all things dinosaur

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As much as my oldest is into science, my youngest is into dinosaurs. And as those who stop in often know, this weekend I’m hosting a huge dinosaur birthday party to celebrate his fourth birthday (I still can’t believe I’ve been blessed with him in my life for four years already)! So as you can imagine, over the past weeks I’ve been pouring over all things dinosaur. These were just a few of the cute and clever things I found.

I’ll be bringing you many many party pictures on Monday so please make sure you stop back in and check out how the big weekend went.

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red, white & blue inspiration

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Today’s post is a bit of a prelude to the excitement around here. But before I tell you all about it, I want to share some true patriotic inspiration with you from the fabulous crafters and planners at Martha Stewart, a group of people that inspire me often and this latest issue didn’t disappoint. I was candidly taken aback at what they did with pop-ups. You know, those paper party pieces that are often thought of as inexpensive looking… well not when the Martha team puts them together, with a little added style that is. The ones above are the only ones I could locate on the site, but make sure you pick up this month’s issue for some truly super fun ideas that will have your July 4th table looking beautiful in no time.

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And then there are so many fabulous ideas from previous years. I fell in love with the star table runner idea and actually used a version of it on my own table last year. I also thought the sand & firework centerpieces were quite clever, as well as these festive utensil sleeves. Remember, everything doesn’t have to be matchy matchy. As a matter of fact, I’m a huge fan of mixing and matching patterns and fabrics when entertaining.

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 A few other craft musts to bring your table together are these patriotic pinwheels. You can find all of these ideas, and a ton of others, in one location on the Martha Stewart website. Make sure you scroll through the entire bunch!

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As for my big announcement, it’s actually tied to the upcoming patriotic celebration. I was asked back in April by the talented Natalie Klein of Hot Moms Club to style a backyard bbq bash for the summer issue of Mom magazine. The idea was to create something that could be perfect for the upcoming July 4th holiday, as well as all summer. The ice cream you see above was one of my favorite images to style. I picked up these sweet little pails from the craft store and some clear plastic cups. I filled the bucket 1/3 way with ice and inserted the plastic cup (because let’s face it, who knows about paint these days), then added my star sprinkled cones and served them on a red and white speckled tin tray. And since I love my readers so very much, I’ll be giving away the placecards you see attached to the serving bucket, as well as straw slips and napkin rings in tomorrow’s post when I share the entire article.

As always, I hope you’re inspired for your next celebration!

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introducing ladybug

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This collection has been in the back of my mind for months. I knew I wanted to create a ladybug collection, but I didn’t want to use only the traditional red and black color palette. Then when we started creating the new “little sailor” collection, I knew that adding this beautiful Tiffany blue was the answer I was looking for. 

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As with all of our new collections, we created candy buffet labels. There are eight pre-filled labels (rock candy, licorice, cookies, lollipops, fruit chews, chocolate candies, gumballs and salt water taffy) and there is a sheet of blank labels so you can print (print the label and then overprint the candy name) any candies you like.

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The blank labels are also darling as placecards.

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For favors, this collection offers a “thank you” tag (tin buckets found at Target for a $1.00!),

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and a cello topper. These are wonderful for pre-packaging candy or cookie favors.

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As for beverages, we designed a bottle wrap. We show it here with water, but these also look great on old fashioned soda bottles or on hurricanes to dress up your centerpieces.

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And straw slips (six designs in all) are a must so there is no drink confusion, especially with little ones. 

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And what would your placesetting be without an adorable napkin ring? Oh, and see the tag on the pail? That is the cupcake pick.

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I also used it to embellish my straw vase. There is just a multitude of ways you can use all of these printables.

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And I had to show you this image of the cupcake picks and wrappers once more. You’ll notice that I used a circle punch and then overlayed the same design on top with a scallop punch (foam adhesive square in the middle to give it dimension; all easy finds at the craft store), but I wanted you to focus in on the cake plate. Do you see the paper inset? It’s the same design as the wrapper, but in blue. These 7×11 sheets (in blue with red and in red with blue) will be available when you purchase the entire collection to help you “complete” the look of your table. 

