8 party ideas for the Big Game + win!

The Big Game AND your party are only a few short weeks away! And I’ve got your back ladies! This morning I’m sharing 8 fun, easy and stylish ideas to make your football party table more than just the halftime show. Yep, no flag on the field here! {grin}

Let’s start with the football party snack table set-up. I grabbed many of these fun football party supplies at World Market, a store you can always count on for gourmet foods and beverages with unique flavors and origins.

My absolute favorite find for this football party is my backdrop, a weathered map of the United States. It will be perfect not only for the Big Game, but for all my football parties (or any sport for that matter) throughout the year.

I made this little pennant banner that I can move between states as different teams play! By the way, the pennant colors will be updated for this year’s Big Game once the final teams are announced. More details below! And if you want to make your own pennant, I’m going to post the easy how tos later this week.

My hubby thought the Beers of the World were a must!

And of course I had to have a cupcake or two… well I mean, of course right! You can download my free Game Day cupcake templates in 2013 colors here.

The boys had to have their pick too. Football shaped pretzels and Artichoke and Spinach Chips. And yes, kids do love them!

Want to recreate part or all of this table for your football party? Here are my resources:

  • Backdrop – map of the United States from World Market
  • Tablecloth – green indoor outdoor carpeting from your local hardware store
  • Serving items – blue lunch bags from your local grocery, popcorn containers from World Market
  • Pre-made snacks – UTZ football shaped pretzels and Jensen’s Orchard Spinach and Artichoke Chips from World Market
  • Beverages – Beers of the World from World Market
  • Serving dishes - 3-tier cupcake and mini pizza display from World Market
  • Food labels – chalkboard placecards and food labels from World Market
  • Free printable party supplies – cupcake wrappers, cupcake picks and pennant banner are my designs, The Celebration Shoppe, and the colors have been updated for the 2013 Big Game (updated each year). Download your Game Day templates now. Don’t want to miss any free templates, sign up for our e-mails.

I also made a few recipes for my Big Game party table. The first, and likely my favorite food item on the table, is Chocolate Bacon Popcorn. Yep, you read me right. World Market sells Bacon Salt and it gave me this inspiration for this little sweet and salty treat. Your guests, especially the guys, will love it!

To make Chocolate Bacon Popcorn you’ll need:

  • 6 cups of air popped popcorn
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate melts (available at your local grocery or craft store with a baking section)
  • J&D’s Bacon Salt
  • Wax paper

And the simple steps for Chocolate Bacon Popcorn:

  • Spread your popcorn on the wax paper (you’ll likely need to do this in 2-3 batches)
  • Place your chocolate melts in a resealable plastic bag (snipped on one end) or in a small glass bowl and heat in the microwave in 8 second intervals, three times, or until melted
  • Drizzle chocolate over popcorn
  • Before chocolate cools, shake on J&D’s Bacon Salt to your desired taste.

I also made mini pizzas, a favorite of our family since I was a kid. We typically use pumpernickel bread, but I found these yummy Minigrill Mini Toasts at World Market and they turned out perfectly.

To make Mini Toast Party Pizzas you’ll need:

  • Ground beef, cooked and strained
  • Ground sausage, cooked and strained
  • Original pizza sauce
  • Cheddar, Sharp and Mozzarella and Provolone blended
  • Minigrill Mini Toasts from World Market

And the simple how to steps for Mini Toast Party Pizza:

  • Blend your cooked meats and pizza sauce in a pan and bring to a simmer
  • Add a small amount of your cheese mixture allowing it to melt
  • Top mini toasts with mixture
  • Drizzle remaining cheese on top

Would you be interested in winning the Ultimate Football Viewing Party?! Well World Market wants to give you that chance with a $500 gift card! Just join World Market on facebook and fill out a quick entry form for a chance to win one of ten $500 gift cards. Contest runs through January 25, 2013. Join Cost Plus World Market on facebook now!

By the way, World Market isn’t just great for celebrations. They have a wonderful array of ideas and products for decorating your home. I personally want some of their whimsical white wall frames for my studio makeover, but they have furniture, including chairs and sofas (there was one gray number that would be beautiful in my living room!), end tables, and on and on. If you’re looking to freshen up your home for the new year, you should absolutely give World Market a browse!

Rather have me walk you through the table ideas and details? Watch my video:

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Thanksgiving kid craft ~ make a turkey

Chatting over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com this week about keeping your kiddos busy on Thanksgiving Day with easy and fun turkey craft ideas and treats! (Free Thanksgiving printables can be downloaded at the bottom of this page!)

This is an easy personalized turkey placecard idea and I share on Snackpicks how to make this fun project take longer than 3 minutes (don’t you think some crafts are just too short!), keeping your little pumpkins entertained and excited to be part of decorating the Thanksgiving kids table!

Join me over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for more Thanksgiving Day kid activity ideas, and some very fun Thanksgiving kid treats from me and other fabulous bloggers.

And don’t forget to download our FREE Thanksgiving party printables ~ beverage tags, beverage wrappers and “pick your own” pumpkin sign!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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how to monogram a pumpkin + video

Ever carve a fabulous pumpkin or make an adorable pumpkin craft only to have the darn thing whither up on you?! I have! But not this year.

