A month ago, we announced that we would be hosting a virtual craft show this year.
That day has finally come!
Tomorrow at 9am MST, the craft show fun begins with all of our awesome vendors listed below.
You can join in on the fun by joining our group on Facebook here. In the group you'll find the complete schedule of who has the stage when. Be sure to stick around for our own presentation! We'll be live at 10am MST tomorrow showing you how to make one of our favorite flavors of the Original Hot Cocoa Bombs, as well as how the idea came to fruition 6 years ago! You'll also be able to order the Original Hot Cocoa Bomb from us during the craft show through our Etsy shop, but act fast! They won't last long.
And as another exciting announcement...
Holiday Boutique Giveaway
To kick off the start of the virtual boutique, we're holding a giveaway! Several of our awesome vendors have donated towards this and it's SO easy to enter! Head to the Facebook group TODAY to find out how because we're announcing the winner first thing tomorrow morning!
You could win:
See you tomorrow and Happy Holidays from all of us at 3 Winks Design!
The holidays this year are one big guessing game. Many traditions, unfortunately, are just not going to be able to happen and many families won't get to spend this time together like they usually would.
But this doesn't mean the Christmas spirit has to be gone completely.
Growing up, one of the things I looked forward to the most during the Christmas season was our advent calendars. My mom would buy us chocolate advent calendars and each morning my younger brother and I would rush to the kitchen to see what chocolate shapes awaited us that day. We also had a family advent calendar. It was a fabric tree that hung on the wall with numbered pockets underneath. Each pocket held an ornament that would attach to the tree so that by Christmas, we had a full Christmas tree hanging on the wall.
Thinking back on these Christmas traditions is what inspired the newest product in our shop. We've created a Christmas in Quarantine Advent Calendar so that you can enjoy Christmas fun even while social distancing. It's called the Quarantine Christmas Countdown and you can check it out in our Etsy shop!
This tree is donned with 24 small activities your family can do together to spread some Christmas cheer. They are not numbered, so you can do them in the order that fits around your own schedule and needs.
Once an activity has been completed, simply color in that ornament. By Christmas morning, you'll have a full Christmas tree hanging on your wall and a month full of fun family memories to look back on.
Who says celebrating Christmas in quarantine can't be fun or magical?
Some additional ideas to make the big day special:
What are some of your ideas for celebrating Christmas in quarantine?
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Around our house during the holidays, playing games is big! Since we have such a big family, it is a lot of fun to have games that can include everyone who wants to play. I've written a couple of other posts suggesting party games and board games that include a lot of players.
Well, I got to thinking that one classic game that can include everyone is Charades. If your young ones enjoy watching Frozen II, they will recognize Charades from the beginning of that movie. I thought wouldn't it be great to have a Christmas version of Charades all ready to go? So, I sat down with Lindsey and a few of my grandkids and we brain stormed ideas that would be great to include in a game of Christmas Charades. Let me tell you, we did pretty good! This game includes 83 items to act out in 6 different categories!
I sent the list to Alicia, and she designed the rules and tips sheets and the cards. Then, I printed them all off on some cute coordinating Christmas card stock. You can pick up a pad of Christmas card stock at Hobby Lobby for a good price.
Now, all you have to do is click the button to get the PDF file, print them off and cut them apart with a paper cutter. Then, you are ready to play! You're welcome! Merry Christmas!
So, go ahead, click the button! (Be sure you have plenty of red ink. Mine came out a little orange.) You could also send them to Staples or Office Max to get them printed if you want. You can always use white card stock instead of the Christmas print, but I love the Christmas print.
I have to confess that I accidentally printed the rules in landscape at first. I had to reprint that part. But, it turned out to be a lucky thing because I cut out the title of the game and taped it with wide clear tape onto a manila envelope to label the game and store it to use again and again. You could always just print the first page twice, or you could laminate the rules onto the front and back of the envelope. If you make it look fancy enough, this could even be an inexpensive gift to a friend or neighbor with a large family. (By inexpensive, I mean practically free, except for the paper and ink!)
We even included some blank cards so that you can add some of your own ideas to act out! I already thought of one we forgot, "Deck the Halls." Hmm, how would you act out "Deck" or "Halls" in charades? Could be a tricky one!
I can hardly wait to have a familt get together and play this version of Charades! I think it will be a ton of fun! I hope that you will enjoy playing Christmas Charades with your family as well. Let me know if you think of good things to add that we left out!
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Have you ever been browsing Pinterest and been overwhelmed with trying to recreate on there? Or by the cost of trying to get the look you want?
Honestly that's how I was feeling with this post. So I decided to set some limits for myself. Sometimes working within limitations can help get the creative juices flowing. I decided I wanted to spend no more than $10, and that it would be something I could put together in no more than 15 minutes. Because, let's be honest, with everything going on Thanksgiving Day, who wants to spend tons of time getting the table ready? And in the end I think my centerpiece ended up being beautiful!
(If you're worried about timing for Thanksgiving be sure to check out our 'Thanksgiving Prep 101' post which gives you a timeline from a month in advance on how to prepare for Thanksgiving with a printable checklist to hang on your fridge!)
Easy & Affordable Thanksgiving Centerpiece
I made this little video showing you how I put my centerpiece together. It's really that simple! Feel free to pause it if it goes too fast for you. Below I'll list the supplies I used.
Tips for Making a Thanksgiving Centerpiece
If you're wondering how I got all these for less than $10 the answer is after Halloween Clearance!
Once Halloween is over stores basically start moving on to Christmas and heavily discount their fall merchandise. The 3 picks were $2 each! And my pack of leaves, pinecones, and little pumpkins were $0.25 each. So check out your bargain bins. If you can't find any around you here's some similar I found on Etsy.
I already had some of the supplies in my home. I had some extra greenery from an old wreath I used to fill in gaps. We grew pumpkins in my garden this year so my centerpiece pumpkin and one of the mini orange pumpkins are from my garden. I know most people don't grow pumpkins so a pie pumpkin or two from the grocery store would also look cute in the center.
You could also go on a pinecone hunt outside to help decorate your table. Just be sure to clean them off before using them.
Here's some more tips for making your easy and affordable Thanksgiving centerpiece:
I hope that these tips and tutorial can help you to create your own beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. Don't let Pinterest overwhelm you, if you do use our tips to make your own centerpiece, tag us in your picture so we can share!
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Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!