kid crafted Easter bunny photo props

How to make Easter bunny photo props

Easter pictures at my house are a given.

Posed pics of the family in their Sunday best.

LOVE them!

This year, we’ll not only be taking the family photographs and the shots of the kids running in the grass gathering eggs, but my boys and some family will get creative and make their own easy Easter bunny photo prop craft for our Easter brunch!

Hop over {I’m a riot, I know…) to my most recent post on Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for all the DIY details to make your own Easter bunny photo props!

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

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how to make cupcake pick toppers

How to make cupcake picks toppers

Customers often share that they’re not crafters and they’re nervous about trying to “make” something for their child’s birthday or friend’s baby shower. So this morning, I’m sharing just how simple it is to make a cupcake pick opper.

How to make a Cupcake Topper

It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3 or:

  • Print on #100 cardstock,
  • Cut and punch out the round shape,
  • Attach to a lollipop stick with either a white round sticker or hot glue

You can find more tips for crafting party printable templates on our DIY page and you can shop my designs in The Celebration Shoppe.

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

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21 new polka dot party supply combos

Black and white party

I’m thrilled to share a project  that has been in the works for a while, our pattern party supplies. The first in the party series is our polka dot party supplies in twenty-one color combinations and eight fonts!

Each set in the party store offers printable cupcake picks (aka party circles), cupcake wrappers, bottle wrappers, napkin rings and pattern sheets. We can create banners, cello toppers, etc. for you as well, just convo us or shop our a la carte section and leave the pattern you want in the comments of your order. (For example, pink and tangerine polka dot beverage wrappers with the initial M and name Meagan.)

black and white party

black and white party

Here’s a look at your color combinations and font choices:

Polka Dot Party Supplies

 

polka dot party

Come shop the party store for these designs and over 50 more collections! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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8 party ideas for the Big Game + win!

The Big Game AND your party are only a few short weeks away! And I’ve got your back ladies! This morning I’m sharing 8 fun, easy and stylish ideas to make your football party table more than just the halftime show. Yep, no flag on the field here! {grin}

Let’s start with the football party snack table set-up. I grabbed many of these fun football party supplies at World Market, a store you can always count on for gourmet foods and beverages with unique flavors and origins.

My absolute favorite find for this football party is my backdrop, a weathered map of the United States. It will be perfect not only for the Big Game, but for all my football parties (or any sport for that matter) throughout the year.

I made this little pennant banner that I can move between states as different teams play! By the way, the pennant colors will be updated for this year’s Big Game once the final teams are announced. More details below! And if you want to make your own pennant, I’m going to post the easy how tos later this week.

My hubby thought the Beers of the World were a must!

And of course I had to have a cupcake or two… well I mean, of course right! You can download my free Game Day cupcake templates in 2013 colors here.

The boys had to have their pick too. Football shaped pretzels and Artichoke and Spinach Chips. And yes, kids do love them!

Want to recreate part or all of this table for your football party? Here are my resources:

  • Backdrop – map of the United States from World Market
  • Tablecloth – green indoor outdoor carpeting from your local hardware store
  • Serving items – blue lunch bags from your local grocery, popcorn containers from World Market
  • Pre-made snacks – UTZ football shaped pretzels and Jensen’s Orchard Spinach and Artichoke Chips from World Market
  • Beverages – Beers of the World from World Market
  • Serving dishes - 3-tier cupcake and mini pizza display from World Market
  • Food labels – chalkboard placecards and food labels from World Market
  • Free printable party supplies – cupcake wrappers, cupcake picks and pennant banner are my designs, The Celebration Shoppe, and the colors have been updated for the 2013 Big Game (updated each year). Download your Game Day templates now. Don’t want to miss any free templates, sign up for our e-mails.

I also made a few recipes for my Big Game party table. The first, and likely my favorite food item on the table, is Chocolate Bacon Popcorn. Yep, you read me right. World Market sells Bacon Salt and it gave me this inspiration for this little sweet and salty treat. Your guests, especially the guys, will love it!

To make Chocolate Bacon Popcorn you’ll need:

  • 6 cups of air popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate melts (available at your local grocery or craft store with a baking section)
  • J&D’s Bacon Salt
  • Wax paper

And the simple steps for Chocolate Bacon Popcorn:

  • Spread your popcorn on the wax paper (you’ll likely need to do this in 2-3 batches)
  • Place your chocolate melts in a resealable plastic bag (snipped on one end) or in a small glass bowl and heat in the microwave in 8 second intervals, three times, or until melted
  • Drizzle chocolate over popcorn
  • Before chocolate cools, shake on J&D’s Bacon Salt to your desired taste.

I also made mini pizzas, a favorite of our family since I was a kid. We typically use pumpernickel bread, but I found these yummy Minigrill Mini Toasts at World Market and they turned out perfectly.

