DIY: Scratch-Off Gift Tags

Gift-giving season is here and that means wrapping. Loads and loads of wrapping. Up your game this holiday season with these scratch-off joke gift tags—the recipient will get a kick out of scratching off the label to reveal the punch line. They’re like lotto tickets for children! Grab the free printable below.

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DIY: New York City Advent Calendar

We’ve got advent calendars on the brain today and here’s one you can quickly put together today just in time to crack open the first box tomorrow. All you need are matchboxes and our free New York City-themed printables. Let the holiday countdown begin!

homemade advent calendar

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DIY: Holiday Pom-Pom Garland

Looking for a quick way to decorate your house in time for Thanksgiving? This simple pom-pom garland will add a cheerful touch to your holiday. Best of all, it’s customizable, so you can personalize it with any festive, season-inspired message you like!

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thanksgiving garland

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DIY: Portrait Place Cards

Sometimes place cards feel a bit stuffy, but if you take this fun “floating head” approach for your Thanksgiving table, guests will have a good laugh instead of grumbling that they’re not sitting in front of the rolls.

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place cards

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Last-Minute Halloween Costume: Julia Child

Have an aspiring culinary artist in your midst? Dressing up like Julia Child is actually super simple and you probably already have the items on hand. Throw in a Bob Fosse and Christopher Kimball and you have a complete PBS Saturday morning line-up.

easy halloween costume ideas

All you need is:
• A shirt dress or button-up shirt with pencil skirt
• Beaded necklace
• Apron
• Curly wig
• Props such as a whisk or baguette

julia child costume

Admittedly, this costume would work better on an older child or adult who wouldn’t yank the wig off instantaneously. I’m pretty sure Julia’s hair never looked that wild.

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Five-Minute Halloween Costume: The Gold Medalist

Sometimes you need to pull a costume together, fast. But that doesn’t mean you have to settle for leftovers in the costume aisle. Chances are you already own everything you need to dress up like a champion gold medalist.

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Throw a Googly Eye Halloween Party!

Today I’ve got an entire Halloween party for you in five easy steps. The only rule? Add googly eyes to everything—the party invitation, the decorations, the food, your child. Got it? Here we go!

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free halloween party invitation

Throw a Googly Eye Halloween Party!

Step one: Download and print the invitation.

Step two: Decorate your party space with loads of googly-eyed pumpkins and gourds.

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How To: Assemble the Perfect Fall Gift Basket

Sure, a pre-made gift basket is totally convenient, but let’s face it—nobody wants cheese dip with pimentos (and there are always pimentos in there!). Rather than buying a basket full of uninspired snacks, the better way to go is to assemble your own gift containing your favorite fall-inspired goodies—it makes the perfect present for a new neighbor, teacher, or coworker. Here’s all the ingredients you need to assemble the perfect fall-themed gift basket:

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DIY: Painted Favor Boxes

I love sending party guests home with an edible treat. These small, round boxes can be found at any craft store and are the perfect container for said treat. And all it takes is a bit of paint to make them truly presentable.

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DIY: Confetti Gift Wrap

As someone who can’t fold gift-wrap corners to save her life, I like to come up with ways to avoid them. These gift boxes are a quick two steps and might be as exciting as the actual contents inside. Confetti for the win!