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Teapot Christmas Tree

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I know some of you might think it’s a little early for Christmas, this being the day before Halloween.  But, if your little ones don’t have a costume by now, no matter what cute idea we could come up with, let’s face it, it’s down to what’s left at the party store now.  Your pumpkins are carved, and your treats are bought-and if they’re not you’ll be doing what ever is quick and easy at this point, which totally works for me.  Since I’m a Canadian, I don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving, since we had ours weeks ago.  In my heart, I’m moving on to Christmas, so here’s an early post to inspire you.

Vintage mini silver teapot

I found this sweet little mini-size teapot at the thrift store yesterday, for $2.99  It’s pretty tarnished and the silver plate is even worn off in some spots I think, but it just had a certain charm that inspired this little project.

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Just like you, I’ve been noticing lots of copper around lately.  It’s inspiring me to do a mixed metals Christmas this year pretty copper, gold, silver and brass.  I thought it’d be fun to add a little copper nest like effect to the bottom of the Christmas tree.  I used a copper pot scrubber from the dollar store.

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I also added a few Christmas balls and beads that I glittered to the little tree.

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I hot glued the bobbles onto a little white bottle brush tree from the dollar store, unravelled the copper pot scrubber, then tucked the strands around the wee tree, and popped it in my little teapot.  So simple, so pretty.

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I put the pretty little teapot on a tree round with a candle and a pinecone for a sweet little Christmas vignette.

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With a sweet start like this to Christmas, life really is a party!

Home Made Halloween -Modern Snow White

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It’s the week before Halloween, and time to figure out what your little trick-or-treaters are going to be this year.  One of my little cuties is going as Modern Snow White.

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You might remember my inspiration boards for our trip to Disney last year, where we put together a few ideas.  Here is one of the sweet looks we came up with, and Maddie thought it’d be fun to wear this year for trick-or-treating.  We had yellow skinny jeans, and I found the little blue shirt and red cardigan at the second hand store.  The pretty snow white head band and perfect little apple necklace were found at Party City -in case you’re looking.  The final touch, some pretty reddish lipstick and an apple.

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It was only a matter of time until the photo shoot turned into snack time, lol.

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With a fun home made Halloween costume, life really is a party.

Rustic Thanksgiving Table

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Here in Canada we celebrated Thanksgiving a few weekends ago.  I’m excited to share the beautiful table that my sister and I put together this year, and to maybe inspire some of my American readers for their Thanksgiving.

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My sister and her family spend the summers in beautiful cottage country, and having Thanksgiving there this year was so beautiful with all the changing leaves, that we decided to set the table outside.

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We began our table with some wood slice chargers.  My sweet brother-in-law went out into the woods for us, and cut some slices, than sanded them smooth.  They came out beautifully.  I love them, and they were the perfect foundation for our rustic Thanksgiving table -thanks Shaun.

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My sister found some old antique silverware, and we left it tarnished for the perfect rustic look -I kind of wanted to sneak it into my suitcase when I left.

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For an easy, fun place card we used a white paint pen to write everyone’s names on fall leaves.

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My sister had some gold napkins, that worked great with the tarnished silverware.

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We also used some pretty vintage amber goblets, love how they looked with the bittersweet.

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For the centrepiece, we layered pumpkins, and candles on a piece of vintage lace.  The candles were in clear glass vases, which was perfect for outside, so they didn’t blow out in the breeze.

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My sister wound in some grapevine, and bittersweet -it was simple and so pretty.

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Over the table, and between two trees, we strung up a pretty pine cone garland.

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With a beautiful rustic, outdoor Thanksgiving table like this, life really is a party!

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This post is linked up at The Inspiration Gallery,  The Weekend Retreat Link Party, and Between Naps on the Porch.

