I’m a hat kind of girl. I have always loved collecting fancy antique hats with nets, feathers, and all of the trimmings. As the years go by, I seem to have less and less places to which I can wear some of my more extravagant pieces, but New Year’s Eve is certainly an occasion where (even if you’re not a hat person) it’s totally acceptable to rock something over-the-top (literally).
This easy, DIY fascinator is a great use of leftover ribbon from the Christmas holiday, so the only things you may have to purchase are the clips, felt, and numeral stickers – should you want to use them! Don’t put away the Christmas ribbon just yet! The easy step by step tutorial might just inspire you to get creating! Continue Reading…
Happy Christmas Eve! I hope you’re home, spending some relaxing time with family and friends. I’m preparing for a little cocktail party that I like to have on Christmas eve which incorporates both sides of our families and any friends who wish to stop by.
Since we don’t have children, I always felt like Christmas eve was lacking some sort of spark. We don’t set out milk & cookies for Santa or read “T’was the night before Christmas”, but we still want to do something festive with those we love. So, we started having this cocktail party and made the ‘eve’ about just hanging out and really letting the joy of the season set in with anyone who has the time to swing out to our place. Last year I think we got into playing cards and listening to carols.
This year, I’ve got a full menu planned out with heavy nibbles (mini ham sammys, cheese straws, prosciutto wrapped asparagus, a giant cheese tray, and lots of cookies!). Aside from the food, I like to make a very festive cocktail. It’s really the only night of the year I feel compelled to make my big manly guy friends drink frilly drinks from gold confetti glasses. They might retire to the scotch after a few, but the ‘signature’ cocktail definitely takes a load off my shoulders when it comes to setting up a bar for such a wide range of people who come through.
For my signature cocktail this year, I’m making a Sparkling Cranberry Blush. It’s so easy and SO good. Keep on for the full recipe and some very fun tips to keep the drink festive!
I don’t love poinsettia’s. I don’t know why, they just seem antiquated to me and remind me of times gone past… but not in a great way. They can still be done well (a full poinsettia tree would be awesome!), but for a party, you can make a much better option.
I used just a couple of everyday blooms to get this simple, but seasonal look. Roses and tulips, along with a couple of more seasonal fillers and greens – spruce, red berries, and eucalyptus – look gorgeous together. With just these five pieces, and the same exact tips I used on my ‘market bunch’ tutorial, you can get a really beautiful arrangement for the holiday that is a little more modern than the norm.
As always, having fresh flowers in my house is a must. The great part about going the extra mile to put together a custom arrangement is that the blooms bought make more than just one bouquet. With the flowers I bought, I was able to make a large arrangement for the kitchen (shown here), a small arrangement for the bar, a vase full of tulips for my bedside table, and two bud vases for the bathroom and office. Now, that’s getting my $15 worth!
Tell me, do you buy individual blooms to create your own bouquet? Do you think you’ll give it a try now?
It’s my last DIY gift before Christmas and this one is certainly the best for the time-sensitive. It’s hard to even call it a ‘craft’ because it involves little to no skill whatsoever, but that is a really good thing for those of you who may be reluctant to take things into your own hands when it comes to Christmas gifts – like a starter project? Ok, let’s do this.
These guest towels could be used as bar towels, or in the bathroom, or as napkins. They’re so versatile, but I love using them here as a really luxe addition to my holiday bar (with all of that prosecco, you can tell I’m serving bubbly cocktails for Christmas, but more on that next week).
It’s as easy as 1, 2 (no 3!) so keep on reading for the step by step! Continue Reading…
This time of year, there are so many parties, that it can get a little bit dizzying to think of something fun and unique to do when having friends over. I wanted to show you guys an easy idea that could probably be done with stuff you already have at home, but putting it all together in a cute way is something that visitors will definitely remember you for.
The hot chocolate bar cart is completely simple and fun. If you’ve served a large dinner, having a warm drink afterwards is a nice change from a heavy dessert, and if you’re offering snacks and apps, a hot chocolate bar makes a wonderful complement to your desserts.
