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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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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