rustic winter wonderland Christmas mantel {HGTV’s Holiday House blogger challenge}

Rustic Winter Wonderland Christmas Mantel for HGTV Holiday Home | Created by Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

I’m so thrilled to finally share that I was blessed with the opportunity to design a Christmas mantel for this year’s HGTV Holiday HouseI have to tell you, when I got the news, I was like a little kid. I mean HGTV. Yay! But then the Holiday House. Oh my! My knees went wiggly. {grin}

 

This was a blogger challenge sponsored by JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores (you may remember, I was JoAnn’s craft influencer earlier this year and made a few Creativity Made Simple videos with them) and HGTV. They asked myself and four other amazing bloggers to get crafty and create a Christmas mantel for a rustic home. We could do anything we wanted!

 

I had a million ideas, but the real challenge was that this was all in July. Yep. I took down my patriotic decorations for the weekend and recreated my idea of a winter wonderland in our living room. My kiddos were running around me in swimsuits and eating popsicles and I was listening to Christmas music. What?! No judging. I had to get in the spirit! {wink}

 

I created six easy DIY ideas for my mantel:
  1. JOY letters wrapped in icicle white wool,
  2. To The World ball, to complete the statement,
  3. kraft Christmas gift boxes embellished with pinecones and wool,
  4. burlap ruffle ribbon garland,
  5. cabin snow globe, and
  6. spoon trees. (Yes! You read that right.)

You can find all the easy how to steps on HGTV’s Made + Remade and you can shop all the supplies at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores!

And if you’re not crafting Christmas right now, I’d love for you to hop over anyway. You can view all five designs and vote for your favorite between now and October 14. And if you feel like leaving a little comment love over there, I’d really appreciate that too! {Love you guys! You all are what keep me going each day!}

VIEW ALL FIVE AND VOTE HERE!

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monster munch popcorn {Halloween party food}

Monster Munch Halloween Popcorn | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I’m talking Monster Munch Halloween Treats in my latest post for Parade Magazine. I’d love for you to hop over and get the quick and easy recipe. Just a little hint… there’s toffee, chocolate, caramel and more! {wink}

Pumpkin Doughnut Recipe | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Oh, and you don’t want to miss my Pumpkin Doughnut Recipe post either. They’re rolled in cinnamon and sugar and are AMAZING if I do say so myself. {grin}

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make a pumpkin witch’s cauldron this Halloween

Martha Stewert DIY Halloween Pumpkin Cauldron

Our friends at Martha Stewart are letting us share a frightfully fun Halloween idea on the blog today, straight from this year’s exclusive Martha Stewart Halloween issue.

I chose this pumpkin cauldron craft idea because I plan on making one for my own Halloween party and trick-or-treat night. How fun… and a bit spooky… will this be! I think I need the pointy hat and leggings too. {grin}

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble!

How To Make A Pumpkin Cauldron

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own pumpkin cauldron:

  • large pumpkin
  • keyhole saw or serrated knife
  • fleshing tool
  • drill
  • sisal rope
  • 3 eyebolts, with washers and nuts
  • 3 long, straight branches
  • 20-gauge wire
  • S hook
  • outdoor stake light (with yellow or orange bulb)
  • twigs
  • sturdy glass bowl
  • dry ice and protective gloves

1. Cut top off pumpkin, using saw. Hollow out pumpkin with fleshing tool. Drill 3 equidistant holes about 2 inches below opening. Cut 3 lengths of rope to hang pumpkin. Tie 1 end of each rope to an eyebolt. Push eyebolts through holes in pumpkin; secure with washers and nuts. Prop branches in a tepee shape, and secure at top with wire; thread wire inside top to hang S hook. Hide visible wire with rope. Knot pumpkin’s rope ends together, and hang from S hook.

2. For “fire”: Insert stake light into the ground, and cover it with twigs. For “mist”: Put glass bowl with dry ice inside pumpkin; add some water. (Wear gloves when handling dry ice.)

Sources:

Keyhole SAW, from $5.50; natural sisal ROPE (65495), 3/8 inches by 50 feet, $9; EYEBOLT with nut, 1/4 by 4 inches, $0.50; CUT WASHER, 1/4 inches, $2.50 for 25, homedepot.com. FLESHING TOOL, $4.50, ceramicsupplyinc.com. Panacea 20-gauge paddle WIRE in Green, $3.50, createforless.com. Thomas and Betts STAKE LIGHT, $8, amazon.com. DRY ICE, dryicedirectory.com for locations.

