Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Cookies + Family Time

Winter break has started and my boys are begging to do some baking. Mixing and measuring seem fun to them and there's nothing like licking the spoon.

My youngest has a love (no idea where he got it from) of red velvet, so when I saw this recipe, I knew we had to try them.
 These white chocolate dipped ginger cookies will be in the mix, too!
Finally, we've just about finished a delicious gift of chocolate dipped peppermint pretzels. It has me craving a pop of peppermint, so these peppermint sugar cookies will round out our baking session nicely!
I'll be taking the rest of the week off to spend time with family, do some holiday baking and enjoy sitting in front of the fire with the stack of books I've been meaning to dive into.

Wishing each one of you a wonderful holiday week and for those who celebrate...a very Merry Christmas!!!!! I hope it's sweet!

images: Cooking Classy

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Table Setting

With family arriving tomorrow for the week, checking things off my list is a must. Setting the dining room table with our nutcracker china (Grenadiers by Bernadaud) is something I always enjoy. Here's how it happens, step-by-step.
Throughout the years, I've collected not only actual nutcrackers for the centerpiece, but accents that allow me to really play with the theme. These ornaments/napkin rings and the crackers are from Pier 1.
The red vintage glasses with the greek key design were a special find from my sweet friends, Eddie Ross & Jaithan Kochar. I think of them whenever we use them!
There's still plenty to do, but at least I can enjoy the table between now and Christmas Eve....and I just crossed something off my list!

Are you hosting family or friends for the holidays? Do you have a favorite theme or do you change it up every year?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cheers to Holiday Entertaining

Regardless of which holiday you celebrate this month, there is one that belongs to all of us. New Year's! With a new year in view and all the retrospectives of the year we are wrapping up, I'm all about celebrating what you did, saw, accomplished, conquered or started this year. 

I fell hard for these gold foil goodies from Laura Hooper Calligraphy. Perfect for your New Year's celebration or just to zhush up your bar cart. Mine are already en route!
Now, this is something that really jumped out to me from Laura's shop. Custom wooden nameplates that can be used as placecards and a favor. Must do this for a dinner sometime! You could even paint them with metallic paint and create a Christmas ornament. Or tie them on a package.
Another festive find this week was the collaboration between Minnie & Emma + Veuve Cliquot. Photographed by the incredibly talented, Erica Burho, of Mail Models, you can see what a stylish collection this is for your gift giving portfolio or for a friend who is bubbly-obsessed!
Cheers to you and all that you have to celebrate!!!

images: Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Mail Models

Monday, December 15, 2014

Great Gift Idea - Gunner & Lux

If you are still looking for a sweet little something for the girl in your life, take a look at Gunner & Lux. The original jewelry line was created by artist and interior designer, John Petersen. But, as his daughter, Riley, began to get involved, the line evolved and now there is Little Lux.
We know the kids love to play dress up or just imitate what grown ups do....including accessorizing to fit their personalities. These precious necklaces, created by Riley and her dad, are the pint-sized equivalent to statement pieces! And, who doesn't love a statement necklace?!
 And, who said fashion was just for girls? I love their necklaces for little boys!
For the grown up girls....check out these stop-you-in-your-tracks handmade pieces.

This is the time of year to SPARKLE!!!! Don't be afraid to stand out.
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