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Simple French Inspired Clay Pot Place Card

Whether you’re planning for an Easter dinner or just a Springtime meal with friends, these DIY clay pot place cards are surprisingly simple to make–in fact, you can make them in just a few minutes with only a few supplies! That’s right, everyone, this is a Craft Lightning post! Check out our Clay Pot DIY that you can make in less than 15 minutes, and then head to the end of the post where we are linking to all of our blogging friends that also made Clay Pot DIY crafts in less than 15 minutes.

Supplies needed for this Craft Lightning craft:

-Clay Pots (one for each of your guests). Clay pots are incredibly inexpensive, which is always a good find when doing DIY projects. These clay pots I found at Michaels for $.59 each!
-White paint (I’m using Americana white enamel paint that is also from Michaels)
-Large paintbrush
-Permanent Black Brush Marker
-Cut greens (I used boxwood–my favorite!)

The process for painting the pot is SUPER easy! Using a dry brush technique, paint the pot with the white paint.

The dry brush technique is easy! Put your white paint on a small paper plate or palette. Using a DRY brush, put some paint on your brush and then lightly wipe the brush on a paper towel. Only after taking some of that paint off apply paint to the clay pot so you can still see some of the terra cotta. By using this technique, you get the look of an aged pot like you see in French country decorating!

Below is the pen I used–a black Pigma MB brush pen. Using a script font, write your names on the pot. Then, fill with the greens of your choice!

I trimmed the boxwood into a spherical shape to continue the French country-inspired look.

Put the pot on a small plate or set in the middle of your dinner plate on a napkin to complete your place setting.

Now, head over and check out the other Craft Lightning posts with DIYs you can create in 15 minutes or less!

 

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Game Day Printable Party Supplies at Everyday Party Magazine

Are you excited for the Super Bowl this weekend? I have to admit, I’m definitely in it for the commercials and the food! I’m busy planning my menu around here, and I’m definitely including some of our favorite game day recipes you can find right here on the blog, including Jalape√Īo Popper Mac n’ Cheese Bites (FIND THE RECIPE HERE). We also are decorating with some simple decorations, and this year we designed a printable collection for Everyday Party Magazine.

Everyday Party Magazine also set up a simple party in her kitchen to display the printable and some of her favorite recipes. Head over to the EVERYDAY PARTY MAGAZINE BLOG to see the whole party! (Check out the awesome caramel cream filled chocolate footballs she made!)\

To include in the party package, we designed “Go Team” (in team colors) and “Game Day!” 2″ party circles that can be used as cupcake toppers, stickers, or to easily decorate party & serve ware. Everyday Party Magazine used the party circles to decorate containers of plastic silverware, which made them look more party appropriate!

We also designed the “Game Day!” Banner seen below, as well as “Go Team” Pennant Flags in the participating team colors:

Here is a close up of the party circles:

And here are the pennant flags we made to represent each of the participating teams in the big game on Sunday:

To shop the Big Game/Game Day party package, head over to the Everyday Party Magazine shop BY CLICKING HERE!

(All party photos by Everyday Party Magazine)

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Christmas Cookie Exchange with Oriental Trading Company

A great tradition to share with your friends every year at Christmas time is a Christmas Cookie Exchange! The premise is simple–everyone makes cookies and brings them to the exchange. Then you divide up the cookies and everyone takes home a variety! But there are SO many different ways you can style the party! This year, we took one look at the buffalo plaid party line at Oriental Trading Company, and we immediately fell in love! We are obsessed with plaid, and it made for such a cute cookie exchange display!

The amazing people at Oriental Trading Company gave me resources to create this post, but all of the opinions and feelings about their products are our mine.

When scheduling the party, you want to make sure that each of the people coming make a different kind of cookie, so that way everyone gets a large variety of cookies. We set out our 8 kinds on buffalo plaid trays and napkins from Oriental Trading Company:

These adorable reindeer cupcakes (from a local bakery) are placed in plaid cupcake wrappers from Oriental Trading, and plaid containers are in the background, just waiting to be filled!

I can’t get over how cute these reindeer are! And the kids loved them ūüôā

In addition to the large trays, I displayed cookies on round birch wood slices (painted black) with Oriental Trading plaid cocktail napkins under the cookies. Pistachio macarons look especially festive with the red and black napkins:

Thumbprint cookies and Christmas tree sugar cookies with sprinkles are on a large tray from Oriental Trading:

And my favorite cookies, Black and White cookies:

More cookies on the painted birch wood slices:

These ivory sisal trees from Oriental Trading Company are perfect for the rustic vibe, but could easily be repurposed for other parties!

