A rustic Thanksgiving dinner and more! With the holidays upon us, we are seeing so many fantastic parties and I'm sharing four of my very favorites from this week, including two Thanksgiving themed parties and two Christmas ones, including one with the Grinch!
Our blog contributors, Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, are sharing a rustic Thanksgiving chalkboard menu DIY that's perfect for your Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we have been busy planning our holiday menu and decor. With that, we thought it would be fun to combine both, and create a stylish way to display our cuisine of choice for the evening with this DIY Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu!
With just a few simple supplies and a some delectable dishes to display, you will be well on your way to creating a fabulously rustic chalkboard menu of your own!
Round Wooden Plaque (We found our at Michaels Craft Stores)
Black Chalkboard Paint
Chalk or Chalk Marker
1.) Begin by dipping your foam paintbrush into your chalkboard paint and carefully coat your wooden plaque; leaving a bit of space between the wood grain and the bark.
We followed the grain of the wood for a more even coating.
2.) Continue painting your wooden slab until you have filled in the desired space. Allow your paint to dry for approximately 30 minutes.
3.) Once your paint has dried, it is time to write in your menu!
4.) We are planning on serving some classic Thanksgiving dishes and couldn't wait to have them on our menu!
5.) Once your menu is complete, make sure to display it for all your guests to see!
We love that this DIY is not only perfect for Thanksgiving, but can be used time and time again for many events to come! Simply erase and recreate your next dinner party menu! We hope you enjoyed creating your Thanksgiving chalkboard menu as much as we did! Happy Thanksgiving!
We're in love with Minecraft at Catch My Party! It seems like everyone we know is playing it, and people have added some fantastic Minecraft parties to our site! So here's our free printable Minecraft bingo game that is fun to play at your upcoming Minecraft party!
Just print out the ten cards and instructions, and you're ready to go. Then call out items off the instruction sheet (in random order), and if the guest have the image on their card, they cover it with a marker (pennies and candies work great). The first one to cover an entire row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) yells "bingo" and you've got a winner!
I have known Jeannette from J at Your Service for a while. She was one of the first people to add her parties to our site way back when! It's fun to watch what she does, and I'm very excited to be sharing her free Thanksgiving printables. I love her use of purple in the set (a color we're seeing a lot of this year) and her classic designs.
The free Thanksgiving printables include: a sign, banner, cupcake toppers, drink wraps, menu cards and napkin rings.
I wanted to include some boy birthdays this week in my 4 favorites this week because we get so many great ones. That's why I'm showing off an awesome Lego Ninjago birthday and Spiderman birthday. But I also had to add a little girly fun to the mix.
I was just listening to a podcast from Tara Brach, meditation teacher and psychologist, about happiness. She said the three ingredients to happiness are: gratitude, giving back, and savoring.
For the last month, at the end of each day, I've been trying to reflect on what I'm grateful for -- my family, my friends, and the moments I stop myself from sweating the small stuff. :)
I've also been thinking about how good I feel when I give back, when I'm able to step outside of myself and truly be there for someone else.
And I've also been trying to savor things more. So when my daughter gives me a kiss for no reason, or my husband takes my hand when we're walking down the street, or when I'm eating a homemade chocolate chip cookie, I try to take an extra moment to enjoy it and just let it sink in, because I know the next moment could be different.
So when we were asked by Target to share about their #TOMSForTarget program, where for every Target+TOMS gift you buy this holiday season, they're giving away shoes, a blanket or meals, it really spoke to me.
One of my favorite quotes on the spirit of giving is: "For it is in giving that we receive." - Francis of Assisi.
I turned the quote into a free printable just in case you want one for your home during the holidays. Mine is sitting on a top of my cabinet in my dining room, and every time I read it I think... how true.
Today we're sharing a lovely Thanksgiving pumpkin vase DIY from Shauna Krantz from Ella and Annie Magazine. How great would this look on your Thanksgiving table!
I can't believe I never thought of this before! I see these beautiful pumpkin vases everywhere now. There are so many options! So I decided to paint my pumpkin vase before adding flowers. Super easy to make, you can even put your kids to work!
Craft paint (I used a metallic paint)
Pumpkin carving knife
Paint your pumpkin! The metallic paint I used was fairly thin. I would recommend putting a solid, thicker coat of a similar color first. Then paint over the solid color with the metallic paint.
To achieve the look I have, you would want to put a dark brown solid coat first and then use the metallic brown over the dark brown to give the finished pumpkin that glistening touch! If you choose to use just the metallic paint, you will need to do 5+ coats.
Once the paint is dry, carve the top of the pumpkin and clean out all the pulp and seeds.
Fill pumpkin with water and place those pretty Fall flowers in!
I’ve seen these pumpkin vases painted pink, metallic and even glittered. Place on your dining table for Thanksgiving dinner, on the fireplace mantel, or even in your guest bathroom. I love how it turned out, don’t you?
Today we're giving away a set of free Thanksgiving printables that Lisa from Candles and Favors designed for us. These will surely make your Thanksgiving dinners look beautiful! Just print them out, cut them out, and decorate. What I love most about this collection is the color scheme. It feels so warm and cozy!
The collection includes: water bottle labels, cupcake toppers, stickers, food tent cards, a "Give Thanks" banner, and "I am Thankful for.." cards.