About Kim

Kim Byers, creative director & owner of The Celebration Shoppe. Her work has been featured in Parents, Better Homes and Gardens, All You, Pregnancy, iVillage, Huffington Post and many others. Kim is also a contributing writer for Kellogg's Snackpicks and Parade magazine, as well as craft contributor for JoAnn.

Back To School Party + Free Cake Topper & Party Printables

Are you celebrating back to school this year? Whether you’re planning a big send off party or a small “HOORAY” this is going to be fun… you’ll see… {wink}, I have some fun free back to school party printables for you!

Back To School Party + Free Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Back to school season is exciting around our house. The kids can’t wait to get the new notebooks, new clothes, new shoes, new backpacks… and we always have a fun little party with some of our best friends. Just a little kickoff to the next chapter in their education.

And this year I’ve whipped up few free party printables to share with my favorite readers! The set includes:

  • Back To School cake topper
  • I love bookworms (treat toppers or bookmark)
  • You’re A Smart Cookie (treat topper or bookmark)
  • Pencil or straw slips
  • A+ buttons (great as table confetti)

Want a closer look?!

Back To School Cake + Free Party Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My favorite is the mini cake bunting welcoming them back to school. So easy to assemble. Just cut out the bunting, fold over string, bakers twine or ribbon, and use a glue dot to close.

Back To School Party | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I love little happy reminders on their pencils.

Back To School Party +  Free Party Printables | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I also like to remind them that they’re smart cookies. {wink}

Back To School Party | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And since my youngest son’s favorite back to school treat is the gummy worm… we had to have a few book worms too. {grin}

Back To School | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Here’s hoping you and yours stay sharp this year and have a very happy back to school season. And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Download your FREE BACK TO SCHOOL party printables now!

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Outdoor Movie Party Ideas

I’ve been wanting to host an outdoor movie night. 

Magical Movie Night | Lay Baby Lay

Not necessarily a birthday party, but just a family and friends outdoor night before the fireflies stop blinking and the sun starts going down at 7… I’m a lover of all the seasons, but I truly miss summer when it’s gone. 

This party and photography is from Lay Baby Lay. She hosted it for her little Vivi’s second birthday party. You simply must hop over to her blog for tons of fun and creative ideas.

My favorite element is the tent. She set up an individual tent per family, complete with paper fans, lights, blankets and pillows. So perfect.

Want more outdoor movie night party ideas? Join me on Pinterest and check out my Party {Movie Night Party Ideas} board.

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats Slider – Easy After School Snack

I love having fun little after school snacks for my boys from time to time. You can’t make every afternoon of homework fun, but you can on special occasions: first day of school, after a big test, end of the quarter.

Strawberry Rice Krispies Treats Slider | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

These Strawberry Rice Krispies Treat Sliders are super simple to make with just the right blend of sweet and fruity. I think your kiddos will love them.

We actually made banana ones too and they might have been my favorite. {grin}

You’ll need:

  • Rice Krispies Treats Snack Packs
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Marshmallow Spread

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Back To School Photography – Fun with Bubble Gum

I don’t know about you… but the older my kids get the harder it is to get them to pose for good back to school pictures. I mean, they’re not super thrilled about summer ending…

Back To School Photography with Bubble Gum Fun | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

So last August I tried something new. I started out the normal way (see my post about getting “no tear, no stress” back to school photos) and got some great shots… and then they got tired. So to liven them back up I decided I needed to distract them a bit. Hence, the bubble gum.

Back To School Photography | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It was amazing. There were smiles, giggles, teasing… and the photos better captured their real personalities.

Back To School Photography Ideas | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I always like to try and catch their style if I can and last year my oldest, Alex, really wanted a messenger bag instead of a backpack. I think he pulled it off well with his professor cardigan. {wink}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Oh yea… and get it all in pictures. {grin}

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Banana, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Birthday Pancakes

Want to make your birthday kiddo feel special? How about birthday pancakes? My youngest loves banana pancakes, but my oldest insisted on a twist! {wink}

Banana Peanut Butter & Chocolate Birthday Pancakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

These peanut butter chocolate banana pancakes are so very simple…  because… well, I used a shortcut.

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large ripe banana

Blend all ingredients in a mixer, spoon onto a flat griddle and cook… with butter. Yep. Butter.

For the topping, it doesn’t get any easier. Just microwave (in a microwave safe bowl) 1 tbsp of smooth peanut butter per pancake stack and drizzle. Top with banana slices. Finally microwave fudge topping. I used Breyer’s in the microwave safe pouch. My kiddos… okay and me too… love it!

Hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate… and that these help make your kiddos smile on their birthday!

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Slumber Party – A Bright & Colorful Table

I love bright colors and I love to party. But not always do I want to spend days or even weeks prepping for the party.

Bright Party Ideas

This darling party table from Lantern & Lampion is simple and easy to pull together in a rush. And let’s be honest, the lanterns and poms bring much needed height to the table and make it well… pop!

A few store bought treats, some well placed color and it’s a party!

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Back To School Snack – Simple Book Rice Krispies Treats

Want to believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about back to school… I know… but you can start planning those fun parties and after school treats. {smile}

Back To School Snack - Simple Book Rice Krispies Treats | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

And it doesn’t get any easier than these simple Rice Krispies Treats with chocolate icing to make books. You could whip up their favorite subjects!

You’ll need:

  • Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats (snack packs)
  • Chocolate icing
  • Resealable plastic bag
  • Scissors
  1. Open the snack package.
  2. Spoon icing into a resealable bag.
  3. Snip corner.
  4. Pipe border and text book names on Treats.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Quick No-Flake Glitter Straw Slips

Love things that sparkle? Me too!

No-Flake Glitter Straw Slips | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Glitter can be hard to craft with. Especially when you’re crafting with things that might come in contact with food. You’re always nervous it’s going to flake off on whatever you’re working on.

Well I have the answer and it’s awesome! Darice makes a no-flake glitter washi tape and it’s available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. It’s beautiful and it truly doesn’t rub off!

I made these no-flake glitter straw slips in less than a minute! Just wrap around your straw and cut a triangle out of the end. Done!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Grilling Sides – Southern Style Potato Salad Recipe

One of my mom’s most loved recipes is her southern style potato salad. I have to admit, it is amazing. She makes it for all of our summer family gatherings and my hubby eats the most. {grin}

Southern Potato Salad Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s super simple to make Southern Potato Salad! You’ll need:

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 7 large potatoes, peeled, cubed
  • 1 tsp.  salt
  • 10-12  hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • ½ cup sweet pickle relish
  • Paprika, salt, and black pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup  mayo
  • 4 tbsp. Gulden’s Mustard

Easy steps:

  1. Boil chopped and salted potatoes in a covered dish for 14 minutes or until until tender. Drain.
  2. Add onions to bowl, pour hot potatoes over top and allow to set for five minutes. Hot potatoes will cook the onions a little and soften them up.
  3. Peel and chop eggs. Add to bowl.
  4. Add pickle relish.
  5. Add mayonnaise.
  6. Add paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add mustard.
  8. Gently fold and refrigerate.

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Want to know how to set up a Hot Dog Bar?! So easy and a great way to get grilling this summer!

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Picnic Party Ideas {Romance For Two to Family Reunions}

It’s the season of picnics and these are some of my favorite ideas!

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From simple romantic picnics to family reunion picnics, my Entertaining {Outdoor Party Ideas} board on Pinterest will inspire you to pack a basket, grab a blanket and head out.

I’m off on a little business trip, but until I can share what I’m up to I wanted to leave you with a bit of summer inspiration. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big, complex or even really planned, just get out with your family and have fun!

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