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Countdown to Christmas

We’ve had our first snowfall of the season today and as they say… it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The first parade of the season was this past weekend, the local radio station has switched to holiday tunes and neighbours houses are starting to light up the night.

I managed to get my winter planters arranged yesterday, just in time for a major temperature drop and have actually done a fair bit of online shopping.

With December 1st a little over a week away, it’s time to dust off the kids countdown calendar and get ready for the fun-filled days leading up to the jolliest of holidays. I updated the look of my calendar last year from this…

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… to this pretty mint and gold confetti paper background. The great thing about this project is that you can customize the calendar to match your holiday decor or simply pick a wrapping paper you love.

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I also found these gold and silver gift tags and decided to use these for the messages instead of white paper, as they added a touch of bling.

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You can read the full tutorial from last year for making your very own countdown calendar here. This project is really easy to put together and makes counting down the days to Christmas loads of fun for the whole family.

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You can also download these FREE printables I created and cut them out for use in your own calendar, or simply use some ideas and add your own.

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I would love new suggestions for countdown ideas, so please share in the comments. Happy creating little elves!

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A Wild Celebration

For my oldest’s 8th birthday she wanted to invite a few friends out to a movie to see Zooptopia and then come back to the house for dessert.

I love these small intimate parties the girls have been favouring these past couple of years and this formula of just a few close friends, a short outing and dessert back at the house has really been working well for me (uh… I mean us).

Since the guest list is small everyone can easily fit around the dining room table and I can focus on a themed table scape and dessert bar rather than having to decorate a whole house. Continue reading

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DIY Mermaid Tail Apron

There seems to be this recurring theme for me when I celebrate birthdays for my kids. I make a big list of all the things I’m inspired by and want to accomplish with my party planning and preparations. I fine tune the list and come up with my plan for food, decor, activities and favours. Within this plan there is usually an overly ambitious craft or project that I challenge myself to complete before the big day, and this year for P’s mermaid party it was a mermaid tail apron.

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