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Reusable Dinner Guest Place Markers

 Last year was the only year in the 9 years we've lived here that our school district had a full week off for Thanksgiving. As soon as we saw this on the school calendar, we marked it off for vacation. No sooner had our children gotten out of school for the break that then we high-tailed it to California to spend with my side of the family. I promised my mom I would help out with the dinner, so while preparing for the trip I decided to make place markers to bring along.
I found this 1/4" plywood board in the garage that I cut out from the pie cupboard I refinished (you can read about that HERE, and what I did with the other door piece HERE). I rolled 2-3 coats of chalkboard paint over the board with a sponge roller, allowing dry time in between coats, while collecting  supplies.

  • Pine cones (in yard)
  • evergreen from back yard tree
  • jute
  • cinnamon sticks
I cut the board into crude strips about 1 1/2-2" x 3-4" wide tags, and drilled a 1/4" hole in one side of each of them. I strung the jute through the hole.
This is where I experimented tying on different things. The original idea was to tie a pine cone to each one, but mine were very thick and didn't look quite right. So I tied on cinnamon. I liked the look of this.

In the end, though, I kept it pretty simple and just tied a sprig of pine to the tag and marked them each with a guest's name. All the cousins had so much fun assigning everyone's places. I was surprised at how excited everyone was about these tags! 
They were so crudely and easy to make (as you can see, I sanded as minimally, if at all, as I could get away with) and since I had the supplies already on hand, they cost nothing. I was able to make so many from the small board, that I was able to let families keep them and still have plenty for this year.
So we will be using these again this Thanksgiving, and probably for many more to come.
How are your preparations coming along? I can't believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner!
Stay tuned for more ideas and recipes coming your way. For now, keep warm, we are freezing over here!! 

Click HERE and HERE for more Thanksgiving place marker ideas.

Cherry de Piña Mocktail and Holiday Cocktail Party Blog Hop!

 There are so many contributing factors to celebrating the holidays and one of them is definitely the food. Where it's just as fun eating them as making them, one of the best parts is experimenting with different flavors in a drink to make something amazing. Here is a non-alcoholic one that I created to enjoy this holiday season with, and my family likes it so well they have asked that I make it a tradition.
 Today I'm not only sharing this recipe, but I'm bringing you along for a fun blog hop with some fellow amazing bloggers to help you get prepared for the holidays as well, so don't forget to check them out at the end of this post!

Now would you like to know what's in my new concoction? Here's what you'll need:
  •  Lemon Lime Soda                              
  • Frozen Pineapple Juice Concentrate   
  • Grenadine                                            
  • Maraschino Cherries with stems         
  •  Granulated Sugar                               
                      Directions:  Wet rim of glass and dip in granulated sugar. Pour equal parts prepared juice concentrate (as directed on can) and Lemon Lime soda. Pour in grenadine according to desired flavor (approx. 1-2 Tbs.). Drop Maraschino Cherry into glass and serve.

*note- the mocktail pictured has crushed pineapple added as well.

Hope you enjoy, I know we do!
Want more delicious food ideas for Holiday entertaining?
Check out the amazing blog hop collection my fellow bloggers have compiled for you to take your pick from!
Please take a look at the blogs participating in this Holiday Party:
Cocktails & Mocktails
Desserts & Sweet Treats

Fall Home Tour- Blog Hop

Hello, Hello! I'm so glad you could join me today!! 

It's not a usual thing for me to show you around my place, since it is rare that it's clean enough for a tour with so many people in our household, so come on in and take advantage while you can and take a look around.

Caramel Apples: An easy how-to

Fall has the best variety of flavorful treats. Right now is the perfect time of year for caramel apples.
                 Join me over at Ask Anna and see how easy this delicious and fun food is to make!

Glitter Spring Bats

I found a silhouette for these bats at the graphics fairy. I wanted to make some decorations to prepare for a Halloween party we are having.

Wicked Halloween Wreath

I had a few leftover things from the Glitzy Skeleton wreath I made and found my wicked blocks among my decoration. The Front door needed a fun updated wreath, so I gathered a few things I had on hand from previous Halloweens together and enjoyed playing as I went.