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Jun
25
2014
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New in the Shop! Tissue Paper Tassel Garland Kits

Rainbow Tissue Paper Tassel Garland :: SmashCake & Co.We’re so excited to introduce new Tissue Paper Tassel Garland Kits to the shop!  Your probably seen this lovely trend in party blogs, magazines and all over Pinterest… even in our Merry & Bright Christmas Party and Evie’s Pink & Gold 3rd Birthday.

Merry & Bright Christmas :: SmashCake & Co.

Pink & Gold Dessert Table :: SmashCake & Co.

Now you can add this look to your own celebration easily and affordably in 5 gorgeous color combinations.  Rainbow (seen above), Pastel Rainbow, Neon, Perfectly Pink & Beautifully Blue.

BluGarland Neon PastelRainb0w PnkGarlandWe can’t wait to see you you party prettily with our new tissue paper tassel garland kits!  All kits are available HERE.

 


Jun
16
2014

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: by SmashCake & Co.

When I started to dream about this party (yes, I literally do dream about parties) the weather was still cold and snowy here in the Midwest, and I knew I wanted something light, bright and cheerful.  So, I went with a color pallette of soft pink, yellow and blue with pops of red…reminiscent of a cupcake with a strawberry or cherry on top!  Ironically the day of the photo shoot was dark and rainy, but Becky of Becky Batchelor Photography used her amazing talent and we made the best of it!

Cute as a Cupcake Party by SmashCake & Co.

When it came to sweets I immediately contacted the enormously talented Jovanna at The CakeHole and gave her some of my ideas, and she ran with them.  I think when I picked up the cake & cupcakes I actually squealed with delight.  I KNOW I squealed when I saw the cookies.  (More about that story later.)

Cute as a Cupcake Party by SmashCake & Co.

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: SmashCake & Co.

Cupcake Cake :: Party by SmashCake & Co.

Cupcake Sugar Cookies :: Party by SmashCake & Co.

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: by SmashCake & Co.

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: by SmashCake & Co.

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: by SmashCake & Co.

Pretty cake pops by Jeanine at Sweet Peas Cake Pops & Treats, always a favorite of ours, looked even more gorgeous adorned in red bows and tiny cupcake embellishments.

Cupcake Themed Cake Pops :: Party by SmashCake & Co.

We made simple yogurt parfaits by layering strawberry yogurt and whipped cream, and topping them with a homemade yellow meringue from The Cake Bake Shop.

Layered Pudding Cups :: by SmashCake & Co.

We used our signature Party Paper (Big Dots in Lemon Drop, Candy Stripe in Pink Frosting, and Dainty Dots in Blue Taffy) thoughout the party for everything from banners, to table runners, to pretty presents and to decorate cake stand risers.

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: SmashCake & Co.

For chairs backers, I made some simple chair backers oour of cupcake liner bows.  We’ll show you how to whip those up inthe next couple of days or only pennies a piece!

Party Paper Banner :: By SmashCake & co.

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: by SmashCake & Co.

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: by SmashCake & Co.

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: SmashCake & Co.

Our Pink Marshmallow Striped Plates, Lemon Yellow Reversible Napkins, Pink Chevron Wood Forks + Spoons, Big 36″ Balloons, Vintage-Inspired Milk Bottles (made fancier with sprinkles and wrapped in our Party Paper Ribbon in Blue Taffy Polka Dots), Paper Straws, Shimmer Gumballs, Mini Dessert Jars, Paper Poms Poms & Milk Glass Cake Stands can all be found in the SmashCake Shop.

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: SmashCake & Co.

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Cute as a Cupcake Party :: SmashCake & Co.

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Our “Cute as a Cupcake” models were all wearing hair accessories from the very sweet Val at Chicken Scratch’d.  (Be sure to visit her Etsy shop… she’s got an adorable + eclectic mix of hair ties, clips, bracelet cuffs, necklaces, scarves, and more!)

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: by SmashCake & Co.

I couldn’t resist including this last shot of Evie and her best buddy Jax (still sporting his winter hair-do.) She would take the little guy everywhere if she could so it’s no wonder he received an impromtu invitation to the party!

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: by SmashCake & Co.

