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Gift List Tracker to Help Organize Holiday Shopping

Happy Black Friday eve!  This is a strange time for me to popping in here.  But I couldn’t let you go into Black Friday shopping without planning for it! Here’s a gift list printable just for you!

Tomorrow marks the official start of holiday shopping.  And although I’m happily still eating Thanksgiving dinner and not thinking anything about what gifts to buy.  I know some of you crazies get out to get those deals.

I wanted to give you a little something to help stay organized and on track when buying.

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Holiday Gift List Printable

I’ve gone Black Friday shopping like twice in my life.  I’m pretty sure both of those times I ended up just getting stuff for myself because I didn’t have a clear plan on what to buy for others.

This free gift list printable is the perfect way to track everyone you need to buy for and what you plan on buying.

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The gift list tracker can even help you save money.  If you know what you’re buying then you can find the best sales for that item.

There’s a space to track how much you want to spend or how much you actually paid for it.  Add it all up to help you stick to your holiday budget.

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This gift list can even help you remember to wrap and deliver your gift to the recipient.

I feel forgetting what you bought and for who is an issue when you buy so much all at once.  Maybe you even hide gifts or put them away so nosy little kids can’t find them.

Remember that scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when Chevy Chase is stuck in the attic hiding gifts and finds gifts from previous years?

Yeah that won’t happen with this because you’ll be able to know whether or not you’ve wrapped and delivered each gift.  And hopefully you won’t get stuck in the attic either.

Be sure to click here or on the picture below to download and print your free gift list.holiday gift tracker, plan out Christmas gifts with this printable list, printable gift list

I hope this helps Black Friday shopping or any shopping you do this weekend and throughout the season to be a little more planned and on track.

Use Your Gift List to Shop Small on Black Friday

If you want to stay home to avoid the crowds and craziness of Black Friday (raises hand), try shopping online with a bunch of my fellow small business owners.  If you click here, join the group to see some amazing vendors with sales and giveaways of their products and services.

I’ll even be having a sale on my virtual party plans and mobile gift wrapping service.

New Resource Library on the Blog

Did you see that I created a central space for all of these fun, easy, and helpful printables?

No!

See here, right at the top of the blog there’s a new Resource Library tab.

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You may even notice that the blog has a bit of a different look these days.  I think it’s a fun new direction.

So about the resource library.  I’ve been adding lots of downloadable printables to that area.  It’s a great place to go if you need help planning a party, a cupcake topper, or even party decor.

The Resource Library is password protected, so be sure to go here to get the password.  It will add you to my list and once you do that, you’ll never have to put the password in again!

I hope you’re liking the changes you see here as I’m always trying to give you the best of what I have.  Offer you the best, most helpful services, and grow the blog and reach more people that like to party.

Happy Thanksgiving!

And finally, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  I love this day because we can reflect on what we’re grateful for with our family and friends around the table with us.

It’s such a great time to gather together, love one another, and remember to be thankful for those that are with us and those that can’t be.

I hope you have a wonderful day full of gratitude and turkey/pie/potatoes/stuffing/cranberries!  Enjoy the day celebrating!

And be sure to start planning your holiday gifts now!

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2018 Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline Printable

It’s that time of year again!  Thanksgiving and ALLLLLLLL the cooking.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love all the cooking and gathering people around the table to celebrate together.  That’s the main reason I love hosting so much.

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We typically host at our house, but haven’t the last couple of years because other friends’ have, so I’m excited to do it again this year.

Surprisingly, I haven’t put a ton of thought into the day yet, but I have my menu planned out.  I never do Thanksgiving without this sweet potato casserole and this stuffing.

Here’s the thing though with cooking so much all in one day.  Your oven is basically on all day.  Plus, it’s a delicate dance to figure out when you need to put certain things in the oven, at what temperature they need to be cooked, and how long they need to cook.

So every year, I come up with a fun and super handy Thanksgiving cooking timeline printable.   You can see all the past ones here, here, and here.

And here is this year’s cooking timeline!

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I don’t have two ovens, but the one I do have does some heavy lifting on Thanksgiving.  However, everything still has to be ready at the same time.  So, I have to write it all down and figure out what cooking order makes the most sense.

