Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is around the corner and the Social Fabric Community has put together the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Round-Up to help you prepare for the season of love. From tutorials to crafts to delicious recipes, we have something for everyone. We dare you not to fall in love with these ideas!

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Craft/DIY/Tutorial

Friendly Valentine Candy Jar – Creative Ramblings

Valentine Felt Envelopes – Good Morning Loretta

Valentine’s Day Candy Filled Mason Jar – Savvy Saving Couple

Valentine’s Day Love Bug Craft – Maryland Momma’s Rambles

Last-Minute Quick, Cute Cut-Out Cards – Our Daily Craft

DIY Heart Shaped Massage Bars – Thriftanista in the City

Valentine Memo Chalkboard – Southern Couture

Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Decoration – Pretty in Pigment

Flower Vase Craft – Polka Dotted Blue Jay

No-Sew Ribbon Embellished Cocktail Napkins – Atta Girl Says

Macaroni Art Lace Hearts – ABCs and Garden Peas

Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Day Favors – Home. Made. Interest.

Hand Lettered Valentine Notecards – One Artsy Mama

Instagram Magnetic Bookmarks – Happy Go Lucky Blog

Birdseed Heart Valentines – Made with Happy

Valentine’s Day Burlap Wreath – The Farm Girl Gabs

Cute Flower Valentines for Kids – Love, Jaime

DIY Valentine Flower Corsage – Suburban Wife, City Life

DIY Valentine’s Snowglobes – Woods of Bell Trees

Valentine Envelop Chair Backers – 2Paws Designs

Reversible Valentine’s Day/St. Patrick’s Day Banner – Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Mini Bubblegum Machine Valentines – Bubbly Nature Creations

DIY Button Heart Picture Collage – Our Piece of Earth

Kids’ Valentine’s Day Gift with FREE Printable – A Cowboy’s Life

Easy Mesh and Ribbon Valentine’s Day Wreath – My Pinterventures

Snickerdoodle Sugar Scrub Recipe – Sunny Sweet Days

Valentine’s Day Verse on Burlap – Life with Captain Fussybuckets

12 Days of Romance Scavenger Hunt – The Mama Zone

Candy Kiss Ring – So TIPical Me

Valentine’s Day Hand Print Craft – As Cute as a Bug’s Ear

How to Make a Valentine’s Day Ribbon Banner – Aprons and Stilletos

Date Night with a Romantic Treasure Hunt – The TipToe Fairy

Chalkboard Gift Box – Organized Island

Easy Valentines Felt Pillow Cover – Creative Southern Home

Polar Fleece Ruffle Heart Wreath – Joy’s Life

Making A Valentine’s Day Rag Wreath with Fabric Scraps – Third Stop on the Right

Washi Tape Bubble Valentines – Moneywise Moms

Homemade Candles in 5 Easy Steps – Lemon Peony

DIY Felt Ornaments for Valentine’s Day – 3 Little Greenwoods

Butterfly Valentine’s Day Craft – Sarah in the Suburbs

Epsom Salt DIY Valentine Candles – A Day in the Motherhood

I “DOVE” You Printable with Candy – Newlywed Survival

Rainbow Heart PomPom Garland – Cupcake Wishes & Birthday Wishes

Valentine’s Day Printed Burlap Subway – Occasionally Crafty

Pom Pom Cupcakes Valentine Craft – Cute as a Fox

Valentine’s Wooden Door Hanger – We Got the Funk

Hearts Aplenty: Valentine’s Day DIY Decor – Woman in Real Life

Love Letters Simple Valentine’s Day Craft – Craving Some Creativity

Valentine’s Day Coffee Cup Sleeve – Craving Cynchronicity

How to Make a Great Loves Print – My Sweet Sanity

Cross Stitch Heart Pillow – Cutesy Crafts

Free Valentine’s Day Cards Kids Can Make – Happy and Blessed Home

Recipe

Valentine Cupcakes – Home Maid Simple

Valentine’s Day Cakes – Charleston Crafted

Red Velvet Pudding Cups – Mostly Homemade Mom

Blood Orange Panna Cotta – Mooshu Jenne

Candy Cane Chocolate Hearts – Drugstore Divas

Cranberry Bliss Bars – Swanky Recipes

Valentine Rice Crispy Treats – Midwestern Moms

Chocolate Valentine Sandies – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

