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family christmas dinner

It’s so fun to build family traditions as our girls get older.  It’s sort of all new territory for us, and so exciting to create new traditions on purpose, and also accidentally stumble upon others that just seem to work and become a part of the fabric of our family over the years.  Last year, we had a little family dinner before Christmas to talk about 2014 and what we hoped it would have in store.

(sources for items pictured: plaid table runner, plaid melamine plates, gold frame ornament)

family christmas dinner

It was such a fun evening, and so wonderful to dream up what we thought the next year might look like.  I’ll be honest and say there were a few things on our list last year we didn’t accomplish, but I think that’s ok.  It was our first time trying it, and we may have been a little over-ambitious.  This year we were a little wiser when making our list, and Vivi is old enough to provide a little more input.

To create our list/banner (which we leave hanging up in our kitchen all year!), I cut a piece of pink butcher paper, painted on the design with silver sharpie and acrylic paint, and then wrote our list with a marker as we discussed it.

kids christmas table decor ideas

It’s also special because we travel to visit family at Christmas, so it’s nice to come up with some traditions we can do together before we leave town.

To make the evening feel special, I set a fun Christmas table.  Isn’t this red plaid so fun?  It lends a classic feel to my whimsical Christmas decor, and I love the juxtaposition.  Pottery Barn Kids has a really sweet collection of classic Christmas fun that is perfect for family celebrations, especially those that involve the littles.  I used those round gold ornaments for place settings (go snag some! they are on sale, and also are super cute hung on the wall with small pieces of art or handwritten sayings!), and paired our wedding china with the plaid melamine plates.  I also love how the red plaid goes so perfectly with the vintage wood candlesticks, and the table runner dresses up our hand me down table and makes it much more festive.

christmas kids table ideas

The girls wore their super sweet elf pj’s (similar here) and I let them wear these wings and this little peacock tail from some of their dress up clothes (I love Pottery Barn Kids’ dress up collection – it’s so beautiful, and the girls love theirs!), which always makes things more magical.

family christmas dinner

I told Chip that Vivi is pulling a Brad-Pitt-from-Meet-Joe-Black lately, as she has been eating in most of her photo cameos.  But honestly, when you look so adorable doing it, why not just make it a thing?

For the table centerpiece, I used some vintage glass jars with little vintage deer I bought from Etsy, some bottlebrush trees, and some salt sprinkled in for “snow.”  The girls love these little displays.

This whole event was also really special because our table is normally in the kitchen.  We converted the dining room into Brigette’s nursery, so we don’t really have a dedicated dining room anymore.  Having dinner in front of the Christmas tree with the music playing on the record player was such a treat.

For the mantel, I made some garlands from scrap felt triangles, wood beads, and pretzels spray painted gold, and also hung more garland and glittery stars from the ceiling with wash tape.

I love how the pretzels look, and the neutral shades of the garlands really make the red plaid pop.

So, we have our list done, and I’m looking forward to all that 2015 has in store for our family.  It’s going to be a good year, I think.  What are some Christmas traditions that you love?

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Thank you so much to Pottery Barn Kids, who sponsored this post, and provided most of the Pottery Barn Kids items in the photos.  I love working with sponsors who provide the opportunity to create memories and inspired content, and appreciate so much your support of this blog and the sponsors who allow me to keep creating in this space.



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DIY tea cart



Are you making any gifts for your kids this year?  I wasn’t going to, but then I had a last minute idea.  Vivi has taken to playing tea party all over the house, leaving in her wake a trail of teacups, pretend food, paper napkins and what not.  And while it’s adorable, it also makes me a tiny bit crazy trying to get things tidied up every night before bed.  I thought a little tea cart would be perfect so everything has a home and can be easily transported around the house, but really didn’t want to purchase one.

(sources: dessert standpastry set, glitter ballet shoes, flora the flamingo)

So, I did what I always do, and I called Vivi’s grandpa, who said he would be happy to help with elf duty, and of course he did an amazing job.  I feel like I’m going to let you down on the DIY details of this post, but I’m hoping that it will inspire you to think in this direction if you are still scrambling for gifts.  This is made up of wood dowels, edge glued boards, some trim, and fun paint, and if you have a handy person in your life (or if you yourself are handy!) this would be a fun project to take on.

I found this adorable dessert stand and pastry set (you have to love amazon prime in a pinch!) which are perfectly festive.

I have a feeling we’ll be getting served a lot of pretend tea and cake at Christmas.  And, my apologies for the lack of instruction, but I hope you are inspired to think of what you may be able to create!  A stationery set, an adventure kit?

