DIY fall dessert stand

This morning I thought I would share a lovely and easy way to display fall treats. It was as simple as popping into my JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store and picking up two wood slices (in the wood crafting section) and two mini bales of hay (with seasonal) and stacking them.

And then to my bakery for some mini apple pie fritters and

some oh so yummy pumpkin donuts. If you’ve not had pumpkin donuts you are really really missing out! The dessert labels, banner and owl cookies are from our new Pumpkin Patch party collection that will be available in the shoppe this week.

Happy Monday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired! 

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introducing pumpkin patch

I’m just in love with the argyle pattern that we’ve used throughout our new Pumpkin Patch collection. It was the very first element that we designed and then the entire collection came together from there. I hope you love it as much as I do!

We shot this party (photography by my talented friend Angie of Angie Arthur Photography) at a lovely, and real, working farm only minutes from my house in Ohio. Freeman’s Farm is actually where we take our kids each October for hay rides, pumpkin picking, kettle korn, hot dogs by the campfire, scarecrow crafts. It’s a fabulous time and I highly recommend it if you live in the area.

This season just makes me smile. The chilly air, the vibrant leaves russling in the wind, all the final fresh produce of the year littering the fields. And I wanted this collection to be all those things, full of fall colors and elements, but then with the unexpected pops of blue like last year’s Harvest collection that featured the scarecrow.

Pumpkin Patch features a fun little hoot owl with an argyle sweater and the phrase HAPPY HARVEST. We designed beverage wrappers, cupcake picks and argyle cupcake wrappers (my favorite!),

we couldn’t resist a chevron pattern with pumpkins and “Happy Harvest”,

argyle napkin rings, a large hoot owl that we used as a photo prop, but that could also be used as backdrop or other decor,

dessert labels and fun “THANK HOO!” favor tags,

pattern flags or straw slips,

mini banner pennants (that include the owl and the pumpkins, as well as chevron, argyle and dot patterns),

cello toppers, and

a HAPPY HARVEST mat, which we used on this sweet little wagon full of our paper pumpkins. We shot this collection in July and there wasn’t a pumpkin in sight. Soooo what do crafters do when they can’t find what they need? Yep. We make it. {wink} Tutorial coming soon for the pumpkins and the apples you see in the dessert table backdrop.

And then there were the fabulously yummy butter cookies from our partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage. I just love that they were able to create him wearing his little sweater! {Thank you Sue!}

And I can’t resist sharing a few pics of our sweet little models

and their super silly faces. {LOVE this one!}

You can find the entire Pumpkin Patch collection in the shoppe early next week and as always, I hope you’re inspired! Happy Friday everyone!

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acorn chocolate cookie treats

I’ve had fall and Halloween on the brain for a few months now.  We’ve been designing, crafting and styling two new collections for the shoppe, I’ve been baking for Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com and a few other projects. I just LOVE this season! It’s full of so much natural inspiration and that is where today’s idea came from: acorns the boys collected for a fun fall project.

These treats are so simple, yet adorable and I have to admit a bit yummy (minus the licorice, it’s a personal thing).

You’ll need: mini Keebler Stripe cookies, Hershey’s Kisses and a small piece of black licorice for your stem. I attached them with a small dot of icing and done. Gotta LOVE a simple treat!

By the way, the napkin ring in the background is the argyle pattern from my new harvest collection, that we’re lovingly calling pumpkin patch. Much more to come on that next week!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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real parties: kid’s fall table

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Lindsey of Bella Grace hosted this adorable “Kid’s Only” fall table inspired by my Harvest collection! I love the little wheelbarrow favors filled with treats. And I’m definitely going to have to try those Candy Corn cupcakes in mason jars. Make sure you hop over to Lindsey’s blog for all the details, including a list of resources, and don’t forget that the Harvest printables collection is half off right now! You can get the entire printable collection for just $13!

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natural Thanksgiving placecard

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Since I live in Ohio I get to truly experience all four seasons and admittedly I love them all (okay… winter could be a touch shorter). While summer offers mild temperatures and beautiful play days, fall offers an abundance of natural and colorful elements that are perfect for entertaining.

This first idea from Better Homes and Gardens has been on my “must do” board since early August. I love using the left over gourds and small pumpkins after Halloween for indoor decor so when I saw this elegant stencil idea I fell in love. Plus, it gives the pumpkin yet another use and doesn’t require cutting or cooking! 

