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!

Mod Thanksgiving Kids Table | Not Just A Mommy via TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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.

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

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Preppy Pilgrim Silhouette Inspired Thanksgiving

Let’s plan a preppy Pilgrim Silhouette Inspired Thanksgiving table! A touch of tradition, mixed with the style of today.

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Hi there, it’s Deanna from Mirabelle Creations! I’m thrilled to be here sharing an inspiration board for my favorite holiday – Thanksgiving.  If you are looking to create a sophisticated kids table that would also work for the adults, this classic, preppy Pilgrim Silhouette Inspired Thanksgiving table is just for you!  Here are a few items to help you achieve the look:

  1. Pilgrim Silhouette Printable Collection (thank you tag shown) from Mirabelle Creations
  2. Hemstitch Napkins from Williams Sonoma
  3. Pilgrim Silhouette Printable Collection (editable invitation shown) from Mirabelle Creations
  4. White Beaufort Bonnet from The Beaufort Bonnet Company
  5. Black Ribbon from The Paper Mart
  6. Pale Blue Dishes from Fab
  7. Black Striped Straws from A Party Source
  8. Milk Bottles from Koyal Wholesale
  9. Scalloped Boxes from the Tomkat Studio Shop

Please stop by Mirabelle Creations to see the entire party and printable collection. 

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stamped gift wrap {featured in All You magazine}

Giddy to share I’m featured in the December issue of All You magazine!

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All You magazine editors asked if I’d like to participate in their Take This, Make That article for December. The challenge was to take an average wine cork, create a craft using it, and do NOT spend more than $5.

Crafting is super easy, crafting for less than $5 is the challenge! I chose to create pretty Christmas gift wrap with a few things. To make my Cork Stamp Gift Wrap, you’ll need:

  • Kraft wrapping paper, $2.49
  • Cork, $0.00 (upcycled)
  • Paint, $0.50 per color
  • Glitter, $.99
  • Tools – Xacto knife, scissors and tape
  • Optional embellishments – twine, ribbon, bells

How to make:

  1. Wrap gifts with brown or white Kraft paper
  2. For snowflake design, cut four small triangles out of end of cork with an Xacto knife. For dot design, not cutting required
  3. Dip cork in paint, blotting off excess, and make pattern on Kraft paper
  4. Sprinkle design with glitter and tap off excess
  5. Allow paint to dry and embellish with twine, ribbons, bells, etc.

Crafting time: 10 minutes plus drying time

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DIY Snowflake Cork Stamp | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

DIY Gift Wrap | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

DIY Gift Wrap | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

The holidays are such a magical time, and can also be a hectic time. Projects like this one, help me bring the family together, slow down, and get creative. The result is a gift with a more personal touch and something the kids can brag about.

Here’s a shot of the article in the magazine:

Kim Byers of The Celebration Shoppe featured in All You magazine

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And make sure you pick up a copy of this month’s issue of All You. It’s an amazing magazine full of recipes, craft ideas and lots and lots of coupons! You won’t be disappointed!

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easy DIY fabric Christmas goodie bags

Hi everyone! I whipped up a few fabric goodie bag designs for Christmas gift giving.

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I’m sharing one here and I’m thrilled to be over at Amy’s blog, Positively Splendid, as part of her Swell Noel, sharing a second tutorial!

So let’s get crafty and make a few goodie bags. They’re easy to make, easy to personalize and fun to share!

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First you’ll need to make a Snowflake Cork Stamp. Grab a wine cork, Sharpie and Xacto knife. Draw a basic snowflake with the Sharpie, trim it out with the Xacto knife and instant stamp!

Now that you have your snowflake, you’ll also need:

  • Red canvas (my bags are 4 1/2″ x 6″ each and my fabric is from JoAnn)
  • White thread
  • Sewing machine (I used a simple blanket stitch)
  • White and blue fabric paint
  • Letter stamps (S-N-O-W-B-A-L-L-S)
  • Pinking shears
  • Fine paint brush
  • White gumballs (I got mine from Candy Gallaxy)

And now for the easy DIY steps:

  1. Cut red canvas in 4.5″ x 6″ pieces, you’ll need two per bag.
  2. Using a fine paint brush, lightly paint each stamp and apply design to fabric.
  3. Allow paint to dry completely.
  4. Set sewing machine to blanket stitch and sew three edges.
  5. Trim off the top of each bag with pinking shears.
  6. Fill with candy. I used large white gumballs… SNOW BALLS. {wink}

Wanna know how I made the Santa Stache Stamp and bag in the “materials” picture above? Hop over to my post at Positively Splendid and check out the full tutorial!

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

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easy leaf applique napkins for Thanksgiving

Who’s hosting Thanksgiving dinner?

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I made these simple leaf applique napkins for our Thanksgiving table this year. My mom has these amazing blue dishes and I wanted something fun and festive to match.

I picked up standard tan fabric napkins at Target, some felt from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and using a quilt die cut press, cut out these fun and color leaves. No mom with a quilt die cut press?! {wink} No worries.  These would be super simple to cut out by hand using a paper template, straight pins and good scissors. Nothing fancy needed.

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I attached these with fabric glue, but you could also work around the design with a simple machine stitch if you wanted.

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

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Thanksgiving Game: Turkey Toss

Who else needs ways to keep the kids entertained on Thanksgiving Day while you cook that turkey?!

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Hop over to Kiwi Crate and order your Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box now. No membership required for these special kits, but after you see how wonderful they are you’re going to want to sign up! They’re also going to have kits for Christmas!!

