off to a shoot this morning

Good morning everyone! The team is off to a beautiful farm this morning to shoot two new fall collections. And although I can’t share the details just yet, I thought I would leave you with a shot of my youngest son’s recent pirate birthday.

He loves Disney’s Jake and the Never Land Pirates and insisted that his photo prop say “Yo Ho, Let’s Go!” (Sorry moms. This one won’t be in the shoppe with the other photo props since this phrase is TM by Disney. But there will be several other fun ones!) And I thought it very appropriate for us this morning as we pack up the studio and head out.

Much more to come on his pirate party, the recent Splash Bash & Deep Blue Sea shoot I shared a peek of yesterday and everything we’re doing today.

Happy Tuesday!

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deep blue sea & beach cookies

Hosting a deep blue sea, ocean or pirate birthday party? These sea creature (crab, fish and starfish) and beach cookies are so perfect for your big day!

These lovely (and amazingly soft and yummy) cookies are just a small peek into our Deep Blue Sea party supplies collection shoot from late June. My sweet and super talented friend Angie Arthur of Angie Arthur Photography captured the day and all the fun that came with it!

I have tons to share, but I thought I would kick the week off with the custom butter cookies from our partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage. You’ll notice our crazy crab, fish and starfish (he was so simple, but so pretty!) from the Deep Blue Sea collection.

You can find my Deep Blue Sea birthday party invitation and Deep Blue Sea party supplies in the shoppe! As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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berrylicious baby shower

I was browsing the web a few weeks ago and stumbled across this beautiful baby shower hosted by Abby Welker of A Feathered Nest. I got in touch with her immediately to see if I could share this adorable strawberry-themed baby shower she created for her sister-in-law. From the super sweet invitations to the delectable dessert table, this fabulous party is just bursting with berries!

I absolutely love the little touches!  The tiered stand of lovely dipped strawberries and the cheery flower arrangement are sweet and simple, yet make such an impact.

But my personal favorite are the flower arrangements Abby used to welcome her guest along the walkway; using a simple tree branch, mason jars and raffia. The result is adorable! Plus, Abby shares a “how to” on her Pinterest-inspired idea!

You must pop on over to A Feathered Nest and see more of Abby’s berrylicious baby shower!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY birthday campsite

I’m excited to have Stephanie Lynn from Under the Table and Dreaming as a guest blogger this morning! 

My oldest has been going through the list of what type of birthday party he wants this year (you may recall, Science was his choice last yearand he’s considered a camping and/or adventure party, among other ideas. I’ve been wanting to use my owl campout invitations for years (we also have a fun great outdoors invitation) so I’m game, but of course I’d have to create an entire set of printables to go with!

And although no decisions on his part yet, I saw this fabulous set of DIY ideas that Stephanie Lynn whipped up last year for her own little one and just had to ask her to share. She turned a normal backyard into an organized and detailed campground for just pennies on the dollar. LOVE it! 


When planning a party, I love taking a particular theme and creating a space that captures a total experience for all the guests, especially the little ones. Although it takes some pre-planning and prep work, setting the stage for an unforgettable party can be fairly easy and inexpensive… especially if you are willing to get a little creative and put together some projects yourself.

Last year I put together an Outdoor Adventure Party to celebrate my little guys fourth birthday. Once we decided on the theme, I knew immediately that that the backyard was destine to be turned into a mini camping site for the little ones.

I started by drawing up some simple plans for Kid-Sized A-Frame Play Tents. Coming in just under $9 per tent, these little pretend play structures were sure to provide hours of make believe fun, while creating the perfect campsite scene for the party.

Inexpensive furring strips from the lumber store were used to create the frames. It took just a couple of cuts – completely detailed in the online tutorial.

The pieces were then secured together with wood glue and nails and covered with twin size flat sheets – simply stapled to the frame. I made burlap pennant banners to embellish each side of every tent – using an easy no-sew method.

Since every camp site needs a fire I made this one kid friendly. Rocks were used to create the fire ring and logs were than stacked and topped with red and orange tissue paper for the flames.

Camping Park Signs were made to scatter around the yard designating all the different party stations.

Scrap wood was cut to size and painted, then fool proof vinyl was added for the designs. It was an inexpensive way to add a few custom decorations and help add to the whole camp site feel.

To lead guests were they needed to go a wooden directional sign was made and stamped with all the fun areas to visit.

Costing under $2.50 in supplies makes this a fun inexpensive party decoration that you’re able to customize to fit just about any theme. Furring strips from the local hardware store were cut to size using this tutorial. The cut pieces were then assembled, painted and stamped with foam alphabet stamps.

I hope you can use some of these ideas for your next outdoor adventure or imaginary play area! The kids got a kick out of having a campsite all to themselves, especially one just their size!


