inspired by yellow

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I’m very inspired by yellow right now (I even changed my kitchen accents and curtains!) especially since the first flowers of spring, at least where I come from in Alabama, is the daffodil, more commonly known by us southerners as the  jonquil. Here are a few centerpiece ideas featuring this beautiful flower. I’m not sure which I’ll use for my own Easter table, but it will likely be a version of one of them.

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The first set of images are from the talented designers at Martha Stewart (baby chic basket, cake plate tier). And the second set are from Southern Accents (daffodils and sea shells, blue and yellow).

Happy Spring everyone!

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get crafty for Valentine’s

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My Valentine craft for the boys is wrapped up {no pun intended… really} with the dinosaur (and owl) cello bag toppers that we’re giving away to all of our wonderful readers and customers, but while perusing the most recent issue of Family Fun magazine I found some super cute crafts that I just had to share. 

How cool is this robot Valentine!? A little candy, aluminum foil and a the template from Family Fun and you’re set. And I know we’ve seen the flower sucker before, but I still think it’s adorable. Since these were so cute I looked back to last year’s issue and here’s what I found.

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We sometimes call my youngest “Bear” so I’m a little fond of the “Bear Hugs” craft. And if you have a teenager in the house, this rock candy Ipod is too fun.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone and don’t forget to get our free Valentine printable.

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Valentine sweets

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that we’re having friends over this weekend {can’t wait ladies!}, so I was scouting around for ideas on how to fill our Valentine cello bags. Oh, if you’ve not seen our free owl and dinosaur Valentine cello bag topper printables, you must check it out before you leave.

Back to the sweets. All of these are from William Sonoma. Don’t the whoopie pies look so yummy?! I believe you can buy the pies, or the pan if you want to make them yourself. Wow, and these s’ more X&O cookies?! And the chocolate sugar cookies can even have personalized messages. Do you think “Thank you honey for being so handy around the house and keeping the boys entertained while I run amuck” will fit? {wink}

Don’t forget to stop over and get your free Valentine cello bag toppers. They’re excellent for Valentine parties at school. I’m even giving them to my girlfriends {that’s right ladies!}.

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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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