holiday craft party ideas

Nothing sounds more fun to me than getting together with the ladies, sipping on some vino or bubbly, grubbing on a cheese plate and doing crafts! Seriously, my kind of party. Some talented bloggers recently hosted some fun parties we’re going to share with you today. Make a date, buy the supplies {don’t forget the wine} and have some DIY fun.

Mary Costa Photography, Mix & a-Mingle Holiday Craft Party by Studio DIY

Melanie, a really talented blogger behind You Are My Fave {from Colorado like us}, let us share her Martha Stewart Holiday Craft Party idea with us. So cute, and looks like a great time. For a full tutorial, please visit You Are My Fave. Photos by Nicole Coleman.

Gather some old books, visit a library $1 book sale and host a DIY party to create a Book Pages Tree like Organized Clutter did.

Sugar and Cloth made an adorable Color Block Ornament Garland at their holiday party. See how here.

Paper {whites} hosted a lovely Holiday Craft party for her book club and the festivities included a cookie exchange, champagne sipping and gift tag creativity. Look at the goody bags below {I want} and look at more details here.

{images via Mary Costa Photography, Organized Clutter, Sugar and Cloth, You are My Fave/Nicole Coleman, Paper {Whites}}

gift guide for the hostess

We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know we have so much to be grateful for, so it was a special day for us to be with family and friends, and enjoy the love all around us. I was the one who cried {tears of joy} as I said what I was thankful for at the dinner table. I definitely got the ‘crying’ gene as we call it in my family – actually I think all 3 of us did – the gene that has us in tears for every toast and prayer at holidays and special events. It all started with grandma.

Now, we’re in Christmas mode. Hard to believe the jolly man comes down the chimney in about 3.5 weeks. Some of you may be shopping Black Friday deals today…wish I was doing a little retail therapy!

If your shopping today, or opt for a calmer day to shop, add some of our favorite hostess gifts below to your shopping list. It’s a nice gesture to bring a little something for the host/hostess – and he or she will be sure to enjoy any of these items.

Happy Shopping.

1. Cocktail Chatter Napkins, Anthropologie
2. Personalized Placemat, EInvite
3. Jar with Chalkboard Label {filled with cookies, of course}, Pier1
4. Santa Poo Pourri {spritz before you go, and no one will ever know – it totally works}, Amazon
5. Rosemary Tree, Terrain
6. Naughty and Nice Sock by Gumball Poodle, Urban General Store
7. Mr. and Mrs. Holiday Glasses, Furbish Studio
8. Holiday Basket with Mini Candles, Crate and Barrel
9.  Winter Wonderland dish towel, Anthropologie

{images via EInvite, AmazonPier 1Terrain, Urban General StoreFurbish Studio, Crate and BarrelAnthropologie}

thanksgiving inspiration

Please accept our apology for a non-complete post that accidentally went ‘live’ yesterday. 

We’ve searched high and low for our favorite Thanksgiving inspiration from the blogosphere, and here are our faves so far this year…

We love the colors, gold confetti, feathers, natural touch of the cotton centerpiece and the salad plates in this gorgeous table setting by A Place for Us, with accessories by West Elm. You have to see the rest of it here.

There is no better time to reflect on the people around us, family and friends, things or people we are grateful for and even past family traditions or past Thanksgivings…and I think the best way to do that at the dinner table is to create a photo table runner. We saw the beautiful one featured on Ruffled Blog, so why not recreate for your Thanksgiving table? It’s on my to-do list.

Kids Thanksgiving Placemat, My Sister’s Suitcase
The kids will be fully entertained with this adorable and FREE printable.

This Thanksgiving, think about Paying Gratefulness Forward. We love this idea by Small Fry. Read more about it here.

We love this simple place mat idea for adults or kids by Skies of Parchment that can be easily made with Kraft paper. It’s a great activity for guests too.

We LOVE these customizable Word Search Placecards. So adorable, and a fun activity. Read this full tutorial at My So Called Crafty Life.
 This Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate by Good Life Eats looks amazing! Find the recipe here.

Think about adding a mini treat to this year’s dessert table with these Apple Pie Cheesecake Bites by Baked by Rachel. OMG delish!

{images via A Place for UsMy Sister’s SuitcaseRuffled Blog, Small Fry, Good Life Eats, Skies of ParchmentMy So Called Crafty Life and Baked by Rachel}

{free printable} BOO-rific and healthy halloween treats

Our kids are overloaded with sugar this time of year, so for school/friend Halloween treats, we took a ‘healthier’ route. I know Halloween is 2 days away – where does the time go? These are super simple treats you can do in an hour or two…even if it’s the night before your kid’s school Halloween party….like me.

Cutie Pumpkin

How To:
Buy a bag of clementines.
Use a black sharpie to draw pumpkin faces on the pumpkin.
Wrap a toothpick with a green Pipe Cleaner, leaving a nail-length space on the bottom to insert in the top of the Clementine.
Stick the toothpick in the top of the Clementine.

Halloween BOOty
{get it…BOO-ty with actual Pirate’s Booty?}

How To:
Buy small cellophane bags, twine/ribbon and bag of Pirate’s Booty {if you haven’t tried Pirate’s Booty before…you are missing out on this gluten-free goodness – GO BUY IT}.
Print off our Halloween BOOty labels, by the one and only Jenna, of Fleur de Lis, a paperie.
Go here to download them for FREE.
Fill the cellophane bag with BOOty.
Wrap the bag with twine, and attach label.

 {images via Tutto Bella}

glam bomb 3

A glamorous event. Time with fabulous people. A top-secret location. Jewelry shopping. 100% profit sent directly to a good cause – One of 99 (arts education outreach programs to local youth through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver).

Sounds amazing, right?

We’ve marked our calendars for Glam Bomb 3 on Tuesday, Oct. 8. And, you have an opportunity to go too. Tickets are currently on sale at glambomb3.eventbrite.com.

Held in downtown Denver, the event location will be disclosed to ticket holders on the day of the event. VIP admission will begin at 5 p.m., followed by general admission at 5:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy cocktails and appetizers while shopping for a cause among local and national independent designers.

Twenty jewelry lines will be showcased, including collections from our home town of Denver, Colorado.

Lindsay Bloom, designed and manufactured in Denver and sold nationwide, is a timeless line that was the 2012 recipient of Fashion Group International’s “Rising Star” award and has been featured by InStyle, Real Simple, and E! Entertainment, to name a few.

 Christy Lea Payne creates affordable, sophisticated and perfect jewelry for everyday wear. CLP Jewelry has been a longtime favorite along the Front Range and beyond.

Other designers spanning from New York to Los Angeles include Michael Spirito, Campbell, Miguel Ases, Chan Luu and Devon Pavlovits.

The event is hosted by Cindy Ollig of The Perfect Petal. Located in the Highlands Square neighborhood, Cindy and Alex Ollig’s Perfect Petal has been serving the Denver metro and surrounding areas with full floral and decor services since 1995.

{images via Christy Lea Payne, Bloom Jewelry}