15 Hilarious & Unexpected White Elephant Gifts

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Every year we host an epic Thrift Store Formal Christmas Party for some of our closest friends. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds and I highly recommend doing one with your friends. Truly one of the highlights of my year, every year.

As a part of our party, we have a White Elephant gift exchange. After a few years, I have collected quite a catalog of impressively awesome ideas, that are far from expected. If you have a white elephant party on the horizon, check out this list of show stoppers. I think you’ll find something good. I only included things that have the potential to be fought over. Those are the winners in my book.

If you just want to shortcut to an Amazon list, here it is. Otherwise, keep scrolling for the magic.

Can you imagine all of the fun that could be had with this horrifying and hilarious mask?

This air gun is always a party hit. When Grandma gets hit with a big puff of air from across the room? Nothing better.

Maybe I just want my husband to get this one. It’s selfish. Selfish and funny.

Obviousy, this goat one is a great choice, but any marionette proves to be a good time.

Can you imagine all the people you could sneak up on with this mask? It will be fought over for sure.

Nothing like a candle at Christmas time. This one has a good chance of being stolen…..and maybe re-gifted, it’s that good.

This peel and stick decal is bound to get some good use. Can you imagine how awesome this would be left as a surprise in basically any bathroom?

Goldfish

8. Live Goldfish

Maybe throw in a bottle of food? Someone is about to get so lucky.

Because it’s Christmas time and it’s the right thing to do. Hey, Santa.

You can’t be everything for everyone, this should help.

Wouldn’t these beast legs look amazing with a dress? I mean, with anything really. I would be willing to bet these are a party hit.

Is this one crossing a line? I figured everyone could use a little more Jesus. Fingers crossed a teen ends up with this one for some moral support.

Fun for kids and adults, just hope Grandpa gets this lounger so you can see watch the fun that comes next.

Does making fun of The Donald ever get old? This button will be a huuuuge hit.

Pretty good. Everyone gets a kick out of a nose swap with these “pick your nose” cups.

Well there you have it. I gave it my best. Hopefully you can find something that will suit your party and add to the good times! Happy partying!

Shared Boys Room- One Room Challenge Reveal!

6 weeks ago, I signed up for the Better Homes and Gardens One Room Challenge. It’s not a competition, just some motivation to start and finish a room within 6 weeks, with a bunch of other people doing the same!

I didn’t do anything too dramatic or expensive, mostly using things I already had, along with a some thrifted finds. Changing out a light, painting the walls, some DIY projects including some prints, vertical shiplap and an easy sign and the difference is night and day. I’m so happy with the change and even happier that it didn’t cost much!

Tween Boys Room
Tween Boys Room

I was supposed to post updates weekly, but I’m going to need to learn to love progress photos, because here we are at week 6 with my first and last post.

Teen Boys Room

I love to have my kids share a room. I have 2 girls and 2 boys and for now, we have a girl room and a boy room. Maybe they will grow out of it someday, but I grew up sharing a room with my sister who is still one of my best friends. Maybe those late night shenanigans had something to do with our friendship? I’m willing to bet on it.

Boy Room Decor

There are a million reasons why I like my kids to share rooms, but I won’t go into that. My goal was to make them a comfortable and cool space where they like to hang out. We’ve done bunk beds in the past and while they make a lot of sense, I have loved having individual beds. Sometimes, you just have to get in there for a snuggle and those top-bunkers always miss out on that. Never to old for a bedtime snuggle.

Boys Room Shared
Shared Boys Room

We started out by painting the walls Sherwin Williams Dover White, which is a warm white (we had to go warm because of our existing trim color). We rearranged the furniture over and over again until we finally settled on this arrangement. I normally wouldn’t put beds in front of a window, but this gave the most usable floor space and symmetry. I’m into symmetry.

Navy Boys Room
Boys Room

Then we switched out that old light for a modern update. We tried a couple of different options, but ended up being really happy with this option from Amazon. Such an improvement without a lot of cost.

