host a BBQ bash with free printables


Summer is zooming by and I still have so much that I want to do! One of which is have friends over for a big BBQ with a campfire for roasting s’ mores after sunset. It’s on my summer bucket list. {grin}

As I was thinking about decor, I pulled these images out of the archive. I contributed to an article in Mom magazine a few years ago and designed these summer party printables for the shoot.

And of course I’m giving them to you.

DOWNLOAD our FREE BBQ BASH PRINTABLES 

I also made these fun DIY kid aprons for the shoot, the perfect backyard BBQ favor for the little ones.

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

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burlap & blue baby shower craft

I just love when a simple craft turns out fabulously. Then I can not help but to see it’s possibilites everywhere!

That’s just what Holly from The Dandy Byrd did with these adorable mason jars she whipped up for a baby shower for a dear friend and she’s sharing them with us today!

To make your own mason jar and burlap flower vases you’ll need:

  • small mason jars (approx. 16 oz)
  • burlap ribbon
  • your favorite ribbon — two widths in coordinating colors
  • glue gun

So simple to assemble, here’s how:

  • cut the burlap ribbon (2 inches’ in width)
  • wrap it around each jar and glued at the back, overlapping slightly, as to not show any of the jar underneath
  •  repeat with the larger ribbon (1 inch in width) and the tiny ribbon is wrapped around and tied in a bow at the front of the jar

You could also use the mason jars for your beverages like Holly did for her baby shower. She added a safety pin and a coordinating paper straw with ribbon flag and it was adorable! Plus, after the party is over the hot glue pops right off the jars and they’re ready for your next party!

Notice the sweet wooden stamped circles that accent the jars…yep, Holly created those, too!

She’s a real whiz, but you can create these for yourself, you’ll need:

  • wooden circles small and large
  • paint (colors of your choice, Holly used 3 colors)
  • stamp pad
  • small set of letter stamps
  • baby feet and hand stamps

And here’s how:

  • paint each wooden circle (she used alternating colors),
  • let them dry for about 5-10 minutes,
  • stamp a phrase on each one, along with either a set of feet or hands (Holly advises using black, since it worked best for her), and
  • it’s important you press down firmly with the stamps, because they will fade slightly, absorbing into the wood

A big thanks to Holly of The Dandy Byrd for sharing and as always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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stripes + kid room makeover

This collage of images taken with my iPhone and edited in Camera+, PicFix and PicFrame

We’ve been busy this summer with tons of projects around the house: gutting our guest bath downstairs, purging closets, my studio and our basement (I have way too many props for work and baby toys that sadly I’ll never see used again), organizing my craft room… and oh yeah… creating a new “big boy” room for the boys before school starts back up. It’s been a lot of work, but I love an organized house.

And for the bedroom, I have to say, I have an opinionated crew. I know… shocker! {grin} 

Challenge #1 – We talked about themes (whether or not to have one) for months before we got started. The boys just couldn’t agree. We have four bedrooms so they can each have their own, but the boys want to stay in the same one for a few more years — their choice, not mine — but I do have to admit that I love it because you can hear them whispering secrets and reading books to each other. I’m very blessed with two little boys who are also best friends.

So after much debate we decided no theme, just bold color, allowing them to change art and pillows, etc., as their interests change.

Challenge #2 - Color! My oldest loves green and my youngest loves blue. And not those light hues that can easily work together… we’re talking hunter green and aqua blue… you see the problem.

After another month I was able to talk them into blue walls, with a two-tone blue stripe accent wall. But you wonder how did I appease the green lover. Well… the outlets, inset of the window and art will be lime green. I know what you’re thinking. It’s the same thing my husband thought when I asked him to paint it… {snicker}

Challenge #3 – We’ve never painted stripes on the walls before. My hubby is a great painter, carpenter, and all around just clever when it comes to home projects. Whoa girls! He’s taken! {smile}

But even he was a bit nervous about painting stripes. We picked up a few rolls of Scotch Blue and he went to work measuring. That was honestly the toughest part, trying to determine how wide to make the stripes so that there was an even number… oh… and there was the window to consider.

In the end my smart guy figured it out and cut a board to help position a straight line all the way down the wall with the tape and another board the exact length of each stripe so there would be no measuring mishap halfway through the process.  

