1. “Hooty Street” by Natasha Collins
2. Gingerbread Brownstone from Instructables
3. Barry Parsons Gingerbread via Ultimate Gingerbread
4. Swiss Chalet by Rebecca Russell
5. Hansel & Gretel House by Laurie Gauthier via Ultimate Gingerbread
I cannot wipe the dumb grin off my face – this time of year just makes me so happy! The only thing my boyfriend and I like to shop for on Black Friday is our Christmas tree, so out to Jersey we went last weekend to chop one down. If you live in the NY area and are looking for a little tree adventure, I suggest you head on out to Dixiedale Farms in Chatham, New Jersey. We went last year and had such a great experience, plus we learned that we could bring pets – so Riley and Dylan got to come along this year. Everyone out there is so darn nice – when the owner saw we had our dogs in tow upon arrival, we were immediately greeted with doggie treats. I had asked my boyfriend to take a photo of me with the dogs amongst the lush greenery and as he went to take the photo a lady came running (literally, running!) over insisting that she take one of all of us. And if that wasn’t kind enough, I have never seen so much motivation put forth in trying to get the attention of two non-responsive dogs. It was hilarious – she took about 20, while continually yelling their names and trying to get them to sit. As if the nice people and beautiful trees aren’t enough, there’s also fire pit, as well as some hot cider and cookies for shoppers to help themselves to. I just love it – a true gem hidden away from the dirty overpriced trees sold along the NYC streets.
We found a great tree and were a little too overwhelmed by it’s beauty to remember that we live in a small Brooklyn apartment. It wasn’t until we got home that we realized it didn’t fit in our living room…at all. But no big deal, just a simple redesign of the room and the removal of a piece or two of furniture and we were in business! Because it’s larger than our previous trees we actually didn’t have enough ornaments to fill in the tree, so I’ll have to take a finished photo tonight.
I’ll post some photos of our finished tree and our very festive apartment in the next few days. For now, here’s a little look I posted last year of some of our vintage décor.
In my opinion, there’s no more appropriate time for plaid than the holiday season. And this coat from Fossil has quickly become my go-to jacket, as it’s full of holiday vibes! I am such a fan of it, I used the jacket as inspiration to create some fun plaid party décor for the table. Head on over to the Fossil Blog to check out the DIY and learn how to make your own plaid napkins, drink labels, and party straws for your next holiday gathering!
For Thanksgiving we had a few friends over and cooked up all the classics – turkey, stuffing, potatoes, casserole, and so much more. I also baked up some desserts, including an apple pie, a caramel apple spice trifle, and a chocolate cheesecake. Since I knew my oven would be pretty full, I wanted desserts I could make ahead time, hence the the trifle and cheesecake. The apple pie was baked fresh Thanksgiving morning and we also threw in a Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie, which was all served alongside some delicious apple cider. Needless to say everyone saved room for dessert and they were all nearly devoured. I for one am still full and have had a hard time commencing my post-Thanksgiving diet with all of the leftovers conveniently sitting in our fridge.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
When thinking up an idea for some creative place cards for the Thanksgiving table, I wanted to create something that not only looked great, but was also practical. So for Thanksgiving dinner, I’ve come up with place cards that not only hold the seats for your guests, but also serve as pie containers so guests can each take a slice of leftover pie home with them. I find that I often am too full for dessert right after Thanksgiving dinner, so the idea of dessert on-the-go at Thanksgiving makes total sense to me. And I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who has a hard time saving room for dessert on Thanksgiving! I’ve included basic instructions below, as well as a printable pie container template. Enjoy!
- Pie Container Template
- Card stock (to print the template)
- Assortment of Construction Paper
- Hot Glue Gun
- Toothpick + Paper (for flag topper)
- Wax Paper
Step #1: First, download the pie container template and print the template out onto a semi-thick neutral colored card stock. You want the paper just thin enough to be able to crease, while still being sturdy. For each place card, print out a template, cut along the solid lines, and fold/score the dotted lines.
Step #2: Now that you can see how your container will work, plan out which colors of paper you want to use for your pie and use your template to trace the patterns onto colored paper. So say you’re making the pumpkin pie, you’ll want the trace the top and side pieces onto orange paper. Once you’ve traced what you’ll need onto the colored paper, go ahead and use hot glue to glue the card stock container closed, by gluing on the tabs marked “glue.”
Step #3: Once your pie box is glued and ready for use, decorate it to look like a slice pie. As you can see I made a variety of pies for reference, including a coconut cream pie, cherry pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate cheesecake, and a key lime pie. In keeping with traditional Thanksgiving meal, you may prefer to only make the pumpkin pie boxes, but that’s all up to you! Since you’ve already traced the top and side of your pies onto your colored paper, cut and glue those pieces on. For your crust, make sure the paper width is equal to the back of your pie box, and then glue that on.
Other tips: For the whipped cream topping, cut out a starburst pattern and glue the ends of each piece inwards towards the center. To achieve the lattice pie crust look on the cherry pie, use decorative scissors.
Step #4: For the personalized flag topper, glue a strip of paper onto a toothpick and write your guest’s name. Poke the top of the toothpick into the top of the pie, and now your pie containers are all set for the table! Before dishing out the leftover pie to guests, make sure to line each container with a piece of wax paper.
Just in case you were not yet aware, November is peanut butter lover’s month! And I for one am a proud lover of peanut butter, so I put together a DIY over at the Fossil Blog to celebrate the occasion with some fun fall treats. These mini peanut butter pumpkins are fun and oh so easy to make. Head on over to the Fossil Blog to check them out!
1. Styrofoam Turkey Place Cards from Alana Jones-Mann for Evite // 2. Chocolate Bar Place Cards from Martha Stewart // 3. Paper Turkey Leg Kids Place Cards from Fiskars // 4. Personalized Leaf Place Cards from Pinterest // 5. Geo Chalkboard Place Cards from Flax & Twine
Tomorrow I’ll be posting a DIY for some very sweet DIY Thanksgiving place cards – so stay tuned for those!
Last week I received a very exciting cake order for five (five!) cakes and 60 cupcakes from Candy Crush, for the celebration of their first anniversary. While it was a lot of work for my one-woman operation, the desserts were all completed in time (with minutes to spare) and I was very happy with the finished treats. It was two days of barely any sleep, but it was definitely worth it! I hadn’t played the game prior to receiving the order, so I downloaded it for research and have since become completely addicted!
After an amazing few days in Mexico, I am back in action. I was unable to post my weekly inspiration post on Monday due to travel, so today I bring you a little fall-flavored inspiration from the archives. Here’s a few of my favorite DIYs from last November.
How cute is this little felt fox pin?! Head on over to the Fossil Blog to check out the DIY I put together for the adorable embellishment. I also wanted to mention the DIY includes a downloadable PDF for the fox pattern, so you can replicate the fox onto just about anything – paper masks, Christmas ornaments, pillows – there are just so many fantastic possibilities!