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Christmas Home Tour Part 1

CHRISTMAS HOME TOUR PART I

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My plan today was to share a full home tour after getting all the Christmas decorations up but my Canon point and shoot camera has been giving me problems (the shutter is staying open too long) when I photograph in low light.  Any photographers out there. . . please help and please post in the comments to give me some pointers on how to fix this in my settings on my Canon 5x/16.0 camera?  I did manage to clean them up a bit with Photoshop- but you can clearly see the blurry line running through all my photos, where the shutter is not quite closed.  Ugh!

Christmas Home Tour 2016

So instead I am just posting a few of the photos that I took last night that I managed to do a quick touch up.  I’ll take some better daytime photos this week and get them posted later in the week for the Home Tour Part II.

 Above is our formal living room with our stone fireplace with my decorated mantle and our staircase that I added Christmas greenery and lanterns on top of our banister pillars – our house is lit up every where at night.  Every nook of the house features sparkling lights.  I may have gone a tad overboard on the electric lights.

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Our dining room- see the reclaimed wood farmhouse XMAS sign on the buffet – I made it!

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Our little woodland creatures table – I love the trendy animals made from wood, pine cones, and other natural materials that have been popular the past few years.

Christmas Tree

Our Christmas tree really came out amazing this year.  We bought a larger 9 foot tree since we have vaulted ceilings – I finally got the tall Christmas tree I always wanted.  Later this week, I will share many of the handmade ornaments and other hand painted Christmas decorations I have made over the years.

Christmas EntranceThis is my favorite part of our home – the front inside entry.  I plan to transition this table for every season.  I made the JOY reclaimed wood sign as well for this table.

Stay tuned for some gift giving ideas on Wednesday and the second part of my Christmas home tour -the day time tour with much better photos- I promise!

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Christmas Party Ideas

CHRISTMAS PARTY IDEAS & WINTER CUPCAKE RECIPE

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Did you survive the Black Friday sales?  I don’t know about you – but I ignored my cell phone and tablet for much of the Thanksgiving weekend to spend time with friends and loved ones over the holiday and to focus on what is important.  So, this morning I opened my email in-box to find over 80 plus sales and marketing emails from the weekend. Ugh!

It was a bit excessive to say the least and annoying! Delete, delete, delete!  I really wish retailers would recognize the difference between successful email marketing and spam, because, even if you do opt in for a retailer’s marketing emails. . .  too much – IS SPAM!

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Seriously, some of these online retail websites emailed me 6 times in one day- and on Thanksgiving?? All in an effort to promote the Black Friday sales.  I have unsubscribed to several email lists, as of this morning.

I promise to offer some holiday inspiration over the next few weeks, instead of a  “buy this, sale, shop now, hurry before the sale ends!”, type blog posts.   I know how stressful the holidays can be as it is- so I want to inspire you this Christmas, offer some quick diy projects, decorating tips, and holiday recipes here at the Party Fetti blog to make it more enjoyable and not use my blog solely as a marketing platform.  Although I do email my subscribers with a sale promo about once every two to three months, in addition to my regular blog posts here – generally with links to my Etsy shops at the end of many of my posts , such as today’s post- still, my priority is to help you to throw the best celebration!  I started this blog to inspire my followers to offer tips for party and holiday decorating and I will continue to offer plenty of holiday ideas over the next few weeks.

So, let’s get to it!  Below I am sharing a quick recipe for Snowball Mini Cupcakes – scroll down for the recipe.  

However, first, here are a few quick decorating tips for a Christmas party or for any winter event or winter birthday party-

Onederland Party

Use what you have! Pull items from your Christmas decorations, such as feather trees, snowflake ornaments, large glass containers, and a simple cupcake stand, like this set up shown above, for a 1st birthday as a Winter Onederland party.  Love the pink for the little girl too!

Winter Birthday Party

Set up a wintry scene with fake snow, white trees, pine cones, and snowmen.

This works for an adult holiday party or for a children’s birthday party.  A color palette of white, grey, silver, and blue ties it all together – but don’t be afraid to go with pinks and neon colors for a more contemporary winter color scheme!   Cover all your candy and wine bottles (or soda bottles for the kids) with coordinating printable labels.  You can find many complete printable party kits on Etsy – if you are a diy’er and don’t mind a few hours of cutting with scissors- this is a huge money saver for any party.  You just need a good quality home color printer.  A straight cutter (a paper cutting tool that many scrapbookers use) will save you time on the cutting too.

Wine Labels

Be creative with your signage and use a play on words, like this clever party sign below, and so easy to print and frame-

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If you don’t have hours to cook- that is Okay! Get creative with your packaging of store bought foods, like these labeled and packaged marshmallows for a hot cocoa bar –

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Now for the Snowball Mini Cupcakes Recipe

Cupcake Recipe

Ingredients:
  1. 1 (15.25-ounce) box devil’s food cake mix
  2. 1 cup whole milk
  3. 1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
  4. 3 large eggs
  5. 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  6. 1 (3.4-ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix
  7. 1 cup chopped flaked coconut
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 2 (24-cup) mini muffin pans with baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cake mix, milk, oil, and eggs with a mixer at medium speed until moistened, about 2 minutes. Divide batter among prepared muffin cups. Bake until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 12 minutes. Let cool in pans for 5 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on a wire rack.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat cream and pudding mix at high speed until fluffy. Spoon mixture into a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.
  4. Make a small incision in the bottom of cupcakes, and pipe 1⁄4 teaspoon vanilla mixture into centers. Pipe vanilla mixture over tops of cupcakes; sprinkle with coconut. Serve immediately.