Perfect for a party anytime of the year, a Cute as a Cupcake themed party is easy to replicate for YOUR little cupcake, too!

Cute as a Cupcake Party :: by SmashCake & Co.

Cupcake Party Supplies :: SmashCake & Co.

CREDITS

Production, Design & Styling :: SmashCake & Co.

Photography :: Becky Batchelor Photography

SWEETS SOURCES

Cake, Cupcakes & Cupcake Cookies :: The CakeHole

Cake Pops :: Sweet Peas Cupcakes & Treats

DECOR SOURCES

Party Supplies :: SmashCake & Co.


May
06
2014
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A Pink Flamingo Pool Party :: Party Inspiration

We loved seeing our Striped Plates and Polka Dot Napkins on this gorgeous Pink Flamingo Pool Party Inspiration Board by Swanky Press.  Perfect for a summer party in every way!  Thanks, Elizabeth!

Pink Flamingo Inspiration Board


Apr
29
2014
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Back in stock! Mini Mason Jars & Daisy Cut Lids

One of our summertime best-sellers, our Mini Mason Jars are back in stock!  These are so cute with everything from lemonade to mini margaritas.  Each set contains 12 jars and daisy cut lids!

 

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Mini Mason Jars

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Mini Mason Jars & Lids are available: HERE!

 


Apr
23
2014
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Party Paper Feature :: Catalog Preview

I’ve been working on a catalog for our Party Paper line of products, and just had to share this gorgeous photo.   Now that the weather is getting nicer, Party Paper in Lemon Drop has been SO popular!!!   Hope it inspires some lemony gorgeousness for your spring and summer parties!

Backdrop :: Party Paper – Chevron Lemon Drop

Cake Stand Risers :: Party Paper – Dainty Dots Lemon Drop

Cupcake Wrappers :: Tiny Dot – Black & White

Jars :: Mini Glass Dessert Jars

Party Paper & Gift Wrap :: Lemon Drop

 

Photo by :: Becky Batchelor Photography

Cake & Meringues :: The Cake Bake Shop


Mar
27
2014

Evie’s 3rd Pink & Gold Birthday :: By SmashCake & Co.

This post is a little late for a few reasons.  The day before Evie’s 3rd birthday, she started to get very sick.  For a child that had barely had a sniffle in her three years of life, the timing was awful.  So, we canceled her party and rescheduled.  Wouldn’t you know the next obstacle we faced was a colossal snow storm, and the party was canceled a second time.  But we finally got it together and Becky Batchelor Photography captured both the birthday girl and all the glitter!

Pink & Gold Dessert Table :: SmashCake & Co.

Evie is the ultimate girly-girl.   She loves pink, having her nails done, wearing a tutu whether we’re having a tea party or going to the grocery store, touching up her “make-up” (lip balm) a hundred times per day, and wearing high heels.  So I wanted her party to be feminine, sparkly and PINK!   I gave Mica at The Confectioneress free reign to design the sweets, and she outdid herself with ruffled sugar cookies, macarons, cookie stacks, heart-shaped rice krispie treats, ruffled cupcakes… and of course the lovely cake!

Pink & Gold Birthday Cake :: by The Confectioneiress

Pink & Gold Birthday :: SmashCake & Co.

Pink & Gold Birthday ::SmashCake & Co.

Pink & Gold Birthday, Cookies by The Confectioneiress :: SmashCake & Co.

Pink & Gold Birthday, Ruffled Cookies by The Confectioneiress :: SmashCake & Co.

Our friend Jeanine at Sweet Peas Cake Pops & Treats made pretty pink & white cake pops dusted with edible glitter.  I whipped up some little cupcake toppers for simple white cupcakes I made in our pink & white striped baking cups.

Cake pops by Sweet Peas :: SmashCake & Co.

I used Big Dots Party Paper in Pink Frosting for the table runner on both the dessert table and kid’s seating table.  I made a tassel garland for the dessert table and a smaller version to string across each of our little guest’s chairs.

Pink & Gold Birthday :: SmashCake & Co.

Pink & Gold Birthday:: SmashCake & Co.

Pink & Gold Birthday, Cupcakes by The Confectioneiress :: SmashCake & Co.

Pink & Gold Birthday :: SmashCake & Co.

