Happy Thanksgiving: A Look Back at Thanksgiving 2011

I haven’t always been a big fan of Turkey Day. It wasn’t that I didn’t enjoying eating good food and getting together with family… it was that all of the other holidays overshadowed the day and made it last in my book. However, the last five years we’ve been able to spend Thanksgiving with a wonderful group of friends that I am over-the-moon thankful for! I don’t know if it is my age (starting to actually understand what thankfulness means) or this particular group of people… but, I love this holiday now!

I have so many different things to be truly thankful for, especially this year. We’ve had to depend on our friends and family to get us through a very tough year. There have been huge ups and huge downs that has made this year an especially memorable one. I’m thankful for my family, my husband’s family, my old friends, my new friends, MY SON, and the many memorable moments of the year.
Last year we celebrated as we will this year. It is going to be different with a toddler wondering around… I can’t wait to see how he likes all the tasty Thanksgiving dishes!
What a cutie in suspenders!
YUM! fooooooodddd
Our beautiful hostess!
Me enjoying an Apple Cider Margarita
Little bug was only a couple months old here and only his Oddmom can get him to go to sleep!

How do you spend your Thanksgiving?

Happy Thanksgiving… I hope that you are able to spend time with those you love, reflect on the things you are most thankful, and eat a ton of great food!

Writer’s Block: Thanksgiving Links

My brain is blank at the moment. I’ve been writing a ton lately…. and, today, two days before a HUGE deadline, my brain is fried and I can’t think of anything to write. I don’t know if I am overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work I have, if I have too many ideas to focus on one, or just have good-old-fashioned writer’s block. But, I’m blocked.

So, head on over to these awesome people’s sites who are nice and prolific.

Thanksgiving Posts from Around the Web:

  • Sarah Hearts has adorable FREE printables for your Thanksgiving wine.
  • A really adorable fox is sharing a What to Wear for Thanksgiving post over at Creature Comforts.
  • Hostess with the Mostess is sharing mini baked goods (not to be confused with Hostess brand that is going out of business) for the Thanksgiving season.
  • Glitter and Grace and The Kinas show fun ideas for dressing up and down for the Thanksgiving meals you’ll be attending.
  • Cute Fall decor and great thanksgiving food ideas from the Friendsgiving post from A Beautiful Mess.
If you are looking for other free Thanksgiving Printables or Thanksgiving Outfit Ideas then check out my posts from the past:
Have a good day. And, if my brain shows up over the next few days then I do have some items to share with you. I just need to get them out of the piled high file folders of ideas that are cluttering up my head.
Do you have any Thanksgiving inspiration to share with everyone? I’d love to see it in the comment section! I’ll post the links on my Facebook page throughout the week!

{Recipe} Apple Cider Margarita

Mmmm… is there anything better than the flavors of apples and spices together? Why, yes…there is! Add tequila! ;-) I typically enjoy rum with my apple cider. But, after I saw How Sweet It Is put out a delicious looking Apple Cider Margarita, I knew I would have to try something different. (BTW– one of my favorite food blogs!)

The Apple Cider Margarita was a HUGE hit last thanksgiving as everyone mingled and snacked before the big meal.

I had to use some items that I had on hand, so my drink is a tad different. It was super delicious though. Please let me know what you think if you try it!

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{Recipe} Smore Cocktail

Last Thanksgiving I had the distinct pleasure of drinking for the first time in nearly a year. I made my plans with pumping/dumping/timing so that I wouldn’t have to worry about nursing my son and created two delicious cocktails for the hour before Thanksgiving dinner. They were AMAZING. I wanted to share these delicious cocktails with you just in case you wanted to make some for your holiday celebrations.

The first of these cocktails combines my favorite thing about the fall (Smores, Roasted Marshmallows!), my favorite flavor (Chocolate!), and alcohol.

Free Printables make the Holidays Happier

I usually don’t like the holidays until my December birthday has passed. But, I guess the addition of the kiddo has made me REALLY look forward to this year’s festivities. I even brought my lil man to see Santa today—something that I swore I’d never do. He loved it. He is a friendly kid.

Anyways… as I was avoiding my real work, I found a couple awesome holiday free printable round-ups by Hey Look. I wanted to share with you!

