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Holiday Party Attire

Holiday parties are always a highlight for this season.

We’ve found some festive pieces if you need any outfit inspiration.

1. We loved this skirt found here.

2. This is quite the statement piece.

3. ALL the eyes for these shoes.

4. Wanting some color, love this dress.

5. These earrings would also make a great addition to the striped dress.

6. Who can say no to this jumpsuit?!

7. Loving these heels for any look!

8. We think these earrings would be great paired with the jumpsuit for some sparkle.

9. Grab this bag and you’re ready for any holiday festivity.

What you will you wear to your next holiday party?!

In Christmas/ Decor/ Entertaining/ Gifts/ Holiday/ Party

“Here We Come A-Wassailing”-Bar Cart Styling

We had fun styling our bar cart for you as inspiration for this festive party season- or anytime around your home, they are always in season (in our book;). Bar carts are both functional and stylish-a fun way to display and keep your unique glassware finds and your favorite spirits. We have some of our favorite accessories from our new line that are just right and ready to be added to your bar cart-or for your hostess with the mostess!

 

As a BONUS for YOU, when you spend over $75 you’ll receive a FREE WINE BAG while supplies last!

Find the accessories we used to style and other gifts here. Cheers!

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Giving Tuesday-ONE SIMPLE WISH

In this season of giving, we have teamed up with One Simple Wish to add some magic to this holiday for foster children through our Clairebella Give Hope Campaign. Our goal is to give $10,000 worth of gifts and wishes to children in foster care through One Simple Wish. On this Giving Tuesday, please consider granting both big and small wishes of foster children this holiday season. Visit our Giving Page for One Simple Wish to see the Christmas wishes.

SERVICE IDEAS FOR ONE SIMPLE WISH

  1. Get your family involved by letting each child pick out a wish on our giving page and share how this gift will make another child’s Christmas so special.
  2. Hosting a holiday party? In lieu of hostess gifts, suggest that guests make a donation to OSW or grant a specific wish.
  3. In place of a tangible gift for someone, give a wish in honor of them to one of the foster children.
  4. Take your giving up a notch by getting a group involved…scouts, church group, book club, etc.

Thank you so much for contributing as we work together to make these children’s world a little brighter!

 

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Mini Holiday Home Tour

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I am a little late to the game, but today I am sharing a mini holiday home tour. It really is just a sneak peek at some festive spots in our house. Our house is on the market, and we are going to start packing after Christmas, so I didn’t put out the usual amount of holiday decor. We are buying a fixer upper on 7 acres and we are bursting-at-the-seams excited about it! I can’t wait to share that project once we get started. On to our current house…

Below is my favorite area in our house. I love having my morning coffee in this little nook by the big window. blog1

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Each year I hang the garland around this window and display the Christmas cards we receive on it. I love fresh garland, but it does tend to get messy. Since we are selling the house, I opted for the cleaner option…faux garland from Michaels. The faux varieties are better than ever, and this one looked fairly real, with the added leaves and pine cones. I added the lime polka dot ribbon to bring in some fun color. Earlier this year, I sprayed painted my galvanized letters a nice bronze color. I love the way these turned out and they look great on the gray wall.

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Hubby okayed me bringing in a little pink to our holiday decor this year. I wanted to add a fun touch to this mirror and am happy with the way it turned out.

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I use high quality ribbons, like the above linen ribbon from Joann’s. With the wired edge ribbons, you can use them again and again, since they are so easy to reshape.

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I love the stockings from Ballard Designs. I have had them for years and they are still available on their website.

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I added the polka dot ribbon bows to the tree in green and also navy.

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I like to think I am getting better at tackling all of the holiday stuff each year. Although this year, I still haven’t ordered Christmas cards. We may send New Year’s cards or an email blast, that’s to be determined. But I am not worried about it. I really want to focus on spending time with my family and loved ones and the other stuff will fall into place in some fashion.

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Holiday Party Picks

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  1. Luxe Lace Dress…Oh, Boden how I love your dresses! Boden.com $187.60
  2. Galina Dress…Check out this little mod frock. Trina Turk $348
  3. Gianni Jumpsuit. Yes, please. Trina Turk $298.00
  4. Shimmer Neve Dress. Anthropologie $295
  5. Isa Gold Ankle Straps. Kate Spade $298
  6. Thelma Suede Heels. Boden $124.60
  7. Gold Jeweled Clutch. JCrew $298
  8. Cube Earrings. Trina Turk $48
  9. Cube Ring. Trina Turk $98
  10. Erica Bracelet. Kendra Scott $75
  11. Ella Rind in Platinum Drusy. Kendra Scott $60
  12. Sadie Spear Gold Earrings. Kendra Scott $70
  13. Petite Punch Small Crossbag. Trina Turk $318
  14. Brass Pineapple Bottle Opener. Adornshoppe $16 use code BLOGLOVE to save 20% at checkout thru 12/20
  15. Decanter Tag Set. Adornshoppe $40 use code BLOGLOVE to save 20% at checkout thru 12/20
  16. Booze Decanter. Adornshoppe $54 use code BLOGLOVE to save 20% at checkout thru 12/20
  17. Monte Carlo Coaster Set. Adornshoppe $48  use code BLOGLOVE to save 20% at checkout thru 12/20

