sweet treat candy table

amyatlas_candytableSometimes we just need a little inspiration to pull our parties together and this beautiful candy table from Amy Atlas is a wonderful idea for our sweet treats birthday party theme. With a little bit of prep and a visit to a candy shop anyone can pull off this beautiful table.

Our sweet treats décor is multi-color so my plan of attack would be to go first to a craft store in search of some fun ribbon (grosgrain shown) and craft paper that could be used for labels on the candy jars, as well as maybe to make some fun party hats.

My next visit would be to a candy shop… where I could spend hours! For the jars, you likely have exactly what you need in your own home… glass vases, bowls, containers… once embellished you won’t remember what you were using them for.

And as for the banner, this could be easily created using ribbon, craft paper and a glue stick. Or, you could get fancy with ribbon, stiff fabic and a sewing machine, either way it’s an easy craft.

Have a wonderful celebration. Oh, and don’t forget to have a beautifully embellished box of wipes nearby  if your guests are under the age of 6! {wink}

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super hero cape craft

kimbyerssupercapepicWe were recently featured on Homemaker Barbi for our super hero cape craft. You have to check it out and get the details. Here’s a small excerpt:

“Little imaginations soar at the thought of super powers. Watch their little eyes light up when you make them a personalized super hero cape of their very own.”

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Yard of light polyester knit
  • ¼ yard flexible vinyl (or you could use felt)
  • Velcro dots
  • Fabric glue
  • Wax paper (36×36 inches)
  • Pencil
  • Stick pins
  • String
  • Measuring tape
  • Make sure and visit Homemaker Barbi for all the “how to” details.

    Happy crafting!

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    sweet treats centerpiece

    candycenterpiece_cathome1We’re always looking for great ideas, especially if they’re simple. This one comes to us from a fellow planner, Chris from Celebrations at Home, who shared a few of our baby shower ideas {giggle}. Well of course we had to peruse her site and when we found this fun idea we just had to share it!

    Notice not only the adorable lollipops, but the large candies in the background. Those appear to be Styrofoam on dowels that are wrapped in colored cellophane. Very smart! And what about the colorful pipe cleaner curly Q fillers. A centerpiece that would go great with our “sweet treats too” or “movie night” themes.

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    DIY chenille napkin rings

    chenillenapkinringBrowsing for fun ideas that kids can help with, I ran across these fun chenille napkin rings from Better Homes & Gardens that would be perfect for a mother’s day brunch or girly birthday party.  Here’s what you’ll need:

    • 3 colors of chenille stems
    • Paper towel tube
    • Ruler

    And here’s what you do:

    1. Choose six chenille stems, two of each color. Even up the ends of chenille stems, grouping colors. Leaving 3 inches at one end, begin to braid the chenille stems. Stop braiding 3 inches from the opposite end.
    2. For looped ends, bend over the chenille stems to form loops. Secure by wrapping a separate chenille stem around the ends. Tuck end of chenille stem into wraps.
    3. For wrapped ends, braid entire length of six chenille stems. Wrap ends tightly with a separate chenille stem.
    4. To shape, wrap braided chenille stems around a paper tube.

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    pinwheel planters

    pinwheelplantersThese oh so fun pinwheel planters are perfect decoration or favors for a spring garden party or birthday bash. This idea from Better Homes & Gardens Magazine touts a letter at the center of each pinwheel, which might be fun to spell out your guest of honor’s name.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Craft paper (preferably a thick stock that has different design on each side)
    • Scissors
    • Pencil
    • Straightedge or ruler
    • Aluminum screw posts (like those used in scrapbooks and photo albums)
    • Pinwheel template
    • ¼” dowel cut to 12″ in length
    • Drill
    • Potted ground cover plants (e.g., ivy)

    And here are the simple instructions:

    1. Cut a square of craft paper to the desired size.
    2. With pencil, draw two light lines between the opposite corners of the square, using a ruler or straightedge.
    3. Make four cuts along lines, starting at each corner and stopping three-fourths of the way to the center of the square, as shown in the pinwheel diagram.
    4. Poke a hole through every other corner and through the center of the pinwheel. Be careful not to poke too close to the edge, or the hole may rip when the pinwheel is assembled.
    5. Fold the pricked corners into the center. If using a pin, push the pin through the pricked points, then through the center hole. If using a screw post, push the screw post through the underside of the square and then through the pricked points. Secure with screw.
    6. Drill a small hole in the dowel and insert the screw so that the pinwheel spins.
    7. Insert your new pinwheel in a fun planted pot and display.

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    Easter candy carrot craft

    eastercarrotI’ve mentioned before that my youngest son has severe milk allergies, so holidays can be tough when it comes to buying pre-packaged candy. With this in mind, I wanted to figure out how to make the carrot candy wrappers so that I could stuff them with jelly beans or gummy savors. (The picture shows M&Ms, which I’m sure my oldest will gladly devour!)

    So here’s what you’ll need:

    • Clear plastic cello bags
    • Green felt
    • Orange ribbon
    • Candies
    • Glue gun

    And here’s all you have to do:

    1. Taking a cello bag, fold it from the bottom to the right side and tack lightly (image of fold 1) with hot glue, and then again (image of fold 2). I hope the pics help!
    2. Fill your new carrot shape with candies.
    3. Tie the top of your bag off with ribbon.
    4. Cut a 3×3 square of green felt. Starting at one corner, cut strips about a ¼ wide to the center of the square.
    5. Wrap the square, with the green sprays out the top, around the top of cello bag, above the ribbon, and tack with hot glue.

