Holiday parties can be so much fun! There are yummy foods to try, delicious drinks to drink, gorgeous decorations, and so much more. One thing that I’ve always wanted to try was to set up a photo booth for guests to take pictures and create some photo booth props. It is such a neat way to save the memory of the party. I have yet to create the photo booth, but I created all of the props in printable format to share!
Today, I’m also joining my friends from 2 Bees In A Pod in a Virtual Holiday Cocktail Party! (Thanks for including me, Vicki and Jennifer!) These ladies have rounded up some amazing bloggers to bring you great cocktail party recipes, table decor, crafts and more! You can check out all of these awesome ideas at the bottom of this post.
OK. Back to the photo booth props. I know I mentioned they were printable, but failed to let you know that they are also customizable. Oh, yeah! There are so many possibilities for these! As you can see, there are two word bubbles, two pairs of glasses, two hats, a set of lips, a necklace, a tie, and a mustache.
You can print these babies out on plain white cardstock and use them as they are. Color them in, add embellishments (glitter, sequins, feathers, etc.), and glue a small wooden dowel to finish them off. These would be great for the kids to work on or you can coordinate them with your party decor!
I colored in a few of mine with markers (the lips, mustache, and black glasses).
I also used a couple of the images as templates and traced them onto patterned printable paper (linked below). Then, I cut them out and added gold or silver washi tape to jazz things up.
The word bubbles are perfect for writing on. Modify them to fit the theme of your party!
I really love how these turned out! And… so do my kids. They couldn’t wait until I was done photographing everything to get their hands on these. I also gave them some undecorated props to add their own personal touches to.
Now it is time to continue on with this Virtual Holiday Cocktail Party and check out all of the other awesome contributions. There are so many fun and yummy ideas!
This year, our holiday decor is pretty minimal. Since we moved into the Country House just about a half of a year ago, our garage has been a disaster of boxes and furniture and trash and recycling. So, most of our holiday decor has stayed in the mess in the garage. We’ve put up our tree (see our Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree) and a few wreaths outside, but today I wanted to share our holiday entryway decor.
Our entryway is really just the 4th wall of our living room with a small coat closet. (Click here to see the before tour of our Country House.)
You may remember the stocking holder that I made a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, our past couple of homes have not had a fireplace with a mantel. So, we were in need of a place to hang our Christmas stockings. This DIY hanger has been awesome and perfectly holds all of our stockings, even when they are filled with goodies on Christmas morning.
I also add some painted chipboard letters to each stocking so Santa knows where to put his loot. Yes, I know that there are two E’s, but if you look closely, you will be able to see that one of those stockings is a little different from the others. We had actually purchased the 3 matching stockings before our son was born and needed another creamy cable knit one to go with the rest when he joined the fam. I could not find that same pattern, so I settled for similar.
Underneath the stockings is a console table with a couple of storage ottomans below that. The ottomans are great for storing our kid’s shoes and work as extra seating in a pinch.
On top of the console table is a couple of vintage items that each belonged to one of my grandmas. The white, milk glass double bowl with a lid belonged to my paternal grandmother and the old typewriter was my maternal grandmothers. I love having keepsakes like these!
I also added an appropriately typed Christmas poem/story to the typewriter for the season.
This little space is lovely to walk into when we get home. Even though we don’t have a ton of decor up this year, there is just enough to make it feel merry and bright!
What do you think of our holiday entryway decor? Leave a comment to let us know!
Welcome to the 2nd annual My Home Style Blog Hop: Christmas Tree Edition hosted by Casa Watkins. I’m so happy to be participating again this year and to be sharing my Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree for Christmas with you. (Check out my Christmas tree decor style from last year.)
If you are heading over Lovely Etc., WELCOME to Elizabeth Joan Designs! My name is Erin and I blog about all things DIY, decor, etc. Isn’t Carrie’s tree and style amazing?! I just love her glam winter wonderland tree. If I were brave enough, I would have flocked my own tree this year. However, I opted not to because I have yet to research all of the details. (Is the flocking permanent? Can you unflock a tree? Does it shed?)
Anyway, my Christmas tree style for this year is similar to last year’s tree, in that I’ve used several of the same ornaments. However, I’ve really changed a few things up to give it a new, fresh look! Our tree is a lot brighter, thanks to some white batting (from a torn apart old pillow) that I added to give a freshly snowed upon look. I wanted to lighten things up and this was a great way to achieve that effect.
