Pinecone Toss Christmas Party Game {FREE Download}

Hi there! It’s Aimée and Bettijo from Paging Supermom. With school holiday parties and family get-togethers sneaking up fast, we want to arm you with a simple yet fun game — a Pinecone Toss — you can throw it together with just a few supplies.

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To prepare for a friendly competition of Pinecone Tossing, you’ll need some pinecones, our free printable point value signs taped onto long barbecue skewers and a few buckets. We also spray painted one pinecone gold, and let players know that the golden pinecone is worth double the points!

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This game can be adapted for indoor or outdoor play. Keep it tame for the classroom or living room by lining buckets up and having kids take turns tossing. Head outside and lengthen the distance pinecones need to be tossed — then even the adults will enjoy getting involved. (Just how strong is Superdad’s arm?) If you’re enjoying a white Christmas then play this same game with snow balls instead!

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Ta-da! You’ve just created a Supermom Moment! Want more? We have loads of other fun Christmas ideas and free printables on our blog at PagingSupermom.com.

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Joy To The World Christmas Mantel

I love a white Christmas! When I was little growing up in Alabama I dreamed of a white Christmas, which I never got. Now we live in Ohio and I see too much of it. {wink} But regardless of my location, I love decorating in white and this year a bit of silver and red too!

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For a project with HGTV and JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores, for the annual HGTV holiday house, I created a Christmas mantel with lots of woody and natural elements. This wool wrapped “JOY” lettering and “to the world” ball were my favorite elements.

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To make the JOY letters and ball, you’ll need:

  • Icicle White Wool
  • Kraft covered letters (12″ J, 8″ O and Y)
  • Elmer’s Glue (dries clear)
  • 3″ Styrofoam ball
  • Straight pin
  • Kraft paper (just a few strips so you could use a brown paper bag if it’s handy)
  • Letter stamps and stamp pad

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Easy how to steps:

  1. For letters – Start at the base of the letters, wrapping and gluing every inch.
  2. For the ball -
    1. Wrap Styrofoam ball with yarn and end with a straight pin to hold the yarn in place
    2. Cut Kraft paper into 3/4″ x 3″ strips
    3. Stamp “to the world”
    4. Trim triangle out of each end
    5. Attach to ball with straight pin

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I was very excited about how it turned out. So much so that I want to wrap everything in that wool. It is so very soft! LOVE!

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I’ll share more details about my Christmas mantel this week so stay tuned! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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4 Ideas To Make Your Holiday Table Sparkle

I’m excited to share four of my favorite details for holiday hostessing with you! Hi! It’s Amelia of Amelia Marie again. These ideas are both inexpensive and easy, and will help to jazz up any Christmas and New Year party tables!

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  1. Use ribbon or trim to create bows at the base of stemware, or on the handles of mugs! Subtle, yet fancy!
  2. Coat each glass rim with sugar, sprinkles, or edible glitter! It’s as delicious as it looks!
  3. Would you believe these cupcake toppers were originally Christmas ornaments? Small, clean ornaments work great as food embellishments! Just be sure to wash and sanitize the ornaments before applying to food.
  4. Noisemakers aren’t just for the little ones! These metallic horns are great for decorating too!

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

Resources: Silver ribbon and ornament cupcake toppers - Michaels, horn noisemakers - Dollar General

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How To Make An Easy DIY Christmas Advent Calendar {Tutorial}

We love having a Christmas advent calendar. The kids bounce out of bed each day giddy to see what is inside. When they were really tiny it was always a little note about how we would celebrate the season that day. Reading a book together, hot chocolate, etc.

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Last year they really wanted to the LEGO advents in addition to our regular advent. My oldest got the original and my youngest got the Star Wars. They were fun and the boys wanted to do it again this year. After looking at the 2013 sets and how similar they are to the 2012 sets, I decided I’d rather buy a bigger Christmas set and separate it into the advent myself. The set was only a bit more and it is much cuter!

Well of course to make this magic happen that meant I had to create my own DIY advent calendar. Let me tell you, it is a huge hit with my kiddos and it looks pretty in my living room. {grin}

So let’s get crafty!

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To make your own advent calendar, you can find all of these supplies at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores:

  • 4″ boxes or bags for the number of days that you’ll be celebrating (these exact boxes are from Pick Your Plum, but JoAnn has similar boxes & paper bags)
  • Mini clothespins (in the wood section)
  • Bakers twine or ribbon
  • DCWV The Christmas & Winter Glitter Cardstock Stack
  • DCWV The Holiday Cheer Stack
  • DCWV Chipboard Christmas embellishment (shown on top of frame)
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Spots 1/8″ thick
  • Whimsy frame 2.5″ punch
  • Circle 1″ punch
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Optional: 30″ wide frame and hot glue (a banister or mantel would work great too)

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And these are the easy steps:

