Need to keep guests busy while you wait for the clock to strike midnight? I say photo booth it.
To make your own scalloped backdrop: cut a variety of paper into individual scallop shapes, line up side by side and layer from bottom to top on a large piece of poster/art board, and adhere with double sided tape. Easy.
If you want to make your own 2014 headband, follow my instructions right here.
And now for the giveaway part, my favorite camera to use for a party photo booth is the Fuji INSTAX. It’s just so great to have instant photos to give to your guests that double as party favors and cute mementos. Just in time for your NYE, you can win your very own INSTAX Mini 8 today. Simply comment on this post by eod Sunday, December 22nd and this happy little camera could be yours. Yay!
Want an even better chance to win? Check out the INSTAX 12 Days Til Christmas Sweepstakes.
photography: Nicole Coleman
My dream is to have enough money where I can give presents to friends and family when it’s not even their birthday or Christmas. And to be able to give big presents every once and a while. Wouldn’t it be amazing to gift your best friend a fantastic trip? Or an fabulous pair of shoes they would never splurge on? Well, this season I teamed up with 4moms to get a glimpse of what giving big feels like and I got to drop off a breeze and a mamaRoo on my expectant friend’s doorstep.
You guys, it felt so good! I hid in my car to watch her reaction and she was shocked (and a bit confused). It made me want to gather up gifts and doorbell ditch the entire neighborhood.
Know a friend who deserves a little 4moms gear? Visit this 4moms Facebook page to nominate a friend who puts the happy in your holidays by eod Friday. It feels good to give.
Today’s snowy post was created by Bar Rucci.
There are two things we are obsessed with making at our house: pom-poms and snowflakes. I love snowflake making!! It’s the best because you never know what you’re going to get, and everyone oohs and aahs when you open up your snowflake. It’s completely addicting!
I think there are probably as many ways to make snowflakes as there are to make pop-poms. But this is how we make ours:
Take an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper and fold it over into a triangle. Trim off the part that is leftover so now you have a perfect square. Fold that triangle in half again, then one more time. Cut off the bottom and the point, making some sort of pattern. Now cut the inside with little notches of whatever shape and size you want. Open it up, and voila! An amazing, symmetrical snowflake!
To make the runner, I arranged the snowflakes on the table and then used little pieces of scotch tape to tape the edges together. It’s such a festive, wintery and inviting table…you can use it for a party, Christmas morning, or any time during the winter months for a little cheer.
Happy snowflake making!
According to my Instagram feed, everybody is busy browning butter and rolling out dough. Since sugar cookies are a major time suck, the packaging should be quick. I love the options from Martha Stewart Crafts line because let’s face it, diy is sometimes not worth it (especially when you can buy something just as cute).
My favorites are the muslin bags, good for those little multiple treats like chocolate covered pretzels. I also like the idea of adding a lollipop stick to your fudge. Goodness knows I like ease of treat transport to my mouth.
What treat must you have for it to really feel like Christmas?
Styling is not my forte but Jenn is an expert so she’s sharing her tips for the perfect holiday mantle today.
Five tips for styling a mantle:
1. Start with the mood you’d like to create. Are you wanting your mantle to be festive & fun or moody & romantic? Are you wanting it to accentuate your other holiday decor around the home or be the main focal point? When considering where to start, always consider what 2 or 3 words you hope for your styling to speak to. As long as all of your elements fall in line with those mood words you’re on the right track.
2. A lot of people tend to only think in terms of color palette, but don’t forget about texture and pattern. Mantle styling can immediately be elevated by incorporating a variety of textures & patterns. It’s okay to mix and match as long as everything stays within the same color palette with varying tones. If you have some heavy brass or metal elements on the mantle, be sure to add in some softer touches like wood, ceramic or fabric.
3. Dimension is really important when styling a mantle. Although you don’t have a lot of room to work with, it’s important to create depth on your mantle by moving things to either the foreground or background. Layer the items on your mantle so they are either peeking out from behind or in front of other elements. It is okay to also have negative space and things standing alone, but make sure at least a few items are providing some degree of depth.
4. Don’t be afraid to incorporate items from around the house that aren’t necessarily “holiday” focused. A pretty brass alarm clock or some vintage books can still evoke a festive feel but don’t read only holiday decor.
5. Living elements are always a fun way to brighten and add texture to your mantle. Pine cones, fresh greens by the way of wreaths or garlands etc. are easy and can be a fun way to get the kids involved too!
The Land of Nod needs no introduction, the toys speak for themselves. It is my ultimate favorite shop for Beck. I know that no matter what I buy there, it will be a toy that is loved for years to come. And nothing looks junky, it’s all display worthy. I’m pretty sure you could use a little more Land of Nod in your life, how about $250 worth?
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Still need to spread some holiday cheer in your house? This make your own message garland will do the trick. You can even print several of each letter and have a stash so it’s ready to switch up at a moments notice. Get the details right here on Julep.
Plus, I’ve been pinning gift ideas for Parents Magazine all week and don’t forget about 24 Merry Days!
Today’s fab gift wrapping ideas come to you courtesy of super crafter and cute mom, Amelia of The Homebook.
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of gifts to buy for kiddos this year. Instead of wrapping them all with the same paper and bows I’m using for other gifts, I’m thinking it might be fun to make the wrapping as exciting as the gift inside. You know, “It’s all about the presentation” and all that stuff. So today I give you three different ways to wrap your gifts using Christmas-y picture books as inspiration. Because, when it comes to gift-giving, it’s not actually the thought that counts. It’s the way you wrap it.
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas
-white wrapping paper, scissors, tape
-paint: a melon-y pink and a bright orangey red
-1 1/2in red wired-edge ribbon
Begin by wrapping all your boxes in white paper. When finished, paint one or two sides of each box with your pink and red paint. Let dry. Next, draw along all the edges of each box with your black sharpie, and add some squiggly shadow lines to resemble the boxes in the illustration. Stack your boxes into a wonky tower, and tie a bow onto the top gift with your red ribbon, making sure the loops of the bow point vertically to create a quirky, Who-Ville-y look. Bonus points if you can find a can of Who-hash to wrap.
Click through for two more gift wrap ideas inspired by books. (more…)
If you’re like me and your collection of holiday decor hasn’t reached more than a handful of ornaments and some scraggly stockings, you can add some instant cheer with these easy diy prints.
All you need is a gift wrap sheet (I used some from Rifle) and some metallic letter stickers (found at an office supply store). Peel the letters off, stick them down, bing! It’s getting holly jolly in here.
photography: Nicole Coleman
If you need to keep little hands busy and want some cute gift wrap while you’re at it – these patterns are ready for you to download, print, and distract with. You can get the full details and downloads at my post on Say Yes to Hoboken.