10 Vintage-Modern Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Clearly I’m inspired by Palm Springs and eras past and my decorating style is best described as vintage-modern. So today I’d like to share 10 genius vintage-modern Christmas decorating ideas I’ve come across that have knocked my socks off, plus a few favorites from Christmases past that I’ve had fun creating. Enjoy! Continue reading

How To Host a Fabulous Friendsgiving

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Hosting Friendsgiving this year? In search of a little inspiration? I teamed up with friend and DIY expert Miss Kris to offer a few ideas for making it a Fabulous Friendsgiving! Can you guess what (or who) our inspiration was? Read on for the answer, plus DIY Thanksgiving tablescape ideas to die for, and an easy Thanksgiving cocktail that is sure to delight.

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A fabulous Friendsgiving starts with a fabulous setting. But you don’t need to break the bank to be bold. Here’s how we did it:

1. You don’t need a huge space to play host. We transformed a small patio area outside of Miss Kris’ apartment building into our secret garden setting. Perhaps a public park will be your “backyard.”

2. Get crafty! Two sawhorses from the local hardware store paired with a closet door that Miss Kris unhinged for the occasion provided our table (really!). A swathe of fabric, with the edges left unhemmed, and we had our tablecloth.

3. Rent, rent, rent. We rented all of the show-stopping plates and glassware from Dish Wish, which I couldn’t recommend more. You can also scour your local thrift store or flea market, or even ask friends to bring their own place setting for an eclectic feel. We also rented chairs (for less than $2 each!) from a party supply store.

4. Pick a color palette and a theme. We went with black, white and gold. And channeled the Golden Girls for a cheeky theme.

5. Don’t be afraid to DIY! A simple spraypaint of gold onto small pumpkins and ears of corn will do the trick. We created namecards by folding kraft paper in half and writing names with a marker — Blanche, Rose, Dorothy, Sophia, Stan — and let guests guess who was who. (I was Rose, clearly.)

6. Serve a signature drink. We served Santa Margherita wine, which is delicious on its own, and also made a fun and frothy signature cocktail with prosecco. Recipe below…

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FRIENDSGIVING FIZZ RECIPE: Simply add 1-2 scoops of orange sherbet to each champagne coupe, and then top with chilled Santa Margherita prosecco. Enjoy!

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Dee-vine! Festive and frothy, and it couldn’t be easier.

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Top 10 Ideas for Haute Halloweening

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Halloween isn’t just for the four-foot-and-under set. In fact, Halloween can be a downright glamorous affair. Don’t believe me? Pour yourself something bubbly from an appropriately on-theme orange bottle (preferably chilled in this perfect pewter footed bowl) and get ready to die over these 10 Ideas for Celebrating a Haute Halloween in scarily sophisticated style.

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DIY sequin polka dot pumpkins / Sugar & Cloth

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Halloween Pumpkin Punch / Honestly Yum

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DIY Spider Ice / Kelly Golightly

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DIY studded pumpkins / The Life Styled

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Pumpkin vase / Chatelaine

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The Easiest Ice Cream Cake Recipe Ever

‘Tis the season for backyard entertaining and summer birthdays. Here’s how to whip up an ice cream cake in less than five minutes. Only assembly required.

‘Tis the season for backyard entertaining and summer birthdays but who wants to slave away baking a cake? My friend and fashion stylist Sydne Summer, who loves to make things look pretty but, like most of us, doesn’t have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen, shares a genius idea for an ice cream cake that takes less than five minutes to make. Only assembly required.  Continue reading