  1. Measure – if you’re hanging your boxes or bags inside a frame, measure the width of your packaging and the inside edges of your frame. Lay them out on the table in the arrangement you want.
  2. Select paper colors – flip through the DCWV The Christmas & Winter Glitter Cardstock Stack and select glitter paper.
  3. Punch frames - punch the sheets and set aside
  4. Punch and/or cut numbers – in the front of the DCWV The Holiday Cheer Stack you’ll find two sheets of frames and numbers. I punched the numbers from 1-19 out with a 1″ circle punch. I then cut out the frames for the 20-24 boxes.
  5. Attach frames and numbers – using 3/4 glue dots, attach the frames to the center of your packaging. Top with a foam adhesive dot and add the day/number.
  6. Hang – string bakers twine inside your frame (or along a banister or mantel), attach with hot glue or push pins (depending on the surface) and clothespin on each box.
  7. Give – I chose to only put the next morning’s gift in each day. There are two reasons for this. One, my boys might look… {grin} and two, it keeps the weight on the string to a minimum.

And if you’re like me, and you’re filling yours with LEGOs, take 24 resealable bags (or 48 in my case) and separate the LEGOs according to the instruction book. My boys are loving getting a new piece to their creation every day!

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I used small detail scissors for the whimsy frames on the numbers.

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And this is what the foam adhesive dot looks like between the frame and number. Gives it just a bit of 3-D effect!

Guess what?! DCWV and JoAnn are offering you a coupon to get your craft project started!

 click here, print your 50% off coupon and let’s get crafty!

 

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

This #papercraftedChristmas project was created in partnership with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and DCWV. The Celebration Shoppe did receive compensation and supplies, but all opinions and ideas are my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

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Believe Christmas Party Supplies {Red, White & Silver with Snowflakes}

Do you still believe in Santa?! Do you love Polar Express? Me too! {grin}

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My BELIEVE Christmas party supplies collection is one of my favorites. The silver, white and red lends it to being a bit sophisticated and dreamy, while the BELIEVE design brings it back to whimsical. The perfect combo for adult and family Christmas parties this holiday season.

You can see more of this party supplies collection in the shoppe. And make sure you have a look at our other Christmas party supplies, and Christmas / New Year Holiday Photo Cards while you’re there.

You can take 20% off the entire shoppe with this code through Dec. 6, 2013: MERRY20

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

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DIY Christmas Ornament: Paint Dipped Snowman

Our Christmas tree tells a story… the holiday story of our family. And I love every inch of it!

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Almost every ornament was either collected during a holiday outing, given to us as a gift or handmade by my sweet babies. There is nothing designed or matchy-matchy about it, but it’s completely beautiful and wonderfully sentimental!

This paint dipped, hand-drawn snowman ornament is our latest ornament addition. To make these with your kiddos, you’ll need:

  • circular, flat front, clear plastic ornaments (I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • pearl white craft paint
  • orange and black Sharpies
  • flat paint dish or plate
  • sheet of paper

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To make your own:

  1. Trace an outline of the ornament on a sheet of white paper and draw a simple snowman face in the outline to get your proportions correct
  2. Place paint on a flat surface and roll the back side of the ornament around in the paint until covered
  3. Flip ornament over and allow to dry completely
  4. Using the guide you or your child drew on the sheet of paper, draw the snowman face on the ornament with Sharpies
  5. Hang and enjoy

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In my opinion, there is nothing sweeter than something your little one made for you.

Here are a few of my other favorite holiday projects you might enjoy!

Rudolph Treat Bags

Snowman Gift Wrap + FREE Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas Tree Footprint Art

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

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Last Minute Thanksgiving: Darling Turkey Cookies in 10 minutes

Need darling Thanksgiving turkey cookies in 10 minutes or less? I’ve got you covered!

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These turkey cookies are the brainchild of my friend Hilary, and it’s brilliant for the time-starved hostess. Hillary brought these lovely little treats to my son’s class Thanksgiving feast last week.

You know those Pillsbury sugar cookies with the fun images on them?! Yep. These are one in the same with a few little additions. The best part, they’re as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Bake your cookies (they’re already pre-cut right out of the package) and allow them to cool
  2. Taking two cookies and some chocolate frosting, make sandwich cookies (with turkeys facing out moms)
  3. Roll the edges in autumn mix sprinkles

Waalaa! Super easy and super clever right!

Hop over to my latest post on Parade magazine for more fun and creative Thanksgiving turkey treat ideas!  Or, are you Pinterested {wink} in more Thanksgiving food and craft ideas? Thanksgiving Food & Crafts, Thanksgiving Kid Table and Thanksgiving Table Ideas.

Happy Thanksgiving! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls {White Chocolate Recipe}

I love OREOS! My kids love OREOS! And now, we’re all loving this classic cookie as a OREO cookie ball!

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Have you tried them? They are so super simple to make and can be modified in so many ways. OREO asked that I give them a try and wow! So yummy!

