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Happy Thanksgiving from Catch My Party!

Happy Thanksgiving from Catch My Party

Thanksgiving Acorn Treat Craft DIY

Thanksgiving acorn craft

Melissa Newell from My Party Passion, is here with this fantastic and easy acorn treat idea for fall. Thank you, Melissa!

Can you feel the crispness in the air?  It’s almost Thanksgiving! One of my favorite holidays!

Last year at this time, I brought you my post about putting together a budget Thanksgiving kids table.   This year, I have a super easy and cute idea for you to adorn the kids table... acorn treats!

For these “corny” treats I used a favor bubble container from Party On Designs.  I tore pieces of gold washi tape and covered the top of the bubble.  Then I poked a hole with an awl in the top and pulled through a piece of twine (taping it inside the top of the top of the bubble container to secure it).

What's great about these is you can fill them with candy corn, M&M’s, fishy crackers, mini pretzels, cereal, or nuts. SO many snack ideas will fit into these cuties.  After the kids are done, they can use them for a little “hide and seek” game – hiding cute things inside and then placing them around the room.

Acorn Treats for Thanksgiving

I hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful and you have time to spend it with the ones you love!

Until December –party on friends!

To learn more about Melissa and read all about her party planning adventures, visit her at My Party Passion.

How to Throw an Awesome Thanksgiving!

Best Thanksgiving ideas, crafts, recipes

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It makes me reflect on all the blessings in my life. As a busy mom with a growing business, sometimes I feel like my life only runs at turbo speed. But Thanksgiving is a day where I get to step away, forget about my mile-long to-do list, put down my phone, and just spend it with my family, eating good food, sharing stories, laughter, and love. What could be better?

At Catch My Party, we're here to make your Thanksgiving extra memorable so you can enjoy special time with family and friends. We have so many inspiring Thanksgiving celebrations to give you ideas, lots of free printables to help you decorate, and even a fun Thanksgiving craft or two to try.

Also, I can't forget the food. Of course... the food. I put together this collection on Foodie of dishes that I hope will give you ideas and make your tummies rumble even if you're just looking (personally, my tummy is doing backflips for the crumbly pumpkin bread). Enjoy!

Take a look at these inspiring Thanksgiving recipes in this slideshow.

This is a sponsored post by Foodie.com. They paid me to write it, but all the ideas and opinions are mine!

Mini Thanksgiving Desserts, Tiny Marshmallow Dreidels, and Fun Family Ideas for Thanksgiving

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Check out these adorable miniature Thanksgiving desserts for your celebrations! Mini Thanksgiving Desserts

Here are some amazing ideas for setting a kids' table for Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Kid's Table

Have the kids help make these tiny mini marshmallow dreidels for Hanukkah!

Mini Marshmallow Dreidels For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Thanksgiving Favor Box DIY

Thanksgiving fall favor box DIY

Virginie from That Cute Little Cake is here with a favor box DIY perfect for little Thanksgiving gifts and favors.

What better way to say thank you than with these adorable fall favor boxes? You can fill them with candy that shows through the leaf window and looks so cute. Plus, they are super easy to make. Just follow this step-by-step tutorial:

Thanksgiving fall favor box DIY

Materials:

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1. Cutout the pillow box using the template to trace the outline of the box on the card stock.

2. Use the template again to trace the fold lines.

3. Score the fold lines.

4. Use a leaf template to cutout a template shape from the front of the box. To make it easier, instead of tracing the leaf on the box, I use a low stick tape to attach the leaf to the box and I then cut the shape...

5. Glue some clear cello film to close the window.

6. Fold the box and secure the flap with glue.

7. Embellish with a tag and ribbon if you wish.

Thanksgiving fall favor box DIY

And voila!

Thanksgiving fall favor box DIY

Thanks, Virginie, for giving us such a simple way to give thanks this season!  To learn more about Virginie, please visit her at That Cute Little Cake and on Facebook and Pinterest.

Thanksgiving Wall Decor, Hanukkah Party Ideas and Pumpkin Spice Cake in Jars

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Here's some ideas for Thanksgiving wall decor, including free printables! ThanksgivingWallDecor

Hanukkah is coming up soon, here's some lovely ideas for hosting a Hanukkah party! hanukkahparties

If you like desserts in jars, check out this recipe for pumpkin spice cake layered with cream cheese frosting!

