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Easy Neighbor Christmas Gift Idea

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Some years I feel like spending hours making divinity and homemade fudge for my neighbors. Other years I want an easy neighbor Christmas gift that I can purchase from the store. This happens to be one of those years. I feel like our December calendar filled up SO fast and I am trying to simplify this Christmas. My neighbor Christmas gift idea for this year came to me while I was at the dollar store. I was going to do something with the song lyrics “Deck the Halls”, but went another route. 

Easy Neighbor Christmas Gift Idea

Easy Neighbor Christmas Gift Idea - free gift tag

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My hope is that because so many treats are distributed during this time of year, my neighbors will love the idea of getting something they can use all year long! And, I really do hope they sit down and have a family game night! I play UNO with my daughter each night before bed and it is the best 15 minutes of time with her all day!

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Here are the free printable gift tags: Game Christmas Gift Tags

*I even left the bottom blank so you can write your own sentiment at the bottom. I hope you LOVE them!

Rules for use:

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  • They may not be modified, sold or used for profit in any way
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MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

Christmas Crafts For Kids

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When planning a Christmas party for kids, I always come up with a plan that has them alternating between activities that are sitting vs activities that have them up and moving. The Christmas crafts for kids I’m sharing today are perfect for a school Christmas party! My kids (ages 3 and 6) loved making them. Last week I shared my Christmas party games for kids and they will make up a good portion of the party. Today want to show you the cute Christmas crafts (one even doubles as the treat!). 

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Foam Gingerbread House Kit

Christmas Crafts for kids - great for a class party, church party or family party!

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Spy Party Ideas

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If you’re planning a Spy party, I know you’ll love these spy party ideas! The party will take ordinary guests and send them through the rigors of Secret Agent Training. By the end of it you’ll be sending them home as official spies! Let’s dive right into these fun and super easy ideas for your spy party!

Spy Party Ideas

As guests arrived they were given a secret identity name badge and identity concealing sunglasses.

Spy Party Ideas: Activities, Favors and Secret Identity fun!

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Christmas Party Games for Kids

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Get ready for my very favorite Christmas party games for kids! Our calendar for December is filling up quickly! We have a Christmas party each weekend and some during the weeks leading up to Christmas! I’m helping with the Christmas party games for kids at a couple of parties this year and wanted to share with you a few of my favorites. Whether your group is small or large, these will get the kids involved and having fun! All of them can be prepped in just a few minutes and don’t take a lot of effort to do!

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Circus Baby Shower Ideas

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We had a lot of fun planning this Circus baby shower for my niece! I’m going to share all of our Circus baby shower ideas so you can put together your own in no time! I have to give my sister and niece all of the credit, they pulled this off, I only helped a little with the decorations and games. The circus baby shower invitations and prints were done by my talented niece and my sister did all of the circus baby shower food (which was delicious!) and put up the decorations because I was out of town until just before the shower. But it all came together so perfectly and we had such a great time celebrating with family and friends!

Circus Baby Shower Ideas

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Using the 100′ roll of red and white stripe table cover from Oriental Trading was our best party trick. It went really far and did A LOT to decorate and theme the space. Without it, the design just wouldn’t have been the same! We turned it into Circus tent curtains and a swag on the food table. It was accented it with teal and red tissue fans and teal tissue garland.  The 36″ balloons were purchased at a party store and a tassel was added to each one. 

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The same look was repeated on the drinks table. 

Circus Baby Shower Ideas - eventstocelebrate.net

My talented graphic designer niece created these cute prints that were used throughout the party. They were a very significant touch and added SO much to the theme of the party! Are you loving all of these baby shower ideas?! So cute, right?! If you want to contact her about these prints or any other design work (you should see the cute invitations!) just email her at alixkersavage@gmail.com.

