Easter centerpiece

easterflowersAs you can see I’ve been looking through magazines again. This simple and beautiful idea is from our friends at All You Magazine. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two similarly shaped vases, one 3″ narrower than the other
  • Peeps
  • Jelly beans
  • Flowers

Here are the easy steps to pulling it together:

  1. Insert the smaller vase inside the large.
  2. Layer jelly beans in the space between the two.
  3. Arrange Peeps on top of the jelly beans.
  4. Arrange your flowers.

Share your favorite Easter ideas with us at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com and we might just feature  you!

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pop star guitar cake

guitarcake_ff1I’m planning a major baking session this weekend and was scouting around for inspiration when I came across this pop star guitar cake from Family Fun Magazine. (They give the original idea credit to Christina K. of Fort Worth, TX; Great idea Christina!)  This is simply too cool if your birthday kid is into Rock n’Roll or even Hanna Montana. And it goes perfectly with out “rock star” invitation and party decor! 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Guitar template
  • 19 x 13″ cake pan
  • Red, blue and neon blue food coloring
  • 2 ½ cups vanilla icing
  • 1 cup dark chocolate icing
  • 3 pastry bags, with 1 small round tip and 1 medium round tip
  • 1 Kit Kat
  • 6 brown M&Ms and 12 yellow M&M Mini’s

And here are all the easy steps:

  1. Cut the cake using the template and assemble.
  2. Make purple frosting by stirring 12 drops of red food coloring and 8 drops of blue into 1 1/4 cups of vanilla frosting. Spread the frosting over the guitar body.
  3. Lightly press a medium-size drinking glass into the frosting to mark the sound hole. Spoon 1/2 cup of the chocolate frosting into a pastry bag with a small round tip. Pipe frosting to fill in the circle. Use the rest of the chocolate frosting to cover the guitar neck and head as shown.
  4. Place one section of the Kit Kat about 2 1/2 inches below the sound hole. Spoon 1/4 cup of vanilla frosting into a pastry bag. Use the small round tip again to pipe on lines for frets and strings, then place the yellow M&M’s Minis as shown.
  5. For tuning pegs, put three brown M&M’s on each side of the head of the guitar, then pipe vanilla-frosting pegs leading to them.
  6. Stir 12 drops of neon blue food coloring into the remaining vanilla frosting. Spoon the frosting into a pastry bag fitted with the medium round tip. Pipe on dots and curlicues as shown.

And for those of you who love this idea, we’re in the process of developing a fun new Rock n’ Roll themed invitation and thank you card so make sure and check back with us in about two weeks. Happy baking.

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baby shower crafts how to video

On our NBC Daytime Columbus craft segment last week we made {so sweet} baby bird nest cupcakes and candy cone favors.

If you didn’t catch it, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a clip. Please leave a comment. We would love to know what you thought of the segment and what you think of the craft ideas. And don’t forget to check out our baby shower custom invitations and party décor too.

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fun flyer cupcakes

Fun Flyer CupcakesThese little cuties were on the back of my M&M’s bag. {wink} Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 bags M&M’S® Peanut Chocolate Candies for Easter 1 18.25-oz. box yellow cake mix
  • 1 16-oz. can vanilla frosting
  • Green and yellow food coloring
  • Black licorice laces
  • 3 12-cup mini cupcake pans
  • 36 mini paper cupcake liners
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Spatula

And here are the simple steps:

  1.  Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 3 (12 cup) mini cupcake pans with paper liners.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
  3. Divide batter evenly between prepared cupcake pans. Bake approximately 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven, transfer to wire rack and let cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, spoon 1/4 cup white frosting into resealable bag. Tint remaining frosting green and use to cover cupcakes.
  5. Use photograph as decorating guide for cupcakes. Arrange four M&M’S® Peanut Chocolate Candies for Easter, as photo shows. Pipe white frosting body in center and use licorice for antennae.

These would go beautifully with our bugs and butterflies custom invitations and party décor! Happy baking.

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baby bird nest cupcakes

birdnestcupcaketreeThis morning on Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan I shared how to make these “oh so cute” baby bird nest cupcakes. These are perfect for a baby shower or any spring celebration, maybe an Easter brunch.

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

  • 1 can cream cheese or vanilla icing
  • Coconut
  • Robin egg candies or jelly beans
  • Ribbon, fabric pastel colors shown
  • Cupcake liners, pastel assortment from Wilton shown
  • Baking sheet
  • Three tier cake plates (8″, 10″ and 12″ stackable)
  • Small bird house (I got this one for a $1 at the craft store)

And here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Use egg whites only when preparing your batter so that it is ultra white. The lighter the batter the clearer the original color of your cupcake liners will be.
  2. Also, I suggest using apple sauce instead of oil so that they don’t become oily.
  3. Spread your coconut on a baking sheet and place it in the oven on 350 degrees for five to six minutes or until lightly toasted. You may want to toss your coconut before embellishing your cupcakes as the coconut in the center of the pan is likely to be lighter than the coconut on the outer edges.
  4. Cut 7-8″ sections of coordinating ribbon and wrap your cooled cupcakes.
  5. Ice each cupcake with a generous amount of icing, place three candies in the middle and then top with coconut.
  6. Shake off excess coconut and you’re ready to serve.birdnestcupcakeclose

Visit our shoppe to see our shower invitations and décor. And if you would prefer to see this craft in action, here’s the “how to” video.

