Save The Date – BASH Conference January 2015

I’m excited to share the news about BASH! The first ever party blogger and event planner conference…

BASH Conference 2015 | Phoenix, Arizona

The talented Michelle of Maddycakes Muse is the event organizer and founder and let me tell you, she’s one talented large event planner. She’s got a lot of amazing details up her sleeve, all to be shared on September 15.

I hope you’ll save the date and join me for an amazing time in Arizona this January!

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

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Get Your Kids Talking With A New Board Game: Q’s Race to the Top

I don’t know about you, but I want my kids to be emotionally intelligent. Being great at math is wonderful. Being able to throw a perfect spiral football is great. But what about all the day to day life situations … I want my kids to have the social skills to be able to handle them.

Teach Emotional Intelligence | Q's Race To The Top

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Sometimes I find it difficult to get my kids talking. You know, about how they “think about” and how they “should” react to social situations. It’s hard to sit down and have those talks so we as parents end up teaching as we go… hopefully by example… but also usually when something goes wrong. {wink}

Emotional Intelligence | Qs Race To The Top Game

Well, there is a new board game, Q’s Race to the Top. It’s fun… but more than that, it helps kids to talk about things that they might not normally open up to you about… or even think about: how to react in social situations.

Qs Race To The Top Board Game | Teaching Emotional Intelligence

I played this game with my boys. I actually found it more beneficial to play with them separately so that I got their true opinion. Not what the other brother thought. It was interesting. 

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is one of those critically important aspects that we pray our children leave the house with each day. We can’t be there to shield them, but we can help guide them to know how to respond in positive and negative social situations. The problem is, many things happen to them throughout the day that we didn’t even think to prepare them for.

Q's Race To The Top | Teach Emotional Intelligence

This is where Q’s Race to the Top comes in. Through a series of strategic questions you can get your kids (unaware) talking, sharing and giggling their way to the top of the board, all while you’re learning and teaching.

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And now hop over and find out more about Q’s Race to the Top and all the amazing things a product like this can do to help children grow emotionally. I know I personally want my children to be able to handle what life throws at them!

And please consider participating in the kickstarter campaign too. It’s a great cause. The creator, a mom, not only wants us to be able to purchase this game for our children, but to be able to give it to less fortunate children in low income families.

You can also find more on their social media channels:

  • Facebook: @EQtainment
  • Twitter: @EQtainment
  • Instagram: @EQtainment
  • Pinterest: @EQtainment

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Clipboards, Coffee, Back To School… Oh my!

So I’ve been talking back to school around here for weeks and the big day is next Thursday… only six shorts days away. Eeek!

DIY Vinyl Clipboard & Coffee Mug | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And the only way I will survive is by being organized, being motivated… and oh yea… being awesome! {wink}

So to remind myself, I created a few easy vinyl designs for my favorite coffee  canister and a simple clear plastic clipboard, using my new Cricut Explore! I love… love… love that the Explore allows me to load my own designs for free!

DIY Vinyl Lettering Clipboard | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need a few things in addition to the Explore. Let’s start with the clipboard:

  • clear clipboard
  • black vinyl
  • ruler
  • your own motivational text (or my art file)
  • sheet of white paper

Step 1 – Start a new project with the clipboard template.

Step 2 – Write within the editing tool. You can even use all your own fonts. (Or create in another program and upload.)

Step 3 – Follow the steps. Load your vinyl. Press cut.

Step 4 – Load a piece of ordinary white craft paper and cut your design a second time. Or, if you make your own image, print it from your computer. Place it under the clear clipboard as your guide for placing your vinyl.

DIY Vinyl Lettering for Coffee Canister | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And now for the coffee canister. You’ll need:

  • coffee canister, preferably without a lot of contour
  • silver vinyl
  • your own motivational text (or my art file)

Step 1 – Start a new project with the canister template. Adjust the size to the dimensions of your coffee canister.