This year’s issue is on stands now an it’s full of spooky fun, as well as wonderland magic. Make sure you pick your copy up soon! You don’t want to miss it!

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

Photo by Lucas Allen. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013.

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monster cupcakes in a minute

Chocolate monster cupcakes in a minute! | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Hey ladies! Creepy Halloween cupcakes don’t get any easier than this, yet they will still make the kiddos giggle. By the way, did you catch yesterday’s two ingredient potion punch?!

For fun chocolate monster cupcakes, you’ll need:

  • Chocolate cupcakes (your favorite recipe)
  • Fudge frosting
  • Resealable freezer weight bag
  • Candy eyes (these are Wilton brand and I picked them up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • Optional: Lime green and white polka dot cupcake wrappers (from World Market) and lime green and white stripe napkins (from Target)

Simple steps:

  1. Spoon fudge frosting into resealable bag, snip one corner into an “X” and pipe icing onto cupcake.
  2. Strategically {wink} place one candy eye on each cupcake.

Yep… that’s all you have to do to get a few smiles!

Monster Cupcakes | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

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easy Halloween potion punch

Easy Halloween Potion Punch | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

This post is brought to you by Villeroy & Boch, but all opinions are 100% mine. You know I’d have it no other way!

Hi ladies! Want an easy and family friendly punch idea for this year’s Halloween party?! Well it doesn’t get any easier than my potion punch!

And why not serve it in these beautiful everyday crystal goblets from Villeroy & Boch. No formal dinner needed to pull these pretties out of the cabinet!

It’s really time to end the myth that crystal glasses are delicate and should be saved for special occasions. Villeroy & Boch’s everyday crystal is durable and doesn’t cloud or chip. And that’s even with my boys (ages 7 and 9) using them for milk at dinner. It makes them feel special and I love the way the set table looks. Trust me, Villeroy & Boch is the everyday luxury you deserve!

easy Halloween potion punch | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For my potion punch you’ll need only two ingredients!

How to make… and the easy just keeps on coming…

  1. Put one-and-a-half to two scoops of sherbet in your goblet (or 8oz. glass).
  2. Top with 7up and watch it fizz! The kiddos will think it’s fun!

easy Halloween potion punch | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Make sure you connect with Villeroy & Boch on twitter, facebook and instagram! You’ll get lots of pretty table ideas and can start your Christmas list early. {wink}

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

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celebrate the fall season with a harvest party

Orange and Blue Harvest Party | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I love being outside in the fall. The air is crisp and fresh, and the colors are gorgeous. The perfect setting for a party! And, living in Ohio, my family and friends take every excuse possible to get outside and have a bit of fun before the temperature drops. {wink}

Just think pumpkin donut bobbing, mini apple pie pockets, kettle corn popping, leaf jumping and maybe even a bit of football! This party collection, with my little scarecrow and two-tone pumpkins, will be the perfect backdrop to all that fun!

This harvest party supplies collection, in oranges, yellows, browns and a pop of aqua, offers an invitation and supplies:

  • banner (five patterns)
  • thank you favor tags
  • beverage wrappers (two patterns)
  • cupcake toppers (two patterns)
  • cupcake wrappers (two patterns)
  • dessert labels and placecards
  • napkin rings (two patterns)
  • straw slips (six patterns)
  • pattern sheets (three patterns)

All items are available in the shoppe. You can buy the Harvest party invitation and complete Harvest party supplies collection, or you can purchase any item a la carte.

Fall Harvest Party from TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

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easy spider cello bags + FREE Halloween favor tags

Spider Cello Favor Bags & FREE Halloween Favor Tags | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Halloween favors don’t have to be expensive, but they can be fun! Here’s how you make a super simple spider cello favor bag for your spooky bash! {say that three times fast!}

Plus, embellish it with my FREE orange and black spider Halloween favor tags! Guests will be giddy when you thank them for “dropping by!”

For this easy Halloween craft you’ll need:

  • Pretzel size cello bags
  • Black craft paint (mine was Martha Stewart brand)
  • Silver Sharpie
  • Marshmallows (or other goodie)
  • Orange ribbon
  • The Celebration Shoppe’s FREE printable Halloween favor tags (Note: The fonts might look odd on the scribd.com preview, but they’ll be perfect once you download!)

