How to Make a Heart Disco Ball

Ever thought of painting a disco ball? I've got a few versions to try but first I'd love to share a little Valentine's DIY I did over on Minted. It's just so darn fun I want to do more. What about a whole word? Or a disco monogram? This little heart is quick, easy and awesome to make.  See I told you I can't keep away, it was just too good not to share. I love you more than disco. Check out the full DIY here. xo

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How to Make an Easy Floral Gift Topper

If you are like me, every year you start with good intentions to get everything wrapped and under the tree with plenty of time. Well, it never happens as perfectly as we plan and I once again find myself scrambling in the last few days before Christmas wrapping my little heart out. I just (minutes ago) finished wrapping 99% of everything and I just want to sing. If you aren't as far along and want a bit of help, check out this easy DIY idea to finish off your gifts: make a pretty Poinsettia for the the tops. It's really easy and budget friendly to knock out a ton of floral toppers from crepe paper streamers. You see, even if it isn't party decor per se, the party soul is still alive and well in everything I do. Besides, how impressed would your sister-in-law be if your gifts showed up in these?  Ah, it's the little things in life, no?

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Check out the full tutorial over on Julep and best of luck finishing up this weekend.

An Easy DIY Paper Bow For Your Holiday Bar Cart

My bar cart is smack dab in the middle of my dining room. It begs to be spiffed up and styled for any and all occasions. Heck I probably style her every week. A new design for the bar cart means I get to swap out my endless collection of bar glasses. It's fun and easy and my little corner of heaven. Do you need some help with a holiday bar cart that isn't something out of the Griswold's? Moose cups and tinsel not really your thing? Why not create this simple yet festive holiday bar cart? Pop over to Society Social to see how I styled my gilded sidekick (aka the Sedgewick bar cart) for the holidays.

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I'm loving my version of a bow. I made my own paper ribbon from a black and white striped runner. Want to make one too? Pop on this song and hop over to Society Social for the full DIY.

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This song will get stuck in your head, but I am all about something fun and different. When entertaining I love to surprise them. I never heard of this song until this year and it immediately became one of my favorites, much better suited to a grown-up shindig than that song about Rudolph, right?

Holiday decorating should be about you. Take a few things that aren't traditional, like black and white paper and transform your holiday decor into the perfect reflection of you and your style. A little bit of this, a little bit of that and boom. Happy Holidays. Get all the details on how to style this cart over at Society Social.

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A Modern Holiday Table Setting: New Year's Ideas

In the craziness of finishing up our list and checking it twice, now is the time to start thinking of New Year's. While you are out and about snagging last minute essentials for your Christmas table, be sure to grab a few additions for your New Year's table. New Year's is about starting over, looking at the world with fresh eyes and choosing your path. Why not kick it off with a punch and start it off beautifully, forging ahead with something new? Host a New Year's dinner and keep it simple, fresh and modern. Use a new color palette you have never tried for your table settings, like this amazing turquoise set from B by Brandie. Mix and match salad plates, chargers and the rest to your heart's content, swap out your dinner plates for variety.

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Keep your table clear and open by using a tall, thin candleabra. I love this one from Crate and Barrel. The angles are divine and mimic the diamond pattern on the plates. Use either light colored candles, as seen here or black for a more moody vibe. The openess of the candleabra allows for conversation.

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Make your table fun. Find a great fabric and use it instead of a table cloth. This black and white ikat like pattern was the key to taking a drab table and added a ton of detail. The table feels fuller than it is and the black and white pattern really helps the aqua plates pop off the table. Mix and match your metal finishes and eras, like I did here using my favorite vintage Dirilyte flatware.

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Always have a floral arrangement. It can be foliage instead, but be sure to have something alive. I opted to have one on my Society Social bar cart next to the table. It is still in the room but clears up the table. I took a simple cylinder vase and dipped it in confetti. It's New Year's and you have to have confetti somewhere. Stay tuned for a quick and simple DIY for this in the works.

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A fun idea, why not have two of the same size fork for your salad and dinner forks? It looks fresh and I love the length. It's breaking all the rules but it's a New Year's and rules were meant to be broken, right?

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If you want a fuller table and an open arrangement is a smidge on the stark side, move the flowers to the center of the table. The gorgeous length of Amaranthus can weave through the place settings like garland, adding a ton of luxury and interest to the table. I love, love, love Amaranthus. I am also loving mix and match glasses. My favorite water glasses from Crate and Barrel and these gorgeous Olivia Wine/Champagne combo glasses from B by Brandie. Business on the top, party on the bottom, perfect for a little bubbly.

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I also made my own napkins the quick and easy way, without any sewing! You will need one yard of fabric, washed, dried and ironed. Take the yard of fabric and cut it into four squares, 18" by 18". Then on each side, cut a small slit about 1/2" in from the side. Pull and tear a strip of fabric off the edge. Repeat on all sides. Trim the excess strings. This torn edge is fresh, modern and contrasts well with a formal place setting. This watercolor fabric is divine, I found it at a mill end fabric store.  I like how it has the colors of the plates but not perfectly. It is so important to vary the shades of the color palette, or else you risk the look being to stiff.

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I love a good party. Be sure to stock up now so you are all set for New Year's too. It's already crazy, I like to get everything out of the way so all I need to do between Christmas and New Year's is recharge and relax.

Products were provided by B by Brandie. All opinions are my own.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Looking for a few good stocking stuffer ideas? I am a firm believer that just because a gift is small (or in a stocking) it doesn't mean that it can't be awesome. Sure you can pair all of these with some candy canes, so don't fret. Check out all of my picks for Better Homes and Gardens. It's chopped full of great ideas for friends, family and the littles, it's even got a unicorn in it. What? Yep, you will just have to pop over and check it out.

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Need more gift ideas? BHG has rounded up a whole slew of amazing bloggers to put together their choices for even the most challenging gift recipients.