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Recycled Christmas Tree Ornaments…

Over the years we have accumulated quite an assortment of ornaments.  Some are keepsakes and find their way onto the Christmas tree year after year.  Some have seen better days and have been relegated to the box of misfit ornaments.  That is, until I got the idea to give a few a new look for this years family Christmas decorations.

The old…

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This years Christmas Party theme was Boots and Bling, All things Texas! I decided to decorate the tree on our pavilion with a bit of Texas flair.  I picked up 2 yards of red bandana fabric and 1 yard suede with a tooled leather look to recover the old ornaments.

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I gathered the fabric up and tied it up with a bit of jute.

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There you have it a whole new look..

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Naturally Soft and Subtle…

Over the years our Christmas Tree decorations have reflected who we are as a family. In the beginning our tree was decorated with twinkling multi-colored lights and a spattering of ornaments. For several years our tree was a beautiful hodge podge of ornaments created by our son at school Christmas parties and dollar store treasures. Then there came the day when the colored lights were replaced with white lights and the ornaments were treasured purchases from numerous vacations. Now we are empty nesters with no grandchildren. So now our tree reflects a quieter more serene palette. This year the decorations are a reflection of our love of outdoors and a life blessed beyond measure.

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This Holiday Season, You’ve Got a Minute to Win It…

christmas-minute-to-win-it-party-supplies-2This Holiday Season you will probably attend or host a holiday party…If you are the hostess I hope you will make your party the mostess by incorporating some fun and easy Minute to Win it games into your party planning…

How many parties have you attended over the years that after a little small talk and a few appetizers the party begins to languish and you are left looking for an opportunity for an early exit?  Don’t be that party…

There are so many cute and easy ways to entertain your guests.  My inspiration comes from the popular game show…Minute To Win It!  Ask  a couple of friends to be the game host/hostess.  Explain the rules of the games and the time schedule ahead of time. This will free you up to mingle with your guests, snap photos and check on the buffet table.

Wrap up a few gifts for the winners, place them in a basket and let the game winners choose their gift.  Include gift cards, homemade sweets, movie passes…

Here are few games we are considering playing at our Christmas Parties this year…

How many marshmallows can you toss through the Christmas wreath into a bucket…In a minute?  Grab up a bucket from the local home store or even a small trash can will do.  Lay the bucket on its side, attach a wreath to the opening and place the bucket on the edge of a table or bar.  Mark a spot on the floor where the contestant will stand. Place a dozen marshmallows in a bowl, set the timer for one minute…Ready. Set, Toss!

Can you stack plastic cups with one hand…In a minute?  Place a stack of Solo cups on a table.  Using one hand, the contestant has one minute to stack the cups in a pyramid shape in one minute…Ready, Set, Stack!

How many ornaments can you and a your partner hang on a string without using your hands…In a minute?  Hang a string between two columns or a door way, place 12 ornaments with ornament hooks on a table.  The two contestants have one minute to move the ornaments from the table to the string without using their hands…I would recommend using plastic ornaments for this game or you will be sweeping up glass for days…The team who hangs the most ornaments on the string in one minute is the winner…On your mark, Get Set, Go!

Can you get the cookie from your forehead into your mouth without using your hands…In a minute?  This is one of those games that will have the crowd roaring with laughter…You have one minute to move a cookie from your forehead into your mouth by using only your facial muscles…get your camera ready…I promise there will be priceless photo ops with this one.  Get set. move that cookie, move that cookie…

Can you open a present while wearing ski gloves before doubles are rolled…In a minute?  Wrap a gift, the smaller the present the harder it will be to open while wearing bulky ski gloves…. You can wrap an empty box or wrap a gag gift or even a gift worth keeping…you can make this the grand prize game.  The champion of the minute to win it gameathon is the team who opens the gift the fastest under one minute.

There are a number of ways you can play the games; you can play as individuals which would take all evening if you had more than a handful of guests.  I think teams are the way to go…I think guys vs girls or family vs family.  I would however, recommend to never ever have couples compete against one another…this may lead to a heated discussion or two…speaking from experience…best to keep it friendly and having more members on a team gives you a variety of talents to choose from.

