pink ombre cake & happy 60th birthday Mom!

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My sweet mom turned 60 this week!

My boys decorated a breakfast for her. Lots of streamers and pink… pink everywhere. She loved it. {grin}

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For her cake I tried my hand at making my first ombre cake. It was a simple one, but I think it turned out pretty!

To ice a simple pink ombre cake, you’ll need:

  • Your favorite homemade buttercream icing
  • Pink gel food coloring
  • Three bowls
  • Pink rock candy
  • Optional: Wax paper

How to ice an ombre cake:

  1. Starting with a chilled two layer cake that already has a white crumb coat.
  2. Divide your icing into three bowls.
  3. Add one drop of gel food coloring to one bowl, two drops to another and three to another. Go light on the drops. It will get dark quickly.
  4. Apply your darkest icing to the bottom, about an inch tall.
  5. Apply the middle color to the middle, again, about an inch tall.
  6. Apply the lightest color to the top inch and top of cake.
  7. Crumble rock candy (if on sticks, crush inside plastic on cutting board), and sprinkle around edge of cake.

Bakers tip: Using small 3×3 pieces of wax paper, slip them under your cake on your cake plate, before icing your cake. This helps keep the cake plate clean. Just slip them out once you’re done and touch up your icing near the base if needed.

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We also whipped up a quick glitter number cake topper.

You’ll need:

  • Printed numbers (just open Word, type your numbers in the point size and color you desire) on cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (liquid is fine, but put it on your finger, not the paper, to apply)
  • Glitter
  • Lollipop stick
  • Hot glue

Easy steps:

  1. Cut out the numbers.
  2. Apply glue (with your finger if liquid, otherwise your paper will get too wet).
  3. Sprinkle on the glitter (over a sheet of paper if you want to save excess).
  4. Hot glue numbers to lollipop sticks.

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Happy birthday MOM! We love you!

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

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create the perfect study spot

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Now that school is starting up all across the country we moms are looking for creative ways to get the kids to do their homework or study for a test without us having to ask… like a million times. {smirk}

For our family, it’s all about creating the perfect study spot. Something that is uniquely your child. Everyone learns differently and the key is finding what they consider comfortable. Some kids want a desk with all the organization. And some kids want to snuggle up and work off their lap. I’ve collected ideas for both!

Take my oldest, he fell in LOVE with this waffle chair during a recent visit to Target so I chose to use it as a starting point for boys and went a more classic route for girls. Again though, it’s all about the individual child. Some boys will want a desk and some girls will prefer a lap desk.

So here we go!

Study spot ideas for the organized girl:

  1. Polka dot desk accessories from PB Teen
  2. Wire lamp (I suggest using a day light bulb, dim light and studying equals sleeping in my house) from Target
  3. Insulated chevron mug from Target (perfect for coffee if they’re old enough OR hot chocolate!!!)
  4. White Braxton desk (with lots of storage) from Target
  5. Chevron desk chair from Target
  6. Cork monogram initial (for all her pictures and notes) from Target

Study spot ideas for the laid back boy:

  1. Waffle chair from Target
  2. Camo lap desk with built in storage from PB Teen
  3. Mini cooler from PB Teen
  4. Music wall decal from Amazon

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

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lil pumpkin orange & blue baby shower

Lil Pumpkin Fall Baby Shower Party

Planning a fall baby shower, or have a lil pumpkin about to have a birthday?

My “Lil Pumpkin” party theme is perfect for both! It’s even a fun choice if you’re planning a gender reveal baby shower. With bright and cheery colors like orange and blue, you secret is safe until it’s time to tell!

Here’s a list for some great resources to help you get the look:

  1.  Wood Pencils from Patina Stores
  2. Cake Stand from Layla Grace
  3. Baker’s Twine from Web Restaurant Store
  4. Milk Bottles from Crate & Barrel
  5. Cupcake Wrappers from The Tomkat Studio
  6. Lil Pumpkin Invitation from Mirabelle Creations
  7. Paper Fan from Birthday Direct
  8. Wood Platter from Acme Party Box
  9. Rock Candy from Nuts.com
  10. Napkins from Layla Grace
  11. Thank You Tags from Mirabelle Creations
  12. Polka Dot Balloons from The Tomkat Studio

You can stop by my shop, Mirabelle Creations to have a look at my entire Lil Pumpkin Party Printable Collection, including invitations, cupcake toppers, banners, drink flags, place cards, party signs, water bottle labels and thank you tags.

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

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introducing Amelia + a harvest party

Introducing Amelia Marie Design

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Amelia of Amelia Marie Design! She will be contributing her talents here on The Celebration Shoppe once or twice a month. Her first contributing post is a beautiful peach harvest party near her home. A perfect venue for a bridal shower or baby shower.

