DIY Printable leftover Pie Boxes

Leftover Pie Box Printable

Whether you use these printable leftover pie boxes as an adorable upgrade for tupperware, or as thank you gifts or favors following the feast, your guests will love these! I’m tempted to make pie simply to use these pie boxes! Each box fits one slice, which might encourage portion control for some… As for me? It’s the perfect excuse to snag a few different flavors! Simply download the file and follow assembly instructions. There are designs for pumpkin, pecan, cherry, and apple. Let them eat pie!

3 Pie Crust Decorating Ideas

3 Pie Crust Decorating Ideas

These 3 pie crust decorating ideas will give that extra bit of flair to your holiday desserts, and they’re super easy to make! You don’t have to be a baker (or an artist) to ace these pie designs.

Use a stencil on your Pie

Get the message across with a stencil on your pie. This “Give Thanks and Eat Pie” does just that with powdered sugar. Perfect for extra sweetness too!

I love how simple yet impactful this one is. Ashley came up with the idea to apply a stencil to a pie…genius! This one is great for the Cricut or Silhouette machine. And it’s perfect for your Thanksgiving pie!

Give Thanks and Eat Pie Stencil

Instructions:

  1. Simply download this file and cut it out on your machine or cut it out by hand. I used a piece of scrapbook paper to create the stencil.
  2. Set onto the pie. Not too firmly, it might take a layer of the pie off.
  3.  Sprinkle powdered sugar on top with a sifter.
  4.  Gently take the stencil with hands on either side so you pull it all off at the same time.

Voila!

Give Thanks and Eat pie pie stencil
Cricut ready SVG pie stencil file.Matisse inspired pie crust idea.

Paint your pie crust with food coloring–The Matisse Pie

Last week while I was in NYC I attended the exhibition on Matisse’s cutouts at the MOMA (after getting bummed I couldn’t go to the Tate in London). I was inspired, so we came up with the Matisse pie, of course! Put those beautiful shapes to use!
Carli came up with this brilliant idea to paint the pie crust with food coloring. It went on so smoothly and bakes brilliantly.

Instructions:

  1.  Cover your pie with the dough to have a large surface to work with.
  2. Use a paintbrush to paint on your design with food coloring. We didn’t water down at all but used pure food coloring. We looked at images from Matisses’ paper cut-outs.
  3. Bake it in the oven for 10 minutes to brown the crust (you should have already baked the pie filling).
Matisse inspired pie crust.
Voila! If you want to throw your own tortured artist 
party, try out this pie crust decoration to incorporate Matisse!
Dot pie crust.

The polka dot pie crust decoration

Victoria came up with this fun and easy idea of decorating your pie crust.

Instructions:

  1. Roll out your dough and use the back end of an icing tip to punch holes into the dough like a cookie cutter.
  2.  Apply the dots to the perimeter of the pie then coming into the center of the pie filling and bake for the last 15-20 minutes of the pie cooking time.

Voila!

Pie crust idea.

How will you be making your pies for the holidays? Tell me in the comments!

Have some leftover slices of pie? Check out our printable boxes for Thanksgiving pies and summer pies

Photography by Laura Sumrak
Baking and crafting by Victoria Riza, Carli Randolf, and Ashley Isenhour,

Virtual Workshop + Giveaway With Hello!Lucky

Since our big move, all of our schedules have been thrown off a little. It doesn’t help that I am still losing everything (thanks pregnancy brain!) Jasper has been the most affected by the move though. It’s a big change for my little boo! It has helped to get back our sense of normalcy by taking any chance I can to spend some time with Jasper, doing something he is familiar with.

One of Jasper’s favorite activities is reading and, of course, that makes me so happy. Recently I shared “What Children’s Books I am Reading to my Toddler Right Now” and I am happy to share our latest find with you today! It is the perfect addition to your kid’s book collection just in time for Thanksgiving.

My friends at Hello!Lucky – a women-owned and fun shop in San Francisco – offer the most amazing letterpress cards, stationery, and more recently, children’s books! I have read many of them with Jasper and he LOVES them.

With their bold style and side-splitting humor, Hello!Lucky is excited to introduce their latest picture book that’s all about gratitude. Thanks A Ton! 

