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2012 Christmas Party

Can you believe that Christmas is in two short weeks…eek?!?! I struggled a little bit this year creating the Holiday printables collection. At first I wanted to created a beautiful “Grown-Up” damask print with different tones of red but after making a few items I got stuck:( So I switched gears and went with a fun party set with red, green, pink and blue.

Christmas Party Ideas | 505-design.com

Christmas Party Printable | 505-design.com

I love bell domes, it’s a great way to dress up your dessert table  this year.

Christmas Party Hot Coco Bar | 505-design.com

Christmas Party Hot Chocolate | 505-design.com

What’s a winter party without hot chocolate? I used the cupcake toppers as drink labels for the cups.

Christmas Party Ideas | 505-design.com

Yummy cupcakes and cookie lollipops.

Letter to Santa | 505-design.com

How fun is the candy string of light?  Here is the link to Hungry Happenings tutorial if you are interested.

Products & Credits:
505 Design+Paperie – Printable Christmas Collection, Photography & Styling
The Christmas Tree Shop– Square White Picture Frames
Dollar Tree – Glass Mugs
Meijers – Glass Bell Dome
Pier 1 – White Ruffled Cake Plate
Target – White Serving Plate, red twine, red& white twine, cookie lollipops
The Twinery – Green & White bakers twine

Happy Holidays! Cathy C.

In Elf on the Shelf/ Free Printables

North Pole Breakfast 2012

Our friendly little elf Chippy came back yesterday and my kids were full of excitement  and lots of sugar.  They have been asking for the last month when he would return, so they could “have candy for breakfast”.  Sorry about the dark photos.  As they get older it’s so much harder to be sneak these things in the daylight.

North Pole Breakfast 2012 | 505-design.com

North Pole Breakfast 2012 | 505-design.com

North Pole Breakfast 2012 | 505-design.com

Little Miss Sassy Pants was the first one awake followed closely by the Little Guy (who does not look very little).

North Pole Breakfast 2012 | 505-design.com

Adding to the North Pole Breakfast each kiddie received a new Christmas plate this year – the Santa cup was from 2011’s breakfast.

North Pole Breakfast 2012 | 505-design.com

In their boxes Chippy sent a new ornament, some holiday pencils, coloring book and Christmas socks.

North Pole Breakfast 2012 | 505-design.com

This is probably my favorite moment from the whole morning   Without any prompting they both looked up and thanked Chippy for the gifts, how sweet are they? (he was hanging in the light over looking the table).

North Pole Breakfast 2012 | 505-design.com

Don’t Forget the FREE North Pole Breakfast Printable

thanks for stopping by! Cathy C.

4 In Christmas Parties/ Elf on the Shelf/ Free Printables

Elf on the Shelf Breakfast Printables

Our friendly little elf  is hard at work preparing for the second annual North Pole Breakfast.  My kiddies have been talking about “Chippy” nonstop for the past month, they are so gitty with excitement!  I am not exactly sure what he will bring us this year let just say it will have something to do with an Elves four main food groups – Candy, Candy Canes, Candy Corn and Syrup.  If you are planning your own Elf on the Shelf Breakfast here is a free printable I created to help you get started.

Elf on the Shelf Letter 2012

***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.

Enjoy! Cathy C.

In Christmas Parties/ Free Printables/ Tutorial

North Pole Survival Kit :: Hot Coco in a Can

Last years Holly Jolly Christmas Collection was a big hit especially the sweet North Pole Survival Kits {aka Hot Coco in a Can}.
Hot Coco - North Pole Survival Kit
I have had several requests for a tutorial and have finally distracted my children enough found some time to take pictures and write down the recipe.  The red paint canisters were purchased last year (2011) around Christmas time. I had one heck of a time finding them again until a few days ago I spotted those suckers down the dollar aisle at Target and stocked up! It’s a super simple recipe and they make great teacher gifts.

Hot Coco Recipe

Here is what you will need:

Hot Chocolate Mix
Milk Chocolate Chips
Peppermint Candies
Marshmallows (Regular or Peppermint)
Canister or Glass Jar

Thoroughly wash and dry your canister/glass jar

  1. Unwrap 10 peppermint candies and either crush in plastic bag using meat mallet or chop using a food processor. Set aside.
  2. Add 6 Packs of Hot Chocolate Mix then lightly tap canister on the counter to flatten out chocolate mix. Wipe the inside of canister with a dry paper towel to remove any coco dust from the side.
  3. Add crushed peppermint (about 1/4 cup). Same thing tap canister to flatten peppermint layer.
  4. Carefully add 1/3 Cup of Milk Chocolate Chips starting with the outside and filling in the center.
  5. Fill the rest of the container with marshmallows.

I made a few different version and noted the recipes below.

