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Oriental Trading has an amazing selection for every occasion imaginable — from birthday parties to patriotic celebrations to weddings to holidays, and a whole bunch more. $50 goes a very long way at Oriental Trading, so enter for a chance to win the giveaway and start celebrating in style!

You may remember some of the things I have done with Oriental Trading in the past. Like when I shared Chalkboard Art Tips, our decorated our family Thanksgiving Tablescape, and  the frightful fun Bunco Party!

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Chalkboard Art Tips And Cozy Winter Nights

Do you love chalkboard art? Get the chalkboard art tips you need to make beautiful chalkboards for your home – the easy way! Plus get a free design perfect for those cozy winter nights and drinking hot cocoa. Snuggle up with some fun and fabulous winter decor. #ad #ChalkboardArt #Winter

Some of the products in this post were provided by Oriental Trading Company.

 

Chalkboard Art Tips And Cozy Winter Nights

When the weather outside is cold, it is the perfect time to snuggle up and get cozy. We love to use our White Winter Ceramic Mugs that look like cable knit sweaters and enjoy some hot cocoa. We snuggle up in the den and turn on one of our favorite shows or movie. The den is all decked out in Buffalo Plaid winter decor.

One of the items I picked up from Oriental Trading was this super cute Buffalo Plaid Chalkboard. I absolutely LOVE chalk art (check out my Sidewalk Chalk Art). So, I couldn’t resist this board and creating a fun design. There are a few tips and tricks I want to share with you on how you can make your own chalk art design and transfer it easily to your own chalkboard. You won’t believe how easy it is!

I wanted to celebrate cozy winter nights with a chalkboard design that featured the hot cocoa we enjoy. So, I drew a steaming mug to compliment the saying, “Warm Mugs of Hot Cocoa Served All Winter Long.” I am thrilled with how it turned out.

Get the Chalkboard Art Tips

Create your design

  • Create your design. Use fancy fonts, choose or draw graphics.
  • Put them all together how you want them in a word document, photo program, or whatever you like to use.
  • Make your design the size you need for your chalkboard.
  • Print a black and white copy of your design.

Transfer your design to the Chalkboard

  • Use the side of a piece of chalk to chalk the back side of your design paper. Be sure to cover every bit of your design area.
  • Place the chalked side of paper against your chalkboard and lightly tape it into place. This just keeps the pattern still and in the proper position.
  • Trace over your design to transfer it to the chalkboard.
  • Remove the tape and pattern.
  • Use Chalk Markers to draw your design onto the chalkboard. Follow your pattern, it is easy peasy!
  • Once finished, let your chalk marker DRY thoroughly.
  • After the chalk marker is completely dry, you can dust off the remaining chalk dust and have a perfect chalkboard decor.

FREE Printable Design Pattern

Warm Mugs of Hot Cocoa Served All Winter Long

Download HERE — prints on a legal size paper (11 inch x 14 inch)

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Get imaginative with your decor this winter. I’d love to see what chalkboard designs you create. Have some fun and stay cozy!

 

 

 

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Winter Trail Mix Recipe Party Snack Or On-the-Go Treat

This Winter Trail Mix recipe is great not just during the holidays but all year long. Use it as a party snack or take it on-the-go. Nuts, dried fruit. #WinterTrailMix #Recipe

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Winter Trail Mix Recipe

Party Snack or On-the-Go Treat

 

I love this time of year with all the parties and fun activities that surround the holidays — Christmas Caroling, Holiday Boat Parades, taking a ride or walk to see the Christmas lights and decorations. Sometimes you just need a quick little snack to take on-the-go.

This Winter Trail Mix recipe is super quick and easy. You can literally whip it together in a minute. The trail mix is not too sweet and not too salty and loaded with the wonderful flavors of the season. It’s perfect for snacking or it makes a fabulous party nibble that both kids and adults will love.

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So, let’s get to the recipe!

Winter Trail Mix Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup – Roasted Salted Whole Cashews
  • 1 Cup – Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Cup – Candied Pecans
  • 1 Cup – Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup – Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup – Mini Marshmallows

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, add all the above ingredients.
  2. Mix until well blended.

How easy is that? It does not get any easier, right? Yes, you will thank me. This is so yummy and packed with the delicious flavors of cashews, almonds, pecans, cranberries, cinnamon, and even some chocolate.