It comes with this Thanksgiving game, Turkey Toss, where the kids knock over the feathers with a ball. It kept my boys busy creating and playing for over an hour. The Kiwi Crate box also has the materials for six Thanksgiving Kids Table Turkey Placecards. They’re darling. Have a peek at ours! {grin}

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

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double chocolate chip marshmallow soft batch cookies & peppermint mocha coffee

I’m a coffee lover. Can’t get my day started without it. And this time of year that means Coffee-mate’s Holiday flavored creamer. {swoon}

Peppermint Mocha and Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite creamer flavor right now is the Peppermint Mocha. It’s just the right splash of peppermint to make you think you stirred it with one of those soft peppermint sticks your grandma always kept in the candy jar. {mmmmm!}

Did you know Coffee-mate has more than 25 flavor options? So if peppermint isn’t your thing, no worries. They have something yummy for everyone!

And who can have such a decadent coffee without a sweet treat?! Okay, I admit it. I can. Every single morning. It’s like I told my kiddos “no sweets until after lunch” and I then I sneak up each morning and start my day with Peppermint Mocha. If they only knew! {smirk}

I digress, let’s get to my Peppermint Mocha coffee’s sweet complement: double chocolate chip marshmallow soft batch cookies. They are amazing if I do say so myself. Oh, and if you want to make the dairy-free recipe version (like I do for my youngest with food allergies), I’ve included how to modify the recipe too!

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Let’s bake a batch! For Double Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies:

  • Pkg Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter melted (alternative for dairy-free: substitute Smart-Balance in blue container)
  •  3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (alternative for dairy-free: Trader Joe’s chocolate chips)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place cake mix, eggs, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in your mixer. Blend.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon onto parchment paper and add marshmallows, pressing down a bit
  5. Bake for 7 minutes (chewy) or 11 minutes (crispy)
  6. Allow to cool completely and store in airtight container

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I’ll meet you at the coffee pot! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!


I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, however all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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homemade hot chocolate stir sticks & service bar

Homemade hot chocolate stir sticks! The perfect cold winter’s day treat. YUM!

Homemade Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks & Bar Service

Hello friends! It’s my favorite time of year! The season of festivities, family, friends, and too much good food, is among us!

Last Winter, I arranged a hot drink bar in hopes of kindling a ‘help yourself’ atmosphere for guests in our home. It was a huge hit! I love when guests feel welcome, and free to help themselves. This year I did the same bar again, featuring Homemade Hot Chocolate Stirrers! Your family will love this fun alternative to traditional hot chocolate mix!

Hot Chocolate Stirrer Recipe

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate wafers
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened baking chocolate
  • lollipop sticks

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  1. Heat cream and condensed milk over low heat, until steaming.
  2. Remove from heat and add chocolate. Allow it to melt.
  3. Return the chocolate mixture to low heat to completely melt.
  4. Whisk until mixture is thick.
  5. Spoon into ice tray molds, trying to evenly distribute chocolate.
  6. Shake the tray to level and settle chocolate.
  7. Put tray into the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  8. Check, and when solidifying, stick lollipop sticks into the center of each unit.
  9. *the chocolate should hold, and each stick stand upright.
  10. Place back into the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  11. Pop each block out of the mold.
  12. To make the hot chocolate, simply add a stick to a cup of hot milk.
  13. Stir until completely melted.

I like to make a double batch of stirrers for freezing, and to have on hand. They are prefect for last-minute company, and gift-giving! Enjoy and come visit me at Amelia Marie Design for more creative ideas!

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DIY Halloween costumes: werewolf and werewolf hunter

DIY Halloween costumes are the way to go in my opinion. And these werewolf and werewolf hunter costumes thought up by my boys were so fun! My youngest thought it would be cool to be a werewolf for Halloween this year. And his brother jokingly said then he would be the werewolf hunter… well… as you can see the idea was born.

DIY Werewolf and Werewolf Hunter Halloween Costumes | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My mom is the genius behind Sew Jewell and she made both of these Halloween costumes, which my boys adored!

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For the werewolf there was nothing in stores that wasn’t just downright creepy. All bloody and gruesome… I couldn’t stand it. So we purchased gray silver faux fur from Fabric.com and my mom made it into a slipover vest for his chest with Velcro on the sides. She also made him cuffs for his wrists. We paired her creations with some holey jeans and a button down shirt. A little silver hair paint and some gel… plus some glow in the dark teeth (minus the blood), and we were ready!

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For the werewolf hunter, my oldest, that required a bit more work on Sew Jewell’s part. She picked up a pattern for an overcoat / duster (I’ll find out the brand and update the post), purchased black denim fabric from Fabric.com and created this fun 3/4 length jacket. She also monogrammed “WEREWOLF HUNTER” on the back just to be clear. {wink} Then I got to work and used Krylon Stainless Steel Spraypaint on one of his NERF guns and a plastic bullet belt.

They turned out so fun and got tons of comments as they roamed the neighborhood.

If you’re looking for a custom Halloween costume next year I encourage you convo Sew Jewell on Etsy. She’s amazing! And I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom. {grin}

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

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crafting with kids: Thanksgiving kids table

Who’s ready for Thanksgiving kid crafts?!

Kid Thanksgiving Craft with The Celebration Shoppe

My kiddos love getting Kiwi Crate boxes in the mail! It’s always exciting to see what’s waiting for them inside and this time it was a special Thanksgiving kid craft box.

Not a member of the Kiwi Crate club? You don’t have to be for this special box. You can buy just this one! {grin}

The box includes everything you need to complete two crafts (even the crayons!): turkey placecards for six and a turkey bowling/toss game. See all the details and contents of the Kiwi Crate Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box.

We’ve already crafted ours, and will be using the placecards and the game to decorate our Thanksgiving kids table this year. But if we hadn’t, I would keep them as crafts for Thanksgiving Day. I’m always looking for ways to keep the boys busy while we cook! {grin}

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Hop over to Kiwi Crate and order your Thanksgiving Kids Craft Box now.


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