed candy labels for rock candy, cookies, gumballs, jaw breakers, chocolate, jelly beans, popcorn and pop rings. Or, if you prefer to select your own goodies, overlay print your own ideas on our blank labels (guitar silohette is reversed to white). The two are sold as a set so another two-for-one.

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Here are a few of the other candy labels, 

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and the cookie label.

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We also have the cookie cutters for music notes and

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guitars, which are both perfect for edible placecards. {wink}

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We even created a “ROCK ON!” banner with a black guitar silhouette spacer. This entire project was so much fun! 

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And last, but not least, I had to share these blueberry candy canes that we found at Cracker Barrel (good resource for vintage candy) with you. My boys could hardly wait for the shoot to be over so they could try one. I do warn you… they are blue… very blue… as in blue lips, blue face, blue tongue… but they loved them and I’m sure your guests would too. 

As always, I hope you’re inspired for your next celebration! You can find our Rock Star invitation, Rock Star thank you note and printable Rock Star party supplies in the shoppe. {oh! And fan us on facebook for regular updates on what we’re working on. Luau, with a mod twist, is next!}

January 28, 2013 2 Comments

easy football brownie finger food recipe

Easy Football Party Brownies

Hosting a party this Game Day?! Make these football brownies. They’re super easy, fun and you’ll look like a superstar. It’s a win – win… no matter who wins. {grin}

For this little finger food recipe, you’ll need:

  • Brownie box recipe (I use Duncan Hines Chewy Brownies so my little one with with dairy allergies can enjoy them too)
  • Cream cheese icing (I use Pillsbury Cream Cheese icing, again, no dairy)
  • Resealable bag, with a corner snipped off
  • Butter knife

And here are the easy steps:

  • Bake your brownies as directed.
  • Allow them to cool completely.
  • Cut out football shapes with a butter knife, keeping them fairly close together so that you can limit waste (like there would be waste!).
  • Place on your serving platter (TIP: Line platter with wax paper or food safe liner as shown so that your party finger foods come up easily)
  • Spoon icing into resealable bag, snip corner and pipe on four lines

For more party finger foods, visit my 8 Super Bowl party ideas for the Big Game! And download my free Game Day printables in 2013 Super Bowl colors. Enjoy!

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

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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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ribbon paper lantern

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I’m so crushing on this beautiful ribbon paper lantern craft from Martha Stewart. I will be making these for something… not sure what yet, but something! Hop over to read all the “how to” details!

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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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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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bunny goody bags

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We’ve been baking Spring and Easter cookies this week and I was looking for some fun ways to package them as gifts from the kids. I thought these two were especially cute from Martha Stewart (craft 1craft 2). I think we’re going to go with the bunny ear and pom pom nose version. The boys love glue. {wink}

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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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