must have wheels

As a mom of two boys, I’m constantly drawn to any party ideas or food ideas that revolve around the things they love… critters, sports and oh yes… wheels. With that in mind, here are a few boy inspired cakes.

The first three are from Parenting.com and the second set are from FamilyFun.com. You can get all the details and templates by following the links. Happy baking!

Choo Choo Train Cake

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Bulldozer Cake

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Dump Truck Cake

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Fire Engine Cake and Race Track Cake

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bonjour bridal shower

Black is in for bridal showers… elegant, always beautiful and it goes with everything! The trend is definately to partner it with a vibrant pink. For just such an ocassion we recently launched our “divine,” “blossoms,” and “bubbly” invitations and decor. And for additional inspiration, here are a few “real” party pics we found at The Hostess Blog.

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As you can see, beautiful patterns of card stock from the craft store can be your best friend when planning a party. They used this demask pattern for thier placemats. What a smart and inexpensive way to set a beautiful table. 

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Their inspiration was not only the color, but the Eiffel Tower, hence the bonjour message on the paper lanterns over the table. So cute! 

The part I loved the most was the favor idea. The bride’s mother passed away from cancer a few years ago so instead of a favor the hostesses made a donation to the Susan G Komen foundation.  They created donation cards and wrapped them in tulle so that each guest could remember the bride’s mother was there in spirit and watching down from heaven.

Great work ladies!

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introducing batty

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And the last of our 2009 Halloween designs, but certainly not least, is our new “batty” invitation and decor. We specifically designed this invite for those who wanted more modern than scary and we believe our knarly tree is just the trick {pun intended; giggle}.

Visit our holiday shoppe to explore all of these invitations and the fun and whimsical decor to match. It’s never too early to start planning your next bash!

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introducing martinis & mayhem

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Halloween isn’t just for little ghosts and goblins. Big witches and warlocks need a little fun too and our new “martinis & mayhem” custom invitation is perfect for the occasion, from the modern style of the pinstripe background to the whimsical style of the BOO! glass marker. And you must check out our sleek “eek!” party decor too. {wink}

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introducing drop in

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Our new “drop in” invitation is super fun from the spooky spider to the polka dot “BOO!” and it’s perfect for a Halloween block party or open house. We have not only the table runner and treat bags shown, but also dessert plates, beverage napkins, pumpkin paper lanters and more. Holiday supplies are limited so don’t delay. You’ll be haunted if you miss out! {giggle}

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introducing haunted

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We’ve launched our 2009 Halloween party invitations and decor and I have to admit I’m excited. This design in particular is known as “haunted” and as you can see is accompanied by a spooky centerpiece and bat cupcake toppers, plus much much more. Take a peek at the entire Halloween collection!

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in store this fall

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I know some of you are thinking it is way way too early for this. We’ll you’re sort of right. It is too early to start baking and making Halloween treats, but it isn’t too early to start creating our Halloween invitations and decor. This post is my way of telling you that this week will be all about our newest designs. Stay tuned for fun invitations and spooky decor!

The first, the Graveyard Cake, is from Martha Stewart’s 2004 magazine. Read all the how to details. And all the pops are from Bakerella. Super fun aren’t they!

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summer citrus table

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If you’re planning a summer picnic or outdoor gathering, these are some wonderfully simple ideas from Country Living. I personally love the citrus name card. How smart!

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And what about this centerpiece?! They removed the handles of a shopping bag (Tiffany & Co. none the less) and cut out a square from each side of the flattened bag (creating a paper handle when the resulting strips are folded over and taped). Nestle small flower vases inside and you’re ready. They then placed these in the walkway pointing to the backyard with sidewalk chalk. Fun!

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blue & brown bride inspiration

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I was browsing around and found the most beautiful and smart bridal shower cake/cupcake idea from Cocoa & Fig. It goes beautifully with our bridal shower invitation and decor, but the thing I love most about this idea is that with a few modifications a novice could pull it off.

Fondant is really not as scary as you might think; give it a whirl! You can buy pre-made fondant at any craft store with a baking section and it tints easily with gel food coloring. As for the shapes, the simple ones are done using a cookie cutter. {wink} But if you’re just too terrified, replace the top tier with flowers and make your bride silhouette and other designs out of craft paper, embellishments and ribbon.

Be inspired, be creative and have fun with your next celebration!

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musical note cupcakes

musical-note-cupcakesThese smart musical note cupcakes are from Kraft Foods.com and are a perfect addition to any Rock Star birthday party. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
  • 2-1/4 cups  thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping (or cream cheese cake icing)
  • 48 Mini OREO Bite Size Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
  • 2 squares  BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted (or Wilton’s candy chocolate from the craft store)

And here are the simple steps:
  1. Prepare your cake batter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes. Cool in pans 15 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  2. Frost cupcakes with COOL WHIP or cream cheese icing. Top each with 2 cookies for the music notes.
  3. Pour melted chocolate into resealable plastic bag. Snip the corner of your bag and pipe the musical note stems and decorate your serving plate. (NOTE: If you use the COOL WHIP you’ll need to keep the cupcakes refrigerated.)

Happy baking!

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