Ending the week with an innovative pinata guestbook that the newlyweds break open on their first anniversary and colorful hanging hot air balloon decor. 
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Fill empty spaces with painted acorn Fall decor.
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These shimmering gold hanging leaves add a whimsical touch to a table display.
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Create paper hot air balloons and hang as event decor and/or in your child's bedroom.
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A guestbook piƱata that the newlyweds can open on their first Anniversary. So innovative!
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Buttons to show if you are from the bride or groom's side. Great conversation starter!
 
 
You've been skimming the Black Friday ads for days and now it is time to get a plan of action together so that you are well organized for the big event. Narrow down your final picks and use our free printable Black Friday Shopping Planner to organize your holiday shopping this year. Click the link below to download the free .PDF version of our Black Friday Shopping Planner. 

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With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, now is a good time to finalize the table decor setup so you have time to create those finishing touches. Here are a compilation of simple projects that will give your table that "wow" factor this Thanksgiving! Click the images to view the tutorials. 
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Start with a decorative runner over your tablecloth or naked table. This tutorial will show you how to have a festive polka dot runner ready in minutes. (shopruche.com)
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This place mat will encourage insightful conversation about what everyone at the table is thankful for this Thanksgiving. (skiesofparchment.com)
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If you don't have designated Thanksgiving themed plates, make your own with this simple tutorial. (hgtv.com)
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Dress up your utensils with this decorative holder! (craftaholicsanonymous.net)
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Placecard holders always add a charming touch to a table setting. Grab some pine cones from the backyard and get this project going! (boulderlocavore.com)
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These brown bag drumsticks are adorable pieces for the kids' place settings - the children will also appreciate the candy surprise inside! (ivillage.com)
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Can you believe that this festive centerpiece only takes 5 minutes to put together?! (julieblanner.com)
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If you have extra space to fill, decorate with a bit of mother nature. Spray paint is a great way to embellish the look! (sebastianmarin.com)
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Who doesn't have leftovers after Thanksgiving dinner? Send your guests home with these totes so they can enjoy your yummy eats over the weekend. (pizzazzerie.com)
 
 
Closing the week with mini pinatas that make fun party favors and a wreath that easily changes with the seasons.
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Spray paint empty wine bottles and top with candlesticks for a unique decor piece.
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Interchange the colors and embellishments so you can use this wood slice wreath year round!
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You can make these classy place card holders with acrylic gems, spray paint, and small wood craft blocks.
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Mini pinatas like this make excellent party favors and stocking stuffers!
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These DIY paper feathers can act as embellishments for gifts/stationary or hanging garland decor!
 
 
Here is a collection of seasonal bouquets that can be adapted for weddings, Thanksgiving table centerpieces, or simply your classic Fall decor. Enjoy!
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Mix different shades of reds, browns, and greens with a pop of sunflower here and there. (ericfoleyphotography.com)
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Or, opt for a full sunflower arrangement featuring a variety of Fall colors! (mandypaige.com)
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These gold spray painted roses scream Fall. Mix some brown accents for a more diversified look. (sarahbrayphoto.com)
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Skip traditional followers this fall and use other festive pieces like pinecones! (ambershawphotography.com)
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A wheat bouquet can also be a lovely alternative. Tie it with a lace or burlap ribbon for a seasonal rustic look. (halforangephotography.com)
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Mix together an assortment of Fall blooms in the same color palette for a gorgeous masterpiece! (frenzelstudios.com)
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Classic white or ivory roses among a layer of maple leaves is a stunning choice for the season. (photographybysusie.com)
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If you desire lots of color, choose a bouquet with a variety of stems in a mixture of shades of your favorite Fall colors! (jenlynnephotography.net)
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The bold purples mixed with the pale pink and lots of green create a charming rustic ambiance. (whitneypaigephotography.com)
 
 
I love making my daughter tutu dresses for sporadic photo ops, holiday wear, and Halloween costumes. As she gets older, I plan to make more tutu dresses for fun dress-up pieces too! Today I am sharing a tutorial on how to make these lovely garments whether you want one for everyday, photo shoots, or even your flower girls! I made this tutu dress in black and yellow, but there are so many colors out there that you can get creative with!
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You will need scissors, tape measure, 2 3/4 inch headband, and 6 inch wide tulle. I used almost 4 of the 20 yard spools of tulle for this dress. You can find all of these items at your local craft store.
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The easiest way to figure out the size is to put the headband around the child's chest and measure the desired length from the bottom row of loops on the headband. Once you have the desired length, multiply by two and cut your strands of tulle at that length. For example, I wanted my daughter's dress length to be 12 inches, so I cut 24 inch strands of tulle.
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TEMPLATE: Refer to this picture to get an idea of the pattern for which the finished rows of tulle will be positioned. This tutorial uses three rows of tulle for a nice, full look.
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Take a single piece of tulle and fold it in half forming one side with a loop and two free ends on the other side. Follow the steps in the illustrations to thread the tulle into the hole and knot it off.
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Your first row is now complete!
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On to the second row. Note in the first image that the free ends are starting out in the destination hole (see template) and the looped end is starting out in the hole below that.
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The second row is complete! Can you see how just adding one row has made your tutu more full? Imagine what the final third row will do!
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Now we start our final row. Note in the first image that the free ends are starting out in the destination hole (see template) and the looped end is starting out in the hole below that.
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You have now finished your third and final row!
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Time to add your finishing touches. Cut your strands of ribbon just as you did with the tulle. The number of strands will depend on how far you want to spread out the ribbon on the tutu. I positioned each strand of ribbon in between every two strands of tulle. That required 11 pieces of ribbon.
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Work the ribbon in on available spaces that you have in the third row.
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Your ribbon embellishment is now complete!
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For the straps, pick your placement and follow the steps in the illustrations to pull the ribbon through the front and back holes of the tutu dress. Then, fit it on the child and tie it in place with a fitted, yet comfortable bow!
 
