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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.



Kitty"The setting is beautiful, Joni, and I love what you do about setting goals and wishes for the upcoming year. …"

Jen @ RamblingRenovators"What a beautiful dinner Joni! It all looks so magical. I LOVE that you put your kitchen table in the …"


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!)




Kim"This is adorable! "

Jamie Baker"Love this so much! "


christmas wrapping paper

Vivi is incredibly excited about wrapping presents this year.  The moment we put up the tree, she was assembling a collection of toys and items from around the house to put under it right away, and she has been asking over and over to wrap some boxes to put under the tree.

christmas wrapping paper

I figured it would be fun to channel this enthusiasm into some wrapping paper making, so I pulled out a roll of black paper I’ve been holding onto from past craft projects, trimmed it down into 36″ x 36″ squares, and laid them out on the floor with some pink and white paint and paintbrushes.  Vivi loved painting whatever came to mind all over them.

toddler wrapping paper

After letting it all, dry, we just trimmed the pieces as needed for wrapping paper.

christmas wrapping paper

She is completely enchanted with all the embellishments of yarn, tassels, miniature trees, and jingle bells.

christmas wrapping paper

It’s almost like the wrapping is just as good as the gift to her.

christmas wrapping paper

Also, I’m pretty crazy about how some of the wrapping paper pieces came out that she painted – I’m tempted to frame one for over the fireplace, they are so cute! At any rate, it’s like having precious little masterpieces under the tree!

christmas wrapping paper


Friday Favorites :: Christmas Edition | The Price Report"[…] Joni also shows how your littles can help out with wrapping gifts. […] "

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brittanyMakes"I LOVE this so much! such a fun project to do with the little ones :) "

Kitty"The wrapping is just beautiful, and so special because of all of the enthusiasm and excitement that went in to …"

Colleen N"Love this. Was think about doing the same in whites "


(first, if you are looking for gift guides, check out my new mom & baby gift guide on Style Me Pretty Living here!)

playroom ideas with RH baby & child

Yesterday, I posted photos of this playspace we just finished up with RH Baby & Child; today I’m sharing how we added in some Christmas fun!  We put the little ones in these super cute pj’s and let them enjoy the space.  Vivi loves wearing these fur booties and hood – they are so snuggly!  We added some pine garland to the stair rail, along with some twinkly lights for extra magic.

(pictured above: white illuminated star, dandelion bean bag,  mini club chairs, spool side table,  raccoon portrait, cloud wool rug,  cream chunky braided wool rug, faux fur throw, wood book display shelves)

playspace ideas with RH Baby & Child

The mitten advent calendar is super sweet.  I love that they aren’t too large, there is just enough room for a small treat or note, so it’s not completely overwhelming to come up with 24 big treasures!

Christmas decor with RH baby & Child

And how precious are these wood beaded ornaments?  They remind me of ornaments my grandmother used to decorate with – simple, and sweet, with lots of red and white.  Her trees were always red and white, so it seems very fitting to follow suit in this space. They are so pretty on those willowy cypress branches.

And, seriously, these twinkle lights are the best.  They are LED and run on batteries, so you don’t have to worry about plugging them in, and you can put them anywhere.  They are so delicate and sweet!

These stockings have fun little pom pom details, and I love the subdued palette.  Can’t wait to fill them up!

I put these illuminated houses on the kitchen shelves.  They mix in beautifully with that white vintage china, and make the sweetest glow!  I love carrying over the Christmas decor into other spaces, besides just the mantel.

The little ones are really loving playing here!  The chalkboard top on the game table is already a big hit, and I can’t wait to spend more time around it at Christmas.

And Henry is enjoying it, too.  (I mean, those pajamas!!  My goodness!)

Hope you are inspired!  Be sure to check out all the photos from yesterday’s post for more details!  Thank you so much to RH Baby & Child for working with us on this project – it has been so much fun!

(Products were provided by RH Baby & Child for this post, and all the thoughts, opinions, and enjoyment had putting this together are my own.  )



Joni"Thanks so much, Ashley!:) I'm going to send out a link in the newsletter this week! "

Joni"Thanks so much, Andrea! I made them, and found the fabric at Lewis & Sheron. I think this …"

Andrea"Hi Joni - love this post! So much pretty inspiration! I love the black buffalo check pillows on the couches. …"

Ashley Nolan"Oooh I love this Joni! So special! I want that sign! Did I miss where you posted? The good name …"

Joni"Thanks so much, Marcia! It's the spool side table - it looks like the white version is no longer …"

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(Check out the gift guide for your guy here!)

gift ideas for friends

Here are a few gift ideas for friends (or yourself)!  Feel free to forward it on to your fella . . .

(1) Harney & Sons Paris tea (smells so wonderful and tastes even better!);

(2) Cute Little Canister (for storing this & that);

(3) Cutest Beanie Hat Ever (to keep your ears warm);

(4) Mini Gold Purse (for date nights when you can ditch the diaper bag);

(5) Classic & Cute Sweater (I adore this one! The perfect fit!);

(6) Turban Headband (for those days when the hair might not get washed . . . );

(7) Pretty Pins (for the same days as #6);

(8) Mega Babe Keychain (a good reminder when you feel much less than this);

(9) Sweet Slippers (great for middle of the night wakings or pre-sunrise awakenings!);

(10) Instax Printer (so cute to instantly print phone photos!);

(11) Marble Top Coffee Table (a stylish option with no pointy edges to injure any small people);

(12) Arrowhead Ring (some bling with a not too bling-y price tag);

(13) Mod Lamp (for a nightstand refresh);

(14) Gold Shears (to make crafting and what not a bit more luxe);

(15) Vintage Tea Time Book (for grown up tea parties)

(16) Bow Booties (love the bow!);

(17) Black and White Bins (for chic toy hiding!);

(18) Wedge Booties (casual but extra fun for outings with the little people!)

What is on your wish list this year?  I’d love to hear!


Joni"Ohh, good to know! I will have to try that one! "

Sarah"I LOVE Paris tea. I just made a massive Harney and Sons order last week. My other favorite …"

Brettni"Love those slippers! "