Looking to add a little sparkle to your holiday table top this year? Take a look at these fun & festive, but simple DIY place cards I made. They took only minutes to craft together…although fair warning – you WILL be covered in glitter for the rest of the day. Check out the steps below & shout out to Erin McLaughlin for coming up with this holiday craft – great find!
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Gorgeous, personal framed photos will always rank among the most thoughtful gifts to give, but here’s a new twist: Have your photos printed directly onto a piece of wood! What better way to immortalize a great memory than to have it turned into one-of-a-kind artwork?
The discerning traveler on your Christmas shopping list will love Luxe City Guides. These incredibly chic, beautifully packaged, pocket-sized guide books offer up an itinerary of the best places to visit, eat, shop and stay in a particular city, meaning they’ve done all the legwork for you. Complete with addresses and phone numbers for each recommendation, a Luxe City Guide is all a traveler really needs. And the best part? When traveling internationally without easy access to WiFi, an offline option like an actual paper guide book is really a novel idea!
What are your family traditions around the holidays? My family loves to have mimosas and make breakfast together on Christmas morning after we open our gifts. I know many families like to eat the same meal every year, but for our Christmas breakfasts, my mom and I love to test out new delicious recipes – although we’ll never stray from our tried-and-true mimosas and cups of strong coffee.
When it comes to holiday decor, do you go traditional reds and greens, silvers and golds? I’m always conflicted between going the traditional route for that warm nostalgic feeling you can’t get enough of at Christmas. But then I see bright and fun festive decorations that put rainbows to shame and it makes me smile.
While I’ve started to incorporate at least one colour into my Christmas decor, I wanted to embrace the bright and bold with these two non-traditional holiday table settings. Which table would YOU choose to sit at: this blue and red palette OR that pink and white place setting?
I’ve always admired my mother, the ultimate frugal homemaker. No matter what issue popped up (and something always did), she had a handy solution, often repurposing something readily available in our home. In tribute to her, I’m starting “new-use Tuesdays” – a weekly dose of you new ways to utilize familiar items. This week I’m putting the spotlight on aluminum foil.
The frosty bite in the air has me wanting to curl up on the sofa with a wool blanket, my dog and a satisfying cup of rich hot cocoa. This salted caramel version from Williams-Sonoma takes hot chocolate to a whole new level.
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate, from $26
One of my worst (or best) qualities is that I’m competitive. Very competitive. When put in a situation where I need to compete creatively I become fixated on success. And that is exactly what happened when I was at a Holt Renfrew holiday party and was challenged to a gingerbread men decorating competition.
Let me take a step back. When I first arrived at the party I found myself enraptured with the communal gingerbread house decorating. The overall look was fantastic!
Just in case Santa is feeling spendy this year (isn’t he always?), here’s another item to welcome to my wish list: a Freestanding Vertical Chalkboard Garden from Williams-Sonoma, so I can take my love of summer container gardening indoors for the winter (not to mention have less patio real estate taken up by planters this summer).