DIY Christmas Accessories

easy christmas crafts

Looking for easy Christmas crafts or a last minute accessory to go with that awesome holiday T you’re rocking? This morning my oldest daughter had to wear an “ugly sweater” to school (which by the way was NOT ugly. It was totally cute — clearly she didn’t get the memo that you don’t find ugly sweaters at Kohl’s. How about a thrift store darling?).

Anyway, we whipped up this fun jingle bell bracelet in 30 seconds. Super simple!

easy christmas crafts

 

Our supplies: Ribbon we had on hand and these jingle bells I had picked up at Target. That’s it! We simply tied the bells (they are in cluster of 3′s) onto the ribbon and then tied the ribbon on her wrist.

easy Christmas craft

 

She topped off her ugly-ish sweater ensemble with this cute bow. She just super glued a traditional bow to an old hair clip. Love that she has her own DIY style.

Easy Christmas projects

 

I love this girl.

Have a great weekend friends — I’m sure it will be full of Christmas cheer!

 

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Gift Idea :: Homemade Coffee Creamer

homemade coffee creamer :: peppermint

The holiday season brings many chilly mornings and even more opportunities to cozy up with a hot cup of coffee. One of my favorite additions to a freshly brewed coffee is a great creamer. What better way to enjoy the season than with a mug full of holiday flavor?

This homemade coffee creamer adds that beloved minty flavor to your favorite morning (or evening) coffee. Make two batches – one for you and one to share with a friend or neighbor. It’s really simple (and inexpensive) to make.

homemade coffee creamer :: peppermint

 

Pour ingredients into a mason jar or other container, tie a ribbon around it and you have a great holiday gift! Create a DIY gift basket by combining the creamer with coffee and box of biscotti.

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Host a Pie Party

Pie Party | Thoughtfully SimpleThanksgiving is one of my favorite times of year. I get giddy just thinking about setting a dreamy table and playing hostess to my nearest and dearest friends and family. However, once the meal has been enjoyed and the company has cleared, it always seems the next day I am exhausted! The idea for this party came to me in that spirit of having conquered the holiday but still longing for more of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving — pie, wine, and great company.

Pie Party | Thoughtfully SimplePie Party | Thoughtfully SimpleThis post-Thanksgiving gathering is very mellow yet still inviting. Have your closest friends bring over their leftover holiday pies (seriously, already sliced and all) and a bottle of wine. Set up a pie bar, set a causal table and nestle in for the afternoon.

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Sip it :: Pumpkin Pie Martini

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini

There is something so gorgeous about a dessert in glass. A tasty liquid form of a traditional sweet treat. It’s an elegant way to have your dessert, isn’t it? This pumpkin pie martini looks as good as it tastes. Actually, I’m lying — it tastes waaaaay better.

 

Pumpkin Pie Martini

I love that you can pre-make this recipe the night before you entertain (I made and stored it in my mason jar cocktail shaker in the fridge). When it’s time to serve, simply shake it up and decide between full sized martini glasses or, my personal favorite, these mini martini glasses.

Recipe for Pumpkin Pie Martini

 

Serve these to your best friends and make them happy.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Hostess Tip: You could serve these during cocktail hour, or as a dessert course.

Whenever, however you serve these… there will be smiles all around.

Pumpkin Pie Martini

Ingredients:

2 ounces whipped cream vodka

3 tablespoons pumpkin puree

3 tablespoons simple syrup

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1 dash ground cinnamon

1 dash ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon heavy cream, more if you would like it thinner

ice

Cinnamon stick for garnish

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and mix well. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve. Strain into shot or standard martini glasses. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Cheers!

Photography by Vanilla Sky Photography for Thoughtfully Simple

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