gift: Valentine cello toppers

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I sat around trying to think of a fun way to show our customers, loyal readers of my blog, bloggers who have shared the shoppe and candidly anyone intrigued enough to stop by, how much we “heart” them on Valentine’s Day. In the end I decided to give away another free printable. This time it’s a craft you can do with your kids: adorable Valentine Day owl and dinosaur cello bag toppers.

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Pick out your favorite candy or bake up some goodies, put them in clear cello bags (shown with mini cellos, but you can cut off the longer ones), print off the topper, have your child sign his/her name, fold and staple (instructions are provided if you prefer ribbon). It’s simple and much cuter, in my opinion, than the cardboard ones I used to get as a kid… especially since I don’t recall getting any cookies attached. {wink}

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UPDATE January, 24, 2011 – we just posted for 2011! Read the post on how to receive your templates!

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We hope that you will love these new printable designs as much as we loved creating them. And remember, our kids don’t get to have all the fun… I plan on giving these to my girlfriends too!

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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Valentine plans

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I’ve invited some of our dearest friends and their little people over for dinner in a few weeks and I’m planning to have a Valentine inspired kid’s table. I was browsing around for ideas and thought both of these were really adorable.

As always I’ll share the end result, but I would also love to see what you guys are cooking up for Valentines. Who knows, your craftiness or baking genius might just show up in a future Valentine post. (E-mail us to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com.)

By the way, if you liked our free BELIEVE! printables at Christmas, make sure and swing back in later this week because we’re going to be giving away some adorable Valentine printables that are just too sweet! {wink}

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make it a snow day

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Winter birthday parties in some parts of the country can be tough. Some families even celebrate half birthdays instead so that their little bundles of energy can have an outdoor party. Well we say, embrace the weather and make it a snow day!

Our fun “snow day” invitation and decor is perfect for a brrr… birthday party. Fill the day with building snowmen, sledding or even hitting the slopes if you have trails nearby. The kids will have a blast; just make sure you’re out of the way for the snowball fight. {wink}

Once they’ve worked up an appetite, serve these cool snowman donut treats (Very Heatherly, Family Fun),

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or these creative snowman cakes (Family Circle… not that you could have guessed, Family Fun),

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and maybe end the fun with something crafty for them to take home (Parents magazine, Kaboose, Family Fun).

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As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire your next celebration. Enjoy!

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grinchy good time

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My dad’s favorite Christmas special of all time is The Grinch That Stole Christmas (you know, the old 30 minute animated one). When we were kids I believe he had more fun stomping around pretending that he didn’t like Christmas (and giggling each time we got grumpy with him about it) than he did eating Santa’s Reece’s cups. And if you knew my dad, you would know that is really saying something! {wink}

Anyway, in honor of my dad and all those wonderful Christmas memories, here’s a little Grinch Christmas party inspiration that I gathered up for my Christmas cookie decorating party next year… oh, yeah… I’ve already got plans!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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no-bake gingerbread houses

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My boys and I are going to try out a few no-bake gingerbread houses (using graham crackers) tomorrow. I collected these from Martha Stewart for inspiration. Ours my not turn out as perfect, but you can bet they’ll be creative. {wink}

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Enjoy!

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reason for the season

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My oldest son’s preschool class is having a birthday party for Jesus this week. And as you can imagine, being my child, he loves a good party. This one is of course very special so I thought I would collect a few ideas to share with you in case you wanted to pull one together for your family.

  • Polaris star cookies from Southern Living
  • Peace on Earth sugar cookies from the Flour Pot
  • Nativity scene 3-D cookie cutters from Kitchen Critic

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And check out this beautiful handmade “Away in a Manger” scene from Family Fun including baby Jesus, a heavenly angel, the animals and so much more.

Enjoy the season!

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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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Enjoy!

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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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