introducing luau

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You’re going to want to grab your hula skirt or your Hawaiian shirt for this one because we’re having a luau! Our new luau collection includes custom invitations, thank you cards, decor, cookie cutters and nine coordinating printables from our normal cupcake picks and wrappers to picture frame mattes to show off the guest of honor.

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We start off with our palm tree and flip-flop dinner and dessert plates. They’re fun and fresh and perfect for summer. We actually have three coordinating napkins with this set. A flip-flop beverage napkin, a palm tree guest towel and a solid fuchsia/hot pink napkin if you want to use our flip-flop napkin rings.

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As for cups, we chose two. We’re offering our hot pink polka dot shatterproof cups and we’ve added a new purple polka dot shatterproof cup. Both go beautifully with our straw slips (come in five designs from hibiscus flowers to stripes). I wish I could offer the bamboo placemats too, but we found these at Target in the dollar section along with the table height tiki torches, actually they were $2.50, but still, right?! 

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And these are the luau cookie placecards that I blogged about a few days ago.

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For this collection I wanted to offer a “Menu” matte for the buffet table (the matte is 5×7 with a 4×6 inset so you can print the design and then overprint your menu),

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as well as a “Frozen Refreshments” matte (5×7) that could be perfect for anything from smoothies to ice cream to frozen daquaris {yum!}.

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These are just scoops of sherbert served in icie cones and serving springs (available right now at Target).

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And this adorable little girl is a friend of mine’s daughter. It was taken at a recent birthday party and I thought it was very appropriate to showcase our guest of honor picture frame matte. A beautiful way to greet your guests and remind everyone who deserves all the attention!

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Oh, and we can’t forget to feed our guests lots of sweets. I blogged about our luau cupcake collection a few days ago, but I thought it worth repeating my hula skirt cake plate again. {wink}

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Here are close-ups of the cupcake picks and wrappers. I admit that I’m planning to have at least a small gathering this summer and use these babies. They are just adorable and will be a great precursor to vacation at the beach!

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We also designed water bottle wrappers, that can double as hurricane wrappers or even as a flat napkin ring/flatwear wrapper.

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And last but not least, your guests can’t go home empty handed. Pack up some goodies in a little cello bag,

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or even a white lunch bag with a nice favor tag (read original post about easy favor bags). Maybe send some of those cupcakes to go!

Stop over at the shoppe and check out the entire collection. As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire your next celebration!

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easy favor bags

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If you’re in need of a quick and easy favor bag and you don’t want to forgo style, pick up some colored lunch bags. It’s really easy to find red and white ones this time of year. I used these white lunch bags for our new luau collection.

I punched two holes, equal distances from the top and sides, and threaded them with hot pink ribbon. Next, I criscrossed the ribbon, touched it with a little glue to hold it in place and snipped the ends. Finally I attached my favor tags with another touch of glue. You could also cut small straight lines in your tag and thread your ribbon through the top and bottom for easy opening.

More to come on the new luau collection tomorrow!

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giveaway: like us on Facebook

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We recently started a Facebook page and we want you to join us! We’re giving away a FREE set of printables, the winner’s choice, each time we hit another “oo” mark (e.g., 400, 500, etc.). Plus, when we reach 1,000 likes, we’re giving away a party package, winners choice again, of plates, napkins, cups, printables (if available for the collection chosen) and custom invitations for a party of 16 valued at $100 (must be a U.S. resident to win party package; printable giveaway is open to everyone).

And just so you know, the giveaways don’t end there. We often design and giveaway freebies (the next set of printable freebies are being featured in a popular mom magazine in June; can’t wait to give them to you!) and now that we’re on Facebook, our friends there will be first to know. Plus, you can get updates on what we’re working on before it ever hits the blog and you can give us feedback. We value you ladies (and you guys too) so very much!

Please join me on Facebook and leave me a comment. I love hearing from you all!

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luau cupcake table

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We were able to finish up the luau collection photo shoot over the weekend and got some great images of the cupcake table. I wanted to dress up the cake plate from the standard white, so I literally dressed it, in a hula skirt (trimmed to length raffia). I love how it turned out! I also lined the interior of each stacking cake plate with coordinating card stock to add more color.

To the sides you can see a few more of our luau collection components: water bottle/beverage wrappers to the left and cello toppers and favor tags to the right. I’ll share more about the favor bags later this week.

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Here are some closer shots of the new cupcake wrappers and cupcake picks that will go with our luau collection. And if you’ve not seen the invitation yet, “like” us on facebook and you can see it now (posted a few days ago), or visit us later this week when we post pics of the entire collection.

Happy Monday everyone! And as usual, I hope you’re inspired!

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luau cookie placecards

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We shot our new luau collection yesterday. As usual it was a lot of fun and a lot of work. And for those of you who follow me on Twitter or “like” the shoppe on Facebook (links in upper left corner) you know we had a few cookie catastrophes yesterday. This beautiful palm tree cookie on the left took a nose dive off the table just after this shot. I admit that I mourned it for a few seconds before I could move on. And the surf board on the right suffered an attack from my 3 year old. At least that happened after the shoot was over. {Who could really blame him, right?}

This collection is truly beautiful and will be perfect whether for a child’s birthday, an adult summer get together or a destination wedding engagement party. I’m really excited to share all the details with you early next week. Until then, I thought I would share my luau placecard and favor idea. 

I picked up some tin pails at the local craft store (washed them really well) and filled them with brown sugar for my sand. I then iced these fun cookies and piped the guests’ names on. Not only are these a great way to mark your placesettings, but they’re also wonderful as a favor for your guests to leave with. I’ll post a pictorial on how to ice them in a few days with some tips on how to make them stand. (The cookie cutters will be part of the new collection coming to the shoppe early next week.)

