create an art gallery

As I mentioned in my last post, our newest collection is an art birthday party. This collection was so fun to create. And when we thought about activities for the kids there were so many great ideas, but my favorite was sharing their art in a gallery.

A little side note, before I became a mom I used to think “I’ll never cover my fridge with my kid’s pictures!” Well, okay, I still don’t, but that’s only because I gave them both their own 36×52″ framed cork-board in their playroom (which happens to be on the main floor just off of the kitchen)! Long story short, they love showing it off and I truly love seeing it.

Included in the printables for this collection we designed four whimsy frames for the kids to create on: red/blue, orange/yellow, purple/chartreuse and black/white. We also created “award badges” that you can give to each guest. They say things like most creative, best in show, most artistic, best design, most colorful and best color palette. A great way for every child to feel special. The printable is the rectangle tag in the center and then we created the crepe ribbon backer. (You can see how to create a similar idea with our graduation collection.)

For the art project, we created 3-D cupcake art. We didn’t buy a thing, we just gathered odds and ends from around my craft room like tissue paper (cut into squares), pom poms, ribbon, crepe paper, felt and cupcake wrappers, just to name a few. I loved how they all turned out!

And last but not least, here’s a look at the Art Gallery entry sign that is also part of the printable collection. We printed it at Costco for $5.99 and embellished it with yellow crepe paper. Can you tell I’m loving crepe paper lately?! It’s inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors and so simple to manipulate. LOVE. By the way, Happy Belated Birthday to little Emma, my assistant’s daughter, and the muse for many of these ideas.

You can see more details from our new Art birthday party collection in the shoppe now, AND stop back in for more details including the dessert table. And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

Photography by the fabulous Angie Arthur Photography!

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rock on! photo op

Rock star party activity idea! These pics of my youngest were completely by accident. He was just being himself in our living room. But after I looked over the pictures I thought what a fun photo op idea for our rock star birthday party!  Make sure you check out our printables rock star party supplies too ~ rock star guitar invitations, guitar thank yousprintables and table decor.

We had the plastic guitar he’s holding, but I found inflatable ones for $2.99 at orientaltrading.com. At that price they are the perfect favor, along with the tatoos and microphones, to send the kiddos home with too. And what about those studded bracelets?! I laughed out loud when I saw those, just too fun.

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

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make it a game night

We’ve had “movie night” in our home now for over a year and it’s a huge hit. The boys get so excited and really look forward to it each week planning snacks and selecting just the right film (usually from the library during our weekly visit). Well starting this year we’re now also having “game night.” We kicked it off last night with a game of Jr. Monopoly. The boys always want to play our “big boy” games and then get frustrated because they just aren’t suited for their age. Well I’m here to tell you that Jr. Monopoly is just perfect for their age group (six and four). The rules and the game time are both much shorter, plus they get to practice basic counting and math skills all while giggling like crazy. And not that I’m against the occasional game of Wii, I mean it is fun, but an old fashioned board game gets your family engaging one another face to face. We had a blast! 

That is my youngest on the left just after he had to pay his dad $4 for landing on his carnival ticket booth. Despite his face, which looks like mine sometimes after being in the office all day, he had a wonderful time! I just hope he still speaks to me in his teen years for publishing it. {wink} 

And what is a family game night without some oh so yummy snacks. First of all, these are not my snacks from last night, but they’re going to be next week! For the friend chicken biscuit sandwiches I’ll likely bake the biscuits from a can… or maybe I’ll just go to KFC for the whole thing! At any rate don’t they look so yummy! I found them on Mango & Tomato (image via  GastronomyBlog) in a post where she got to bounce around DC for a staycation enjoying so much yummy food!

Then there is the DIY microwave popcorn from Maize in Montana (found via Dollar Store Crafts). How super smart is this AND you can involve the kiddos. Just a bag of popcorn kernels and brown paper bags. Get the details from Maize and pop a few this weekend!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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customer: moo, Layla’s 2!

