My Favorites of the Year and See You in 2018!

Hi Friends,

The end of the year is coming and I am going to be taking December off from blogging.  I am looking forward to more time focusing on Jesus, family and the opportunity for renewal and rest.

I won’t be around the social media sites as much either, but I will pop in here and there.  If you’d like to email me, please feel free to do so.  Thanks so much for a wonderful 2017!

Warm Wishes and May the Love of Christ Fill Your Hearts,

~ Kristen

Curious which posts made my favorites this year?  Check them out!

 

 

 

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My Favorite Posts of the The Year & See You in 2017!

Hi Friends,

The end of the year is coming and I am going to be taking the rest of the month off from blogging.  I am looking forward to more time focusing on Jesus, family and the opportunity for renewal and rest.

I won’t be around the social media sites as much either, but I will pop in here and there.  If you’d like to email me, please feel free to do so.  Thanks so much for a wonderful 2016!

Warm Wishes and May the Love of Christ Fill Your Hearts,

~ Kristen

Curious which posts made my favorites this year?  Check ’em out!

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 Fun & Creative Finding Dory Party Ideas

 

7 Things We Did to Make Our SImple Treehouse Awesome

 

How to Make $2 Tassel Garland (23)

 

How to make a giant decoding disk (40)

 

LEGO Mini-Figure Display

 

How to Make Sweet Birds Nests for a Ladies Lunch - tutorial

 

How to Make Burlap Wall Art with Your Kids - Handprints & Bible Verse

 

6 Sure Fire Ways We Keep Organized With Kids in the new house

 

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(I love everything about this party:  tablescape set up, decor and food!)

How to Make $2 Tassel Garland

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I love making my own party decorations.  But what I love it even more is when it costs a fraction of what you can buy it for in the store.  Today, I am showing you how to make a simple tassel garland for only $2.

How to Make $2 Tassel Garland

The secret that makes this tassel garland so inexpensive is that I used $1 plastic table cloths from Walmart.  Color 1 = $1.  Color 2 = $1.  You can get as creative as you want with colors and pattern of colors and you still won’t be spending a fortune.  Plus, you’ll be amazed how much you can get out of one table cloth.  To string everything together, use any ribbon, string or jute you already have at home.  My jute came straight from my craft cabinet.  It is my go-to string for most everything.

Important to Note:  I love the Dollar Tree and all their party supplies.  However, their plastic table cloths are thinner than Walmart’s.  I wanted a less transparent tassel for my garland.

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First, unfold your table cloths but don’t unravel.  Do not peel apart the layers to open the table cloth itself.  You need only to unfold the plastic cloth from being in the bag.

I wanted my tassels to be 1.5″ wide.  Measure the width of your preference and snip marks in the plastic.

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Then, cut the strands of the tassels.  Don’t worry about being perfect.  Just eye it up.

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Find the end that has one loop and two loose ends.  Snip the loop on this side.

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You should end up with two strands, banded at the top and loose at the bottom.

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Lay the tassel under the jute as shown above.

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Grab the tassel . . .

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. . . and pull the loose ends through.

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Hold the jute and gently pull on the ends of the plastic.

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Make the knot as tight as you like.

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Fluff the tassel.

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Continue in the colors and pattern of your choice.

 

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I used my tassel garland for this Coca-Cola beverage station.

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Tassel garland is a great party decoration for any celebration . . . whether graduation party (in school colors, of course), summer entertaining or other themed parties.  Use it outside and be mesmerized as it dances with the breeze.

Do you have a celebration coming up?  What colors will you make your tassel garland with?

 

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See You in 2016 and My Favorite Posts of the Year

Hi Friends,

The end of the year is coming and I am going to be taking the rest of the month off from blogging.  I am looking forward to more time focusing on Jesus, family and the opportunity for renewal and rest.

I won’t be around the social media sites as much either, but I will pop in here and there.  If you’d like to email me, please feel free to do so.  Thanks so much for a wonderful 2015!

Warm Wishes and May the Love of Christ Fill Your Hearts,

~ Kristen

Curious which posts made my favorites this year?  Check ’em out!

