Sunday, December 23, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
My cute friend Karen asked me to come help her set up her niche’s for Book Club Dinner Party and to keep up for the holidays. She had wonderful things to work with had these large presents wrapped(which were real presents inside). We used what she had and found a few things from around the house.
The first problem I noticed is that they are deep, really deep and had a large shadow from the chandelier overhead. The niche’s needed some light so, we
stole borrowed some lamps from her husbands office and upstairs. It was the perfect way to make the niche’s glow. Made such a difference with the feel of the space.
We wrapped a few more presents, used a lot of natural elements and even used a vintage Pepsi-Cola crate for height.
This beautiful fabric was the inspiration for the decorating.
We kept with a very natural theme.
We hung wreaths in the back to add dimension and interest. The log rounds are left over from her daughter’s wedding reception. I love when you can use what you already have!
It turned out so pretty and was so much fun decorating….I always enjoy decorating but, having a friend to decorate with, is all the better!
It was a delightful dinner party and now I have a whole new list of books to read! Thanks Karen for thinking of me to help you get ready for such fun dinner party. It looked great and the company was even better!
Friday, December 14, 2012
I saw the idea for a Hot Chocolate Station a year ago. I saw it again in a magazine this year and realized the one in the magazine was the one I saw over a year ago on one of my favorite blogs.
So I decided to use all my pretty apothecary jars (that I already owned) and make my own hot chocolate station. It has been a HUGE success! We have used it twice and both times has led to some great conversations with the kids. We have laughed a lot together- Somehow the chocolate makes the kids talk and we have had some fun moments together! (Why haven’t I done one of these every year?)
I used my three compartment apothecary jar for the hot cocoa mix so I could do three different flavors (although they are all the same…couldn’t find my specialty cocoa’s this year)
And a Hot Chocolate Station wouldn’t be complete without some Mix-Ins!
Some candy canes to stir the hot cocoa! I want to find some cinnamon sticks to add as well!
I made myself a cute sign for my Hot Cocoa Station in chocolate colored lettering with grey/white chevron print background. I printed on an off-white paper and punched the corners with a decorative paper corner punch. Here is the download for free that I made. Yep, you can make one too! It’s white, grey with chocolate brown lettering but, printed on off-white textured paper created the pretty vintage look.
The image is 3.75 inches tall and 4.75 inches wide. I printed in the middle of my paper, flipped the paper over and printed on the other side so that it would be a double sided sign. So, now you can have your own Hot Chocolate Sign!! Just Save the Image above and Print your own!!
I love the punched corners! I like when I can use what I already have.
I Completed the Hot Chocolate Station with iron stone white Hot Chocolate Cups!
Some pine clippings and greenery were set in between the Apothecary jars.
The part the kids love the most is the marshmallows and the chocolate chips. Just a few sprinkled in and it makes the Hot Cocoa something really delicious and special!
I even found the small marshmallows that usually come in the hot cocoa packets. They were on the shelf above the Hot Chocolate Mixes. The kids L-O-V-E, love them! A fun addition!
So come have some Hot Chocolate with us….we have some to share!
Happy Hot Chocolate Making Everyone!