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Showing posts with label Christmas craft. Show all posts

Monday, December 8, 2014

Host Your Best Ever Graham Cracker House Decorating Party!

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I have always loved Christmas since I was a little girl.  But there is definitely something amazing about being able to celebrate Christmas with our little boys.  Seeing Christmas through their eyes is magical to me.  I want to soak up every minute of them enjoying the festivities of the season while they're young enough to enjoy the magic of it.  This past weekend the boys had a small group of friends over for a fun little Christmas party.  And just look at how excited our littlest guy was!  I wish I would've captured his excitement on video because it truly was the cutest thing to see his eyes light up as he looked around and saw all of the fun things I had prepped for making Graham Cracker Houses while he was sleeping the night before.


The kids all loved being able to just run around and play together, while the moms and I were able to actually sit down and catch up.  The only planned activity for them was decorating these cute graham cracker houses, made with my favorite kind of graham crackers- Honey Maid!


Decorating little houses is definitely one of our favorite things that we do every year together, so having friends over to decorate graham cracker houses with us was definitely an extra fun treat!  I love making these houses because Honey Maid graham crackers taste great, the crackers are always straight (unlike other brands, and that is super important when putting these houses together!) and they are affordable and easy to make, unlike homemade gingerbread houses that take forever to prep, or store-bought houses that would be too expensive to buy to host a party like this.


It definitely makes a graham cracker house decorating party more fun to have everything really organized for the kids ahead of time so no one is having to ask for things to be passed across the table, and we definitely don't want shared, licked knives right?  That's why I always prep the houses the night before.  Each kid has their own house pre-assembled on a paper plate using six full graham crackers.I also buy disposable paper cups so that every kid gets their own cup of homemade buttercream frosting and their own knife.  It's such a great way to help a graham cracker house party go smoothly and with a lot less mess than a shared tub of frosting.


I always set up paper cups filled with candy for decorating ahead of time so that all of the kids can easily get to the candy- no bags being spilled, no reaching across the table, etc.  For 8 kids I had 3 big platters across the middle of the table so everyone had easy access to the candy for decorating. 


I love these serious decorating faces! 


And the kids all loved their decorated houses.  They came out so cute.



Honey Maid Graham Crackers clearly make awesome little Christmas houses!  But they are also amazing when used crushed in recipes.  I made these festive Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles using Honey Maid Graham Crackers.  


I love these truffles because they taste AMAZING and look like they took forever, but they are actually quite easy to make.   Here's what you need:

1 sleeve Honey Maid graham crackers
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 cups mini chocolate chips, melted
sprinkles, optional


Crush the graham crackers in a stand mixer (or in a large Ziploc bag with a rolling pin if you don't have a stand mixer), then add in your powdered sugar, brown sugar, butter, and peanut butter.  Mix until well combined.  It will look like coarse crumbs.


Roll the graham cracker mixture into one-inch balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet.


Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on medium power, stopping to stir and making sure not to overheat it.  Dip each ball in the chocolate to coat, then shake off the excess chocolate on the side of the bowl before GENTLY placing the ball back on the parchment lined cookie sheet.  Garnish with sprinkles (optional).  Refrigerate for 30 minutes, or until chilled.  


I love to package up my Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles to give as gifts to our neighbors and friends at Christmas time.

Whether you're making Graham Cracker Houses or making a delicious recipe, if you need graham crackers, Honey Maid is the best brand to use!  You can pick them up at Walmart like I did.  They're located in the cookie/cracker aisle where the cookie section turns into the cracker section, and they are a MUST on my holiday grocery shopping list!  Plus right now, you can use this money saving coupon for Honey Maid Graham Crackers, available while supplies last. 


Want more holiday inspiration using Honey Maid Graham Crackers?  Check out Honey Maid on Instagram! Hope you all have a great week and that you find this Christmas season magical! xoxo 





Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sweet Entertaining: A Kids' Holiday Party!

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Last year the holidays were crazy busy here... honestly, it seems like EVERY year is crazy busy at the holidays.  Entertaining is something I love to do, but I want to keep my holiday recipes simple and delicious so I don't stress out in the kitchen all month.  So this year I decided months ago to make sure that I focus on what is really important this holiday season. This Christmas I want to really slow down and ENJOY it with our boys.  We hosted a super fun Christmas Party with the kids and their friends this weekend and it was SO much fun! 

I mean, look at this face!  THIS is what this holiday season is about to me.


Clapping and cheering for a fun Christmas party with a few special friends! 


When all of a sudden he spotted the FUDGE!!  


I loved making this Nestle Carnation Fudge from a kit because it was delicious and super easy. Everything you need for a batch of fudge- over a pound and a half!- is included in this box.  It is seriously the easiest fudge I've ever made because everything is already measured out and ready to be made into this amazing fudge!


I just crushed up regular peppermint candy canes and Wonka Sweetart Candy Canes for the toppings.



The kids all went crazy for the Wonka Sweetart Fudge- super chocolate-y flavor with a hint of fruity flavor from the fruit flavored candy canes. 