Surprisingly to him, but not to me of course {so sure of myself… not!}, it’s coming together and looks really great! The Scotch Blue tape pulled away easily and the lines are so clean. One or two small touch ups in the corner, because of imperfections in the wall, and it was done! I think I’ll try my hand at some art prints using it!

I’ll share more as we go and until then, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake… PAINT… and create!

Oh, and if you’re wondering why the first pic says “Day 37,” thats because I’m photojournaling our summer and this was taken on Day 37. (You can follow our adventures on Instagram at TheCelebrationShoppe.)

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And by the way, this is not a sponsored post. I was just impressed with Scotch Blue and wanted to share!

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kiwi crates ~ art science imagination

I got to be supermom this week because the boys got to try out a fabulous new activity box from Kiwi Crate.

I love the concept. It’s so genius. You sign up at KiwiCrate.com and each month you receive a new box of activities… and even more fun, you never know the topic until you open the box. It could be arts and crafts, it could be science or it could be imaginative play.

Each box is for kids ages 3-7 and filled to the top with fun. I was honestly amazed at how much was in the box and the quality of the papers and supplies. Well worth the $19.95 per box, which by the way includes shipping!

You get two activities per month and ours was a sibling kit that had enough for two kiddos. And since it was my youngest son’s birthday (bonus to receive some extra goodies on your birthday!), I let him choose which craft to do first. He chose “my bug painting” and off we went!

But I have to tell you that I really wanted to make the “my firefly.” It’s a bottle with lots of goodies to attach. It actually will glow and runs on a zip line! I know… cool! 

You start with a little inspiration booklet that tells you everything involved in the activity with ideas on how to expand your little one’s imagination. You can see a sample booklet on KiwiCrate.com

Our kit came with three large coloring sheets, paint, paint brushes, sponges, pencils, paint trays, and

sponges that expand the instant they hit water… the kids thought those were great!

The project asked for each child to embellish their papers with bugs they’d seen in nature and to imagine what they might eat, where they might live and what other bugs they might hang out with to help bring the habitat to life.

Ladybugs and caterpillars were high on our list,

along with bumble bees and butterflies. I loved how my oldest made the stripes on the bee with the edge of a small straight sponge! Clever little guy.

He also used that same sponge to make the legs on a jumping spider. We have way… way… too many spiders around here this summer! {skin crawling}

And he used the pencil to draw on the bug trails. You know the dash lines showing the bug’s path. Oh, and of course to sign his art. {grin}

If you have a creative little one, or you want to spark their creativity, I strongly encourage you to give KiwiCrate.com a look. Their ideas are educational, entertaining and a great excuse for you to get creative with the kiddos. Not to mention there’s no planning on your part since all the supplies come straight to your door every month! LOVE it!

And for the next five days, Kiwi Crate is offering 25% off your first $19.95 crate. Just enter CLEVER25 at checkout!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create! Now I’m off to put the final touches on my little guy’s big birthday party. It’s now a short 28 hours away so I best get baking! Happy Thursday!

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This post is sponsored by Kiwi Crate via Clever Girls Collective. But you ladies know me, I only talk about what I like and all opinions are 100% my own.

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camp party: DIY award medals

Pics taken with my iPhone and Camera+ app. Collage made with the PicFrame app.

This Friday is the big “CAMP COLE” birthday party for my little guy and we’re planning a ton of Field Day type activities.  (Part I of the party, Part II of the party.) And what fun would it be if the campers didn’t get to take home a few medals! I have three for each game, plus some extras like “Awesome Camper,” “Best Team Player,” etc. so everyone leaves with at least four metals. {grin}

To make your own you’ll need:

  • rounds from our new campout party collection printables, we can personalized them to read any game or activity your campers will be playing.
  • circle punch
  • crepe paper
  • tape or hot glue

So simple to make, here’s how:

  • fold the crepe in small folds,
  • as you work form it into a circle,
  • tape the center front and back,
  • add the circle topper with hot glue (my preference),
  • add a longer ribbon of crepe so it can hang around the child’s neck (tip: make sure that you attach it in the center and at the top of the circle crepe so that it doesn’t want to weigh forward)

And if you curious as to how the week is going, make sure you follow me on Instagram @thecelebrationshoppe for little updates along the way!

You can also have a look at my “camp party inspiration” board on Pinterest for more ideas! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create.

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peek: crafting my son’s party

Pics taken with my iPhone and Camera+ app. Collage made with the PicFrame app.

