Back To School Photography – Fun with Bubble Gum

I don’t know about you… but the older my kids get the harder it is to get them to pose for good back to school pictures. I mean, they’re not super thrilled about summer ending…

Back To School Photography with Bubble Gum Fun | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

So last August I tried something new. I started out the normal way (see my post about getting “no tear, no stress” back to school photos) and got some great shots… and then they got tired. So to liven them back up I decided I needed to distract them a bit. Hence, the bubble gum.

Back To School Photography | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It was amazing. There were smiles, giggles, teasing… and the photos better captured their real personalities.

Back To School Photography Ideas | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I always like to try and catch their style if I can and last year my oldest, Alex, really wanted a messenger bag instead of a backpack. I think he pulled it off well with his professor cardigan. {wink}

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Would you like these super cute signs updated for 2014-2015? Hop over to my friend Cindy at Skip To My Lou and get yours!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Oh yea… and get it all in pictures. {grin}

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Banana, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Birthday Pancakes

Want to make your birthday kiddo feel special? How about birthday pancakes? My youngest loves banana pancakes, but my oldest insisted on a twist! {wink}

Banana Peanut Butter & Chocolate Birthday Pancakes | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

These peanut butter chocolate 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.

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. Top with banana slices. Finally microwave fudge topping. I used Breyer’s in the microwave safe pouch. My kiddos… okay and me too… love it!

Hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate… and that these help make your kiddos smile on their birthday!

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Slumber Party – A Bright & Colorful Table

I love bright colors and I love to party. But not always do I want to spend days or even weeks prepping for the party.

Bright Party Ideas

This darling party table from Lantern & Lampion is simple and easy to pull together in a rush. And let’s be honest, the lanterns and poms bring much needed height to the table and make it well… pop!

A few store bought treats, some well placed color and it’s a party!

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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}

Back To School Snack - Simple Book Rice Krispies Treats | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

 

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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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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Easy Paper Straw Kid Crafts – DIY Art Easel

My sweet friend Hilary made these easy DIY art easels out of paper straws. 

Easy Paper Straw Easel Craft - DIY Art Easel | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I love that they can be any color combination and are perfect for art parties or to showcase art for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Hilary made them with my boys so they could showcase an art project they made in class this past school year. They were thrilled!

Or, if I were having an art party I’d make a small version for placecard holders. So cute!

You’ll need: Paper Straws, Elmer’s Glue Dots, Scissors

Directions: Cut the straws to desired length, apply Elmer’s Glue Dots at the joints and display. It’s that easy.

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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.

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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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