Day 2: DIY salt and pepper shakers for the hostess

DIY salt and pepper shakers

Shake it off, Shake it off. Ok, Jessica has a minor obsession with Taylor Swift’s new song, and it’s a great motto for  Day 2 of our 12 Days of Christmas.

On the second day of Christmas j. sorelle gave to you…DIY heart-shaped salt and pepper shakers.

These DIY salt and pepper shakers make an easy, affordable and adorable hostess gift or Christmas gift. You can start and complete the project in less than an hour.

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You’ll Need:
Mini jam jars – You can find small jam or honey jars at your local grocery store or you can find some from the English Tea Store
Push pin like these
Clear Scotch tape
Sharpie pen
Salt & pepper

How To:
Step 1: Clean out the jars.
Step 2: Place a piece of clear tape over the lid of the jam jar and with a Sharpie, add dots in the shape you want. We chose to do a heart to go with the theme of ‘season everything with love.’

DIY salt and pepper shakers

Step 3: Poke holes through the lid on your dotted design.

DIY salt and papper shakers

Step 4: Once you poked through every dot, remove the piece of tape to see your design.
Step 5: Add salt & pepper to the shakers, package with twine or a bow and give, give, give. To make it really cute, attach a ‘season everything with love’ note to the twine.

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 Season everything with love this Christmas!

{images via j. sorelle}

Winter Open House Tips

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Winter has officially arrived in Colorado with chilly temps and snow. So, the fire is blazing, we’re sipping hot chocolate and the holiday season is finally on our minds {and less than 7 weeks away}. Whether you like it or not, the holiday season is here, and it’s time to start thinking about holiday parties, sparkly accessories, holiday shopping and holly music.

The Winter Open House we’re sharing with you today really lifts our holiday spirits and will give you great inspiration for your own beautiful, holiday party. The fabulous team at The Entertaining Shoppe {remember Kerri Cole and her amazing DIY book page wall} set up a classic open house that would make for a heart-warming family reunion or neighborhood gathering…and the good news is, once you set up the decorations for the party, you can leave the classic decorations up for the entire winter.

As Hayley from The Entertaining Shoppe said, ” The combination of Basics and hand-crafted party products make this an event to remember (and host) again and again.”

 We love the creative way they incorporated pinecones throughout the decor and details {after all, pinecones hold a meaning of rebirth}, created a contemporary cocoa bar and signature cocktail bar and infused pops of red and white color in every room.

Some of our faves from the party that you can purchase include the Red Ribbon & Pinecone Swags {window ornaments}, Red Ribbon & Pinecone Garland  and the Winter House Party Go To Kit.

Cheers to the upcoming holidays…and Pomegranate Champagne Punch. Yum.

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the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

the entertaining shoppe_winter open house

The Entertaining Shoppe is a Denver-based company that makes party planning easier for everyone. It’s a one-stop-shoppe for the host/hostess looking to gather inspiration for party decor, menu tips and games, as well as purchase party basics such as glassware, napkins and straws and all the handmade and unique essentials for a special party. Some of our favorite parties their site features include a winter skate party, children’s birthdays, and baby and bridal showers.

{images via The Entertaining Shoppe}

Rainbow Fruit Sugar Cookies

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The colors of the rainbow are so pretty in the sky…and they are so pretty on a cookie too.

Instead of a giant sugar cookie covered in fruit like my mom use to make; this St. Patty’s Day, the kids and I made mini sugar cookies and decorated with rainbows and all things Irish. They are so yummy – anything with a cream cheese frosting is delicious in my book – and an adorable treat to celebrate the Irish in all of us.

fruit rainbow sugar cookies

Taste the Rainbow Sugar Cookies
family recipe
makes 12-13 cookies

Ingredients
Strawberries, 2 to 3
Blueberries, 5 to 10
Clementines aka Cuties, 1 to 2
Pineapple, not even half of one
Kiwi, 1
Pillsbury Sugar Cookie Dough or homemade recipe or make them gluten-free with this recipe.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup sugar
8 oz. bar of cream cheese, softened