Pink & Gold Birthday :: SmashCake & Co.

We’re SO LUCKY because in the Indianapolis area we have Violet Vintage, a company that rents vintage accessories and furniture for weddings, birthdays and celebrations of all kinds.  I picked up a pretty side table for our thank you treat bags and gumball tubes, and also this charming chair.  Love!  (*On a side note, every year we’ve had photos taken of Evie holding the same number of balloons that equal her age.   It will be so much fun to put a collage together one day of how she’s changed through the years!)

Pink & Gold Birthday :: SmashCake & Co.

Pink & Gold Birthday :: SmashCake & Co.

Pink & Gold Birthday :: SmashCake & Co.

Pink & Gold Birthday :: SmashCake & Co.

Pink & Gold Birthday :: SmashCake & Co.

Happy 3rd Birthday to our little miracle and the best “assistant” any mommy-preneur could ask for!  We love you more than words can express, Evie Boo!!!

Pink & Gold Party Supplies :: SmashCake & Co.

1.  Party Plates – 9″ Marshmallow Pink Stripes    2.  Tissue Paper Poms – Light Pink    3. Tissue Paper Poms – Dark Pink    4.  Shimmer Gumballs    5. Party Paper Ribbon – Polka Dot Pink Frosting    6.  Vintage Inspired Milk Bottles    7.  Paper Baking Cups – Marshmallow Pink Stripes    8.  Clear Gumball & Candy Tubes    9.  Glitter Tape – Vintage Gold    10. Party Paper – Big Dots Pink Frosting    11. Milk Glass Cake Stands

CREDITS

Production, Design & Styling :: SmashCake & Co.

Photography :: Becky Batchelor Photography

DECOR SOURCES

Party Supplies :: SmashCake & Co.

Vintage Chair & Side Table :: Violet Vintage

Glitter #3 :: Letters from A to Z

SWEETS SOURCES 

Cake, Ruffled Sugar Cookies, Macarons, Rice Krispie Treats, Ruffled Pink Cupcakes & Cookie Stacks :: The Confectioneiress

Cake Pops :: Sweet Peas Cake Pops & Treats


Mar
17
2014
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day holds a special place in my heart.  My great-grandpa looked like leprechaun and spoke with the sweetest brogue, and I although I never liked to eat it, I remember corned beef and cabbage always being served up at home this time of year.  So, we’re celebrating St. Patty’s Day this year with 17% off your order until midnight!  Erin go Bragh!

17% Off your order at SmashCake & Co. until midnight tonight!

 


Feb
14
2014
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

BEMINE

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to the world’s best customers!  Enjoy 14% off your order!  ***Offer expires Sunday at midnight!


Feb
11
2014
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Swan Princess Party for Sony Pictures :: Product Feature

It’s always a lot of fun when Maureen at Anders Ruff contacts me for party supplies because I know there is something spectacular in the works… and this Swan Princess Party for Sony Pictures proved that I was right again!  *All vendor credits are listed below.

Treats, tutus and tiaras were of course the theme of the day, and must have been a dream-come-true for princess party -goers (and one lucky little prince!)

Swan Princess Party by Anders Ruff :: SmashCake & Co. Blog

Pinks, aqua and yellow were a perfect color combination for a happy, feminine (and royal!) celebration.

The store-bought cake was under $15 and dressed up with macarons and sixlets for a gorgeous yet affordable confection fit for a princess.  All of the sweets and treats look gorgeous atop pink milk glass cake stands.  Find them in our shop here:  (Available in 6″, 10″  & 12″ sizes)

 

The seating table sat low to the ground, and was paired a pink ruffled tablecloth and small pink stools.

The ladies at Anders Ruff used our Lemon Drop Party Paper to line trays, bowls and plates for an extra and unexpected pop of color & pattern.  I love how much this changes the look of otherwise simple white tableware.

Our Hot Pink Polka Dot Paper Straws are paired with ever popular French Square Plastic Milk Bottles.

White cupcakes are cleverly topped with purple macarons and a pink bow and dressed in an Anders Ruff printable cupcake wrapper.  Love!!!

 

Our Yellow Polka Dot Baking Cups are filled with candy for as a cute thank you for the little princesses.

