art party placecard cookies, creative juice & more

 

I love the idea of sitting down to a party with a little treat already at arms length, because let’s face it, young or old, it’s difficult to be so close to so many treats and wait. {wink} So for our recent art party collection I worked with my cookie partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage to create these beautiful frame placecard cookies , the same frames from the printable collection printed on sugar paper and personalized.

For the mini easels, we picked them up at JoAnns Fabric and Craft Stores for less than a $1 and spray painted them white. The cookies fit perfectly and the kids were giddy.

To the right of the placesetting each guest had their own bottle of creative juice (part of our printable collection). A little something to get them going before working on their cupcake art for the gallery!

And I have to admit that I’m just in love with our new polka dot, stripes and check plates and napkins. The colors and patterns offer so many possibilities and work perfectly with our art party napkin rings.

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Photography by the fabulous Angie Arthur Photography! As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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customer: Hayden is mad for science

I actually planned to show you more of our recent art party photo shoot today, until I received this fabulous mad scientist party from our customer, Cindy. She and the birthday boy, Hayden, planned this party together for almost a year. In her words, “Hayden loves science and wanted his friends to enjoy some fun science experiments.”

As those who stop in often know, my son Alex was my inspiration for our science collection (my many posts showing his party last fall) and it just thrills me to see Hayden and his friends having so much fun.

The kids received goggles and lab coats at the “Scientist Check-in Station,” then went on to go through a retinal scan performed by Hayden using a large glow stick and finally received a mini makeover (aka mad scientist hair) before entering the laboratory (aka the backyard). Hayden’s dad, Steve, was the head “Mad Scientist” and led all the experiments with his very own lab coat and name tag, Dr. so and so. {Love that!}

The kids got to perform several experiements. Isn’t the slime fabulous! Like me, Cindy picked up a ton of supplies from Steve Spangler Science.

And this one is a carbon dioxide bubbles experiment. In Cindy’s words “Carbon dioxide bubbles were made using a ‘special’ jar purchased from Steve Spangler Science. Steve had to use dry ice to make this experiment work. It was a big hit! The kids loved wearing the glove that made the carbon dioxide bubble not burst. The kids also did an experiment to identify the different density of liquids. They just loved seeing the magic of the colors separating!”

Here’s a shot of Hayden and his fellow scientists. Happy Birthday Hayden! And thank you Cindy for allowing us to share Hayden’s big day. You did a terrific job!

If you’d like to read more about Hayden’s birthday and see more pictures, hop over to Cindy’s family blog, Party of Five. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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If you’ve invited guests with our invitations or styled your party with table decor or printable items from The Celebration Shoppe, we would love to see! Send a link or pictures to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com. (By submitting information and/or images you are giving us the right to publish your events details with the appropriate credits.)

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customer: Katie Ann turns 3

I really enjoy receiving pictures from customers. It just makes my day to see those happy little faces and all the smart details the parents pull together.

Just recently we received a note from our customer, Jen. She wrote “Thank you so much for the ideas and inspiration! From the invitations to the how-to tulle napkin rings, my daughter’s 3rd birthday was full of your touches. I hope you like the painting we made based on the princess castle theme.”

I was thrilled when I opened the pictures and saw that she had taken our princess castle collection design and made it into this beatutiful painting embellished with tiny jewels. Such talent Jen and her mom have! 

Jen did a fabulous job of decorating those blank rooms you get at play places.  They typically give you very little time to set up so that tells me that Jen is one organized mom!

For the princess placesetting, Jen purchased our princess castle printables and pink and green polka dot plates. For the prince placesetting, she made the napkin ring, a friend of hers made the beverage wrapper and straw slip to match, and those fun crowns are from Chocolate Cake Club.

