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Friday, November 10, 2017

Winter Holiday Drink Station

 Disclosure: Thank you to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring this post. Product and/or compensation was provided to me to share my ideas and tips, however, all opinions are fully my own. #GiftThemJoy #ad #worldmarkettribe


I absolutely love hosting parties in my home, especially during the holidays.  For years, I've centered most of our entertaining around our kids likes.  As they're getting older now and our family dynamics are changing, I'm turning more of our entertaining towards adult flair and fashion.  That being said, I realized with the holidays fast approaching, I needed to get our home into holiday hostessing shape.

We have a vintage dresser that my husband converted into a buffet for our dining room. I usually use it for displaying desserts or food when we entertain....mostly, it's just set up with regular seasonal decor and sometimes ends up being a catch all spot for homework - you know....real-life living.  




Recently, we changed the location of the buffet in the dining space.  It is now situated in front of our dining room window....that window has an eyesore of an AC unit behind those velvet curtains.  So, this setup is great for colder weather months....but it will certainly not work for the spring or summer.  This setup also works great as I can change out the drapery to suit the decor I plan use for whatever particular holiday occasion I'm hostessing.


We have an actual bar in our home but it is located in the Man Cave.  We also have a liquor cabinet in our dining space as well, but it doesn't function as a suitable place to mix and serve drinks.  Since most of our holiday entertaining takes place in the main living area of our home, I decided to use our buffet as a drink station.



I love the holiday selection at Cost Plus World Market so, I headed to my local store at Pentagon Row in Arlington, VA to find some essential 
Christmas Dinnerware pieces for our festive holiday Christmas Food and Drink station.  There were so many Christmas Decorations/ChristmasDécor options to choose from. 

was instantly drawn to some of the icy accented decor as it reminded me of the day after a beautiful snowfall, from my years growing up in Connecticut.  I also thought the bold golden metallic glassware that I found was just beautiful and deserved a spot at our drink station.  





Here are my tips and suggestions on pulling together a winter holiday drink station for your home.

To set a winter holiday drink station, I recommend decorating with snow and iced kissed decor.  You can hang icy wreaths as a focal point to your backdrop.  They're festive and seasonal and add just the right decorative touch to the space.


Use metallic and mirrored pieces to bring lots of light and reflection to your drink station.  I found a beautiful mirrored tray and placed metallic confetti gold glassware on it.  I also added a few whimsical decorative snow birds and some fresh rosemary sprigs to create a winter look and feel to the table.




I like to offer guests options for their adult beverages, some people like alcohol and some do not.  So, for a signature drink, I recommend trying an Elderberry Cordial.  It's a very concentrated fruit blend that must be diluted with, sparkling water or juice for a non-alcoholic drink.  However, if you'll be serving alcoholic drinks, you can add white wine or vodka. 

I like to place Vodka or Gin in a large glass flask alongside the rest of the mix-ins.  This lets guests control what they would like in their drinks.  The cordial and sparkling water is the base for your cocktail mix and can be combined in a decanter.   


Set out garnishing to complete your drink set up - I think cranberries and fresh sprigs of Rosemary are perfect complements and trust me, the Rosemary adds just the most subtle and delightful flavor to your holiday drink!




When serving drinks, its a really good idea to offer some edibles.  Cost Plus World Market has a wonderful selection of quality gourmet meats.  You can create a simple meat and cheese platter and garnished with fresh seasonal fruit and rosemary.  You can present them on a white platter, slate tile or cheeseboard, whatever you have on hand would work perfectly.






Don't forget to add festive plates for your appetizers and bites!  




Adding a bit of candle light is another way to bring light and reflection to your drink station.  I like to use battery powered candles and dress them up with decorative candle rings.




Holiday entertaining is always a joy for me to share with those in my life I love dearly.  I hope you will be able to use some of the tips I shared on creating a winter holiday drink station and that your next holiday gathering is full of fun, food and good times.







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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Llama Themed Holiday Gifts

Disclosure: Thank you to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring this post. Product and/or compensation was provided to me to share my ideas and tips, however, all opinions are fully my own. 








With the holiday season now in full swing, you can find all sorts of llama themed gifts and LlamaOrnaments at Cost Plus World Market.  I can always find what I'm looking for at my local Cost Plus World Market at Pentagon Row in Arlington, Va.  and I've gathered a list of perfectly adorable llama themed gifts to share with your faves!

You should know that Cost Plus World Market is one of my favorite shopping spots and they always have the most fun ways to get the most out of your holiday shopping experience!  Starting today you can join in on the Golden Llama Treasure Hunt and win over $1 Million in rewards!


Here are all the awesome details!

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3XheKgq8nA 

Golden​ ​Llama​ ​Treasure​ ​Hunt

Find​ ​a​ ​Golden​ ​Llama​ ​and​ ​receive​ ​a​ ​coupon​ ​valued​ ​at​ ​$20,​ ​$50​ ​or​ ​$100! Over​ ​$1​ ​Million​ ​in​ ​Total​ ​Rewards!

How​ ​to​ ​play:

● Every​ ​day​ ​beginning​ ​Wednesday,​ ​November​ ​1st​ ​through​ ​Wednesday,​ ​November 22nd,​ ​your​ ​local​ ​Cost​ ​Plus​ ​World​ ​Market​ ​store​ ​will​ ​hide​ ​5​ ​Golden​ ​Llama​ ​pieces throughout​ ​the​ ​store.

● Each​ ​day,​ ​we’ll​ ​share​ ​the​ ​daily​ ​clue​ ​in-store,​ ​via​ ​email​ ​and​ ​on​ ​our​ ​social​ ​media channels.​ ​Use​ ​the​ ​clue​ ​to​ ​help​ ​you​ ​find​ ​a​ ​Golden​ ​Llama​ ​and​ ​you​ ​could​ ​receive​ ​a reward.

