microphone rock star cake

micphonebirthdaycakeToday we’re launching our new “rock star” birthday party theme complete with cool and creative décor (that would be perfect for any American Idol party). In honor of this new custom invitation, check out this fun microphone birthday party cake. I have to say, parenting.com did an exceptional job with creating a series of super fun birthday cakes!

Here’s what you’ll need for this one:

  • 12 colored ice cream cones
  • 1 large bag jelly beans, M&M’s, or other preferred small candies
  • 1 can (12 oz) whipped chocolate frosting
  • 12 baked cupcakes, paper liners removed
  • 1 ½ cups chocolate sprinkles
  • 12 (3-inch) lengths of black licorice laces

Check out parenting.com for the how to! Happy baking.

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soccer ball cupcakes

soccercupcakes_widrigI found these on about.com submitted from baker, Johanna Widrig, and wanted to share. The cupcake itself is not difficult, it’s making the fondant soccer ball that might take a little time and okay… some patience. But you have to agree that the outcome is awesome. Plus, your guests can just lift off the ball and eat the yummy cupcake!

A tip on the ball, you can buy boxes of pre-made fondant at your craft store. Roll your balls by hand. Then, tint some black with gel food coloring (the other is water-based and won’t do as well). Roll out the black and cut out your shapes with an exactor knife. If you have to use a kitchen knife make sure it isn’t serrated. Now apply your black shapes with a touch of icing and connect them with a black cake writing pen.  

Here’s what the baker, Johanna, had to say. “These are just a few of the soccer ball cupcakes I created for an 11 year old soccer fan’s birthday. I did both vanilla and chocolate, with butter cream icing using a Wilton grass tip. I made the soccer balls by hand using fondant. They were a labor of love, but the end result was exactly what I was hoping to create!”

Happy baking!

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princess tier cake

princessbirthdaycake_parentingThis idea for a princess birthday cake (have a look at our invites and décor) from parenting.com takes the cake. {smirk} A little decorating talent is needed, but mostly patience will be the key. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 5 sugar cones
  • 2 Kids Cones (mini-ice cream wafer cones)
  • 3 pink ice cream wafer cones
  • 3 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • ½ cup pink decorating sugar
  • 1 (8-inch) round cake
  • 1 (9-inch) round cake
  • 1 jumbo cupcake, paper liner removed
  • 2 cans (12 oz) whipped vanilla frosting
  • 1 roll Bubble Tape
  • ¾ cup Smarties
  • Orange and pink Runts
  • 2 bags sour gummy Life Savers
  • 2 rolls Necco wafers

Read all the directions and see a template for the cake sections on parenting.com. Happy baking!

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graduate cupcake

dsc_0803We just launched two new custom graduation invitations, “graduation girl” and “graduation guy.” I know, I know, but once you look at them you’ll understand. One is pink and the other is blue and they are perfect for preschool, high school or college graduation parties.

Okay, so to the cupcakes. These were created by Melanie Hess and they are oh so cute! Here’s what you do. First, ice red velvet cupcakes with chocolate frosting. For the caps, turn a Reeses Peanut Butter cup upside down and top it with a Ghiradelli chocolate square. For the finishing touch, pipe a tassel in your graduate’s school colors (tint white icing and use a #2 tip) and top with a mini M&M for the button.

Happy baking!

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introducing “deep blue sea”

deep-sea-theme-frontimageI’m soooooo excited about the addition of our “deep blue sea” custom invitation and party decor. When my oldest son turned one we celebrated with this theme and so as you might imagine it holds a special place in the collection. Plus, I have a ton of ideas I can’t wait to share in the coming weeks to round out your underwater adventure. 

If you’re wondering what my former, or maybe other, “special” one is, it’s the “bugs and butterflies;” the theme we used to celebrate my youngest son’s first birthday. {wink}

Check our new design out, and as always, we would love your feedback on this invitation design as well as any of our others.

Plus, if you have a theme design you’re searching for and can’t find, we want to know that too! You can e-mail us at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com or post a comment here.

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sweet treats centerpiece

candycenterpiece_cathome1We’re always looking for great ideas, especially if they’re simple. This one comes to us from a fellow planner, Chris from Celebrations at Home, who shared a few of our baby shower ideas {giggle}. Well of course we had to peruse her site and when we found this fun idea we just had to share it!

Notice not only the adorable lollipops, but the large candies in the background. Those appear to be Styrofoam on dowels that are wrapped in colored cellophane. Very smart! And what about the colorful pipe cleaner curly Q fillers. A centerpiece that would go great with our “sweet treats too” or “movie night” themes.

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introducing “great outdoors”

great-outdoors-frontimageSimilar to our new “butterflies” theme, we had great success with our “campout” theme too and thought it a good idea to develop a new invitation and thank you card for the ever popular campout sleepover party.

So, without further commentary, introducing “great outdoors!”

Check our new design out, and as always, we would love your feedback on this invitation design as well as any of our others.

Plus, if you have a theme design you’re searching for and can’t find, we want to know that too! You can e-mail us at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com or post a comment here.

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Easter cookie tips

eastercookiesEach year about this time we pull out the Easter cookie cutters and make bunnies, eggs and little chics. Don’t get me wrong, they are super cute and I love decorating them, but how about we all throw a cross in the mix too. After all, this season is about Him.

Before starting your baking this holiday, take a moment to read my tips on how to make sure your cookies keep their shape and my tips on flooding so you can WOW your family and friends.

By the way, these great cookie cutters can be found at William-Sonoma.com and they’re even on sale now.  Happy baking!

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introducing “butterflies”

butterflies-frontimageOver the weekend we launched a new “butterflies” theme.

We’ve had a great deal of success with our “bugs and butterflies” birthday party invitation and party decor for both girls and boys so we thought it might be fun to create a girly butterfly version.

This one is all about polka dots. Polka dot plates, polka dot napkins… even polka dot cups!

Check our new design out, and as always, we would love your feedback on this invitation design as well as any of our others.

Plus, if you have a theme design you’re searching for and can’t find, we want to know that too! You can e-mail us at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com or post a comment here.

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