Thanks a Ton! Is a pun-derful picture book celebrating gratitude! Offering tons of ideas for how to say “thanks” when words just aren’t enough. Written and illustrated by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle from Hello!Lucky. Eunice and Sabrina have created over 15 children’s books selling more than 1 million copies. Their books support children’s social and emotional development, and let them (and their parents) know that they are amazing exactly as they are. Their titles include My Mom is Magical! (my personal favorite ;), a book celebrating moms,  Kindness Rules!, a book about kindness, Thanks a Ton!, a book about gratitude, and I Believe in You, a book about unconditional love. A full list of their amazing books can be found here.

And! Hello!Lucky will donate $5 for every copy of Thanks a Ton! purchased on raredevice.com to Love For Our Elders, a non-profit organization whose mission is to bring joy into the lives of the elderly and you guessed it, writing letters to them is one of those ways!

Enter to Win a Copy of Our Picture Hope Coloring Book + A Copy of Thanks A Ton!

We are jumping on board with Hello!Lucky in the name of gratitude and hope this season. So, we are excited to announce we now offer hardcopies of our Picture Hope Coloring Book!

Picture Hope: The Social Distancing Coloring Book, is a compilation of coloring pages designed by 64 of your favorite artists from around the world. It is meant to lift spirits and calm anxious minds with its bold message of hope. Each artist has contributed a drawing of what hope means to them along with a few of their own words. The pages are designed for all skill levels and ages, kids and adults. It’s a perfect activity for staying at home and practicing mindfulness and meditation while filling in your hope through color. The profits of the book go to seasonal charities, which are announced here. Through downloads of Picture Hope, over $8000 has already donated!

The idea is that the artists provide the blank canvas and YOU add the hope through color. And you know what? It works! I can’t even tell you the goose bumps I got while I was working on it! COVID-19 has indeed changed so much of our routine, yet in the confusion and uncertainty we’ve also witnessed countless moments of compassion and the strength of the human spirit.

I’ve spent my career developing The House That Lars Built, whose mission is to encourage people to make things with their hands. We believe that the act of making has the power to heal and improve your well-being. The goal of this book is the same and it’s needed now more than ever. Coloring is a simple yet profound act that allows for meditation and mindfulness and this coloring book is even more profound because of the many voices of support behind it.

A new version of Picture Hope is available now!

Up until now, Picture Hope has only been available for download to be printed at home. We have been working hard (read: months!) to create this physical copy, so that you can order it totally ready to color! This version is also ideal to gift to others this season. Click here to order your hardcopy of Picture Hope!

This high-quality coloring book includes varying levels of intricacy keeping you inspired to color! There are plenty of beautiful motifs to choose from: including botanicals, flowers, animals, cities, people, decorative, quotes. We designed this book for every skill level and age to enjoy! Each page is it’s own unique art piece from one of the 64 contributing artists. 

For the next month, ALL proceeds from the Picture Hope Coloring Book go to the nonprofit Love For Our Elders. This comforting nonprofit fights loneliness with love in senior communities and has spread to over 70 countries, all 50 states, and hundreds of schools. Keep reading for more info about the impact of this nonprofit! 

How to Enter Our Giveaway

Enter to win your own copy of Picture Hope + Hello!Lucky’s best-selling latest picture book, Thanks A Ton!

To enter, head to our Instagram post here to let us know what you’re grateful for in the comments below, and join the virtual THANKS A TON launch event on November 14th. The winner will be announced live. Click here to RSVP for the virtual event!

Write Gratitude Letters With Us At Our Virtual Party With Hello!Lucky

I (Brittany!) will be hosting this event along with Eunice & Sabrina Moyle founders of Hello!Lucky, Jacob Cramer founder of Love For Our Elders, and Giselle Gyalzen owner of Rare Device.

Letters are especially wonderful during times when physical barriers are keeping us apart. A hand-written and a handmade card is a thoughtful, personal expression of care and kindness and can keep us connected to those we love, and to help everyone feel like they matter. During this event we want to share ways your family can help more people receive hand-written letters and cards during the Thanksgiving season.

Our virtual event will take place on Saturday November 14th at 11 am PST. During this event you will have access to these exclusive free printables created by Hello!Lucky and The House That Lars Built – including printable gratitude cards and a template for a fun DIY card! Download the free printables here and print them out to get ready for the event!

What will happen during the virtual event?

I will be leading a DIY craft tutorial that your whole family can recreate this Thanksgiving season. Plus I will share some of my top tips for holiday card making!

During this event you will also learn more about Love For Our Elders, the charity that proceeds from Picture Hope and Thanks a Ton! will be donated to. The founder of this nonprofit, Jacob Kramer, will be joining the event to share stories of the people your gratitude letters and donations can affect. He will also share tips on how your family can write to people who need it this season!