We also ordered this wood wreath with a plaid box from Oriental Trading, and paired it with a buffalo plaid banner from the Target dollar spot:

Make sure you have containers for everyone to take their cookies home in, as well as lots of milk to drink! Or maybe a tasty holiday-themed cocktail! Those red glasses from the Pioneer Woman would be perfect for either!

We look forward to hosting the cookie exchange again next year, and until then–we will definitely be using these buffalo plaid products all season!

Where to find the Buffalo Plaid products at Oriental Trading Company:

SHOP ALL BUFFALO PLAID DECOR

Buffalo Plaid Cocktail Napkins
Buffalo Plaid Serving Trays
Buffalo Plaid Cupcake Wrappers
Buffalo Plaid Candy Cups with Lids
Ivory Large Sisal Trees
Wooden Wreath with Plaid Bow

 

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DIY New Year’s Eve Glitter Straw Topper

One of our favorite projects from our NYE Party for Cricut are these simple and adorable DIY New Years straw toppers that are reminiscent of the NYE “Ball” that falls every year in Times Square, New York City.

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Materials Needed for this Project:

-Cricut cutting machine or Circle Punch (We used a 1.5″ circle for our straw toppers) SHOP CRICUT MACHINES HERE.
-Glitter Cardstock
-Black Iron-On Vinyl (SHOP CRICUT IRON ON VINYL HERE)
-Cricut EasyPress or Iron (SHOP CRICUT EASYPRESS HERE)

This project literally only takes a couple of minutes from start to finish, which is perfect when you’re trying to plan a small party or a last-minute get together for New Year’s Eve.

In Cricut Design Space, you need to create the circles as well as the “2018” in your chosen font. Should you wish to make the exact size/font that we have shown, you can access the Design Space Project BY CLICKING HERE.

When you click “Make It” you’ll need 2 mats: one for the glitter card stock, and one for the iron-on vinyl:

Be sure after you cut your circles that you change your material to “Iron-On” to cut your numbers!

After all of the pieces are cut, instead of using transfer tape as you would with regular vinyl, you just iron on the numbers to the paper with your Cricut EasyPress! We used the settings at 300 degrees for about 10 seconds. I’ve found that when using iron-on vinyl on certain kinds of paper, it’s easier to remove the clear backing while the project is slightly warm.

Attach to your straws with hot glue or tape and you’re done!

We look forward to sharing our other Cricut DIY projects from the full post (READ THE FULL POST BY CLICKING HERE)!

DIY New Year’s Eve Party with Cricut

New Year’s Eve is one of those holidays that I think people either love or hate. I love it–if I get to stay home! I’m not one for going out to big NYE parties or to a landmark-style event. I did NYE once in Times Square, and once is more than enough. These days, we prefer to stay at home and ring in the new year with family and close friends. But, that doesn’t mean I can’t make a few DIY New Years party items to dress up our “party” area! And with my Cricut Maker, it’s easy to craft personalized items to make the night seem special for everyone involved.

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No bar area is complete without a cute banner. This one was made with shiny gold stock with a simple script font found in Cricut Design Space.

I’ve sized out the font for you to fit on 2 12×12″ sheets of card stock. You can find the file in Cricut Design Space by clicking HERE.

The Cricut Maker did such an awesome job cutting the delicate finish on the gold foil paper! It scratches so easily that I was worried that it would be damaged during cutting, but no! It cut perfectly. I used the “glitter card stock” setting, which does a double cut to make sure that the pieces come out with clean edges.

I also used the “Cheers to a New Year” slogan to create this awesome personalized ice bucket to hold our champagne bottles for the evening. I found the plain gold ice bucket (the bucket is quite big, which is great if you want to hold several bottles for a larger party.

I used Cricut brand Premium Outdoor Vinyl, and used two fonts in Design Space to create the design, and layered it over top of a “confetti” image also in Design Space.

If you would like to make an ice bucket of your own, CLICK HERE to go to the file in Design Space.

Here’s a close up of the vinyl design–I love how it turned out!

One of my new favorite ideas is basically to use iron-on vinyl on EVERY surface I can think of. Did you know that you can actually use iron-on vinyl on paper napkins?!? Well, you can! These are confetti napkins from Kate Spade that I added the “cheers” design on using Cricut Iron-on Vinyl and the Cricut EasyPress. They were so easy and using iron-on is a great way to personalize items (without using transfer tape)!

No New Year’s Eve would be the same without the “ball” that drops in Times Square and these straw toppers/swizzle stick toppers are a simple way to make it a part of your design! And guess what?! That’s iron-on vinyl on glitter cardstock! Iron-on vinyl can be used on so many different surfaces that I had no idea could be used! ¬†CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FILE IN DESIGN SPACE.

