One of My Favorite Neighbor Christmas Gift Ideas and a Chance to Win a Cricut Maker!

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Hey y'all!  Tis the season to start thinking Christmas {can you even believe it?!!}, and I'm about to make you the best neighbor on the block with one of my very favorite Neighbor Christmas Gift Ideas!

It's fast, it's easy, and it's something they'll actually use...happily.  :)

I mean, let's face it.  Is there anyone out there that doesn't need a little sip or two of an adult beverage to get through the holiday craziness?  If you happen to have a neighbor that might answer yes to that question, then fill this wine bottle gift wrap with sparkling cider instead (and send me that adult beverage)!  

Plus, since it's the Christmas season and all, we're giving away a Cricut Maker to one lucky winner!  Be sure to enter at the bottom of this post!

Here's what you need to make a tea towel wine bottle wrap using your Cricut EasyPress:

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•  Cricut cutting machine (I used the Cricut Maker, but you can absolutely use an Explore series machine, if that's what you have). Don't forget to enter our Maker giveaway at the bottom of this post!

•  EasyPress (an iron will work if you don't have an EasyPress yet, but an EasyPress should totally be on your wish list for Santa)!

•  A bottle of wine, sparkling cider, or liquor

•  A tea towel

• Cricut iron-on foil (I used Emerald Green and Pewter)

• Ribbon to coordinate with your tea towel

•  An ornament (optional).  I used a wooden disc and personalized it with iron-on foil.
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I really loved this Christmas tree that I found in Cricut images (it's only 99 cents), so I used it to create my cut pattern. I saved the pattern as a project, so all you need to do is open it and cut! Start by opening the Christmas Tree pattern in Design Space here, then click "Make It."

Place a 12x12 piece of the Emerald green iron-on foil shiny side down on a standard grip cutting mat, and click "continue."

Follow the prompts in Design Space to cut your project with your cutting machine, then weed the excess foil away from the trees.
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Remove the backing material from the mat, and use scissors to cut the trees into strips.  

Choose a hard, flat surface to use the EasyPress, and protect with a mat or towel.  I used my kitchen counter and protected it with a bath towel.  Preheat the EasyPress (or your iron) to the appropriate heat setting for your tea towel.  Here is a chart you can refer to for the proper settings.

When the EasyPress has reached the desired temp, warm the tea towel by going over it a few times with the EasyPress.  This will help your foil adhere to the towel.

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Once you've preheated your tea towel, place the strip of trees where you'd like them to be adhered, place the EasyPress over top, and press the "C" to start the timer.

The EasyPress has a built-in timer, so once you set the temp, it automatically sets the appropriate time for you.  You can adjust the timing, if you'd like, but I find that the pre-determined times typically work perfectly.  :)

Apply some pressure while the EasyPress is working.  When the timer beeps, move the Easy Press to cover the remaining trees and repeat the process.

Flip the towel over and do the same thing on the reverse side to ensure a really good adhesion.

Continue with as many rows of trees as you'd like to apply onto your towel.

Let cool completely, then peel the backing away from the foil.  If any of the foil appears to not be adhered well, reheat the areas with the EasyPress.

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Now it's time to wrap that bottle!  

Fold the tea towel in half (loose edges up), and center the bottle on the towel.

Roll to the edge of the towel, then tie ribbon around the bottom and the neck to secure the towel in place.  This does not attach the towel to the bottle, so be sure to hold the bottom of the bottle when moving and handling.

Tie a little ornament or hang tag from the top ribbon for a finished look, and you're done! 

I had some little wooden discs that I scored at Hobby Lobby, so for a personalized touch, I just cut an initial out of Pewter iron-on foil with my Maker and used the EasyPress to adhere it.  If you hot glue some ribbon onto the back, you've got a personalized ornament for your neighbors, too!  :)

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Seriously, you guys.  How flipping CUTE is this?!!  Honestly one of my favorite neighbor Christmas ideas ever!  Your neighbors are gonna loooooove this, and it's so easy and inexpensive! 

Have fun with it, and if you decide to make this project, please tag me on social media!  I absolutely love seeing what you create!