And last but never least, my very favorite part, a lovely picture of the birthday girl. Isn’t she just adorable with all those bouncy curls?! Happy Birthday Katie Ann! {Thanks again Jen for allowing us to share.}

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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If you’ve invited guests with our invitations or styled your party with table decor or printable items from The Celebration Shoppe, we would love to see! Send a link or pictures to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com. (By submitting information and/or images you are giving us the right to publish your events details with the appropriate credits.)

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art party photo op

As you can imagine, I just love taking pictures of my kids (and their friends… and desserts… and really all things pretty or interesting). So when we were planning our new art party collection, we of course had to have a photo op for the kids.

My best advice:

  • use a neutral background, clear of all clutter. If you know the party area is going to be hectic, hang a piece of coordinating fabric (stay away from wild patterns; it will only take focus away from those lovely faces that you’re trying to capture)
  • offer props that coordinate with your theme, the sillier the better so you can get them giggling
  • get in close. Full body shots are fine and sometimes adorable, but get creative with tight shots and odd angles.

For our prop, Bridget, my fabulous assistant, looked high and low for a whimsy purple frame (that she wanted to use at her daughter’s real party a few days after our shoot). The only one she found was $88. Ouch! So being the creative and crafty gal she is, she bought an unfinished $8 frame at a craft store, spray painted it purple and then embellished it with a double layer crepe rosette with a gumball center! When I posted the rosette we made for the graduation collection (how to details post), I told you that you’d likely see it again. {wink}

For more art party details, check out our party collection in the shoppe and my posts on the art party dessert table, a creative Crayola crayon craft idea, and how to create an art gallery complete with 3-D cupcake art. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

Photography by Angie Arthur Photography. Clothing by  Sew Jewell on Etsy. Like us on facebook and follow us on twitter.

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art party dessert table

For the third post in our new art birthday party series (#1 art party Crayola crayon craft, #2 create an art gallery) I styled an easy art party dessert table using two sizes of clear paint cans for serving dishes, mini easels (spray painted white for displaying the dessert tags) and bold damask blue fabric; all three items from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores), a beautiful square cake plate from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy’s and several of our new printables and a blue moire tablecloth from our art party collection.

And although the table was full of yummy desserts, my very favorite are these palette cookies  from our cookie partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage (available with the rest of the collection in the shoppe).

Because they’re butter cookies, not sugar cookies, they’re soft and literaly melt in your mouth (STC also created placecard cookies for the table so stop back in to see those lovelies or hop on into the shoppe if you just can’t wait)!  And the cake (flat iced with buttercream frosting), before it was embellished, cost me $5.99 per layer from the Kroger bakery.

Other treats included fun paint brush cake pops {thank you again Terri for testing and executing my idea so very perfectly!} and chocolate covered Oreos from Terri’s Treasures,

homemade cupcakes (I used Duncan Hines cake mix and Pillsbury icing since my youngest has severe dairy allergies and both are dairy free!),

marshmallow paint cans (I literally painted each marshmallow with a small amount of Karo syrup, just enough for them to be sticky, rolled them in colorful nonpareils and allowed them to dry overnight on wax paper. Be careful not to use too much Karo or your colors will run.),

bright gumballs (and the mini chocolates around the edge of the cake) from our friends at That’s So Sweet,

and just one more picture of the gumballs because the girls were just too cute! Plus, the applique/monogrammed birthday shirt to the left is available with the art party collection in the shoppe. All the other girls were wearing clothes from Sew Jewell on Etsy.

 

rainbow Twizzlers, apples and oranges. I do like to have a few healthy choices! Oh, and there was one more goody that made the debut at our art party dessert table, more to come on that one in a few weeks with a fun announcement! {wink}

For more art party details, visit my art birthday party collection in the shoppe and my creative Crayola crayon craft idea, how to create an art gallery complete with 3-D cupcake art, art party photo ops and art party placesettings with edible placecards. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

Photography by the fabulous Angie Arthur Photography!

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create an art gallery

As I mentioned in my last post, our newest collection is an art birthday party. This collection was so fun to create. And when we thought about activities for the kids there were so many great ideas, but my favorite was sharing their art in a gallery.

