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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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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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Spooky Chic Halloween Wedding Inspiration {Round Up}

Only one more day until All Hallows’ Eve (yay!), and since most of you have probably either already satisfied your sweet tooth or are about to do it in a big way tomorrow, we thought it would be fun to TREAT you to a different sort of Halloween feast today…

So, Inspired By This is here with a round up of creative styling ideas for those of you looking to infuse a little Halloween or Day of the Dead inspired flair into your big day. From stationery suites to bridal fashion & tablescapes, read on for a festive – and calorie-free – dose of spooky + chic! ;)

1. (pictured at top) Styling by Couture Events, Photo by Bethann Greenberg

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Spooky Chic Halloween Wedding Inspiration {Round Up}

2. Photo by Studio EMP

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Spooky Chic Halloween Wedding Inspiration {Round Up}

3. Stationery by Inviting Affairs

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Spooky Chic Halloween Wedding Inspiration {Round Up}

4. Event Design by La Boheme Events, Photo by Amelia Strauss

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DIY Tutorial: Paper Pumpkin Favor Boxes

Stacie Keiffer of Fancy & Fold is here with a super cute seasonal DIY for us today! You might recognize these adorable Paper Pumpkin Favor Boxes from the Rustic Little Pumpkin Baby Shower featured earlier today. Read on for the details on how to make them yourself (as told by Stacie)!

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PAPER PUMPKIN FAVOR BOXES TUTORIAL

This cute little Pumpkin Box is the perfect Fall party favor! Fill with treats for Halloween, Thanksgiving or a Pumpkin Baby Shower/Birthday.

To start, gather all that you will need to construct the box.

DIY Tutorial: Paper Pumpkin Favor Boxes

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Since Día de los Muertos is right around the corner, Michelle Stewart of Michelle’s Party Plan-It honored the holiday with this Day of the Dead Party filled with colorful sugar skulls & tons of glittering sweets! The meaning behind Día de los Muertos is so interesting & I think it could be a great opportunity to include the kids in learning about other cultures! Plus, […]

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I know that many of you probably don’t even have your Halloween plans figured out yet, but our 2014 blog hop crew is here with a head start on Thanksgiving! Don’t worry though, we just wanted to make sure you had ample time to put some of these fun creations to use next month. And […]

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