reason for the season

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My oldest son’s preschool class is having a birthday party for Jesus this week. And as you can imagine, being my child, he loves a good party. This one is of course very special so I thought I would collect a few ideas to share with you in case you wanted to pull one together for your family.

  • Polaris star cookies from Southern Living
  • Peace on Earth sugar cookies from the Flour Pot
  • Nativity scene 3-D cookie cutters from Kitchen Critic

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And check out this beautiful handmade “Away in a Manger” scene from Family Fun including baby Jesus, a heavenly angel, the animals and so much more.

Enjoy the season!

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reindeer candy cane craft

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I took my boys to a Christmas party a few days ago and got these super cute reindeer favors. I know what you’re thinking, she didn’t let them eat them right away? She made the wait until she took a picture? And yes… you’re right. She did. {wink} But don’t feel too sorry for them, they were plenty sticky when we left.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Candy canes
  • Brown pipe cleaners
  • Plastic eyes
  • Small red pom poms
  • Non-toxic craft glue (just in case the plastic splits!)

And here are the super quick steps:

  1. Glue on eyes and red nose
  2. Twist pipe cleaner in the center around the top of the candy cane and bend to look like antlers

Told you it was easy. Have a great weekend!

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a royal birthday

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We launched a fabulous, if I do say so, Prince & Princess birthday party invitation last year. It’s fairytale castle and fire breathing dragon make it perfect whether you have a little prince, a little princess or both. And this year, we launched a slightly girlier version, Princess Castle, focusing more on the castle and a whimsical gated entryway. I’m not sure which I like more.

So with our new design we also wanted to style a new table. Don’t you just love this fuchsia and white polka dot plate and napkin set with lime green rim!?

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To this we added favors including enchanted carriage boxes:

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Princess crowns for the special girl:

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Royal court tiaras for all of her guests:

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And of course we had to create some new printables to go with our already popular pink polka dot cupcake wrappers and princess crown and castle picks:

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Like crown embellished napkin rings:

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And princess straw slips:

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Stop in our shoppe to check out all the details and more. I hope we’ve inspired you for your next celebration! 

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chocolate bark ideas

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A fellow contributor to Blissfully Domestic, Your Home Based Mom, featured her Reindeer Corn Bark in a recent post and it looked so yummy I wanted to share it with all of you. Wouldn’t Rudolph love to have a little of this on Christmas Eve night?! Check out her original post for all the how to details.

The others, starting top right, is a Mint Chocolate Bark, a Pretzel Bark and an Oreo Bark. I’ve personally made the Oreo Bark and let me just tell you, it wasn’t around long. It was wonderful!!

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north pole cupcakes

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As you might imagine I spend a lot of time in the kitchen with my boys, especially around the holidays. Yesterday we decided to decorate cupcakes and since we had some yummy soft peppermint sticks, we decided to use them as the North Pole. Lots of fun… and very sticky. Okay and there was a little bit of a sugar rush going on. Anyway, this was mine; I call it “snowelf standing guard at the North Pole.” Original right!?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White icing (mine was cream cheese!)
  • Coconut
  • Strawberry malted milk balls (one slightly smaller than the other)
  • Red Starburst (one square will make a scarf and a stocking cap)
  • Snowflake sprinkles
  • Candy cane (mine are the old fashioned soft candy canes)
  • Optional: Print “North Pole” in red on cardstock and cut it out with scalloped scissors

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Ice your cupcake and sprinkle it with coconut and snowflake sprinkles.
  2. Insert the candy cane slightly to one side.
  3. Place the largest of the two malted milk balls on the cupcake.
  4. Add a small amount of icing, as an adhesive, to the bottom of the second malted milk ball and put it in place.
  5. Heat one Starburst square in the microwave for eight seconds.
  6. Roll half of the square out, very flat, on a piece of wax paper. Using a knife, slice it to look like a scarf and even add a little fringe like I did if you like. Peel it up and carefully wrap it around the shoulders.
  7. Reheat the second half for another five seconds or so (because it likely got hard again while your were working on the scarf) and mold it to look like a stocking cap in your hands. Add a snowflake sprinkle to the end and allow it to harden for 30 seconds or so. Finally, place it on your snowelf’s head.
  8. Using a small dot of icing, adhere the sign to the candy cane.

If you make them, or a version of, we would love to see them. Just send us an e-mail at customercare@celebrationshoppe.com with the subject line: North Pole Cupcake. Enjoy!

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peppermint inspired

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There is nothing more yummy than peppermint treats at Christmas. As a matter of fact, my boys stirred hot chocolate with the old fashion melt in your mouth kind just last night. Their little faces were so happy… and sticky. {wink}

So in honor of my favorite flavor of the season, here are a few “gotta make’em” ideas:

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Hope everyone is taking a moment to enjoy the season!

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prepping for Santa’s arrival

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I mentioned when I gave you a sneak peek of our new Santa cookie party invitation and decor that each year I have a cookie decorating party a few days before Christmas. Imagine a bunch of kids decorating the treats they are going to leave for Santa. It really is so much fun!

Here’s a little inspiration for you to start your own holiday tradition:

Enjoy!

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baby bump inspiration

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I’m constantly browsing for ideas and I thought I would show you some of the inspiration I collected when working on our recent addition, “Baby Bump.” Here are some of the items that were in my collage for our pink & brown polka dot baby shower:

Enjoy!

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melting snowman treats

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I found this cookie on The Decorated Cookie, I just love how she gives you all the how to’s, and bookmarked it to share like six months ago. This morning when I was preparing the post I found this melting cupcake on Nicisme’s Flickr portfolio so I thought I would give them both a little love today in honor of our first snow… which has already melted. {wink}

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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