M&M’s® Red Velvet Brownies – Julie is Coco and Cocoa

Nutella Filled Conversation Hearts – A Million Moments

Conversation Hearts Martini – JVKOM Chronicles

Valentine’s Day S’mores Dip – Our Mini Family

M&M’s® Red Velvet Blondies – The NYC Talon

Valentine’s Day Cheesecake Brownies – West of the Loop

Red Velvet Cheesecakes – Houseful of Nicholes

Chocolate Kiss Valentine’s Day Cookies – Moscato Mom

Chocolate and Candy Valentine Popcorn – Made by a Princess

Easy Valentine’s Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies – Janine Huldie

Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe – Scrappy Geek

Coeur a la Creme with Raspberry Sauce – Graceful Order

Love Dipped Wafers – Sparkles to Sprinkles

Valentine’s Day Bento Lunch – Diana Rambles

“Blackened” Seafood Medley for a Low-Calorie Valentine’s Dinner – Broken TeePee

Sweet Salty Fudge – Foody Schmoody Blog

Valentine’s Day Covered Pretzels – Texas Type A Mom

Valentine’s Popcorn – Mommy’s Bundle

The Easiest Valentine’s Day Fudge Recipe – Young at Heart Mommy

Valentine’s Day Butter Cookies – Ilona’s Passion

Valentine’s Day Blondies – Saving You Dinero

Super Healthy Pomegranate-Cranberry-Almond Smoothie – Easy Cooking with Molly

Brownie Cut-outs – Tramplingrose

Puppy Valentine’s Day Cookies – Staying Close to Home

Valentine OREO Brownie Bar Recipe – As Mom Sees It

Strawberry-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie – Johanny’s Kitchen

Strawberry Filled Chocolate Cake – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks

Chocolate Raspberry Truffles – Food Lovin Family

Honey Bee My Valentine Cakes – I Don’t Have Time for That

Red Velvet Valentine’s Day Parfaits – Living a Sunshine Life

Homemade Strawberry Syrup – Day by Day in Our World

Cranberry Hootycreek Cookies – Momma DJane

Red Velvet Donuts – Frugal Family Tree

Strawberry Mocha Granola – Strength & Sunshine

Red Velvet Mini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting – Tales of a Ranting Ginger

Chocolate Shot Glasses – The Bewitchin’ Kitchen

Chocolate Pretzel Kisses – Just 2 Sisters

Valentine’s Candy Bark – Life with the Crust cut off

Chocolate Kiss Shooter! – Housewives of Frederick County

Super Simple Valentine’s Day Candy Hearts – My Real Food Family

Easy Strawberry Crinkle Cookies – Meatloaf & Melodrama

3 Ingredient Strawberry Brownies – Fun Things to Do in Central Mass

Nutella Baked Brie – Basil and Bubbly

Easy Cupid Crinkles – Creative Southern Home

Valentine’s Day Edible Tic Tac Toe Game – A Frugal Friend

Valentine’s Day Ombre Sweet Treat – Tastefully Frugal

Party

How to Throw a Budget Friendly Valentine’s Day Party – Amber Nicole Blogs

Valentine’s Day Party for Tweens – Soiree Event Design

Love is in the Air Valentine Table – Not Just a Mommy

Valentine’s Day Tea Party – The Peanuts Gang

Printables

Easy Valentine’s Printables – I am the Maven®

Printable Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes and Coupons – Gluesticks Blog

“I Love You Like” Valentine’s Free Printable – C’mon Get Crafty

4 Free Valentine’s Day Coloring Pages – Saving More than Me

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt Clues – Mom on the Side

Valentine Gift for Kids {Free Printable} – Fun on a Dime

Crayon Valentines Printable – Mom’s Messy Miracles

Tic Tac Toe XOXO Valentine with Free Printable – Housewife Eclectic

Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids – Simple Living Mama

2 Free Printable Valentines (Owls) – Altamonte Family

Love is in the Air Valentine Card – Making of a Mom

Matchstick Valentine Free Printable – Frenchie

Valentine’s Day Lunch Box Notes & Jokes – Coupons are Great

I “Wheelie” Like You Car Valentine Printable – Artsy Momma

Round-Up

Valentine’s Day Guide – The Ranting Latina!

24 Frugal Valentine’s Ideas – Real: The Kitchen and Beyond

7 Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day – Downshifting PRO

5 Perfect Valentine’s Day Gifts for Bloggers – That Chic Mom

Top 5 Romantic Restaurants to Eat at in East Greenwhich, Rhode Island – Mama Luvs Books

Other

War Room Movie Night – A Beautiful Exchange

Pairing Chocolate with Wine & Spirits – In Good Taste

Valentine’s Day Make-up Tutorial – Glam Hungry Mom

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Home – Natasha Byrd

Can you feel the love tonight with all these great Valentine’s Day inspired activities?

