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Camping Boho Birthday-Christian’s 10th Birthday Party-Part 1

Calling all happy campers! I am super excited to share the photos from Christian’s recent 10th birthday party! I can’t believe how quickly he has grown and that he is now in the double digits! Kids really do grow up so fast. Big sigh…

When we started discussing his party, Christian knew he wanted it to be a camping/sleepover theme party! There was so much to celebrate about this big birthday and I wanted to plan a very memorable party for him turning 10! Unfortunately, where we live, the weather is not conducive to outdoor camping in March. However, we didn’t let that stop us from bringing the outdoors inside! So…Welcome to “Camp Christian!”

Today, I will be highlighting the dessert table. One of the highlights of this party was the donut wall backdrop. Donuts are all the rage right now and I knew I wanted to add lots of donuts to this party. As you know, all campsites are full of donuts, right?!? Too funny!

I asked our good friends to build this custom donut wall and then began adding delicious donuts in coordinating colors on the pegs. I purchased a wooden letter “C” and designed a printable 5×7 sign, “Donut You Wish You Were Here”. I was thrilled at how easy this was to do and what a great backdrop it turned out to be.

Another huge trend right now are drip cakes that are topped off with lots of mini goodness! This s’more cake from Pretty Sweet, had mini donuts, marshmallows, mini meringues, and my fav macarons! Oohhh this was a delicious, 4-layer cake! Yum!

Sticking with more s’mores, I added this S’more Station to the table and filled glass jars with marshmallows and graham crackers. Small galvanized buckets were filled with various mini chocolate bars for everyone to choose from.

This tiered tray is perfect for dessert tables and was large enough for the glass jars, buckets, and paper bags filled with home made trail mix. This recipe was adapted from Jenny’s Cookies amazing book, “Eat More Dessert”. I made this delicious mix with Cheerios cereal, mini marshmallows, salted peanuts, almonds, M&M’s, and chocolate drops. The cute little tag is included in the new printable package that will available in the shop soon!

Tip: don’t fill brown paper bags with trail mix unless you first use a plastic baggie as a liner. The oil from the peanuts was quickly absorbed by the brown bags and looked very greasy. Lesson learned! Fortunately, the boys didn’t seem to be bothered by it. They were too busy inhaling the trail mix! Hungry Campers!

A dessert table isn’t complete without cupcakes! I baked two different kinds of chocolate cupcakes and then added a few different toppings. My BFF made these yummy Rolo cupcakes awhile back and I knew that these would be a hit at the party…and they were! I whipped up my favorite chocolate buttercream icing, and added Skor bits and Rolos to the top of each cupcake. A few other cupcakes had teeny tiny marshmallows! You can’t have too many s’mores! Notice how I used pretzel sticks to attach the cupcake toppers? A little woodsy feel plus the salt from the pretzel mixed with the sweetness of the Rolos was divine.

The second batch of chocolate cupcakes included buttercream icing, chocolate drizzle, caramel popcorn and pretzels! So delicious and really simple to create.

These AMAZING cookies were superb and created by our sweet friend, Christy from Dolce Custom Cookies. She matched the cookies to the printables perfectly. She seriously is the best!

More mini donuts were added to the top of the milk bottles and finished off with a wood grain paper straw, and more printables. So cute, right!?!

I loved how these mini kraft ripple cups filled with popcorn turned out. They make great little snacks and are super cute!

I baked our favorite snickerdoodle cookies, bundled them into stacks, and then added these mini arrow wood pins from Michaels. They matched the theme perfectly!

Thank you for stopping by our campsite! So many more photos coming to the blog tomorrow! See you then!

Printables, styling, and photography: Marbella Printables

Smore cake and donuts: http://www.prettysweetco.com/menu

Cookies by:Dolce Custom Cookies

Trail Mix Recipe: Jenny’s Cookies

 

 

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Sweet Easter Bunny Hop Party

Hello friends! Easter is almost here and I am very excited to share with you our new Easter “Bunny Hop” Party! If you are looking for an easy set up with some fun diy’s, this party is for you! There’s also loads of ideas and little crafts for your kiddos to help out, too! So, “HOP” along for some spring time fun!

I was inspired by our “Easter Brights” printable collection and used all 4 colors that are designed in the printables: yellow, blue, pink, and green.

To keep the set up super easy, I filled the table with cupcakes, mini cupcakes, sugar cookies, mini gumballs, and this store bought cake that I added all the toppings at home!

I baked mini donuts, added a few marshmallows for the base, and then began layering mini coconut cupcakes, donuts, and finished it off with a few of our favorite Easter candies! So easy to do!

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If you want to involve your children, have them add little pom poms to lollipop sticks! We styled these with the mini cupcakes. This was my son’s idea and I think they turned out great! It was wonderful to have him help me with this party!

One of the crafts that we did together was make these pinwheels! We added a few to the wall for the backdrop and they also make a cute little centerpiece! Christian decided to place the little pom poms in the center of each pinwheel. These can then be given out as party favors and make fantastic photo props!

