DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments

Dec 13
DIY Swirled Melted Crayon Ornaments | DIY ornaments, holiday entertaining tips, holiday cocktail recipes, homemade ornaments and more from @cydconverse

Making homemade ornaments is one of my favorite holiday traditions and every year my ornament posts are some of your absolute favorites! These gold leaf ornaments from two years ago and these glitter confetti ornaments from last year are a couple of the top ranking posts I’ve ever shared in nearly 10 years of blogging. I love that! Obviously that ups the ante though, because each year I love to bring you easy, beautiful ideas that add a little joy to your holiday season and a little beauty to your tree. Inspired by the myriad of melted crayon crafts my favorite elementary school little people have been loving this year, but with a decidedly elegant touch, I bring you these stunning melted crayon ornaments! They may just be one of the easiest ornaments I’ve ever made, easy enough for the kids to help if you them, but they are absolutely gorgeous. Inexpensive, chic and homemade? Now that is my kind of holiday craft!

The Best Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe

Dec 12
The Best Peanut Butter Blossoms Recipe | Christmas cookie recipes, Christmas cocktail recipes, entertaining tips, holiday party ideas and more from @cydconverse

When we were kids there was something about the official Christmas cookie baking day that my mom and our good family friend used to co-host every year that was absolutely magical. As an adult my holiday baking tends to happen here and there in waves throughout the season versus on one specific day, but as a kid I looked forward to cookie day all year long. The peanut butter blossoms were my favorite to make then and they still are today! I was always in charge of unwrapping the Hershey kisses, rolling the dough balls in sugar and then smushing the chocolate kisses on just right. These cookies always show up on cookie trays this time of year, but I’m going to go so far as to tell you that these are the best peanut butter blossoms you’ve ever eaten, so if you need the best peanut butter blossom recipe to add to your cookie repertoire, you’ve come to the right spot! Keep scrolling because I am also linking up below to a handful of my best blogging friends and some of their favorite Christmas cookie recipes, too, so be sure to pop over and give them all a little love.

Sugar Cookie White Russians

Dec 11
Sugar Cookie White Russians | Best Christmas White Russian recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas, holiday party recipes and more from @cydconverse

‘Tis the season for the most festive of Christmas cocktails and I’m serving up one of my new favorites! I’ve dubbed these frothy little concoctions sugar cookie White Russians and with good reason. They’re loaded with yummy vanilla flavor and topped with whipped cream, sugar cookie crumbles and sprinkles! This is the type of cocktail that is sure to wow your friends and makes the perfect addition to your hosting repertoire this time of year. I’m partnering with Walmart to bring you the recipe, which boasts my personal favorite vodka, Tito’s Handmade. (Any other Tito’s fans in the house?!) So let’s get to mixing, because this cocktail is going to make your actual sugar cookies at least a teeny bit jealous this year.

How to Stock the Perfect Holiday Bar Cart

Dec 8
How to Stock the Perfect Holiday Bar Cart

The sweet little old lady whose family owned our home for more than 50 years before we bought it was well into her 90s when she passed, but her reputation for hosting a great cocktail party still lives on. We refer to her affectionately as Mrs. T, and let me tell you, Mrs. T was famed for inviting all the neighbors over for Christmas Eve cocktails, which is a tradition we’re determined to continue through the years in her honor. Today I’ve teamed up with Walmart to share my tips on how to stock the perfect holiday bar cart! A few fine spirits, a handful of great mixers and some festive seasonal touches will create the sweetest station for mixing your favorite holiday cocktails at all your gatherings throughout the season. From more casual cocktails with the neighbors to your rockin’ New Year’s Eve bash, these tips will take you straight through the holidays in fine fashion.

Pretty Hand-Painted Printable Holiday Gift Tags

Dec 7
Pretty Printable Hand Painted Gift Tags | Christmas gift tags, holiday printables, free gift tags, entertaining ideas, holiday party ideas and more from @cydconverse

Designing pretty printable gift tags for readers is a bit of a tradition around here, in part because I love sharing my love of beautiful stationery and in part because I’m personally such a sucker for a well-wrapped gift. I absolutely love how a great gift tag can make even the simplest of packages feel so special and unique, which is a quality I like all of the gifts I give to have. Have you ever noticed how much more excited loved ones get to unwrap a gift that’s all decked out in the perfect ribbons and bows? People can tell when you take a little extra care wrapping their gift, making them feel even more loved, and for me that is what this season is all about. With that spirit in mind, I’ve teamed up with Staples to share the prettiest hand-painted printable gift tags with you! I collaborated with my amazingly talented bestie Erika Firm who took my ramblings about plaid and “traditional but modern” and turned them into a collection of nine seriously stunning gift tags all created by hand just for you.