It’s that time of year, where I begin over-thinking gifts. Guys, I struggle with gifts giving…which is why I love passing along inspiration when it strikes me—hostess gifts, teacher gifts, or neat ideas for those “favorite things” gift exchanges. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things; simple but perfect gifts for the cooking enthusiast in your life.
tips for throwing a simple but special NYE at home
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When I was a freshman in college (a looong time ago!), I had to have a minor ankle surgery over winter break. While the procedure was minor, it meant I would be laid up for New Year’s Eve.
My bestie took mercy on me and stayed in with me. We dressed up cute, grabbed some snacks and decor, and threw ourselves a totally memorable low-key party. Much to my surprise, what should have been a total downer of a night turned into the best New Year’s Eve I’d ever had.
That was the year I discovered that, for me, low-key was the best way to ring in the year.
This especially holds true today as a mom of three. After the craziness of the Christmas holiday and lots of travel to visit family, the whole family is ready for a relaxed night in.
But, it has to be special.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to throw a good party. The good news is, it doesn’t take much to make your gathering low-key fancy. Especially when you can get everything you need from your local Whole Foods Market.
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Personalized Easter Basket Inspiration for the Whole Family
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With Easter just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together some no candy Easter basket inspiration for things the Easter bunny can bring. For our family, Easter is such a meaningful, fun holiday and a wonderful time to gather with family and create traditions.
This year, change up those Easter baskets by swapping the candy-filled basket and opting for one filled with fun items they’ll actually use. Not only will you be able to avoid the sugar overload, but you’ll also be giving unique surprises that will make your Easter celebration a memorable one.
These personalized Easter gifts are so great, your kids (almost) won’t miss the candy.
Baby Bunny Easter Basket
Instead of purchasing a traditional Easter basket, try using a multipurpose container that can be used year round for storage.
Instead of messy filler, add a personalized baby blanket that will get daily use. I had “Baby Bunny” embroidered on this adorable pink blanket with white stars, so she’ll always remember it came from the Easter Bunny!
Nothing is cuter than a bunny on Easter, and I love the idea of spreading a little love year-round with this adorable Gund bunny (on sale!) with a custom sweater that says “Some Bunny Loves Me.”
We need to pack snacks for school anyway, so why not knock out two tasks in one and pack adorable Goldfish “carrots” in their Easter basket and school bag?
Finally, with spring coming soon, I added a new pair of shades.
(Pre) Tween Easter Basket
While I don’t have tweens yet, I’m familiar with kids who have very specific likes and dislikes. Try filling their baskets with supplies for their favorite activities – art supplies, slime making supplies, or books. I also added a cool pair of shades, school snacks and this personalized sippy cup that looks cool and is totally functional.
These “sippy” cups are amazing because they are truly leak proof. My daughter dumped hers in my purse one day when I didn’t realize it, and it was upside down for hours with ZERO drips. Mom score!
I used a multipurpose container for this basket and clipped a white pom for a cute bunny tail.
Boy Easter Basket
With so much of Easter seemingly marketed to girls, sometimes it’s hard to fill the perfect boy basket.
Try opting for dapper Easter gear that he can wear to the Sunday service: a bow tie, fedora, and maybe a pair of shades. Just for fun, I added a dino composition book and a pair of novelty glasses. And, of course, that school snack 🙂
Easter Basket for Him
Perhaps I’m not very creative, or maybe my husband just has very specific likes….probably a little bit of both! His Easter “basket” looks remarkable like his birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, and Father’s Day gifts. A beer caddy with his favorite brew, some speciality barbecue sauce and meat claws are the perfect manly man gift.
Easter Basket for Her
Okay, so let’s get real – I DO include candy in our Easter baskets. While these no candy baskets won’t leave anyone feeling deprived, it just isn’t Easter without a chocolate bunny (amiright?). And maybe a cute decoration and succulent.
I hope you like these ideas for no candy Easter basket fillers!
What is your go-to Easter basket filler each year? Please tell me in the comments below! Looking for more Easter inspiration? Check out my Easter Lunch tablescape!
Frost dozens of Cookies in just 5 minutes with “Dippable” Royal Icing
I’m feeling like a genius these days.
I was dreading frosting dozens upon dozens of my famous vanilla almond cut-out sugar cookies I make each Christmas.
While the result looks and tastes delicious (and totally worth the effort), It’s a long process and I was feeling lazy this year.
Always one to look for the shortcut, I decided to simplify my royal icing recipe a bit to see if I could make a simple, “dippable” icing work. No sifting powdered sugar. No bottles or icing bags.
To my delight, not only was I able to ice a dozen cookies in one minute, but it tastes even better than the other recipe I used to use. Score!
christmas home tour
Many of my readers started following me for my home decor content, but I’ve really fallen behind this year on updating my home as much as I would like. I plan to change that in 2018 with some updates I have planned, with no more indecision to stymie me!
For now, I’m sharing a small home update in the form of a Christmas Home Tour.
Inspirational and Fun Fall Notes
Are you hosting Friendsgiving, or your family’s Thanksgiving celebration this year and looking for inspiration?
Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite Thanksgiving decor ideas, and free printable Thanksgiving Favor Tags to customize your soiree.
easy fall centerpiece on a budget
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You may have noticed I haven’t yet refreshed my dining area as planned.
My usual design paralysis took hold, and I couldn’t stop thinking about Thanksgiving. What do the holidays have to do with home design? Well, everything.
The more I thought about it, the more I couldn’t come up with a wallpaper and concept that I was confident I’d love year round. As it turns out, I’m content with my minimalist dining area for now, and I think it really shines when I decorate for a gathering.
I decided to set the table for an inexpensive and easy, but glam fall meal.
I set the table with items I already had on hand: some gold chargers, white dishes, and leftover white pumpkins from Halloween.
I then added eucalyptus branches and pretty fall florals to add a pretty pop.
Adult Patriotic Popsicles
Happy Independence Day weekend!
Today I’m sharing a cool and festive adult treat for patriotic entertaining: Red, “Wine” and “Blue Popsicles.
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Be the Hostess with the Mostess this Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is just days away, and with it comes the anticipation and joy of the holiday season, and the task of hosting the family gathering.
I think a lot of families, mine included, are a lot like fudge – sweet, with a lot of nuts! It certainly makes for some interesting holidays, but that’s no reason to stress about your upcoming hostess gig.
Prep like a pro with these simple, yet impactful tips for being the hostess with the mostess at your upcoming Thanksgathering celebration.
There are only two weeks until Easter, and I kicked off the season with a casual Easter lunch for the kids.
The menu was very fancy: PB&J, applesauce, string cheese, and milk.
The table was a little fancier. We used their Easter baskets as centerpieces, and filled them with some Easter things we bring out each year: books, little stuffed animals, bunny ears, and some (empty) plastic eggs.
I absolutely love the look of these tinsel tassel banners for party decor. Even better? They’re super easy and inexpensive to make – just in time to decorate in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day!