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Valentine Box for School: Love Shack!

Valentine Box for School

Each year the kids in school are asked to decorate and bring a Valentine box for school Valentine swapping. I always dug out some old shoe box and covered it with construction paper hearts. ūüôā But this year as I was doing a little after Christmas shopping I got the idea to make a Valentine Box LOVE SHACK! Who says gingerbread houses are only for Christmas?!

Valentine Box for School

We picked up the Gingerbread House Kit for $3.00 on clearance, but you can still get them online. And we bought the bulk Valentine’s Day candy at our grocery store. Isn’t it pretty? I love candy. 

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My daughter and I had a great time decorating it. You can leave it as a fun holiday decoration (and treat) or you can leave the back half of the roof off so Valentines can be slipped right inside at school. I guarantee this will stand out among the sea of shoe boxes and your kids will have a GREAT time making (and eating) it!  

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(I see someone sneaking a piece!)

Valentine Box for School

 

Still looking for a Valentine idea? Check out my FREE PRINTABLE ARMY VALENTINE’S

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Free Valentine’s Day Printable: Army Valentine

I love the fun of Valentine’s Day for kids. Okay, I love it for me too, but do you remember how much fun it was to hand out Valentine’s in elementary school to your classmates?! In order to steer clear of handing out and getting even more candy, I went with a candy-free Valentine this year. And, guess what? I’m sharing with you these free Valentine’s Day Printable Army Valentines¬†you can use! You’re welcome. ūüôā¬†Free Valentine's Day Printable - ARMY - events to CELEBRATE!

FREE Printable Valentines: ARMY

I got a package of 48 Army men for $1.00 at my local Dollar Tree, but if you can’t find them, here are some Toy Soldiers¬†on Amazon.

Then I designed this tag to go with them. You can write the to/from information on the back. Just click on the PDF link to print them on your home printer or you can save the file and have it printed at a print shop (which I HIGHLY recommend).

CLICK HERE FOR PDF: Army Valentine Printable Рevents to CELEBRATE!

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Aren’t they cute? For about $.10 each you’ve got a unique, custom Army Valentine!

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Here are links to more FREE Printable Valentines.

Rules for use:
– My free printables are for personal use only.
– They may not be modified, sold or used for profit in any way.
– If you feature them or repost them, please give Events to Celebrate proper credit with a link back to this post.

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How to make a 3D Paper Snowflake

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With the popularity of the Disney movie Frozen, I think a 3D Paper Snowflake Tutorial is in order. They would make the perfect activity to do at a Frozen Themed Birthday party, or decoration to turn the party room into a frozen wonderland! I love spraying them with a little glitter spray paint after to give them some sparkle!

3D Paper Snowflake Tutorial

3D Paper Snowflake Supplies:
6 sheets of paper (normal copy paper will work fine), cut into identical size squares
Stapler
Clear Tape
Scissors/Paper Trimmer

STEP 1: CUT THE PAPER

You can make them in many sizes, you just have to start with a square piece of paper. For this tutorial I’ll be cutting 6 sheets of regular printer/copy paper into 8 1/2″ squares.

3D Paper Snowflake Tutorial

STEP 2: FOLD EACH PIECE

Fold each square diagonally from bottom right corner to top left corner to create a triangle. Fold corners again to make a smaller triangle. Repeat with each of the 5 remaining pieces.

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STEP 3: CUT EACH PIECE

Use scissors to cut from the side with the double folds toward the single fold of the triangle. Be sure to end your cut about 1/4″ from the edge. Repeat with each of the 5 remaining pieces.

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STEP 4: UNFOLD & TAPE ALTERNATING DIRECTIONS

Unfold the triangle and rotate so the uncut center line is vertical. Take the innermost cuts and bring them to the center – making a roll. Secure with a small piece of tape. Turn the paper over and roll the next paper cuts to the center in the opposite direction from the first ones and secure with a piece of tape. Last, turn the paper over again and take the remaining pieces and bring them to the center and secure with a small piece of tape. Repeat with each of the 5 remaining pieces.

