DIY: Recycled Holiday-Card Garland

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

New Year’s Eve has never been a massive affair for us—usually we end up at home watching movies or playing board games with friends and family, snacking on chocolate fondue. We don’t put away Christmas decorations until New Year’s Day, so it still feels a bit like Christmas. When I’m tidying up I never quite know what to do with holiday cards, so this year I thought it would be neat to turn them into a garland for New Year’s Eve. I think I’ll even keep it up the rest of January to keep the mood festive for a few weeks longer. Happy New Year!

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DIY Holiday Card Display: Magnetic Picture Rails

Written by Melanie Blodgett of  You Are My Fave

Since the Christmas cards and holiday cards keep arriving, display them at home on these easy-to-make magnetic picture rails. Then, once the holidays are over, swap out the cards for some favorite family photos and keep using the display year-round.

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2016 Holiday Cocktail Party Playlist

While you’re opening gifts, frosting cookies, and mixing eggnog, cue up some holiday cheer with our annual Yuletide playlist. This year’s compilation includes a nice mix of genres to encourage good cheer, mingling, and merriment. The playlist features songs from one of my favorite Seattle bands, Deep Sea Diver, as well as classics from Run-DMC. Enjoy!

Listen to my 2016 Holiday Playlist right here (total listening time: 1hr 5min).

Photo: Cover image via Anthropologie

 

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Printable: Coloring Wrapping Paper

Written by Kersey Campbell of  And We Play

To me, the holidays are just so much more magical with kids involved. I thought it would be fun if the kiddos had their own wrapping paper to wrap their gifts in (with mom’s help of course). This printable wrapping paper is the perfect thing to make your child feel special and also keep their hands busy for a while. Basically a Christmas miracle!


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Holiday Party Inspiration: Christmastime in the City

I love Bing Crosby’s “Silver Bells”—the song never fails to get me in a holiday mood. The tune also got me dreaming of a “Christmastime in the city”-themed holiday gathering, complete with all of the sights and sounds of a bustling city in the wintertime. I love the way the city sparkles in the winter, with glints of silvery chrome, glistening pavement, and even the swirling rivulets of melting show. To create an urban, wintry party look, I paired cement-gray–toned neutrals with accents of deep cranberry and bright ruby, and added a small dose of playful touches (like “naughty” and “nice” place cards) to complement the polished vibe.



“Naughty” and “nice” place cards create a playful dinner-party vibe; we used pieces of obsidian and selenite as place card holders.

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DIY: Easy Portrait Gift Tags

The second I place Christmas gifts under the tree, my kids immediately ask me which ones belong to them. To make the packages easy to identify and to add some fun to the wrapping, I’ve come up with a plan to top the gifts with simple portrait tags. Here’s how to make your own.

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DIY: Chocolate Mushrooms

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I’ve always admired the beautiful meringue mushrooms on Christmas yule log cakes—they’re so fluffy and delicate-looking! As much as I love them, I’ve never gotten around to making them myself. The holiday season is just so busy that I can’t seem to find the time to bake meringues on top of everything else. When I saw this round ice cube tray at the dollar store though, I immediately knew it was just the shortcut I needed. Make your own chocolate mushrooms this holiday season—with this trick, they only takes a few minutes!

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Recipe: 3 Tasty Treats for Last-Minute Holiday Gifting

Guys! Christmas is this weekend! I feel like I had a mile-long to-do list last week, but thankfully, I’ve chipped away at it little by little, and I’m almost at the point where I can just relax. Most gifts are bought. There’s a wrapping station set up in the basement. And we’ve started making and delivering holiday treats to our friends and neighbors.

I usually have grand plans for my edible gifts and was dreaming up some fancy cinnamon-swirl bread sprinkled with Swedish pearl sugar to give this year. It was going to be epic. Not to mention a lot of work. Though I still might make a few loaves, we wound up switching gears and cranked out a bunch of really easy, really delicious treats the other day and delivered them to the long list of people we love (gotta get names crossed off that list!). So if you’re in the same predicament—wanting to make a tasty, homemade treat without having to slave away in the kitchen—then try one of these three simple holiday treat recipes. They all take less than an hour to make and only require six ingredients, max. Make just one or all three like we did and impress your friends and family members with your handiwork this year.

Need some yummy treats to take to friends and neighbors? These 3 super simple holiday recipes will save the day! Need some yummy treats to take to friends and neighbors? These 3 super simple holiday recipes will save the day!

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DIY: No-Sew Fabric Gift Bag

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Half the fun of gift giving is presenting your in a prettily wrapped package. This year, I decided to make fabric gift bags that are made from repurposed materials and can be used again and again. I have a rather large-sized bin filled with scrap fabric, which is perfect for this project. Red-and-white patterned fabric and fusible hemming tape are all you need to whip up this no-sew gift bags. They take less than 10 minutes to make and you can fill them with holiday goodies and gifts.

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