Last year for Christmas I lived in a very Tuscan style house with a lot of dark brown and cream tones. My Christmas tree went perfect in that house! I knew that when I moved to a mostly white and gray house, my tree would have to be changed. I didn't want to spend a ton of money, so I decided I would try to spray paint some of the ornaments. So, guess what?!?...it totally worked!! Hallelujah!! I used 4 cans of spray paint and spent about $75 bucks on additional ornaments and filler. Merry Christmas to me and my budget !
Here are a few of the ornaments from their beginning stages.
The sparkle paint made it look perfect and brand new!
and the final look...
Thanksgiving is a very special holiday for me because it has been a tradition with my extended family to come to my house for the weekend. Before my Aunt Kathy died (see her story here) she was my right hand man and we would plan every detail together. When Thanksgiving time comes around, I especially miss her. She was the life of the party and was so much fun to be with. I am missing her more than words can describe right now.
A few of our traditions on Thanksgiving day that we have been doing since I was a little kid are: playing football at the park, eating amazing food (of course), having a pinata for all the kids, and having a talent show (a completely hilarious one) at the end of the night. We always play cards and games late at night throughout the weekend and calories are NOT aloud to be counted. It really is the best time...there is no drama when my family is here and it is full of laughs and no sleep. Lucky, lucky me!!
I found some great ideas on decorating for Thanksgiving that are easy and most are even inexpensive. I hope you all have a wonderful time this Thanksgiving, and if you don't have plans, then come on over!!
Via Party Resources.
Via Whimsy and Wise.
Via Apartment Therapy.
Via Style Me Pretty.
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Via Layla Grayce.
Via Spread Decor.
Via Apartment Therapy.
Via Anna and Blue Paperie.
Via My Hearts Desire Blog.
Via Simplified Bee.
Via The Lettered Cottage.
Via The Party Animal.
I have the lucky job of being Max's room mom for his first grade class this year! I love this job because my main focus is to plan all the PARTIES! I am currently planning the Halloween party that will happen next week, and I thought I would share some ideas with you if you happen to be doing the same thing.
Now onto food...these are a few fun, super EASY (I'm all about that) ideas that I know the kids will go crazy over. My favorite...the bloody syringe drinks! Yum!! Details on each food item are listed below.
1. Delicious and Crunchy Bones: Straight pretzel, mini marshmallows on each end and dipped in white chocolate.
2. Sweet and Juicy Pumpkins: Clementine oranges peeled with a green pipe cleaner in the middle.
3. Frankenstein Cups: Pudding, green food coloring, crushed oreo for the top, draw a face on a clear plastic cup.
4. Witches Hats: Keebler Fudge striped cookies, orange frosting, hershey kiss.
5. Vampire Doughnuts: Doughnut, vampire teeth and chocolate chips.
6. Witches Broom: String cheese and a pretzel.
7. Used up Bandaids: Cinnamon graham crackers, frosting and jelly.
8. Monster Pudding Cups: Pudding, food coloring to make desired color, multicolor sprinkles to the top of each cup and draw a face onto a clear plastic cup.
9. Bloody Punch: Clear cups, Sprite, red punch or cherry syrup, syringes.
10. Mummy Dogs: Hot dogs, crescent rolls, ketchup and mustard.
A Halloween gift tag can add the perfect touch to any plate of cookies or gift you are giving to someone special. These gift tags will work great for neighbors, friends, teachers or any random person on the street that you want to give a Halloween treat to! I've created five different versions of these gift tags and you can download your favorite ones for free below! They print out perfectly on a 4x6 card.
Here are a few different designs that I've created for all of the Halloween parties coming up. For the first 10 people to email me, I will customize one of these four invitations for you for FREE! It will be in digital format and I can email it to you within the next few days...all you will need to do is upload it to your online printer of choice (Costco, Walmart, ect) or print it yourself at home. Each Invitation is 5x7 size. If you aren't one of the first ten to email me, it is only $15...Happy Halloween!! Email me for any questions.
Are you having Thanksgiving at your house this year? Well, I am!! It is so fun for me to host Thanksgiving...probably because my family is so fun to have around and I love to cook and LOVE to eat...it is really that simple! Here is an invitation inviting my family to my house for Thanksgiving 2013! For the first 10 people to email me, I will customize this invitation with your specific information on it and email you the digital file for FREE!! For everyone else, it's $15!!