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Nothing is more boring for kids than being stuck at home doing nothing during Christmas vacation. For parents, Christmas vacation is the perfect time for family bonding and working together as a family by making fun craft projects. With Christmas being just around the corner, it is the perfect time to make winter themed crafts, or other fun craft projects that parents usually don't have time to make with their children. To make the most out of this time with your kids, here are some craft ideas that are guaranteed to be hits with children of all ages!
With Christmas being just around the corner, this is the perfect time to make fun Christmas crafts as a family. Instead of buying pre-made ornaments, consider spending a weekend making fun, homemade ornaments as family. Kids love making cute ornaments, ranging from magic scratch ornaments to fun photo frame angel ornaments. Since these ornaments are made by your children, they can all be personalized to give your tree a unique look for the holiday season. Not only will kids love making ornaments and decorating the family tree, but you will be able to enjoy inexpensive Christmas decorations made from the heart.
Nothing is better than baking cookies or cupcakes on a cold winter day with Mommy, especially when you are decorating these foods with holiday kits. With all the different winter and Christmas themed food kits, kids can make just about any food they like feel like Christmas. For a fun weekend projects, make snowman shaped cookies or cupcakes and decorate them with cute Christmas themed cupcake skirts. Kids are guaranteed to love making and eating these cool winter treats! If you are unsure what type of sweet treats to make with your kids, look at different types of Christmas themed pans and other kits that are sold as kits. They are guaranteed to make your children smile this holiday season, as well as leaving your house smelling like Christmas!
During the holiday season, it is easy to find holiday themed jewelry. You can find just about any type of holiday charm, as well as special craft kits to make cross necklaces and nativity themed jewelry. Since jewelry making is very time consuming, the winter break is the perfect time to make some of these complicated jewelry projects. If your child loves to make jewelry, you may also want to consider making more traditional jewelry, such as beaded bracelets and friendship bracelets. This will give you plenty of time to enjoy making fun crafts with your daughter that you will both be able to enjoy all year long! Don't forget that most jewelry making crafts are also great Christmas gifts to give to friends and family.
With Christmas right around the corner, many of us plan on spending the month of December going to numerous or parties. Not only do you have to fit these parties into your busy schedule, but also take the time to find appropriate gifts to give your host or hostess. Even though some people say they are out of style, it is still considered good etiquette to give your hostess a gift - and will make sure they remember you for a long time to come! With so many different items available for the , it is easy to find perfect, inexpensive winter hostess gifts for all of your favorite hosts and hostesses.
Winter Hostess Gifts - A Big Thank You
Traditionally, a hostess gift is a gift given to a host or hostess as a way to say "thank you" for inviting you to their party. This is a separate gift from a Christmas present and typically has a value of $30 or less. If you are actually staying with your host or hostess for multiple days, however, you may want to offer something more expensive, based on the amount of time you may be staying with them. Usually, a winter hostess gift is something as simple as a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates. If you are giving wine, make sure ahead of time that this is an appropriate gift based on your knowledge of the host. Try giving something that is a bit personal, but not overly so, just enough to say that you took the time to consider how much time and effort they put into organizing the party. Most of the time, a gift card is considered inappropriate since it is not a personal gift.
Unique Winter Hostess Gifts
One of the hardest things about giving winter hostess gifts during the holidays is finding inexpensive, nice gifts that are perfect for all of your hostesses. With many of us going to numerous parties during the , it is worth considering purchasing several of one item that is cute, appropriate for everyone and doesn't go against anyone's religious beliefs. For this reason, we love giving out during the holiday season. These fun, silly figures come in a variety of fun winter themes, including , , and, of course, ! Our personal favorite are the since they can be displayed throughout the , allowing you to give your favorite host or hostess a gift that they are likely to cherish even after the holidays!
Winter Hostess Gifts: Wrapping
Just like any gift, it is important you spend some time finding the right gift wrapping for your winter hostess gift. Usually the wrapping is the sign people have of knowing if they are getting a good gift or something someone quickly picked up at the store. By putting a bit of extra attention into your gift, it shows that you truly care about the amount of time and effort they put into organizing the party. Also consider going with winter themed and . Along with the right tissue paper and , your favorite hosts will not be able to wait to open your special hostess gift!