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12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Peanut Butter Blossom

Bust out those aprons – it’s cookie time! Between now and Christmas, I’ll be sharing 12 delicious cookie recipes for you to try. Share some with your neighbors, bring some to a cookie swap party, or keep them all for yourself. I won’t tell anyone. Promise.

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Peanut butter and chocolate. Is there a better combo?

(the answer is no)

I feel like this cookie is a classic and doesn’t need much of an intro. You know what to expect and when you use this recipe from my girl Betty Crocker, you know what you are going to get. 

Pro tip: make sure you roll them in granulated sugar before baking to make them extra pretty. 

Enjoy!

Peanut Butter Blossoms
Yields 36
Classic peanut butter and chocolate cookies
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  2. 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  3. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  4. 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 3/4 tsp baking soda
  8. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. about 2 TB granulated sugar for rolling
  10. 36 chocolate candies (or a few more if some just so happen to find their way into your mouth)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In bowl of electric mixer (or large bowl) combine sugars, butter, peanut butter and egg
  3. Mix on medium speed (can also use a spoon) until well combined
  4. Slowly stir in flour, baking soda and baking powder until dough forms
  5. Form dough into 1 inch balls
  6. Roll dough balls in granulated sugar and place on parchment lined baking sheet
  7. Bake 8-10 minutes
  8. Press an unwrapped chocolate candy into center of each cookie immediately after removing from oven
  9. Let cookies cool completely on cooling rack
Notes
  1. Want to jazz up your peanut butter blossoms this year? Try adding a chocolate peanut butter cup to the center instead of the plain chocolate. My cousin suggested this to me and I can't wait to try - the more chocolate and peanut butter, the better!
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Gift Guide for the Disney Lover (and a giveaway!)

There are only two weeks left until Christmas. Can you believe it?!

I’m hoping to get some Christmas shopping done between doctors appointments today so, in the spirit of gift-giving, I’m sharing with you a gift guide for the Disney lover in your life. Plus, I have a fun giveaway for a Disney-inspired T-Shirt so make sure to enter at the end of this post!

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Rooney & Renee T-Shirt || Everyone loves a good T-Shirt, right? Rooney & Renee created a line of Disney-inspired shirts that are not only cute but super soft and comfortable. 

Vans || Disney and Vans – could there be a sweeter collaboration? They recently released a few new styles, just in time for Christmas, and I am loving The Jungle Book print.  

Watch || A nice watch is a timeless Christmas gift (ha – see what I did there?!) and I love this tortoiseshell option from the Disney Store. Your Disney lover could dress it up or keep it casual while still rocking their Disney side. P.S. Did you know that tortoiseshell was one word?! I didn’t until today 😉

Bracelet || Alex and Ani bangles make a great gift. They have TONS of different styles (not only Disney) and can be really fun to collect. I have a Cinderella’s Castle and Aulani bangle and would like to get one for every trip we take. They recently released some Star Wars bangles that would be perfect for this holiday season.

Purse || I’ve got a thing for bags and, while I’ve never splurged on a brand-name bag, I’ve had this bad boy on my list for years. If your Disney lover is a bag-lady like me, I’m sure they will love it. 

Movie Tickets || Surprise your loved one with tickets to see the latest Disney flick (hello, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) even if they go to see it on opening night. 

Disney Day || Is the Disney lover in your life lucky enough to live near a Disney theme park? Give them the gift of a Disney day! Bonus points if you include a ticket for a friend. 

Cruise || If you really want to wow your Disney fan, surprise them with a Disney Cruise. Seriously, their cruises are the best and perfect for all ages. I’m all about experience gifts and this one would definitely top the cake (or the Mickey ice-cream sundae)

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Our friends at Rooney & Renee are giving away one of their awesome shirts to one of my readers. 

They recently sent me a shirt of my choice (I went with the Mermaid Lagoon shirt pictured on the left) so that I could provide an honest review and, guys, I swear this is the softest, most comfortable shirt that I own right now. The fit is great (I went with medium) and it held up perfectly in the wash. I love how subtle the Disney reference is and I’ve already got my eye on a few others.

Want one for yourself? All you have to do is visit their website, check out the designs and leave a comment here telling me which shirt you would choose. I’ll leave the giveaway open until Sunday, December 13th and choose a winner on Monday morning.

Good luck!

