Courtney’s Top 10 Gifts for the Holidays!

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1. Livescribe’s Sky wifi smartpen: I was thrilled to test out this new product and ya’ll, it’s a winner! Perfect for the techie in your life, this pen has revolutionized my note-taking and drawings. I spend countless hours doodling ideas on notepads in waiting rooms, parking lots, airports, conferences, etc. and now we have a way to digitize those ideas and keep them organized (organization is my theme for 2013). If you are often sharing ideas via email or have partners in your creative biz, this really helps explain things since you can now share your drawings! Or if you’re like me and lose papers at the bottom of your purse, this will help! {click to shop}

2. Kate Spade Phone Cases: Truly, I should list Kate Spade in general. I mean, her iconic brand was the main inspiration for my wedding design (which will be on Martha Stewart weddings at the start of the new year – eeeh!). Anyway, these eye-popping patterns in gilded and colorful designs are perfect for adding some whimsy to your daily life. Me? I’m dying over the gold + white stripe! {click to shop}

3. Southern Saying Prints: 3 of these beauties are framed above my computer in my office! I chose “hey ya’ll, heavens to besty, and hold your horses” but choose your faves and hang them up! Mine are gold foil but you can also get them in vibrant colors in the Stephanie Creekmur shop. Adorable! Now, to find more spots for them in my home…

4. iGrill: I was lucky enough to try out this fab new technology thanks to Jennie-O Turkey! It syncs right up to your iPhone or Android through the free app. It’s bluetooth enabled and alerts you (up to 200 feet) when your meat is ready so sit back and sip on some champagne, ladies, because this little device takes out the “hold on, let me go check on the steak again” problem! Let’s just say that several guys in my life have this in their stockings. {click to shop}

5. Ribbon? Yes ribbon: This is the ribbon I used in my wedding, and you might find it strange to see ribbon on a holiday gift list. However, if you’re a crafter, party planner, wedding planner, teacher, or just plain into “pretty” then you would be like me if your stocking contained this gorgeous striped ribbon – happy as a bird with a fry. {click to shop}

6. Calligraphy Course: I have heard nothing but wonderful words about this online calligraphy course offered by Melissa Esplin. If you love “ooh-ing” and “aah-ing” over handwritten prints and designs on Pinterest and wedding magazines, then jump in the game, girls! You never know, you could discover that you are madly talented in this fine art. Or if you’re not (like me), you’ll still find that calligraphy is relaxing and super fun. {click to shop}

7. Silhouette Portait: Obsessed doesn’t exactly “cut” it, ya’ll! This little machine is mighty and totally fabulous. Here are some quick ornaments I made with it. It cuts almost everything (fabric too!). {click to shop}

8. Edge Champagne Flutes: I’d drink soda out of these beauties! For real. I love their “modern chic” look. They’re perfect for the perpetual hostess in your life! Thanks to Crate & Barrel for these gorgeous flutes – and only $4.95 each – love!. {click to shop}

9. Whisk Necklace: This is just too cute not to get for the baker or “sweets” lover in your life. It comes in silver + gold! AND, if you ask me, your gift tag should read “Whisk-ing you a Merry Christmas”. Just sayin’! {click to shop}

10. Monogrammed Napkins: Pick a bright hue + corresponding thread color for a personalized gift perfect for newlyweds or your favorite party-thrower! This etsy shop has darling gifts for a reasonable price, too! {click to shop}


Holiday Entertaining with Frito-Lay & Pizzazzerie!

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The holiday season is officially underway and that includes seasonal celebrations and gatherings – from lively get-togethers, reconnecting with family and friends, or just cozying up by the fire with a loved one! I’m so excited to announce that I’ve partnered with Frito-Lay to share a series of recipes and exciting ways to get involved and really celebrate this holiday season. So let’s make your … { Continue Reading }

5 Last Minute Holiday Entertaining Tips!

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Let's face it, we're busy - especially around the holidays! If you're throwing a holiday party, the last thing you want to do is miss all the fun because you're hurrying around the kitchen trying to get everything cooked, baked, chilled, poured, and plated while your guests enjoy themselves. Here are my top 5 tips for last minute holiday entertaining! 1. CHILL YOUR TREATS Prep peppermint … { Continue Reading }

Christmas Cheer for Your Co-Workers

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For me and many others, my work family is as much a part of my life as my real family, but adding another 27 people to my Christmas list can get quite costly. Since I have been on a baking bonanza for the last 3 weeks I decided to put together some bite-size treats for my co-workers. Working with materials I already had on hand, I was able to package them in a personalized way to give my … { Continue Reading }

Candy Cane Fairy Birthday Party

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I absolutely adore this adorable Candy Cane Fairy party submitted by Kerry Redemer of Simply Sweet Parties! Nothing says the holidays like little gingerbread men and candy canes. This birthday party is absolutely perfect for a December birthday, chock-full of festive details and delicious touches. The gingerbread and candy cane favors and soft pink color scheme brought everything together … { Continue Reading }

July 4th Chocolate Peanut Butter Pops


Happy July 4th Weekend! We've been sharing lots of inspiration with you over the last several weeks to get you ready for neighborhood barbecues, backyard dinner parties, and kids' celebrations for the 4th! Here are some links if you missed any of the posts: Pop Rocks Rimmed Cocktails for the 4th! Free 4th of July Printables (banners, tags,  + more!) July 4th Party Ideas More Patriotic … { Continue Reading }

Nautical Red, White, + Blue July 4th Party!

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Nautical July 4th Party July 4th is right around the corner so get ready for some RED, WHITE, + BLUE inspiration! We added a nautical twist to this July 4th party. From nautical bottles and ship details, this patriotic party will show you lots of fun ideas for throwing neighborhood parties, barbecues, and more for this summer holiday! So sit back and enjoy some JULY 4th PARTY DETAILS... PLUS - … { Continue Reading }

New Years Eve Party: Little Rascals Style

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New Years Eve Party: Little Rascals Style Earlier this week, I shared the East Coast Challenge New Years Design. So now I'm showcasing the West Coast! A talented group of party and design bloggers collaborated on this design too. Natalie Robles of Little Shindigs! They decided on a Little Rascal theme complete with an Old Hollywood flair. They left no detail untouched from camera props, … { Continue Reading }

Madmen Inspired Christmas Party


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Santa’s Milk and Cookies & Sale!

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Santa's Milk and Cookies by Pamela Smerker Pamela Smerker of Party Starters styled this darling "Santa's Milk & Cookies" display. Setting out milk and cookies for Santa is still one of my favorite childhood memories. We also used to put baby powder on the hearth so we could see Santa's "footprints" the next morning. Starting traditions with children is so important during the holidays. I … { Continue Reading }