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Home for the Holidays with Rachel Parcell

I’ve managed to buy a tree early this year (which is a feat in and of itself). But as I type this – it’s staring at me all bare and sad in the corner. So decorating is definitely on the agenda tonight and I’m feeling oh so inspired by Rachel Parcell’s incredibly chic and classic rendition of holiday decor. Red and white is getting a glamorous makeover with the help of Gate House No. 1 and Emily Egan. See even more here.

From Rachel Parcell…There’s no place like home for the holidays, especially a home that’s filled with holiday cheer. This year I wanted to keep my Christmas decor cozy and inviting. I went with a classic theme including a snow flocked tree, vibrant red velvet and tartan print ribbons, holly berries and even charming woodland creatures to add a playful feel.

Photography: Emily Egan | Concept/Styling: Rachel Parcell | Decor/Styling: Gate House No. 1

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