Thanksgiving Paper Napkin Rings

I was still undecided about what napkin rings to use this year for my Thanksgiving table when my best friend pulled out this idea from LHJ.

Simple DIY napkin rings that look elegant? Right up my alley. OH- and the best part? You won’t have to go out and buy anything to make these. Download the PDF page from LHJ {download it here} then you can save and re-open it in an editable program. Here is what the template looks like when downloaded:

I saved the file and then re-opened it in Photoshop (but you could use any program you have). I wanted my rings printed on a white background so I used the paint bucket tool and changed all that beige color you see to white (worked like a charm). Then, I typed in each guest’s name and hit print…….. simple! I chose to use all of the same design (the fourth one down) but you could even use a different design for each guest.

Photo Booth Props | Smitten Sticks

If you read this site often, you know I am currently obsessed with photo booths at parties and weddings. My last favorite version was using a chalkboard in your photo booth shot (remember that?), but alas I have a new favorite version! Check these out:

They are called Smitten Sticks and if you tell me they don’t make you smile I’ll call your bluff!

Add these adorable paper expression to your next photo booth and I guarantee they will be a huge hit!

Smitten Sticks would be a great addition to any party photo booth and even more adorable for a wedding photo booth! Can you even imagine? Adorably witty and fun (and you can quote me on that)!

Be sure to visit Smitten Sticks for yourself….enjoy!

Stylish Save the Date Cards

Recently engaged? Well- consider sending out one of these stylish save the date cards from Chickadee Prints. They offer several lovely save the date cards to compliment your style as a couple. Many of their designs also have matching bridal shower invitations which makes for a great cohesive feel to your special occasion! Here are a few designs I am fond of:

Cotton Beauty Announcement

Raining Flowers Invitation

Something Blue Announcement

Daisy Dreams Invitation

Head on over to Chickadee Prints and browse their wedding section to see more stylish choices. I’d love to know your favorite! I think I am loving the Garden of Love design the most!

DIY Party Blowers | Lovely!

What says celebration better than a classic party blower? Ditch the bulk bag of generic colors and try your hand at these elegant DIY party blowers. Aren’t the gorgeous?

You can easily create these one of a kind party blowers to match any party theme or wedding color scheme. I love the idea of using the patterned prints too! Check out the simple instructions over at the lovely Utterly Engaged E-Zine.

Birthday Gift Find| Polka Dot Wine Glass and More!

I love finding new places to shop, whether they are online shops or actual storefronts- I simple love the discovery. So, when I stumbled upon Wrapables {I found them via Twitter}, I was pleasantly surprised and eager to begin browsing their unique selection of gifts.

I immediately began searching for birthday gifts. I love celebrating birthdays, and love even more finding that “perfect” gift to give the birthday person. I fell in love with this Birthday Wine Glass, adorned with fun and preppy polka dots….too cute! I knew I had to share it with you all, surely this is a perfect gift for someone you know…

Am I right? Not only is this birthday wine glass so cute in its polka dot style but it comes already packaged in this fun clear box! And check out this accessory you can purchase to make an adorable birthday set:

This Birthday Hat Bottle Topper is a perfect pair to the birthday wine glass. Love it!

{Birthday Wine Glass $21.95, Polka Dot Hat Topper $8.95 at Wrapables.com}

Oh and don’t forget the wine!

Although I am not a Riesling fan, I love this bottle! I found this Polka Dot Wine it at Cost Plus World Market and it has 4 out of 5 stars. What an adorable birthday basket you could make with these three items: a polka dot birthday wine glass, birthday hat bottle topper, and Polka Dot Wine. Perfect!

BELIEVE with Macy’s and Surprise Giveaway!

Remember the COME+TOGETHER campaign from Macy’s I told you about? Well, the warm hearts at Macy’s are at it again and boy are they making a difference this holiday season! With the launch of their Believe Campaign, Macy’s is not only going to make a difference in the lives of those in need, but are going to reward two lucky winners with a trip of a lifetime…..to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

The nostalgic holiday campaign was inspired by the New York Sun’s famous “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” editorial from 1897 and includes letter-writing “Believe Stations” in Macy’s stores across the country. For each letter received, Macy’s will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, up to $1 million.

How can you enter? Well, Macy’s is inviting you to either upload a video or share a story that explains why you believe in the magic of the season. Videos should be under 60 seconds long and stories should be around 150 words. Be creative, have fun and tell the world why you believe!

As a part of this magical campaign, Macy’s is also announcing the following:

Macy’s “The Trek” TV Commercial – The new national television spot called “The Trek” features Virginia making the trip from her home to Macy’s, where Queen Latifah helps her mail her letter to Santa.

Macy’s National Santa Tour – Following his celebratory kickoff of the holiday season in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa will embark on a whirlwind tour across America, greeting young boys and girls and spreading holiday joy.

National Believe Day / “Yes, Virginia” Animated Special – On Friday, December 11th, Macy’s will celebrate the first National Believe Day to recognize and reward acts of kindness and generosity from coast to coast. Also that day, CBS will premiere a new original animated special called, “Yes, Virginia.” on Friday, December 11, at 8 p.m. ET.

Inspired? Well, how about when you go to Macy’s to drop off your letter to Santa, you stay awhile and do a little shopping?! Macy’s is giving 2 lucky Thoughtfully Simple readers a $25.00 gift certificate to help this holiday season!

WINNERS! Congratulations to LisaLisa and Steve! Thank you for sharing your Christmas traditions with us!

How to Win: Contest Closed

Leave a comment here sharing your favorite holiday tradition. Yup, that simple! Good luck!

(Two winners will be chosen using random.org and notified via email. Contest ends November 23, 2009)

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