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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oink & moo treats

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I ran across these little oinkers at the grocery store. They were on the cover of a Taste of Home kid-friendly recipies book.  You can read more about how to make these little cuties on the Taste of Home website.

And the other images are from a Stay-At-Home mommy blogger named Deanna. She did a wonderful job of making cow cupcakes, they look similar to the pig design, and fun barn favors in honor of her third child turning 3. You can read more and see more pics on her blog Just Deanna.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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introducing on the farm

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Each time we launch a new party theme I develop a new favorite. It’s likely because I spend so much time with it from idea conception to development to decor selection to the photo shoot to blogging about it to launch. Our “on the farm” birthday party theme is no exception.

And this time we took it one step further with a printable collection of craft templates for cupcake wrappers, cupcake picks, napkin rings and goody box tags. Each craft is as easy as print, cut and tape/glue and can be found with all the table decor in our shoppe.

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I personally think that the cupcake wrappers and picks will become a quick favorite for those of us who shudder at the thought of baking a themed birthday cake. And even if you don’t mind baking, these simple crafts take all the stress out of it with an adorable outcome.

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 Okay, so how cute is the cow (sheep and pig) napkin rings; I mean really. {wink} And last but not least, sweet little “thanks y’all” tag embellishments for the red gable goody boxes.

tractor-cookie-cutter

And here are a few more items to round out the table: beverage bucket (bottles embellished with printable collection napkin rings), tractor cookie cutter and serving platter.

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

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oink! baa! moo!

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The photoshoot went very well this weekend. This one is of our new printable cupcake wrappers and toppers. There are four little animals in our design, a cow, chicken, pig and sheep, and they all get to be in the spotlight with their own topper and sound. Here’s a look at the rest of the collection!

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