Colorful Gift Tags— Free Printables from Around the Web
More Free Printables from Around the Web
I’m seriously in love with the feather gift tags from Love VS Design.
Photo via Love Vs Design
I promise to hold off on the rest of my Christmas holiday posts until Thanksgiving has passed…
We’ll start getting all Fall-like and Thankful beginning tomorrow!
Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Friday Finds: Favorite Halloween Posts

One of the coolest costumes of the year! My friends Brandon and Joan. 

Alrighty, Halloween is over and we are heading into the holiday season… but, I can’t let the Halloween season go by without sending out some linking props to some really awesome Halloween parties/posts that went out this week!

And, this one has nothing to do with Halloween… or parties… but, I found this article over being busy and needing to recharge, from Simple Organized Living, super helpful and interesting.
Did you post about Halloween? 
I’d love to see it… Link in the comments and I’ll stop by!
***Photos by the fabulous Macey of Motormouth Studios. ***

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween all… I am taking today off of blogging.
 I spent the whole day having a blast with this kid. I hope you all had the happiest of evenings!

What did you do for the holiday?

Free Halloween Printables in Use

Remember the Halloween Printables I created for all my lovely Facebook fans? Well, I decided to use them in my Halloween party this year as well! I think they really turned out cute in print! Photos were snapped by my good friend Macey from Motormouth Studio while she was off-duty. It is great to have talented friends!

The free printables are still available for download. Create some quick cupcake toppers or a Happy Halloween banner on the fly!

Click here to download the free Halloween printables

{Sneak Peek} Halloween 2012

Just a quick sneak peek of the upcoming {Real Party} Halloween post.
Check in over the next two days to see more pictures and get some last minute ideas before the holiday!
These great black & white photos were snapped by my friend Macey of Motormouth Studio.

{DIY} Quick Party Decor with Glitter Tape

In creating some of the decor items for Suzannah’s Glitz and Glamour 25th Birthday Party I discovered the wonders of glitter tape. AWESOME. 
You can get pre-glittered tape or pre-glittered ribbon to make these quick DIY decor items work for your next shin-dig. If you are using glitter ribbon then use glue or double sided tape to help make things stick. I’ve got two super quick and super easy DIYs for you here. Paired with the pretty sequin vases and you’ve got yourself a Parrrtay. 

Glitter Toothpick Flags How To:

  1. Gather supplies: toothpicks, glitter tape, and scissors.
  2. Cut off a two-inch section of glitter tape.
  3. Press glitter tape on top of each other, sealing it on top of the toothpick. 
  4. Repeat several times to make a set of flagged toothpicks! 
These are great for decking out cupcakes, appetizers, and floral arrangements!

Glitter Tealights How To:

  1. Gather supplies: tealights, glitter tape, and scissors.
  2. Cut off a two-inch section of glitter tape.
  3. Wrap the glitter tape around the metal container of the tea-light candle. Press to adhere.
  4. Repeat several times to make a nice set of candles!
Place in glass tea-light holders around the party venue. It makes for easy, disposable, and inexpensive party decor.

What is your easy, go to party decor? 



{DIY} Sequin Vase with Floating Flower Centerpiece

I love when I go into a party and I see fresh flowers. But, I also know that fresh flowers can be expensive! Lately, I’ve been really into creating floating floral centerpieces because they are more cost effective and just plain gorgeous.

Yesterday I shared a few photos of my friend Suzannah’s Pink and glamorous 25th birthday party. One of my favorite DIY decor elements was the sequin vases filled with floating flowers.

This simple DIY only cost me around $2 per centerpiece! Using only some round vases from the Dollar Tree, a little glue, a bag of sequins from the local craft store, and a small bunch of roses I was able to create several of these little beauties.

