11.23.2014

Christmas Countdown Books- A Special Christmas Tradition

A couple years ago, our family began doing this new tradition, where the kids open up a Christmas book for us to read each day in December leading up to Christmas. I absolutely love reading a Christmas book to my kids each day and they love opening the book and the excitement of wondering which book it is.



Some time in November I bring out our collection of Christmas books. We have a variety as my kids are different ages (6, 4, 1 right now) so there are baby board books and longer stories. I plan that we read one of the Christ-centered stories on Sundays. And my son's birthday is in December, so I choose one of his faves to read on his birthday. The rest are randomly assigned a number for the day we read them.



I bought these rolls of Christmas wrapping paper to use for the book countdown this year...



I made these labels that I use each year. They are simple and I just print them out on printer paper, then cut them out with a paper cutter or scissors, then tape them on each wrapped book...




This year ordered a few new books to add to our collection, including The Polar Express, I'm excited for them to come!



I was happy to get our books all ready to go this week so we are prepared for the start of December!



It may seem like a lot to buy right away. If you want to start doing this and don't want to shell out all the money at once, look for books at dollar stores or thrift stores. I have probably bought half of ours from Scholastic book orders or school book fairs, as purchases from those allow the school to have credit towards buying more books for the classrooms and library. Bargain books from the book stores can have great options, too.

I like adding a few new ones each year and replacing the baby board books as my kids get older. 


 Again, I love this tradition!

Anyone else doing this in their homes this year?

Do you have any favourite Christmas stories? I would love some more recommendations!

11.16.2014

A Yellow & Grey Tea Party Bridal Shower

Last month I hosted a Bridal Shower at my house for my husband's sister.
I did the decorations, one sister-in-law did the food & one sister-in-law did the games.

I think it all turned out great and everyone seemed to have a good time!

I thought a tea party shower would be fun as my sister-in-law (the bride) collects tea pots and likes tea. The yellow & grey were her wedding colours, so that made sense to use those for the shower, but it's tricky to find yellow & grey stuff in the fall I tell you!




Here's the invitation I created, I made it to coordinate with the wedding invitation...



The banner I created.

One of the centerpieces & a frame I painted with a photo of the couple in it.

I had this jar out with strips of paper so people could write down some date ideas for the couple.


The bride likes lemon drops and they fit in with the theming ever so nicely

Another one of the centerpieces & another frame I painted with a photo of the couple in it.

And another of the centerpieces & more frame I painted with a photos of the couple inside.


I got this tea pot and had all the guests use a sharpie to sign their names on it and gave it to the bride at the end of the shower as a keepsake.

I made little place-cards for everyone at the tables. I enjoyed bringing out my good China dishes and silverware to make it all fancy for our tea party.



My sister-in-law did veggies & dip, fruit kebabs, cookies, cucumber sandwiches, and tea for the food.

I made label card for in front of each tea pot. I set each tea pot on a doily with a trivet underneath to protect my island.




I made the chalkboard print.

The subway art I made in their wedding colours.


The date night jar idea getting filled as the shower went on.

At the end of the shower, I gave the bride: the jar of date night ideas, the tea pot everyone signed, and the book I wrote down the gifts she was given. I stuck all these favors in the cute yellow gift bag for her to take.








11.12.2014

My Daughter's 1st Birthday- Cupcake Theme!

My baby girl recently turned ONE and she had a cupcake-themed party to celebrate.



I bought these cute cupcake invites...


Some decorations by the front door...



I made a photo banner of a bunch of fave pics of her from her 1st year. I attached the photos to the string using clothespins I had painted pink, hot pink, and purple...



In our family room, I made this banner using cupcake liners to hang on the fireplace...


In the kitchen I made this banner, again using cupcake liners and string to hang on the island...



We had lots of family over and I had all the fixings for subs to feed everyone for lunch...


There were kinds of cold cuts & I had homemade meatballs in the slow-cooker dish for meat balls subs as well...


I added some cupcake images onto some toothpicks and stuck them into some of the food that was out...




I covered bottles of water in wrapping paper that went along with the theme of cupcakes and pink and purple...


I also did the same with the 2L bottles of soda pop & added labels...



The dessert table...


I didpped pretzel sticks and added glitter sprinkles onto them...


The cupcake cake...


And of course cupcakes! I found the cute purple mini cupcake stand in the centre at the grocery store...


Pink cherry-flavored popcorn (store bought)...


I dipped pink marshmallows...


I had some things of old-fashioned candy out as well...




And cute paper straws, of course!



Now for the treat bags that the cousins got...


I made up these little bags of marshmallows, too...


I found the most perfect cupcake marshmallows...



Treat bags all ready to go!


My beautiful little birthday girl enjoyed her party (she wore her cupcake shirt and sweater the day before on her real birthday and I bought her this dress for her party!)...



My smiley and cute one year old!


We sure enjoyed celebrating her birthday!




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