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STEP 5: ARRANGE & STAPLE

Lay your six pieces out into a snowflake pattern. Pinch three of the centers together and secure with a staple. Pinch the remaining three centers together and secure with a staple. Then take the two halves and staple them together. Last, add a staple to the connection point in between each section.

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These make the perfect decoration at a FROZEN THEMED PARTY! Need LOTS of ideas? I’ve got them for you HERE & HERE.

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Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms – Holiday Appetizers

I love appetizer parties – especially around the holidays. There is so much decadent food and appetizers give you that perfect bite. I love just having a taste of lots of different foods food. These Sausauge Stuffed Mushrooms are the perfect bite in my world. They combine the deep earthiness of the mushroom with slightly spicy sausage and the richness of cream cheese. Delicious!

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They only take a few minutes to prepare and are baked and ready in 30 minutes! Enjoy!!

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:

16 oz. Button Mushrooms
8 oz. Spicy Italian Sausage (the cream cheese will tone down the heat a lot)
4 oz. Cream Cheese
1/3 c. Panko Bread Crumbs
*Optional: Cayenne Pepper
Directions:

Gently clean dirt from mushrooms with a damp cloth. Remove stems from mushrooms and set aside. Arrange mushrooms top side down in a 9 x 13 pan.

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Brown and crumble ground Italian Sausage in a pan over medium high heat until cooked through.

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In a food processor add 1 cup of the mushroom stems and pulse several times to chop. Don’t have one? I use the Cuisinart Food Processor¬†and love it. Christmas is coming – better add it to your list!

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Add the ground sausage, bread crumbs and cream cheese and process until combined. Taste the mixture and add cayenne pepper for more heat ¬Ĺ tsp at a time (this will depend on the type of sausage you purchase and your personal taste).

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Spoon mixture into mushrooms using a small spoon.

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Bake uncovered at 400 for 30 minutes.

Click here to print the recipe: Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

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Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Ideas

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Around the holidays there are SO many family gatherings and parties, sometimes they can seem to all run together. Make yours stand out by hosting an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party! I hosted one a couple of years ago with my best friend, and it was a blast! The creativity people had with their sweaters was incredible and we had such a great time! Adding the one little twist really made the entire party stand out!

How to plan an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party:

The Invitations:

They’ve got to let your guests know what type of party it is. For the party I hosted with my friend, we found a picture on the internet of a couple wearing some really ugly sweaters and cropped our heads over the top of the photo and put the wording on the back of the photo.

You can use PicMonkey – a free photo editing program, to create a cute invite. Snap a picture of a swatch of your sweater and use that photo as the background and add a text box over the top to add the party information. Then just save it to your computer and either print and mail them or email the photo to your friends. Ta-da, you’re on your way!

If you’re tight on time, you can order these Ugly Sweater Party Invitations.

The Sweaters!

You’ve got to head to the thrift store STAT! In my area, this type of party is popular so they get picked over fast. Get there and find the tackiest sweater you can for cheap! Can’t find the perfect one? Don’t fret, Amazon sells some pretty awesome Ugly Christmas Sweaters. PS- Sweater vests are totally a go for this event!

The Decorations: 

– While you’re at the thrift store, pick up a few extra sweaters and get crafty by turning them into drink coasters, hot pads, couch/armchair arm covers, a pennant banner to hang and placemats.

– Then head to your local Dollar Store (every store sells them, but you want to stay on budget!) and gather as many tacky, over done and gaudy decorations you can find – channel your inner Clark Griswold.

– If you don’t have a real fireplace, cozy up the place with a nice Faux Brick Fireplace¬†(remember how we’re going for tacky?)

Aunt Bethany: “Clark, is your house on fire?”
Clark: “No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights” – Christmas Vacation

The Food:

I suggest hosting it as an appetizer party. Make sure you provide at 2 sweet and 2 savory and then invite your guests to bring their favorite holiday appetizer or bite size dessert.

A Hot Cocoa Bar seems to be a holiday party MUST! You can provide tea kettles of hot water and a variety of Hot Cocoa packets (I like the Land O’Lakes Cocoa Classics¬†because it comes with 42 packets in 7 different flavors)¬†or offer just Milk Chocolate and have flavored coffee creamers to mix up things up (like these International Delight Variety 4 Pack Coffee Creamer). A cute bar of fun mix ins will give the perfect finishing touches. Include whipped cream, sprinkles, toffee chips, chocolate chips or chocolate shavings, caramel topping and marshmallows (Feeling domestic? Make my homemade marshmallows – they’re heavenly!)

