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Printable Thank You Cards

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

printable thank you cards from This Heart of Mine

It’s baby week here on Classic Play. All week long, my friends MJ, Melissa, Ali and I are throwing a virtual shower for our good friend Amy who recently went from being a mom of two, to a mom of three. We’re so excited for her!

We wrote well wishes and pinned them to ribbons, filled up at a gourmet pb&j bar, and oohed and ahhed over the bright and cheery party decor. They really were quite clever.

Now, the party is over and it’s on to the Thank You notes. Today, Amy shares some of the favorite gifts she’s received and free printable thank you cards she designed. They’re so lovely! She has three different color schemes for you so head on over and check them out.

In the spirit of giving thanks, I want to thank MJ, Melissa, Ali for helping pull all of this together; many thanks to Munchkin who graciously sponsored it; and of course, a huge thanks to you for your support.

Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safe, easier, and more fun. You can find their products at Munchkin.com, Target, Babies’R’Us, Walmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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Welcome Baby Party Decorations

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

decorations to welcome baby's arrival

It’s baby week here on Classic Play. All week long, my friends MJ, Melissa, Ali and I are throwing a virtual shower for our good friend Amy who recently went from being a mom of two, to a mom of three. We’re so excited for her!

I kicked things off with a ribbon chandelier where guests can leave well wishes for the baby and parents. Then Melissa set up an incredible gourmet PB&J bar—a delicious grown up twist on a childhood classic. Today, MJ is bringing the party gear. She was inspired by the cool gadgets and toys of Munchkin to make decor from items that Amy can use long after the party ends. Click on over to Pars Caeli for the how-to.

bright and cheery decorations for a baby shower

Many thanks to Munchkin for their support. And many thanks to you for yours!

Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safe, easier, and more fun. You can find their products at Munchkin.com, Target, Babies’R’Us, Walmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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Celebrate the Little Things | PB&J Bar

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Love this pb&j bar idea for a party

It’s baby week here on Classic Play. All week long, my friends MJ, Melissa, Amy, Ali and I are sharing ideas for celebrating new parents.

Yesterday, I took care of the gift table. Today, Melissa is taking care of the food with a gourmet PB&J Bar. Yesssssss! Head on over to Lulu the Baker for the full spread. That woman broke out the Nutella. And here I thought I couldn’t love her more.

love this idea for a pb&j bar!

Munchkin rids the world of the mundane by developing clever, innovative solutions that make family life safe, easier, and more fun. You can find their products at Munchkin.com, Target, Babies’R’Us, Walmart, and Amazon. It’s the little things!

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Celebrate the Little Things Baby Shower | Ribbon Chandelier

Monday, March 9th, 2015

How to make a ribbon chandelier for the gift table. Guests write little notes to the mom, dad and/or baby and attach them to the ribbons. After the party, save the notes for the baby book.

My friend Amy just had a baby. He is the cutest thing! So this week MJ, Melissa and Ali are throwing her a shower. We’re all so excited for her and her family.

I’ve been thinking a lot about showers and new babies. Maybe it’s spring, or maybe nostalgia. I had my last baby a decade ago, this year. How did that happen?? But I love showers—friends and family arriving bearing gifts, words of encouragement, and well wishes for the new family. Those well wishes may be a little thing, but to me they meant the world.

Today, I’m kicking off the shower with a ribbon chandelier for the gift table, since it’s often the first stop friends and family make at a shower. “Where should I put the gift?” After guests drop off their gift, they can write a few words to the new mom, dad or baby and pin it to the ribbons. After the party, collect well-wishes from the hanging centerpiece to put in the baby book later on.

This project is incredibly easy and delivers both big “wow” and “aww” factors.

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Leprechaun Treasure Box for St. Patrick’s Day

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

printable template for leprechaun treasure boxes

That squirrelly leprechaun. He rearranges our shoes, turns things upside down, and has even been known to leave rainbow colored treats around the house. Unlike Santa or the Easter Bunny, the leprechaun is full of mischief and unpredictability. What’s he going to do this year? (more…)

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Happy New Year Round the World

Monday, December 29th, 2014

origami poppers for new years

Just a few days left in the year! How are you planning on celebrating New Year’s Eve? If the kids are staying up late, or even if they’re not, I have a cool project for them on PBS Parents. It combines origami and global style and yes, noise. What’s not to love?

Click here to get the full tutorial.

Oh and for young ones, check out these noise makers Carla made last year (pictured below). They’ll love them.

diy-nye-noise-makers2

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Celebrate New Years with Alexandra Hedin + Red Stamp

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

How to Make it a Red Stamp New Years
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New Year’s Eve is one of my favorite celebrations. There’s such excitement, kisses at midnight, and yes, a bit o’ bubbly. Even the kids love to clink their glasses of sparkling cider together. To make this year’s celebration extra festive and super easy to pull together, Red Stamp has partnered with Alexandra Hedin to throw a fun New Year’s Eve bash. Alexandra created a yummy cocktail for us parents to ring in the new year and Red Stamp did the rest. Click here for the recipe and see how the party all came together.

Order your New Year’s party supplies now through December 10, 2014 and get 20% off at RedStamp.com using the promo code CHEERSTO2015. I can’t wait to ring in 2015, how about you?

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Thanksgiving | Super Sleuth Children’s Table

Monday, November 10th, 2014

thanksgiving table activity for kids to learn about their family history

Do you guys do children’s tables for Thanksgiving? I love the idea of them. The challenge though, at least in my mind, is making sure kids still mingle with the rest of the family. So, I created a quick and easy activity to get kids chatting and learning about their family history by employing them as super sleuths. All you need is some strips of paper, a bit of tape, and a pen or pencil.

You can catch the whole post over on PBS Parents. I’m hoping will add some fun to your family holiday festivities.

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