5 Gift Ideas for Dad, Less than $25, Under 10 Minutes

5 Fathers Day Gift Ideas

www.cobornsblog.com Check out Holly's blog on planning a practical party!Father’s Day is just around the corner. I’m here to give you some quick gift ideas. Not that Dad is not worth the time, he is very much is worth it. But let’s face it, sometimes time is something we do not have. In this blog I will give you 5 Gift Ideas that Dad will love, you can get most everything from your local Coborn’s, you’ll spend less than $25 and you can put it together in less than 10 minutes. In each of these examples I will give you the $25 or less option and I will give you what I am calling the “Premium” option, when your budget allows you to give a little more. Continue reading “5 Gift Ideas for Dad, Less than $25, Under 10 Minutes”

Paw Patrol Doggie Birthday

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Another year has gone by and my oldest is now 4. Lately she has been obsessed with the Nickelodeon Cartoon, Paw Patrol. So obviously she requested to have a Paw Patrol Birthday Party. In this blog I will show you how I decorated, a recipe and video for how to make Dog Bone Cookies and Puppy Chow Snack Mix, the food I served and I will also show you Paw Patrol varieties of cakes you can order from your local Coborn’s Bakery.

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5 Local Themed Holiday Gifts

5 Local Themed Holiday Gifts

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There’s nothing I love more than gift giving around the holiday season, especially when it is gifts that are well thought out and that can fit into a creative theme. This year I decided to use some of the products that are made locally and sold at Coborn’s, who doesn’t love to support local companies?

These Baskets are perfect for a neighbor, coworker or anyone who brightens your day throughout the year that you want to recognize around the holiday time. Be sure you click HERE and print out the Free Printable Cards for each of these Local Gift Baskets, they make great little gift tags and also feature where the products are from.

J.R. Watkins Basket

This first basket features J.R. Watkins essentials. These products are made in Winona, MN and they smell incredible. I found J.R. Watkins soaps and other products located in the Organic Section at Coborn’s, and to complete the gift I simply taped the four goodies together with several small pieces of double-sided tape so they would stay in tact. Then I wrapped gold curling ribbon around them and placed a matching bow on top. I printed out the J.R. Watkins Printable, which you can find in the link above, and I had a perfectly bundled gift! My sister-in-law loves J.R. Watkins products, so I will be making one like this for her this year.

Purple Prairie Basket

Purple Prairie Products are made in Clearwater, MN and they have some of my favorite scents and tons of varieties of products to choose from. I picked out a few of my favorite soap scents and I of course had to include the Minnesota Mint scent to fit the theme of the gifts! Then I added the Purple Prairie Frankincense & Myrah lotion, Minted Cinnamon Tinted Moisturizing Lip Balm and simply placed all of the items together with tissue paper in a festive bowl that I also got from Coborn’s. I added the Purple Prairie basket Printable for a personalized touch and this gift basket was complete.

Cameron’s Coffee Mugs

If you thought the other baskets were easy, then these Cameron’s Coffee Mugs are on a new level of simplicity. Most everyone loves coffee, and using a mug as the container gives this gift a warm and cozy touch. Cameron’s Coffee comes from Shakopee, MN, and is located right in the coffee section at Coborn’s. I picked out a green mug from Coborn’s and then a few varieties of coffee flavors that were wrapped in red packaging to fit the Christmas color scheme. If you’re not giving this gift at Christmas time though any mug or coffee flavor would be equally as adorable! I especially like this gift for co-workers because it’s inexpensive and most of my co-workers are coffee-addicts.

Minnesota Wild Rice with Recipe

Wild Rice is a staple of Minnesota, so I had to include it in this Blog! KC’s Best Wild Rice is from Bemidji, MN and it makes the perfect quick gift for someone special in your life. Pair it with some ribbon or a festive bow, attach your own Wild Rice Recipe or Print out the Recipe from the Coborn’s Recipe book and you’re good to go! I especially like this gift for those who have moved out of the area, did you know you can’t get Wild Rice everywhere, crazy right? So put it in a FedEx box and send a thoughtful gift to your friends or family across the country.

