customer: argh matey!

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Jessy, a super talented mom of six, threw her little guy a bash that any pirate would want to loot! She picked up the plates, napkins and balloons from our pirate collection (pirate skull and pirate ship) and worked with Kristy, the head “glitter girl” behind The Purple Pug, to make a custom banner and other goodies.  Hop over to Kristy’s blog to see more pictures and some adorable Captain Crunch favor ideas!

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harvest collection, part II

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Now that dessert tables are all the rage, brought on by the talented Amy Atlas, all of our new collections offer dessert table tags, coordinating pattern mats and sometimes frame mattes with clever sayings. For the Harvest collection there are two styles of dessert tags: the pumpkin (above) and the scarecrow (below). (See what you missed in the part I post!)

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These tags are also adorable as placecards, especially when tied to a yummy caramel apple and embellished with ribbon!

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And in addition to our scarecrow cupcake pick and wrapper,

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 this collection also offers lovely pumpkin picks and wrappers in a perfect fall palette.

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Here’s a closer look at those yummy butter cookies hand decorated by Sue of Sweet Tooth Cottage.

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She also printed our designs on sugar paper and made these

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and these. I love the plaid! (See the mat underneath the cookie. It comes with the printable collection, as does the blue gingham!)

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And you can’t forget the favors. Our cellos for this collection are the perfect palette for fall candy. We used M&Ms and Reeces Cups, both a perfect match!

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We also have pumpkin favor tags. I attached them to lollipop sticks, embellished them with ribbon and speared a caramel and chocolate drizzle apple. But you could just as easily tie them to a goody bag, or insert them in a pail of goodies. The possibilities are truly endless with a little imagination!

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And round out your table with our napkin rings (both the pumpkin and scarecrow designs available) plus

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our pennant banner showcasing our adorable little scarecrow for the final touch.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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harvest collection, part I

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I’ve mentioned before that the little scarecrow is my favorite part of our new Harvest collection so I simply had to start with him! I love the orange and blue color palette and the plaid pattern of his scarf. Notice the plaid inlay on the cake plate; it will also come with the collection and the possibilities there are endless!

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And here’s a shot of these little guys on a cake plate embellished with felt leaves (topped with Reeses cups), ribbon and crepe paper.

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A tighter shot of the cake plate edge so you can see the assembly (ribbon adhered with a glue gun and crepe attached at varying lengths with double sided tape). Don’t be afraid to play with textures and materials. Sometimes the best things come from tinkering with all the supplies in your craft room!

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While I’m sharing sweets, these adorable cookies were crafted by Sue of Sweet Tooth Cottage. Some of you have asked if these cookies could be available for purchase. Stay tuned because big news is coming!

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Beverage wrappers are a must to tie your table together and these are perfect for sodas and water bottles. Or bring your centerpiece in by using these wrappers to dress up a hurricane filled with your favorite fall treats or flowers.

And who can forget these adorable straw slips that make finding your drink so much easier?! I suggest tying the straw on with yellow raffia allowing your guests to select a beverage and get back to mingling quickly, plus it really helps keep down lines if you’re serving buffet style.

So many more photos to come and thanks to all of you who have been patient with us as we bring this collection to life. I realize Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away in Canada so we will be working diligently to get the entire collection into the shoppe quickly!

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sneak peek: farm printables

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We’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately and here’s a peek at one more thing that we’re working on. My “on the farm” collection is one of my favorites so I thought we would enhance the offering a bit. Right now you can get all the table decor, custom invitation, thank you, napkin rings, cupcake picks, cupcake wrappers and favor tags in the shoppe.

And soon you’ll be able to set up a farmers market with our new dessert table mats (Farmers Market with pricing, lemonade 5 cents and olde fashioned stick candy), dessert tags (pre-filled and blank), beverage wrappers labeled Moo! Milk and Well Water {loud giggles}, straw slips in six designs, cello toppers with “Thanks for moseying by, y’all!,” red and yellow gingham mats and an adorable flag banner with three animals and red/yellow gingham patterns.

The photo shoot is scheduled for the week of October 4 and all items will be in the shoppe shortly thereafter. If you’re interested in learning more about these fun items now, e-mail us at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com and we’ll gladly help you get them early!

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BHG tricks & treats issue

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I’m a huge fan of Better Homes and Gardens magazine and I simply can’t wait each year until they publish their special issues, particularly their “tricks & treats” issue each fall. And the 2010 issue does not disappoint! It’s full of wonderful ideas for a multitude of parties ranging from adult only to bright and whimsy for all ages to a monster for preschoolers!

And that’s not all! It offers some adorable homemade costume ideas too. My favorite is the “feathered friend!” And in true BHG style it also offers a TON of decorating ideas (the one next to the cover is part of the “Dead & Breakfast Inn” article).

If you love this season and you love to throw a party, you simply must pick up a copy!

