reindeer candy cane craft

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I took my boys to a Christmas party a few days ago and got these super cute reindeer favors. I know what you’re thinking, she didn’t let them eat them right away? She made the wait until she took a picture? And yes… you’re right. She did. {wink} But don’t feel too sorry for them, they were plenty sticky when we left.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Candy canes
  • Brown pipe cleaners
  • Plastic eyes
  • Small red pom poms
  • Non-toxic craft glue (just in case the plastic splits!)

And here are the super quick steps:

  1. Glue on eyes and red nose
  2. Twist pipe cleaner in the center around the top of the candy cane and bend to look like antlers

Told you it was easy. Have a great weekend!

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hanukkah ideas

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chocolate bark ideas

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A fellow contributor to Blissfully Domestic, Your Home Based Mom, featured her Reindeer Corn Bark in a recent post and it looked so yummy I wanted to share it with all of you. Wouldn’t Rudolph love to have a little of this on Christmas Eve night?! Check out her original post for all the how to details.

The others, starting top right, is a Mint Chocolate Bark, a Pretzel Bark and an Oreo Bark. I’ve personally made the Oreo Bark and let me just tell you, it wasn’t around long. It was wonderful!!

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north pole cupcakes

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As you might imagine I spend a lot of time in the kitchen with my boys, especially around the holidays. Yesterday we decided to decorate cupcakes and since we had some yummy soft peppermint sticks, we decided to use them as the North Pole. Lots of fun… and very sticky. Okay and there was a little bit of a sugar rush going on. Anyway, this was mine; I call it “snowelf standing guard at the North Pole.” Original right!?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White icing (mine was cream cheese!)
  • Coconut
  • Strawberry malted milk balls (one slightly smaller than the other)
  • Red Starburst (one square will make a scarf and a stocking cap)
  • Snowflake sprinkles
  • Candy cane (mine are the old fashioned soft candy canes)
  • Optional: Print “North Pole” in red on cardstock and cut it out with scalloped scissors

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Ice your cupcake and sprinkle it with coconut and snowflake sprinkles.
  2. Insert the candy cane slightly to one side.
  3. Place the largest of the two malted milk balls on the cupcake.
  4. Add a small amount of icing, as an adhesive, to the bottom of the second malted milk ball and put it in place.
  5. Heat one Starburst square in the microwave for eight seconds.
  6. Roll half of the square out, very flat, on a piece of wax paper. Using a knife, slice it to look like a scarf and even add a little fringe like I did if you like. Peel it up and carefully wrap it around the shoulders.
  7. Reheat the second half for another five seconds or so (because it likely got hard again while your were working on the scarf) and mold it to look like a stocking cap in your hands. Add a snowflake sprinkle to the end and allow it to harden for 30 seconds or so. Finally, place it on your snowelf’s head.
  8. Using a small dot of icing, adhere the sign to the candy cane.

If you make them, or a version of, we would love to see them. Just send us an e-mail at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com with the subject line: North Pole Cupcake. Enjoy!

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peppermint inspired

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There is nothing more yummy than peppermint treats at Christmas. As a matter of fact, my boys stirred hot chocolate with the old fashion melt in your mouth kind just last night. Their little faces were so happy… and sticky. {wink}

So in honor of my favorite flavor of the season, here are a few “gotta make’em” ideas:

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Hope everyone is taking a moment to enjoy the season!

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prepping for Santa’s arrival

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I mentioned when I gave you a sneak peek of our new Santa cookie party invitation and decor that each year I have a cookie decorating party a few days before Christmas. Imagine a bunch of kids decorating the treats they are going to leave for Santa. It really is so much fun!

Here’s a little inspiration for you to start your own holiday tradition:

Enjoy!

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melting snowman treats

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I found this cookie on The Decorated Cookie, I just love how she gives you all the how to’s, and bookmarked it to share like six months ago. This morning when I was preparing the post I found this melting cupcake on Nicisme’s Flickr portfolio so I thought I would give them both a little love today in honor of our first snow… which has already melted. {wink}

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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sneak peek at Santa

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I know it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet, but I’m already looking forward to Christmas. As a matter of fact, we recently launched a new design and it’s none other than Santa himself!

I’m planning to use him for my annual cookie decorating party…  yes, sprinkles everywhere… but the kids have a blast decorating cookies for Santa and of course a few for themselves. {wink} And as this year’s favor, each little one will go home with his/her own Santa (child size) apron. The boys are so excited they keep asking when we’re going to start baking!

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gift: BELIEVE printable

As a small thank you to all of you who have helped us have a fabulous 2009 year: our customers, loyal readers of our blog, bloggers who have shared our shoppe and candidly everyone who was intrigued enough to stop by, we’re offering this free “BELIEVE!” printables collection for a limited time.

When thinking about what I wanted to give, I thought about what this year has been like. About how many people are suffering in this economy and I thought this message, BELIEVE, was appropriate for all of us this holiday season:

  • Believe in Him,
  • Believe in a better new year,
  • Believe in miracles,
  • Believe in each other, or simply
  • Believe in yourself.

The “BELIEVE!” printables collection includes:

  • Silver B-E-L-I-E-V-E-! cupcake picks
  • Silver cupcake wrappers
  • Red & White BELIEVE! Snowflake cupcake picks
  • Red & White Snowflake cupcake wrappers
  • (NOTE: Designs can also easily be converted into gift tags and a beautiful BELIEVE! banner)

Here’s a look at the red & white snowflake set. I’m not sure which one I love the most!

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HURRY because this offer ends Dec. 24, 2009. UPDATE: Although this freebie is over we offer something new each year. And if you’re just in love with this design, the collection is now available in our shoppe and has been expanded to include beverage wrappers, mats, placecards and more. Join us on facebook, twitter or sign up for our RSS feed (links all in the right navigation) and you’ll never miss a freebie!

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Merry Christmas and thank you!

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cookie decorating frenzy

Gingerbread house We hosted our annual cookie decorating party yesterday and I have to say it was a hit. Not only did the kids have fun with the sprinkles, but the moms got to catch up over a glass of wine. In the end I think Santa will be quite pleased with his assortment and the creativity that went into his goodies on Christmas Eve. Was wonderful seeing you girls!

And for those of you who are a little more serious when it comes to decorating for Santa, check out how to make a beautifully shaped cookie and flood it with icing.

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