This year, I've been working on cultivating gratitude in my everyday life. I've found that when things feel tough, it brings a little bit of softening to my worries, and creates a little more space in those times of discomfort.
And when I get frustrated because there's so much more I want to do... to accomplish... to have... it's like a little reminder that says, "It's okay, Jill, it's really all okay, there's enough."
I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. May your hearts be open, and may you, too, feel like there's "abundance" in the world!
As I had mentioned in my previous TOMS for Target post, TOMS and Target have teamed up this holiday season so that for every #TOMSForTarget gift you buy, they're giving away shoes, a blanket, or a meal to someone in need. I think that's such a great way to be giving back while shopping this Christmas.
As part of this campaign I got to go to Target and purchase some of those special items. To help me show them off is Lainey...
Here she is in her cute new TOMS tee shirt and hoodie. Sparkly gold is everything to a seven-year-old, so the tee shirt was a big hit, and she really liked the pink and black designs on the hoodie.
Here she's examining her new zippered clutch, which is the new home to her special calligraphy pens.
And finally something for me. My new "everything" bag. I always have one on me. This is my go-to bag to carry groceries, random purchases, swim clothes, ballet clothes, workout clothes, etc. Every mom needs one. And while I don't usually like to wear labels, because I believe so strongly in TOMS' mission, I feel happy to carry this bag.
There were other items from the collection I was eyeing, but when I went to my local Target, they were sold out, so if you're thinking of getting TOMS for Target items, act fast. The collection will be gone before you know it.
I also had to share the clever way TOMS+Target launched their campaign. In the mail, I received their "together sweater" a two-headed sweater to represent their partnership. How cool is this!
And here Lainey and I are wearing it. It's warm and cozy and definitely brings us together. Thanks #TOMSForTarget.
TOMS For Target: One-for-One. For All. Starting November 16th, for every Target+Toms limited edition gift you buy, we're (Target) giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TOMSForTarget
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target. #spon #ad
Today we have some fun, last-minute Thanksgiving kids' table ideas from Laura Aguirre from Laura's Little Party!
Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays! We love the time that is spent with family. And this year, our family has grown. So if your family is big like ours, and you're thinking about setting up a kid’s table, here is some inspiration to get you started!
Make sure you save a designated area for the kiddies: This could be a small area in your dining room, or even a spot outside. Here in California, we end up doing a lot of outdoor dining, even in November.
Make your kid tablescape fun & inviting: You can add a placemat that has games & coloring options. Or you can set out a few coloring books for each guest. I also made sure their table had easy access to cupcakes & turkey shaped suckers.
I found the suckers at Tai Pan Trading. They were displayed in a darling mason jar from Just Add Glitter. Marla creates such beautiful jars - I love using them in all of my parties!
Set out smaller & easy to handle cups & dishes: There are lots of kid-friendly dining options, and cute plates are one of them! I scooped up these plastic raccoon shaped plates, and matching cups from Walmart. The placemat is from Hobby Lobby. My no-fuss table cover was nothing more than a couple yards of burlap that I found at JoAnn Fabrics.
Embellish a few things with festive printables: I came across a darling Thanksgiving themed printable set from DimplePrints. They were offering a huge printable set as a free download on their site. Lots of fun items to choose from! I added the circle toppers to our cupcakes, and wrapped them with their printable wraps. The turkey straw flags were a hit on the polka dotted straws from Target.
In addition to the kid’s table that was filled with treats & coloring books, we brought out our mini covered wagon! I added a bushel of fake vegetables, a fall wreath, and a gorgeous ‘Be Thankful’ banner. The banner is beautifully hand crafted with burlap, and festive die cut pieces. Rina from Mothership Scrapbook Gal did a fantastic job on it!
Not only will the covered wagon serve as a neat backdrop for our little guests’ area, but the kids will have a blast playing inside, and letting their imaginations soar. And when you mix imaginations, kids, family, and great food, you’ve created a recipe for a memorable event! It doesn't get much better than that!
Wishing you & your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!
If you are looking for last-minute and delicious Thanksgiving dessert ideas, we've got them! Here are 9 of my favorite desserts to give you some ideas beyond the usual fare.
I've created each recipe myself, so I know they how easy and tasty each one is, I promise you won't be disappointed. And if you make one of these =, please email me a photo to jillian(at)catchmyparty(dot)com. I'd love to see how yours turned out!
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.