Here is a last minute easy centerpiece idea. Use candle sticks you already have and jazz up some Christmas balls with glitter glue letters. For a longer table just use a longer word! Grab some festive fabric as a table runner and you are all set!
I wish all of you very happy holidays! I hope you enjoy all of your family, friends and food during this special time of year! See you soon!
I am cooking a Christmas Eve lunch this year and I think I have selected the menu. We are having ham, potato salad, homemade mac and cheese, green beans, black eyed peas and cornbread (my husband is a pro at this). I've been looking for a mac and cheese recipe and I think I've found one on KraftFoods.com. Thought I'd share it with you...
HEAT oven to 350°F. Melt 3 Tbsp. butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook 2 min., stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk; cook until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Add VELVEETA; cook 3 min. or until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in macaroni.
SPOON into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with Cheddar. Melt remaining butter; toss with cracker crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole.
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.
The traditional red is also beautiful. I love the frosted and clear decorations.
This idea is great because you can use containers you probably already have like a trifle dish and candle holder.
Kara has taken her creativity to the next level with her new Christmas ornaments. What a fantastic unique gift these would make! Or a meaningful keepsake for yourself and family. And they are only $10 a piece. You can look at all her Krafts here!
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.
Over at thenest.com they are featuring 15 wines under $15 from The Wine Trials. Tasters drank 6000 glasses of wine and found that several of the best were under $15! Check it out, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
I have been trying to decide about this duvet from Pottery Barn for over a month. I love Birch trees, but I'm wondering is this taking it too far? I love to decorate everywhere in the house except the bedroom. I have the hardest time making decisions for the bedroom. I thought I'd leave this one up to you!
My furniture and walls match this room pictured. I would have to add a punch of color somewhere. I was also wondering if in the summer I would want something more "summery"? Hmmmm....