How to host a stress-free Thanksgiving Dinner

How to host a stress-free Thanksgiving Dinner

Are you hoping for a stress-free Thanksgiving?
 

Planning a party can be stressful for a lot of people. I’m no exception. I’m actually horrible at planning parties. I’m great at pinning party inspirations from Pinterest, but not party planning. I design party printables, but I do not give lots of parties.
 
So I’m not here to tell you how to host a stress-free Thanksgiving party because honestly I have hosted a Thanksgiving dinner once. Luckily for me, we used live close to my parents and mom is a great cook so Thanksgiving was always at her house.
 
I’m hoping for the same this year even though we moved to a different State.
 
From all the Thanksgiving pasts at my mom’s house, here are some of the things I’ve learned on how to host a stress-free Thanksgiving dinner.
 
stress-free thanksgiving dinner
 

Always plan ahead even if it’s just a day before Thanksgiving!

 
If you’re really into planning and writing everything down, use these checklist and party planners.
 

1.  Get this Thanksgiving checklist from Tabler Party of Two.

Checklist-for-Hosting-a-Stress-Free-Thanksgiving-Day

 

2. Holiday party planner by Moritz Fine Designs.

 

holiday-party-planner-moritzfinedesigns
 

3. Get this Thanksgiving planner with 11 pages to plan your perfect Thanksgiving and even Black Friday. Designed by Alison of Pint Sized Treasures.

 

Thanksgiving Planner by Pint Sized Treasures

 

You don’t have to make the traditional Thanksgiving food if you don’t like it.

 
If you hate mashed potatoes then don’t make mashed potatoes. Fearful someone will leave your party cause you don’t have mashed potatoes? Oh well, more food for you. Just kidding. You can always ask that person to make their version of mashed potatoes. Maybe you might actually like it.
 
My mom always make traditional Thanksgiving food because my cousins who came from Vietnam love her Thanksgiving feast. However, she also makes Vietnamese food like egg rolls, lo mein, or shrimp salad. She also bought some Russian food cause she lives in a Russian neighborhood.

 

You don’t need to make everything from scratch!

 
Are there anything on your menu that you can just buy and then semi-make it? For example, if you’re making pumpkin pie, you can buy pie crust instead of making it. My mom actually buys dumplings and Kale salad from a Russian store. Nobody cares that she didn’t make them herself.

Have family and friends pitch in for food!

 
You don’t have to be the only person making food for Thanksgiving dinner. Do a potluck Thanksgiving dinner, where everyone bring a dish. You just have to assign everyone a food category so you don’t have double. Potluck is always fun because you can sample how your family and friends make different version of the same food.
 
You can also have everyone attached a recipe to their dishes. This way people can just snap a picture of them to make at home.

 

Have fun!

 
Remember it’s about family and friends, not spending half of Thanksgiving day in the kitchen.
 
TO RECAP:
 
Plan your party ahead of time. Decide what you will need to buy and when to buy them.
 
Assign guests food to make or buy.
 
You can make whatever food you want for Thanksgiving.
 
Lastly, have fun with some silly games and lively conversations.
 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

My-Ngoc

 


 

 

28 Beautiful First Birthday High Chair Banners

28 Beautiful First Birthday High Chair Banners

28 Beautiful first birthday high chair banners

 

The first birthday is a very special time for you as it’s the first official celebration of your baby growing up. It’s a time to celebration all the joy of watching your baby go from doing nothing to tearing down your house.

It’s also the first time that mom gets to really demonstrate her decorating and baking skills. If you’re not so great at decorating, the one easy thing you can do is buy cute decorations to make the celebration beautiful and special. You don’t have to tell anyone that you didn’t make it yourself.

The one decoration that I feel is a must have for first birthday celebration is the high chair banner.  It’s probably one of 2 times that you can have your kid sit still to eat the birthday cake. After 2, it gets a little bit tricky.

 

Here are 28 beautiful high chair banners for your little pumpkins first birthday celebration!

 

You’ll find that I’ve included several high chair banners from one shop. The reason is all these shops have so many different theme banners and they are all gorgeous!!! So while you’re clicking through my link, be sure to check out the rest of the shop. Some shops offer matching party hats and other party supplies!

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For the little bear in your life:

 

This high chair banner by FunstaCraft is just so cute with the three layer teddy bear in gold and pink.

High Chair banner First Birthday Bear by FunstaCraft

 

Want to really celebrate your little girl’s first birthday party? This tutu high chair banner by Avery Mae Inspirations will do it.

 First Birthday high chair tutu by Avary mae Inspirations

 

The One in a Melon

 

Your one in a melon would so love this juicy banner by My Little BooBug Design.

First Birthday high chair banner melon by My Little Boobug

This is one big melon slice high chair banner from Billie and Bella Bunting.

