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Pear & Gorgonzola Flatbread Pizza {Video} + DIY Gold & White Holiday Party Ideas

Earlier this year, I worked on a handful of recipe videos for Krusteaz®, and this recipe is actually my personal favorite of the bunch… I hope you like it too! The combo of sauteed pears and creamy Gorgonzola is such a yummy mix of sweet & savory, and the candied walnut garnish adds a nice bit of crunch. The layered pear slices also make for a very pretty visual display, which is always a great quality when serving at a party!

I used the new Italian Herb Flatbread Mix from Krusteaz for the crust. It bakes in 10 minutes flat and keeps things fast & easy in the kitchen… which is exactly how I need them to be most of the time, myself. ;)

You can find the full Pear & Gorgonzola Flatbread recipe over on the Krusteaz website, or watch our video below for a tutorial. My favorite ways to serve this flatbread are in generous slices alongside a hearty salad or cut into small rectangles for a festive appetizer.

P.S. If you’re on the lookout for holiday party inspiration, you’ll find plenty of that below, too, from a few of my favorite DIY decor ideas to festive printables you can download for free. Happy Holidays!

Pear & Gorgonzola Flatbread Pizza {Video} + DIY Gold & White Holiday Party Ideas

1. “POSITIVE” PAINTED PEARS

I kept the look of theses painted pears and their printable paper leaves pretty simple so that the positive sentiments on the leaves would really stand out. The pears are covered in acrylic white paint, and a few of them were also color-blocked with metallic gold spray paint. The leaves are attached with small dabs of hot glue.

Pear & Gorgonzola Flatbread Pizza {Video} + DIY Gold & White Holiday Party Ideas

2. PARTY FLAGS

Next up is one of my personal staples… party flags! You can attach them to toothpicks, straws, or bamboo skewers (to create drink stirrers).

Pear & Gorgonzola Flatbread Pizza {Video} + DIY Gold & White Holiday Party Ideas

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#TOMSforTarget + 2 Headed Holiday Sweater + {Free Printable} Happiness & Giving Quote

A few weeks ago, I received a package with a huge red gift box inside…

There was a TOMS logo on the shipping box, and I already knew I’d be receiving some sort of holiday sweater in conjunction with a #TOMSforTarget holiday campaign they were doing, so I just took a super quick peek inside since I was in major deadline mode on another project at the moment. I saw the print of the sweater, but didn’t pull it out of the box… I mean, it was folded up so nicely and all. ;)

Later that night, my husband asked what the deal was with the giant gift box sitting on the table. I said, “I think I’m supposed to wear it in a picture or do some sort of “ugly sweater party” story with it, but it looks HUGE!” I opened the gift box all the way this time, noticed a card inside, and proceeded to read it out loud and try to figure this out… “Well Hello There! You’re probably wondering why you’ve received a large, festive, multi-headed sweater…

Wait – WHAT?!! Did I just say “multi-headed“???

I yanked that perfectly folded sweater out of the box this time… then proceeded to immediately collapse on the floor laughing. This gigantic holiday sweater did indeed have TWO head holes… THAT was definitely not something I was expecting at all!

#TOMSforTarget + 2 Headed Holiday Sweater + {Free Printable} Happiness & Giving Quote

The two things that instantly popped in my head upon seeing this sweater:

1) Well played, marketing geniuses. ;)

2) I am seriously going to have the BEST white elephant gift ever at the Christmas party our friends host every year… this baby is definitely going to make for some hilarious pics!

SHOPPING + GIVING

The best thing about all this playfulness is that it’s attached to a really great cause! Many of you are probably already familiar with TOMS and all of the good that they do – every purchase you make from them helps a person in need.

Well, they’ve teamed up with Target this holiday season to offer a signature collection that makes it super easy for holiday shoppers give to people in need across the country. Every TOMS for Target item purchased is matched one-for-one with a donation of blankets, shoes, or meals!

#TOMSforTarget + 2 Headed Holiday Sweater + {Free Printable} Happiness & Giving Quote

Here’s a tiny peek at the collection, including a t-shirt that I will admit I bought for myself… at least I know that the purchase helped someone else too!

#TOMSforTarget + 2 Headed Holiday Sweater + {Free Printable} Happiness & Giving Quote

FREE PRINTABLE: Quote on Happiness + Giving

So in the spirit of giving, I felt compelled to design a little inspirational freebie to give away today too… hopefully it can serve as a helpful reminder of what this season is REALLY about. You know – for those moments when the hecticness and stress of it all start to get to you. (Trust me, I have lots of those moments too, and this quote really does ring true… if you want to make yourself feel happier, the best thing to do is start spreading happiness elsewhere.)

#TOMSforTarget + 2 Headed Holiday Sweater + {Free Printable} Happiness & Giving Quote

Click here to download a high res PDF of the printable. (The quote fits in an 8×10 frame.)

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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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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 […]

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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)! ***** PAPER PUMPKIN FAVOR BOXES TUTORIAL […]

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