Printable Recipe – Winter Trail Mix

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Winter Trail Mix Recipe
 
This Winter Trail Mix recipe is great not just during the holidays but all year long. Use it as a party snack or take it on-the-go.
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Type: Snack
Cuisine: American
Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup - Roasted Salted Whole Cashews
  • 1 Cup - Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
  • 1 Cup - Candied Pecans
  • 1 Cup - Dried Cranberries
  • 1 Cup - Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 Cup - Mini Marshmallows
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, add all the above ingredients.
  2. Mix until well blended.
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Oriental Trading has the cutest Buffalo Plaid line available right now. I like to package my Winter Trail Mix in these adorable Buffalo Plaid Snack Bowls with Lids. They are so festive and fun for those holiday outings. Take thermoses or stop and pick-up a couple boxes of coffee or hot cocoa and fill up your Buffalo Plaid insulated coffee cups with lids. It is a perfect treat combo.

I even keep a snack bowl filled with my Winter Trail Mix on our Wooden Buffalo Plaid Serving Tray in the den for evening snacking while we watch TV.

 

I know you will enjoy this snack, and I wish you the happiest of holidays.

If you are looking for other tasty winter snack ideas, check out my Sugared Cranberries.

Looking for great ideas to ring in the New Year? Check out the Oriental Trading New Year’s Eve collection!
 

 

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Thanksgiving Tablescape Simple Elegance

At the busy holiday season, it’s nice to have some simple elegance. I’m sharing how to put together a gorgeous and easy Thanksgiving tablescape with the help of Oriental Trading Company who provided some of the items for my table decor. AD #ThanksgivingTablescape

 

Thanksgiving Tablescape Simple Elegance

Helping to make the busy holidays easy and beautiful

 

There is no escape. You can’t turn back now. The holidays are upon us. So, let Oriental Trading help you make this busy season simple and elegant, fun and easy, or whatever sparks your fancy. There is something for every decor style, craft idea, or DIY project.

This year, my Thanksgiving tablescape style is simple elegance with a rustic touch. Autumn is such a lovely season full of fall colors, delicious flavors, cozy moments, and family memories. Let’s celebrate!

The first thing I did was gather my supplies:

  • Ceramic White Pumpkin
  • 1 – Wood Large Round Centerpiece (wood slice)
  • 1 – Wood Medium Round Centerpiece (wood slice)
  • Silk Fall Leaves
  • Fall Burlap Pumpkins
  • 2 – Battery-Operated Round Flameless Candles
  • Raffia Ribbon
  • Tape

Prep the Candles:

Candles

  1. Lay individual leaves in a line, right side up. Make the line of leaves long enough to go around the candle.
  2. Place a strip of Tape across the line of leaves to hold them in position.
  3. Wrap the leaves around the candle and secure with an additional piece of tape.
  4. Tie Raffia Ribbon around the leaves. I used two pieces of raffia ribbon for each candle.
  5. Carefully remove the tape.

Building the centerpiece:

  1. Stack the two Wood Slices (large and medium) in the center of the table. I turned mine so they didn’t lay exactly the same.
  2. Then tuck some of the Fall Leaves under the edges of the wood slices. Add extra leaves to spill out across the table as desired.
  3. Place the Burlap Pumpkins around the wood slices.
  4. The showcase of my centerpiece is the gorgeous Ceramic White Pumpkin. It has a white glaze and a little gold detailing to make this pumpkin absolutely stunning. Place it on the wood slices.
  5. Set the Candles on opposite sides of the centerpiece.

Tie your place settings in with your centerpiece:

Napkins

  1. Fold napkins however you wish.
  2. Lay a couple of leaves on the napkin.
  3. Tie with raffia ribbon.

Water Goblets or Wine Glasses

  1. Tie raffia ribbon to the glass stem.

So, what do you think of my Thanksgiving tablescape? It’s simple and elegant, right? And it certainly was quick and easy to create.

If you are looking for more ideas and inspiration, check out Oriental Trading for all your everyday and holiday needs.

Looking for an easy DIY project to spruce up your home before the holidays? Check out our Mantel Makeover!

 

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Halloween Glow For Decor Or Treat

Make your Halloween Glow in your decor and the treats you pass out for trick-or-treat. Be part of the Teal Pumpkin Project® with food-free options. #Halloween #GlowSticks #TealPumpkin

Thanks to Oriental Trading for providing some of these products to make our Halloween vamptastic!

