Gingerbread Party – Another Happy Customer

Last month my wonderful customer all the way from Australia sent me these photos from her daughter’s third birthday party. Jem contacted me to create a custom Gingerbread Party printable set. The only instructions were pink gingham with touches of green and most of all girly. After a few tries we came up with this darling set for Evie’s Big Day.

Gingerbread Party

Gingerbread Decorating Party

I love all the extra details and the cute washcloths for sticky fingers

The “Decoration Station” with all kinds of yummy sweets

Even the Milk was pink!

All of the kids did a wonderful job creating adorable gingerbread houses.

The birthday girl and her Gingerbread House – isn’t she the cutest thing!

Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful party Jemma, I love all of the girly details

The printable set & matching invitation is now available in the shop!

 

Free Printable 2012 Calender {with editable text}

Are you ready for 2012? Okay that’s a silly question since it’s already here but I final finished up our pretty free 2012 printable calander – with text areas you can edit yourself.   You simply type in the events for each day – up to five line and save it to your computer or print it out to hang on the wall.  I hope 2012 brings lots of  love and prosperity your way, enjoy!

Click here to download

Free Printable 2012 Calendar

***Please note, these items are designed to be viewed in the latest version of Adobe Reader. {For all my MAC friends, the editable text areas will not work in Previewer}
Click here to download Adobe Reader.

Made by 505 Design+Paperie and customized by you.

Cathy C.

Holly Jolly Christmas Party

I created this party to display my new printable set and give some easy and inexpensive ideas for anyone hosting/attending a Kids Christmas Party this year. I wanted everything to be very  lighthearted and child-like, of coarse Santa had to be included. Thank you so much to my good friend Monica of Andary Studio who captured the party perfectly and Tracie’s Sweet Treats for coming through at the last minute with delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes.

Christmas Party Printable Set
I set up my kids craft table – complete with plastic table cloth, it may not be the fanciest but they are 4 years old so it’s functional.
I used my daughters dress up trunk to display the dessert.

Christmas Party North Pole Cupcake

My main inspiration came from these adorable North Pole Cupcakes
To create the hot coco cups simply dip the rim in red chocolate and then again in red sugar sprinkles. This can be done a few days in advanced to save on time.

Christmas Party Kids Place Setting

Various sizes of round and square paper plates for the place setting and the printable food label for the place card.

Hot Chocolate in a Jar

These lovely “North Pole Survival Kits” are so simple to make (tutorial coming soon!)

Milk Bottles – Starbucks frappuccino bottles cleaned and wrapped with drink bottle label topped off with 2% and a red polka dot straw
Rudolf Peeps – Chocolate Rudolf peeps on a lollipop stick – pretty simple but way cuter then throwing them on a plate.
Red Velvet Cupcakes – I added the red polka dot liner after with a dap of frosting and topped it with the printable cupcake topper

North Pole Snow Mounds

North Pole Snow Mounds – Mini powdered sugar doughnuts. I used a red striped straw cut in half and glued the mini North Pole flag and a sixlet to the top.

Kids Christmas Party Dessert Ideas

I covered clothes pins with glitery green paper to attach the red foam stockings and placed the centerpiece circle in the middle of the string.
Candy Cane Mint Milanos – Milano Cookies dipped half way in red chocolate and then dipped in crushed up candy canes/peppermints
Reindeer Doughnuts – Chocolate covered doughnut, pretezel cut in half for antlers, white chocolate chip for eyes and red ball for nose – make sure you remove that before serving;)

Kids Christmas Party

This party was created with mostly inexpensive store bought items displayed in a super cute way. Total, the desserts cost a whooping $25 and in all the party was less then $100.

North Pole Party Sign

Thank you again to everyone who helped put the party together

Holly Jolly Printable Set – 505 Design+Paperie
Photography – Andary Studio
Red Velvet Cupcakes – Tracie’s Sweet Treats
Peppermint Table Cloth & Place Mat, Square and round plates – Christmas Tree Shop
Polka Dot favor boxes,  Straws and Cupcake Liners –  The Bakers Confection
Glittery Stockings and Hot Coco Tin – Target
Candy Cane Mint Milanos Recipes – Hostess with The Mostess

have a wonderful christmas, cathy c.

