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Merry Christmas Wishes From My House To Yours

Now that the halls have been decked, presents are nestled under the tree and we’re settled in for a cozy night of movie watching, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I’m signing off for the year to enjoy some much needed downtime and to begin planning for 2017.

Thank you all for reading the blog and for all the wonderful comments and support you’ve shown throughout the year.  Cheers to the season and hoping all your holiday wishes come true.

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I’m  back with the final post in the Reindeer Recipes holiday blog hop.   A big thank you and hug goes out to Heather of Totally Tailgates for creating such a fun blog hop.

I hope you’ve enjoy the fabulous recipes, cocktail inspiration and beautiful holiday tablescapes as much as I have.  Be sure to stop by and visit my fellow bloggers to see what fabulous inspiration they are sharing today–you’re going to love it! (links at the end of the post).  If you’re coming over from Positively Southern, welcome.  Isn’t Tamyra’s New Years tablescape just beautiful? 

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I mentioned in my first Reindeer Recipes post that unlike many of the other bloggers in the blog hop, I am not a cook.  In fact, I can think of about 5,ooo other things I’d rather do than cook.  So the cocktail recipe and the mini cheese boards I shared in previous posts have something in common with today post.  They are all quick, easy holiday ideas that don’t involve cooking 🙂

If you’re in need of a last minute holiday gift, I’ve got a gift that anyone will love–Holiday Spiced Tea.  Not only is this a super easy to make but it is sure to bring back lots of childhood memories at Christmas time.

Holiday Spiced Tea Recipe by ConfettiStyle

Holiday Spiced Tea Recipe by ConfettiStylep.s.  depending on the gift recipient, you could also add a small bottle of Rum to make it a Holiday Spice & Spiked Tea!

Once you’ve made a batch of spiced tea, place it in an air tight jar and add a holiday tag to the front of the jar.

Holiday Spiced Tea Recipe by ConfettiStyle


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Don’t forget to pick up a pretty tea-cup to go along with your spiced tea gift and wrap it all up in a pretty box.

tip:  Spiced Tea makes a great gift for teacher’s, co-workers and all your blog friends. 

Holiday Spiced Tea Recipe by ConfettiStyle

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Holiday Spiced Tea Recipe by ConfettiStyle

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope today’s post helps you check one more thing off your holiday gift list.

The next stop on the Reindeer train is M. Jones Style.  What a fun and easy recipe Marsha created.

Now it’s time to head over to see what the other Reindeer Recipe bloggers have to share…

Tamyra @ Positively Southern
Marsha @ M. Jones Style
Gwynn @Swirls Of Flavor
Lisa @Clutter Cafe
Brittany @Brittany’s Pantry
Pat @Life At Lydia’s House
Heather @Totally Tailgates

 

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Christmas Gift Wrap Inspiration

Can we talk Christmas gift wrap for a minute?  

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while you all know that I am a bit of a snob when it comes to gift wrap and ribbon.  I don’t have anything against gift bags but when it comes to wrapping gifts, I whole-heartedly believe that the presentation of a gift adds to the entire gift giving experience.

When it came time to come up with a gift wrap plan for Christmas, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Paper Mart.  Paper Mart is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour and they had everything I needed to make my gift wrap dreams come true.

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Last year I created this mobile gift wrap cart to hold my holiday paper and ribbons.  I pulled it out again this year and stocked it with all my supplies.  You can read all about how I created the cart here.

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There are lots of things I love about Paper Mart  including their vast range of wrapping paper, ribbon, embellishments, boxes and tissue paper.  They have wrapping paper for every gift occasion and a great offering of  party supplies.

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The foundation of my gift wrap plan was this beautiful Pinecones & Poinsettia gift wrap.  There are lots of colors in this paper so I knew I could mix and match it with other wrapping paper and ribbons.

I’m a fan of two-sided ribbon and used the red and gold satin ribbon above to create a layered bow.  I tucked my favorite holly leaf embellishments under each corner of the bow.

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For this box, I layered the poinsettia paper over a small black and white plaid paper.

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I used this gold metallic ribbon around a few solid colored boxes that I had.  The gold has a shimmer to it and is pretty when tied in a multi loop bow.

The pretty package embellishment is a vintage brooch I pulled out of my jewelry stash.

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I paired the poinsettia paper with a black and white striped paper and love this look.  The embellishments on top are honeycomb tissue paper balls that I taped to the top of the belly band.  Belly band is a fancy name for a piece of paper that wraps around something. #ribbonlingo

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This natural holly leaf ribbon is so pretty and you can see the beautiful bows you can make with it.  I added some small gold ornaments in the center for a little sparkle.

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I shared my Christmas tree in part 1 of the Merry & Bright Home Tour and matched some of the colors on the tree with the colors in the poinsettia paper. And I used the black and white plaid ribbon on the tree and for my Christmas gift wrap.

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Did you notice the gift tags I used on several of the boxes?  I’ve included the free download link below so you can use them too!

