Keep Calm + Jingle On!

As the Holiday Party season quickly approaches, I take to Pinterest for inspirations for my appetizer buffet, bar set up + table decor.  I love to match my party decor to my existing seasonal decorations so that means lots of silvers, whites + touches of tiffany blue!

I usually use my bar + buffet  setups as my kick off to the rest of my party theme decor.  I love the mix of rustic and glitzy glamour + whimsical ideas found around the web this season!

lovely christmas hot Chocolate Bar.

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"Naughty or Nice" Cocktail Menu

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Splendid Sass: THE HOLIDAY BAR

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hoilday bash :: hot chocolate & holiday lights

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When building your buffet area, don’t forget to use the layering effect!  Things can look a bit boring when every item is at the same level.

holiday candy & dessert bar

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Holiday buffet

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Holiday Buffet Table Recipe

I am so excited for the Christmas parties and everything about beautiful Christmas and Thanksgiving!

via Catch My Party

If you don’t own risers, try using boxes, upside down bowls, etc + cover with linens to create various heights for maximum appeal.

Below are some ideas from our own Christmas Party…

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I recommend serving bit-sized, finger foods for easy consumption for your guests- especially if you’re throwing a cocktail style party where the majority of guests will be standing.  I’m a sucker for anything miniature so I’ve stocked up mini serving items such as shot glasses, parfait glasses, ramekins, + silverware.  You can find these items around the holidays at stores like Pier One + IKEA – or disposable ones from SmartyHadAParty!

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I just fell in love with this chalkboard cheese platter idea I found on Pinterest!

Chalkboard Cheese Platter

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 By using a large rectangular platter I found last season at HomeGoods (made by Strawberry Ave), I easily recreated this project in no time!  To see the tutorial, click here.

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What themes do you have planned for your Christmas/Holiday soirees?!

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Master Bedroom Tour

Starting from scratch on any room gives me major heartburn.  The possibilities are endless, and that scares the heck out of me!  Luckily, my tighter than tight relationship with Pinterest and Houzz makes starting a new project a little less scary.  I knew going into this one, I wanted gray- and lots of it!  Grays and whites with just a pop of color (which is currently a fabulous shade of aubergine).  And, because I went monochromatic on everything that isn’t easily changeable, I can switch it out for another color at any time.  Yay!

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My Inspiration:

I love Las Vegas- and I truly mean LOVE.  It is, hands down, my most favorite place on earth!  Aside from the fabulous dining experiences, nightlife and all around atmosphere of luxury and intrigue, I’m fascinated by the over the top design that goes into every high-end hotel suite.  When designing our Master Bedroom, my mind kept racing back to some of the delicious rooms that I have stayed in while visiting Sin City.  No matter which casino it is, they all seem to have their own glitz, glamour and sex appeal.  I new right away that Las Vegas was going to be my design inspiration for our new room!

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Now, I’m not saying that I expected a TV embedded in our mirrors or floor to ceiling remote controlled window dressings.  After all, I am a real girl with a very ‘real’ budget.  But, I knew that I could emulate that same sexy, shiny design on my own- and be smart about it!

As my go-to decor store, Z Gallerie was the perfect place to start shopping for my statement pieces.  I knew I wanted a massive, stately bed- preferably upholstered in a luxurious velour- and accompanying mirrored furniture.  I lucked out on the bed, going with the Ginger Upholstered Bed in my fave fabric color!

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Unfortunately, the mirrored side tables that I had hoped for didn’t fit into my budget at $599 a piece.  Ouch!  After weeks of scouring the internet, I ended up finding suitable replicas from a local, now defunct, discount store for $289 each.

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As usual, the rest of my accessories where easily found by visiting my local Home Goods (as well as Marshalls and TJMaxx).  Oh how I love my Home Goods!

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Since I’m never quite satisfied with any project I take on, I know there will undoubtedly be more updates in the future.  But, for now, we love our master retreat!

  • Bed: Ginger Upholstered Bed $1,799 | Z Gallerie (similar)
  • Mirrored Side Tables: by Three Hands Corp $289 | Linens & More for Less
  • Lamps: unknown $69 each | HomeGoods
  • Orchid Arrangement:  | TJMaxx
  • Large Corner Arrangement:  Floral supplies- Hobby Lobby | White Trophy Bowl $119 – Z Gallerie
  • White Corner Table: HomeGoods
  • Chandelier:  Indoor 4-light Chrome/ Crystal Chandelier $170 | Overstock.com
  • Starburst Mirror: HomeGoods
  • Charcoal Shag Rug: Paris by Home Dynamix  $179 | HomeGoods
  • Bedding: Hotel Collection | Macy’s
  • Large Toss Pillows: Bukhara 24″ Pillow in Aubergine $69 each | Z Gallerie
  • Gray Velvet Side Chair: HD Couture | HomeGoods
  • Wall Stencil: Casablanca $39 | CuttingEdgeStencils.com

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Adding the Wow Factor to your Holiday Entry Way

When decorating for the holidays, I don’t just stop at a wreath- I like to go beyond the center of the door and show my entire entry way some love!  By defining your entry way with garland and lights, you can maximize the wow factor and create an inviting welcome for holiday guests.  In years past, I’ve coordinated my exterior decor to match my interior seasonal theme.  However, I have found that my monochromatic whites and silvers just don’t give me the pop of interest that I was looking for from the curb.  I decided to step out and go with a brighter color scheme- adding bright traditional reds while still carrying over the glistening silvers for a tough of glamour.

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My favorite exterior decorating project has to be the custom door garland I made last year.  It really highlights the entry from the street and lights up the stoop with a beautiful holiday glow!  Keep reading for my how-to on this great Christmas garland project!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 runs of 9ft evergreen garland (more or less depending on the width of your door)
  • Christmas lights (I used 4 rolls of 180s)
  • ribbon
  • ornaments and/or floral picks
  • screw hooks

Start by screwing the hooks into your door frame- one in each corner and two to three in between should suffice.  (I painted my hooks to match my door casing so they aren’t easily seen even after the holiday decor is removed)

If I had to do it over, I  would connect my three runs together- end to end- while they are laying on the floor.  This would have to be easier than trying to connect them while standing on a ladder- as I did last year.  Then I followed by wrapping the lights around the branches.  Make sure you have them lit up while you work so you  avoid leaving any dark areas in the garland!

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Take your ribbon and cut in 2ft sections.  Stack two strips together and using the pipe cleaners, gather both strips of ribbon and tie at each end.

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Twist the pipe cleaners around the garland branches and fluff the ribbon to create the illusion of intertwining bows. Don’t forget to finish off your ends by cutting at an angle or into a V.

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Add your floral picks or ornaments to fill in gaps throughout the garland.  Make two large bows and attach in each corner to complete!  Enjoy!

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About Jaime

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I live to make things pretty | Pretty homes, pretty social events, pretty handmade items…  I can’t resist.  This is my story.  A story of how I continually strive to create…

a well dressed life.

When I’m not decorating, crafting or blogging, I’m busy being a sales professional and a full-time wife and mommy. Here you’ll find my own projects and ones that inspire me to keep creating.

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Jaime