 

The 7 Days of Creation in Legos

Lego Creation Series

 

How to make napkin babies - frugal fun for your kids

How To Make Napkin Babies

 

Blue Without You Care Package (2)

Blue Without You Care Package

 

How to Find Opportunities to Serve Together

How to Find Opportunities to Serve (a.k.a. how I failed at serving this summer)

 

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Developing Your Entertaining Goals

 

How to Fold a Napkin into a Heart--instructions

How to Fold a Napkin into a Heart

 

Alice In Wonderland Party

Alice in Wonderland Party

 

Superhero Party Ideas
Superhero Party

 

Lego Movie Games that Make for an Awesome & Happy Party

Lego Movie Party

 

A Heart Like His Tea Party

“A Heart Like His” Tea Party

 

College Send Off Party Ideas

Awesome College Send Off Party Ideas

 

Country Wedding Ideas

Country Wedding Ideas

 

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Basketball Party & DIY Trophy Centerpiece

 

A Winter Wonderland Party That Will Warm Your Heart (1)

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Which posts are your favorites?

A Winter Wonderland Party That Will Warm Your Heart

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Who says you can’t have ice cream during the winter?  I’m so excited you’re here because I have a fun Winter Wonderland Party that will warm the heart with a classic cookie ice cream sundae bar and delicious comfort dinner foods.  I’ll be sharing my full menu, some great {and free} printables for your own party and tips on creating a perfect wintery tablescape.

Ready to come in from the cold?  Let’s get started.

 

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Even though we didn’t eat dessert first at our party, I have to begin with sharing the main feature:  our Cookie Ice Cream Sundae Bar.  You all know I love any kind of make-it-yourself food option.  And even though it was cold outside, we enjoyed delicious cookies atop a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream with other fun toppings.

On the dessert buffet were broken up OREO, Chips Ahoy! and Nutter Butter cookies, hot fudge, caramel sauce, sprinkles and cherries.  I housed the ice cream in my galvanized steel ice bucket.  Who knew it would be so perfect?  I forgot to put out the whipping cream, but remembered just in time to walk it around to my guests and give everyone a squirt in their bowls.  (Incidentally, I used to be disappointed when I forgot something at a party, but after a while, you learn to go with it.)

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Decorating the Table for a Winter Wonderland:

Of course, a winter wonderland required a white table.  I used “snow cover” blankets and “snow puff” to cover the risers and create a lush snowy feel around the objects.  Bird cages, pine cones and little pine branches added to the indoor wonderland.

Have you ever used snow spray?  I love it!  One can of pure snow magic helped create my winter wonderland.

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To create visual anticipation for the assortment of cookie toppings, I used the cute, single sleeve boxes from the cookies.  Stacked, taped together, and frosted with snow spray, the cookie boxes added color and interest, and enhanced the theme of the table.  (By the way, these boxes would be great for stocking stuffers or inexpensive additions to any gift.  I picked them up at WalMart for only $1.50 each and sent every guest home with a box – see below.)

Frosting Nutter Butter Cookie Boxes for the Buffet Table

 

Beverages of the Evening:  I served hot chocolate with whipping cream and cinnamon in my lovely winter glasses.  (True confession:  I bought the glasses from a fast food restaurant when I was a teenager.  Does anyone else remember that?  It sounds so funny to think of now.)

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Winter Wonderland Party Glasses for Hot Chocolate

 

I love adding berries, fruits and vegetables to water in a tall beverage dispenser.  It adds color and usually, a little flavor.  For this party, I froze cranberries into ice cubes.  It didn’t add any flavor (even once melted), but the cranberries looked so lovely and festive!

Dinner Menu:  To contrast my cold ice cream dessert bar, I choose to serve deluxe grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.  It was perfect for a brisk evening and warmed my soul.  I served three different grilled cheese sandwiches:  cheddar, muenster, and american.  I also made turkey and swiss, ham and provolone and even added salami to a few of the meat sandwiches.  Food tags marked the various sandwiches and I’ve included blanks for you in the printable pack below.  Coleslaw, ruffled potato chips and a vegetable platter completed the dinner menu.  It was a relaxed and comforting meal.

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An Extra Dessert:  How could I not serve cookies and milk at this party?  Earlier in the day I stacked the Chips Ahoy!, Nutter Butter and Double Stuf OREO cookies and tied them up with a little white ribbon.  Don’t you think they look cute?

