Category: Create

How to Make an Edible Snow Globe!

December 14

Welcome to the final day of the 2017 Holiday Party Hop hosted by my talented friend Deanna at Mirabelle Creations!  I’m so thrilled to have joined 17 other amazing stylists to bring you all kinds of entertaining inspiration for the season!  You’ll see crafting, decorating, recipes, and party inspiration…just in time for your festive celebrations!

holiday party hop

i hope you’ve been following along…and if you hopped over from the Happy Family Blog I’m sure you loved Cristy’s peppermint holiday fun!

holiday blog hop

if you missed any of the inspiration, or just want to take another peek… you can get the party started from day one with Mirabelle Creations and the step-by-step instructions for DIY custom color iridescent ornaments…then keep hopping along!  I know you’ll love what you see!

party hop

Today I’m sharing a really festive DIY that is as cute as it is delicious…I’m going to show you how to make an edible snow globe!  Really fun to have at each place setting on a holiday table or just make one for a Christmas Eve treat for Santa himself!  No matter how many you create, it’s a goodie that will be sure to make you and your guests smile!

edible snow globe sweetness…

Easy DIY Advent Calendar

November 30

December is just around the corner and in my house that means time to begin one of my favorite traditions…the countdown to Christmas morning!  An advent calendar is such a wonderful way to countdown the days to the evening the big man pays a visit, building the anticipation as the cheerful tags disappear one by one!  When my boys were little we started this tradition by hanging little bags and boxes filled with tiny trinkets and candy…little tokens to open each morning leading up to Christmas Day!  Back then it was so easy to find inexpensive goodies that the kids were thrilled over…stickers, bouncy balls, a Hot Wheel car or a piece of candy!  The candy is still a hit but as the boys have grown it has been increasingly difficult to find small items that they would appreciate that won’t break the bank!  The days of giving stickers unfortunately are over for me, so the past few years I’ve really struggled to find useful or fun little items to fill up the 24 days in our advent!  This year I came up with a new twist that helps me save money AND time!  Let me share with you a new idea for our old tradition and a really easy way to create it!

advent calendar with a twist!

How to Create a Cozy Hot Cocoa Bar

November 27

The moment cool temperatures set in…it’s time for hot cocoa!  Even on a chilly summer evening my family has indulged on the toasty drink to warm our bones!  But now hot cocoa season is in full swing and it can be so easy to serve this sweet, warm treat to family and friends on a blustery day!  I often keep a tray filled with the fixins’ for the chocolatey sip in my kitchen at all times during the fall and winter, making it easy to serve up a quick cup…and it looks festive too!  Today I’d like to share some fun ways to create a pretty cocoa station with the help of my friends at Oriental Trading!  The holiday season and hot cocoa go hand in hand…you can have so much fun adding some festivity to a simple cup of cheer to make spirits bright!  So get ready for some easy DIY projects from the craft room and the kitchen to create a winter treat that won’t disappoint! Get warm & cozy…

toast the season with a hot cocoa bar!

How to Create a Hanging Centerpiece

November 13

I am able to share this blog post with you today courtesy of FTD!

Now that fall is officially here, it is time to start decorating for the chillier months! Autumn brings about the holidays of dinner parties and family gatherings so decorating your table for fall is an absolute must! If you are looking for a way to impress your guests and create a stunning display, consider making a hanging centerpiece. Not only are they easy to make, but they leave room on the table for plenty of food and other decor elements!  Check out the floral fun…

DIY Hanging Centerpiece for Your Fall Table

Easy Ideas for a Colorful Thanksgiving!

November 6

Now that November is here and the Halloween decorations are packed away we’re in what I call the “calm before the storm”..the few weeks in which I can enjoy the change of pace nestled in between two over-the-top holidays!  I thoroughly enjoy both Halloween AND Christmas…but have to admit that I also love the quiet break between them!  I still decorate for Thanksgiving…but it’s often with sparse displays of pumpkins and gourds and not a lot of fanfare!  And while my Thanksgiving decor is normally minimal, this year I decided it might be time to change it up a bit–not with quantity but color!  With the help of some simple DIY projects and easy treats & decorations, I added some holiday fun to my dining room that I can build on as Thanksgiving Day approaches!  I’m so excited to share these colorful and EASY ideas!

colorful ways to make turkey day bright!

