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Handmade Cupcake Wrappers

May 04, 2011

Everyone loves cupcakes, but sometimes the wrappers can be a bit boring.  This tutorial shows a fast, inexpensive way to create a cupcake wrapper out of decorative paper.  You can find decorative paper in the scrapbooking section of Michaels or Hobby Lobby, or in a pinch, you can use gift wrap. ---> DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE HERE <---

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Giveaway | PSA Essentials Stamps

Giveaway | PSA Essentials Stamps

May 02, 2011

It's time for our first giveaway, and it's a GREAT one!  We have just started selling PSA Essentials Stamps at Swanky Press, and to celebrate, PSA is going to giveaway a prize pack worth approximately $80! The winner will get a custom stamp, one peel & stick pack, one ink, and an alignment tool. For those of you not yet familiar with PSA Essentials, they make round stamps that can be used for addresses, scrapbooking, holiday crafts, and tons more.  Each stamp has an inner circle (typically with an...

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Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby

April 28, 2011

AND THEY'RE OFF!  While the rest of the world focuses on today's Royal Wedding, Simply Swanky is getting our readers ready for the Kentucky Derby.  This year's derby is held on Saturday, May 7th, with the bell for the 137th post time of approximately 6:15 pm (EST).  Below, you'll find easy inspiration for the entire party, from invites to decor to food. 1.  Invitations These cool, minty green invites from Swanky Press have vintage horses and a banner  - it's a blend of classic and cool.  If you...

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DIY Tutorial | Chocolate Dipped Cakeberries

April 27, 2011

As promised, we have a DIY tutorial for chocolate dipped cakeberries. These are like cake pops, but cleverly shaped and decorated to look like chocolate covered strawberries! They work wonderfully at outdoor parties, or anything with a red/fresh theme, such as our Ladybug Baby Shower. This idea is the brainchild of Lindsay Morton of Dollhouse Bake Shoppe.  If you watch Food Network's Cupcake Wars, you'll recognize her as the winner of the premiere episode (you can watch it here). Lindsay has a blog and a website filled with...

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Ladybug Baby Shower

Ladybug Baby Shower

April 25, 2011

Need Ladybug Baby Shower Ideas? Look no farther. We've taken this modern shower theme, and done the legwork for you to make planning your party as simple as can be. A ladybug shower is a wonderful theme for an outdoor party.  Bring in greenery and grass, and also lots of pops of white, red and black.  Don't forget stripes and dots - both help pull in the color and theme perfectly.  Although this theme is centered around a baby shower, it would work great for a first birthday...

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Freebie | Printable Easter Table Placards

April 21, 2011

Just in time for Easter, we have created some modern, chevron-striped printable table placards. These cards are a great way to dress up your easter buffet table, OR consider using them as gift tags on Easter baskets! The free file includes 3 different designs, sized at 3x5 inches.  Just download, print, and enjoy!  Please leave a comment below if you're downloading the file - we'd love to know your plans for them!

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Tissue Paper Poms

April 20, 2011

Tissue paper poms are the perfect way to make a dessert buffet or gift table stand out. They are affordable, fast, and more fool-proof then you'd expect.  Consider a swath of poms of different sizes, or a mass in all one color.  They also look amazing scattered from trees for an outdoor party. Just follow the steps below for simple, but elegant, party decor.

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