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pumpkin harvest

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As you likely know, we’re in the midst of designing and photographing our Harvest and Halloween collections. With Candy Corn and Spooked Pumpkin complete, we shot our new Harvest collection late last week. I’m going to share all the photography on Thursday, but until then here’s just a little peak at the fabulous cookies Sue from Sweet Tooth Cottage hand iced to perfection when she recreated our pumpkin from the collection. 

Happy Monday everyone!

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facebook freebie today!

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“Like” us today on facebook and “Have a sweet, my pretty!” {witch cackle}

Until midnight tonight all my fans/friends on facebook can download these fun cello toppers (complete with instructions) from our Spooked Pumpkin collection! They’re perfect for giving out treats or for Halloween party favors! And all you have to do is “like” us on facebook and then download the file.

But let me warn you, this isn’t a one time thing. I like giving freebies to my friends, especially around the holidays, and facebook is typically the first place I share them. But freebies isn’t the only thing we share on facebook. I often ask your opinions about new collections and even give quick previews of what we’re working on days before it makes it to the blog.

I hope you’ll join us!

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first day of kindergarten

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No party talk today. Just a picture of my sweet little boy’s first day of Kindergarten {sniff, sniff} and an introduction to my girlfriend Maura Bowen of the 36×37 blog. She’ll make you laugh out loud and candidly sometimes cry. She’s fabulous. Here’s an excerpt from her post “The Idiot Moves of a Kindergarten Mom” this morning:

It’s Tuesday, we’re on our way to H’s first day of kindergarten, and I’m about to make my biggest mom mistake yet. It will happen at exactly 12:05 PM, but at 11:55 AM, I’m still blissfully unaware. 

That’s why I’m smiling as I watch H through the rearview mirror. He sits stoically in his booster seat, slowly zipping and unzipping the front pocket of his flashing Buzz Lightyear backpack. “Shouldn’t we bring all my school suppwhys?” he asks. “What if I need my crayons or my cwipboard?” 

“You won’t need school supplies today, buddy,” I say lightly. “Mrs. M just wants to meet you and your classmates. She’ll also show you some pictures and ask you some questions, so just tell her what you’re thinking, ok? I’ll be right there with you. There’s nothing to worry about.”

I’ll be back on track tomorrow with a sneak peek of the new Harvest collection photo shoot!

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sneak peek: science collection

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I’ve mentioned on facebook that we’re creating a new science birthday party collection for my oldest son’s sixth birthday party in a few weeks. Here’s a little peek at the invite, which is already available in the shoppe, and just a few of the printables that will be available soon. From left to right: favor tag, placecard, banner (one of two), beverage wrapper (one of two) and straw slip (one of six). 

I also have some very exciting news to share about this collection, which I’m officially not allowed to talk about yet. But I know how much everyone loves suspense so I thought I would throw it out there. {sneaky giggle}

I’ll share more details as the party gets closer and if you’re interested in the printables before they’re available in the shoppe, just shoot us an e-mail at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com.

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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spooky Halloween printables

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In the past few weeks we’ve announced our new Candy Corn Halloween collection, full of trick-or-treating ghosts and screech owls, and showed you glimpses of our new Harvest collection, with a colorful scarecrow and pumpkin that will be perfect for a fall festival or even to decorate the kid’s Thanksgiving table. This morning I want to share our spookier side with some new printables we created to complement our Spooked Pumpkin and Martinis & Mayhem collections.

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Meet the sinister sisters. They are totally up to no good! But with a pumpkin spice cupcake topped with cream cheese icing my boys and a few wanders by can testify that they taste super yummy! {wink}  You’ll notice that these are not your typical cupcake picks. I wanted to do something a little different so we created the head and the hat separately to give the sisters a real 3-D effect when you use a adhesive square to attach the hat. (There are four designs. Two purple/orange witches, one smiling and one frowning, and two green/black witches doing the same.) I really, really love these!

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In addition to the witches, we also created these coordinating tags “Try one if you dare…” and

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“Have a sweet, my pretty!” {witch cackling}

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We also created this hilarious mat that would be perfect on your treat table next to uniced cupcakes for the kids to decorate themselves. 

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Or next to the sisters! Doesn’t the little pumpkin look afraid of her?! Eeekkkk!

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And here are the two green/black sisters together. Like my crow? Well you’re lucky to be seeing him. I had a few things stashed for the shoot and my little ones decided to have a mini-war with the crows. Needless to say, there were casualties…

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And here’s the purple/orange sister with the “Have a sweet, my pretty!” as a cupcake pick.

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Last, but not least, here’s our cello topper. These would be perfect for pre-packaged little favors for party guests or even trick-or-treaters. I’ll be filling mine with gummy worms as those are one of my youngest son’s favorites!

All these will be added to the Spooked Pumpkin and Martinis & Mayhem collections the week of Sept. 13. And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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