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.

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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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new birthday designs

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I know I’ve been missing in action this week and I apologize, but I promise it was for good reason. Here’s a preview of the two new birthday party invitation designs that will launch early next week.

The first is brand new and I loving call “down on the farm.” Don’t you just love the little pig in his mud puddle?! And I can’t wait to share the creative table decor, goody box and cupcake wrappers.

And the second, “princess castle,” is an adaption of our “prince & princess” theme. This one has much more pink and yes, it is missing the fire breathing dragon!

I’ll post a big announcement as soon as they’re a go. Wish us luck with the photo shoot this weekend; my weather man says it might rain…

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farm animal cakes

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I’m really excited about the new farm birthday party theme that we’ve got in the works. I’m hoping to launch it on Monday, September 21, if the sun holds out for a nice photo shoot this weekend. {wink}

In honor of our farm animal friends, I went in search of some fun cakes and I have to say Kara of Kara’s Party Ideas had some of the cutest!

For the pig she used pink frosting, pink malt balls, pink snowballs, pink necco’s, junior mints, & M&M‘s. And Kara says the pig “did have a tail (string licorice tied in a not) but some little one got to it before this pic was taken :)…”

For the sheep she used chocolate and vanilla frosting, marshmallows, coco puffs, junior mints (for the eyes), a malt ball (for the nose) and string licorice for the mouth.

For the for the cow she used chocolate flavored skittles (who knew they come in cream & browns!), red gummy fruit slices for the ears, malt balls and string licorice. 

Oh, and the other picture some of the super cute favors she gave to her little guests. She has lots more pictures so make sure and stop over at the Kara’s Party Ideas blog to see the rest of her barnyard bash. Great job Kara!

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simply pink party

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Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy had a beautiful pink party for her little girl this summer. One of my personal favorites is the idea of adding height to your decor with non-helium balloons hung from the ceiling on clear fishing line. She combined hers with paper lanterns and embellished her chandelier with fun pink beads.

And not only was the decor pink, so was the food. Check out this fun treat table!

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And wouldn’t you know it, her fun ideas go perfectly with our simply pink invitation and decor {wink}. 

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Even if you’re not planning a pink birthday party or baby shower, make sure and take a trip over to the Pleated Poppy and read her post. It’s refreshingly honest on how sometimes all of our party planning can go awry and drive us crazy to eventually turn out fine in the end because we are determined to give our little ones, family and girlfriends all we have to make their special day the best we can. Good job Lindsey!

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new goody gable boxes

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We’ve had several customer inquires about the zebra print shown in our photography with our fuchsia pink and black decor (divine, blossoms, bubbly) so we thought we would add a cool zebra print gable box to our collection. These boxes are wonderful not only for gifting, but also for displaying food or creating a centerpiece with flowers (vase inserted inside to keep the flowers fresh).

And we’re also adding a new red and white polka dot gable box for our movie night theme and for Christmas. It could even be fun for our pirate themes (pirate ship and pirate skull).

Enjoy and keep the questions coming. If you want it we want to offer it!

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DIY toss game

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And last but not least for our deep blue sea bash, we made a toss game to match our party theme. The great thing about this is you could change the shapes and fabric to match any kind of party theme. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 yards of coordinating fabric
  • 3 pre-cut squares of coordinating felt
  • plywood (or foam board if you don’t have a saw handy)
  • fabric glue
  • staple gun

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Have the hardware store cut your board to size (3′ x 4′) and have someone handy with a saw to cut your circular holes.
  2. Cover the board with fabric using a staple gun.
  3. Next find the center of each hole, cut a small slit and then cut strips folding the fabric back to cover the hole sides and stapling them in place.
  4. Cut out a fish template from the felt and then a circle in the center, the same size as the hole in the board. Apply the fish with fabric glue.
  5. Finally cut out numbers for each hole and apply those with fabric glue.

We placed ours on an easel that my hubby whipped up, but you could lean it against a tree or make small wooden feet for yours. As for what to throw, use either balls or beanbags and hand out prizes for all those who play! Happy crafting.

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beach bash favors

For my big guy’s fifth birthday party, a deep blue sea bash at the local Splash Pad, we gave monogrammed beach towels sporting crabs, whales, seahorses, octopus and fish to all his little guests as fun favors.

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They’re from Sew Jewell on Etsy and they were a big hit!

The other idea I wanted to share before the recap was how we used a toy sand wagon to display our chips. Be creative, not everything has to be served on a platter! {grin}

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

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flip flop crispy pops

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For our deep blue sea bash I also made flip flop rice crispy pops.

I’ve mentioned before that my youngest has severe food allergies and these are a great non-dairy (and non-egg) treat, but you can make them the normal way too. They’re really super simple to make and a great end of summer treat even if you’re not having a party!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Rice crispy cereal
  • Marshmallows
  • Butter (Smart Balance Vegan for non-dairy)
  • White cake icing
  • Gel food coloring
  • Resealable bags (2 per color you plan to use)
  • Icing connectors, #4 and #103 Wilton tips (both easily found at craft stores)
  • Candy decorations
  • Wax paper
  • Lollippop sticks
  • Flip flop cookie cutter (available with our sleepover decor)
  • Toothpicks
  • Optional: Clear cello bags and ribbon

And here are the super simple steps:

  1. Lay out a piece of wax paper and grease your cookie cutter with a little bit of butter.
  2. Make your rice crispy treats like you normally would and as soon as you can stand to touch them, while they’re still hot/warm, mold them into the flip flop cookie cutter (making your top as flat as possible for easy icing), set them aside and let them cool. TIP: A little butter on your hands will keep the crispy treats from sticking to you! (One batch should yield 8.)
  3. Now tint your icing and separate each color into two bowls. One will be for flooding and the other for piping. We used green and blue to make them as boy-like as possible. {wink}
  4. Insert your lollipop sticks. You want to do this before icing them. If you wait your icing could crack.
  5. Insert your piping icing into a resealable bag with a #4 tip and connector. Pipe an outline, like you’re coloring a picture, around each flip flop you want that color and allow them to set for a minute. (Tip: You are creating a barrier for the thinned icing, known as flooding, so if you see any gaps between your barrier and your rice crispy, pipe in a little extra so that your thinned icing doesn’t run out.)
  6. Insert the second set of icing, the same color as the barrier, into a resealable bag and heat it 10-15 seconds or until runny. Snip a small corner off the bag and pipe it into the center of your flip flop. You may need to pull the thinned icing to the corners with a toothpick. Allow the icing to set if you want it to be one color, OR using another color of thinned icing you can drip (for polka dots) or drag (for stipes) while the first color is still wet.
  7. For the flip flop straps, use a #103 Wilton tip and start just next to where the big toe should be! {wink}
  8. Embellish with a candy; we used stars. And since my guy was turning five, we also piped a five on each flip flop.

Here’s another shot showing how we displayed them in sand buckets!

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Just be creative and let the kids join in. It’s a little messy, but super fun! Oh, and we made some shark, fish, turtle and seahorse chocolate pops too using a Wilton candy mold and colored chocolates.

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I’ll share our splash bash favors with you tomorrow and you can find all the party supplies in the shoppe. Happy baking everyone.

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