Check out how perfect the iron-on looks:

Instead of creating a classic backdrop, I decided to make it functional as the evening goes on. I created this personalized gold melamine tray using Cricut Premium Outdoor Vinyl, and I carried over the design from the ice bucket to the tray. If I need to set out appetizers on a table or need to pass out champagne glasses close to midnight, I can take the tray down from the shelf and I have a functional serving tray (that just happens to be custom and adorable!) The tray I created was 18″ wide. CLICK HERE to get the file in Cricut Design Space to make your own!

As a small “Thank You” for my guests, I got mini champagne bottles for everyone to take home. Simple gift tags made on the Cricut are easy to make and something like the champagne gives the guests a reminder of the fun evening when they sit down to their New Year’s Day dinner. GET THE DESIGN SPACE FILE HERE.

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DIY Santa’s List Personalized Ornament

Need a quick, but cute Christmas craft? This DIY Santa’s List Ornament is PERFECT!

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These ornaments are super easy to make with your Cricut cutting machine (SHOP CRICUT MACHINES HERE) and vinyl of your color of choice.

Every year, I have each of my kids write their Santa list on a small piece of paper (and my oldest children help the youngest write their list). They slide it into a clear plastic ornament (purchased from Michaels) and add either some glitter or fake snow.

This year, using the Cricut Maker, I added their name and year in a simple font with copper-colored vinyl from Cricut. This is a perfect opportunity to use a scrap piece of vinyl!

The clear ornaments look perfect on any tree!

For just a couple of dollars and a few minutes of your time, you have a Christmas collective that you and your kids will cherish. All of my kids love to look at their ornaments while we are decorating every year and reminisce (and giggle!) about what they asked for from Santa in past years.

 

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6 Christmas Party Themes for Your Holiday Party

Over the next few weeks, Christmas parties will be in full force! Every year, I search for a new theme to host a party for kids and adults. I’m a little behind this year, so I’m just starting to plan now. But I found some cute themes around the internet to get my planning started!

-An adorable Nutcracker Ballet themed party would be perfect for the kids and I could easily theme some cocktails and desserts around the theme for the adults as well:

Nutcracker Party by Kate Landers as seen on HWTM

-I love this Christmas Candyland themed party. Anything with peppermint and gingerbread is right up my alley, and I already have a ton of decor around the house I could use:

Christmas Candyland Party by Bird’s Party

-A “Grinch” themed party would be perfect for my kids and their friends! And check out this awesome cake!

Grinch Party seen on The Party Teacher

-I LOVE peppermint flavored desserts (and drinks! These cocktails are adorable!) and also peppermint themed decor, so a Peppermint Baking party would be SO cute:

Peppermint Baking Party on Pizzazzerie

-A Cookie Exchange party is always at the top of my list, but the theme I want to use is still escaping me. I love this plaid and sweater themed exchange:

Cookie Exchange Party by Grey Grey Designs

-My favorite flavor of the season has to be gingerbread. I think a Gingerbread House Decorating party is a great idea, but it could be a TON of party prep. Maybe I could by the pre-made houses from a craft store? Haha! Either way, it would be a great theme:

Gingerbread Decorating Party by Yummy Mummy Kitchen

Are you throwing any parties to celebrate the holidays this year? Share your themes below!

 

DIY Pumpkin Cocktail Napkins with Cricut

One of the coolest features of the new Cricut Maker is that it comes with a rotary blade, which is PERFECT for projects that require cutting fabric. The Maker has been tested with tons of different kinds of fabrics from thick fabric to thin fabrics like silk, and it cuts all of them with ease.

For our Thanksgiving table and bar cart we designed with Cricut for Rue Magazine (SEE FULL POST HERE), we created custom cocktail napkins from SCRATCH. I seriously never thought that I’d ever find myself typing those words. But, with the help of the Maker which could cut my fabric with precision, I was able to design and create napkins to exactly match what I wanted for my tablescape.

Materials needed to make DIY Cocktail Napkins (9×9″ Finished Size):

-Fabric (I used a plain cotton fabric, but linen or a cotton/linen blend would be good as well). Since the cocktail napkins are 9×9″, the cut size will be 11×11″, so get as much fabric as napkins you’d like to make.
-Sewing machine
-Thread to match napkin fabric color, and accent color if desired
-Cricut Maker cutting machine (BUY CRICUT MAKER HERE) with the brand new rotary blade capability
-Cricut Fabric Mat and Standard Grip Mat (BUY CRICUT MATS HERE)
-Iron on Vinyl or Foil (BUY CRICUT VINYL HERE)
-Cricut EasyPress to heat press the design on to the napkins (BUY CRICUT EASYPRESS HERE). Trust me, it will make your life SO much easier!

