beverage services to wow

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Born and raised in the South, transplanted to Ohio in my mid 20s, I need a few things to keep me grounded in my Southern roots. And laugh if you wish, but one of those things is my Southern Living magazine. {wink} The articles, the recipes, the images of the region… ahhhh!

So this weekend when I curled up with a cup of coffee and the latest issue, I saw this perfect shower idea for a beverage bar (right image). The half carafes are simple, inexpensive and a very cute way to offer multiple choices.

After going to the web, I found a few more things, like this chalk board beverage tag idea. The only thing I would do differently is use a whimsy template for a more ornate look. 

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And what about these very clever berry ice cubes (inside the drink) and decorative bottle coolers (around the drink). Love it! And for those of you that know anything about the South, creative ways to keep your beverages cold in the summer is a necessity!

Happy Monday!

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introducing slumber party

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I’m very excited to introduce our newest custom invitation, thank you and printable collection: slumber party. Using bright pinks, blues, greens, oranges and even brown, we created a fun and chic collection that even includes all the components to host a beautiful candy table. Something I’m certain would help make any slumber party a success. Mom might be a little wary of the sugar highs, but let’s face it, the girls are going to spend the entire night giggling anyway so why not let them indulge. {wink}

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Here’s a look at several of the candy table labels. There are eight pre-filled labels (in addition to the ones above, there is also “jelly beans,” “soda,” and “cookies”) and a blank sheet of labels in the collection.  

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We’ve also created an adorable banner to hang over the candy table (or anywhere else). I loved putting this one together because it is so simple: trim out the design, thread the banner blocks with a beautiful grosgrain ribbon and hang. And for the backdrop, we actually used the same hot pink/fuchsia tablecloth as the candy table (available in the collection).

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As for tableware, we’ve paired the collection with two placesettings, our pink and lime green polka dot plates and our Serengeti brown and white print.

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Here are the napkin rings we designed to go with the pink and lime green table decor.

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And here are the napkin rings (loving the flip-flop!) that we designed to go with the Serengeti table decor.

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As always, we’ve designed cupcake wrappers and picks that coordinate with the decor and save you from slaving over a three tier cake if you don’t want to. This time we chose the phrase “SLUMBER PARTY!” and flip-flops for the picks, pairing them with a hot pink and white Serengeti print wrapper.

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Here’s another shot of the flip-flop cupcake.

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And no worries about favors; we have you covered with cello bag toppers,

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candy bar favor wrappers, and

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favor tags in case you want to go beyond sweets and give your guests their own pedi kit or sleep mask.

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We also designed straw slips in the six patterns found in the invitation (so no one has to worry about losing their soda pop).

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I’ll leave you with a few tips on how to set up your own candy table. 

  • First, think symmetry; have two or four of everything.
  • Second, popcorn cones are super easy if you use a little hot glue to close the cardstock {wink} and have a hubby nice enough to drill a few holes in a board for you (cover the board in a beautiful wrapping paper, insert lollipop sticks to hold up your cones and you’re in business). 
  • Third, use sheets of cardstock in the place of serving platters (a cheap way to make sure your table colors are consistent), but make sure you have extra on hand when you replenish your table because sometimes your treats will leave a stain on the paper.
  • Finally, use lots of color in your candy and visit your local bulk candy shoppes for the best deals. 

As always, I hope you’re inspired by our new slumber party collection.  

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science birthday party

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My oldest is obsessed with science. Yep, he’s five and has been certain about his “profession to be” for almost a year now. So you can imagine how excited I was to see such a colorful science birthday party display in this month’s issue of Parents magazine.

They recycled Dad’s old dress shirts into lab coats and dressed them up a bit with safely goggles, rubber gloves and an “official” scientist name tag to complete the look.

And I simply love they way they set up a make-your-own sundae station by filling plastic graduated cylinders and petri dishes with candy, cake, and cereal using tongs, measuring cups, and funnels as scoops. My guy would love this!

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I can imagine the mess, but how cool to use food coloring to tint one glass of water yellow and another blue, then have kids use a dropper to race to mix up a third cup of green water. Fun!

And what about these favors: jumbo plastic test tubes filled with rock-candy crystals. I found the test tubes at Oriental Trading.Yum!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And make sure you stop in the shoppe to create your own party with our science birthday party supplies!

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new collection sneak peek

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So I know it seems like I’ve been missing in action for the past few days. So sorry about that, but I swear I’ve been super busy. We’ve designed and are in the process of shooting a new slumber party collection. These are just a few of the rough pics off the camera. Much more to come on Monday including the custom invitation, thank you notes, printables and adorable table decor.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Mother’s Day tea

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How lovely it would be to have a Mother’s Day tea. Beautiful china, silhouette cookies, a very frilly table (that you would never get away with when men were present) and yummy goodies. I’m in heaven just dreaming about it. I’m an only daughter, so it would be a small tea… but with my mother-in-law and two cute little boys who are not yet offended by heart dollies… party makes five. {wink} By the way, all these lovely images came from Martha Stewart Weddings.

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featured in Mom magazine

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The 2Q 2010 issue of Mom magazine showcases our bugs & butterflies birthday party collection. Mom editors used our collection to style a “real” planting birthday party they hosted using the Mini-farm Box growing kit. {Excited giggle!}

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Here’s page 2 of the article and more about the Mini-farm Box.

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And on page 3 you can see our bug cupcake picks and cupcake wrappers, along with our polka dot cake plate and table runner. These items and more of the bugs & butterflies collection can be found in our shoppe. Oh, and if you can’t read the 4 pt. font in these screenshots, you can check out the complete article on our press & praise page.

Happy Monday everyone!

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real parties: parisian pink

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Amy over at Five Lucky Charms hosted this beautiful Parisian birthday party for her first grader. I can’t go on enough about what a fabulous job she did. And if you read her original post, you’ll learn that she pulled this all off on a budget too. 

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I’m especially fond of the purse favors. She didn’t say, but this may be the work of the Cricut die cutting machine. It’s amazing what you can do with scrapbook paper, a little creativity and a great color palette. Nice job Amy!

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bunny goody bags

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We’ve been baking Spring and Easter cookies this week and I was looking for some fun ways to package them as gifts from the kids. I thought these two were especially cute from Martha Stewart (craft 1craft 2). I think we’re going to go with the bunny ear and pom pom nose version. The boys love glue. {wink}

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real parties: pretty in pink

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This party is courtesy of a very talented mom and party designer, Lindsey of Bella Grace Party Designs. She commented on Tuesday’s pink graduation post and when I saw her little one’s party I just had to share! 

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Isn’t the treat table just yummy!

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And what about these adorable favors?! I love the gumball dispensers. I’ve seen them used many times before, but never pink ones. Too cute! Make sure you hop on over to Bella Grace Party Designs to see more pics and read all the details!

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