Hello, Friends! Today, I’m sharing a simple St. Patrick’s Day table setting with you. If you love to celebrate the Irish holiday, then you will appreciate this post. If not, you can definitely take away a few of these ideas for general spring decorating!
Holiday parties can be so much fun! There are yummy foods to try, delicious drinks to drink, gorgeous decorations, and so much more. One thing that I’ve always wanted to try was to set up a photo booth for guests to take pictures and create some photo booth props. It is such a neat way to save the memory of the party. I have yet to create the photo booth, but I created all of the props in printable format to share!
Today, I’m also joining my friends from 2 Bees In A Pod in a Virtual Holiday Cocktail Party! (Thanks for including me, Vicki and Jennifer!) These ladies have rounded up some amazing bloggers to bring you great cocktail party recipes, table decor, crafts and more! You can check out all of these awesome ideas at the bottom of this post.
OK. Back to the photo booth props. I know I mentioned they were printable, but failed to let you know that they are also customizable. Oh, yeah! There are so many possibilities for these! As you can see, there are two word bubbles, two pairs of glasses, two hats, a set of lips, a necklace, a tie, and a mustache.
You can print these babies out on plain white cardstock and use them as they are. Color them in, add embellishments (glitter, sequins, feathers, etc.), and glue a small wooden dowel to finish them off. These would be great for the kids to work on or you can coordinate them with your party decor!
I colored in a few of mine with markers (the lips, mustache, and black glasses).
I also used a couple of the images as templates and traced them onto patterned printable paper (linked below). Then, I cut them out and added gold or silver washi tape to jazz things up.
The word bubbles are perfect for writing on. Modify them to fit the theme of your party!
I really love how these turned out! And… so do my kids. They couldn’t wait until I was done photographing everything to get their hands on these. I also gave them some undecorated props to add their own personal touches to.
Now it is time to continue on with this Virtual Holiday Cocktail Party and check out all of the other awesome contributions. There are so many fun and yummy ideas!
It’s here!!! I’ve had so many requests from friends and readers for the newest version of my annual calendar/planners and I’m here to deliver. Apparently, a lot of you enjoy planning out your life at least a little in advance. (Like me!) And this 2017 calendar and planner are, of course, free for you to download!
Most of the design for this coming year has stayed the same, although there are a few tweaks to the cover. If you can’t read the writing on this small photo of the cover page, it says “Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.” A little motivational quote never hurt anyone, right?
Obviously, the calendar is pretty straight forward. I choose to stay with the vertical format and updated all of the dates.
I’m also including my favorite planners in this bundle. The weekly planner is great for jotting down all of the specific activities going on during your week on an hour by hour basis. It’s perfect for meetings, lessons, practices, etc.
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I love using a bill pay checklist! It makes remembering which bills have been taken care of very easy, especially when we pay so many of our utilities and such online.
I also find that I end up saving money at the grocery store when I plan out all of our meals for the week. I plan everything out on the menu, then can add individual ingredients and items to the shopping list.
If you are looking for a way to get your life more organized in 2017, this is a great way to start! Simply click the link below to download.
I like that this style of calendar is versatile. It can be put inside of a binder or hung straight on a bulletin board. I even added a pretty front cover page to make gifting this freebie a breeze! Wrap the set up with some pretty ribbon or send it off to be printed and bound.
Psst… I’ve been working hard on a new printables gallery with lots of free goodies for you! I’m hoping to have it up and running in the next month, so check back soon!
The weather has been so nice here this spring! All winter long, I could not wait for the weather to get warmer so that we could get outside and play. Being cooped up in the house during the winter makes us all grumpy and it was such a mood booster when we were able to enjoy the sunshine. But the novelty of playing outside quickly dissipated for my kids, so I decided to create the Boredom Jar to alleviate that problem.
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Initially, my kids could not get enough of the outdoors. They were having so much fun making up games, playing at the park, and riding bikes. However, as the weeks went on, I started to hear those infamous words, “Mommmmm, I’m boooored.” Even after suggesting a couple of activities that they could do, they were still BORED after only a few minutes and wanted to watch TV or play on the iPad. And that was not going to cut it. I needed to figure out a way to get them disconnected from electronics and doing something good for them.
The Boredom Jar, as I call it, is a little vintage jar that contains tiny scrolls with an activity written on them. Each scroll is tied with some gold baker’s twine to keep the contents a secret until it is chosen. If my kids say they are bored, then they get to pick out one scroll from the Boredom Jar and they must do that activity.
I didn’t want to reward the kids with some amazingly awesome trip to an amusement park or taking them for ice cream just because they were bored, so I created some printable pages with activities that they could do on their own, as well as some chores, with minimal help from mom and dad.
When they pick something out of the Boredom Jar, they do not know what kind of activity they will be getting. Something fun? Yay! Or some kind of chore? Bummer. They know that they will be taking a chance, but hopefully, this will help in the long run teach them how to entertain themselves and come up with ideas of things to do without the need for electronics.
Almost all of the activities listed are spring, summer, or fall appropriate, which means that we will be able to use these throughout most of the year. Obviously, some of them won’t be able to be used if there is inclement weather, so they will have to pick a new scroll.
To make your own Boredom Jar, find a jar with a lid (this one is similar to mine) and click on the links below to download and print the Boredom Jar printable. Enjoy!
Did you happen to see my latest contributor post over at Domestically Speaking? If not, head on over and check out these fun Book Page Candle Holders!