There will also be a live reading of Thanks a Ton! so this is a virtual event the entire family can log on for. RSVP here and make it a family activity.

At this time we will also announce the winner of our giveaway! (Details above.) 

RSVP here for a creative afternoon full of conversation and crafts on Saturday November 14th at 11 am PST.  All ages welcome! 

 

DIY Origami Cornucopia

origami-cornucopia-

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I can always count on the same friends, family, and food being present. This is often the only time of the year when I get to see certain loved ones and consume the yummiest foods. Why oh why must we save all the apple and pumpkin goodies for such a short time? However, I do believe the traditional decor for Thanksgiving leaves a little (a lot?) to be desired.

We decided to mix things up and create an origami cornucopia, which is something I’ve been wanting to try for a while (with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables to fill it, of course!). After the paper crane costume we created for Halloween a few weeks ago, we went a little crazy over origami, and this is the fruits (literally HA!) of our labor! I LOVE how it turned out. The origami can be a bit time consuming, but it’s the perfect activity to do while watching those wonderfully cheesy Hallmark Holiday films. 

DIY Dried Flower Turkey Gourds

DIY Dried Flower Turkey Gourds

We have a really simple but beautiful DIY for you today—dried floral arrangements for your Thanksgiving Dinner. These are reminiscent of our gorgeous dried flower pumpkin DIY from a few weeks back, and just like that project, you can re-use these in the years to come! Once again, we used the beautiful preserved flower choices from Terrain and they were perfect! 

Unlike fresh flower arrangements (which we also love, naturally), these dried floral turkey gourds don’t need water to keep them looking great. This arrangement also isn’t specific to Halloween or Thanksgiving—you can keep it up all through autumn (and maybe winter too, if you’re already dreading the cold months and need something to remind you of slightly warmer days).

Dried Flowers

Did you know people used to think dried flowers represented bad luck? The tradition goes that dried flowers no longer have a “soul,” or “chi,” so they bring bad luck to your home. While we don’t quite follow this line of thinking, make sure to keep your dried flowers in a dry, temperature-controlled place to keep them from accumulating mold, mildew, or dust.

Where to Display Them

We like to put our dried flower arrangements as the table centerpiece, but how amazing would they look on a mantle? You could even put them in a windowsill so your neighbors can enjoy the autumn bounty.

Making the Dried Floral Turkey Gourds

Materials

  • Dried flowers (see above for exact links!)
  • gourds
  • glue gun
  • cardboard
  • spray paint

Instructions

  1. Cut out a piece of cardboard that fits behind the gourd. It should be a in a semi circle.
  2. Identify the center of the cardboard and start gluing the pieces starting from the outside and to the middl of the cardboard.
  3. Try different patterns with the florals for a unique pattern.
  4. For more depth and fullness, try different layers of cardboard in front of the other.

To display

  • Pin the cardboard into the back of the gourd. To separate out sprays with different layers, try using a sponge in between each layer.
  • If it’s a centerpiece, make sure you glue the back of the cardboard too.

Let us know if you make them by tagging us with #LarsMakes or #LarsGivesThanks

If you liked this project, I have a feeling that you’ll also like the following:

DIY succulent monogram pumpkins
Friendsgiving Tablescape
Origami Cornucopia

Thanksgiving Dress Inspiration

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This Thanksgiving dress is so festive and has all the elements I love in a dress. Also, this dress could definitely be called the pumpkin pie dress. SEE IT??? Once you see it, there’s really no going back. We used a fabric that we found at our favorite local shop, Harmony in Provo. They sell the most lovely fabrics. This tip isn’t super helpful if you don’t live in Utah, but I’d email the owner Laura (see here) and talk to her about it. Perhaps if we put enough pressure on her, she’ll start shipping out some fabric for you.

The Thanksgiving dress details

I’ve already worn it to a few events and LOVE IT! I’ve been wanting a dress that focuses on stripes as diagonals, and Carli took this idea and ran with it. She created a fun side sleeve that mimics the diagonal in front and the kangaroo pouch. Of course, I love me some dresses without waistbands (much to my husband’s chagrin), so this dress is perfect. It’s great for Thanksgiving, but it’s also super versatile and can be worn in any season!

Holiday dress inspiration

If you know me, you know I absolutely love dresses. I even wrote about why I only wear dresses! They just make life so much easier, and there are dress styles out there for everyone. So why not have dresses for each holiday? If you’re looking for your own perfect Thanksgiving dress, try creating an autumnal Thanksgiving inspiration board to kick off your holiday dress brainstorm session.

