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12.25.2014

Merry Christmas 2014


From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!  This year's card from Minted...




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12.23.2014

Tuesday Tutorial - Christmas Tree Cupcake Toppers + Candy Bracelet Ornaments

I keep it real. Yes, I have these awesome tutorials and party photos...but there is a dark side. The failures. The coulda-shoulda-wouldas.  The 'If you could pan wide and see the destruction around this pretty picture'.  When a project goes sideways, I think it's fair to share.  I really wanted to title this post 'PINTEREST FAIL'.


In fact, if you follow me on Instagram, you saw my initial excitement.  It all started with this cone shaped cake tutorial on Better Homes & Garden.  I said to myself, 'Self, these would be super cute as Christmas trees with piped frosting. Let's do this!'


I followed the set-up directions...got the cake batter in...stressed out a little that they would tip over in the oven so I sat in front of the oven for the first 12 minutes.  Which they didn't, so I thought I was on easy street.

After the allotted time, I took them out, did the toothpick test, they were perfectly cooked.  So I let them cool and put them away since they were for this week's Enrichment Club, and no worries, I would frost and decorate the demo the next day.


Enrichment Club was at 1:00 pm.  At 11:00 am, I got all my sprinkles out, filled up frosting bags outfitted with #21 star tips and prepared to unwrap and frost a cone.  But instead of having to peel them off, they fell out of the cone.  And then my heart stopped...because the toothpick test was perfect for the majority of the cake, but it did not reach the bottom tip, which remained in the cone COMPLETELY RAW.


Yes, raw.

All of them.  Raw.

I am assuming the beans that support the cones did not conduct heat well to bake the batter.  Longer baking would have dried out the rest of the cake, so I have NO idea how they got around that in the original recipe.

Tuesday Tutorial - Christmas Tree Cupcake Toppers + Candy Bracelet Ornaments

So after I stopped mentally screaming...and a little out loud because I'm home alone...I remember a super-cute idea from Tablespoon frosting sugar cones and turning them into Christmas tree cupcake toppers.  I could do the same thing with a quick trip to the store for the cones and cupcakes.

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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