Birthday Party Inspiration – Baking Birthday

The Beautiful Baker birthday party theme is great for girls who love to help their parents cook and bake in the kitchen. Perhaps your little lady dreams of owning her successful bakery or enjoy watching a show on the Food Network for great cooking ideas. This theme celebrates a girls desire to create a tasty treat and enjoy it with her friends. At the same time being recognized for the special and creative beautiful baker she really is. If this sounds like your little lady than this is the theme for her!

1. Charley's Bakery 2.Hats- Parenting Magazine 3. Tools-smkw.com 4. Hanging Party Pom Poms 5. Duncan Hines- Hero Bubble Gum Cake

1. Charley’s Bakery 2.Hats- Parenting Magazine 3. Tools-smkw.com 4. Hanging Party Pom Poms 5. Duncan Hines- Hero Bubble Gum Cake

This theme allows you to let your inner girl chef go crazy and wild! For party favors you can add a punch of fun to the party with animal print aprons, personalized aprons, kitchen utensils favor packs with ribbons, recipe cards with foods made from the party, and even small cook books for kids! The possibilities are endless so think outside the box for this fantastic theme! For lunch you could have your young chef’s cook their own personal pizzas with pre-made pizza dough and just add the toppings. Another fun idea would be to help decorate cupcakes with the birthday girl and then cut a second decorated cake later to say happy birthday, if you wish.

Beautiful Baker Birthday Party Invitation

Beautiful Baker Birthday Party Invitation

When you decorate for the party you can either choose to go super playful or classic. Since this is a children’s baking party opt for a pretty plastic table cloth in the area where the baking and decorating will be happening and tape your cloth down to keep everything clean.  For center pieces you can use anything from decorated containers of kitchen utensils, cake sprinkles, or balloons. The most important thing is not perfection for your little baker but fun, after all once your party get baking it’s going to get messy anyway! Remember things will spill and the goal is for the guests and the guest of honor to enjoy the party.

Be sure to check out our cute and customizable Beautiful Baker Birthday Party Invitations if you’re getting ready to have a Bakers Birthday party! Invitations are available with a blonde, brunette, red-head, African-American, and Asian Beautiful Bakers made to resemble the guest of honor. They will be ready to get to your party!

All The Best,
Cicely

Father’s Day- A Day to honor him

Normally for each of these holidays or events I do an inspiration board. Normally I would show my latest design for the occasion. This Father’s Day is not so normal for me since I just lost my father this May. I thought this post would be the hardest to write since past couple of year’s I have gotten to honor to two great father’s, my own Daddy and my husband. Since my men love meat none is spared for our grill. I marinate, season rub, and grill everything to perfection for my guys! This year the grill will still be fired and everything cooked in loving anticipation of being eaten to oblivion. The difference is I will honor my Dad’s memory. I will remember the times he took me fishing as a little girl. His fishing pole was long and blue, mine small and red. I would drown every worm he put on my hook never catching one fish but, oh the fun we had together! This year I will tell my kids beautiful stories they never knew about their Grand-dad and watch them laugh. This year will be different but, I will still honor him.

Daddy

My Daddy

Love You Daddy,

Cicely

fanchimp- The Perfect Social Media Helper

As a business owner, well basically one woman show, I’m responsible for all the content you see from CiJa Studio. This means time has to be  scheduled to design new product, update 3 stores, photograph items, and most importantly interact on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. If reading this list exhausts you then imagine doing it while managing a household with two pre-teens on top of it! This is where my new helper fanchimp comes in. Music please…dun, da, da, daaaaaa!!!!

Oh how I love fanchimp! Fanchimp has allowed me to do what used to take hours in as little as a few minutes. My perfect “social media helper” works with my shop by adding a plug-in or link if you will. Then it allows you to select from your product, personal messages, and more to update your Facebook fan-page. Then once you’ve made your selections based on your preferences you select content relevant to your fans. You use this to create daily campaigns to load to your Facebook fan-page with an option to link to a Twitter account. Fanchimp make everything easy by selecting the best time to post each selection to the page so you don’t have to.

So here’s my final review, the big shout….I love fanchimp! I really do. I actually say it every time I log in and update my page because it used to take me forever to comb the internet looking for interesting content to share. Now with my new helper fanchimp great content is just a click away . Best of all they even gave me 30 days FREE to give them a try. I took the free trial and I’m really glad I gave the chimp a chance!

