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Holiday & Parties Articles


Here you’ll find holiday and party ideas and themes to that include children birthday parties, Christmas, Easter, party food and decor. Some of the popular articles in this section are Dollar Store Easter Decor, Brave-Themed Birthday Party, and Christmas Pallet Art.

Throw a Winter Birthday Party without Breaking the Bank!
Jocie | March 4, 2014
Throw a Winter Birthday Party without Breaking the Bank!

Boy, is it hard to come up with toddler birthday party ideas for winter! Lucy’s birthday is at the end of January and Izzie’s at the beginning of February, and every year it gets harder to host parties. Some years my mom has hosted. Other years, I have just had a few toddlers over to the house on a weekday so it cuts down on the amount of people (no husbands or siblings). Our house is just to small for a big party. But hosting out of the home is so expensive! But this year I resolved to not have parties in the house and not... 

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Love, Kisses & Valentine Wishes
Jocie | January 28, 2014
Love, Kisses & Valentine Wishes

I have never gotten too much into decorating for Valentine’s Day, largely because my girls’ birthdays are on January 24th and February 11th. I’m usually so wrapped up in party planning and birthday decorating, Valentine’s Day is a bit much. But last year, Ethan and I cut some pallets and made some cheap art for the occasion. Check out our Pallets 101 video tutorial on how to cut pallets and assemble art. When planning out my pallets, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do, so I took to Pinterest,... 

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Simple Valentine Day Crafts from Craft Night!
Jocie | January 21, 2014
Simple Valentine Day Crafts from Craft Night!

It’s been a couple months but for the first time since the holiday, we had Craft Night with my bloggy BFF, Liz at Naptime Decorator. And what better to craft than simple Valentine’s Day Crafts. Well, I should clarify that….not everyone did such simple crafts, but I did.Mini Tulip Heart Wreath First up, I was inspired by two beautiful tulip wreaths from The DIY Village and Naptime Decorator. I put my own spin on it using a heart-shaped grapevine wreath and mini-tulips from Michaels. I used a coupon for the wreath and tulips... 

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DIY Twig Wreath
Katie | December 18, 2013
DIY Twig Wreath

Hi there! I’m Katie from Upcycled Treasures, and I am so excited to be a new contributor for OPC! Today I am sharing a super simple DIY Twig Wreath that will cost you next to nothing to make. Being a fan of the great outdoors, it’s no wonder I am slightly obsessed with incorporating natural elements and rustic design into our home. This project is easy peasy and just takes a bit of patience. So grab some hot chocolate, put on your favorite holiday movie, and you will be done in no time! Here is what you will need:Wood... 

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DIY Christmas Bunting with Burlap and Pine Cones
Jocie | December 17, 2013
DIY Christmas Bunting with Burlap and Pine Cones

Christmas is about a week away, and I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed! You? Well, there sure isn’t time for in depth projects, but I love this DIY Christmas bunting with burlap and pine cones. It only took me about 30 minutes to make and I only used supplies I had on hand. It doesn’t get much better than that! Materials Needed:White Burlap Rope or twine Hot glue 4 pine cones Glitter and Elmer’s glue Red paint and brush Red ribbonFirst, I started by cutting 5 triangles using white burlap. No special tricks, I just... 

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DIY Holiday Napkin Rings
Kathryn | December 11, 2013
DIY Holiday Napkin Rings

I love Christmas. I love the glitz and glamour, the twinkling lights, the presents, Christmas services, Christmas music and the true joy of Christmas, Christ. I can’t wait to entertain company during Christmas. There’s something about a decorated house, with a beautiful table, the smell of delicious food and the company of friends and family to warm my heart. Today I want to share with you some simple DIY holiday napkin rings and pains that I made to dress up the table a little.We use these napkins for our Sunday advent candle... 

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Holiday Home Tour
Jocie | December 10, 2013
Holiday Home Tour

You probably have seen of my Christmas crafts over the last month as I have posted about them, but I wanted to show you that I really do use them! My house probably isn’t magazine chic, but it is cozy and cheery for the Christmas season. Also, while I enjoy a decorated house, I also want it to be a place my kids feel excited and a part of process. So, without further ado, here is my Holiday Home Tour! I guess the best place to start is our tree! Its fake. Mainly because we are lazy and I tend to kill all living things that don’t... 

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Dollar Store Advent Wreath!
Jocie | December 5, 2013
Dollar Store Advent Wreath!

I realize the advent season has already started, and we’re a bit late to the game but last night we made a Dollar Store Advent Wreath! Each year, we do an activity each night along with the advent calendar and reading of the Christmas story. This year, I thought it would be fun to also light the advent candle each night before the read the story. Of course, I wanted to do it on the cheap, so I headed to the Dollar Store and made a fun activity of it!I started with two small wreaths from the Dollar Store and stacked them on top... 

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5 Minutes or Less: Pine Cone Place Card Holders
Jocie | November 25, 2013
5 Minutes or Less: Pine Cone Place Card Holders

These Pine Cone Place card holders are part of “5 Minutes or Less,” an ongoing series dedicated to quick and fun crafts and DIY projects that you can do in five minutes or less. This segment came to being because in our busy life it was difficult making the time for the involved and time-consuming projects that I love. We would love to feature your ideas too, so don’t forget to take lots of pictures of your next “5 Minutes or Less” DIY and send ‘em our way!This was one of my favorite Thanksgiving crafts last year, but it... 

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Christmas Pallet Subway Art
Jocie | November 19, 2013
Christmas Pallet Subway Art

This Christmas Pallet subway art is one of my all time favorite Christmas crafts. This is also the project that I am frequently asked if I sell these.  * Update 12/1/13 – Congratulations to Kristy R. and Katie B. on winning this fabulous giveaway! Each have received a hand painted Christmas pallet and an OPC T-shirt!I love making pallet art mostly because the options are limitless and they are so inexpensive to make! Be sure to check out my full tutorial on deconstructing pallets and building pallet signs.With this pallet... 

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