all aboard sweets

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A choo! choo! train birthday party could be just the ticket {wink} if you have a little conductor in your midst like I do.  Here are a few DIY ideas on how to pull together the cake/cupcakes (starting in upper left corner):

Enjoy!

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something blue inspiration

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Early last week I launched our newest collection, the “something blue” bridal shower. I always start with an inspiration board, so I thought I would share a few of the items that made my bling and blue list:

Make sure you buzz over to the shoppe and see all the details of our new “something blue” bridal shower from silver plates and moire blue napkins to diamond ring favors (that double as beautiful napkin rings) and printable cupcake wrappers. Enjoy!

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grinchy good time

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My dad’s favorite Christmas special of all time is The Grinch That Stole Christmas (you know, the old 30 minute animated one). When we were kids I believe he had more fun stomping around pretending that he didn’t like Christmas (and giggling each time we got grumpy with him about it) than he did eating Santa’s Reece’s cups. And if you knew my dad, you would know that is really saying something! {wink}

Anyway, in honor of my dad and all those wonderful Christmas memories, here’s a little Grinch Christmas party inspiration that I gathered up for my Christmas cookie decorating party next year… oh, yeah… I’ve already got plans!

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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introducing something blue

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On Friday I posted a sneak peek of our new bridal shower: “Something Blue.” I’m proud to say that the new custom invitation, thank you and decor are now available in the shoppe.

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Silver plates and moire blue crepe paper placemats.

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Diamond ring and “I do” cupcake picks with beautiful silver and blue damask cupcake wrappers and white sparkling sugars. (Picks shown with 2 1/2″ circle punch, 2″ scallop punch and foam adhesive square for 3-D effect.)

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Phrase “I do” and diamond ring, wine marker from our printables collection.

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I put a little glitter on the diamond ring for sparkle. {wink}

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Diamond ring keychain favor, that doubles as a beautiful napkin ring against the silver plates and blue moire napkins.

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Or, if you prefer, printable napkin rings embellished with “I do” and diamond rings.

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Bake your guests some treats with wedding ring, wedding cake (see how it can double as a dress) and wedding gift cookie cutters.

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And maybe a martini glass cookie cutter could be fun too!

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Throw in a little candy,

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beautiful flowers, some fabulous food and you’re all set to shower your bride-to-be with an elegant party in her honor.

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This table is also perfect for a snowflake themed shower. As always, I hope we’ve inspired you for your next celebration!

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choo! choo! all aboard!

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I’m so excited to announce our newest “train” collection. The table decor colors alone just make me smile: blueberry, lemon, grass and rich red.    

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Along with the custom train invitations and thank you cards, we designed these train cupcake picks and wrappers,

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straw slips,

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napkin rings, and

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favor tags for our printables collection.

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And this was a fun little craft we created just for the shoot. The sign was so easy and only cost about $2.00 to make. (The train at the base was purchased as seen at the craft store for a mere $.59 and would be perfect as a placecard.) All you’ll need are two pre-cut wooden bases (small for sign and medium for base), yellow craft paint, dowels and black craft paper for your letters. Oh, and a sweet hubby to drill the holes for you. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired for your next celebration.

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a royal birthday

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We launched a fabulous, if I do say so, Prince & Princess birthday party invitation last year. It’s fairytale castle and fire breathing dragon make it perfect whether you have a little prince, a little princess or both. And this year, we launched a slightly girlier version, Princess Castle, focusing more on the castle and a whimsical gated entryway. I’m not sure which I like more.

So with our new design we also wanted to style a new table. Don’t you just love this fuchsia and white polka dot plate and napkin set with lime green rim!?

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To this we added favors including enchanted carriage boxes:

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Princess crowns for the special girl:

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Royal court tiaras for all of her guests:

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And of course we had to create some new printables to go with our already popular pink polka dot cupcake wrappers and princess crown and castle picks:

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Like crown embellished napkin rings:

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And princess straw slips:

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Stop in our shoppe to check out all the details and more. I hope we’ve inspired you for your next celebration! 

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baby bump inspiration

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I’m constantly browsing for ideas and I thought I would show you some of the inspiration I collected when working on our recent addition, “Baby Bump.” Here are some of the items that were in my collage for our pink & brown polka dot baby shower:

Enjoy!

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melting snowman treats

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I found this cookie on The Decorated Cookie, I just love how she gives you all the how to’s, and bookmarked it to share like six months ago. This morning when I was preparing the post I found this melting cupcake on Nicisme’s Flickr portfolio so I thought I would give them both a little love today in honor of our first snow… which has already melted. {wink}

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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raise your centerpiece this fall

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I admit, I have a thing for cake plates, cupcake stands… basically any traditional or non-traditional way to stack food as a centerpiece. {wink} These are a few of my recent favorities.

  1. Glass Pedestal Stand & Dome
  2. Laurie Cake Pedestal
  3. Ironstone Cake Plates
  4. Square Cake Stand

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And here are some seasonal ways to dress them up:

  1. Midwest Living
  2. Martha Stewart
  3. Country Living
  4. American Greetings

Be inspired and have a wonderful weekend!

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pink & brown tablescape

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We often get calls from customers asking about items in photos that we used for staging, but don’t sell in the shoppe,  so I’m going to start doing a better job of giving you all the details. We staged our new baby bump shower a few weeks ago. Most of the items we offer in our decor, but here are the few things we don’t:

Placemats – these are just 12×12 sheets of DCWV (Die Cuts With A View) Glitter Pink-Brown Flower Dots cardstock from the craft store.

Candy vase – I was browsing the candy store (as I do too often) and ran across these strawberry flavored malted milk balls. Well after I thought “yummy!” I thought how adorable they could be in the new baby bump tablescape. So long story short, I melted down some pink chocolate, covered a few pretzel rods, sprinkled them with pink crystals (available in the shoppe) and settled them into a ribbon embellished short vase of strawberry flavored malted milk balls.

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Tulle napkin ring – I was browsing for inspiration for our new black & yellow buzz theme and ran across a table setting that used a black chrysanthemum as a napkin ring. It was really beautiful so I thought about trying to find one at the craft store. I wasn’t in luck so I decided to make my own version for baby bump using pink tulle. To make these yourself you’ll need pink glitter tulle and florist wire. And here are the easy step-by-steps:

  1. Cut 12 4×4″ squares of tulle and stack them.
  2. Fold the group like an accordian.
  3. Pinch them in the center and wrap them with a small piece of florist wire.
  4. Trim the ends as shown.
  5. Cut a straight line between each fold to the florist wire separating the folds into individual petals.
  6. Carefully separate the individual petals and pull upward to give the flower fullness.

It takes a little patience, but it’s worth it… don’t you think. {wink}

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Hope you’re inspired!

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