4 Ideas To Make Your Holiday Table Sparkle

I’m excited to share four of my favorite details for holiday hostessing with you! Hi! It’s Amelia of Amelia Marie again. These ideas are both inexpensive and easy, and will help to jazz up any Christmas and New Year party tables!

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  1. Use ribbon or trim to create bows at the base of stemware, or on the handles of mugs! Subtle, yet fancy!
  2. Coat each glass rim with sugar, sprinkles, or edible glitter! It’s as delicious as it looks!
  3. Would you believe these cupcake toppers were originally Christmas ornaments? Small, clean ornaments work great as food embellishments! Just be sure to wash and sanitize the ornaments before applying to food.
  4. Noisemakers aren’t just for the little ones! These metallic horns are great for decorating too!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Resources: Silver ribbon and ornament cupcake toppers - Michaels, horn noisemakers - Dollar General

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my happy new year photo card

Hey everyone! I’ve more than enjoyed a bit of downtime with the family over the past few days. It has been amazing. And yes, as you can tell from my holiday card this year, I’m one of those people that is sending out New Years holiday cards instead of Christmas cards.

The primary reason for me was that I really wanted to use my Confetti Happy New Years photo card… and I didn’t have a great picture to use. I mean, you know me, I have tons of pics of my boys (I make you guys look at them all the time!), but no recent ones with snow. And I really wanted snow.

You ask why you can’t see snow in this picture… well. That is because the beautiful little boy on the bottom just had to wear that stocking cap and it’s a yucky shade of green. Oh well… he was warm and there is always the black and white version. {grin}

This is what it looked like in color. I was proud that I captured their eyes… but that hat… wow! I blame his dad. I can promise you that I didn’t buy it.

And as you can see from these pictures from my Instagram feed (join me @thecelebrationshoppe), we finally got snow. And lots of it. (This second pic was taken at a friends out in the country. Beautiful isn’t it!) Yep, I went sledding. Let me tell you, that hill isn’t small. I wish I had video of it for you. I admit. The first time down I screamed like I was on a roller coaster… one without any seat belts. {wink}

Over the past few days I also made a few New Year’s resolutions. Mostly pertaining to The Celebration Shoppe, but a few personal ones too. AND I’m going to a little New Year’s Eve shindig tonight. All in all… a great end to a fabulous year.

I pray you’re all having a wonderful holiday season and that you’re ready to kick off 2013 with health, happiness, a bit of baking, a party or two and maybe a little crafting on the side!

Missed you all and I’ll be back with some fun new ideas on Wednesday!

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new holiday cards for 2012


Our elves have been working overtime to create some new Christmas and Holiday cards for 2012! And the best part, they’re sold as high res digital files so you can:

  • Print them at your local photo lab,
  • Post them to your social media sites, and/or
  • E-mail them to friends and family

All three options save you this holiday season! You get a professional design and professional photo placement for one low cost and you can distribute it anyway you want and as many times as you want!

Plus, don’t know what photo of your family you like best? No worries. Send us both and we’ll place both and send you two proofs to choose from. Yeah, we’re cool like that. {grin}

Oh, and we deliver within 72 hours, or you can ask for rush and get your order in 24 hours.

Plus, we have modern Happy New Year cards too!

You can find all of these designs and more in our shoppe. Happy “early” Holidays everyone! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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New Years drink service ideas

I love a clever idea! And this one isn’t only clever, it’s easy to execute and it’s inexpensive. LOVE! (By the way, I found this image on pinterest without an origin. I believe it’s from Martha Stewart. If you know differently please let me know so I can give proper credit.)

Partner the balloon backdrop idea with simple DIY drink stir stick ideas and you have a lovely New Year’s gathering beverage service: Gold glitter stars from Inspired Bride; Silver Pom Pom stir stick from Martha Stewart; Ribbon stir sticks from ReasonsToBreathe; Star stir sticks from Style Me Pretty.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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black & white new year’s

I love masquerade parties at New Year’s Eve. A pretty dress + A pretty mask = A happy girl.

These are a few of the ideas I picked up at Pier 1 Imports. The masks drew me in and then the rest just came together. I think my absolute favorite item on this board is the black and white stripe wine/bottle stopper with a close second the chalkboard bottle marker. Both can be used throughout the year and will look fabulous in my kitchen!

As always, I hope you’re inspired! Oh, and no… Pier 1 didn’t ask me to write this. These are just my opinions. {smile}

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frost bite & mistletoe cocktails

With so many holiday parties on the horizon (hosting and attending) it never hurts to have a few cocktail and mocktail recipes up my sleeve. These fabulous ideas are from Sierra Mist, a completely natural (made with real sugar and nothing artificial), beverage and natural mixer.

