DIY baby shower table numbers

With baby showers on the brain and all these Martha Stewart Crafts and Plaid Paints products from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores in my craft room, I decided to make a simple craft this weekend: DIY baby shower table numbers for my Special Delivery stork baby shower collection!

The new pearl colors from Martha Stewart Crafts are my favorite. They shimmer! And what girl doesn’t like a little sparkle?! {wink}

You only need a few supplies:

  • hydrangeas (the large leaves are perfect; I used fake, but live would be lovely!),
  • mini glass jars (I used these for my son’s science party),
  • Martha Stewart Crafts fine point paint brush,
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Purple Martin Pearl (#32119),
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Fancy Script Stencil Set,
  • ribbon (available in the $1 section at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)

And here are the steps:

  1. Dip the tops of your glasses in the pearl paint, allow the excess to drip off and then dry the jars overnight.
  2. Fill the jar 3/4 with rock salt or sugar (it’s cheap and it sparkles just like the paint).
  3. Determine your placement.
  4. Stencil on each number with a fine point paint brush and finish in the detail if needed.
  5. Allow the leaves to dry and display.

It’s that simple! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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Product provided by Jo-Ann Stores, Inc. and Plaid Paints. Ideas and opinions are my own.

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you’ll BEE in love ~ Sweet Designs

I received an advanced copy of Amy Atlas’ new book Sweet Designs a week or so ago. I knew it was going to be wonderful as Amy is a true creative soul, and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s full of lovely photography, crafting ideas, baking tips, styling inspiration and much more.

I’m honestly impressed with the organization and the amount of DIY detail. I’m a DIY girl. Don’t just show me a pretty picture. I want to know how to recreate it. And Amy does just that! Each chapter includes:

  • Bake It: Recipes for making cakes, cookies, pies, mousse, truffles, popsicles, ice cream bars, drinks, and more.
  • Craft It: Instructions and directions for templates to create her signature popcorn cups, candy bar wrappers, paper pinwheels and more.
  • Style It: Designer secrets for arranging sweets, choosing patterns, mixing textures and colors.
  • Shop It: Pick up sweets from the corner store to pair with home-baked desserts.
  • Display It: Serving vessels and display touches to create the whole dessert table or make a single treat stand out.
  • Switch It: Creative ways to swap the desserts, colors, or platters to better suit your needs.

I’m just in love with the honeycomb backdrop for her Honey, I Love You dessert table. It’s adorable and totally doable! You’ll be amazed how simple it is to make and she reveals all the DIY steps right in her “craft it” section.

Oh, and take these little bumble bee favor bags. Yet another, simple and creative idea that will have your guests buzzing!

You can find Amy’s book (352 pages with over 270 never before seen images) in stores tomorrow, April 24th, in the cookbook section and on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. And you can read some of Amy’s two-year behind the scenes journey on her blog, Sweet Designs

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

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Copyright Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It, Hyperion Books 2012
Photography by Johnny Miller

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bumble bee wafer cookies

This is a super simple idea, which I love! But not only is it easy, it’s also yummy and pretty. This simple cookie hits all three musts when entertaining!

I made these for a buzzing bee baby shower idea (see my full collection here) I whipped up for Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com. Hop over and visit them for my Dark Chocolate & Coconut Banana Pudding Bites. Now they are something to buzz about!

You’ll just need some Keebler Vanilla Wafers and yellow melting chocolates (found at your local craft or baking supply store in all colors). I also topped a few with candy bumble bees. If you can’t find these, you’ll find other edible sugar creations in the same area as the melting chocolates.

Just melt the chocolate in eight second intervals in a microwave safe bowl, dip and allow to dry on wax paper. If you have candied decorations attach them before the chocolate sets. These cookies are that simple!

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

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dark chocolate coconut banana bites

I whipped these dark chocolate coconut banana pudding bites up for my latest post with Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com. And let me tell you, it all sounded yummy in my head and then I made it. Oh my!

