Our family takes a yearly camping trip in June. This year we gathered and brought home pine cones to make special ornaments as presents for our family and friends. Everyone who comes to our house for Christmas dinner this year will receive one. They are super easy and inexpensive to make. Even the children can help!
You start with a few simple items. Choose a color scheme (mine was sliver and bling of course!)
- Pine Cones
- Bells (optional)
- Spray Paint (silver metallic)
- Glitter (silver and iridescent)
- Craft hooks
First, insert the craft hooks into the pine cones. Be gentle, or you will break the petals from the cones. I found these hooks at JoAnn’s in the wood crafting section.
Next, spray paint the cones and let them dry.
Next, glue and glitter!
And lastly, attach the bells to the ribbon and tie the ribbon however you choose.
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:
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.