personalized placemats

We’re adding a few new things to the shoppe! Personalized placemats are now available for the following collections (but we can make them for any of the 50+ collections we offer, just e-mail us at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com with any questions):

  • pirate ship and pirate skull,
  • dinosaur, and
  • cowgirl birthday and baby shower.

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

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wagon wheel cookies

Simple, incredibly yummy, only two ingredients and no baking cookies. You can’t beat a recipe like that! Keebler Fudge Stripes + Strawberry Marshmallows = Wagon Wheel Cookies perfect for any cowgirl hoedown and our newest party collection! Just heat a marshmallow in the microwave for seven seconds (the middle will get hot, but the marshmallow skin will still be in tack allowing you to pick it up with your hand) and then sandwich between two cookies. The chocolate in the cookies will melt slightly holding the sandwich together.

By the way, you likely recognize the light cookie as Keebler Fudge Stripes, but what about that dark one… ? That is the new, and extraordinary… oh my it’s good, Dark Chocolate Fudge Stripe.

Kellogg’s sent me a box of goodies a few weeks ago, one of the many perks of being a Snackpicks.com blogger, and these were my very favorite. As a matter of fact, I’m typically really good at portion control. One cookie, one piece of candy, one whatever and I’m content. But with these, I ate four the first time I opened the package and I never do that! {guilty, not regretful, grin}

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

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introducing cowgirl collection

I’m truly excited about my newest collection, cowgirl.  We had so much fun mixing modern design elements like chevron with traditional cowgirl ropes and stars. It’s perfect for wild west cowgirl birthday parties and baby showers!

These are just a few of the printable items in this collection, several of which can be personalized.

Including our cupcake picks!

Mosey on over to the shoppe to see more of our cowgirl collection! Oh, and those mini pretzels are the new Keebler 100 Calorie White Chocolate Pretzel Right Bites. I used one bag per cello and they are yummy!

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

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western party favor ideas

Hi everyone! It’s Bridget again. Kim is still recouping from her son’s Robot birthday party (so much to share!) on Sunday so I thought I would share a bit more about the planning for my youngest daughter’s upcoming  birthday party in October. Last week I shared the theme and a few of the things inspiring me.

And this morning, with bandanas, boots and buckaroos still on the brain, here are some fabulous favor ideas:

  • Hobo sticks filled with toys and treats from super mom, photographer and blogger Kelly Hampton. (This entire party was fabulous and she made almost everything herself!)
  • Cute and functional, these Wanted placemat posters  from Mini Mocha are fun.
  • Trail mix bags (brown lunch bags tied with raffia and a darling tag) again from Kelly Hampton.
  • Adrian of Canyon Photography picked up simple dollar bin felt barns from Target added a few animals and sent each child home with a miniature petting zoo! (via Chickabug)
  • Adorable stick ponies to fill the pony corral from Pluff Mud Studio

As always, we hope you’re inspired!

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western party round up

Hi everyone! My name is Bridget. I’m Kim’s creative assistant at the shoppe and I’m so excited to expand my role and start contributing to the blog from time to time. We plan that I’ll share a bit about what is inspiring us and I’ll manage some of the features, so start submitting your craft, baking and party ideas! We want to see them!

This morning I thought I would start by sharing a bit about myself. I’m a mom of three (one boy and two girls). My education and career were in pharmacy, but once my oldest was born I decided I really wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. And if you’re wondering what brought me to The Celebration Shoppe, Kim and I met at our children’s preschool several years ago and when Kim shared with me that she was looking for a creative soul to add to the team, I told her I was her girl!

Okay, enough about me. For my first contributing post (yay!), I’m sharing some of the fun and fabulous ideas that have inspired my youngest daughter’s birthday party planning this year. You see, she’s pleading for a cowgirl party!

  • Ruffled Dessert Table Skirt and Rope Art from Jen at Peas and Thank You’s
  • This adorable DIY horse for a fun lasso game from Restless Risa
  • Cactus Cupcakes at the Cupcake Gallery (I can’t resist a cute cupcake!)
  • Simple bandana napkin rings from Country Living  (I’m definitely going to try these!)
  • And my personal favorite, is the hobo stick favor from Three Pixie Lane; a simple goody filled bandana tied to a stick

Of course, the ideas and inspiration don’t stop there, so if you’d like to see other great ideas from around the web, check out our Pinterest board.

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real parties: little buckaroo

I ran across this party from Jenny Collier Photography a few weeks ago and had to share. I think it was those big brown eyes and the wildflowers. Total perfection! 

And that cake! LOVE! You can hop over to Jenny’s blog to read all the details, see more of the photo shoot she did with her little guy before the big day and lots more pics of the party itself along with Jenny’s resources. {Thanks again for letting us share Jenny!}

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giddy up cowboy decor

cowboy-saw-horses

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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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

cowboy-birthday-party-cake

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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