planning for a rainy day

rain-date-on-invitationIt’s the worst when you’ve planned your child’s birthday party or your girlfriend’s baby shower to be outside and it rains! You want to hang pom poms from your pergola, all the games require open spaces, your living room just can’t accommodate 15 running and jumping children… What do you do!?

Well it has become so common that almost 15% of the invitations we print have a “rain date.” Typically it’s the next day, but we’ve also seen some moms plan for the next weekend. Either way, we wanted to share this brilliant way to ensure the event you’ve so painstakingly planned for doesn’t get drenched.

Happy planning!

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birthday party all aflutter

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Looking for a colorful way to celebrate a birthday or a new baby coming into this world? Think butterflies! Here are a few ideas to get your party planning started:

The custom polka dot butterfly invitation is ours {gush}.  The background is a pastel pink polka dot and the butterflies are blue, purple, orange and red polka dot. {Yep, I’m a polka dot fan!} Check out all the detail and even personalize it with your party details.

The table décor, a mix of pastel and fuchsia polka dot plates and cups, are also ours. And of course that is not all we have. We offer a beautiful paper (thick as cloth) tablecloth, cookie cutters and balloons.

The favor bags are from MarthaStewart.com. Read all the details on how to pull off these super fun goody gifts and then fill them with yummy candies or scented soaps.

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American flag cupcakes

We should all treasure our American holidays: Memorial Day, July 4, Veteran’s Day. I’m proud that as a country we celebrate those who serve to protect us and those who have fallen to save us. 

These cupcakes are my (small as it may be) way of saying thank you to those in my family who have served (my grandfather, several great uncles, my hubby, all of his brothers, his dad and our neice and nephew; the two youngest in Iraq). I hope you enjoy them and make them for your next American celebration!

Here’s what you’ll need to decorate your cupcakes:

  • Red, white and blue icing (remember that gel food coloring work best)
  • #46 icing tip
  • Lollipop sticks
  • 2 resealable plastic bags
  • 2 icing tip connectors

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Once cooled, ice your cupcakes with white icing {cream cheese is my fav!}.
  2. Color some white icing red and some blue. You’ll likely use several drops to get even a small amount of icing bright enough.
  3. Snip the corners of your resealable bags and insert your connectors.
  4. Spoon your red icing into one bag and your blue into another.
  5. Apply your #46 icing tip to your blue bag and using the flat side pipe three stripes (1/3 the length of your flag) and then another stripe from the top {see picture}.
  6. Take your icing tip off the blue bag, clean it out and apply it to the red bag. Pipe the red stripes starting at the top of the flag using your blue stripes as a guide to keep them even. Make sure you skip just below the blue as that should be a white stripe.
  7. Finally, cut a lollipop stick in half and apply it to the side of the flag for your pole.

Have a wonderful holiday and as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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bugs and butterflies birthday party

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Our “bugs and butterflies” birthday party theme is all the buzz with dragonflies, bumble bees and butterflies.

And since the décor is a polka dot mix of yellows, blues, pinks and purples, it’s perfect for both girls and boys, especially when the guys are little. Hand them a bug net and set them free in the backyard. They will be all giggles as they search for that unsuspecting lady bug. {wink}

As for treats, there are so many super cute cake, cupcake and cookie ideas waiting for you in our bugs and butterflies archive.

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win $100 shopping spree

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Starting today, May 20, and ending next Tuesday, May 27, at midnight you can enter to win a $100 shopping spree with us, The Celebration Shoppe.

Just browse our shoppe, pick out your favorite birthday party theme, bridal shower, baby shower, holiday or graduation idea, visit Hostess With The Mostess and enter a comment. One winner will be randomly selected and announced next Wednesday, May 27.

We love to hear what you think of our shoppe and our designs, as well as the ideas we share on our blog so don’t be shy! And please, share this fun opportunity with all of your girlfriends.

Good luck!

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cool summer treats

cool-summer-treatsCool down this summer with these fun treats:

Ice cream cone cupcakes – I love the thought of serving ice cream in the summer, but keeping it from melting is such a challenge. Well not with these adorable cupcake ice cream cones from BrightIdeas.com; there is actually no ice cream involved, but don’t they look cool!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
  • 2 cups chopped SNICKERS® Bars
  • 2 cans (16 oz. each) vanilla frosting
  • 2 cups M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies
  • 24 ice cream sugar cones
  • Red food coloring
  • Sprinkles
  • 24 paper cupcake liners
  • 2 12-cup standard size muffin tins

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Prepare a yellow cake mix according to the package directions. Fold in SNICKERS® Bars before transferring the batter to cupcake paper-lined muffin tins. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Cool completely.
  2. Tint the frosting pink with a few drops of food coloring, set aside
  3. Fill each sugar cone with 1 tablespoon of M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies.
  4. Remove the paper liners from the cupcakes. Top the cones with the cupcakes, and cover with pink frosting. Decorate with M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies and sprinkles.

