Christmas

Gingerberry Sparkler

Gingerberry Sparkler

This super pretty gingerberry sparkler is a cocktail that I made over the holidays and shared over on Inspired By This. I had fully intended to share the post then, but if you recall that was right about the time that I came down with the first wave of the death plague that decided to hang around for nearly a month and it just never happened. That said, this cocktail would make the perfect bubbly concoction for sipping while you’re …

Gingerbread White Russian

Gingerbread White Russian

For me a white Russian is a special treat. They aren’t something I drink often, but for some reason they seem particularly appropriate as a Christmas cocktail to me. A couple of years ago I made these salted caramel white Russians that were a hit so this year I wanted to play on the classic recipe again, this time with a gingerbread white Russian! This recipe is seriously crazy good. It’s the combination of all the parts like the chocolate …

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments

DIY Glitter Confetti Ornaments

I’ve mentioned before that I love crafting this time of year more than other. Maybe it’s the excuse to go all out with gold leaf and confetti and glitter? That may very well have a little or a lot to do with it, admittedly. Specifically, creating really pretty homemade ornaments feels like it’s becoming a bit of an obsession. The painted gold leaf ornaments I made last year are some of my favorite ornaments on our tree and, coincidentally, the …

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging

DIY Family Photo Wall Hanging

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I always love giving photo gifts for Christmas, especially to my parents, siblings and close friends. This year I wanted to find a really special way to make use of the many amazing images that were captured throughout the last twelve months, instead of just texting them to people or sharing them on Facebook with family. Emerson had so many exciting …

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments

DIY Gilded Photo Ornaments

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On the tree at my dad’s house, there are four old ornaments all bearing the faces, names and birth year of my siblings and I. As an adult I’ve grown to love those ornaments more than any others from my childhood, and every Christmas morning to this day my sister and I find so much joy in reveling over our tiny little faces. This …

HOHOXO Printable Christmas Gift Tags

HOHOXO Printable Christmas Gift Tags

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You saw a little sneak peek of these printable Christmas gift tags when I shared my homemade Irish cream recipe and my favorite Christmas chocolate bark recipes, too! Today I wanted to share a few more of the tags in the set so you could see just how cute the designs are that my sweet friend Erika Firm created just for you. Then click here to download them as PDF, print, trim and use them on all your gifts this …

DIY Gold Leaf Star Ornaments

DIY Gold Leaf Star Ornaments

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Decorating the tree is undoubtedly one of my favorite parts of the holiday season each year. As a kid I loved helping my mom unwrap all the ornaments while my dad strung the lights. Oftentimes my grandparents would come over and hang out while we were working away, and to this day there is just something about the tree trimming …

A Spike Your Own Hot Cocoa Station for the Holidays

A Spike Your Own Hot Cocoa Station for the Holidays

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When I think about entertaining during the holidays, I like things to feel really fun and special for friends and family, but not at the expense of my sanity. We have a huge family and a lot of obligations this time of year, so time can be limited and throwing extravagant parties just doesn’t make the cut on my list …

DIY Eucalyptus + Pine Christmas Wreath

DIY Eucalyptus + Pine Christmas Wreath

It’s no exaggeration when I say that it’s always a great day when I get to share the work of longtime friend Andrea Harper of Gray Harper Event Maker. Andrea, a massively talented event designer, has contributed loads of incredible cocktail recipes and DIY ideas over the years, including her own truly gorgeous baby shower. Today she’s sharing what has to be the absolute prettiest DIY Christmas wreath I’ve ever laid eyes on. I’m crazy about the mix of seeded and silver dollar …

The Sweetest Christmas Playlist

The Sweetest Christmas Playlist

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I know a lot of people love Christmas music, but today I’m going to make a really big claim. I am going to come right out and tell you. I love Christmas music more than most people who love Christmas music. As a kid we would go caroling at local nursing homes with my aunts and cousins, wearing Santa hats and singing in four part harmony. In high school I was in a show choir where we’d start practicing our …

DIY Terrarium Winter Scene

DIY Terrarium Winter Scene

Christmas is easily and undoubtedly my favorite excuse to craft. Hands down, no contest. Every year as we pull our boxes and bins of Christmas decorations down from the attic and set to decking the halls, I feel the same joy that I felt as a kid as my parents started unraveling long strands of lights. My mom isn’t exactly the craftiest lady, but most years she had some kind of crafty pursuit for us, whether it be ornaments for …

Christmas Chocolate Bark Six Ways

Christmas Chocolate Bark Six Ways

This fall I was reminded how easy it is to make chocolate bark when I made a bunch of Halloween candy bark, which inspired me to create a whole bunch of Christmas chocolate bark recipes for you! Our kids are crazy for chocolate bark and, since I’ve been keeping them in ample supply, so are all of our neighbors. It’s fun because it’s really easy to make, especially with kids, and you can mix and match the flavors in an …