If you’re creating your dress from scratch, check out these amazing fabrics online to create your one of a kind holiday dress! If sewing isn’t your thing, take a look at these puffy sleeve dresses for some inspiration– we love a puffy sleeve dress here at Lars! Whatever your style may be, a holiday dress may be one of the best ways (in my opinion) to get festive!

With that, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I’m so grateful to have you along on this creative journey of mine. Without you, there’s no blog, and for that, I’m super duper grateful.

Do you love this pumpkin pie dress as much as I do? Let’s share the dress love! Let me know about your dress inspiration and sewing projects!

Printable leftovers tags

Printable Thanksgiving leftover tags Printable Thanksgiving leftover tags Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because the fun really begins after the meal is done. Yes, one of the best parts of Thanksgiving has to be when you get to take your delicious leftovers home with you to be enjoyed as a late night snack or a tasty addition to your work lunchbox. It’s like you get an extra few days of Thanksgiving! Instead of stealing from your host and mixing up tupperware, we’ve got these cute, printable leftover tags that’ll spruce up any bag.

Thanksgiving Hat Tradition Plus DIY Tutorials

These thanksgiving hats were so much fun to create! Think of the possibilities with this! Well, we decided that everybody needs to adopt this tradition, so we came up with a few ideas of our own. Of course, they are meant to be ridiculous. Think of Aunt Edna sporting a candy cornucopia at the dinner table!
Above, we have the pumpkin pie hat and popcorn ball fascinator. Below, brown paper turkey hat.

Start a new tradition of making hats for each other to wear on Thanksgiving like this turkey hat.

Start a new tradition of making hats for each other to wear on Thanksgiving like this candy cornucopia fascinator.
Above, candy cornucopia. Below, the pinecone hat.
Start a new tradition of making hats for each other to wear on Thanksgiving like this pinecone crown.
See below for step by step tutorials.
Photography by Cassidy Tuttle
Crafting by Hillary Gallip, Ashley Isenhour, Victoria Riza, Brittany Jepsen

 

Thanksgiving Hat: Pumpkin Pie Hat by Brittany Jepsen

Materials:

  • Orange cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Beige cardstock
  • Silver mirror paper
  • Glue gun
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife

Instructions:

  1.  Cut a circle out of cardboard. I made mine 10″ in diameter.
  2. Cut out a smaller circle within that circle. This should fit the size of your head. I would start by making it a bit too small and make it larger if necessary.
  3. With your silver mirror paper, make the perimeter of the “pie tin”. My paper wasn’t large enough so I had to make 3 strips to go around the whole perimeter. I made mine 2 1/2″ tall.
  4. Glue the strips into place with your glue gun.
  5. With your beige paper, make strips of paper 3″ tall and accordion fold them about 1/2″ wide. This will serve as the crust of the pie. My paper wasn’t long enough so I had to do it in a few strips.
  6. Glue the crust into place by dabbing a bit of glue onto the accordion folds then onto the pie tin every so often. It’s a delicate process.
  7. Make the top of the pie with your orange piece of paper. Cut it into the shape of a circle slightly smaller than the perimeter of the pie and cut it down if necessary. Glue it into place by putting glue along the bottom so it sticks to the crust.
  8. Top it off with a dollop of whip cream. Create this by cutting out a circle in white and cutting it into a spiral. Stretch it out a bit so it has some height. Glue in place.
In the picture above I’m holding a single piece of pie. Check out how to create it on Studio DIY.

Thanksgiving Hat: Candy Cornucopia by Hillary Gallup

Materials:

  • Waffle cones (I got a few from Cold Stone)
  • Candy in fruit shapes
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Bending the waffle cornucopia is very delicate, so that’s why I bought several in case I messed up.
  2. Dip the end of the cone into water for 8-10 seconds to soften the cone, then immediately stick the cone in the microwave for 10 more seconds.
  3. After you pull the cone out, you can manipulate the end how you want. I turned it up a bit to create that cornucopia shape.
  4. Prop up the end under a marker to support it, and let it dry for an hour.
  5. After gathering all the fruit candies I could find, I placed them onto the cone & superglued them in place.
  6. I attached the cornucopia to a headband-supported ribbon and wrapped it around my head.

