Fun Christmas Activity for Kids

Good morning!  How has everyone’s week been?  I am so happy that today is Friday.  Not because it’s been a really long week, but it’s the weekend and I have a lot of fun stuff planned.  So I cannot wait for Friday to be over!

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We are continuing on the 12 days of Christmas with a fun Kids Activity!  Or, a fun day for kids, whichever you prefer.  We decided to go with an afternoon of fun for the kids and Oriental Trading Company has helped us tremendously with this!  They were gracious enough to give us some of the supplies needed to complete our fun afternoon!

Christmas Centerpiece

My inspiration was a fun little girl Paris party.  We wanted to have some Eiffel Towers and lots of pink!  Of course this is my kind of party!  We wanted white, Eiffel Towers, pink, silver, gold, snacks, and a fun activity.  Thankfully, Oriental Trading was able to help us out with some of these things.

Paris Kids Table

So we started our afternoon by setting the table.  We had a beautiful faux fur table runner (I’ll just say that mom and I have really enjoyed petting it, it’s SOOO SOFT) and we used it as a faux snow for our centerpiece.  We had some white houses that we used to decorate last year and some Eiffel Towers that I have as decoration around my apartment.  And of course to make it Christmassy we added some cute sisal trees.  Honestly, how cute is it?

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Since this is a kids party, we knew we had to have some fun activities.  We found these coloring page placemats on Oriental’s website and knew that these would be perfect for our party.  Unfortunately, we didn’t have any kids who were there while setting up for our party, so mom and I got to color the placemats.  And Munchy helped!

 

Since every good party needs some snacks, we thought the coolest thing would to have a cupcake decorating station.  So we have some cupcakes that we decorated with pink and green sprinkles from Oriental Trading.  Who knew you could buy a whole pound of sprinkles from Oriental Trading?  We also got these cute cupcake carriers from Oriental Trading.  There are so many different designs of cupcake carriers so you can pick your favorites.  Of course, I picked the pink chevron design!  The carriers fit two cupcakes or a lot of cookies if you wanted.

 

The other fun activity we picked out for kids was making an ornament.  We found all of the items needed on Oriental Trading’s website.  We found these cute open face clear ornaments and I knew what I wanted.  I found fake snow, cute deer ornaments, and some tiny sisal trees.  Now, some of the deer were too big for the ornaments but the little fawns were perfect size.  So with a little hot glue, we were able to glue the deer and the trees into the ornaments before pouring the fake snow in the bottom.  How cute are they!  And even though the ornaments may require a little adult supervision but they would be cute gifts to take home.

Deer Ornament

And that’s it!  This is totally my kind of party.  How fun would this be for kids, or adults?  We had so much fun making everything for this party and we can’t wait to actually have a party with our nieces!  So thank you to Oriental Trading for helping us set up our Kid’s Activity Party.  And thank you for stopping by!  See you on Monday!

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Fall Tablescapes

Hello!  How did everyone’s week go?  I am glad that it is finally time for the weekend and I am ready for a day to relax.  Does anyone have any awesome plans for the weekend?

This week I am feature 10 fall tablescapes that I am FALLING in love with.  Get it?  Falling in love?  Okay…anyway.  These are not all the traditional fall colors but they are all super cute!  Enjoy!

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Pumpkin and Gingham Tablescape from Frazzled Joy

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Pink Pumpkin Tablescape from Randi Garrett Design

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Farmgirl Flower Fall Tablescape from The Turquoise Home

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Fresh Lavender Tablescape from Taryn Whiteaker

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Black and Brass Tablescape from My Creative Happy

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Orange and Navy Fall Tablescape from Noting Grace

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Purple and Orange Fall Tablescape from With Love From Kat

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Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape from Maison de Pax

Green and Brown Tablescape Home with Holliday

Brown and Green Tablescape from Home with Holliday

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Pink Blush Fall Tablescape from Kara’s Party Ideas

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Valentine’s Day Tablescape

Hello!  I hope you have all had a wonderful start to 2019.  But as you know the year is flying by already and it’s almost Valentine’s Day!  I am reposting my tablescape from last year which was an awesome post thanks to Oriental Trading Company.  Now, everything is still available except for the candy jar.  But there are plenty of other options of candy jars to pick from.  So let your heart and dreams go wild!

