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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real parties: under construction

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I was blog surfing this weekend and came across this “can you dig it?” birthday party over at the Team Smith blog. I was instantly in love with all the details. This mom went to great lengths to create the perfect birthday party for her little one and you can tell from his beautiful smiling face on her blog that he loved it!

She greeted her little workers with tool belts and personalized construction hats and gave them plenty to do with tons of activities: the “digging” sand pile (shown here), a cardboard house to paint, bricks to lay, equipment to ride. You simply must hop over to see all the creative details.

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And once the work was done, she, in true mom style, fed her crew. I just love the hounds-tooth paper; a very clever spin for a construction party. Look closely and you’ll see tape measures instead of ribbon on the serving pails. Oh, and the blueprint tablecloth, crayons and construction cone cups! L-O-V-E it!   

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Last but not least, the perfect construction cake: trucks, chocolate rocks and rich fudge icing! It’s actually funny because I just saw these chocolate rocks at our local candy store on Friday when I was picking up red sour balls for our new Rock Star collection. Point? Make sure you check your specialty candy stores when trying to get creative; you might find just the inspiration you need.

Truly great job Caryn!

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rockin’ cupcakes

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I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were working on a new Rock Star printables collection to complement our custom invitation and thank you notes. The collection will include these cupcake wrappers and cupcake picks, cello toppers, straw slips, napkin rings, thank you tags, candy bar tags, a banner and even a 8×10 picture frame matte so you can show-off your little rocker in style.

The entire collection will be posted in the shoppe and here on the blog by next Tuesday. I hope you all have a rockin’ weekend!

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real parties: pink & orange

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This adorable party was hosted by A Blissful Nest and I’m loving the details, especially the tissue paper wreaths she used on the entry doors. She even offers a tutorial!

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Plus, she created so many beautiful little touches, like this “the months of Parker” picture sequence, to make the parents and their guests smile. Hop over to her blog to see many many more pictures and read all the details.

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teacher appreciation week

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Rachel over at One Pretty Thing is constantly giving all of us a snapshot of the best of the web and she didn’t fail me this week when I needed a fun… okay… and quick idea for Teacher Appreciation Week. I chose this way too fun “the grass is always greener” free printable download from Eighteen25, but there are so many more so make sure you hop over and check them all out!

And by the way, we’re still giving away a set of printables (winner’s choice) to one lucky winner for every 100 Facebook fans we get so make sure you pop in before the next draw!

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