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12.19.2014

Fiesta Friday - A Glitter & Gold New Year's Eve Cocktail Party

Rosanna  La Cité and Luxe Moderne collections

Are you focusing your party energy on a New Year's Eve soiree? Head over to my guest post over on the Rosanna blog for lots of glitter and gold cocktail party inspiration inspired by their amazing La Cité and Luxe Moderne collections.

In fact, my Luxe Moderne Hexagonal Tray,  pictured above with the small trotaphy bowl, just arrived and I can't wait to use it.  It will be making an appearance Christmas Eve, but I may not be able to wait that long to style something pretty with it.

Rosanna Outlet store

PS if you live in the Seattle area, you can visit the Rosanna Outlet Store on Fridays; if you need to get gorgeous tableware for the holidays.  You better get out there today because the outlet store will be closed December 26 and January 2.




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12.17.2014

DIY Tomte-Inspired Ornaments


While working an event at Normanna Hall, the home lodge for our local chapter of the Sons of Norway, I was inspired to make these fun ornaments based on a mythological creature called a tomte.  Head to Moms & Munchkins for the how-to.



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12.16.2014

Tuesday Tutorial - Middy Bitty Bag Placecards

Middy Bitty Bag Placecards for Whisker Graphics

When I came across this glamorous black and gold Betsy Johnson inspired shoot on Fab You Bliss, I immediately fell in love with every element.  I also thought to myself, 'Self, we can recreate the placecards with my Whisker Graphics metallic gold chevron Middy Bitty Bags'.  And for this month's Design Team submission, I did just that.

Middy Bitty Bag Placecards

What you'll need:


2 metallic gold chevron Middy Bitty Bags
black cardstock
white or chalk pen
adhesive

Tuesday Tutorial - Christmas Trains

Christmas Trains with Not Just A Mommy

On Fridays, I teach Enrichment Club, Kids In The Kitchen, at one of our local schools. Since we can't really cook, it's more like Fun Ways To Play With Food. But I didn't think that title would go over so well with parents.

Christmas Trains with Not Just A Mommy

Last week, we had some serious holiday fun making Christmas Trains. Adapted from My Baking Addiction's version, these no-bake treats are perfect for those of you (and by you, I mean us) who are over the intimidation of gingerbread house making and too old for making them from graham crackers.

They make a fun party centerpiece; have each child create a freight car and set the scene on a piece of foamcore.  You can add on as many cars as you like.

12.11.2014

Holiday Entertaining With the Rosanna Botanica Collection

Holiday Entertaining With the Rosanna Botanica Collection

I'm thrilled to be guest posting over the Rosanna blog sharing fabulous ways to mix new Christmas memories with old traditions....baking cookies and hot cocoa never go out of style.



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12.09.2014

Tuesday Trend - Gift Wrapping Parties

Gift Wrapping Parties

Yeah, ugly sweater parties are 'in' right now.  I've been throwing them since 2008. I tend to lose interest in a theme if 'everyone' is having one. I guess I like to torture myself being angry I can never find themed items then become all stuck up about it when I can find it everywhere.  But I don't tire of hot cocoa bars...and they are everywhere, so go figure.  That is my passive-aggressive problem to deal with another day.

I will also never, ever, ever tire of gift wrapping parties.  Here's why...

Gift Wrapping Parties invitation

You can send out these free and super cute invitations from The Sweetest Occasion.

12.08.2014

5 Favorite Links From Christmas Wonderful Linky Party

5 favorite Christmas Wonderful Links

Our 5th Annual Christmas Wonderful Linky Party has closed and with almost 200 ideas, it was hard to pick my 5 favorites but here they are in no particular order...

12.02.2014

Tuesday Tip - 8 Tips To Surviving Holiday Parties

A few years ago, I interviewed Amy E. Stevens from Etiquette Southwest Missouri and thought it would be a great idea to refresh my interview as a fun guide to surviving holiday parties...good etiquette never goes out of style.

8 tips to surviving holiday parties




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12.01.2014

Cyber Monday Party Supply Deals

It's Cyber Monday and there are so many amazing deals out there, I can't possibly share them all! Some of my favorite party people have a few of their own to help you stock up on much needed party supplies...click on their photo to head to their sites...and especially Bird's Party, there is a Silhouette CAMEO and Portrait bundle deal inside!

Cyber Monday Party Supply Deals Bird's Party

Cyber Monday Party Supply Deals Knot & Bow

Cyber Monday Party Supply Deals The Entertaining Shoppe

Cyber Monday Party Supply Deals Sweets Treats Boutique

Cyber Monday Party Supply Deals Shop Sweet Lulu

Cyber Monday Party Supply Deals Paper & Cake

Cyber Monday Party Supply Deals The Twinery




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11.28.2014

Fiesta Friday/Real Party - Holiday With Hostess Snacks + A Giveaway (Or Two)

Disclaimer: This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Hostess blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

Holiday With Hostess Snacks table #HostessHoliday #HostessHolidaySweeps

Can you believe Thanksgiving is done and we are officially into Christmas season? Yes, Christmas stuff has been up since August but it doesn't 'begin' for me until our tree goes up this weekend.

Hostess wants to become part of your holiday traditions and I think I may have the perfect way to help.  We have been Hostess fans for years and of course, when they shut down a few years ago, I am not ashamed to say I horded a few things.  Now they are back and better than ever.

Holiday With Hostess Snacks table #HostessHoliday

I'm sharing some fun ways to play with their classic treats with my Holiday With Hostess Snacks table.  This is the perfect spread for after Christmas dinner, a special holiday playdate or a new family tradition of having a little fun with sweets. Waistlines be damned, resolutions are for New Year's.