creative carrots for Easter

I’m always looking for fun ways to celebrate holidays with my boys and honestly that does often come down to us playing around with goodies in the kitchen. So when I saw the carrot patch (top) idea from Family Fun I just fell in LOVE. My boys are going to have a blast putting these together.

And the one on the bottom left is from Parents.com. How clever and simple is this little circus peanut cupcake?!

The top right idea, the big eared bunny and egg carrot from Martha Stewart, isn’t a treat, but I couldn’t resist a great egg craft. I whipped up a few myself that I’ll be sharing soon.

And for those of us, me included, who want our little bunnies to eat a few healthy things this Easter, this carrot and hummus dip idea from Family Fun is simply brilliant!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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mini Easter pails

We’ve crafted and shot several Easter ideas (including a free printable), soon to be revealed, but in the meantime I wanted to share these adorable little pails with you. I picked them up at the Dollar Store (3 for $1) several months ago and when we were styling our Easter ideas I played around with them a bit. I didn’t end up using them in the final shoot, but I couldn’t resist sharing them. Fill them with chocolate egg candies or colorful jelly beans and they’re perfect for an Easter brunch favor!

As always, I hope you’re inspired.

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mini mortarboard cupcakes

We shot our new graduation collection (here’s a look at the storyboard) last Friday and I can’t wait to show you all the images (update post with all the images!), but for now I’m just going to share these little mini mortarboard cupcakes I made.

It doesn’t get any simpler than this. The morterboard is a Hershey’s Bliss dark chocolate (I got a bag while at BlissDom this year and honestly I ate six the second night while working on a blog post!) and the tassel is a cello bag tie (my assistant Bridget was twisting one around her finger while we were prepping for the shoot and the rest is… in the picture)!

A dollop of white icing, a Hershey’s Bliss, a curled tie attached with a dot of white icing and you’re done! As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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planet & spaceship cupcakes

For our new space birthday party collection our partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage used our printable cupcake pick designs to make edible sugar paper planet and spaceship rounds. How simple and fun are these!!

They come in sets of 24 with four designs (the fourth is the red planet on our invitation) and are already cut as rounds so you just have to peel them off and place them on your cupcakes or cookies. You can find them with the rest of the space collection in the shoppe now.

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

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{ohio} child casting call

I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I’m teaming up with the fabulous Angie Arthur, owner of Angie Arthur Photography and co-founder of I Heart Faces on an upcoming project and we’re in need of models:  

  • Children ages 4-6
  • Modeling experience is not required, but child must feel comfortable behind the camera with activities going on around them
  • Must be available on Thursday April 14th between the hours of 11:30 and 2:30 in the Columbus, Ohio area
  • Compensation will be 5 or more high resolution images to use as you like
  • Images to be used in marketing purposes for The Celebration ShoppeAngie Arthur Photography and clothing vendor(s); great opportunity for someone building a modeling portfolio

Interested in having your child participate? Please email sample photos or a link to photos along with your name and phone number to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com with the subject line “April Casting Call” by March 28.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

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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!

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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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