I wasn’t sure if I was going to create Christmas invitations this year, but when I was asked to make one for a holiday brunch, I couldn’t resist. Above are the designs I came up with for this year.
I love reindeer and I’m always excited when I can use them in a design. Naturally, I created the top 3 first and they are my personal favorite, but I like how they all came out. I will have to make more Christmas items in the future.
YEE HAW! Our latest designs are for a cowgirl party. Last year I had the privilege of working with April from House by Hoff on her little girl Lily’s 2nd birthday party. Click here to see the bright butterfly birthday party + party inspiration from last year. So when she contacted me this year for Lily’s 3rd birthday, I was so excited and honored to work with her again!
Can you see why I love working with April? She has some great party decorating ideas! The cupcake table above looks amazing – you don’t even have to load it up with a ton of sweets to make a statement. And you’ll never guess how she made that backdrop. Be sure to click on the link below to find out!
Here’s an unclose picture of one of our cupcake toppers featuring a brown horse and pink gingham design.
April also used our cupcake toppers for the napkin rings. I love our items that can do double duty. Our food labels can also be used as place cards. There’s more inspiration on House by Hoff, including a cute way to display the birthday girl’s photos. To see more of her cowgirl birthday party, click here.
Have you heard of Pick Your Plum’s website? Every day they come out with some great party and craft deals. I just saw this 3 tier tray that would be so handy for parties, including for the upcoming holiday season. Plus isn’t it cute?!
This year I’ve created a free printable Thanksgiving collection and am sharing a few ideas to make your dinner great.
Start off by sending out invitations letting everyone know Thanksgiving Dinner will be at your house this year.
Our Happy Thanksgiving Flags can be used for cupcake toppers and to tie on to napkins at the table. For the cupcakes, we used rock candy sticks with our cupcake toppers.
Our food labels can be made into tents and used to label your food items. If you’re having a pot luck style dinner, keep some blank ones around so your guests can write down their dish too. If you want to set the table before guests arrive, you can also use these labels as place cards.
Set up a kids table with a few small buckets of pencils, crayons, and markers for them to color with. Use our printable word search and tic tac toe to help keep them entertained.
Send guests home with Thanksgiving leftovers in take out boxes with our Thank You Tags attached.
When I heard about thankful crafts I really liked the idea. It’s always good to teach kids to appreciate what they have and how special these things are. So we looked up ideas. We’ve made turkey and leaf crafts before, so I wanted to do something different. Since I have a boy, I thought a “Fort of Thankfulness” would be fun!
To make one of your own, here’s what you’ll need:
- popsicle sticks
- card stock
- a paper punch or scissors
- a black marker
- paint or colored markers, embellishments (optional)
Start off with a stack of 5-7 popsicle sticks. Glue them together for the legs of the fort. (For this step you really only need one, not 5-7 sticks, but we liked the idea of it sitting up some.)
Add the floor by gluing popsicle sticks on the whole length of the legs of the fort.
Now you’re ready to start building the walls. Add popsicle sticks around the outside edge in a square shape. Keep going up until it’s at the desired height.
To make the flags, I used this flag punch, but you can cut them out by hand like the ones above or as triangles. We wrote down one thing we’re thankful for on each side of the flags. Then put glue on the bottom of the sticks with the flags on it and place them in your fort. You can add more flags or wording on your flags if wanted.
Lately my son Tyler LOVES to paint, so he painted the top popsicle sticks orange. For a girl, it would be fun to have some stick on rhinestones and other embellishments.
I haven’t always liked planning very much, I’m more of a play it by ear person. However, when I started my business I quickly realized the need to become more organized. That’s when I started making calendars that I could jot down a schedule for upcoming projects. Last year was my first full year that I made, and it was really popular. This year has some changes and I hope it will be your new favorite.
This year I also decided to use patterns from digital designers on Etsy and feature their hard work. They will be answering some interview questions so you can get to know them and their business. So make sure you come back every Thursday to “meet” these amazing artists!
Here’s the list of designers, be sure to check out their work by clicking on the links below:
I had a VERY busy October, so I wasn’t able to share very many decorations or projects for Halloween. For Thanksgiving, I would like to change that. I’ve been working on a set of free Thanksgiving printables that I hope to share with you soon. Today I wanted to give you a peek at what’s to come. Above is a Thanksgiving word search that will help keep the kids busy.
Did you know Disney sells the bath and body products that they have in their resorts? I just learned this recently when I looked it up the other day. I love the smell of the lotion from the Deluxe resorts (the sea marine collection shown above.) It’s really the only collection I personally like. Every time I smell it, it takes me back to being at the resort.
I wasn’t able to blog last week as we moved into a new house and was getting it all set up. We’re in the same area, just about 5 minutes away. So I decided we needed a new fall printable to spruce things up a bit. So I’m sharing with all my wonderful readers. Make sure to subscribe to get our blog posts so you don’t miss out on our upcoming designs and projects!
As you enter into the lobby of the Art of Animation Hotel, you see one side all light up where the reception decks are located, and the other side has sketches and drawings of some of your favorite characters.
The rooms are very standard. They compare to a nicer version of a Howard Johnson type of room. But yes, nicer, much cleaner, and a much better atmosphere. Inside the rooms are designed with the theme of one of the 4 areas, which are:
-The Lion King
- Finding Nemo
- The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid, where we stayed are the standard rooms. All the rest of the areas have suites, which are suitable for larger parties. Disney saw the need for more suites which is what brought about this hotel.
If you have been to any of the Walt Disney World’s All Star Resorts, the Art of Animation Hotel is styled the same way. There are many fun statues that kids love to see. It really is a great atmosphere for children as they are fascinated with all the large statues around. There are plenty of great photo opps around as well.
photo via Walt Disney World website
The main pool is in the Finding Nemo section. There is music playing under the water. It’s a nice touch, but you really only hear it as long as you can hold your breath. So start practicing. ;) This area has a water area for young kids as well. There are sprays of water coming out of the “sponge bed area” which is by the coral reef in the middle of the picture above.
In the Lion King area, there is the “elephant graveyard” area which is a small cave that kids love to run through for a few minutes. We took a few stops there for Tyler to run and check it out.
Fun photo opps in the Cars area. This was probably Tyler’s favorite section- he loves cars already. And I promise I did not tell him to put his head in Mater’s mouth. He just wanted to check it out and I quickly snapped a picture.
Living in Florida I’ve been lucky enough to visit several of the Walt Disney World hotels. I’ve stayed in all the value hotels, a few moderate and one deluxe hotel. The moderate and deluxe hotels are great for adults, but the value hotels are great for kids.
The cafeteria has 3 different bays to choose from each meal. So it’s nice to have a selection. Plus what’s different at the Art of Animation Resort is that they have Smoothies. Yum! That was a definite plus for me. Overall the biggest draws to this hotel are the suites, the big statues around the resort, and the water play area for kids, and the price too. Disney does provide free transportation to the parks like the others as well, which is always nice to not have to drive.