Shopkins Birthday Party Ideas

Tons of fun party ideas for a Shopkins Birthday Party!Although the store shelves are always empty of the latest Shopkins, I struggled to find a whole lot of party ideas.  As I mentioned previously, we held our birthday party at the local indoor playground, and this left little need for tons of decorations or party games.  Nevertheless, I think the little characters are so cute, you could really get carried away creating a party.  Here are a collection of ideas from our party and around the web to help and inspire you as you plan your Shopkins birthday party!
These Shopkins Cupcakes are so simple to make and the party guests will flip!

Shopkins Cupcakes

Shopkins Birthday party dress

Shopkins Birthday party dress

Shopkins Cake plus loads of Shopkins  Birthday Party IdeasShopkins Birthday Cake

Hot Air Balloon Party Favors plus loads of Shopkins Birthday party ideas

Hot Air Balloon Party Favors

Giant Donut Piñata and tons of Shopkins Birthday Party Ideas

Giant Donut Piñata

Shopkins Fondant Cake Toppers plus tons of other Shopkins birthday party ideas

Shopkins Fondant Cake Toppers!

Sippy Sips Birthday Cups with Loads of other Shopkins birthday party ideas!

Sippy Sips Birthday Cups

Push up Pop favors plus loads of Shopkins birthday party ideas!

Party Favor Confetti Push up Pops

Bath Bombs Party Favors and other Shopkins birthday party ideas!

Bath Bombs Party Favors

Shopkins Coloring Page plus other fun Shopkins party ideas!

Coloring Pages (there are lots of different ones to choose from!)

Tons of fun party ideas for a Shopkins Birthday Party!

These are the invitation and decor I used for our party – I created the invitation using a poster image from Shopkinsworld, see below.

Tons of fun party ideas for a Shopkins Birthday Party!

Poster (like the coloring pages, there are many different posters to choose from).

Shopkins Birthday Party Dress

Shopkins Birthday Party DressOther than delicious Shopkins cupcakes, the only thing the birthday girl requested for her party was a new dress!  I had just one day to make her something spectacular and I thought I’d be able to get away with a color coordinated plain dress, but Addie insisted that it have a “big Shopkins right in the middle!”  I didn’t know how in the world I was going to put a character on there, but I was feeling inspired to really try out machine embroidery on my Baby Lock.  By the end of the day, I had finished this Shopkins Birthday Party Dress for Addie and she could not have possibly been more happy!  Wanna see?

Shopkins Birthday Party Dress

Shopkins Birthday Party Dress

That’s pretty happy!!

I started with a self-drafted knit bodice.  I will share the pattern soon, but today let’s look at this cute face and the features of this particular dress.  (That’s my way of saying it’s not ready and this packing/moving thing has taken over for now!)

Shopkins Birthday Party Dress

Prior to sewing together the dress, I added the Shopkins “Wishes” character using my embroidery machine.  This was my first time doing an appliqué/emboidery at home and I got the hang of it pretty quickly.  I used a lot of metallic threads which turned out SO SO good!  I purchased the design on Etsy and had the file plugged in to my sewing machine within five minutes (find the link to that Etsy shop below).  It was almost too easy!

Shopkins Birthday Party Dress

Shopkins Birthday Party Dress

The fabrics for the dress were purchased at Jo-Ann.  The gray knit with metallic gold polka dots is really soft on the inside and totally perfect for a fun party dress that’s also comfy.  The skirt fabric cost a small fortune, but was so worth it because it looks amazing, am I right?  I used my rolled hem foot to finish the hem of the skirt – always my go-to on tough and curved fabrics!

Shopkins Birthday Party Dress

The drop-waist is this girls’ favorite style right now and I think the bow at the side waist adds just the right weight to the center of the dress, balancing it.  She wears this dress nearly every day, I’m calling it a winner!

Shopkins Birthday Party Dress

Click here for the shop where I purchased the digital design file for this embroidery design.  It actually looks like she’s added a few more Shopkins designs since I found this one – SO CUTE!!

 

Shopkins Cupcakes

These Shopkins Cupcakes are so simple to make and the party guests will flip!This year, we celebrated Addie’s birthday at a local indoor playground.  She requested a Shopkins birthday party, which is her latest and greatest obsession.  If you’re unfamiliar with Shopkins, they are little pliable plastic figurines and they’re pretty adorable.  There are all kinds of “supermarket” characters and they each have a clever name like “Olivia Oil” or “D’Lish Donut” or “Lisa Litter.”  It’s good fun hunting down new characters to feed my daughters’ collections. 😉  We did just a few simple decorations in the party room and some colorful Shopkins cupcakes.  It was a fun, easy party and the kids flipped over the Shopkins and the running around squealing, so I’d call it a success.

These Shopkins Cupcakes are so simple to make and the party guests will flip!

These Shopkins Cupcakes are so simple to make and the party guests will flip!

