It’s advent calendar time! I usually put one together over the Thanksgiving Break. We have a tradition of doing one little Christmas activity everyday. Sometimes it is small things like drinking spiced cider but sometimes it’s a bigger activity like going to see the Nutcracker. Those little things were the most important part of the holidays for me when I was younger so we try to keep that going. I picked up these awesome treat bags at Paper Mart and knew they’d be perfect for an easy advent calendar. To make them just print the numbers directly onto the bags. I like to include a few little toys or treats for the boys in addition to a Christmas activity. What do you include in your advent calendar? See all of our advent calendar ideas here.
Step 1: Change your printer settings to fit the size of your paper bags and then print numbers 1-24 onto them.
Step 2: Fill the bags with treats and/or printed activities to celebrate each day until Christmas
Step 3: Hang the bags onto ribbon with paper clips or mini clothespins.
This post is sponsored by Paper Mart. My favorite resource for packaging and craft supplies.
Photography by Karen Cline of Pretty Simple Productions for Oh Happy Day
Dessert tables at parties have been all the rage the last several years (I blame Amy Atlas for blowing them up!) I love dessert tables but they can be tricky to get just right. If you aren’t careful they can end up looking a little sad. The first one I ever made I spent a lot of time and effort and the table came out looking flat and sparse. I eventually figured out the trick and today I’m going to give you my favorite tips for a successful dessert table.
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I’m obsessed with these ornaments from Martha Stewart’s new collaboration with The Home Depot. First of all they are shatter proof, so important if you have kids or pets (or if we’re being honest here, clumsy adults) living with you. Secondly the colors are spot on and so modern. It’s so hard to find good greens and blues like these. This wrapping idea is inspired by Martha’s series of holiday how-to videos. Each video is has great DIY ideas for holiday decorating. Martha’s instructions are clear and it’s helpful to see her create the DIY on camera. I really loved the video on making Ornament Clusters and decided to top off a few gifts using Martha’s techniques. You’ll just need a few things to get started…. (PS – Shop the Martha Stewart Living holiday collection by clicking here!)
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It’s almost time for advent calendars! We’ve got a few fun advent calendar DIYs that we’ll be sharing in the next few weeks, but in the mean time: here are few that have inspired us from Pinterest. Are you doing an advent calendar this year? Make sure you check out our list of holiday activities to put in your calendar and our list of great advent calendar toys for kids.
This forest-themed calendar is brilliant. It’s one of our all-time favorites.
A genius way to use leftover toilet paper rolls!
A miniature city! Plus, it’s a free printable. Download it here.
I love the mismatched patterns on this one.
Color! This matchbook calendar is so good.
Loving the greenery in this one.
This one is so playful and great for kids.
I love that this one is so untraditional and modern.
These mini printable boxes are so cute.
Which one’s your favorite??
While browsing the loot bag aisle at the party store, I saw these cute plastic whistles and knew they had some holiday potential. Spray paint them in bright color, glue them on a string, and you’ve got instant holiday decor that makes a big impact. Hang the garland from your ceiling at your next Christmas party, decorate your tree with it, or even make a few extra to tie onto gifts.
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