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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    flip-flop ice cream cake

    flip-flop_cake_bhgI’m loving this too fun flip-flop cake creation from BHG.com. This is perfect for a sleepover birthday party theme or for a pool party {note to self, create a beautiful invite for you}.

    Here’s what you’ll need for one flip-flop (double for pair):

    • 1  10-3/4-ounce frozen pound cake, thawed
    • 3/4  to 1 cup desired-flavor ice cream
    • 1/2  of an 8-ounce carton frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed
    •   Pull-apart licorice twists
    •   Bright-color candy wafers and/or round candies
    •   Graham cracker crumbs (optional)

    And here are the super simple steps for one flip-flop:

    1. Halve pound cake horizontally. Using a serrated knife, cut off the rounded top of the cake so each layer will be level. Cut each half into a flip-flop shape. (TIP: Trace the bottom of a child-size flip-flop (needs to be 7 to 7 1/2 inches long) on a piece of paper. Cut out shape. Place paper, clean side down, on a piece of clean cardboard or sturdy paper; trace shape. Cut out shape. Place cardboard shape on top of one cake half and use a small sharp knife to cut around shape and through cake. Repeat with other cake half.
    2. Place ice cream in a small bowl and stir to soften. Spread softened ice cream over one of the cakes. Top with second cake. Place ice cream-filled cake on a baking sheet. Cover and freeze until firm (2 to 3 hours). Spread with whipped topping.
    3. To decorate, cut the ends of two twists at a diagonal. Insert a toothpick on the underside of each twist. Arrange the two twists with the cut ends together to form a V-shape, inserting toothpicks in cake to hold the twists in place as straps. Arrange candy wafers around base of flip-flop to decorate. Cover cake loosely and freeze until serving time. Serve on a platter sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs as sand, if desired.

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    rock star guitar placecard craft

    guitarplacecardThe Rock Star birthday party theme is so very popular right now so we thought we would create a fun placecard craft for your table. These would also be a great way to tag your goody gifts.

    Here’s what you’ll need:

    For these fun electric guitar placecards, simply cut out your craft paper using the template, assemble with craft glue, draw on accessories and write your guests name. Wow… that was easy!

    Happy celebrating!

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    sweet treat candy table

    amyatlas_candytableSometimes we just need a little inspiration to pull our parties together and this beautiful candy table from Amy Atlas is a wonderful idea for our sweet treats birthday party theme. With a little bit of prep and a visit to a candy shop anyone can pull off this beautiful table.

    Our sweet treats décor is multi-color so my plan of attack would be to go first to a craft store in search of some fun ribbon (grosgrain shown) and craft paper that could be used for labels on the candy jars, as well as maybe to make some fun party hats.

    My next visit would be to a candy shop… where I could spend hours! For the jars, you likely have exactly what you need in your own home… glass vases, bowls, containers… once embellished you won’t remember what you were using them for.

    And as for the banner, this could be easily created using ribbon, craft paper and a glue stick. Or, you could get fancy with ribbon, stiff fabic and a sewing machine, either way it’s an easy craft.

    Have a wonderful celebration. Oh, and don’t forget to have a beautifully embellished box of wipes nearby  if your guests are under the age of 6! {wink}

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