This might be the best “sophisticated” dessert I’ve ever created. You did know that putting any dessert in a small tasting glass makes it sophisticated, right? Just wanted to make sure. {wink}

This super simple recipe highlights the new Keebler Chips Deluxe Dark Chocolate Chunk cookie. {YUM!}

And it would be perfect for a bumble bee baby shower or bridal shower (see my full printable party collection), or any kind of tasting party for that matter.

I promise… you won’t be disappointed! It is so delish! You can hop over to Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for the recipe and how tos. As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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DIY nautical party cake

I’m so excited this morning to share the first of many easy birthday party cakes decorated with printables designs! I created my first one for my youngest son’s pirate party this past summer (coming in a post soon) and have been thinking up ideas ever since. And just this past week I finally stopped long enough to grab my camera and photograph a few.

This cake is perfect for a nautical inspired baby shower or birthday party and a cake printable party set (as you see here and with the option to have personalized) is available in the shoppe along with the rest of my Little Sailor printable party collection, including invitations, thank you notes, beverage wrappers, cupcake wrappers, dessert tags, banners and more, later today! 

Not a great baker?! No matter. Just visit your local bake shop or grocery store and order up a two layer flat iced buttercream or whipped frosting cake. I picked this one up at Kroger for $14. 

Here’s how you get started. The set comes with both anchor and whale rounds (I suggest using a 2 1/2″ circle punch, available at any craft store) and a sheet of red and white stripe paper.

You’ll also want white lollipop sticks (cut in half), a thin dowel (available in packs of 20 at your craft store for $2), a glue stick and your hot glue gun.

Plus, you’ll want some type of candy filler or edger to hide the base of the cake. I used bright red sixlets. And this cake plate, is the medium square cake plate from the Martha Stewart line at Macy’s.

And here’s how you assemble your printable cake designs.

Port holes for cake sides:

  1. Punch out the whale and anchor rounds
  2. Place a small dot of hot glue on the end of one lollipop stick and attach the whale round to the end, like a flat umbrella, repeat six times

Sailboat mast:

  1. Cut out a mast from the pattern sheet (cut out a rectangle with a straight edge paper trimmer and then using scissors, cut a  slight curve in at the sides)
  2. Cut out a flag (long rectangle, 3/4″ x 5″)
  3. Place glue (glue stick works best) on the back side of your flag and fold it around the top of the dowel starting with the stick at the center of the paper. Sure up your edges the best you can and then trim off any small pieces of white and trim out a triangle on the tip.
  4. Place one dot of hot glue on the dowel where you want the bottom of your mast. Insert the center portion of the paper, holding it straight up, not flat. Allow it to dry for 8-10 seconds. Repeat at the top allowing the paper to bow out as if the wind is blowing.
  5. Add a dot of hot glue to the center of the mast and apply a anchor round.

It’s one of the easiest cakes I ever decorated, especially since I didn’t have to bake or ice! Hop over the shoppe to see my entire Little Sailor printable party collection, including the cake printable set later today! Want to see a few more of my easy to decorate birthday cakes? Visit my post for an art birthday party and dessert table and bugs & butterfly birthday cake with many more to come!

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

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introducing cowgirl collection

I’m truly excited about my newest collection, cowgirl.  We had so much fun mixing modern design elements like chevron with traditional cowgirl ropes and stars. It’s perfect for wild west cowgirl birthday parties and baby showers!

These are just a few of the printable items in this collection, several of which can be personalized.

Including our cupcake picks!

Mosey on over to the shoppe to see more of our cowgirl collection! Oh, and those mini pretzels are the new Keebler 100 Calorie White Chocolate Pretzel Right Bites. I used one bag per cello and they are yummy!

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

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yellow baby shower inspiration

I’m a lover of yellow in combinations of white, gray and/or black as you can likely tell from my buzz baby shower invitation and printable party decor collection. {Sidebar: Growing up my mom’s kitchen was tastefully decorated in yellow (my dad always said it was like the morning sun) and now my kitchen is yellow (from mid-February to October).}

It’s crisp, bright and since there are so many natural yellow elements (lemons, simple flowers), it can be very economical if you get a little creative. These ideas are lovely: table setting and placecard from Three Apple Events via Style Me Pretty; Centerpiece beverage bucket and lemon vase from Martha Stewart

Yellow is also a very easy color to incorporate into desserts, like these lovely lemon burst cookies from Tidy Mom, mini lemon souffles in “real” lemon peels from Martha Stewart, and candies and dessert pops featured on Style Me Pretty, photographed by Verve Photography. (Follow me on Pinterest and visit my ”yellow” for even more ideas!)

