real parties: boho chic shower

krista-salmon-boho-chic-baby-shower-arrangementAnd for the second “real” party of the week, Krista Salmon of Kiki’s List shared this lovely shower she hosted over the weekend with us. I love how she incorporated the mini pumpkins and gourds into this modern pink and orange color palette. 

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And I’m sure these lovely “GLORY” letters will go perfect in the little one’s nursery or playroom someday! For all the details and resources, and to spread the joy of welcoming Glory to the world, hop over to Kiki’s list! {Thanks so much for sharing Krista!}

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customer: my little honey

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Before I share this lovely party, I wanted to say that I’m back from Disney (had a blast with the kids; I’ll be sharing more about our adventures shortly) and even though it was a quick trip, I’m refreshed. It’s such a creative place and it was so relaxing that I have a ton of ideas to get working on. Also, thank you to the wonderful ladies that blogged for me while I was away! If you missed them, check out their posts: pumpkin art, autumn pasta party and easy Halloween candy apples.

Back to the party! A few months ago we participated in a mom blogger project with Mom magazine. Jamie from Pure Joy was one of the mom bloggers that we met and I have to say, she’s got a ton of energy! She’s a photographer, blogger and of course a mommy. Oh, and did I mention that she’s VERY pregnant, like any day now pregnant. In the midst of all the million things she has going on, she still managed to pull together a beautiful party for her little honey’s fourth birthday using our Buzz collection printables… by the way, she made the birthday outfit too!

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Hop over to Jamie’s blog, Pure Joy, to see more pictures and read all the details! {Thanks so much for sharing Jamie!}

If you’ve invited guests with our invitations or styled your party with table decor or printable items from The Celebration Shoppe, we would love to see! Send a link or pictures to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com. (By submitting information and/or images you are giving us the right to publish your events details with the appropriate credits.)

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press: Columbus Parent Magazine

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I’m so excited to announce that I’m a new contributor to Columbus Parent Magazine. I’ve been a fan of this Central Ohio monthly publication ever since my boys were born. It’s chocked-full of all things family from what events are happening around the area to tips on identifying childhood illnesses to planning the perfect family movie night and all that is in between.

For my first assignment, I had the opportunity to share my son Alex’s sixth birthday party where we mixed, bubbled, poured and tested our way through several real experiments and then several bowls of ice cream! To read the full article, you can flip to pages 44 and 45 of the virtual issue, or you can view the online version of the article and leave me a comment, which I would LOVE and APPRECIATE since this is my first contribution. (Update: Thanks to everyone who commented on the magazine’s website, unfortunately they updated their online branding and all comments were lost. In any case, I did get to read them before they were gone and I truly appreciated every sweet word!)

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And for much more on the big day including many more pictures, read part I (party overview and dessert table), part II (science experiments) and visit my shoppe for science printable party supplies. Plus, the craft post is coming next week! Join me on facebook and twitter for regular updates about what’s coming next, including a fabulous freebie in the December issue!

And if you want to know more about Columbus Parent Magazine, you can connect with them on twitter and facebook too!

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real parties: scientist part II

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As I mentioned in the part I scientist party post, my son loves science (I mean check out that face!) and he spends a lot of time reading (or having me read) science books. So when it came time to pick experiments he already had some ideas about what he wanted to do. I did have to remind him that we would have to have supplies times 10, so in the end we compromised. We chose three experiments for the kids and a grand finale.

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But before we get into the experiments, let me set the stage by giving you a tour of our laboratory. The kid’s were greeted at the gate by a “Scan to Enter” sign that my son felt was a must, especially since this is a top secret area!

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As they rounded the corner, the pergola was labeled with a large LAB banner,

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and nestled underneath were two long tables covered in green tablecloths and topped with all the supplies needed to complete our experiments.

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Each child’s experiment station was anchored by a sheet of solid orange scrapbook cardstock with an experiment card to the left and topped with a placecard from our new science birthday party supplies collection.

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Here’s a better look at the placecard tied to a test tube filled with candies!

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But before the kids could enter, they had to gear up with monogrammed lab coats (available through our partner at Sew Jewell). Alex wanted his to have this cute little worm performing an experiment on his pocket, as well as the bubbling test tubes coming out of the pocket, like all of his guests.

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The kids also received goggles embellished with the collection’s “Thanks for bubbling over!” favor tags.

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Now on to the experiments. First I have to tell you that one of the best decisions I made while planning this party was to recruit two of my best girlfriends, Tammy and Maura. Maura is a fabulous blogger at 36×37 (and not just because she wrote about me; her perception of me is heavily clouded by our friendship!) and a corporate editor and Tammy is an entrepreneur and a TEACHER. That’s right, I pulled out the big guns!