How To:
Bake cookies according to package instructions. Allow them to cool.
Add all frosting ingredients in a bowl and blend with a mixer.
Slice all fruit into small pieces.
Use a knife to smooth frosting on the cookie, and then decorate.

sugar cookies topped with cream cheese frosting and rainbow fruit

rainbow sugar cookies for st. patty's day

rainbow fruit sugar cookies

{images via Tutto Bella}

Mini Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecakes Recipe

Tutto Bella is getting a makeover. Kind of like the kind all us ladies need…A new pair of heels, an afternoon at the nail salon, a new wardrobe and a visit to the stylist, just to name a few. So, please excuse us while we add a little pizzazz, more organization and even more fabulousness here at Tutto Bella.

WARNING: Colors, and design of site will change during this time.

Really exciting things to come, but while we do some behind the scenes work, we have some great posts that we just couldn’t help sharing.
With St. Patty’s day approaching, we have some rainbow and Irish love this week…and first up is Mini GF Bailey’s Cheesecakes.
We love Bailey’s Irish Cream. Love it in coffee, chilled over ice at the end of a long day and now in our cheesecakes. For all you gluten-free folk, this is a treat you can enjoy too, because we made it gluten-free. This is easy and so yummy. Make it for your friends and family as you celebrate the Irish in you on St. Patty’s Day, or just make it for yourself.
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Gluten Free Mini Bailey’s Irish Cream Cheesecakes
serves 12

Crust
1.5 cups Glutino chocolate and vanilla crème oreo-style cookies
3 tablespoons melted butter

Filling
12 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
2 tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream
1 egg

Topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Fill muffin tin with cupcake liners.
Mix crust ingredients together in a food processor or blender. Add a full spoonful to each liner and then press down to create a packed bottom layer. Cook for 5 minutes.
In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, vanilla and sugar until fully mixed. Add salt, Bailey’s, and an egg until the batter is smooth.
Add less than a ¼ cup to each cavity for an even layer of cheesecake on top of the cookie crust. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Once cool, place in refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours or overnight.

Once you are ready to serve, or a couple of hours before you serve, it’s time to make the whipping cream. In a medium bowl, add the topping ingredients for whipped cream, blend until soft peaks form.

Take out of fridge before you serve, be generous with the whipping cream topping and serve! .

Devour!!

If your a chocolate lover like me, you’ll want to add an Udi’s Gluten Free Brownie in the middle. Follow all directions above, except add a tiny brownie {they are made and you can find in your local grocery store} on top of the cooked crust, and add cheesecake mixture around/on top of it. Cook for the same time, closer to just 15 minutes. It was also a delicious treat.
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DIY Twig Cupid’s Arrow on Valentine’s Day

twig cupids arrow
I just couldn’t help myself with this post today – this project was too darn cute not to share. Today, my kids shared their Valentine’s with friends at school and I LOVED what their wonderful, amazing teacher created – twig arrow’s {she also attached pencils to the twigs for each of the kids}. So, I know it’s last-minute with Valentine’s Day being 2 days away, but it’s TOTALLY doable and adorable. Your kids will love to make and their friends will love to receive. Hope you, or someone you love, gets hit by Cupid’s {DIY} arrow this Valentine’s Day.

Thanks, Dee Dee!
diy cupids arrow

All You Need Is:
twigs {free from outside}
felt scraps
scissors
craft glue or hot glue
twine or ribbon to hang a tag

Cut the felt into two triangles for the tip of the arrow. Cut the other felt pieces in the shape of the feathers.
For the tip, place one piece of felt on the bottom, add the twig in the middle of the felt and add some glue around the twig. Press down on the top piece of felt, so it adheres to the bottom piece of felt and keeps the twig tightly in between.
Repeat for the ‘feathers’.
Once the feathers are glued, use a pair of scissors to cut diagonal lines to create the ‘feather’ effect.

diy cupids arrow made by twigs

{project done by Dee Dee, photos via Tutto Bella}