10 fab + quick holiday ideas!

The holiday break has officially begun!  Stores are packed with shoppers, homes are filled with kids out of school, and men everywhere are scrambling to grab that last minute gift for their honey, ha ha.  I loved sleeping in today with no panic of getting somewhere by 7:30am – what a luxury!  Our tree is twinkling and the kids are curled up on the sofa watching Frosty the Snowman after a nice relaxing breakfast prepared by husband.  Life is good.  Love this Christmas scene via.

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I know some of us are planning to entertain for the holidays and some are traveling to visit loved ones.  That being said, I’ve put together a list of SUPER easy projects you can do before company arrives (final touches for your home if you’re last minute like me) as well as a few fun kiddo entertaining ideas you can bring along to grandma’s or have at home for your younger guests!  Here we go…

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1.  Rosemary napkin rings for your Christmas dinner.  Super easy and elegant.  Here.

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2.  Another cozy simmering recipe.  What a wonderful way to fill your home with the smell of Christmas.  Here.  

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3.  A super QUICK way to make a wreath at home.  They promise it only takes 10 minutes ; )  Love the idea of using a frame!  Here.

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4.  Spray paint your Christmas lights.  And gold is the answer for instant glam!  Great transition for a New Year’s Eve soiree…or my concept of keeping up the white lights all winter.   Here.

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5.  A chewy gingerbread cookie recipe that looks absolutely amazing.  Mmmm mmm!  It even has a printable recipe card so you can keep it handy.  Here.

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6.  Make your own Christmas crackers.  Great idea for New Year’s Eve dinner too.  Looks pretty darn easy!  Here.  I like the idea of making your own because the trinkets inside the ones I see at the store are always a let down.  How fun it would be to customize your party favors for each of your guests!

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7.  Easy DIY snowflakes with your kids.  Here.  All you need are coffee filters and scissors.  I’m definitely trying this one with the kids…although no one could ever make them as good as Buddy the Elf does – one of my favorite Christmas movies ever.  We’re watching that one tonight!   ; )    

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8.  Christmas mad libs.  For the young at heart.  Genius.  Here.  I can’t wait to print this out and let our nine-year-old go to town.  He loves jokes, carries around this three inch joke book, and reads it to us all the time.  He’ll love these mad libs, which has different Christmas themes.

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9.  Table set-up for the kids and siblings and/or cousins.  More pics here.  Brown packaging paper that comes on a roll is my answer to all kid entertaining.  A brown paper runner can double as a clever hors d’oeuvres station for adults too – you can label each item on the paper next to the dish.  

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10.  Brown paper packages tied up with string.  So simple and lovely.  This is always my go-to for wrapping.

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Here are some I made this week for my ballet students.  I took brown paper bags and cut the tops shorter, folded them  down, hole punched the fold, and tied with twine (another favorite) and a little glass ornament.  The sprigs of green were from the Christmas tree scrap pile at Walmart.

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Merry Christmas to you and yours!  I’ll pop in again over the break to chat about New Year’s Eve.

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wednesday white

I love snow.  It’s so white and wonderful and instantly turns a plain landscape into something magical.  If you’re from the North, you’re probably reading this and thinking, “try living with sub arctic temperatures and snow for five months then get back to me.”  Yes, I totally get it, that’s similar to the way I feel about the blistering heat and humidity in the dead of summer ; )

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Still, I remain enamored with snow and white lights and hope we get to see a lot of that good stuff over the Christmas break.  Fingers crossed!

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What a dream to wake up to something like this.  I picture sitting inside sipping hot chocolate next to a crackling fire.  Or reality would be more like hearing my kids argue over who gets the best blanket next to the fire or who took the last of the whipped cream for the hot chocolate.  I’ll also ignore the idea that someone would have to do some serious shoveling to get to our car.   Ya, keeping it a fantasy is best.

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Twinkling white lights and snow together make my heart sing.

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Just ran across this adorable DIY snow globe terrarium project and love it!  Instructions here.  A great way to get that snowy vibe for those of us who may never see a white Christmas at home.

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Anyone else love a good snow day or two?

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winter wonder

Feeling the magic of the season right now and trying to soak it all in.  The days are flying by way too fast if you ask me.  I wonder what it would be like if everyone kept the white lights and cheer alive all winter?  I vote yes.  Here are a few winter white favorites, starting with the most perfect house illuminated with warm Christmas lights on a snowy eve.  Nothing cozier.

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Bundling in layers of white. Love this cozy cardi.

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A front porch trimmed in fresh greens and dusted in snow.

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Horses in the snow.  So so fun to ride.  I highly recommend!  There is nothing more majestic than a good ride on your horse while snowflakes fall from the sky.

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Stockings lined up by a roaring fire.

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Fresh baked gingerbread cookies.

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Ahhh, I love starting my Monday with a little taste of winter wonderland.

[all images via pinterest]

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