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christmas hot cocoa stand party

Fair warning: you’re going to want to grab some fluffy blankets & get toasty warm with a mug of luxuriously rich hot cocoa before scrolling through these gorgeous images. Tara Berger of One Stylish Party styled this Dreamy Mint & Metallic Hot Cocoa Stand Party for a very lucky group of kids. Set up in a Christmas tree farm (is there a more perfect place?!), Tara also supplied an entire BED for the kids to get cozy, jump around on and just be kids! What a lovely way to ring in the holiday season with some serious joy ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Watercolored ‘Falala’ mugs & coordinating ‘magic of Christmas’ typographic sign
– Blush rose studded magnolia leaf garland + gold ‘Merry & Bright’ banner on the bed
– Clever DIY store-bought donut hole tree & frosted tree cookies + silver snowflake decorated Christmas trees
– Hot cocoa toppings bar with homemade vanilla marshmallows, coconut & white chocolate

christmas party typography signs

kids snowy holiday photoshoot

christmas tree party dessert ideas

outdoor bed kids party setup

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Pumpkin Spice Mojito

TGIF! It’s already 5 o’clock somewhere, right? So on that note, let’s talk COCKTAILS. ;) If you’re looking for a festive cocktail idea for Thanksgiving – or any fall celebration, really – here’s a fun Pumpkin Spice Mojito recipe that was sent in by Minibar. (If you’re not yet familiar with Minibar, they are a wine, beer, & spirits delivery company that’s available in major metropolitan areas across the country. Learn more about them here.)

Okay… let’s take a look at what you’ll need to *shake up* this fun drink:

Pumpkin Spice Mojito Ingredients

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Green and Gold Thanksgiving Table

With Halloween behind us, and Christmas on the horizon (not to mention at eye level in every store you’ll set foot in from now ’til 2016), I sometimes feel like Thanksgiving gets a tad…overlooked. I mean, it’s hard for a holiday to stand out when it’s sandwiched right between piles of candy and piles of gifts, right? Well… time to change that. :)

There’s so much to love about Thanksgiving already, most of which has to do with those 3 little words… the dinner menu. And since most of our must-have Turkey Day dishes are based on family traditions and personal preference, I thought it would be fun to share some tips for making your Thanksgiving decor LOOK as good as your own awesome menu tastes.

This festive Green & Gold Thanksgiving Theme features a fresh & inviting color palette, simple DIY decor ideas, and a hint of modern-glam. Whoever said Christmas and New Years should get ALL the sparkle?!

And since I’ve partnered with 14 Hands Winery to bring you these tips – AND lots of  free printables! – look out for special ways to deck out those wine glasses too + a tasty Autumn Apple Sangria flavored with cinnamon and apple cider that’s absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving. Here we go!

Glam and Modern Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece + Printables

I love using different types of elements in shades of one color to create a unique display – like the green succulents, pumpkins, and fresh florals pictured above.

The sequin “table runner” is actually just a half yard of sequin fabric that I purchased at a fabric store and folded in half. (The other half yard is being utilized on the drink station.) I’ve used this same yard of fabric time & time again for so many different types of parties… cheers to party decor that can be re-used!

Green and Gold Succulent Centerpiece

Small details are another great way to personalize a design AND make different elements coordinate well together. I used one small sheet of decorative stickers to embellish terracotta pots and mini pumpkins for this centerpiece. Stickers were also used to dress up the wine glasses, which I’ll further explain below…

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Autumn Apple Sangria

I love a good sangria at any time of year, but when it comes to fall celebrations like Thanksgiving or fall bridal showers, it’s the perfect excuse to use up some of those fresh-picked orchard apples… even if you just picked them up at the grocery store. ;)

This tasty Autumn Apple Sangria recipe calls for both chopped apples and apple cider. There are so many wonderful apple varieties to choose from right now, so feel free to use your personal favorite. This infographic gives a great overview of all the different apple types! I usually lean towards sweeter apples like Fuji, Gala, or Honeycrisp myself.

For the apple cider, this is a great time of year to find fresh-pressed or straight-from-the-farm varieties at the grocery store, but you can also just look for apple juice labeled “unfiltered”, which should be readily available year round.

Scroll down for the recipe details… Cheers!

Fall Apple Sangria with 14 Hands Wine

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I’m so excited to partner with Coca-Cola again this month and bring you guys these DIY Coke Bottle Turkeys! This is a fun craft project for Thanksgiving that can be done on your own OR with family & friends… and I’m pretty sure that they’ll add an extra dose of HAPPY to your Thanksgiving either […]



As a follow-up to last month’s Game Day Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits featuring a recipe from Petco, I’m excited to bring you another homemade treat idea for your pup! This one was inspired by one of my own favorite game day snacks… the beloved bread pretzel. ❤️ You know how a trip to the movie […]



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