DIY Oscar Party for Kids


Hollywood’s award season is upon us. Although our kids have only seen some of the animated nominees, this year we wanted to include our kids in the celebration of all things movies. So, we created a DIY Oscar party fit for our jungle kings and queens. Those of you who are Avatar fans will rejoice in this party too, because flashes of bright blue have been incorporated in celebration of Pandora, the World of Avatar, a new, magical world set to debut at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park in summer 2017.

Momtastic has the party, and all the cute details here. It’s a must see.


We were able to work with a bestie, Meredith of Meredith Moran Photography, which is always a good time. Gabriella and Stella had so much fun, and would totally rock the red carpet. Our DIY leaf vests from our Trolls Halloween costume made an appearance, too!




DIY Marbled Snowmen


This may be one of the easiest DIY Christmas projects ever. Do it with the kids. Do it last-minute. Just do it. You need these marbled snowmen in your life.

These DIY, black and white marbled snowmen can easily be made into ornaments, gift toppers, place cards and the list goes on and on.

How-to: Simply twist, twirl, fold, smash and then roll two colors of Crayola Model Magic foam into balls. Make three different sizes – small, medium and large – and stack them on top of each other. Add tiny sticks for arms and don’t forget mini santa hats from Oriental Trading.

Merry marbling to you.



DIY Cardboard Box Entertainment for Kids: Indoor Golf


When Christmas is less than one week away and it’s too cold to go outside, we like to transform a cardboard box into a DIY Holiday indoor golf game. It’s totally worth it because it entertains our kids for hours.

Cardboard boxes have always been, and will always be such a versatile toy, capable of endless hours of activity and creativity.

If you feel like bringing a little golf indoors like we did, see the full tutorial we shared at Momtastic.

For those of you that look at this and see way too much work like most people, you must know…you don’t have to paint a thing or make it fancy. A plain cardboard box with small openings gets the job done. And, if the kids want to be the lead artist, let them.


DIY Stained Glass Ornament

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Last weekend we spent an afternoon crafting DIY stained glass ornaments with our kids. Check out the full tutorial at Momtastic.

This year, make your Christmas extra colorful and bright with this easy craft. Tissue paper scraps have never looked so pretty.

Spread Christmas Cheer with Family Movie Nights


Does anyone else have The Holiday, Love Actually, The Family Man or Miracle on 34th Street on repeat this time of year? Seriously, we can’t get enough of the holiday movies. Our kids prefer The Polar Express, Elf and Home Alone. Some of our favorite nights are spent in with our families. We like to play games, watch a movie, eat popcorn and candy, too.

We’re giving the gift of family fun nights in to our friend this Christmas season. We’re calling them Christmas Cheer in a Bucket. It’s all a family needs for a night of pure entertainment, spent together. We gathered some of our favorite holiday family movies and goodies, and put them inside a bucket with an adorable label with a quote from the movie on it. Oriental Trading is our standard go-to for party items, but they were our shopping spot for our holiday night in gifts, as well.




Step 1: Rip the tape off, and row by row, add it to the Galvanized Bucket.



Step 2: Write your favorite quotes from the Christmas movies. We chose, ‘Merry Christmas you filthy animal,” from Home Alone, “Treat everyday like Christmas,” from Elf and “Believe,” from The Polar Express. Use the Painter’s Markers. You can use a pencil to draft it before it’s permanently on there with the markers.





Step 3: Fill the basket with all the goodies, including the movie, popcorn, candy and game. Add a bow and give, give, give.







Oriental Trading sent us some items of our choosing for this post, free of charge. We’re so happy they did! All opinions are honest, and our own. No other type of compensation was received. Thanks for supporting the companies that support j. sorelle. We love Oriental Trading, even before this post.