All the Best,

Cicely

Mother’s Day Inspiration- Creative Appreciation

Mother’s Day is around the corner. Your mother may be right next door, a short drive away, a state over, or maybe even in another country. If your Mommy is long distance away the traditional brunch or casual outing may be out of the question. Or even for some who live close to their Mom’s a get together may just be not possible. If this is your situation it’s time for some creative long-distance appreciation for Mom.

Mother's Day Gifts Inspiration 1. Flowers (FTD) 2. Berries (Natures Gardens Candles) 3. Cookies (Wisconsin Made) 4. Tablet (Android) 5. Body Cream (Skin 2 Spirit)

Mother’s Day Gifts Inspiration 1. Flowers (FTD) 2. Berries (Natures Gardens Candles) 3. Cookies (Wisconsin Made) 4. Tablet (Android) 5. Body Cream (Skin 2 Spirit)

Here are a few suggestions to get your appreciation package thoughts going:

  1. Send a card to tell her how much you care (Yes, that’s in addition to the phone call )
  2. Pamper her with natural Bath & Body Products
  3. Give gift cards from a local business nearby her
  4. Send Edible Fruit to pamper her taste buds (Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate…yummy!!)
  5. A Fresh Bouquet of Flowers (They can be Tulips or  Asters like the one in the picture, they rock too!)
  6. Handmade or Semi-Precious Jewelry
  7. Homemade Cookies or Baked Goods that you make (She’ll be impressed and full)
  8. A trip to the Spa or Nail Salon
  9. A pre-paid Vacation (If it doesn’t break your budget….it’s just a suggestion)
  10. A donation to her favorite charity in her name
  11. A new Internet Tablet for the Tech Savvy Mom
  12. A new cell phone (nothing says love like unlimited minutes)
  13. A new computer/laptop with webcam installed by a professional (Once again over the top, but if you always wanted to do it…..YEAH!!)
Mothers Day Card- A Flower For Mom- by CiJa Studio.

Mothers Day Card- A Flower For Mom- by CiJa Studio.

Mother's Day Card- A Flower for Mom by CiJa Studio

Mother’s Day Card- A Flower for Mom by CiJa Studio

Once you’ve picked out your treasures be sure to pack them carefully with lots of pretty tissue paper inside the box. Include a lovely card with a handwritten message to your Mom. Be sure to use shipping method that will get your package there on time for her to enjoy. Whatever you do to show her how much she has meant to you just remember to tell her those words she wants to hear, “I love you MOM”. Enjoy honoring the special lady in your life…your Mom!

Be sure to check out our cute hand illustrated Mother’s Day Cards if you need a unique way to tell Mom you love her!

All The Best,
Cicely

Cupcake Toppers – making the cupcakes the star of the party

Pickles and Ice cream Baby Shower Cupcake Toppers by CiJa Studio

Pickles and Ice cream Baby Shower Cupcake Toppers by CiJa Studio

When you go to celebrate a party the cake is usually the center piece at the party. Lately a smaller and delicious counterpart is stealing the show. Its name is the cupcake. The cupcake is now in the spotlight and has become the star of the party. By using cupcakes for your party you allow for ultimate flexibility of customization. You can have more variety of flavors by using more than one or two to suit your taste preference. From an artistic stand point you can have your many of the cupcakes decorated differently allowing the theme of your party to really shine through.

Another way to make your cupcakes shine are to plainly white frosted cupcakes and decorate them with a fun cupcake topper. A cupcake topper is a small picture printed on card-stock cut into a shape that has been attached with adhesive to a stick and placed into the top of the cupcake. To be honest I really didn’t know that cupcake toppers could be so much fun to decorate until I started getting my sketch book out. Once I started sketching designs to companion with our invitations I was addicted to these lovely little things!

Hollywood/ Red Carpet Cupcake Toppers by CiJa Studio

Hollywood/ Red Carpet Cupcake Toppers by CiJa Studio

At CiJa Studio we make Printable Cupcake Toppers that come with twelve 12 different design to allow for maximum  decorating fun. Use the ones you love as many times as you would like. These cupcake toppers can also be used as favor tags for your guest party gifts, or as stickers, or even used as cute tags for Cake Pops as well when attached with a ribbon.

Be sure to check out our cute and artistic Printable Cupcake Toppers if you’re getting ready to have a baby shower or a birthday party!