 

Halloween Glow For Decor Or Treat

An Apothecary Vignette with an Eerie Glow

 

You may not like things that go bump in the night, but who doesn’t love a little spooky glow on Halloween night? Glow sticks can be fun to decorate with and kids are always enthralled with them. Choose items that glow for some food-free fun to pass out for trick-or-treat this Halloween.

Create your own eerie apothecary vignette to dazzle your guest for a Halloween party or trick-or-treat. We just added glow sticks to different items in the apothecary to make them glow. They are also great when you tuck them into mason jars and use them as path lights. Super simple, right?

Look at that spooky Spider Web Candelabra. Isn’t it fun? I used it as part of my Halloween Mantel Decor. I decorated the candles with spiders to make them extra creepy. Check out this DIY to make your own Spider Candles.

Oriental Trading has lots of glow options available that make a perfect food-free option for trick-or-treaters or classroom parties. We picked up the Halloween Glow Bracelets with Card and the Large Beam Flashlight Keychains. The cute and cheerful Halloween card has holes to attach the glow bracelet and the flashlights come in a variety of six different colors.

If you are looking for fun ideas for Trick-or-Treat this year, Oriental Trading has you covered for all things Halloween. The Halloween Glow, toys, games, and more are perfect for those supporting the Teal Pumpkin Project® and providing food-free options for kids with food allergies.

 

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Halloween Candy Display Ideas To Delight

Get creative with your Halloween candy. Check out these frightfully fun and easy Halloween Candy Display Ideas and delight your trick-or-treaters! #Halloween

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Halloween Candy Display Ideas To Delight

Easy, Creative and Frightfully Fun

 

Halloween is always a frightfully good holiday. I love to decorate and make things extra fun for anyone who stops by, especially the cutest little trick-or-treaters. One way I do this is by displaying my Halloween candies. Why just have candy tossed in a bowl, when you can make it festive? Check out these easy and creative ideas…

Bubbling Cauldron of Candy

 


Make your cauldron bubble using a package of Stretchable Spider Webs. I used a large cauldron and edged it with the webbing, pulling and fluffing it out, then place a bowl in the top of the cauldron that was large enough to sit at the top. I fluffed the spider webbing over the edge of that bowl and filled with candy. The spider web is lightweight and flutters in the breeze for a really cool effect.

 

Hanging Cauldron

 


This idea takes a smaller cauldron, a hanging plant stand, plant chain, and hook. We drilled holes below the lip of the cauldron to put the chain through and attached it to the hook. Then, the cauldron just hangs from the stand. Fill it with Halloween Candy.

 

Jack-O’-Lantern and Black Cat Display

 


These adorable Halloween Candy Buffet Buckets come in a set of three sizes — perfect for separating treats. I used one for candy, one for glow bracelets and Halloween card, and one for mini flashlights and holiday pencils. Placed on a table with a black plastic tablecloth and Halloween Silhouette Table Skirt, pumpkins and one of my Silhouette Cat Yard Stakes.

 

It’s not hard or expensive to make Halloween frightfully fun with these spooktacular Halloween Candy Display Ideas. They are great for parties too — Enjoy!

Want more Halloween fun? Don’t miss:

The Legend Of The Jack-O’-Lantern

The Pumpkin Prayer – Halloween Activity

Carving & Lighting Tips and Tricks – Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Mantel Decor Orange, Black, and Purple

 

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Bewitched Halloween and DIY Trick-or-Treat Lantern

Have a Bewitched Halloween with this amazing costume and a DIY Trick-or-Treat Lantern perfect for taking little ones out or going to a party in style!

And, it is all a snap with Oriental Trading, who was kind enough to provide some of these items.

 

Bewitched Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Lantern

Trick-or-Treat and Party in Style

 

What are your plans for Halloween? Are you taking the kids out trick-or-treating? Maybe you are throwing a vamptastic party or attending one. Whatever it is you have planned Oriental Trading can help you look spooktacular for a bewitched Halloween!

Rory has plans to party with friends, so she chose this Brilliantly Bewitched Costume. It is super cute and super comfy. It is made with a soft stretchy material and sheer sleeves. And just look at the beautiful jewel-tone purple sparkling down the front. This costume is fun and flirty with the v-neckline and an asymmetrical jagged-edged hemline. It comes with a matching hat.