And since I’m craving all things peppermint these days, I made Christmas OREO Peppermint Cookie Balls! You know, out of the red cream filled holiday OREOs. {grin}

To make your own OREO cookie balls, you’ll need:

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 pkg. white chocolate, melted
  • 1 pkg. soft peppermint (I prefer the old-fashioned soft kind!)

Easy steps:

  1. Crush the OREO cookies in a resealable plastic bag or bowl with a ladel
  2. Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended
  3. Shape into 1-inch balls, makes about 48
  4. Freeze 10 minutes
  5. Crush peppermint
  6. Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between
  7. Insert lollipop sticks and dip
  8. Sprinkle with soft peppermint and allow to cool/dry. (TIP: I use a shallow bowl, grid cookie rack and wax paper to stand the pops up in to that all sides are pretty!)

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Want more cookie ball recipes?! Hop over for tons of yummy and clever ideas! Or, maybe a few more peppermint ideas? I have a “Peppermint Please” Pinterest board you’ll love!

Join me on Google + and join the conversation!

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

THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY OREO. HOWEVER, ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN, YOU KNOW I’D HAVE IT NO OTHER WAY.

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black, white & red chalkboard Christmas gift tags {free download}

I’m spreading a little Christmas cheer with my FREE “Let It Snow!” Christmas gift tags! If you love classic black, white and red on a chalkboard canvas, these lovelies are for you!

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My 2013 Free Christmas tag collection includes 11 designs!

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This gift tag is one of my very favorites! A bit of washi tape to attach it to my black and white polka dot bag, a silver Sharpie for the name and done!

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Download your FREE Christmas Gift Tags now and ENJOY!

(NOTE: The fonts look a little odd on Scribd depending on your browser, but perfect when you download.

Also, I recommend 100# white cardstock for printing. I get mine from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.)

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Thanksgiving Kids Table: Modern Black, Orange and Mint Color Palette

Hosting Thanksgiving this year? In need of some amazing Thanksgiving Kids Table ideas?! I’m giddy to share this amazing table and creative activity ideas from my friend Dawn of Not Just A Mommy. I’m not sure what I love more, the darling table backdrop or the log cabin activity!

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Hello everyone! This is Dawn from Not Just A Mommy and I’m thrilled to be sharing my modern take on a kids’ table for Thanksgiving.  Don’t feel you have to limit your decor to turkeys or a red, brown and orange palette.  I’m always looking for new twists to freshen my holiday tables.

Inspired by my woodland creatures napkins, I played with houndstooth, gold, orange and mint for a fun table that will keep the little ones out of the kitchen and your hair.

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To set the scene, I started with Caravan’s Chalk It Up Dining Set Give Thanks poster, tissue decorations and paper rosettes. I love this set because it comes with 3 posters, stickers and placemats for $5.  I took the pdf to Staples and they printed the poster as an engineering print for less than $4!

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One of my favorite ways to cover a table is with wrapping paper.  Not only are they a perfect starting point for decorating your table, it’s easy cleanup when the party’s over. To keep a formal but fun feel and break up the strong pattern of the houndstooth, I layered with gold paper.  Psst…I found the houndstooth paper at Hobby Lobby.

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Gingerbread house decorating isn’t just for Christmas.  When I saw The Candy Cottage featured in Family Fun, I knew I must have them. They are a no-bake solution for those of us who don’t have the time or skills to bake our own. They are reusable, which means the fun can happen all year round. What better way to keep the kids busy than with making log cabins.

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What do you make log cabins with? Why with mini pretzels and rods of course. With wafers and fun candy accents, your little guests will be busy for awhile…

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Ta-da! This took me awhile to frost and lay all the pretzels so I know it will keep my boys busy before our own Thanksgiving dinner.  And note, I scored all the pretzels at Dollar Tree, they can be pricey at grocery stores.

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Place settings are more fun tied with grosgrain ribbon and a paper straw.  I love wood utensils, my favorite place to score them…Garnish. I also purchased my birch paper straws there.

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If they promise to eat their veggies, they can have their cupcake! I found these great wrappers at Bake It Pretty.  Even if your cupcakes are store-bought, place them wrapped into a pretty liner that matches your theme.  No one will know you didn’t bake them yourself.

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I always try to balance out the sweets with something healthy and a cake stand of easy-to-peel mandarins are both colorful and practical.

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A few toy animals round out our table decorations; not only will they be played with but can go home with guests. I know…what does the fox say?

I hope you have been inspired to think a little outside of the holiday box when it comes to decor and activities this Thanksgiving. Don’t be afraid to play around with non-traditional colors, decor and foods. In fact, check out my Modern Thanksgiving post for great ideas like veggie centerpieces and Mason Jar Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles.

If you liked the Candy Cottages, be sure and sign up to follow me; I’ll be hosting a giveaway for both a four-cottage party pack and the full sized original Candy Cottage very soon.

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

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