Thanksgiving Hat: Turkey Hat by Ashley Isenhour

Materials:

  • Brown paper grocery sack
  • 2 brown paper lunch bags
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Cardboard
  • X-acto knife or box cutter
  • White paper
  • Colored paper scraps
  • Craft paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil

Instructions:

(We adapted this tutorial from One Charming Party)
  1.  Draw a large oval onto a piece of cardboard. Measure the circumference of your head, then draw a circle with the same circumference in the middle of the oval. Use an x-acto knife or box cutter to cut out the oval and the circle within the oval. This will be your “platter.” Paint the platter desired color and allow to dry.
  2. Lay the brown paper grocery sack flat. Cut the sack apart vertically into two sections. One section will be about 1/3 of the width of the bag and the other section will be about 2/3 of the original width.
  3. Discard the larger section. Cut a few inches off of the opened end of the smaller section of the bag. Use scissors to fringe the cut edge of the smaller section. Cuts should about 1″ deep and 3/4″ apart.
  4. Turn this section of the bag inside-out. Don’t turn the corners of the bag all the way, as this will give your “turkey” a rounded appearance. Fold the fringed edge of the bag under so that the fringed edge is hidden. Fold the two corners of the open end of the bag under and hot glue in place. You will be left with a paper dome that will be your turkey body.
  5. Hot glue the fringed, folded under edge of the turkey body around the edge of the circle cut out of the cardboard platter.
  6. Carefully turn both paper lunch bags inside-out. Again, leave the corners unturned to create the rounded end of your “drumsticks”. Flatten one paper bag. Use your fist to mold a concave, cupped shape on the closed end of the bag. Twist the open end tightly to make a drumstick shape. Repeat steps with other paper bag.
  7. Cut two 2″ strips of white paper. Cut fringe along the edge of the strips about 1″ deep. Use hot glue and wrap one of the strips around the twisted end of each drumstick. Tousle fringe with fingers to give them dimension. Hot glue around the cupped edge and secure drumsticks to either side of the turkey body.
  8. Cut thin strips of colored scraps of paper. Crumple strips and hot glue into place strategically around turkey body. This is your “stuffing”.

 

Thanksgiving Hat: Popcorn Ball Fascinator by Victoria Riza

Materials:

  • Coffee filters
  • Hot glue gun
  • Cellophane wrap
  • Headband
  • Ribbon
  • Scrap paper to use as candies in the popcorn ball and yellow paint diluted with water to spray onto the popcorn ball if you want it look more like caramel or butter popcorn (optional)

Instructions:

1. Take coffee filter, pull at the center, and twist.
2. Take twisted coffee filters and hot glue together to form a ball.
3. If you want, you can spray or flick paint onto the coffee filter ball to make it look more like popcorn.
4. Let dry if you do step 3.
5. Take scraps of colored paper that’s used for candy, and glue into the popcorn ball.
6. Wrap the ball in cellophane.
7. Tie off with a bow.
8. Glue onto headband in desired position. Use a piece of poster board to secure ball on the headband.

Thanksgiving Hat: Winter Pinecone Crown by Brittany Jepsen

Materials:

  • Pinecones
  • Spray paint
  • Cardstock
  • Glue gun

Instructions:

  1. Create a base to fit onto the head with a piece of cardstock. Secure with tape or glue. I made mine 2″ wide
  2. Glue the pinecones onto the paper
  3.  Spray paint white

Donzo!

SO, are you going to adopt the tradition???? Too fun, right?!

Looking for more Thanksgiving ideas? Gather your friends to make these fun hats and create a Friendsgiving Table Spread!

Gratitude Tree with Acorn Favors

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Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

What’s your favorite part of Thanksgiving? Naturally, I’m a real big fan of the food. Who isn’t? In addition, though, my family has always taken some time out of the evening to reflect on the things that we’re really grateful for. Be it in the form of a list on notecards, shared verbally around the table, or in the form of a Gratitude Tree! A gratitude tree is a way to display the things you’re grateful for while creating a beautiful and seasonal display. Each dinner guest gets a paper leaf or a few leaves, and they write something they’re thankful for on each leaf. It’s a great activity to do at a Thanksgiving gathering.Gratitude Tree with Acorns favors

A bonus element to this tree is the Acorn Favors! Each acorn is actually an eos First Snow Lip Balm in disguise! Before you send your guests away after the big feast, tell them to take an acorn off the gratitude tree. This eos First Snow Sphere is the perfect gift to send your friends and family home with as the scent characterizes the cozy time of year. It’s fresh and crisp and smells SO good. Plus, your lips will be in need of some extra TLC with the winter chill on the way!