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If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

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Pretty Thanksgiving Table Decor

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Have you ever found a gorgeous table setting online or in a magazine and thought, "That's what I want my Thanksgiving table to look like!"

So, you start following the links to find out what you need to recreate the look, then holy sticker shock! $200 just for flatware for four?!! Too rich for my blood,  especially when our Thanksgiving table will be seating 18 people!

I'm a "make things pretty for not a lot of cash" kinda gal, and I'm happy to tell ya that you can absolutely have pretty Thanksgiving table decor without breaking the bank!

Here are my suggestions for setting a beautiful Thanksgiving table that won't cost a fortune.

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Florals and Ambience

When I think about what really stands out in a beautiful tablescape, it's typically pretty florals and candle-lit ambiance.

The florals in this Thanksgiving table set-up are pretty, right?

Would you believe that I got ALL of the fresh flowers...at the grocery store...for only $20.00?!! 

Amazing, right?  If you were going to purchase pre-made arrangements from a florist, you would easily spend at least $50-$75 per arrangement!  

The bonus is, you're going to be going to the grocery store for the food, anyway.  You can get the food and the florals all in one stop!

Here's another tip:  The flowers don't all have to be real!  I wanted some pussy willows and dahlias for the arrangements but the grocery store didn't have any.  BUT, Michaels did, and they were 80% off!  Score!  

I'm not much on artificial flowers unless they really look like the real deal, but if you do a good job strategically placing faux flowers in with real ones, it's really hard to tell that they aren't all real!

I'll bet you're scrolling back to get a closer look at my floral arrangements to find the fake ones now, aren't ya?  ;)

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When it comes to shopping for pretty Thanksgiving table decor, Oriental Trading is a great place to start.

Their goodies are both amazing and affordable!

When I was looking for a pretty, classy way to showcase the florals, I came across some gold geometric terrariums on the OT website.

They are absolutely stunning, and look beautiful with flowers tucked inside! They are sold in sets of two and are so very pretty in person!

You'll be wanting to use them as home decor when your Thanksgiving dinner is over, so money well spent, if ya ask me!
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I mentioned that ambience is important, but candle holders can be expensive...especially if you need quite a few of them.

When I was browsing the Oriental Trading site, I came across these gold-flecked votive holders, which complement the gold terrariums perfectly! The best part? You get a dozen of them for only $15!!! These can soooo easily transition into Chrismas decor, too...double duty decorating!

Paper is Pretty!

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I don't know about you, but when I have guests over for a meal, I actually want to spend time with them.

Being stuck in the kitchen washing dishes is definitely not how I want to spend my Thanksgiving, how about you?

Enter paper plates and plastic flatware!

I gotta tell ya, if you haven't noticed, the paper plate game is rockin' right now! There are some absolutely gorgeous selections available, so you can set a pretty Thanksgiving table with very little clean-up to follow! Now THAT is what I call fabulous!!! :)

Via Blossom shared these modern chic geometric plates on their instagram page, and I instantly fell in love!

Non-traditional colors are the trend this year, so I chose these plates for our Thanksgiving celebration. Doesn't that gold foil and marble just make you swoon?!!

And that gold flatware? I'll just tell ya that it doesn't cost $200. ;)

Use it and lose it for several dollars. How do ya like the sound of that?!!

Personalize with Printables

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Printables are fantastic because they're pretty, they're personalizable, and they're inexpensive!

If you're not familiar with how printables work, they are customized PDF files that you pay one price for, and can then print as many times as you'd like.

So, in our case, I'd pay one flat rate for a menu PDF file, and then I could print 18 of them for that price, as opposed to having to pay a "per piece" price if I had them printed for me.  

It's typically a substantial savings if you don't mind printing and cutting yourself.

Both these printable menus and printable place cards are available in the shop, and can be customized just for you.  They are the perfect match for the rest of our pretty Thanksgiving table decor, don't you think?

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So there you have it...my best tips for creating a pretty Thanksgiving tablescape without paying a fortune.  

