pirate flag how to video

Thanks to everyone who watched me craft a no sew pirate birthday party flag on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan this past Wednesday. And for those of you who didn’t catch it, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a clip. Please leave a comment. We would love to know what you thought of the segment and what you think of the craft idea. And here’s the materials list and step-by-step instructions. Happy crafting!

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garden party cupcake tier

Garden party cupcake tierSo I guess it is obvious that I have Spring fever. I absolutely love this idea, not necessarily the cupcake design though. Here’s a much cooler sunflower cupcake, but what I wanted to show you was the display. This idea is fabulous (courtesy domestic diva Martha Stewart) for our bugs and butterflies birthday theme. You’ll need:

  • Three white cake plates, each slightly smaller than the other
  • Small clear glass (tubular is best)
  • Green crepe paper
  • Small watering can
  • Craft paper for the flower petals
  • Suckers

And here’s how you do it:

  1. First cut leaf shapes out of the green crepe paper; you’re going to need 50 to 60 so that they overlap.
  2. Next stack your cake plates and using double stick tape apply your leaves so that they overlap slightly and hang off the edge.
  3. Taking the craft paper, a thick card stock would be best, cut out a flower petal shape with five petals. Using a bone folder, crease each petal, and with a hole punch, place a hole in the center of the petal and insert your sucker. (You may need to use a small dab of glue or tape to hold the petal in place on the sucker stick. Just make sure it is non-toxic.) Finally place your sucker flowers in the small watering can.
  4. Arrange your flower cupcakes and top with your fun watering can. DONE!

Happy crafting!

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sugar n spice slow pokes

Snail candySo vacation is finally over and I had so many fun ideas over the holidays. I only hope I can find all those scraps of paper I wrote them on! {wink} Here’s one that I thought was just too adorable not to share for our bugs and butterflies theme from our friends at Martha Stewart.

It’s easy to turn candy into lively decorations and ornaments. When you cut into a gummy candy, you expose the sticky interior; this built-in adhesive is the primary tool for assembling these creatures. The larger the sticky surface, the better the parts will hold. These snails are simply hard candies for the shell and their faces are spice drops fitted with licorice-twist antennae and nonpareil eyes.

Place one of these at each place setting and watch your guests marvel. Or, better yet, let this be a activity during your gathering and the kids can show off their creative bug creatures.

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“all the buzz” cupcakes

Beehive cupcakeI know we’re only a few days off Christmas, but I’m already starting to have Spring fever… which is not good since I live in Ohio and will have at least four more months of cold. Regardless of the weather, these beautiful beehive cupcakes from brightideas.com will make any girls luncheon or birthday party all the buzz. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 cups SNICKERS® Brand Miniatures
  • 1 box (18 oz.) your favorite cake mix
  • 2 cans (16 oz. each) vanilla frosting
  • Yellow food coloring
  • 1 cup orange STARBURST® Brand Jellybeans
  • 1 tube chocolate decorative frosting, with plain tip
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 2 cups M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • 24 paper cupcake liners classic
  • 2 12-cup muffin tins
  • 3 pieces construction paper, in bright, spring colors (orange, pink, green, etc.)
  • Serving tray, optional

Detailed instructions:

  1. Set 24 SNICKERS® Brand Miniatures aside. Chop the remaining candy and set aside.
  2. Line the 2 muffin tins with the paper cupcake liners. Prepare the cake mix, fold in the chopped candy, and bake according to the package directions.
  3. Let the cupcakes cool to room temperature.
  4. In the meantime, tint the frosting with yellow food coloring to the desired shade. Dab a teaspoon of frosting on the bottom of each reserved SNICKERS® Brand Miniatures and place one on top of each cupcake.
  5. Frost the top of the cupcake, covering both the cupcake and candy. This will help support the frosting beehive.
  6. Spoon the remaining frosting into a resealable plastic bag. Using scissors, snip a small corner of the bag. Pipe the frosting in a spiral fashion, starting at the bottom of the hive and working your way up to the top.
  7. Place jellybeans randomly around the cupcake hives, and gently squeeze the chocolate frosting in a zigzag pattern on top of them.
  8. For the bee’s wings, place an almond slice on both sides of each jellybean.
  9. To serve, create flower cut-outs from the construction paper. Place the flowers on a table or serving tray, put a hive on each flower, and sprinkle with M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies.

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new design: pink petals

Pink PetalsI just approved a new design and lovingly named it “pink petals.” And since it is so adorable we’re also going to have a “blue petals.” We have a few more things to wrap up and within days you’ll be able to get these beautiful new designs under girlfriend gatherings for baby showers and under birthdays for our little girls.

