stork baby shower cookies

 
Today we have a guest! Callye from Sweet Sugar Belle created these fabulous stork and hippo cookies using my new Special Delivery baby shower collection as her inspiration. Here are all the details as written by Callye!
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These precious little storks were made to coordinate with the Special Delivery collection from The Celebration Shoppe.
 
 
For the stork cookie, I simply used an ice cream cone cutter.  You can trim it if you’d like, but it will look fine if you choose not to. Once you’ve baked the cookies and they have cooled completely, you are ready to decorate.
 
  
To decorate your own stork cookies you will need:
  • white and dark orange piping icing
  • white and orange flood icing
  • black 4mm sugar pearls
  • tweezers

 

To begin, outline a circle for the stork’s head. If you aren’t comfortable piping a circle freehand, try this little trick I know.  Using a food color marker {I used yellow because it’s my lightest and least used color} trace around something round like a cookie cutter so you will have a guideline to follow when you pipe.
 
Be sure to pipe around the OUTSIDE of the lines with the icing, so the “cheat” lines are hidden underneath the icing.
 
 
When this is done, outline the beak. Soon afterward, fill the beak outline with orange flood icing. Let this dry for at least thirty minutes or longer so that the orange icing is well set. 
 
 
Next fill in white outline. If you try to fill in the head too soon, it may cause the two colors to run together or bleed, so do not rush this step.
 
 
To complete your stork while the icing is still wet, use the tweezers to drop a candy bead into the middle of the white circle.  This will be the stork’s eye.
 
 
Let these dry for eight hours and you will have a simple but cute cookie that perfectly matches the Special Delivery collection!
 
 Good luck and happy decorating!
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I’m sure all of you are loving Callye’s work like I do and you might be wondering about those fun little hippo cookies that also match our new Special Delivery baby shower collection. Well she posted the tutorial for those sweeties over on her blog today! Yay! So hop over and take a look!
 
As always, I hope you’re inspired!
 
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special delivery! baby shower

I shared with you a few weeks ago our storyboard for a new baby shower collection: Special Delivery. I’m just in love with purple this season. And when I found these purple swiss dot plates and napkins I just knew they would be perfect for our baby shower shoot. And the fabulous part is, they’re in the shoppe with the rest of the collection: custom invitations, thank yous and printables.

Here’s another look at the invitation. How cute is our little “special delivery?!”

The other fun thing about this collection is that although it was created with baby showers in mind, we didn’t include the stork in all of the components making this collection perfect for an Easter, Mother’s Day brunch or even a spring birthday party.

And how much do you love these fabulous cookies from Sweet Sugar Belle?! I’m thrilled to say Callye will be guest posting all the DIY details for the stork, including an easy to follow pictorial on Monday! (Update: Read post!) Make sure you stop back in!

You can find the invitations and thank yous in the shoppe today and all the decor, including the printables you see here and a few more, will be in the shoppe on Monday. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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simple & colorful Easter table

This simple, yet beautiful, idea from Family Circle caught my eye a few weeks ago when I was rummaging through some spring back issues. I just love how they introduced such vibrant colors with totally inexpensive items: Easter eggs, flowers, ribbon and paper chains. 

This is an idea that anyone could easily and inexpensively execute for a wow-worthy Easter brunch surprise. LOVE it!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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DIY crepe paper rosettes

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make the crepe paper rosette that we used on the back of our graduation cupcake pick from our new graduation collection: fold the crepe paper like an accordian, bend it into a circle, close it with a touch of hot glue and put a lovely round pick in the center. It’s that simple!

They’re great to top cake plates and cupcakes,

to embellish frames (the center is a silver gumball from our friends at That’s So Sweet), and you could also make multiple staggered layers of crepe for a fun cake topper… hmmm… you may be seeing more of these from me. {wink}

Have a fabulous day and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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for our 2011 graduates!

My beautiful niece, Christen, is graduating from high school this year. So in honor of her accomplishments and all the other fabulous kids from high school to college that are taking that next big step in their lives, we created this modern, yet classic, graduation party collection in all black and white, allowing for plenty of creativity to bring in school colors (a few examples below).

One of my favorite components, besides our new black and white damask plates and napkins, are the new large polka dot, damask (available in our buzz collection now) and brush stroke cupcake wrappers. Isn’t the crepe rosette with the cupcake pick center on the cake stand lovely?! I’ll share a pictorial of how to make it in tomorrow’s post.

And don’t you love the gumballs?! Yep, the cupcake toppers and the center of this crepe rosette adorning our personalized “congratulations” mat are pearl white and black gumballs from That’s So Sweet.

Other details include beverage wrappers,

beverage markers (also great as straw slips),

napkin rings, and

favor tags (perfect attached to little cello bags full of candies).

And if you want to introduce a bit of color to represent your school, try cardstock placemats, solid napkins, cupcake icing, crepe rosettes and/or various candies. The possibilies are truly endless when you start with a classic design.

You can find this entire graduation 2011 collection in the shoppe and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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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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