Elf on the Shelf Ideas Part 1

Our Elf on the Shelf Chippy has been with us for almost 10 days and I think he maybe running out of places to fly back to. After searching the internet all I found was some naughty little Elves, making powder sugar snow angles and having marshmallow fights. My kiddies don’t need any ideas on how to get into trouble, they do a fine job all by themselves. Here are some ideas for placing your Elf on the Shelf – from the traditional hiding in the Christmas Tree to cleaning the bathroom mirror.

Elf on the Shelf Idea1. Sneaking in the Stocking and 2. Hiding out in the Christmas Tree

Elf on the Shelf Idea - Fixing Something3. Fixing Toys with some Tools

Elf on the Shelf Idea - Drinking Hot Coco

4. My four year old came up with this idea “Chippy must get cold flying all the way to the North Pole every night, we should make him Hot Chocolate” – she is so thoughtful of others.

Elf on the Shelf Idea - Taking a Shower5. Taking a Shower – I used toilet paper for his “towels”

Elf on the Shelf Idea - Listening to iPod

6. Listening to some Christmas music on the iPod
Elf on the Shelf Idea - Reading a Book

7. Reading a book…like The Elf on the Shelf

Elf on the Shelf Cleaning Windows and Vacuuming

8. Cleaning Windows or 9. Vacuuming

Elf on the Shelf - Playing Dress Up

10. Playing Dress up (for those of you with boys dressing up like a super hero)

Elf on the Shelf - Making a Snack with Play Food

11. Making himself a snack in the play Kitchen

Elf on the Shelf Idea - Typing Letter to Santa

12. Typing a letter to Santa
Elf on the Shelf Idea - Eating an Apple

13. Eating a healthy snack (I used the top of a peeler to get the tiny “bit” marks)

I hope this sparks some creativity when placing your Elf on the Shelf tonight, I will be back on Monday with 12 more ideas.

enjoy! cathy c.

North Pole Breakfast 2011

Thanks to the wonderful post by Little Pumpkin Grace I decided to start a new family tradition – have The Elf on the Shelf bring a special “North Pole Breakfast”. Our first official Breakfast of Elves was a complete success. They were a little confused at first but once they saw he brought candy for breakfast, the real excitement set in.

Elf on the Shelf Breakfast

North Pole Breakfast

Our friendly North Pole Elf had quite the spread for us.

North Pole Breakfast

Rudolf Doughnuts, Santa’s Special Hot Coco, Reindeer Trail Mix, North Pole Snow Mounds and Candy Cane Milk
He also left a wonderful personalized note and a couple of suggestions on how to remain on the Nice List this year.

After over sleeping by an hour, I finally got them up to see the surprise.
Here is the confused and still very sleepy munchkins as they got the first glimpse of the table set up.

North Pole Breakfast - Gifts

Still a little unsure of what is going on, but there was presents, so they went with it.North Pole Breakfast

And then the questions began, I can’t even tell you how many she asked.
Every single picture I took, her mouth was open and she was either asking or telling me something about our elf friend, it was adorable.

North Pole Breakfast

My sweet little guy was just laughing and smiling away.

Chippy the Elf

After much discussion they decided our happy little elf should be named, Chippy

Elf on the Shelf

The sneaky little guy that made the whole thing happen;) Thanks, Chippy

Party Goods:
Printable Set – 505 Design+Paperie
White Picture Frame – Marshalls Home Goods
Santa Mug – Walmart
Polka Dot Liners & Striped Straws– The Bakers Confection
Peppermint Table Cloth & Place Mat – Christmas Tree Shop
Candy Cane Stripped Paper – Hobby Lobby
“A” & “J” Ornament – Target

thanks for stopping by, cathy c.

Here’s a little sneak peak at our new Holly Jolly Christmas Collection - now available in the shop.

