sheriff badge rice crispies

sheriff-badge-rice-crispy-treats

As I mentioned in my hosting a hoe down post, my little one has food allergies. He’s a big fan of the rice crispy treat so I molded the sweet treat into star cookie cutters (available in our shoppe) and then iced them as favors for our guests. We placed them in pails that were embellished with bandana ribbon, the same used on our cake plate, and a fun wooden cowboy boot from the craft store. {50 cents already painted people!} As for the sign, I just picked up a sheet of scrapbooking paper that looked like old wooden boards and imprinted it with the Playbill font (commonly found in Microsoft products). 

Okay, back to the treat. Here’s what you’ll need to decorate:

  • Vanilla or cream cheese icing
  • Freezer weight resealable bags
  • #2 and #4 icing tips and two connectors
  • Red and blue gel food coloring
  •  Lollipop sticks

And here are the easy steps:

  1. First, one tip on molding these, make sure that you butter your cookie cutter so that the sweet falls out easily.
  2. Apply your food coloring to your icing. Gel is best so that your icing doesn’t become watery.
  3. Insert your connector into your bag, insert your icing and then add your tip. I used a #2 tip to outline the badges.
  4. Once you’ve outlined, take the outer connector and tip off of your bag and microwave your icing for seven to eight seconds. You want to heat it up just enough for flooding.
  5. Using the #4 tip, pipe in a zig zag motion inside of the badge and then pull it to the corners with a toothpick or small icing spatula.
  6. Allow the icing to set; ten minutes should do it.
  7. For the lettering I used a #2 tip and for the number I used a #4 tip.

As for packaging, allow the treats to set for four to six hours before you insert them into cello bags so as not to crush the lettering. Happy baking!

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birthday party all aflutter

butterfly-birthday-party-favors

Looking for a colorful way to celebrate a birthday or a new baby coming into this world? Think butterflies! Here are a few ideas to get your party planning started:

The custom polka dot butterfly invitation is ours {gush}.  The background is a pastel pink polka dot and the butterflies are blue, purple, orange and red polka dot. {Yep, I’m a polka dot fan!} Check out all the detail and even personalize it with your party details.

The table décor, a mix of pastel and fuchsia polka dot plates and cups, are also ours. And of course that is not all we have. We offer a beautiful paper (thick as cloth) tablecloth, cookie cutters and balloons.

The favor bags are from MarthaStewart.com. Read all the details on how to pull off these super fun goody gifts and then fill them with yummy candies or scented soaps.

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sweet treat candy table

amyatlas_candytableSometimes we just need a little inspiration to pull our parties together and this beautiful candy table from Amy Atlas is a wonderful idea for our sweet treats birthday party theme. With a little bit of prep and a visit to a candy shop anyone can pull off this beautiful table.

Our sweet treats décor is multi-color so my plan of attack would be to go first to a craft store in search of some fun ribbon (grosgrain shown) and craft paper that could be used for labels on the candy jars, as well as maybe to make some fun party hats.

My next visit would be to a candy shop… where I could spend hours! For the jars, you likely have exactly what you need in your own home… glass vases, bowls, containers… once embellished you won’t remember what you were using them for.

And as for the banner, this could be easily created using ribbon, craft paper and a glue stick. Or, you could get fancy with ribbon, stiff fabic and a sewing machine, either way it’s an easy craft.

Have a wonderful celebration. Oh, and don’t forget to have a beautifully embellished box of wipes nearby  if your guests are under the age of 6! {wink}

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pinwheel planters

pinwheelplantersThese oh so fun pinwheel planters are perfect decoration or favors for a spring garden party or birthday bash. This idea from Better Homes & Gardens Magazine touts a letter at the center of each pinwheel, which might be fun to spell out your guest of honor’s name.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Craft paper (preferably a thick stock that has different design on each side)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Straightedge or ruler
  • Aluminum screw posts (like those used in scrapbooks and photo albums)
  • Pinwheel template
  • ¼” dowel cut to 12″ in length
  • Drill
  • Potted ground cover plants (e.g., ivy)

And here are the simple instructions:

  1. Cut a square of craft paper to the desired size.
  2. With pencil, draw two light lines between the opposite corners of the square, using a ruler or straightedge.
  3. Make four cuts along lines, starting at each corner and stopping three-fourths of the way to the center of the square, as shown in the pinwheel diagram.
  4. Poke a hole through every other corner and through the center of the pinwheel. Be careful not to poke too close to the edge, or the hole may rip when the pinwheel is assembled.
  5. Fold the pricked corners into the center. If using a pin, push the pin through the pricked points, then through the center hole. If using a screw post, push the screw post through the underside of the square and then through the pricked points. Secure with screw.
  6. Drill a small hole in the dowel and insert the screw so that the pinwheel spins.
  7. Insert your new pinwheel in a fun planted pot and display.

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baby shower favors on Daytime

conefavorsThis morning on NBC’s Daytime Columbus I’ll be demonstrating how to make these beautiful baby shower favors. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Lipped serving tray
  • 2″ Styrofoam board cut to fit
  • 2 gift wrap tissue paper sheets
  • Gift wrap shredded paper (available in bags)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Ruler
  • Crafters glue
  • 6″ squares of card stock
  • Ribbon
  • Stickers or die cuts
  • Candies
  • “Thanks” or “Take One” note on card stock

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Cut your Styrofoam board to fit the serving tray. (Tip: This is an activity best performed outdoors.)
  2. Wrap your foam in tissue paper. This serves two purposes. It covers the fibers that might still be loose from cutting and it hides the stark white.
  3. Cover the foam with shredded gift wrap paper.
  4. Determine the number of favors you’ll need and measure your spacing to ensure even placement.
  5. Insert the lollipop sticks.
  6. Curl the 6″ cardstock squares into cones, securing them in place with crafters glue.
  7. Apply the ribbon and die cuts to the cones and fill with candies.
  8. Make a “Thanks” or “Take One” note from the same card stock.

