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Cozy Chic Holiday Entertaining Tips {+ 14 Hands Wine & Free Chalkboard Style Printables}

Well, with Thanksgiving next week, the holiday season is officially upon us… and on that note, I have SO many good things to share with you today!

We’re going to start with some stylish, yet surprisingly simple holiday entertaining ideas, then you’re going to find links to download the chalkboard-style holiday printables that I designed for this post (they’re free!), and then I’m going to tell you about a chance to win a $5,000 Living Room Makeover. I know that last part especially caught your attention, right? ;)

First things first though, let’s talk parties…

Cozy Chic Holiday Entertaining Tips {+ 14 Hands Wine & Free Chalkboard Style Printables}

Holiday entertaining comes in all shapes and forms, and while the fancy celebrations can be a fun change of pace, there’s so much more to seasonal entertaining than those “all-out” evenings. In fact, the first images that pop in my mind when I hear “holiday entertaining” are not of intricately styled dessert tables or gold glittered everything…

Instead, I see smaller gatherings with close friends & family, in a comfortable, yet festive environment (even if that just means lots of string lights), and with plenty of 2 key things flowing: great conversation and great wine! This kind of gathering is still manageable amidst crazy holiday schedules, and can even come together in the form of an impromptu moment sometimes. That’s why I’m really excited to share this project with you today…

Cozy Chic Holiday Entertaining Tips {+ 14 Hands Wine & Free Chalkboard Style Printables}

14 Hands Winery, a fantastic brand that you may recognize from some of my Kentucky Derby party related styling for them over the past few years – asked me to come up with some holiday entertaining inspiration to share this season, and specifically requested that it NOT be over the top. Hmmmm… I think they might be on to the fact that we don’t always have a slew of extra hours available to devote to prepping for a get-together. ;)

Of course, I still want anything that I share with you guys to be helpful and creative, because that IS why you’re here in the first place, right?

So, I decided to host a little holiday themed get together with the goal of sticking to a good balance of entertaining style and ease, and of showcasing approachable, yet effective ideas.

Cozy Chic Holiday Entertaining Tips {+ 14 Hands Wine & Free Chalkboard Style Printables}

I also invited a few friends over and turned this into an actual party, because – A) who was going to help me eat all this food – and B) why not?! And truth be told, everyone was more than happy to have a good excuse for a girls night. ;)

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Stopping Time   Forever Thirty Nine Steampunk Birthday Party

Gears, glitter & cool vintage oddities — this party has something for everyone! Michelle Stewart of Michelle’s Party Plan-It DIYed her tail off for this Stopping Time – Forever Thirty-Nine Steampunk Birthday Party. Just about everything you see was “steampunked” by Michelle or one of her awesome vendors. I love the clever idea of stopping time before the big 4-0.. I’ll be experiencing those same thoughts soon! Hey Michelle — save this decor for me, would ya? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Metallic painted Nerf gun & hot air balloon ‘zephyr’ + gold balloon topped glitter candy apples
– Gear topped cakes pops, gear, clock & chain decorated cookies + metallic gold glitter pretzels & rice krispies
– Vintage style photo booth props + a custom, laser-cut glittered backdrop
– DIY pipe lamp with pressuremeter + DIY embellished favor tags & embossed popcorn favor boxes

Stopping Time   Forever Thirty Nine Steampunk Birthday Party

Stopping Time   Forever Thirty Nine Steampunk Birthday Party

Stopping Time   Forever Thirty Nine Steampunk Birthday Party

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Holiday Fiesta Party Ideas {Eat, Drink, and Be Cran Brrr Rita!}

{Please note that this is a sponsored post for Anheuser Busch. As always, all opinions are my own, and I only write about products that I genuinely like and would recommend to a friend.}

If you haven’t hosted or attended a fiesta-inspired holiday get-together before, now is the perfect time to change all that… because this theme makes for such a fun party! I threw a “glitzy holiday fiesta” myself last year, and while it definitely made for a super fun night, I will admit that it was also a LOT of work to put together since there were so many details involved (even the piñatas got a coat of gold spray paint!).

So this year, I thought it would be nice to come up with a more casual (and stress-free) spin on the holiday fiesta concept, focusing on just 3 key creative elements – drink, appetizer, centerpiece:

Holiday Fiesta Party Ideas {Eat, Drink, and Be Cran Brrr Rita!}

Holiday Fiesta Party Ideas {Eat, Drink, and Be Cran Brrr Rita!}

I had fun dreaming this up and hope you’re able to have some fun with it too! To make that a little easier, I’m also giving away the printables featured here as a free download below. Enjoy! :)

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1. SIGNATURE DRINK: Bud Light Lime Cran-Brrr-Rita®

For cocktails, it doesn’t get much easier than pour-and-serve, right?! The limited edition Bud Light Lime Cran-Brrr-Rita®  just became available earlier this month, and it’s the perfect flavor – and color! – for a holiday fiesta. It’s also super tasty, which is very important, of course. ;) Just pour over lots of ice, garnish with a lime, and you’re good to go.

Holiday Fiesta Party Ideas {Eat, Drink, and Be Cran Brrr Rita!}

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Theres No Place Like Home Wizard of Oz Welcome Home Party

When her sister was coming home from a long trip away, Britni Vigil of Play. Party. Pin. wanted to welcome her back in true Kansas-style with this “There’s No Place Like Home” Wizard of Oz Welcome Home Party! To get everything just right, Britni did some serious recon on the classic film, watching it numerous times so as not to leave out any of the details. The dessert table was cleverly set up in order of the story’s events, so guests could follow along the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy on her way through Munchkin Land, the poppy fields & Emerald City. With family as thoughtful as this, there really is no place like home!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY character themed party hats, Glenda wands + welcome home care package with ruby red slip-ons
– Cowardly Lion frosted Oreos & ‘Liquid Courage’ + Tin Man oil chocolate pudding with gummy hearts
– Hot air balloon topped cupcakes & Emerald City green glittered mason jars
– Ruby Red Slippers cake topper & cake pops + red glittered utensils with blue gingham napkins
– Character themed garland, yellow brick road table runner & a rainbow streamer backdrop

Theres No Place Like Home Wizard of Oz Welcome Home Party

Theres No Place Like Home Wizard of Oz Welcome Home Party

Theres No Place Like Home Wizard of Oz Welcome Home Party

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Roll out the red pink carpet, we’ve got royalty in the house! Adding some glitter & glam to this special event was Heidi Avolio of My Sweet Celebration who dreamt up everything in this Royal Princess 1st Birthday Party Dessert Table! Pink, gold & glitter has been a popular trend for quite a while now, and can’t you see why?! The […]

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Welcome to this magical woodland wonderland! Ashley Summers of Ashley Nicole Events is back with this Colorful & Hip Woodland Birthday Party Brunch for her daughter’s 3rd birthday (check out her ‘favorite things’ 2nd birthday party here). From bright flowers & silver stumps to hanging feathers & evergreen trees, this party is the perfect mix of childhood fun and on-trend details that […]

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