A little side note, before I became a mom I used to think “I’ll never cover my fridge with my kid’s pictures!” Well, okay, I still don’t, but that’s only because I gave them both their own 36×52″ framed cork-board in their playroom (which happens to be on the main floor just off of the kitchen)! Long story short, they love showing it off and I truly love seeing it.

Included in the printables for this collection we designed four whimsy frames for the kids to create on: red/blue, orange/yellow, purple/chartreuse and black/white. We also created “award badges” that you can give to each guest. They say things like most creative, best in show, most artistic, best design, most colorful and best color palette. A great way for every child to feel special. The printable is the rectangle tag in the center and then we created the crepe ribbon backer. (You can see how to create a similar idea with our graduation collection.)

For the art project, we created 3-D cupcake art. We didn’t buy a thing, we just gathered odds and ends from around my craft room like tissue paper (cut into squares), pom poms, ribbon, crepe paper, felt and cupcake wrappers, just to name a few. I loved how they all turned out!

And last but not least, here’s a look at the Art Gallery entry sign that is also part of the printable collection. We printed it at Costco for $5.99 and embellished it with yellow crepe paper. Can you tell I’m loving crepe paper lately?! It’s inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors and so simple to manipulate. LOVE. By the way, Happy Belated Birthday to little Emma, my assistant’s daughter, and the muse for many of these ideas.

You can see more details from our new Art birthday party collection in the shoppe now, AND stop back in for more details including the dessert table. And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

Photography by the fabulous Angie Arthur Photography!

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art party Crayola crayon craft

A few weeks ago we shot our newest party collection, a creative Art birthday party complete with activities, a fun dessert table, placesettings, monogrammed t-shirts, custom cookies, cake pops and so much more. It was great fun and I’ll be sharing it all with you over the next several days starting with this easy Crayola crayon bowl craft. We used several of these as centerpieces for our tablesetting, but they could also be perfect for the art table in your kid’s playroom.

You’ll need a glass bowl that is the same height all the way around (I picked mine up at the Dollar Tree), a few boxes of Crayola crayons and a hot glue gun. The fabulous thing about hot glue and glass, it sticks great and when you’re ready, it pops right off.

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

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press: Totts magazine features train collection

Totts, Fresno California’s Lifestyle Magazine for Modern Moms, hosted a real “All Aboard” birthday bash last month for a handsome little guy, Reed, who is just in love with trains. I was so honored when I learned that the editors chose our train birthday party collection for the big day!

That’s Reed and a little friend on the first page of the article, those are our custom train birthday invitations, thank you cards, table decor and printables on the second page of the article, and on the third is a lovely cake created by a local vendor, Stade Mueller. She did such a beautiful job I had to give you a closer look at that fondant train. How adorable is the heart shape coming out of the smokestack?!

You can read the entire article here and you can see a few more pictures on Tottsmag.com. Happy Friday everyone!

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gumball birthday party ideas

My  friend Kara, of Kara Party Ideas, features a party every day on her popular blog. So when I saw this fabulous gumball party that she styled for HGTV a few months ago, I knew that I wanted to return the favor she’s paid me many times.

I think my favorite detail of this party are these DIY gumball machines. So very clever! At first look I thought they were real, but Kara created them. She’s planning to post the DIY details soon, but maybe a flower pot, glass candy bowl and wooden circle from the craft store? Hmmm… we’ll just have to wait and see, but I’ll update my post when she shares. 

And here’s a look at the dessert table she created with cookies from Batches and cupcakes made by Dippidee {she added red gumballs to the tops to resemble cherries}, with cupcake liners from Hey YoYo

I love this old candy store game idea. And check out these gumball cake pops Kara made!  Enjoy the eye candy {wink} and then hop over to Kara’s for even more images and more resources. Photography by Lyndsey Fagerlund

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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