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Homemade Christmas Potpourri Recipe & Free Printable Gift Tag

Homemade Christmas Potpourri Recipe and Free Printable Gift Tag - events to CELEBRATE!

There is nothing like the scent of Christmas. It can be September, but if you smell “Christmas” you are transported right to it. I love the yummy candles at the store, but nothing tops the real scent of a fresh Christmas tree, cinnamon, cloves, oranges, apples and cranberries. I created this Homemade Christmas Potpourri recipe a couple of years ago for my family and friends and loved it so much that I made about 10 packets of it for myself as well. I decided to do it again this year, and may make it my traditional gift for neighbors each year because I love it so much.

It’s simple to put together, has a long shelf life and is inexpensive! Win, win, win!

This is the Food Dehydrator I use. It’s inexpensive, holds a large quantity of food and works like a champ! It takes about 12 – 16 hours to dry each type of fruit when each tray is fully loaded, so plan ahead to give yourself enough time for the number of gifts you’ll be making.

Homemade Christmas Potpourri Recipe and Free Printable Gift Tag - events to CELEBRATE!

Homemade Christmas Potpourri Recipe:

3 slices of dried Orange
3 slices of dried Apple
1 slice of dried lemon
1 Cinnamon stick
5-10 whole Cloves (or 1/2 tsp of ground Clove)
1/4 c. Dried Cranberries (or Craisins)

– Buy your Cinnamon sticks in bulk – like these Cinnamon Sticks from Amazon. They are MUCH cheaper than purchasing them at your local grocery store in a small jar.

– Look for whole or ground cloves in the Mexican food aisle at your grocery store – mine were about 1/2 the price of those in the spice aisle.

– Print out my FREE GIFT TAGS to attach to your gifts. I package mine in small cellophane bags and tie with ribbon. 

Homemade Christmas Potpourri Recipe and Free Printable Gift Tag - events to CELEBRATE!


Christmas Potpourri Gift Tag

Homemade Christmas Potpourri Recipe and Free Printable Gift Tag - events to CELEBRATE!

I’m participating in A Crafty Christmas hosted by Emily at Nap-Time Creations. For loads of fun and crafty ideas for gifts, decor, recipes and more – go here! 

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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Letter To Santa – Free Printable

Letter to Santa FREE printable by Events To Celebrate!

Letter To Santa Free Printable!

I remember getting so excited when the toy catalogs would start coming in the mail so I could pour over them and circle the things I wanted. As a child, writing a letter to Santa was one of my favorite holiday traditions. When I was little, we would usually have a family night dedicated to it and we would all scribble our wishes on a piece of notebook paper.

In honor of that fun tradition, I created a letter to Santa free printable that you can use for your family! If you want a more complete Letter to Santa Kit – you can get these that have envelopes, letterhead and stickers!

To have your child receive a letter back from Santa from the real North Pole – follow these directions for mailing the letter and let USPS take care of it!

Here is the pdf – just open it and print it on your home computer or have them printed at a local print shop.

Letter to Santa:  Letter to Santa – Free Printable – Events To Celebrate

Merry Christmas!

Doc McStuffins Birthday Party

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Come, on! Let the party begin, the Doc is in! From start to finish, this Doc McStuffins birthday party is totally adorable! Follow these cute ideas to plan your own Doc McStuffins party and your little guests will have as much fun as Hallie the Hippo at the prom! There are SO many CUUUTE Doc McStuffins party supplies to incorporate – have fun!
Doc McStuffins Birthday Party

Doc McStuffins Birthday Party

Doc McStuffins Invitations:

A handmade Doc McStuffins headband accompanied the invitations to the party. I love that from the invitation you know right away what type of party it is going to be! 


Doc McStuffins Party Crafts:

Doc McStuffins Necklaces: As guests arrived they were invited to the table to make heart bead necklaces while they waited for others to arrive.


Check-up Time: Toys were brought out that all needed some special attention and care. Each guest was given a handmade stethascope to use while helping to diagnose the toys ailments. They sang the Doc McStuffins check-up song. They found that one bear had torn-tummy-itis and they helped stitch him back together. Another set of toys had mixed-up-parts-iosis and each girl helped figure out the correct parts to go together. A third toy had a door that kept coming off and was diagnosed with broke-door-efitis and was promptly taken care of by the doctors. I love these stuff-your-own animals and think they would be so perfect for this party!

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Aren’t they all so adorable – especially with their headbands and stethascopes?!!


Doc McStuffins Cake:

Rochelle has mad skills in the cake department. She topped this #4 cake with Doc McStuffins figurines, fondant bandaids and candles. So cute!

