Happy Holidays

Friday, December 24, 2010


We will see you after the New Year -- Emilie and I are taking a much needed mini vacation from the computer and will be hitting the slopes after our huge snow storm. :)

Real Baby Shower: Christmas Candyland

We'll leave you with this last post before the BIG day. This theme by Bird Crafts Party Shop will definitely get you in the holiday spirit! Tons of red and white + candy canes + little gingerbread men =  Yummy eye candy! LOVE it! Bird Crafts Party Shop even has a matching Xmas Candyland Party Collection that includes customizable digital templates. BONUS. With tons of DIY ideas, you can't go wrong with this baby shower theme!

From Bird Crafts Party ShopFor this Xmas Party, I have worked in collaboration with some amazing vendors and party-industry professionals and the result is a total labor of LOVE! The idea for the party theme was to incorporate designs and party icons that would suit a winter Birthday party or indeed a fun Christmas Party, so Christmas Candyland seemed very appropriate!

The party design icons include candy canes, sweet gingerbread men and cute little rocking Robins (I just had to add a birdie in there! hehe)

I also have a couple of party tutorials from this party shoot to share with you, but all in due course...
As usual, I have photographed the table myself, and tried to do most of the d├ęcor, food and party crafts too, apart from some FABULOUS Gingerbread Cookies, Xmas Designer Oreos and gorgeous Fondant Edible Toppers that I was more than glad to receive from some amazingly talented experts!

All I did was email these fabulous ladies my designs, and they did the rest!! I received my goodies in the post and was like Xmas had come earlier!! In fact, any of these fancy treats would make for a perfect and original Xmas gifts, don't you think?! :)

Not only these sweet, bespoke treats are amazing eye candy, but they also tasted AMAZING and helped to bring all the design elements together! So a massive thank you to my sweet, talented and dedicated collaborators!

Party Printable Design and Styling: Bird Crafts Party Shop / Decorated Gingerbread Cookies: Allyson Jane Designer Desserts / Designer Chocolate Covered Oreos: Sweeties by Kim / Xmas Fondant Edible Toppers: Cakes and Kids / Photography: Bird Crafts Party Shop

DIY Shower: Holiday Banner

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Posh Paperie and Jackie Wonders teamed up to create this holiday DIY banner created for The Wedding Chicks. Such a cute idea photographed brilliantly. Need we saw more... I think I might have to create one of these with my kids to welcome Santa Friday night. This banner could be used for all types of baby showers -- the possibilities are endless. Don't have time to make one yourself? Let Posh Paperie custom make a banner for you!

Directions from the The Wedding Chicks post and note from Posh Paperie: We featured 2 adorable holiday banners, and had the best time creating them. We also had the lovely Jackie Wonders shoot these lovely pictures! WE LOVE HER!


Paper (pattern paper for front and solid paper for back)
Scissors / Paper cutter

Chipboard letters (preferably ones with glitter)
Strong adhesive red tape
Cute, thick ribbon
Roll of crepe paper

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Choose the papers you would like for the banner (we recommend a pattern for the front, and solid for the back). Here, we used the patterned green for the front of the banner, and the plain green for the back. You will need several pieces of chipboard for the middle layer of each piece of the banner. Scissors and/or a paper cutter, chipboard letters (these glittery ones are our favorite – by “making memories”), and *very* strong adhesive (we recommend “red tape” – shown here), a cute, thick ribbon (we used this red stripe – 5 yards, size 2 inch) and a roll of crepe paper are also necessary.

2. This is a close up of the supplies (especially the “red tape”, ribbon + crepe paper). This next step (which is easily explained as opposed to shown) requires the cutting of many triangles to create the banner. You will need to make a template (out of one of the pieces of chipboard) – whatever sized triangle you would like (depending on how large you would like the banner to be, and how large your letters are). Once you have made your template, you will need to use it to trace 2 sets of triangles (one patterned cardstock, one plain cardstock) for each letter – as well as one chipboard triangle for the middle. You will need to make a triple stack of the triangles (patterned stock, chipboard, plain stock) for each letter in the banner (with a “plain” triangle in between words). For example: our “Make it Merry” banner had 13 total triangles (one for each letter in MAKE = 4; one “blank” one; one for each letter in IT = 2; one “blank” one; one for each letter in MERRY = 5, for a total of 13 {triple stacked} triangles). Adhere the *plain* stock to one side of the chipboard. Wait to adhere the patterned stock until after the next step.

