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5 Simple and Cheap Ways to Decorate for a holiday!

Decorating for a holiday doesn’t have to be super stressful or require a lot of work. I am the Queen of procrastination and if decorating requires more than an hour or two…I can’t make it happen.

And that’s the truth. I wish I had tons of time to put into decorating but it’s not my priority but it’s something that I enjoy…… so I make time for it.

 I know that my children love to come downstairs to see what fun decorations I have put up overnight.

So…lets talk about 5 Simple and Cheap ways to decorate for any holidays :

******( This post has my St. Patrick’s Day decorations)********

1.) Keep it Simple.

When I am decorating, I like to keep stuff really simple. I have several areas in my house that I focus decorating on….my breakfast room table, a side table in my family/living room, and my family room mantle. On major holidays like Christmas, I extend the decorating throughout the house. For my table, I like to keep my plates, and cups really simple and expand my décor with cute napkins, flowers or a center piece, straws, and a table runner. I purchased a plain white set of 8 plates and bowls from BJ’s for $20 which I use for every holiday. I also purchased 8 clear “root beer float” type mugs from the dollar store which I toss a cute straw in or tie a cute bow on. I try to keep my mantle and side table pretty simple as well.

breakfast

table

2.) Use old holiday pictures of yourself, loved ones, and/or the kids.

I love to use old pictures of the kids from the previous years’ holidays in my decorating. Check out these cute pictures of the kids from St. Patrick’s Day past. I have framed photos for Valentine’s day, Halloween, and Christmas as well.

DJbaby girls

The kids love to look at these and see how they were “decorated” as well. I purchased about 10 of these black picture frames from the dollar store and use them for various holidays. Holiday photo books are also a great addition to coffee tables as decorations.

These pictures, below, will also make great pictures or I can send them into Shutterfly to make cool coffee mugs for next year!

irish lasses

buddies

3.) Hit the clearance rack after the holidays.

Many of my favorite “holiday” pieces were purchased after the holiday and then saved for the next year. I love to hit up Homegoods, Marshalls, Joanne Fabrics, and Michael’s craft store for fun additions. In this picture,  I purchased the cross, little pillows, and shamrock hanging banner at Joanne fabric store last year. When I opened my “St. Patrick’s Day” storage tote this year, they were a welcomed surprise. I also would recommend checking out your local dollar tree….I often get inspired to create something new with whatever I find there. Target is also a great place to stock up on decorations. I will often hit their dollar days bins and collect “favors” for upcoming birthday parties, fillers for Easter baskets, small decorative pieces and Christmas stockings.

shamrock display

4.) Steal things from other rooms in your home!

The “Faith, Love, and Hope” sign, pictured above, is actually a sign that I keep on a shelf in my breakfast room. That room has more of a country style and I often borrow items from that shelf. I am constantly walking through my house and grabbing other candles, candlesticks, and baskets to aid in my decorating. When I am decorating for first communion or baptism parties, I often take statues and religious items from the children’s dressers for display. Action figures, and toys can also be great additions to kids’ tables at parties, and as cake toppers.

5.) Use your food presentation as a decoration too!

Food presentation can be so fun! Check out these fun Irish flags that I found at a teacher store over the summer. I knew these would come in handy!! I also dyed these blueberry muffins green so the kiddos loved them for their St. Patrick’s Day breakfast!

muffinsfood tray

Pinterest is always full of fun food ideas. I found this great Irish food tray

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from Shower of Roses. I replaced the cauliflower and sugar snaps with green grapes and marshmallows since I know that my kiddos would eat those better. And….what an awesome presentation for my family.

Cucumber-Shamrock-Snack

I wish I could say that my cucumber tray came out like this but it didn’t. So…I posted this picture from Pinterest that was even better.

What an awesome, consumable decoration….haha.

Decorating can be fun without all the stress if you have a game plan! Keep it simple and have fun! Reuse what you already have available…and buy stuff when you can get a great discount on it!

Happy Decorating!!!

God bless,

Tammi

 

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Halloween Madness!!

Our family loves holidays! Any excuse to make the day extraordinary….and we’re in!!! The kids know to expect fun decorations and plenty of activities to “honor” the day.

Decorating the house.

Halloween 2012

Halloween 2012

The kids were super excited about their pumpkins.

Can’t you tell??!!!

IMG_2310The 2013 kids area…complete with Halloween books for them to read. The little ones love to pick at all this stuff and play with it.

IMG_2309Our halloween mantle. I found some really cute Halloween picture frames in the clearance aisle of Target last year. I framed pictures of past Halloweens, which were fun to look at an reminence. The little black lanterns were from IKEA and the spider webs were from the local dollar tree. We grabbed a few small pumpkins from the local farm stand.

IMG_2313The outside of the house: complete with carved pumpkins, corn stalks, mums, a hay bale, and plenty of spiders and webs.

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IMG_2314DDD loves scary stuff and wants to go “crazy” with scary decorating for halloween. I do not like the gory and scary aspect of halloween, and recently found the story of St. Felix. You can read about him here.  He was an amazing saint who was being persecuted by the Roman guards and was protected in hiding by a spider who spun a web to conceal his hiding place. After reading this story, I explained to DDD that he would be allowed to put spider webs up for decorations. They would serve as a reminder to us of the story of St. Felix. He LOVED that idea and was given “full reign” in taking care of the webbing outside. He was totally impressive and took great pride in what he did. I could have easily “fixed” what he did….but…is it really that big of a deal??

So…there’s webbing everywhere….my son feels great…..that’s really what it’s all about.

Activities:

IMG_2279DDD’s scary jack-o-lantern. He managed to grab my cell phone and take this picture. Unfortunately, my hands were so covered in pumpkin seeds that I didn’t get close ups from the other kids.

IMG_2270IMG_2273This year I bought Mini Me a “stick on” face. She had so much fun arranging and re-arranging his face. She was obviously proud of herself!

IMG_2261These little foam shapes and patterns from the local dollar tree were fantastic for helping keep the little ones busy during the day.

Food

halloween 1In the past, we have made orange pancakes with chocolate chip jack’o lantern faces.

Mandarin oranges for my 2yr old niece bday/Halloween party!

I found this idea on Pinterest and loved it. I simply used a black sharpie to draw on the faces. It was a great non-candy treat after dinner.

Dinner has always been something super simple to keep warm and feed the families that come over. Last year, it was chili. You can see my recipe for chili here. This year, it was a spiral ham, and homemade macaroni and cheese.

halloween 2Our table, last year, decorated for our party! I grabbed some halloween plates from the dollar store and found a cute black web napkin holder at the Ross last year. This picture shows our fun art clothes- line that details our artwork from the day.

Costumes

halloween 4Last year, the kids were ALL ABOUT being ScoobyDoo and Mystery Incorporated. How funny are they?

IMG_2282This year I had a Doc McStuffins and her stuffed animal, Lambie.

I could just squeeze them!!!

Sweet Pea wanted to make her own costume. How awesome is she???!!!….she was a table!!! haha. She wore this around her waist. It was cumbersome but every one of the houses we visited commented on how awesome and creative her costume was. She loved it!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any close-ups of DDD, and the fashionista. The fashionista was a little kitty cat and DDD was a power ranger. In our excitement to get out the door to trick or treat, I missed snagging a picture of them.  Boooooo

I just love to watch my kids run from house to house in their excitement for candy. It’s like the ultimate scavenger hunt! It’s not about getting a ridiculous amount of candy….it’s about the fun of the adventure.

Here’s to the next Halloween!!!

God Bless,

Tammi