Looking for the perfect stocking stuffers for children in your family? With Christmas being right around the corner, its the perfect time to start looking for stocking stuffers. While children are obviously excited about being visited by Santa, that doesnt meant they arent excited to see what gifts may be hiding in their stockings. With all the different toys and candies on the market today, it is easy to find the perfect stocking stuffers for boys and girls alike. Just dont be surprised if you find yourself buying bigger stockings this year with all the cool treats available today!
Perfect Stocking Stuffers: Candy
When it comes to filling stockings, you cant forget Christmas candy! Kids love to dump their stocking to find a variety of fun yummy candies! No matter whom you ask, candy is really the perfect stocking stuffer for kids of all ages. We personally love Christmas character sucks and swirl lollipops. These classic candies are loved by kids of all ages and great filler for stockings. If you are filling stockings for older kids, you may also want to include some candy sticks. These swirl candies come in a variety of flavors, allowing kids who dont like peppermint to still enjoy some Christmas candy!
Perfect Stocking Stuffers: Jewelry
If you have girls in your family, jewelry is always a safe stocking stuffer. Girls of all ages love getting fun and unique jewelry in their stockings. While you can find fairly inexpensive jewelry, it is possible to get some nice jewelry for little girls without spending a fortune. One of the best ways to do this is buying Christmas charm bracelets or craft kits designed to let kids make their own jewelry. These kits are a great way to keep kids business after opening gifts and let kids have a nice piece of jewelry without you spending too much money. For girls, a fun jewelry crafts are the perfect stocking stuffers!
Perfect Stocking Stuffers: Stationary
While children many not want to think about school during Christmas break, that doesnt mean they dont love finding fun stationary and school supplies. Girls especially love to collect cute pencils and erasers, knowing that they can show them off when they go back to school. These are the perfect stocking stuffers since they are fairly small, inexpensive, and get a great deal of attention if you find unique stationary in themes kids love. Sometimes you can even find stationary in fun Christmas themes, such as snowmen. Just make sure to perfect items that you know kids will love showing off at school!
Perfect Stocking Stuffers: Toys
Of course, not stocking is complete without a variety of toys for your favorite children. With all the different toys available today, it is easy to find the perfect stocking stuffers when it comes to toys. Since most children are used to electronics, however, we highly recommend going with small, classic games, such as jacks or even marbles. Since kids arent exposed to many of these games anymore, they are both new and exciting, especially if they can play them with Mommy and Daddy. With the right amount of planning, it is easy to find the right gifts for everyone in your family!
Are you having problems finding that right finishing touch for your party? While there are hundreds of different party favors and party decorations available today, it is sometimes difficult finding the right decoration that is not only useful, but elegant. Sometime the most elegant and fun party favors are ones that have been around for centuries - sugar cubes! For centuries, sugar cubes have been a central part of any party, ranging from traditional tea parties to relaxing coffee themed going away parties.
While sugar cubes have always been popular, nothing compared to the cute, decorated sugar cubes that are being used for parties today. These royal icing decorative sugar cubes are perfect for coffee or tea, giving an elegant look to any table setting. With all the different themed decorated sugar cubes today, you can make any table look amazing with these cute sugar cubes.
Nothing is more exciting that throwing a baby shower for your best friend. With so many different baby shower decorations available, it is easy to throw an elegant baby shower. With tea and coffee usually being a central part of baby showers, cute baby shower themed sugar cubes are a great addition to any table set up. With cute baby boy sugar cubes and baby girl sugar cubes available, it is easy to set up these cubes on decorative trays for each guests. These cubes especially look cute with bear themed baby decorations, making them perfect for any table setting.
When every bride plans their wedding reception, elegance and beauty is something that is necessary to make sure each wedding table looks perfect. Decorated flower sugar cubes are perfect for any wedding table. If you have roses at each table, make sure to have rose bud decorated sugar cubes at each place setting, stacked neatly on wedding favor trays. With fine china, this can give a look of elegance and charm that not only looks great, but is fairly inexpensive compared to most wedding party favors.
If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner at your house, or planning an elegant Christmas party, you will find that decorative sugar cubes are perfect as part of your table setting. It is very common for Christmas coffees and teas to be served at these dinners, especially with dessert. When dessert is served, place these Christmas or Thanksgiving themed sugar cubes on decorative favor tray. These cute sugar cubes are an excellent conversation piece, and go perfect with other holiday tableware. For children, make sure to also have cute snowman themed sugar cubes, which are part of many winter decorative sugar cube sets.