3. Using the red tape, make lines down the 2 long edges of the triangle (the plain chipboard side), as close to the edge of the triangle as possible. Take the roll of crepe paper, and “ruffle” it as you stick it down on to the red tape. *Be aware – the red tape is VERY sticky! Once the crepe paper is on the red tape, it is on for good!* There isn’t a “rule” to the ruffling; use your fingers to crumple and ruffle it…make it even or uneven, wide or skinny ruffles…any way you like it.

4. Once the ruffles are finished, adhere the patterned cardstock on top of the ruffled crepe paper, lining it up with the chipboard. You may need to press firmly to “smash” the crepe paper down a bit (in the middle). Take scissors and cut the crepe paper to be the desired length for sticking out of the middle of the banner “triangles”. We trimmed it so that only a hint of the crepe paper is peeking out. *You can add color or give a more vintage feel to the banner by “inking” the crepe paper (if you wish)*.

5. Adhere one letter to each triangle to spell out desired text for the banner.

6. Unroll the ribbon (this is best done on the floor). Using the red tape, make a “line” of tape about half way down the ribbon, and across the length of the ribbon (as long as you need for the banner text). Leave space to make a knot on either end! Place each piece of the banner (right next to each other) along the red tape and press firmly.

7. Pull the top half of the ribbon over the tops of each triangle, pressing down and securing the banner inside the ribbon. Cut small strips (approx. 3 inches) of ribbon (either the same ribbon as the main ribbon used for the banner, or choose another coordinating ribbon for this part) and tie knots (or bows) in between each triangle (and on either side of the entire banner – the ends). We used the same ribbon for the “Make it Merry” banner, and different ribbons for the “Oh Joy” banner. If you wish, add embellishments (crystals, etc.) – shown on the “Oh Joy” banner.

Design: Posh Paperie / Photography: Jackie Wonders

Real Party: Snowgirls, Snowballs and Snowflakes

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Since Emilie and I live up in the mountains, we always feel like we are living in a Winter Wonderland with all the snowfall.  This party designed and styled by Tanya of Save the Date for Cupcakes and Kim of The TomKat Studio is the ideal glamorous Winter Wonderland. We love all the adorable Snowgirls and whimsical snowflakes placed throughout the desert table. Pink and Acqua? FAN-TAS-TIC! We are smitten with this color combo. There are a ton of DIY ideas, including using Hostess Snowballs for the snow cones and making a huge snowball cake. Tanya and Kim... You are Brillant! Now if you are planning a boy baby shower, we think this theme could be tweaked a tiny bit -- imagine different shades of blue (baby blue and dark blue) and snowmen. Such a wonderful theme!

Were you as smitten as we were with this party? Do you want more? Visit Hostess with the Mostess's post for more details and photos from Tanya.

Styling & Photography: Save the Date for Cupcakes / Paper Party Elements: The TomKat Studio / Extra large twisted lolly pops: Amy’s Sweet Dream / Edible snowflakes: Sweet Deja Vu / Doughnuts: Dough A Deer / Cookies: Sandy’s Baking Memories / Fondant toppers: Two Sugar Babies / Oreos and petit fours: Sweeties by Kim / Props: Garnish / Paper straws: Bake it Pretty / Snowflake ornaments: Ooh La Lollipop / Peadee Pops: Flour and Iced

Real Party: Silver & Lilac Wonderland

We just can't get enough of the Holidays! We think the same is true for Jennifer from the Hostess with the Mostess. Her latest holiday party shows a mixture of purple and silver that is GORG-EOUS! Its
also hard to believe, but she found most of her decorations at HomeGoods -- one of Emilie's favorites.
It goes to show that you can pull together an amazing baby shower from any type of store, not just
party specific. Thanks Jennifer for all of your wonderful ideas. We are quite smitten with Hostess 
with the Mostess.

From Jennifer... This is a winter wonderland-inspired theme with a twist… pretty purple & lilac accents compliment the traditional silver and white hues to create a “Silver & Lilac Wonderland“.

