under the sea tablescape

deep-sea-table

Whether your thinking about having a splash bash in the backyard or taking a trip to the aquarium, this birthday party theme idea is creative, colorful and lots of fun.

It’s really easy to pull off this table. We offer the plates, napkins, cups, placemats, tablecloths and of course the custom invitations (below), but sorry, we don’t have goldfish. {wink}

As for the crafts and accessories:

  • Cake plate - use a die cut machine to cut out waves (or draw one and then make a template) from a heavy bright blue cardstock that can be found at any craft or scrapbooking store. Then with a drop or two of hot glue, affix it to your cake plates and you’re ready to go.
  • Placecard – we found these pre-painted wooden fish at the craft store as well and just wrote each child’s name on the top fin with a Sharpie.
  • Table aquarium – we visited the pet store and found a fish that could easily live in a vase with a few drops of DeChlor (removes chlorine). We then simply embellished the square vase with our wave die cuts.  
  • Fish placemat – our placemats are rectangle so we made a fish template and trimmed out our shape. It’s easy and fast, but makes a real impact to the table.

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We hope you have a splash!

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giddy up cowboy decor

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So of course I couldn’t just have fun food for my little boy’s third birthday bash, I had to have some really fun decor too. We decorated the entire backyard, but these are a few of my favorite crafts.

The banner was a no-sew project. You’ll need:

  • 2 yards of a cowboy bandanna print
  • 3/4 yard of black
  • 3/4 yard Heat n Bond iron on adhesive
  • roll Stitch Witchery hemming tape
  • 4 grommets (grommet hand tool is easiest, but you can use a hammer)
  • twine

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Enlarge your letters in Word and print them off as a template
  2. Iron the Heat n Bond adhesive to the black fabric (per the package instructions)
  3. Cut out your template letters, pin them to the black fabric and trim them out
  4. Take your cowboy print, iron down 1/2″ hem and secure it with Stitch Witchery (follow instructions on package)
  5. Insert one grommet in each corner about 2″ from each side
  6. Place your black letters on your banner, peel off the adhesive backing and iron them down

Okay, on to the (saw) horses. They in themselves are not new; I blogged about this idea almost a year ago. However, the little covered wagon in the back is all us! I only wish I had gotten a better shot of just it. Here’s how you pull these two crafts off. The horses are just my hubby’s saw horses with a neck (2×4) and a slightly mitered head (1×4) embellished with raffia mane and tail. Very simple, but the kids loved it!

The covered wagon, a little more complex, but well worth it. The wagon itself is just our garden wagon. The side panels were covered with cardboard, Hodge Podge and scrapbook paper that looked like wooden planks. {wink} The top was created from:

  • a white twin sheet,
  • three 6 ft. long tubes, and
  • a 9 ft. roll of thin elastic

  And here’s how you make it:

  1. Trim off 18″ from one end of the twin sheet (make sure and measure your wagon and modify as needed) and hem it back with a small opening.
  2. Third the 18″ into 6″ strips and use those to create three pockets in your sheet. One centered and the other two 4″ from each end
  3. On each end insert your thin elastic and pull the fabric in to look like the opening of a covered wagon (stitch the elastic in place or plan to tie it to your wagon)
  4. Insert your flexible tubing and then using wire ties attach it to the wagon

Happy crafting and Yee Haw!

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cowboy birthday treats

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Here are a few more presentation ideas and treats from my little guy’s wild west birthday bash a few weeks ago. For the presentation, I simply took several square vases and embellished them with the same bandana ribbon and twine that I used on the cake tier. Just a dot of hot glue and they won’t move. Plus, they clean up easy so you can transform them again for your next gathering. 

As for the treats, I slaved over placing the Twizzlers (aka cowboy ropes) in the tall vase {wink}. The chocolate dipped marshmallows took a little more time, but not much. Melt your chocolate in a double boiler, spear three marshmallows on a lollipop stick, coat the marshmallows using a silicon brush, add a few candy stars and lay them on wax paper to cool. For the final touch, package them in cello bags. I have to admit, I didn’t make enough. They were a hit.

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introducing simply blue

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You can never go wrong with clean simple elegant designs when planning a baby shower or bridal shower… hence, “simply blue.” We launched a pink version, “simply pink,” several weeks ago and quickly realized that we needed to represent the baby boys and the something blue bridal showers.

We chose a zen blossoms blue and brown plate and napkin and paired them with a number of bridal shower and baby shower cookie cutters. Take a peak, I’m sure it will not only calm your mom-to-be or bride-to-be’s jitters, but it will be a beautiful backdrop to such a fun day.

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four in one wedding cookie

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I love this wedding cookie cutter; with a few trims of the dough you’ve got four cookie shapes from one cutter:

  1. Tier cake with a heart topper (as cutter is shown)
  2. Three tier cake (trim off heart)
  3. Wedding gown (trim off layered edges)
  4. Cocktail dress (trim off layered edges and length)

And of course you can pick up this versitile cookie cutter with our bridal shower decor. Happy baking!

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introducing pink & black couture

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I previewed the decor for this new design a few weeks ago and now I’m proud to say that the design is complete. And not only this one, “Blossoms,” but we also designed two more invitations, below, with this same color palette. All three designs and decor will be available for purchase early next week.

