Modern Placemats for Kids| Modern-Twist

Keep little hands busy while they are waiting for their dinner (or just busy in general), with these fabulous placemats from Modern-Twist. Playful, hip, and just plain fun… kids will love coloring these fun designs over and over. They wipe clean and roll to store easy- could it get any better? I think the brilliant minds at Modern-Twist thought of it all when they designed these placemats. They are really unique and useful.

This design is Kat in the City (my personal favorite).

and here is Major Damage– so fun!

You can use any washable markers to color these placemats or you can purchase a Kidz Box and have a complete gift ready to give.

New Year’s Day Brunch Ideas

Whether you are hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner, or looking for New Year’s Day brunch ideas, check these out.

Nothing above is too fancy, in fact I suggest gathering items you all ready have in your home to create a little festive New Year’s Day brunch.

Assemble a collection of clocks for instant decor. You can even place them atop a cake stand and use a table centerpiece. If you don’t have any clocks but want to pull off this eclectic look, your local thrift store would be a great place to check out.

Prepare these French Market Doughnuts for a morning treat. Or how about a healthy version of an old favorite: french toast? Serve your champagne or morning mimosas in fun numbered glasses {via Martha Stewart}. You can achieve this look by rubbing on scrapbook embellishments directly onto your glasses. Not to worry- they come right off with a soak in warm water (really, I’ve done it).

I also love the idea of creating a tablescape using only white like this one above from Olivet. White is a symbol of a fresh start which is very fitting for rining in the new year!

Dress up your Wine Bottle: Drink Me Tags

Gifting a bottle of wine? Add a little pizazz to your wine bottle with Drink Me Tags. With several collections, you can choose the perfect tag to complement your wine bottle and fit the occasion.

I like the idea of skipping the traditional wine bag and instead, placing one of these tags on your wine bottle.

This would be a great collection of Drink Me Tags for New Year’s gifts. Or really, just to have on hand for random occasions and hostess gifts.

If you haven’t already, check out Drink Me Tags and take a look at all of their lovely designs.

Simple Holiday Dessert: Peppermint Bark

This oh-so simple peppermint bark recipe is a must try. Easy steps to create a festive dessert to have on hand for holiday guests or to take to take over to the neighbor!

What You’ll Need:
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound white chocolate, chopped (do not use chips)
  • 2 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1 bag (7.5 ounces) hard peppermint candies, unwrapped
  • Directions:

    1.Spray a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; line with a piece of waxed paper. Crush candies (see note below).

    2.Place white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in rice cereal.

    3.Transfer mixture to prepared pan; with a spatula, spread to edges of pan.

    4.Sprinkle with crushed candy; with a piece of waxed paper covering the entire surface, press in gently (paper prevents hands from sticking to candy and chocolate). Chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes (no longer, as candy will begin to soften).

    5.Peel waxed paper off. Break bark into 2-inch pieces. Store at room temperature in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

    Recipe originally from Martha Stewart

    Gift Ideas for your Holiday Party Hostess

    Most likely you will be heading out to a holiday party or two this season, and chances are you will need a great gift idea for your holiday hostess. Here is a short but sweet round up of some fabulous hostess gift ideas that I know I would be more than pleased to receive!

    These collapsible flower vases are one of my favorite ideas! I love them so much I am going to buy one for myself- hey that’s allowed, right?

    These wine bottle magnets are a unique idea for a wine aficionado hostess.

    Who wouldn’t like gourmet carmel sauces? Can you say YUM?!

    Skip the boring bottle of wine and bring these fabulous holiday wine stoppers. I love the bright colors!

    So check these hostess gifts out and order now so that when you are heading out to that next holiday party, you will be ready to give your hostess a gift she’ll simply love.

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