Holiday Party Must Haves

Now that you are stuffed from your Thanksgiving Feast and your Gilmore Girl party binge. It’s time to start planning your next event! Winter is on it’s way and that means holiday parties are right around the corner. Here is your list of holiday party must haves and tips to make your party a great success!

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Decor

  • You don’t need to run out and buy an entire stores worth of holiday decorations for your party.  You can turn your home into a beautiful winter wonderland by using things around your home and getting a little creative.
  • Create a candy bar from jars you have around your home filled with yummy holiday candy treats.  Include some cute take home bags for everyone to take a bit home with them.
  • Place ornaments around the house not just on the tree.  Spread them out for some holiday cheer.  Or if you’re having a sit down affair you can always run out and buy some plain glass bulbs and write each guests name on one and use that as their place card!
  • Use left over ribbon and tie it around items in the house; candles, lamps, door handles, any where they would look cute can work!
  • Don’t forget to dress up the bathroom.  Adding a fun holiday soap or writing a cute holiday message or putting snowflakes on the vanity are all cute ideas to dress up the loo.
  • Don’t be afraid to use a little glitter here and there!  You can take an ordinary candle or vase and add some beautiful silver glitter to the bottom to give it some holiday cheer.  Or use it in some little jars around the table.
  • Use pinecones from your front yard and dress them up with some fake snow, glitter, or gold/silver spray paint to help create a perfect winter wonderland look.

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Entertainment

  • Play some fun games.  For example you could do trivia games, holiday themed scategories, name that tune, name that holiday movie, pin the noes on the snowman. Play as teams for group bonding.  Games are a great way for guests to get to know one another or to become closer.
  • Create a Photo Booth with fun holiday props.  You don’t need to rent one if you have a Fuji Instant Camera or if you have this fun app on your iPad.
  • Give out prizes to guests for random things, like finding something you’ve hidden in the room or to whomever has the most pennies on them.
  • Play lots of holiday music using a holiday CD or a music streaming channel app like Pandora.
  • Have a holiday movie playing in the background on the TV.  Even if you have music playing it’s fun for guests to glance over and see a little Home Alone action on the TV.
  • Hold a contest for most holiday spirited sweater or ugliest sweater works too.
  • Coordinate a cookie exchange for the party.
  • Organize a gift exchange like a White Elephant Gift Exchange.
  • Create a DIY S’mores and Hot Coco Bar.
  • Have a ornament decorating station both kids and adults will love to take home their own ornament.
  • If kids are coming make sure that you have kid friendly activities or that all guests can partake.

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Lighting

  • Lighting is an easy and less expensive way to dress up any party.
  • Soft lighting with candles and dim lights is always a holiday party favorite.
  • When in doubt add white twinkling christmas lights.
  • Turn glass candleholders into stylish accessories by covering them in decorative fabric.

Holiday Party Must Haves

Food/Drink

  • DIY it and add entertainment by having a cookie exchange or a cookie decorating party, S’mores, or Hot Coco Bar.
  • It’s ok to make your holiday party a pot luck.  Really it is.
  • If you are planning on doing the cooking decide what type of party you’re having; full sit down dinner, hour d’roves and desserts, snacks and treats, or some other combination.
  • There are a million holiday food blogs out there so I am not the winning location for that information but I will say make sure that if you are having a vegetarian at your party you have enough food to fill them.  Don’t make them starve with a couple of rolls and veggies…

Holiday Party Must Haves

Favors

  • Incorporating your favors into your party is always a fun idea.  Like doing the ornament place card or the candy bar mentioned above.
  • Unless you know that all of your guests share the same religion.  Keep your favors secular.
  • DIY it with some of these amazing ideas from HGTV.
  • If you have kids coming to your party make sure you have some kid friendly favors for little ones to take home.

 

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7 Amazing DIY Last Minute Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

Thanksgiving is this Thursday and that means it’s time to get down to business.  Here are some last-minute Thanksgiving Decorations that are sure to please your guests!

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DIY No Sew Burlap Table Runner: is a perfect addition to any fall meal but especially Thanksgiving.  If you can find this adorable gold polka doted burlap then you are set for sure.  Check out the list of supplies below and for instructions Click Here.