Movie Night Basket

The last basket is a Local Movie Night Basket. Angie’s Popcorn from Mankato, MN and candies from Pearson’s in St. Paul, MN look adorable together in this Movie Night Gift Basket. I decided to put these goodies in a giant popcorn bowl to add to the theme. This basket of goodies would be perfect with the new Disney Pixar movie Inside Out, which features a hockey-loving Minnesota girl who moves with her family to San Francisco. It’s the perfect gift basket to help beat those chilly Midwest winter nights!

I hope you enjoy these Holiday Gift Baskets featuring Local Favorites from around the Midwest! There’s only a few weeks left of Christmas shopping, so think of these simple gifts for your last minute present planning!

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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Cute as a Button Birthday

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Well my baby girl has turned one. Her name is Claire and she is the sweetest, cutest little thing, as most mothers would say about their children. When deciding what theme to do her birthday, I was considering “Cute as a Button” or “Bear” as we always call her Claire Bear. We obviously landed on “Cute as a Button” and decided to dress her up as a bear for Halloween.

In this blog I will share with you some things that we did to create this theme and give you all of the free printables you will need to make this happen at your home.

Invitations

I have to admit, I am a bit of a procrastinator and I let the invites slip this time. I wanted to send out these cute invitations I made, but I ended up just making a Facebook event and inviting people that way. It was faster than mailing it and the RSVP feature on Facebook is convenient. However, I would have preferred to send it out in the “Real” mail because I’m a bit old fashioned that way. Whichever way you do it, I have a printable for the “O’Fashioned” Invites here or Jpeg for you to use on your Facebook Event here.

Birthday Sign

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This birthday sign is pretty self-explanatory. You simply print the pieces, cut them out and glue them together. After that, all there is to do is punch two holes in each piece and string them together with some curling ribbon. Feel free to use whatever pieces you want. You could use only the “Happy 1st Birthday” without the buttons, or you could use only the “Happy Birthday” words if it is for a different age. Whatever you do, it is sure to be adorable. I hung mine on the wall with some pushpins and over matching crepe paper that I had also hung from pushpins, floor to ceiling.

Upcycled cans for décor

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Free Printable Tin Can Covers - www.cobornsblog.comThe name of my blog is “Practical Party Planning”, so here is a practical idea for you. Save your aluminum cans from your Food Club corn, beans or peaches, etc. and these will be come part of your décor. All you have to do is click here, print out the papers, cut to fit your different sized cans and wrap and attach. You have now matched your décor, have a recyclable decoration and have upcycled all in one shot.
I filled mine with matching artificial flowers from the dollar store and used one of them to hold the forks in my buffet line. They were super cute, and the hoarder in me would have wanted to keep them, but thankfully my husband recycled them when I was not looking, or else they would have been added to my stash!

Beverage Covers

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Free Printable Cute as a Button Beverage Covers - www.cobornsblog.comTo add to my décor I also made wraps to cover the cute little 7.5 ounce cans of Diet Pepsi and Sierra Mist. Just as simple as wrapping the aluminum cans, and just as cute. To decipher which can is what you could use the green covers on the Sierra Mist, the polka dot on a Diet Pepsi and maybe the pink on a Mountain Dew.

I also made little wraps to cover the Food Club Drinking Water bottles I bought from Coborn’s, click here for those. Fun and festive!

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Favors

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Free Printable Cute as a Button Theatre Candy Covers - www.cobornsblog.comI enjoy giving little favors to the kids who come to the party, just a little something for them to take home. While shopping at Coborn’s I found a sale on the movie theatre candy, 10 for $10. I decided on Nerds and grabbed as many as I would need so each kid would get one box. Of course, I would then need to make these match as well! So click here to get the free printable to wrap around your boxes of candy. There is also a nametag included that you can attach on each box. You could even write a sweet little note on each one too, whatever you prefer.

Cute as a Button, Button Shirt - www.cobornsblog.comThe Outfit

Now this one I do not have a free printable for you because… well…. it can’t be printed. But I wanted to mention it to you anyway. To make Claire’s outfit for the day, because it obviously has to match, I sewed matching buttons on a white shirt in the shape of the number one. If you have basic sewing skills you should be able to pull this off. I paired it with a matching tutu and there we go, as cute as a button I would say!