 

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Christmas PJ Tradition

Happy Wednesday, folks. The topic of the home for the holidays bloghop today is traditions and I can’t wait to read all about yours, so make sure to add your link below! 

A few years ago, my cousin, Addie, Alex and I decided to start the Christmas PJ tradition for our family. Each year, we all get a new pair of comfy jammies to wear while opening our Christmas presents all day. After presents and breakfast, we head outside to grab a quick shot of the people we are spending our Christmas morning with. 

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I love looking back at these photos and seeing how much our family has changed/grown. It’s hard to believe that this year we have another little baby to add to the photo. Who’s going to hold Rocco?! 

I’m currently on the hunt for our PJs for this year and am having a hard time deciding if I want to go with classic matchy-matchy family jammies or something ridiculous. I also really want to find a good deal since we are now shopping for four. Any suggestions?! 

 

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DIY Christmas tree garland for kids

Since becoming a mom, my preference for holiday decorations has become much more whimsical. I used to be obsessed with all of our decorations matching each other. White was the name of the game. I would never even think about having colored lights on the tree but, now I say the more color the better! 

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The colorful Christmas tree garland that I made for Lyla last year fits my new decorating style perfectly. It’s bright, colorful, and has that homemade touch that screams Christmas to me. 

You can check out the tutorial I posted last year here. Trust me, they are SUPER easy – even in my tired mom of two state I plan on making a few more strands of it this year to hang around the house. Maybe I’ll try a shape other than Christmas trees – any suggestions?

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For all of you who are playing along in our Home for the Holidays bloghop, I can’t wait to see what fun recipes and crafts you all have in store for us today. Share your links below!

 

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Festive White Peppermint Cookies for Santa

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBias

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Does anyone else get super nostalgic when it comes to the holidays? It seems like every smell, song, and decoration bring me back to the days where I would patiently anxiously count the days until Santa’s arrival. Thinking about coming home from church, getting ready for bed and then making sure his cookies and milk (along with notes for Mrs. Claus and carrots for the reindeer) makes me all kinds of giddy.

I am so ready to kick off the Christmas season inside our home but my husband still thinks it’s a little too early for decorations. (boo, right?) He had no qualms about me trying out some cookie recipes for Santa though. Hmmm, I wonder why…

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With all of the amazing recipes floating around the blogosphere, I’m sure Santa gets quite the variety of treats on Christmas Eve but, at our house, he still finds good ol’ cookies and milk waiting for him under the tree.

This year, he will probably find a nice spread of cookies at our house (gotta stay on his nice list) including these festive cookies made with Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix and M&M’s®. 

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The ingredient list for these cookies is short and sweet (perfect for the busy holiday season) and everything can be found at your local Walmart. You’ll need: 1 box of Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix, eggs, coconut oil (or vegetable oil if you prefer), a little bit of baking powder and a package of your favorite holiday M&M’s®. For my cookies, I used M&M’s ® Holiday Milk Chocolate and M&M’s® White Peppermint.

Make sure you use this coupon to save $1.00 on ANY TWO (2) M&M’s® Chocolate Candies, 8 oz or larger.

Using the cake mix as the base for this cookie keeps them soft and fluffy – just the way that Santa likes them. I mixed M&M’s ® Holiday Milk Chocolate inside my batter, and then just before baking, I added a few M&M’s® White Peppermint to the top of each cookie. 

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Can’t wait until Christmas Eve to give these cookies a try? I don’t blame you! The good news is, this is the season of giving so nobody will think it’s weird if you make a batch (or 10) of these festive white peppermint cookies to gift to friends, neighbors and any other person you come into contact with from now until December 25th. 

Speaking of giving, the holiday season is the perfect time to make a donation to America’s food banks. Did you know that more than 46 million Americans rely on food banks across the country (including 1 in 6 children?!). These are our friends, neighbors, co-workers and children’s classmates. One of the most requested items for families is milk – a request that, sadly, isn’t met most of the time because the food banks don’t receive a lot of donations of perishable items. 

This year we can change that! Please consider supporting families in your community by making a small donation at www.pourmilklove.com. With every donation, the Great American Milk Drive will deliver a gallon of milk to a family in YOUR local community – providing them with all of the essential nutrients and proteins that they may otherwise be missing out on. PLUS if you purchase any 2 bags of M&M’s ® (9.9 ounce or larger), a gallon of milk will be donated to the drive. May I suggest a gallon of Great Value Milk and the M&M’s® Holiday Peanut Butter?! (aka my favorite mid-afternoon snack as of late)

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You can get the full recipe for my Festive White Peppermint Cookies on the recipe card below! What yummy treat is Santa going to find under your Christmas tree?

