robot birthday party ideas

I shared our new robot invitation and printable partyware design (invitation and thank yous in the shoppe) a few weeks ago and mentioned that this is the theme my oldest has chosen for this year’s big bash. So this morning I thought I would share a few of the things that have inspired me during the planning process.

The party is only a few weekends away so much more robot birthday party inspiration coming soon!

 

Oh, and if you want more ideas right now because you just can’t wait {wink}, check out my board on Pinterest.com. There’s more there now and I’m sure I’ll be adding!

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deep blue sea party ideas

These are some of my favorite deep blue sea and fish birthday party ideas:

We just added several new printable party supplies (cupcake picks, dessert tags, beverage wrappers, banner and more), custom cookies (crab, starfish, and angel fish) and a monogrammed t-shirt to our Deep Blue Sea collection so this party idea has been on the brain a bit lately. If you want to see a few more ideas, hop over to my board on pinterest.

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

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lunch boxes with promise

As I mentioned on Monday (when I posted our FREE lunch box notes!), I’ve been obsessing a bit about my oldest heading off to first grade (and away from me for the entire day… for the first time since I left my corporate life). Lunch is a big part of that stress. He’s such a picky eater and I don’t want to fill his lunch box with cookies… I may have to, but I’m going on record that I don’t want to.

So, while I’ve been stressing and scouring the net for food ideas, I’ve come across some pretty cool lunch box ideas.

  1. He hates for his food to touch so this divider lunch box from Pottery Barn Kids would be a great option.
  2. He would love to doodle and draw on these frame napkins from Perpetual Kid, and it gives him something to do if lunch time gets boring… or more likely… he doesn’t want to eat what I pack him {stressed again}.
  3. He loves planes and I love the retro, so this linen box from The Land of Nod has promise. (It also comes in a green space rocket and other choices for girls!)
  4. He really loves camoflage right now and I love the monogram and the sturdy sides since he has to put his lunch in a huge bin with all the other kid lunches. So this bag from Pottery Barn Kids is a strong contender. Can you imagine the kid who brings his in a paper bag like I did?! It will be flat! 

More to come on food ideas as school gets closer. Happy Tuesday everyone!

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summer camp must haves

With summer drawing near I’ve been thinking about summer activities and away camps. Honestly I’m not ready for away camp… I’m having a hard time with my oldest going to full day school next year… I know, I know. I don’t have to tell you moms how hard it is to let go.

Anyway, it still got me to thinking about all the fabulous things I would get them “IF” I were sending them away this year, and here are a few things that made my short list:

  • Pottery Barn Kids toiletry bags - how cool is this?! Let’s face it, the cabins don’t often have bathrooms/showers in them. You have to walk a few hundred yards and this keeps your shampoo, toothbrush, towel, etc. handy!  Plus, you can have it personalized so there is no question who it belongs to.
  • Mabel’s Labels’ Camp Edition - I’m all for labeling everything, even toothbrushes! {wink}
  • Personalization Mall “road trip” lap desk - this would be perfect for my kiddos to write letters home on. I know I will personally want a letter every single day… not that I’ll get it, but at least this little lap desk makes one less excuse they can give me.
  • Pottery Barn hooded beach towels - my oldest has a ton of curly hair so the hood would be super helpful.
  • Carson HU-530 Hawk kid bonoculars on Amazon – you can’t bird watch without them.
  • Tiny Prints summer camp personalized journal – and if my kiddos don’t write every day, maybe they’ll at least write down a little about their daily adventures so I can catch up when they get back home.

By the way, thank you for all of your love and support in the Top 50 Mom Craft Blog List on Babble. I was up to #53 this morning and it just warms my heart that so many of you like what I do here. Thank you, thank you! And if you’ve not voted yet, and if you want to of course, you can click here and scroll until you see ”The Celebration Shoppe” and then give us your thumbs up. Thanks!

 As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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thinking red, white & blue

Although the rain refuses to go away here in Ohio (like eight straight days now…) I’m dreaming of summer and my idea sketch pad has quickly moved on from Easter and is now looking a bit more patriotic. Here are just a few of the things that are inspiring me this morning.

More to come on what my sketch pad doodles will turn into. In the meantime, I’ve been nominated as a Top 50 Mom Craft Blog on Babble. If you up for it, I’d love your vote! Click here and scroll until you see “The Celebration Shoppe” and then give us your thumbs up. Thanks!

 As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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library playdate

I fell in love with the idea of a book party, or better, a pretend library playdate while flipping through the most recent issue of Family Fun magazine this past weekend. I’m a book lover. If you could see my office, which I’m going to have to share sometime in the near future, you would see a massive cabinet filled with books, and those are just the ones I felt compelled to purchase.

And my love for books is something that I want to pass on to my boys. We go to the library at least once a week and we spend at least 30 minutes each night reading (I say “we” because my Kindergartener is now reading to me! And yes, my eyes do well up with pride some nights!) so when I saw these fabulous ideas in this month’s issue I knew that this would be one of our summer activities.