The Cake

Next to the wedding cake the first “Dig-In” cake is the most important, right? Typically I like to make my own cake for my kids’ birthdays but I needed a break. With planning the party, getting the food ready, decorating and cleaning the house, I decided to leave this task to the professionals.

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Cute as a Button Birthday Ideas - www.cobornsblog.comI stopped at my local Coborn’s in Sartell on Pine Cone Road and ordered my cakes from my favorite cake decorator, Amanda. You may know her, she writes a cake blog for Coborn’s, check it out! I simply told Amanda my theme and gave her a copy of the invitations so she could match the look. I then told her that I wanted a cute “dig-in” cake to be in the shape of a bear, just to get in the “Claire Bear” theme at least once.
Needless to say, I was VERY happy with the results. Chocolate cake, whipped frosting and a beautiful design, it can’t get much better than that! As you can see from the photos, Claire loved the cake as well. I served it with Food Club Chocolate/Vanilla ice cream and it was perfect!

The Food

Cute as a Button Birthday Party - www.cobornsblog.comCute as a Button Birthday with Free Printables - www.cobornsblog.comI knew that I would have last minute cleaning to do in the morning so I didn’t want to spend too much time fussing with food, so here is what I served: egg bake, Sweet P’s mini muffins and grape clusters. Click here for the egg bake recipe. I mixed up the egg bake the night before and simply put in the oven the morning of the party. I served that with the mini muffins and grapes that were simple enough to get onto my buffet and for beverages we had the water and soda pop and I made a pitcher of Food Club Sugar-Free Lemonade and had some Champagne and OJ to make Mimosas for the adults. I bought matching plates, cups and napkins from the local party store to complete the look.

Party On,
Holly
Coborn’s, Inc. Consumer Content Manager

*Please note that the printables may not appear as they do shown in the images. However, once you download them they would be correct. So I would suggest downloading the images and not just print from the link.

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Simply Spooky Oreo Cookies

Simply Spooky Oreos

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Halloween is almost here and it is one of my favorite holidays. It is so fun decorating, dressing up and trick-or-treating with the kids. This year my sister-in-law is hosting a Halloween Party and we are all to bring something to share. I will be bringing these “Simply Spooky” Oreo Cookies.

Pumpkin Spice Pumpkins

I don’t know about you but Oreos are my all-time favorite cookies. Every variety they come out with are absolutely delicious. This year I noticed they have a Pumpkin Spice Oreo. I was intrigued… and not disappointed. They are amazing. I decided to “Spice” them up a bit, pun intended, and make them into little pumpkins. I added a half of a pretzel stick in the frosting to create the look of a stem I then added orange frosting to the tops and a little fleck of green near the stem to look like leaves. I made the frosting by mixing heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar until I reached a desired consistency. I then added some yellow and red dye to make my orange and green with a bit of yellow to make my bright green for the leaves. This frosting combination works well because it sets up nice and gets a little firm, but still tastes good and does not take away from the flavor of the cookie.

Oreo Spiders

For my Oreo spiders I used the original Oreos. I again mixed up my heavy whipping cream and powdered sugar frosting to dab on some eyes and simply opened the cookies and put in some Pull ‘N’ Peel Twizzlers to look like legs. After I finished these cookies I felt that they appeared to resemble little crabs. So even though I am not a black licorice fan, I think I will use black next time to make them look more like spiders.

Monster Cookies

These “Monster Cookies” I made really are Monster Cookies. I simply purchased a package of fresh Monster Cookies from the Coborn’s Bakery and added Monster Eyes. I made the Monster Eyes by carefully twisting apart Mini Oreos. Using the side with the frosting as the eyeball and adding a brown Reese’s Pieces as the pupil. I then smeared a small amount of frosting on the back of the eye and attached it to my Monster Cookie. Three Cookies in one, and oh so spooky!

I hope you enjoy these Simply Spooky Oreo Cookies this Halloween!

Party On,
Holly

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