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Merry & Bright Holiday Gift Tags

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Download Merry & Bright Printable Gift Tags

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I still have boxes to wrap so look for them in next weeks finale’ of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour~

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disclaimer:  I received free paper and ribbon from Paper Mart as part of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.   Paper Mart is a company that I love and am happy to share their products with you.  All opinions and images are my own.
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DIY Holly Leaf Swizzle Sticks by Confettistyle

I promised I’d give you the low down on how I made these cute Holly Leaf Swizzle Sticks so today I’m sharing the tutorial so you can whip out a few of these for yourself.

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First let’s talk supplies.

You’ll need wood cocktail stir sticks with a holiday sentiment on them.  I found my cocktail sticks at HomeGoods but found similar ones at TJMaxx and on Etsy.  If you’re shopping HomeGoods/TJMaxx look for the sticks in near the checkout line or back with the gift tags and holiday ribbon.  I spotted them in both spots in my local stores.

tip:  you could also use monogram stir sticks which you can find here.

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Merry Christmas Stir Sticks via Tulle and Twig on Etsy

Next you’ll need holly leaf embellishments to add to your swizzle sticks.  I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby but these exact ones don’t seem to be available online.  These 3-D holly leaf stickers are similar.  Or you could use these cute gift package stickers for another look.

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The last thing you’ll need is temporary  glue dots.  If you’re not familiar with glue dots, they are like adhesive tape but come in individual dots instead of one long strip like regular tape.

tip: the best part about using  dots is the fact that they aren’t permanent.  After your holiday party you can remove the holly leaf embellishment and use them again.

Glue Dots

Now the hard work begins.

Step 1:  Hold a swizzle stick in one hand and attach a glue dot to the front of the stick under the circular topper.

Step 2:  Attach a holly leaf embellishment on top of the glue dot to hold it in place. **the holly leaf embellishment I used had a small stem so after I attached it to the glue dot I wrapped the stem around the stick.

Voila!  You’ve got yourself really Christmas Swizzle Sticks in no time flat.

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tip:  Swizzle sticks also make a great hostess gifts add-on with a bottle of wine.

Making these swizzle sticks is hard work so I recommend you sit back and enjoy a holiday cocktail after you make a couple of set.  Enjoy!

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Happy Friday!  I’ve got big plans on my weekend to-do list including getting my Christmas shopping done and my holiday cards made.   I’m also planning to do some gift wrapping which you all know is one of my favorite things to do.

I know that many of you will be wrapping gift too so I created these fun and festive gift tags that you can download for free {link at end of post}.  Print the tags on glossy photo paper, card stock or even sticker paper so you can use them as envelope seals or on other paper goods.

Printable Holiday Gift Tags from ConfettiStyle

The circle tags are oversized (about 2 3/4″ in dia) so they would stand out on a gift.  

 

Printable Holiday Gift Tags From ConfettiStyle

The rectangular tags measure 4″ x 1 1/2″. I recommend using black ink or an extra fine white Sharpie Paint Pen to write on them.

Printable Holiday Gift Tags from ConfettiStyle

To make your tags extra fun, I recommend two-color twine to attach the tags to gifts.  The more color, the merrier!

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Next Wednesday, in part 2 of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour I’ll share my holiday gift wrap including how I’ve used these fun tags.

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Download Merry & Bright Printable Gift Tags

 

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Have a great weekend friends.

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Decor Lovers

When we all sit down to enjoy Thanksgiving this week, the day will also mark the official kick-off to our holiday season! In the weeks ahead you’ll be celebrating at parties, decorating your homes and searching for that special gift.  And all this week I’ll have some fabulous suggestions to help you do all that.

Today I’ve got a gift guide for the design lover in your life.  As a design enthusiast myself, a decor themed gift has to be unique, stylish and functional.  All of the items on today’s list check all those boxes and more.  Happy shopping!
***warning, you may find a piece or two that you need for your own home!

 

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2016 Holiday Gift Guide For Decor Lovers

Quatrefoil Tray–This hand-carved mango wood tray is a great style statement for a coffee table or bar cart.

Blue and White Ceramic Plant Stand–I love the look and price of this blue and white garden stool.  It’s the perfect piece next to a chair or as a pair tucked under a console table.

Brass Bamboo 2-Tier Bar Cart–During the holidays and beyond, this chic brass bar cart will be a sure hit for anyone that love to entertain.

Venus Foo Dogs–A pair of ceramic Asian Foo Dogs will make a great accent on a bookshelf or console table. Set of 2.

Clear Glass Candle Lantern–One or two of these gold framed lanterns will look great as a centerpiece accent on a dining table.

Gold Trivet–I love this decorative and functional pineapple trivet for a stove top or kitchen counter. It’s also available in a chic matte black.

Black Flokati Stool–A faux fur stool is the perfect accent piece in a reading nook next to a cozy chair. Also available in blush, ivory, charcoal and taupe.