To make Mini Toast Party Pizzas you’ll need:

  • Ground beef, cooked and strained
  • Ground sausage, cooked and strained
  • Original pizza sauce
  • Cheddar, Sharp and Mozzarella and Provolone blended
  • Minigrill Mini Toasts from World Market

And the simple how to steps for Mini Toast Party Pizza:

  • Blend your cooked meats and pizza sauce in a pan and bring to a simmer
  • Add a small amount of your cheese mixture allowing it to melt
  • Top mini toasts with mixture
  • Drizzle remaining cheese on top

Would you be interested in winning the Ultimate Football Viewing Party?! Well World Market wants to give you that chance with a $500 gift card! Just join World Market on facebook and fill out a quick entry form for a chance to win one of ten $500 gift cards. Contest runs through January 25, 2013. Join Cost Plus World Market on facebook now!

By the way, World Market isn’t just great for celebrations. They have a wonderful array of ideas and products for decorating your home. I personally want some of their whimsical white wall frames for my studio makeover, but they have furniture, including chairs and sofas (there was one gray number that would be beautiful in my living room!), end tables, and on and on. If you’re looking to freshen up your home for the new year, you should absolutely give World Market a browse!

Rather have me walk you through the table ideas and details? Watch my video:

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

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This party table design is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™, but as you ladies know, all my opinions are always my own. http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO

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6 supplies to organize a craft room

Over the holidays I reorganized my studio, a room in my house where I craft, style and photograph. No computers (unless to see the shots as I take them), no paperwork, just creative materials. I have a separate room I use for my office. I found that combining the two didn’t give me enough space for one, but also distracted me too much! I’m not quite done yet, but once I am I’ll share a bit of my space.

So with this in mind, these are six things that I either already use or will be implementing in my craft room and photography studio. Some people like things out and showing… not me. I like the room to stay fairly clean so that when I switch from styling a birthday project to styling a holiday project all within the same day I’m not distracted by clutter.

  • clipboards – I often have multiple projects going at once so I organize them with clipboards so that I can put the sketch sheet with my props
  • chalkboard labels – labels are essential for me. It keeps me straight and also any guests (or little boys) that might be crafting with me
  • tool silhouettes – this one I love! I’ve not figured out how I’m going to do it in my new room yet, but how better to know something is missing?
  • pen and pencil organization ~ I keep all of my many pens, pencils and sharpies in glass jars, buckets and paint cans. Sounds hodge-podge, but it actually looks nice, plus I can grab and go quickly
  • paper storage and media storage boxes ~ my brand colors are gray and pink, accented with aqua, orange and yellow… these gray fabric covered boxes are perfect and media boxes are a must!

Resources: clipboards, chalkboard labels and tool silhouettes from Martha Stewart, paper storage and media storage boxes from the container store and pencil organization from Darcy Miller’s craft room.

More to come as I bring the room together! Happy Wednesday everyone!

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kid craft: red bird handprint art

My boys crafted red bird handprint art canvases for their grandmothers this Christmas. Aren’t they fun?! The perfect kid art activity!

And you should have heard the responses. What mom, grandmother, dad, grandpa doesn’t want handprint art gifts from their little ones? Well none in my family and I’m obsessed a bit with capturing their little hands anyway before they get any bigger.

Just imagine your little person’s hand smothered in paint… okay and maybe their little bottoms buckled to the chair {smirk}… but the outcome is adorable.

My mom’s absolute favorite is the cardinal bird. Here in Ohio I see them everyday in my backyard. Such beautiful birds!

But you know, these handprint red birds (or any color) would be perfect for kid crafted Mother’s Day gifts too… just saying!

By the way, I did so many crafts over the holidays that I really wanted to share and just ran out of time. So if you see a Christmas craft here in July don’t judge…

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own red bird handprint art canvases:

  • Kids… it’s just not as cute if it’s your hand. {grin}
  • White canvas (you can get a 8×10 for about $7 at your local craft store)
  • Paint colors: red, brown, black, yellow and silver (if you want snowflakes)
  • Paint brushes
  • Optional: Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch to make a stencil

Easy how to steps to make your own red bird handprint art:

  • Paint your child’s hand with red paint, making sure to get in any creases.
  • Apply to canvas quickly, lightly pushing on their hand to make sure all areas touch the canvas. (Wash little one’s hand… like you need me to tell you!)
  • Using black, let your child paint on legs and a dot for the eye.
  • Using brown, let your child paint whispy tree branches.
  • Using yellow, let your child paint a triangle for the beak.
  • Using silver, let your child stencil on a snowflake using the template you made from the punch.
  • Sign it! Let your kiddos write their name at the end of the wing tip and don’t forget the year.
  •  Tip: Let the canvas dry a few minutes in between each color/application if your child’s hand might brush wet paint. The canvas isn’t very forgiving.

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

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UP movie balloon birthday party supplies


For my friend, Francesca of the SITS Girls, we designed a bright “UP” balloon birthday party collection for her little girl. I’ll feature pictures from the big day in my next post, but first I want to share all of the fun new birthday party printable designs and supplies making their way to the shoppe this week!

