wordless Wednesday… sort of

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Okay, clearly I don’t know how to be “wordless,” but with Halloween on the brain and our new Candy Corn collection photo shoot still going on, I’ve been too swamped to say much (sorry for my absence yesterday), so I thought I would at least post a pre-photo shoot pic of our little ghost in sugar form. Don’t you think he was even adorable in the baker’s box?!

More to come later this week including the resource for these sweet little guys!

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new collection coming soon

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Our facebook fans got a peek at this little guy a few days ago, the invite for our newest collection, Candy Corn. I’m not sure which element I like more… the ghost or the owl! Hmmm… but the fact that our little ghost is losing his candy probably pushes me over the edge in his favor. {wink}

With the photo shoot for the decor and DIY printable collection (candy table tags, beverage wrappers, cello toppers, favor tags and more) only hours away, I’ve been scouring the shops for props, candy and cookies to decorate the table and I’ve found some goodies! I can’t wait to share it all with you!

(candy corn cookie image via Google, searched Etsy for shop but couldn’t locate; if you know the baker would love to give credit for this beautiful cookie!)

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just around the corner

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I know what you’re all thinking. It’s a little early to be talking about Halloween! Actually it’s not. For those of us in the stationery business we have to be way out in front of the upcoming holiday, and Halloween is what’s been on my brain now for weeks. I have to admit I’m getting a little giddy about sharing what’s coming. Since it’s not quite ready, I thought I would share a few hints for one of my “new favorite” Halloween collections. I’m hoping to share it on Facebook as early as this afternoon so make sure you join us if you’ve not already!

Stay tuned!!

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real parties: end of summer fun

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When I was browsing the web to find just the right images to pull together yesterday’s back to school party post, I stumbled across Brooke at Cheeky Kitchen and Jaimee at Sophistimom, two talented women who are also moms and friends. I was instantly inspired by their posts about an end of summer picnic they had with their children last year. The photography is beautiful, the recipes are yummy and their writing style is engaging. If you’ve not met them yet, you must meet them now!

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I’m absolutely in love with Brooke’s unique lunch pail (the kind of buckets you get when you go to your local orchard) idea. They’re simple and yet make such a statement in her beautiful photography. In Jaimee’s words “Within each basket was nestled a sandwich to satisfy the most ravenous sweet tooth, a vintage book, confetti corn, and a root beer.

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Don’t you just wish you had been invited along on this adventure?!

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And the food looks amazing! (There are many more photos that you must hop over and see on both blogs.)

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As you likely are, I’m inspired to plan a end of summer/back to school picnic for my boys. I hope we have as much fun as it appears these two families had! Happy Wednesday everyone!

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patriotic inspiration

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As we’re all gearing up for a fabulous long weekend, I thought I would share a few last minute ideas for desserts:

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And a few DIY decorating ideas:

Have a safe and fun holiday everyone!

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press: styled bbq for Mom mag

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The backyard BBQ article I styled at the request of the fabulous Natalie Klein of Hot Moms Club for Mom magazine is finally here!

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The assignment had two parts. First, create a look that could be perfect for the upcoming July 4th holiday, as well as all summer long. My immediate thoughts went to mixing traditional patriotic patterns and colors with traditional summer colors, hence the pops of yellow and green! The second part of the assignment was to involve the kiddos.

My tips are in the blue boxes to the right on each page and here on the first page of the two-page spread. You can see my lemonade service and apron craft (the burgers belong to Chef Sam) in the images.

  • Lemonade service - mason jars are a charming way to bring the party outdoors and colorful straw slips are the perfect way to help your guests tell their beverages apart (get these FREE printables).
  • Flowers - I went with these beautiful sunflowers, the traditional yellow and a vibrant red (dyed by the florist), nestled in a bright blue tin vase to give the table a little pop.

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Here’s a closer look at the apron craft. I stopped in the craft store and picked up white, child-size aprons, fabric paint, stencils (you can find just about any shape and lettering) and sponge brushes. I set the boys up outside and placed wax paper (to contain any paint that may bleed though) between the apron and the table. They held the stencil in place with their hand, then using a round sponge brush dabbed the stencil on. It was really quite easy with quick clean up.

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And here on the second page you can see my ice cream service idea, my choice of primary dot plates and napkins from Inviting Company and the invitation craft.

  • Ice cream pails – For the ice cream I picked up some red and white mini pails and some clear plastic cups. I’m a big fan of pre-scooping your ice cream before your guests arrive and refreezing the scoops on wax paper. It just takes too much to scoop while they’re there; I’d rather be mingling myself! For serving, I arranged the pails on a tray, filled each about 1/3 way with ice, inserted the plastic cup and then popped in my cones. And if you have a variety of flavors you can take orders and use a cute little tag (get these fun tag/placecard printables FREE) so you don’t get your orders mixed up.
  • Invitation craft – since I own a custom invitation company my first reaction was to design something fabulous, but since the assignment was to make something the kids could help with, I went “old school” and used scrapbooking supplies (cardstock, vellum and ribbon) and a fun star tablecloth weight as a little favor.