First Birthday High Chair Banner Watermelon by Billie and Bella Bunting


 

For the cookie lover

 

This high chair banner by Billie and Bella Bunting would be perfect for a “cookie and milk” kinda party.

First Birthday High Chair Banner cookie by Billie and Bella Bunting

 

For the little Fall pumpkins

 

This pumpkin truck high chair banner by Birthday Boutique GVL would look great with a pumpkin patch!

First Birthday high chair banner Pumpkin Truck by BirthdayBoutiqueGVL

 

Not much more is needed than this cute pumpkin ONE banner by FunstaCraft.

First Birthday high chair banner pumpkin by funstacraft

 

For the ice-cream lover

 

Thinking about having a little ice-cream social to celebrate the first year? Get this simple and cheap banner from Pink Apple Parties.

First Birthday High Chair Banner ice cream by Pink Apple Parties

 

For the shabby chic birthday girl

 

The definition of shabby chic is right here in this floral and pastel color fabric high chair banner by Raw Edge Sewing Co.

First Birthday High Chair Banner Boho by Raw Edge Sewing Co

 

Who knew that pink and orange goes so well together. Pumpkin high chair banner by Birthday Boutique GVL.

First Birthday High Chair Banner pumpkin pink by Birthday Boutique GVL



 

For the baseball lover

 

If you got yourself a little slugger, this banner by Jen Makes Pretty Things would be perfect with his name and age.

First Birthday High Chair Banner Baseball by Jens Makes Pretty Things

 

For the pink, mint, and gold glitter baby

 

Sometimes all you need are lots of gold glitter fabric to make it a fabulous first birthday party.  Fabric Banner by With Love Event Decor.

First Birthday High Chair Banner gold glitter by With Love Event Decor

 

Who says pumpkins have to be orange? Not this high chair banner by Birthday Boutique GVL.

First Birthday High Chair Banner by Birthday Boutique GVL

 

For the little mermaid

 

This mermaid tail banner by Sweet Miranda is so beautiful with the many layers and little details.

First Birthday High Chair Banner Mermaid by Sweet Miranda

This mermaid banner is by Rich At Heart Baby.

First Birthday High Chair Banner by Rich At Heart Baby

 

For the unicorn baby

 

The unicorn themed party is still going magically strong. This unicorn high chair banner is from Pocket Full of Glitter.

First Birthday High chair Banner Unicorn by Pocket Full of Glitter

 


For Mr. Onederful

 

Your Mr. Onederful would love any of these banners for his first birthday party. The gold bowtie high chair banner is from My Little BooBug Design.

First Birthday high chair sign Mr Onderful by My Little Boobug

 

Tuxedo high chair banner by Raw Edge Sewing Co.

First Birthday High Chair Banner Little Man by Raw Edge Sewing Co

 

For the circus clown in your life

 

Who doesn’t love when the circus is in town? This high chair banner by Giggles and Wiggles 1 sure would be a delight at his/her birthday party. Love how you can personalize it for your special one.

First Birthday high chair banner circus by Giggle and Wiggles 1

 

For the little wild ones in your life

 

Can’t go wrong with mint and pink “Wild One” high chair banner by Pocket Full of Glitter for the little gal.

First Birthday High Chair Banner wild One by Pocket full of Glitter

 

The little baby bear would look so cute with this banner by Birthday Boutique GVL.

First Birthday high chair banner wild bear by Birthday Boutique GVL

 

For the little man in your life

 

If you mustache I’m goo goo ga ga over this mustache banner by Raw Edge Sewing Co. This banner is just screaming, “Fun Time!”

First Birthday High Chair Banner Mustache by Raw Edge Sewing co

 

For the little happy camper

 

Who here loves this blue and burlap happy camper high chair banner by Chairs Gone Wild Tx as much as I do?

First Birthday High Chair Banner Camping by Chairs Gone Wild Tx

 

For the little Rawr-some one year old

 

This is one cute little simple and subtle dinosaur banner by Creations Colleen. Check out her dinosaur party hat as well.

First Birthday High Chair Banner dinosaur by Creations Colleen



 

For the little construction vehicle lover

 

Honestly, I love this construction vehicle high chair banner by Rich At Heart Baby. All you need is the high chair, this banner, and that simple cake to make the party a totally fun zone.

First Birthday High Chair Banner Construction Vehicle by Rich at Heart Baby

 

For the Winter Onederland baby

 

This snowflake banner by Raw Edge Sewing Co. is so pretty especially with the unexpected color of purple, blue and stripe patterns. The. burlap really ties them all together nicely.

First Birthday High Chair Banner Winter by Raw Edge Sewing Co

 

For the Woodland fox baby

 

How darling is this fox with the feather by Rich at Heart Baby? The fabric pattern and color scheme match wonderfully with the foxy.

