GIVEAWAY! $50 Hallmark spree

 

While at BlissDom this year (read my recap) I met some fabulous brands, one of which is letting me give a little something, something away! My new friends at Hallmark are offering one lucky reader a $50 giftcard that can be used for these fabulous personalized party plates and/or personalized greeting cards at Hallmark.com!

Have you seen the personalized plates? I hadn’t until I walked into BlissDom and saw Allie and Barbara’s faces on plates we were using for one of the snack sessions. FUN! And I love that not only can you add a photo, but you can add text, or just text (note the comedy in the black and white sample above. I can only wish I were still 29…).

The black and white would be perfect with my divine, bubbly or blossoms collections! And I just LOVE the floating dots in the next row. Those would be fun with my deep blue sea collection and the chocolate cake plates below that are perfect with a number of my pink girly girl birthday collections. I could go on and on!

They also have a number of themed plate designs for birthdays, baby showers, teen parties and more!

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TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

  1. Visit Hallmark.com and let us know what fabulous design you will order if you win! Leave a comment below to enter!
  2. To earn a second entry, like The Celebration Shoppe on Facebook! Be sure to come back here and leave a comment so we know you’ve joined us (and we have your e-mail)! 
  3. To earn a third entry, tweet the following, I entered to win $50 from @hallmarkpr on @celebshoppe http://tinyurl.com/4zkuk9v  

Deadline to Enter is Friday, February 25. Winner will be announced and e-mailed the giftcard code on Monday, February 28.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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a peek into BlissDom 2011

I shared in early January that I had two big trips scheduled for the month. The first was the Martha Stewart Dreamer Into Doers event in New York, and the second was the BlissDom 2011 blogger’s conference in Nashville.

I have to pause and share this picture of Laurie of Tip Junkie, Courtney of Pizzazzerie, me, Chris of Celebrations At Home and Amy of Living Locurto and co-founder of I Heart Faces all standing with a sign for the new CMT show Working Class (we got to meet the star and view the premier). And behind the camera was the super talented Angie of The Arthur Clan and the other co-founder of I Heart Faces.  I “heart” all of these women!

I really wanted to go to BlissDom in 2010 and it just didn’t work out so when the 2011 registration opened up in the fall I booked early. There was no way I was missing it again. And now that I’m back home I couldn’t be more thrilled with my experience. I met fabulous women in person that I’ve been talking to online for years, I made new friends and I was completely energized by extraordinary speakers including

the keynote speaker and author of The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown, who talked about the power of vulnerability. This is a snapshot of a slide (in a very dark room mind you) from her presentation. I love this because it is simple reminder to all of us who put ourselves out there for the world to read and see everyday. Some will love what you do and others will not. Don’t fret or be boastful, simply do your best and be proud of it.   

And then there was the closing note speaker, Scott Stratton of UnMarketing. Okay, so this wasn’t his presentation. It’s another fabulous image taken by Angie of The Arthur Clan at one of the evening events, but this gives you some insight into his personality. I would sum him up as a real. smart. crazy. fun. guy… that you should listen to if you want to be successful in social media. You can find him on his blog at UnMarketing, on twitter at @unmarketing and his book is none other than UNMarketing (which by the way, per Scott, is not about marketing for the U.N.). {smirk}

I also loved that they offered tiered breakout sessions based on what you were looking to learn. Since I’ve been around for a while I went to all the professional sessions, but they offered just as many for begginning bloggers. There truly was something for everyone!

And these are some shots from my little point and shoot (except for the last image) of just a few of the wonderfully talented bloggers I got to spend time with on the second evening. I wish I had more pictures, but to be honest I was so absorbed in the moment I forgot my camera most of the time. In the top image, from left to right, Courtney of Pizzazzerie, Chris of Celebrations At Home, me, Angie of The Arthur Clan and I Heart Faces and Amy of Living Locurto and I Heart Faces. Second image is the lovely Laurie of Tip Junkie and me. Third image is me, Bridget of Bake at 350 and Cheryl of Tidy Mom. And the bottom image is of  Chris of Celebrations At Home, me, Matt Kearney and Michelle Branch (our entertainment for the evening), Courtney of Pizzazzerie and Laurie of Tip Junkie.

And I can’t end this post without also mentioning the BlissDom sponsors. Alli and Barbara, the BlissDom masterminds, outdid themselves by rounding up some fabulous companies including Intel, Hallmark, Blue Bunny, Clorox, GE, Yoplait, ConAgra, Kellogg’s, Lifetime Moms and so many more. One of which has given me a little something something to giveaway. Make sure you stop in tomorrow for your chance to win! If you’re a party girl it’s right up your alley!

As always, I hope you’re inspired. AND I sincerely hope that if you’re a blogger I’ll see you next year at BlissDom. Trust me. You won’t regret it. But if you simply can’t wait that long, Alli and Barbara are offering audios, videos, transcripts and slides from all the events. Just visit BlissDom At Home to learn more!

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Peep inspired bunny buntings

As you could tell from yesterday’s post (still crushing on those sheep cookies!) I’m so very ready for spring and all the decorating and party ideas that come with it. I’ve actually already crafted several things and made a few new treats as well, all of which I’ll be sharing shortly. Until then I just had to share this adorable idea that I found over on MADE. I can’t get over how simple, colorful and fun these Peep inspired bunny buntings are.

Make sure you hop (pun intended… ha!) over to MADE for all the details including a pictorial. You guys know how much I love a good pictorial.

As always, I hope you’re inspired! I know I am!

