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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

Craft Beer Hostess Gift

I can’t take credit for this idea which I found on Pinterest. Wouldn’t this make for a great hostess gift for a BBQ or a craft or microbrew beer fan? Galvanized bucket. Craft beers. Two pint glasses. Optional ice. Done!

 

craft beer hostess gift via Pinterest

Delicious Champagne Punch

I had a small soiree at my house last night and served appetizers and a selection of desserts. I always try to offer a special cocktail in addition to wine, water, and nonalcoholic beverages. Last night, I was inspired to do a champagne punch to complement the menu and found this delicious recipe on Epicurious. It does pack a wallop, but it is really festive and tasty. It would be beautiful served in this silver-banded punch bowl from Williams-Sonoma.

Silver-rimmed punch bowl from Williams-Sonoma

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!

 

“New Year, New Uses”

REAL SIMPLE featured a post titled “New Year New Uses,” which I loved. It explains how common household items can be transformed into something new and awesome! There are several in the article worth checking out but below are a few of my favorites.

Baby Oil to Detangle Necklaces

One of the most frustrating things for me is when my necklaces get tangled! I can never seem to untangle them myself. Easy solution: rub a small amount of baby oil into the knot and work it free with a straight pin.

Holiday Lights as a Night Light

This is a fun, quirky way to use your holiday lights year round. Simply get any size Mason jar and fill it with battery powered holiday lights. This cute night light can be used anywhere around your home to add spark.

Lollipops as Cocktail Stirrers

Maybe it is because I am a kid at heart but I love the idea of using lollipops as cocktail stirrers. Pick a flavor or color that compliments the cocktail being served. Your guests will love this fun twist on a childhood favorite!

Beautiful Christmas Tree Ornaments

As Christmas is fast approaching it is time to start the fun, but sometimes daunting task, of Christmas tree decorating. If you’re someone who decorates a tree every year I am sure you have your fair share of classic colored balls to hang on the tree. But with more and more stores selling beautiful and unique Christmas tree ornaments, it is fun to spice it up with a few stand out ornaments.

Bloomingdale's Labrador Retriever Ornament

Bloomingdales sells a variety of dog ornaments that come in several different breeds. This Black Lab Ornament is my personal favorite, but you can pick one that matches the family pet (they even sell cats)! Adults and children alike will love hanging a replica of your furry friend on the tree!

Pearl Bauble Orb

Floating Peacock Plume Bubble

For a more sophisticated Christmas tree, the two Anthropologie ornaments above are sure to please. The Pearl Bauble ball will add the perfect amount of shimmer to your tree, while the Floating Peacock ornament will add a whimsical touch. Both are beautiful Christmas tree ornaments that will catch the eye of your holiday guests!

Classic Photo Frame Ornament

For the most unique Christmas tree ornament, choose this custom photo frame ornament. You can put your very own family photo inside and surround it with the text of your choice. It even comes with a silver plated “2012″ charm, so you can collect them year after year!

Great Holiday Hostess Gift

Tis’ the season for holiday parties! I often get asked for ideas of what to bring to a party at someone’s home. The answer really depends on the type of the party and your relation to the host/hostess. In general, however, you should always bring something — even just a very small token of thanks.

This fabulous 2013 calendar dish towel set from Anthropologie would make for a very fun hostess gift this holiday season and would work for almost any type of party or host. They are so cute, I may just need to pick up a set for myself!

dish towel set from Anthropologie

dish towel set from Anthropologie

Oh My Gourd! Fall Centerpiece Idea

I recently helped on a team of women who worked on decorations for a women’s luncheon at church. We were inspired by this idea from Better Homes & Gardens which is perfect for fall.

We first cut off the top of the squash and then used a melon baller to scoop out a portion of the inside. Supermarket flowers were perfect to make the arrangements. In addition to butternut squash, we used acorn squash, as well. The whole process was actually very easy and the result beautiful!

 

gourd centerpieces via Better Homes & Gardens

 

Printing on Fabric, Post-It Notes, and Paper Tags

How cool would it be to print on fabric or on odd shaped paper — or even on a post-it note? It would certainly come in handy when doing DIY craft projects. Well, apparently you can do all of those things. Here are some tips, including step-by-step instructions on how to print on various mediums. Click on the photo to take you to the instructions.

how to print on tags via Design Editor

how to print on fabric via Modern Day Moms

how to print on post-it notes via Sugardoodle