how to make a cake topper video

how to make a cake topper

Want to learn how to make a cake topper?

As I shared in my behind the scenes with JoAnn post last week, I’m working with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores as their craft influencer for the month of May!

JoAnn and the Craft and Hobby Association are on a mission to help us cre8time! I don’t know about you, but crafting and creating relaxes me. And before you think it, nope. Not everything in my craft room turns out right the first time. As a matter of fact, sometimes half the fun for me is making a mess and learning how I could have done something better!

As part of the cre8time initiative, JoAnn has started the Creativity Made Simple project, sharing fun and easy ideas that we can make in 1-2-3! 

For my first Creativity Made Simple idea, I’m sharing how to make a cake topper! Watch the how to video and hop over to JoAnn for a complete list of craft supplies.

And I’d love for you to subscribe to my You Tube video channel and JoAnn Fabric and Craft Store’s channel too!

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

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FLASH SALE! Train Birthday Party $5

Train Birthday Party

Hey everyone! I’m having a flash sale!!

My super sweet friend Laurie is working on a big new project for her site, Tip Junkie, and I’m helping her raise some funds. Today, and today only, my entire Train Birthday Party printables set (a $17 value) is only $5 in support of her venture!!

The Train Party set includes:

  • Cupcake Toppers,
  • Cupcake Wrappers,
  • Napkin Rings,
  • Favor Tags, and
  • Straw Slips

Just hop into my party store and pick up a set! (Sold separately ~ train party invitation and thank you note.)

Happy Friday everyone! And don’t forget, this offer ends at midnight tonight!

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healthy party snack ideas

Healthy party snacks

As a mom that owns a party planning company, you might think my kids live on cupcakes and candy bars. Honestly it’s quite the opposite. My kiddos are a bit desensitized to all the snacks that make their way through our kitchen and the studio. Thank goodness!

And as a mom constantly taking snacks to school, hosting holiday parties and play dates, I’m always on the lookout for healthy party snacks. Yummy treats that the kids will enjoy and we moms can still feel good about. That’s why when offered to share Green Giants new Veggie Chips I was all in.

My oldest LOVES anything cheese, so the Green Giant™ Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chips were in his tummy before I could blink. I actually had to stop him from eating from the bag so I’d have enough to share a picture with you!

And my youngest, as many of you know, has severe food allergies. So he and I were both excited for him to try the Green Giant™ Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips – Sea Salt Flavor. He gobbled them up too!

Healthy party snacks

And by the way, both are made with real veggies and sweet potatoes! The Green Giant Multigrain Sweet Potato Chips even have 40 percent less fat than regular potato chips. I not only want this for my child, I want it for me! The best part, the kids don’t even realize they’re veggie snacking. And when I told mine, it didn’t change a thing. They still gobbled on!

Want to try them?! Here’s an 85 cents off Veggie Snack Chips coupon!

And for a bit of fun, check out the surprise talents the Green Giant has unearthed. Plus, show the Giant your surprise talent on their Facebook page or see even more surprise talents on the Green Giant YouTube channel!

Happy Monday everyone and happy healthy snacking!

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raise a reader + $50 LeapFrog giveaway!

Raising A Reader with LeapFrog

I’m a reader. I have boys. I want them to be readers… And we all know that boys are less likely to keep reading (when not forced) than girls. That is why I started from the moment they were born. Reading together every night for at least 20 minutes in our house is not only a family tradition/habit, but also a reward.

I actually hate to admit this… but I’m going to just so you can get a feel for how much my boys love to read. If they’re jumping on the bed… not brushing their teeth… giggling so much they can’t breath… I simply threaten “okay, no book tonight!” and they immediately and I do honestly mean immediately, straighten up. And I don’t have toddlers anymore {sad smile}, my oldest is eight! And he reads at a 6th grade level (AR 6.2). Yep. I’m a proud momma.

Now just so you know, not everything we read is a great tale. Nope. I’ve read more science books (even parts of my old college Biology textbook to them… don’t get me started!) about creepy crawly slithery critters, space and electronics, African animals, weather, etc. than I care to name. But they loved it. And… I learned a thing or two right along with them. {grin}

Raise A Reader

My youngest has a particular fascination with dinosaurs, and he has since he was two. (Ever seen his 4th birthday Dinosaur Party? It was featured in Parents magazine!)

Raise A Reader

My point is, read what THEY like. It will keep them interested and eager. My oldest actually got grumpy with me recently when his little brother and I went to the library before we picked him up from school… he told me that just wasn’t fair! {grin}

At this point I feel I have to also tell you that both of my boys are big into sports too. They are energetic and social… and readers! They play baseball, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf and they swim. Yes… I know… we’re honing it down to our favorite sports. I only allow one sport at a time, unless it’s summer, and that is becoming more difficult the older they get. {smirk}

LeapFrog Learning System

Okay, so if you didn’t start reading to your little people from day one. No worries and no shame. OR, if you did and your kiddos are doing great, but you’re looking for something interesting to keep them going (I’m always on the look out for something new to keep them engaged).

