Quick No-Flake Glitter Straw Slips

Love things that sparkle? Me too!

No-Flake Glitter Straw Slips | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Glitter can be hard to craft with. Especially when you’re crafting with things that might come in contact with food. You’re always nervous it’s going to flake off on whatever you’re working on.

Well I have the answer and it’s awesome! Darice makes a no-flake glitter washi tape and it’s available at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. It’s beautiful and it truly doesn’t rub off!

I made these no-flake glitter straw slips in less than a minute! Just wrap around your straw and cut a triangle out of the end. Done!

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

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Grilling Sides – Southern Style Potato Salad Recipe

One of my mom’s most loved recipes is her southern style potato salad. I have to admit, it is amazing. She makes it for all of our summer family gatherings and my hubby eats the most. {grin}

Southern Potato Salad Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s super simple to make Southern Potato Salad! You’ll need:

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 7 large potatoes, peeled, cubed
  • 1 tsp.  salt
  • 10-12  hard-boiled eggs, chopped
  • ½ cup sweet pickle relish
  • Paprika, salt, and black pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup  mayo
  • 4 tbsp. Gulden’s Mustard

Easy steps:

  1. Boil chopped and salted potatoes in a covered dish for 14 minutes or until until tender. Drain.
  2. Add onions to bowl, pour hot potatoes over top and allow to set for five minutes. Hot potatoes will cook the onions a little and soften them up.
  3. Peel and chop eggs. Add to bowl.
  4. Add pickle relish.
  5. Add mayonnaise.
  6. Add paprika, salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Add mustard.
  8. Gently fold and refrigerate.

How To Make A Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want to know how to set up a Hot Dog Bar?! So easy and a great way to get grilling this summer!

For more fun grilling ideas, make sure and follow me on Pinterest and check out my Foodie {Grilling} board:

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Foodie {Grilling Recipes} on Pinterest.

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

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Picnic Party Ideas {Romance For Two to Family Reunions}

It’s the season of picnics and these are some of my favorite ideas!

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Entertaining {Outdoor Party Ideas} on Pinterest.

From simple romantic picnics to family reunion picnics, my Entertaining {Outdoor Party Ideas} board on Pinterest will inspire you to pack a basket, grab a blanket and head out.

I’m off on a little business trip, but until I can share what I’m up to I wanted to leave you with a bit of summer inspiration. Remember, it doesn’t have to be big, complex or even really planned, just get out with your family and have fun!

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

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Press: Kim Byers Featured in All You Magazine

Thrilled to have been asked by the editors of All You magazine to come up with a fun and inexpensive outdoor activity for summer! {grin}

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers Featured in All You Magazine

You can find the easy Sidewalk Chalk Paint recipe on my blog (and on page 62).

But make sure you pick up a copy of All You’s Summer Edition for creative tips and ideas. Every issue is packed with delicious warm-weather recipes, summer workout plans and ideas for budget-friendly family fun!

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

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Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar

Picnic tables, grilling, campfires for s’ mores, sparklers and laugh out loud jokes… {sigh} It makes me think of my childhood 4th of July gatherings with my mom’s huge family and “make your own” hot dog bars!

How To Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

For summer entertaining I love setting up “make your own” and “serve yourself” options. And with grilling season upon us, everyone is craving an all-American hot dog! What makes a kosher hot dog different? It’s all about what makes the cut (and what doesn’t). Hebrew National is choosy about what goes into their franks – only 100% pure kosher beef so you know what you’re getting and they taste great.

Next to the cut of meat, a successful hot dog bar must be kept covered. When you’re gathering in an open space like your backyard, people to tend to wander and mingle and no one is eating at the same time so keeping your hot dogs and fixins fresh is essential.

You’ll also want to make sure your tableware is easy to manage while standing or sitting so there are no juggling acts. These little hot dog baskets are the perfect answer!

Summer Grilling & Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

When it comes to your hot dog fixins, that’s the fun part. I set up my families favorites with red onion, yellow onion, Hunt’s Ketchup, Gulden’s Mustard and tomato. The hubby sometimes likes a little jalapeno too!

How To Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Another important favorite for our hot dog bars…

Southern Potato Salad Recipe | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

my mom’s southern style potato salad. It is amazing! I’ll be posting a step-by-step pictorial of this yummy recipe using Gulden’s Yellow Mustard tomorrow, so stay tuned!

You can find more 

Hebrew

ideas and recipes by visiting Hebrew National or by following them on facebook

Make Your Own Hot Dog Bar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

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

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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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The Big 8… He’s Ready. Me… Not So Much.

My baby boy turned eight years old today… and honestly… I’m struggling with it a bit.

Turning 8 | Photo By Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Eight is a big number. Half-way to driving… {heavy sigh}

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy for him. He’s growing up and he’s such an amazingly happy kid. He brings laughter into our lives everyday.

I’m just a bit sad that I can’t cradle him in my arms anymore. 

Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!

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Upcycle: Easy Hanging Container Garden

When I was a child my grandparents had a garden. It seemed everyone did. And they ate from the garden all year. Fresh in the summer and frozen fresh in the winter months. Everything was organic. {wink}

Easy DIY Hanging Container Garden | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

While this post is part of a sponsored campaign by Unilever Project Sunlight, all opinions and experiences expressed are entirely my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

Now we all have smaller yards, live in neighborhoods, high-rises, condos… so the opportunity for having a garden is a bit more challenging. But it is possible no matter what kind of space you have.

In November of last year, Unilever, one of the world’s leading suppliers of food, home and personal care products, launched Unilever Project Sunlight, a long-term initiative to motivate people to live sustainably by inspiring them to create a brighter future for children. The project aims to create a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations. Have you seen the video of the kids? It’s seriously inspiring and a great way to talk to your kids about our future. 

How To Make A Hanging Planter | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

So today I’m sharing an easy way to make a hanging jar planter by upcycling those everyday items. Like Hellmman’s Real Mayonnaise jars! You’ll need:

  • Hellmann’s Real Mayonnaise Jars
  • Twine
  • Pebbles (for drainage and you can also drill some small holes in the bottom of the plastic jars, you don’t want root rot)
  • Soil
  • Plants
  • Labels

How To Make An Easy Hanging Container Garden | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

See how simple it is to make this planter! 

I had my boys help with this upcycle project. I don’t want the art of personal gardens to be lost in my family. Yes, the grocery or the farmer’s market is easier, but personally I think there is something therapeutic in watching something grow. And what kid doesn’t like to get their hands dirty. Am I right?!

Kid Craft: Upcycle Hanging Jar Planters | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

To make these hang with twine is simple.

  1. Wrap twine twice around the lip of the jar and tie loosely. You’ll tighten later.
  2. Take a length of twine and weave it under the twine around the lip. Tie each end on opposite side. Make sure they’re equal for balance.
  3. Tighten the twine around the lip and secure.

Want more creative sustainable life ideas? Visit Uniliver’s Sunlight Project.

Want more DIY and upcycle container garden ideas? Join me on Pinterest and follow my Home {Gardening} board:

Follow Kim {The Celebration Shoppe}’s board Home {Gardening} on Pinterest.

I hope you’ll join me and take small steps to make our world a better place now and for our generations to come.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create, celebrate AND change the world! {grin}

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