My little guy will be turning six in less than a week and his party is in nine days!  Woo Hoo!

We’ve developed a new line of camp party printables (the invite is in the shoppe and the other items will be soon) and I’m busy planning away. 

The day will be full of camp fare from the CAMP COLE SNACK SHACK and we’re hosting tons of fun activites like potato sack races, tug of war, and archery (with NERF bows of course! I mean, he is only six!)!

Oh, and if you’re wondering why the pic says “Day 20,” thats because I’m photojournaling our summer and yesterday was Day 20. (You can follow our adventures on Instagram at TheCelebrationShoppe.)

As always, I hope your inspired to craft, bake and create! Have a wonderful Thursday!

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simple flower pot kid craft

Hey everyone! It’s Bridget! I’m back to share a sweet craft that I made with my Daisy Troop — yep,  11 young ladies including my daughter! As the a leader over the past 2 years, I’ve found that crafts need to be simple and fun (environmentally-friendly doesn’t hurt either!).

So I decided to have the girls make aluminum can flower pots (inspired by Craftzine). With just a few cans, tissue paper and some Mod Podge (available at Jo-Anns Fabric and Craft Stores) my lively bunch was able to create a dozen of these in no time at all.  I really love that this could be used for just about any gift-giving–teacher gift, mother’s day, a thank you to this summer’s camp counselors!

Our girls made sweet little labels instead of a card too, which we mounted on a lollipop stick for some height. Then with a little potting soil and a lot of love, my darling Daisies went home with a lovely gift. I suggest using a simple spray lacquer for a bit of extra shine, too.

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

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camp week party favors

My oldest son’s school is in the midst of camping week at school and I was in charge of a snack. It was the perfect opportunity to create party printables for my campout birthday party collection.

I filled 4″ cello bags with two Keebler Chips Deluxe Rainbow Chocolate Chip cookies and closed the bags with my new campout cello toppers. The little note says “Thanks for visiting CAMP Westview.” They were a huge hit!

The collection isn’t quite ready for the shoppe, but it’s coming very soon!

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

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Mother’s Day fingerprint art

My mom LOVES red birds. It’s her thing. She even has a beautiful china pattern with red birds. So I know she’s going to adore these small plaques with fingerprint red birds from my boys this Mother’s Day.

You’ll need:

  • smooth tile, I picked these up at Home Depot for 16 cents each
  • Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint ~ Habanero (#32050)
  • Martha Stewart Acrylic Craft Paint ~ Vanilla Bean (#32069)
  • Martha Stewart self-adhesive branch stencil
  • Sharpie ~ black, thin tip
  • Spray sealant coating, to seal and protect your creation

Simple steps:

  1. Using the the Martha Stewart self-adhesive stencil template, paint on the branch
  2. Allow branch to dry for a minute and remove template while paint is still wet
  3. One child at a time, trust me…, paint the thumb and apply the bird body
  4. Paint the pinky finger and apply the bird head
  5. Using a Sharpie, add beak and feet
  6. Have your artists sign their work (name and year)
  7. Allow to dry completely and seal with spray sealant coating

I’m so thrilled with how they turned out!

As always, I hope youre inspired to craft, bake and create! Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

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DIY baby shower table numbers

With baby showers on the brain and all these Martha Stewart Crafts and Plaid Paints products from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores in my craft room, I decided to make a simple craft this weekend: DIY baby shower table numbers for my Special Delivery stork baby shower collection!

The new pearl colors from Martha Stewart Crafts are my favorite. They shimmer! And what girl doesn’t like a little sparkle?! {wink}

You only need a few supplies:

  • hydrangeas (the large leaves are perfect; I used fake, but live would be lovely!),
  • mini glass jars (I used these for my son’s science party),
  • Martha Stewart Crafts fine point paint brush,
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Purple Martin Pearl (#32119),
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Fancy Script Stencil Set,
  • ribbon (available in the $1 section at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)

And here are the steps:

  1. Dip the tops of your glasses in the pearl paint, allow the excess to drip off and then dry the jars overnight.
  2. Fill the jar 3/4 with rock salt or sugar (it’s cheap and it sparkles just like the paint).
  3. Determine your placement.
  4. Stencil on each number with a fine point paint brush and finish in the detail if needed.
  5. Allow the leaves to dry and display.

It’s that simple! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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