monsters university {mike cupcakes}

Monsters University

Have you seen the trailer for the new Disney Pixar movie, Monsters University?! Well my sons have. And my youngest even changed his birthday party theme to a Monsters University movie viewing… After I had already bought favors for his super hero birthday party… Well, like any good mommy I took them back and we started over. Thank goodness we hadn’t gone too far down the party planning path yet. {grin}

So as we pull the party together I’ve started to craft and bake of course.

These fun little Monsters University Mike Wazowski cupcakes will likely make an appearance on the big day.

Monsters University

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Monsters University Mike Wazowski cupcakes. (I also recommend the chocolate be Wilton Candy Melts available at your local craft store, plus you’ll need wax paper, glass bowl and resealable plastic bags.)

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Chocolate transfer legs and arms. Draw a quick outline, stick version is fine, of bent arms and legs. (Check Mike out here for inspiration.) I suggest bent so that the arms can be connected at the top and bottom. Melt green chocolates in a resealable bag in 8 second intervals, snip the end, and pipe onto wax paper. Never done chocolate transfer before? Check out my how to video for another project.
  2. Coat Mike’s body (aka plain donut hole) in chocolate. Melt green chocolates in glass bowl, spoon over donut holes, insert lollipop stick and allow to dry (standing is best if you have a cookie cooling tray you can use).
  3. Chocolate transfer eye. Melt white chocolate in a resealable bag in 8 second intervals. Make a round dot for the white of his eye. While still wet add a large blue confetti candy.
  4. Make Mike. Insert the lollipop with Mike’s body into an iced cupcake. Attach arms at mid and top of Mike with a dot of green chocolate. Attach legs at bottom of Mike with green chocolate. Bottom of legs will set in wet cupcake icing. Add Mike’s eye with another dot of green chocolate.
  5. Add horns and mouth. With white chocolate, pipe on squiggly mouth and horns.

Monsters University

If you weren’t excited about Mike and Sully heading off to Monsters University before, I hope you are now! {grin}

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

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cotton candy {treats}

Cotton Candy

My boys always beg for cotton candy and honestly it’s one of those treats that I try to avoid because the bags are too big and the sugar rush is even bigger!

So in the baking isle I spied the Duncan Hines Frosting Creations icing. All the cotton candy taste… in small portions… so I decided to give them a whirl!

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

To make them a bit more fun than regular cupcakes AND to give the boys the illusion of a cotton candy paper cone {grin}, I baked them in sugar cones with chocolate chips in the batter. Admittedly I’m not much on tons of icing, but the cake in the sugar cones, with a little icing, was super yummy! My oldest loved them just as they are. My youngest, like me, wanted more of just the cake in the cone.

Here’s what you’ll need to make chocolate chip batter cupcakes with cotton candy frosting:

  • Duncan Hines Golden Butter Cake Mix (+ ingredients)
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Duncan Hines Frosting Creations with Cotton Candy flavor packet
  • Sugar cones
  • Aluminum foil
  • Deep baking dish
  • Dairy-Free Option: replace butter in batter with 5 tsp Smart Balance Light and Enjoy Life chocolate chips

And the simple instructions:

  1. Prep batter as box directs (substituting the options above if you want dairy free)
  2. Cover baking dish in aluminum foil, cut “X” every 2.5 inches
  3. Insert cones upright
  4. Spoon one tsp of batter in cone, add five to six mini chocolate chips, repeat until 3/4″ from top of cone
  5. Bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes
  6. Allow to cool
  7. Mix icing as directed, spoon into resealable bag, cut an “X” in one corner of the bag and pipe icing on in circular motion.

Cotton Candy

A little fun treat to kick off the summer. Also perfect for a circus themed birthday party. By the way, the stands are actually icie cone stands from Target. I use them all the time in the summer!

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

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chevron birthday party {princess style}

Chevron

Love chevron?! Have a little princess?! Well I have the perfect party idea for you. Michelle of I Do Invitations By Michelle celebrated her daughter Cami’s birthday with beautiful chevron party details, but made it all about her little princess and the Disney princesses too of course! {grin}

Michelle linked up to our monthly link party and today I’m sharing her party as my feature favorite. My co-host Bird of Bird’s Party, is sharing her link party favorite today too so make sure you hop over and see what inspired her from our last link party. I’ll give you a hint… strawberries!

Have ideas that you’d like to share and possibly get featured? This month Chris of Celebrations At Home joined us too so now you share your link once and get seen on three blogs! Share your party, craft or baking idea now!

And hop over to visit Michelle for tons more pictures and inspiration from her little Cami’s big day!

