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!}

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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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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autumn pasta party

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As the weather gets cooler, it seems our meals get a bit more hearty. What would the fall and winter months be without soup, chili, and everyone’s favorite, pasta? With that in mind, I put together an inspiration board to help you think about hosting a cozy Pasta Party with friends.

The atmosphere should be casual and inviting with organic centerpieces, simple place settings, and plenty of wine! The adorable name card holders shown are an interesting and unique detail. Keep appetizers to a minimum to save room for the main meal. These small antipasti skewers are just the right size. Speaking of the main meal, I love the idea of serving a pasta bar with a few different pasta varieties, as well as two or three different sauces to try. You could have red sauce and white sauce, meatballs on the side to add, and freshly grated cheese. Or for another twist you could have guests bring their own secret recipe and have a sauce showdown!

Serve individual sized tiramisu in cocktail glasses, along with espresso, to keep the conversation lively throughout the night. As a parting favor for your guests, wrap a small potted herb such as rosemary or thyme, in burlap tied with twine.

There’s no better way to spend quality time with friends than over a casual Autumn meal.

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Pastas, Table  settingAppetizer, Place card setting, Wine, PastaTiramisu 

Guest blogger, Chris of Celebrations At Home

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pumpkin art

Born and raised in Las Vegas, the three of us sisters shared rooms, shared clothes and now share a passion for all things crafty. Seven months ago we decided to start a little blog called eighteen25 to share our ideas with others. Today, we are pretty excited to be guests here at The Celebration Shoppe.  
 
Supplies:
  • frame of your choice (we used an 8×10 oval from Hobby Lobby and also an older frame we already had with three 4×6 openings)
  • styrofoam pumpkins (bought ours at Hobby Lobby)
  • patterned paper (bought at Hobby Lobby too)
  • sharp chef’s knife
  • glue gun

 

How to:

  • Place the patterned paper in your frame. You can leave the glass where it is or move it behind the paper.
  • Cut your pumpkin in half, but behind the stem. With the styrofoam pumpkins, you should be able to push the knife straight through.
  • Hot glue the pumpkin onto the glass or onto the paper.

That’s it!!!!

three simple steps and you’re done.
 
Thanks so much for having us Kim!

-Jennifer, Jamie and Jodie

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celebrating with Mickey

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What are you going to do when you get a fabulous feature in Columbus Parent Magazine? Go to Disney World! Okay, it just worked out that way, but I’m still excited! I’m packing the kids up and we’re headed down to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this weekend. I’m not sure who is happier, them or me! I’m a HUGE Disney fan and we’ve been several times, even before the kids were born, but never at Halloween! 

No worries though, I’ve arranged to have some wonderful bloggers keep you entertained in my absence! And although Bakerella isn’t here herself, these adorable Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse cake pops are. Hop over to her blog for all the details including pictorials!

Have a great weekend and I’ll chat with you next week!

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press: Columbus Parent Magazine

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I’m so excited to announce that I’m a new contributor to Columbus Parent Magazine. I’ve been a fan of this Central Ohio monthly publication ever since my boys were born. It’s chocked-full of all things family from what events are happening around the area to tips on identifying childhood illnesses to planning the perfect family movie night and all that is in between.

For my first assignment, I had the opportunity to share my son Alex’s sixth birthday party where we mixed, bubbled, poured and tested our way through several real experiments and then several bowls of ice cream! To read the full article, you can flip to pages 44 and 45 of the virtual issue, or you can view the online version of the article and leave me a comment, which I would LOVE and APPRECIATE since this is my first contribution. (Update: Thanks to everyone who commented on the magazine’s website, unfortunately they updated their online branding and all comments were lost. In any case, I did get to read them before they were gone and I truly appreciated every sweet word!)

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And for much more on the big day including many more pictures, read part I (party overview and dessert table), part II (science experiments) and visit my shoppe for science printable party supplies. Plus, the craft post is coming next week! Join me on facebook and twitter for regular updates about what’s coming next, including a fabulous freebie in the December issue!

And if you want to know more about Columbus Parent Magazine, you can connect with them on twitter and facebook too!

