November 2008 archive

Simple Holiday Decor: Winter Berry Wreath!

Emily from My Little Window Shoppe shares her simple and creative tips for making an impressive holiday wreath. She proves that it doesn’t take a lot to make something fabulous!

Hello Thoughtfully Simple readers! This is my favorite Winter Berry wreath! I have it at home proudly displayed and since I thought it was so pretty, I took a few pictures of it and put it up on the front page of Little Window Shoppe a week ago. Since posting it up, I have had a lot of questions about it! So, due to popular demand, I wanted to write a quick tutorial with easy steps on how to make your own gorgeous wreath this year.

Supplies
  • An old or new grapevine wreath base (size = your choice). You can buy these at Michaels for about $3 – $6. Mine also has extra dried twigs included in it, in fact you could dry your own twigs and make a base out of it…just secure it together with floral wire.
  • A bunch of your favorite freshly picked Red Winter Berry Stems – (the artificial stems are also found at various craft stores).
  • Floral Wire – to secure everything in place and to make a hanger for your wreath.
  • Scissors and/or a wire cutter
  • (Extra) Ribbon – if you want to add a ribbon to your wreath.

Simple Steps

Once you have your grapevine/twig base and your Winter Berry stems, start weaving them into the base and secure them with floral wire. If you can’t keep it in place with just the wire, you can also use hot glue (I like to avoid glue if at all possible on this project, but it can definitely help hold it all together if nothing else is working).

Finally, once the stems are intertwined and secured, you can use your floral wire to make a hanger for your wreath or to attach a pretty bow. This is a fun and easy little project for the holidays and will help you to save a lot of money too! Many of pre-made berry wreaths are selling for about $20 to $40 (depending on the size). So, have fun and keep your cash this season.

Looking for more festive ways to decorate this holiday season? Check out more ideas using cranberries and how to turn wrapping paper into holiday decor.

 

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Simple Centerpieces Make a Bold Statement!

If you are still looking for some Table Top inspiration for your Thanksgiving feast, check out how simple it can be! You can turn ordinary pumpkins into simple and modern table top decor that will surely impress.

Your table centerpieces can be as simple as gathering a few pumpkins. Group them together to make a bold statement. You can also display them on cake stands to give the arrangement height (which also gives you more table room for your food). For a modern statement, spray paint your entire pumpkin white, stem and all. The folks from Dwell Studio point out that this modern idea won’t draw away from the colors of your beautiful dinner! {We love that!} Or mix it up and create more of an interest like the above table top from domino Magazine. And if the real-deal isn’t for you, we are also loving these Pumpkin Candles from Pottery Barn.

Hostess Tip: Don’t stress, when you make things simple, you tend produce fabulous results!
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Drink Your Dessert: Pumpkin Martini

Want to skip the pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving but still want to be festive? Why not serve this Pumpkin Martini instead? Okay, still make the pie (after all it is Thanksgiving), but perhaps some of the adults would like the option to drink their dessert!

Pumpkin Martini

Pumpkin Martini

Pick up pumpkin pie spices in the bakery aisle of your grocery store and mix them with equal parts brown sugar on a plate. Rim the edge of the martini glass with the sweet-spice mixture and serve with a small cinnamon stick for even more holiday flavor.

Ingredients:

2 ounces pumpkin infused vodka
Splash of Cointreau
Ice
Note: Your liquor store should carry pumpkin- flavored or infused vodka around this time of year.
Directions:

1. Swirl Cointreau in a martini glass, then dump out.
2. Shake pumpkin vodka and ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into glass.

Servings: 1 cocktail.

This recipe was discovered in Fine Living

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Appetizers from Dippy Chick®

A big part of entertaining and being a fabulous hostess is offering guests appetizers. Although appetizers at first glance always seem simple, the options and preparation can be a bit overwhelming. Don’t stress, here is a simple {and fun} solution to the endless appetizer dilemma.

Let Dippy Chick® Get Your Party Started Right!

Dippy Chick® offers mouth watering dip mixes that can be used in a variety of ways. Think dips, marinates, cheese spreads, anything that requires awesome flavors! Oh, did I mention the dip names will have you laughing out loud?

Aside from their strict quality standards and great taste, Dippy Chick’s packaging is what sets them apart. Each package has a clever name and a hand drawn design, waaaayy more fun!

My favorite three dip flavors have got to be:

  • DON’T SQUAT WITH YOUR SPURS ON (Buttermilk Ranch Dip Mix)
  • GETTIN’ PIGGY WIDDIT (Bacon Onion Dip Mix)
  • CRABBY OL’ BEACH (Tomato Horseradish Dip Mix)

Besides being fun and simple, these mixes are a fab {and thoughtful} find because Dippy Chick® dip mixes have… No Fillers – No MSG – No Gluten – No Artificial Colors – No Artificial Flavors
No Trans Fats – No Sugar – No or Low Salt… Yet they taste like nothing’s missing! Get your dip on for under $4.00!

Recipes for party dip, cracker spreads, roasted potatoes, pasta salad, sauces and more are included on each package. You can view more flavors, recipes, and order your own dip mixes from http://www.dippychick.com.

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New Uses For Old Wine Corks

If you are like me, you have a few old wine corks lying around the kitchen. Don’t throw them out…use them as decor! Here are a couple “corky” ideas for the next time you entertain!

Place Cards Holders: Take cork, cut a slit along the side, and insert a name card. Tip: If the cork won’t stand on it’s own- put a square of double-sided tape underneath it.

Centerpiece: Fill up a glass vase or jar with all of your old wine corks…simple!

Other idea: Instead of using the corks as place card holders, use them to create labels to identify your dips or dishes. Think wine and cheese party! Fabulous!

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