Stop by any of my Etsy shops for some quick holiday decorations and gift ideas if you don’t have much time to do it yourself this month-

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Come back to the blog all this month for more holiday inspiration!

Have a great week!

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10 DIY Christmas Wrapping Ideas

CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAP IDEAS TO MAKE YOUR TREE MORE JOLLY

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It’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about shopping lists, holiday parties, and wrapping. Oh, all that wrapping! It can be a tough thing. I mean, the wrapping papers you find in stores aren’t always the best. And for your loved ones, you have to have the best, right? So if you are having a hard time finding the perfect wrapping paper, or if you just want to make your wrapping paper a little more special this holiday season, try out some of these awesome DIY ideas! (My favorites are the ones involving confetti. Lots and lots of confetti.) Enjoy, and happy wrapping!

1. Painted Pretty

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This would be a great one to do with the kids. Pick a few colors, grab a brush, and go to town!

2. Sports Ball Simply Stamped

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These are so fun and unique! My favorite is the golf ball. These would be great for any sports fans in the family. I bet a baseball would look pretty cool too.

3. Add Household Twinkling Trinkets giftwrap4

This wrapping paper is so cool and perfect for the sewing crafting recipient.  Gotta love the black, white and gold combo.

4. Confetti Shimmer & Shake

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Who wouldn’t love to receive a gift wrapped up with some confetti under an over wrap of cellophane? Kids will go crazy for it! They can shake these presents and watch the confetti move.

5. Stamped Stupendousgiftwrap6

How rad is this idea? I love the polar bears. So cool!

6. Eraser Polka Dots Dappled

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This is a classic. Grab a regular old number 2 pencils and stamp away! Try adding some color with different colored ink pads too!

7. Rubber Band Burst

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Who knew rubber bands would make a perfect gift topper? It would be fun to watch someone get frustrated having to take all of these all off!

8. Confetti Coated

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More confetti, please! A few different ways to make your gifts a little more festive and a whole lot more fun!

9. Pom Poms Popping

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How fun is this? I have to give this a try. Not only is it pretty and fun, the pom poms add some fun texture.

10. Photos

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I love this idea; there are so many ways to make it and have it work for different people. It’s all about customization, people!

Hope these Christmas gift wrapping ideas have inspired you!  Feel free to visit my shops to find a little something to wrap up –

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Three Tasty Christmas Drinks

Experiment with new drinks this holiday!

There are so many seasonal drinks to try. Below are recipes of 3 I’ve been wanting to try out! I find myself sticking to the traditional cocoa too often. Even though there is something so fun about trying a new recipe, having success with it and getting to share it with others!  What are your favorite drinks to make or buy this time of year?

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Candy Cane Cocoa

4 cups milk

3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped

4 peppermint candy canes, crushed

1 cup whipped cream

4 small peppermint candy canes

In a saucepan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling. Whisk in the chocolate and the crushed peppermint candies until melted and smooth. Pour hot cocoa into four mugs, and garnish with whipped cream. Serve each with a candy cane stirring stick.

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Eggnog

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1/3 cup white sugar

Salt to taste

2 1/2 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 pinch ground nutmeg

In a heavy saucepan, combine eggs, white sugar, and salt; gradually stir in milk. Stirring constantly, cook for 10 to 15 minutes over medium heat, until mixture just coats a metal spoon. Remove from heat, and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Place saucepan over ice water until custard cools, and then refrigerate until chilled.

In a chilled bowl, combine heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Beat until stiff peaks form. Stir in rum and yellow food coloring. Fold whipped cream mixture into the cooled custard. Pour into serving bowl, and sprinkle with nutmeg. Serve immediately.

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Peppermint Martini

5 fluid ounces vanilla-flavored vodka

2 fluid ounces white creme de menthe

1/2 fluid ounce peppermint schnapps

Fill a cocktail shake with ice. Pour vodka, creme de menthe, and peppermint schnapps over the ice. Cover cocktail shaker and shake; strain into a martini glass.

Comment any of your favorite recipes to try, we’d love to hear!

 

25 Christmas activities Part 2

 Final 15 Christmas activity ideas

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As promised, here are are the final 15 activities to do throughout the season. What is your favorite activity to do with your family?

 

11.Write a letter to santa

12.Read a Christmas book

13.Do a Christmas craft as a family

14.Send out Christmas cards

15.Decorate a tree

16.Start a holiday card photo album

17.Do research on holiday traditions around the world and choose one to add to family traditions

18.Go see the Nutcracker

19.Have random acts of kindness days

20.Go to a holiday parade

21.Bake cookies

22.Build a snowman

23.Do a Christmas puzzle

24.Write a Christmas poem

25.Make paper snowflakes

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