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Halloween Family Traditions You Should Try This Year

Traditional and non-traditional family activities for the ultimate framily-friendly spooky season with your kids.

Halloween Family Traditions you should try this year with your kids

From candies to costumes, parties and an altogether spooky vibe, what isn’t to love about Halloween? Halloween is a great time of year to carry on family traditions while celebrating the season with fun anticipation. Below are some fun Halloween traditions you and your family may like to try this year.

Deck your haunted house - pumpkin candle decorations.

Country Living has some adorable DIY Halloween decoration ideas including these precious jar pumpkins.

Deck the Haunted House

One of the most exciting parts about Halloween season is not only seeing how everyone else spooks out their house but decorating your own house! Get the kiddos involved. Decorate little paper pumpkins, or throw some glitter on construction paper bats. Of course, if you are not into spooky, you can always decorate your house in fun fall décor while engaging the whole family in the spirit of the season – string some felt leaves on string for a garland. Need some inspiration? Here are some fun Halloween craft ideas from Country Living.

Get Cozy and Watch the Classics

Have an annual Halloween movie extravaganza with your family. Get your cozy clothes on, grab a blanket, a hot drink and a fun treat like popcorn or Jack Skellington Cupcakes and sit back and watch a movie, like The Nightmare Before Christmas. If your kids are a little younger or you are not a fan of the eerie vibe, watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – or just watch both! We do – even thought the boys are now teenagers, we still hunker down with popcorn for a family night of Hocus Pocus!

Boo your neighbors this Halloween

Go get your Boo printable from Melissa over at Bless This Mess

“Boo” Your Neighbors (Nicely)

This is another fun Halloween tradition. Make a Halloween goodie bag for a neighbor and leave it on their porch with a poem or sign, telling them they have been “Boo’d.” Don’t forget to ring the doorbell before you run! Kids enjoy ringing the doorbell and running. The recipient is supposed to reciprocate and “Boo” another neighbor. Here are some Halloween Boo Signs and Poems for inspiration!

Host a Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party for Kids

Carve Pumpkins with a Party

We’ve been doing this one for years! A pumpkin carving party is way more fun with friends. We pick up a dozen pumpkins, throw down a giant tarp & let the all kids have at it. Choose a theme and provide decorating materials and carving tools. Now that the boys are all so huge (goodness) we pull out the drill along with the traditional pumpkin carving tools. Don’t forget to have some spooky Halloween snacks available for your pumpkin carving party! Throw on a pot of chili and consider playing a spooky, Halloween-themed playlist too!

Day of the Dead Dinner

Traditional to Mexico, the Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) is a day that falls on the day after Halloween, but you can celebrate it whenever you like. Set up an area in your home where you put up pictures of the pets and people you want to remember and eat a meal together. Choose a meal one of your lost loved ones enjoyed while sharing memories of those who have passed on. This is a great way to change things up in the Halloween season and to keep memories alive. We all loved the movie, Coco – which is a lovely story of holding onto family memories. You may want to add that in this year, too.

Schedule a Visit from the Pumpkin Fairy

Each year, kids get loads of candy after trick-or-treating. Each year, parents fight against the forces to keep their children from falling ill from sugar overload (or from eating all of the good candy before parents have a chance to get to it!). Combat these issues by scheduling a visit from the Pumpkin Fairy. The Pumpkin Fairy is a delightful little fair who trades fun toys and trinkets for candy from your kids’ Halloween candy stash. Read more about the Pumpkin Fairy tradition at The Magic Onions.

 

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6 Family Halloween Traditions for kids you should try this year

Throw a Boho Chic Themed 1st Birthday

Celebrate your little princess with a boho–inspired birthday party.

DIY Boho Chic First Birthday Party Ideas and Inspiration ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #diyboho #diybirthday #diy #firstbirthday #1stbirthdayinspiration #firstbirthdayideas

If you are looking for a unique, chic theme for your little girl’s 1st birthday party, why not consider having a boho chic theme? A breathtakingly beautiful party with simplistic details is perfect for your precious baby girl. From a cake adorned in flowers to floral crowns and pearls, this is the perfect theme for a little girl. Here are some tips to make it happen!

Pastel Party Favors

Jenn over at Hostess with the Mostes suggests sending your guests home with cute party favors, like these Pastel Animal Jar Party Favors. All you need is a cute glass jar, plastic animal toys, and a little pastel paint. Fill the jar with tiny knick-knacks or candy!

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Photo from Hostess with the Mostess’ toddler Boho Birthday Party

Outdoor Teepee

Create an outdoor teepee for excellent photo opportunities and wows from your guests – tiny and big alike. If the weather is not favorable, move it inside! It’s a perfectly chic prop for your party décor.  This is the lace teepee we used for our flower field tea party.  We found the most beautiful vintage lace table cloth and simply draped it around 3 sticks tied together with a rope.  It was Boho fabulous.

