Giving Thanks- quick Hostess gifts for the great day of Thanks!

Hello there!

Michelle here with some Thanksgiving Hostess gift ideas.

If you, like me, waited till the last minute and are now stuck on hostess gift ideas never worry! You could get a bottle of wine or some cupcakes but the check out lines at all food related shops will be BANANAS- if they have anything LEFT for buying that is.

THANK GOODNESS for the scrappy fresh air provided by Design team member Christina and occasional guest star Marie!

Chrissy’s idea: Haystack Place cards!!!

Some fringed paper, glitter and stick pins from Gauche Alchemy color packs and BINGO instant Hostess gift idea!!!

Chrissy says:

These are super easy to make and only take a few minutes.  I saw these on The Twinery blog and just had to make some!

1. Cut a piece of solid card stock into a long strip about 4-5 inches wide.

2. Next, cut your fringe.  I left about a 1.5″-2″ ‘blank spot’ in the middle of the strip. I glittered the one for “Mom” using a glue pad and doodlebug sugarcoat glitter.  Once it dried, I rolled the strip and secured the ends.

3. Finally, decorate the middle.  I used BoBunny’s “Kitchen Spice” line, October Afternoon mini alphas, Twinery twine, and stick pins from the mixed media color kits to make name plates.

Voila!  You have a cute place card for your Thanksgiving table.  It took me about 15 minutes to make both of these.”


Marie’s idea is a mini book with plenty of space that can be used to display the menu and schedule for the day ….

The chipboard album is from the ... kit. The braille paper, twine and naked chipboard all come from the Bare Nekkid Mixed Media Paper kit. The lace from the Lace Ribbon Variety Pack.

Hmmm- I am staring in wonderment at my audacity even as I write it- a “schedule” for Thanksgiving would probably read this way:

  • Eat- a lot
  • Argue over politics / sports
  • Nap
  • Break up Wii or Play Station tiff
  • Argue over who gets to take home what left overs
  • Go home or collapse in exhaustion for the Host

Forget I wrote that. What I love about this project is that it’s got plenty of space for extra embellishment and photos in the standard 4 by 6 size. The Host wrestled a 15 pound naked bird for you- the least you can do is thank them for it!

Some wonderful punchinella serves as a photo matt and my favorite Crate Paper print this season.

In the midst of the holiday madness Marie was able to whip up this little ditty of a mini! She used our fantastic Nearly Nekkid Mixed Media Paper kit, some Crate papers, lace from our Lace Ribbon Variety Pack  and various colors from the Punchinella Sequin Waste Variety Pack.

A mini looks best when the layout isn't overly complicated. You want the focus to be on the photos you choose to include. Here, Marie varied the texture by including both see through and solid layers to get instant pop!

Contrasting colors help add to the layout without having to load the pages with extra embellishments

Back cover.

I hope you have a wonderful time eating, arguing with and hugging your family. I LOVE this holiday most of all because it’s about family and celebrating what a year’s worth of hard work and patience has reaped.

Cheers! (TING!!!!)



2 Responses

  1. Both of these are great projects! Those haystacks are too cute!

  2. Love Marie’s mini! That would be awesome to display the menu!!

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