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Kids Christmas Party

I'm pretty sure that my two big kids would give up their baby sister to attend a holiday party like this one. Filled with Christmas inspired treats (um, how cute are you, Santa Straw Topper?) and a sweet spirit, this inspiration feels a little like something grown-ups and their tiny counterparts would completely love. With adorable pics from Dotson Studios and styling from the FABULOUS...

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Holiday Thin Mint Cookies

A lightly minted palate cleanser is the perfect ending to any holiday meal! These festive bites crafted by One Brass Fox are an ideal balance of sweetness without tasting overly rich. Whether for a cookie swap or family gathering, a plateful of thin mints is sure to delight!

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10 Tips for Perfect Holiday Cookies

When we first moved into our home and experienced our first holiday in the burbs, I was completely caught off guard by all my crafty and creative neighbors. Adorable little s'mores kitsjars of homemade goodness, and ...

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Lover of Fabulous

We heart Mrs. Lilien in a big way and her expertise at finding only the most fabulous bobbles for gifting. Whether you are on the hunt for just the right ditty for that friend who is the true definition of glam or you're looking for the finishing pieces to your own christmas list (guilty as charged), have a look at these fun pieces curated by the most fab blogger of them all.

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Spruce Collective Christmas Soirée + Calligraphy Workshop

When you hear people say that there is something so magical about the holidays, I think they might be referring to Spruce Collective. A little slice of heaven in Abbotsford BC that sells a collection of old and new treasures found amidst the FIVE owners travels. And when they pull that same sentiment into their holiday decor followed by a...

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Snow Globe DIY

I know exactly what I'm doing this weekend. And now, so do you! Making sweet little DIY snow globes, courtesy of the wildly talented Lauren Wells. You can fill them with whatever you want, with water or without, and transform a boring old mason jar into pure magic...all in about 10 minutes. I'm obsessed and so will the proud teachers / friends / mailmen / groomers that get them this year! Photos by...

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Gift Wrapping Three Ways

The other day, I found myself googling unique wrapping ideas. Not because I haven't wrapped my share of pretty presents, but because I'm always trying to figure out something new and different. But you know what? Sometimes, it's the simplest, sweetest approaches that are often the loveliest. And this group of gift wrapping ideas (plus two easy candle gussy-ups) from Megan Soh of Petitely and...

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DIY Foraged Garland

Winter is quickly approaching but the upside is holidays spent round the fire are too and what better way to bring the outdoors in then with foraged evergreen decor to spruce things up? This month we're bringing you a rustic fireplace mantle display that is super easy to construct, requires minimal supplies, and can be done with just about any thing you can find in your backyard. Evergreens are an easy-to-find and hardy option for indoor floral arrangements and can last quite a while...

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Merriest of Merry Christmases!

Although many of you are tucked away in your pajamas, opening gifts by the fire with the people you love most, we wanted to take a moment to wish everyone who is celebrating, a very Merry Christmas. And to all of you who are so lovingly checking in with us, we saved a little something special for you. A sneak peak into our own home on Christmas morning. With my two favorite people in the whole world. Plus a completely holiday Cooking + DIY + Entertaining round-up! It's been 7 years...

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Holiday Entertaining with Lisa Vorce

When celebrity event planner Lisa Vorce invites you to peek at her home, all decked out for the holidays no less, you know it's going to be good. Christmas pretty of the loveliest variety adorned every surface, and we are beyond smitten. While we were at it, we took the chance to pick her brain on all things holiday entertaining and her advice is some you don't want to miss! Captured by the wildly talented...

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How to Wrap a Perfect Present

Crunch time is here kids. When piles upon piles of gifts need to be wrapped quickly but beautifully. Crooked corners and saggy paper jobs not allowed. Nervous? Don't worry, we've got you covered. Spend 2 minutes on this little video number and you will be a wrapping pro in no time flat. And the ooohs and ahhhs you'll elicit from the lucky recipient? Ego boosting goodness. And if you need a fun, FREE, gift tag to go with your pretty present...

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A Kate Spade Wrapping Party

I realize that I'm a bit of an anomaly here, but I look forward to wrapping my holiday gifts all year. But for those of you who don't, allow us to suggest a Kate Spade inspired wrapping party a la Tiffany Pratt and Stephanie Sterjovski. Line tables with craft supplies, blast those Christmas tunes and drink hot cocoa 'til your hearts content. Captured by ...

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DIY Sweater Stockings

Amidst all of the DIYs we've done, this one has very quickly risen is at the top of my list. I, personally, have been on the hunt for cute knit stockings for years now, and have yet to find anything that even remotely fits within my budget. It turns out, knit stockings are expensive! So, we made our own, and the results are kind of amazing! Ivory sweaters from your attic, or a used clothing store like...

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Free Printable Holiday Art

In need of a last minute Christmas gift? Do we have the PERFECT thing for you with this absolutely lovely Free Printable Art piece that our girl Jess crafted. Which also serves double duty as a cute little "something special" for your own homes if your giving list has already been accomplished.  All you need is a color printer and a pretty frame and voila. A wee Christmas gift from us to you. Simply download the art (...

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DIY Felted Acorn Garland

This DIY is nothing short of lovely. It's so cute that we all collectively agreed that we'd be more than happy to keep it up year round. Who knew a little wool and a few acorn caps could go such a long way?! Strung along your mantle, atop your tree, or draped down your staircase... instant merriment! Dish soap White wool roving...

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DIY Christmas Ornaments

When it comes time to deck the halls, there isn't much that beats decor of the homemade variety. And these DIY Christmas ornaments are kind of the bees knees. Whether you make them with your kids (yep, they're totally child friendly!), or after you've tucked them in for the night (for those perfectionists out there, I feel ya), these golden beauties are an absolute must.

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A Holiday Crafts & Cocktails Party!

Amidst all of the pretty that we share on SMP is something far more important. It's sharing that pretty with people that make you smile. That bring you joy. DIT (doing-it-together) moments that really last.  And celebrations like this one - designed by the lovely Kate of Domestikated Life with photos by Bring to Light Photography and flowers by...

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A French Christmas Soiree

When you have two little rascals running Christmas, it usually defaults to noisy toys and colors so bright you need sunglasses. And while I wouldn't trade those chocolate smeared faces for the world, I love to dream about a Winter white, champagne filled celebrations just like the one that the fabulous Valérie Busque and Crème Soda événements sent our way.

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DIY Christmas Bell Garland

Who says Christmas garland has to be green and made of leaves? Nope, not us. This year, we ditched the standard garland fare and went straight to what we know best. All things gold and glittery. Enter, an adorable bell filled C'est Noel Garland that can be hung on fireplaces or empty walls alike. The kind that are just begging for a little holiday cheer. And guess what? It's sort of crazy easy too. Brass floral wire (3) packs of...

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DIY Holiday Throw Pillows

I am a pillow hoarder. My basement has one vacuum bag after another filled with throw pillows of living rooms past. But the ones that always stay at the top of the stack are my holiday pillows, that I swap out every year to bring my home into a full holiday circle. And these fluffy numbers? Well, not only are they completely adorable, they are also NO SEW(!) which places them firmly at the top of our Christmas wishlist. A special thanks to the fabulous Little Black Book Member...

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