A Whoot of Thanks ~
The holidays are drawing near and it’s definitely time to start reflecting on things to be thankful for. The talented and clever moms Amy Kelly and Brianna VanLierop of The Savvy Mom’s Guide, came up with a brilliant idea to get kids in that thanksgiving mood by putting together a playdate party filled with craft making fun and healthy snack making ideas! Amy and Brianna shares with us the wonderful ideas that we can all inspire from: “For this Play Date theme our inspirations came from a collaboration of fall, Thanks giving, and Owls. We wanted to feature natural elements such as woods, moss and leaves to compliment this inspiration. In planning we knew we needed to create a unique outdoor play date that was whimsical yet natural. We started by contacting Anders Ruff Custom Designs to create the printable collection around our “Whoot of Thanks” theme. We then provided them our patterns and colors which included oranges, browns, reds, and greens. For the craft we wanted to keep with the natural feeling and create owls made from pinecones that also served as décor for the table. For each play date we like to incorporate a snack that is kid created with easy to make steps. We also include a healthy snack that compliments the theme or season. These choices made the meal kid friendly, nutritious and delicious.
Kolby Kakes edible creations baked the yummiest cupcakes, cake balls and owl cookie pops that coordinated with the colors and theme perfectly.
“Cheese Pies” made from biscuits and cheese baked on a stick:
An adorable turkey made from fruit, cheese and vegetables:
All design elements for each play date are usually purchased or created in a “Savvy” way. When it comes to the dollar bins at Target or our local Dollar Store we try and see more than just the value of an item. The tree stumps that were made into toad stools were covered in plastic tablecloths which came from the Target dollar bins along with scrapbook paper that were laminated with a leaves for the kids to use as placemats. The table the kids sat at was also made with 3 hay barrels and a piece of plywood covered with a piece of burlap. With the left over burlap we made pennants to hang our “Whoot of Thanks” banner from. The moss boxes were created from left over scrap 2X4’s and pieces of sheet moss purchased from the Dollar Tree. These we perfect for showcasing our “Whoot Corn” popcorn cones made from scrapbook paper and as a platform for the “Cheese Pies” to be displayed on. Our centerpiece, our version of a thankful tree was also created with the natural elements of our own backyard. We simply placed a tree branch into a tree stump and dressed it with our Anders Ruff printables and colorful leaves.”Vendor credits: Event planning: The Savvy Mom’s Guide Photography: Racz Photography Cupcakes, Cake Balls & Owl Cookie Pops: Kolby Kakes Owl Smores Recipe: Living Locurto Printables/ Stationery: Anders Ruff Custom Designs Sheet Moss: Dollar Tree Pine Cone Owl idea: Bristol Moms Other items: Target