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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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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