Mod Christmas Tree Centerpieces

Free Printables to create this adorable Mod Tree Centerpiece or Table Runner for your holiday party via @PagingSupermom

We recently celebrated the holidays at a lunch with some of our local blogging buddies. Everything turned out so cute that we wanted to share photos and a few tips for how to host a stress-free get together with friends over the holidays.

Free Printables to create this adorable Mod Tree Centerpiece or Table Runner for your holiday party via @PagingSupermom

For a low-key gathering we highly recommend meeting up at a favorite restaurant. Eating out means no one has to clean house or prepare any food… all the hard work is done and you can just focus on adding a few decorative touches to make things more festive. There is already so much to do this time of year that it’s easy to get stressed out, and this approach ensures a fun holiday party that you can actually enjoy!

Free Printables to create this adorable Mod Tree Centerpiece or Table Runner for your holiday party via @PagingSupermom

The Supermom Secret for hosting a party at a restaurant is to add some of your own decor. If we have a particular theme or look in mind we pick a restaurant that will mesh well with that concept. Although sometimes you’ll know exactly where you want to eat — we had already chosen to meet up at a local pizza place that sets their tables with classic red-and-white-check tablecloths. We also had already worked with Shutterfly to create these adorable “Super Mom” Ornaments for everyone (win one below!). So we came up with this Mod Christmas theme that married the two.

Supermom Ornaments made with @Shutterfly via @PagingSupermom #ShutterflyHoliday

It doesn’t take much to make a restaurant table feel festive. We have done this type of party several times, and our formula is simple:

Have a party favor to set at each person’s spot +
Create some kind of table runner or centerpiece =
Just enough to make your party feel thoughtful and special!

For our party favor we had black-and-white striped bags containing these official “Super Mom” ornaments. We were so excited about how our glass ornaments from Shutterfly turned out, and they have so many great templates that you can customize to suit your own party.

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Join the #SupermomTreeParade

A Beautiful Family Christmas Tree via @PagingSupermom

Today we’re kicking off our second annual #SupermomTreeParade on Instagram. This virtual tree parade lasts all week, and we would like to invite you to join in on the fun. Just take a photo of your Christmas Tree, share it on Instagram and be sure to tag #SupermomTreeParade @PagingSupermom so we will see it. To make things even more interesting, our friends over at The Land of Nod are offering a $200 gift card to one lucky parade entry (see contest rules below). So be sure to snap and share a picture of your tree!

A Beautiful Family Christmas Tree via @PagingSupermom

Share your tree with tag #SupermomTreeParade and join in on the fun! #ChristmasTree

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Halloween with Shutterfly Decor + Giveaway

Put a monogram on your pumpkin -- this looks EASY! Tutorial @PagingSupermom #shutterflydecor

With preparations for my Halloween dinner party underway and assembling all the kids’ costumes, we’re in high gear for Halloween! Yesterday Aimée came over and helped me style my front porch with a bunch of darling decor from Shutterfly.

I want to make some fun custom decor for my #Halloween front porch! Use Shutterfly to print things -- free downloads @PagingSupermom #shutterflydecor

It is so much fun to be able to literally dream up any decor and bring it to life with Shutterfly. I’ve had the “something wicked this way comes” quote from Macbeth on my brain for weeks, and I just love how it looks turned into Wood Wall Art on my front door. (You can make one too with our free graphic file downloads, see below.)

This Wood Wall Art from Shutterfly looks so cool! Get the free graphic download @PagingSupermom

This Wood Wall Art from Shutterfly looks so cool! Get the free graphic download @PagingSupermom

I usually hang a wreath on the door, but I think this wood print is fabulous, and I love how the wood grain shows through. Actually I was planning to lean it up beside my door, but when we tried hanging it, we were instantly sold — the scale of it on the door is so much fun. I glued a couple pieces of felt to the bottom corners to help protect my door and the print from movement when the door opens and closes.

Put a spooky message in your pumpkin -- this looks EASY!  Tutorial @PagingSupermom #shutterflydecor

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Beautiful Adventures with Shutterfly

As we head into the cozy fall months, it’s fun to remember our summer adventures. So when Shutterfly asked us to create some home decor inspired by our recent travels, I knew exactly what vacations I wanted to be reminded of daily.

We travel quite a bit as a family, but some trips definitely turn out better than others. However, we’ve never regretted a vacation — when things don’t go as planned, we simply call it an adventure! And, as it turns out, my family LOVES a good adventure.

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I just adore our new inspirational pillow and soft fleece blanket ensemble on our living room couch. This quote is exactly how I picture married life: a beautiful adventure with my best friend and our kids. It’s a fabulous daily reminder for me that, just like some trips, when things don’t go as planned, it’s simply another adventure.

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Favorite Tools + Baby Shower Giveaway

Last week we shared an amazing rock star themed baby shower. If you missed it be sure to check out this post.

Cute Printable Rock Star Party Cupcake Toppers - you've also gotta see the paper plate faux records -- the CUTEST! via @PagingSupermom

Want to know what you’ll need (besides printables) to make your party just like mine? The craft store can be overwhelming — filled with a million different tools and gadgets. If you are wondering which ones are really essential, today we’ve got a cheat sheet of our favorite tools and supplies. These are the ones we use over and over whenever we style a birthday party, baby shower or holiday meal.

Want to decorate like a party stylist? Here are the must-have tools via @PagingSupermom

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Books Alive: Flora and the Flamingo

Today’s installment of the Books Alive summer reading & activity series is from our fabulous friend Kim from The TomKat Studio.

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I am so excited to be posting today for this Summer Reading Series! I love flamingos, so when I spotted this book, Flora and the Flamingo, I knew I had to get it for my daughter, Kate. The illustration and typography on the cover sold me without even opening the book. Once we “read” it together, I realized that it is a picture book with no words. The gorgeous illustrations tell a story of a girl and a flamingo who explore their friendship through synchronized dance. Kate was so, so cute and made up her own story to tell me while looking at the pictures. From the publisher, Chronicle Books:

In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more!

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I loved that it challenged Kate to be creative and come up with her own story to tell about this adorable duo. For our book-inspired craft, we decided to create a flamingo paper puppet dance recital!

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Snappy Doors + Win a Ticket to SNAP!

Supermom Door at SNAP 2012

We are headed back to SNAP this year, and are super-excited to be hosting the Door Decorating Contest. It all started when we decided to turn our 2012 SNAP hotel room into the “Supermom Headquarters” for our stay, affixing our burst logo with vinyl to the hotel door. We didn’t ask permission, were a bit sneaky, and NEARLY forgot to remove it when we checked out (wonder what the hotel charge would have been for that?), but all is well that ends well, and it was so fun to share our excitement with the rest of the attendees.

Supermom Door at SNAP 2012

Last year the whole door decorating thing came above board at SNAP, and thanks to the contest sponsor 3M there were command strips galore. Check out some of these fun doors…

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