I organized the lab into two tables, big kids (5-6 year olds plus little brother) and little kids (3-4 year olds). Maura took on helping to keep the little ones focused while Tammy taught the big kids. That’s right, I said taught. She totally wowed me. She came prepared with a little lesson for each experiment: primary colors, weather and buoyancy. She kept them completely engaged the entire time and it was obvious that the kids were really enjoying themselves. Not only did I have a professional actually teaching the kids something, I was able to sit back with the other parents and enjoy watching the little light bulbs go off over their heads. It was wonderful! (Thank you ladies both again!)

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For the first experiment, the primary color test, we set up six cups (short clear plastic cups, $2.50 for 40 from Kroger) per child, three empty and three filled 1/3 way with water. Then we dropped three fizzing tablets (100 tablets for $4.99 from http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/), red/blue/yellow, into the water. Next we had the children mix the colors into the empty cups to make orange, green and purple. Finally we let them pour in a small amount of oil so they could see how the water and oil won’t mix.

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For the second experiment, a weather experiment, we placed a scoop of insta-snow in large test tubes and let the kids mix the contents with water. The snow grows so fast that it pops out the top. Tammy explained how real snow was formed and then let them add the water and watch the magic. The product is Insta-snow and it is perfectly safe for kids to handle. (Insta-snow was $4.95 and the test tubes were $5.95 for six with a rack, both from www.stevespanglerscience.com)

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For third experiment, Alex’s favorite, we chose buoyancy (upward force that allows large objects to float). For each child we set up:

  • bowls filled half way with water (Rubbermaid bowls from the dollar store, 2 for $1),
  • two equal size pieces of aluminum (roll for $1 from the Dollar Store), and
  • 20 paper clips (pkg of 200 for $1 from the Dollar Store).

The kids put 10 paperclips on one piece of aluminum foil, balled it up and dropped it in. It sank. Then they folded the edges of the second piece of aluminum foil to make a small boat. They floated it on the top of the water and added 10 paperclips (one at a time or slowly). The lesson teaches that with more surface area the same weighted objects can float, just like large ships do on the sea.

And for the grand finale, a Mentos and Diet Coke geyser which was set off by my husband Steve while the rest of us stood far away! The reaction is instant and our geyser was about 20 feet in the air. (Mentos geyser tube from http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/ for $4.95). The kids loved it, but unfortunately I didn’t get a great picture of it because of all the commotion!

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As I outlined in the part I post, I’ll share all the crafts, as well as our feature in Columbus Parent Magazine (now up!) shortly. Plus all of these items will be in the shoppe along with the invitations shortly. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments on the part I post too. I appreciate all the encouraging and sweet words more than you know!

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real parties: scientist part I

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My son Alex has been in love with science for almost two years now. When we go to the library each week he heads directly to the science section with a basket… and comes back dragging it. I’ve read him books on astronomy, plant life, electricity, and probably hundreds on animals… although I could have skipped some of the worm and spider ones {skin crawling}. Not my faves!

So when it came time to create a new birthday party collection (science party invitations, science thank you notes, printable science party supplies) for his sixth birthday, there was really no question as to what the theme would be. He wanted bubbling beakers, colorful test tubes and the wardrobe piece that every scientist must have, a lab coat (purchase from our partners at Sew Jewell)!

We took so many pictures that I’m going to break it into a few posts so it doesn’t crash your computer {wink}:

My little guy really wants his own lab. And since it’s going to be top secret I can’t share all the detailed plans with you… and I promise you, there ARE drawings, but I can tell you that it requires you scan your hand to enter. I mean we can’t just let any old riff raff in, right?! So with this in mind our guests were greeted with signs directing them to our backyard and requesting they scan their right hand to enter. I’ll share the signs with you in the craft post, part III.

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In our backyard, under the pergola, we created our lab, complete with experiments, test tubes, lab coats and of course goggles. I’ll share all the details of the lab and the experiments in the science experiment post, part II, but I can’t resist sharing one more picture of my little scientist now! He was so happy. I got tons of “I love you Mom” whispers. It was truly a perfect day!

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While the parents watched on, and some helped out with the younger scientists {thanks you guys!}, they sipped yummy H2O,

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or soda, labeled appropriately “Warning: May Bubble, Pop & Fizz!”

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And after the kids poured, mixed and tested all the experiments we took them inside to a “experiment station” aka an ice cream bar where they could test toppings including M&Ms, Snickers, peanut butter chips and even gummy worms, until their little hearts were content.

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Not only did we serve ice cream, but of course cupcakes,

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and more cupcakes…

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and cookies! These beautiful hand iced butter cookies are from Sue at Sweet Tooth Cottage (and will be available in the shoppe the week of Oct. 11). The bubbling beakers were my favorite and I even sent them for his class party,

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bagged with our cello toppers.

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As for the dessert table,

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there was a choice of three ice cream flavors,

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tons of yummy toppings (M&Ms have been my favorite since childhood… can’t resist them!),

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and several serving options including waffle cones displayed in these springy shaved ice stands.

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I flanked both sides of the cookie tier with white shelves filled with science related items including paper mache books (the table pic above was taken before all the props were out) that I painted and embellished with “Biology,” “Astronomy” and “Chemistry.” I’ll show those to you in the craft post too.

