12/30/13

How To Celebrate New Years at Home with Kids

Are you staying home for New Years Eve? Me too! We will be ringing in the New Year at home with our girls :) If you are in the same boat, then check out my simple ideas for a kid-friendly New Year celebration at home.
* Plus I have been pinning New Years ideas like a mad woman- 
or check out my New Years Eve board HERE

1. Decorations- Whether you are hosting a 'party of four' or a 'party of twenty-four', a little festive decor helps set the mood. Print this garland from "Living Locurto" and hang it from your mantle with twine and clips. You can even add glitter and to the clothespins to dress it up. This printable 2014 banner is free, just click HERE to download!

Got Christmas ornaments still lying around? Throw them in a glass bowl  or on a silver platter. Then cut out some glitter numbers from sparkle scrapbook paper in the shape of 2014. Attach them to sticks with a piece of tape. Put it together with a little floral foam and you have a pretty little New Years Eve Centerpiece! See Lil' Luna for more details on this project. 

2. What to Wear- Even if you are not going out, it's fun to dress up! A sparkly shirt with jeans or a pair of heels can make you feel more festive. But no "New Years Eve Outfit" is complete without a headband.  Take a simple store-bought party had and cut about 1.5 inches off the bottom, leave a flap on either side to attach to a headband with hot glue. Wrap with tinsel and you have fun New Year Eve Hat! See more ideas for making a Mini Party Hat here

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3. Make A Little Noise- If you have tiny kids, you might be celebrating the New Year at 7pm. But that's okay! Whether you blow the horn at midnight or before, noise makers are fun way to say 'woohoo' its 2014! You can pick some up at the store or make your own. Use paper plates, beans and a craft stick to make this New Years Shaker. See 'The Centsible Life' for more details.

4. It's All About the Food- New Year's is the last chance to indulge before the holidays are over. But you won't feel too guilty enjoying these appetizers from Skinny Taste. I think finger foods are perfect- that way you can try a little bit of everything. 

Turkey Santa Fe Baked Potato Skins
Taco Dip
Baked Jalapano Poppers
Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip
And don't forget about the dessert! Try a pretty white cake topped with something sparkly. Or go with the 'clock theme' by adding numbers to store-bought or homemade cupcakes. My family would love either one of these sweet treats.
Get the recipe HERE
See more details for the clock cupcakes HERE
5. NYE Party Favors- Even if you are only entertaining your husband and kiddos, party favors are a fun way to make your 'night in' feel more special. Use mints or hershey kisses to make that midnight smooch even sweeter. Both of these ideas have free printables to complete the look, click the link below each picture to download yours for free.
Print this label HERE
Download and Print HERE
6. Play a Game- Get excited about the possibilities of the new year. Print and fill this out with your family. It's from Thirty Handmade Days, click HERE to download it for free. 



7. And don't forget to have fun! Play a board game, enjoy a movie, and watch the ball drop. 2014 is going to be a great year! 
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 I have a little New Years gift for you! 

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12/27/13

Tacky Sweater Party and DIY Photo Booth

On Christmas Eve we had our family over for a Tacky Sweater Party {see more here}. Everyone showed up in their 'tackiest' Christmas gear. It was so much fun!


I used Evite for simple invitations. They had lots of tacky/ugly sweater invitations to choose from. The party was 'pot-luck', everyone brought something yummy- meatballs, chicken nuggets, a jello mold, puppy chow, cookies and fudge. The 'tacky' theme kept everything light and simple.



 We found our 'tacky outfits' at a thrift store. I made Jeff's 'Naughty' vest by cutting up a woman's sweater and hot gluing it to a thrifted leather vest. I hand-cut the lettering on the back of the vest from the sleeves of the sweater. The Santa is made from white felt, yellow ric-rac and googly eyes.


I made these headbands for myself and my girls to wear. 'Tacky Headbands' are a must for a 'Tacky Sweater Party'!


Other guests had great luck finding 'ugly sweaters' at Walmart, Target, or even Etsy. 



Santa even stopped by our party. Most of the kiddos were excited about our guest.... a few were not :) 





Then it was time for the awards! My daughter Afton was the 'Head Judge" We handed out 8 'tacky' awards. These were handmade by hot-gluing a ribbon to a self-adhesive bow. I wrote 'tacky' on the ribbon with puff paint. (Afton wanted us to give out lots of awards so no one would get their feelings hurt!)



Photo courtesy of The Sassy Writer
And the 'big awards' were these cute buttons from Target.



My favorite part of the night was the DIY Photo Booth. I hung a tablecloth on a wall in the kitchen using thumb tacks. Then I decorated it with a wreath and some wrapped packages (cereal boxes) that were also tacked to the wall. I moved my nailhead coffee bag bench {see how I made it here} under the tablecloth for seating. I found these cute Photo Booth Props at Target right before Christmas. They were only $5 and were super simple to assemble.



Everyone seemed to enjoy the DIY Photo Booth!












All in all, the party was a success. I think the theme was a hit and everyone had a lot of fun. I hope you and yours had a Merry Christmas too!

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12/25/13

Crafty Christmas

Merry Christmas from my family to yours! Thank you for crafting with me and joining me on my creative journey. I am humbled by your support, kindness and friendship. I hope you have a day full of joy and maybe a few crafts :)



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