Check out this web site for a few additional ideas for your Christmas Minute to Win It party.

Here’s hoping your holiday party is filled with laughter and great memories!

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Christmas is..

Christmas Is...Memories

I was talking with my sister the other day and she was sharing a few memories from one of her first Christmas’ spent living away from home.  She shared with me how when she puts up one of her Christmas trees it reminds her of a Christmas long ago and far away.  Our conversation got me thinking about things…like what Christmas is and isn’t. 

Christmas is not… only about a big tree loaded down with expensive store-bought ornaments.  It is not only about what you can buy at the big box store. It’s not even how many gifts are wrapped up and nestled under the tree.  It’s not about decorating your house to look like Christmas exploded on your front lawn..  It’s not about parties, presents or plates piled high with pastries…Christmas is not a lot of things.

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But Christmas is…about the memories of Christmas’ past that come flooding back when you begin unpacking boxes of  old ornaments collected over the years.  It’s the memories that are attached to a special ornament or two that make you feel a bit melancholy or nostalgic.  For me it’s the hand embroidered ornaments made by my Mom when she was recovering from back surgery. The detail is incredible, the colors are still vibrant after all these years and they remind me of how much she loves her family.    I also have a few handmade ornaments from my sisters and mom that bring a smile to my face every year when I unwrap them and hang them on the tree.  When I hold these ornaments in my hand and look at them it’s almost as if they are right here with me in the moment.

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For my sister her memories are attached to a box of $1 store ornaments that remind her of her first Christmas starting out as a family and funds were tight. The ornaments remind her that the joy on Christmas Day does not come with an expensive price tag…she remembers a Christmas when the toys purchased at the general store brought the same kind of joy to her childs face on Christmas morning just as if they had come from an expensive retailer. When my sister was unpacking her special ornaments she was also reminded of a wonderfully happy day spent in 4 story mall where all the shopping that was done was window shopping because that’s what they could afford.   These special ornaments also reminded her of coming home to find a box of groceries on the front porch complete with everything for Christmas Dinner and how a tradition of sharing Holiday meals with Friends began…

Unpacking ornaments is a great way for us to unpack the memories of what Christmas is really all about…making memories with loved ones that can carry us through the coming year.

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Oh Christmas Tree…decoratioins

A few weeks back, I was checking out the blog over at The French Flea and the girls were designing vignettes around a natural white Christmas theme.  It didn’t take long for my mind to start to spin out of control and lay a plan for my own white Christmas theme.  As I began to unpack and sort through our  Christmas decorations it was obvious that I would be ablt to pull this off without purchasing additional ornaments. 

However, I did purchase a handful a white poinsettia and several strings of new lights to add to the lights we already have.  Our beautiful tree began to take shape as the tulle was nestled deep into the tree to help reflect the lights.  The lights were wrapped around the branches and the poinsettia were tucked into the tree.  Next the oversized ornaments were strategically placed to fill the larger spaces.  Then layer by layer the ornaments were hung on the branches.  I sprinkled a few natural elements through out as well as my favorite handmade ornaments

Then I decided our beautiful monochromatic tree needed a little pop of color.  I chose RED!!!  Just a little touch here and there.  Then I wrapped the tree with red glitter garland. 

The tree looks beautiful!  If I were to stop right now and not add another single ornament it would be perfect.  But, I can’t help myself!!!  I know I have some chandelier crystals that would be the finishing touch for the tree, if I can just find where I put them.   Oh yes, and the perfect new tree topper.  Then I will be finished!  Maybe.

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handmade ornaments…family treaures

Here are a few of my favorite Christmas Ornaments.  Each one made with love for me by my Mom or one of my Sisters.  Every year when I un-pack them I think of my Family and the time they spent making these very special ornaments.   It may sound silly but when I hang these ornaments on my tree it is almost like my Mom and Sisters are here helping me decorate my tree. 

These handmade ornaments are my Family treasures and one day they will be Family heirlooms…

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