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And to fun it up a bit more, I hung large 3-D (separated by foam adhesive squares) beakers from the ceiling above the dessert table. There are three shapes in the collection. The green and blue above

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and this orange one. Hope you’re enjoying so far, here’s a link to my new science birthday party supplies in the shoppe (science party invitations, science thank you notes, printable science party supplies) and more to come later tonight!

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customer: bee-autiful shower

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Terri of Crafty Working Mommy hosted a baby shower over the weekend that is sure to have left her guests buzzing. I’m proud to say she used our Buzz collection invitation, table decor and printable collection to pull her look together. She then added her own crafty talents to make this shower perfect. (Cake via Cakes by Sara)

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I love the huge sunflowers! And you see the diaper cake and diaper wreath? Terri made them herself and even shares a tutorial.

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And last, but never least, is the dessert table. Terri made cookies and embellished them with our buzz collection designs by printing the image with a special printer on edible sugar paper (excited to say that starting the week of October 11, 2010 we will be selling yummy cutout and sugar paper butter cookies via Sweet Tooth Cottage for this collection and many more in the shoppe; a detailed announcement about this sweet partnership is scheduled for early next week!). Didn’t she do a lovely job?! AND she made the little bee and hive cake balls too.

Hop over to Terri’s blog at Crafty Working Mommy for even more details and as always, I hope you’re inspired! {Thanks so much for sharing Terri! You did a beautiful job!}

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customer: perfect pinkalicious

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If you have little girls, you’ve likely read the book Pinkalicious. But if you haven’t, you’re going to want to after you see this fabulous party from Andrea of Sweet Bambinos. I’m sure you noted the “customer” in the title. I wish I could tell you that we helped her with all the fabulous details, but alas I can’t. She only purchased the pink polka dot cups from us (nice addition don’t you think!), and the rest was all Andrea!

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I love the tall cupcake pedestals she made. Yep, you read me right. She made them using a tutorial from Joy’s Hope

And these are only a sample of the pictures and ideas you’ll find when you hop over to Andrea’s blog. Enjoy!

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science party prep

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I’ve been so busy over the past few weeks launching new collections (candy corn, harvest and spooked pumpkin) that I’ve not had time to post about all the fun things we have planned for my oldest son’s sixth birthday this weekend, a science birthday party! For those who stop in often, you’ve likely read me ramble on about how much he loves science (and how my youngest loves dinosaurs). Well being me, we just had to create something unique to celebrate his big day. Plus, I love the idea of an educational birthday party!

So if you’ve not seen it yet, check out the science collection storyboard that I posted a few weeks ago and then take a look at these darling bubbling beaker cookies,

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periodic table cookies (I love the Helium one!),

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and yep, our cupcake printable designs in these beautiful rounds. Sue (and team) of Sweet Tooth Cottage hand decorated each of these lovely cookies and I couldn’t be more pleased with how perfect they are. And these are just pics inside the bakers box; wait until you see them in our cello toppers! And when we start shipping them they will be packaged and sealed in 4″ cello bags which are a perfect fit for our custom cello toppers… did I just write that…  hmmm… well I’ve been dying to tell you and so now I’ve let the secret out. A much more formal announcement with all the details will be coming closer to the end of the month, but until then, just imagine a yummy soft butter cookie that will melt in your mouth and match your table perfectly!

Happy Friday everyone and much, much more to come next week on the party including table decor, crafts, science experiments, and oh, yes, more goodies!

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real parties: wilderness camp

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My friend Chris from Celebrations At Home featured a campout birthday party yesterday and I had to share it here. The party was hosted by Lisa of Moore Minutes and every detail was perfectly rustic for a campout in the “real” wilderness!

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I’m starting at the S’mores bar because I love how Lisa pulled this all together. Just look at how she displayed her dessert tags: aged paper and pine cones! Very clever!

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Lisa set the scene with three different stations: S’mores table, main dining area, and

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gift/banner area. 

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Before I go, I have to leave you with a few shots of the favor bags and the boys going on a hike. My boys would LOVE this! Make sure you hop over to see tons more pictures and details in Lisa’s original blog posts: classic campout birthday party and S’mores dessert bar.

And check out our campout  and great outdoor invitations and table decor for even more ideas! Happy Friday everyone!

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real parties: breakfast bar

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I love this idea from Kristy of The Purple Pug blog. It would be perfect for a fun and easy back to school breakfast party, especially for little ones like mine who are excited and apprehensive at the same time. If I wasn’t completely out of time, I would host one for my boys and all their little classmates just to help warm the waters. I could also see this being perfect for a slumber party. Since its difficult to determine when guests would wake up after giggling all night, you could put together a cereal buffet table and just let them help themselves as they rolled out of bed!

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How fun are these real orange juice sippers?!

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And I’m just loving the personalized beaded spoons for each child. Very smart favor idea! Make sure you hop over to Kristy’s blog to see all the details!

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