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DIY Leftover Treat Boxes

They say that the smallest details make the longest lasting impressions. Send your guests home with a little something sweet, tucked neatly inside these adorably whimsical treat boxes – and they will most definitely be stopping by for more! Check out our Holiday Mag for even more ideas on how to be the hostess with the mostess this year.

MaterialsTreat boxes (we used gable boxes and take out boxes)
Pie slice box template
Scissors
8.5 x 11” cardstock
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Bone folder
Full page label paper
Free treat labels

instructions

step-1Make pie slice boxes out of cardstock using Martha Stewart’s template. We printed her template directly onto the cardstock at 100% for the box top and 90% for the box bottom. Then we cut out the border of each piece, used the bone folder along the dotted lines, and glued the boxes in place. You can embellish the boxes by adding borders or wrapping in pretty paper if you’re feeling fancy!

step-2Print out the treat labels onto the full page label paper.

step-3Cut out the labels along the gray lines, and pop onto pie and treat boxes.

Photography: SMP Living | Design & Styling: SMP Living

DIY Rose Sugar Gifts

If you’re anything like me, you may have a billion more gifts to find before the big holiday. Normally, I’m so on top of these things but between writing my new cookbook and sending thousands of food gifts so far this season (through Eat Boutique), well, I’m just a wee bit behind.

This weekend, I’m mixing up one of my easiest food gifts that delight the ladies, brides, mixologists and bakers in my life. This rose sugar is effortless; it’s so easy, it’s almost a non-recipe. I like to gift it in vintage sugar jars from a summer spent antiquing; I scour the markets and antique websites to stash them away for future gifts.

Rose sugar is made for baking into a cookie, rimming a sparkling cocktail, whisking into some beautiful whip cream or sprinkling into a floral tea. Use culinary rose petals. They typically come in large bags but that’s okay, you can use all the extra to make a little crown for the bride-to-be or mama-to-be or you. Because we all need rose petal crowns! Happy holidays, lovelies! xo

Rose Sugar
prep time
15 Minute/s
cook time
total time
15 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons culinary rose petals
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. With your fingers, break up the rose petals into smaller bits. Add sugar and rose petals to a jar. Seal and shake to distribute. If offering this gift to a baker, run the mixture through a spice grinder for a few seconds to break up and further distribute the rose petals.
  2. Trim a piece of cheesecloth to fit a little larger than the top of the jar. Place on top of the jar. Wrap with twine and tie in a knot. Slip a little label

Photography: White Loft Studio | Recipe & Styling: Eat Boutique

Maggie Battista

Food & Lifestyle
Prettying Up a Builder Kitchen

If a custom kitchen is not in the budget, you’re in good company. This designer went to work to add thoughtful touches that feel luxe without breaking the budget. The result is one stinkin cute kitchen and some great take-aways to work into your own space. Read on for great tips from Vanessa Francis Design and find even more captured by Stephani Buchman right here in the full gallery.

From Vanessa Francis Design… Without doing a full renovation, I was able to update my kitchen so it would look more aesthetically pleasing and feel a little more personalized. The layout and the painted maple cabinetry itself were fine but the counter, backsplash, faucet, sink and range all needed replacing.

The new commercial style range with legs gives the kitchen a high end feel. The counter in a honed finish mimics marble but is more durable. Rather than taking the backsplash to the ceiling, I opted for a pretty floral wallpaper that mimics something hand painted. It reminds me of my childhood home in England. I didn’t want a modern faucet so I opted for this beautiful bridge faucet which again is what you might find in an English country home.

Another change which made a great impact was taking the cabinetry to the ceiling. My cabinetmaker built a riser and crown and this really makes the kitchen feel more luxe. He also built a hood fan cover to match the cabinetry which replaces the microwave over the range. Adding decorative panels to the peninsula again pretties up the kitchen. Adding antique mirror to some of the upper cabinets gives the kitchen a glam feel as does changing out the boring pewter knobs to these polished nickel knobs and pulls. I chose a black and white wallpaper so that the kitchen would read as neutral and I could change out the accessories to bring in whatever accent color I desired. 

Photography: Stephani Buchman | Flowers: Fiori Oakville | Art Print: Cliffs At Sundown | Art Prints: Bon Appetit | Cookie Jar: Ceramic Frenchie | Counter: Silestone Lagoon | Faucet: Waterhill Chrome Two-Handle High Arc Faucet | Interior Design: Vanessa Francis Design | Knobs: Button Faced Knobs | Pendant: Parisian Architectural Pendant | Pulls: Duluth Pulls | Range: Electrolux Icon Dual-Fuel Freestanding Range | Sink: Blanco Quatrus R15 U2 | Stool: Madeleine Backless Stool | Wood Pedestal Bowl: Wood Pestal Bowl | Woven Tray: Woven Tray