Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 11 of 2011

As the year closes, lets revisit some of the highlights from 2011!

1. The completion of my Party Challenge.
I completed 1 party every month until I turned 30. This came to completion at the end of January 2011.

This became my favorite cake of the year! I made this so many times, and its just as delicious every time!

3. Our Valentine's Day Table and Red Rosette Cake

2011 has been a great year! Thank you so much for following along on my blogging journey!
May you have a blessed new year! Happy 2012!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bad to the Bone: Caesar turns 2

You may recall a few months back I posted this Burberry Inspired Puppy Party for my dog Sookie who turned 3.  In December, her brother, Caesar, turned 2 and we threw him a Bad to the Bone party. Caesar has been a challenging dog.  We have had our share of bizarre incidents with him, particularly in the realm of destruction.  He has eaten or destroyed the craziest things, such as our hall carpet!  While out shopping I spotted these "doggie pajamas" and I had to have them for Caesar.  These pajamas were the inspiration behind his party.  Check it out!
He looks all innocent doesn't he?
The small table was full of doggie friendly foods!
Here is his birthday pup cake!
On the table I had a variety of store bought and homemade treats.
I also put out a display of photos from some of his more memorable destructive incidents.
I did have some cookies for the human guests though too!
Happy Birthday Caesar!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Randomness

Now that I've shared my Christmas Table and Hot Cocoa Bar, I'll share with you a few more random photos from my holiday weekend.  Then I promise I'll move onto another subject!
This is a photo of the ornament I gave my boyfriend this year. (He gets one every year). I was experimenting with my holiday photo taking, and I really like how this shot turned out.
This is one of my Christmas displays. I guest blogged about this over at Life in the Thrifty Lane!
Again, working on my holiday photography, this is my Caesar int front of the Christmas tree. I love how this turned out!
Same shot...different dog. This is my Sookie.
Santa Caesar
And Sookie the Elf.
Rocking my Santa Leg Warmers in front of the Channel 45 Yule Log.
My tortilla pinwheel Christmas Tree.
My cranberry candles
My Dollar Store Nutcrackers
And finally, my Christmas Tree.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this photo tour of my holiday weekend!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar

On Christmas Eve afternoon, we were watching Christmas movies and I set up a small hot cocoa bar.  We enjoyed hot cocoa on a stick, homemade marshmallows, chocolate dipped candy canes, peppermint bark, peppermint oreos, and chocolate dipped pretzels.  The perfect compliment to any Christmas movie!
I also made a small Christmas cake with these fun holiday characters. I'm obsessed with polar bears and penguins this season! that I've posted all of these photos, I may need to go make myself a cup of cocoa!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Red, White and Gold Holiday Table

Greeting everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend.  Today I'm sharing with you my Christmas holiday table. I was inspired by this table from Hostess with the Mostess and I took advantage of the spectacular printables they offered!
I made a variety of Christmas topiary trees with candle holders I had around the house.
I love the red swirl glasses from Pier One, but $7 per glass was more than I wanted to spend. Instead I bought Dollar Store wine glasses and painted swirls on with Martha Stewart craft paint!

Stay tuned tomorrow for more of my family holiday weekend!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!
Thank you so much for reading my blog!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Holiday Nail Art

I am in love with the ring finger nail art trend! Have you seen this?! Its great! You polish your nails, but do added art on your ring finger.  You get the funky designs but with a whole lot less work! Check out my first attempt at sporting this look....
I rocked a zebra look to match my shoes and shirt.  Then I decided to get in the holiday spirit. Every week this December I've worn a different design.  Perhaps this will inspire you to have a quick holiday ring finger design!
The first week I did a french tip with a holly detail.  I just used a toothpick dipped in polish to create this look.
 I did a candy cane manicure by polishing my nail white, then using small strips of painters tape, I polished red over it!
And finally, the Christmas weekend look.....
Santa!!! Speaking of Santa, he stopped by my job today! I swear I channeled Buddy the Elf when I saw him!
Merry Christmas Everyone!


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