I think the only other thing I'd say is not to be afraid to look around your house and repurpose things that you already have.  See those gold pumpkins on the table?  They were leftover from Halloween, they just got repurposed for a new holiday.  :)

Be sure to share pictures of your tablescapes on social media and tag me @jentbydesign so I can see!

Sources:

Jen T by Design: Party styling, photography, menus, place cards

Oriental Trading: Gold geometric terrariums, gold-flecked votive holders, acrylic frames for menus, gold flatware

Via Blossom: Blush and gold hexagon plates, marbled hexagon plates

Target: Gold pumpkins, marbled hexagon coasters

HomeGoods: Napkins, wine glasses

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting with Cricut EasyPress

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DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting with Cricut EasyPress

When you're hosting a meal, there's nothing more welcoming than a pretty table.

During one of my {far too many} visits to Target, I found these gorgeous flannel place mats and knew they needed to make their way into my cart!

I already had some pretty linen napkins that matched perfectly, and quickly decided that a DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting was gonna have to go down!

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I have been dying to use my Cricut Easy Press, and I knew this was the perfect project for it.

I had some iron-on foil in a stunning pewter color tucked away in my stash, and it looked sooooo good against the Autumn colors in the placemat!

I pulled out my Cricut Maker {if you don't have one, you should totally be asking Santa for one}, and quickly whipped up some text for the placemat in Cricut Design Space, and I also made a little wishbone to go on the napkin.

Here's what's cool...you can do whatever you want here!  Names, initials, sayings...whatever floats your boat.  The possibilities are endless!  There are lots of great ideas in Cricut Access, too, if you're looking for inspiration.

If you like the text and wishbone that I used, I'm giving you the SVG files for FREE here.  :)

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DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting with Cricut EasyPress

Follow the prompts in Design Space to cut your iron-on foil.

Remember that when working with iron-on, you need to mirror the image before cutting, and place the iron-on foil shiny side down on the mat. 

Use a weeding tool peel the excess foil away from your text.

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Preheat your EasyPress according to the Quick Reference Chart.

If you don't have an EasyPress, you can use an iron for adhering your foil.

While the EasyPress is heating, determine where you would like the iron-on to be adhered onto your placemat.

You will need a hard, flat surface to use the EasyPress on.  I used my kitchen counter, and laid a towel down to protect it.

Once the EasyPress is heated, warm the placemat by ironing for 3-5 seconds.

Place the transfer onto the placemat, top with the EasyPress, hit the Cricut button, and apply slight pressure to the machine.  The countdown will begin, and the machine will beep when the timer runs out.

Flip the placemat over and repeat on the back side.

Allow the transfer to completely cool before peeling away the liner.  If the transfer is not completely adhered, apply more heat, as necessary.

Repeat with additional placemats and napkins.

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DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting Tips

Once your transfers are all in place, here are a few tips for creating a beautiful, easy DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting:

  1. Layer dishes to add visual interest to your table.  Don't be afraid to mix patterns and get creative!
  2. Bring the outdoors in!  Natural elements like pinecones and leaves are free and readily available this time of year. They look incredible when incorporated into a tablescape!
  3. Repurpose what you already have.  A rustic wooden bowl can easily be transformed into a vessel for flowers, and leftover pumpkins from Halloween can seamlessly transition into Thanksgiving decor!
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If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

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A DIY Throw Blanket Using the Cricut Maker

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When I was browsing through JoAnn the other day, I came across this plaid throw that was too pretty to pass up.  It's so soft!  

As I continued to mosey through the store, I found a gray polka-dotted flannel that looked so good with the blanket, so of course my wheels started spinning.

I am NOT a seamstress, so sewing anything together was completely out of the question.  BUT, I do know how to use Heat 'n Bond.  And I do happen to have a Cricut Maker that can precisely cut the fabric and bonding for me... 

...so that, my friends, is how this DIY Throw Blanket using the Cricut Maker was born...without having to sew a stitch!

Here's the Super Easy How-To!