Have a great weekend everyone!

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blast off birthday

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The fabulous Amy Atlas from Sweet Designs created this beautiful candy table for her son’s birthday party last year. I love that it could be easily replicated, except maybe for the multi-tier cake {wink}. But no fear, there is a very fun and easy space shuttle cake option from Betty Crocker. They even offer a video and a cake cutting/assembly diagram!

The mod polka dot plates and napkins are part of our train and dinosaur collections. Oh, and you must make Amy’s simple shuttle favor cups. I love that she filled them with tiny chocolate planets. Adorable and yummy!

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Amy even posted a complete tutorial on how to make the papier mache planets hanging above her candy table. 

Make sure you pop over and see all the pictures of her son’s party. Her work is truly inspiring!

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real parties: science experiment

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I mentioned in my “rock star” collection post on Wednesday that my oldest was leaning heavily toward having a science experiment birthday party this year. Jennifer Cronk, a super creative mom, sent me pictures of the party she hosted for her six year old son Conner last fall. Loving this cake!

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She greeted all of her guests with goggles and lab coats and set them on a journey of scientific exploration with a multitude of stations set up for all types of cool bubbling and messy experiments!

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These are just a few: Rocket Launch, Slime, Bottle of Foam. What a blast, pun intended, these kids must have had. {wink}

Thanks so much Jennifer for sharing. You’ve inspired me! Have a great weekend everyone!

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{new} rock star printables

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Later today our new “rock star” printable collection will be live in the shoppe and I have to admit I will most likely personally use this collection for the boys when they get a little older (this year they’ve already decided, a prehistoric dinosaur dig for my youngest and a science experiment party, yet to be developed, for my oldest).

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Building on our original Rock Star collection, we chose Mediterranean blue, black and red as the table decor and favor color palette. Plus, we added two new patterns: stripes and animal print.

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These cello toppers are probably my favorite in the collection. I chose red sour balls for the shoot, but you could give jaw breakers, gum balls, rock candy, stickers, tattoos, iTune gift cards… the possibilities are endless.

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And due to a very popular request, we decided to create a new printable component for this collection, a 8×10 picture frame matte. Perfect for a candy table or gift table to show off your little rock star. (Note: We’re hoping to be able to add the foam guitar shown in this picture, as well as the blue stars found in other pictures, to the collection in a few weeks.)

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We also created a rockin’ napkin ring,

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multiple straw slip patterns. This is our stripe slip shown with the star shatterproof cup, and

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this is our animal print straw slip shown with our stripe shatterproof cup. Both will be available in the shoppe. There is also a “rock on!” with music notes slip and a stars and dots slip, just like the cupcake wrapper pattern in the following image.  

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We designed this cupcake set first and

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then decided we just had to create a stripe version with the silhouette as well, so you’ll get both designs for the price of one when you buy our cupcake printables.

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And if you want to create a fabulous candy table, we designed candy labels for rock candy, cookies, gumballs, jaw breakers, chocolate, jelly beans, popcorn and pop rings. Or, if you prefer to select your own goodies, overlay print your own ideas on our blank labels (guitar silohette is reversed to white). The two are sold as a set so another two-for-one.

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Here are a few of the other candy labels, 

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and the cookie label.

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We also have the cookie cutters for music notes and

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guitars, which are both perfect for edible placecards. {wink}

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We even created a “ROCK ON!” banner with a black guitar silhouette spacer. This entire project was so much fun! 

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And last, but not least, I had to share these blueberry candy canes that we found at Cracker Barrel (good resource for vintage candy) with you. My boys could hardly wait for the shoot to be over so they could try one. I do warn you… they are blue… very blue… as in blue lips, blue face, blue tongue… but they loved them and I’m sure your guests would too. 

As always, I hope you’re inspired for your next celebration! You can find our Rock Star invitation, Rock Star thank you note and printable Rock Star party supplies in the shoppe. {oh! And fan us on facebook for regular updates on what we’re working on. Luau, with a mod twist, is next!}

January 28, 2013 2 Comments

easy football brownie finger food recipe

Easy Football Party Brownies

Hosting a party this Game Day?! Make these football brownies. They’re super easy, fun and you’ll look like a superstar. It’s a win – win… no matter who wins. {grin}

For this little finger food recipe, you’ll need:

  • Brownie box recipe (I use Duncan Hines Chewy Brownies so my little one with with dairy allergies can enjoy them too)
  • Cream cheese icing (I use Pillsbury Cream Cheese icing, again, no dairy)
  • Resealable bag, with a corner snipped off
  • Butter knife

And here are the easy steps:

  • Bake your brownies as directed.
  • Allow them to cool completely.
  • Cut out football shapes with a butter knife, keeping them fairly close together so that you can limit waste (like there would be waste!).
  • Place on your serving platter (TIP: Line platter with wax paper or food safe liner as shown so that your party finger foods come up easily)
  • Spoon icing into resealable bag, snip corner and pipe on four lines

For more party finger foods, visit my 8 Super Bowl party ideas for the Big Game! And download my free Game Day printables in 2013 Super Bowl colors. Enjoy!

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

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real parties: nesting sip & see

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I just love the idea of a Sip & See (this one from Swank  Sweets). As a first time mom I was way too nervous for such a thing (germs and all… you ladies remember the terror inflicted on us by our OBs), even with my closest girlfriends, but I would have been all for it with my second child (after three weeks or so).

And this idea is truly adorable. I love that she used twig balls, instead of tissue paper pom poms, moss and burlap, all natural elements that a mommy bird would use to build her nest. Very smart and quite lovely! Make sure you hope over to the Swank Sweets blog to see all the beautiful details!

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