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

Photography credit: Ellie of Photography Studio 37

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Oz The Great And Powerful {DIY wand}

Oz The Great And Powerful

Oz The Great And Powerful Blu-Ray Combo Pack releases in a few short days, on June 11. If you didn’t catch it at the theaters, you simply must see it now. It’s all about how Oz made it to Oz! {grin} Oh, and there is a bit about the witches too. All three of them! {shudder}

I have to say, Disney really did a beautiful job. The colors and characters were amazing… and THE witch had my youngest peeking out from under his blanket. He made his dad come sit next to him. I was there, but I wasn’t enough. {smirk}

The girly in me though was struck by Glinda The Good Witch. Her dress, her crown, oh… and her wand! It was so simple, yet so beautiful!

Oz The Great And Powerful

I mean what girl doesn’t want a wand?! So I thought, why not make a few. Here’s what you’ll need to make an easy DIY candy wand:

  • Marshmallows
  • Pepperidge Farms Pirouette Rolled Wafers (these are French Vanilla!)
  • Pure Cane Sugar
  • White Icing
  • Kitchen Scissors

And the simple how to for making your wands:

  • Trim your marshmallows. Using kitchen scissors, cut each of the corners off your marshmallow so that it looks like a diamond. (TIP: Wash your scissors between each marshmallow or they’ll start to stick.)
  • Add shine. Dip each edge (sticky sides) in pure cane sugar.
  • Attach handle. Dip the end of the wafer in white icing and attach the wand tip. Allow to set for at least 10 minutes before you display.

Rather watch how I made these? Well you’re in luck because I made a little video. And while you’re there, I’d love for you to subscribe to my youtube channel. By the way, my eight year old was my camera man on this one because I couldn’t find the stand. That’s cute though… right?! {grin}

By the way, if you’re having a party, I would display in a 4″ or so tall clear (square if you have it) vase filled half way with more pure cane sugar. Once the wands are dry, just place them in, handle first, so all the good little witches at your party can grab them easily!

Want to know more about Oz The Great And Powerful? You can follow Disney and this movie specifically on facebook, twitter and pinterest. And you can see what some of my blogging friends are creating to celebrate the new movie too!



But I’m not done! I have another very fun tutorial for Oz The Great And Powerful.

When I was prepping for our “at home” movie viewing we made some adorable and easy Oz The Great And Powerful popcorn bags. Come see how to make these easy bags for this movie, or any Disney movie premier! {grin}

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

This post is brought to you by Disney and Blue Print Social, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way! Original idea created by Kim Byers and seen here on TheCelebrationShoppe.com first.

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crafts for kids {12 math practice ideas}

12 Fun Ways to Practice Math

Need fun and creative ways to help your kids with math practice this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our third installment, math practice for kids. Make sure you check out our first two roundups too: 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids and 12 science crafts for kids.

My middle child, a.k.a my drama queen, has just recently learned her division facts. Not bad for a rising 3rd grader {proud mama grin}. But the accomplishment made me think about what other fun math craft ideas we could find to keep her growing this summer.

There’s no shortage of talented mommies who share some magnificent math practice and craft ideas:

  • Make Your Own Abacus via Homeschooling Hearts and Minds uses household items and helps little ones understand place values.
  • Pumpkin Pie Fractions via Almost Unschoolers is a great visual for early fractions
  • Lemonade Stand via Family Education combines money lessons and good old fashioned fun!
  • Don’t Get Zapped {game} via Teach Beside Me can be tailored for any math facts, even for older kids.
  • Hopscotch via A Girl and a Glue Gun may look like just a felt game, but it can easily be changed to a face-paced math quiz. Have your child(ren) add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers she jumps on.

I’m sure I’ll be reciting math facts in my sleep this week {smirk}

  • Lego Math Fun via Kids Acitivities Blog uses Legos to stretch those minds.
  • Rock Counting via Thrive 360 Living is fantastic for little ones learning to count or write numbers. (and I love anything that can travel with me and my brood!)
  • Milk Cap Math via love2learn2day keep your kiddo on his math facts toes!
  • Juice Can Lid Play Money via Crafitments teaches all about money and coin values
  • Paper Plate Math and Alphabet Game  via Kiwi Crate is a simple, but effective tool for teaching
  • Sudoku Printables via kid giddy uses shape identification and the popular puzzle to engage school-aged kiddos.
  • Walking Water via play based learning; OK, so technically this is a science experiment, but I love the measurement component as a math concept, too!

And make sure you join us on our Crafts for Kids {the series} Pinterest board for more clever craft, gift and treat ideas.

