Turquoise and Red Party Color Scheme

Well, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  We had snow finally yesterday, now if it would only stick around a bit and bless us with a white Christmas!  The colors of the season are everywhere too!

You see red and green everywhere, but did you know that turquoise is December’s birthstone?  I thought I’d put a little Christmas spin on using turquoise and red instead of the traditional holiday colors.

I’ve rounded up a bunch of resources for you to throw your own turquoise and red party.  These colors work great for a modern Christmas party.  They also work for so many other get togethers: December birthdays, kid’s parties (I used a similar palette here), baby showers, or even an office party.

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1//aqua glass: These aqua glasses are actually margarita glasses.  They would work great for that, but I love the idea of using them differently.  Either as a candle holder, dessert cup, or to place dips or nuts in around your party.

2//red pom pom garland: I’m am loving felt ball anything lately and I love this garland just as much.  It’s a great addition to decorate any party.  Hang it up or layer it on a table for a centerpiece.  Plus, a solid color like this one works throughout the entire year.  Hello Valentine’s Day, summer picnics, and a fall apple party!

3//turquoise tray: I’ll have one in every color please!  This shiny lacquered tray is perfection.  So many uses!

4//red berries: The below picture was the inspiration for this party color scheme, so I had to find some red berries to incorporate into this party plan.  They are perfect for a turquoise and red Christmas party, because they are the flower, er, plant? of the season.  Poinsettas would also be great florals for this party.

5//red cake stand: A party isn’t complete without cake in my opinion, so I had to include a cake stand.  This red, wavy one is super cute!

6//turquoise paper straws: Another party staple is paper straws.  They are just so easy to incorporate your color scheme.  These turquoise paper straws are super inexpensive too.

7// red favor bags: What better way to send your guests home happy than with a little treat.  Pop a Christmas cookie into these favor bags and party favors are done.

8// turquoise festooning: These garlands are great party decor.  It’s even better that you can buy them and not have to make them.  They come in red and turquoise so you can get both or stick with a more monochrome color palette.

Do you like this modern twist on Christmas colors, or are you more of a traditional red and green fan? What kind of party would you use this turquoise and red color scheme for? I hope you found some of these resources useful to stock up on future party gear!

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Tablescape Tuesday: Christmas Tablescape

Hi friends, it kind of feels like I’ve been away for awhile, but I guess that’s what happens when you have a busy weekend.  Is everyone in full blown Christmas mode yet?  It’s only two weeks away!  So much to do before then, right?

I wanted to get a little ahead of the curve and created my Christmas tablescape early.  On Christmas I’ll be busy enjoying the kids with their gifts and cooking Christmas dinner.  The table is now one less thing I’ll have to deal with.

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I wanted to use a lot of candles this year to really reflect the season of light we’re in.  Some candle holders and votives I’ve had add a touch of light while a few red candles make it festive.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceChristmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceYou’ll see that the wood slices from this party and this dessert table are getting used again.  I love how rustic and versatile they are.  Plus, when it’s time to put hot dishes down on the table for dinner they can double as hot pads!

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I also added pine cones to the centerpiece and place settings.  Right before dinner, I’ll add name cards to the pine cones. I’ll just stick the name cards between the different “branches” of the pine cones.

Thanks to the garland I bought for another area of the house, I was able to snip a few branches off to add some greenery to the centerpiece as well.  I’ll be posting a full Christmas home tour coming soon.  I just need the lighting to cooperate long enough to take pictures.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceI had a few fake berries in my Christmas decor so I stuck those throughout the garland to add in a bit more red.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceAnd a full shot of the dining room so you can see how the Christmas tablescape works with the rest of the Christmas decor.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceI jazzed up the top of our bar with some Christmas tins and extra ornaments.  I made the chalkboard sign a few years ago and it’s still holding up.  Although it could use a bit of touching up.  This is a really easy way to fake a chalkboard.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceChristmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceI’m pretty excited to gather around the table and celebrate Christmas with friends that are like family.  Now if only I could finalize my menu.

I’d love to see what your Christmas table looks like.  Do you decorate it or have a centerpiece?  Do you leave your table empty and let those gathered around it make all the memories?

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Christmas Cookie Exchange Printables

Fa la la la la la la la lots of cookies!  Christmas is synonymous with baking, eating, and exchanging cookies isn’t it?  I’m sure there are many a cookie exchanges planned that you are preparing for.  To help you out I’ve created some super easy cookie exchange printables to go along with your favorite cookie recipe.

I’ve talked about how to host a cookie exchange before here.  I think they’re a great way to find new recipes, try new cookies, and mix up the selection you have at home.

Now if you’re invited to a cookie exchange this season all you have to do is print out these tags and add them to your plate of cookies.  Be sure to include the recipe so the other party guests will know how to recreate your favorite recipe.

Cookie Exchange Printables

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These tags are great to tie onto a plate of cookies, but they are simple enough to use for gifts and presents under the tree too.  Just click on the picture, download, print, and cut the tags out.

Do the same with the recipe cards below.  These would also make a great gift if you wanted to do a cookie mix in a mason jar.  Just attach the recipe to the mason jar full of cookie ingredients (only the dry ingredients) and deliver to friends and neighbors.

Need an even faster gift?  Print the recipe cards out below and attach to a store bought cookie mix.  Add a festive kitchen towel or mixing spoon and you can wrap all you need for this gift up at the grocery store. 
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Growing up I loved being in the kitchen making cookies with my mom.  We usually did the standard chocolate chip cookie.  We did it so much growing up that I have the recipe memorized and it only takes me a few minutes to whip up a batch of these cookies.  This is a double edge sword though.

