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.

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

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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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Want more cupcake, craft and creative ideas for Father’s Day? Join me on pinterest and follow my Father’s Day Board.

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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!

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

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Luau Party Ideas in Pink, Orange and Green

Summer means doing the hula at a backyard luau, pool parties and fun in the sun! Or at least they should! Wanna host a luau? (grin)

Luau Party Supplies from The Celebration Shoppe

My luau party supplies collection features pink and orange hibiscus, multi-colored green palm leaves, blue waves and hot pink flip flops. The party kit includes:

  • cupcake toppers (2 designs, 8 per sheet)
  • cupcake wrappers, (1 design, 2 per sheet)
  • napkin rings (1 design, 6 per sheet)
  • straw slips (4 designs, 12 per sheet)
  • favor tags (1 design, 8 per sheet)
  • cello toppers, (1 design, 2 per sheet)
  • beverage/bottle wrappers (1 design, 2 per sheet)
  • menu matte (5×7″)
  • refreshments matte (5×7″)
  • photo frame matte (8×10″)
  • invitation and thank you notes sold separately

Want luau party inspiration? See these printable party supplies styled. And join me on pinterest and have a look at my Luau Party Board!

No luaus planned, but you have a little camper… or artist… or rock star running through your halls?! The shoppe has over 35 birthday party supplies and holiday party supplies kits. Come have a look!

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

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Geometric Party Ideas

Geometric patterns are all the rage right now and these are just a few of the darling ideas I’m pinning to my Geometric Crafts board.

Geometric Party Ideas

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Neon Centerpiece Star from Fantas-tisch

Diamond Pinata from Prospect Goods

Paper Star Garland from MinieCo

Geometric Gift Tags from Little Helsinki

Invitation from Allison Kthln

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

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Construction Theme Birthday Party

Yesterday I shared the darling Construction Themed Birthday Cake and today I’m sharing all the rest of the party details. So if you have a little digger in the family, make sure you pin this page for lots of party inspiration!

Construction Theme Birthday Party | Ellen Jay Events on TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And for the party games, activities and favors!

Construction Theme Birthday Party Activities | Ellen Jay Events on TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Details straight from the hostess, Lauren of Ellen Jay Events:

This was for my son Sam’s 2nd birthday. I decided to go with a dump truck construction theme because he is crazy about trucks right now. Last year for his first birthday I did a Little Man theme with bow ties and mustaches in pastel colors so this year I wanted to go a little bit bolder with the orange and yellow and lots of chocolate to represent dirt and mud and all the things little boys love and showcase some of his interests! Sam absolutely had a blast dressing up as a construction worker in the photo booth and playing dump trucks with all of his friends in the sandbox. And a month later, he is still talking about,  “my birthday party”, “dump trucks” and “dirt” so I think it was a success!

For the sweets I wanted to focus on lots of chocolate to resemble dirt/mud with pops of orange and yellow. They consisted of chocolate cake and cupcakes with chocolate buttercream, “dirt cups” – layers of brownies, chocolate pudding and crushed oreos, sugar cookies in the shapes of dump trucks, hard hats, construction cones and the #2, homemade caramel corn, chocolate dipped pretzel rods, Reese’s Pieces and Whoppers.

The party activities included a coloring station with crayons and hard hats for all the kids, a photo booth with props, and a “pin the load on the dump truck” game with a prize wall. For party favors all the kids got a sand bucket and shovel with a dump truck, stickers and bubbles.

 

The invitation/printables were ordered on etsy from KM Thomas Designs

All the sweets/decorations/styling/photography was done by ellenJay – Stylish Events + Sweets

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

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Construction Theme Birthday Cake

How much fun is this construction theme birthday cake?!

Construction Theme Birthday Party

Lauren Kapeluck of Ellen Jay Events hosted a construction themed birthday party for her little guy and this cake is just one small detail, but it’s won my heart. So simple to make, but such an awesome display.

All you’ll need are crushed chocolate graham crackers for the dirt, some brand new construction toys (well washed), a few orange cone candles and a chocolate cake. 

You can style this in less than five minutes, but you’ll have your guests talking all day. LOVE IT!

I’ll be sharing more of Lauren’s amazing party tomorrow and you can find her here too: 

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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:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/elegantaffairscaterers

Twitter – https://twitter.com/elegantaffairs1

Twitter – http://instagram.com/elegantaffairs1

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

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Join The Celebration Shoppe on facebook, sign-up for the daily ideas to come right to your inbox (never miss an idea, giveaway or free printable!), connect with Kim on twitter, pinterest and on instagram. And don’t forget to shop the party store for birthday, baby shower and holiday party supplies. Oh, and now you can follow the blog with Bloglovin too! Hope to see you around!

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