Carole’s Party Ideas ~Invite & Delight

Today I would like to introduce you to a friend and former colleague, Carole. She is graciously sharing with us three Thanksgiving crafts today….so if any of you have any last minute decorations you need, please check them out.

Carole is a proud mom to two amazing children,  and is also a high school English and leadership teacher. During her free time she  LOVES to host parties for her girlfriends.

With her busy schedule, she found it difficult to get together with her girlfriends on a regular basis.  So she found a solution…to plan and organize a monthly dinner for 12 of her best friends on the first Monday of the month.  She wanted to keep a consistent date, so that her friends could always plan accordingly.  Carole then plans all the food, decorating, and planning based on a theme she has chosen.  All her friends have to do is show up!

She has been hosting these monthly dinners for five years now….with themes such as Cookin’ Up A Top Chef and A Survivor Soiree.  And finally by some nudging by her friends, she is graciously sharing all her creative ideas through her blog Invite and Delight.  I am definitely inspired by her creativity and cute themes, and I hope you will check her out and be inspired too.

Pumpkin Centerpiece


  • 28-30″ dryer hose that is 4″ in diameter
  • Floral Wire
  • Orange paint (I used Delta paint from Michaels)


  1. Cut dryer hose with wire cutters.
  2. Use floral wire in several places to hold cut edges together to form a complete circle (drawn close in middle).
  3. Paint with orange craft paint.
  4. Once dry, glue a twisted piece of a brown paper bag to the top center as a stem (glue upright).
  5. Add a piece of small silk ivy as the vine 4-6″ or less, if desired.

Thankful Pumpkin


  • 2 Sheets of Cardstock (2 colors)
  • 2 Brads
  • Green Construction Paper
  • Brown Pipe Cleaner


  1. Type your “I am thankful for (insert your idea)” spaced out evenly on strips of cardstock.
  2. Cut cardstock paper into strips — 1.5″ x 8.5″  (need 10 strips for pumpkin)
  3. Make a small hole in the center of both ends of each strip. (Use small hole puncher or another tool to make the small holes.)
  4. Alternate the “I am thankful” strips by color and put them into a stack.
  5. Feed the prongs of a brad thru the holes on one end of the stack with the metal circle of the brad resting on the side with the writing.  Secure Brad.
  6. Fan out the slips with the writing side facing the table.
  7. Pull up one strip and feed the prongs of the 2nd brad thru the hole with the metal circle resting on the blank side of the strips.  Continue putting strips on brad going in a circular pattern.
  8. When all of the strips are on the brad and you have formed a ball, secure the brad by pushing the prongs down in opposite directions.
  9. Cut 2 leaf shapes from the green construction paper.  Make a small hole at bottom of each leaf.
  10. Wrap the brown pipe cleaner around a pencil to make a spiral shape. Gently slide the pipe cleaner off to keep spiral shape.
  11. Lift up prongs of brad, hold brad in place from below, and slide on leaves.
  12. Place brown pipe cleaner next to prongs, push prongs down on top of pipe cleaner to securely attach the leaves and “stem”.

Turkey Magnet


  • An artificial sunflower or Gerbera Daisy
  • Beige, red, and orange card stock
  • Googly eyes
  • Small magnet


  1. Trim the petals from one side of the flower as shown in photo.
  2. Make the turkey’s face by gluing two googly eyes and a colored card-stock beak and wattle onto a large brown button or paper circle (cardstock was used here).
  3. Glue the face to the flower center.
  4. Glue the magnet to the back of the flower.