DIY fabric fall wreath

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It doesn’t get any easier than this: a DIY no-sew fabric wreath. All you need are two to three fabrics of your choice cut into 3″x3″ squares, a straw wreath (available at any craft store) and a screw driver.

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And if you want, a little quick embellishment!

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This is how you do it. Just place your fabric square, right side out, on the tip of a screwdriver (a flathead would be best so that it doesn’t puncture your material) and push it gently into your wreath. It’s that simple. And this idea isn’t just great for holidays, it could be perfect for birthday parties, baby showers, any occasion that brings guests to your front door.

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And maybe even punch up the entry way with a coordinating, but not matchy matchy throw pillow. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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simple spray painted pumpkins

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This weekend was beautiful and we packed each day with baking new Halloween treats (some dairy free for us moms who deal with food allergies), decorating pumpkins (the super easy way) and spending time with some great friends. 

I’ll share the treats soon, but I wanted to start with the pumpkins. I’ve never been much for cleaning out pumpkins. It’s messy and in Ohio some years it can just be down right cold. Long story short, I look for alternatives. This year we thought we would go the super easy route and just spray paint the pumpkins so that the kids could help (at least a little; it’s too toxic for them without a mask and taking breaks every 30 seconds or so).

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I started by going to Better Homes and Gardens and letting the boys select their own template. My oldest chose a Frankenstein stencil and my youngest chose a spooky skeleton stencil. (We also made a “Enter if you DARE” stencil with a cricut and circle punch.) Next we cut out the stencils and attached them to the pumpkins. For the Frankenstein pumpkin and Enter if you DARE pumpkins we wanted a menacing effect so we just attached the stencils with hot glue, leaving the edges up so that some of the paint would get in around the stencil. For the spooky pumpkin we wanted harder lines so we covered the area with painters tape, attached the template and then I trimmed it out with a straight edge.

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Using a piece of burlap to protect the grass, we lightly sprayed both pumpkins with a constant back-and-forth motion, allowed them to dry and then peeled off the stencils.

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The entire process took about an hour and the boys were thrilled with the outcome!

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new farmers market printables

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My “on the farm” birthday party collection continues to be one of my personal favorites (I know some of you likely think I say that about all of them, and to some degree you’d be right, but this one is really close to the top of the list!) so when we started talking about adding to some collections, I knew that I wanted to create the printables to style a farmers market dessert table.

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With our new collection you can set the stage for your little farmer with our farmers market mat. I framed it in a simple rustic wooden frame I found at Target for $2 and then hot glued a wide piece of yellow ribbon to the back to hang it from. It could easily hang on the fence or on the back of a fun red wagon. Next we strung our red and yellow gingham animal banner on twine from the home improvement store (a touch of hot glue and you’re done).

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Once you’ve selected all the goodies your little farmer and all his farm hands might love, gather up some rustic containers, like garden gathering baskets, galvanized containers and mason jars, from around the house and print your treats out on our dessert table tags. The printable comes with two sheets of pre filled candy names and one blank sheet. The first pre filled sheet includes: cow tails, kettle korn, milk duds,

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peanuts, and

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oink! moo! baa! for our new on the farm butter cookie collection that brings our paper designs to life in sugar. (Baked, hand iced and shipped via our fabulous partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage.)

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In addition to the yummy cutouts, we’re also going to offer cookie rounds topped with our fun animal characters printed onto edible sugar paper. Trust me, they are iced with buttercream and they are delish!

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 Okay I’m going to tell my age here, but when I was really young {wink} my grandmother’s pharmacy still had a malt shop counter in it. There was of course tons of candy and these little sugar sticks fit right in. So for this new collection we created a “olde fashion stick candy” mat (perfect fit for a 4×6 frame) and displayed it on a mini unfinished wood easel.

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The second prefilled dessert tag sheet that I mentioned above has common flavor names like blueberry, tuti-fruity, cotton candy, root beer,  raspberry, watermelon, licorice and lemonade (great names for putting the real thing on your dessert table too!).

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These little guys are part of the current collection, along with the custom print invitation, table decor, printable napkin rings and printable “thanks y’all” tags, but they were too cute not to share again.

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But these cello toppers are new and a perfect way to wrap up favors to go.

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And what is a farmers market without lemonade?!

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So we created a lemonade mat and

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straw slips in five designs.

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We also created “moo!” tags so you can promote healthy drinks like chocolate and strawberry milk {twitch of the mouth}.

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Actually, the sheet does include a generic “moo” milk that you could use for white milk and an orange juice tag too.  {We do try!}

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Or you could just serve up a little “well water.” Good farms must have a natural water source nearby!

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No natural spring on the property, no worries. We created two additional wrappers to go with the beverage printable set (all three for $3.50), a generic animal wrapper and a larger “moo milk” wrapper.

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And I couldn’t resist creating a photo mat for all you moms that might want to show off your little farmer on his or her big day. I have the perfect picture of my youngest: cowboy hat and a serious “I’m a big boy!” expression.

Shop all of these items, the invitation and thank you notes in the shoppe!

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

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customer: princess Ava

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Little Ava turned four a few weeks ago and her mom, Suzy, made sure she was treated like a princess!

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Don’t you just love the DIY ribbon topiary? Suzy made two of them! And did you notice the “A” and the “4” woven into each?