Hot Chocolate

Target’s Painter Can
Hot Chocolate in a Can

Same Recipe as Above: 6 Packets of Hot Chocolate, 1/4 Cup Crushed Peppermint, 1/3 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips and fill the rest with Marshmallows

Mini Mason Jar

 Hot Chocolate in a Jar

2 Packets of Hot Chocolate, 1/8 of a Cup of Milk Chocolate Chips and fill the rest with Marshmallows

Mason Jars

Peppermint Hot Chocolate in a Jar

 4 Packets of Hot Chocolate, 1/4 Cup Crushed Peppermint, 1/3 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips and fill the rest with Peppermint Marshmallows

North Pole Survival Kit Download

Click here to download the free North Pole Survival Kit Circles

enjoy! Cathy C.

In The Best Recipe/ Tutorial

The Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

Fall is here with it’s spectacular color, golden light and rich aroma. For our family, the season is not complete without a trip to the cider mill and as my daughter says “Mom’s Famous Zucchini Bread”.

I was given this recipe by Jen I., and it is the most amazing zucchini bread I have ever tasted. Every time I make it I get nothing but compliments.


The Best Zucchini Bread Recipe

First I separate my wet and dry ingredients as followed (2 tsp Vanilla not pictured)

Zucchini Bread

Using my stand mixer I cream together the sugar and shortening

Zucchini Bread Ingredients

Next add the water, eggs, zucchini and vanilla (not pictured again)


Add the dry spices to the above mixture, then slowly add in 3-1/3 cups of flour.


Once everything is mixed up it should look something like this.

Download the recipe card here!
PDF Version
JPG Version


Enjoy! Cathy C.

In Halloween/ Holiday/ Party Photos

A Wicked Halloween Party

Happy October everyone!  Last week I set up a Cupcake & Cocktails “Wicked” Halloween Party to showcase our new printable Halloween set.  At the moment bold stripes are one of my favorite party trends.  From the striped straws and cupcake liners to the rugby striped party printables – I love the bold look of the black and white with hint of color.

Wicked Halloween Party | 505-design.com

For the main table setting I used a green plastic table cloth with a black lace overlay and a beautiful candelabra centerpiece.  The name plates for each guest were created using our editable food labels.

Wicked Halloween Party | 505-design.com

The flower arrangement is a rectangle glass vase that I covered using the pattern paper that is included in the set and topped if off with some beautiful lace.

Witch Hat Cupcake Toppers | 505-design.com

These witch hat cupcake toppers are made of mini and standard size cupcake wrappers (tutorial via Half Baked).

Wicked Wine | 505-design.com

Pick Your Poison | 505-design.com

Pick your poison at the cocktail station, from wicked wine to witches brew there is something for all my favorite ladies

Wicked Halloween | 505-design.com

Wicked Halloween Party Table Setting | 505-design.com

I set the table using these great black and white striped paper plates I found at a local party store
and gave each of the ladies there very own witchy cupcake in a personalized take home box.

 Oreo Witch Feet | 505-design.com
These witch feet are just adorable – simply stack up mint Oreo’s and top with mini cupcakes and witch feet. A word of caution though – place them in a stable spot where they won’t get bumped.
Wicked Halloween Collection | 505-design.com
Products used:
Wicked Halloween Printables: 505 Design+Paperie
White Ruffle Cake Plates: Pier 1
Black Rhinestone Tray: Michael’s
Cupcake Candelabra: Marshall’s / Home Goods
Black and White Plates: Party Adventure
Striped Straws, Cupcake Wrappers: The Bakers Confections
Cupcake Boxes: Oriental Trading
Black Lace,  Lace Trim: Walmart

Thanks! Cathy C.

In Boys Party/ Party Photos/ Printables/ Surfs Up

AJ’s Surfs Up Birthday Party

I recently styled my son’s Surfs Up Party to celebrate his 3rd birthday!  Originally, we planned on a shark party ~ but I changed it last minute after seeing the adorable Surf Legend Collection at Gymboree.   I love the blue, orange & brown color scheme and my friend happen to have a bin full of Hawaiian decorations left over from my Bachelorette Party {let’s just say we could not stop laughing when we opened the storage container;-) }

Boys Surfing Party

The surfboard backdrop inspiration came from Holly at Paisley Petal Events.  My husband is not much of a handyman so cutting out surfboard shapes from plywood- as simple as it may have been – would be TOTALLY out of the question.  Instead I created a mini version using a 20 x 30 photo print,  foam board and the Centerpiece Circles (tutorial coming soon!).

Surfing Party Cupcakes

Surfing Party

I love making the sweets and treats for my little ones parties.  This year I made cake pops, chocolate covered Oreos and shark bite donuts. I’m way to OCD to attempt the cupcakes so I left those to the professionals.

Surf Board Cookies

My sister stepped in to save the day after I COMPLETELY forgot to pick up the cookies from the bakery…OOPS.  She did a great job considering it was an hour or two before the party.

Surfs Up Birthday Banner

Surf Party Favor Bags

Each little surfer received his/her own bag of goodies.  They especially loved the shark snack container filled with Skittles (per the birthday boys request).

Surf Party Food

For dinner I served chicken kabobs and an assortment of yummy summer salads

Little Surfer Boys

The best part of the whole day was watching these two surfer dudes hang ten on the surf boards!

