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Gift List Tracker to Help Organize Holiday Shopping

Happy Black Friday eve!  This is a strange time for me to popping in here.  But I couldn’t let you go into Black Friday shopping without planning for it! Here’s a gift list printable just for you!

Tomorrow marks the official start of holiday shopping.  And although I’m happily still eating Thanksgiving dinner and not thinking anything about what gifts to buy.  I know some of you crazies get out to get those deals.

I wanted to give you a little something to help stay organized and on track when buying.

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Holiday Gift List Printable

I’ve gone Black Friday shopping like twice in my life.  I’m pretty sure both of those times I ended up just getting stuff for myself because I didn’t have a clear plan on what to buy for others.

This free gift list printable is the perfect way to track everyone you need to buy for and what you plan on buying.

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The gift list tracker can even help you save money.  If you know what you’re buying then you can find the best sales for that item.

There’s a space to track how much you want to spend or how much you actually paid for it.  Add it all up to help you stick to your holiday budget.

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This gift list can even help you remember to wrap and deliver your gift to the recipient.

I feel forgetting what you bought and for who is an issue when you buy so much all at once.  Maybe you even hide gifts or put them away so nosy little kids can’t find them.

Remember that scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when Chevy Chase is stuck in the attic hiding gifts and finds gifts from previous years?

Yeah that won’t happen with this because you’ll be able to know whether or not you’ve wrapped and delivered each gift.  And hopefully you won’t get stuck in the attic either.

Be sure to click here or on the picture below to download and print your free gift list.holiday gift tracker, plan out Christmas gifts with this printable list, printable gift list

I hope this helps Black Friday shopping or any shopping you do this weekend and throughout the season to be a little more planned and on track.

Use Your Gift List to Shop Small on Black Friday

If you want to stay home to avoid the crowds and craziness of Black Friday (raises hand), try shopping online with a bunch of my fellow small business owners.  If you click here, join the group to see some amazing vendors with sales and giveaways of their products and services.

I’ll even be having a sale on my virtual party plans and mobile gift wrapping service.

New Resource Library on the Blog

Did you see that I created a central space for all of these fun, easy, and helpful printables?

No!

See here, right at the top of the blog there’s a new Resource Library tab.

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You may even notice that the blog has a bit of a different look these days.  I think it’s a fun new direction.

So about the resource library.  I’ve been adding lots of downloadable printables to that area.  It’s a great place to go if you need help planning a party, a cupcake topper, or even party decor.

The Resource Library is password protected, so be sure to go here to get the password.  It will add you to my list and once you do that, you’ll never have to put the password in again!

I hope you’re liking the changes you see here as I’m always trying to give you the best of what I have.  Offer you the best, most helpful services, and grow the blog and reach more people that like to party.

Happy Thanksgiving!

And finally, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  I love this day because we can reflect on what we’re grateful for with our family and friends around the table with us.

It’s such a great time to gather together, love one another, and remember to be thankful for those that are with us and those that can’t be.

I hope you have a wonderful day full of gratitude and turkey/pie/potatoes/stuffing/cranberries!  Enjoy the day celebrating!

And be sure to start planning your holiday gifts now!

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2017 Christmas Home Tour

Happy One Week from Christmas!!  I guess it’s about time I shared my home all decked out for the holiday.  It’s been a slow process to get decorated this year.  That whole having another baby thing really slows down how much I can get done on a daily basis.

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I’ve come to realize that my go to Christmas decor is all red and green.  I’m perfectly happy with that since I know it will never go out of style.  Most of the Christmas decor is centralized on our main level in the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

We decided to get a real Christmas tree this year, and I’m still a little on the fence about it.  It does smell nice, but not as much as I thought it would.  Plus, the whole remembering to water it thing and all the needles falling off, it’s kind of high maintenance.  I also don’t love how if there is a “bald” spot you can’t just move a branch to fill it.

Either way, it’s worked out because we put up our artificial Christmas tree in our newly finished basement!  So the fresh tree gets to take center stage in our living room.

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I also added a live, fresh garland around the doors leading to our patio in the dining room.  I love how economical they are.  You get like 30 feet of garland for not very much.  It was so long that I was able to cut a portion of it off to use on the mantle.  I just wish they looked more fresh longer than a few days.

Christmas home decor, Christmas home tour, red and green Christmas, Christmas decorationsChristmas home decor, Christmas home tour, red and green Christmas, Christmas decorationsChristmas home decor, Christmas home tour, red and green Christmas, Christmas decorationsI’m still loving the mantle we got last year, and hanging stockings on it again this year.

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Christmas home decor, Christmas home tour, red and green Christmas, Christmas decorationsI had to share this picture, because it includes my biggest, literally, Christmas tree decorating tip.  Every year, when decorating the tree I tend to get rid of smaller ornaments and add in bigger ones.  The best way to make your tree look grand and beautiful is using the biggest ornaments you can find.  These snowflake ones are huge and make the tree look great.

Now moving onto the dining room.  You’ve already seen most of it in this Christmas dinner tablescape post.

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I truly hope you have a blessed Christmas season with friends and family.  I appreciate all of your support and readership over the last year.  I’m looking forward to what the new year brings.  First, I’m going to enjoy some down time with my family and praise that Jesus was born here on Earth to show us the way and the light.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

 

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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.

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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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Celebrating everyday!