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The color palette didn’t stop at the dessert table. Suzy adorned her guest tables with pink and green polka dot table decor from my princess collection, edible centerpieces and tulle chair wraps. Just lovely!

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Here’s another look at this beautiful table showing off the fun crown favors.

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Thanks for allowing us to share your little one’s party Suzy! And thanks to Amy & Bri of Savvy Moms Guide, good friends of Suzy’s, for blogging about the big day and sending it our way!

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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apple pie pops

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As all of you know, I’m a huge Better Homes & Gardens fan. Well when Dina from the Buttercream blog posted this beautiful pictorial (and this is only half of it) of the smart and yummy treat shown in the September 2010 issue of BHG (page 28 with recipe on page 212), I just knew I had to share.  

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These beauties, along with my “harvest” collection, will grace my Thanksgiving kids table this year, but likely as the BHG leaf version since I already own that cookie cutter. {wink} Happy Monday everyone!

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real parties: a fairy tea

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Elizabeth from Stix n Pops shared her daughter’s fairy princess tea party with us a few weeks ago. These are only a few of the fabulous details. Elizabeth is a talented baker (she made the cake and the Stix n Pops above, of course), plus she’s a crafter.

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 I love the detailing on this cake,  

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just look at the mushrooms, tiny flowers, leaves… and on and on. Fabulous job Elizabeth!

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Not only was this party full of beautiful food, there were fairy costume favors and these little jars of fairy dust (so clever!)

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And have a look at this beautiful birthday girl! Just darling! Make sure and hop over to Stix n Pops for all the details (and about 30 more pics) of the big day.

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sneak peek: farm sweets

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A few weeks ago I shared in a blog post (with a storyboard) that we are expanding my “on the farm” birthday party collection. I’m very excited to announce that we shot all of the new printables for a farmers market dessert table, as well as several other items yesterday including these fabulous melt in your mouth butter cookies from Sweet Tooth Cottage.

I’ve hinted before that all of my designs will be available in cookie form soon. That day is drawing closer and we have a big announcement planned, but until then if you have interest in the candy corn (blog post showing cookies), harvest (blog post showing cookies) or this new farm collection, e-mail us at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com and we’ll share more details including pricing.

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And I had to throw this little guy into the sneak peek too. I’m a southern girl (originally from Alabama, but I’ve lived in Mississippi, Texas and Tennessee too; finally settling in Ohio), so I loved adding the “y’all” touch! {wink}

Happy Friday everyone and much more on this collection and others next week!

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real parties: boho chic shower

krista-salmon-boho-chic-baby-shower-arrangementAnd for the second “real” party of the week, Krista Salmon of Kiki’s List shared this lovely shower she hosted over the weekend with us. I love how she incorporated the mini pumpkins and gourds into this modern pink and orange color palette. 

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And I’m sure these lovely “GLORY” letters will go perfect in the little one’s nursery or playroom someday! For all the details and resources, and to spread the joy of welcoming Glory to the world, hop over to Kiki’s list! {Thanks so much for sharing Krista!}

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customer: my little honey

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Before I share this lovely party, I wanted to say that I’m back from Disney (had a blast with the kids; I’ll be sharing more about our adventures shortly) and even though it was a quick trip, I’m refreshed. It’s such a creative place and it was so relaxing that I have a ton of ideas to get working on. Also, thank you to the wonderful ladies that blogged for me while I was away! If you missed them, check out their posts: pumpkin art, autumn pasta party and easy Halloween candy apples.

Back to the party! A few months ago we participated in a mom blogger project with Mom magazine. Jamie from Pure Joy was one of the mom bloggers that we met and I have to say, she’s got a ton of energy! She’s a photographer, blogger and of course a mommy. Oh, and did I mention that she’s VERY pregnant, like any day now pregnant. In the midst of all the million things she has going on, she still managed to pull together a beautiful party for her little honey’s fourth birthday using our Buzz collection printables… by the way, she made the birthday outfit too!

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Hop over to Jamie’s blog, Pure Joy, to see more pictures and read all the details! {Thanks so much for sharing Jamie!}

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easy Halloween candy apples

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Hi everyone! I’m Amy from Living Locurto and thrilled to be guest posting today for Kim. As a fellow party girl, I thought sharing one of my favorite recipes would be the perfect topic for today. I served these last year at my Halloween Boofett and they were the hit of the party! Make these for any fall event and your guest will love them! You can also wrap them up with a bow for teachers gifts as well. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 bag (14 Oz.) Caramels
  • 8 Apples
  • 8 Wooden Sticks(or real sticks from outside for a rustic touch)
  • 1 Large Bar of Your Favorite Candy Bar (I used Snickers)
  • 1 Cup Melted Chocolate Chips

And here are a few simple instructions: 

  1. Melt the caramels in a microwave safe dish for about 3 to 5 minutes until melted.
  2. Put sticks in the apples.
  3. Melt chocolate in the microwave. Chop up the candy bars.
  4. Dip apples in caramel and roll in the candy bar.
  5. Place on a cupcake wrapper and pipe chocolate over the apple.

YUM!

I hope you’ll visit my blog for lots of free printables and fun! Thanks for having me here today Kim. I’m sure you’re having a wonderful time at Disney!! – Amy

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