In case you guys are wrapping up gifts this week, I wanted to share this fancy, but deceptively easy bow trick I picked up as a 16-year-old while working at a candy shop making gift baskets around the Holidays. (My second job ever!) I still remember the day I learned this. It was such an a-ha! moment, and I thought to myself ‘OHHHH so that’s how they do it! Weird thoughts for a teenager? Probably. What can I say though except: different strokes.
Do you guys have people coming to stay for the Holidays? My sister was in town the first week of December celebrating for the Holidays, so we had our guest space in good working order a bit earlier than usual. With the Holidays approaching at lightning speed (seems like anyways!) I thought I’d share some of the things we kept in mind while preparing the room for her arrival, just in case you have people coming to stay too!
Making things for my home is probably one of my favorite things to do and especially so around the Holidays, as the projects are often created along with or for loved ones. And there just seems to be an added element of tradition, nostalgia, and memory-making that goes along with each handcrafted piece. Here are four of my DIY favorites from over the years:
We all have peeps on our Christmas list that are HARD to buy for. Whether it’s because you only know them professionally, & not personally like teachers and secret santa co-workers, or perhaps your giftee tells you that just being together on Christmas is enough, but you know you can’t actually show up empty handed. When I’m stumped on what to get for someone, I often turn to candles. They’re beautiful, useful, you can make them right in your kitchen.
This post has been sponsored by The J.M. Smucker Company and Kellogg Company. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
It’s no secret among my family and friends just how much I love a good cheese plate: both creating them, and of course, indulging in them. Their biggest appeal, in my book, is that they’re incredibly easy to make, (as easy as buying things and arranging them on a plate), and the finished result is impressive and delicious!
Ken and I are hosting with my side of the family this year, so I’m teaming up with The J.M. Smuckers Company & Kellogg Company to switch things up in the cheese plate department. As an alternative to the big free-for-all tasting plate that we’re all familiar with, I’ve created smaller individualized plates for guests to mix and match according to personal flavor preferences and add a fun twist to Holiday dinner or even girls’ night! Read on for the step-by-step on how I made the marble tasting plates as well as exactly what ingredients I incorporated to create a tasting experience that’s as pretty as it is crave-worthy.
Happy weekend! I’m excited to invite you in for a tour of our home decked out for Christmas as part of The Meaningful Holiday Home Tour, hosted by Laura of Meaningful Spaces! The tour runs Dec. 1st – 4th, so make sure you check out the rest of the homes on the tour with the links at the bottom of this post.
Do you guys partake in Friendsgiving? If you’re new to the concept, Friendsgiving is a Thanksgiving meal cooked and shared between friends, often in addition to family celebrations. My sister, who lives cross-country and can’t fly home every year, has participated in them for years, and we’re celebrating Friendsgiving with friends here in town this weekend, so it’s definitely been on the brain lately. If you’re thinking about hosting one this year you’ve come to the right place! I’m teaming up with Butterfinger to share how and where to focus your time and energy to make it a thoughtful and festive gathering!
If you’re still in need of some last minute entertaining ideas for Christmas, or even New Years, for that matter, pull up a seat because you’re in the right place! Recently, I created these oh-so-cute and quick candy ribbon place cards for