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Last but not least, you’ll need a banner to hang above your dessert bar. This image actually only shows four of the eight patterns available in the printable. And if you’re looking for a shortcut on the banner, use hot glue (my favorite crafting tool) to adhere the cardstock triangles to your ribbon and you’re done!

This collection will be in the shoppe within a few days and as always, I hope we’ve helped inspire your next celebration! 

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little sailor placesetting

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As a follow-up to my post introducing our newest collection, little sailor, here are a few shots of the placesetting I chose. I really liked how these blue and white polka dot plates and napkins rimmed in brown pop when paired with the red tablecloth and printables collection. As for the placemat, I just used a sheet of nautical inspired cardstock (Water Waves from Express Yourself Creatively) from the craft store.

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For baby showers especially, a lovely placecard is a must!

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And the of course a cute napkin ring to tie the plates and napkins in with the printable collection.

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Make sure you check out the rest of this collection in my original post and in the shoppe. And if you’ve not already, friend us on facebook for sneek peeks into what’s coming up next! What’s black and red with dots all over? {wink} 

As always, I hope we’ve inspired you for your next celebration!

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introducing little sailor

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We’ve been working on two new collections for a few weeks now and I’m so excited to share the first, a little sailor birthday or baby shower party, with you.

I’m completely in love with this whale. It’s perfect for either a nautical themed baby shower or a little boy birthday party. And this color palette just made me giddy when we were putting it all together. It’s the perfect combination of bright and soft.

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For the cupcake printables, we paired bright nautical images with a lovely light blue patterned cupcake wrapper. I’m a huge fan of mixing patterns to get a “wow” effect. It’s much more interesting than matchy matchy.

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As for the cake plate, I decided to create a mini-banner made from this collection’s straw slip patterns. I just snipped them into triangles and assembled them using a hot glue gun and red thread. I really love how it turned out.

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And last but not least, instead of using our fun cupcake picks on both levels, I used the anchor design, in the striped pick, to make red chocolate transfer anchors. (It’s much easier than you might think. It’s a little like tracing a picture except you’re using melted chocolate in a resealable bag with an icing tip and wax paper.)

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We created nautical beverage wrappers sporting our little whale that can double as hurricane wraps or even flat napkin bands.

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 And of course we had to create dessert labels. The collection has eight pre-filled labels plus a sheet of blank labels so that you can overprint any treats you like. (These cookies were flooded with white icing and embellished with the same chocolate transfer anchors as the cupcakes and they were delish!)

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The pre-filled labels include sugar cookies, licorice, rock candy, salt water taffy, chocolate candies, fruit chews, lollipops and gumballs.

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And of course cello toppers are a must. We filled these with red sour balls. Yum!

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Or, send your guest home with a little goody bag embellished with our “thank you” tags. These adorable buckets were found at Target for $2.50 each. Wish I had them for the shoppe.

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We also designed these adorable straw slips, six patterns in all, that are great to label your guests’ drinks.

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Other touches include this 4×6 picture frame mat,

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flag banner (four patterns),

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and this rock candy jar embellished with a wooden anchor from the craft store. 

You can shop the little sailor party invitationfull set of nautical printable party supplies, and thank you notes in the shoppe.

As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire you for your next celebration!

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real parties: pink perfection

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I just came across a new blogger, Jenna at Eat Drink Pretty. Well she’s new for me. I know… what took me so long, right? Well she just celebrated her blogiversary in style with this darling dessert table. She has tons of photos so make sure you hop over and see all the beautiful details!

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real parties: woodland fun

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I ran across this adorable woodland themed first birthday party over at my sweet and saucy this weekend. I just love owls, as is likely evident by my campout, Hoot and owl couple collections, and this party was full of them from the chocolate owl pops to the owl cookies to the plush owls used as decor. You must hop over and check out all the details. This mom did a great job!

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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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