And if you don’t have a shower in your future, these ideas would also be lovely for a Mother’s Day brunch or tea this year! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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berrylicious baby shower

I was browsing the web a few weeks ago and stumbled across this beautiful baby shower hosted by Abby Welker of A Feathered Nest. I got in touch with her immediately to see if I could share this adorable strawberry-themed baby shower she created for her sister-in-law. From the super sweet invitations to the delectable dessert table, this fabulous party is just bursting with berries!

I absolutely love the little touches!  The tiered stand of lovely dipped strawberries and the cheery flower arrangement are sweet and simple, yet make such an impact.

But my personal favorite are the flower arrangements Abby used to welcome her guest along the walkway; using a simple tree branch, mason jars and raffia. The result is adorable! Plus, Abby shares a “how to” on her Pinterest-inspired idea!

You must pop on over to A Feathered Nest and see more of Abby’s berrylicious baby shower!

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stork baby shower cookies

 
Today we have a guest! Callye from Sweet Sugar Belle created these fabulous stork and hippo cookies using my new Special Delivery baby shower collection as her inspiration. Here are all the details as written by Callye!
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These precious little storks were made to coordinate with the Special Delivery collection from The Celebration Shoppe.
 
 
For the stork cookie, I simply used an ice cream cone cutter.  You can trim it if you’d like, but it will look fine if you choose not to. Once you’ve baked the cookies and they have cooled completely, you are ready to decorate.
 
  
To decorate your own stork cookies you will need:
  • white and dark orange piping icing
  • white and orange flood icing
  • black 4mm sugar pearls
  • tweezers

 

To begin, outline a circle for the stork’s head. If you aren’t comfortable piping a circle freehand, try this little trick I know.  Using a food color marker {I used yellow because it’s my lightest and least used color} trace around something round like a cookie cutter so you will have a guideline to follow when you pipe.
 
Be sure to pipe around the OUTSIDE of the lines with the icing, so the “cheat” lines are hidden underneath the icing.
 
 
When this is done, outline the beak. Soon afterward, fill the beak outline with orange flood icing. Let this dry for at least thirty minutes or longer so that the orange icing is well set. 
 
 
Next fill in white outline. If you try to fill in the head too soon, it may cause the two colors to run together or bleed, so do not rush this step.
 
 
To complete your stork while the icing is still wet, use the tweezers to drop a candy bead into the middle of the white circle.  This will be the stork’s eye.
 
 
Let these dry for eight hours and you will have a simple but cute cookie that perfectly matches the Special Delivery collection!
 
 Good luck and happy decorating!
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I’m sure all of you are loving Callye’s work like I do and you might be wondering about those fun little hippo cookies that also match our new Special Delivery baby shower collection. Well she posted the tutorial for those sweeties over on her blog today! Yay! So hop over and take a look!
 
As always, I hope you’re inspired!
 
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special delivery! baby shower

I shared with you a few weeks ago our storyboard for a new baby shower collection: Special Delivery. I’m just in love with purple this season. And when I found these purple swiss dot plates and napkins I just knew they would be perfect for our baby shower shoot. And the fabulous part is, they’re in the shoppe with the rest of the collection: custom invitations, thank yous and printables.

Here’s another look at the invitation. How cute is our little “special delivery?!”

The other fun thing about this collection is that although it was created with baby showers in mind, we didn’t include the stork in all of the components making this collection perfect for an Easter, Mother’s Day brunch or even a spring birthday party.

And how much do you love these fabulous cookies from Sweet Sugar Belle?! I’m thrilled to say Callye will be guest posting all the DIY details for the stork, including an easy to follow pictorial on Monday! (Update: Read post!) Make sure you stop back in!

You can find the invitations and thank yous in the shoppe today and all the decor, including the printables you see here and a few more, will be in the shoppe on Monday. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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