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

Although throwing a dinner party can seem daunting, let alone Thanksgiving, we’re making it easy for you this year! With our Friendsgiving Printables, you can (1) Send out invitations, (2) Set the table with placemats, (3) Set the table with place cards or invite guests to bring a dish to share and label it, and  (4), Send them away with leftover boxes. The key here is going potluck style: you be in charge of the turkey and perhaps a dessert, and then delegate the rest. This allows guests to contribute and bring a taste of their home to the party. Easy as apple pie!

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

Leftover boxes are a genius addition to any Thanksgiving feast because there is always so much food! And let’s be honest, those turkey cranberry sandwiches you make the day after are one of the best parts of the holiday!

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

What’s better than adorable and disposable placemats? These will make such a lovely and festive tablescape without breaking the bank!

Friendsgiving Printables

Friendsgiving Printables

And if you’re looking for a different style, try this one from two years ago! 

Photography by Clara Jones | Illustrations by Ashley Isenhour

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving Tablescape

This post is in partnership with World Market. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that allow The House That Lars Built to keep creating original content!

I often feel that Thanksgiving can get swallowed up in the midst of Halloween and Christmas celebrations. We go from Halloween candy on the shelves straight to Christmas trees in the shopping aisles! Thanksgiving can get lost in the mix! And although Thanksgiving is not commonly celebrated with tons of decorations or loads of candy, it is one of my most favorite holidays. A day dedicated to spending time with those you love most, expressing gratitude, and making and eating delicious food. What more do you need? Oh, I know: a gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescape to plan the day around!

Thanksgiving Tablescape

In all honesty, this is one of my favorite tablescapes we’ve ever done. It’s just so stunning! World Market provided the most lovely options to create our turkey-themed setting. I loved using a more untraditional color palette for Thanksgiving. And that flower arrangement was made completely from foraged blossoms and greens by the talented Allison Baddley of La Fete Floral. It’s absolutely dreamy with that golden fern! With a tablescape like this, there’s no way Thanksgiving could get lost in the mix.

Take a closer look at all the elements to create your own gorgeous tablescape for the holidays!

DIY Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Tablescape

We’ve loved using Anagram for other balloon projects, like our DIY Jingle Bell Balloons for Christmas, and more recently, our Halloween Ghost Installation

Balloon projects are awesome because they don’t require a ton of skill (although they can be time-consuming depending on how big you go) but they always look impressive and joyful! They’re one of those projects that are hard to mess up. I am very excited to share this balloon installation because it has just as much impact, but needs significantly less time than our past balloon projects!

The theme for this project is…(drumroll please)…The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! If you’ve been a Lars reader for a while, you might recognize this project from four years ago. I love using the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as a theme for Thanksgiving day parties. It’s so fun and makes for a clever twist on the normal turkeys and leaves everywhere this time of year. I am all for traditions, but this might be the perfect year to replace your mom’s ancient fall tablecloth with this unique theme (though I love that too!)

Bring The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade To Your Own Feast

As soon as the realization hit me that the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will not be the same this year, I immediately knew this was the year this project needed to be revamped. We still don’t know all the details for the actual parade, but like everything else this in 2020, it’s sure to be different. We do know that nobody will be watching the parade in person, including New Yorkers, but for most of us that doesn’t change that we can watch the parade on TV. Luckily my panicked googling confirmed at least that much. 

My one consolation is that I can bring the parade to my very own Thanksgiving party this year! We partnered with Anagram to make this Thanksgiving theme bigger and better than ever. This year, create an entire balloon installation with the directions below. We even included printable versions of the cityscape to make your decorating as simple as possible, without sacrificing the wow factor.

How To Make Your Own Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Tablescape

Materials:

Instructions:
  1. Figure out how long your table is and how much you want to fill of it with cityscape. One copy of our printable cityscape should fill about 3’.
  2. Cut out the buildings and attach them to foam core.
  3. Cut out the buildings with a craft knife.
  4. Use glasses to prop up the city scape (or make your own stands by creating a wing attached to each one)
  5. Blow up your balloons with a pump and seal shut. 
  6. Attach them to a balloon stick and then attach to the backs of the city scape with tape
  7. Set your table! We included these printable taxi cab place cards to complete the look.

For our table, we used plates from Knot and Bow, cups from Knot and Bow, napkins from Oh Happy Day. 

Creating this wonderful balloon centerpiece for your Thanksgiving holiday will bring some much-needed cheer. Plus, like all our balloon projects, you can reuse them every year! This balloon installation would go wonderfully with our Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Printables.

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