Turkey, Turkey, Gobble, Gobble- eat too much…wobble, wobble.  My sweet friend at Lauren McKinsey Designs is obviously a talented stationery designer, but she is also a fabulous party designer, too!  I have been so excited to share what she did with her Thanksgiving Collection (that she generously offered as a giveaway this past week at The Party Wagon)!  Enjoy her fun ideas as you prepare the last-minute details of your celebration!

I love seeing Lauren McKinsey Designs brought from paper to dessert with this fantastic cake by Dream Day Cakes…it is so adorable and captures the look of the graphic designs perfectly!

This party inspiration was set-up to include a place for the children to enjoy themselves on Thanksgiving Day with apple decorating and forts for reading and playing.  The forts were handmade by Lauren’s husband!

The apple decorating station is such a pretty display~

This is what my children would love to do- redecorate as you eat the apple!  So much fun for them!

A tall bottle of milk is the perfect drink to go along with all of the candy apple fun!  Dressed up with sprinkles on the rim just adds to the excitement!

Something tells me that these children added the name “Lauren McKinsey” to their thankful list!

Wow!  Such a fun, fresh design for Thanksgiving!   I am thankful for such creative friends who share their talents with us!!

Enjoy!  And, Happy Thanksgiving!

Event & Graphic Design: Lauren McKinsey (pdf printables available here)
– Photography: Verve Studio
– Desserts: Dream Day Cakes

Event styled for Giggle Magazine

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