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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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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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On the lookout for some pretty new holiday dessert ideas? Check out the lovely – and mouth-watering! – ideas in BHG’s Irresistable Holiday Cakes and Cupcakes gallery. The gallery features 21 different recipes and also includes ideas that would work well for Thanksgiving, like this gorgeous Chocolate Harvest Cake and elegant Pistachio Cake with White […]

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Thank you so much to everyone who both entered and voted in the Inspire Me! Holiday Entertaining Contest! More than 900 of you cast your votes(!)… and here’s who you picked as your winners: 1ST PRIZE: Whimsical Christmas by Kendall Shiffler Prize includes: $1250 Crate and Barrel Gift Card, $250 Entertaining Essentials Prize Pack, one […]

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First things first – I’d like to sincerely thank every single person that entered the Inspire Me! Holiday Entertaining Contest or passed the word on to friends and family – your efforts are truly appreciated! Narrowing the entries down proved to be extremely difficult, so thank goodness for the talented & creative minds that graciously […]

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Pink may not be one of the colors you’d usually consider for your holiday party decor, but one look at this fabulous “Pretty-in-Pink” gallery from BHG.com just might change your mind! These ideas would also be lovely for a holiday-set wedding, bridal shower, or girlie-girl birthday celebration. And of course every pink party requires matching […]

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Make your holiday decor sparkle with a healthy dose of glitter! Here are a few shimmery project ideas from Martha’s gallery of Glittered Holiday Crafts… Pictured at top: Glittered Bird Centerpiece featuring glitter-dusted birds and tinsel-wrapped branches. Pictured above: Snowy Balloon Ornaments.  There are detailed instructions on how to make these here – but I’m […]

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These fun snowmen-themed treats from BHG make me happy just looking at them…did you ever think a glass of milk could be even remotely this cute?! (top left image) Pictured above, clockwise from top left: “Look at Frosty Go” milk glasses (yes – those are powdered donut hole heads!), “Before I Melt Away” white chocolate […]

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I’ve been on the lookout for some cool new red & silver decor since we’re switching our color palette up a bit this year, so I was excited to stumble on these fabulous “Swirl Christmas Ornaments” by Martha Stewart for Macy’s (image #1, above).  Even better – they’re on sale for over 50% off!  Seeing […]

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