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Easter with Southern Living

The temperatures are uncommonly warm this week in Ohio and it has me dreaming of spring! As you all know, I’m a southern girl, born and raised in Alabama (also lived in Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee before moving to Ohio about 10 years ago). I subscribe to Southern Living magazine for many reasons but the most important is that it helps me bring a little bit of my southern heritage into my home each month.  

So when I was looking around for wonderful Easter ideas I was surprised to find an idea on southernliving.com that I don’t recall from the magazines. Since I usually pour over it slowly with a hot cup of coffee I can only think that the pages stuck together or I would shared these baa baa black and white sheep treats with you long ago. LOVE this idea for my kids’ Easter table this year! Here are the easy steps:

  1. To shape the body, use melted white candy coating (found in the baking aisle) to secure miniature marshmallows to one Pepperidge Farm Milano Black & White cookie.
  2. Attach Peanut M & M’s for hooves.
  3. Use a second Milano cookie for the head, and attach miniature marshmallows and miniature chocolate morsels for the eyes.
  4. Use flattened marshmallows, pinched together at one end, to make ears.

And what about these spring table setting ideas?! The talented designers at Southern Living never disappoint!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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mini space shuttle cakes

I love getting in the kitchen, grabbing everything from the pantry and just creating. I know what you’re thinking… and yes, it is a huge mess when I’m done. But sometimes I come up with fun things like these mini space shuttle cakes for my new Space birthday party collection!

Here’s what you’ll need for each shuttle cake:

  • 1 Hostess cake (select the ones with the flattest tops from the box)
  • 1 Little Debbie cake (you may have to trim the end with a straight edge knife so it stands flat)
  • 1 mini Reese’s Cup
  • 1 Hershey’s Kiss
  • 1 Keebler Grasshopper cookie
  • 2 orange Spree candies
  • 2 tablespoons of icing tinted orange

Assembly is super simple:

  1. Unwrap all of the ingredients
  2. Score a grasshopper cookie (as shown in the image above) for the shuttle’s tail fins using a straight edge knife (don’t use serrated; it will make the cookie splinter)
  3. Tint the icing orange using gel food coloring (liquid will make your icing runny) and melt it in the microwave for 8 seconds
  4. Using the Hostess cake as a base, put a small amount of icing in the center and top it with the Little Debbie cake. Do the same to apply the Reece’s Cup making sure that you don’t use too much or it will leak out the sides
  5. Using the remaining icing, cover the Hershey’s Kiss and the cookie pieces. Allow them to set for at least five minutes
  6. Finally, add the Kiss, tail fins and windows (Spree candies) with another small dot of icing each and serve 

As always, I hope you’re inspired and stay tuned for more from our new Space birthday collection!

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corn flake meteorite candies

As I posted on Tuesday, we’ve been busy styling a new Space birthday party collection this week. And when we style new collections we like to share fun treat ideas, crafts and more to go along with them. For the new Space collection we made these meteorites, or corn flake balls. They are actually a long-time family favorite… okay, my mom is addicted to them, brings them to every family function and refuses to seek treatment, but what can I do because I love them too?!

The best part is, they’re super easy to make, only require a few ingredients and take no time at all. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Karo syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
  • wax paper

Easy steps:

  1. Mix sugar and Karo in saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly
  2. When thoroughly combined, bring to a boil for one minute
  3. Remove from heat and quickly stir in vanilla and peanut butter until well blended
  4. Stir in corn flakes
  5. Allow to cool briefly and roll into balls on wax paper (TIP: Dampen hands with cold water so the hot mixture doesn’t stick to your skin… Ouch!)

Check back next week for more ideas and a look at the entire collection. As always, I hope you’re inspired! And stop over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for more of my Kellogg’s treat ideas.

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sweet Valentine ideas

With Valentine’s Day and lots of school parties upon us, I thought I would share some cute and simple treat ideas.

And what about these updates sandwich cookies from Meaghan at The Decorated Cookie. It’s a simple change that has a lot of impact. Hop over to her blog to see all the details including a fabulous pictorial!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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new space birthday collection!

I’m super excited about our newest birthday party collection. As anyone who visits even occasionally can tell you, I have a budding scientist on my hands (his science birthday party and the collection) and his latest love of the sciences has everything to do with space. I’m not sure if this will be the theme he settles on for his seventh birthday party in the fall, but he’s loving it for now!

The custom invitation and thank you notes are already in the shoppe and we’re styling the printables and table decor now with some fun treat and craft ideas. The printables will include our normal beverage wrappers to dessert tags and we’ve thrown in a few new ones like astronaut patches and gable box favor labels.

Visit us here, on facebook and on twitter over the next several days for updates on the photo shoot, crafts and yummy treat ideas. And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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real parties: little buckaroo

I ran across this party from Jenny Collier Photography a few weeks ago and had to share. I think it was those big brown eyes and the wildflowers. Total perfection! 

And that cake! LOVE! You can hop over to Jenny’s blog to read all the details, see more of the photo shoot she did with her little guy before the big day and lots more pics of the party itself along with Jenny’s resources. {Thanks again for letting us share Jenny!}

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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heart Valentine card crafts

We LOVE hearts for Valentines, but why not get a little creative with the kids this year?! We used the simple heart shape to make this adorable butterfly. And yes, those are candies for the segmented body. {NOTE: Many red cherry chews were consumed during the crafting of this card.}

 

But I think my favorite is this heart balloon card. It’s so super simple. We just cut three pieces of cross-stitch thread, tied them at the base, cut out three hearts and glued it all into place. Done!

And don’t forget that we’re also giving away dinosaur and owl cello toppers because we “heart” all of our fabulous customers and friends!

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

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