All The Best,
Cicely

Digital and Printable Invitations a sign of modern times

Digital/Printable Pickles and Ice Cream Baby Shower Invitation by CiJa Studio

Digital/Printable Pickles and Ice Cream Baby Shower Invitation by CiJa Studio

In a day in age of e-mail, Facebook, Blackberry, iPhones, and Samsung androids some may ask do people still mail out invitations? The answer is a resounding yes and no. Many people still use printed invitations for formal events and wedding and consider it a faux pas to do anything else. At CiJa Studio we recognize times are changing and we are proud to offer a green and modern way to invite your friends to your latest event.

Baby Nursery Printed Invitations by CiJa Studio

Baby Nursery Printed Invitations by CiJa Studio

We are proud to roll out printable / e-vite invitations. Printable / E-vite invitations are digital invitations that once you purchase are customized with your personal information and sent to you as a file for you to print or choose to share electronically with your guests. Printable / E-vites are not new but allow you to save both time and money while never sacrificing on style. My take is as a busy Mom I love using a digital invitations. It saves me so much time for local events and parties. I do recognize there are times when nothing but print will do which is why these cards are formatted to be printed when you need to and for as many as you need to print. Being truthful in a the digital age we need to have all options at hand. For me I like those options to be just as artful and elegant as my previous paper predecessors which is why we offer quality design for digital use.

Digital/Printable Princess Party Invitation by CiJa Studio

Digital/Printable Princess Party Invitation by CiJa Studio

Be sure to check out our cute and personalizable printable / e-vite Invitations if you’re getting ready to have a baby shower or a birthday party! Most invitations are available in with a with blonde, brunette, redhead, African-American, African-American with natural hair, and Asian pregnant moms or little girls to resemble the guest of honor.

All The Best,
Cicely

Baby Shower Inspiration – Hollywood / Red Carpet Baby Shower

Red carpet, Hollywood Baby Shower Invitation by Cija Studio on Zazzle.

The Back of Red Carpet, Hollywood, Celebrity, Baby Shower Invitation by Cija Studio on Zazzle

The Back of Red Carpet, Hollywood, Celebrity, Baby Shower Invitation by Cija Studio on Zazzle

Inspired by celebrity award season this theme is for mommies-to-be who can’t wait to see what their favorite stars will be wearing to the Oscars or Golden Globes. This theme is also perfect for the mommie-to-be who wears stilettos throughout her pregnancy or looks red carpet ready on every occasion. Baby showers are celebrations when friends and family come together to make the mommy-to-be feel like a star for the day. The Hollywood/Red Carpet Baby Shower theme is all about showering the mommy-to-be with the red carpet treatment. If you are looking for a baby shower with the potential for a lavish and decadent feel this may be the theme for you.

Hollywood-Inspiration-Blog-photos

1. Decor (Embrace Home) 2. Mocktails (Amanda Parker and family) 3. Gift Wrap(Sweet tea with Cindy) 4. Hanging Stars (she knows) 5. Star Straws (Sweet & treats Boutique) 6. Pregnant Mommas in Couture

This shower can be taken literally with red carpets being laid down for your guest to walk in on as they enter the shower, directors chairs being used to sit on while playing games, and award statuettes given out for baby shower game prizes. This approach would be very fun and memorable for your guests. Another direction to go in would be Hollywood glam. Instead of using plastic centerpieces use fresh flowers instead. Try infusing colors of red or yellow with pops of black for fun even though these aren’t typical baby shower theme colors. Also you can hang stars from the ceiling for a touch of whimsy. Add a decadent flair to your tables by using metallic color table linens layered solid colors to give more star appeal. For drinks try making mock-tails served in either real or plastic stemware. Labeling them with matching place cards is a very red carpet way to tell your guests what drink is being served.  Also don’t forget to get thank your guests in style by wrapping their party favor in a gorgeous package that says Hollywood glam. Have fun and go all out in Hollywood style so everyone will celebrate the star of the night and the star on the way!

Red carpet, Celebrity, Hollywood Baby Shower Invitation by Cija Studio on Zazzle.

Be sure to check out my cute and customizable Hollywood Baby Shower Invitations on Zazzle if you’re getting ready to have a baby shower! The Invitations are printed on both sides for the price of single side printing! They are available with pregnant moms with blonde, brunette, and red hair. Also invitation are available with Asian moms, African-American moms, and African-American moms with natural hair to best resemble the guest of honor. Or add your red carpet ready photo to the invitation to make it yours!

All The Best,
Cicely

Baby Shower Inspiration – Pickles and Ice Cream!

Pickles & Ice cream Printable / Evite Invitations by CiJa Studio

Pickles & Ice cream Printable / Evite Invitations by CiJa Studio

This shower theme could be great for mommies-to-be who are foodies or just love fun foods. Mommies-to-be have many cravings as the go through pregnancy. Pickles and Ice Creams celebrates those funny and sometimes interesting cravings she may have. If this sounds like you then this could be the perfect theme for you!