Step 2 – Write within the editing tool. You can even use all your own fonts. (Or create in another program and upload.)

Step 3 – Follow the steps. Load your vinyl. Press cut.

Step 4 - Carefully peel off each vinyl letter and place it on your container. Hand wash gently.

I’ll be sharing more pictures of those on my fabulous team, team #12, next week.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Oh… and dont’ forget… BE AWESOME! 

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Red White and Blue American Flag Rice Krispies Treats

We have one more patriotic holiday to celebrate this year and these simple American Flag Rice Krispies Treats are the perfect fun food!

American Flag Rice Krispies Treats | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make these easy American Flag Rice Krispies Treats you’ll need:

  • Rice Krispies Treats snacks
  • Marshmallow Fluff
  • Red white and blue Twizzlers

American Flag Rice Krispies Treats | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Easy instructions:

  1. Smear on a bit of marshmallow fluff. Or a lot! {grin}
  2. Peel apart red, white and blue Twizzlers.
  3. Use one rice krispies treat to measure and then cut multiple pieces.
  4. Decorate.

Want more ideas? Join me on Pinterest for more red white and blue patriotic party and craft ideas!

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Hawaiian Grilled Franks – A Pop Of Summer In Every Bite

I’m all about the grill in the summer and my kiddos are all about the Hebrew National beef frank hot dogs!  Those of you who stop in often know that my youngest has severe food allergies so I trust and appreciate Hebrew National’s pure ingredients to keep everyone in the family craving the all-American treat.

Hawaiian Hebrew National Franks | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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Although my kiddos prefer Hunt’s ketchup and Gilden’s Mustard above all other topping choices, I talked everyone into trying a new flavor combination: a Hawaiian inspired frank! Let me tell you… it was a HUGE hit!

I thought the blend of sweet and savory flavors would be the perfect summer bite. And I hate to toot my own horn and tell you I was right… but I was right. {wink} It’s a mouthful and you’ll enjoy every single chomp!

You’ll need:

  • Peaches (cut into slivers that can slide along your bun like the pickle in a Chicago Style frank)
  • Pineapple (cut into small chunks)
  • Red Onion (cut into slivers)
  • Mango Chutney (you can find it on your spice isle, or you can whip up your own from scratch with the recipe below)
  • Hebrew National franks (we like the Jumbo!)

Sweet & Savory Summer Food Pairing | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Homemade Mango Chutney Recipe, you’ll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups diced mangos
  • 1 (1-inch) piece peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh ground black pepper

Simple instructions: Place all ingredients in a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 25 minutes until thick. Allow to cool. 

Hawaiian Sweet & Savory Pairing | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Go ahead, push the proverbial flavor envelope with my Hawaiian Hebrew National frank. You won’t be disappointed!

Hebrew National Recipes

With grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog. What makes a kosher hot dog different? It’s all about what makes the cut… and what doesn’t {wink}. Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great. No artificial flavors, colors, fillers or byproducts. Just the way I like to feed my family!

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

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Back To School – Simple Apple Cupcakes

Here’s a fun way to welcome them home from the first day of school… a simple apple cupcake idea for back to school!

Back to School Apple Cupcakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

All you’ll need to decorate white iced cupcakes are: large red gumballs (I got mine from Candy Galaxy, along with a ton of other colors) and green craft paper. Just trim out a simple leaf and attach it with a drop of icing to a red gumball. Top your cupcake.

It couldn’t be easier and you’ll look like a rockstar! {wink}

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

Have you seen my free back to school party printable supplies? The set includes a mini BACK TO SCHOOL cake bunting, pencil slips, I Love Bookworms and You’re A Smart Cookie tags (great for snacks and bookmarks) plus little A+ circles. Make sure you hop over and download them all to whip up your own back to school fun!

Want more ideas? Join me on Pinterest for more back to school photography, back to school party and teacher gift ideas!

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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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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

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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.

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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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