real parties: monster trucks

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I was roaming around facebook this morning when I saw a link from the super sweet Courtney over at Pizzazzerie to this “all boy” monster truck birthday party created by Posh Tot Events. (I know that’s long winded, but I believe in giving credit to the find.)

Anyway, as a mom of two boys I was immediately intrigued at how you make a monster truck birthday “posh,” and I was pleased to find that Post Tots Events did a great job.

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You know what that is on the right? It’s a monster tire made of balloons! And how clever is wrapping the lollipops with tissue paper so that they still match the table. Love it!

Hope over to Posh Tot Events to see even more details and as always, hope you’re inspired for your next celebration!

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ladybug sweets

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We created a new Ladybug collection this week and I can’t wait to style the photo shoot! As always I browsed the web for creative ideas. I ran across these beautiful cupcakes and darling cookie pop on flickr. Here’s a list of these talented sugar crafters, from left to right:

Our new Ladybug collection, and our new Little Sailor collection, will be showcased here next week, but if you want a sneak peek, join us on facebook and let us know what you think!

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candy table backdrops

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I’m on the hunt for creative candy table backdrops. I’m in the midst of planning a birthday party and I want lots of inspiration. So if you’ve created one yourself or you’ve seen one around please post a comment, send me a tweet or post a link on my facebook page.

The super cute hanging dots are from  Joyful Weddings and Events {via Jenn at Hostess With The Mostess} and the next two are from the talented Amy Atlas.

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And these shabby chic ideas, love the book shelf, are from Style Me Pretty. Thanks in advance everyone for helping get me inspired for my upcoming bash!

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real parties: sweet shop

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A month or so ago Glory from Glorious Treats shared her daughters Sweets Shop birthday party with me. She did such a fabulous job with the color palette and all the goodies. Just check these out!

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I’m really in love with these candy cookies. I’m going to have to give them a whirl sometime! {wink}

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 And these cupcake cookies are equally adorable. Can you tell that the sweets themselves blew me away?!

But this party wasn’t just about these beautiful treats, you must jump over to her blog and see the party in its entirety: games, decorations, favor bags and more.

Enjoy!

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tweet inspiration

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Isn’t this just lovely! Three tables were styled by Beka and Kimberly of Philadelphia-based Innove Events and photographed by the fabulous Marie Labbancz (featured at Elizabeth Anne Designs ) for an Easter brunch, but I think it could be beautiful for a sweet springtime birthday party too. You must hop over and see the entire collection of images!

Okay, and although the cake at the top right was not part of their collection, I thought it was very fun and something that even the birthday girl could help with. You’ll find all the details at Parenting.com, along with a cake pattern.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

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orange, pink & yellow inspired

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Every birthday party or celebration doesn’t need a theme, but they do all need a defined color palette. With spring in full swing, I’m loving this soft orange, pink & yellow combo.

Drink station- with these lovely dispensers even the smallest guest can get their own lemonade. Plus, I’m a huge fan of multi-colored straws; they add just the right touch to a simple highball glass (image via Martha Stewart)

Invitation – designed so that the candle on top can be customized to the upcoming age, whether it be 8 or 38 (via The Celebration Shoppe)

Cupcake – such a lovely and simple cupcake from Hello Naomi (image via flickr)

Ribbon – this is actually a ribbon ornament and could be lovely in multiples hung above a candy table (via Family Fun)

Marshmallow treats & favor box – how better to send your guest home than with a yummy something to remember you by (treat, box images via Martha Stewart)

Cake plate and candles – polka dots are so classic they’ll never go out of style (via The Celebration Shoppe)

As always, hope you’re inspired!

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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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