Holly Jolly Christmas Collection

Free Elf on the Shelf Printable

Tomorrow my kiddies will meet their Elf on the Shelf for the first time and I am beyond excited to share with you this adorable idea on how to make the moment a memory they will not forget.

I came across this website a few months back when I was searching for ideas for our printable Christmas Collection. Jessica of Little Pumpkin Grace shared her “North Pole Breakfast” and I knew immediately this would be our new tradition.

The basic purpose of the North Pole Breakfast is to introduce or re-introduce your little one with their elf, remind them to be thoughtful and listen to there Mom and Dad, plus share a special breakfast brought directly from the North Pole just for them. You can check out Jessica’s full post from 2010 Here and 2011 Here - you won’t be disappointed I promise!!

 

I created these printable for my little lovies first official North Pole Breakfast and I am so excited to share them. The letter from there Elf on the Shelf as well as the gift tags has editable text areas to add your own information.  Click here to download your Free North Pole Breakfast Kit

***Please note, these items are designed to be viewed in the latest version of Adobe Reader. {For all my MAC friends, the editable text areas will not work in Previewer}
Click here to download Adobe Reader.
Made by 505 Design+Paperie and customized by you.
Enjoy!

Enjoy!

Cathy C.

Little Golf Pro – Part 2

I’m back with Part 2 of Little Man’s party (click here to check out Part 1).   The first part focused on all the gifts and goodies the Little Ones recieved.  Now it’s on to the fun and games!

Golf Party - Putting Green
Par 3 Mini Golf set from Step2 was part of his birthday gift and was the perfect entertainment for about 10 whole minutesGolf Party - Driving Range
The Driving Range – so all the Littles could check the accuracy on there new set of clubs;)

Golf Party - Pool Time

And of course the best part of having a summer birthday…pool party! Well a kiddie pool, but they loved it.

 Golf Party Theme - Food Ideas

After much research I picked a delicious kid friendly menu and titled everything with some appropriate golf names.

“BBQ Birdie” ~ Chicken, Potato “Wedges”, Watermelon “Slice”, and Hot “Dogleg” ~ Hot Dogs.

Golf Party Printables

Top: Birthday Banner
Bottom Left: Coordinating Plastic ware wrapped in pattern paper
Bottom Right: Polka Dot Balloons

Golf Party

And the part that made my whole day…his expression after seeing the house all decorated for his party.

Interested in hosting your own Golf Themed Party – Check out the Golf Pro Printable set now available in the shop.

Golf Pro Printable Set

Thanks for stopping by! Cathy C.

Little Golf Pro Party – Part 1

My little guy turned two over the summer and we celebrated with an oh-so-cute Golf themed party. He is all boy and loves anything that includes a stick and ball, which made choosing the golf theme fairly easy. We had fun golfing games, snacks & treats and each little caddie even received there very own golf bag. The post was getting fairly large I decided to split it in two parts.  Part one covers the favor and dessert table and part two will focus on the food and games. Enjoy!

Golf Pro Shop

Each “Golf Pro” received his/her own set of golf clubs (thank you Target dollar section for saving the day!), a blue or green visor I purchased at Joann’s, practice golf balls and a water bottle to stay hydrated on the course.

I created the backdrop for the dessert table with a tan table cloth I had and pinned it to the window frame with thumb tacks (my husband wasn’t too happy about that one…opps!) I used 12” white tissue paper balls that I purchased from Devra Party and hung them by grosgrain ribbon.
I wanted to use items on the dessert table that went along with the theme so I racked my brain for some golf terms. The sign over the table was “Caddie’s Sweet Spot” (sweet spot refers to the center point of the face of the club).

There was a “water hazard” ~ blue jell-o jigglers, “wormburners” (which is the term for a ball that skims the grass) ~ chocolate pudding pack topped with crumbled Oreos and gummy worms plus a sand trap of “doughnut hole in one” ~ made with powder sugar doughnuts and crumbled graham crackers for the sand.

