This year I found a very sweet idea for a Christmas table decorating plan on Pinterest. It consisted of hanging Christmas ornaments from your chandelier. I stole the idea and with a few coordinating items, presented the following table to my guests:
The decorations are fairly simple silver and cream (to match my already existing china).
What do you think?
It’s that time of year again…for me to make a bazillion gingerbread houses. In past years I have made them both for the mommy’s group I used to belong to and also my son’s school. This year I made them only for my son’s class so the number was smaller, only 18.
One of the most popular attractions on my blog is the free mini gingerbread house template with recipes for the gingerbread and the icing. It’s a one-stop-shop and it is very popular on the web. During November and December I get about 200 hits a day just from that one link. My pattern has been downloaded thousands of times in two years. For the full instructions and free templates, see this link to the original post:
Free Gingerbread House Instructions and Template Download
Aren’t they adorable?! And this made my heart smile:
I’m a little behind
When my son was born I decided to make scrapbooks for him to document each year. However, that thought only lasted two years because it is a lot of work! When my daughter was born, I knew I would not be able to manage two kids and do scrapbooks for them every year. So I made two for Mason (plus an elaborately long baby book). I planned to do the same for my daughter, but have been delayed…
Fast forward to this week and I realized my daughter is now 2.5 years and has no scrapbook at all and also her baby book is not finished. So I am rushing to start and finish all of it before she turns three. If my daughter had been born first and my son born second, he most likely would not have cared if he had a scrapbook like his sister. But oh lordy, if my daughter grew up and realized I made scrapbooks for her brother and not for her?!!! There would be hell to pay. She is already a diva now, so I can’t imagine what her reaction would be.
I have too many irons in the fire (as usual). I am working a contract job, starting a new business, trying to manage the holidays, catch up on things I am behind on, post on my blog…and what else? I don’t know but the list seems endless. Oh yeah, AND I’m on a diet. Which sucks ass. Seriously.
Another adorable Christmas party food I found on Pinterest is called the Jack Frost Martini.
It is supposed to be served in a martini glass (because it is very strong) but I had the adorable snowman glasses I really wanted to use.
The post is linked a million times on Pinterest with redirects to several places, so it is hard to find the real originator. Here is one link:
Jack Frost Martini
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup (4 ounces) light rum
1/2 cup (4 ounces) blue curacao
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream of coconut (not coconut milk)
10 to 12 ice cubes
Shredded coconut, for garnish
Mix together the juice, liquors, cream of coconut and ice; strain into martini glasses. Rim glasses with the shredded coconut. Makes 4 drinks.
And in case you are looking for the details on the snowmen cookies, look here:
I found these adorable snowman cookies on Pinterest and made them for a winter ladies cocktail event.
They are super cute and fairly easy to make. I bought small tubes of pre-made icing just to make it easier, but that is not required. They are made from white chocolate covered Oreos which you can find at the store during the winter months. The hats are made from blue icing and then dipped in various colors of sprinkles. The eyes, nose and mouth are created using a writing tip. I found the original idea tagged on Pinterest from this link (which also happen to be a re-post from somewhere else):
The idea matched very nicely with my snowman glasses!
It also perfectly blended together with a special cocktail I found on Pinterest which I will explain in more detail in a separate post.