In fact, the Wonka Sweetart Candy Canes were a hit at our party in general!  The kids all loved them.


They were also an adorable decoration in this fun Santa basket with a printable sign I made.  With three fun flavors, all of the kids loved choosing their own candy cane.  I LOVE the Tart Cherry myself! 


To stay with my theme of SIMPLER this holiday season, I ordered pizza and wings, and served fresh veggies and fruit, along with some crackers and peppermint pretzels.  The Carnation Famous Fudge and the Wonka Sweetart Candy Canes were the dessert.

The party was mostly centered in our Sun Room, where the kids all decorated their own Graham Cracker Houses {which was SO much fun and I'll have tons more details about that in a separate post tomorrow}.  



We served the food and had a Hot Chocolate Station set up in the kitchen.


Our little guy loved his hot chocolate crushed with Wonka Sweetart Candy Canes.  The flavors are Blue Punch, Green Apple and Cherry.  Our kids go crazy for all of them!


It was such a fun afternoon of graham cracker house decorating, lunch, and delicious easy desserts thanks to Nestle Carnation Fudge Kit and Sweetart Wonka Candy Canes.  It was wonderful to relax and not stress out, and still have a super fun, festive Christmas Party for the kids!


Looking to host your own little Christmas Party?  Enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness of Nestle's Carnation Famous Fudge Kit and Wonka Sweetart Candy Canes- both available at Walmart.  The Fudge Kit is located in a center aisle filled with holiday baking items and the candy canes are located in the seasonal aisle.


Nestle Carnation Famous Fudge Kit is also a great gift to give your family and friends.  I loved having a simple, relaxing party with fun friends and I thanked them for coming by giving them a Famous Fudge Kit to bring home.


Happy {Simpler} Holiday Hosting to you!! xoxo 

Check out more about easy holiday recipes here and here
And enter to win an amazing price from Nestle below! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Crafting with Kids: Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornament {Blog Hop!!}

I'm thrilled to be a part of this Trim the Tree Blog Hop, where I've teamed up with a bunch of talented bloggers and we're all sharing DIY Christmas ideas with you.  I had a ton of fun decorating Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornaments with my boys recently and I'm here to share how easy it was!  Crafting with Kids is super fun, but sometimes it gets messy and out of hand... this is truly the easiest Christmas Crafting Ornament I've ever done with my boys.  


I bought a pack of 8 gingerbread cookies with the hole already in them for only $1.29 at Ikea!  I seriously envision making all kinds of cute Christmas crafts with these- garlands, more ornaments, classroom cookie decorating party, name tags on wrapped gifts.


These Gingerbread Cookies from IKEA are just so cute and ridiculously low-priced!  


We used clear Elmer's glue to add sprinkles to our ornaments because I knew we wouldn't be eating them, but if you're decorating these as edible cookies, you will want to use frosting instead of glue of course... obviously :) 

All I did was add a ribbon for hanging...


Then I just let the little guys go to town with Christmas sprinkles!


We let them dry overnight and today we have adorable, kid-made Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornaments hanging on our Christmas tree! 


Be sure to stop by and check out the other handmade Christmas ornaments and decorations at the bottom of this post!

And if you're looking for a fun Thanksgiving idea, check out my Thankful Tree - a great way to help teach kids to be grateful.


Here's a delicious and easy dessert recipe for you too.


And be sure to check out my favorite way to make a healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte! 


xoxo,
Laurie 


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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Crafting with Kids: Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornament

I'm thrilled to be a part of this Trim the Tree Blog Hop, where I've teamed up with a bunch of talented bloggers and we're all sharing DIY Christmas ideas with you.  I had a ton of fun decorating Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornaments with my boys recently and I'm here to share how easy it was!  Crafting with Kids is super fun, but sometimes it gets messy and out of hand... this is truly the easiest Christmas Crafting Ornament I've ever done with my boys.  


I bought a pack of 8 gingerbread cookies with the hole already in them for only $1.29 at Ikea!  I seriously envision making all kinds of cute Christmas crafts with these- garlands, more ornaments, classroom cookie decorating party, name tags on wrapped gifts.


These Gingerbread Cookies from IKEA are just so cute and ridiculously low-priced!  


We used clear Elmer's glue to add sprinkles to our ornaments because I knew we wouldn't be eating them, but if you're decorating these as edible cookies, you will want to use frosting instead of glue of course... obviously :) 

All I did was add a ribbon for hanging...


Then I just let the little guys go to town with Christmas sprinkles!


We let them dry overnight and today we have adorable, kid-made Gingerbread Cookie Christmas Ornaments hanging on our Christmas tree! 


Be sure to stop by and check out the other handmade Christmas ornaments here:

And if you're looking for a fun Thanksgiving idea, check out my Thankful Tree - a great way to help teach kids to be grateful.


Here's a delicious and easy dessert recipe for you too.


And be sure to check out my favorite way to make a healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte! 


xoxo,
Laurie 

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