Traditional Tea Party
Of course, nothing is cuter than throwing a tea party with your daughter, especially if other little girls are involved. With so many different tea party sets available today, you can have an elegant tea party of just about any theme, ranging from a traditional tea party to a cute princess themed tea party. We personally love to match tea party sugar cubes with any girly tableware set. Girls of all ages are guaranteed to love a tea party with these cute party favors.
The key to any successful event is careful planning. Leaving things up to chance is not always a good idea and often a recipe for disaster. If you are hosting the family for Easter dinner we have some tips for staying organized so everything runs as smooth as glass. This gives you the chance to enjoy your own holiday dinner.
- The Menu- The first thing you need to decide is what you will be serving. Find out if any of the guests have food allergies or diet restrictions so you can cook accordingly. If at all possible prepare some of the food beforehand so you just have to reheat it. Check to make sure you have all the necessary ingredients and shop for the ones you don't have at least a week before Easter.
- Dinnerware & Utensils- Depending upon what you will be serving you will need serving platters. Ensure yours are clean and unbroken. It's a special occasion so you might want to take out your best. Check that you have enough dinnerware for all the guests as well as eating utensils. If you need a special item to prepare a dish, check to make sure it is in good working order so there are no unpleasant surprises on the day of the event.
- Beverages- Of course you will be serving soft drinks and coffee and tea with dessert, but why not plan a signature drink for the occasion? Fruity drinks might be a good choice as it is spring. You can make a punch or serve frozen, fruit flavored drinks if you have a blender. Stock up on ice too.
- Extras- If children will be joining you for dinner perhaps you can make small Easter baskets for them. Include all the usual suspects such as jelly beans, chocolate rabbits and peeps (marshmallow chicks). You don't have to go overboard, just a small token for the holiday.
Make It Look Pretty
Once you have decided the menu and drinks it is time to pretty up the place. Votive candles are always a nice touch and our Elegant Orchid Gel Candle is pink and pretty or choose the Calla Lily Elegance Vase Shaped Candle. Your taste may not be the same as ours so feel free to browse the site and pick your favorites.
Because it is Easter, placing candy with each place setting will thrill the guests, especially the little ones. We have a great selection of lollipops in a variety of flavors, colors and shapes. We have rock candy as well which is always an excellent choice.
Gathering friends and families for a delectable dinner on Easter is a special treat. Enjoying the company of your guests can be enhanced if you make a plan so that Easter dinner is as pleasurable to you as it will be for the guests.
Start your party preparations with a pastel table covering. You could use a solid color, or one with checks. For Easter, children think of eggs and rabbits and birds, so use those for adding accent and defining the theme. Yellow chicks and brightly colored eggs are always a good plan.
Add paper plates and cups to complement the table covering, and decorate the center of the table with ribbons and pastel flowers. Don't forget to add lots of pastel pearl finish balloons. Pick up a set of assorted colored cellophane bags, and fill them with popcorn. They make a great decorating idea and each child can have their own snack bag for later.
If you will be having egg or treat hunts, it's good idea to give each of the little ones a basket for their findings. Hide rubber ducks or chicks, along with plastic eggs containing jelly beans or candy corn. Other children's gift ideas include wooden "Jesus" necklaces or guardian angel bracelets, which put more focus on the religious aspects of the holiday, and offer a gateway for parents to teach their children the true meaning of Easter.
Decorate the children's Easter party with pastel streamers and ribbons around the walls. Pink, white, yellow, and light blue are some of the most common colors, but you can add accent with occasional dark red or blue balloons, or hang brightly colored cut-outs around the room.
Kids enjoy Easter stickers and Christian stick-on tattoos. From bunnies to crosses, play tattoos allow each child to express their personality. give each child an accordion party hat, and let the party take it's course as the children make believe and entertain themselves.
Cupcakes are often a better idea that a cake. This is because cupcakes won't require cutting, and offer far more variety. Use a few different pastel colored icings, and arrange the cakes for effect. There are also cupcake wrappers that individual cakes fit into. These cups are shaped like white picket fences, yellow duckies, and other exciting designs.
There is no shortage of traditional Easter treats for your holiday party. Jelly beans and marshmallow chicks are always fun, and should be a big part of the children's party. You may also want to pick up lollipops in different colors and shapes to place in the Easter baskets.
