coming soon! graduation 2011

We had a lot of fun with this new Graduation 2011 collection, choosing to be creative in our patterns instead of our color palette and allowing this collection to be versatile enough for any school. Along with our photography, coming next week, we’ll give you ideas of how to bring out the school spirit with ribbons, candies and more to help make these designs your own. {Update! The collection is now available in the shoppe and can be edited for any graduation year! Come see!}

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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real parties: Wyatt turns 4!

My friend Danielle at A Few of My Favorite Things was raving about this cute space party the other day and since I just finished a space collection I of course had to take a look. As soon as I saw these fabulous paper lantern planets I contacted the talented hostess Kate Martin of Beautiful Days Events because I just had to share these with you!

Here are a few details from Kate:

 Activities included sledding in our backyard, a coloring station with space themed coloring pages and spacemen/rocket shaped crayons from etsy, and a space hunt where the kids searched the house for felt stars, asteroids and space themed laminated pictures… and of course the “rocket” balloons which were a big hit!

I made all the decorations: planets, birthday sign and space themed felt board. DIY felt wrist band favors (the kids LOVED them!), stamped stickers, crayons and space snack bags were given as favors. My husband was a huge help with the planets! Saturn’s ring was just a large piece of cardboard cut out with a hole in the middle, covered with colored tissue paper and placed over the top of the lantern. The lanterns were the perfect solution in creating larger planets as I couldn’t find any to purchase that were big enough, paper mache seemed like a nightmare and we definitely wanted something 3D vs cut out poster board.

Thanks to Kate for letting me share Wyatt’s party and to Geneve Hoffman Photography for all the gorgoues po! You did a fabulous job!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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new! custom dinosaur t-shirt

We recently introduced a custom t-shirt for our new space birthday party collection and it was so well received we’ve decided to add a custom monogrammed t-shirt to our Dinosaur birthday party supplies as well. You can see my youngest son’s dinosaur party here: dinosaur birthday party.

This custom monogrammed dinosuar t-shirt is a match to our dinosaur birthday party collection (invitation and thank you) offering a T-Rex and up to eight letters. You can find it via our partners at Sew Jewell.

And if you have a party coming up and you’re looking for a shirt to match one of our collections, shoot us an e-mail at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com and we’ll try to help!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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for Japan with love

Join me, and bloggers nationwide, tomorrow for a Bloggers Day of Silence. If you have a blog, don’t post tomorrow. Rather than blogging… or reading a blog on Friday, give to ShelterBox.org and keep Japan in your thoughts and in your prayers. There are so many that are suffering right now (6,406 confirmed dead, 2,409 injured and 10,259 still missing) and could use your blessings. 

And if you’re wondering what ShelterBox is. It’s an organization that provides emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters at the time when they need it the most. Each large green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.

Thank you to the ladies at Ever Ours and Utterly Engaged for organizing this fabulous idea that has raised over $20,000 already! You can keep track of our progress and give right now at ShelterBox.org.

I couldn’t imagine having my home washed away, losing a loved one, fearing nuclear contamination… My prayers are with you Japan and I’m simply speechless…

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sneak peek: special delivery

We’ve been working on several new ideas and collections over the past few weeks, one of which is this Special Delivery baby shower collection (invitations and thank yous already in the shoppe). I’m in love with the little hippo, the “special delivery,” and his mom, but I chose to develop the printables around the stork and the flowers giving this collection more range than just for baby showers. Several of the printables, along with the purple polka dot table decor, are perfect for a spring tea, Mother’s Day luncheon or Easter dinner.

Much more to come on this baby shower collection and a new birthday collection soon! And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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daisy cupcake cake

I was wandering through the craft store about a week-and-a-half ago and saw these Wilton pleated cupcake liners. They made me immediately think of flower petals. I grabbed them up and this past weekend I whipped up this fun daisy cupcake cake. It would be perfect for Mother’s Day or a garden party!

You’ll need:

  • 16 pleated cupcakes
  • 4 regular cupcakes
  • yellow and orange gel food coloring
  • 3 cups white icing
  • resealable plastic bag
  • yellow, orange and green M&Ms
  • optional: 8 yellow flower petals cut from cardstock
  • Dairy free option: Use yellow Duncan Hines cake mix, white Pillsbury icing and Skittles

And here are a few tips:

  • Fill the pleated cupcake liners about 2 tsps more than you would a normal liner otherwise your cupcake will be short and you’ll have to compensate with a sugar rush of icing
  • For the swirl effect, tint two bowls of icing, one yellow and one orange, and then spoon them side-by-side into a resealable plastic bag (I used a gallon size) making sure both colors come down to one corner, snip the corner and swirl

And when the day was done… only crumbs were left. It’s funny because this little project made me think about when I was a little girl and I would pluck a daisy to see if “he” loved me. You remember… he loves me {pluck}, he loves me not {pluck}. Well I can assure you that my boys loved once I finally released them to snack these up! By the way, I didn’t let them eat them all… I pawn my sweets off on my mom’s office friends on most occasions. What?! Everything I bake can’t stay here! {wink}

Happy Wednesday everyone and so sorry for the mini hiatus! I was actually working like crazy on two new collections, a baby shower and a birthday, plus another mini collection and some fabulous Easter crafts. I’ll share everything very soon!

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crack! a filled Easter egg

Can we say OH MY! and HOW CLEVER! I love this idea and the photograpy from Not Martha. You must hop over and see many many more pictures including step-by-step instructions and pictorials on how to make this simple and smart idea for your Easter celebration this year!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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rock on! photo op

Rock star party activity idea! These pics of my youngest were completely by accident. He was just being himself in our living room. But after I looked over the pictures I thought what a fun photo op idea for our rock star birthday party!  Make sure you check out our printables rock star party supplies too ~ rock star guitar invitations, guitar thank yousprintables and table decor.

We had the plastic guitar he’s holding, but I found inflatable ones for $2.99 at orientaltrading.com. At that price they are the perfect favor, along with the tatoos and microphones, to send the kiddos home with too. And what about those studded bracelets?! I laughed out loud when I saw those, just too fun.

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

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St. Patty’s Day idea roundup

Browsing around the web I found some super fun St. Patty’s Day ideas and just had to share the creativity.

T-Shirt – the clever gals at eighteen25 whipped up this fun shirt using a Silhouette… and they’re making me want one. Oh the things I could create! Plus, if you have one they show you the step-by-step instructions for this shirt and others with screenshots of the machine settings. 

Clover pins – these fuzzy chenille pins from Martha Stewart are just so simple and a great way to show your holiday spirit without decking your entire body out in green. {wink}

Marshmallows – not a lot of time to bake? The decorated cookie has you covered with these quick clover marshmallows.

Free printables – lucky us! The ladies at How Does She are giving away St. Patrick Day printable designs including beverage wrappers and cupcake picks/badges.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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easy felt butterfly craft

Get your kiddos in the spirit of spring with this easy butterfly craft idea. It’s a result of my oldest son playing around with some of the felt, yarn and other goodies left behind after a few Easter ideas we whipped up. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Felt
  • Yarn
  • Straw
  • Lemonhead candy
  • Craft glue

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Trim out the wings (we chose two colors) and glue them together in the center
  2. Cut a straw to lenth, wrap it with yarn and secure the yarn to the straw with a touch of glue
  3. Attach the body of the butterfly and the head (a Lemonhead candy) with another dolup of glue

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

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