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For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Spiced Apple Cider with Rum Recipe

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If you need a toasty drink to serve at your upcoming holiday parties, this is the perfect one! Keep it basic for the kids, add a spike of rum for the adults, and I promise it will keep everyone warm and happy!

RUM SPICED CIDER RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts apple cider or apple juice
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 20 black peppercorns
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup of rum

Directions:

Crack the nutmeg and break the cinnamon sticks in half. Add the spices to a saucepan and cook on medium heat for a minute or two, until the smell of the spice starts to develop.

Add the apple juice. Quarter the oranges, squeeze the juice into the pan, and throw the rind in as well. Turn up the heat until the juice starts to simmer, then turn to low and cover for 30 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and add 1 cup of rum. Serve hot!

Makes about 10 servings.

Total time: 30 min

Rum spiced cider recipe

Free Thanksgiving Printables, Basketball Party Ideas, and Thanksgiving Dessert Tables

I wanted to share the posts I did for Spoonful this week...

Printables make the occasion special; here's a large selection of free printable party sets for Thanksgiving!

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Thinking of hosting a basketball party? Check out these amazing basketball party ideas.

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Get some ideas for setting up a gorgeous Thanksgiving Dessert Table!

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For more party ideas and inspiration, check out all my posts on Spoonful!

Mini Cranberry Apple Pies {RECIPE}

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As fall approaches, I'm already thinking about Thanksgiving pie (or maybe I'm just thinking about pie because pie makes me happy)!

I wanted to make single serving pies that would work at a dinner party or Thanksgiving celebration. These cranberry apple mini pies are simple (even the crust is easy), come out looking beautiful, and are so sweet, tangy, buttery, flaky, and delicious, your guests will love them!

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MINI CRANBERRY APPLE PIE RECIPE

Ingredients

Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup cold water
Filling
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 apples
  • Zest from one orange (about 2 teaspoons)
Assembly
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Coarse sugar
Directions

Start by preparing the dough for the pie crust. If you want to use pre-made crust, you can skip ahead, and probably finish the whole recipe in about 20 minutes. But crust is pretty fun to make. The main trick to making a pie crust using butter, is keeping it as cool as possible while you make it. I store our flour in the freezer, and about 15 minutes before we start, I also put the mixing bowl in the freezer.

Cube the butter, and put it in a food processor with the flour, salt, and sugar. Mix for about 30 seconds. It will have almost a breadcrumb texture. Pour into the chilled mixing bowl. If you don't have a food processor, you can do this by hand in the mixing bowl. Use a pastry cutter or your hands to blend the butter.

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Add 1/4 cup of the cold water, and mix it with your hands. I like to grab and twist, making sure to work the bottom and sides of the bowl. When the water is absorbed, add another 1/4 cup of cold water. That should be enough to pull the dough together. If it still seems crumbly like in the picture below, work in another couple tablespoons of cold water.

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Sprinkle some flour on your work surface and knead the dough just a couple times to work into a nice smooth ball. Cover it in plastic wrap, and put it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to rest while you work on the filling.

Add the cranberries to a saucepan over medium heat. I don't add any water because I want a thick filling. Stir occasionally, and when the berries start to pop, you can add 1/2 cup sugar, and the orange zest. Let it simmer on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes until you get thick jam like texture.

Peel and core the apples, and dice them. Take the cranberries off the heat, and stir in the apples.

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Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Take the dough out of the fridge, sprinkle some more flour on your workspace and roll it out to about 1/16th of an inch thick. I use a 3 inch biscuit cutter to cut two pieces of dough for each pie (top and bottom). You could also cut it into 3 inch squares with a knife. Put the bottom pieces on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper or a silpat.

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Make your egg wash by beating the egg and adding 1 tablespoon of water. Brush around the perimeter of the bottom pieces to help seal the pie. Spoon about a tablespoon of filling into the center of each bottom piece.

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Cut an "X" into the center of each top piece, then lay them over the bottom pieces, gently pressing the edges all the way around to seal.

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Brush the whole top with the egg wash, then generously sprinkle sanding sugar over the top.

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Bake for about 15 minutes, until golden brown. Let them cool before eating, and be careful of the hot, but delicious filling!

Makes about 16 mini-pies.

Total time: 1 hour

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And definitely serve them with ice cream!!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope your Thanksgiving is a little easier than this! :) Enjoy your day!!

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