Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Eve Party Printables

Last minute party planning? Check out these free New Year's Eve printables from The TomKat Studio! Just print, cut & create!

Cheers to 2012!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Kids New Year's Resolution Printable

I can't believe it is almost 2012!
Get this free printable from Thirty Handmade Days and have some fun with your kids filling it out. Talk about this past year & set goals for the year ahead!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Magic Reindeer Food + Free Printable

Start a new holiday tradition with your little ones...
Magic Reindeer Food!
On Christmas Eve, sprinkle this magic reindeer food on your lawn. The sparkle of the glitter in the moonlight & the smell of the oats will guide Rudolph to your house!

It's a fun favor idea for holiday parties, a cool surprise to send to their classroom & a great project for the kids to get involved with making.

Want to create some too? Feel free too download my label HERE.

What you'll need:
Dry oatmeal
Cellophane treat bags

*Another option is to use colored sugar. It will still give the sparkly appearance, without being harmful to actual animals who may end up eating it.

Sprinkle it on the lawn, driveway, or apartment patio to entice the reindeer and give them something to munch on while Santa delivers his sleigh of goodies.

Reindeer Food is perfect for those (young & old) who love the magical Christmas season!

Happy Holidays!

Letter To Santa Free Printable

Are your kids ready for the arrival of the big guy & his crew? This adorable letter to santa is perfect for the little ones to sign their names & set out with some milk, cookies & carrots. Download the freebie from Blush Printables HERE!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Peppermint Butter Waffle Cookies

Tis the season for cookie exchange parties! And this week I am attending two! Yeah for lots of yummy cookies. Boo for slaving in the kitchen all night!

If you love waffle cones, you'll love this fun twist on the tasty treat!
Peppermint Butter Waffle Cookies!

What you'll need:

Trader Joe's Butter Waffle Cookies
White chocolate candy melts
Candy canes

To get started ~ Melt the chocolate!
You can either throw them in the microwave or I opt to use a double boiler.

While the chocolate is melting, unwrap the candy canes & place them into zip lock bags. I used a meat tenderizer to crush the candies (great stress reliever). And because toddlers love to destroy things, my lovely assistant needed her own bag to crush.

Next grab a cookie & coat one side with the melted chocolate. You could also dip the whole cookie in the chocolate.

Place them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

Sprinkle the cookies with the crushed candy canes.

I felt the cookies needed a bit more pizazz, so I drizzled (okay splattered) them with dark chocolate.

Set aside while the chocolate hardens or place in the fridge for 20 minutes to speed up the process.

The finished product!

Since these were going to a cookie party, I decided to wrap them individually & added a label so guests knew what they were.

Since it's all about the presentation, I always feel the need to kick it up a notch. I printed & assembled these gingerbread houses from The TomKat Studio via HGTV. They are the perfect size treat boxes & do I even need to mention how stinkin' adorable they are?

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Melting Snowman Cookies

Meet my cute little snowman cookie friends!

If you're still needing to bake some holiday treats, these cookies are sure to be a huge hit! I have two cookie exchange parties this week & I'm pretty sure these guys will bring smiles to a few faces!

They are super easy to make. What you'll need:
Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix.
Royal Icing
Decorative icing

1. Bake the cookies according to directions.

2. Top with royal icing. I had the frosting to dribble down the cookie for a watery, puddle effect.

3. Take a couple of marshmallows & pop them into the microwave for 20 seconds (I suggest spraying your fingers with a touch of cooking spray.) Microwaving gives them a wonky shape.

4. Using decorative icing & sprinkles, add final features (arms, face, etc.)

My lovely little assistant!

The little ones love to help make the cookies but don't be surprised if they eat more than they make :)

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Oodles of Christmas Printables

I've run across so many fun & creative Christmas printables! I had to share a few favorites!

Cute moveable reindeer from Eat Drink Chic

Hostess With Mostess has an amazing holiday printable set that includes place cards, cupcake toppers, favor tags, decorative papers & much more!

Christmas subway art from Eighteen25

Christmas labels from Ink Tree Press

BELIEVE banner from At Second Street

~*~ Happy Holidays ~*~

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Vintage Glitter Bulbs

Remember these fun holiday bulbs? Some of you may even still decorate with them! This year I decided to give them a fab makeover!

Unscrew the bulbs, and coat each one with some Elmers glue. Sprinkle glitter all over & tap to remove excess.

Set to dry & figure out how you will display these sparkling beauties!
On a wreath?
In a bowl?
Gift tags?

My little gal grabbed a few for her room to be displayed with her decorations!

So easy to make & I love the retro feel!