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You'll Need:

  • Your Cricut Maker (set up with the rotary blade and a fabric mat)
  • A throw blanket
  • Coordinating fabric
  • Heat 'n Bond
  • Scissors
  • An iron
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Start off by opening Design Space and clicking "New" in the top left corner of the screen.  This will open up a blank canvas for you.

Click "Text" in the left menu bar, and then type the initial that you'd like to use in the text box that populates.

After you've entered your initial, clicking on it will open a font menu at the top of your screen.  Use that menu to change the font, size, etc.  I used the font "Liberty Regular" for this blanket.

You can also change the font size by clicking on the arrows around the text box and dragging.

Once you have the font and size that you'd like, click "Make It" in the top right hand corner.

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Next, cut your fabric to a size a bit larger than your initial will be.  Cut a piece of Heat 'n Bond just slightly smaller than your fabric, and fuse together with an iron by following the instructions on the Heat 'n Bond package.

Return to Design Space.  Follow the prompts to cut out your initial with your Maker.

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Once the initial is cut, remove the paper backing from the Heat 'n Bond and locate where you'd like to adhere your initial to the throw.  Then simply follow the directions on the Heat 'n Bond package to fuse the initial and blanket throw together.

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That's all there is to it!  So super easy, right?

Now all that's left to do is cuddle up under this cutie!  

Snuggle up on the couch with it, pack it for a tailgate, or cozy up under it on the porch while sipping some warm cider!  

However you choose to use, it, enjoy...and be sure to share your pics with me on Facebook or Instagram (tag @JenTbyDesign).  

Happy Creating!  xoxoxo

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

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A Bat Halloween Party and a BIG Giveaway!!!

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Hey guys!  How did you like all of that amazing Halloween inspiration in the blog hop yesterday?  Weren't those Trunk or Treat ideas so much fun?!!  If you missed it, you can catch up here.

Now, buckle up, because we're at it again today with yet another Halloween Blog Hop...

...and an incredible giveaway! 

I promise ya, you do not wanna miss this, so scroll down and let's get this party started!

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You guys know how much I love using Oriental Trading goodies in my parties, and you know that I'm obsessed with the new Cricut Maker, right?

Well, this blog hop happens to be sponsored by both of those phenomenal, generous companies, and guess what?

They're giving away a Cricut Maker ($399.99 value) AND a $75 Oriental Trading gift card to one of YOU!!!

Wowza, right?!!! That's one heck of a prize package!  Find full details on how to enter at the bottom of this post, but first, take a look at this Bat Halloween Party to see how I used the Maker and goodies from Oriental Trading to create a spooktacular celebration!

Bat Halloween Party Ideas
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The stars of the show were our little bats that were "hanging out" all over the party area.  

They were fashioned after the little critters in our "Let's Hang Out" Halloween Bat Invitations.

Mel of Say Anything Bakery did a tremendous job of transforming these guys into cookie form, didn't she?  Seriously amazing!!! 

To showcase the cookies, I strung them from branches with fishing line. To create a woodsy Halloween scene, I used my Maker to cut a paper moon and fleece cloud shapes.  (Did you know that the Maker has a rotary blade and can cut over 100 types of fabric)?!!  I spritzed the cloud shapes with a little bit of black spray paint for a "moody" vibe.
To dress up the branches and mimic the invitation, I cut crepe paper flower petals with the Maker (yep, it can cut delicate things like crepe paper, too), then wrapped the petals around mini LED lights from Oriental Trading. They gave off a really cool glow!
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Cricut has printable vinyl, which is the coolest thing EVER!  I printed my little bat friends onto the vinyl, then used the "Print then Cut" feature on the Maker to precisely cut them out in minutes.  The vinyl peels off of the backing like a sticker, so I adhered the bats to black pillow boxes from Oriental Trading.  

I lined the pillow boxes up like a bunting along the front of our party display, and I just love how they turned out!!!  

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For a super easy and festive Halloween snack, I mixed together popcorn, candy corn, and mini Oreos, and served them in black and white striped popcorn boxes from Oriental Trading.