I went with a ‘retro cabin’ type look since my Christmas decor scheme is ‘cozy cabin’. Arrange it on a fun and festive cart like this one (which is for rent!!) or a console table in your living room. I like the idea of locating the desserts and after dinner drinks in the living area so people will gravitate there and sit, sip, and socialize for the rest of the night. There are a few must-haves on my list for styling yourself the perfect hot chocolate bar.
Things are getting quite festive around here. I’ve been baking up a storm and actually have even more baking that I’m scheduling for this weekend. This recipe, however, does not require baking at all. The no-bake cranberry oat chews are peanut-buttery, chewy, and hearty little gems.
I initially wanted to do a traditional chocolate no-bake, but my husband isn’t really a chocolate eater and so far this christmas, all of my recipes have been quite chocolate-y.
Instead, I used a peanut butter and brown sugar mixture to create these chewy cookies. Check out the full recipe below, plus links to all of the wonderful bloggers participating in this cookie swap. Continue Reading…
When it comes to handmade gifts, I like to do a little half and half – a gift that’s partially purchased and partially hand crafted. In my family we have very low caps on our christmas gifts, so I did this for my sister a couple of years ago to try to make the most with the $25 max I had to work with.
This gift has actually turned into a big story for my family. That year (and for this project), I went to Home Goods, purchased both the glasses and the decanter for under $20. The time I actually made this for my sister, there was an odd turn of events however. Me, being a little too excited to get started, etched the first wine glass before opening the rest of the glasses. I got a ‘P’ for my sister’s last name onto the first glass and reveled in my creativity. Then, when unpacking the rest of the glasses, I realized one of the glasses was broken. Now, a normal person would have just realized that they had gotten ahead of themselves and bought a whole new set. For whatever reason, I decided to return the glasses. If they had to damage out the set because of the broken one, it wouldn’t matter that one had a ‘P’ on it, right? So I returned the set, told the associate that there was one glass broken. Then she took out the rest of the glasses so I said, “and this glass mysteriously has a ‘P’ on it.” The brand of the glasses was Palm Restaurants, so the associate suggested that as the reason for the mysterious ‘P’.
Why in the world did I do that? In hindsight, I should have cut my losses and just bought a new set. I have no clue what I was thinking but to this day, my family won’t let me live it down. I cried, I was laughing so hard when I told the story to them. Regardless, maybe someone out there bought a 0.99 clearance ‘P’ glass and it just made their day. That’s what I like to think.
So onto the DIY. Similar to last time, I bought a set of wine glasses (no broken ones this time) and a decanter from Home Goods for under $20. The etching cream I had on hand, but it’s just about $8, so it makes the whole gift under $30 and you can use the cream for other projects!
Every year, I take a couple of hours to make a few different types of Christmas cookies and then freeze them to bring out for pop up parties and hostess gifts. I always make different varieties each year (no repeats!) just to keep things exciting and to teach myself something new.
Although I do try something new each year, I do a couple of things consistently. I always include a citrus cookie and a marshmallow variety. The others are all fair game. And here is a fun surprise… not only will you be getting my recipe today, you’ll also be getting the recipes from 10 other amazing bloggers participating in this ‘cookie swap’. More on that after the recipe.
When I was looking for my citrus cookie this year, I decided to throw it at Bing and their new Bing Smart Search on Windows 8.1. Typing in ‘Lemon Christmas Cookie’ (no lemon bars here) I was happy to see how the results popped up, which made it really easy for me to pick a direction and build this recipe. Continue Reading…
We spent the evening trimming our tree last night, although it didn’t take too much time with the decorations I chose to use this year. Since we were going on vacation and didn’t have too much time with the tree, I didn’t want to go to in great depths with it. I chose to have a simple, rustic type theme this year with no tree ornaments, and just a few minimal, but festive, touches to bring it all together.
My main switch-up this year was to use big colorful bauble lights on the tree instead of my usually white lights with glittery accents. I used a plaid blanket to wrap the bulb of our tree and keep things looking like a rustic woodsy cabin. Very simple accessories like a snow studded wooden star and brass stocking hangers rounded out the simplicity of the look.
Hi, I'm Erin!
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