Festive White Peppermint Cookies
Yields 12
Festive cookies for Santa using M&M's® candies
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
19 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
9 min
Total Time
19 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 box Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix
  2. 1 tsp baking powder
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
  5. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  6. M&M's® Holiday Milk Chocolate
  7. M&M's® White Peppermint
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 (F)
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. In large bowl, mix together the Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix and baking powder, set aside
  4. In medium bowl, whisk eggs, coconut oil and vanilla together
  5. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients and stir by hand until no dry pockets are found
  6. Gently stir in a handful of M&M's® Holiday Milk Chocolate
  7. Roll dough into balls (approximately 1 inch) and place onto parchment paper
  8. Flattening dough only slightly, push a few M&M's® White Peppermint into the top of each cookie
  9. Bake 9 minutes - do not let cookies get golden brown
  10. Remove from oven, cool on baking rack
Notes
  1. Great tip: Coconut oil can be replaced with vegetable oil if preferred
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DIY Thanksgiving Wreath

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #HappyThanksGathering #CollectiveBias

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I love Thanksgiving. The food, the traditions, the nostalgia – all of it. It’s the perfect kick-off to the busy holiday season and something that I look forward to every year.

Since getting married four years ago, I have been telling my husband that I can’t wait to host Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, between not having a big enough space and our traveling to see other family, I haven’t had my chance yet.

This year, I will be much too pregnant to travel off-island and we have a home large enough to host family and friends so it looks like I’m finally getting my chance!

To say that I am excited is an understatement but I’m trying hard not to go overboard with the planning and preparation.

My main goal when doing any kind of hosting is comfort. No matter how great your kitchen and decorating skills are, your guests will eventually forget what you served them to eat, but they will always remember how you made them feel. That’s why creating an authentically warm, relaxing, and comfortable environment is key.

I feel most at peace in my own home when things are tidied up. I know that my guests will feed off of my energy, so I will be spending some time sprucing up the main living areas of our home before the big day to make sure that I am able to relax.  The last time I was at Walmart, I picked up a few of my clean-house essentials: Scrubbing Bubbles® Toilet Cleaning Gel, Scrubbing Bubbles® Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner and Windex® Original Glass Wipes. (Bonus: there is an awesome rebate going on right now which saves you $5 on your holiday photos)

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Cleaning up the house, especially when you have a meal to plan/cook is a big job but with the right cleaning products and some holiday tunes turned up nice and loud it’s a big, fun job.

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^My brother kindly demonstrating how easy and fun cleaning the bathroom with the Windex® Original Glass Wipes is. Isn’t he the best?

After the house is clean, and before I get to cooking, I’ll make sure that our house is decorated festively for the occasion with some traditional items and a special Thanksgiving wreath.

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We all know to expect the “what are you thankful for” activity at the Thanksgiving dinner table but none of us likes to be put on the spot, right? I know I don’t. I think this is especially true when sitting around the table with strangers or a new group of people. (think your first Thanksgiving with your significant other’s family or maybe a group of your parent’s colleagues) but also applies to those dining with family and loved ones that they see all of the time.

Even though I have SO much to be thankful for, and love spending time reflecting on them, my naturally introverted self sometimes cringes at situations like these. To combat that awkwardness, and to make sure that all of my guests feel comfortable this Thanksgiving, I created this wreath that we will incorporate during dinner time.

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The wreath is already hanging above our piano. Underneath, I have a box with pre-cut “thanks” circles and some pieces of leather cord. The idea is that from now until Thanksgiving, anyone who comes into my house can write down what they are thankful for and tie it onto the wreath. Guests who are here only for the day will have their opportunity to write down what they are thankful for while they are mingling and waiting for our meal.

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During dinner, I will remove all of the circles from the wreath, divide them equally amongst our guests and we will take turns reading off what we are all thankful for. Of course, anybody can share more if they are so inclined but I believe that by having this anonymous way of sharing what we are thankful for will ensure that all of my guests feel comfortable, welcomed and pressure-free.

Sounds great, right? If you want to make a Thanksgiving wreath of your own, please feel free to download this free printable which gives you twelve “thanks” circles per page. Once you have the circles printed and cut out, punch a single hole into the top of the circle, cut some string and lay those items out with some pens.

I have so much to be thankful for this year – our wreath is going to be pretty full by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. I’m looking forward to it! That and, of course, the food. You can find more #HappyThanksgathering inspiration here. 

 

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