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores has Funkins! You know, the foam pumpkins that look so much like real pumpkins that you almost forget they’re not. Yep, those.

Well I wanted to monogram a pumpkin for my mantel, one that I could use year after year, so I gathered a few supplies with the help of my friends at JoAnn.

And guess what?! JoAnn wants to give a lucky reader a bit of holiday crafting help too! At the bottom of this post I’m giving away a $50 gift card to JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores to buy anything you like. {giddy}

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own monogrammed pumpkin just in time for your Thanksgiving guests arrival:

  • Funkin pumpkin from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores
  • Martha Stewart Crafts hole punch (mine has three sizes to choose from, I used the largest size)
  • Print out of your initial (I used Word and tested a few sizes on my pumpkin to see what worked best)
  • Tape
  • Optional – Martha Stewart Habanaro and Metallic Copper Craft Paint    

And here’s a little how to video tutorial showing how you how to make a monogrammed pumpkin and while you’re there, subscribe to my new youtube channel:

Giveaway ~ How to enter:

I’m using Rafflecopter for this giveaway.  To enter, you can either login to the widget below with your Facebook account or with your name and a valid e-mail address. Rafflecopter will draw a winner via random.org when the giveaway is over and the name will show at the top of the entry box. I’ll also send the winner a congrats note via the e-mail provided. Good luck!  

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Thanksgiving kid activity: thankful tree

My little ones NEED fun things to keep them busy on Thanksgiving Day because the rest of us congregate in the kitchen a lot. Not always cooking… more like nibbling… as my mom cooks.

So this year my boys are going to be decorating part of their own Thanksgiving kids table. First craft up, a Thankful Tree, but instead of cutting out or punching out leaf shapes, they will be rubbing real leaves with crayons and they will be collecting said leaves as well. The reason? I want this activity to take longer than 3 minutes. {grin}

Join me over at Kellogg’s Snackpicks.com for more Thanksgiving Day kid activity ideas, and some very fun Thanksgiving kid treats from me and other fabulous bloggers.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Thanksgiving Pinterest Party Tonight!

Love Pinterest? Love parties? Need Thanksgiving entertaining ideas?! Join me and several of my blogging girlfriends tonight for a Thanksgiving Pinterest Party!

Here’s how ~ Just follow me on Pinterest and join me tonight at 9pm EST/6pm PST. The party will last an hour and we’re even having a little contest! Just comment and repin using the hashtag #holidayentertaining and be entered to win one of two $50 gift cards! Yay!

 

Hope to see you there! But if you can’t join tonight, a new party is happening every Tuesday night through December 18! Or check out our pins with the hashtag #HolidayEntertaining

And if you’re not already, make sure you’re following my talented co-hosts! 

Kim (The TomKat Studio), Kelly (The Party Dress), Vana (Le Papier Studio), Charynn (Two Sugar Babies), Chris (Celebrations at Home), Jessica (Pen ‘n Paperflowers), Casi (CupcakeMAG), Kori (Paper & Pigtails), Kim (The Celebration Shoppe), Carrie (Half Baked – The Cake Blog) and Maddy (Somewhere Splendid)

See you in a few hours!

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Thanksgiving owl acorn craft + freebie

Hello everyone! Deanna of Mirabelle Creations here. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching I had the opportunity to style a kid’s Thanksgiving table for a local magazine and I whipped up these cute little acorn owls to go with my printable Thanksgiving party collection

These little owls are a fun craft to get you in the holiday mood. And, they’ll be welcomed visitors at your Thanksgiving kids’ table. Or better yet, let your guests make these DIY acorn owls so you can enjoy more time at the adult table. {Hoot! Hoot!} 

I came up with the idea while my son was learning to ride his bike. I picked up several fallen acorns while he was practicing and at the time I wasn’t sure what I planned on doing with them, but since I knew my Thanksgiving kid’s table was going to incorporate owls, I decided to transform the acorns into little hoot owl crafts.  

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own acorn owls:

  • Acorns
  • Felt (in several colors)
  • Fine Tip Permanent Marker
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue
  • Yarn (optional)

Simple DIY steps:

  1. If not already secure, glue the tops of the acorns to the acorn. Several of the acorns I picked up had loose tops. Before beginning to assemble the owls, glue the tops to the acorn. Alternatively, you could remove the tops and set the acorns upside down, so that the bottom of the acorn becomes the top.
  2. Cut out two oval shaped pieces of felt for the wings.
  3. Using a hole punch, punch two white circles out of the felt for the eyes. If your hole punch does not punch all the way through the felt, use scissors to cut out the circles.
  4. Cut out a small felt triangle for the nose.
  5. Starting with the eye, glue felt circles onto acorn. Follow with the nose and wings.
  6. Using the fine tip permanent marker, make small eyeballs in the white circles. 
  7. If you want you can glue the acorn owls onto yarn to make the Thankfulness leaves for the tree or for a napkin wrap. 