Life Preserver Cookies – I thought these were fun, especially if you’re planning a pool party. You can find them at sugarbowlcreations.com.

Snow cones – Okay, so this just made me think of summer when I was a kid {plus it’s from Southern Living Magazine… remember, I’m southern!}. You can read the complete article with recipes here.

Fruit popsicles – And last but not least, let’s keep it healthy when we can. Let’s face it, kids, especially when not given a choice, will love these popsicles made of real fruit just as much as they would a fudge pop. Read all the facts at rd.com.

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ocean birthday party ideas

ocean-party1I’m like a proud momma when it comes to our invitation designs and the décor we’ve chosen to coordinate with each. And just like a momma, I don’t have favorites… but I can have an “oh you’re just too cute today.” Right? {giggle}

So if you’re looking for some fishy fun, grab your snorkel and dive in to this bright and fun ocean birthday party theme. The invite is ours, of course. {wink} You can have a closer look at the invite, thank you, wave plates and more by visiting our “deep sea” birthday party theme in our shoppe.

The cupcakes are ours too. We simply tinted our icing an ocean blue and whipped it on with a spatula for a little wave effect. As for the embellishment, we cut out wave shapes from a blue cardstock to made a cupcake wrapper. As for the life preserver, we used a cirlce gum drop and piped on the stripes with the flat side of a #47 icing tip. Too cute huh!

And last but not least, the cake pan is from William-Sonoma. Love how they used Smarties as the suckers on the tentacles.

Happy planning.

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slumber party campout

slumber-party-campoutWhat girl wouldn’t love not only a slumber party, but a campout slumber party {and who says it has to be outdoors}!

These s’mores are a modern twist on the classic from the book S’mores: Gourmet Treats for Every Occasion (image from Point Click Home.com). Chocolate chip cookies instead of graham crackers and… what is that in the middle… peanut butter. {yum}

The brownie cake with Twix candy bars as sticks, tissue paper for the flame and Peanut M&M and marshmallows for added effect, is from BrightIdeas.com. They have some of the coolest kid party ideas. {You’ll see them here often.}

The super cute favor, a pajama teddy bear, is from the Party Wishes blog. I love that the guest gets to enjoy the favor at the party and has a keepsake {that will last for slumber parties to come} to take home.

The invite is ours of course. You can personalize your campout sleepover party invitation here. And if you’re looking for décor that is a little more slumber party{ish} check out our multi color polka dot décor and our pink polka dot décor.

And last but not least, these modernly adorable tents are from habitat.com. I first saw them on KimVallee’s blog. {She’s worth the trip.}

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modern slumber party table

slumberparty_realsimpleI love unique ideas like this one from Real Simple. {I only wish we had thought of it first!}

How wonderfully simple for a slumber party… make the table look like a bed! Our decor is fuschia pink and white polka dot and would look wonderful. A fushia tablecloth (aka sheet) with pink and white polka dot plates, napkins and cups. Add a fun pillow, stuffed animal and book (or music CD) and your table is set.

And here are some more fun slumber party ideas.

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M&M baseball cupcakes

baseball_brightideasThis idea is from BrightIdeas.com and I simply love it! It is so easy; I only wish I knew where they got the cupcake liners. No fear though. If you can’t locate something similar I would go with a white baking liner (use a white cake mix and egg whites… and maybe substitute apple sauce for the oil to keep the liners crisp) and red and white grosgrain ribbon.

Here’s all you need:

  • 1 box (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
  • 2 cups chopped MILKY WAY® Bars
  • 2 12-oz. cans whipped vanilla frosting
  • 3 cups M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies
  • 2 12-cup muffin tins
  • Paper cupcake liners
  • And here are the simple steps:

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the package. Fold the MILKY WAY® Bars into the batter.
    3. Line the muffin tins and fill. Bake for 20 minutes. Cool completely before spreading with whipped frosting.
    4. Following the photograph, decorate the cupcakes with single color M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies to create the baseball seams.

    Happy baking!

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