Day 8: DIY party hats

On the 8th day of Christmas, j. sorelle gave to you…DIY Holiday Party Hats.

Put on your party dress and get out your hot glue gun because today we have a DIY tutorial to create your own, festive party hats.

DIY christmas tree party hat

diy sparkle and shine party hat

diy frozen party hat_jsorelle

You’ll Need:

  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue/hot glue gun
  • Holiday trimmings, sequins, ornaments aka party hat decor
  • Package of thin headbands {we bought the softer fabric kind to prevent massive hard-headband-headaches}

How To:

Step 1: Print this free template {thanks Oh Happy Day} on cardstock of your choice

Step 2: Cut and shape cardstock into hat form. We used a pinch of hot glue along the ‘inside seam’ just to make sure the hat was solid for our heavy decorations.

Step 3: Decorate. Add some bling and color…or in our case, add tree trimmings, tinsel, and ornaments. We used a hot glue gun to add our tinsel and tree trimmings.

Step 4: Glue to a thin headband.

Step 5: Take pictures of your party hats and send them to us – we want to see your creations.
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These hats made even a mini-photo shoot in the middle of a massive winter storm {running eye-liner and all} fun!

{images via j. sorelle}

Cocktails and Canvas + Wayfair Wish List and {GIVEAWAY}

cocktails and canvas holiday party with way fair

The holiday season is here, and along with the joy and cheer, comes a lot of stress too. We get it…seriously, a dinner party for 4 can stress us out. So, before you fret about your guests’ arrival and how you are going to entertain them, we have a fabulous party idea and tips that will help you stand out as Hostess with the Mostess.

And, we have an AMAZING giveaway for you to enter today. You have a chance to win $500 from our favorite new shopping spot for zillion things home, Wayfair. Keep reading.

Our dear family friends own a gorgeous home, and one of our favorite rooms in their home is an art room. When they host guests, a night of cocktail and canvas is always a highlight of the trip. So, their room served as the source of inspiration for today’s Cocktail & Canvas Holiday Party.

Wouldn’t you love to gather with friends and family adorned in ugly Christmas sweaters, in a room draped with colorful holiday lights, and enjoy a night filled with cocktails, paint, creativity, laughter and cheer? Sign us up.

cocktail and canvas holiday entertaining with way fair

10 Tips to Host a Cocktails & Canvas Holiday Party

  • First, ask guests to wear their finest ugly Christmas Sweaters, or take it upon yourself to buy them at local thrift stores. The memories of ugly Christmas sweaters are priceless.
  • Create a dynamic playlist. Just like bad music can ruin a wedding reception, poor music selection during a holiday celebration can be a Debbie-downer. You should have the classics like Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, and throw some Josh Groban, Kelly Clarkson and Michael Bublé in the mix too.
  • Have a bar cart easily accessible…and stocked. We lust after the beautiful images of bar carts like this. A more practical cart like below would totally work too. Either way, stock it with essentials such as, Vodka, Whiskey, Soda Water, Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice, lemons and limes, ice, Champagne, Red and White wine and beer. Don’t forget the bar cart tools and glassware.
  • Provide every artist with art supplies. Buy a rainbow of paint colors for your artists’ palette. It is best to use plastic plates instead of paper so the paint doesn’t bleed through. And, give each artist at least 5 brushes in a range of sizes. Don’t forget the canvas and easels too.

cocktails and canvas holiday entertaining with wayfair

  • Ask guests to paint a holiday scene. It can be their favorite memory of Christmas, humorous Christmas with the Griswold’s-inspired, antler art, Christmas trees, lights, bows or even Santa.
  • Have a guest room ready for those who need to crash. Here’s a quick rundown of our favorite guest room essentials: Keep extra pillows and blankets in the closet. Keep a basket of toiletries next to the sink. Essentials include a toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash and lotion, wash cloths and body towels. To really impress, add some pain relievers in case a hangover is imminent. Keep bottled water and a glass on the nightstand. And finally, have a pile of magazines and books close by for those who want to read.
  • Make it a tradition to remember. Just like our friends do with each guest, take a photo of everyone holding their artwork, and hang the photos in the room or for a memory book. Then, ask each guest to add his or her thumbprint on a large canvas among fellow artists in the gallery. Their thumbprints would be great ornaments on a tree or bulbs on a string of lights.

cocktails and canvas

cocktails and canvas holiday entertaining with way fair

  • Provide heavy appetizers for your guests and a signature cocktail like this. An artist needs his/her energy and a good flow of creativity. And, stock the fridge with eggs, bread, butter, bacon, eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt and granola because in the morning, it will be a crowd pleaser, especially for those feeling the effects of good cheer the night before.
  • Send your guests home with their art. After they take their mug shot and provide prints, the canvas is their favor for the evening…a piece of art for their home, and wonderful memories.
  • Shop our Wayfair Wish List for everything you need to host a fabulous Cocktail & Canvas Holiday Celebration.

cocktails and canvas holiday party with wayfair

  1. PVIFS Aluminum I Frame Utility Table
  2. Buffalo Tools Amerihome 30″ Bar Stool (Set of 4)
  3. Altra Marshall 29.92″ 3-Shelf Rolling Utility Cart
  4. Cheungs 3 Piece Metal Bucket Set with Handles
  5. Fredrix Red Label Stretched Canvas (Set of 6)
  6. Chenille Kraft Paint Brushes
  7. Quartet Tabletop Instant Easel
  8. Wintergreen Lighting 70 Light String LED Lights
  9. Crayola Portfolio Series Acrylic Paints

Don’t forget about the giveaway so you can throw your own Cocktails & Canvas Holiday Party.

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 j. sorelle received a gift card for this post, however we love Wayfair, even if they didn’t send us any form of payment, and all opinions are ours, we promise.

