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.

Gourmet Candy Covered Caramel Apples

Last week I worked on a photo shoot with the wonderful Monica from Andary Studio’s to show off the brand new Halloween Collection.  I made these delicious Gourmet Candy Apples for the shoot which turned out adorable.  Here is the tutorial on how to make your own.

Halloween Candy Apples

Supplies:
Store bought Candy Apples (or you can make your own, I was lazy this day)
Caramel Dipping Sauce
Candy Bars {your choice you need about 1 large or 3 fun size bars per apple}
Small bowl of sugar
Wax Paper
Chocolate chips or Melting chocolate

How to make Gourmet candy Apple

1. Place a large piece of wax paper over cookie sheet and set aside.

2. Crunch up candy bars in food processor or crush them in a plastic bag with a rolling pin. Place in bowl and set aside.

Crunch Candy Bar

3. Dip store bought candy apple into caramel dipping sauce {you can skip this step if you are dipping your own apples}

{The back one is how it looks when you don’t use freshly dipped apples, everything kind of falls off}

4.  Roll freshly dipped apples in the bowl of crushed candy, making sure you cover it entirely.

5.  Once you have completely covered the caramel apple with crushed candy place the bottom of the apple in small dish with sugar {this will keep it from sticking to the sheet} and place on wax paper.

 

 6. Melt chocolate chips in a small glass dish.  I use the microwave at 50% power stirring every minute. Once chocolate is completed melted use a spoon to drizzle melted chocolate over candy covered apple.  You can also use a squeeze bottle like this, or a sandwich bag with a small hole cut in the corner.

 The final product should look something like this….

Gourmet Candy Apples

I hope you enjoy the tutorial, don’t forget to check out the new Halloween Collection, on sale in the shop until October 1st.

thanks! cathy c.

2011 Printable Halloween Collection

I am very excited to share our brand new Printable Halloween Collection.  When I sat down to create this Halloween Party set I wanted to make sure it included all the things you would need to celebrate this spooktaculor holiday. Weather you are having a monstrous Halloween bash or a fun play date, this set has you covered! A big thanks to Monica at Andary Studio , she did an amazing job capturing all the photos.

I backed the Enter {at your own risk} party sign with some black sparkly cardstock and bright purple cutout spider web cardstock paper.

I filled my kids toy storage container with all the party goodies.  These little cubbies are great for kid friendly parties because everything is at there level.

Black and white spider web ribbon wrapped around a water bottle and topped with our printable drink label.

Top: Letter panel Happy Halloween Banner
Bottom Left: White Gable Box wrapped with layers of ribbon and cupcake toppers in cans filled with M&M’s
Bottom right: Centerpiece Circle in a simple white container

Yummy gourmet candy apples topped off with our cupcake topper.  {Check back this week for the delicious tutorial}

Party Printables & Styling: Five O’ Five Design+Paperie
Photography: Andary Studio
Spider Web Ribbon: Michael’s
White Gable Box: Oriental Trading

Hopefully my ideas inspire you for your next Halloween Party.

Thanks for stopping by! Cathy C.

Free Pirate Printable + Layered Cupcake Tutorial

I am so thankful to have been asked to participate in the give away from A to Zebra Celebrations.  I wanted to give a “little” back to all of our new facebook fan so I created these miniature triangle bunting banner.

Layered Cupcake + Free Pirate Printable

Yesterday while my little ones were napping, I made adorable red and white layered cupcakes using red velvet & french vanilla cake mix.

Red Velvet Cake Mix
After mixing up both batters, I spooned about 1 tablespoons of red velvet mix in to the bottom of cupcake baking cup.

Layered Cupcakes

Next, do the same using the French Vanilla batter making sure the mix reaches the sides and completely covers the bottom layer.

Layered Cupcakes

Repeat the previous step using the Red Velvet mix and place cupcakes in the oven.

Layered Cupcakes

Once the cupcakes cool a little frosting and a quick dip in some sand {crunched up graham crackers}.

then add the chocolate treasure chest {Hershey Nugget} and our free mini Pirate Banner.

Pirate Cupcakes + Free Printables

Ta-dah, super cute Pirate Cupcakes that your little Matey will love! {I used bakers twine and two lollipop sticks to attach the mini-bunting banner}

Download your free mini pirate bunting banner here.

