radio guest today!

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I should have posted this days ago… darn dinosaur… and peapod… and oh, yes… owl (haven’t told you about that one yet) photo shoots. Anyway, the wonderful ladies over at Mommy on a Shoestring were kind enough to invite me to be a guest on today’s radio segment! The show starts at 2:00 EST/1:00 CST.

I’ll of course be chatting about birthday parties. And if I told you too late… sorry! You can catch it after the show on Toginet. Look to the right, under “Recent Shows” and play the 1-21-2010 show.

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introducing dinosaur… roar!

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So I do have a perfectly good reason for not blogging yesterday, we were shooting our new dinosaur birthday party theme. My youngest is a huge, did I say HUGE, dinosaur fan, so he’s already claimed this one for his next birthday party. {wink} On to the pics:

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I just adore the bright colors, blueberry dot and red dot plates, lime green and lemon dot napkins and of course the “Happy Birthday!” dinosaur cupcake picks with coordinating cupcake liners. And if you look closely you can see the yellow T-Rex in the background… my son has run off with it already. Hope we didn’t need any more shots!

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Here’s an up-close shot of the “Roar!” cupcake pick. We used a scallop punch and a foam adhesive square to give it that 3-D effect. And don’t you just love the grass? I have to admit, we used a Cricut machine, but I bet you could do the same thing with a pair of scissors and a little patience.

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Recognize anything? Yep, one of the cello designs is part of our Valentine giveaway.  

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Or, maybe you prefer to give slightly larger favors (e.g., stuffed dinosaurs, dino t-shirts) and need a red and white polka dot gable box with a dinosaur tag? {wink}

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And here’s our dino napkin ring.

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Love, love, love the straw slips. This collection offers four “Roar!” designs and four blank designs in case you prefer to write each child’s name on the slip.

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Plus, we found this six-piece cookie cutter set including, among others, T-Rex, Pteradactyl and Brontosaurus. 

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Oh, and how can I forget to show you my palm tree cupcake… that got broken just before the shoot… it was a lot taller. {giggle} Oh well, you gotta roll with the punches and use carmel to put your Twix tree trunk back together. The leaves are actually gum drop candy rolled flat, cut with kitchen scissors to the shape of leaves and then slightly curled up at the edges. I attached them to the tree with green icing, same as the grass, and allowed it to dry before inserting it into the cupcake.

As always, hope you’re inspired and make sure you stop in the shoppe to see all the details!

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peapod sweets

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We have three peapod invitation designs, peapod carriage, peapod bassinet and peapod bassinet too, and we’ve recently decided to create some adorable printables to adorn these collections’ tables.

So in honor of peapod creativity to come, I thought I would share two of the cutest peapod sweets I found on the web. This to-die-for cupcake is from Ally Cake Designs on Flickr and the cookies are from Bake at 350.

Great work ladies!

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gift: Valentine cello toppers

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I sat around trying to think of a fun way to show our customers, loyal readers of my blog, bloggers who have shared the shoppe and candidly anyone intrigued enough to stop by, how much we “heart” them on Valentine’s Day. In the end I decided to give away another free printable. This time it’s a craft you can do with your kids: adorable Valentine Day owl and dinosaur cello bag toppers.

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Pick out your favorite candy or bake up some goodies, put them in clear cello bags (shown with mini cellos, but you can cut off the longer ones), print off the topper, have your child sign his/her name, fold and staple (instructions are provided if you prefer ribbon). It’s simple and much cuter, in my opinion, than the cardboard ones I used to get as a kid… especially since I don’t recall getting any cookies attached. {wink}

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UPDATE January, 24, 2011 – we just posted for 2011! Read the post on how to receive your templates!

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We hope that you will love these new printable designs as much as we loved creating them. And remember, our kids don’t get to have all the fun… I plan on giving these to my girlfriends too!

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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Valentine plans

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I’ve invited some of our dearest friends and their little people over for dinner in a few weeks and I’m planning to have a Valentine inspired kid’s table. I was browsing around for ideas and thought both of these were really adorable.

As always I’ll share the end result, but I would also love to see what you guys are cooking up for Valentines. Who knows, your craftiness or baking genius might just show up in a future Valentine post. (E-mail us to customercare@celebrationshoppe.com.)

By the way, if you liked our free BELIEVE! printables at Christmas, make sure and swing back in later this week because we’re going to be giving away some adorable Valentine printables that are just too sweet! {wink}

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a movie is the ticket

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Tweens and teens are the hardest to plan birthday parties for. They’re too old for themes and they’re too cool for anything organized. That said, everyone loves a good movie night.

If you have a in-home theater, create a buffet of movie treats including popcorn, sodas and assorted chocolate bars and let them be. And if you don’t, no worries. You can host pre-movie treats at your house and then shuttle the kids off to the theater, most even have private event facilities you can rent.

Or, simply invite the girls over for a night in. All you’ll need to do is add a cocktail bar to the movie treats buffett and you can call it a success.

And don’t you just love this cake?! It’s from a 2005 Better Homes and Gardens “kid’s parties” issue and I fell in love with it. My oldest was only one at the time, but I’ve saved it all these years knowing that someday I’ll get to make it.

Oh, and of course the movie night invitation and party supplies are available in the shoppe. {wink} Enjoy!

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din-o-roar party ideas

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Yesterday I shared an inspiration board for our soon-to-be woodland fairy birthday party collection {excited giggle} and today I’m sharing another soon-to-be. Within the next few weeks we’re going to introduce a bright and bold dinosaur birthday party collection. I can tell you my three year old, a true dinosaur enthusiast, is already making plans (literally) for his birthday in June.  

These are a few items from my inspiration board:

Enjoy and I’ll share our new creations soon!

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fairy finds

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I have a million ideas and I often have to remind myself to take one at a time… I mean, who wants 20 half completed projects lying around the craft room. {long sigh}

This is one, the fairy birthday party theme, that has come up in brainstorming sessions probably 15 times and now I’m going to finally bring it to life.

In anticipation of our soon to be “woodland fairy” birthday party collection, I thought I would share a few items from my inspiration board.

I hope you find yourself inspired!

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make it a snow day

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Winter birthday parties in some parts of the country can be tough. Some families even celebrate half birthdays instead so that their little bundles of energy can have an outdoor party. Well we say, embrace the weather and make it a snow day!

Our fun “snow day” invitation and decor is perfect for a brrr… birthday party. Fill the day with building snowmen, sledding or even hitting the slopes if you have trails nearby. The kids will have a blast; just make sure you’re out of the way for the snowball fight. {wink}

Once they’ve worked up an appetite, serve these cool snowman donut treats (Very Heatherly, Family Fun),

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or these creative snowman cakes (Family Circle… not that you could have guessed, Family Fun),

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and maybe end the fun with something crafty for them to take home (Parents magazine, Kaboose, Family Fun).

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As always, I hope we’ve helped inspire your next celebration. Enjoy!

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all aboard sweets

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A choo! choo! train birthday party could be just the ticket {wink} if you have a little conductor in your midst like I do.  Here are a few DIY ideas on how to pull together the cake/cupcakes (starting in upper left corner):

Enjoy!

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