Although it's hard to believe, it's almost that time of year when holiday parties start occupying most Saturday nights. My go-to gift for these kinds of events is usually a bottle of wine, but sometimes it's nice to surprise your hostess with something different. Here are some wonderfully affordable DIY ideas that you can start thinking about ahead of time to avoid excessive holiday stress.
Each family has its own tradition over Christmas lunch, maybe you're being adventurous with a 3 in one bird, a glazed gammon or plump chicken, either way I've rounded up a few of my favorite sides to compliment your main meal.
1. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Sunflower Seeds, from Martha Stewart
2. Braised Leeks, from Simply Recipes
3. Creamed Spinach, from Good Food
Still looking for a quick and easy gift idea for all those friendly acquaintances in your life? Whip up a batch of these homemade lollipops, tie them up in a fancy bow, and you're set!
Whether you're looking for a last-minute gift idea or just want to spruce up some older drinkware for the holidays, this easy project is for you!
We are less than a week away from Christmas. The trees are up, carols fill the airwaves, and gifts are being wrapped...but there's simply no way it's gonna be a white Christmas at my house.
You see right now here in Cape Town, South Africa the weather is a little shy of a 110 degrees, the surfs high and our pristine beaches are covered with tanned bodies flocking to 'The Fairest Cape'. 'Cause it's summer.
Is there anything easier than printable holiday decor? I love it. And I'm loving that so many great options are out there these days. I've rounded up 12 of my favorite freebies from around the web that make it easy to decorate for the holidays around the house!
These are a quick, inexpensive and festive way to dress up a holiday table. I used foam sheets that I picked up from Michaels a couple years ago for a costume project. They're an almost perfect size for a placemat, and I'm thinking other materials such as poster board, cardboard, or foam board would make a nice wrapping base if they're handy.
Check the full tutorial at The Happy Heathen.
How adorable are these felt tree ornaments?? There's still time to whip up a few for yourself or as cheery little gift toppers!
One of the most impressive final touches to a handmade or well-though gift is a unique and memorable gift tag. You can't put time and thought into a present, and then just write the recipient's name with a sharpie across the wrapping paper! Here are 25 FREE printable holiday gift tags to put a grand finale on the art of gift-giving.
Love, love, LOVE these cursive candy cane ornaments! When I first saw them, I thought they were store-bought, real candy bent into seasonal words...but no. They're made of
At this time of year, the kitchen of my childhood home was covered in a thin blanket of flour. That's because my mom when into baking overdrive around the second week of November and didn't stop until the day after Christmas. We kids all had our favorites and Mom always obliged. These six recipes, by far, were and still are, at the top of the list of must-haves at Christmastime.
Because some of these recipes have been in my family generations, you'll notice one particular ingredient that would make dietitians faint. That ingredient is shortening/Crisco. When I make these cookies now, I swap the shortening out for butter, which my mother thinks is an expensive, unnecessary extravagance. Also, these recipes
Making your own gingerbread house is a longstanding European tradition. Gingerbread is known as lebkuchen (life cake) in German because ginger preserves the cake for a longer period of time, a classic ode to all things sugar and spice.
Add a bit of magic to your decor this winter with a scenic, floating terrarium!
'Twas a few weeks before Christmas 2011, when I discovered the might glory of the craft store glitter reindeer. I had so much fun hacking these glam-covered beasts into something a little less insane, that I wanted to rescue this elegant species from their harsh coats of coarse, uneven glitz again this year. Last year, I came up with a trick for removing the factory glitter and replacing it with something more refined. This year, I...
What do you do with a big, old tree stump and a power tool or two? You make a DIY Christmas rustic tree stand of course!