For the table setting, we added printable placemats, favor boxes, tiny buckets with Easter eggs, and mason jars filled with colorful juice! So fun! Don’t forget to add a personalized place card at each setting. Children love to see their names!

Adding these daisy cut lids with a paper straw and printable flag adds a special touch to any tablescape!

I found these sweet little favor boxes at a local wholesaler and new they would be perfect for the party. Fill them with any of your favorite Easter candy or treats, add little tag and ribbon and you are set!

Don’t forget to have lots of water on hand, too! No one says no to water when they are this cute!

A few more photos to share…

Thank you for joining me today! Wishing you a Happy Easter!

Photography and Styling by Marbella Printables

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Valentine’s Day Printable 8×10 Wall Art/Sign

Hello friends! One more free printable today right before Valentine’s Day!

Wishing you a “Love-ly” Valentine’s Day! XOXO

Download printable here:2017 Valentine’s Day Printable 8×10-1

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Valentine’s Day Printable Tags-Cards {Freebie}

Hello lovely friends and Happy February! Today we are sharing a new, free printable…just in time for Valentine’s Day! These mini cards are perfect for your special love, teachers, or friends. Tuck these in a bouquet of flowers, chocolates, or simply as a little note for that special someone! Enjoy! xoxo

You can download these here:Valentines Day Mini Cards 2017 Freebie-2

 

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Valentine’s Day Kids Party-Breakfast-“Cereal-ously Sweet”

Hello Friends! Are you planning a special Valentine’s Day party for your kiddos? I am so EXCITED to share a very special party that I styled for Twinkle Twinkle Little Party Magazine. The theme for this party is called, “Cereal-ously Sweet Valentine’s Day Breakfast”. It is an alternative that young and old will enjoy!

Let’s get started….and yes, there is a lot of photos! What can I say, we had so much fun!

I started with a “Cereal Bar” that is full of kid friendly favorites, such as an assortment of cereals in Valentine colors, fresh fruit, and yogurt parfaits.

I included a few “sweets” as well! What would Valentine’s Day be without beautifully decorated cookies!

I had so much fun setting up the breakfast table! I started with a printable placemat and added these adorable red crates that I purchased at www.michaels.com So cute, right? I added mini, chocolate & strawberry jam croissants and fruit cups. For a special touch, wrap the croissants in tissue paper tied with baker’s twine.

Using these adorable plastic bottles filled with strawberry milk is a great option for a Valentine’s Day breakfast. A printable flag attached to a heart paper straw is another fun detail that kids will love!

A donut tower is an easy centerpiece to put together for the table! Donuts for breakfast? Absolutely!

I love to use cupcake toppers but didn’t want frosted cupcakes for the breakfast. I baked chocolate muffins and using a mini cookie cutter, I dusted powdered sugar on the muffins creating a sweet, heart shape.

Printable water bottle labels are a must for any celebration!

The “XOXO” ceramic dishes from hooplaevents.net are perfect for this breakfast party!

Having craft tables is another must for parties and I incorporated two separate stations. These printable Valentine’s Day cards were placed in the heart envelopes!

Using inexpensive fabric, white bags, and embellishments,  guests can make their own personal envelopes! Simply untie them from the chairs and the children can bring these home. We placed all of their party favors in the bags so nothing would be left behind!

One of my favorite ideas from this party, was the little burlap bags with mini cereal boxes! So cute with the tags that read, “Cereal-ously, You’re My Valentine”.

Here’s a few more inspiration photos…

Thank you so much for letting me share this oh so sweet, “Cereal-ously” fun breakfast party with you! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Styling and Printables: Marbella Printables

Photography: Christy D. Swanberg

Cookies: www.eatcake.ca

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Christmas Tags: Sweet Christmas FREE Printable Tags

Well…Christmas is here… in 2 days!!! Are you busy running around for last minute items?!?! Remember, everything gets done and everything will be perfect no matter what! It’s the time of year to enjoy our loved ones! That’s what it’s all about!

I am excited to share these new, free printable tags! My dear friend, Christy, from  www.etsy.com/ca/shop/DolceCustomCookies designed these adorable Christmas cookies! So I had to design a coordinating tag!

Add these to any sweet, baking treat bags and boxes! Your friends, family and neighbors will love them!

Wishing you all a wonderful, safe, and very Christmas! All the best in 2017! I look forward to seeing you again next year! xoxo

Sweet Christmas Tags can be downloaded here:Gingerbread Christmas Labels-2

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Santa Approved Cookie Tags-Gift Giving-Cookie Exchange {Free Printable}

Have you started your Christmas baking? Or do you rely on your local specialty bakeries and shops?!?! If you are like me, the latter is your “go-to” option! Sharing delicious treats is a must during the holidays and today I have new, FREE, printable TAGS for you to add to your gift giving or cookie exchange!

SANTA APPROVED Cookie tags in red/white AND black/white! If you are a traditionalist, you will like the red tags! Super cute burlap “Santa Sacks” are a perfect packaging option.

For those like me that prefer a modern look, the black and white tags are for you! I love crisp, white packaging such as pint size ice cream containers! Add a ribbon or twine and you are set!