I’ll tweet and post as soon as they’re available. Not following me on twitter, you should; I often post discounts! Check out the one I posted today: http://twitter.com/celebshoppe

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brrr… brilliant treats

Snowman cupcakesThese cool treats are great for the holidays and for winter birthdays. (Check out our brrr… brilliant birthday invitation.) Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 can vanilla frosting
  • 1 tube black decorating frosting
  • 1 tube orange decorating frosting
  • 1 14-oz. bag shredded coconut, optional
  • 16 pieces DOVE® Brand Milk Chocolate
  • 16 pieces chocolate malted milk balls
  • 1/2 cup M&M’S
  • Standard cupcake pan
  • Mini cupcake pan
  • 16 standard paper cupcake liners
  • 16 mini paper cupcake liners
  • Resealable plastic bag

Follow these easy steps from brightideas.com:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 16 standard cupcake cups and 16 mini cupcake cups with the paper cupcake liners.
  2. repare the cake mix according to the package instructions. Transfer the batter into each cupcake pan and bake minis for 12-15 minutes and the standard cupcakes for 18-21 minutes.
  3. Remove cupcakes from the oven, transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.
  4. Put 1/4 cup of vanilla frosting in a resealable plastic bag; set aside.
  5. Frost all the cupcakes’ tops with the remaining vanilla frosting, and then sprinkle with the shredded coconut, if desired.
  6. Place a frosted mini cupcake on its side on top of each frosted standard cupcake, using the vanilla frosting to attach it.
  7. Make the hats by using the vanilla frosting to secure a DOVE® Chocolate on top of each mini cupcake. Pipe a dot of frosting on top of each chocolate and attach a malted milk ball.
  8. Add details by using vanilla frosting to attach M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies as buttons. Pipe the eyes with the black decorating frosting and the noses with the orange decorating frosting.

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no fuss favors

No fuss favorEvery mom stresses about the party favor. I admit that I’ve done some fairly elaborate things, but only when the party was with my very best girlfriends and their children. And some of you even have to suffer through school policies where your child’s entire class has to be invited; that isn’t always economical. Remember, the birthday is about your child, don’t spend your entire budget on the guests.

Take it from me, do what makes you feel comfortable. For instance, this is a very simple, yet attractive favor for a sweet’s birthday party. The hardest part will be spelling all the kid’s names correctly.

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night owl cookies

owl-cookies

These are sooo fun and could be perfect for a campout party.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 roll (18 oz.) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 20 whole cashews
  • 1/2 cup chocolate frosting
  • 1 cup M&M’s Peanut Chocolate Candies
  • 2 cookie sheet pans
  • Plastic wrap paper
  • Resealable plastic bag

And here’s how you make them:

  1. Divide the sugar cookie dough in three pieces. Knead the flour into one piece of cookie dough until smooth, set aside. Combine the remaining two pieces of cookie dough and knead in the cocoa powder until smooth, set aside.
  2. Roll the lighter colored cookie dough into a 1-inch round log about 10 inches long, and move it off to the side. Roll out the chocolate cookie dough on a lightly floured surface to a 10 x 4-inch rectangle. Place the light colored log of cookie dough on top of the chocolate rectangle. Wrap the chocolate cookie dough completely around the lighter colored log. Pinch edges to seal and roll the log smooth. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cut the cookie log into 1/4-inch slices. Place 2 slices, side by side, on sheet pans. Press a cashew into cookie at the point the slices touch. Repeat with remaining cookie slices. Bake for approximately 8-11 minutes, or until cookies are just beginning to golden. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  4. Spoon the chocolate frosting into a resealable bag and snip a small corner from bag. Using the photograph as guide, pipe eyelashes and a dot to secure candies. Add the M&M’s for eyes.

Thanks brightideas.com!

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pirate ship craft

Pirate ship craftFor your next pirate bash, make your very own mini ships as table decoration or even as placecard holders with this fun recycle project from Kaboose!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 cardboard egg cups (or open walnut shells)
  • Brown acrylic craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • ¼ cup modeling clay or play dough
  • 6 toothpicks
  • 1 sheet white paper
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue

For the step-by-step how to, hop over to Kaboose and get crafting!

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owl cupcakes

Owl cupcakesThese owls were so much fun to make and easy enough for little helpers. Here’s what you need:

  • Brownie mix (we used puree apricots in the place of egg and filled the cups ¾ full)
  • Oreo cookies
  • M&Ms (replace with Skittles for egg and dairy free)
  • Cashews
  • Chocolate sprinkles
  • Cream cheese icing

While your brownie cupcakes are cooling, tint your cream cheese icing orange and divide your Oreo cookies (we removed the white filling, but you could leave it). Next, ice each cupcake, apply your cookies face up, sprinkle the top of the cupcake with chocolate sprinkles to resemble feathers and add the cashew as the hooked nose. Finally, using a toothpick, place a small amount of icing on the back of the M&Ms and apply as the owls eyes.

(Tip: Oreos tend to get soggy when not kept in airtight containers. Plan to ice and decorate within an hour or two of serving.)

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