First Birthday High Chair Banner Woodland by Rich at Heart Baby

 

For the little rodeo cowboy

 

The rodeo cowboy high chair banner Raw Edge Sewing Co. I love that cowhide scallop with the number 1.

First Birthday High Chair Banner Cowboy by Raw Edge Sewing Co

 

I got carried away while researching this post. So many great high chair banner. I might make another post to include all the other beautiful banners I researched!

I can not stand how cute all these high chair birthday banners are. I want to put my 5 and 2.5 year olds in a high chair just to buy some of these!

Which one of these are your favorites?

Happy Celebrating!

My-Ngoc

 

 

Free unicorn cupcake toppers

Free unicorn cupcake toppers

UNICORN CUPCAKE TOPPERS

Don’t let the school calendar tell you otherwise, it’s still UNICORN season!!!!

Who think unicorns are magical creatures that should be a party theme any time of the year?

If you’re looking for some a unicorn theme party that is not the unicorn with the eyelashes and the flowers on her head, then these cupcake toppers are for YOU!

They are full of fun colors.

*This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase thought my links I get a small commission, at no extra charge to you.

The last cupcake topper design I left some white space on purpose so that you can put in your own message, such as “We Love you!”, Happy 5th!”, etc.

You can also punch a hole on the top of the cupcake toppers. Add a string and you have unicorn party thank you tags.

I personally love Picmonkey to do some quick design. They no longer offer it for free, but you can do a trial and cancel before your trial is up.

Free Unicorn cupcake toppers

free unicorn cupcake toppers

Free Unicorn cupcake toppers printable

Making the cupcake toppers

1. Download the cupcake toppers by clicking here.
2. Use a round punch or cut out cupcake toppers by hand.
3. Use hot glue or double sided tape to stick the cupcake toppers to a lollipop stick.
4. Stick them on cupcake toppers and happy eating!

 

These cupcake toppers were made to match this cute unicorn party invitation!

Unicorn invitation printable

Totally in love with all the colors in this unicorn party invitation. You can use Picmonkey to fill in the details or just write all the info by hand. I personally love a handwritten invitation. Unless of course, you have 100 guess, then NO WAY, Jose!

 

The unicorn party invitation are in my shop!

Have a great magical party!

My-Ngoc

 

10 Awesome Donut Themed Party Ideas

10 Awesome Donut Themed Party Ideas

Are you looking for some awesome donut themed party ideas?

Here are 10 donut themed party ideas you can try at your next party. After looking at these you might want every party to be a donut themed party!!!
This post contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you, should you purchase through my link. See disclosure policy.

 

1. The donut wall display

What a great way to go vertical with your food display! Put your donuts on pegboards against the wall or stack them up for a wonderful donut display.  You can buy donuts to fit your theme color and make it a photo backdrop. You’ll be Instagram worthy!

 

 

 

donut theme party donut holder

source: Hob Knobin

 

2. The Donut Balloons

You can’t have a party without balloons. Make these donut balloons with just paint and crepe papers.

Donut Themed Party - Balloons

source: Studio DIY




3. Healthy Donuts 

Healthy and Donuts don’t really go together. However, you can make one with less calories and sweetness. Try this recipe from Brit + Co. Not the healthiest,but better than your regular donuts. After reading the article, you might want to get a cute little donut maker like this one or this.

Donut Themed Party healthy donuts

source: Brit + Co


 

4.The donut Invitation

The all important invitation is the first sign letting your guests know what to expect from the party.  Make sure it’s FUN, like this pastel color invitation from Tiny Mint Shop. Check out some other cute donut themed party invitations here.

 

5. The donut banner

The banner puts the spotlight on the person who’s party it is for. The banner below by Liza Bits Designs is so beautiful with the many layers and gold glitter paper.

 

6. Donut cake topper

Donut Theme Cake Topper

source: Smashed Cake

 

7. Donut favor bags and tags

To thank everyone for coming, donut you want to give them something? Donut let your guests leave without a little treat. Treats always taste better if packaged beautifully, like this party favor bag from With Love and Confetti.

 




8. Donut pinata

How fun would it be to get sweet surprises out of these donut pinatas? Here are two easy DIY pinatas.

Donut Theme Party Donut Pinata

source: Aly Dosdall

 

Donut Theme party pinata

source: Studio DIY

 

9. Donut favor

Your guests might be all donut out by the end of the party, so give them a cute plush donut to remember what a fun party it was.


10. Donut cake

Besides the donut wall display, the cake is probably the big highlight of the party. There are so many colorful donut cake ideas, but this donut cake is so subtle, sophisticated, and sweet.

 

FREEBIE

Here is my free printable for you:

“Donuts Make Me Happy” printable. Could be used on a dessert table, hung up in the kitchen or nursery.

Donut theme party printable


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