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real parties: scientist part II

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As I mentioned in the part I scientist party post, my son loves science (I mean check out that face!) and he spends a lot of time reading (or having me read) science books. So when it came time to pick experiments he already had some ideas about what he wanted to do. I did have to remind him that we would have to have supplies times 10, so in the end we compromised. We chose three experiments for the kids and a grand finale.

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But before we get into the experiments, let me set the stage by giving you a tour of our laboratory. The kid’s were greeted at the gate by a “Scan to Enter” sign that my son felt was a must, especially since this is a top secret area!

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As they rounded the corner, the pergola was labeled with a large LAB banner,

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and nestled underneath were two long tables covered in green tablecloths and topped with all the supplies needed to complete our experiments.

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Each child’s experiment station was anchored by a sheet of solid orange scrapbook cardstock with an experiment card to the left and topped with a placecard from our new science birthday party supplies collection.

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Here’s a better look at the placecard tied to a test tube filled with candies!

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But before the kids could enter, they had to gear up with monogrammed lab coats (available through our partner at Sew Jewell). Alex wanted his to have this cute little worm performing an experiment on his pocket, as well as the bubbling test tubes coming out of the pocket, like all of his guests.

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The kids also received goggles embellished with the collection’s “Thanks for bubbling over!” favor tags.

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Now on to the experiments. First I have to tell you that one of the best decisions I made while planning this party was to recruit two of my best girlfriends, Tammy and Maura. Maura is a fabulous blogger at 36×37 (and not just because she wrote about me; her perception of me is heavily clouded by our friendship!) and a corporate editor and Tammy is an entrepreneur and a TEACHER. That’s right, I pulled out the big guns!

I organized the lab into two tables, big kids (5-6 year olds plus little brother) and little kids (3-4 year olds). Maura took on helping to keep the little ones focused while Tammy taught the big kids. That’s right, I said taught. She totally wowed me. She came prepared with a little lesson for each experiment: primary colors, weather and buoyancy. She kept them completely engaged the entire time and it was obvious that the kids were really enjoying themselves. Not only did I have a professional actually teaching the kids something, I was able to sit back with the other parents and enjoy watching the little light bulbs go off over their heads. It was wonderful! (Thank you ladies both again!)

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For the first experiment, the primary color test, we set up six cups (short clear plastic cups, $2.50 for 40 from Kroger) per child, three empty and three filled 1/3 way with water. Then we dropped three fizzing tablets (100 tablets for $4.99 from http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/), red/blue/yellow, into the water. Next we had the children mix the colors into the empty cups to make orange, green and purple. Finally we let them pour in a small amount of oil so they could see how the water and oil won’t mix.

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For the second experiment, a weather experiment, we placed a scoop of insta-snow in large test tubes and let the kids mix the contents with water. The snow grows so fast that it pops out the top. Tammy explained how real snow was formed and then let them add the water and watch the magic. The product is Insta-snow and it is perfectly safe for kids to handle. (Insta-snow was $4.95 and the test tubes were $5.95 for six with a rack, both from www.stevespanglerscience.com)

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For third experiment, Alex’s favorite, we chose buoyancy (upward force that allows large objects to float). For each child we set up:

  • bowls filled half way with water (Rubbermaid bowls from the dollar store, 2 for $1),
  • two equal size pieces of aluminum (roll for $1 from the Dollar Store), and
  • 20 paper clips (pkg of 200 for $1 from the Dollar Store).

The kids put 10 paperclips on one piece of aluminum foil, balled it up and dropped it in. It sank. Then they folded the edges of the second piece of aluminum foil to make a small boat. They floated it on the top of the water and added 10 paperclips (one at a time or slowly). The lesson teaches that with more surface area the same weighted objects can float, just like large ships do on the sea.

And for the grand finale, a Mentos and Diet Coke geyser which was set off by my husband Steve while the rest of us stood far away! The reaction is instant and our geyser was about 20 feet in the air. (Mentos geyser tube from http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/ for $4.95). The kids loved it, but unfortunately I didn’t get a great picture of it because of all the commotion!

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As I outlined in the part I post, I’ll share all the crafts, as well as our feature in Columbus Parent Magazine (now up!) shortly. Plus all of these items will be in the shoppe along with the invitations shortly. Thanks everyone for the lovely comments on the part I post too. I appreciate all the encouraging and sweet words more than you know!

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