DIY train centerpiece

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This is a very smart choo choo train birthday table from Little Shindigs. The train itself appears to be made of tin storage boxes, craft paper, ribbon, silver cupcake papers and tissue or cotton coming out the smoke stack. Very cool! And the table runner brings it all together. You could make one very quickly from green, black and gray felt (buy the green off the bolt at the fabric store so you don’t have to piece it) and fabric glue.

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And don’t you love these favors: little suitcases filled with goodies and conductor caps!

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butterfly cakes

We girls love our butterflies and done correctly they can be both whimsy, like our “butterflies” custom invitation and decor, and elegant, like our “blossoms” custom invitation and decor. In honor of both styles, I went in search of the perfect cakes.

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I really love these first two. Both are super simple and come with step-by-step instructions. Yep, you got it. The first one from BrightIdeas.com is M&Ms! All I can say is yum! The second, from BettyCrocker.com, is very smart. I love the use of the candy stick for the body and the jelly bean embellishments.

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The first thing that comes to mind for this second group from NickyGrant.com is… stunning. I really like the simplicity of these. You’ll need a steady hand with fondant, but the butterflies could easily be pulled off with a food safe version of floral wire and cloth butterflies from the craft store. Just beautiful and perfect with our “blossoms” invitation for a baby shower, bridal shower, or big girl birthday {wink}.

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bee is for baby

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I absolutely love this beautiful baby shower concept from Lollipop Events & Designs and I’ve paired it with our bugs & butterflies custom invitation and thank you card

The yellow, gray and white color palette is both modern and crisp. They used everything from lemon candies to exotic sunflowers and bright mums to layered fabrics to pull this gorgous table together. The Lolli Ladies give all the details and some great DIY tips, including how they made the individual coconut bee cakes, so make sure and read their original post. Love it!!

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creative cookie favors

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I just recently ran across the Flour Pot. They offer a wide array of beautifully decorated cookies for birthday parties, baby showers and bridal showers. These caught my eye since I’m in the process of planning a deep sea splash bash for my oldest.

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And these are such a beautiful way to ask wedding guests to save the date or to ask someone to be your bridesmaid. They even offer beautiful little boxes and ship them direct.

The other thing I like about these images is that if you are a baker you can get lots of inspiration from their sugar work. Enjoy!

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ready, set, go! cakes

I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to the development of new birthday party themes and in doing so I browse the web for inspiration. I’m not saying that we’re going to develop a theme for you race fans out there… just yet anyway… but I thought you would still enjoy a little sweet inspiration. Here are my favorite race car cakes and cupcakes.

I love that this one from LynnInTokyo because it cuts out significant fondant work by using toys. (I just suggest washing them well before setting them on your cake. Brand new doesn’t mean clean!)

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This one from Treasures and Tiaras uses such wonderful colors. The red, black and white combo cupcakes make a great centerpiece.

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And last, but not least, I really liked that this one from Ratutek used cupcakes to make a track. Although the cars are fondant, the grass is easily accomplished with the right icing tip and the track is just black and white icing.

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Happy baking!

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mad hatter tea party

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I won’t lie to you, this Alice in Wonderland mad hatter tea party took some serious effort by Donna at Party Wishes, but I think you’ll agree that the outcome was well worth it.

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She had her hands full from making the croquet game complete with 4′ tall croquet wickets (out of 1/4″ plywood, painted both sides, supported by 1×1″ pieces of wood with rebar drilled into the bottoms), stuffed flamingo covered mallets and hedgehog balls (4″ styrofoam balls covered in paper and Mod Podge) to hand painting massive tea cups (from the L.A. Flower Mart) to setting a bright and beautiful table.

So creative and so well executed.

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back to school centerpiece

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Whether you’re planning a back to school bash, a teacher’s lunch or you just want to make their first day of school breakfast special, this centerpiece idea from Little Ant Design is really adorable… and quite economical! She used pencils (molded around can food items), placemat size chalkboards, rulers, composition notebooks, apples and flash cards to pull off the theme and she did a beautiful job. I also love the idea of stenciling on glass vases with chalkboard paint. Very smart! {wink}

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sip and sea shower

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Isn’t this simply beautiful?! Chris from Celebrations At Home has outdone herself. I love the nautical theme. And not just that, what a fun idea for a second child. This way you get to show off the little one! {wink}

Visit her original post for more pictures and all the wonderful details, but here are a few of my favorites:

The drink station (above). Here’s what Chris had to say ” Served at the drink station was an ‘Ocean Breeze’ cocktail, and Jones blue colored berry lemonade. Also available were ‘lifesavers’ candies. The stemware held drink charms fashioned from nautical themed buttons. To hang above the bar as a focal point, I used a message board and applied several different nautical maps in a mosaic form, then just tucked in a few photos of the new baby and family.”

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Entry way - what a great way to welcome your guests at the door, a message on a lifesaver

Party decor - I love the personal touches, like the “N” for the little one’s name and the plush toys that mom can share with him later

Nautical inspired table – here you see a fun way to serve snacks, but make sure and visit Chris because she set a beautiful table complete with maps at each place setting

Handmade invitation – for those of you who are crafty, Chris even gives details on how to make this fun (likely hand delivered) invitation

Great job Chris!

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bonjour bridal shower

Black is in for bridal showers… elegant, always beautiful and it goes with everything! The trend is definately to partner it with a vibrant pink. For just such an ocassion we recently launched our “divine,” “blossoms,” and “bubbly” invitations and decor. And for additional inspiration, here are a few “real” party pics we found at The Hostess Blog.

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As you can see, beautiful patterns of card stock from the craft store can be your best friend when planning a party. They used this demask pattern for thier placemats. What a smart and inexpensive way to set a beautiful table. 

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Their inspiration was not only the color, but the Eiffel Tower, hence the bonjour message on the paper lanterns over the table. So cute! 

The part I loved the most was the favor idea. The bride’s mother passed away from cancer a few years ago so instead of a favor the hostesses made a donation to the Susan G Komen foundation.  They created donation cards and wrapped them in tulle so that each guest could remember the bride’s mother was there in spirit and watching down from heaven.

Great work ladies!

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summer citrus table

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If you’re planning a summer picnic or outdoor gathering, these are some wonderfully simple ideas from Country Living. I personally love the citrus name card. How smart!

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And what about this centerpiece?! They removed the handles of a shopping bag (Tiffany & Co. none the less) and cut out a square from each side of the flattened bag (creating a paper handle when the resulting strips are folded over and taped). Nestle small flower vases inside and you’re ready. They then placed these in the walkway pointing to the backyard with sidewalk chalk. Fun!

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