I went to my facebook page yesterday to find a lovely comment from a very talented mom and customer, Shanna Kreza of Shanna Kreza photography. She recently hosted a barnyard bash for her beautiful little girl using some of our On the Farm collection printables (beverage wrappers, tags and napkin rings).

Here are a few shots of the beautiful birthday girl!

And what a lovely barnyard spread. Those cupcake toppers from Cupcakesion are just too cute!

Last but never least, are the activities. Layla’s little guests enjoyed face painting and cookie decorating (one of my personal favorites!).

Hop on over to Shanna’s photography blog to see even more images of the big day and if you’re in the Orange County area to check out her amazing talents. {Thanks so much for letting us share Shanna!} And hop to the shoppe to purchase our Farm Birthday Party Supplies.

If you’ve invited guests with our invitations or styled your party with table decor or printable items from The Celebration Shoppe, we would love to see! Send a link or pictures to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com. (By submitting information and/or images you are giving us the right to publish your events details with the appropriate credits.)

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kid craft: hot plate artwork

I just want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and share with you my first gift of the holiday season {proud mom moment}. My kindergartner surprised me on Tuesday with a hand-painted tile. He explained it to be a hot plate, but I’ll never put anything hot near it (and my hubby better not either!). It’s just too lovely. Plus, the back has an outline of his little hand and his signature!

He explained to me the process and the tools you’ll need:

  • smooth white glossy tile from the home improvement store
  • Sharpie markers
  • spray sealent (Update per his teacher: Krylon Crystal Clear Acrylic Coating)
  • marbles for the feet
  • wood glue (Update per his teacher: she attached the marbles with regular wood glue)

How tos as explained by my six-year-old. {wink}

  1. Draw your favorite picture with Sharpies {I of course am in love with his snowman and snowflakes}
  2. Spray the picture (with sealant) and let it dry
  3. Attach marbles for the feet
  4. Write your name on the back (and outline their little hand so you can always remember how small they are)

And now you have a precious keepsake! I have to write his teacher a sweet note because this is one of those things I’ll have in my “happy box” and proudly diplay every year for the rest of my life, much to his chagrin in his teen years I’m sure. {giggle}

Merry Christmas to you and yours! Talk with you all next week and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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real parties: under construction

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I was blog surfing this weekend and came across this “can you dig it?” birthday party over at the Team Smith blog. I was instantly in love with all the details. This mom went to great lengths to create the perfect birthday party for her little one and you can tell from his beautiful smiling face on her blog that he loved it!

She greeted her little workers with tool belts and personalized construction hats and gave them plenty to do with tons of activities: the “digging” sand pile (shown here), a cardboard house to paint, bricks to lay, equipment to ride. You simply must hop over to see all the creative details.

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And once the work was done, she, in true mom style, fed her crew. I just love the hounds-tooth paper; a very clever spin for a construction party. Look closely and you’ll see tape measures instead of ribbon on the serving pails. Oh, and the blueprint tablecloth, crayons and construction cone cups! L-O-V-E it!   

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Last but not least, the perfect construction cake: trucks, chocolate rocks and rich fudge icing! It’s actually funny because I just saw these chocolate rocks at our local candy store on Friday when I was picking up red sour balls for our new Rock Star collection. Point? Make sure you check your specialty candy stores when trying to get creative; you might find just the inspiration you need.

Truly great job Caryn!

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DIY toss game

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And last but not least for our deep blue sea bash, we made a toss game to match our party theme. The great thing about this is you could change the shapes and fabric to match any kind of party theme. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 yards of coordinating fabric
  • 3 pre-cut squares of coordinating felt
  • plywood (or foam board if you don’t have a saw handy)
  • fabric glue
  • staple gun

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Have the hardware store cut your board to size (3′ x 4′) and have someone handy with a saw to cut your circular holes.
  2. Cover the board with fabric using a staple gun.
  3. Next find the center of each hole, cut a small slit and then cut strips folding the fabric back to cover the hole sides and stapling them in place.
  4. Cut out a fish template from the felt and then a circle in the center, the same size as the hole in the board. Apply the fish with fabric glue.
  5. Finally cut out numbers for each hole and apply those with fabric glue.