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Holiday Card Garland

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I love receiving holiday cards. To me, it is one of my favorite things about Christmas. It is fun to see family photos and how much kids grow and change from year to year. I enjoy displaying them and have been using garland as their home for several years now. I put mine around a big picture window in the kitchen, as it is a central gathering spot in our home. I use mini clothes pins to attach them, but you could also keep a hole punch and ribbon handy if you prefer that look.

The window is next to a pantry cabinet in our kitchen that I painted earlier this year using chalkboard paint from Michael’s Stores. We have all had fun with this wall writing daily inspiration, quotes, jokes, grocery lists, messages, etc. It is great for holiday decorating as well.

Our holiday card is extremely special to me this year, as I used photos from our June wedding. This amazing soul came in to my life almost two years ago and I couldn’t be more blessed to be married to this man. Here is a peek at the holiday card I designed.

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Wishing you and yours a very happy and blessed holiday season!

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In Christmas/ Decor/ DIY/ Holiday/ Party/ Uncategorized

Holiday Table Ideas

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A festive holiday table is so warm and inviting.  Here, I will add personalization (no surprise) to each place setting to make the table even more welcoming!

A. I used jute twine to  wrap my cloth napkins with a bit of real greenery and a candy cane.

B. Instead of place settings, I created a personalized candle holder for each guest. I picked up these inexpensive candle holders from my local Target store. I hot glued a glitter initial that I purchased at Michael’s store.

C.  Chargers add such a nice touch. If your budget is tight, why not use these faux bronze chargers (also available in silver or gold)  from Michael’s stores? They are great looking and very inexpensive! These neutral place mats are from Target and are waterproof, making them so easy to clean.

D. I added some snowflake ornaments (Target), mercury glass votive holders (Michael’s) and a couple of glitter trees to finish off the center of my table.

E. And my favorite part of the holiday table…the Christmas cracker! I thought about making these myself…well, maybe next year. These are a set of 10 from Target. Hurry, these sell out quickly! I have spent more than one Christmas Eve on a mad search for the crackers that I forgot to buy.  They POP! when you pull them and include small treats inside (a paper crown, a riddle or joke, and a small toy). Our tradition is that everyone wears their crown during the meal (or at least part of it) and each person takes a turn telling their joke.

I hope this inspires you to create your own festive table this holiday season. It’s all about the love we share and memories we make, after all!

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Holiday Card Photo Tips

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Let’s face it…holiday cards may be the only snail mail we send to family and friends all year. I treasure opening the mailbox during the holiday season. It is great to see photos and get caught up on everyone’s happenings from throughout the year. I even save a copy of our own holiday card to hang on the tree each year. With all of this in mind, these photos are important. Here are some tips to help you create a great photo for your holiday card:

  • Lighting – Use natural light whenever possible. Natural light softens your photos and just makes your subjects look their best.
  • Location – Consider using a photo from a memorable event from the year. Vacations and weddings are perfect examples and wonderful settings for great family shots.
  • Let Kids Be Kids – It is very difficult for kids to sit still during photos. Try to work around them and follow their lead and you might find that you get better photos than you imagined. Kids acting silly, showing affection or even the infamous crying shots are all natural, heartwarming moments.
  • Attire – Try to keep your clothing simple and coordinated. Solid colors work great in photos.
  • Props – Props can be fun…but keep them simple. Everyone could hold a big letter or word. Examples are HO…HO…HO…or J…O…Y… or you could spell out your surname and add the year.
  • Relax – Most importantly, relax and have fun. Enjoy the moment and your photos will reflect that.

For great holiday cards, visit our friends at www.SimplyToImpress.com. They are having a site-wide SALE. Each card includes an optional coordinated back design and your choice of paper. Following are some of our designs on their site:

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2. http://www.simplytoimpress.com/designs/design-31535

3. http://www.simplytoimpress.com/holiday-cards/design-31647-prev-1

4. http://www.simplytoimpress.com/holiday-cards/design-31745-prev-1