modern sleepover

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When I create an inspiration board, it’s usually one thing that inspires the rest. This time it was these adorable slipper cookies from Family Fun magazine. I just love this simple and yummy (donut hole covered in coconut), yet oh so pretty idea.

From there I thought about my nieces, now teenagers, and what would appeal to them and their friends. My oldest niece recently celebrated her sweet sixteen in hot pink and black bliss, so I’m very confident she will approve of my choices:

The slippers led me down the sleepover path, but these ideas could lend themselves easily to a modern bridal or baby shower too. As always, I hope you’re inspired.

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busy bee birthday

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Not all birthday parties have to be bright primary colors, especially before your little one is old enough to have his/her own opinion about the theme and decor {wink}. So if you have a very busy bee running (or crawling) around your house, consider some of these fabulous ideas:

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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dino-roar favor ideas plus

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I mentioned when we launched our dinosaur birthday party collection that my youngest has already claimed it for his upcoming birthday party. With that in mind, I went in search of favor ideas over the weekend.

I really like the dinosaur dig ideas (upper left from Toys To Grow On, lower left from eBay) for the activity. Our guests will be in the 3-5 age range so we’ll likely go with the sand version and then let them take their finds home. But for older kids, the Tricerotops excavation is very cool.

If I didn’t already have foam puzzle dinosaurs in primary colors to match the table decor, this Knex Dino Pal (upper right) would possibly be worked into the decor (maybe at the beverage station). As is, it may still end up as a gift for my little one. {wink}

Oh, and we must have the dino masks. I found these at Oriental Trading, but you may be able to score some at your local craft store.

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And I ran across a few more cake/cupcake  ideas I liked too. This very fun fondant dinosaur cupcake is from Nevie Pie Cakes on Flikr. For those of you who’ve never used fondant, don’t let it intimidate you. You can tint and mold it into anything you like. Just make a tasty cupcake, because the fondant won’t be (at least in my opinion). And the cake is from Pink Apron on Flikr. I really like the layered effect with the child’s name spelled out in cookies. Hmmm… we’ll see. I’m still undecided.

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introducing woodland fairy

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My mom used to tell the most beautiful woodland fairy stories to my nieces, who are now teenagers (stop growing girls!), vividly outlining the smallest details. One of my favorites was that the fairies were tiny and typically unseen unless you knew where to look. So when we started developing this fairy theme, I thought of those stories and how my nieces little faces would light up listening to my mom’s magical fairytale. As you browse this collection’s decor, know that the moss on the cake plate, the squirrel in the forest and the sparkles on the invitation are all tributes to my mom’s creativity. {Love you Mom!}

I chose hot pink and lime green polka dot decor for this collection not only because it’s modern and oh so popular, but because pink is very fairy, right. And the green of course is very woodland. I know… I’m a genius {smirk}. We then incorporated splashes of light pink and brown throughout the invitation and printables collection for the softer side of modern. And don’t you just love the plaid tree!

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This is one view of the cupcake pick and wrapper set. There are four pick designs that could easily be mixed and matched with a few simple punches (2.5″ circle and 2″ scallop punches shown with foam adhesive squares for deminsion).

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This is a tight shot of the pick I lovingly call Woodland Forest.  

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And this one is even closer. See the little squirrel and the bird houses?! This is the same image used on the invitations.   

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I love how the fairies have sparkles on thier toes on this one.

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The green gingham in this pick is also available in the straw slips.

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This is just one of the six straw slip designs: hot pink with green polka dots (like the cupcake wrappers), light pink sparkles (like the sky in the invite), green gingham, green and white polka dot, green with pink flowers (shown and same as napkin ring) and light green and light pink polka dots. Just write each little fairy’s name (thin Sharpie works best) on her slip and no worries about the little ones confusing cups… that is unless they can’t read yet. {wink} Plus, since our shatterproof cups can survive the dishwasher, you don’t want to ruin them by writing directly on them.   

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For the placecard and/or food marker, perfect for candy tables and buffets, we made the tallest tree extend past the typical rectangle just to be unique.

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And for the napkin ring, we paired the hot pink polka dot napkin with a lime green ring embellished with mini white and hot pink flowers.

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On to the favors. We created both woodland forest scene cello bag toppers, and

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two favor tags: woodland forest scene and hot pink polka dot fairies.

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Oh, and we can’t forget the fairy wand cookie cutter. A dash of sparkling crystal sprinkles and they will be irresistable, and the perfect treat for the cello bags.

As always we added a few touches here and there to the table for the shoot. The cake plate was embellished with strips of moss and the base was surrounded by a fern, moss and branch spring wreath. There were also small flower arrangements, sprigs of hot pink and white flowers, along the table. You can see them behind some of the cupcake images. And last but not least, a fairy herself perched on the edge of the cake plate. Okay, actually it’s a butterfly, but it’s all about the imagination, right?! {wink}

Make sure you hop on over to the shoppe for all the woodland fairy details. Have a great weekend everyone!

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fairy village cake

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It’s almost as if Family Fun magazine knew what was on my mind this week. These are shots from the March issue. How adorable is this cake idea!? And it goes perfectly with our new woodland fairy birthday collection, which by the way you’ll see lots of pics of tomorrow.

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Here are some close ups of the little cake houses. I’m loving the toadstool idea. I use Starburst for all kinds of baking ideas (i.e., my crashing witch cupcake boots), but I hadn’t thought of this one yet: red Starburst candy and marshmallows. Heat them up a bit and you can mold them into anything. Plus, since they come in so many colors, you don’t have to worry with food coloring.

