This is such an easy idea to make your New Years Eve bar really cute and unique. You can use any paper or pattern than falls in line with your party theme and really add a gorgeous touch to your event.
With a frame you can buy at any store from Wal-mart to Micheals, you can easily purchase all of the things to make this simple project.
Acrylic box frames take center stage in this two step project, keep reading for the full tutorial, you’ll definitely want to add this small, but totally custom, touch to your NYE event.
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?
ONE I have recently (like, yesterday) become obsessed with this giant dot bedding from Nordstrom. Isn’t it just adorable? And at $98 is much less than the dot blanket I posted last week! I can’t find the shams on the site, but as soon as I do, you’ll be the first to know. TWOPorcelain pinecone votives from Crate and Barrel are my favorite holiday purchase this year at$2.95 each. They create such a beautiful warm glow and I think I’ll keep them up all winter long, just changing out the THREECedar & Balsam candles from Illume. They’re like Christmas in a can. I can’t get enough, $9. FOURgalvanized planters from Terrain are on sale and will be great for late winter/early spring on the porch. FIVE it’s winter, and my skin is dry and flaky (do I sound like a lotion commercial?) well, it’s true. I saw this scrub and thought it might be the perfect thing to get my skin the the holiday spirit, $44. SIXcute and to the point thank you cards for after the holidays from J. Crew, $26.
Christmas has snuck right up on us! Although most of the stuff here is probably still up for consideration with two-day shipping, if you want to venture out this weekend and make some gorgeous gifts, I’ve posted three DIY gift ideas that (although kind of girly) are great for people you’re still not quite done shopping for. Check them out here.
This weekend, I plan on relaxing as much as possible. I’ve had a very busy week preparing for my Grandiflora trunk show which was Wednesday and going out to dinners with friends. I hope to watch some Christmas movies and snuggle up by a fire for the large majority of Saturday and Sunday night! How about you?
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…
So, fashion isn’t really something that I cover here on House of Earnest, but if you follow me on instagram, you know I love sharing my outfits. Since I spent 7 years working in the fashion industry, it’s definitely ingrained in me, but was sort of a conflict of interest to post about fashion while I was working at my last job. So – I’m free and going to take the opportunity to share a little fashion with you guys today.
If you all don’t know about the shop Thread, it’s one of my favorite local boutiques and somewhere you can really find unique designer (and phenomenal artists’) goodies that we sometimes have trouble finding in the midwest. Believe me, after traveling around the world, I have a bit of a picky palette.
Onto the issue at hand. When entertaining friends and family (which is so prevalent around the holidays) I have a very specific ‘wardrobe’ that is my go-to. I vary this wardrobe formula here and there, but there are a few basic tips that I follow for my shin-digs.
No sleeves – it gets hot when you’re running around, pulling stuff out of the oven, drinking libations, and entertaining your buns off.
Chiffon or satin top, something breezy… for the aforementioned reason.
Skinny pants (leggings if possible!). They just are so easy, comfortable and really give a great top the focus.
Amazing shoes & Accessories. No explanation needed.
I picked out this outfit from all of the pieces I tried on a Thread a couple of weeks ago and it exemplifies my entertaining style perfectly. The top is unique, with two layers of chiffon and an animal print poking out from underneath. The skinny burgundy riding pants are stretchy, but structured, and the amazing Rebecca Minkoff shoes, Lizzie Fortunato necklace, and Pluma Jewelry Ring really make it all much more glamorous.
You know how excited I get about sharing entertaining secrets, and going one step further to share my thought process on what I wear when I entertain. There’s even more excitement where that comes from – the people at Thread are nice enough to offer a discount to all of you as well! Just use the code HOUSEOFEARNEST when shopping online for 15% off your purchase!
Nice, huh? Now we’ll all look quite jolly this holiday.
p.s. Are you a Columbus local who loves Thread? Come to their Grandview location THIS WEDNESDAY and shop our entire Grandiflora holiday collection. Shop over cocktails and hang out with me and the Thread gang! 5:30pm-8:30pm at Thread Grandview.
ONE Malena teak appetizer plates and utensils are back in stock! Get yours while they last! $44 for a set of 4 appetizer plates and $28 for a set of three (fork, spreader, spoon) appetizer utensils! Just in time for Christmas! TWO high gloss white carafe from Crate & Barrel is perfect for the holidays. I plan on using this instead of my coffee maker carafe so that I can brew another pot simultaneously. $35.THREE every time the holidays roll around, I’m reminded how much I need a sideboard or buffet in my dining room. This light washed Boston Oak sideboard from Wren Living would be perfect… now to find one stateside… FOUR I saw this gold foil cocktail napkins in C. Wonder yesterday and was on the brink of buying them as a Christmas gift to myself. I resisted, but can’t stop thinking about them! $32 for a set of four. FIVEaren’t cute S&P shakers one of those things that you don’t realize you need until you set the table? Get ahead with this crazy cute salt & pepper set for $30 from Kate Spade. SIX this darling dot cashmere and wool throw by Paul Smith is quite a splurge, but isn’t it such a find?
More metallics and neutrals. I guess when you have a type, you have a type, right? I’ve been really trying to narrow my shopping list this week for Christmas and only have a couple of outstanding people for whom to shop. I think I’ll trying to finish everything this weekend so I can focus on wrapping next week. How are you guys doing on your lists?
In other news, I have some fun meetings today which I’m pretty excited about. I’m meeting with the owner of a really gorgeous local boutique today to discuss a Grandiflora trunk show that we have scheduled for next Wednesday! I am really excited to show off my goods! If you’re in the Columbus area – shoot me an email and I’ll give you the details!
Also, if you’d like to gift some goodies from Grandiflora, you can order though next Wednesday for assurance to receive before Christmas, or through Friday if you choose 2 day shipping! Happy Shopping!
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