Free Printable Mini Pirate Bunting Banner

 

Enjoy! Cathy C.

 

 

Pirate Party {Another Happy Customer}

I love when my customers share how they used our printable party packages.   These amazing pirate party photos came from Cassidy who created the event for her nephew’s birthday.

Pirate Party Favor TagsI love the Parrot, doesn’t it look real?

Pirate Party Cupcake Toppers

Delicious Red Velvet Cupcakes

Pirate Party Food Label

Sweet Salt Water and Black Striped Straws

Pirate Party Food Table

“Pirate Gold” – Cheese Cubes with our Mini Pirate Flags
“Pirate Jewels” – Fruit Kabob
“Cannon Balls” – Grapes on a Sword

Pirate Party - Welcome Sign

I love how she strung the Welcome Sign on a rope between the pirate bunting banner.

Pirate Party

Treasure chest complete with gold coins, fish net, a parrot and a ships wheel.

Such an amazing party, I love all the little details that she used throughout the whole party. Her nephew is one lucky little guy to  have such a talented and creative Aunt.

Thanks for sharing Cassidy, hopefully we can work together again.

Pirate Party Printable – Five O’ Five Design+Paperie
Parrot - partycheap.com
36″ balloons – msrballoons.com

Cathy C.

Free Printable 2011 Calender {with editable text}

With the start of school just around the corner your calendar is about to be filled with practices times, game days and teacher conferences. If keeping track of your little ones big schedule is making your head spin, don’t worry we have a pretty solution that may make your life a little easier.

Free Printable Calendar - with text areas you can edit

Free Printable Calendar

Okay so I know it is August and you may already have a calender that you printed, then stuffed in some drawer or folder never to bee seen again, but our calendar is different. You can simply type in the events for each day – up to five line and save it to your computer {printing works too though}.

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

Made by Five O’ Five Design+Paperie and customized by you.

Enjoy!

Cathy C.

Chocolate Factory Party

I’m going to be playing catch up for the next couple of weeks.  Considering it has been about four months since my last post, I have a lot to fill you in on.  First up is my adorable nieces first birthday party (the Chocolate Factory one I hinted at a while back).

It was so much fun and everything turned out perfect, even the weather.  The only thing I didn’t account for was the fact that it was at a hall, meaning no windows and no beautiful sunshine to captures those photos.  {I should have borrowed a flash}

I created all kinds of goodies for this party and my sister-in-law did an amazing job putting everything together.

Chocolate Factory Welcome Sign

Chocolate Factory Welcome Sign

Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate Fountain with Yummy Goodies

Centerpiece Circles

Mini Chocolate Bar Wrapper and Candy Bouquet Centerpieces

Chocolate Factory party

Chocolate Factory Candy Table

 

Chocolate Factory Cupcakes

Cupcake Tower

I really had a fun time helping my sister-in-law create this dreamy party for her little girl.  If you are interested in throwing your own Chocolate Factory Party you can check out my Etsy shop for these fun printables.

Chocolate Factory Party Printables

Chocolate Factory Party Printables

 

Thanks for stopping by,

Cathy C.

Hard Work and Inspiration

I’ve been working extremely hard these past couple of weeks and I’m in need of a little pick me up.  {She} …by Kobi Yamada is such an inspirational book and exactly what I need to see today.

 

My favorite quote from the book

My favorite quote from the book

If you are interested in picking up your copy check out overstock.com

Next week will be the offical launch of the new website and some other amazing things that I can’t wait to share.

Cathy C.

Let’s Play Ball


Wow, what a month! I can’t believe it has been nearly 3 weeks since I have posted. Custom orders and my Niece’s 1st Birthday have kept me super busy these past couple of weeks (plus the kiddies and the hubby and the day job).

 

Last weekend was my sweet little Niece’s party and it was amazing. My sister-in-law did a fabulous job with everything and I can’t wait to share all the pictures. I am working hard at editing them and getting the Chocolate Factory listing up in the shop.

 

At the party a friend ask if I had any ideas for her son’s baseball themed first birthday party, of coarse I do! She really liked the customized banner and food labels so we came up with this.

The baseball themed banner will be available at the end of next week along with 4 other new party designs!