See, delicate dance!

Thanksgiving Oven Rotation Cooking Timeline Printable

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Here’s how I use my printable to make sure everything gets cooked and on the table at the same time.

First, I double check all of my recipes to see how long everything needs to be cooked and at what temperature.

I write that all down, then figure out in what order things should be cooked.  I use my tips below to help me figure that out.

Next, I start working backward from the time that I plan on eating and write in the time that each dish should go into the oven and come out of the oven.

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I typically do this a few days before Thanksgiving so that I’m prepared the day of.  More importantly it lets me figure out if there are any parts of the dishes that I can make ahead of time.

Thanksgiving Oven Rotation Tips

To make cooking everything and having it all done around the same time with just one oven easier try some of these tips below.

  • Cook the dish with the highest temperature first, so all day you’re just turning the oven down and not wasting time waiting for the oven to preheat.
  • Bake as much the day before and just reheat on Thanksgiving.
  • When the turkey is out and resting, use that time to warm everything back up that you cooked the day before or earlier in the day.
  • Reduce the number of times you’re opening and closing the oven so you don’t lose heat.  Just turn on the oven light and check things through the window.
  • Cook savory things together and sweet things separately so flavors and aromas don’t mix.

Thanksgiving Cooking Timeline Printable

Be sure to click here or on the picture below to download your own cooking timeline printable.

What I love about this is that if you have it out in your kitchen, it’s pretty enough for your guests to see.

Hosting such a big holiday focused on food can be stressful.  But with a little planning and this printable I hope it can help relieve some stress of the day.

 

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Free Printable Watermelon Party Invitations

I’m wrapping up this watermelon week with some super cute free printable invitations.  We talked so much about how to invite the neighbors over and enjoy the end of summer with watermelon here and here.

Now you have a formal way to invite them!  And by formal, I mean a printable invitation that isn’t formal at all.

I'm wrapping up this watermelon week with some super cute free printable invitations. We talked so much about how to invite the neighbors over and enjoy the end of summer with watermelon here and here. Now you have a formal way to invite them! And by formal, I mean a printable invitation that isn't formal at all. watermelon party ideas, watermelon themed party invitations, party invites, watermelon party ideasI love the cute watermelon seeds all over this invitation.  The fun colors make me excited and cheery.  All you have to do is click here or the picture above to download and print your own invitation.

Then just fill in the information of when and where your party is.  Circle whether it will be a day or night event and then deliver!  There are a few extra lines to include an RSVP, location, or any other information about the party.  Maybe you want your guests to bring a watermelon themed dish or drink?  Include it in the invitation.

This type of invitation takes me back to when I was a kid and buying invitations at the store where you can write in all of the party information.  Plus, I can’t tell you how many times lately I’ve printed off invitations or other things only to find typos after their printed.  It’s frustrating to have to reprint them.  With this invitation you won’t have to worry about that.

Giving your neighbors an actual printed invitation makes your party extra special.  Plus, how exciting is it to receive actual invitations vice another Facebook request for an event?  I think we’ve gotten away from mailing notes, invitations, and letters.  This watermelon party invite, or any party invite is a way to get back to that.

One good thing about inviting your neighbors over though is that you don’t have to spend money on a stamp.  Just deliver to their front door!

My goal with a lot of things here at The Daily Hostess is to give you ideas that are simple to implement, but make your party extra special.  Something your guests will remember.  Doing those small little touches make people feel special, loved, and cared for.  If they feel loved they’ll come back to celebrate with you again.  Or better yet, invite you to a celebration.  Celebrating with others is so much better than not celebrating at all.

Take it from me, being on a work trip without much work, and lots of down time by myself is pretty boring.  It always happens this way doesn’t it?  I get excited to be kid free, and then a couple days in to a trip and I miss them like crazy.

All of that to say that I think you should invite your neighbors over for a fun end of summer party.  Enjoy the time together, it will make up for those times when you’re by yourself on a work trip and tired of being alone.  And eating watermelon like this or this is yummy so you should share it with others.