The Activities:

Sweater Decoration Station: You know you’ll have a guest or two that “can’t find an ugly sweater”, so be prepared. Stock up on Christmas Pom Poms,¬†Tinsel ,¬†Battery Operated Christmas Lights,Christmas Felt Shapes¬†and¬†Puff Paint¬†to¬†set up a decorating station. Have your hot glue gun at the ready and let your guests spruce up their sweaters.

Photo Station: Set up some retro props and let guests relive the glory days of getting a picture taken at a high school dance. Wrap large boxes in shiny foil wrapping paper and top with giant bows, string lights and if you’ve got the space an inflatable Santa should round it out really well. Add in some props like reindeer ears, a red clown nose and a few Santa hats and you’ll be all set. This set of Christmas Photo Props¬†are super cute!

Voting Station: While you’re at the thrift store pick up a few of the random trophy’s they always seem to have and hand them out to those voted ugliest sweater!

Play Christmas Music: Find the upbeat tunes and plug them in. I love the Glee Christmas Album because it has a great mix of songs!

Name That Christmas Movie: Play video clips or quote famous lines from your favorite Christmas classics. Have guests write down their guesses and the one who gets the most correct WINS!

Here are some of my favorite lines from my favorite Christmas time movies:

Christmas Vacation: “Hey, Griswold, where are you going to put a tree that size?” “Why don’t you bend over and I’ll show you!”

Christmas Story: “Fuuuuuuudddddgggee” or “You’ll shoot your eye out” or “Aunt Clara had, for years, labored under the delusion that I was not only perpetually 4 years old, but that I was a girl.” or “I want a Red Ryder carbine action two-hundred shot range model air rifle.”

Elf: “The best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear.” or “Christmas-gram, what’s a Christmas-gram?! I want one!” or “First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating, then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie-dough as fast as we can, and then we’ll snuggle.”

It’s A Wonderful Life: “What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word an I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down!”

Home Alone: “Fuller, go easy on the Pepsi!” or “I’m going to give you to the count of ten to get your¬†ugly, yella, no-good keister off my property, before I pump your guts full of lead!” or “Bless this highly nutritious microwavable macaroni and cheese dinner and the people who sold it on sale. Amen.”

I’m so happy to be participating in the 30 Days of Christmas Series hosted by Crafty Night Owls. Check back each day as new projects are added below!

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21 Christmas Advent Calendars

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Since I have a love for any type of Christmas Advent Calendar or countdown calendar, I asked a bunch of my blogging friends to send me those they have done in the past so I could share them with you. There are some really incredible and fun ideas! I originally thought I may stick with one and use it over and over, but there are so many great ideas that I may make my tradition to do a different Christmas advent calendar each year!

If you’re looking for one that has a focus on service and Jesus Christ, be sure to check out the 24 days of service I created for my own family. As you complete an act of service, you’ll flip the card over to reveal a part of the nativity image. When you’re all done you’ll see the full nativity picture and hopefully along the way you felt the true spirit of Christmas!

Christmas Service Advent Calendar

These Christmas Advent Calendars are all DIY in some way. Some are super simple and others allow you to get a little crafty, but I’d say within this collection, you’re sure to find something that will fit perfectly for your style and family needs! Just click on a photo below to be taken to the blog where you’ll learn more about any particular calendar or countdown.

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Thanks to the great blogs who contributed: The Real Housewives of Riverton, Housewife Eclectic, Over The Big Moon, Utah Coupon Deals, Artsy Fartsy Mama, The Happy Scraps, What’s Up Fagans, Sweet Bellaroos, Mommy is Coocoo, Just Us Four, Happiness Is Homemade, Pretty Providence, Chipping With Charm, Designers Sweet Spot, Dukes and Duchesses, Sunlit Pages, If Only They Would Nap, Spell Out Loud, Snap Creativity¬†

 

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids: Round-up

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Every bit of me LOVES Thanksgiving! There is an abundance of really delicious food, a great heritage to the holiday, time with family and friends and the opportunity to reflect on your blessings. These Thanksgiving crafts for kids will be perfect in helping you teach your little ones about the season, or just have some themed holiday crafting fun! I’ve rounded up a few ideas and want to share them with you.