● Locate​ ​(1)​ ​Golden​ ​Llama​ ​piece​ ​and​ ​bring​ ​it​ ​to​ ​the​ ​nearest​ ​store​ ​associate​ ​to exchange​ ​for​ ​a​ ​reward​ ​coupon​ ​valued​ ​at​ ​$20,​ ​$50​ ​or​ ​$100.​ ​Reward​ ​is​ ​valid​ ​only​ ​on the​ ​day​ ​it​ ​is​ ​awarded.

*Limit​ ​one​ ​(1)​ ​reward​ ​per​ ​person​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​Promotion​ ​Period,​ ​regardless​ ​of​ ​store location(s)​ ​visited.​ ​EMPLOYEES​ ​NOT​ ​ELIGIBLE.​ ​See​ ​Terms​ ​of​ ​Participation​ ​for​ ​complete details.

Link​ ​to:​ ​www.worldmarket.com/hunt



 
So, now that you have all the details, are you ready to play?  Here's your clue for the day...


DAY​ ​1​ ​CLUE:

GOLDEN LLAMA WHERE ARE YOU? HIDING NEXT TO SOMETHING BLUE 




Sounds like so much fun!  I love all the fun ways Cost Plus World Market makes shopping fun!


I personally love creative planning - and if you aren't familiar with what that is, it's simply using a daily planner calendar, creatively, by adding decorative items like, stickers, washi tape, and other embellishments to plan out your day to day tasks.  So, I've found a tribe of other creative women who do the same, so I know for sure that I will be sending a lot of stationery gifts to my planner friends.  The 
Llama JournalsLlama Paper ClipsLlama Sticky Notes, and Llama Notepad are on my list for sure.





Do you have a coffee loving friend or coworker?  Well, then you definitely want to pick up this Llama mug - I love the quote on this mug - it's perfect - save the drama for your llama - LOVE IT!





I'm  not fashionista, but I do love a good accessory piece and the  Llama Mittens and Llama Faux Fur Pompom keychain are perfect for that bestie who must have a fun showpiece to complete their winter ensemble....and of course I want the pompom keychain for myself - you know I love all the pompom things!


You cannot let this holiday season go by without grabbing the 
Llama Felt Stuffed Stocking and  No Probllama Pillow for the person in your life who adores decorating their home for Christmas!  Each of these items are just perfectly whimsical and I'm definitely grabbing that Llama pillow - I mean.....come on....#musthave



If these gifts I shared are something you think are perfect for the favorite people in your life, let me know what you love the most by leaving a little comment love below.  Make sure you also take part in all the extra Llama love and participate in the Cost Plus World Market Golden Llama Treasure Hunt starting today!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Black Unicorn Pumpkin

We have finally arrived at Day 13 of the 13 Days of  Handmade Halloween and I'm so excited to be the one to close out our series with a DIY on how to make a Black Unicorn Pumpkin.




So, the story behind this idea was spontaneously inspired by my sweet friend, Cindy's Black Unicorn planner sticker designs that she sells in her Etsy shop, The Queen Pea!  I was looking for a white pumpkin for this project and couldn't find the right style or size.   There were bunches of black pumpkins available so, I figured...hey...I'll take a cue from Cindy and make a black unicorn! 

Also, m
y daughter loves unicorns right now and I know they're super trendy so, I figured, why not?  So, she and I worked on making her very own 'Uni-Pumpkin'.

Here's the how-to....



Supplies:

Craft Pumpkin (Black)
Adhesive Glittered Craft Foam
 
Faux Flowers
Yarn
Yarn pompoms, various sizes
Puff Paint
Hot Glue
To create the unicorn pumpkin, first, cut out two sets of triangles in two sizes for the ears out of foam and glue them together and set aside.   Take about a 4" square of glittered foam and cut a curved end from the bottom of the square from one corner to the opposite corner, creating a curved triangle.  Shape the foam into a cone and twist to create a horn.  Set aside.



Next, create a loop 12"-15" of yarn by winding the yarn around a wide piece of cardboard.  You can also use your arm bent at the elbow.   Once you have the yarn looped as many times as you'd like (around 30-50 loops) you can tie it off at one end about 1/3 of the way from the top of one end of the yarn loop.  Then, cut each looped end in half.  This will be the mane.  Attach the mane with hot glue, leaving the 'stem' of the pumpkin exposed. 






Next, add the horn to the stem area and ears attach the ears  to the top of the pumpkin.  After that, hot glue yarn pompoms in various sizes in front of the horn and for a final touch,  a few faux flowers to the unicorn.





Then, using puff paint and draw on the eyes and mouth. 




This unicorn pumpkin is my fave thing made this far for Halloween since it is all my sweet girl's handmade creation.....and she just loves it


Thank you all so much for following along with this year's 13 Days of Handmade Halloween.  If you have not checked out all our projects, be sure to visit the link up at the end of this post.  Also...if you've made any of these projects, make sure you tag me @cwbdparties or use #13DOHH2017 on social media if you share your photos so we can give you some love!

A HUGE thank you to all of this year's makers, as well.  You all CAME THROUGH and knocked your projects out of the park, making this year's crafts one of the most spooktacular yet!  Love you, ladies bunches!

REMEMBER - you still have time to enter our giveaway for 
chance to win Halloween treats and decor from Oriental Trading Company !  You could win a $75 Gift Card just by following along with our series and makers for the #13DOHH2017.  Oriental Trading Company is my go to online store for all my Halloween party goodies so, be sure to enter below

This giveaway closes tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 18th at midnight.  The winner will be announced on Thursday, October 19th 3pm EST.  So be sure to check my FacebookTwitter or Instagram to find out if you've won :)



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