(And, p.s. don’t forget to enter the little piggy giveaway from the Land of Nod! Contest closes at midnight!)




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I have one last really cute giveaway for Christmas!  The Land of Nod is offering 20% off of rockers and ride-ons today (12/17) and to celebrate, I’m giving away one adorable Little Piggy Rocker (I mean, seriously, that face!  I can’t handle it!).  To enter, just leave a comment on this blog post, and I’ll be closing the giveaway on Friday (12/19), so you’ll have time to get this little guy in time for Christmas.

(Also pictured: white pram, unicorns, doll cradle, avery fairy doll)

There are several fun ride-on toys, like the vintage looking fire engine, the slick little speedster, or the awesome little excavator, all of which would be so precious under the tree! Head on over to check them all out, and leave a comment below to enter the little piggy giveaway!




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Meg"How adorable! I want to give this this to my nephew. Would be sweet considering his great-grandfather, whom he never …"

Caroline Tanner"Would love that pink piggy for my precious Casey Kate :) "

Laura c"So precious!! My 2 year old would adore it, she's quit the little animal lover. Pigs especially "

Belinda"Oh my gosh he is so adorable!! :))) my little ones would go wild for him <3 "


minted christmas

First, I’m excited to be giving away $350 to Minted!  If you are interested, just leave a comment on this post, and the winner will be announced Wednesday morning 12/17 (closes tomorrow at midnights, so you have enough time to do a little Christmas shopping with it!).  They have especially great options for grandparent gifts!

(pictured above: red paper fans, white paper fans, mint fans, cherry red stripe ribbon)   

Minted hosted a Christmas card stuffing party in collaboration with Southern Living just before Thanksgiving.  It was such a fun time, and we were able to order our cards ahead of time, and then stuff and stamp and address them while spending time with friends.  Such a great idea for a party, and it felt so great to have our cards done early (for once!).  Plus, we got to sample some extra delicious Southern Living treats from their Christmas edition, and it was all so delicious!!

(pictured above: shine + florals card)

Mmmm, gingerbread cupcakes!

I love that Cheers card, and it’s extra gorgeous in the foil.

And how adorable are these cards, with the mini car and tree on top?  That velvet ribbon is also so lovely.

Minted now has a studio here in Atlanta, which I’m really excited about, because they will be having regular events.  I love seeing the Atlanta creative community grow!  I was able to collaborate on a workshop recently making inspiration boards from their beautiful new fabric line.  It’s all so pretty, and it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I do love that over the hills pattern!

These boards were super easy to make, and turned out really cute.  They would be great for displaying Christmas cards, or bits of inspiration!  We used Minted frames, cork board, and fabric.

Love this display on the wall in embroidery hoops!  Sweet Krista of Blue Eyed Yonder provided all the vintage furniture goodness, and Meredith of Amy Osaba created the drool-worth florals.

It was such a fun night, and I’m looking forward to more events in the Minted space!  Don’t forget to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below!!

(Pictured with my talented and awesome friend Alea!)


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Deb"Wowsas! Love love love all the other offerings from minted! I've only ever done our Christmas postcards! "

Carrie"Looks like an amazing event! Absolutely love Minted. "


We have more boxes around here than we know what to do with, especially at Christmastime.  I figured it would be nice to make use of some of all this cardboard (planning to make a dollhouse a la the fantastic mermag) so we made some angel wings.

I cut out the wing shapes, and gave the girls a glue stick and some feathers, and they had a great time pasting on the feathers.  I think glue sticks might be my new crafting best friend for doing projects with the girls.  They are so minimally messy, and work really well.

I painted some white details on the front, poked holes in them and strung through some ribbon, and then hot glued some feathers onto ribbon for Vivi’s crown (always have to have a crown!) and they had fun running around the yard in their wings.  Little B didn’t want to take hers off.

It also proved to be a fun talking point as we made them.  We talked about what angels might look like, how the shepherds might have felt when an entire host of angels appeared before them.  If you have boys, it might be fun to make some shields, too, and talk about how this was an angel army delivering the good news, not just fluffy cherubs!  Even though I can’t get enough of my little fluffy cherubs.


Jackie G"What a great idea! So cute :) "

Molly"Awww, that is our family's favorite holiday movie. And those girls are C-U-T-E! "

Jennifer T."These are adorable! A friend made my boys ninja turtle costumes out of cardboard and they are one of …"

sarah b"What an awesome and adorable idea for the wings! My 6 year old daughter loves "arting" with boxes...I can't …"