I found these felted acorn placecards at Southern Living Magazine.com. Not only are they adorable, but the felted acorns are from Fairyfolk  and can be purchased directly from their Etsy shop. (Photo: Jennifer Davick)

And since pears are all the rage this season it goes without saying that I had to share this simple, yet lovely, idea from Country Living.

Last, but never least, is an idea from Martha Stewart that takes me back to my childhood. My grandparents had a sweet-gum tree in their yard in Alabama and in the fall you couldn’t cross the yard without these little spurs being underfoot. That said, they were great for throwing at my big brother while he was chasing me!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY fabric fall wreath

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It doesn’t get any easier than this: a DIY no-sew fabric wreath. All you need are two to three fabrics of your choice cut into 3″x3″ squares, a straw wreath (available at any craft store) and a screw driver.

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And if you want, a little quick embellishment!

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This is how you do it. Just place your fabric square, right side out, on the tip of a screwdriver (a flathead would be best so that it doesn’t puncture your material) and push it gently into your wreath. It’s that simple. And this idea isn’t just great for holidays, it could be perfect for birthday parties, baby showers, any occasion that brings guests to your front door.

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And maybe even punch up the entry way with a coordinating, but not matchy matchy throw pillow. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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apple pie pops

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As all of you know, I’m a huge Better Homes & Gardens fan. Well when Dina from the Buttercream blog posted this beautiful pictorial (and this is only half of it) of the smart and yummy treat shown in the September 2010 issue of BHG (page 28 with recipe on page 212), I just knew I had to share.  

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These beauties, along with my “harvest” collection, will grace my Thanksgiving kids table this year, but likely as the BHG leaf version since I already own that cookie cutter. {wink} Happy Monday everyone!

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autumn pasta party

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As the weather gets cooler, it seems our meals get a bit more hearty. What would the fall and winter months be without soup, chili, and everyone’s favorite, pasta? With that in mind, I put together an inspiration board to help you think about hosting a cozy Pasta Party with friends.

The atmosphere should be casual and inviting with organic centerpieces, simple place settings, and plenty of wine! The adorable name card holders shown are an interesting and unique detail. Keep appetizers to a minimum to save room for the main meal. These small antipasti skewers are just the right size. Speaking of the main meal, I love the idea of serving a pasta bar with a few different pasta varieties, as well as two or three different sauces to try. You could have red sauce and white sauce, meatballs on the side to add, and freshly grated cheese. Or for another twist you could have guests bring their own secret recipe and have a sauce showdown!

Serve individual sized tiramisu in cocktail glasses, along with espresso, to keep the conversation lively throughout the night. As a parting favor for your guests, wrap a small potted herb such as rosemary or thyme, in burlap tied with twine.

There’s no better way to spend quality time with friends than over a casual Autumn meal.

Credits:
Pastas, Table  settingAppetizer, Place card setting, Wine, PastaTiramisu 

Guest blogger, Chris of Celebrations At Home

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pumpkin art

Born and raised in Las Vegas, the three of us sisters shared rooms, shared clothes and now share a passion for all things crafty. Seven months ago we decided to start a little blog called eighteen25 to share our ideas with others. Today, we are pretty excited to be guests here at The Celebration Shoppe.  
 
Supplies:
  • frame of your choice (we used an 8×10 oval from Hobby Lobby and also an older frame we already had with three 4×6 openings)
  • styrofoam pumpkins (bought ours at Hobby Lobby)
  • patterned paper (bought at Hobby Lobby too)
  • sharp chef’s knife
  • glue gun

 

How to:

  • Place the patterned paper in your frame. You can leave the glass where it is or move it behind the paper.
  • Cut your pumpkin in half, but behind the stem. With the styrofoam pumpkins, you should be able to push the knife straight through.
  • Hot glue the pumpkin onto the glass or onto the paper.

That’s it!!!!

three simple steps and you’re done.
 
Thanks so much for having us Kim!

-Jennifer, Jamie and Jodie

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scarecrow cookie pops

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I was browsing around for fun ideas to go with our new Harvest collection and I came upon these darling scarecrow cookies from Cindy at Skip To My Lou (she thinks the original idea might have come from Family Fun magazine).

I love how there is minimal icing work needed to create such a cute cookie. And what about that adorable little hay bale she used for her pop stand!? I used one in our Harvest collection photo shoot just for styling. They’re a little messy, but very fun. And we picked ours up at a gift shop for less than a dollar!

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