 

And here’s a quick look at my finished Thanksgiving kid’s table. You can find all of these items and more in my shop, Mirabelle Creations, for only $12 for the complete collection. {Hoot!}

But, I’m also giving away my leaves for a Thankfulness Tree, Owl Napkin Rings, Owl Tags and Thanksgiving Owl Coloring Pages for FREE! You can download them from here:

Free Owl Utensil Holder Pattern
Free Thankful Tree Leaves
Free Owl Fancy Labels
Free Owl Coloring Pages

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy crafting everyone!

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5 Thanksgiving kids clothing ideas


I’m back from Bloggy Boot Camp ~ what a wonderful weekend with so many talented and smart women ~ and my brain is all Thanksgiving party, clothing and DIY home decor now! I’ve cleaned up and put away (okay… mostly) all of our Halloween decorations. And now I’m wrapping up a few Thanksgiving craft ideas that I’ll be sharing later this week.

But before I share my own crafty ideas, I thought I would share a little Thanksgiving shopping inspiration with five of my favorite kids clothing ideas from Etsy.com. How adorable are these?!

  1. Turkey feather Thanksgiving onsie from A Stitch Upon A Star
  2. Little boy t-shirt vest and boy tie from Sara Sweet And Small
  3. Child’s turkey Thanksgiving ribbon t-shirt from Sew Jewell
  4. Thanksgiving turkey headband from A Sweet Sweet Bowtique
  5. Little boy Thanksgiving tie and suspenders t-shirt from Antsy Pants

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Happy Monday everyone!

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easy & moist pumpkin muffins


This weekend I baked, I crafted, I enjoyed my family. It was wonderful! And this morning, I’m sharing a recipe for these super simple and oh so yummy pumpkin muffins that we snacked on.

You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened (use Smart Balance vegan if you have a child like me with dairy allergies)
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin, packed solidly
  • Cream cheese icing

Easy steps for 12 muffins:

  1. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg; set aside.
  2. Whip butter until light; beat in honey, egg and pumpkin. Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until blended.
  3. Spoon into a greased (or into baking cups if you prefer) muffin tin.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 2o to 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Remove muffins from pan to wire rack to cool.
  6. Pour cream cheese icing over muffins (You could make your own from scratch, but I used Pillsbury cream cheese icing slightly heated in the microwave.) {grin}

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! Enjoy!

Oh, and this fabulous gray cake plate is from Target. I caved when shopping on Friday and then justified my purchase by using it in this shoot… {smile} Happy Monday!

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11 apple-licious recipes


It’s officially fall and in Ohio, that means it is apple harvest season! {huge grin}

We packed up the kiddos and hit a local apple orchard to enjoy the plenty that nature offers! I decided that a girl can only make so many apple pies, so I began my search for creative recipe ideas for my harvest bounty. What I found was this delicious… I mean apple-licious… collection of recipes!

Since my children all love apples, I really wanted to find a healthy treat to pack for everyday snacks and lunches. Number one in my collection is perfect!

1) The Kitchn has just the thing with these allergy-friendly healthy apple muffins.

Other kid-approved treats… and one for me under the guise of a salad! {wink}

2. Oatmeal Apple Pie Bars via Once a Month Mom

3. Caramel Apple Salad via The Grocery Cart Challenge

4. Apple Peanut Butter sandwiches via Fun & Food Cafe

5. Apple-Pear salad with Lemon Poppyseed dressing via MyRecipes

And a few more mouth-watering temptations:

6. Harvest Apple and Herb stuffing via A Pretty Life in the Suburbs (I promise this will be at my Thanksgiving table! I love the combination of sweet and savory.)

7. No-Fry Chocolatey Apple Beignets via Kraft Canada {yes, it’s chocolate-YUM!}

8. Apple Blossoms via Rock Recipes

9. Pumpkin Apple Dessert pizza via VeryBestBaking

10. Apple Ricotta Brunch Biscuits via Pillsbury

11. Caramel-Apple Shortcakes via Pillsbury

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE! Enjoy!

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easy DIY paper pumpkins


For my Harvest Party Collection photo shoot, pumpkins weren’t yet in season so we crafted paper pumpkins in various shapes and sizes. They’re very simple to make and a wonderful kids craft for the Halloween and Thanksgiving holidays. And, if you live in a warm climate like I did when I was a kid, these may be the only pumpkins you’ll get! {grin}

You’ll need:

  • Various shades of orange scrapbook paper (giving the pumpkins variation),
  • Scrapbook brads (to hold the pumpkin together),
  • Raffia (for the vine),
  • Green scrapbook paper (for the leaves),
  • Optional: skinny dowels with hot glue (to make Cinderella pumpkins, insert inside papers and pull top and bottom together as seen below)
  • Optional: white floral wire (hide inside rafia to give your vines dimension and to be able to mold them in any direction you want) 

Easy how to steps: Cut the orange scrapbook paper in various widths and combine colors for interest. Attach the paper with brads at top and bottom. Add a leaf and raffia vine. And if you want a Cinderella pumpkin, cut a small dowel to height and insert it into the center of the pumpkin pulling the papers together with hot glue.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and CELEBRATE!

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