     Happy crafting!

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    Easter centerpiece

    easterflowersAs you can see I’ve been looking through magazines again. This simple and beautiful idea is from our friends at All You Magazine. Here’s what you’ll need:

    • Two similarly shaped vases, one 3″ narrower than the other
    • Peeps
    • Jelly beans
    • Flowers

    Here are the easy steps to pulling it together:

    1. Insert the smaller vase inside the large.
    2. Layer jelly beans in the space between the two.
    3. Arrange Peeps on top of the jelly beans.
    4. Arrange your flowers.

    Share your favorite Easter ideas with us at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com and we might just feature  you!

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    birthday morning mailbox

    truckcraftI posted an idea for a valentine mailbox a few weeks ago and thought I would try my hand at a birthday version. On birthday mornings I like to have something special waiting by their pancakes and what better than a little mailbox filled with birthday cards and goodies. {I know, goodies before breakfast… but it is their birthday.} This is what I came up with for my boys and here’s what you’ll need:

    • small tin mailbox
    • scrapbook paper
    • mod podge
    • sponge mod podge applicator and paintbrush
    • prepainted wooden cutout (assortment of designs available at any craft store)
    • glue gun

    And here are the easy steps:

    1.  Measure around the main body and the width of the mailbox and cut scrapbook paper to fit (leaving enough at the front opening to wrap the paper into the box; this will keep the paper from peeling from use). 
    2. Using a straight edge, cut a slit and a hole to fit the section where the flag is joined.
    3. Using mod podge, attach the paper to the mailbox. Once dry, put another layer of mod podge over the top.
    4. For the back of the mailbox, place the cover face down on the back side of the paper and trace around it. Again, cut out and use mod podge to attach it.
    5. Attach the wooden cutout to the front of the box with a hot glue gun.
    6. Cut two small paper rectangles to fill the top of the flag and use mod podge to attach.

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    buggy wings

    bug_ladybugwingsIn addition to the buggy headbands, we’re also going to demonstrate today on Daytime Columbus how to make these super easy ladybug clip on wings for your next bugs and butterflies birthday bash. I know, you’re thinking “she says everything is easy.” Well these really are. Here’s what you need:

    • ½ yard netting or bridal tulle
    • 16 gauge crafting wire (found in the jewelry section of your craft store)
    • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain shown
    • Wooden bug cutout (available, usually painted, in craft stores)
    • Mini clothespin
    • Glue gun (fabric glue can be used for the ribbon portions)
    • Wire cutters

    And here’s how you make them:

    1. Bend the crafting wire into the shape of your wings, considering the size of the child, cut it with wire cutters and twist the ends around one another.
    2. Using the wing shape as a loose guide, cut out four pieces of netting, leaving a ¼ inch to ½ inch all the way around. Each wing will be two pieces thick.
    3. Tack the netting to the wire frames with just a touch of glue and trim off excess.
    4. Apply the ribbon to the outer rim of your wings to secure the netting and to hide the wire. The best way is to center the wire in the ribbon, pipe in a stream of glue (not too much) and then lightly tap it down with your fingers until you’ve gone all the way around each wing.
    5. Next, hot glue a mini clothespin to the back of your wooden bug cutout, near the bottom of the bug.
    6. Finally hot glue the wings to the back of the cutout, allow to cool and the wings are ready for play.

    If you prefer a visual guide, the “how to” video will be posted on our blog by Friday. Happy crafting!

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    buggy headbands

    bugheadbands2This morning we’re going to be showing Gail Hogan of NBC’s Daytime Columbus how to make these soooo cute, if I do say so myself, ladybug and dragonfly headbands. These are wonderful for bugs and butterflies party favors or just for pretend play.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    • ¾ inch (at least) headband
    • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain is shown
    • pipe cleaner (one for straight antenna and two for curly)
    • pom poms
    • glue gun

    And here’s how you make these super easy buggy headbands:

    1. Bend your pipe cleaner in the center and then again about a half inch on both sides so that you have a inch to inch-and-a-half base. Apply the base of your pipe cleaner to the middle of the headband with a strip of hot glue. (TIP: If you want curly antenna, use two pipe cleaners. Curl one end around your finger and bend the ends about ¾ inch to apply to the headband.)
    2. Bend the tips of your pipe cleaner outward about a ¼ inch and hot glue on your pom poms.
    3. Clip two one inch sections of ribbon to cover the ends of your headband. Apply each piece with a dot of glue on both sides.
    4. Apply a dot of glue on the inside of the headband, on top of the ribbon you just placed to cover the ends, and wrap your ribbon around in a straight line to cover any exposed headband. Continue to wrap your headband angling your ribbon with each turn and gluing as you go.
    5. When you reach the pipe cleaner, get your ribbon as close to it as possible and then overlap it on the opposite side being careful not to leave exposed headband.
    6. Keep going until you’ve covered the entire headband and end your ribbon on the inside.

    If you prefer to see how this is done, we’ll post the “how to” video here on our blog by Friday.

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