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Party Prep Tips and Printables

Tis’ the season to deck the halls, wrap the gifts, and gather for some festive cheer! I have been busy prepping for an upcoming holiday gathering with friends and thought I would take a moment to give you a little peek behind the scenes and tips on how I like to make things as simple as I can when entertaining.

avery4My biggest tip is to do as much party prep ahead of time that you can. Above are some drink tags I designed and printed on Avery Printable Tags. You can design your own (which I love!) or choose from one of dozens of designs.

Avery5Then simply tie them to the stem of your glassware and your beverage station will be ready to go when guests arrive.


Make It :: Chalkboard Sign

diy chalkboard

Looking for an easy fall project? Make this rustic chalkboard sign for a fun fall greeting. Chalkboard paint can reinvent almost any surface and create a fun, writable space for adults and children alike. Here, I’ve turned a piece of round wood into a fun fall sign that is now displayed in my kitchen.


Make It :: Fall Flower Crowns

how to make a flower crown This fall it seems wildflower sunflowers have sprung up everywhere near our home. One day while out on a walk, my youngest daughter had the idea to make sunflower crowns together, which sounded like a great idea to me! We picked a bunch and carried them home with us. She invited her friend to join in the DIY fun and they had fun making their individual crowns. Their favorite part was choosing the perfect flowers to use. The entire project took us about 20 minutes to make and the fun lasted all day as they wore their crowns around while playing together.

sunflower crownBegin by gathering 5-10 small sunflowers.  Trim them so stems are about 2” in length.


DIY Halloween Balloons

I’m pretty sure these simple Halloween balloons are my favorite decoration, ever!

Easy to Make Halloween Balloons make the perfect Halloween decorations

I love, love, love when things are cute but super simple (have you noticed?). With limited time for crafting but the passion for all-things-adorable… it’s really important that I choose projects I have to time to actually accomplish. Friends, it really can’t get easier than this!

Easy to Make Halloween Balloons

These Halloween balloons are so easy to make, the kids will love helping too! They can come up with unique faces for ghosts, pumpkins, and even silly monsters (purple and green balloons would be perfect for monster faces!).

You can make them for a Halloween party, or even to take to class. This would be a fun project to do with kids at school even. All you need are the balloons and a black sharpie. So easy!

If you’re having a Halloween party, let the kids create their own unique Halloween balloon as a party favor, or judge them in a contest!

How to make:

  • Blow up a balloon with helium and tie it with ribbon
  • Draw on your face using a black Sharpie
  • To make a bat balloon: Blow up a black balloon and tape on bat wings cut from black paper

If you’re into easy Halloween ideas, you might like these 4 simple Halloween treats and these easy DIY ghost candles, too. 

Halloween Candles

DIY Ghost Candles for Halloween

DIY halloween decorations :: Ghost Candles

Looking for a cool, simple, inexpensive, Halloween idea? These DIY ghost candles are your ticket. DIY Halloween decorations cannot get easier than this. Really. I love something that takes me just minutes to make (well, in this case it’s seconds) and looks really unique.

DIY Ghost Candles

I picked up these tall white candles for 50 cents each at the dollar store. You can find these almost everywhere (even the grocery store). Then, I simply  drew different ghost faces on each candle with a black Sharpie. In about 10 seconds I had and the perfect DIY halloween decorations–ghosts! Sooooo simple! (and it only costs $3.00!)


Make It :: Crafts & Decor Using Old Book Pages

If you’re a librarian, you might want to turn away. Kidding (well … sort of).

If you have old books lying around (maybe in the garage or in storage) chances are you have some books that are too worn or damaged to read or pass on to others. Even though these books might not serve their original purpose any longer, there are ways you can re-purpose them into new things that are totally awesome. I love the texture and color of old book pages and recently used them as inspiration and key element when planning a book-themed baby shower. Also, can we talk about their smell? Mmmmm love it (is that weird?). 


4 ways to re-purpose old book pages 

Book Page Crafts | Thoughtfully Simple

1. As a backdrop

Attach old/damaged books to a piece of plywood to make a cool 3D book wall or backdrop. Here, I simply used a staple gun to secure damaged paper back books to the wood.

2. Book Pages as “wallpaper”

You can cover any type of surface using old book pages and a little Mod Podge glue (find this at your local craft store). Above I covered a cardboard letter that I then used as party décor. You could cover boxes or walls too – the options are endless!


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