Golf Cake Pops, Water Hazzard Jello & Doughnut Hole in One

I also made cake pops that resembled golf balls ~ some like a lollipop and others with a golf flag and the number two for the birthday boy. The kids had a few candy choices and a small bag to fill so they could bring treats home.

Wormburner Dessert Cups

“Wormburners” – Chocolate pudding cups topped with crushed oreos and gummy worms

Golf Party - Cupcakes

Green Grass Cupcakes, with white gumball and printable golf flags.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this party amazing, I couldn’t have done it without you.

Vendor List:

Photography: Andary Studio
Party Printables: 505 Design+Paperie
Golf Club Sets: Target Dollar Section
Foam Visors: Joann’s
Green & White Tissue Balls: Devra Party
Green Polka Dot Balloons: Paws Attraction Boutique
Cupcakes – My super talented sister

Interested in hosting your own Golf Themed Party – Check out the Golf Pro Printable set now available in the shop.

Printable Golf Party Set

More details coming soon….

Thanks for stopping by! Cathy C.

Hello Happiness

In the last three months my life has been in a tailspin. I have been working an enempt amount of hours trying to keep it all together and I have come to the realization that it’s just not working. I am beyond thrilled that my little business has taken off, many thanks to all of my wonderful customers. Last week my husband and I made the decision that it is time to say goodbye to my 9-5 job and start focusing my attention to growing my business.

I feel blessed to have discovered a career that I absolutely love and that I am fortune enough to chase my passion. I look forward to expanding my business and most of all spending some qualitly time with my family – something that has been a rarity the last few months.

Stay tuned, I have big plans for the site – including posting all of those lovely parties that my wonderful customers have created, new tutorials and some wonderful giveaways.  Here’s a little peak at what is planned.

enjoy! Cathy C.

Lemonade Party {as featured on Amy Atlas}

Excuse me for one second while I jump up and down {and scream}…AMY ATLAS!   I still can’t believe it!!!!  Just a month ago I told my soon to be sister-in-law to start following her site for some wedding ideas beacuse she has the BEST  dessert table inspiration.  And now, my Sassy little girl’s fourth birthday party is featured, crazy. {Excuse all the explination points too, I can’t controll myself!!}  Okay, now that I have gotten that out of my system, on to the party.

Lemonade Stand Birthday

Like only my mini-me could, my daughter picked the theme out last year ~ the day after her third birthday.  I was waiting for her to say Dora or a Princess Party but I got “Mom, next year I want a Lemomlade Party”.  What? Love it!   I had so much fun creating all the printables and putting together the whole event. The photos turned out gorgeous, thanks to my dear friend, Monica at Andary Studio.  I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed planning the party for my sassy little girl.

Lemonade Party Dessert Table

I decided to keep things classic, using the brick on our house for the backdrop , clean white linens and white stands for all the goodies.   I made the cake pops with the help of my two kiddies {they were mainly taste testers} and Bakerella’s fabulous book.  And used our local bakery for the cupcakes.

I wanted the table to focus on the Lemonade theme so I did limited amount of treats.  I had found the plastic pink and yellow jugs and glass containers for adding a pop of color.  I had the glass jars from the jam I was planning on canning last year , and the striped straws came from the wonderful girls at the Bakers Confection.

Lemonade Party Dessert Table

Each “Customer” received his/her own box of party goods, filled with lots of back to school supplies, since her party was the week before school started.

Lemonade Party

I purchased the plain white gable boxes at Oriental Trading and embellished them with striped pattern paper and I used the printable food label on sticker paper as a Thank You Tag.

Lemonade Party Favors

Look at these two best friends, probably my favorite photos from the whole day.

Lemonade Stand
Thank you to everyone who helped me create this amazing party.

Photography – Andary Studios
Party Printables – Five O’ Five Design+Paperie
Paper Straws – The Bakers Confection
Mini Cupcake Papers – The Bakers Confection
Gable Boxes – Oriental Trading

And an even bigger thank you to my husband for being the absolute best {and for not calling me crazy while I planned this party!}

Here is the link to the shop if you are interested in throwing your own Lemonade Party

I hope you enjoyed! Cathy C.