Dont’ forget to enjoy some yummy treats!

Download the tags here:Christmas Cookies Santa Approved Labels-1_edited-1

Have a wonderful day friends! XOXO

Photography and styling: Marbella Printables

Cookies: by Crave Cupcakes

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Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas-Tags & Labels

The most wonderful time of the year is sneaking up on us and I am getting excited! Are you, too? On the blog today, I am sharing a few, easy gift wrapping ideas! I used inexpensive ribbons, boxes, and other packaging materials that I had on hand. Make a cup of tea, sit back, and enjoy!

White gift boxes can be used all year round, so always keep a few different sizes on hand. These ones are from Michaels. For a classic, Christmas look, simple burlap and red ribbon with a few Christmas ornaments add the perfect finishing touch!

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If you like to wrap presents, keep a roll of brown, kraft paper on hand throughout the year. It’s amazing how creative you can get with this paper. For a rustic look, I add a little lace, raffia, cinnamon sticks, and a few red berries. Not only does it look great, but it smells amazing, too!

 

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If you prefer simple, elegant packages, add a grey satin ribbon and a personalized gift tag and you have a beautiful gift that is sure to impress!

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I always love to add a touch of modern to gift packages. Black and white stripes are a fav of mine! There is something so fun and yet classic about stripes. Here I used a striped, personalized tag from our, Etsy shop

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Also festive in green, too! Don’t you love the polka dots?!?!

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More stripes with red and green!

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Damask continues to be a classic and much loved pattern for all occasions and Christmas is no exception. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns, either. Here I added the damask tag to a chevron gable box. All the grey works beautifully together and the red adds a pop of color!

Classic + trendy=gorgeous!

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And…a little purple for a splash of color!

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What would the holidays be without a little glitter? I love these tags because they have the look of glitter (digitally added) without the mess of glitter everywhere! 

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I don’t know which ones I love the most!?!?! What about you? For all the personalized tags, please visit our shop: Marbella Printables

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Strawberry Birthday Party-Berry Sweet Theme

Good morning friends, is it August already? Today I am so happy to share this post with you and maybe we can hold onto summer a little longer! Strawberry birthday parties are one of my absolute favorite parties for girls! You can style this theme is so many different ways. I am thrilled to share with you this unique version with a few added surprises! Are you ready?

I designed a complete printable package using reds, pinks, and with “doilie” & sweet strawberry graphics. The twist on this theme… I added touches of gold throughout the tables making this a very modern, popular look. Gold continues to be a very popular accent color for so many weddings, showers, and birthday celebrations. A little sparkle is always fantastic!

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A “berry” sweet dessert table was styled with cupcakes, cookies, and mini  shortcakes. Simple summer flowers were placed in a “lace” rimmed container and also mixed with fresh strawberries on white plates for a very attractive look.

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One of the highlights were these absolutely, beautiful, coordinating sugar cookies from Christy at Dolce Custom Cookies. I have been following her amazing talents for for quite some time and was thrilled to be able to work with her on this project. She matched the cookies perfectly with my printable designs. AND… not only are these cookies a true form of art, they are so delicious! The vanilla bean makes these hard to resist…especially when you are styling and photographing! (I can’t wait to work with Christy again!)

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Another highlight, are these doilie fondant circles that I MADE! Yes, I did!

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I purchased Wilton White Fondant  and cut small circles with a scalloped cookie cutter. Using a small circle Wilton tip I carefully punched holes in the fondant to make the doilie! So easy! The sweet fondant strawberries, leaves, and flowers were all made made by Tanya. Do you see the tiny gold peril placed in the centre of the flower? Little touches are what make celebrations so special!

Tanya also made these gorgeous, fondant floral cupcakes! Also adding tiny gold perils! LOVE!

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Ruffled vanilla cupcakes with fondant strawberries and printable cupcake toppers are a must for this party!

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For added sweetness and extra touches of gold, I added strawberry macarons from Yann Haute Patisserie So much yumminess!

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Adding a gold tassel to the decor is right on trend, too!

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A refreshment station with strawberry lemonade served in glass bottles dipped in gold sprinkles will impress guests! Paper straws, personalized water bottle labels, and LOTS of printable decorations add so much fun to birthday parties!

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I made the very large tissue fan for the backdrop! It makes a perfect focal point for the dessert and refreshment tables! This tissue flowers are very inexpensive to make and can be done in so many different sizes. Let me know if you would like me to post a tutorial!

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I also added gold beading in the centre of the tissue flower to tie the gold in with the gold perils in the fondant cupcakes!

Make party hats even more special by adding small tissue flowers and gold beads (same ones that were used in the large flowers!)

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Thank party guests with printable tags tied to white paper bags. I used a scrapbook punch along the edges to match the doilie pattern in the printables and sweet desserts!

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Place invitations in gold striped paper treat bags when delivering these to your friends and guests. So cute, right?!?!

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I had so much fun with this theme! Thank you for joining in on the fun & wishing you a “BERRY SWEET” day!

Printables available here: Berry Sweet Printable Package

>>>Styling, photography by Marbella Printables

 

 

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