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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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.

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10 Healthy Cold Summer Treats

Along with the summer heat come cold summer treats. And since I’m always looking for ways to keep my kids healthy, and my little one with food allergies included and happy, I buy “all fruit” treats as much as possible. Thank goodness for amazing fruit bars like Frutarre.

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This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Fruttare, but all my opinions are my own. I’d have it no other way! #itsallgood #pmedia  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

Fruttare Fruit & Juice Bars are bursting with real fruit taste, creamy milk, or refreshing juice. My boys loved them…

Balloon Fight

and as you can see wouldn’t even put them down while balloon fighting at our Memorial Day friends and family party. {grin}

There are 10 delicious flavors to choose from like Strawberry & Milk, Peach & Milk, Banana & Milk, Black Cherry, Pineapple, Lime, and more! We celebrated with the Strawberry & Milk and the Mango. Oh… the Mango! It was like eating a real one and only 60 calories!

I picked my Fruttare up at Kroger, but they’re available nationwide.

You can find out more about this wonderfully refreshing treat by following them on facebook!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! And happy belated Memorial Day everyone! See a soldier, thank a soldier.

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Raspberry Acai Pineapple Cockail for Girls’ Night In

Summer is almost here and that means more gatherings with my girl friends. And since we all have kids, that is often a girls’ night in. But no worries… with my Raspberry Acai Pineapple cocktails in hand and good conversation, we won’t even mind when the kids squirt us with water guns. {grin}

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These are amazing! And what’s best, if you have a few friends who are watching the calories or pregnant, they can still enjoy this recipe as a mocktail.

Cocktails and Mocktails with Trop50 | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Here’s the super simple recipe:

  • 2/3 Trop50’s Raspberry Acai
  • 1/3 Champaign (or Gingerale)
  • 1 scoop pineapple sorbet (fat free if you like!) per glass

In addition to amazing drink recipes, you can doll up your stemware (and make your besties feel special) with a little bling. I’ll be sharing more about these simple but fun drink stirrers and labels in my next post! Hosting your own party this summer, love acai and want more yummy recipes? Join us on Pinterest for our Girls’ Night In Board and  browse Inspiring Ideas for a Girls’ Night In” Trop50 Foodie Collection on Foodie! You’ll find a fun recipe for everyone in your group!

Trop 50 Recipes

Trop50 has the great taste and goodness you expect from Tropicana, but with 50% less sugar and calories and no artificial sweeteners. And guess what… my kiddos LOVE it. They didn’t even notice a difference. That tells you Tropicana has kept all the flavor!


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

Compensation was provided by Trop50 via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Trop50.

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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.

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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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Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies with Almond Butter

Do you love no bake cookies? They are a family tradition for us, but since my youngest was born with food allergies we’ve not really been able to enjoy them. Then he outgrew his allergy to almonds. Not peanuts yet, but the almonds are now okay. Yay!

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies with Almond Butter | Kim Byers of TheCelebrationShoppe.com

These are ooey-gooey and amazing. My oldest who has always enjoyed the original no bake recipe loves these! And for those of you who read me often, you know my son has dairy allergies too. Well this recipe is dairy-free as well. You can easily use “cow” butter and milk if you like, just substitute my soy milk and Smart Balance butter.

Make a batch for your family! You’ll need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons Smart Balance (for dairy-free, make sure it’s the blue lid and says “vegan” on the side)
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla flavoring
  • 2 cups Quaker Quick Oats (not old fashioned!)

Yields: 14 cookies

And here are the simple steps:

  1. Mix sugar and cocoa until well blended and all lumps are removed.
  2. Fold in milk until dry ingredients are moist.
  3. Over low heat, allow butter to melt. Increase heat and bring to a rolling boil for one minute.
  4. Add almond butter and vanilla. Blend until smooth (move quickly so that mixture is still hot enough to cook oats).
  5. Fold in oatmeal and drop on wax paper or into greased square pan.

I hope your family enjoys these as much as mine do. My little one, with food allergies, was so excited to share this special treat with the family. It just makes my heart sing for him to feel included.

Want more cookie recipes? Join me on Pinterest and follow my Foodie {Cookies} Board!

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Cherry Pie Fries With Cherry Filling Dipping Sauce

Love pie? Want a fun way to serve pie?! Hand pies are darling of oh so easy. Now think smaller. What about pie fries?! Mmm! These will be perfect for Memorial Day celebrations. {grin}

Cherry Pie Fries

Don’t you just love how cute they are? The talented Andrea Correale of Elegant Affairs Caterers is sharing the simple recipe with us today!

Ingredients:

  • Pie Crust Dough
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees; line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil and grease with Pam.
  2. Slice dough into strips about 1/2 an inch wide and 2 inches long.
  3. Arrange fries onto the cookie sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
  4. Bake for 15 minutes.

Serve with cherry pie filling and in small fruit baskets to complete the look. I’ve seen these baskets at farmer’s markets, the grocery store and World Market.

You can find more of Andrea on her social media channels:

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Watermelon Lemonade for Cinco De Mayo

With Cinco De Mayo only a few short weeks away I’m already testing drink recipes and planning snacks. This watermelon lemonade drink recipe is perfect for the kiddos (or you could spike it and make it a margarita!).

Watermelon Lemonade for Cinco De Mayo | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Ingredients

  • 8 cups seedless watermelon (will take most of a five pound watermelon), cut into small cubes
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • garnish – watermelon cubes or small cookie cutter flowers (like me) plus lemon wheels

Yields 8 Servings

Directions

  1. Blend watermelon and lemon juice in food processor or blender until smooth. Strain the mixture through a wire sieve to remove any seeds, pulp or foam.
  2. Transfer to a glass pitcher.
  3. Bring 3 1/2 cups water and sugar to boil in medium saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  4. Add mixture to pitcher with watermelon and lemon juice.
  5. Refrigerate until cold.

Adapted from AllRecipes.com

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