Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last Minute Christmas Centerpiece

You can still have a pretty and festive table for Christmas!  Have no fear!  I put this centerpiece together in minutes with stuff I either had already or could find in the yard!

holiday decorating tablescape centerpiece
See that text filled wreath? Know what it is covering up?  Our unused exercise bike!  LMAO!  Talk about NOT staging.  And see that chair in the back?  It looks like it's losing it's underwear!  HA HA HA!  I want to change the fabric on that chair so I was trying out the new fabric to see if I liked it.  I would #reallifeblogger but # don't mean anything here. But you get what I mean, right? Oy. Moving on.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Holiday Entertaining: Easy Cupcake Decorating (Christmas)

Here's another holiday entertaining post!  

 A few years ago I made cupcakes for Christmas and decorated them to look like little cups of hot chocolate. They were so cute and I thought they would be fun to serve at a party we hosted last weekend for a group of friends. But alas, when I went to put on the candy cane "handles" it turned out I didn't have them as I thought I did. What to do?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Christmas Entertaining (So far!) and Cookie Exchange

We have been entertaining more than usual lately. The Christmas mood has hit us and we've been able to spend two weekends with friends, both near and far!  I thought I'd share some pictures of the decor and food from those events and maybe you will be inspired to do a little holiday entertaining yourself!

Today's pictures are from a cookie exchange I hosted with some of my mom friends from our town. We each prepared 2 dozen of the same cookie and then we left with 2 dozen different cookies!  I served the Cranberry Champagne Cocktail, eggnog, some Prosecco salami with provolone cheese, chocolates, cookies of course, and a yummy spinach dip.  Now mind you, these are not staged photos and you'll see imperfections!



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Trees--Help To Stop Over-decorating

Let's talk about something serious today. I'm sure many of you aren't even aware that each year thousands of beautiful Christmas trees innocent victims of a preventable crime: over- decorating. No one wants to talk about it even though we all know it is happening.  But I'm here to talk for those trees that can't talk for themselves.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Teacher Gifts

Tis the season for....teacher gifts. Sigh. What do we do? Should we collect $ and give a gift card?  Should we give her a candle? A mug? A bottle of Motrin and a bottle of wine? This year, give something special and unique!

Ellie's preschool hosts a large silent auction during the holiday season each year. Every class is asked to provide a gift to be auctioned off and the children should be involved in the creation of this gift. Last year we submitted this popcorn bowl using the kids' fingerprints. This year we went a different route and steered clear of the hand print/thumb print decorations.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Drink: Cranberry Champagne Cocktail

Hi friends!  I hosted a small cookie exchange this weekend with some friends and I thought it would be fun to serve a pretty and festive Christmas cocktail!  And I thought a cranberry drink with champagne would be perfect!



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Forcing Amaryllis and Paperwhites for Winter

One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to force Amaryllis and Paperwhite bulbs. If I plant them by Thanksgiving I usually have blooms by Christmas which is wonderful. But it doesn't bother me if  I get them planted late because they are a welcome bit of color and life in an otherwise dreary time of year. You can also buy the bulbs pretty inexpensively at stores like Walmart or Home Depot.  And they are almost foolproof...you don't need a green thumb to be successful!