Aren’t the official-looking library invitations, filled out with name and date, adorable?! My boys love to see what the last date entry is when we get a book that still has one in the back. And the crafts are so fun: making a library card and paint stamping a book tote (with simple rectangles, how clever!).

Family Fun also had the great idea to appoint a librarian (an ideal job for an older sibling) to stamp the card each time a guest checks out a book to read at the party. And to award kids who collect five or more stamps with an inexpensive book or other goody as a favor. You can see all the details, including how to make those fun book worm rice crispy snacks by hopping over to Family Fun!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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a peek into BlissDom 2011

I shared in early January that I had two big trips scheduled for the month. The first was the Martha Stewart Dreamer Into Doers event in New York, and the second was the BlissDom 2011 blogger’s conference in Nashville.

I have to pause and share this picture of Laurie of Tip Junkie, Courtney of Pizzazzerie, me, Chris of Celebrations At Home and Amy of Living Locurto and co-founder of I Heart Faces all standing with a sign for the new CMT show Working Class (we got to meet the star and view the premier). And behind the camera was the super talented Angie of The Arthur Clan and the other co-founder of I Heart Faces.  I “heart” all of these women!

I really wanted to go to BlissDom in 2010 and it just didn’t work out so when the 2011 registration opened up in the fall I booked early. There was no way I was missing it again. And now that I’m back home I couldn’t be more thrilled with my experience. I met fabulous women in person that I’ve been talking to online for years, I made new friends and I was completely energized by extraordinary speakers including

the keynote speaker and author of The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown, who talked about the power of vulnerability. This is a snapshot of a slide (in a very dark room mind you) from her presentation. I love this because it is simple reminder to all of us who put ourselves out there for the world to read and see everyday. Some will love what you do and others will not. Don’t fret or be boastful, simply do your best and be proud of it.   

And then there was the closing note speaker, Scott Stratton of UnMarketing. Okay, so this wasn’t his presentation. It’s another fabulous image taken by Angie of The Arthur Clan at one of the evening events, but this gives you some insight into his personality. I would sum him up as a real. smart. crazy. fun. guy… that you should listen to if you want to be successful in social media. You can find him on his blog at UnMarketing, on twitter at @unmarketing and his book is none other than UNMarketing (which by the way, per Scott, is not about marketing for the U.N.). {smirk}

I also loved that they offered tiered breakout sessions based on what you were looking to learn. Since I’ve been around for a while I went to all the professional sessions, but they offered just as many for begginning bloggers. There truly was something for everyone!

And these are some shots from my little point and shoot (except for the last image) of just a few of the wonderfully talented bloggers I got to spend time with on the second evening. I wish I had more pictures, but to be honest I was so absorbed in the moment I forgot my camera most of the time. In the top image, from left to right, Courtney of Pizzazzerie, Chris of Celebrations At Home, me, Angie of The Arthur Clan and I Heart Faces and Amy of Living Locurto and I Heart Faces. Second image is the lovely Laurie of Tip Junkie and me. Third image is me, Bridget of Bake at 350 and Cheryl of Tidy Mom. And the bottom image is of  Chris of Celebrations At Home, me, Matt Kearney and Michelle Branch (our entertainment for the evening), Courtney of Pizzazzerie and Laurie of Tip Junkie.

And I can’t end this post without also mentioning the BlissDom sponsors. Alli and Barbara, the BlissDom masterminds, outdid themselves by rounding up some fabulous companies including Intel, Hallmark, Blue Bunny, Clorox, GE, Yoplait, ConAgra, Kellogg’s, Lifetime Moms and so many more. One of which has given me a little something something to giveaway. Make sure you stop in tomorrow for your chance to win! If you’re a party girl it’s right up your alley!

As always, I hope you’re inspired. AND I sincerely hope that if you’re a blogger I’ll see you next year at BlissDom. Trust me. You won’t regret it. But if you simply can’t wait that long, Alli and Barbara are offering audios, videos, transcripts and slides from all the events. Just visit BlissDom At Home to learn more!

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autumn pasta party

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As the weather gets cooler, it seems our meals get a bit more hearty. What would the fall and winter months be without soup, chili, and everyone’s favorite, pasta? With that in mind, I put together an inspiration board to help you think about hosting a cozy Pasta Party with friends.

The atmosphere should be casual and inviting with organic centerpieces, simple place settings, and plenty of wine! The adorable name card holders shown are an interesting and unique detail. Keep appetizers to a minimum to save room for the main meal. These small antipasti skewers are just the right size. Speaking of the main meal, I love the idea of serving a pasta bar with a few different pasta varieties, as well as two or three different sauces to try. You could have red sauce and white sauce, meatballs on the side to add, and freshly grated cheese. Or for another twist you could have guests bring their own secret recipe and have a sauce showdown!