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$5 DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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$5 DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces: Use up those saved sauce jars, or some left over mason jars cover them in some burlap and fill them with some acorns and pine cones you find around your house and BAM you have this cute DIY Centerpiece.  For instructions Click Here and see our supplies list below.

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Free Leftover Thanksgiving Lables

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Free Thanksgiving Leftover Station Printable’sIf you’re having guests come to thanksgiving that aren’t staying the night this is an adorable addition to any Thanksgiving dinner.  Not to mention there are some free printables!  Click Here for directions and see the supply list below.

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Maple Leaf Flowers

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DIY Maple Leaf Roses: These adorable maple leaf roses look amazing as a centerpiece for Thanksgiving.  For instructions Click Here and for supplies see below.

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Free and Easy Thanksgiving or Fall Place Cards

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Free and Easy Thanksgiving Place Cards: You can make these cute place cards just by taking some paper and glueing it to a pine cone!  How easy is that?  For instructions Click Here and see our supplies list below.

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Gold Leaf PlaceCards

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DIY Gold Leaf Place Cards: These DIY gold leaf place cards are so easy to make and look adorable with a gold themed table scape. If you want to make this adorable place card check out the instructions by Clicking Here and check out the supply list below.

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DIY Thanksgiving Silverware Holder: This project just takes a printer some paper and some creative folding!  Sooooo easy!  For instructions visit their website HERE.

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Keeping Kids Happy at Thanksgiving Dinner

The best way to keep kids patient and happy at any long family meal is to give them something to do.  Naturally kids aren’t the best at waiting, and they tend to have more time to wait since they don’t eat as much as adults.  So if you’re having kids at your Thanksgiving meal it’s good to give them something to entertain themselves. Here are some suggestions for your Thanksgiving Table this year.

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The Container Store recommends having out craft paper and crayons for coloring, having a fun kid friendly snacks out like their Tropical Lemonade Punch and Turkey Treat Snack Mix put together with their turkey tail feather craft.

Thanksgiving Placemat

Kid Friendly Placemats put these cute printable placemats out with some colored pencils or crayons for the kids to play with while they wait for their next course.  Fun activities for all ages on these and you can easily print them at home with your printer.

Thanksgiving Fruit Turkey

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Display their fruit and veggies in fun kid friendly ways.  Click Here for directions on the Veggie Turkey from CBC.  Click Here for directions on how to make the Fruit Turkey that we made a few years ago. p0llkj.

Why you need a Penny Pit at your next Fall Party for Kids

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What is a penny pit you ask?  Well it’s loads of fun with very little work!  All you need is some hay and some penny’s and hey if you really wanna go all out throw in some quarters for an extra special treat!

To make your pit you designate an area and throw down some hay.  Your area doesn’t need to be surrounded with hay you can really use anything to designate your space.  Stakes and strings, some fencing, just using a kiddy pool.  You can even use sand instead of hay if you need to.  After you’ve thrown downs some hay hide some pennies inside and let the kids make easy work of the pit finding the penny’s and keeping their finds!  It’s so easy and fun for the kids. You can usually find hay at any home goods store at this time of the year or a local farm.   Have fun and enjoy!

Beach Theme Birthday Personalized Pails

Personalized Beach Pails

If you are having a beach themed birthday party a great parting gifts for your smaller guests is a pail and shovel that they can take with them!  These personalized beach pails I made are a great take away! I bought a collection of pails from Target when they went on sale and filled them with fun kid items like: Go Go Squeeze Organic Apple Sauce, Bubbles, and Disposable Bibs that way the little ones stay clean at the party.  For older kids I took out the bib and added a pack of fruit snacks.

To personalize each pail I wrote and decorated each child’s name with beach theme items: Umbrella’s, Suns, Star Fish, Flip Flops, Beach Balls, Palm Trees, etc. To write there name on I used Sharpie Paint Markers and they came out great!!! Each one did take a bit of time considering how detailed I got but you don’t need to do that and you can always use regular Sharpies as well if you don’t want to get the paint markers.  Have fun everyone!

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