Homemade Glittered Pine Cones

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!

Homemade Pine Cone Ornaments

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

You start with a few simple items.  Choose a color scheme (mine was sliver and bling of course!)

  1. Pine Cones
  2. Ribbon
  3. Bells (optional)
  4. Spray Paint (silver metallic)
  5. Glue
  6. Glitter (silver and iridescent)
  7. Craft hooks

Pine Cone Ornament Materials

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.

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Next, spray paint the cones and let them dry.

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Next, glue and glitter!

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And lastly, attach the bells to the ribbon and tie the ribbon however you choose.

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Christmas Table Decorations

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:

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The decorations are fairly simple silver and cream (to match my already existing china).

Christmas Table 3 copy

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What do you think?

The Gingerbread Houses are Coming!

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

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Mini Gingerbread House

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Aren’t they adorable?!  And this made my heart smile:

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Jack Frost Martini

Another adorable Christmas party food I found on Pinterest is called the Jack Frost Martini.

Jack Frost Martini with Snowman Cookies

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.

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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.

Jack Frost

And in case you are looking for the details on the snowmen cookies, look here:

Snowmen Cookies

Adorable Snowman Cookies

I found these adorable snowman cookies on Pinterest and made them for a winter ladies cocktail event.

Snowman Cookies

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):

Winter Snowmen

The idea matched very nicely with my snowman glasses!

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It also perfectly blended together with a special cocktail I found on Pinterest which I will explain in more detail in a separate post.

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