Thanksgiving Kid’s Table – Easy & Creative Ideas To Make Even The Smallest Guest Feel Special

I love this time of year… family, friends and food. It doesn’t get any better! And even the smallest party goers need a fun table to sit down at in my opinion. {wink} All of the ideas in my Thanksgiving Kid’s Table this year are simple. Most can be crafted quickly and you can get all the supplies at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores. Let’s get crafty and go through each detail!

Thanksgiving Kids Table | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

My favorite elements of my Thanksgiving Kid’s Table this year are the mini polka dot table runners trimmed in silver specialty thread. I just love the metallic dots in this JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores specialty fabric. Who said kid tables couldn’t also be a bit glamorous anyway… {grin}

Easy Sew Table Runner | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Make your own table runner. You’ll need:

  • Surger
  • Specialty metallic thread
  • Specialty polka dot fabric exclusively at JoAnn
  • Clear ruler
  • Self-healing cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter

Easy steps:

Measure your plates and table width (you don’t want the plate sitting lopsided because it’s hanging over a runner). Then using a rotary cutter, clear ruler so you can see easily and self-healing mat, cut the fabric to size.

For surging, check your manual because there are usually special instructions for thicker specialty threads. With my surger, I used a 3-thread overlock stitch with the specialty thread in the upperlooper only and regular gray/silver threads in other two spots. It took less than five minutes to whip up!

My next favorite might just be the Gobble Gobble cake topper and feather garland. I’ll share how to make it and all the other festive elements you see throughout the week!

8 Easy & Creative Thanksgiving Kid's Table Crafts | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

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Christmas Card Giveaway – $100 with Pear Tree Greetings

It’s that time again! Time to create beautiful Christmas cards to share with family and friends. And Pear Tree Greetings has some beautiful selections this year: Traditional, Letter, Foil and Ornament!

Christmas Cards from Pear Tree Greetings

These traditional Christmas cards are beautifully modern. With over 200 new designs just this year, you’re sure to find something you’ll love!

Christmas Cards from Pear Tree Greetings

Love to share a letter about your year? Pear Tree Greetings has you covered. And I love that there are tons of spots for photos too!

Foil Christmas Cards from Pear Tree Greetings

The foil trend is well represented too! These are just beautiful and embellished with real foil. Not just gold ink! Hop over to Pear Tree Greetings to see all the choices. These are just a handful of my favorites!

Ornament Christmas Cards from Pear Tree Greetings

Last but not least, the ornament Christmas card are abundant. I have to admit, I tend to keep Christmas cards, especially beautiful ones, but I’ve also been known to hang up previous year cards when they’re ornaments. LOVE these!

Want a $100 gift code to Pear Tree Greetings? I’m giddy to be giving one away and helping you and your family spread a little holiday cheer!

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Guess what?! You can visit Pear Tree Greetings and start customizing your card now! I love playing around with the customization tool plus it gives you great ideas for how to photograph your family if you’ve not already. Just browse their Christmas cardsHoliday photo cards or Photo Christmas cards and get started. You can save all your ideas and use the $100 gift card when you win! {grin}

 And a few tips for photography (and great reasons to look for cards before you photograph!):

  1. Orientation – take the same photo both horizontal and verticle
  2. Dead space – leave “dead space” above and below. So if you’re photographing outside, get the sky too. You might want to overlay text!

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

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Book Giveaway – Decorating Cookies Party by Bridget Edwards

I’m so proud of my friend Bridget Edwards of Bake at 350. She has a new book and it’s full of amazing and doable cookie ideas!

Bridget Edwards Book

Have you ever wanted to whip up beautiful cookies?

Decorating Cookies Party by Bridget Edwards

Well Bridget gives you step-by-step guides for each of her designs! She makes it easy even for the beginner! Her book has ten themed party ideas for adults and kids including a Monster Mash-Up, Tailgate Party, Under the Sea Birthday, Wedding, and Baby Shower.

And five classic cookie recipes (and one gluten-free) to produce the perfect canvas for royal icing. Bridget expertly walks you through all the techniques – from what tools you’ll need, to rolling the dough and piping, to storing and shipping cookies when they’re done.

Let’s get baking!

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These are a few of my favorites. Candles… so cute!

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And the cakes. I have this cutter. I want to make these for my mom! Maybe with pink. {wink}

Bridget Edwards

Oh, and the alien. My boys love anything space themed!

Football Cookies by Bridget Edwards

And my youngest just wrapped up his second football season, plus… Roll Tide! {grin} There is always room in the house for a football cookie.

Want to learn how to make cookies like these and from a real talent? Well you’re in luck because I’m giving one away! Don’t want to wait? You can get Bridget’s book at Barnes and Noble right now! (ISBN: 9781454708681 Paperback • 144 pages)

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Thanksgiving Fun Food – Indian Corn Rice Krispies Treats

One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the fun food! So let’s get crafty and make some Indian Corn Rice Krispies Treats.