 
This week's top trending pins include sparkly Fall placecard holders and an easy way to dress up potted plants to serve as centerpieces at your next party!
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If you aren't a fan of pumpkin pie, you can still get into the festive spirit by making them in cookie form!
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Add a touch of sparkle to your tablescape with these glittery gold pear placecard holders.
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The pure definition of a blossoming cake!
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Mozzarella Bubble Biscuits - taste like mini stuffed cheese pizza bites! Great cocktail party food!
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Dress up an ordinary plant pot by covering it with some burlap fabric and tying it off with twine.
 
 
Style your home inside and out this Fall season with these creative pumpkin decor pieces. It is crazy how easy some of these projects are; I am definitely making some of those toilet paper roll pumpkins today!
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Transform a slice of wood into a Fall pumpkin welcome sign! (viewfromthefridge.com)
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Use a cable knit sweater to create this lovely faux Fall pumpkin. (confessionsofaplateaddict.blogspot.com)
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Who doesn't have toilet paper rolls at home? This project is super easy and will add a nice element of decor to your Fall setup. (livingchiconthecheap.com)
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Decorate your porch with a pumpkin topiary. (southerncharmbyfarica.blogspot.com)
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Use seasonal card stock to create this decorative pumpkin tree! (simplygwen.blogspot.com)
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Combine pumpkins with succulents for a lovely Autumn decor piece. (simplyhappenstance.com)
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Charming crepe paper pumpkins add a rustic touch to the season. (liagriffith.com)
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Use wood blocks to create these rustic seasonal pumpkins. (thepinjunkie.com)
 
 
I love experimenting with different pumpkin seed recipes every Fall. This season, I decided to go for a mixture of sweet and salty with these Choco-Nut pumpkin seeds. The crushed nut topping adds that extra bit of crunch to this delectable snack!

INGREDIENTS
  1. 1 1/2 Cups Pumpkin Seeds (Washed, Drained, & Dried)
  2. 2 Tsp Salt
  3. 2 Regular Size Hershey's Chocolate Bars
  4. 1/4 Cup Crushed Nut Garnish
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Cover your baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the pumpkin seeds out evenly in a single layer. Pour salt over the pumpkin seeds. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes and give the seeds a good stir after the first 10 minutes.
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While the seeds are baking, it is time to start melting your chocolate. Fill a medium sized saucepan halfway with water. Place a stove safe bowl inside the pan ensuring that you have at least two inches of space between the water and the rim of the saucepan to prevent the water from boiling over.
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Break the chocolate up into indiviudal pieces and toss them in the stove safe bowl. Heat the saucepan on your stovetop over medium-high heat and stir the chocolate frequently as it melts.
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Once your pumpkin seeds are done baking, pour the entire batch into a mixing bowl. Slowly pour the melted chocolate into the bowl while stirring for an even coating.
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Immediately lay your chocolate covered pumpkin seeds flat on a plate covered with parchment paper.
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Sprinkle your nut garnish over the pumpkin seeds before the chocolate begins to set. I chose to use crushed almonds, but you can really use any nut option that you prefer! Place the plate in the refrigerator and wait for the chocolate to harden before breaking the pumpkin seeds into smaller pieces.
 
 
Halloween has finally arrived! Are you still in need of a last minute snack recipe for the kids' classroom parties, tonight's Halloween get-together, or even just a quick munchie aside from all of the candy bars that are piling up today? No worries - we have you covered! This week's edition of Friday's Fabulous Finds is dedicated to festive Halloween snacks that can be made in minutes with little effort on your end. Enjoy and have a very Happy Halloween!
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Little Frankies Snack. Grapes and a Jumbo marshmallow cut in half. That simple!
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Take the label off your two liter bottle of Fanta and give it a jack-o-lantern look. Great for Halloween parties!
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Halloween Ghost String Cheese. SO EASY!
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Witches brooms - super quick recipe with just two ingredients; peanut butter cups and pretzel sticks!
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Transform black olives into creepy crawly spiders on your deviled eggs!