Happy baking!

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baby shower favors on Daytime

conefavorsThis morning on NBC’s Daytime Columbus I’ll be demonstrating how to make these beautiful baby shower favors. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Lipped serving tray
  • 2″ Styrofoam board cut to fit
  • 2 gift wrap tissue paper sheets
  • Gift wrap shredded paper (available in bags)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Ruler
  • Crafters glue
  • 6″ squares of card stock
  • Ribbon
  • Stickers or die cuts
  • Candies
  • “Thanks” or “Take One” note on card stock

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Cut your Styrofoam board to fit the serving tray. (Tip: This is an activity best performed outdoors.)
  2. Wrap your foam in tissue paper. This serves two purposes. It covers the fibers that might still be loose from cutting and it hides the stark white.
  3. Cover the foam with shredded gift wrap paper.
  4. Determine the number of favors you’ll need and measure your spacing to ensure even placement.
  5. Insert the lollipop sticks.
  6. Curl the 6″ cardstock squares into cones, securing them in place with crafters glue.
  7. Apply the ribbon and die cuts to the cones and fill with candies.
  8. Make a “Thanks” or “Take One” note from the same card stock.

See our shower invitations and decor. Happy crafting.

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peapod baby shower favor

peapod-favor1Do-it-yourself peapod baby shower (see our peapod invitations and décor) favor ideas can be hard to come by. Trust me, I looked and didn’t find much that was all that cute. So, I came up with my own. What guests wouldn’t love to baby themselves with some wonderful smelling candles or soaps.

You’ll need:

  • Mint green bath cloth
  • Mint green candles or round soaps
  • Grosgrain ribbon

And here’s all you have to do:

  1. Cut two eight inch strips of ribbon.
  2. Place three candles or soaps in the center of the bath cloth.
  3. Tie each end rolling the edges slightly to look like an open peapod.

Happy crafting!

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baby rattle cupcakes

babyrattlecupcakesHere’s a unique twist on the traditional cupcake for your next baby shower (invites and decor). I love how simple these are to make and how easily you can adapt the design to any color scheme.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Cake mix and required ingredients
  • 24 cupcake tins
  • White or cream cheese frosting
  • Decorating icings, tubes
  • Candy sprinkles
  • 8 yards curling ribbon
  • 24 lollipop sticks
  • 24 small gumdrops

And here’s how you make them:

  1. Bake your cupcakes according to the box instructions and allow them to cool on baking racks for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Frost your cupcakes with a base of white icing, pipe on your desired designs and add sprinkles.
  3. For the rattle, insert a toothpick in the side of the cupcake. Tie the curling ribbon around the center of the lollipop stick and add a gumdrop to one end. Insert the other end of the stick into the cupcake.

Image: Betty Crocker

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gift wrap embellishments

giftwrapI know how tough it is to simply get around to purchasing the gift for an upcoming birthday party, much less finding the time to wrap it. But if you can muster the energy, you can add a lot of fun to your gift with only a few minutes of effort.

Most craft stores have a section filled with wooden die cuts and often they sell ones that are already painted, like my little dinosaur here. For less than a dollar you can really add interest to your gift.

And this is not exclusive to boxes. Even if you’re sending your child out the door with a gift bag, a fun accessory gives it a personal touch.

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pin-the-jewel-on-the-crown

princessgameHere’s a twist on pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, pin-the-jewel-on-the-crown. Here’s what you need:

  • 1 yard brown or gold wrapping paper
  • Jewel tone craft paper or construction paper
  • Blind fold
  • Double sided tape
  • Prizes

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Cut a crown shape out of the wrapping paper.
  2. Cut shapes (diamonds, octagons, circles) out of the jewel tone craft paper.
  3. Cut an “X” out of the jewel tone craft paper.
  4. Just before the game begins, put a piece of double sided tape on the back of your jewels. (Tip: Do not use “permanent” unless you want them to play the game only once.)

And here’s how they play:

  • Mark the crown with the “X” showing the kids what they’re aiming for.
  • Blind fold each, spin them and let them put their jewel (with double sided tape) on the crown.
  • Whoever gets closest to your “X” wins the round and the prize.
  • Keep playing as many times as it takes for everyone to win or you run out of prizes. {wink}

 Image: Country Living

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