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Make sure you pop over to my post from Monday to see closer shots of the printables I used to style this article!

Thanks again to Natalie and the wonderful ladies at Hot Moms Club for giving me this opportunity. And thanks to Jennifer Sbranti of Hostess With The Mostess for mentioning me to Natalie. I’m honored to be in these fabulous ladies company! And finally, thanks to my little boys for sitting still long enough for us to get these fabulous pictures of them. Of course the ice cream helped! {wink}

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

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red, white & blue inspiration

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Today’s post is a bit of a prelude to the excitement around here. But before I tell you all about it, I want to share some true patriotic inspiration with you from the fabulous crafters and planners at Martha Stewart, a group of people that inspire me often and this latest issue didn’t disappoint. I was candidly taken aback at what they did with pop-ups. You know, those paper party pieces that are often thought of as inexpensive looking… well not when the Martha team puts them together, with a little added style that is. The ones above are the only ones I could locate on the site, but make sure you pick up this month’s issue for some truly super fun ideas that will have your July 4th table looking beautiful in no time.

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And then there are so many fabulous ideas from previous years. I fell in love with the star table runner idea and actually used a version of it on my own table last year. I also thought the sand & firework centerpieces were quite clever, as well as these festive utensil sleeves. Remember, everything doesn’t have to be matchy matchy. As a matter of fact, I’m a huge fan of mixing and matching patterns and fabrics when entertaining.

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 A few other craft musts to bring your table together are these patriotic pinwheels. You can find all of these ideas, and a ton of others, in one location on the Martha Stewart website. Make sure you scroll through the entire bunch!

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As for my big announcement, it’s actually tied to the upcoming patriotic celebration. I was asked back in April by the talented Natalie Klein of Hot Moms Club to style a backyard bbq bash for the summer issue of Mom magazine. The idea was to create something that could be perfect for the upcoming July 4th holiday, as well as all summer. The ice cream you see above was one of my favorite images to style. I picked up these sweet little pails from the craft store and some clear plastic cups. I filled the bucket 1/3 way with ice and inserted the plastic cup (because let’s face it, who knows about paint these days), then added my star sprinkled cones and served them on a red and white speckled tin tray. And since I love my readers so very much, I’ll be giving away the placecards you see attached to the serving bucket, as well as straw slips and napkin rings in tomorrow’s post when I share the entire article.

As always, I hope you’re inspired for your next celebration!

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tweet inspiration

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Isn’t this just lovely! Three tables were styled by Beka and Kimberly of Philadelphia-based Innove Events and photographed by the fabulous Marie Labbancz (featured at Elizabeth Anne Designs ) for an Easter brunch, but I think it could be beautiful for a sweet springtime birthday party too. You must hop over and see the entire collection of images!

Okay, and although the cake at the top right was not part of their collection, I thought it was very fun and something that even the birthday girl could help with. You’ll find all the details at Parenting.com, along with a cake pattern.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Mother’s Day printable for you

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Once again I felt like showing you, our customers, loyal readers of my blog, bloggers who have shared the shoppe and candidly anyone intrigued enough to stop by, how much we appreciate you. And when better to do it than just before Mother’s Day!

For my own Mother’s Day picnic this year we’re changing it up a bit and decorating with a few non-traditional Mother’s Day colors: red (my late Grandmother’s favorite), yellow (one of my Mom’s favorites) and black (one of my favorites). And of course I wanted to share our printable creations (napkin rings, beverage markers and placecards) with the other wonderful women in my life, you ladies of course! I hope you like them and have an opportunity to use them, if not for Mother’s Day, any day you feel like livening up the dinner table.

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Finally, here’s a quick shot of the basket of goodies that I’ll be using for my own Mother’s Day picnic. I just love this fabric, my inspiration. And lemons will get the stage, making an appearance in my decor, in the drinks I serve and in the food. Can’t wait! 

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Enjoy and happy early Mother’s Day from The Celebration Shoppe!

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creative mom cupcakes

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I’m a cupcake fan. I know, you couldn’t have guessed, right. {wink} Well, with Mother’s Day fast approaching I thought I would share some creative cupcake ideas from around the web.

  1. Sew sweet cupcake (my mom would love!) is from Family Fun mag.  
  2. Sprinkles Cupcakes {via CupcakesTakeTheCake}
  3. Sugarbloom’s Chocolate Mud cupcake
  4. Hello Frosting’s edible transfer cupcake

Happy baking!

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