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

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

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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}

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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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Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup Skillet S’ Mores

The fourth of July is just around the corner and we always roast s’ mores before the fireworks. This year I think we might add the fixin’s to make Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup S’ Mores. They are amazing!

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The ingredients are just what you think… graham crackers, marshmallows and Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups. Easy peasy.

Reece's Cup Skillet S' Mores | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And what’s best, you don’t have to wait until the fourth of July or any other holiday if you want one now. My kids and I make skillet s’ mores at least once a week. {grin}

This particular skillet is rod iron and it’s original purpose was to bake homemade biscuits. My southern grandmother seasoned it and gave it to me, among other things, as a wedding gift. I use it almost every day. Oh how I miss her…

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And to serve, I trimmed red, white and blue sandwich sleeves from World Market into 3×3″ pockets. This keeps all the yummy… gooey… chocolate, peanut butter and marshmallow from running away. These fun little baskets are from World Market too.

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

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Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes – A Birthday Breakfast

Peanut butter banana pancakes. Yum! Birthday breakfasts are fun. I almost never let my boys have sweets before noon… I know… the occasional doughnut never hurt anyone. It’s more of… if they start the day with sugar it seems to just keep going. {wink}

Peanut Butter Banana Pancakes - A Birthday Breakfast | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

In any case, birthdays are different and my family has so many birthdays this month. My hubby turns… well… just turns… tomorrow. And my youngest turns 8 next week. I can’t believe my little boy is going to be 8 years old!

And we’ll be having birthday breakfasts. Something fun and yummy to kick off the day of sugar.

These peanut butter 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.

Peanut Butter Banana Pancake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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.

Peanut Butter Banana Pancake Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For decorations, I used paper straws, stripe napkins, and mini forks from Target. And those darling little sparkle poms are Darice brand from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.

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

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Peanut Butter Corn Flake Balls

My mom first made Peanut Butter Corn Flake Balls when I was about eight years old and they’ve graced all of our holiday parties ever since. I warn you… they are addicting.

Peanut Butter Corn Flake Balls | recipe by Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Make Peanut Butter Corn Flake Balls for your family!

You’ll need: 

This is a no-bake recipe and here are the super simple steps:

  1. Mix sugar and Karo well in a saucepan and place over low heat until sugar melts into Karo and no longer grainy.
  2. Raise mixture to a rolling boil for one minute. (Be very careful not to burn the mixture. It will likely spindle when it’s ready.)
  3. Remove from heat and quickly add vanilla and peanut butter. Still into boiling mixture and quickly add Corn Flakes stirring constantly.
  4. Spoon into buttered pan for squares or allow to cool a few minutes, coat your hands in butter and roll.

NOTE: They will harden into a brittle like candy, but can easily be made soft again by heating for 5-7 seconds in the microwave.

Yields 20 medium balls.

I hope you’ll give them a try. For more cookie recipes, visit me at Snackpicks or follow me on Pinterest and browse my Foodie {Cookies} Board.

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

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Easy Father’s Day Cupcake Ideas

Father’s Day is just around the corner and Dad deserves something sweet don’ t you think? Cupcakes are my treat of choice. {wink}

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Make my Father’s Day lawn mower cupcakeseasy tutorial

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Easy Carrot Cake for Easter & Garden Parties

Easter is only a few days away and how better to welcome the bunny than with carrot cake!

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If you’re a great baker, make your mom’s carrot cake recipe and flat ice it with a rich buttercream frosting . . . if you’re not a great baker, no worries. This cake idea is still for you! Just order your flat iced carrot cake from your local grocer or bakery.

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You can keep it simple like the top two carrot cake images, or you can create a cake topper!

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You can even embellish carrot cake cupcakes. The Easter bunny will appreciate all of your carrot cake . . . no matter the size! {grin}

To embellish this easy carrot cake and these carrot cake cupcakes, you’ll need:

  • Orange and green (this one is glitter) cardstock
  • Sharp scissors (dull ones will tear your paper and make your cut choppy)
  • Lollipop sticks (available in the baking section of your local craft store)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Orange and white sixlet candies (available at your local candy store)
  • Tip: Use a cake stand with a small lip so that the candies don’t roll

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To make the carrot decorations for your cake and cupcakes:

  1. Cut out the carrots. For the small cupcake carrots and side of cake carrots, think snowman, three bumps. Once you have one you like, use it as a template so your carrots are all the same size. For the larger carrots for the top of the cake, cut five bumps.
  2. For the carrot leaves, cut out a lopsided heart.
  3. Attach the leaves to the carrots.
  4. Attach the carrots to lollipop sticks. For the side of the cake, cut the lollipop stick in half and hot glue the flat end to the back of the carrot. For the top of the cake and cupcakes, glue the lollipop stick to the back of the carrot.
  5. Insert the lollipop sticks into your cake and cupcakes.

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

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