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Gumdrop Turkeys:

Like I mentioned in my earlier post, these are great for preschool kids, an elementary school class, or just a fun activity for the kids on Thanksgiving while dinner is cooking. For the full post, go here.

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A Thankful Tree:

Make a tree and let all of your guests write things they are thankful for just before dinner. Fill the branches with the bounty of blessings you have in your life! For details on how I made this one, go here.

Thanksgiving Craft - DIY Thankful Tree

 

DIY Placemats:

Keep those little ones busy with this fun craft! They can make one just for themselves or for everyone at the dinner table! For the supplies and more details, go here.

If you aren’t up for making them from scratch, there are a lot of really cute Thanksgiving coloring placemats you can purchase.

DIY Thanksgiving Placemats

Fall Leaf Wreaths:

My friend Heather did these with her preschool. After a nature walk, they each glued their found leaves to a simple paper plate. I want to make one with my daughter so bad so we can hang in in our home!

Leaf Wreaths

Paper Bag Turkeys:

Using a paper bag and some construction paper, kids can write or draw what they are thankful for on each feather. Simple and super cute! Click here for more details on a full Thanksgiving party for kids. 

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All Things Heart & Home: Pinecone Owls

Pinecone Owl - All things heart and home

Need supplies?

Assorted Dyed Feathers for Crafts

Natural Red Pine Cones

10 – 3.25″ x 2.75 Clay Pots

Little Red Window: Apple Felt Board

Apple Felt Board - Little Red Window

Need some felt? ASSORTED ACRYLIC CRAFT FELT

All Things Heart & Home: Pinecone Owls

Pinecone Turkeys

Need some craft foam sheets? Assorted Foam Sheets 12-Inch by 18-Inch

2littlesuperheros:Turkey Hunt

Brown Bag Turkey Hunt - Two Little Super Heros

Lovebugs & Postcards: Leaf Candle Jars

Fall Leaf Votive Holders - Lovebugs & Postcards

These Thanksgiving crafts for kids are simple, inexpensive and will provide an afternoon of fun crafting! Happy Thanksgiving!

 

For even MORE Thanksgiving crafts and games for kids – check out this post!

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids – Placemats

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids - DIY Placemats

This year I’ve been doing some fun Thanksgiving crafts for kids with my nieces and nephews. These placemats would also be perfect for a preschool or elementary school classroom project. As I mentioned in my Gumdrop Turkeys post a few days ago, we put one of them at each place setting on Thanksgiving. I thought it would be a lot of fun for the kids to also make a placemat for each person as well. This will give them something helpful and fun to do on Thanksgiving while dinner is being prepared!

Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids – Placemats:

Supplies needed:
– Kraft Paper (Buy¬†Natural Kraft Roll; 36″ x 100 Ft¬†here)
– Glue Sticks (Buy¬†Elmer’s Glue Sticks¬†here)
– Paper Leaves (You could use this EK Tools Large Maple Leaf Paper Punch to punch out your own if you don’t own a Silhouette or Cricut cutting system)
– Markers and/or Crayons (Crayola Washable Markers or Crayola 64 Ct Crayons)

Thanksgiving Placemats Craft

I cut the roll of Kraft paper into placemat size rectangles (about 12″ x 18″) and set out an assortment of cut out leaves (I used my Silhouette Cameo cutter¬†to make mine – if you don’t have one and you love to craft – be sure to add it to your Christmas list!). Then the kids wrote their names in the center, glued the leaves around the border and drew anything else they wanted with the crayons!¬†Thanksgiving Leaf Placemat Craft ¬†¬†DIY Thanksgiving Placemat Craft

They loved doing it and were so excited, they wanted to use them for dinner that night! So they did. We can make more, luckily Thanksgiving is still a few days away. ūüôāDIY Thanksgiving Placemats

 

For more fun ideas – check out the round up of Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids.

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