Vintage Lace Tablecloth Teepee for her Boho Chic 1st Birthday Party ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #diybirthdayteepee #diyteepee #diy #firstbirthday #1stbirthdayinspiration #laceteepee

 

Don Her in Pearls

Nothing says chic like a gorgeous row of pearls. From pearl bracelets and necklaces to earrings, you can adorn her in beautiful birthday pearls that become a keepsake for her whole life.  A lovely tradition is to tuck them away for her wedding day – a beautiful way to celebrate how much she’s grown!  Check out the baby-to-bride pearls, so lovely!

Boho Chic Pearls for Girls - a great idea for her birthday party! ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #bohobirthdaygift #firstbirthdaygift #birthdaygift #firstbirthday #1stbirthdaygift #firstbirthdayideas

Beautiful keepsake pearl jewelry for girls - perfect for her first birthday gift. ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #specialbirthday #birthdaykeepsake #firstbirthdaygift #firstbirthday #babytobride #firstbirthdayideas

 

Floral Cake

Order a plain white cake for your party, in whatever shape or size you prefer. Either have the bakery add fresh and/or edible flowers for a gorgeous boho chic cake!  Or you can do what they did for Amelia’s beautiful outdoor first birthday party over at Style Me Pretty – they added silk flowers.  You can even wash them off after to save them as a beautiful keepsake and brighten up her big girl room!

Boho Chic First Birthday Easy DIY Flower Cake ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #diyboho #diybirthday #diy #firstbirthdaycake #smashcake #bohosmashcake #bohocake #flowercakeBeautiful 1st Birthday Boho Chic Floral Smash cake photo from Style Me Pretty.

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Decorate with Paper Flowers

You can’t really get more boho than by adding tons of flowers. If you aren’t up for spending the money on real flowers, make paper flowers and place them throughout the party room! They will absolutely add a boho chic vibe to your décor!  After the party, you can decorate her big girl room with the flowers – not only a lovely memento of her first birthday bash, but something whimsical to cherish!!  Anastasia over at PaperPro Tutorials has some amazing DIY paper flower ideas, tips and tricks!

Boho Chic DIY Paper Flower Decorations ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #diyboho #diybirthday #diy #firstbirthday #diypaperflowers #paperflowertutorial

Photo from Anastasia’s PaperPro Tutorials

Darling Photo Banner

Take photos of your baby or have a special photo shoot of her in a boho-style outfit. Hang them from a banner of twine!  We just did this for our son’s 18th birthday and included photos from his entire life!  We then boxed up all the photos in a pretty box with some tissue paper and mailed them to his Great Grandma & Grandpa who couldn’t attend the party…such a lovely keepsake.  I can’t believe he’s already 18.  Go snuggle those babies, mama!!  They grow so very quickly.

Easy Twine Photo Gallery to celebrate her first birthday in Boho Chic style. ♥ Little Girl's Pearls | #littlegirlspearls #bohochic #diyboho #diybirthday #diy #diyphotodisplay #easyphotodisplay #firstbirthdayideas

Top 10 Flower Girl Gift Card Message Ideas

10 perfect gift card message ideas for your beautiful flower girl - ideas for before the wedding and thank you for after the wedding. | Little Girl's Pearls  ♥️ #giftcard #flowergirl #littlegirlspearls #giftcardmessages #thankyounote

On your wedding day, your flower girl is probably almost as excited as you are. She gets to dress up in a special dress, be part of a fairy tale day, and walk down the aisle with all eyes on her. She might also be a little nervous. After all, all those expectant faces can be a little daunting for a little girl! Whether she’s nervous or excited (or probably a mix of both), your flower girl will be an important part of your wedding day. Wedding guests love to ooh and aw over an adorable flower girl walking down the aisle, and you can share precious moments dancing with her at your reception.

Here are some ideas for thoughtful flower girl card messages that will light up her smile and make her extra happy that she gets to be your flower girl.

Flower Girl Gift Card Message Ideas for Before the Wedding | Little Girl's Pearls

Flower Girl Gift Card Message #1 - Thank you for being my flower girl! I’m so lucky to have a wonderful young lady like you walk down the aisle with me. Thank you for helping to make my wedding extra special! | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Thank you for being my flower girl! I’m so lucky to have a wonderful young lady like you walk down the aisle with me. Thank you for helping to make my wedding extra special!

Flower Girl Gift Card Message Idea #2 - I couldn’t have picked anyone better to be my flower girl. With your bright smile, beautiful dress, and graceful walk, you’re going to be the best flower girl anyone has ever seen. I can’t wait to watch you walk down the aisle. Thank you for being my special flower girl! | Little Girl's Pearls

I couldn’t have picked anyone better to be my flower girl. With your bright smile, beautiful dress, and graceful walk, you’re going to be the best flower girl anyone has ever seen. I can’t wait to watch you walk down the aisle. Thank you for being my special flower girl!

Flower Girl Gift Card Message Idea #3 - What makes a great flower girl? A beautiful dress, a happy smile, some lovely flowers, and a golden heart. Luckily, you have all of those! Thank you so much for being my flower girl. I’m so glad I get to share this special day with you. | Little Girl's Pearls

What makes a great flower girl? A beautiful dress, a happy smile, some lovely flowers, and a golden heart. Luckily, you have all of those! Thank you so much for being my flower girl. I’m so glad I get to share this special day with you.

