cowboy birthday treats

cowboy-birthday-treats

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

simply-blue

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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patriotic table decor

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In search for a few table ideas for our family fourth of  July gathering this weekend, I liked these the most. The image above is from Pottery Barn. My favorite is the berry cupcakes… imagine that!

independence-day-tables

These are both from Martha Stewart and I have to admit that my favorite pieces are props in the background: the bucket with ribbons and the red, white and blue lollipops. Just goes to show that you can dress up any table with a few simple accessories.

Happy 4th everyone!

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independence day sweets

american-flag-cookie

Okay, say what you will… BUT I swear I was planning to make the exact cookies tomorrow and of course post them here for you. Oh well, I’ll still make them, but now you’re getting them a day early from Martha. Here are the how tos.

And since Independence Day is upon us, I thought I would repost my flag cupcakes. I really enjoyed making these! Here’s the original post with how tos.

Happy 4th everyone!

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four in one wedding cookie

bridal-cake-cookie-cutter

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

blossom-butterflies-invitation_the-celebration-shoppe

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.

divine-bubbly-invitations_the-celebration-shoppe

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

sheriff-badge-rice-crispy-treats

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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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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semi-homeade sweets

book-club-sweets

I’ve belonged to a book club for the past six years {hey girls!}. Last week we had a potluck and I was to bring something sweet. My week was swamped and I never had a chance to bake so I ran to the grocery and picked up some chocolate covered graham crackers and strawberries.

I simply melted some pink chocolate in a resealable bag and piped our initials, BCB for Book Club Betties, and various shapes and designs {I liked the martini glass best} onto the cookies. (It could have been cleaner, but I was in a huge hurry!)

The cookies were a hit. But let’s face it, any type of chocolate goes well with wine. {wink}

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