To tie them into our theme, I used gold adhesive foil and glitter cardstock from Cricut to add some bats and a moon to each box.  They were so cute, and looked sooooo good on the watercolor table runner that I scored from Wolf and Irving.  Don't you just love it?!!

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To round out our treats table we had more incredible cookies from Say Anything Bakery, Halloween candy, and the most beautiful gold-enhanced faux ombré cake from Confection Deception.  

Isn't the cake just stunning?!!

I found a recipe for marbled bark in Food Network magazine and used our party colors to create a look that would match our theme.

A few gumballs, licorice candies, and sprinkles surrounding the bark made the perfect party topper!

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Tissue paper pumpkins, lanterns, and candles from Oriental Trading all helped give our Bat Hallowen Party the ambiance it needed. 

Now it's time to {blog} hop on over to my friends' blogs for more amazing Halloween Party Inspiration!

Who wants to win a Cricut Maker and a $75 Gift Card to Oriental Trading?!!!

Here's your chance!  Enter below, and good luck!

Sources:

Jen T by Design:  Party styling, photography, invitations

Cricut Cricut Maker, printable vinyl, glitter paper, foil vinyl

Oriental Trading:  Black and white popcorn boxes, tissue paper pumpkins, LED lights, lanterns, candles, black pillow boxes

Say Anything Bakery:  Incredible cookies

Confection DeceptionGorgeous ombré cake

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :) 

Trunk or Treat Decorating Idea: A No Tricks, Just Treats Halloween

 I was provided samples by Oriental Trading Company in exchange for my honest review on their products. All ideas and opinions found in this post are my own. 
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Hey y'all!!!  The most spooktacular time of year is upon us, and I'm crazy excited!  It's so much fun to come up with cool costume ideas and creative ways to celebrate!  

This year we're trying something new for Halloween...Trunk or Treating! 

The Trunk or Treat trend has taken Halloween by storm, and folks are goin' all out decorating their cars for the kiddos to come trick-or-treating.  

Coming up with unique ways to decorate can be a challenge, so I've partnered up with some of my gal pals and Oriental Trading to bring you some fantastic Trunk or Treat decorating ideas that will inspire you!

Welcome to the Trunk or Treat Blog Hop!

Be sure to read this post all the way to the bottom, then "hop" on over to the next blog for more fun Trunk or Treat decorating ideas!

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Halloween at our house is typically on the scary side.  We set up graveyards in our front yard, hang skeletons from the trees, and set up the fog machines.

This year I thought it would be fun to switch things up and do something a little more on the cute side.  

I have a "No Tricks, Just Treats" Halloween invitation in the shop and really love it, so I thought that might be a fun theme to use for our Trunk or Treat.

A theme full of sweets and treats?  Count me in!

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Fun, bright colors were on tap for this theme, and we showcased them with a festive balloon garland.  Oriental Trading has a huge variety of balloons to choose from, and I fell in love with the polka dot ones.  So cool!

I used a tension rod and some clip rings to hang the "No Tricks, Just Treats" poster that I designed, and that served as the focal point for our Trunk or Treat.

Inside the car I also displayed some colorfully painted pumpkins and little ice cream favor containers.  I wanted to mimic the Halloween invitation, so I made little witch hats for the ice cream cones.  They were super cute!!!

A few spiders here and there lent to the Halloween vibe. 

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Since cotton candy was on the invite, I knew I wanted to incorporate it into our setup.  I mean, it is the ultimate sweet treat!

I reached out to my friend Lauren of The Cotton Candy Confectionery, because she makes the best cotton candy around, y'all!  (You might remember her pretty puffs from our Unicorn Party here).

I found some wooden bases and spools at JoAnn, jazzed them up with some paint and paper, and glued them together to create some fun little DIY cotton candy stands.  

They turned out pretty sweet, don't ya think?

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An adorable "Treat Yo'Self" sign is fun for the trick-or-treaters, and looked super cute alongside all of our sweets.  

I absolutely love the Jack-o-lantern gumballs from Oriental Trading, and they were perfectly showcased in clear favor boxes.  Our little "treat for you" Halloween favor tags were just the right finishing touch.  