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

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personalized favors {boxes & bags}

personalized favors

Love giving personalized favors when you host a gathering? Check out these adorable and hand drawn favor boxes from Darcy Miller, Editorial Director of Martha Stewart Weddings. Darcy designed these when Bergdorf Goodman hosted a party for David Stark’s beautiful new book, David Stark: The Art of the Party.

Want to know how she created these adorable favor boxes? In her words:

“I sketched David in four different outfits, and in each he’s holding something different in his hands that’s relevant to content in the book: a basket of berries, a bouquet of flowers, a watering can, and of course the book itself.  Smitten on Paper printed my sketches onto the sides of their two white boxes, with the upper half of his outfits printed onto one box, and the lower half onto the other. Then I stacked them, which created a twisting block that lets you turn them to pair a different top with a different bottom. One box is filled with dark chocolate covered almonds from Nuts.com, while the other holds berry-flavored gummies by Sockerbit; the candies are in cellophane bags sealed with a sticker featuring David’s photo. On the bottom of the lower box, I wrote ‘Congrats’ and ‘Bergdorf Goodman, May 14th, 2013.’ Then I tied everything together using black waxed twine and, voilà!”

personalized favors

Don’t have Darcy’s talent with a pencil? Me either. How about monograms?! When asked by the Martha team, these were my favorite choices to share for weddings, baby showers and birthdays:

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

Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings. Copyright ©2013. For more wedding favor ideas, check out www.marthastewartweddings.com. Photography credits: picture this, Marcus Nilsson and personalized favors, Stephen Lewis

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crafts for kids {12 science craft ideas}

12 Summer Science Crafts for Kids

Want crafts for kids? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained and learning this summer?

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our second installment, science crafts for kids. What mom doesn’t want her child to learn while having fun? {grin} Make sure you check out our first roundup, 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids too.

Since my background is science (I was a pharmacist before staying home with the kids), I’m always looking for fun ways to teach my kids principles of science. These science crafts for kids are a fantastic way to bring art and science together through crafts!

  • Starfire Explosion Tie Dye Shirt via Fave Crafts is a fabulous experiment in colors and shapes. This site offers great tutorials in a multitude of patterns.
  • Bubble Gift Wrap Paper via Martha Stewart crafters makes beautiful papers and a fantastic lesson in surface tension
  • Absorbing Artwork via Spoonful combines a lesson in absorption and what happens when colors mix.
  • DIY Foam Stamps via Mom’s Crafty space allow for creative freedom and teach about negative space, too
  • Exploding Artwork via Housing a Forest is a frame-worthy lesson in air pressure
  • Marshmallow Shooter via Macaroni Kid lets kids learning about trajectories; but let’s face it…it’s just fun to shoot stuff at people {wink}

Can you feel your brain expanding yet?

  • Crystal Rainbows via Sweet and Simple Things can be made into almost anything. And they teach kids heat increasing dissolution as well as evaporation.
  • Spring Bouquet via Spoonful is a gorgeous way to brighten up any space. Kids will love learning about how the flowers draw in the coloring and why it stays.
  • Ice Art via Nurture Store claims to be a winter activity, but I see lots of potential for summer fun.  Colored ice blocks can be shaped and create cool sculptures.
  • Magnetic Silly Putty via Instructables adds a new element to an old favorite. Cool way to learn a bit about magnetic properties!
  • Homemade Gak via Musings of a SAHM is ooey, gooey, gross fun at it’s finest!
  • Mason Jar Terrarium via Scissors and Steam brings a live craft into your child’s world while providing you a chance to teach about why plants are so good for us to have on Earth.

I’m working on more posts including water crafts for kids, math crafts for kids and more! We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

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outdoor furniture {red, white and blue}

Outdoor Furniture

This weekend is Memorial Day, the kick off to a summer of patriotic holiday celebrations. My hubby and most of his family members served in the armed forces so we’re big on celebrating in red, white and blue!

I keep my outdoor furniture in basic/rustic hues so that I can brighten things up with pops of reds! Today I’m sharing a few fun and festive patio and outdoor furniture finds from Kohl’s to get you ready for the upcoming outdoor party season.

AND, I’m sharing my FREE backyard BBQ Party Printables (see more pictures of the feature in Mom magazine) in coordinating colors! DOWNLOAD MY FREE SUMMER PRINTABLES and get shopping!

As always, I hope your inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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crafts for kids {10 outdoor craft ideas}

Crafts For Kids

Looking for crafts for kids? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertaining and learning this summer? The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids and this is our first installment to help kick off the summer! 

Since my kiddos like to spend their summer days outside, I decided to start by gathering 10 outdoor crafts for kids to share this week:

I’m working on posts for science crafts for kids, water crafts for kids, math crafts for kids and more! We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

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

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