This new theme features a festive dessert buffet that also takes center stage as eye-catching party decor, as well as 2 different tablescape designs.

I was asked to create this look utilizing primarily HomeGoods finds and more than happily obliged! Being a budget-conscious party shopper, HomeGoods has always been a go-to for me when it comes to parties. I found all of my candy buffet apothecary jars (which get used umpteen times!) at HG for less than half the price of anywhere else, in addition to table linens, charger plates, candle holders, and plenty of other party staples.

A few images of the dessert buffet, party favors, and table designs from this theme are featured above and below, but you can get all the detailed “how-to” info (plus coordinated drink recipes & more) on the Silver & Lilac Wonderland party theme section. Hope you see some ideas that help inspire your own celebrations!

Design & Photography: Jennifer of Hostess with the Mostess

Baby Shower Idea: Holiday Photo Booth Asseccories

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What a cute idea from Kira and Abigail of Paper and Cake! So CREATIVE! These photo booth accessories would make a great addition to your next holiday baby shower. Who doesn't want to be photographed as Santa or Rudolph??? Paper and Cake provides instant partyware and has a wide range of downloads to choose from to make your baby shower a hit. We are big fans. We might just have to order them for some post Christmas dinner fun.

Downloadable printable collection includes:
Santa Hat
Santa Beard
Mrs. Claus' spectacles
Reindeer Antlers
Rudolf's Red nose
*Pennant Banner

(*Customizable item: Those items can be easily personalized using Acrobat Reader, a free download from Adobe.com. Each collection has detailed instructions and recommendations.)

$9.95 from Paper and Cake / Photography & Designs: Paper and Cake

Real Baby Shower: A Very Merry Baby Shower

Monday, December 20, 2010

Its so nice when you can use your current holiday decorations, add some pink accents throughout and viola -- you have the perfect December baby shower. We love how Jennifer from Hostess with the Mostess decorated with pink and red baby socks and ornaments hanging from the ceiling with ribbon, gift tags used as placecards, and wrapping paper used as the tablerunners. Jennifer's holiday themes are one-of-a-kind. We might just have to feature the Hostess again later this week... Are you as excited as we are? You should be. :)

From Jennifer... Mom-to-be is having a girl, so I just added some pink ornaments & papers to our regular red & silver holiday decorations to turn them “baby girl appropriate” for the day… Acrylic pacifiers, pink-labeled baby lotion & baby oil, baby socks, and “snow bunnies” were mixed into the decorations to give them a “baby shower” feel.

The tables looked full, but were decked out with mainly inexpensive details: the “table runners” were made from gift wrap, paper napkins were embellished with ribbon & gift tag “napkin rings”, and the red foil charger plates were $6.99/set of 4 at Target.

The overhead display in our kitchen was probably my favorite thing at the shower, (although it was hard to get a good shot of it with so much background stuff going on!). It was simply red and pink baby socks decorated with tiny ornaments + fun striped and polka dot ball ornaments hanging from pink satin ribbon. I lucked out with these sparkly red & white “candy cane” letters that were on sale at Joann for $1 each! The apothecary jars are from Michaels and look just as cute filled with ornaments as they do with candy! Inexpensive red foil charger plates from Target gave the table a festive feel. ($6.99/set of 4)

Pink napkins were folded an decorated with napkin "rings" made from red ribbon, holiday gift tags (polar bears and snowflakes), and adhesive rhinestones. The "table runner" is created from folded gift wrap. One of the centerpiece was created from cylinder vases decorated with wrapping paper and filled with "snow" and ball ornaments. A "snow bunny" stuffed animal and pink acrylic pacifier were added for a "baby shower" feel.

The sparkly sequin tree from Target added a fun, festive feel to the party. The pink label on the baby oil matched the rest of the decor. These cute bunny figurines are usually part of our Easter decorations, but they easily transformed into cute "snow bunnies" with the addition of cotton ball tails and a "snow" background. This oversize vases was filled with snow & ornaments, then decorated with white marabou boa and snowflake ornaments from Target. The large snowflake was decorated with ribbon and a pink pacifier. Empty boxes were wrapped with the same gift wrap used to decorate the tables and vases. 

Design & Photography: Jenniferof Hostess with the Mostess