Easter is an important day for children to learn about Jesus. It is also recognized as ushering in the Spring, and baby animals are an important part of the renewal that comes each year. From egg hunts to sweet treats, it is a day that all children enjoy. With a little help from the adults, your children's Easter party can be something memorable for everyone.
Valentine toddler parties are easier to clean up behind if you use an assortment of plates, cups and napkins that are suited to the theme. For Valentines Day, hearts are the shape of choice, and the colors are generally red and pink, often staggers around the table to add some basic variety.
In a playroom, allow the children to decorate using foam glitter heart stickers, and ruby red balloons, while you hang streamers of pink and red and attach the balloons. The holiday is more fun for children when they get to participate in the decorating, and gives them a sense of satisfaction in a job well done. Remember to offer children encourage and assistance so that everyone has a great time, including the adults watching over the party.
Children might even want to decorate themselves with valentine heart temporary tattoos, or decorate their clothes with heart shaped stick-on rhinestones that glitter and sparkle as the children play. You could even provide them with red and pink boas, and an assortment of children's costume jewelry, and let them dress up to match the theme.
For sweet treats, provide a variety of lollipops. Hearts and roses are always a good choice for the holiday., and a heart shaped lollipop tree makes a perfect centerpiece. Lollipops always make great party gifts, along with toy heart rings and other small gifts that can be picked up in bulk packages. Just give each child a gift bag, and add toy rings and stickers and all of the makings of a wonderful children's party.
But everything doesn't have to be a heart, and one entertaining bit of variety to consider are miniature inflatable beach balls in many different colors, and imprinted with a cheerful smiley face. Children love balls, and you can find a huge assortment of inflatable balls if you look around a little. Instead of hearts and roses, substitute stars, and add a splash of bright colors such as yellow of blue to complement the rest of the valentine party theme.
If you are throwing a valentine party just for girls, consider keeping the theme in pink. A pink table cover might be just the decorative idea, or even setting the places with pink plates and cups, and even sending out cute pink invitations. Accent with red hearts of different sizes, and every little girl will have a wonderful time.
Valentines day is a special day for everyone. Children should learn to love one another and share their friendship, and Valentine's Day is a wonderful day to keep that friendliness to others at the top of their agenda. By decorating and playing with the colors of the day and understanding the importance of loving their friends, growing children reinforce the concepts and take them closer to heart.
Are you planning a get together for Valentine's Day? We have some great ideas, tips and hints to make your party a great success. Whether it is a party for couples only or for those that have no Valentine, we can help you with your planning.
The color scheme is easy; red and white for love and purity. Set your tables for serving food with a red cloth and use white napkins as a contrast. Paper goods are great for parties and you are sure to find plenty of Valentines Day themed paper plates, cups, napkins and disposable utensils in red. For an atmosphere that is romantic, keep the lights down low and scatter votive candles around such as our Long Stem Rose Candle or Two Peas in a Pod. You may even want to add red and white clusters of balloons.
Ask your guests to come to the party dressed in Valentines Day colors such as pink, white or red. Ask everyone to bring along a small heart shaped box of candies or purchase some of ours such as Wax Candy Lips. These are funky and fun and will add some hilarity to the party as the guests try them on for size. We also have Rainbow Heart shaped lollipops and Long Stem Rose lollipops. Favors to give to guests can be our Love Grows Plantable Wildflower Favors in the shape of a heart.
Food & Drink
If you'd like, you can serve up some red and white wine for beverages. Perhaps you want to serve martinis instead. There are a number of new kinds of martinis that will match your decor such as a pomegranate martini. You might want to try some frozen drinks if you have a blender such as Strawberry Daiquiris loaded with whipped cream along with Pina Coladas.
Oysters have always been known to be an aphrodisiac so serving them at your Valentines Day party is a must. You can prepare Bacon & Smoked Oysters to serve your guests. What you will need is:
- 2 cans of smoked oysters
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1/2 pound of bacon
- 3 tablespoons of minced garlic
The first step is to cut the strips of bacon into thirds. Wrap each slice around an oyster and skewer with a toothpick to hold them together. Heat oil in a skillet and add the garlic. Cook the oysters until the bacon is crispy. Drain on a paper towel and serve.
Your guests will be quite impressed with this easy to prepare dish that is the perfect accompaniment for a Valentines Day party.