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Introducing “Divine,” a splash of whimsy flowers perfect for a tween or teen birthday party, a baby or bridal shower or even a garden party. And introducing “Bubbly,” a fun martini glass overflowing with the bubbly stuff. This one is perfect for a bachelorette party or even a girl’s night in. My book club would dig this one too. And yes, we do read books. {giggle}

Can’t wait to get them in the shoppe! No later than Monday, June 29, I promise. {wink}

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sheriff badge rice crispies

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As I mentioned in my hosting a hoe down post, my little one has food allergies. He’s a big fan of the rice crispy treat so I molded the sweet treat into star cookie cutters (available in our shoppe) and then iced them as favors for our guests. We placed them in pails that were embellished with bandana ribbon, the same used on our cake plate, and a fun wooden cowboy boot from the craft store. {50 cents already painted people!} As for the sign, I just picked up a sheet of scrapbooking paper that looked like old wooden boards and imprinted it with the Playbill font (commonly found in Microsoft products). 

Okay, back to the treat. Here’s what you’ll need to decorate:

  • Vanilla or cream cheese icing
  • Freezer weight resealable bags
  • #2 and #4 icing tips and two connectors
  • Red and blue gel food coloring
  •  Lollipop sticks

And here are the easy steps:

  1. First, one tip on molding these, make sure that you butter your cookie cutter so that the sweet falls out easily.
  2. Apply your food coloring to your icing. Gel is best so that your icing doesn’t become watery.
  3. Insert your connector into your bag, insert your icing and then add your tip. I used a #2 tip to outline the badges.
  4. Once you’ve outlined, take the outer connector and tip off of your bag and microwave your icing for seven to eight seconds. You want to heat it up just enough for flooding.
  5. Using the #4 tip, pipe in a zig zag motion inside of the badge and then pull it to the corners with a toothpick or small icing spatula.
  6. Allow the icing to set; ten minutes should do it.
  7. For the lettering I used a #2 tip and for the number I used a #4 tip.

As for packaging, allow the treats to set for four to six hours before you insert them into cello bags so as not to crush the lettering. Happy baking!

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hosting a hoe down

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My youngest is turning three and he wanted a wild west cowboy bash. So as you can imagine, I gave him one. {wink} Those who read me often know that he has severe food allergies so I needed to make a cake and treats that were dairy and nut free. (He was released from the egg allergy thank goodness; cake is not cake without eggs!)

Candidly I was really unsure what I was going to do until a few days before the party. I decided on a chocolate and vanilla cupcake tier with a 4×4″ cake (for my little guy) on top. Not only does the tier give the table height, but it also made a clear separation between his cake and the guest cakes… especially since I tried my hand at chocolate transfer. {loved it!}

So for his cake, I could use dairy-free chocolate transfer (trust me you can’t tell the difference in taste), but I’ve only been able to find it in regular chocolate, no white chocolate or other colors, and I didn’t think that was very interesting so I opted for a rice crispy  (which he loves) sherrif badge. No worries, I made more as favors for his little buddies.

However, I did use chocolate transfer for my guest cupcakes. This was actually my first attempt and I was amazed at how easy it is. Here are a few tips:

  1. Print out your design. If small enough put multiple designs on a single sheet.
  2. Tape your template to a cutting board (so that you can turn the image if you need to).
  3. Cover the image with wax paper.
  4. Use melting chocolate (available at all craft and baking supply stores). I used Wilton red, yellow and dark chocolate.
  5. Use a freezer weight resealable bag, heating your chocolate in 8-10 second intervals and massaging it with your hands between heating. (Make sure and insert your connector before melting your chocolate.)
  6. Pipe your design backwards, meaning pipe the design you want to show on top first and then layer the rest of the design on top of it. Here’s a pictorial from the Love-Sweet-Love blog.
  7. Allow the chocolate to cool, peel it off, flip it over and apply. Tah-dah!

As for the cake plate decoration, this part was a lot of fun because I got to use my glue gun! You guys know I love it! {giggle} Anyway, I embellished Martha Stewart’s square tier cake plates (8″, 10″ and 12″) with a 2″ bandana ribbon and twine. I applied the glue to the ribbon and then applied the ribbon to the cake plate. Doing it this way allows it to cool slightly before applying to the plate. As for the twine, I put it on second leaving a two inch overhang at one corner. Once the glue set, it is almost instant, I separated the twine ends and frayed them slightly.

I’ll post more ideas, including how to make the sheriff rice crispy treat, from our bash later this week. So stay tuned and happy baking!

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owl inspired

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I came across these fun felt owls and cute owl cupcakes this morning and wanted to share. Unforatunately I don’t have step-by-step instructions on these… yet. {wink}

The fat little owl craft is from lerylin2, a reader on Martha Stewart.com. Her homemade hoots won a recent contest. She does tell us that she used styrofoam and felt. The pattern looks fairly easy from the image. I think I’ll try it out.

The cupcakes are from Gathering Manna {a recipe blog}, where she not only shows the cupcakes but her table for a owl themed baby shower. You must check it out.

Both of these go beautifully with our owl baby shower couple theme. {wink}

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flower pot cupcakes

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Tis the season for garden parties and I thought these two flower pot cupcake ideas were so super cute.

The first is from Georgia McDonald on flickr. I love the simplicity of them; simple, but very lovely. Just cupcakes with white icing, a fun sucker and gummy leaves with a little cookie or chocolate sprinkle.

The second set will take you a little more time. You’ll need to bake the sugar cookies (and make sure that the lollipop sticks hold in place well; make sure and chill your dough!). Plus, you’ll need to ice them, but I think well worth the effort for the outcome. Nice work Montreal Confections!

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