One of the new items that we wanted for our tree this year was a new tree topper! (In the past, we’ve used a star and a monogrammed C; our last name initial.) When my hubby and I saw this cute white, glittered reindeer head, we knew it would be the perfect addition to our tree. Isn’t he cute? I think we need to name him. *wink* And, for $6.98, I don’t really think I could have passed him up!
We opted to keep our ornaments simple and went with a few tried and true favorites, along with a new find. I DIYed the feather ornaments and silhouettes of our kids. The rest were purchased on the cheap! Monogram C from Walmart.
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We’ve also added a bazillion new lights to the tree. (OK, maybe that is a bit of an overstatement.) There are bigger bulb type lights mixed with traditional warm white lights. I love how glowy it looks in the evening!
You may not be able to tell from the photos, but tons of lights = tons of cords. And I have yet to figure out how to hide all of these. Seriously, when the Christmas lights are not on, it looks like I must have just thrown the bundles of lights at the tree and called it a day. It truly is a mess. I guess that is something to try to figure out how to improve on for next year!
Previously, I have described our home style as Neutral Modern Farmhouse and our Christmas tree definitely falls into the same category, even in this new house. I love to keep things simple with clean neutrals, but also have a comfortable and collected look. Kind of classic meets contemporary.
Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out the My Home Style Blog Hop: Neutral Modern Farmhouse Tree! To see more, browse the project gallery or follow me on Instagram or Facebook for fun sneak peeks!
Eager for more Christmas Tree styles? Head on over to Roots North and South next! Then, check out the other Christmas Tree stylings by these amazing bloggers.
You may not be ready to start decorating your home for the holidays, but have you started thinking about holiday shopping yet? I’m sharing my favorite gifts for under $10. Whether your budget is tight or you need a few stocking stuffers, I’ve got you covered. (Keep reading to find out more about the Complete Gift Guide!)
(Affiliate links included for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure.) I’ve joined up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you the Complete Gift Guide. That’s right! We’re making gift buying for the hard-to-shop-for people on your list easy this year by featuring over 60 gift guide categories from 30+ bloggers. You can get all of your holiday shopping done from home and save yourself a bunch of time by just hopping around the links at the bottom of this post. Now check out the steals and deals we’ve found!
Now check out the steals and deals I’ve found!
Prices subject to change.
1. Vivian & Vincent Chevron Sheer Infinity Scarf ($8.99) – Dress up your favorite holiday outfit with this pretty lightweight scarf. So many colors to choose from!
2. Oldshark Wide Angle Camera Lens Clip On Kit for iPhone ($6.99) – Get a perfectly sharp and wide angle photo with this fancy little phone camera clip on.
3. The Time Garden: A Magical Journey and Coloring Book ($8.79) – Remember how you loved to color as a kid? This amazingly detailed and beautiful coloring book will keep kids (and adults) of any age engaged for hours.
4. Eaglewood In-Ear Wired Headphones ($9.99) – Keep the music in your ears, whether running or lounging.
5. essie Nail Color, Ballet Slippers ($9.00) – A subtle and sheer light white/pink nail color that is perfect for almost any occasion.
6. The Veleveteen Rabbit, Hard Cover ($7.99) – This heartwarming childhood classic is one of our favorites.
7. iPhone 6 Case ($7.99) – Sleek and pretty, this case has protected our phones from several nasty falls. Plus, you still have access to all of the speakers and ports.
8. Scented Candles (Vanilla) Soy Wax Aromatherapy Candle ($9.95) – A clean burning candle with a wonderful smell will welcome all of your holiday guests.
9. Wall Mounted Beer Bottle Opener ($6.44) – A vintage bottle opener attached to the wall will save everyone time when trying to crack open those craft beers. No more searching for the misplaced opener.
10. Folkmanis Mini Barn Owl Finger Puppet ($8.49) – My kids love these little puppets from Folkmanis. They are so fun to play with and use for an impromptu puppet show. Plus, there are tons of adorable options to choose from.
Here’s the list of all the other gift guide categories. I can’t wait to see what all of my friends will be offering! Good luck and happy shopping!