We placed ours on an easel that my hubby whipped up, but you could lean it against a tree or make small wooden feet for yours. As for what to throw, use either balls or beanbags and hand out prizes for all those who play! Happy crafting.

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pirate-party-table-decor

I was Googling {it’s now a verb!} around and came across a very fun picture of a pirate birthday party. I clicked to see more and realized it was our table decor, pirate ship, gable favor boxes (can’t take credit for the fun stickers) and polka dot & stripe black candles.  It’s rare that we get to see what magic moms put together when they buy our supplies and I have to admit I giggled a little. I still love love love that moms like our designs and decor enough to want it for their little ones. Anyway, I digress! Here is the beautiful pirate birthday party for two twin boys from the erinandaaron.com blog.

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She crafted this wonderful door hanger to greet her guests and this beautiful birthday party banner. {Great work mom!}

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As I mentioned, the party was for twins so they not only had this beautiful cake for guests, but they made it very special and had individual cakes for the boys. {There are our candles!}

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And what’s a party without games. Love the walk the plank! And check out the treasure hunt. If you like what you see here you need to visit erinandaaron.com to read all the wonderful details and resources.

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mermaid princess crafts

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I showcased a few ocean party ideas from Family Fun magazine in yesterday’s post. Today I’m sharing a few more for the royal princess living in your midst.

This first one, a beautiful shell crown, is a must for any mermaid princess. You’ll need:

  • Heavy cardstock large enough to encircle your child’s head
  • Tiara or crown template available at FamilyFun.com/magazine
  • Small shells (large shells will be too heavy and weight down the craft paper)
  • Tacky glue or hot glue
  • Sand
  • Glitter

And here are the simple steps to make this beautiful crown:

  1. Using the template provided by Family Fun, draw and trimout the design. (A cutting mat and staight edge would be helpful.)
  2. Place your shells and then affix them with glue.
  3. Before the glue drys completely sprinkle on sand and glitter to fill in the open spaces.
  4. Allow the crown to dry and then secure it into a circle that will fit your child’s head.

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This next craft is too adorable and perfect for photo ops. You’ll need:

  • Flat bedsheet
  •  Washable marker
  • Nondimensional fabric paint (e.g., DecoArt SoSoft)
  • Felt
  • Fabric glue

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Lay the bedsheet down on a hard flat surface and have your child lie down in the center so that his or her neck lines up with the top edge.
  2. Using the washable marker, trace the child’s body and then sketch the design on top of the outline. (See the mermaid in the upper right corner.)
  3. Now use the fabric paint to create your mermaid. 
  4. I’ve added my own twist here. Paint the mermaid tail, but then embellish it with glitter felt (the craft store usually has pink and purle!) scales.
  5. Hang your sheet on a laundry line to dry and let the magic begin.
  6. NOTE: Follow the package instructions for setting the paint and laundering the sheet.

Happy crafting!

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princessgameHere’s a twist on pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, pin-the-jewel-on-the-crown. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 yard brown or gold wrapping paper
  • Jewel tone craft paper or construction paper
  • Blind fold
  • Double sided tape
  • Prizes

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Cut a crown shape out of the wrapping paper.
  2. Cut shapes (diamonds, octagons, circles) out of the jewel tone craft paper.
  3. Cut an “X” out of the jewel tone craft paper.
  4. Just before the game begins, put a piece of double sided tape on the back of your jewels. (Tip: Do not use “permanent” unless you want them to play the game only once.)

And here’s how they play:

  • Mark the crown with the “X” showing the kids what they’re aiming for.
  • Blind fold each, spin them and let them put their jewel (with double sided tape) on the crown.
  • Whoever gets closest to your “X” wins the round and the prize.
  • Keep playing as many times as it takes for everyone to win or you run out of prizes. {wink}

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