*This blog post contains sponsored content from Oriental Trading Company*

So it’s becoming that time again for all of the love.  You know what I’m talking about.  Hearts in red and pink all over the stores shelves.  And not only in the stores, but also online as well.  And Oriental Trading is all about the holidays.

And after much deliberation on what to pick from their website, I finally decided on doing a tablescape.  So after doing a lot of shopping around and putting things in my cart and taking them out, I finally ordered my things and started my tablescape.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Full

And here it is!  I love how it turned out and love each piece that I picked out.  So lets see what I picked.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Center

The first thing is this cute candy jar.  It has a small chalkboard on the front so you can write what kind of candy is in it.  Or, you can draw a heart on it like I did.  But it fits quite a bit of candy in it, so go bananas!

Valentine's Day Tablescape Across

The next thing is the heart tree, if that’s what you want to call it.  It’s a tree in a small pot that you can bend and shape however you want to.  It’s only about 18 inches tall, so it won’t block your view of your loved one.

There’s also the rose garland in the middle of the table.  I added the pink puffball garland and the white puffball garland as well, just to add some stuff to the middle.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Diamonds

And these jewels?  Yep, bought them from Oriental.  I bought a pink, black, and clear pack so I had a variety to spread around the table.  Each color came in a pack of 25 diamonds, so you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Plates

The plates were also purchased from Oriental.  And the silver place mats!  Okay, the place mats were from mom from the last time we worked with Oriental, but they looked great with the rest of the tablescape.  I bought the small candy baking cups from the 99 Cent Store, but they looked so good with the plates.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Overtop

So this is what the table looks like from above!  It’s so cute!

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The last thing I got from Oriental was this pretty gold LOVE sign.  It sat so nicely on the cake plate in the background of the photos.  And I must say that I am very excited to put this on my gallery wall in my apartment.

Side note: out cat Kiara is extremely nosy and wants to be in the middle of EVERYTHING.

Valentine's Day Tablescape Kiara

And finally, we found some cute pet clothes for Valentine’s Day at the 99 Cent Store which we had to buy.  Repeat HAD TO.  So we had a little doggy (and kitty) photoshoot for the holiday!

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Obviously, Kiara looks annoyed that I took her photo, but I love her all the better!  And Ezzy is on a different couch because she is our senior citizen and I didn’t want to move her.

So that was my fun with Oriental.  I love how the table turned out, but I love the animals as well.  Have a good Wednesday!

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Paint Plus Decoupage Equals Awesome

Do you ever have something that has been sitting on your porch or in your garage for a while?  Like, you bought it knowing full well that you were going to do something with it, but it’s been a while and you still haven’t done anything with it?

Yep…me too.

Table Before

So I’ve had this table sitting in the backyard since the blog has started (so a year and a half now).  Mom originally had the idea that she was going to use the table.  She painted it white and she was going to use the rope that I used on the nautical board (see it here) to cover the top.

Table During

But then it didn’t work out.  So I took it over and started by painting it with Rustoleum black spray paint.  It covered really nicely, so I am extremely happy.

There are a few crack in the top so I knew that it had be covered.  I bought some really pretty paper from Michaels that I wanted to use to decoupage.  I used modge podge to apply the paper to the table.

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I then used an exacto knife to cut the edges of the paper to make the edges clean.  I had to modge podge the edges again to keep them stuck to the edge.

And here is how it turned out!

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I love how it turned out. The modge podge worked well and I like how the black accents the black writing on the paper.  I can’t wait to add this in my house when I move out of my apartment!

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