a colorful tape christmas tree

By Melanie of You Are My Fave


My husband and I have been married for over seven years but last Christmas was the first we actually had a real tree. The excuses were legitimate – cramped apartment, no money, traveling during the holidays, no kids to enjoy it. But even though that stopped us from having a traditional tree, I didn’t want it to ruin my attempts at being festive. So for those few years, I would make an unconventional tree to display. Here’s an example of a tree that housed our presents underneath it one year.

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scratch off activity advent

By Melanie of You Are My Fave


Advent calendars are my favorite thing to make for the holidays. With the first day of the countdown only being ten days away, I thought today would be a good time to share this scratch off one that you can make with only a few supplies. It might be the perfect long weekend project to kick off the festivities.

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illustrated portrait place cards


Truth be told, I’ve never actually used place cards for a party. But since we’re doing a smaller scale Thanksgiving with friends this year, I think it would be fun to implement these illustrated portraits. At least it would garner a good laugh (or someone would leave insulted). They’re easy as long as you or a friend has basic drawing skills.

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How To Gold-Leaf a Pumpkin

By Olivia Kanaley, DIY Editor

Add a simple, yet luxe touch to your thanksgiving table this year with gold-leafed pumpkins. This finish is super shiny, textural and easier than you think!

Supplies:

  • Pumpkins
  • Gold metal leaf sheets (sold in craft stores or online)
  • Metal leaf adhesive (sold in craft stores or online)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Parchment paper to protect work surface

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DIY Party Cow Tails

By Kelli Hall, Minted Event Stylist

pin the tail from paper wine tags I used an adorable cow print as both a decorative focal point and a pin the tail game for my son’s second birthday. To create the perfect paper complement, I crafted “cow tails” from basic twine and paper drink tags. Check out this easy step-by-step for details on how to make them.

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Easy Halloween Washi Tape Candles

By: Jenny Batt, of Hank + Hunt Perfect for any dinner party, but exceptionally fun for Halloween, these decorated candles are made in minutes with washi tape. It’s a great way to dress up your standard taper candle and it comes right off to change your designs. The options for pattern and color are endless, but I love the look of gold on black taper candles. They pair well with vintage brass candle sticks and would look lovely at any party this season.

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