Archive for December, 2010

December 14, 2010


I’m loving this idea for a new kind of holiday cookie exchange, from Better Homes and Gardens…

Invite your friends to share their holiday cookies, each representing a charity, and vote with cash for the winner.

Get friends excited about the upcoming event by sending out cookie-themed invitations. I love these invitations that include a cookie spatula! Add a cookie spatula or a cookie cutter (you can find both at the dollar store) for a low cost wow-factor.

Label every cookie with a number, so that voters can keep track of which cookie is which. Create a voting station and have each partygoer vote for their favorite cookie by putting cash in that cookie’s numbered envelope. The winner donates all the cash to her charity of choice.

Provide boxes lined with parchment paper for guests to fill with cookies to take home at the end of the party. Some other packaging items you could add are tags, labels, ribbons, or twine. Don’t forget scissors and tape!

Serve some festive cocktails and finger foods, and you’ve got yourself a party! Why not make philanthropy a part of your next holiday celebration?

December 11, 2010


One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the baking. I’m loving these ideas from Sweet and Saucy Shop.

 chocolate cupcakes with peppermint buttercream and bark topping
 snowflakes decorated with sanding sugar

brownie pops wrapped with baker’s twine
December 10, 2010


Photo Credit: Gabe Aceves

“Later that day I got to thinking about relationships. There are those that open you up to something new and exotic, those that are old and familiar, those that bring up lots of questions, those that bring you somewhere unexpected, those that bring you far from where you started, and those that bring you back. But the most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you can find someone to love the you you love, well, that’s just fabulous.”

-Carrie, Sex and the City
December 10, 2010


Now this is just too cute.

Details from the website:

Kit Details: The Official Tooth Fairy Kit contains one letterpress Certificate of Record for filing with your local Tooth Fairy and one reusable silkscreened cloth deposit bag for your first and all subsequent transactions. The offical certificate keeps record of name, age, tooth lost, method of extraction and compensation information.

Official Filing Instructions: Simply place tooth in the attached envelope and insert your completed certificate in the deposit bag. Place the full bag under your pillow. The tooth fairy will collect the Certificate of Record and place your compensation in the deposit bag. 

This is sure to up the street cred of the toothfairy. Find it at

December 10, 2010


Check out this beautifully simple and perfectly planned winter birthday party via one of my favorite blogs for stylish party ideas: The Sweetest Occasion


Complete with a bonfire and hot chocolate to keep warm! Those lights over the “rink” are just the perfect finishing touch.

The weather forecast says it will be 20 degrees in Blacksburg next week. How many bottles of water poured over an empty field do you think it would take to make an ice skating rink?