Christmas Feed

Dazzling Discovery: Paper and Cake

Kira from Tangarang and Abigail from Piece of Cake have combined their creative minds and now we have Paper and Cake!  Down-loadable party designs which include napkin rings, candle wraps, wine glass tags and much more.  All of this is only $5!  All you have to do is check out their Etsy shop, purchase your design and start downloading!  How much easier can decorating your table be? 

Here is their second Holiday Design that I personally love because its RETRO:

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It's 5 O'clock Somewhere...

Here is a minty treat with a kick for you to enjoy this weekend...

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Ingredients

  • 1 shot vanilla rum
  • 1 shot white chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva)
  • 1 shot peppermint schnapps
  • Candy cane, garnish

Directions

Add all liquid ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into martini glass. Garnish with candy cane

(photo and recipe courtesy of foodnetwork.com)


Merging Christmas Decorations with Everyday Decor

Well I've decided that I'm just going to use the Christmas decorations I already have for this year.  I am still looking for ideas for next year to go better with my current decor.  Orange, green, gold and brown.  I know I will be using a lot less red!  Here are some examples from bhg.com of incorporating your Christmas decorations with your existing decor.

Think Pink

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Here they have brought out the pink in the chair, wall and pillows with the coordinating pink ribbon on the stairs.  The green is also a great complement to the pink.

Seeing Spots

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Here they have gone with a polka dot theme.  From the curtains to the place mats and candle holders everything has dots.  The oranges and fruit on the tree also mimic the dot theme.


Add Some Sparkle to Your Holiday Table

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, now its on to Christmas!  I can't believe its already December! 

One thing I am loving this year is the use of birds everywhere.  They've always been used around the holidays but it seems like there are so many more this year to choose from and different ways to use them.  When I saw these glittered birds on marthastewart.com, I thought they were perfect for a table centerpiece.  Shimmer adds a festive glow to anything.

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Look for a branch in your backyard (or buy a faux one at a crafts store).

Tools and Materials
Small craft brush
Plastic birds
White glue
Glitter in various textures and hues
Thin lametta tinsel
Branch

Centerpiece How-To
1. Using brush, coat a bird's tail with glue; sprinkle spoonfuls of glitter on top. Let glue dry; shake off excess glitter. Repeat with wings, then body and head.

2. Secure tinsel to one end of the branch with glue, then wrap branch, tucking in a new piece of tinsel when necessary. Tuck end of last piece under to secure. Fasten birds to branch with the wires on their feet.


Christmas Tree Inspiration

For those of you who may start decorating this weekend here are unique and beautiful Christmas trees to inspire you!

Citrus Tree

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This one not only looks pretty but will make your room smell wonderful.  They used dried citrus fruits as part of the decoration. 

Poinsettia Tree

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I love the brightly colored poinsettias in this tree.  For a tree this size you would need six poinsettia plants to split up and decorate with.

Golden Tree

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This tree is so festive with all of the metallic gold ornaments and ribbon.  I think next time I change my tree it will be gold!


(all photos from bhg.com)


Any Ideas?

I have predicament.  I recently painted the wall behind my fireplace a burnt orange color which looks great usually.  Now I have decorated for Christmas with my usual red accessories.  It is clashing bad.  I am trying to get ideas of other colors I can use to decorate the mantel.  Right now I have red candle holders and red stockings.  Garland with red berries.  I've thought about painting the berries a green or gold if that's possible?  Here are some pics of garlands I love.

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I am obsessed with anything birch bark!  It is all over my house.  I love the mix of natural items here with the sparkle of the balls.

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This garland is also pretty with its frosting of white and pinecones. 

I would love to hear your ideas, if you've ever spray painted or changed your existing garland..

(photos from potterybarn.com)