Christmas Feed

Poinsettias As Cut Flowers?

I never knew that you could use Poinsettias as cut flowers.  Thanks to SouthernLiving.com, now I do!  They recommend searing the ends of your stems with a flame to prevent drooping.  Poinsettias contain a sap and the searing prevents this sap from dripping out.  Here are their detailed instructions. 

Here are some great ideas for displaying your cut Poinsettias:

This first one is my favorite!  I love how they used the bright green colors for a twist on the traditional red and green.  These could also be used for your New Year's party decorations.

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The traditional red is also beautiful.  I love the frosted and clear decorations.

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This idea is great because you can use containers you probably already have like a trifle dish and candle holder.

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(all photos from southernliving.com)


Before...

Thought I would share with you some photos of our Christmas decorations this year.  We have a natural/rustic theme with pinecones, acorns, berries and greenery.  The butterflies are new this year.  I will keep the same theme for next year just change up the colors. 



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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.

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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.

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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.