How to Create a Flower Chandelier

October 26

I am able to share this blog post wi u courtesy of Pro Flowers!

Please enjoy this tutorial on how to create a flower chandelier…

Flower chandeliers are quickly becoming a notable design element for many of life’s celebrations, both big and small. Whether you’re planning a bridal shower, hosting an outdoor dinner party or celebrating a birthday, taking your floral displays to new heights not only looks amazing, but smells amazing too.  If you’re thinking of creating a floral chandelier for your next event but aren’t sure how to get started…pro flowers has everything you need to know!  Their step-by-step guide and video tutorial will guide you through making a flower chandelier for any occasion.  please enjoy this blog by Pro Flowers!

pretty, aromatic, unique…a flower chandelier!

Semi-Homemade Halloween Treats!

October 23

Halloween is such a fun holiday to make whimsical treats and goodies for your family and friends!  Those of you who know me well know how much I love semi-homemade treats…a really quick and easy way to create a “custom” dessert on a dime!  Grocery stores today offer so many wonderful choices of cakes, cookies, and other baked goods that you really can’t go wrong…and you’ll save some time and money too!  If you’re hosting a Halloween party or just want to treat some hungry kiddos with a spooktacular snack…let me share with you a fun and whimsical way to dress up a purchased cupcake that will make your guests howl with delight!  Get ready for some bone-chilling fun with these sweet toppers!

semi-homemade Halloween!

A Pumpkin Decorating Party!

October 9

Pumpkin decorating is one of my favorite things to do in the fall!  Whether it’s carving out spooky grins or painting it up in whimsical color, decorating a pumpkin is such a fun tradition and a great way to get a little creative!  My family always carves a pumpkin a few days before All Hallows’ Eve…but once you slice into that roly poly guy, the days are limited for his survival!  If you’re like me and can’t wait to get decorating the minute the calendar flips to October…a no-carve option is perfect for lasting through the holiday!  And as much fun as it is for me to celebrate this tradition with my family, it can also be a wonderful project to share with friends!  A pumpkin decorating party can be so much fun…and for the grown-ups too! Today I’d like to share a twist on pumpkin decorating that can last through the month and even into November…it’s also the perfect excuse to have some gal-pals in for some seasonal festivity!  You don’t necessarily have to decorate your pumpkin to look spooky…some paper, twine, flowers and glue can turn a craft pumpkin into a fall beauty that could also grace your Thanksgiving table!  So just because October often makes us think of ghosts and ghouls…see how much fun a different take on a traditional party can be!  Boho themed celebrations are all the rage…especially for a ladies night!  So today I’m so thrilled to share with you a cocktail party that includes decorating a pretty pumpkin!  Get crafty and join in on…

pumpkin decorating at a Boho Boo Bash!

Day of the Dead Treats!

September 25

Day of the Dead decor is a very popular Halloween theme!  This centuries old celebration is observed on November 1st & 2nd and is how Mexican and Mexican-Americans celebrate and honor the lives of those who have passed.  This holiday occurs near Halloween but is a colorful and much lighter celebration using symbols such as decorated skulls, butterflies and flowers!  Because of it’s beautiful, whimsical colors and decor it’s a really fun theme for all those who want something not so scary to celebrate the season!  I love it because it’s reminiscent of a fiesta…which is a fun twist on the traditional Halloween party!  And in my family, Halloween celebrations often include movies…which requires some treats and munchies!  Today I’d like to share easy ways to whip up a treat table perfect for scary OR not-so-scary movie viewing…with all the fun and flair of a holiday fiesta!

colorful, delightful, Day of the Dead treats!

Simple Hot Cocoa Setup!

September 14

Hot cocoa is a favorite drink at my house…and when the first cool breezes blow I break out the fixin’s for a do-it-yourself cocoa station to take the chill off and satisfy tummies!  Whether you’re hosting an autumn party or just want to create a sweet surprise for your family, a hot cocoa buffet can be really easy to set up in a pinch!  I often keep the basic cocoa supplies in my kitchen all year long…it’s a chocolaty sip that’s even a favored drink on a cool summer evening!  But now that the unofficial end to summer has come and gone, it’s almost that time for sipping on warm drinks and snuggling around a fire!  I hope you can find some inspiration for your hot cocoa stations…no matter where you put them!

it’s hot cocoa time!