Frost Bite Cocktail ~ you’ll need: 3 oz. Sierra Mist Natural; 1 oz. Blue Curacao; 1 oz. Coconut Vodka; fresh mint; 1 oz. Pineapple juice; Fresh blueberries or pineapple garnishment (optional)

Directions: 1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix coconut vodka and pineapple juice 2. Add blue curacao, fresh mint and blueberries/pineapple (optional) 3. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice 4. Top with Sierra Mist Natural 5. Garnish with fresh blueberries/pineapple for a holiday twist (optional)

And for the kiddos (and designated drivers, which is usually me) Frost Bite Mocktail ~ you’ll need: 3 oz. Sierra Mist Natural; 2 oz. of White grape juice; Fresh blueberries; Fresh mint; 1 oz. Pineapple juice; And don’t forget the fruit garnish!

Directions: 1. In a shaker filled with ice, mix fresh lime juice and pineapple juice 2. Add white grape juice, mint and blueberries 3. Shake all ingredients well and strain into a large glass filled with ice 4. Top with Sierra Mist Natural 5. Garnish with fresh blueberries for a holiday twist (optional)

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And another idea, and I love the name of this one, Meet Me At The Mist-letoe Martini ~ you’ll need: 2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural; 1 ½ oz. Raspberry Vodka; 3 Leaves fresh basil; ½ oz. Fresh lime juice; 1 oz. Blueberry juice

Directions: 1. In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice, then add to shaker filled with ice 2. Add raspberry vodka and blueberry juice to the shaker; shake well and strain into a martini glass 3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural 4. Garnish with a basil leaf for decoration (optional)

Meet Me At The Mist-letoe Mock-tini ~ you’ll need: 2 oz. Sierra Mist Natural; 1 ½ oz. Raspberry juice; 3 Leaves fresh basil; ½ oz. Fresh lime juice; 1 oz. Blueberry juice

Directions: 1. In a glass, muddle two basil leaves and lime juice, then add to a shaker filled with ice 2. Add raspberry and blueberry juice to the shaker; shake well and strain into a martini glass 3. Top with Sierra Mist Natural 4. Garnish with a basil leaf for decoration (optional)

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So… are you a FROST BITE or a MEET ME AT THE MIST-LETOE?! I’d love to know in the comments below!

And by the way, I’m mixing up my own ideas for my Christmas party and I’ll be sharing them early next week along with a GIVEAWAY that will include a Sierra Mist Natural holiday gift pack (shaker, drink garnish/sugars, party glasses) plus a $50 American Express Gift Card to help you gather up all the ingredients! Yay!

Want more fabulous holiday cocktail ideas now?! The Sierra Mist Mixologists are sharing recipes on their facebook page! Join them!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake and create!

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{NOTE: This post was sponsored by Sierra Mist Natural, however, all opinions are my own. You guys know I don’t write about things I don’t like. That would be too much like work!}

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introducing 2011 holiday cards

I’m so excited to share our 2011 holiday photo card collection! It’s been in the works for some time and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome. These are just a few of the 27 designs (all carrying their patterns to the back)! We have modern, we have whimsy, and we have just plain lovely. Come see!

And the process is easy, you send us your image (recommended pixels provided per card) and your custom text and we send you a high res digital proof for approval before we print.

And the best part, we’re offering FREE SHIPPING all season and if you order by October 23 you also get 20% off! Everyone signed up to receive The Celebration Shoppe’s newsletter will be getting this offer in their inbox shortly. Do you receive our newsletter? It’s a great time to join us!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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sparkle this New Year’s Eve

I’m still reeling from a fabulous Christmas with my family so when I sat down this morning and realized that Monday was here I of course immediately thought of next weekend. Just like every other Monday, right?! Well this coming weekend is a little bigger than most, because this Friday will be New Year’s Eve. I’m honestly astonished that the year is almost over, but over the top excited about what is coming in 2011.

But I digress… so although I’m not personally throwing a New Year’s Eve party, I thought this Pistachio Cake with White Chocolate Frosting from Better Homes and Gardens was just beautiful! Then when I went in search of other sparkling star table ideas I ran across this 3-D Star Streamer Centerpiece from Martha Stewart Weddings, which led me to the rest of these images. They are all so lovely and they’re just the beginning. I love how simple several of them are. Hop over to see all the details.

As always, I hope you’re inspired and I hope you have a warm and happy Monday (snowing… again… here)!

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