Can you believe Thanksgiving has already come and gone?! Not to be cheesy, but time really does fly when you’re having fun! And speaking of cheese (mmmmm… cheese), I discovered this great cranberry dip recipe that is phenomenal slathered on a bagel, on top of crackers, or even just spread over a piece toast.
My sister Marabeth is one of the most creative and entertaining hosts I’ve ever known. She doesn’t ever simply host a dinner — no way. There will be games, activities, and décor galore. Like all extraordinary hosts, my sister is all about the details.
The DIY Thankful Trees she made for us last Thanksgiving was one of my favorite details to date. They were gorgeous, but more importantly they were a great reminder for all the joys our family brings us. It made our gathering even more special, and it just might be the perfect thing for your family’s holiday, too!
I asked Marabeth to give you all the step-by-step details for making your own “Thankful Tree” for your family dinner this year. Be sure and tag me if you make one!
I absolutely love Thanksgiving! I host my family every year and it brings me so much joy and gratitude. As Julianne mentioned, I do love the little details. They are always what everyone treasures the most!
Is it too soon to #tbt to Easter? Last week, I took a trip to one of my best friend Nina Dobrev’s hometown in Toronto. Once we were there we got our Easter egg on! Nina’s Mom taught us a new technique for decorating eggs. They turned out so great I wanted to share her way with you all. File it away for next year or get crafty just because! Is there ever not a time for pastel colored eggs? Nah.
Valentines Day is an opportunity to express your love to loved ones. What better way to show you care than to spend time baking a beautiful and delicious treat? Homemade trumps store bought, always. These stunning strawberry macaroons with gold kisses from @NutmegandHoneybee are sure to be a hit!
Merry Christmas, everyone! No matter what you celebrate today, even if it’s just life itself, I hope it is a beautiful day filled with love and laughter. Thank you for being a part of what I’m thankful for this holiday season!
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After all the presents have been put under the tree, you might find yourself with a few rolls of leftover sparkly paper. A friend gave me a great idea the other day: take the unused holiday paper and use it as décor!
She wrapped hanging mirrors, framed photos and art to look like gifts decorating the walls of her home, which I loved. She also lined the bottom of clear coasters, cut strips for coasters, and updated the lining of her serving trays. Everything looks so festive and exciting!
Thank you to everyone who continues to email me at email@example.com! This week’s column is dedicated to celebrating the holidays with your loved ones.
I follow your blog and Instagram regularly and you always seem to have the best girls’ nights! My friends and I are thinking about having a Christmas Night In with just us girls.
Do you have any advice or tips to make the night great?? Movies, drinks, snacks, the whole bit! Thanks so much! 🙂
A great girls night in is right up my alley! What a fun way to celebrate the holidays! If it were my party, I’d definitely organize a secret Santa or white elephant gift exchange. Tell everyone ahead of time to bring a wrapped gift that doesn’t cost more than whatever price range your friends would be comfortable with.
I also love having a craft for everyone to do and take home. The DIY ornaments from yesterday’s post would be perfect. Cookie decorating would also be a super fun thing to do (and eat!).
Set the tone by having holiday music playing all night. And keep your guests fed well with theme drinks like hot cocoa and treats with gingerbread and peppermint. I turn to Pinterest for inspirations when it comes to cute finger foods.
Don’t forget to share your pics with all of us!!
I am especially proud of this pretty DIY tree I decorated at home last week. It was surprisingly simple to do! All you need are a few easy-to-find items. You can use the ones I list here, or get creative and go with your own ideas.
Start with clear, round and heart-shaped globes that feature openings near the top.
Place twirled pieces of yarn inside, using the same shade of string as ties to hang from the tree. I chose to use hues of cream and brown because I wanted a natural color scheme but obviously the options are endless! I also used a rose gold wire in some of the globes for a touch of sparkle.
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Tomorrow’s holiday isn’t exactly one where I carefully consider what to wear. It’s not meant to be incredibly festive or fancy. Let’s be real, tomorrow is all about the FOOD! But still, you will not be catching me in leather leggings, a snug dress, tights or anything restricting my ability to indulge in a delicious home cooked meal and veg out afterward with my family.