These cupcakes are so simple to put together.  The Shopkins characters are exactly the right size to top the cupcakes!  Gently wash them with soap and water and allow them to dry before assembling the cupcakes.

These Shopkins Cupcakes are so simple to make and the party guests will flip!

These Shopkins Cupcakes are so simple to make and the party guests will flip!

The tri-color swirl on these cupcakes is the perfect way to tie together your party colors and make everything look coordinated.  We went with a navy blue and hot pink color palette.  You can read all about the super simple cupcake decorating tool that will make it a cinch to swirl your frosting by clicking here.  I used Americolor gel food coloring in navy and electric blue for the blue and bright pink and electric pink for the pink.

These Shopkins Cupcakes are so simple to make and the party guests will flip!

These Shopkins Cupcakes are so simple to make and the party guests will flip!

I used a confetti cake mix with the hot pink polka dot cupcake liners (from Jo-Ann) to make sure that the liners remained bright and pink after baking the cupcakes in them.  There is a little shopping bag that comes with each Shopkins character, which I included in the party favor bags so that everyone would have their set when the party was over.  I purchased my packages of Shopkins here (affiliate link for your convenience)  because I can never seem to find a single package on the shelves at my local retail stores.  I have a couple more details from the party that I’ll share with you this week!

These Shopkins Cupcakes are so simple to make and the party guests will flip!

Patriotic Cupcakes

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!I started using a cool new tool from Wilton that combines three frosting colors into one spectacular swirl!  Surely, you could achieve the same effect by piping three colors through one tip at the same time, but this little gadget snaps together to make it super easy.  Patriotic cupcakes are in order this time of year and look how fun they turned out!

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

Ready to celebrate?

Supplies:

cupcakes
white frosting
icing colors in red and blue
Wilton Tri-Color Coupler Decorating Set
Patriotic Foil Fun Pix (optional)

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

Begin by coloring your frosting.  Remember that your colors will deepen a bit as they sit.  A big batch of red frosting can take a lot of dye, so work with smaller amounts and add just enough to get a bright, red color.  Be careful that you don’t add to much dye or your frosting will start to taste gross! I like to use Americolor Super Red gel coloring.  Scoop some frosting into a cup, add the dye with a toothpick, and then mix it well with a spoon or small spatula.

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!The trick for easy color swirling is this cool kit made by Wilton.  It comes with differently shaped couplers so that you can fit the three bags of color together with one piping tip.  Fill each disposable bag with a coupler and red, white, or blue icing.  Then cut the tip off the the bag so that the top of the coupler is exposed.  There are little notches for the couplers to snap together, which is easier if there isn’t any plastic in the way.

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

Add your piping tip – the kit comes with my favorite Tip 1M and also the round, open Tip 1A.  Now, gently twist the ends of the three piping bags together and you’re ready to pipe!

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

Start on the outer edge of the cupcake top and squeeze the three piping bags together.  Swirl in a counter-clockwise direction, gradually swirling up and in a smaller circle until you come to the center.  Stop squeezing and lift the piping tip straight up to create a point.  That’s it!

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

Add some “Fun Pix” for an extra burst of color and celebration!

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

If you like less frosting on top of your cupcakes or if you want to decorate a sheet cake, you can also use the same tools to make a flat “rosette” in red, white, and blue.  Simply start your swirl in the center of the cupcake and create a flat swirl out to the edge!  Pretty, right?  You can read some of my tips for covering a cake with these swirled rosettes by clicking here.

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

Patriotic Cupcakes - swirl together red, white, and blue for these stand-out cupcakes!

What kind of fun plans do you have for Fourth of July?  It will be our last holiday in this house and we are having some company over to watch the fireworks shows across the whole Sacramento valley from our deck.  So bittersweet (sniff)!