Find all sorts of costume ideas for Kids, Women, and Men — costumes for the whole family and in any style you can imagine. Pick a group theme like superheroes, pirates, and food or be creatively unique. Get a costume that fits — sizes from babies to plus sizes. The hardest part about shopping for a costume at Oriental Trading is deciding which one to choose.

Before she heads out to the party, Rory’s taking some little ones around the neighborhood trick-or-treating. Check out this Trick-or-Treat Lantern!

DIY Trick-or-Treat Lantern

What You Need:

Putting it Together:

  1. Open the Black Metal Lantern.
  2. Turn the Lights On.
  3. Place the battery pack base of the LED String Lights inside the lantern.
  4. Weight it down with Candy Corn.
  5. Replace the Lantern Lid.

Isn’t this lantern adorable? What a great way to light your path while trick-or-treating.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these Halloween costume ideas. You can also check out my Halloween Mantel Decor and Pumpkin Carving Page.

Have a Bewitched Halloween!

Be sure to check out Oriental Trading for all your Halloween shopping.

 

 

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Halloween Mantel Decor Orange, Black, And Purple

I love this time of year — all the holidays inspire me. So, enjoy my Halloween Mantel Decor including a quick, easy, and spooky DIY project you’ll love! #Halloween #HalloweenDecor #HalloweenCraft

 

Halloween Mantel Decor

Plus a Quick, Easy, and Spooky DIY Project

 

It’s my favorite time of year! I absolutely love this season of holidays. From the rich colors to the heavenly aromas, to the yummy foods, and wonderful family memories in the making, I find it all heartwarming.

So, I’m kicking off the last quarter of the year by sharing my Halloween Mantel Decor. I have to tell you, I am in love with how this mantel turned out. Thanks to Oriental Trading for providing some of the decor items, and to Luke who made my dreams come true with the Mantel Makeover last year.

And, bonus, this little viewing comes with a spooktacular DIY project that is fun and creepy.

So, let’s get started…

 

Halloween Mantel Decor

Since Halloween is possibly my favorite holiday, I wanted to have something fun and festive with a simple elegance. And, I decided to stick with the traditional colors of orange and black with an added splash of purple.

The Black Metal Lanterns (above) are so pretty and how cute are they filled with candy corn? A variety of mini pumpkins on multi-level candle holders and lacy tin buckets in orange and black, and a glittery black cat to add some sparkle. Don’t you love the way the Halloween Mantel Decor turned out?

Black cats and pumpkins inspired me to make a printable for my mantel frame using a quote (source unknown) that I have loved for years.

“When Black Cats prowl and Pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween.”

Now, check out this Spider Web Candelabra! Isn’t it adorable? With all the spiders crawling on the candelabra, I knew I wanted to have some spidery candles. So, I decided to makeover some old candles that I had stored away — you know those ones you’ve used but there is a lot of candle leftover, and you know you’ll use them again sometime but you never do. Here is your chance!

DIY Spider Candles for Halloween

What You’ll Need:

  • Grab your used candles (or new ones if you must — LOL)
  • A Permanent Marker ( I used black for the white candles and silver for the purple candles)

How To:

  1. Draw a spider web at the flame tip of the candle.
  2. Draw a squiggly line down the candle and draw a black dot at the end. The black dot is your spider body.
  3. Add eight legs to your spider body.
  4. Create the look you want by adding more webs and/or spiders.

NOTE – For Halloween, using the old, perhaps discolored, candles make for a perfect creepy look. I had one that had a lot of candle wax dripped down the side, awesome. Also, with Halloween, you do not need to have your candles standing perfectly straight. So, if they teeter a bit in the candle holder or have a little curve to them makes it all the more spooky and eerie.

I hung my Halloween wreath above the mantel. It’s a piece I’ve had for years and is always fun to unearth each year.

Then, tying all the decor together is the amazing black Gauze Garland String Lights with purple bulbs — love it!

I draped the lights over and under the fireplace mantel and hung my Happy Halloween sign from the hidden hook beneath my mantel. It provided the perfect spooky touch to finish off my Halloween Mantel Decor.

I hope you have enjoyed this peek into my Halloween Mantel Decor, and wish you a spooky and fun Halloween!

Be sure to check out Oriental Trading for all your Halloween shopping.

 

 

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