Either way, you really should look at the LeapFrog systems to help your children grow as readers. I’m a lover of the hardback book… my kids are growing up in the age of technology… LeapFrog offers a melding of the two complete with reading, spelling, games, science, and more. My son, as you can see, was mesmerized by the Leap and the Lost Dinosaur book and the games inside, especially the Dinosaur Jungle Survivor Game that comes complete with a set of dinosaur fact cards. By the way, did I mention he’s a dinosaur lover. I should have taken a picture of his playroom for you… we have every dinosaur toy sold. Literally.

Raise a Reader with LeapFrog

Did you know it’s Reading Month?! Hop… or leap… over to LeapFrog.com for more details about why reading to kids for at least 20 minutes a day is not only a good idea, but is literally linked to test scores (plus, it’s great snuggle time!). You can also get a $3 off LeapFrog coupon code!

LeapFrog would also love for you to take the LeapFrog Reading Month pledge! Leap over to their Facebook page and help them donate books to America’s schools!

Wanna win a LeapFrog Tag to help you get started?!  So simple! Just tell us about your reading habits in the comments!

Prize items include (depending on your child’s age): Tag Leap and the Lost Dinosaur, Tag Get Ready for Kindergarten, Tag Junior Toddler Milestones, Tag Junior Animals Around the World. Approximate value of prize pack items is $50.

We’re using Rafflecopter and you can login with either your e-mail account (which no one will gain access to for any other purpose than to alert you of your prize) or facebook. Good luck!

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Happy weekend everyone!

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I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective but content and opinions expressed here are my own. You guys know I would have it no other way! To take the LeapFrog Reading Month pledge, please visit their Facebook page. #LFReadingMonth #spon

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Oz The Great And Powerful

Wizard of Oz

When I was a kid there was no DVD (no VHS until I was about 9…) and there was no TIVO or record on demand. Needless to say, if you wanted to watch something (on the three channels that we got) you had better plant yourself in front of the television on time. The Wizard of Oz movie, the original from 1939, came on every year and every year I was ready. My mom would make brownies and we made a family night of it. Admittedly, the evil green Wicked Witch of the West creeped me out a bit, but still LOVED the movie.

So you can imagine that I’ve been giddy with anticipation with all the promos and sneak peeks at the new Oz The Great And Powerful movie. Even if the witch creeps me out again, I have to hand it to Disney, the graphics in the trailers are beyond reproach.

And as soon as I see it… which will hopefully be this weekend… I’ll share a mom’s review. I have a six and an eight year old, and I hope it’s okay for the little one. I really want to share it with them! That said, neither of my boys liked the recent Alice in Wonderland or Christmas Carol. I hate to admit it, because Disney is my absolute favorite (movies and destination), but they were both too “dark” for my kiddos’ taste.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend! And if you see the movie, don’t tell me what happens! Since this is the prequel to the original story, I’m anticipating the story line… and maybe a few fun birthday party ideas. {wink}

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rainbow sprinkles slumber party ideas

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Deanna from Mirabelle Creations here, and I’m so excited to share my daughter Mira’s 10th birthday party with you.  For her party, Mira wanted to have a small slumber party with her five closest friends.  Additionally, when we started discussing themes, she didn’t want an over the top, all-out theme.  (Teenage, or in this case, ten-ager, birthday party ideas are hard.) Mira has always loved rainbow sprinkles.  In fact, it’s the only ice cream topping she likes.  Also, she loves having breakfast for dinner, so we decided to host a Sprinkles “Brinner” (brunch for dinner). 

Rainbow Birthday Flowers

Instead of sharing all the little details of the party (you can read more about them on my blog), I wanted to share what made this a special tween party. 

I have always believed in the power of creating meaningful party details to celebrate the guest of honor.  But, for tween girls, it’s crucial to also celebrate and encourage everyone at the party.  Tween years can sometimes be trying.  It’s tough finding your place in the world and a group of friends that celebrate you.  During this time, tweens are trying to figure out their values and beliefs.  Their experiences during these formative years will contribute to the teens and young women they become. 

So, here are a couple of tips to make a tween or teen birthday party special for all the girls:

  1. Create a special space:  During the party, the girls sat at a table specially decorated just for them.  They were so excited to see their special space and all the fun décor we made just for them.  They ate their dinner there, then returned to the same spots for cake, and for breakfast the next morning.
  2. Include one activity to build encouragement:  While the girls were eating Brinner, I encouraged them to each write a positive statement about everyone else sitting at the table on pieces of the circle cardstock that decorated the middle of the table.  OH MY GOODNESS!  I never imagined what a wonderful moment it would be for all of them.  Not only did they write beautiful statements about each other, but they also read aloud all of the affirmations.  That led to them engaging in a lengthy discussion about all the things they loved about each other. 
  3. Give them choices:  Of course, my daughter had many ideas about what she wanted me to incorporate in her party.  But, I also intentionally gave the other girls choices to make during the party.  Allowing girls to make choices empowers them to believe in their own wisdom.  One simple way I incorporated this idea was setting up a Yogurt Bar where they could choose to build their own parfait.  Additionally, one activity they enjoyed was painting their own canvas.  While the girls were painting, I overheard the girls praise each other’s paintings.  These were simple ideas to plan, but were both confidence-building activities. 
  4. Limit technology:  By foregoing a movie and keeping the television off for the evening, the girls were able to role play and just talk with one another.  They developed some elaborate scenario where they were all pretend sisters who also happened to be famous singers.  They spent hours role playing and giggling!

