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LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2016

Count down to Christmas with the LEGO® Friends!

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2016

We love advent calendars! This is the first year we've ever had anything other than the traditional chocolate version. My daughter is a LEGO fanatic, so the 2016 LEGO Friends Advent Calendar was a no brainer. We've been catching up since we started a little late and have been having a blast!

Like any advent, open the LEGO® Friends Advent Calendar each day in December to add a piece to your Friends Christmas party scene. The calendar has 24 secret compartments containing buildable surprises, including Emma and Naomi mini-doll figures! The box also folds out to create a playmat that you can use to display each day’s build.

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2016

On the inside of each door is an image with basic instructions on how to build that LEGO surprise for the day. For example, Day 1 was the adorable Emma! Her winter outfit is perfect and match her green eyes beautifully!

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2016

Another fun build was this polar bear and ice fishing hole! My daughter thought the bear would look awesome wearing a party hat for the special occasion!

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2016

How cute is this LEGO snowman?! Every day has been such a surprise so far, and we are looking forward to everything in this Advent Calendar!

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2016

As a special surprise, you can unlock even more building instructions on December 4th, 11th, 18th and 24th to make new creations using the pieces you've already opened. Get the latest Advent Calendar Surprise instructions on the Friends Website.

LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 2016

If you're looking for a fun advent tradition with your LEGO fans, it's not too late for you to grab a LEGO® Friends Advent Calendar of your own. You can find them at most major retailers and on the LEGO website.

This post is sponsored by LEGO®. All opinions are my own.


Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party and happy Thursday! I'm so glad that you are here and hope you are ready share what you've been working on this week and to get inspired by everyone else.

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It's always hard to narrow down features, but here are a few of my favorites from the last party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Pillow Pal by Do It Your Freaking Self
Fudgy Mint Cookies by Eat Move Make
DIY LED Christmas Tree Wall Decor by Anika's DIY Life
Chocolate Rice Krispie Gingerbread Men Pops by Clean & Scentsible
Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider by Acadiana's Thrifty Mom
3-D Ribbon Christmas Tree Hair Clips by Sew Can Do
Molasses Cookie Sandwiches by Thinking Outside the Sandbox Family
DIY Hot Cocoa Ornaments by Simply {Darr}ling

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Link up your awesome crafts, DIYs, and recipes to share!

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  • The party starts every Thursday at 12:00am MST
  • Link as many posts as you'd like! Make sure they are a specific post (not your homepage)
  • All craft, recipe, beauty, and DIY posts welcome. No shops or link parties, please.
  • Visit at least 3 other links and leave some comments (because we all love comments!)

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Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower

Use the Cricut to throw the perfect Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower!

Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower ideas and inspiration

I'm so thrilled that my baby brother is about to get married to the most adorable girl! My sisters, mother and I had the honor of putting together a bridal shower for our new-to-be sister and wanted it to be extra special. The happy couple enjoy finding the beauty in simplicity, so we decided to design the bridal shower around a rustic theme including buffalo plaid, nature, and a bit of sparkle.

Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower ideas and inspiration

When it comes to throwing a bridal shower, the Cricut Explore Air 2 is a life saver to helping you get the job done. It cuts through all the paper, glitter cardstock, and vinyl quickly and accurately so we could create a party full of custom decor without spending all our time and money shopping!

Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower ideas and inspiration

I created a large banner to display over  our food table. This "Miss to Mrs." banner is all made of red, black, and silver glitter cardstock and hooked together with twine. All you have to do to create your own is open up the banner design and you can easily type in any message you want in Design Space.

Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower ideas and inspiration

For our table centerpieces, we wanted to incorporate mason jars, twigs, and flowers. Instead of purchasing live flowers, I cut and rolled up Paper Roses out of red cardstock. They are easy to make and look so pretty!

Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower ideas and inspiration

To add a bit of sparkle, I also cut out some sparkly diamonds out of silver and rose gold glitter cardstock.

Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower ideas and inspiration

We wrapped some twine around the top of the mason jar, then added sticks. I used my glue gun to attach some of the roses. Then, I just slid the diamonds onto the sticks. We found some buffalo plaid placemats for the center of the table and placed the jars on top with a few loose roses scattered around! I love how beautifully simple they are!

Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower ideas and inspiration

I also cut a bunch of hearts out of cardstock to scatter around the centerpieces so that all of the guests could write down some creative ideas to add to the Date Night Jar! This metallic jar was just sitting around begging to be used for something. So I wrapped some red and black Duck Tape around it, then cut out the pieces for the label. Now the happy couple has a bunch of fun ideas from family and friends when they want to plan a night out!

Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower ideas and inspiration

We also got the bride-to-be a sparkling new KitchenAid! We decided to make it the centerpiece of the food table and wanted to tie it in to the rest of the decor. So, we got some larger branches and attached larger roses and diamonds as well as some berries for color.

Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower ideas and inspiration

A party just isn't a party without food, right?! The weather was cold and we wanted everyone to be comfortable, so we served some delicious, comforting chicken noodle soup and chili. I made some labels for the soups using the cardstock and the Cricut writing tool. I used a thicker black pen to do the writing for me and it worked great!

Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower ideas and inspiration

We made a special area for the gifts, and used the same banner design but added some rings to it for a bit of sparkle. We also found the perfect buffalo plaid basket and bag to put our gifts together in!!

Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower ideas and inspiration

Since the shower was already filled with love, I designed some tags to go on our S'more Trail Mix bridal shower favors so they could take "S'more love for later"! With the Cricut, you can print and cut all kinds of designs like this!

Our Buffalo Plaid Rustic Bridal Shower was a huge success and it was a lot of fun for me to try some new projects with my Cricut Explore Air 2. I can't wait to share more ideas as the wedding day gets closer!

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