Sweet Holiday Themed Gifts with Hallmark

  I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #HallmarkAtWalgreens campaign, sponsored by Hallmark at Walgreens. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own. The Christmas tree is up, the decorations are finished and presents are being bought.  Now it's time to focus on my favorite part of the holiday season, the gift giving.  The entire holiday season is filled with opportunities to give gifts and bring joy to others, from your office Secret Santa, your … [Read more...]

Cookie Cutter Ornament Place Cards

Christmas is just around the corner and we are trying to squeeze in a few last minute holiday traditions.  I think that is my favorite thing about this time of year. I love all the family traditions, old and new, that help make the holidays extraordinary!  Over the years it's become a tradition to host a Gingerbread House Decorating party, but this year we decided to switch things up and decorate gingerbread cookies instead.  I found this fun idea for Cookie Cutter Ornament Place Cards on … [Read more...]

Gingerbread Cinnamon Cookie Sandwiches

Baking is a a big part of the holidays for our family.  As a kid it was like Christmas couldn't officially arrive until we had baked dozens of cookies in the kitchen with festive Christmas music playing in the background.  Thanks to Nestle Toll House for sponsoring today's post and inspiring me to create these delicious Gingerbread Cinnamon Cookie Sandwiches with Nestlé Toll House Rolled & Ready Cookie Dough Sheets! While I love baking I'm not a big fan of the mess that usually gets made. … [Read more...]

Decorating Gingerbread Houses

Decorating Gingerbread Houses is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  When we were kids my parents always made elaborate gingerbread houses.  I'm talking whole villages, mansions with working lights and candy furniture elaborate.  We always got to help decorate and put the candy on, but of course the best part was sneaking all that candy while helping!  It was one of those traditions I knew we would definitely carry on with our little family, although mine usually aren't anywhere as cool as … [Read more...]

Hansel and Gretel Birthday Party

Follow the trail of lollipops and gum drops to a sweet birthday celebration!  Venture into the woods for this fairy tale Hansel and Gretel inspired 4th birthday party...or as my twin's called it their "Handsome and Gretel" party! When I asked my twin's what kind of party they wanted for their birthday they both screamed "CANDY!"  As an event planner and stylist I am always looking for ways to put a different spin on party themes and incorporate unique ideas where I can add my … [Read more...]

Hansel and Gretel Party (Part II- Activities)

If you missed my Hansel and Gretel inspired party follow the gumdrop path over here to see all the party details!To me one of the most important parts of a birthday party are the activities and entertainment that keep the kids busy and happy.  I love incorporating the party theme and there were so many fun ways to bring this fairy tale to life.Games & Activities:  We started the party with everyone decorating their own candy cottage.  I originally wanted to make them just like we do at … [Read more...]

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  There are so many things I love about Christmas time and one of my favorite things about this time of year are the traditions.  As a child I fondly remember decorating gingerbread houses and we still talk about the beautiful masterpieces my mom would create.  Last year we had our first Gingerbread House Decorating Party and I couldn't wait to do it again this year! Party Decorations: Carli with Dimpleprints sent me her darling Gingerbread … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Gingerbread House

February means sweet treats, hearts galore and lots and lots of pink and red.  You wouldn't think of gingerbread in February, would you?  Well that's exactly what I am doing today.My mom gave me these beautiful gingerbread houses for our Gingerbread House Decorating Party, but amidst all the activity with the kids I didn't have a chance to decorate them.  I thought I would find the time, but Christmas came and went in the blink of an eye and there they sat.  I hated to throw them away so I just … [Read more...]

Gingerbread House Party

Decorating Gingerbread Houses is one of my favorite Christmas traditions.  My parents used to decorate the most elaborate houses and as a child it was always amazing to see the beautiful creations and all that candy! This year I wanted to share the joy and of course it is a great reason to have a party!  We invited some of our dear friends  & family and asked everyone to bring a bag of candy to share.  My wonderful architect made Graham Cracker houses for each kid (these are much easier to make … [Read more...]