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Rounding out the sweets selection on the Halloween bar cart was a Donut Tree.

Our local donut shop, Emily's Donuts, made us a batch of donuts to match our party colors.  We strung them on the tree for a fun display.  

One or two might have made their way into my belly instead of on the tree, but that's beside the point...

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Last but not least, it isn't a Trunk or Treat without Halloween candy...and we had lots of it!  Sidenote:  How gorgeous is that marbled bowl I scored at Target?!!!

 For kiddos with allergies, we filled little candy corn containers from Oriental Trading with allergy-friendly treats.

"Eye want candy" straw flags seemed appropriate for the eyeball lollipops we had on hand, and were so very cute!

Our brightly painted pumpkins were the perfect finishing touches for our Trunk or Treat, don't ya think?

Be sure to check out Oriental Trading for these and more fun goodies to make your Trunk or Treat spooktacular!

Now it's time to hop on over to these blogs for more fun Trunk or Treat Decorating Ideas!

If you like these ideas, please "Like," "Pin," "Share" or "Tweet!"  Or, you can just shout it from the rooftops, if that's your thing.  Thanks bunches!!!  :)  

County Fair Birthday Party: Party Food and Favors

County Fair Birthday Party: Party Food and Favors

Hey there, and welcome to part two of our County Fair Birthday Party!  If you missed part one, you missed some pretty good stuff, so you're gonna wanna check that out here.

In our last post we talked about vintage decor and old-fashioned party games, so today we're roundin' out the fun with party food and favor ideas...the good stuff, if ya ask me.  :)

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County Fair Birthday Party: Part One

County Fair Birthday Party:  Part One

Hey, y'all!  This is a special post I'm sharing with ya today.  :)

I've been holding onto it for 3 years...three years...and it's coming out of hiding for two pretty cool reasons.  

First off, I'm super excited to announce that this party has been featured in Mingle Magazine!!!  Whaaat?  Seriously, pinch me.  I'm still in shock as the words come out of my mouth!  It's my first solo feature in a National magazine, and I couldn't be more honored!

And secondly, when my gal pal Deanna of Mirabelle Creations invited me to play a part in a Fall inspiration blog hop, it just felt right that this would be the post that I shared.  

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The Cricut Maker: Why you need one in your life!

The Cricut Maker: Why you need one in your life!

You guys!!!  The crafting world as we know it has just had a major breakthrough, and it's all because of the brand new Cricut Maker!

This revolutionary new machine has capabilities that are so cutting edge that they'll send your brain into a creative tailspin!

I'm kind of a Cricut newbie...I mean, I just got my first Cricut machine (the Explore Air 2) earlier this year, so why in the world would I want a new machine?

Well, I was lucky enough to be invited to Salt Lake City to attend the unveiling of the Maker, and after getting some hands-on time with the machine and learning all about it from it's creators, there was no doubt in my mind that this machine deserves a home in every craft room!

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"Adventure Awaits" Back to School Party

"Adventure Awaits" Back to School Party

Well, I guess if summer's gotta come to and end, it might as well go out with a bang, right?

My gal pal Annaliese, the glitter queen behind Made of Sugar and Spice, came up with the cutest spin on a Back to School Party...an Adventure Awaits theme!  

When she contacted me to create the printables to go along with it, I was alllll in!  You know I love me some unique twists on party ideas!

Take a peek below for all of the details for the sweetest little Back to School Party you ever did see!  :)

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Tutti Frutti Party Favors

Tutti Frutti Party Favors

Everyone knows that a Tutti Frutti Party is just wayyyyy too sweet to not have some juicy party favors to go along with it, so as promised, here are some super adorable Tutti Frutti Party Favors that will be the cherry on top of your celebration!  (If you missed our Tutti Frutti Party Ideas, be sure to check them out here)!

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A Fun Tutti Frutti Party for your Cutie!

A Fun Tutti Frutti Party for your Cutie!

I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to be sharing this post!

I have been wanting to style a Tutti Frutti Party for-evvvv-er, and finally got the chance!