In her words…

Peach Harvest Party

In celebration of the local peach harvest, and August being national peach month, Amelia Marie Design produced, and hosted a sunset dinner for a small group of friends. Surrounded by fruit laden trees, a farmhouse table offered fresh and local eats, including Peach jam, Olive Artisan loaf, fresh garden salad, an assorted cheeses board, and lattice peach pie.

Homegrown flowers and fresh peaches accompanied the beautiful spread, adding a burst of vibrant colors.  The dinner guests, four friends who have shared a special bond since childhood, laughed and reminisced as the evening lingered on.

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Peach Orchard Harvest Party

Dinner Concept | Design & Styling | Amelia Marie Design
Venue | Showalter’s Orchard. Bridgewater, VA
Hand Lettered Chalkart Placemats | Lily & Val 
Fresh Peach Pies | Fresh Salad | Olive Bread | Cinnamon Bear Bakery & Deli
Cheese Platter | The Cheese Place
Homemade Peach Jam | The Country Canner
Pretty Party Skewers | Pen N’ Paperflowers

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

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you were “mint to be” my teacher gift

10 Back To School Teacher Gift Ideas

It’s that time. Time to start a new school year and meet a new teacher. And what better way to make an impression than with a crafty back to school teacher gift.

In my latest post for Parade magazine I’m sharing a FREE “you were mint to be my teacher” printable, as well as 9 other crafty, creative and fun ideas to ensure your kiddo makes a good impression.

Hop on over to Parade for all the details!

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

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I’m going! Wanna come?

Photography Conference

Hey ladies! Okay, I’m giddy. I’m heading to this year’s I Heart Faces Photography Conference for Women! Woo Hoo!

It’s going to be amazing! It’s this October in Ohio. For those of you know me, you know I live in Ohio so I want to be the first to tell you that the change of seasons here is an amazing burst of color! It’s total eye candy for photographers.

And I’ve known Amy and Angie, the co-founders of I Heart Faces, for years. They are both amazing photography talents, but not only that, they’re smart business women. If you want to take your photography skills (I know I do!) or your photography business to the next level, join us!

As you can tell from this video, the conference is covering a multitude of topics. You’ll find amazing speakers and teachers, creative entrepreneur business sessions, hands-on camera lessons, photo editing, specialty workshops, a photo walk and oh yeah, a opening night party!

There is a ton more detail about this year’s conference on I Heart Faces including details about each workshop and the guided tour of Amish Country that is open to the public (those not attending the conference).

If you come, please find me. I’d love to meet you in person! And if you can’t come this year, make sure you stop over at the I Heart Faces website for regular photography tips and challenges. I swear I learn something new from there every single week.

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

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30 back to school photography ideas

30 Back To School Photography Ideas

It’s that time again! Time for first day back to school photos. I’m planning what I’m going to do with my boys this year and collected some of my favorites on my Photography for Back To School Pinterest Board. I have over 30 ideas pinned ranging from easy to seriously styled.

Here are some of my favorites starting with my shoot from last year, which includes some good tips on how to get a great shot:

  1. Grades in chalk and photography tips from The Celebration Shoppe
  2. It’s the RULE! from Best Camera For Video
  3. Peeking girl from WK Photography
  4. Apple on top from Stay This Simple
  5. All about me from The Polka Dot Cottage Photography
  6. Cheeks from Baugh Phogotraphy
  7. Shhhhh! from Ann Price Photography
  8. Stop Crying Mom! from Adventures of Bradysitting
  9. Favorites on the wall from Cherished Bliss
  10. through 30+ on my back to school photography ideas Pinterest board

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

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10 must haves for tailgating & football

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Believe it or not… it’s almost that time. Yep. Time to cart the kids to football practice and plan your first tailgate party of the year! I know because my son starts flag football practice (he wishes he could tackle… but momma needs baby steps with this sport) next week and my husband has already taken over the family schedule starting the first weekend in September. {smirk}

So as I start planning our tailgating season and dreaming of crisp fall days, I thought I’d share some of my favorite tailgate party finds, as well as some of my “must-haves” for staying organized during football and cheer season.

At the top of this list is my large utility tote from Thirty-One GiftsI use mine for taking all the snacks, extra jackets/blankets (it gets COLD here in Ohio in the fall… especially when we play a 9 a.m. game…), water bottles, equipment and my thermal even fits. It helps keep me organized and I only have to carry one bag! It’s #8 in the roundup above, but mine is (aqua blue like the bag in #10) and has our family name monogrammed in the front. I really wanted the chevron bag… but my boys thought it looked a bit too girly for the games. {grin}

So here we go. If you’re planning a tailgate party, you’ll need:

  • 1. Frozen Drink Blender – this single serve blender available at Amazon is perfect. No more wasting a batch of frozen margaritas!
  • 2. Football Party Supplies – you can download my chevron and football field sheets plus “go team” cupcake wrappers and toppers for FREE!
  • 3. Tailgate Party Games – these ring toss and lawn bowling games are from Front Porch Classics
  • 4. Bar-height Folding Round Tables - nope. I’m not suggesting you have bar stools at your tailgate, just the bar height table. A few of these around the site allows party goers a place to congregate while standing. Plus, I hate bending over to eat messy BBQ! {wink}
  • 5. Wine and dine party plate and cup and plate party plates  - no more balancing act with your plate and your cup or glass of wine. Genius invention for tailgating!
  • 6. Party wagon grill- pull it out and wheel it where ever the party is from Wholesale Patio Store!