I am still in disbelief  that I have a THREE year old and  nearly 5 year old:(
I really don’t know where the time has gone but I am trying to enjoy every last second with both of them

If you are interested in having your own Surfs Up Party check out all the great items now available in the shop.

Party Styling & Printables : 505 Design+Paperie
Photography: Andary Studio

Thanks!!! Cathy C.

In Another Happy Customer/ Baseball Party/ Boys Party/ Party Photos

Baseball Party {Another Happy Customer}

This next party come from my super sweet customer that happens to be my neighbor!  Stephanie ordered our printable Baseball Collection for her son’s 4th birthday and to my surprise I noticed she lived in the same city.  After chatting through email we realized we lived a stone throw from each other.  Since then Stephanie and I have worked together a few times and I LOVE the parties she creates!!

Printable Baseball Party Decorations

Baseball Party Party Straws, Cake Pops & Centerpiece Flags

Baseball Party Favor Table

Baseball Cake Pops & Cookies

Baseball Party

I love the “American” feel of the Baseball party and Stephanie did a fantastic job putting everything together.
If you are interested in having your own Baseball theme party, check out our printable Baseball Collection now available in the shop.

Thanks! Cathy C.

In Barbie Party/ Girls Party/ Party Photos/ Printables

Barbie Mermaid Tale Party {Another Happy Customer}

Our printable Barbie Mermaid Tale Inspired Package is one of the top selling collections in the shop right now.  I custom designed the original party for Holly at Paisley Petal Events and the package has been a hit ever since.  These sweet photos came from Darolyn who created the party for her daughter’s 6th birthday.

Barbie Mermaid Tale Party

Barbie Mermaid Tale Party

Barbie Mermaid Tale Party

I love all the great details in this party, from the cocktail umbrella welcome sign to the sweet cupcakes with adorable flower details.
Interested in throwing your own Barbie Mermaid Tale Party? Check out our printable party decor

Thanks for stopping by! Cathy C.

In Boys Party/ Party Photos/ Printables/ Safari Party

Safari Party {Another Happy Customer}

This wonderful party comes from my friend Autumn who claims to be “un-crafty”.  When you see the photos of her sons birthday party I think you will disagree.  She contacted me last fall to create some custom party decorations after searching high and low for Safari party decor.

Safari Party

Abrum’s Mom created the cupcake tower by covering square boxes & cardboard with wrapping paper

Safari Party Centerpieces

The table centerpieces were made with the same adorable wrapping paper, some moss and ferns

Animal print birthday banner

Hanging vines and wild animals decorations

The brand new Safari Party Printable Set is now available in the shop if you are interested.

Thanks for stopping by! Cathy C.

In Party Ideas

Skip the Helium Balloons

Did you know that there is a helium shortage? Last month my friend stopped into the local dollar store to have the balloons she purchased online for her daughter’s birthday party inflated. The problem was, they had no helium nor did the other smaller chain stores in the area. After trying several stores she was told that there is a helium shortage. Hospitals are allowed first dibs and the larger chain stores split the rest of the supply (if there is any left). After spending a pretty penny on some large Mylar balloons she decided not to let them go to waste and ended up purchasing a disposable helium tank.

To skip the headache of tracking down helium, check out these brilliant alternatives to helium balloons.

Tissue Poms

Tissue poms are great alternative to balloons and very simple to create yourself if you are up for the task
These beauties are from Pom Goddess on Etsy
Photo via  Pom Goddess

Paper Plate Backdrop

Add color to your dessert display using fun and colorful Paper Plates, a pack of 20 will run you $2-$5
The beautiful table above was created by Fun Favors
Photo via Fun Favors

Tissue Garland

This is probably one of my favorite party trends right now – Tissue Garland
Flair Exchange offers them in a variety of colors and sizes
Photo via Flair Exchange

Tissue Fans

 Remember the bell shaped tissue decor from your mother’s bridal shower pictures
The ever so talented Amy Atlas  gives her dessert tables a pop of color using some updated Tissue Fans
Photo via Amy Atlas Design

Upside Down Balloons

Still can’t imagine a party with out balloons?  No problem.
Check out this clever mom who filled balloons with air,added a marble to weigh them down and hung them from the ceiling.
Photo via www.kimberlyjarman.net 

Thanks for stopping by! Cathy C.

In New to the Shop/ News

New Party Themes Added to the Shop

I am the world’s worst blogger.  With that said I am so sorry for being fairly silent around the website lately, as you can tell from the lack of posts life has been crazy and I don’t know how to say no to people (but that’s okay I love what I do).  Now that this is in writing for the world to see, I am planning on posting at least once a week – maybe even twice a week (okay, that’s totally pushing it, but I’ll try).    Here is some the craziness I have been working on the past month.

Surf's Up Party

My son’s  Surf’s Up Party

Candy Sweet Shoppe Party

The cutest Candy Sweet Shop Party

Hunting Party Invitation

Hunting Party

Motorcycle Party

Motorcycle Party

Carnival Party Cupcake Toppers

A bright and colorful Carnival Party

Circus Party Carnival Party Invitations

Circus / Carnival Party Invitations

Thanks for stopping by, Cathy C.