throw a comfort foods party with marie callender’s pot pies {plus free printables}

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I’ll admit it: Winter has never been my favorite season. Because of this, I always try to find ways to enjoy the season more. Whether it’s planning a get together with friends, indulging in some favorite comfort foods or putting together and enjoying a Winter-inspired tablescape, truly making an effort to enjoy the season makes Winter much more enjoyable than it would be otherwise. I did all three of the above this past weekend and held a Comfort Foods Party featuring some yummy eats, including Marie Callender’s Pot Pies! I’m so excited to share it with you all today–and be sure to scroll all the way through the post-I’m sharing free printables and recipes throughout!

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When I think of comfort foods, I think of easy-to-prepare and delicious dishes that warm you from the inside out. With the recent cold-front moving through, pot pies are the perfect comfort food to warm you up. Paired with sides such as homemade mac n cheese, mini cornbread muffins, and hot apple cider, this Comfort Foods party was a definite hit.

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Want to throw your own Comfort Foods get-together? These free printables will help you get started! Click here to download the gold “Gather Together” printable, and click here for the Comfort Foods Party invitation! The invite printable allows you to print 3 invitations per 8×10 sheet of cardstock, and, of course, it’s blank so you can fill in your own information.

As we all know, a great party is all in the details. Take a look at some of the easy touches that made this tablescape extra inviting…

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Wooden flatware in drawstring bags add a fun touch, as do confetti dot cloth napkins and mismatched white plates.

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And can we talk for a minute about this lovely (and easy!) backdrop? I call it my “dollar-eighty-nine” backdrop, because it literally cost, you guessed it, $1.89 to make. I started by taping lengths of streamers to the wall, carefully twisted each 5 times, and secured it with a piece of tape at the bottom. So easy.

Of course, we all know that a party is only as good as it’s food, and the obvious choice for our main dish were Marie Callender’s pot pies-homemade gravy mixed with vegetables and all white-meat chicken, in a golden, perfectly flaky crust that’s made from scratch. Yum.

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Interested in learning more about Marie Callenders? Visit their site here for information on their products, special offers, and more, and potpieplease for great recipe ideas.

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We love cornbread muffins in our house, and this Basic Mini Cornbread Muffin recipe is a favorite!

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Love mac n cheese? You’ll love it even more once you discover how easy it is to cook it in the crock pot (why had I never tried this before?!). I used this Crockpot Mac n Cheese Recipe.

Interested in hosting your own Comfort Foods Party? Be sure to print off the free printables, and head to Walmart, which is where I picked up our Marie Callender’s Pot Pies. Walmart has a huge selection and great prices for Marie Callender’s products. Also, be sure to check out Marie Callender’s Facebook page for updates, new product info, and great ideas using Marie Callender’s products.

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Lastly, be sure to visit Marie’ Callender’s Comforts From Home Project to help support our troops overseas. What a worthy cause!

 So tell me-what are your best ideas for enjoying Winter a bit more and beating the Winter blues?

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20 valentine’s day crafts and tutorials

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I’ll admit-for a crafts-related blogger, I don’t tend to decorate for a lot of the holidays. My mantle, for instance, hasn’t changed since Christmas, and I’m okay with that. So when I do decorate, I like creative and simple crafts that don’t take a lot of time. And if we’re talking Valentine’s Day crafts, I don’t want anything overly cutesy or over-the-top that won’t fit in with my everyday décor (unless my kids are involved, then I’ll welcome it all into my home, cutesy and over-the-top included). So today, I’m sharing 20 creative V-Day crafts with a modern edge that you’ll love to add to your holiday décor! Enjoy!

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Rice Krispie Treat Valentines from Foodie Crush

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DIY telephone from Monkey Choo

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free printables from paper & stitch

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glitter boxes from the house that lars built

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DIY coffee cup wrappers from eat drink chic

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geometric heart love letters from minieco

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watercolor and gold garland from burlap+blue

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gift tags from 100 layer cake

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milk ice cubes from a subtle revelry

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how to make heart shaped cupcakes from sugar swings!

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diy gift from oh hello friend

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cement valentines from lovely indeed

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ruffled heart from joy ever after

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diy wreath from the house that lars built

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painted heart bag from v and co

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heart calendar from me and my diy

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heart garland from project wedding

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stitched heart card from dandee

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love pallet from hometalk

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heart notebooks from cosmo cricket

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tulle garland from my so called crafty life

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watercolor garland for fall {a tutorial}

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Y’all know me-I love a good garland. And this garland-combining gold glitter cardstock and Autumn-hued watercolors-is a new favorite of mine. Better still, it’s so simple to make and technique is so versatile. Make one for Fall, make one for Winter, and you’ll be good to go (until Valentine’s Day, that is)!

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Materials:
gold glitter cardstock
watercolored paper (or scrapbook paper is another cute option)
paper punch (mine is 3/4″)

Step 1: Paint your watercolor paper in the colors of your choice. I chose shades of red, orange, yellow, mustard and brown. Be sure to cover the paper entirely, and don’t be afraid to let your colors bleed and blend together. Make sure to paint both sides of the paper.

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Step 2: Once dry, use your paper punch to punch out circles from both your painted paper and your glitter cardstock.

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Step 3: Stitch your circles together (I have a designated needle for sewing through paper). This is a fast process; it took less than 5 minutes!

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And that’s it!

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What color palette would you make one of these cuties in?