Not only is this idea fun for the party, I know my kids would have a blast creating the scene. I can imagine it might be a little messy, but it would be quickly forgotten when I saw the smiles. Love it!

Get all the details, resources and recipes on Family Fun. Oh, and this isn’t all. They have more fairy birthday party ideas that I’ll share late this week or early next so if you don’t subscribe make sure and stop back in (and then go subscribe)!

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under the big top

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I’m considering a few new birthday party collection themes and one I’ve thought about is a bright and bold circus with roaring lions and games galore. As usual I took to the web to see what I could find. I quickly ran across two very familiar party blogs with super fun inspiration.

The first set of images, above, is from Kara’s Party Ideas and it is an actual party that she hosted for her two little guys this past summer. You have to jump over there to see all the details. I admit it is amazing; she must have spent months planning.

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And these are from mom Michelle Thornton (via the Hostess Blog). I love the color and yet the simplicity. The party was held in a park so the level of detail that Kara went to wasn’t possible (set-up and control would be a nightmare away from your own backyard), but this mom still thought of everything. Make sure and check out the original post for more images, ideas and resources.

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woodland fairy & terrarium

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I mentioned several weeks ago in my post about fairy finds that we were in the process of developing a woodland fairy birthday collection. Well we’re still not all the way there, but we’re close enough to give you a peek at the custom invitation for the collection (available in the shoppe by the end of next week… I promise… with a complete set of pink and lime green table decor, plus printables). 

As for this very cool craft idea to the right, I was bouncing around the web this morning and landed on the Party Wishes blog hosted by a very talented party planner by the name of Donna. She created a step-by-step pictorial for this fairy terrarium (original idea from Martha Stewart) and I just thought what a perfect craft project for our party theme! These are just a few views of the project so make sure you visit her blog for all the details including several cost cutting ideas.  

Happy crafting and make sure you swing back by for more on our new fairy birthday party collection coming next week!

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bugs & butterflies printables

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I get a little clostrophobic this time of year. I’m originally from the South, where flowers are starting to pop out of the ground by now, while I sit here snowed in up to my ears… Oh well. Expanding our bugs & butterflies collection is my way of kicking the season off early in my winter wonderland.

Plus, I’m so excited to announce that Mom magazine will be featuring this collection in the 2Q 2010 issue. I can’t wait to see how their photo shoot goes on Monday and share images with you! While we wait, here are a few pics from ours.

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I’m really loving the mix of patterns in our new bugs & butterflies cupcake picks and cupcake wrappers. They go so well with the new mix of color plaid plates and napkins. By the way, when you buy this template you’ll receive all four designs so you can just mix and match away!

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Here’s a close up of the cupcake design with the green and white stripe wrappers.

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And here’s a close up of the cupcake set made from the yellow beehive design. 

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We also created straw slips. This is just one of the four patterns you’ll receive with the template. Others include green and white polka dot with butterflies, yellow and green polka dots, and green and white stripes. Each has space to write the child’s name or you can just use the colors to mark the cups.

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And we tried out a few napkin rings for the Mom magazine photo shoot, settling on the green and white dragonfly version. But what this means for you is that you get all three with one template. {wink}

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The other standard you’ll likely find with all of our future collections is the placecard/food and candy table markers. Are these not adorable?!

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Oh, and we can’t forget favors. We created bugs & butterflies cello bag toppers.

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Here’s a closer look at the “Thanks for buzzing by!” design. They’re such a quick and easy way to wrap up yummy treats for your guests, and

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last but not least we created these fun “Thanks for buzzing by!” goody bag tags. You can find all of these in the bugs & butterflies collection later this week. As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire your next celebration!

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introducing owl couple

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I’m soooo excited about this one. I know some of you are saying… “she’s always excited.” But this one is truly special. You see, I have a beautiful cousin and two beautiful nieces who are pregnant right now and surely one of them will want their baby shower to be a hoot! (Come on girls, indulge me!)

Our new owl couple custom invitation, thank you and printable collection would be an excellent way to pad the nest of any mom-to-be. Here are a few of the details:

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We decorated our cake plates with brown cardstock scallops to showcase our whimsy tree branch cupcake wrappers and owl couple cupcake picks.

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Shown on our pink and brown table decor is the second cupcake pick design: our pink and white stripe “Babies are a hoot!”

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We also made some adorable nest cupcakes (toasted coconut and candy malted milk eggs).

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I love these printable placecards since the little owl ears stick up and give the typical flat card some dimension. And if you’re not having a sit down meal, they also work great as food labels on buffets or candy tables.

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These beverage wrappers are also perfect to wrap hurricanes or even candles. And check out the super cute straw slips (also great for stemware). They come in four patterns (pink and white stripes, tree branch whimsy, pink polka dot, brown polka dot) and have plenty of space to write guest names.

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And no need to fret over favors. These pink and white stripe owl couple candy bar favor wrappers are simple and a perfect treat.

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Or, use our cello bag toppers to package up other candies or favors that guests can take with them.

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You could even make owl cookies with our cookie cutters and place them in the cello bags. {wink}

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Just like the straw slips and candy bar favors, we used a pink and white stripe (same as the back of the invitation) pattern to embellish our owl couple napkin rings.

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And last but not least, if you’re feeling crafty, make a few of these DIY plush owls to set around your decor. Read more about them, including our free pattern template, in our earlier post. As always, I hope you’re inspired because this baby shower could be a real hoot!

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going to be a hoot!

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We’re working on another baby shower design and it’s going to be a hoot! Here’s a sneak peek at the cupcake picks with much much more including a new custom invitation and entire printables collection to come early next week. {wink} 

Have a great weekend everyone!

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