S’mores Party with Chinet® Cut Crystal®, Printables and Cash Giveaway


S'Mores Party - free printables and recipes! It’s time to start thinking about summer and the outdoor festivities that come with my favorite time of year!  One thing that our family enjoys, and I’m sure you’d agree, is the thrill of roasting marshmallows on a warm summer evening or making s’mores around the campfire.  I have been wanting to organize a S’Mores Party for a long time, and with the help of Chinet®, I was finally able to do so!  You may remember the Garden and Seed Exchange party and the Bunny Breakfast that we did last year.  I continue to have a strong appreciation for Chinet® Cut Crystal® disposable tableware – it looks clean and classy, while also offering flexibility and reassurance, particularly when it comes to outdoor events! I like to supplement the disposable tableware with a few glass display pieces and some decorative accents for a cohesive and elegant overall look. Today, I’m sharing all the details of our S’mores Party, along with links to recipes and free printables. Plus, at the end of the post, you’ll have an opportunity to win a great gift pack along with a gift card to throw your own summer event! S'Mores Party - cute ideas, free printables, and recipes! S'Mores Party - cute ideas, free printables, and recipes! S'Mores Party - cute printable hot cup sleeves! My jumping off point for this party came from the new-to-me Comfort Cup® by Chinet® Insulated Hot Cups – I created printable sleeves to fit a s’mores and campfire theme and the party developed from there!  Love me a hot cup and they’re disposable too for easy cleanup!!  You’ll be able to download and print the sleeves at the bottom of the post. S'Mores Party - cute ideas, free printables, and recipes! S'Mores Party - "s'mores" cupcakes and printable cupcake toppers These jumbo S’mores Cupcakes make a great impact on the dessert table.  With brown paper liners, toasted meringue frosting, graham cracker crumbs, and themed toppers, they are a total standout! S'Mores Party - cute ideas, free printables, and recipes! I dressed up the drinks by wrapping a ribbon sash around a glass bottle of milk and adding a chalkboard sticker label to the front.  Stripey straws and clear, swirled glasses absolutely complete the look!  I will say again how much I appreciate that Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware is all coordinated and the clear “glassware” matches any theme – I really like every last thing to blend cohesively! S'Mores Party - cute ideas, free printables, and recipes! Nuts and popcorn in sweet little cupcake liners I snagged in Paris.  So cute! S'Mores Bark - SO easy to make!! S’mores bark keeps people happy.  It adds dimension to the table and makes snacking easy for those less inclined to roast up their marshmallows and bite into sticky s’mores! S'Mores Party - cute ideas, free printables, and recipes! S'Mores Cheesecake Parfaits In addition to my excitement over the hot cups, I was also pleasantly surprised that the Chinet® Cut Crystal® line now includes stemless wine glasses!  Having a good appreciation for drinking a nice glass of wine from a wine glass, I’m glad I no longer have to choose between a plastic cup and breakable wine glass.  And what’s more – these glasses make excellent parfait cups!!  I used them for some easy S’mores Cheesecake Parfaits and they turned out just right! S'Mores Party - cute printable hot cup sleeves! S'Mores Party S'Mores Party - "s'mores" cupcakes and printable cupcake toppers S'Mores Party - cute ideas, free printables, and recipes! S'Mores Party - load all the s'mores fixin's into a chip and dip tray! Now, let’s talk about the s’mores station!!  I am totally crushing on the new Chinet® Classic White® Chip & Dip party tray because it’s also perfect for all your s’mores fixins!!!  We have peanut butter cups, chocolate bars, marshmallows, heath bars, and white chocolate chips. Stuff the candy into the middle of your marshmallow before roasting or simply pop it between your graham crackers when you’re smooshing your toasty sandwich together!  This plastic tray is nice and sturdy and classic white – I hot glued on a little black pom pom trim to fancy it up.  Frankly, I’d like to keep this on my table year round! S'Mores Party All the kinds of graham crackers in nifty little boxes were set out, too.  I can’t emphasize enough how much kiddos like choices! S'mores Party - cute printable hot cup sleeves! If you would like to throw a S’mores Party of your own, I have included links to the recipes and free printables below:

S'Mores Party - cute ideas, free printables, and recipes! Putting this party together was such a thrill!  It’s fun to create a celebration just for the sake of getting together with family and friends!  I love combining a few specialty items with stylish, convenient disposable tableware to make party planning easier and outdoor entertaining more feasible.  You can find tons of additional inspiration at My Chinet and NOW, one of you is also going to win a huge Chinet® gift pack (approximate retail value $50) PLUS a $100 Visa gift card.  To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment below sharing how Chinet® Cut Crystal® would elevate your next get-together!

 

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Gone Camping Printable Cupcake Toppers

Gone Camping Printable Cupcake Toppers

Tomorrow I finally get to share what all the S’MORES fuss is about – you don’t want to miss it!  There has been quite the preparation and one thing I recently shared was a super non-dairy frosting that’ll hold up in warmer weather and it also doubles as a great stand-in for “marshmallow” cupcake frosting!

Gone Camping Printable Cupcake ToppersYou can find the details for White Mountain Frosting by clicking over to this post.  Today’s post is going to be short and sweet!  Cupcakes love toppers and I think that festive toppers can really take your party table up a notch – my kids always oooh and ahhhh over them!  I created some chalkboard-ish “Gone Camping” printable cupcake toppers and would love to share them for your own personal use!  These cupcake toppers print out onto a sheet of Avery round 2″ labels.  This makes it easy to peel off the sticker label and pop them onto some card stock rounds.  You could certainly just print them onto card stock instead and cut them out yourself.  I then cut scalloped circles using my Cricut to back the labels.  Once I stuck the labels onto the rounds, I just hot glued them onto lollipop sticks and they’re ready to be put into the cupcakes.  Super simple!

Gone Camping Printable Cupcake Toppers

Click here to download the free printable “GONE CAMPING” Cupcake Topper labels!Free Printable Cupcake Toppers from www.thegirlinspired.com

S'Mores Party - cute ideas, free printables, and recipes!

S'Mores Party - "s'mores" cupcakes and printable cupcake toppers