graduate cupcake

dsc_0803We just launched two new custom graduation invitations, “graduation girl” and “graduation guy.” I know, I know, but once you look at them you’ll understand. One is pink and the other is blue and they are perfect for preschool, high school or college graduation parties.

Okay, so to the cupcakes. These were created by Melanie Hess and they are oh so cute! Here’s what you do. First, ice red velvet cupcakes with chocolate frosting. For the caps, turn a Reeses Peanut Butter cup upside down and top it with a Ghiradelli chocolate square. For the finishing touch, pipe a tassel in your graduate’s school colors (tint white icing and use a #2 tip) and top with a mini M&M for the button.

Happy baking!

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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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sweet treats centerpiece

candycenterpiece_cathome1We’re always looking for great ideas, especially if they’re simple. This one comes to us from a fellow planner, Chris from Celebrations at Home, who shared a few of our baby shower ideas {giggle}. Well of course we had to peruse her site and when we found this fun idea we just had to share it!

Notice not only the adorable lollipops, but the large candies in the background. Those appear to be Styrofoam on dowels that are wrapped in colored cellophane. Very smart! And what about the colorful pipe cleaner curly Q fillers. A centerpiece that would go great with our “sweet treats too” or “movie night” themes.

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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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Easter cookie tips

eastercookiesEach year about this time we pull out the Easter cookie cutters and make bunnies, eggs and little chics. Don’t get me wrong, they are super cute and I love decorating them, but how about we all throw a cross in the mix too. After all, this season is about Him.

Before starting your baking this holiday, take a moment to read my tips on how to make sure your cookies keep their shape and my tips on flooding so you can WOW your family and friends.

By the way, these great cookie cutters can be found at William-Sonoma.com and they’re even on sale now.  Happy baking!

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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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shark cake

sharkcake_parentingWe’re in the middle of developing our spring line and we’ve just designed our “deep blue sea” invitation.

I have to admit, it may be my new favorite. We’ll likely launch it this coming Monday and I’ll make sure and link it here. But in the meantime, I thought I would share a cake that would be perfect for this fun celebration.

You’ll need a few ingredients:

  • 1 pound cake baked in a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan
  • 1 large (5-inch round) sugar cookie, from bakery
  • 1 large gumdrop, any flavor
  • Black food coloring
  • 1 can (16 oz) vanilla frosting
  • 1 roll red fruit leather (Fruit Roll-Ups)
  • ¼ cup mini-marshmallows
  • 2 Junior Mints
  • 1 tube black decorating icing

And a few tools:

  • Blue food coloring
  • Bread knife
  • Serving platter
  • Serrated knife
  • Kitchen shears or scissors
  • Resealable sandwich-size plastic bag (Ziploc)

For all the instructions and a template on how to trim out your cake, visit parenting.com. Enjoy!

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Chips Ahoy! Cheesecake sandwiches

chipsahoy_cheesecakeThose of you who read me often know that I love to bake and share my creations with others. (My challenge is trying not to eat them!) That said, I don’t always have time to be creative before we have guests over or before a snack is needed at preschool. So when I’m in a hurry I usually turn to kraftfoods.com. Their ideas are delicious and so simple. So this is my latest find that I’ll be impressing friends with this weekend. Enjoy!

  • 4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup thawed COOL WHIP Whipped Topping
  • 20 CHIPS AHOY! Cookies
  • 1 tub (7 oz.) BAKER’S Milk Chocolate Dipping Chocolate, melted

And here are the easy steps:

  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar with mixer until well blended. Stir in COOL WHIP.
  2. Cover bottom (flat) side of each of 10 cookies with about 2 Tbsp. cream cheese mixture; top each with second cookie to form sandwich. Dip half of each sandwich in chocolate; gently shake off excess chocolate. Place in single layer in airtight container.
  3. Freeze 3 hours or until firm.

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DIY chenille napkin rings

chenillenapkinringBrowsing for fun ideas that kids can help with, I ran across these fun chenille napkin rings from Better Homes & Gardens that would be perfect for a mother’s day brunch or girly birthday party.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 colors of chenille stems
  • Paper towel tube
  • Ruler

And here’s what you do:

  1. Choose six chenille stems, two of each color. Even up the ends of chenille stems, grouping colors. Leaving 3 inches at one end, begin to braid the chenille stems. Stop braiding 3 inches from the opposite end.
  2. For looped ends, bend over the chenille stems to form loops. Secure by wrapping a separate chenille stem around the ends. Tuck end of chenille stem into wraps.
  3. For wrapped ends, braid entire length of six chenille stems. Wrap ends tightly with a separate chenille stem.
  4. To shape, wrap braided chenille stems around a paper tube.

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