Thursday, December 19, 2013


 We love the holidays! Festive decorating, crafting and baking are all exhausting undertakings but somehow the magic of the season makes it all worth while. So what better way to share our excitement than with a lighthearted evening with friends. Thank you to our guests and Happy Holiday's to our readers.
-J & LS
One of the first things I made for the party was this wreath. An idea found from Martha Stewart, it's crafted of delicate flowers made from tapioca plants. An elegant green satin bow contrasted well with our colorful front door and reinforced our holiday theme.

The bay leaf wreath was sourced from William Sonoma. It also hangs from a merry satin ribbon. Other festive floral touches permeated throughout the house.
My first vintage nutcracker took his place of honor in the front hall and paired nicely with my homemade frosted pinecones and mercury glass votives.

This fabulous driftwood Christmas tree idea was found on pinterest so OF COURSE we had to create one of our own. It was a super easy craft using sticks, eyehooks and monofilament. We decorated ours with vintage wood ornaments and handmade felt ones.

Restoration Hardware has the most charming array of lit faux trees this season. I couldn't resist this birch one that I hung with some of my vintage mercury glass ornaments. It also provided the perfect setting for our children's gift bags. Each linen bag held homemade sugar cookies and a small toy. The felted gift tags were  such fun to make and were an idea found from Martha Stewart.

My Christmas tree was topped with this wonderful verdigris reindeer from Shop Terrain.  Vintage mercury glass ornaments decorated the tree while Christmas lights twinkled both inside and out.

This is a close up of my mercury glass ornaments mixed in with the glass garland purchased at Restoration Hardware. The jute, pom pom and silver bell garland was made by MOI. 

Additional pom pom garland hung over the bar and literally provided some Christmas jingle.  I found this totally awesome 60's light up Santa on Etsy. I put him in charge of guarding our advent calendar. Also a super find, the roofs of these darling houses can be removed to hold delicious sweet treats.

We resolved to serve a buffet dinner. Our table-scape took on a flora and fauna theme. A stunning vintage Danish tablecloth was our foundation and really brought it all together. I flipped readymade birch planters and covered them with faux snow to provide charming pedestals for my bottlebrush woodland creatures. They were further embellished with hand bleached, snow covered fir trees; all simple additions to readymade purchases. The d├ęcor was rounded out by more pinecones, candy canes and birch candleholders .

Et Voila! Appetizers served!
Sorry no imagery of the dinner...we were having too much fun!



1 comment:

  1. WOW- you guys went all out! I love it. Looking at the photos it felt like I was at a magazine photo shoot. My favorite is the homemade wooden Christmas tree with vintage wooden ornaments- so COOL! We have some on our three but they look so much better like that- great job ladies! Now, a well deserved break, sit back and relax. Happy Holidays!