How to create your own sequin vases with floating flowers:

  1. Gather your supplies: 1 vase, glue, paint brush, sequins, water, flower, and scissors. I used Elmer’s glue. Mod Podge would also do well. I also prefer roses for this type of centerpiece, but many other flowers would look just as gorgeous. I just happen to love how the rose looks all opened up and floating in water.
  2. Using a paintbrush, paint a thin layer of glue on the bottoms and sides of the vase.
  3. Pour sequins in vase and shake until covered. Let dry.
  4. Prep flowers by cutting the flowers at an angle at the place that the head of the flower meets the stem.
  5. Pour water into the dried vase. Some of the sequins will come loose and float to about an inch or two from the top of the vase. I like this and left it that way for the party.
  6. Drop the flower head into the water with the petals facing upwards. If you are using a rose and it hasn’t opened up just yet, lightly fluff the petals with your fingers or open the bud with running water. Be careful not to open the bud too quickly, as it may fall apart. 
Have fun creating these fun, inexpensive, and beautiful floral arrangements! I’d love to see a photo if you do this at one of your future events! 

{Real Party} Pink and Glamorous 25th Birthday Party Decor

I’m going to let the photos talk today on this Pink and Glamorous 25th Birthday Party I helped throw for my friend, Suzannah of Adventures in Dressmaking. I’ll be going over some great recipe ideas for a vegan bash, DIY decor elements, DIY favors, and party activities throughout the week. 
BTW, the party took place in her beautiful new house that she is blogging all about over at her blog! 

25 Reasons We Love Suzannah Guest “Books”
The Bar

Goofy photo from the “photo booth” area

Lots of pink, glitter, and sequins for this fabulous 25th birthday girl! 
Oh, and yeah… she made that dress! 
Check back tomorrow for some easy, and pretty, DIY decor! 

{Real Party} Zombie Apocalypse

Photo used with permission from Angela of Party Scribbles

I’m super happy to be featuring an AMAZING (and creepy) real party that was done by the amazing Party Scribbles.  And, Angela has offered to do a giveaway to her Etsy store as well. More on that tomorrow!

I typically am not a bloody Halloween type fan. But, this party is SO full of amazing details! Angela created an awesome Zombie-themed 40th birthday party. The party (and party package) would be a fabulous party for many different aged birthdays or an awesome Halloween shin-dig.

Here is what Angela said of the party:They say life ends at 40, so for my 40th birthday I held a zombie end of the world party. (It’s a warm fuzzy feeling to know I have friends who will dress up as zombies in the middle of the summer for me.) Our theme was a safe house that had been over run with zombies. It was for adults and kids, so we tried to keep it from being too gory.”




Decor Details: We used rolls of plastic sheeting (available at home improvement stores) to decorate the walls. I unrolled them outside and had the kids splatter paint and paint “bloody” handprints all over them with red paint. I also used unpainted plastic sheeting to cover furniture, as if the safehouse was over run by zombies and any survivors left in a hurry. It was the best party not to worry if things would be spilled on my couches! We also pushed furniture up against the windows and my husband built wood frames to put over them as if the windows had been boarded up, but really they just sat in the windowsill.”


The Food: Brain Matter (Guacamole), Grave Mud (Bean Dip), Bone Marrow (Turkey & Ham Wraps), Severed Toes (Prosciutto & Mozzarella), Flayed Skin (Salami Wontons), Teriyucky Eyeballs (Teriyaki Meatballs), Finger Bones (Pretzel sticks with dip), Brain Dip (Pesto Cheeseball), Veggies From Hershel’s Farm (Veggie Tray) and cupcakes

The Drinks: Spinal Fluid (Sprite) and Safe House Water

The Favors:

I made labels for hand sanitizers, toxic sludge, mini candy bars and from Oriental Trading we found great squishy brains and growing brains.”


Thank you SO much to Angela for sharing this creative party with us! Check back tomorrow to see the giveaway that Angela and Party Scribbles are hosting for A Well Crafted Party fans!

*This is NOT a sponsored post. I contacted Angela after seeing her party on-line. 

{Free Printables} You Are My Sunshine Party

9.25.14 UPDATE: These printable files were lost. I’m currently redesigning the sets and will have them up as soon as possible. The redesigned pink set is available for download. It is slightly different than the set pictured below, but very similar! Click here to download your pink Sunshine Printables!
I made a bunch of printables for my son’s birthday. I loved the grey, blue, and yellow color scheme and the printables really helped bring the theme throughout the party. My printables were pretty personalized (his name on everything), so I recently created some new designs for a You Are My Sunshine Birthday Party.
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