Holidays

Whimsical Christmas Tree

Tired of the same old decorations? Looking to spruce up your Christmas tree this year? Check out these festive and whimsical tree ornaments!

 

Foxy Fellows Ornament Set via Terrain

 

Stuffed Curly Lion via Ornaments 4 Orphans

 

Arctic Explorer Ornaments via Anthropologie

 

Rat with Christmas Pudding via Etsy

 

Thanksgiving Sides

Here are two great side dishes to serve with your turkey this Thanksgiving. We’ve tested them and served them to our own guests and can tell you both are delicious. Enjoy!

 

Carrots with Sausage and Rosemary

Carrots with Sausage and Rosemary via Food and Wine

 

Crème Fraîche and Chive Mashed Potatoes recipe

Crème Fraîche and Chive Mashed Potatoes via Epicurious

 

 

Sweet Valentines

Julia and Paul Child always sent Valentine’s Day greetings to friends and family. Take a leaf out of their book and spread the love with any of these sweet Valentines.

 

Valentine's Card with Tiny Envelopes Card and Custom Messages via LemonDropPapers on Etsy.com

 

Hedgehogs Valentine Card Kit via Paper-Source.com

 

DIY Affectionate Seed Cards via MarthaStewart.com

 

Valentine's Day Mad Libs via PinwheelPrintShop on Etsy.com

 

 

“Valentine cards had become a tradition of ours, born of the fact that we could never get ourselves organized in time to send out Christmas cards.” Julia Child, My Life in France

Beautiful Orange and White Arrangement

I simply adore this arrangement featured on One Charming Party. As they suggest, it would be perfect for Mother’s Day. I could also see it as part of a Spring tablescape, a ladies’ tea, a bridal shower…. The bright orange color and the pops of citrus make it a happy addition to any table!

orange centerpiece via One Charming Party

DIY Valentine’s Day Crafts

Even though it seems like it was just New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day is around the corner. While it is always sweet to give your Valentine a box of chocolates or a heartfelt card, there are tons of other small DIY crafts that make thoughtful and fun gifts! Below are two of my favorite but there are plenty more to choose from on Martha Stewart’s website.

Heart Shaped Soap

Remember those conversation heart candies that you used to give your Valentines when we were kids? These heart shaped soaps are the grown up version. They require a few ingredients and time to make, but your Valentine is guaranteed to love the thought and effort you put in!

Message in a Bottle

This message in a bottle idea is easy to pull off. All you really need is a clear, empty wine bottle, markers and a few heart decorations. Then write your love letter on a pretty piece of paper and slip it in the bottle. It may seem simple but your Valentine will love this fun and quirky gift!

Valentine’s Day Ice Cubes

Whether you are hosting guests for a Valentine’s Day get together or just want to show that special someone you care, this project is for you! These pomegranate filled ice cubes are easy to make and will instantly make any drink you serve that much more special.

 

Pomegranate Heart Ice Cubes

You can find a step-by-step process on how to make these ice cubs here, but essentially you just put three pomegranate seeds in a heart shaped ice tray. Freeze and then serve in your drink of choice!

 

Sparkly New Year’s Day Brunch

As we’ve gotten older and friends’ families have started to grow, we’ve found that its naturally harder to plan New Year’s Eve events. Last year the idea came to me of hosting a New Year’s Day brunch instead. That way, our friends and their children could all come together to celebrate the new year in a family-friendly way.

We hire baby-sitters and make sure there are fun activities for the children. Friends say that this helps them to more easily connect with people at the party while knowing that their children are safe and having fun. I create a separate buffet with kid-friendly food in addition to a brunch buffet, dessert display, and beverage “station” for all of the adults.

I wanted the party to be “sparkly” and focused on a silver and white color palette. I sewed a silver sequin runner for the buffet table and a sequin topper with a white skirt for the dessert buffet sideboard. Flowers (done by Petal’s Edge) featured whites and greys and some of the vases we wrapped in sparkly ribbon. Drink stirrers were also wrapped with tiny tinsel strands. Subway art above the buffet is from Eighteen 25.

Here are a few photos from the brunch, beautifully captured by the talented photographer Katarina Price. Thanks, Katarina!