And if you carting the kids around to their games, you’ll LOVE to be able to personalize your bag with their name, number, and even a favorite collegiate team logo! I have to admit… I do love a monogram!

  • 7. Cheer moms – the (A) large utility tote with (B) pocket utility tote insert is my fav! Plus, (C) organizing utility tote and (D) lil’ expressions tote are perfect for keeping all your gear. The lil’ expressions tote can be personalized with outfits, hair type and color for boys and girls.
  • 8. Football moms – as I mentioned above, the Large Utility Tote is my fav and as you can see from the image you can make it what you want with dividers and tops. And it all removes easily so you can change it out for other purposes like keeping your groceries from rolling around in the trunk. I so use it for that a lot!
  • 9. Cold drinks – We often spend several hours at the field so we sometimes take lunch. The (A) Thermal Tote and (C) Bring A Bottle Thermal are perfect for drinks and bringing cold snacks for the team.
  • 10. Healthy snacks – The (B) Keep It Caddy is a bit smaller and perfect for all those snacks you know you’ll be taking unless you want to spend your day at the concession stand.

You can shop all of Thirty-One Gifts goodies from their Thirty-One Gifts Catalog  (bottom of the left navigation bar). Just contact a consultant in your area to place your order. And in the month of August 2013 if you spend $35 and get any purse 50% off! You can find their latest deal (a new one every month) here!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and oh yes, celebrate this football season!

This post was sponsored by Thirty-One Gifts. However, all opinions are my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

Easy Football Party Brownies

Only planning to watch from home?! You can still kick the season off with my football brownies!

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10 chalkboard crafts for back to school

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Want to get organized for back to school? Love all the fabulous ideas you’ve seen using chalkboard paint?

Every year I promise myself that I’ll get a better system for organizing the daunting amounts of paper that comes home…yeah, right! {smirk} So, I gathered these great ideas to inspire all moms in their never-ending endeavor to get organized (and stay that way!)

  • School Notes Chalkboard via Kaboose is an adorable way to leave you and your kids notes for each day (and so much cuter than my little post-it’s everywhere!)
  • Back to School Slate via Mommy Creations is a portable way to keep little ones learning.
  • Chalkboard Table via My{not so} Glamorous Life makes great place for little ones to practice early math, reading and writing skills.
  • Chalkboard Desk via The Rustic Pig will help keep all those school supplies organized for homework time. Besides, what kiddo doesn’t want to have furniture he can write on?!
  • First Day of School Sign via Who Arted will leave no doubt what year you took that photo!
  • Chalkboard Calendar via PSA Stamp Camp lets you track your students busy lives.
  • Chalkboard Clothespins via create share inspire gives every little scrap a home (and a label).
  • Back-to-School Paper Holder via Seasons Gredings gives you a labelled place to keep all those loose papers that come home daily.
  • Back-to-School Teacher Gift via Mom Endeavors is a charming way to start the school year off right.
  • Chalkboard Lunchbox via Fancy Frugal Life let’s you leave sweet notes and reminders for your little student.

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

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dinosaur birthday party ideas

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Looking for blue and red dinosaur birthday party ideas? Have a little paleontologist with an upcoming birthday?

We’ve collected some must-haves to make your dinosaur party roar! {wink}

  1. Prehistoric Dinosaur Candy Eggs via Candy Warehouse
  2. Chevron Stripe Candy Bags via Candy Warehouse
  3. Fossil Discoveries Dino Lab via Lakeshore Learning
  4. Dinosaur Cupcake Toppers via The Celebration Shoppe
  5. Prehistoric Dinosaur Helmet via Party City
  6. Dinosaur T-Rex Super Size Balloon via Birthday Direct
  7. Dinosaur Dessert Table Mats via The Celebration Shoppe
  8. 3-D Dinosaur Erasers via Birthday Express
  9. Triceratops Metal Dinosaur Kit via Cool Stuff Express
  10. Foam Dinosaur Masks via Birthday Express

Stop by The Celebration Shoppe to see the whole Dinosaur Party Collection, matching invitations, thank you notes, beverage wrappers, favor tags, dessert tags, banners, and more!

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