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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graduation cupcake

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I found these on the Hello! Cupcake website and simply had to share it.

Here’s what they had to say about these fun graduation day cupcakes: “Our mortar board caps are made from a chocolate coated marshmallow cookie such as Mallomars. But any round shaped chocolate could work. We added an Andies mint for the flat top but you could also use graham crackers cut to size and dipped in melted chocolate. The tassel is made from red licorice pull and peel, but could be just as easily cut from fruit roll ups. We added a red mini M&M for the button. The diploma is phyllo dough we rolled into little diploma shapes and baked for just a few minutes to make them lightly golden. A pirouette cookie cut in half would also make a cute little diploma. We used the peel and pull again to make the string holding the diploma shut.”

This is only one of their fabulous creations so make sure you pick up a copy of this “must have” cupcake book! I personally have one and I can tell you that the instuctions are detailed, easy and I’ve yet to make a design that didn’t come out just like the pictures.

Happy baking!

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