Flower GIrl Gift Card Message Idea #4 - Thank you for being my flower girl! I hope you have so much fun walking down the aisle, dancing, and eating cake later today. I’m so glad we get to share our wedding with you. | Little Girl's Pearls

Thank you for being my flower girl! I hope you have so much fun walking down the aisle, dancing, and eating cake later today. I’m so glad we get to share our wedding with you.

Flower Girl Thank you note message ideas for after the wedding. | Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Flower Girl Gift Card Message Idea #5 - A special thank you for being such a wonderful flower girl. You did such a fantastic job, and all the guests loved watching you walk down the aisle with your bright and beautiful smile. Thank you for helping to make my wedding day perfect. | Little Girl's Pearls

A special thank you for being such a wonderful flower girl. You did such a fantastic job, and all the guests loved watching you walk down the aisle with your bright and beautiful smile. Thank you for helping to make my wedding day perfect.

Flower Girl Gift Card Message Idea #6 - Thank you for being such an amazing flower girl! I’m so glad I chose someone as kind and happy as you. You made me smile so many times on my special wedding day, and I know you brought smiles to everyone who saw you. You helped make my wedding day the happiest day of my life! | Little Girl's Pearls

Thank you for being such an amazing flower girl! I’m so glad I chose someone as kind and happy as you. You made me smile so many times on my special wedding day, and I know you brought smiles to everyone who saw you. You helped make my wedding day the happiest day of my life!

Flower Girl Gift Card Message #7 - Thank you for being my flower girl! You did such a wonderful job walking down the aisle, and after I watched you, I didn’t feel as nervous anymore. Thank you for helping to make our wedding so special! | Little Girl's Pearls

Thank you for being my flower girl! You did such a wonderful job walking down the aisle, and after I watched you, I didn’t feel as nervous anymore. Thank you for helping to make our wedding so special!

Flower Girl Gift Card Message #8 - Thank you for adding your beauty, happiness, and special flair to our wedding day. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we couldn’t have asked for a better flower girl. | Little Girl's Pearls

Thank you for adding your beauty, happiness, and special flair to our wedding day. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we couldn’t have asked for a better flower girl.

Flower Girl Gift Card Message Idea #9 - Thank you for being our flower girl! The flowers were beautiful, but you were the one who made the beginning of our wedding really special. We had so much fun sharing our wedding with you. | Little Girl's Pearls

Thank you for being our flower girl! You carried your special flowers so beautifully!  You made the beginning of our wedding really special. We had so much fun sharing our wedding with you.

Flower Girl Gift Card Message #10 - Thank you for being our superstar flower girl! You looked like a princess in your dress, and you made everyone smile as you walked down the aisle. We’re so grateful you could be a part of our special day. | Little Girl's Pearls

Thank you for being our superstar flower girl! You looked like a princess in your dress, and you made everyone smile as you walked down the aisle. We’re so grateful you could be a part of our special day.

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To show some appreciation for your flower girl superstar princess, you may want to treat her to a special gift or card. Traditional gifts include something she can wear during your wedding and then keep as a keepsake, such as a piece of flower girl jewelry, or a toy she can play with to keep from getting bored during the reception. A card, whether accompanying a gift or on its own, can help show your gratitude for your little flower girl and make her feel extra special.

Flower Girl Necklaces - Perfect Flower Girl Gifts by Little Girl's Pearls. ♥

Flower Girl Earrings - Perfect flower girl gifts by Little Girl's Pearls. ♥

Flower Girl Bracelets in real pearls and silver by Little Girl's Pearls ♥

Do you have any stories about your flower girl on your wedding day?  They can be so cute and SO funny!  They bring such a lovely levity to the day.  They help the bride keep her sense of humor!!  I’d love to hear your stories. ♥

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Printable Valentine Cards

Free Forest Friends Printable Valentines

For the second year in a row, I’m a bit early with my Valentine cards for the friends and schoolmates.  Hooray!  I totally feel like I should get a gold star (and a latte).  I wanted to share the printable forest friends Valentine cards with you – so you’ll be ahead of the game, too!! ♥

lollipop valentine card

Now you and I can have a nice evening the day before your kiddo’s classroom Valentine party instead of frantically scouring Pinterest for a last-minute Valentine gift card idea for 50 fourth graders!

Click on the image below to download your printable Valentine cards.  It’s a PDF document.  You just need a free PDF reader to open it.  If you run across any questions or issues, just give me a holler.

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Simply print on card stock or photo paper & cut.  You cut 1/2″ off the right and 1/2″ off the left side.  Then each card measures 3.75″ square.  If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can tape a lollipop or a quarter (for older kids) to the back.  Just cut a small slit in the card & slip a lollipop stick through & tape it on the back.  Now you can check that crazy Valentine’s Day box off your to-do list! ♥

Are you looking for more inspiration or a little something different?  Be sure to check out last year’s Valentine printables, too.

Printable Valentine cards 2015
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