Serve individual sized tiramisu in cocktail glasses, along with espresso, to keep the conversation lively throughout the night. As a parting favor for your guests, wrap a small potted herb such as rosemary or thyme, in burlap tied with twine.

There’s no better way to spend quality time with friends than over a casual Autumn meal.

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Pastas, Table  settingAppetizer, Place card setting, Wine, PastaTiramisu 

Guest blogger, Chris of Celebrations At Home

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back to school buzz

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A customer wrote in asking for ideas on how to throw a back to school birthday party for her soon-to-be 16 year old daughter. Back to school makes you immediately think of yellow buses and pencils, but remember, this is a 16 year old girl. Oh, and the guest list is another 50 teenage girls… so you can see, here in lies the challenge this mom faces. How do you pull off a semi-sophisticated teen girl approved party with a back to school theme? Needless to say I was intrigued to help her.

So the easy way out would be for me to point her in the direction of our black and yellow Buzz collection as seen along side the beautiful black and yellow cake from Cake Girls above, but the event planner in me wanted to give her choices.

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So here’s a black and red alternative and some economical ideas on how to pull it together:

1. Serving table backdrop – hang or frame a lovely damask fabric, or even a chalk cloth as your backdrop and then make it evident who the guest of honor is with these rod iron letters from Pottery Barn, but don’t stop there. Get some red tissue paper from the craft store and make mini-pom poms to insert in the letters for a more dramatic effect, plus tissue pom poms won’t wilt like real flowers might in the heat of August.

2. Drink service – teen girls love to gossip and mingle… like us older girls don’t!… so have a easy drink service like this idea from Better Homes and Gardens.

3. Apple centerpieces- for the centerpieces, don’t spend a fortune on a florist unless you have money to burn. Buy apples in bulk at your local Costo or Sam’s Club and place them in glass jars around the tables and if you don’t have enough jars, stack them into pyramids. But remember to send everyone home with one as part of their thank you or you’ll be baking apple pies for a week! (image via Merry B Events)

4. Book centerpiece - another idea is to re-purpose the books you have around your home and if you don’t have enough, make a trip to your local library. Just remember that if someone spills a drink on one you’ve borrowed, you might have to pay a fine or even for the entire book! (image via Martha Stewart)

5. Cloth beverage napkins - for a group of 50, or even five for that matter, paper napkins are just lovely, but if you wanted to make a statement you could use cloth. These could be made easily with a few yards of fabric, red fabric paint, a stippling brush and a stencil from the craft store. (image via inhabitots)

6. Chalk board coasters - I also thought these could be fun and could double as placecards. They can be picked up from Purpose Design on Etsy. Or, if you’re feeling crafty, run to your local dollar store for the coasters and the craft store for the paint. In a few hours you could have 50 of these little guys.

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7. Paper lanterns – I love to give parties height with either pom poms or paper lanterns (or Pterodactyls…) and these lanterns are a lovely way to achieve that.

8. Cake – What birthday is complete without a beautiful cake? This one is from Sweet Libertine Cakes.

9. Cupcakes – I couldn’t resist putting our black and white damask cupcake wrappers from the Buzz collection in.

10. Candy – Taking a tip from Amy Atlas, it’s always a good idea to have a little candy around. These lovely jars came from Pottery Barn and you can get any color of bulk candy from The Candy Warehouse.

And just a few more things:

Table setting - For the yellow and black option, all the decor can be found with our Buzz collection. For the red and black option, we have a modern twist of red and white stripe plates paired with red and white polka dot napkins with our pirate collections. Lose the pirate eye patch napkin ring and you’re in business. {wink}

Favor - Last, but not least, the favor. A damask journal would be lovely at each placesetting, but with a guest list of 50 that would be an investment. My suggestion would be to pick up the black and white ledger books, the ones with the white block on the front for your name, that are typically with the school supplies for about $.65 this time of year. Embellish them with a red grosgrain ribbon and the guest’s name. You’ve just solved your favor and placecard needs in one project.

I hope I’ve helped Janelle in her quest for the perfect back to school birthday bash for her daughter and maybe given you a few fun ideas along the way! And if you’re not up for a full “to do” before the school year begins, maybe you would be up for a little end of summer picnic (clever ideas and beautiful photography await you)! Happy Tuesday everyone!

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tweet inspiration

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Isn’t this just lovely! Three tables were styled by Beka and Kimberly of Philadelphia-based Innove Events and photographed by the fabulous Marie Labbancz (featured at Elizabeth Anne Designs ) for an Easter brunch, but I think it could be beautiful for a sweet springtime birthday party too. You must hop over and see the entire collection of images!

Okay, and although the cake at the top right was not part of their collection, I thought it was very fun and something that even the birthday girl could help with. You’ll find all the details at Parenting.com, along with a cake pattern.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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