Christmas Cookie Exchange

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When my sister told me she was throwing a Christmas cookie exchange, my first thought was “Wohoo! My first Christmas activity of the season!” However, my second thought was “Dang. I have to bake something”. So I literally typed the words, “SUPER easy christmas cookie” in the Pinterest search bar. I found a delicious cookie recipe that takes 15 minutes…total! Honestly, searching for the recipe was the hardest part- these cookies are easy peasy! Find the recipe at Duncan Hines

Celebrate Everyday! Laura

 

Simple Thanksgiving Tablescape

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I got a lot of grief from my husband for buying waaaaaay too many pumpkins this year. I mean I get it, we live in a tiny apartment with no porch so 10 pumpkins was probably overkill (sorry for my holiday-spirit?!). So, I was determined to reuse them for a project! Instead of tossing those Halloween pumpkins, save them for a festive Thanksgiving tablescape. I made a very simple tablescape using pumpkins, candles, and fresh flowers. This look is great for a Thanksgiving dinner, Friendsgiving party or any other fall celebration!

Candles: Michael’s / Dishes: Pottery Barn / Kraft Paper: JoAnn Fabrics 

*All photos are mine, unless stated otherwise

Celebrate Everyday! Laura

Popcorn & Candy Bar

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To say I’m obsessed with popcorn would be an understatement. It is truly one of my favorite foods. I go through bags of Skinnypop like it’s my job. I leave a nice little trail of  crumbs around the house too (which my husband LOVES).  Needless to say, when I saw a “Popcorn Bar” on Pinterest, I had to do it!

This popcorn bar is super easy to do. Just pick your favorite popcorn flavors and favorite mix-ins. I chose original and caramel popcorn and Reeses, Rolos, chocolate raisins, and mini marshmallows. I kept the decor simple, with these cute party supplies that I scored from the Target dollar bins!

Kraft Boxes and Cartons: Target dollar bin (similar popcorn boxes here) / Striped Fabric: Hobby Lobby / Glass Jars: Michael’s 

*all photos are mine, unless stated otherwise

Celebrate Everyday! Laura

Pumpkin Painting Party

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Boo!

Not into the mess of carving pumpkins? Me neither! I have fun at first and then about halfway through scooping out the seeds, I’m over it. So, I had some friends over and we painted pumpkins instead. Tell your friends to bring a pumpkin, provide the paints and brushes (and wine🙂 ) and you’ve got yourself a party!

Chalkboard Paint (black/white): Target / Rose Gold Paint: Target / Cups: Target / Brushes: Dollar Store

*all photos are mine, unless stated otherwise

Celebrate Everyday! Laura

Pumpkin & Cream Cheese Donuts

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Just call me Betty Crocker. No really, call me Betty Crocker, because that’s all I used to bake these mini pumpkin donuts! I modified this super simple recipe from Girl Inspired. And of course, I modified the recipe to make it even simpler!

Ingredients:

  • box of Betty Crocker Super Moist Spice Cake Mix
  • can of pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • can of cream cheese frosting

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400
  • Mix the dry cake mix (no other ingredients necessary!) and can of pumpkin.
  • Mix the two as much as you can and then add the 1/2 cup of water. Continue to mix. I bake so little that my arm was literally sore from all the mixing.
  • Once the mix is lump free, scoop the batter into a piping bag (or zip lock bag with the corner cut off).
  • Pipe the batter into your donut pan. Don’t forget the Pam! I always forget the Pam.
  • Bake for 6-8 minutes. The mini donuts will rise up like cupcakes. I guess this would be a good time to mention that these are more cupcake consistency than donut consistency. If only we had a deep fryer….Just kidding, I would never use that. I barely use our oven. It took me 15 minutes to dig this donut pan out of the cabinet. So domestic!
  • Scoop cream cheese frosting into another piping bag (or ziplock bag with the corner cut off). Once the the donuts are cool, pipe them with icing in a zig-zag motion.

Make sure to either eat these immediately or store them in the fridge! Also this recipe made so many mini donuts- 32 to be exact. So it’s perfect for a get together or a fall party!

Mini Donut Pan: Target (available on Amazon!) / Napkins: Target / Plate: Pottery Barn 

R & N’s Vibrant Fall Wedding

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I’m so excited today, because I have the pleasure of sharing Rachel’s, from The Rachel Emily Blog, gorgeous fall wedding! Her wedding color palette, made up of plums, lilacs, and blushes, was just so perfect for an early fall wedding! The part I still can’t get over? Her vibrant and beautiful wedding flowers. The dahlias, ranunculus, and calla lillies with the eucalyptus greenery….I’m speechless (maybe just a heart eye emoji, an applause emoji, and a big hands-in-the-air-I-can’t-even emoji). The bouquets popped against the bridesmaids’ blush dresses and the bride’s stunning lace gown. The special day took place beneath the trees with a scenic lake backdrop- truly dreamy!

Planning a fall wedding? Checkout more fall wedding inspiration here!

*all photos by Photorexit Photography

Celebrate Everyday! Laura

A Pretty Presentation

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When it comes to presents, I think it’s what’s on the inside AND the outside that counts. I always enjoy wrapping pretty presents- it’s like an arts and crafts project for me. And searching for ideas on Pinterest makes me think I can make Martha Stewart-worthy creations (delusional!). Most of mine fail, but a few actually turn out looking ok! This was a recent present that I loved wrapping! Kraft paper, twine, and a sprig of lavender are all you need for this simple and pretty gift. Also, I don’t just have sprigs of lavender lying around the house🙂 I bought some at the Farmer’s Market the other day!

Kraft Wrapping Paper: Target / Twine: Michael’s / Kraft Paper: JoAnn Fabrics

*all photos are mine, unless stated otherwise

Celebrate Everything! Laura