Are you planning a big family get together for Thanksgiving? While we may think Thanksgiving is all about the food, there is more to our favorite turkey holiday. Part of creating the perfect theme for any holiday is finding the right decorations to make your Thanksgiving table shine. Not only will it wow everyone in your family, but can give a fun, festive feel to your table that will have everyone more interested in talking and spending some quality family time together.
Thanksgiving Decorations: Tableware
While you may want to get down the nice china for Thanksgiving, it can usually lead to more stress than it's really worth the business of holidays. Rather than spend most of the day cleaning up and filling the dishwasher, consider going with paper ware for the holidays. With a nice set of paper plates, cups, and napkins, you can easily have an elegant table setting without the mess that is usually associated with Thanksgiving. We prefer to go with a mix of brown and orange tableware, to give a fall look to our Thanksgiving place settings. Along with your traditional plates, cups, and napkins, you may also want to include special tableware for the food itself. Today, you can purchase plastic and paper serving dishes in just about any color, making for a colorful table without spending all day cleaning your special dishes. As well, many cakes and cupcakes can be turned into your Thanksgiving centerpiece with the right cupcake tiers and decorations. Not only are they elegant and inexpensive, but very easy to set up too - perfect for anyone who is in a hurry to get the family sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. With the right decorations for your table and food, you can easily have everyone talking for weeks about your beautiful and family friendly dinner!
Thanksgiving Decorations: Edible Decorations
If you are looking for more unique ways to brighten up the family table, you may want to consider purchasing some edible decorations as well. While they are often overlooked, they do a great job at showcasing other foods and even making ordinary food look spectacular! One of our personal favorites is decorative sugar cubes - perfect for serving alongside a warm tea, or after-dinner coffee. They can be purchased for a variety of themes and add extra color to any table setting. Along with these popular decorations, you can also purchase edible cake overlays, giving your favorite cake recipe a Thanksgiving or fall theme in only a matter of minutes!
Thanksgiving Decorations: Crafts
Even though many people don't think about it, children's crafts are great for decorating your dining room and keeping little ones busy beforehand. While dinner is being prepared, the children of your family will love making turkey themed crafts, from 3-D turkeys to paper centerpieces. This time can also be used for associating crafts with different Thanksgiving stories, making it educational for the entire family. Just remember to get crafts that are age appropriate and go along with the theme you are planning for Thanksgiving dinner.
If you ask a child what their favorite holiday is, they are very likely to be torn between both Halloween and Christmas. While both of these holidays may revolve around gift giving, no other holiday is as centered around children as Halloween. For this very reason, many kids spend most of the year dreaming of their costume for the next Halloween, trying to decide which superhero or princess they are going to dress like this Halloween. One of the most fun things to do with children is having a fun Halloween party designed for them and their friends. While planning a party can be stressful, just remember that planning a fun and spooky party for your kids can be fun for everyone involved.
While it may be easy to forget, don't forget to take your child's age into account when planning your Halloween party. Some content that is meant for older children can be frightening for small children, making their nervous and scared during the party. For this reason, it is better to plan a fun Monster Bash party if little ones are going to involved. If you are planning this party for Tweens or teenagers, however, you may want to consider the Nightmare skull set.
Both of these Halloween paper sets include plates, cups, napkins, and tablecloths, allowing you to decorate your kitchen or dining room for the holiday. If children or all ages are going to be involved, it is best to plan the party around your younger guests.
Fun costumes for children of all ages can be found right here on Designed 2B Sweet Inc. For an especially fun party theme, don't forget that its always fun to have the entire family dress in the same theme, giving you great family pictures that you can look at later. Some of the most popular costumes that can be found here are the pirate themed costumes, as well as many fantasy themed weapons, props, and costumes, allowing everyone in your household to be a prince or princess.
Crafts and Games
Probably the most fun part of a Halloween party to most children is the fact that they can make many unique crafts that they are able to personalize or give to their favorite adults. One of the most popular craft items found right on this site is the Black Cat Paper Plate Craft Kit. These adorable black cats can be hung in windows or on refrigerators, allowing children to have a fun Halloween item that can be displayed every Halloween.
Another popular craft project done at many Halloween parties is designing your own Halloween mask, using a plastic black mask as a base. By using feathers, glitter, and other fun craft items, each child or teenager can make a fun, unique mask that can be used again on Halloween night