Spider Cello Favors | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Quick steps:

  1. Pipe some black paint onto a flat surface.
  2. Press your thumb into the paint (this could be a lot of fun for your kiddos!) and press to the center of the cello. This will be your spider’s body.
  3. Allow the paint to dry for 5-7 minutes (dry to touch).
  4. Draw on your spider legs with a silver Sharpie. Spiders have eight legs and I chose to make them look segmented. A bit creepier that way. {grin}
  5. Fill with treats, tie with ribbon, adorn with my FREE Halloween favor tags and waalaa. Lovely and inexpensive Halloween party favor!

Halloween Favors with FREE Tags | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

There’s more Halloween fun where this came from! Here are just a few things around my shoppe and blog:

Halloween with TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Trick or Treat Halloween Party Invitation. DIY Monster Pedestal Jars. Owl Candy Bar Wrappers from Candy Corn Halloween Party Collection. Halloween Placesetting with Trick or Treat Halloween Party Collection.

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

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free Halloween tags & the girls of Eighteen 25

Free Halloween Favor Tags | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Hi everyone! I’m guest posting over on Eighteen 25 in the morning and sharing these fun Halloween favor tags plus a cute and super easy spider cello bag tutorial.

Hop over and visit the girls for the tutorial (link to come in the a.m.) and download my FREE Halloween favor tags here. (Note: The fonts might look a little odd on the Scribd.com preview, but once you download the file they look perfect!)

Enjoy and I’d love to see how you use them!

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

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what’s more fun than a polka dot pool party?!

Pool Party Invite | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s not too late! You know, for that one last splash bash pool party before the season wraps up!

This pool party invite and party supplies collection, with all the bright pinks and reds, was designed for a special little girl, but we’ve got the boys covered too!

Try our splash bash party supplies collection in orange and aqua with beach balls and waves! My oldest turns 9 this week and we’ll be using that collection to celebrate at the local water park! {grin}

Pool Party with TheCelebrationShoppe.com

This pool party supplies set includes:

  • cupcake toppers (4 patterns, 8 per sheet),
  • cupcake wrappers (4 patterns, 2 per sheet),
  • banner (HAPPY BIRTHDAY),
  • napkin rings (6 per sheet),
  • favor tags with “Thanks for making a splash” (8 per sheet),
  • dessert tags (6 per sheet) up to 12 personalized with your dessert names,
  • dessert table sign (5×7),
  • pattern sheets (2 designs)

Stop in the shoppe to see this party supplies design and more!

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

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pink ombre cake & happy 60th birthday Mom!

Simple Pink Ombre Cake | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My sweet mom turned 60 this week!

My boys decorated a breakfast for her. Lots of streamers and pink… pink everywhere. She loved it. {grin}

60th Birthday Party | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For her cake I tried my hand at making my first ombre cake. It was a simple one, but I think it turned out pretty!

To ice a simple pink ombre cake, you’ll need:

  • Your favorite homemade buttercream icing
  • Pink gel food coloring
  • Three bowls
  • Pink rock candy
  • Optional: Wax paper

How to ice an ombre cake:

  1. Starting with a chilled two layer cake that already has a white crumb coat.
  2. Divide your icing into three bowls.
  3. Add one drop of gel food coloring to one bowl, two drops to another and three to another. Go light on the drops. It will get dark quickly.
  4. Apply your darkest icing to the bottom, about an inch tall.
  5. Apply the middle color to the middle, again, about an inch tall.
  6. Apply the lightest color to the top inch and top of cake.
  7. Crumble rock candy (if on sticks, crush inside plastic on cutting board), and sprinkle around edge of cake.

Bakers tip: Using small 3×3 pieces of wax paper, slip them under your cake on your cake plate, before icing your cake. This helps keep the cake plate clean. Just slip them out once you’re done and touch up your icing near the base if needed.

60th Birthday Party & Pink Ombre Cake | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

We also whipped up a quick glitter number cake topper.

You’ll need:

  • Printed numbers (just open Word, type your numbers in the point size and color you desire) on cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue (liquid is fine, but put it on your finger, not the paper, to apply)
  • Glitter
  • Lollipop stick
  • Hot glue

Easy steps:

  1. Cut out the numbers.
  2. Apply glue (with your finger if liquid, otherwise your paper will get too wet).
  3. Sprinkle on the glitter (over a sheet of paper if you want to save excess).
  4. Hot glue numbers to lollipop sticks.

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Happy birthday MOM! We love you!

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

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