{images via friend and Wayfair}

Day 7: {Free Printable} Ho Ho Oreo Treats for School

ho ho free printable_jsorelle

On the 7th day of Christmas, j. sorelle gave to you…free Ho Ho Ho Oreo printable.

You’ve got the teacher covered with this gift, and now you have the kids covered too. Jessica’s husband was the inspiration for this year’s school holiday treat. His favorite evening treat these days is Oreo cookies dipped in milk {real milk as he says…not the Almond and Soy that is always in the fridge}. And, since it’s a favorite treat for children too, we are sharing it with friends this holiday. Our kiddos are excited to give this to their friends at school. This holiday we are not saying HO HO HO. We are say, HO HO OREO!

You’ll Need:

1 bag of stick pretzels
  • 1 small bag of Ghirardelli Chocolate for candy making and dipping
  • Cellophane bags
  • Oreos
  • Free printable by Fleur de Lis.

How To:

  1. Click here to print the Ho Ho Oreo printable.
  2. Melt the chocolate.
  3. To create the H in HO, you will need 3 stick pretzels. Break one pretzel in half for the horizontal line in the H. Dip both ends of the split pretzel in the chocolate. Position it in between the two other pretzel sticks, then take a spoon or Ziploc bag {cut a small hole on the end of the bag for a DIY frosting bag} and drizzle chocolate over the H.
  4. Wait for the chocolate to dry.
  5. Place the H and Oreo in the cellophane bag and add the tag.

christmas treat for the kids

oreo holiday treat for the kids

oreo holiday treat

The great news for all those who are GF is that this treat can be made gluten free too. To replace the Oreos, buy Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Creme cookies, and for the pretzel, buy Glutino’s GF stick pretzels.

ho ho ho merry christmas treat

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{images via j. sorelle}

Day 6: Your Cocktail’s Best Accessory, a DIY Drink Stirrer

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On the 6th day of Christmas, j. sorelle gave to you…a DIY drink stirrer.

We accessorize our outfit for holiday parties…so why not accessorize our cocktails too? This year our drinks will be a bit more festive – cheers to that!

snowman drink stirrer

Snowman Drink Stirrer

You’ll Need

  • 3 mini styrofoam balls
  • Hot glue gun
  • Shredded carrot sticks
  • Black puff paint
  • Drink stirrer
  • Red and white striped twine
  • Mini branches

How To:


  1. Glue the 3 styrofoam balls together.
  2. Push the carrot in the face for the nose.
  3. Add three buttons with the puff paint on the middle ball or ‘belly’ of the snowman.
  4. Tie a small piece of twine around the ‘neck’ of the snowman so he/she has a scarf.
  5. Add a mini branch to each side of the snowman so he/she has arms.
  6. Push the top of the drink stirrer into the bottom ball.

tinsel and ornament drink stirrer

Tinsel and Ornament Drink Stirrer

You’ll Need:

  • Mini ornament from your local Target or Walmart
  • Tinsel
  • Drink stirrer
  • Hot glue gun

How To:

  1. Wrap a small piece of tinsel around the top of the drink stirrer. Add a dab of hot glue to the end tip of the tinsel to keep it in place.
  2. Wrap the string attached to the mini ornament around the top of the drink stirrer and add a dab of glue to keep it in place, too.

Now that you have two adorable drink stirrers to make, you just need a cocktail to fill your cup. Stay tuned because we have a yummy and festive drink recipe we can’t wait to share.

{images via j. sorelle}

Day 5: Holiday Cocktail and {CAMERA GIVEAWAY}

pomegranate champagne cocktail On the 5th day of Christmas, j. sorelle gave to you…a Canon EOS Rebel T5 Camera with two lenses giveaway and an amazing holiday cocktail.

Cameras and Cocktails – that sounds like a party with memories worth capturing. We are those moms who always have the camera out and ready for a moment, a laugh and even a cheesy smile. Our mom was the same way, so maybe its generational. But, the moments are so fleeting and our kiddos grow up so fast. Photographs are our window to the past and a way to remember the present moments we want to hold on to before they are gone. We admit, cell phones are small and convenient to carry around and snap photos here and there, but the camera we have with us on family vacations, family reunions, the birth of our children, baby’s first steps, birthday candles being blown out, the first day of school, and every tiny and large moment in between, is our Canon. We are pumped to be teaming up with 15 other amazing bloggers to giveaway a Canon EOS Rebel T5 with two lenses. With so many cash giveaways happening online, we decided to participate in a giveaway that was a special gift for one of you. We know your hard-earned cash is going towards gifts for family and friends, so this is our way to treat one of our lucky readers {you} to a gift you can keep for yourself. And, it’s just in time to capture the moments and priceless reactions when friends and family open your gifts this holiday. Check out all the ladies joining us on this giveaway by clicking on their image below.

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This is your chance to make some photo magic with your family. The giveaway will run from December 5-19 and is open to US and Canada residents only. All entries will be validated, and if there are any issues with your entry all will be voided. So you better be honest because we are going to be like Santa and check it all twice. Good luck! Happy Holidays!

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We promised you a cocktail recipe too, and this is one of our favorites {thanks Lea}. For the holidays we lovingly call it Christmas in the POM of Your Hand. pomegranate champagne cocktail for the holidays Ingredients

How To Create Christmas in the POM of Your Hand

  1. Pour about 1 shot of POM to the champagne glass. The POM juice should fill ¼ of the cup.
  2. Pour the bubbly.
  3. Add a small handful of Pomegranate seeds. They may float, or sink. Science experiment too. The Pomegranate seeds are so delicious to eat while you sip. Plus, hello antioxidants!


pomegranate champagne cocktail

Jessica & our beautiful Mom

{images of cocktail and party via Meredith Moran Photography}

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