Fun Food: Thanksgiving Indian Corn Rice Krispies | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

These are perfect for the Thanksgiving Kids Table or for those upcoming Thanksgiving class celebrations. I personally love to make my kids, and all their little friends, smile with special goodies. And as a busy mom, I also want (and need) them to be quick and simple. {grin}

Fun Food: Thanksgiving Indian Corn Rice Krispies | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need:

  • Rice Krispies
  • Cocoa Rice Krispies
  • Butter (Smart Balance Light for kiddos with food allergies)
  • Marshmallows
  • 4″ cello goody bags
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Wax paper
  • Green construction paper
  • Scissors

Easy how to steps:

  1. Make Rice Krispies Treats using the directions on the box, but substitute Cocoa Krispies for half (3 cups) of the Rice Krispies the recipe calls for
  2. Apply butter to your hands and mold “corn” onto the lollipop sticks
  3. Allow to cool completely on wax paper
  4. Package in cellos
  5. Cut 3″ strips of construction paper and fringe
  6. Twist the construction paper around the bottom of the cello and close the bag

Yields 20 Indian Corn Treats.

Thanksgiving Indian Corn Treats | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

I have a few FREE Thanksgiving printables including a HAPPY TURKEY DAY and a GOBBLE GOBBLE favor tag that would be darling with these goodies. I also have FREE Christmas Gift Tags that you can personalize in the file before you print. Hop over and download yours!

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

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Make A Difference – Donate To Your Local Food Pantry

Did you know that one in five children in America are food insecure? One in five! This number breaks my heart and brings tears to my eyes. And it’s not neglected children that need assistance. It’s often children from good homes that just need a little help getting by in today’s economy.

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My family is extremely blessed. We have food on our table, clothes on our backs, and a warm and comfortable home. Not every child, not every family, can say these words. And for those of us who have, it is our obligation to give.

Help Feed The Children, Stock A Food Pantry | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.comGiving to your local food pantry can be easy. Just pick up some extra non-perishable groceries the next time you go to the store and drop them off. Most churches collect food pantry items, as well as community centers. No pretty packaging required.

Admittedly, during the holiday season I like to get creative and add a little extra joy by giving some of those things that truly aren’t needed, they’re just lovely to have. As a party planner, my house is always filled with pretty packaging and this time of year is a great time to make families smile a little.

I hope you’ll give back this holiday season. Learn more about how to get involved by going to ProjectSunlight.us and by watching this quick video. I warn you, you will be moved.

I’ll share more as my family continues to give back this holiday season. There is nothing like that hands-on experience to impress upon our children that they can help. Want to know where you can help out? Use the Feeding America’s online Food Bank Locator tool to get in touch with a food bank in your area!

You can also share your thoughts on twitter with #ShareAMeal or just search the hashtag to see how others are helping. The Project Sunlight team would love to hear from you!

By the way, if you’re wondering how to get your hands on the darling “So Very Thankful For You” tags, you can download those for free at She Wears Many Hats. They’re available in black and white, and black and orange. Enjoy!

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

- Kim

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No Tricks Just Treats Welcome Sign with Cricut Explore

I hosted a Pumpkin Carving Party on Friday night for 15 of my boys’ closest friends (grin) and to welcome guests, I made a super simple vinyl sign with my Cricut Explore.

No Tricks Just Treats Welcome Sign | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Open Design Space, open my NO TRICKS JUST TREATS sign (with a silhouette skeletal arm and skull dot to the “i”), apply black vinyl to a 12×12 mat, and hit cut. It’s truly that easy!

To apply, you can use transfer paper, but I wanted them to be a bit wonky so I just applied them by hand. I love the way it turned out!

And did you hear that now you can print any design and your Cricut Explore can cut it for you… perfectly! I’m excited to give it a try with some of my designs!

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

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DIY Jack-O-Lantern Candy Jar & Halloween Entryway Decor

I’m hosting a pumpkin carving party this weekend and to welcome my guests, I’ll have a darling DIY Jack-O-Lantern Candy Jar in my entryway! Along with a few other goodies I whipped up with supplies from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores!

Easy DIY Jack-O-Lantern Candy Jar | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com
This simple candy jar couldn’t be easier to make. I used my Cricut Explore, but with a little patience, you could use scissors! You’ll need:

  • Glass candy jar with a smooth side (found in floral and food crafting sections)
  • Black vinyl
  • Jack-O-Lantern template
  • Cricut Explore or Scissors (If using your Cricut, this design is available in the library; if using scissors, use a black Sharpie to outline your template. It will show only enough for you to follow)

Easy steps:

  1. Clean – clean your jar and wipe dry
  2. Cut – cut vinyl
  3. Apply – apply design, it’s as simple as peel and stick
  4. Fill – fill your candy jar with orange candies. These are gumballs from the food crafting section

Told you it was easy!