It’s great that I can quickly throw some cookies together, especially if I’m in a time crunch.  But when I’m craving chocolate chip cookies, it’s almost too easy to make some and then they are too accessible around the house for munching.

Want to know my biggest piece of chocolate chip cookie baking advice?  Buy this butter flavored Crisco to replace the butter in the recipe.  It gives you perfectly chewy cookies.  #nocrunchycookiesplease

What’s your go to Christmas cookie?  Do you have any special cooking baking memories from growing up?

 

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2017 Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

It’s the season of holiday parties and with all of those parties comes the need to give a hostess gift.  It’s a pretty amazing thing to open up your home to others and invite them in, so giving your hostess a little gift is a great idea to show your appreciation.

I’ve put together a great list of hostess gift ideas for your today.  They are all perfect for anyone that likes to throw a party and celebrate.  All different price ranges and from all different retailers, so you’re sure to find something that will work.

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1// Try bringing the typical bottle of wine wrapped up in a fun Christmas stocking.  I love this one from the Hearth and Hand by Magnolia collection at Target.  I mean, what don’t I like about their stuff.  Surprisingly, I haven’t even stepped in a Target to look at it all yet!

Anyway, pop your bottle of wine into the stocking and tie a ribbon around the top and boom, gift done!

2// A bit unusual, but this jam makes a great hostess gift.  All the hostess has to do is add a little goat cheese to a crostini and drop a bit of this fig spread on top for a perfect and quick appetizer. Bonus that the jam comes in a two pack so you’re able to gift it twice!

3// Peppermint bark is a classic Christmas candy.  This one from Williams Sonoma is already packaged in a fun throwback tin.  Just add a bow and you’re set!

4// Agate is all the rage right now, and these make really fun coasters.  I love the variety of colors and how irregular they are.

5// Instead of just bringing a bottle of wine to the party, bring a candle in a recycled bottle of wine.  Such a fun twist on the typical hostess gift.  You’re also being environmentally conscious with these recycled bottles and soy wax candles.

6// I just love this ornament.  What better way to tell your hostess thanks for opening up your home than with an adorable home ornament.  It’s perfect for Christmas!

7// I’m sure you’ll be doing some eating around a table at any party you go to this time of year.  Bring your hostess a great tablecloth that they’ll be able to use for all of their parties or even just a Tuesday night dinner.

8// It’s almost a given that your hostess will receive a bottle of wine as a gift from someone attending the party.  To go along with that gift give a fun wine stopper.  These initial wine stoppers make it even more personalized.

I hope these ideas make picking something up for your hostess much easier or are at least a jumping off point for you to come up with something really clever on your own.

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Winter Solstice Party Ideas

Happy December!  It’s crazy how fast time has gone from October until now.  November was a blur with my birthday and Thanksgiving.  Now it’s onto all of the fun and celebrations that the Christmas season brings.

Because it’s the first of the month, I’m bringing you another round up of all the great parties and celebrations this month.  Some are pretty typical for Christmas time while others are quite a bit different.

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

First up is the cutest gingerbread house decorating party.  Design Improvised created this super fun play date for her preschool aged kids and it’s the cutest play day I’ve ever seen down to the kids table table runner!

Winter Solstice Party Decor Ideas

Another big day this month is December 21st, the winter solstice.  One down side is that it’s the shortest day of the year, but the upside is there will only be more sunlight from then on.  I love the idea of throwing a winter solstice party because it’s still perfect for this time of year, but not another holiday party.  This article talks all about the history and traditions of the winter solstice.

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Throwing this party is easy with a lot of natural elements.  Pine cones, holly berries, greenery, and wood make excellent decor and are very easy to find this time of year.  Check out the tablescape I put together inspired by the idea of a winter solstice party.

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Winter Solstice tablescape ideas, winter solstice party ideas, December celebrations

Winter Solstice tablescape ideas, winter solstice party ideas, December celebrations

Winter Solstice tablescape ideas, winter solstice party ideas, December celebrations

Winter Solstice tablescape ideas, winter solstice party ideas, December celebrations

Winter Solstice Party Food and Drink Ideas

  • A pine cone cheese log appetizer.  Get the recipe here, it’s almost too pretty to eat.
  • Gingerbread cookies for dessert, but not in the shape of a man.  Something more wintery like a snowflake shape.
  • For the feast I’d include large cuts of meat, like big steaks or a tenderloin.  Plus lots of roasted vegetables, like winter squash and parsnips.
  • To drink, a hot mulled cider is perfect, especially in those copper mugs. Anything with cranberries is also a great idea.

Pre-Christmas Clothing Swap Party

Now for something a little different this time of year.  Do you think you would want to host a clothing exchange party to clean out your closet in preparation of getting new items for Christmas? If so you could also make it a way to “shop” for new items without spending any money. This article has a lot of great ideas for this kind of party.

A few tips to make your clothing exchange be a big hit:

  • Be sure to set a price range or worn range.
  • Provide areas to hang things up by size and be sure to label those areas.
  • Provide shopping bags for all of your friends.
  • Some light snacks and drinks will keep everyone sustained for more shopping.
  • Invite a variety of people to get a variety of clothing types and sizes.

These three party ideas will definitely have you celebrating all month long.  I know there are already a ton of events this time of year, but hosting something a little different will excite you and your guests.

What celebration are you most looking forward to this month?

 

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Celebrating everyday!