Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Black and Gold New Year's Eve Party

2016 has gone by in a flash and now it is time to throw a glitzy Black and Gold New Year’s Eve Party!

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I blinked and the holidays were gone. Read: I didn’t get to eat enough cookies.

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

When I saw the fabulous New Year’s Eve Party supplies in the dollar section at Target, I just had to put together a black and gold dessert table to ring in the New Year.

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

I love a good bargain and Target’s seasonal decorations have been on point. Going into Target for a single item (I am looking at you, hairspray) is practically impossible without a stroll through the dollar section. They make it so easy with all the coordinating items to pull together a party table quickly and on a budget – both wins in my book.

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

Just buy or bake some cupcakes, add some edible gold stars to chocolate dipped cookies (see this post on how to dip cookies), and set up your dollar spot haul.

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

I like to make my tables have various heights by stacking cake stands (yes, I need an intervention) and using decorations from front to back.

Click here for a quick and easy Gold and Black New Year's Eve Party I created on a budget!

So where will you be celebrating New Year’s Eve?

Wishing you a happy New Year, friends.  Thank you so much for being here and supporting Polka Dotted Blue Jay; every comment, click, and follow means the world to me.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower

The Fab 5 had our fourth quarter gathering two weekends ago and four of us were in on a secret: we planned a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower for Alisha!

Now, I must admit that I had very little to do with the planning stage of the party. I was sick for two weeks and my contributions to the party prep were my thumbs-up emoji texts to the other girls as they planned, purchased, and prepped everything. Thanks girls!

Plan a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower with a fun Hot Cocoa Bar

Shauna and Brittany basically stalked the dollar section at Target to find enough of everything; no one store had enough to make a complete set and table setting. The girls persevered and found everything we needed to make the table look fabulous! Shauna designed the tablescape, using scarves as a table runner, poinsettia napkin rings, black linens, and gold chargers.

Plan a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower with a fun Hot Cocoa Bar

Plan a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower with a fun Hot Cocoa Bar

What I did contribute was a whole bunch of plates, cake stands, and glassware for our setup. I also helped set everything up the day of and had a blast creating the hot chocolate bar. I filled my Wayfair mini trifle bowls with various cocoa toppings:  chocolate chips, marshmallows, candy canes, and coconut shavings. We also filled a large jar with the cocoa powder and added a beautiful framed printable that Leah made.

Plan a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower with a fun Hot Cocoa Bar

Plan a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower with a fun Hot Cocoa Bar

Then, to my surprise, Brittany arrived with homemade macaroons. Seriously, I am surrounded by talented women.

Plan a surprise Buffalo Plaid and Poinsettia Bridal Shower with a fun Hot Cocoa Bar

Alisha was very surprised – especially when I asked her to stop and pick up ice so we could make sure everything was finished before she arrived.

It has been hard for me to deal with the reality that we are all in very different places than we were seven years ago. Marriages, babies (for some), relocating, and time generally moving faster than we would all like. I cherish the three or four times a year we can all get together for a couple hours and connect face-to-face.

Monday, December 12, 2016

DIY Christmas Bucket

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I have always loved gifting cookies during the holidays. Neighbors, co-workers, the fire department, everyone gets cookies from me and each year I try to come up with a new way to package the cookies and create a beautiful and delicious gift.

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This year I grabbed one of my favorite supplies to make my cookie present: a plastic craft paint can. It is the perfect way to package my cookies and decorate with festive holiday accessories. I planned my DIY Christmas bucket to include some cookies and a fun Christmas gift with festive ribbons and bows.

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I made some sugar cookies and then dressed them up with some red melting chocolate and some Christmas sprinkles. I dipped some in the chocolate and then drizzled the chocolate on some others.

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While I am baking I love to have an American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Brand candle on the kitchen counter; with all the baked goods fragrances, they instantly get me in the holiday spirit and in the mood to bake a couple dozen cookies. *Always burn your candle on a heat resistant surface, keep it out of drafts and NEVER leave it unattended while lit. The American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Brand candles are long lasting with aromatic impact and my kitchen smells like cupcakes and cookies long after the real ones have been packaged and delivered to friends. I also thought they would make a great addition to my Christmas cookie package, so I picked up some extra ones while I was at Walmart.

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Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for co-workers or friends? Click here to see this DIY Christmas Bucket with cookies and a themed candle from American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Brand. #LoveAmericanHome #cbias #CollectiveBias #ad

I downloaded a fun design from the Silhouette Design store and used some vinyl to decorate the front of the bucket with a “Baked with Love” graphic.

Supplies:
Plastic Paint Bucket
Craft cutter (I used a Silhouette Portrait)
Baked with Love” graphic
Adhesive Vinyl and Transfer Paper
Ribbon and Bows
Cookies
Your favorite American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Brand candle
Festive Tag

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Instructions:
1. Download your design and arrange the way you would like it to look (I made “with” larger for my bucket).
2. Create your vinyl cut out (don’t cut through both layers like I did – oops!)

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3. Use your transfer paper to attach the design to the front of the plastic bucket.

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4. Fill the bucket with decorative paper, Christmas cookies, and an American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Brand candle. 
5. Tie ribbon to the handle of the bucket for extra Christmas cheer.

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Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for co-workers or friends? Click here to see this DIY Christmas Bucket with cookies and a themed candle from American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Brand. #LoveAmericanHome #cbias #CollectiveBias #ad

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for co-workers or friends? Click here to see this DIY Christmas Bucket with cookies and a themed candle from American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Brand. #LoveAmericanHome #cbias #CollectiveBias #ad

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for co-workers or friends? Click here to see this DIY Christmas Bucket with cookies and a themed candle from American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Brand. #LoveAmericanHome #cbias #CollectiveBias #ad


Who would you like to create a DIY Christmas Bucket for this year?  Tell me what American Home™ by Yankee Candle® Brand candle fragrance you would include in your gift in the comments.

* Always follow user instructions to a tee for American Home™ by Yankee Candle® brand products.