Sleeping Beauty Princess Slumber Party

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On the weekend we had so much fun hosting an “almost” slumber party with #DisneyBeauties and #CollectiiveBias.  The party was to celebrate the new release of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty DVD!  I say “almost” slumber party, since we had all the fun of a Princess slumber party – with new pj’s, watching the Sleeping Beauty DVD, an amazing popcorn snack bar, and a photo booth, but we sent our little friends home to sleep, along with a Princess breakfast all packed up “to-go” for them to enjoy in the morning.  It was so much fun.

Let’s begin at the beginning, with this great party checklist -click here for your own free printable Party checklist.

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We picked our date – a Friday night, and invited a few special friends.  Our theme was Sleeping Beauty, and after watching the movie as “homework” I got some great ideas for some special movie inspired details.  I headed to Walmart to find everything I needed for the party.  Love their party section and all the American Greetings Disney Princess Party Supplies.

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Of course, we also picked up the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-Ray DVD Gift Set.

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Since it was a slumber party – almost, along with the great Princess party supplies at Walmart, I picked up matching Princess pajamas for all the girls -these were so much fun and a great take-home favor for the girls (I love giving something useful).

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I also picked up a Princess photo backdrop that came with great props, such a fun and simple way to do a photo booth at the party.  As soon as the girls arrived they changed into their matching pj’s.  Then we invited them into our “theater”.  We transformed our living room, by removing most of the furniture.

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I strung up curtains to hide the kitchen, and decked out the couch with lots of gold and fur – the perfect Princess decor.

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The wall behind the TV was decorated with fun bunting, in our pink and gold color scheme.  I made it out of scrapbook paper and created a few Princess bunting flags from paper plates.

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And the fireplace got the Sleeping Beauty treatment too.  I made a curtain of pink tulle, and added a chalkboard with flashing Christmas lights.  I found the pictures of the fairies on-line, and added them for a little fairy magic.  A little rose bush seemed like a fun detail, since Aurora was re-named Briar Rose by the fairies.  I also made a simple “Once Upon A Dream” banner, and added a little gold glitter for fun.

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The star attraction was the Movie Popcorn Buffet.  Over the buffet I hung a pretty Princess chandelier, and for added sparkle I wound a string of tiny lights around it -it was so pretty.

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My favorite scene from the movie has to be the fairies arguing over whether Aurora’s dress should be pink or blue, so I used this idea for the popcorn buffet.  One side was “Make it Blue” and the other was “Make it Pink”.

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I made these fun free printables, get them here -Make it Pink -Make it Blue, and set up lots of fun treats.  We started out with popcorn – pink and blue of course, as well as caramel corn and regular popcorn.

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Along with the popcorn, I added lots of fun candy add-ins, so everyone could personalize their snacks.

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The girls used the pretty Princess cups to make their personalized popcorn.

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For drinks there was blue sports drink, or pink lemonade, in pretty bottles with paper straws, and Princess wands.

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Once we had our snacks, it was time to enjoy the movie!

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One of my favorite details of our “almost” sleepover was to send the girls home with a special Princess breakfast to enjoy in the morning.

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Click here for the free printable “wishing you sweet dreams and an even sweeter breakfast”.

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I used some gable boxes to hold all their goodies, and decorated them with some princess washi tape.  On the top of the boxes and tied with a bow was a thank-you card – since Princesses always remember a thank-you card, that had directions on the back for the breakfast.  Inside the boxes were breakfasts fit for a queen – or a Princess, lol.

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I made regular waffles and cut the tops to make them into crowns!  I also included an individual maple syrup, and “Briar Rose’s Berries” and some edible fairy dust!

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I used little glass jars and combined pink sprinkles and some edible gold glitter.  The little princesses loved them.

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Along with the waffles, I bought fun mini cereal boxes and added a pink spoon with some more washi tape, and a package of hot chocolate.  So much fun!

With an “almost” slumber party to celebrate the release of the Sleeping Beauty DVD, life really is a party!

This post is linked up  at The Inspiration Gallery, and The Weekend Retreat Link Party.

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