Easy Ideas for a New Year’s Eve Celebration!

December 28

A New Year’s Eve celebration is one of the most festive ways to embrace new beginnings!  Whether it’s an all out bash or a quieter version with family, it is one of my favorite ways to end the holiday season but with such hope and expectation for all the exciting adventures to come!  I’m so thrilled to have partnered with Grand Rapids Popcorn Company and Amalfi Decor to bring you some really simple but no less festive ways to set up a glamorous snack table that will fit right in to any party…big OR small!  Get ready to pop, clink, fizz and nibble your way into 2018!  The New Year is just around the corner…make it a memorable one with those you love!

pop, fizz, clink…crunch!

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!

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!

A Moroccan Soiree!

November 20

There are two things I love to do when having a dinner party…dining outdoors and serving up some Moroccan delights!  My husband lived in Morocco as a child while his father worked for the government.  They were fortunate to have a cook during their time there and learned to love the native cuisine!  When we got married, one of our most cherished gifts from his parents was a Moroccan cookbook, but written inside on many of the pages were the original recipes of the talented lady who taught them to love the food there!  We’ve been making those recipes ever since…in fact, I’m not sure we’ve actually ever tried one of the recipes from the actual book!  My boys have grown up like my husband, loving the flavors and the tradition of dining Moroccan!  I’m so thrilled to share with you today another party I styled for Black Twine…a Moroccan soiree!  You can grab the blueprint for the party with all the time-saving tips, links to get the goodies and even get some of my family’s favorite recipes…straight from well used pages of our cherished book!  Come share the fun…

dine in the outdoors…Moroccan style!