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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star struck treats

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You’ve got to love these treats for a fabulous movie star birthday party! I’m impressed with the idea of the hand-prints in cookie dough. Genius from Family Fun magazine!

And the popcorn bag brownies from Bakerella are oh so yummy! I think I might just make them with the boys minus the formal party. {wink}

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lollipopping around

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There is nothing better than sugaring up your friends’ kids at a birthday party and sending them home… right?! {giggle} No really, I just felt inspired by the lollipop recently. It’s colorful and it can be very creative. Here are just a few lollipop inspired ideas from around the web:

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Happy Monday!

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nesting centerpieces

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I heard the first tweets of Spring a few days ago and caught a glimpse of a mommy bird building her nest in one of our bird houses… little twigs scattered all over the ground below. (My oldest was concerned that she was killing dad’s tree. I had to assure him it would be fine…)

This wonder of nature made me think of all the beautiful ways we use the bird nests in event planning and decorating, so I thought I would round up a few of my favorites.

The centerpiece and placesetting ensemble is from Martha Stewart Weddings… love it!! And it’s perfect for our owl couple baby shower collection.

The next two are from William-Sonoma. I just thought the bell glass idea was very unique, and then who could resist chocolate truffles in the shape of baby bird eggs. I mean, really! They’ve carried them for years and I drool over them every season. {wink}

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butterfly birthday

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I have a serious case of Spring fever and the only thing I could think of to curb a very strong desire to book a flight to a tropical island was to blog about a beautiful Spring birthday party.  I envision a backyard soiree complete with 75 degree weather, cucumber sandwiches, pretty Spring colored dresses and giggling girls.

  Oh, I’m so glad it’s finally March. Happy Tuesday everyone!

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“S” is for snowman

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My oldest is in Pre-K 4 this year and every week they work on a new letter of the alphabet. And along with writing the letter and learning pronunciation, there is also a letter snack. Can you guess who is responsible this week? You got it, us.

And if it isn’t obvious by now, our letter of the week is “S” and we decided to make donut snowmen inspired by Very Heatherly (who I blogged about last year with our Snow Day collection). The only difference is that I used orange Starburst candies (melted in the microwave for 8 seconds and divided in half) instead of fondant, and I attached them with white icing (not easy to get it to stick to the powder).

And as you can see on the back of the letter S tags, I couldn’t let my little guy off without putting in a little extra effort. (Not to worry, he was paid in M&Ms… I know… learning is its own reward!) He wrote the word “Snow” on the back of each tag for his classmates.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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modern sleepover

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When I create an inspiration board, it’s usually one thing that inspires the rest. This time it was these adorable slipper cookies from Family Fun magazine. I just love this simple and yummy (donut hole covered in coconut), yet oh so pretty idea.

From there I thought about my nieces, now teenagers, and what would appeal to them and their friends. My oldest niece recently celebrated her sweet sixteen in hot pink and black bliss, so I’m very confident she will approve of my choices:

The slippers led me down the sleepover path, but these ideas could lend themselves easily to a modern bridal or baby shower too. As always, I hope you’re inspired.

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busy bee birthday

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Not all birthday parties have to be bright primary colors, especially before your little one is old enough to have his/her own opinion about the theme and decor {wink}. So if you have a very busy bee running (or crawling) around your house, consider some of these fabulous ideas:

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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dino-roar favor ideas plus

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I mentioned when we launched our dinosaur birthday party collection that my youngest has already claimed it for his upcoming birthday party. With that in mind, I went in search of favor ideas over the weekend.

I really like the dinosaur dig ideas (upper left from Toys To Grow On, lower left from eBay) for the activity. Our guests will be in the 3-5 age range so we’ll likely go with the sand version and then let them take their finds home. But for older kids, the Tricerotops excavation is very cool.

If I didn’t already have foam puzzle dinosaurs in primary colors to match the table decor, this Knex Dino Pal (upper right) would possibly be worked into the decor (maybe at the beverage station). As is, it may still end up as a gift for my little one. {wink}

Oh, and we must have the dino masks. I found these at Oriental Trading, but you may be able to score some at your local craft store.

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And I ran across a few more cake/cupcake  ideas I liked too. This very fun fondant dinosaur cupcake is from Nevie Pie Cakes on Flikr. For those of you who’ve never used fondant, don’t let it intimidate you. You can tint and mold it into anything you like. Just make a tasty cupcake, because the fondant won’t be (at least in my opinion). And the cake is from Pink Apron on Flikr. I really like the layered effect with the child’s name spelled out in cookies. Hmmm… we’ll see. I’m still undecided.

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