Category: Holidays

Holiday Decor…Last-Minute Easy

December 21

Christmas is just a few days away and hopefully all your holiday decor is up and ready to go…but if you’re like me, there’s always some little details that I don’t get finished until the very last days!  The good news is that there’s still a little time left to add some holiday cheer to our homes…even if it is getting close to the big day!  If you’ve got Christmas guests arriving soon and need some quick and easy last-minute ideas, I’m sharing some of my favorite decorating details and Christmas decor that might inspire you…AND won’t break the bank!  So take a peek at some of my go-to ideas that are perfectly last-minute EASY!

in-a-pinch holiday decor!

Easy Christmas Morning Breakfast!

December 18

Christmas morning breakfast doesn’t really happen in my house…it seems everyone wants to get right down to business unwrapping the pretty packages under the tree!  This year I decided to try something new…a little morning treat table with just a couple goodies that are perfect to grab-and-go!  We normally sit down in the evening to our Christmas supper so light appetizers for lunch is usually our routine…but breakfast is often an afterthought, sidelined by all the gifts and unwrapping frenzy!  Even though I’m not really expecting everyone to eat BEFORE the unwrapping begins…I’ll at least have some food out for the taking amidst the festivities!  Today I’m sharing a little preview of what we’ll be waking up to on Christmas morning and just how easy it is!

start the holiday with a Christmas morning breakfast!

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…

Serving Up The Season with Easy & Festive Desserts!

December 11

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The holiday season is the perfect time for hosting family and friends!  I love having opportunities to spend time with people I love…catching up over wonderful conversation AND good food!  I’m also particularly fond of serving up sweet treats on a festive dessert table…especially when they’re as easy as they are delicious!  I think it’s fair to say most of us love the idea of entertaining but can be overwhelmed at this busy time of year…but don’t let that stop you!  Today I’m sharing some festive ideas for how to host a “Ladies Night In” that’s so easy and cheerful…with delicious desserts that will have your guests talking!  Check out the holiday cheer…

festive desserts that will have you dancing with joy!

Homemade Holiday Dog Treats!

December 7

If you have a doggie member of the family then you know how fun it is to treat them to special goodies…just like we do for all our loved ones!  They deserve special “desserts” from time-to-time…so why not have some fun in the kitchen and whip up a batch of homemade treats for the pups in your life!  It’s a fun thing for the kiddos to help with too…and they’ll have such a good time serving the “sweets” to their four-legged family members!  I’ve never tried making homemade dog treats before, but a friend shared a recipe that sounded so easy that I thought I’d give it a whirl!  It was so fun to make them…and Buddy (our pup) loved gobbling them up too!  So if you have a dog or know a dog lover…you might want to give this recipe a try!

dog treats…”pup”cake style!

Holiday Cookie Swap!

December 4

Cookies and Christmas go hand in hand…and now that the holidays are upon us it’s time to let the celebrations begin!  I don’t know about you but it wouldn’t seem like Christmas without a cookie swap!  It’s the perfect reason for hosting a party and offers guests a platter full of sugary goodness to take home for their own festivities!  I love having cookies ready all month long…not just for parties but for those unexpected situations when friends pop in!  Today I’m so excited to share some merry fun with plenty of ideas on how to host your own cookie swap party and I’ve partnered with several amazing businesses to bring you this sweet fun!  From the cookie station, to holiday sips, and treats & favors for the guests, this party is packed with the makings for wonderful memories!  Let’s get ready to ring in the season with favorite traditions, celebrations…AND cookies!

Christmas cheer with a cookie swap!

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!

Whimsical & Colorful Thanksgiving Table

November 16

Adding some whimsical touches to any celebration is one of my favorite things to do!  Not only can it bring some extra fun to the festivity, it lightens the mood and can make your event comfortably casual without losing the “wow” factor!  Now that the holiday roller coaster has taken off…I’m always looking for ways to simplify my gatherings so that I can fully enjoy family and friends AND not get stressed about the next party on the calendar!  Last week I shared some colorful displays in my dining room and those bright colors & DIY projects were the inspiration for my table this year!  The best part?  Most of the tabletop is disposable!  After we’ve stuffed ourselves with the feast I can collect the paper products and fill up the trashcan rather than my sink…that alone is worth celebrating!  See some of the whimsical fun I had with paper plates, containers, tags…and the unexpected elements that helped make the table shine!

whimsical, colorful, joyful…

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!

Quick & Easy Halloween Treats!

October 30

Quick Halloween treats are perfect when Halloween is just around the corner…and can you believe that those ghosts and goblins will be upon our doorsteps tomorrow!?  If you’re in need of some easy, fun and tasty treats for your Halloween festivities, not to worry!  I’ve got some super simple treats that are as easy as they are yummy…and perfect for after school snacks, classroom parties, or Hallow’s Eve desserts!  When you’re in a pinch for time, semi-homemade goodies are such a life saver!  You can add festive decorations to make your purchases look amazing…or bake something from a box and have some holiday fun!  Let me share with you some of my favorite quick tricks that will create very sweet treats!

whooooo’s ready for some Halloween “boos”?  quick Halloween treats just for you…