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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Mother’s Day printable for you

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Once again I felt like showing you, our customers, loyal readers of my blog, bloggers who have shared the shoppe and candidly anyone intrigued enough to stop by, how much we appreciate you. And when better to do it than just before Mother’s Day!

For my own Mother’s Day picnic this year we’re changing it up a bit and decorating with a few non-traditional Mother’s Day colors: red (my late Grandmother’s favorite), yellow (one of my Mom’s favorites) and black (one of my favorites). And of course I wanted to share our printable creations (napkin rings, beverage markers and placecards) with the other wonderful women in my life, you ladies of course! I hope you like them and have an opportunity to use them, if not for Mother’s Day, any day you feel like livening up the dinner table.

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Download your free printable templates including instructions now. And make sure you fan us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or sign up for special offers (in the box at the top of the page in the right hand corner) so that you don’t miss the next freebie! {wink}

Already signed up? If you’re already signed up or have shopped with us before, you’ll be getting an e-mail by May 4; existing Facebook fans and Twitter followers will receive the download link in the regular feeds.

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Finally, here’s a quick shot of the basket of goodies that I’ll be using for my own Mother’s Day picnic. I just love this fabric, my inspiration. And lemons will get the stage, making an appearance in my decor, in the drinks I serve and in the food. Can’t wait! 

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Enjoy and happy early Mother’s Day from The Celebration Shoppe!

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{new!} barn cookie cutter

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We saw these super cute barn cookie cutters and couldn’t resist adding them to our “on the farm” birthday collection. And here’s a quick pictorial on how to ice them using red and white icing, a plastic bottle (pipe the edges and then heat icing in the microwave for no more than 9 seconds to flood), resealable freezer weight bag, icing connector and icing tips (#46 for the barn slats and #2 for the doors).

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Happy baking!

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creative mom cupcakes

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I’m a cupcake fan. I know, you couldn’t have guessed, right. {wink} Well, with Mother’s Day fast approaching I thought I would share some creative cupcake ideas from around the web.

  1. Sew sweet cupcake (my mom would love!) is from Family Fun mag.  
  2. Sprinkles Cupcakes {via CupcakesTakeTheCake}
  3. Sugarbloom’s Chocolate Mud cupcake
  4. Hello Frosting’s edible transfer cupcake

Happy baking!

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country brunch

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I’m working on ideas for a Mother’s Day brunch and I think this placesetting and punch idea from Country Living magazine is just too perfect, as my mom is a southern lady and would appreciate the country elegance. Hmmm… wonder where I could get those plates… I might have to compromise with white plates and a round bandanna pattern cardstock inset. {wink}

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