Spectacular work, as always, from Anders Ruff!  Be sure to visit their page for FREE PRINTABLES to host your own Swan Princess Party!!!

 

1.  Polka Dot Straws – Hot Pink     2.  French Square Plastic Milk Bottles     3.  10″ Pink Milk Glass Cake Stand     4.  Party Paper – Lemon Drop     5.  6″ Pink Milk Glass Cake Stand     6.  Polka Dot Straws – Light Blue     7.  Paper Baking Cups – Lemon Yellow Polka Dot

CREDITS:
Production, Design & Styling: Anders Ruff
Photography: Chana Wood of Sugar Wood

DECOR SOURCES:

Paper Straws, Patterned Party Paper, Baking Cups: Smashcake & Co.
Custom Tutus, Tanks and Hair Accessories: Strawberrie Rose
Ruffled Tablecloth: Candy Crush Events
Necktie: Tadpole & Lily
Monogrammed Princess Gloves & Napkins: Great Stitch
Wooden Utensils: Sucre Shop
Tissue, Pink Purse Favor Boxes, Stacking Hat Boxes, Shred: Nashville Wraps
Honeycomb Hanging Poms: Shop Sweet Lulu

SWEETS SOURCES:
Decorated Custom Sugar Cookies: Sugary Sweet Cupcakes & Treats
Polka Dot Chocolate Oreos: Sweeties By Kim
Ombre Yellow Marshmallows: Madyson’s Marshmallows
Candy: Candy Galaxy

 


Feb
07
2014
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Party DIY :: Valentine’s Day Heart Chair Backers

We’ve had several requests for a tutorial on how I made the hearts for the chair backs for our Kisses & Cupcakes Valentine’s Day photo shoot.  I had wanted to have it up on the blog several days ago but winter storms, an outbreak of the stomach flu in our house, scheduled photo shoots and the shop being crazy-busy has kept me away.  Hopefully you’ll still have enough time to whip up some Valentine holders of your own… they’re super easy and would be an adorable way to leave notes for your little ones during the week before Valentine’s Day.  Or, leave off the band and instead use the heart as a pocket to hold notes or little trinkets for spouses, grandparents or teachers!  Once I figured out how I wanted to do it, each heart only took me about 20 minutes.  Even better, they’re inexpensive at around $2 each!

Heart Pattern (Download: HeartPattern)  

12″ x 18″ sheet of red stiffened felt  (*You will need one sheet per holder)  Side note:  I looked at a lot of felt and the best I could find was at Joann’s, on sale for about $1 per sheet.  It was a lot stiffer than some of the other felt I looked at, which makes your holder more sturdy.

glitter felt (*1 sheet per holder)

white jumbo ric rac

sparkly chipboard letters

Velcro or ribbon (optional)

scissors

hot glue gun

Instructions ::

1.  Gather materials.

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2.  Print out the HeartPattern.  Print one at full size, and a second one at 70%.

3.  Using the larger pattern, trace 2 hearts on the backside of the large piece of stiffened felt.  Cut out both hearts.

4.  Trace 1 heart on the backside of the smaller sparkly piece of felt and cut out.

5. You should now have 2 large hearts, and one smaller heart for the “pocket.”

6.  Hot glue ric rac along the edge of the backside of one of the large hearts.

7.  Hot glue ric rac along the edge of the backside of the smaller glittery heart.

8.  Hot glue the second large heart onto the back of the heart with the ric rac. This will help give your chair backer some stability.

 

 

9.  Center the glittery heart on top of the larger heart.  Run hot glue along the bottom and partially up the sides of the smaller glittery heart to create a “pocket.”

10.  Even thought the chipboard letters normally have a sticky back, I recommend lightly adding a little glue to help them adhere to the felt.

11-12.  The last 2 steps are optional, and depend on how you’d like your Valentine holder to hang.  We cut a strip of extra felt and affixed a little bit of Velcro to create a band that wrapped around our chairs.  Depending on the style of your chairs or if you’re planning on adding a lot of cards or candy to the pocket, you may choose to hang your Valentine holder vertically with a strip of felt or ribbon.

Happy Valentine’s Day… we hope you have lots of fun spreading the L-O-V-E!!!