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In one part of her kitchen my sister served pulled pork sliders, salad and chips. It was delicious! Then there were the treats! Oh, the treats! My darling 10 year old niece made lemonade cupcakes that were divine! They looked so adorable in the red stripe baking cups! She needs to be on the next Food Network Kids Baking Championship! In addition to the cupcakes we served churros (from Costco), honey roasted peanuts, popcorn and cotton candy (of course!). The food display stands came from Oriental Trading as well and were easy to assemble. They were meant for other food items but it was really easy to adapt them to what we were serving. 

Circus Baby Shower Games

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Every baby shower needs some way for guests to interact. Baby Shower Bingo is my all time favorite baby shower game. Watching the guest of honor open gift after gift can eat a large portion of your time together and frankly, it gets pretty boring. So, this is a fun way to get guests involved and having fun during it! My niece made bingo cards but you can also use my free printable baby shower bingo cards

We also played the Poopy Diaper baby shower game. I detail it all here and even have FREE PRINTABLES for you to use! Hooray for free printables! 

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Well, it was pretty obvious that these Circus animal cookies should be the favor. The were perfect! 

Now you are armed with the cutest and easiest Circus baby shower ideas and your friends and family will be WOWED! Go ahead, you can thank me later. 🙂 

Baby Shower Game: Poopy Diaper Game

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Looking for a fun baby shower game? Baby shower games don’t have to be super lame. In fact, they can be a fun element of the baby shower that gets guests interacting and amp up the party atmosphere. Even if you are in the camp of hating all shower games, you have to understand that some type of activity is necessary especially if you are bringing guests together from different groups of your life (work, friends, family, neighborhood, etc.). If all you plan is eating (and don’t get me wrong, the food is VERY important!), there will be more than a few guests that suddenly have an excuse to leave because they are bored.

I have over 50 nieces and nephews and almost a dozen great nieces and nephews so I’ve attended and hosted my share of showers. There have been lots of lame games. I don’t think this poopy diaper baby shower game is one of them. We did it last weekend at my nieces shower and everyone had a great time! 

Poopy Diaper Baby Shower Game

Poopy Diaper Baby Shower

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How to Make Cotton Candy

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It’s no secret that I am 100% in love with my cotton candy machine! I was completely surprised when my siblings gave it to me for my birthday 3 years ago! Before that I wanted to use it in parties but it is hard to know where to buy cotton candy! Lucky for me, the cotton candy maker they bought me is the real deal and I have used it A LOT! We pull it out for birthday parties, field day at school, baby and bridal showers, holidays (remember my cotton candy neighbor Christmas gifts?) and even let my daughter and her cousins sell it in our front yard along with some lemonade.

How to make Cotton Candy - Events To CelebrateI’m going to walk you through how to use a cotton candy machine just in case you are like I was and have it on your secret wish list to take your parties to the next level!

If you read cotton candy machine reviews you’ll see quickly that those small ones sold at department stores aren’t awesome. They make a pouf that is about the size of an ice cream cone and just don’t get the job done. Mine is the Great Northern Vortex cotton candy machine and it has been amazing! I also have the hood that goes over it to contain the fluffy fly-aways. 

Cotton Candy Equipment:
Cotton Candy Machine
Cotton Candy Machine Bubble Hood
Floss Sugar – I have only ever used the Gold Medal brand
Cotton Candy Floss Cones
Twist Tie Food Storage Bags – Gallon size
Bowl

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(This is the kind of bag I use. The cotton candy bags are much too large!)

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Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

I have had so much fun finding Thanksgiving activities for kids that will be perfect for my daughters first grade class! They watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving in school each year. Her teacher wanted some Charlie Brown Thanksgiving activities to go along with that. Oriental Trading to the rescue! They sent me these darling supplies for our Thanksgiving kids table as well as Thanksgiving coloring placemats and Thanksgiving thankful wheels! 

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There are a few essentials for Thanksgiving with kids. A plastic table cover for the kids table and paper goods that make clean up a snap! You know the toddler feeding rule – DON’T GIVE THEM MORE THAN YOU WANT TO CLEAN UP! 🙂 I think of that each time I pour my 3 year old a drink. 

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