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Doc McStuffins Party Favors:

Each guest got to take home their own Doctors bag filled with:

Lambie Tails, doctor is in/out door sign and a book of boo boos to fill in each time they diagnose a toy at home.



I love every single detail she included! She planned and hosted this party before Doc McStuffins had gained the popularity is has now and there are a lot of fun FREE PRINTABLES that you can include if you are also planning a party for your little Doc.

For some really cute Doc McStuffins party favor ideas that use FREE PRINTABLES – check out this post! 

Free Printables:


Thank You Cards

Doctor Kit

Coloring Page

Cupcake Toppers

Free Printable Invitations: Army, Car Racing & Swim Party

Throwing themed party starts with the invitation. Today I’m sharing three fun and easy ideas for getting your party started right. Plus, I’m offering all of them as FREE printable invitations!! Don’t you love free printables?


This RACE CAR party theme would be so fun. One great thing about it is that it can be done any time of the year and can be customized to your child’s favorite racing team or colors. It would be so fun to have them decorate a race car out of apple boxes or paint pinewood derby cars and have a race!

I purchased a set of three race cars at Dollar Tree and attached one to the “road” on the 4 x 6 invitation. Here is a  Race Car Set of 50 that is inexpensive on Amazon. And, there are so many really fun race car party supplies that will have your party done in no time!

Car Racing Invitation Free Printable - eventstocelebrate.net

Car Racing Invite Free Printable - Eventstocelebrate.net

Save this race car invitation printable by right clicking on the jpeg file shown below and save it to your computer or click on the PDF file below and save that to your computer.

Race Car Birthday Party Invitation Free Printable

Race Car Birthday Party Invitation Free Printable


This Army party invitation printable can be used for an Army bootcamp party. I think this would be perfect for kids ages 7-12. They are super active and tend to get a little crazy, so why not set up a few training excercises and obstacles to run them through to help get their wiggles out? Add a little camouflage face paint and a few army party supplies and you’re all set!

The plastic army men that I added to the photo came in a bag of 48 from the Dollar Tree – that is pennies per invitation! Here are some Green Toy Soldiers on Amazon for about $2.00 per 50.

Army Invitation Free Printable - eventstocelebrate.net

Army Invite Free Printable - Eventstocelebrate.net

To save this free printable army invitation just right click on the jpeg image below and save it to your computer or click on the PDF file below and save that to your computer.

Army Birthday Party Invitation Free Printable

Army Birthday Party Invitation Free Printable


Last, who doesn’t love a splash or swim party?! I have a birthday in December and I longed for a swim party! So, remember, they aren’t just for summer – most cities have an indoor pool! I actually tried writing the invite details directly on the flip flop with a sharpie, but that didn’t work, so I just printed it out using a cute font and taped it to the back and added a cute ribbon to the front. I bought the flip flops at the Dollar Tree and you could give one out with each invite or try to match sizes with each child invited!

Swim Pool Party Invitation Idea - evenstocelebrate.net

Splash Party Invitation

Now check out the awesome ideas from the other bloggers participating in the giveaway! Each has posted about an aspect of party planning and their ideas are seriously, so great!

Create & Babble: Party Decorations Round-up
Simplistically Sassy: Party Favor Ideas
Party Pixie: Party Planning Timeline and Stress Free Tips
Painless Meals: Party Planning on a Budget
Cupcake Diaries: Cupcake Shake Shooters
Lady Makes It: Allergy Friendly Party Ideas
Solace Amid the Chaos: Puppy Themed Birthday Party
You’ve Got Your Hands Full: 5 Party Themes for Twins

And, don’t forget that Party Pixie is offering a 15% discount code for all of our incredible readers. Just enter iheartpixie15 (good until Oct. 31st) when you place an order from her shop!

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– 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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Patriotic Party Decor

For Memorial Day we hosted a barbecue with my husbands family and I wanted to add some patriotic party decor. I was out of town the entire week leading up to the holiday and when I got home I didn’t have much time to put into anything intricate. So, I challenged myself. I wanted to spend one hour to create and only use supplies I could find online or already had in my craft box. I was pretty surprised how well it came together!

Outdoor Entertaining

I quickly found some really cute FREE Patriotic Printables online (that I showcased on Wednesday) and printed them out to use for a banner and food picks.



4th of July DIY banner


I glittered some clothespins and used them to secure the red and blue striped pennants to a length of ribbon. Then I tied that to the sides of my umbrella with balloons (I always keep the Dollar store assorted color balloons in my party box).

