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Christmas Party

This weekend we had our Christmas Potluck Party.  I kept decorations simple and went with a red and aqua snowflake theme and it looked great!  The colors were fun and really popped against each other.  I ended up using one of my manzanita branch centerpieces.  They are just so versatile, I couldn't resist.  Hope you enjoy the pics! Dining Table/Centerpiece Plates from Hostess Jo Red and aqua snowflake napkin rings from Print Your Party.  These were a big hit. Red glitter snowflake…

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Cookie Trees

These cookie trees would make a great addition to your holiday dessert tables!  Just make your favorite sugar cookie recipe and stack on cake plates.  Make varying sizes to create the tree look. Get Martha's cookie recipe here. …

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Simple Centerpiece

I am still looking for centerpiece ideas for my Christmas Party.  I want something simple but eye catching.  I've definitely decided it will be something with ornaments.  They add a lot of glitz for not a lot of money.  You can find them in any shade of the rainbow and reuse them next year.  I love the look of this tiered tray.  They used three different sized silver trays with glasses as pedestals held together with floral clay.  The metallic…

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Peppermint Candy Crafts

My friend is celebrating her birthday next week with a peppermint themed party.  This is a theme that I could go crazy with!  Peppermints are inexpensive, readily available and so festive.  They are great to use this time of year for birthdays, showers and Christmas parties.  Here is a collection of easy decorating ideas with peppermints I've collected to inspire you. (click titles for instructions) Candy Cane Candles   Candy Stick Vase Peppermint Disk Vase Peppermint Candle scape Peppermint Trees …

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Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

I just love this natural Thanksgiving table scape from Real Simple! The bright greens just pop against the browns and white.  Not your traditional Thanksgiving palette but just as beautiful.   With a few twigs, twine and greenery, you have a natural and lovely Thanksgiving table.  I think the twig bundles as place card holders are my favorite part! This look would also work well for a fall dinner party or fall shower. Go here for the how-to. …

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Pilgrim’s Hat Pot

Here is an easy way to transform a regular terra cotta pot into a pilgrim's hat for a festive Thanksgiving centerpiece!  So cute. Materials: Oak tag8"-wide terra-cotta potScissors or craft knifeMini glue gunTerra-cotta spray (we used American Accents) 28" x 2" brown velvet ribbon or fabricMetallic gold paper Instructions: Cut approximately 15"-diam circle from oak tag using a compass or bowl for guide. Turn terra-cotta pot upside down, center on oak tag circle and trace. Cut out inner circle 1⁄2"…

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Festive Fruit Centerpiece

I love the look of this citrus fruit centerpiece with the addition of the shiny ornaments.  It's perfect for the holiday season!  BONUS-it's easy and inexpensive too.    What you need: • Metal tiered tray• Florist foam, soaked• Lemons• Limes• Clementines• Blood oranges• Sphagnum moss• Florist pins  Use one third of the florist foam on the top tier and the remaining on the bottom one.  Cover the florist foam with moss, secure with florist pins.  Pierce the fruit with the…

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Festive Filler

I noticed our grocery store just started carrying fresh cranberries-that means its officially holiday season!  I love anything made with cranberries.  Their bright red color is even great in decorating for the holidays.  How about using them in your Thanksgiving and holiday flower arrangements?  What a festive touch they add to a simple bouquet. Just rinse your cranberries before putting them in water.  Insert your flowers.  They will also help hold your arrangement in place. (photo from marthastewart.com) …

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Simple Football Centerpiece

I just discovered these pictures of the football centerpieces I made for our first game celebration and thought I'd share.  They are good examples of how you can take things from around the house and turn them into party decor easily and inexpensively. I actually took the football from my Touchdown Lazy Susan and cut floral foam to fit inside it.  I bought an inexpensive bouquet from Publix and divided it between the three.  Voila!  Instant decor for you game entertaining.  Of course the guys…

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Natural Fall Tablescape

I have been seeing a lot of people using dried beans and lentils in their fall decorations and I love it.  The natural look is simple and comforting.  You can either go all natural or just add a few things here and there in your decorating.  Here is gorgeous example of incorporating natural elements in a tablescape. Get the how-to here! For more natural tablescaping inspiration check out Chris from Celebrations at Home post here. …

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