Quick and Easy Holiday Hostess Gifts

December 1st, 2015

We’re all hitting up holiday parties this time of year, and instead of the same ol’ hostess gifts, here are a few fun ideas using items that I found at Michaels!

It doesn’t get much easier than a potted plant. I found this pretty cream ceramic pot at Michaels as well as the lovely striped ribbon. Even the joyful tag was from a paper pad. I picked up the beautiful succulent at a local nursery for $4. This gift took about a minute to put together and who can say no to a pretty plant (I might be keeping this instead of giving it away!)?

Michaels had so many cool holiday items this year, including these snowflake measuring cups. Add a little ribbon and a tag and you have the perfect hostess gift for the hostess who loves to bake.

I love bringing baked goods as hostess gifts, and its a great way to gift that beautiful cake plate that I’ve been eyeing. This glass plate from Michaels was a steal of a deal especially with my 50% off coupon! I made my favorite Christmas cookies – Mexican Wedding Cookies to go on top.

I’ve collected quite a few of these ceramic mason jars. I use them for EVERYTHING, so why not a hostess gift? A few old timey candy canes, some ribbon and a small pine branch and you have a lovely gift. This idea would be great for a teacher gift too – just add a giftcard to Michaels!

I also found these adorable red (and blue) tart pans at Michaels and made a small cherry tart. Definitely a show stopper for your next party.

All the Michaels Makers are showing their favorite “Christmas Hacks” check them out below… and be sure to check out Michaels for so many great holiday items.

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Minted Christmas Card Favorites + 3 changes to win $100 off at Minted

November 25th, 2015

I love getting my Christmas cards from Minted, especially because they print the addresses on the envelopes and store my addresses from all previous years. It makes actually mailing my cards so much simpler, not to mention keeping track of all those addresses. I’m about to take photos for our 2015 card (tripod and remote!), and I had to share my top 10 favorite cards from this year at Minted. Also I’m super excited to collaborate with Minted this year and offer an AWESOME giveaway. All you have to do is click on this link , enter your name and email address, and you’ll be entered to win $100 off your next purchase at Minted! The even better part is that Minted is giving away THREE of these $100 credits to my readers! So enter now! Giveaway ends 12/2. Oh and I almost forgot to mention their awesome Black Friday sale! Minted is offering 15% OFF your order with NO MINIMUM PURCHASE and 20% OFF your order of $150+ on holiday cards and all gifts. Use code BF2015

Here are my 10 faves:

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Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for your chance to win a $100 credit at Minted.com!
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Dream Tree Challenge – White Christmas Tree 2015

November 1st, 2015

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My favorite part of being a Michaels Maker last year was designing a tree for the Dream Tree Challenge 2014. So I was so excited when a new tree appeared on my front porch a few weeks ago.
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I wanted to create a tree that felt light and airy this year and I was inspired by the Christmas Mantel I created for my house last year and wanted to keep it simple and all white.
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So I went shopping at Michaels and found so many lovely white ornaments to get me started.

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One fun thing I did this year was add globe lights to my tree. This is the first year I’ve seen them available at Michaels and they are super affordable compared to buying them at Pottery Barn. I love how they light up the tree and brighten the room up at night. theprojectgirl-white-christmas-tree-1

The pom pom garlands are the same ones that I used on my Christmas mantel last year, they are in the kids craft section. I used 14 of them on my tree.
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The geometric ornaments added the perfect touch of modern. I created them with lollipop sticks from the candy making section of Michaels – and a lot of hot glue!

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theprojectgirl-white-christmas-tree-8For my wall decorations I wanted some extra-large geometric stars. I used mat board from the framing section at michaels. The big one is 30″ tall and the small ones are 20″ tall. 
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My favorite part of decorating for Christmas is the magical feel at night when all the lights are out and the christmas tree lights are glowing softly. theprojectgirl-white-christmas-tree-15Now that Halloween is over I can get excited about all the fun parts of Christmas!


Inspired to start decorating your own tree? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the other 49 Michaels Makers’ dream holiday trees that were created this year.