Teen Boy Room
Teen Boy Room

We also decided we wanted an accent wall. We went with some vertical “shiplap” with 1/4 inch gaps for a clean and modern look. We used 1/4 inch underpayment material from Home Depot and had them cut it into 1/4 inch strips. We painted the accent wall Behr Marquee Unpredictable Hue. In the process, we removed and replaced the trim, which proved to be the tricky part. With some trial and error and a bit of caulk, we are happy with the outcome. I love white and crisp, but I am a big fan of a fun or funky accent too!

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This “Work Hard” sign came from a local shop, Artisign Designs. I love everything she does, you cant go wrong!

Some Ikea Lack shelves filled with thrifted treasures, favorite books and souvenirs is my favorite part.

Vertical Shiplap
Ledge Shelf Boys Room

Below are the sources for everything pictured.

Beds

Nightstands

Lamps

Light

Rug

Bedspreads

Sheets

Throw Blanket

Pillows

Curtains

Ledge Shelves

“Work Hard” Sign

Dresser

Wall Compass

Wall Map (similar)

Frames (24 x 36 available in store)

Night Sky Print

Eclipse Print

Paint Colors:

Accent Wall: Behr Marquee Unpredictable Hue

Main Color: Sherwin Williams Dover White

Plants: Home Depot

I had so much fun re-vamping this space and making it something my boys would love. Thanks for taking a minute to check it out. Be sure to check out some of the other awesome projects and inspiration at www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog

Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Guess what today is? A perfect day for Pumpkin Bread. Always. Every Day. This recipe is moist and perfectly spiced to check all those fall boxes.

Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Chances are, you have all of the ingredients in your pantry too. If nor, stock up on some canned pumpkin or you are failing at fall.

Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This makes 2 big batches, perfect for sharing. Plus, who needs a fall candle when this is in the oven? Have I convinced you yet? Grab the printable recipe below!

Yield: 2 (9 x 5) loaves

Best Pumpkin Bread

You won't find a more delicious Pumpkin Bread Recipe. This has been a family favorite for years. Sweet and spicy, wonderful served warm and even better on day 2! Recipe adapted from Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread on Allrecipes.

ingredients:

  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 C vegetable oil
  • 2/3 C water
  • 3 C white sugar
  • 3 1/2 C flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

instructions:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees.   Grease two 9 x 5 loaf pans.
  2. Mix together pumpkin, eggs, oil, water and sugar.   Add dry ingredients and stir together with wire wisk until well blended.    Pour into prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 60 minutes.  Insert a toothpick in the center to check doneness.  Bread is ready when the toothpick comes out clean.
  4. One loaf for you, one loaf for a friend!   Enjoy!
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Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Fall Color Scavenger Hunt

Have you ever found yourself with a gaggle of kids to entertain? With 4 of my own and lots of little buddies, it’s a position I find myself in pretty often. Usually I let them fend for themselves, but sometime they need an idea to get them started.

Leaf Rainbow

We were working in the yard the other night and had some cousins over. They needed a little nudge, so I told them to go collect leaves of every color they could find. Maybe they could even find all the colors of the rainbow? They scattered to go hunting and when they came back I had to put down my rake and grab my camera. No doubt, the prettiest scavenger hunt I’ve ever seen.

Fall Leaf Scavenger Hunt

From the 9 year old down to the 3 year old, they all collected their favorite treasures. First, they laid out their “rainbows”.

Fall Scavenger Hunt

Then they put all the leaves together to make a combined rainbow. We’re going on 45 minutes at this point. That’s my kinda kid-directed project.

Leaf Rainbow

Next, they wanted to make art out of them. Some paper and a bottle of glue was all it took. They spend lots of time making their perfect leaf rainbows, each their very own.

Fall Art Project
Fall Kids Art
Leaf Rainbow

So, if you’ve got work to do and need to get some little hands occupied, this is a great way to do it. I’ve been first grade art mom several times and this would be a great art project for that too. An outdoor art project is a guaranteed hit.

Kids Fall Art

I’m crossing my fingers that this beautiful fall weather holds on a little while longer. I hope you can find some little people and go exploring!

Fall Art Project