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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your guests will be buzzing

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We have been feverishly working on a new design that I lovingly call “Buzz.” It will be beautiful for all the “B” occasions: baby shower, bridal shower, birthday, bachelorette and even brunch! {I think I have a new favorite girlfriend gathering collection!} As you can see, the invitation will be a combination of black and white damask and yellow polka dots, with a fun little bumble bee near the bottom. It will have your guests buzzing with anticipation! {wink}

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This collection will offer everything from black & white plates to black crepe placemats to yellow tablecloths to a host of printables.

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 Including candy bar favor wrappers,

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 beverage wrappers that can easily double as candle or hurricane wrappers,

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napkin rings and so much more. See all the details in the shoppe and as always, I hope we’ve inspired you for your next celebration.

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owl couple baby shower ideas

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Two things that are all the rage for baby showers right now are adorable owls and inviting the boys.

Our “owl couple” baby shower invitation is just too cute from dad’s blue wings to mom’s long eyelashes. This trendy invite coupled, no pun intended {wink}, with pink and orange accents makes for a beautiful and bright setting.

As for the boys, yes, we are inviting our men these days and sharing the spotlight. But remember ladies, just because they are on the guest list doesn’t mean that you have to give up all your girly things, but giving them a pass on the games would be nice of you! {giggle}

On the food, I’ve always found that showers, unless an intimate group, is best served by a cocktail station and an appetizer/treat buffet. Just make sure your mommy has some nice sparkling water to sip. And if you do decide to have a few treats in your menu, consider our fun baby bird egg cupcakes and baby themed sugar cookies (tips on flooding). They will have your mom-to-be glowing.

Tent – Karen Wise photography, Banner – Seven Cupcakes Etsy Shop, Cupcakes – Wish I knew who to give credit to, Plush Owl – mine {wink}, here are the instructions

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bright birthday

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You don’t always need a particular theme to celebrate a child’s birthday, especially as they grow into that tween stage. That is what this inspiration board is all about… color!

Our sweets treats birthday invitation works for any age (the number on the top can be customized). And don’t you just love the polka dot cake plate and cupcake wrappers (all ours). I’ve used both of these for some of my own gatherings. The birthday plates and bright polka dot candles are all ours too! To complement the bright yellow, orange, green and blue palatte, I found this fun birthday party banner in an etsy shop, Blue Moon Studios. And last but not least, the cool blue candy table is from theknot.com. (Tip: Check out dollar stores for glass jars and vases, as well as colorful candy ideas. You might be amazed at what you find.)

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introducing shower printables

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We’ve recently started creating printable collections (buy the template and print as many as you like!) to complement our custom invitations and table decor. For our most recent design, the modern baby bump shower, we created candy bar favor wrappers, beverage wrappers and the ever so popular cupcake wrappers and picks. (The cupcake picks shown in the back are the traditional flat cupcake pick, but notice the ones in the front are raised. A package of foam dividers from the craft store can work wonders!)

Happy crafting!

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Halloween candy table

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This weekend we had a neighborhood “sweets” potluck. It’s our way of getting together one last time before we all go into hibernation for the winter. {wink} This was our candy table for the kids: crashing witch cupcakes, mummy cupcakes, witch hat cookies… and oh yes, the flying bats over the table were inspiration from Home & Garden Magazine’s October issue. Super easy to make from construction paper and easy to hang with a few straight pins.

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And this is just a shot of the carmel apples I made and my son’s favorite… gummy worms! Yum! (Note the simple and economical embellishments… ribbon can work wonders to a plain cake plate or square vase.)

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new arrival sneak peek

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We’re finalizing a new design and I couldn’t wait to share. This new baby shower theme will not only offer our custom invitations and thank you cards, we’re also creating a printables collection for it that will include cupcake wrappers, cupcake picks, water bottle wrappers and candy bar favor wrappers. It’s going to be beautiful! The shot just below the thank you card is a snipit of the water bottle wrapper. 

I’ve scheduled a photo shoot for Monday and I’m pushing to make it available in the shoppe by the end of next week. I would love to know what you think! BTW, it’s a little fuzzy because I took a screen print of a pdf… I was that excited to share it. {wink}

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barn cake with baby chicks

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When we launched our new “on the farm” birthday party theme, I blogged about pig and sheep cakes and cupcakes, but this one has a red barn and baby chicks! I love how easy the chick cupcakes are. They’re just yellow tinted coconut {yum} with chocolate eyes and a gumdrop beak (rolled and cut in the shape of a triangle).

The barn and other animals are really simple too. All the details are on BettyCrocker.com complete with a video. Enjoy!

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introducing princess printables

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As many of you know, we started a printables collection last week with the launch of our “on the farm” birthday party theme. The response has been wonderful so now we’re planning on adding printables to a number of our existing themes. This one is of course an addition to our popular princess birthday party themes (prince & princess and princess castle) and are as simple as print, cut and party. Enjoy!

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pull-a-part owl cupcakes

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I was browsing through my many Halloween decorating books for inspiration staging my own Halloween party this year and I ran across this great pull-a-part owl cupcake from Matthew Mead’s 2008 Halloween Tricks and Treats book.

So many of us are into owls right now and not just for Halloween. I myself have three invitations in my shoppe sporting this nightly creature. As is, this guy would be perfect for my campout invitation and with a few color changes and maybe a nicer demeanor he could be perfect for my owl fun birthday party or owl couple baby shower.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 30 unfrosted cupcakes
  • 4 cans icing
  • 2 chocolate glazed jimmy-topped donuts
  • 2 black jelly beans
  • Orange, red and brown gel food coloring
  • Resealable bags (freezer weight) with couplers
  • #199 fine cut tip
  • #2 and #5 round tips
  • Offset spatula

And here’s how you pull it together {wink}:

  1. Arrange cupcakes on large round platter (shown at 16″ diameter)
  2. Spoon 3/4 cup icing into a small bowl and tint with 23 drops of orange food coloring and 10 drops of red food coloring, mixing until blended for the beak. Spoon 1/4 cup frosting into a second bowl and tint with brown food coloring for accents. Take out 2 large dollops of icing and then tint the remaining 3 cups with 30 drops of orange food coloring, 9 drops of red food coloring and 6 drops of red food coloring.
  3. Fit a resealable bag witha  #199 tip. Fill the bag with the orange icing. Cover the top of the assembled cupcakes with “feather” peaks as shown. For each peak, hold the bag straight up with the tip against the cake; squeeze the bag, keeping the tip in the icing until the peak forms; stop the pressure and reposition the tip for the next peak. Work from the center out, rotating the plate; refill the bag as needed.
  4. Place the donut tops on the frosted cake for eyes. Remember those two large dollops of icing you kept out, now pipe them into the center of the donuts for the whites of his eyes and top them with a jelly bean. For the beak, use a spoon to place 3 dollops of frosting on the cake: start with a largish dollop near the eyes, then add 2 dollops below it, each smaller than the previous. Run the spatula under hot water until heated, dry thoroughly and use to contour the beak as shown.
  5. Fit another resealable bag with the #5 tip and fill it with brown icing. Hold the bag at a n angle and pipe the brown outline onto the cake as shown. Change the tip to a #2 and pipe on the squiggle details.

Enjoy and make sure and check out Matthew’s 2009 Halloween book. You can see a preview at MatthewMeadStyle.com.

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