Christmas / Holiday


Just one day after Thanksgiving… it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! We’ve got TONS of great holiday party inspiration to share with you for the next few weeks… and I’m really excited to kick things off today with this brand new – and very ADORABLE – “Vintage Rudolph” holiday theme […]

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I wanted to try a new dessert for Thanksgiving this year, so when a recipe with the words “pumpkin“, “chocolate“, AND “cheesecake” in the title graced my inbox, it sounded impossible to resist! Well, I’m happy to report that the finished product is impossible to resist too… a rich & creamy pumpkin top layer with […]

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When it comes winter holidays, there’s just something about rich, yummy chocolate that makes a celebration feel extra-festive! Hot chocolate, peppermint bark (a personal fav!), chocolate candy cane cocktails, elegant chocolate fountains, peppermint ice cream cakes with chocolate cookie crust… the list goes on! An entire Chocolate & Peppermint-inspired theme is actually a great way […]

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The holiday season always brings about a lot of talk of “traditions”, and with how hectic our standard day to day life can be, I love that this time of year always serves as a fun reminder for us to stop and spend time with family and friends! Traditions also give you & your family […]

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Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the 2 very lucky, randomly selected winners are: Commenters #183 – Heather and #104 – Tiffany. Congrats!! ***** We have a fabulous new Surprise Giveaway for you today from one of the most popular party decor websites out there (and […]

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Event design guru & author David Stark has teamed up with the super-stylish online invitations site – Cocodot – to create an exclusive line of festive, unique holiday cards & invitations stamped with Stark’s signature style! One of the bonuses of this collaboration for Stark was the eco-friendly aspect, as he noted: “Since eco strategies […]

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Here are the DIY details for the “Table Tree” centerpiece from the Grateful Mod Tablescape. This tree was inspired by one of the illustrations from the Grateful Mod Printables, and I’m pretty excited about how it turned out! I had originally planned to paint styrofoam balls to use for the tree tops, but with all […]

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Winner Update: Wow – thanks for such a GREAT response to this giveaway! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #493 – Diana H. Congrats!  And as a thank you to everyone else, Little Pink Designs is offering up a 15% discount through Tuesday, October 12th with the promo code: sweet15. ***** Can you believe […]

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So… even though July just ended, I couldn’t resist sharing this ADORABLE “Christmas in July” photo shoot that Victoria from The City Cradle recently created.  Between the water balloon “snowballs“, mini “Christmas trees” planted in birdcages, cherry “mistletoe“, gift delivery via bicycle, and more – this concept is so much fun! P.S. There’s lots of […]

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Buttery chocolate cookie crust + gooey hot fudge + wonderfully refreshing peppermint ice cream + creamy whipped topping = HEAVEN! Honestly, this chocolate-meets-peppermint dessert is so good you won’t know what hit you! Added bonus: it’s easy too, and the steps are pretty quick… but it does require quite few hours of freezer time between […]

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In continuing with our peppermint theme today, here’s a super cute – and FAST – little holiday treat that you can whip up in no time. And not to worry –  they’re also super YUMMY! (Yes, we definitely taste-tested these little guys!) You’ll Need: • Pepperidge Farm Mint Milano Cookies • Red Candy Melts (available […]

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Perk up your holiday dessert table with a candy cane-inspired treat! Need some recipe ideas? Here are 15 fabulously stunning peppermint dessert recipes from ’round the web… 1. Cocoa Tassles with Peppermint Frosting; 2. Swirls-of-Peppermint Cheesecake Bars; 3. Star Mint Meringues; 4. Candy Cane Thumbprints – {all via BHG.com}. 5. Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars […]

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I’m loving this gorgeous New Year’s Eve Party theme from SocialCouture.com! The Silver, Black & Berry palette is stunning – especially with the fun zebra-print and disco ball accents! Pictured above: Plum Rhinestone Napkin Rings ($20/set of 4), Black Acrylic Candelabra ($60), Red & Pink Feather Candle Rings ($10 each), and Silver Mirror Disco Balls […]

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When it comes to decor, simple doesn’t have to mean boring! Case in point – here are 2 super easy, yet affective holiday decorating ideas. (You can also switch up the colors & accents to make these work for any type of occasion!) Idea #1 – Ribbon Chair Accents You’ll need extra-wide ribbon for this […]

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I’m so excited to share this fun guest post with you from {the very entertaining & witty!} Dana of The Broke-Ass Bride. If you’re on the lookout for a festive & affordable way to celebrate with friends on chilly winter days, this one’s for you! ***** Broke-Ass Hostess: Holiday Swill that Won’t Bust the Till […]

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There was a great holiday segment on the TODAY Show this morning featuring a fantastic, EASY chocolate truffle recipe by Sandra Lee that I couldn’t resist sharing… and as soon as I finish posting this I’m seriously out the door to buy some chocolate kisses so I can make these up for a party tonight! […]

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In today’s guest post over at Real Simple, check out some thoughts on being a gracious holiday hostess… and feel free to add some ideas of your own!

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Today’s inspiring – and timely! – Real Party feature comes from the ultra-creative Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home. As always, Chris does a fabulous job with this party and shows how inexpensive elements like ribbon, gift wrap, and glass ball ornaments really can go a long way in creating a wonderfully festive atmosphere! When […]

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Brand new party theme to share with you today! This is a winter wonderland-inspired theme with a twist… pretty purple & lilac accents compliment the traditional silver and white hues to create a “Silver & Lilac Wonderland“. In addition to Holiday and New Year’s Eve parties, I love the idea of utilizing this look for […]

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Need some inspiration for your Christmas dessert table or an upcoming holiday cookie exchange? Check out this mouth-watering Showstopping Christmas Cookie Recipes gallery from BHG, which includes 21 creative ideas for treating sugar-loving friends & family! Pictured above: I’m loving the idea of a Red, White, & Pink dessert buffet for Christmas this year that […]

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