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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Easter egg cupakes

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Are these not yummy looking?! And I love how they used graham crackers instead of baking sugar cookies. What a time saver!

Read all the details about this great idea from Duncan Hines. And for you moms out there like me who have a little one with food allergies, most Duncan Hines cake mixes are dairy free… and so are the Nabisco brand graham crackers! {wink}

Happy baking!

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real parties: graduate pink

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I was out looking for ideas for a pink graduation inspiration board to go with our graduation girl collection, when I came across this adorable “real party” hosted by Teresa McFayden at My MiNuTia.

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Love these pink and black monogrammed houndstooth cookies!

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Don’t you just love the little brothers expression! Read all the details and see more pictures in Teresa’s original post.

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As for our graduation girl collection, here’s a look at the invitation and thank you paired with the decor from our divine birthday party collection. By the way, there is a graduation guy collection too. {wink}

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adorable Easter cake pops

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I was thinking this morning about what type of cake I wanted to make this year for Easter. I’d love to make a beautiful white layered cake with maybe a chocolate transfer cross draped in purple for Easter dinner, but I like to make goodies with the boys that are a little more fun and whimsy too. So while out looking for ideas at my usual inspiration spots, I ran across these adorable sheep, bunny, Easter egg and chic cake pops from Bakerella. Hop {wink} on over and check them out. She lays all the details out for you.

Happy Monday everyone!

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featured in Pregnancy magazine

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I’m a little giddy to announce that we’ve been featured in Pregnancy magazine’s April 2010 issue. The Shower Diva, Susan Newton, was interviewed and asked to style a baby shower for the article. She chose our peapod bassinet invitation!

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And not only did they share our invitation, they also shared our peapod carriage thank you note, gigi pink beverage napkin, peapod carriage printable cupcake picks,

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and they used our peapod carriage printable beverage wrap to cover votive holders in this shot.

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And that’s our green grosgrain dessert plates and hot pink crepe paper placemats in the background! Here’s a look at our entire collection of peapod table decor in our shoppe. (For the complete article, check out our press & praise page.)

Oh, and when I flipped over a page, our friends over at Project Nursery were getting a little love. Check out the April 2010 issue to read all about it. Congrats Melisa and Pamela!

Thanks again to the wonderful people at Pregnancy magazine and Susan Newton, The Shower Diva!

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inspired by yellow

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I’m very inspired by yellow right now (I even changed my kitchen accents and curtains!) especially since the first flowers of spring, at least where I come from in Alabama, is the daffodil, more commonly known by us southerners as the  jonquil. Here are a few centerpiece ideas featuring this beautiful flower. I’m not sure which I’ll use for my own Easter table, but it will likely be a version of one of them.

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The first set of images are from the talented designers at Martha Stewart (baby chic basket, cake plate tier). And the second set are from Southern Accents (daffodils and sea shells, blue and yellow).

Happy Spring everyone!

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real parties: indoor campout

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The lovely Shannon over at Creative Party Placehas asked that I be a guest hostess this Friday and next Friday. Yippee! So while browsing her blog this afternoon I ran across this indoor campout party submitted by b.a.s.h.ful events. I love the simplicity. A little cocoa, a few s’mores, some “kid-friendly” ghost stories and a faux fire pit… what more do you need, right?! I would say not much, but this mom went above and beyond with campfire songs, pet rock crafts and much more. Check out all the details in her original blog post.

And if you’re interested in hosting your own campout or sleepover, hop into the shoppe and check out our campout collection and great outdoors collection. Oh, and you can’t miss our campout cupcakes! I created them for my boys last summer and they were a huge hit. I mean, who can resist a Hershey chocolate bar tent? {wink}

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real parties: book club buzz

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Wow! It was a really long, but wonderful week. I’ve been part of a fabulous group of ladies, known as the Book Club Bettys for about seven years now (Sandy – I know you’ll tell me if I’m off… I just know it started pre-children. The rest is a little fuzzy!) and I hosted the gathering this month.

You can see a few of my wonderful friends, and oh yeah me, here (left to right: Amy, Sandy, me, me again, Jackie, me again, Amy again, and Raquel). There were several more in attendance, but a little camera shy.  

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So as you can tell, the theme of the evening was black and yellow (and no, amazingly enough I didn’t ask everyone to wear black; it just worked out that way). And just for the event we developed a few more printable collection items to add to our so very popular Buzz collection: beverage markers (also great as straw slips), cello bag toppers and placecards. All three additions will be in the shoppe later this week.

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There are two designs in the cello bag template: “Thank You” and our bumble bee. Perfect for shower or birthday party favors.

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Do you love the tissue paper pom poms? I of course couldn’t find black and yellow so I made these from the Martha Stewart tutorial. It was amazingly easy and they only cost me $2 for the set. Can’t beat that! And by the way, they are hung from clear fishing line, invisible and very strong.

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In the flurry I didn’t get the greatest shot of the entire table, so I thought you could appreciate a few close ups of the yummies. The yellow Peeps were perfect for my Spring theme. And for a little extra color I trimmed a piece of black and white polka dot scrapbook paper to the size of my cake plate inset. I also embellished my glass candy dishes with black and white polka dot ribbon and used Lemonhead candies as my fillers. The marshmallows and pretzel rods were dipped in yellow chocolate (you can find every color at your local craft store in the baking section) and then of course came the sprinkles. And as for the chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing in the background, the black and white filigree wrapper is part of the Buzz collection.

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And here are some more shots of my girlfriends (from left to right: Lauren, me yet again… I’m usually behind the camera but I think I must have jumped in front of it that night, Sandy, Raquel and Amy; Christine, Kandace, Julie, Karen, Kristen – next year I expect to be able to share you too!)

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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