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October 30, 2014

North Pole Brunch Planning

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Christmas is my favorite holiday and I love making it magical for my children each year. For the past three years we have had a North Pole brunch the weekend after Thanksgiving for my kids and niece. The brunch is all about the kids with games, themed foods and North Pole decorations. At the brunch my kids' behavior elf makes his first visit of the year and they write their letters to Santa Claus. Each year I look for new ways to make the brunch fun for the kids and this year I am so excited for the Northpole brought to you by Hallmark line to hit the shelves at Walmart November 1st!

North Pole Party ideas - Northpole by Hallmark


At this year's North Pole party the kids will get their first chance to use the North Pole Communicator, receive their Find Me, Santa! Snowflake and we will get to read the book Once Upon a North Pole Christmas from the new Hallmark line (on top of all of the other fun things we do at the party). In past years we have had 'fake' snowball fights, frosted cookies, made toilet paper snowmen and sipped on hot cocoa.

North Pole Party with Northpole by Hallmark

We are moving this week and I know this entire month is going to be super hectic so I have plans to create a few printable games but I am going to be buying most of the decorations this time around rather than going the DIY route. The Northpole brought to you by Hallmark line has lots of cute stationary, plates, coasters and even 'Snow in an Instant' which my Florida kids would go crazy over!

Here is a sneak peek at the printables I will be using this year (and sharing with all of you soon!)

North Pole Party with Northpole by Hallmark


Some of my favorite pictures from past North Pole parties -

This is when the kids made each other into Snowmen using toilet paper, paper buttons, scarves and snowmen hats.

North Pole Party with Northpole by Hallmark

North Pole Party with Northpole by Hallmark

 
North Pole Party with Northpole by Hallmark

Our first North Pole party three years ago when we had a paper 'snowball' fight with wadded up wrapping paper. The kids had so much fun with this you would have thought it was a real snowball fight!

North Pole Party with Northpole by Hallmark

I am so happy with this tradition we have created and since Emmett isn't even one year old yet it looks like we will be doing it for years and years to come!

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October 26, 2014

10 Halloween Costumes for Baby


Our little Emmett is five months old. He is obviously not old enough to trick or treat but what one thing makes a baby even cuter than they already are? Let me answer that for you - a cute baby in a seriously cute Halloween costume. The only problem is that infants aren't up walking around yet which puts a limit on costume ideas. I have rounded up 10 amazingly cute costume ideas for the babe in your life!


10 Halloween Costumes for Babies

10 Halloween Costumes for Babies
 
 
10 Halloween Costumes for Babies
 
 
10 Halloween Costumes for Babies
 
 
 
10 Halloween Costumes for Babies
 
 
 
10 Halloween Costumes for Babies
 
 
10 Halloween Costumes for Babies
 
 
10 Halloween Costumes for Babies
 
 
 
10 Halloween Costumes for Babies
 
 
10 Halloween Costumes for Babies
 
 
10 Halloween Costumes for Babies
 
 
Aren't these super cute? I almost wish Halloween lasted for an entire week so I could dress Emmett up in all of these! Notice I said 'almost wish' -- I don't think I could take an entire week of kids on candy highs!
 
I just finished making Delilah's costume yesterday. I sewed her a Snow White costume from a Simplicity sewing pattern with satin and broadcloth. I know how to sew but it was the most complicated thing I have sewn to date. Reading sewing patterns is like reading a foreign language. I can't wait to show you how it turned out. After deciding she was going to be Snow White I thought it would only be fitting that our sweet Emmett dressed as one of the seven dwarfs. Stay tuned for their cute costumes!!
 

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October 25, 2014

5 Tips to Create Conversation and Host a Memorable Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it and today I am sharing my tips for sparking conversation and laughter during holiday dinners. Maybe you have family that doesn't always get along, friends that don't know one another very well or this is your first time hosting a holiday dinner and you want to set a fun atmosphere for your guests.

We will be hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner at our home this year and both my side of the family and my husband's side of the family will be gathering around the dinner table. Chances are we will have friends joining us for the holiday meal too. Since we will have guests of all ages I want to make sure everyone has an enjoyable and memorable holiday. I don't want fighting, quiet awkward moments or for anyone to feel left out.

5 Tips to Create Conversation and Host a Memorable Thanksgiving Dinner


Here are five tips to help create conversation during Thanksgiving dinner at your home this year!