If the cheerful, bright colors aren't enough to sell ya on this theme, just wait until you see the fruity freakshakes we incorporated into this party!  Holy awesomeness, y'all!

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DIY Bottle Wraps Using the Cricut Explore Air 2!

DIY Bottle Wraps Using the Cricut Explore Air 2!

Did you catch the Watermelon First Birthday Party that I shared last week?

If so, you probably caught a glimpse of these super duper cute little DIY Bottle Wraps that I created with a little help from my brand spankin' new Cricut Explore Air 2.  

You guys!  If you want to add a little "pow" to you party decor, this is a sure bet!  You can whip these bottle wraps up in a jiffy, and they're perfectly customizable!  Use any colors/patterns you want to make them a perfect fit for your celebration!

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A Watermelon First Birthday Party with Cricut

A Watermelon First Birthday Party with Cricut

One of the things I miss most about my kiddos being little is their birthday parties. There was something so magical about watching their little faces as they soaked in every detail of a celebration that was designed especially  for them!

Since those days are looooong gone, when Cricut contacted me to design a Watermelon First Birthday Party for them, I was all over it!  I have a Watercolor Watermelon Invitation in the shop that I've always wanted to create a party around, so this provided the perfect opportunity to check that off the list!

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DIY Palm Tree Party Favors

DIY Palm Tree Party Favors

Palm trees + summertime go together like sun + sand...they're the perfect combo!

With all of the summer parties on the horizon, I thought it would be fun to share with you a super cute, realllly easy DIY Palm Tree Favor Idea.

These favors are perfect for practically anything...bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, retirement parties...even weddings!  

You may recognize them from my Tropical Bridal Shower Brunch, or from the Tropical Bar Cart post I shared recently.  (If you missed those posts, be sure to check them out...there's some serious eye candy tucked inside)!

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How to Style a Tropical Bar Cart

How to Style a Tropical Bar Cart

Aloha!!!  As promised in my Tropical Bridal Shower Brunch post yesterday, I'm back today to share some ideas for how to style a Tropical Bar Cart!  

I'm by no means an expert, but I think the cart turned out pretty darn good...so, if this gives you some inspiration to recreate your own, then I'll consider my mission accomplished.  ;)

Basically, if the vibe of your cart flows well with the vibe of your party area, then you're in good shape!

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Tropical Bridal Shower Idea: Palm Trees and Paradise Bridal Brunch

Tropical Bridal Shower Idea:  Palm Trees and Paradise Bridal Brunch

Aloha!!!  The season for "I do's" is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the bride-to-be than with a Tropical Bridal Shower Brunch?

I mean, palm trees and paradise?  It just doesn't get much better than that, y'all. 

Take a peek below to see how I used Oriental Trading goodies to create a tropical celebration that rivals any day in the sun & sand...complete with a drink in hand!

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Cinco de Mayo Round-Up: Fun Fiesta Ideas

Cinco de Mayo Round-Up:  Fun Fiesta Ideas

If you're a taco lovin,' chip dippin,' margarita sippin' fanatic like me, then brace yourself because the sweetest of holidays is right around the corner...Cinco de Mayo!!!!

To help you make the most of this (what should be holy) holiday, I've teamed up with some of my fave party gal pals to bring you some fun fiesta ideas that can take your celebration from ehhhh to epic!

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A Fun Margarita Fiesta

A Fun Margarita Fiesta

Ohhhh, y'all this is such a fun post!  Are you ready?!!!

If you love spending time with friends while nibblin' on munchies and sippin' on cocktails, then this Fun Margarita Fiesta is for you!

It's super casual, and really easy to throw together...my kinda shindig!  :)

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Adorable Barnyard Bash

Adorable Barnyard Bash

When Bethany of Sweet Georgia Sweet asked me to design some party goodies for her cute little guy's upcoming Barnyard Bash, I couldn't mooooove fast enough to my computer to get to work!  

If you're familiar with Bethany's style, you know that it's clean, classy, and so adorable!

Her vision of gingham, green, and blue party accents, anchored by her family's bright red barn turned out to be picture-perfect!

Every detail of this party is impeccable!  Some of my faves: 

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