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Create a Cozy Christmas Breakfast with Pier 1 Imports


 

There is something so magical about Christmas morning that over the years, it has become my favorite time to entertain. Christmas breakfast at my home has two requirements: expect it to be cozy and come in your pajamas. I love waking up early and setting a cozy breakfast table and this year I’ve turned to Pier 1 Imports to help me master that Christmas-cozy look!

I picked up a few finds and quickly set a table that adults and kids will eagerly gather around. I used these faux pine cone branches as a table runner (which can double as mantle decor!) and set 4 tan linen placemats as a base.

Next I picked up simple dishes from Pier 1 Imports — red plates and white bowls. Also, coordinating red mugs will perfectly hold coffee and hot cocoa on Christmas morning! Inside each bowl, a simple gift tag that serves as a place card.

And to tie it all together?  Christmas plaid napkins which bring home that cozy feel (don’t you think?).

In midst of all the chaos (aka children squealing with joy) Christmas morning can bring, I challenge you to make a special moment of Christmas cheer. Here are a couple Hostess Tips to keeping things simple:

-Set your breakfast table the night before. That way you won’t miss out on any magical moments in the morning!

-Serve simple food. Present store bought donuts or muffins in a thoughtful way (like the cake stand above) and set out bowls of fruit in the center of the table.

-For heartier breakfasts, prepare rolls and  casseroles the night before. Then in the morning you can simply pop them in the oven!

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 Do you have any Christmas morning traditions? I’d love to hear them!

 

If it’s interesting, if it’s impressive, if it’s colorful and cute and one-of-a-kind—then odds are it’s probably from Pier 1 Imports®. After all, Pier 1 has been the place for unique finds for over 40 years. Our buyers travel the world’s major capitals and small villages hunting for the kinds of treasures you can’t find just anywhere—fresh and fragrant candles, exotic wicker, hand-painted dinnerware, gorgeous textiles and thoughtful hand crafted gifts. Find what speaks to you at Pier 1 Imports®.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pier 1 Imports® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pier 1 Imports®.

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Teacher Appreciation Day

Teacher Appreciation Day (or week for some schools!) provides the perfect chance to get your kiddo involved in doing something nice for their teachers. With a little thought and some DIY inspiration, you can help them put a gift together that their teacher will love. It’s all about making the teacher feel special and appreciated.

Here are few ideas I’ve pinned on Pinterest. We’re going to do these three, plus one original gift idea we created for our teacher. See it here!

Strawberry basket // Thanks a latte // Creative Juices

What are you making for teacher appreciation day? I’d love to hear!

Tori Tait on Instagram

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Muffins & Mimosas for Mom

I love mimosas, and so does my mom (actually… every mother probably does, right?) … so I wanted to put a simple gift idea together that would appeal to moms of all ages, styles, and with varying interests. Hence, the Muffins & Mimosas gift box was born.

muffins and mimosas

I love that this gift took me just 15 minutes to put together and consists of entirely store bought items yet it really feels thoughtful (and looks amazing too).

muffins and mimosas for mom

Bring a bunch of fresh flowers and this muffins & mimosas gift box to any special woman in your life, and you are sure to make her smile.

muffins and mimosas

To make:

-Place mini champagne bottles, oranges (for fresh squeezed juice) and bakery fresh muffins in whatever box, basket or crate you have on hand.

Mother's Day free printable tags

Optional: Print Mother’s Day tags and attach to the basket, tie around the neck of the champagne bottle, or glue to toothpick and poke into an orange.  [You can download these free here]

Feel free to mix it up with the content of the gift box too! Think strawberries, bagels, jams, scones — the options are really endless.

For more Mother’s Day ideas, be sure to check out the posts below. And don’t forget to join me and many other entertaining gals on Twitter tonight for the #HolidayHQ Mother’s Day chat happening at 8pm EST. During the chat, we are giving away a Hamilton Beach Blender and Hamilton Beach Ice Cream Maker.

Valley & Co. | Effortless Entertaining Ideas for Mother’s Day

Housewife Bliss | Berry Good Homemade Ice Cream for Mother’s Day

Celebrations At Home | A Mother’s Day “Tea” Party

Paper and Pigtails | Mother’s Day Free Printable Cards

Second City Soiree | Cool Kitchen Gifts for Mother’s Day

Party Blueprints | Mother’s Day Tea Party Tips and Recipes!

Skimbaco Lifestyle | Mother’s Day Brunch Recipe: Pear & Brie de Chèvre Tart

 

 

Tell me, what’s on your list this Mother’s Day?

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How to make tissue paper pom poms

I’m a big fan of using tissue paper pom poms in my party decor. What I love about them is that they are inexpensive and can be used in a wide variety of events. I’ve used them for birthday parties (like this candy party) and baby shower (like this spring shower) + many other events. I often get asked how I make them — so today, I thought I would share my tips for making and also for buying tissue pom poms.

how to make tissue paper pom poms

How to make tissue paper pom poms. They aren’t difficult to make, but I’ll be honest and say they are time consuming. If you have a couple nights to dedicate to making them while watching your favorite TV show, I say go for it. Here are the simple steps I follow:

how to make tissue paper pom poms

Aren’t those finished pom poms gorgeous?! They were used in a first birthday party I spotted over on The Sweetest Occasion.      The DIY method looks like this, not too much to it. It’s a pretty simple method and you can check out the full details and how-to here. Remember though to give yourself some time (and extra tissue for mistakes)! Also, I recommended finding a little higher quality (aka thicker) tissue than what you might typically use for gift wrapping. It’s easier to tear and the thicker paper tends to hold up nicer.