First, you need to open up Cricut Space to cut your fabric. We have created a file already for you, with 11×11″ squares (CLICK HERE TO OPEN DESIGN SPACE NAPKIN FILE). You will need the rotary blade and pink fabric mat for this part of the project. You can use the 12×12″ mat or 12×24″ mat for cutting the squares.

(Napkin file ready to cut)

(Cricut Pink Fabric Mat)

After you have your napkins cut, the first step is to press a 1 inch hem on each side of the square (you can do this with your regular iron, or with your Cricut EasyPress):

Then, you need to press a 1/4 inch hem from the raw edge and sew that hem on your sewing machine:

Then comes the (slightly) tricky part. To make your napkins look “finished,” it’s a good idea to create mitered corners. Luckily, my mom was here and showed me an easy way to do the corners. First you fold the corner of the napkin down so it is even with your pressed 1 inch hem, then fold in each of the sides and pin them down so they look like this:

After you have all of your mitered corners pinned, you need to sew a hem the whole way around the napkin:

Here is the finished hem:

To add a little extra touch to my napkin, I sewed a contrasting “blanket stitch” on the inside of the hem. My sewing machine has 50 different stitches I can choose from. The stitch I used is #11:

Here’s a closeup of the blanket stitch:

Two napkins finished:

I further customized the napkins to match my bar cart and table with a pumpkin design that I cut out of iron-on vinyl using the Cricut Maker. This design is available on Cricut Design Space and can be found here: CLICK HERE TO GO TO DESIGN SPACE FILE.

Make sure you set your file to cut mirror image, and then iron on to the napkin using the Cricut EasyPress or an iron/heat press. (BUY CRICUT EASYPRESS HERE).

Paired with custom cocktail glasses also created using the Cricut Maker, the napkins make the whole cart come together!

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Set an Adorable Kids’ Table for Thanksgiving

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and in between grocery shopping, planning the meal, and cleaning the house, it’s a great time to decide what you’re doing for the kids attending your meal. Planning an adorable kids’ table for Thanksgiving can make the little ones feel like they are special and not sitting completely away from everyone else. And, you can incorporate cute craft ideas or small things on the table to entertain them while everyone is eating (and cleaning up!).

While we haven’t quite decided how we are setting the table for the kids yet, we have found some really cute ideas on the internet, and we are sharing them with you! (For MORE ideas, follow Pineapple Paper Co. on Pinterest HERE).

This simple idea seen on Project Nursery incorporates crayons and a Kraft paper runner so that the kids can color before or during the meal:

This is the FAVORITE table that we’ve seen this year, from Oh Happy Day. A Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade table is GENIUS.

This “Pumpkin Pie” from The Happy Scraps serves as both a centerpiece and could be used for place cards at the kids’ table. If you made a couple of other play food items, they could easily be used as pretend play during dinner.

This cute and colorful kids’ table is from one of our favorite blogger friends, Frog Prince Paperie:

This kids’ table from Lia Griffith and her team would be great for a group of kids that are a little bit older. They each can write what they are thankful for and share it during the meal:

Do you usually have a kids’ table at your Thanksgiving dinner? If so, what are your favorite ideas?

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DIY Give Thanks Wine Glasses

This week to prep for Thanksgiving, we are sharing DIY Tutorials for the projects we created using the Cricut Maker for our Thanksgiving table featured in Rue Magazine for Cricut. SEE OUR FULL BLOG POST HERE. Yesterday we shared the tutorial for the Magnolia Leaf Paper Garland, and today we are sharing the tutorial for the “Give Thanks” wine glasses we created using Cricut Vinyl.

Materials needed for this project:

-Cricut Maker or other cutting machine (BUY CRICUT MAKER HERE)
-Light Grip or Standard Grip Cutting Mat
-Transfer Tape
-Cricut Vinyl in desired color (BUY CRICUT VINYL HERE)
-Plain Wine Glasses

You can make this project in just a few minutes, because we already have the hard part done for you–we’ve created the “Give Thanks” file in Cricut Design Space! We’ve designed it for 10 wine glasses, but you can add/delete graphics as needed, as well as resize the graphic based on the size of wine glasses you have.

CLICK HERE FOR DESIGN SPACE FILE

Cut the file on vinyl color of your choice, and the settings required for chosen material. After finished cutting, it is easier to work with each graphic if you cut them apart. Then remove the vinyl that you don’t need from the design.

Next, use the transfer tape (sticky side down) to lift the vinyl off of the carrier sheet and then apply to desired location on the wine glasses.

That’s it!! Fill with wine and you are ready for Thanksgiving dinner. The best part about using vinyl on wine glasses (or other glasses) is that you can change your glasses year after year (and for each holiday) without buying new glasses. So as your themes change, just peel off the vinyl and start again.

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