Tip #1 - Use Place Settings
Place settings allow for you to have control over where each guest sits (granted they don't move them around). Depending on who will be gathered around your table you may want to separate family members that don't get along well or group guests of similar ages together. By utilizing place settings you may even want to disperse the talkative guests to keep conversation flowing all around the table.

Learn how to make these DIY Pumpkin Place Setting from The Scrap Shoppe

http://www.thescrapshoppeblog.com/2013/11/diy-thanksgiving-pumpkin-place-setting.html

#2. Have A Kid's Table
I remember the dreaded days of sitting at the kid's table. However by having a kid's table you will keep adult conversation from being interrupted. Having a kids table will also ensure none of your guests get caught cutting little Johnny's turkey or wearing his spilled drink. To keep the kid's table fun use free printables like the ones found on Design Dazzle that will have even the oldest child happy to be sitting at the kiddie table. Hint hint - The printables might keep the little ones quieter than normal too!


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#3. Get Guests Involved
There are many ways to get your guests involved in creating a memorable meal. If a guest would like to help with the cooking give them a task in the kitchen. Some of the best conversation and laughter happens before anyone ever sits down to enjoy a holiday meal. You can also drum up conversation by having each guest write what they are thankful for. Create a Thankful Tree like the one found on DIY on the Cheap or have each guest write what they are thankful for on a strip of paper and make a paper chain. A few years ago we all wrote down what we were thankful for on piece of paper, put them in a cup and passed around the cup during the dinner so each person could pick one to read.


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#4. Bring Memories to Dinner
Our guests are brought together because they are family and friends of my husband and I. All of our guests have met before but some don't know each other very well. To help each person get to know one other a little better we are asking everyone to bring a picture of themselves from childhood. When the guests arrive I am going to hang their photo on a garland I put together with string and mini clothespins. I know that these pictures will have everyone talking! The grandparents will talk about how cute the grandkids are, the young adults will laugh and the kids will have fun trying to figure out who each child is. My hopes are that the photos will also evoke further conversation about where and when the pictures were taken helping everyone get to know one another a little bit more than they did before.

Find out how to put together an easy photo banner by Poofy Cheeks





#5. Play Games and Have Fun!
Have games or activities planned for after dinner. While some will enjoy watching football others might not be into sports. I attended a Thanksgiving dinner once where the entire family had a tradition of gathering around a table playing dice games and the winner of each round won a scratch off ticket. My family personally can't stop laughing when we play the game Catch Phrase. Have a deck of cards, a board game, dice or outdoor games planned and watch the fun unfold!

With these five tips your guests are sure to leave with smiles on their faces and unforgettable memories made! This card from Treat says it best...

http://www.treat.com/personalize/5166201/happy_thanksgiving_greeting_cards_stuffed_with_thanks.html


Please share any tips you have for hosting a fun and memorable holiday dinner filled with conversation and laughter in the comments below!

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October 24, 2014

Grateful Fall Photo Banner - Thanksgiving Decoration

 
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The rich colors draw me to all of the wonderful d├ęcor. Over a family dinner last week Mike and I told our families that we would like to host Thanksgiving and Christmas at our house. We have spent the last few years driving from house to house and this year we will have a place big enough to host everyone. For once we want to lounge around in our pajamas all day on Christmas and we don't want anyone to feel left out.
 
This will be the first Thanksgiving I have hosted and I created a banner to help spark some fun conversations and memories. I am going to ask each person to bring a picture or two of themselves we can hang on the banner for Turkey Day. Since we will all be gathering around one big table together I thought 'Gather' was the perfect word to incorporate into the banner.
 
Gather Photo Banner - Thanksgiving Day decor. Have each guest bring an old photo to hang.
 


Grateful Fall Photo Banner

To make the banner I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the word 'Gather' in Market Deco font from a piece of cardstock. Then I used leaves I downloaded from the Silhouette marketplace and cut them out onto cardstock as well. I hung orange jute twine using washi tape and then used mini clothespins to hang the letters, leaves and pictures. On Thanksgiving I will take all of the photos off and leave a pile of clothespins and photos for guests to look through and hang up.
 

Grateful Fall Photo Banner
 

Grateful Fall Photo Banner
 
Grateful Fall Photo Banner
 
While we have one more week left of living here at my parent's house before we move I sifted through old pictures my mom had stored in her closet. Looking through all of the old photos was tons of fun and brought back a lot of memories! That alone could keep me busy for hours so I know it will keep our Thanksgiving guests occupied and laughing too!

Grateful Fall Photo Banner
 
Grateful Fall Photo Banner
 



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