introducing “deep blue sea”

deep-sea-theme-frontimageI’m soooooo excited about the addition of our “deep blue sea” custom invitation and party decor. When my oldest son turned one we celebrated with this theme and so as you might imagine it holds a special place in the collection. Plus, I have a ton of ideas I can’t wait to share in the coming weeks to round out your underwater adventure. 

If you’re wondering what my former, or maybe other, “special” one is, it’s the “bugs and butterflies;” the theme we used to celebrate my youngest son’s first birthday. {wink}

Check our new design out, and as always, we would love your feedback on this invitation design as well as any of our others.

Plus, if you have a theme design you’re searching for and can’t find, we want to know that too! You can e-mail us at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com or post a comment here.

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introducing “great outdoors”

great-outdoors-frontimageSimilar to our new “butterflies” theme, we had great success with our “campout” theme too and thought it a good idea to develop a new invitation and thank you card for the ever popular campout sleepover party.

So, without further commentary, introducing “great outdoors!”

Check our new design out, and as always, we would love your feedback on this invitation design as well as any of our others.

Plus, if you have a theme design you’re searching for and can’t find, we want to know that too! You can e-mail us at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com or post a comment here.

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introducing “butterflies”

butterflies-frontimageOver the weekend we launched a new “butterflies” theme.

We’ve had a great deal of success with our “bugs and butterflies” birthday party invitation and party decor for both girls and boys so we thought it might be fun to create a girly butterfly version.

This one is all about polka dots. Polka dot plates, polka dot napkins… even polka dot cups!

Check our new design out, and as always, we would love your feedback on this invitation design as well as any of our others.

Plus, if you have a theme design you’re searching for and can’t find, we want to know that too! You can e-mail us at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com or post a comment here.

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featured on lovetoknow.com

kimpic_bwOur baby shower crafts and ideas were featured in the party section of lovetoknow.com this month. And they used a picture of me. {Hmmm… time for another photo shoot!} Here’s a quick excerpt from the article: 

“Kim Wilson Byers, owner of The Celebration Shoppe, shared her homemade baby shower favor ideas with LoveToKnow Party, along with some additional tips to help any baby shower planner.”

“The Celebration Shoppe is not only a custom invitation and décor shoppe, it is a resource for entertaining, baking and craft ideas to help moms and girlfriends, and the occasional dad, plan and celebrate special events with the perfect party.”

 Read the entire feature here:  lovetoknow.com

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baby shower crafts how to video

On our NBC Daytime Columbus craft segment last week we made {so sweet} baby bird nest cupcakes and candy cone favors.

If you didn’t catch it, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a clip. Please leave a comment. We would love to know what you thought of the segment and what you think of the craft ideas. And don’t forget to check out our baby shower custom invitations and party décor too.

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peapod baby shower favor

peapod-favor1Do-it-yourself peapod baby shower (see our peapod invitations and décor) favor ideas can be hard to come by. Trust me, I looked and didn’t find much that was all that cute. So, I came up with my own. What guests wouldn’t love to baby themselves with some wonderful smelling candles or soaps.

You’ll need:

  • Mint green bath cloth
  • Mint green candles or round soaps
  • Grosgrain ribbon

And here’s all you have to do:

  1. Cut two eight inch strips of ribbon.
  2. Place three candles or soaps in the center of the bath cloth.
  3. Tie each end rolling the edges slightly to look like an open peapod.

Happy crafting!

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bugs & butterflies how to video

This week’s segment on NBC’s Daytime Columbus with Gail Hogan was a lot of fun. We made buggy headbands and wings, but with our tips you could make butterfly or even dragonfly wings; it’s all in how you bend the wire.

If you didn’t catch it, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a clip. Please leave a comment. We would love to know what you thought of the segment and what you think of the craft ideas. And don’t forget to check out our bugs & butterflies custom invitations and party décor too.

Happy crafting!

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buggy wings

bug_ladybugwingsIn addition to the buggy headbands, we’re also going to demonstrate today on Daytime Columbus how to make these super easy ladybug clip on wings for your next bugs and butterflies birthday bash. I know, you’re thinking “she says everything is easy.” Well these really are. Here’s what you need:

  • ½ yard netting or bridal tulle
  • 16 gauge crafting wire (found in the jewelry section of your craft store)
  • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain shown
  • Wooden bug cutout (available, usually painted, in craft stores)
  • Mini clothespin
  • Glue gun (fabric glue can be used for the ribbon portions)
  • Wire cutters

And here’s how you make them:

  1. Bend the crafting wire into the shape of your wings, considering the size of the child, cut it with wire cutters and twist the ends around one another.
  2. Using the wing shape as a loose guide, cut out four pieces of netting, leaving a ¼ inch to ½ inch all the way around. Each wing will be two pieces thick.
  3. Tack the netting to the wire frames with just a touch of glue and trim off excess.
  4. Apply the ribbon to the outer rim of your wings to secure the netting and to hide the wire. The best way is to center the wire in the ribbon, pipe in a stream of glue (not too much) and then lightly tap it down with your fingers until you’ve gone all the way around each wing.
  5. Next, hot glue a mini clothespin to the back of your wooden bug cutout, near the bottom of the bug.
  6. Finally hot glue the wings to the back of the cutout, allow to cool and the wings are ready for play.

If you prefer a visual guide, the “how to” video will be posted on our blog by Friday. Happy crafting!

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buggy headbands

bugheadbands2This morning we’re going to be showing Gail Hogan of NBC’s Daytime Columbus how to make these soooo cute, if I do say so myself, ladybug and dragonfly headbands. These are wonderful for bugs and butterflies party favors or just for pretend play.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • ¾ inch (at least) headband
  • ¾ inch ribbon, grosgrain is shown
  • pipe cleaner (one for straight antenna and two for curly)
  • pom poms
  • glue gun

And here’s how you make these super easy buggy headbands:

  1. Bend your pipe cleaner in the center and then again about a half inch on both sides so that you have a inch to inch-and-a-half base. Apply the base of your pipe cleaner to the middle of the headband with a strip of hot glue. (TIP: If you want curly antenna, use two pipe cleaners. Curl one end around your finger and bend the ends about ¾ inch to apply to the headband.)
  2. Bend the tips of your pipe cleaner outward about a ¼ inch and hot glue on your pom poms.
  3. Clip two one inch sections of ribbon to cover the ends of your headband. Apply each piece with a dot of glue on both sides.
  4. Apply a dot of glue on the inside of the headband, on top of the ribbon you just placed to cover the ends, and wrap your ribbon around in a straight line to cover any exposed headband. Continue to wrap your headband angling your ribbon with each turn and gluing as you go.
  5. When you reach the pipe cleaner, get your ribbon as close to it as possible and then overlap it on the opposite side being careful not to leave exposed headband.
  6. Keep going until you’ve covered the entire headband and end your ribbon on the inside.

If you prefer to see how this is done, we’ll post the “how to” video here on our blog by Friday.

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owls are in

owlsI’m not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say owls are in. Who knew they could be so cute! They’re on tote bags, t-shirts, lunch boxes, and now our invitations. 

This Friday, February 20, we’re launching two new designs:

  • Owl Fun – whooo’s having a birthday? I think I love the blooming flowers as much as I love the too cute owl.
  • Owl Couple – look whooo’s having a baby! Couple baby showers are all the rage these days so I simply couldn’t resist having a mommy and daddy owl too.

As always we would love to know what you think about these two new designs. You can post a comment or send us an e-mail at ideas@celebrationshoppe.com.

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