Posts Labeled ‘holiday’

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


Hedgehogs Valentine Card Kit via


DIY Affectionate Seed Cards via


Valentine's Day Mad Libs via PinwheelPrintShop on



“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

Wedding Gift Idea:Tree Ornaments

Newlyweds look forward to starting new traditions. Help them get started on their first Christmas together by giving them ornaments to trim their tree.

Personalize their first Christmas via JillAllenDesign


A bit of whimsy never goes amiss. Try this deer head Christmas ornament via


World travelers? Find them a unique ornament from a special place they've traveled like this ornament from east Africa, via


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!

New Year’s Party Printables

Hosting a New Year’s Party? Some fabulous bloggers have created creative printables that you can use when decorating and preparing for your party. Thanks, Ellinee, The 36th Avenue, and My Fabuless Life!


Ellinee Paper Party Hats

The 36th Ave New Year's Printables

print from My Fabuless Life

Beautiful, Simple Holiday Centerpieces

There are lots of ways to dress up your dinner table to impress holiday guests. Special china, unique glassware, pretty napkins… Adding a centerpiece, however, always helps to complete the tablescape.  Whether it be flowers, fruit, or even pinecones, a holiday centerpiece does not need to be complicated to be impactful. Check out these simple ideas from Martha Stewart for beautiful, do-it-yourself centerpieces.

Cranberry Flower Frog

Fresh cut flowers are a traditional centerpiece for any dinner table. What makes this beautiful centerpiece unique are the cranberries in the vase. The pop of red color is gorgeous against the white flowers and stay in the color scheme of the holidays.

Amaryllis Candle Centerpiece

This is another beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table. This time the flowers are red and the candles are white but you can swap out different colors to match. Depending on the length of your table, line up three to four of these centerpieces to brighten up the whole table!

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!

Outdoor Holiday Decorations

With all the focus on Christmas trees and indoor decorations, some people forget that there are great outdoor holiday decorations as well! These decorations will give a warm welcome to your holiday guests or just put passersby in the holiday sprit! Pottery Barn sells a great selection of outdoor holiday decorations…below are some of my favorites!

Lit Boxwood Peace Topiary

These gorgeous lit boxwood peace sign topiaries are the perfect things to place on either side of your front door. The lights keep them traditional while the peace sign shape keeps them hip and fun!

Lit Twig Trees

This lit twig tree is the gorgeous accessory for any front stoop. The mini tree will leave your holiday guests wondering what the inside Christmas tree has in store!

Pinecone Cluster

While these pinecone clusters can be hung indoors or outdoors, they are the perfect accessory to add to your outdoor holiday decorations! Hang them near the front door to show holiday guests your attention to detail.