See our shower invitations and decor. Happy crafting.

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peapod baby shower favor

peapod-favor1Do-it-yourself peapod baby shower (see our peapod invitations and décor) favor ideas can be hard to come by. Trust me, I looked and didn’t find much that was all that cute. So, I came up with my own. What guests wouldn’t love to baby themselves with some wonderful smelling candles or soaps.

You’ll need:

  • Mint green bath cloth
  • Mint green candles or round soaps
  • Grosgrain ribbon

And here’s all you have to do:

  1. Cut two eight inch strips of ribbon.
  2. Place three candles or soaps in the center of the bath cloth.
  3. Tie each end rolling the edges slightly to look like an open peapod.

Happy crafting!

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green shower favors

bridalshowerfavor_pbWhether the host of a baby shower or the mom-to-be, you want to thank your guests for coming and for the thoughtful gifts they are sure to bring with them. With that in mind I simply love the idea of “going green.” Not only are these physically green {wink}, but they are a wonderful “green” gift. Plus, how better to signify new life.

Have a “green” favor idea? We would love to hear them. Post a comment or e-mail us at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com.

Image: Pottery Barn

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birthday morning mailbox

truckcraftI posted an idea for a valentine mailbox a few weeks ago and thought I would try my hand at a birthday version. On birthday mornings I like to have something special waiting by their pancakes and what better than a little mailbox filled with birthday cards and goodies. {I know, goodies before breakfast… but it is their birthday.} This is what I came up with for my boys and here’s what you’ll need:

  • small tin mailbox
  • scrapbook paper
  • mod podge
  • sponge mod podge applicator and paintbrush
  • prepainted wooden cutout (assortment of designs available at any craft store)
  • glue gun

And here are the easy steps:

  1.  Measure around the main body and the width of the mailbox and cut scrapbook paper to fit (leaving enough at the front opening to wrap the paper into the box; this will keep the paper from peeling from use). 
  2. Using a straight edge, cut a slit and a hole to fit the section where the flag is joined.
  3. Using mod podge, attach the paper to the mailbox. Once dry, put another layer of mod podge over the top.
  4. For the back of the mailbox, place the cover face down on the back side of the paper and trace around it. Again, cut out and use mod podge to attach it.
  5. Attach the wooden cutout to the front of the box with a hot glue gun.
  6. Cut two small paper rectangles to fill the top of the flag and use mod podge to attach.

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buggy wings

bug_ladybugwingsIn addition to the buggy headbands, we’re also going to demonstrate today on Daytime Columbus how to make these super easy ladybug clip on wings for your next bugs and butterflies birthday bash. I know, you’re thinking “she says everything is easy.” Well these really are. Here’s what you need:

  • ½ yard netting or bridal tulle
  • 16 gauge crafting wire (found in the jewelry section of your craft store)
  • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain shown
  • Wooden bug cutout (available, usually painted, in craft stores)
  • Mini clothespin
  • Glue gun (fabric glue can be used for the ribbon portions)
  • Wire cutters

And here’s how you make them:

  1. Bend the crafting wire into the shape of your wings, considering the size of the child, cut it with wire cutters and twist the ends around one another.
  2. Using the wing shape as a loose guide, cut out four pieces of netting, leaving a ¼ inch to ½ inch all the way around. Each wing will be two pieces thick.
  3. Tack the netting to the wire frames with just a touch of glue and trim off excess.
  4. Apply the ribbon to the outer rim of your wings to secure the netting and to hide the wire. The best way is to center the wire in the ribbon, pipe in a stream of glue (not too much) and then lightly tap it down with your fingers until you’ve gone all the way around each wing.
  5. Next, hot glue a mini clothespin to the back of your wooden bug cutout, near the bottom of the bug.
  6. Finally hot glue the wings to the back of the cutout, allow to cool and the wings are ready for play.

If you prefer a visual guide, the “how to” video will be posted on our blog by Friday. Happy crafting!

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buggy headbands

bugheadbands2This morning we’re going to be showing Gail Hogan of NBC’s Daytime Columbus how to make these soooo cute, if I do say so myself, ladybug and dragonfly headbands. These are wonderful for bugs and butterflies party favors or just for pretend play.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¾ inch (at least) headband
  • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain is shown
  • pipe cleaner (one for straight antenna and two for curly)
  • pom poms
  • glue gun

And here’s how you make these super easy buggy headbands:

  1. Bend your pipe cleaner in the center and then again about a half inch on both sides so that you have a inch to inch-and-a-half base. Apply the base of your pipe cleaner to the middle of the headband with a strip of hot glue. (TIP: If you want curly antenna, use two pipe cleaners. Curl one end around your finger and bend the ends about ¾ inch to apply to the headband.)
  2. Bend the tips of your pipe cleaner outward about a ¼ inch and hot glue on your pom poms.
  3. Clip two one inch sections of ribbon to cover the ends of your headband. Apply each piece with a dot of glue on both sides.
  4. Apply a dot of glue on the inside of the headband, on top of the ribbon you just placed to cover the ends, and wrap your ribbon around in a straight line to cover any exposed headband. Continue to wrap your headband angling your ribbon with each turn and gluing as you go.
  5. When you reach the pipe cleaner, get your ribbon as close to it as possible and then overlap it on the opposite side being careful not to leave exposed headband.
  6. Keep going until you’ve covered the entire headband and end your ribbon on the inside.

If you prefer to see how this is done, we’ll post the “how to” video here on our blog by Friday.

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