4th of July DIY Banner FREE Printables and glittered clothespins

For the table, I used my ornament hangers (also shown at this party) to hold balloons and a Patriotic Pinwheel Printable (found here). I also had pieces of plastic table covers left over from this party and used that over my white cloths for a pop of color.



4th of July FREE printable pinwheels

I wrapped some of the paper cups with the printable food labels, others I wrapped with the top of popcorn bags I had in the pantry (we have a popcorn maker so I keep bags on hand).



4th of July DIY Decorations drink wrappers

For the utincil holders I took an old baby formula can (cleaned it out) and wrapped it in a red napkin and more printables/pop corn bag tops and added a printable Patriotic Pinwheel printable. (It was really windy so some of our landscape rocks also made it into the decor to hold things down! :)) I had red plates and red and white napkins in my paper goods stash.


4th of July DIY Decorations

To dress up the fruit I added cupcake toppers to toothpicks. The kids loved taking them and using them to eat the fruit with.


Outdoor Entertaining Fresh Fruit - FREE printable patriotic circles

Yum, does it get any better than a grilled hamburger on a fresh bakery bun? I think not! Enjoy your holiday weekend and even if you don’t have a lot of time or any money to spend on decorations – you can do some really fun things that are simple, quick and will help your party feel patriotic!

4th of July Grilling

FREE Patriotic Printables

The 4th of July is just one week away! If you’re hosting a barbecue or fireworks show (we call ours the SIDEWALK OF FIRE!) at your house, you’ll want to read on! I’m always on the lookout for budget friendly decorations to add to my celebrations. It doesn’t get much friendlier on the old bottom line than FREE! So, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite free patriotic printables that you can either print right at home or have printed at a local print shop. They’ll take your 4th of July celebration from generic to themed in a minute!

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Download these at Seaside Creative

Free patriotic printable 3

Get this banner on the At Second Street blog

Free patriotic printable 4

This collection includes the ENTIRE alphabet so you can spell anything you choose! Download it for FREE at Piggy Bank Parties!

Free patriotic printable 5

This fun fireworks set is provided by Catch My Party.


Courtesy of The Celebration Shoppe these include a pennant banner, cupcake circles and food labels (that are able to be edited before you print!)

So, go on and print out a few for your celebrations and come back on Friday when I’ll share photos of what I did with a few FREE Patriotic Printables for our holiday barbecue!

National Drive-In Movie Day – June 6th

Oh, the good old days. It makes me sad that drive-in movies are not around anymore (at least not in Utah County). Relive the fun and excitement of the past by celebrating National Drive-In Movie Day tomorrow, June 6th! Whether you’ve got the equipment and warmth where you live to host one outside or just want to have a fun night inside for the kids, I’ve rounded up some really fun ideas from other bloggers to share with you!

I can’t get over how stinkin’ cute these cardboard box cars are! Find an fruit orchard or grocer in your area that will let you buy a few apple boxes from them and let your children go to town decorating their own cars!

Box Car Details I love: 

drive in movie outside

– Paper plate wheels

– Personalized Plates

For full details on this party – including lots of tips for the outdoor aspect of the equipment – read here.

drive in movie cars

– “Side Car” to hold concessions in

– Stickers to decorate – purchase files for only $5 here.

For full details on this adorable drive-in movie birthday party featured on Small Fry Blog – read here.

You can’t have a drive-in movie without concessions – popcorn, drinks, candy – the works! Here are a few ideas from others that I thought were super creative!

Concessions Details I love:

drive in movie concessions

– Take this idea from Homemaking Fun and hand out paper money (that perhaps they earn doing chores that week) and price everything $1. I love that she used the fun size candy bars so you don’t feel like you or your kids are getting too much candy. Drive in Movie Party - Consessions

– Labeling everything makes it more fun and helps it feel like a party. Here is a link to the free printables shown above!

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, and you don’t even need an actual drive-in movie theater to celebrate this fun day with your family and friends!

Mother’s Day Gifts Round-Up

IMG_9144Just in case you missed the individual posts, I thought I’d put everything here in one spot!

Paper goods with FREE gift tag printablemothersdaytag1 IMG_9149

Tissue Paper Flowers with FREE gift tag printable: mothersdaytag2 (1)Tissue Paper Flower - Mother's Day Gift

Gifts to children with FOUR FREE gift tag printablesmothersdaytags3IMG_9151

Gift to childless couples with FREE gift tag printable: IMG_9145

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All gift tags were designed and provided by Amy at Shirley K Designs. You can find her on etsy and facebook.

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