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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Press: Kim Byers Featured in All You Magazine

Thrilled to have been asked by the editors of All You magazine to come up with a fun and inexpensive outdoor activity for summer! {grin}

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers Featured in All You Magazine

You can find the easy Sidewalk Chalk Paint recipe on my blog (and on page 62).

But make sure you pick up a copy of All You’s Summer Edition for creative tips and ideas. Every issue is packed with delicious warm-weather recipes, summer workout plans and ideas for budget-friendly family fun!

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

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Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar

Picnic tables, grilling, campfires for s’ mores, sparklers and laugh out loud jokes… {sigh} It makes me think of my childhood 4th of July gatherings with my mom’s huge family and “make your own” hot dog bars!

How To Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For summer entertaining I love setting up “make your own” and “serve yourself” options. And 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). 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.

Next to the cut of meat, a successful hot dog bar must be kept covered. When you’re gathering in an open space like your backyard, people to tend to wander and mingle and no one is eating at the same time so keeping your hot dogs and fixins fresh is essential.

You’ll also want to make sure your tableware is easy to manage while standing or sitting so there are no juggling acts. These little hot dog baskets are the perfect answer!

Summer Grilling & Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

When it comes to your hot dog fixins, that’s the fun part. I set up my families favorites with red onion, yellow onion, Hunt’s Ketchup, Gulden’s Mustard and tomato. The hubby sometimes likes a little jalapeno too!

How To Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Another important favorite for our hot dog bars…

Southern Potato Salad Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

my mom’s southern style potato salad. It is amazing! I’ll be posting a step-by-step pictorial of this yummy recipe using Gulden’s Yellow Mustard tomorrow, so stay tuned!

You can find more 

Hebrew

ideas and recipes by visiting Hebrew National or by following them on facebook

Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

Compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Mode Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National.

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How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Want a little inexpensive summer fun for the kiddos?! For the Summer Issue of All You magazine I contributed an article sharing How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint.

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s super easy to whip up and cleans up easily with rain or the hose!

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers Featured in All You Magazine

The recipe is a 1 to 1 ratio, but for simplicity we’ll use 1 cup. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring (pastels are achieved with a drop or two, primary colors will need 5 or 6 drops)
  • plastic bowls or cups
  • paint brushes

Mix cornstarch and water together until smooth. Divide and add food coloring until you reach your desired colors.

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s that simple and it cleans up in a snap! So let your little Picassos go and have a bit of summer fun!

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!

Reece's Peanut Butter Cup S' Mores for the 4th | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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…

How To Make A S'more Sleeve To Catch All The Ooey Goodness | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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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Strawberry Cocktail + Pink, Orange & Yellow Bridal Shower

Think pink. And orange and yellow. This pretty color combo just makes my heart sing. And this strawberry cocktail will make your taste buds flip!

Strawberry  Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

While this post is sponsored by Seagram’s Escapes, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

It’s wedding season and that means bridal showers! Help your bride stave off the nerves with these yummy Seagram’s Escapes Jamaican Me Happy cocktails full of strawberry, watermelon, lemon and guava. I added a few strawberry slices for color and some lovely pink stripe paper straws embellished with Sparkle Tape (from Darice) flags… and you’re done!

Strawberry Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I’ve pinned some beautiful pink, orange and yellow ideas including cakes, table settings, floral arrangements, and more that will help have your party planned in no time.

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Party {in Orange, Pink, Yellow} on Pinterest.

Strawberry Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Cheers!

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

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Peach & Mint Bridal Shower + Peach Cocktail

It’s wedding season and that means bridal showers! I’m in love with the soft hues of peach and mint. This color combination makes me think of the south… of home.

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Peach Cake – The Perfect Palette, styled by Michelle Leo Events / Peach Cocktail – Kim Byers, The Celebration Shoppe / Peach Cookies – Cooking Classy / Coral and Mint Table  - Style Me Pretty, photographed by Jennifer Cress / Shimmer Mint Circle Garland – Couture by Ayca / Mint Placesetting – Magnolia Rouge

While this post is sponsored by Seagram’s Escapes, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

Peach & Mint Bridal Shower Ideas | Peach Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

In my opinion, choosing the color palette for your wedding has to be one of the toughest decisions for the big day… beyond choosing the right man of course. {wink} Everything from your bridesmaid dresses, flower arrangements, invitations, linens, ribbons, favors… and on and on… and on… will reflect the colors you’ve chosen.

Peach Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

But no matter the color palette you choose, rest assured that Seagram’s Escapes can help you Keep It Colorful for your bridal shower, bridesmaid brunch and even reception.

Peach Cocktail | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Or… if you were like me… for those moments when you just needed to “escape” from all the pressures of planning the big day. {grin}

This sparkling Peach Fuzzy Navel cocktail is one of my favorites! Not only is it yummy and light, but it’s so pretty when paired with fresh fruit.

Bridal Shower Ideas | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

No bridal showers in your immediate future, no worries.

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All the light and refreshing flavors of Seagram’s Escapes make them perfect for every gathering. And you can enter to win a summer party pack of your own! Just join them on Facebook to enter!

Want more peach and mint bridal shower and party ideas? Join me on Pinterest and follow my Party {in Coral, Mint & Black) board.

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Easy Glitter Wine Glass Markers {Personalized For Pennies}

Having guests over for drinks? Need some glass markers? It seems I never have enough or they don’t match my party’s theme. So in my recent girls night in party post I shared a peek at these fun and simple glittered wine glass markers that only cost pennies to make.

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I’ve shared this sparkle tape (aka glitter washi tape) from Darice before (also available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores), and every time I use it I love it more. The glitter really shines and you could practically sand a table with it and no glitter would fall off. It’s perfect for embellishing gifts, crafting and oh yes, DIY party ideas! {grin}

To make these simple drink markers you’ll need:

Cut several lengths of tape, fold in half and trim out a triangle, peel off adhesive and stick to glass, write on your guest’s names. Done!

Washi Tape Glass Marker | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And here’s how darling the glitter drink markers can look on a pretty and delicious drink recipe. You don’t want to mix these glasses up. Trust me, you want every last drop of my Raspberry Acai Pineapple Champagne Cocktail.

Both this DIY glitter wine glass marker and this recipe will be perfect for New Year’s Eve too! {wink}

Want more fun party drink ideas? Join me on Pinterest and follow my Drinks {Fun & Creative Beverages} board.

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

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