Yogurt Bar

All the gorgeous décor and desserts make for a beautiful party.  I live for and dream about all the little beautiful details for parties.  But, what I truly loved about this party was creating a space where my daughter and her tween friends could be encouraged and empowered to be their own person!

Rainbow Party Favors

You can find me and more details about my sweet girl’s slumber birthday party, including how to create the chalkboard signage on our yogurt table and how to make these sprinkle rings as party favors, on my blog at Mirabelle Creations.  

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

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balloon inspired birthday party

In my last post I shared our new balloon birthday party collection (shop invitation and printable party decor) and today I’m sharing the lovely client party we created this printable birthday collection for.

This beautiful family belongs to Francesca of the SITS Girls. I just can’t get over how adorable her kiddos are!

Francesca kept them and their friends busy with face painting,

a magic show, an outdoor viewing of the Disney movie Up!, a s’ mores dessert bar and good old fashion playground time! What kid wouldn’t love this party?!

Here’s a snapshot of the party decor details. For more, hop over to my balloon birthday party printables post. Or head into the shoppe to discover one of our other 76 collections!

A big thank you to Fran for letting us be a small part of her daughter’s big day and to Leslie of Green Vintage Photography for capturing the day! The beautiful smiles say it all! (By the way, Leslie’s in the Sacramento area. If you’re in the market, you simply must see her portfolio! )

Happy Monday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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basketball birthday bash

When Paula from Party Like Paula sent us her son, Jake’s, Basketball Birthday Bash, I knew it was a slam dunk! {wink} She did a fabulous job transforming this classic basketball theme (Jake’s favorite sport, of course!) into a party with some punch.

From the strikingly simple color palette of black and white referee stripes with basketball orange, to the scoreboard backdrop over the dessert table, Paula scores big with the little touches that make a big impact. My absolute favorite item, though, is the DIY basketball dessert stands she crafted using mini basketballs and frisbees!

Other note-worthy party details include a fun DIY door wreath, balloon pillars, basketball centerpiece… all items you’ll want to bounce on over to Party Like Paula to see!

Happy Birthday, Jake!

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

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camp Cole birthday party part II

So yesterday I shared part I of my little boy’s camp birthday party, including all the games and festivities, and today I’m sharing more party decorations including a few treats from the CAMP COLE Snack Shack. {All camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}

I just loved my little tent and campfire napkin wrappers!

Our tree house was adorned with a Welcome To Camp Cole sign,

and all guests received a monogrammed “I survived CAMP COLE” t-shirt upon arrival. {Personalized t-shirts are available from Sew Jewell on Etsy!}

We had so much fun that day… even though it was close to 98 degrees! Ugh! Make sure you hop over and see all the games and activities in the part I post and you can find all the printable camp party supplies in the shoppe, all of which can be personalized for your little camper! {camp party invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}

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

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camp Cole birthday party part I

My little boy just turned six. SIX! Oh my, it gives me heart palpitations just thinking about how much he’s grown. And this year for his birthday he wanted a camp party {All camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}. My fabulous hubby built the boys a tree house last summer and we thought it was high time it got lots of use!

So you may remember that last year my oldest son’s Robot birthday party was in the middle of a monsoon… yes, it was that bad! Well, this year we had the worst storm of the season with 80 mile-an-hour straight line winds the night of our camp party. I know what you’re thinking… it doesn’t look bad in this picture?! Well, that is because this year I took my own advice and had a “rain date” on the invite. So we celebrated a day later than we planned… no biggie… at least we were dry. It was 98 degrees so we were a bit sweaty and couldn’t bring ourselves to light the fire for the s’ mores, but we were dry.

Moral of this story… be flexible moms and just have fun! {grin}

So there were games, lots of games. One legged races, Twister,

archery (NERF of course… and with his brother teasing him behind the balloon targets…), shooting gallery (NERF again), bean bag toss, and more.

And if you have party games, you must have awards. We had awards for every field game event, plus for being a good team player, best smile, awesome camper and on and on. No one was left out and the moms tell me they were a big hit!

Here’s my tutorial for making the crepe paper award medals and you can find the rounds, along with the game signs and all camp printable party supplies are available in the shoppe: invitation, thank you notes, printable party supplies, camp t-shirts}.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the camp party decorations and more camp party ideas including the CAMP COLE Snack Shack! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE!

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