If I’ve scared you or the DIY method just isn’t your thing, I suggest just ordering your tissue pom poms.  They are inexpensive and this will save you from having to trek to 8 different stores in 3 cities to find the perfect shade of teal tissue paper (not like I’ve done that or anything).

Whether you make them, or buy them … these tissue poms are a great way to add some flair without breaking the budget. My daughter even re-purposed her poms from her recent birthday party into decor for her bedroom — love that!

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Baking and Craft Party

If you’ve been reading Thoughtfully Simple for the past few years, you’ll remember my oldest daughter Taylor’s past birthday parties. We’ve done a candy party and a zebra party which I shared. Today, I’m sharing her 11th birthday party which was a lot of fun.

She completely helped mold the theme of her party which made it all the more fun (and challenging) to plan. We planned the party decorations and activities and then came up with a theme (which is completely opposite of how I typically operate). But hey, maybe she’s on to something? We could all be reading her party blog a few years from now.

She wanted to have tie-dye cupcakes (she loved these St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes we made last year). She also wanted to decorate them (check and check). She wanted arts & crafts (check), plus she wanted green, purple and blue decor (check). Here’s how we pulled it all together:

craft party

Bake. Craft. Create.

I designed the invite (with a little emergency design help from my go-to-gal Kori of Paper and Pigtails).

baking party

The decorating stage was set. I premade our colorful cupcakes the night before to make it easier.

craft party ideas

When the girls arrived, they began making their paper flowers that would adorn their new aprons. They made all types of darling flowers using cupcake liners, glue, and brads. I loved how unique each looked! Then, they chose an apron and we attached their flower.

I’m calling the aprons “shabby chic” because I made them and I have no clue how to operate a sewing machine. I’ve had one for 8 years and can barely turn it on (so please don’t look closely at this photo, there is a grandmother rolling in her grave somewhere I just know it).

And now they were ready to get their decorating on. And boy did the go for it!

baking party | cupcake decorating

They were each so unique and fun!

craft party

Each girl chose their most-favorite cupcake to take home. We put them in little boxes (they fit perfectly) and they took them home for a sweet reminder of the party. The other cupcakes went on our stand and we later sang happy birthday and enjoyed them.

a to z celebrations

 

We also enjoyed these adorable chocolate covered Oreos (the birthday girl has been requesting these since her last birthday party). They were so cute and delicious, I could use one right about now.The purple table runner from A to Z Celebrations was a perfect match — it had just a touch of glitter which worked into our theme perfectly.

For all the unconvential planning that went into this, I’d say it turned out great. The girls had a blast and hopfully we’ve shared some simple ideas for your next baking party or craft party!

The rest of the party was a pretty typical pre-teen affair. Pizza, giggles and lots of dancing went down.

Do you remember your 11th birthday? What was the best birthday party you remember as a child?

Boxes for cupcakes | Garnish

Oreos | Sweet Temptations

Table Runner | A to Z Celebrations

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A Pretty Packaging Party

Feeling the holiday stress? Wish you had more time? How about carving out a little girl time and getting some of that to-do list accomplished?  My simple tip to sneaking in time with your best friend, mom, sis and neighbors? How about hosting a simple, Pretty Packaging Party?

The plan: set up a gift wrapping station, toss out some supplies and simple snacks, and invite the girls over for chatting and wrapping!

gift wrapping party

Confine your packaging party supplies to one room in your house — a dining room table or an otherwise, “out of the way” spot where you gals can get busy wrapping and catching up.

gift wrap party

 You’ll want to have plenty of supplies on hand (you can even ask each guest to bring something like tags, tissue, or ribbons to make it easier).

wrapping party

Boxes (I prefer these craft brown ones from thinkgarnish.com), plenty of ribbons of different widths, and festive tags are all a must. Don’t forget the tissue paper, tape, scissors and pens too!

cool packaging

Add those thoughtful touches to your gifts with these little homemade paper flowers. I made all sizes using cupcake liners and coffee filters! Layer, scrunch, and secure the flower together using a brad. Hostess Tip: if you’ll have kids in tow this is a fun craft that will keep their little hands busy!

gift wrapping party

You won’t want to forget some drinks and snacks — but keep it super simple. You’re getting together to get gifts wrapped and sneak in some quality girl time — no working away in the kitchen! Serve water or lemonade in glass jars with cute straws. Serve “packaging peanuts” and candy in these clever clear plastic tubes (so handy).

This entire Pretty Packaging Party idea can be pulled together in a whim — it’s super simple. So, go ahead — call up your girlfriends and invite them over for some wrapping and chatting. After all — good things do come in pretty packages.

Boxes & Clear Tubes |  Garnish

Glass Jars & Paper Straws | Sweet Shop LuLu

Do you like to wrap gifts or is it more of a chore for you? Are you the gift wrap or gift bag type?

 

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