Hearth Candle by Nest–Everyone loves candles and  you can’t go wrong with Nest. The hearth scent is the perfect fragrance for the winter months.

 

xo,

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Can you believe that there are only 41 days until Christmas?  This weekend the magnitude of my holiday to-do list set in and I began to panic about everything I need to get done.  When that panic set in I knew I need to sit down and strategize my holiday season.   With pen and paper in hand, I outlined a strategy to take the stress out of the holidays and put the joy back in.

I know many of you can relate so today I’m sharing my tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season.

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PLAN YOUR HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Planning is key to getting things done this holiday and finding time to enjoy the season. The first thing to do is pull out your calendar and jot down all the activities you want and need to participate in. Plan time to enjoy holiday traditions with family and friends and block out time to just relax.

tip:  pull out your favorite board games and put them in a basket where they are accessible and will encourage play time.
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CREATE A DETAILED GIFT LIST

If you haven’t started your gift list yet , it’s time to sit down and create one.  Spend time online looking for the perfect gift and do some price comparisons.  Plan to shop on Small Business Saturday (Sat., Nov. 26th) to support your favorite local businesses.  When planning your gift lists, gather store coupons so they will be handy when you head out to shop.

tip:  many stores have already started offering Black Friday Deals so shopping early can reduce stress and save you some money. 

And to make things even easier, I created a fun Gift List printable below for you to use.  

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Download Christmas Gift List

GET THE GUEST ROOM READY

Hosting guests during the holidays doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you plan ahead.  Stock up on petite size toiletries and snack food for your guest to use and enjoy.  Wash sheets and towels and placed them in a linen closet or accessible storage area.  Create an essential list for your guest including phone numbers, house alarm code, wi-fi password and local points of interest.

tip:  place a basket in your guest bedroom to hold extra blankets and pillows so guest don’t have to come asking for them.

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STOCK UP ON NECESSARY COOKING SUPPLIES/FOOD ITEMS

Don’t take the chance that your grocery store will have everything you need days before Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Plan your holiday menus and shop now for all the necessary supplies.  Stock up on items like beverages, frozen food and spices so you have enough to last through the season.

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DECORATE YOUR OWN WAY

Decorating during the holidays can sometimes feel like a challenge–who can make their home the merriest.  One way to take the stress out of the season is to decorate your way.  Decorate as little or as much as you want and don’t feel bad if you don’t get it all done.  This is the time of year when the focus should be on spending time with family and friends and remembering all that we have to be grateful for.

tip:  if the idea of decorating a tree has you cringing, don’t do it. Hang a few garlands and wreaths, put out a few Christmas pillows and call it a day.

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PLAY MUSIC

Music is proven to have a calming effect so during the busy holiday season turn on some tunes and enjoy the season through music.  Create a holiday playlist in iTunes that includes your favorite Christmas songs and make it a point to enjoy at least 30 minutes of music each day.

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KEEP YOU HOME CLUTTER FREE AND ORGANIZED

It’s easy to let clutter and chaos take over during the holidays.  Create storage areas of holiday wrapping paper, supplies and cards so you have a designated place to store things.  And spend 10 minutes every day walking through the house so that task of doing major cleaning is more manageable.

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Preparing For The Holidays…RELAX & ENJOY

The most important tip I can share for reducing stress this holiday is to relax and enjoy the season.

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Today I’m joining a few bloggers for the Handcrafted Home DIY Blog Hop hosted by Jamala from Viva LaVintage For Your Home. And because this is a creative + diy themed blog hop, Jamala tasked each of us to transform an item using gold leaf.

Well, what’s a girl to do when the only craft projects on my mind are holiday related?  Transform Christmas ornaments of course.

I dove into my holiday stash and found these two unfinished wood ornaments that I purchased from Hobby Lobby last year. They were the perfect candidates for a little DIY UpStyle.

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After applying my gold leaf and adding a few vintage ornaments to the top of each wood piece, my ornaments went from plain to pizzazz!

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This was a quick an easy DIY project and I love the way my ornaments turned out.  

Tips for working with Gold Leaf:

  1. Gold Leaf is easier to work with on surfaced that don’t have a lot of nooks and crannies.  If you’re working with ornaments similar to mine, you’ll have to spend a little time smoothing the gold leaf on all the edges.
  2. Wear latex gloves or put a few drops of talcum powder on your hands to make handling the gold leaf easier. This stuff is really clingy.
  3. Use a soft bristle brush to smooth the gold leaf down.  Smooth bristle will ensure you don’t tear the gold leaf.
  4. Buy a high quality gold leaf paper and adhesive.  I used the Gold Leaf Kit below (affiliate link) and think its one of the best out there.

Gold Leaf Kit

Now it’s time to see the other fabulous DIY projects. Hop over and see how creative they got with their Gold Leaf.

Viva LaVintage For Your Home

M. Jones Style

Linda G. Loving Home

Fox and Finch Antiques

 

 

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