For more creative do-it yourself ideas, visit Stephanie Lynn on her blog at Under the Table and Dreaming on facebook  and on twitter!

And as always, I hope you’re inpired!

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Rice Krispies paint brushes

For my very first Kellogg’s post I created these Rice Krispie Treat paint brushes. You might have seen them in my Art party collection dessert table feature over on Amy Atlas a month or so ago, but this morning I’m going to give you the simple “how tos.”

Collect your ingredients:

  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal
  • Marshmallows
  • Butter ~ for dairy free, use vegan butter
  • Chocolate Wafers ~ for dairy free, use tinted icing
  • Wooden Ice Cream Spoons (I picked mine up at JoAnn)
  • Wax Paper

Make your Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats (cereal, butter and marshmallows) using the directions on the box.

Allow the mixture to cool from hot to warm, apply butter to your hands liberally, mold the treats into rectangles and place the shapes on a piece of wax paper to cool.

Before the treats harden completely, insert the wooden ice cream spoons about half way.

Heat the chocolate melts in a microwave safe bowl in increments of eight to nine seconds and stir between heating. Once the chocolate is completely melted, dip the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats into the chocolate and place back on wax paper to dry.

Original idea created by Kim Byers, seen here at The Celebration Shoppe first.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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relax with a mocktail moms!

Have you seen these super fun mocktail mixes from Crystal Light?! My creative assistant, Bridget, and I sat down in the summer sun on my deck late last week to discuss upcoming projects and thought we would give the margarita version a try.

As usual in the summer, my kids were in tow (aka, running amuck in my backyard… you know the drill), and since I couldn’t have a real cocktail because I had to take care of my itty bitties that afternoon, it was the perfect treat. Plus, in true Crystal Light style, I had no calorie guilt! {wink}

And you can’t have margaritas without chips (or at least I can’t!) so Bridget whipped up this Black Bean Salsa! It’s as tasty as it is pretty. Oh, and super easy (my favorite part!). Here’s her recipe:

  • 2 cups black beans
  • 2 cups corn (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 cups diced tomatos (fresh is best, but you’ll want to drain and seed before mixing)
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp fresh cilantro
  • salt to taste

You can only find these yummy Crystal Light flavors for another 47 days so make sure you hop out to your grocery very soon and stock up! You’ll find margaritas, appletinis and mojitos and all for 5 calories a serving!

Oh, and if you’re not into the mocktails, you have to try my absolute favorite Crystal Light flavor of all time: Cherry Pomegranate. It’s super yummy and full of antioxidants. I picked it up once when we were going to be traveling thinking I could use every boost possible to keep me from getting sick and ruining my good time, and I’ve not stopped buying it since!

Happy Friday everyone and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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{This post is a result of my participation in a Crystal Light campaign. All opinions are my own.}

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big news! blogger for Kellogg’s

I’m super excited to share that I’m Kellogg’s new Party Planning blogger. I’ve known since early this year and have just been bubbling over to share with you!

Being connected to a brand like Kellogg’s is incredible in itself, but you also have to understand that Kellogg’s isn’t just a brand for me, it’s a staple in my family. My favorite Kellogg’s cereal is and will always be Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, my late grandmother’s absolute favorite cookie, one that you would always find in her southern kitchen, was the Keebler Sandies Pecan Shortbread (ah, so many fond memories of sitting with her on summer afternoons nibbling those cookies… little teary), and then there is the entire family’s favorite sweet, the Rice Krispie Treat!

Most of you know that my youngest son has severe food allergies, with dairy being at the top of that list. Well, the Rice Krispie Treat has saved me so many times with class snacks, birthday parties and just plain family nights in (made with dairy free, vegan, butter… and no, you can’t tell the difference… kid tested, promise).

For those moms out there like me, you know that it’s not just about having snacks on hand that your child can eat, it’s about having something that they can share! Loved by all, the Rice Krispie Treat is my go to snack!

I’ve made them a ton of ways, with my most recent idea being my first post on Hop over now to see more of my Rice Krispie Paint Brushes.

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customer: a tested hypothesis

I love to see little scientists in action and at Kenton’s six birthday party a few weeks ago, he and his friends bubbled, poured and tested to prove their hypothesis: science birthday parties bubble over with fun!

Kristie did a wonderful job of decorating and planning the experiments. She used our science party printable collection and our orange and white polka dot table decor. And she raved about our custom science beaker and element butter cookies (baked and shipped from our partners at  Sweet Tooth Cottage). Told you guys they were yummy! {Thanks so much for letting us share Kenton’s birthday Kristie!}

You can see our science birthday party supplies in the shoppe, including science party invitations, thank you notes and printable party supplies like beverage wrappers, dessert tags, favor tags, cupcake picks and more.

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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