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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! "


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 …"


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. […] "

Jessica R"Okay, the first time you posted about that black paper, I almost bought it but talked myself out of it. …"

Friday I’m in Love {My Favorite Links & Things} @ brittanyMakes"[…] I just ADORE how this DIY wrapping paper turned […] "

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 "


diy jewelry holder

I am always loving the beautiful hardware at Anthropologie, but I have neither the furniture nor the budget to really utilize it very much.  When I came across these adorable companion knobs, though, I just had to find a use for them.  I thought they would be super cute as little holders for some of Vivi and Brigette’s necklace collection.

(sources: Faceted Pastel Table Lamp; Gunner & Lux Little Lux necklaces; Twig Creative Toy Camera

DIY Jewelry Holder

To make one for yourself, this is what you need:

1 x 10 pine board (they sell smaller lengths at Home Depot) | paint and paintbrush | jigsaw | drill with 7/64″ drill bit | companion knob | picture hanging bracket | metal shears of some kind or use the metal cutting blade with jigsaw

**If you prefer not to do the whole jigsaw thing, then you can purchase small wooden plaques from a craft store or amazon, and skip that whole step!

diy jewelry holder

If you are cutting your own plaque, draw out the shape with a pencil and ruler or measuring tape.  I started with a 5″ square, then made tick marks at 1.5″ and 2″ as shown above, and then drew the diagonals so I knew where to cut.  Cut your shape, and sand the edges as needed, and then paint.

Next, mark the center of the plaque, and drill a hole for the knob.

Before screwing the knob into the plaque, measure 3/4″ (the depth of the wood) + 1/4″ (for space to hang the necklace) from the back of the knob, and cut the extra length of bolt with the shears or jigsaw.  This is so that the plaque will rest against the wall – the knob bolts are really long!

Attach the picture hanging bracket (which you can find at any hardware store!) and then screw the knob into the plaque until the end of the bolt is flush with the back of the plaque.  The fit should be secure enough that you don’t have to use the bolts that come with the knob.

Then, hang and use!

diy necklace hook

These are so adorable on the wall, and I think they would make great gifts for friends – you could also make a more grown up version by staining the wood and using one of these knobs or one of these!  They almost look like little museum displays, and are perfect for Vivi’s adorable Gunner & Lux pieces!

DIY Jewelry Display


Becky"Oh my gosh! These are the cutest. Can't wait to see the reveal of the girls' room. "

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