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Party Favors:  As I mentioned earlier, each guest went home with a box of cookies.  I sprayed mini pine cones with snow, hot-glued them to the note and attached them to the top of the cookie box.

Winter Wonderland Party Cookie Favors

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Tips for Creating the Perfect Wintery Tablescape:  

  • Consider the size of your table and match the space needed.  My table was 4′ long.  Had I gone with a 6′ table, there would have been too much space.
  • Vary the height of items on your table for visual interest.  Using boxes, I created different levels.  This makes a table much more appealing.  (However, if you are using a strong symmetrical display, this is not as necessary.)
  • Mix up the textures.  I had fluffy snow, white ceramic dishes and galvanized steel.  Keep in mind, you will find more balance on the table if you have at least two of each of materials, like my two galvanized steel items.  Had I only used one, you might have felt like something was missing.
  • Work in visual triangles unless you are creating a symmetrical display.
  • My secret for making chalk art easier?  Play with fonts on the computer and create the look you want on your screen.  It is easier to copy the look than create it from scratch in your mind…unless you are a natural artist (which I am not).
  • Add white lighting.  I used rope lighting under the snow.  As dusk fell, it created a beautiful warm glow on the snowy table.

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Winter Wonderland Party Printables

Included in the Printable Pack:
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Sign
“Enjoy our COOKIE Ice Cream Sundae Bar” Sign
Favor Tags
Food Tags (rectangles and circles)

Click Here To Download Your Free Winter Wonderland Party Printables

 

 

Where to find them

You can find the boxes of yummy cookies near check-out at WalMart.

How will you create a Winter Wonderland Party?  For more ideas on using these cookie boxes in parties, crafts and as gifts, click here.

Country Wedding Ideas

Country Wedding Ideas

You may remember the sweet country shower I shared last summer.  It was very cute with its country theme and open house twist (which I loved).  And now, I have photos from Rachel & Josh to give some fantastic country wedding ideas!

Special thanks to J & J Photography for providing the majority of photos below.  Jen and her husband, Jeff, do beautiful work!

You should also know that the groom, Josh, made all of the wood accents you see in the photos, from the centerpiece chargers and flower vases to the candy bar, dance floor and more.  This groom is seriously talented!

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These jars, hanging above the head table, had candles and looked amazing as night fell on this stunning outdoor wedding.  My other favorite accent:  the seating chart below.

Here are some extra photos that I snapped:

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Check out Rachel’s country bridal shower.  And if you are engaged, be sure to read this post to find out one important thing that can make or break your wedding planning experience.

 

We’re Switching to a Weekly Newsletter

Weekly Newsletter

If you are a current blog subscriber (and how I wish I could just reach around the screen and give you a hug!), you’ll be noticing a change in the way we deliver our blog posts to your inbox.

Rather than receiving an email each day a blog post goes out, we will now be only emailing you once a week.  We may play around with what day works best, but I promise, we’ll settle in on something quickly.  If you have any thoughts or questions, please let me know.

And if you are not a subscriber, why not come and join us in the fun?  In the weekly newsletter, you’ll keep up to date on recent posts, children’s activities, party highlights, as well as hot deals for entertaining and family fun.  Simply click here and then confirm your subscription.

Thanks so much!
~Kristen

 

Could you pack up & move in 2 weeks?

Can I pack up and move in 2 weeks?

That is what I have begun asking myself.  Last week, we signed on a contract for our house (hooray!)  Last Friday was the inspection and by evening, that contingency was removed.

On Saturday, we had a family birthday party for the kids (lemonade party theme and I can’t wait to share it with you!) and today is my son’s friends party, bumped up from our originally planned date.  Yes, I must be crazy.  But you know I love parties…

The buyer of our house was interested in moving in as soon as possible and since we are going to be living with my mom while we build, we have a lot of flexibility.  So now I need to pack up as quickly as possible.

We are moving in less than two weeks.  And since I need all the time I can get to pack my house, I’ll be taking a brief break from blogging.

If you want to keep up on our journey, follow me on Instagram.  You can catch the highs and lows of leaving the house I brought my babies home to and the craziness of fitting all our belongings in a storage unit.  Oh, yikes!

See you in a few weeks!!