Pickles & Ice Cream Printable / Evite Invitations by CiJa Studio

Pickles & Ice Cream Printable / Evite Invitations by CiJa Studio

There are so many fun ideas that can be done for this shower. Recipes cards for homemade ice-creams or yogurt, jars of gourmet ice cream topping, or a fun ice cream serving spoon would make really wonderful favors for your guests. For lunch you could make finger sandwiches, fresh-cut vegetables, and an olive bar that includes gourmet pickles. Or you could skip lunch and have dessert with a decadent ice cream or frozen yogurt bar with custom toppings to spare. Your guest will have loads of fun as they share this special moment.

Products by 1. Prepara 2. Kitchn 3. Catch My Party 4. Raspberri Cupcakes 5. Huggies

Products by 1. Prepara 2. Kitchn 3. Catch My Party 4. Raspberri Cupcakes 5. Huggies

Be sure to check out our cute and customizable Pickles and Ice Cream Invitations if you’re getting ready to have a baby shower! Invitations are available in pink, blue, and green with a pregnant mommy to resemble the guest of honor. They will be craving to be there for the festivities!

All The Best,
Cicely

Chicken Soup and Tissue

In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, taking care of family, and working the daily grind sometimes we find sitting;in front of a bowl of chicken soup with a box of tissue. Now if I looked at this from my daughter’s perspective she would be beaming from ear to ear, grateful for the extra time off from school, and all of the work that comes with it. So I suppose at times like this it’s all about perspective. What do we do when life throws us a curve and we have to change our plans?

If your like me you go down fighting. I usually try to work feverishly in my office with hand sanitizer, and sprays until it becomes very apparent that my body is like “woman would you just quit already”! So this week I am taking the my daughter view on things and as I nurse myself back to health. While I ride out the viral crud bugs I am going taking advantage of the downtime to do the following:
1. Catch up on reading those really cool blogs I usually don’t have to time to read.
2. Taking a moment to do some business planning (I know it’s bad…I can’t help it I’m a grown up).
3. Finally, but most important take some time to cuddle with the ones I love who make me feel so much better when I’m sick.

So the morale of the story is life is still life whether your planning the perfect holiday or it’s just another day. The challenge is all in our perspective. If life throws you a curve ball that may require some chicken soup and tissue or some other form change you can do one of two things. You can sit around and be really upset that things aren’t going your way. This won’t help and will probably hinder you in the long run. Or you can make simple adjustments so you can roll with the curves. Now this may be inconvenient but, you’ll find life much less stressful when you chose to make adjustments. This season I’m rolling with the curves and taking it in stride. So this season take it easy on yourself and have a child-like perspective to make you smile with each and every turn.

Don’t Make a Resolution

It was just another day working at my computer when I was staring out my window. As I got lost in the moment I realized Thanksgiving had just passed and how fast Christmas and New Years was approaching. So with that frame of mind I started thinking about making a New Years Resolution. Ah yes, you know how it goes you get think of all the goals you set this year but did make, assess which ones are most important, and then put them on a list. For some it may be to take a vacation, others lose weight, or maybe find love. What’s important is we resolve to accomplish this list. That is what I really want us to think about.

My gorgeous forest preserve backyard view out my window.

My gorgeous forest preserve backyard view out my window.

If you could indulge me for a moment, I would like you to have a look at the view out of my window (the picture is up above). Now while you look at the photo think about what really inspires you? Next consider what is it that you have been wanting to do but haven’t done because of your fears? Next consider what did dream of doing when you “grew up”? Ok now I want you to stop looking at the view out my window and focus for a minute, if you can. If you were unable to answer any of those questions it’s alright you can feel refreshed because you took a moment of pause just for yourself. But, if you did answer at least one or more of those questions I encourage you not to make a resolution this year but to commit to your passion. Am I saying it’s bad to want to resolve to be more organized, get fit, or do any of these things to better ourselves? My answer is a resounding NO. What I am saying is often we make our New Years resolution ,year in and year out, without listening and giving precedence to our hearts true desires. Often we settle on our New Years goals because of our  adult sensibility or because we do what is familiar and safe. I know because I did it for years before starting my studio. So that’s why I am giving you permission to be wild, get crazy, and go out on a limb. Don’t Make a Resolution for 2013 instead live on the edge and commit to your  hearts passion! -Cicely