Like the EEK! letters? Those are way easy too!

EEK Spiderweb Letters | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need:

  • Cardboard letters
  • Black and silver metallic paint, Martha Stewart brand
  • Small paint brushes

This project only takes about 15 minutes.

  1. Paint – paint the front and back of the letters and allow to dry
  2. Draw – draw on simple spider webs from different angles

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And I didn’t only decorate my entryway, but also my mantel using several fun decor items from JoAnn. My favorite are the faux glitter Funkins! 

You can find all these goodies and more at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and at JoAnn.com

Do you have a great Halloween idea you’d like to share with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and their readers? Join us, share your ideas on JoAnn and tag social media posts with #DIY4Halloween

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

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Easy Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins & Jack-O-Lanterns

As with most everyone else, I’m loving all things pumpkin right now! 

Easy Hoop Pumpkins | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Embroidery hoops are so easy to craft with. As a little girl I had a number of them that I used to cross-stitch with at my grandmother’s house. My favorites were the little ones because I could easily get my hands around them, but it just meant a lot of ironing when the design was done. {grin}

Now, I use them more for quickly hanging pretty fabrics. And this JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores polka dot had me at first sight. It’s hard to tell from this pick, but the white is really ivory and it’s oh so pretty!

Make these easy pumpkin and jack-o-lantern hoop pumpkins:

  • JoAnn Polka Dot fabric (for these two I used less than one yard)
  • Darice embroidery hoops (one large, one tiny)
  • Coredinations Polka Dot cardstock (1 sheet)
  • Burlap (1/4 yard)
  • Raffia
  • Scissors
  • Glue (wood or paper and fabric)

Easy steps:

  1. Cut fabric – cut to fit hoop, seal tightly
  2. Tie – tie raffia to metal screw
  3. Cut paper – cut stems, odd shapes work great
  4. Cut jack-o-lantern faces – be creative
  5. Attach – attach stem with paper or wood glue
  6. Attach – attach jack-o-lantern face with fabric glue

Told you it was easy!

You can find all these goodies and more at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and at JoAnn.com

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

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How To Make Creature Candy Bark

Halloween is really creeping up on me this year! {wink} But I still had time to whip up some creature candy bark this week for my boys, complete with Monster Hot Chocolate! These are staples for our haunting night traditions!

How To Make Creature Candy Bark | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want to make my creature candy bark?

It’s so amazingly simple.

How To Make Creature Candy Bark | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

You’ll need: dark chocolate and lime green melting chocolates and candy eyes. (Both in the baking section at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores).

How to: Melt the chocolate in 10 second increments in a glass bowl in the microwave, stirring in between. Spread the chocolate out on wax paper and add candy eyes sporadically. Allow the chocolate to harden (usually about 10 minutes), break into bark and serve!

And you see the spoons? Just the same, super easy and perfect for Monster Hot Chocolate! Instead of spreading the chocolate onto wax paper, just dip the spoon, remove any excess with a toothpick, and add an eye or two!

Monster Hot Chocolate and Creature Candy Bark | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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Monster Hot Chocolate For Halloween Night

Halloween is such a good time in our neighborhood. Kids running everywhere… and I mean hundreds of kids. And every year we make hot chocolate! Monster hot chocolatewith creature candy bark! {wink}

Monster Hot Chocolate and Creature Candy Bark | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Our neighborhood is everything I wanted when I was a kid. Bright crunchy leaves blowing in the street, kids running a muck, laughter and tons of candy! There are so many kids we actually move the fire pit around to the driveway and make it easy on the little goblins since there is really no reason to even close the door!

But living in Ohio isn’t all perfect. It’s darn chilly! And Monster Hot Chocolate has become a tradition for the haunting night!

I choose Tru Moo chocolate milk. It’s amazingly smooth and creamy and what’s best, Tru Moo starts with fresh milk from trusted dairy farms, with no artificial growth hormones and add just the right amount of sugar.

Monster Hot Chocolate with Whip & Chocolate Stirrers

My oldest loves whip in his hot chocolate and my youngest loves a chocolate monster eye spoon to stir with! {grin}

How To Make Creature Candy Bark | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

Want to make my creature candy bark?

It’s so amazingly simple. You’ll need dark chocolate and lime green melting chocolates (in your baking isle at your local craft store) and candy eyes. Melt the chocolate in 10 second increments in a glass bowl in the microwave, stirring in between. Spread the chocolate out on wax paper and add candy eyes sporadically. Allow the chocolate to harden (usually about 10 minutes), break into bark and serve!

Monster Hot Chocolate | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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

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