Fran’s little one was turning two so she wanted lots of activities to keep the kiddos busy. She hosted an outdoor movie viewing, and a magic show, plus we made fun coloring sheets. Needless to say that between the activities, all the yummy treats, like the s’ mores dessert bar and balloon cookies (that our partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage baked up), guests went home smiling!

Here’s what you can find in this UP MOVIE balloon birthday party (invitation  and party decor, all items can be customized):

  • Balloon invitation and thank you note
  • Welcome guests with a Large Movie Premier Sign (11×17; TIP: print at Costco for $5.99)
  • Balloon cupcake picks and multi-colored cupcake wrappers
  • Book Adventures favor mat (5×7)
  • Balloon favor tag
  • Adventure awaits balloon bookmarks
  • S’ mores dessert bar mat
  • Balloon dessert tags
  • Balloon beverage wrappers
  • Magic show activity poster
  • Activity balloon coloring page
  • Balloon napkin rings
  • Balloon placemats (11×17)
  • Custom balloon butter cookies (from our partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage)

All items will be in the shoppe later this week! Until then, you can e-mail us at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com if you need something right away or are interested in a custom collection created just for you!

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE!

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DIY Frankenstein coin wrapper favors

Excited to have Jen of Passion for Parties guest posting this morning and sharing her adorable Frankenstein coin wrapper party favors, perfect Halloween kids craft and so inexpensive to make!

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Good morning everyone! Here’s what you’ll need for this easy craft:

  • Coin wrappers for quarters (I bought an entire bag of wrappers at the dollar store)
  • One-inch gumballs (in a pretzel cello bag) or other wrapped candies
  • Black duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Black crepe paper
  • Black cardstock
  • Double-sided tape
  • Hot glue
  • Google eyes
  • Black and red sharpies

And here are the easy DIY how tos: 

  1. Stuff the coin wrappers with gumballs in food safe pretzel cello bags, or other prepackaged candies, as you would with coins, folding over the edges to secure.
  2. Cut a piece of duct tape large enough to cover the opening of the wrapper and fold down the sides a bit.
  3. Rest the tape on top of one end of the wrapper.
  4. Use scissor to cut slits in the tape, then fold the edges down and secure.
  5. Measure and cut a piece of green paper long enough and wide enough to fit around the coin wrapper.
  6. Use double-sided tape to secure it in place.
  7. Measure and cut a piece of crepe paper long enough to wrap around the top edge of the coin wrapper.
  8. Cut the crepe paper in half lengthwise, then cut triangular snips out of the paper to create hair.
  9. Use double-sided tape to secure the crepe paper around the tape-wrapped edge of the coin wrapper.
  10. Use scissors or a large heart-shaped paper punch to make a 2 to 2 ½ inch heart out of black cardstock.
  11. Fold the tip of the heart over about ¼ of an inch, then secure it to the back of the coin wrapper with a dot of hot glue to serve as “feet.”
  12. Attach the google eyes to the face of your Frankenstein, then use the sharpies to add accents like eyebrows, a mouth, and stitches.

 Thanks so much for having me Kim!

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You can find more of Jen’s fabulous ideas on her blog at Passion for Parties! And as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! 

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easy Halloween party favors


I LOVE this time of year. I just get giddy over the weather, the fun costumes, the decorations, the baking, the photo ops with my kiddos… and oh yeah… the crafts! {grin}

And I’m thrilled to have hung out with the fabulous ladies of Eighteen 25 this week sharing a little Spooktacular fun for their annual Halloween blog party! So many fun ideas from so many talented bloggers. You’ll want to check it out!

For me, I made these easy and totally kid friendly jack-o-lantern Halloween party favor crafts using plastic Easter eggs. You needed something to do with all of those anyway, right?! {snicker}

You’ll need:

  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Mod Podge & brush
  • Crepe paper (orange, black and green)

Super simple steps:

  1. Fill your egg with candies.
  2. Paint your closed egg with Mod Podge and wrap it with orange crepe. Allow it to set for a few minutes.
  3. Add a funny or scary jack-o-lantern face with black crepe and Mod Podge.
  4. Twist a 4″ piece of green crepe for the stem and attach with Mod Podge.
  5. Allow the eggs to set for several hours until completely dry.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! 

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DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bags


I’m hanging out over on my blog at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com today sharing some fun and creative DIY Halloween trick-or-treat bag ideas! 

With Halloween just around the corner I’m getting excited. And as you ladies know, I love to craft, bake and in general create with my two boys and the holidays just give me a specific reason to pull them into the kitchen or the craft room.

I also like to volunteer in their classrooms and these simple, economical and creative Halloween treat bags will be perfect for their class Halloween parties this year.

I whipped up four ideas using colorful lunch bags: a Monster, Owl, Spider Web and Cat. I hope you’ll hop over to Snackpicks.com and join me for all the easy DIY details and of course a step-by-step pictorial of how to make each bag!

Oh, and there might be a coupon or two for your favorite Kellogg’s products if you join the newsletter! {grin}

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

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