Don’t forget to download the invitation here or click on the picture below to print it out.

I'm wrapping up this watermelon week with some super cute free printable invitations. We talked so much about how to invite the neighbors over and enjoy the end of summer with watermelon here and here. Now you have a formal way to invite them! And by formal, I mean a printable invitation that isn't formal at all. watermelon party ideas, watermelon themed party invitations, party invites, watermelon party ideas

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little watermelon series.  And I hope your end of summer is memorable and fun!  I’ll be back next week with some back to school organization that your kids will love!

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St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Printables

Morning, well it’s still kind of the morning.  Coming in late today, but better late than never. I wanted to give you all some more free, quick, and easy St. Patrick’s day decor.  Yesterday I showed you how to make a quick garland.  Combine that with these St. Patrick’s Day shamrock printables and you basically have a party!

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st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesI made some shamrock cupcake toppers and straw labels.  They are super easy to just print, cut out, and use them for your party.  I used some fun gold polka dot washi tape to add them to straws on some juice boxes and on top of the cupcakes.

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st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesThe labels would work great taped around a swizzle stick too if you are having more grown up drinks for St. Patrick’s Day.  Or you could wrap them around the stem of a wine glass to label drinks.

st. patricks day printables, st. patrick's day party decor, st. patrick's day kids craft, st. patrick's day shamrock printablesI’ve also had these green tins for a really long time and have never used them for anything.  So, out they came for St. Patrick’s day and this little “pot of gold” popcorn.  Using popcorn at the end of a rainbow is such an easy way to include the idea of a pot of gold on St. Patrick’s day.

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Click Below for St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Printables

 

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February Party Round Up

It’s the first of the month, and time for another round up of celebrations to take you through the entire month.  February is chocked full of fun days, events, and holidays, but you can never have too many reasons to celebrate, right?

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First up is the Superbowl.  It’s February 4th, this Sunday!  If you haven’t put much thought into what you’re doing, don’t worry. To Have + To Host has one of the simplest, throw it together at the last minute party ideas for you.  Check out all the details here.

I love this season leading up to Lent, and this year it’s extra special because Valentine’s day falls on Ash Wednesday.  So much to celebrate in one week!

Before Lent starts is Mardi Gras!  I’m from St. Louis, and did you know that St. Louis has the biggest Mardi Gras celebration next to New Orleans?  There’s a big parade and everyone comes out in their purple, green and gold drinking green beer.  Since I’m not in the area to celebrate, and life looks a little different, I wanted to include this cute and simple kids craft to celebrate the occasion.

Happy Hooligans uses paper plates to make cute and easy Mardi Gras masks.  Paper plates are so versatile, and if you have kids, you probably have a bunch at your house already.

Take your Mardi Gras celebration a little further and make purple, green, and gold pancakes for breakfast too!  I love blending spinach up into the pancake batter to make them green, and add a few hidden vegetables!  You could use purple carrots or beets for the purple pancakes.

Right after Mardi Gras, not only does Lent start on Ash Wednesday, but it’s also Valentine’s day.  And a friend of mine at church said the best thing about them being on the same day.  “It’s the perfect time to fall more in love with the Lord.” How true!

Try sending out funny Valentine’s cards to keep the day light and not overly mushy.  These funny printable cards from Printable Crush have the cutest little sayings.  Pop one in your kids’ school lunch or your spouse’s work bag for a funny little surprise.

I’ll be showing you a fun Valentine’s kid’s craft and a Valentine’s themed playdate party in the next week or so too.  Be sure to come back to check those out.

Lastly this month, is a really special day.  February 22nd is National Margarita Day!  Now that’s a reason to celebrate a random Thursday.  If you’re trying to stick with your resolution and looking for a healthier margarita alternative, give this recipe from 40 Aprons a try.  It takes out all the sugar and replaces it with honey.

Whew, so many things to celebrate this month.  There are even more I didn’t mention like February being Black History Month, American Heart Month, or the Chinese New Year starting.

With all of these special days, there’s a reason for everyone to celebrate this month.  What do you plan on celebrating?

 

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Celebrating everyday!