Nutcracker Dinner Party & DIY Wreath

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Nutcracker Dinner Party Crab Dip Creamy Broccoli Soup Shrimp Casserole Cheese Biscuits English Mincemeat Pie Grand Marnier Grapes (to garnish dessert plates) A collection of Santa’s, angels, nutcrackers, or snowmen make an easy centerpiece.  Cluster your collections by color, size, or shape to heighten visual impact.  Lining luminaries up your front steps always creates a welcoming … { Continue Reading }

How To Make Gingerbread Houses

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How To Make Gingerbread Houses Christmas comes to our house with a whole set of customs, rituals, and traditions.  Since this is a time of traditions and a time to enjoy friends, making gingerbread houses and giving Tea Parties are without a doubt our favorite tradition.  Each year, my Mom and I give a Gingerbread House Tea Party for friends. Only silver trays are used because it is a grand … { Continue Reading }

DIY: Paper Flowers

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DIY Paper Flowers Just last week, I was driving in Hillsboro Village (a cute shopping and dining area in Nashville) when I looked over at one of my favorite stores (Social Graces) to see these darling white paper flowers covering their windows. I almost had a wreck. I HAD to find out how they made those. Lucky me there was a craft night just a few days later where Erin Duffy of Social Graces … { Continue Reading }

Bagel Witches!

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Big Congratulations to Ruth Hill for winning the Dough-A-Deer Giveaway! You will receive an email soon! We have a super fun Halloween giveaway coming on Thursday so check back to enter! Let's have lunch today! Head over to the Seasonal Celebrations Community and meet Courtney for lunch at 12pm EST (11pm CST) for a chat about Halloween Parties & Decorations! Just look for my Live Chat … { Continue Reading }

Pink-O-Ween Party: Benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation

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Pink-O-Ween: Benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and I wanted to share Team Pinkoween with you not only because my father's mother is a survivor but also for the thousands of women affected daily by breast cancer. I was excited to design a pink, "glammed out" Halloween this year and thrilled to team up with Anders Ruff Custom Designs … { Continue Reading }

Silhouette Art by Vana Chupp

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Silhouette Art Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio is an inspiration of mine. Professionally trained as an architect, she launched Le Papier Studio in 2008 after falling in love with the sweet art of silhouette after the birth of her son, Nikolas. Vana is also on our Paperie Guide where I have had the honor of getting to know her and her amazing designs. Vana's book, Silhouette Art, published by … { Continue Reading }

Witches Dinner Party

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Witches Dinner Party Photography by Kristen Steele Photography Inspired by these cute witches wine labels from PaperStyle, I designed a Witches Dinner Party shoot to inspire you for the upcoming Halloween season! I love that this label also comes in invitations so you can send them out to your favorite girlfriends. They can park their brooms at the door, and enjoy a night of spooky sips and … { Continue Reading }

Cupcake Skewer Contest: WINNER

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Cupcake Skewer Contest Winner Congratulations, Audrey. Thank you to absolutely everyone who emailed in their entries - and there were dozens of you. Even those who showed us your cupcake skewers after the deadline just because you wanted to break out the baking pans. And those of you who entered who had never even baked before this contest! We hope you had fun - and aren't they yummy?! The only … { Continue Reading }

Halloween Mini-Cupcake Bouquet

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Halloween Mini-Cupcake Bouquet Who said bouquets had to be made out of flowers? I much prefer this fun edible version made from mini-cupcakes and created especially for Halloween!  This adorable (and delicious!) bouquet is super-easy to make and will work as your dessert and your centerpiece...here's what you do: Step 1- Bake Your Cupcakes Line your baking tin with some fun cupcake … { Continue Reading }

How To Make Cupcake Skewers

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How To Make Cupcake Skewers Many of you enjoyed the cupcake skewer inspiration post and asked for a How-To so here you go! I chose red velvet this time just for kicks but make whatever cake you prefer. I have tried this with pound cake, homemade recipes, and box mix. Light and fluffy cakes work for me but others find denser cakes are better. Try whatever you like and enjoy! The possibilities … { Continue Reading }