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Our Gingerbread House Christmas Table

A charming Christmas table setting decorated with homemade gingerbread to celebrate the wonder and magic of the season!

Hello friends! Christmas is a time for traditions.  We have many we look forward to each year, but one of our not so favorite traditions? At least one major appliance breaking down right before Christmas. In the past week, our microwave has begun spontaneously turning on. Our dishwasher required new wheels on the top rack. And, finally, during our first snowfall (finally, a white Christmas!), our furnace conked out! Guess what I added to my Christmas list.. heat!

The stress can easily get to you, but without those challenges, we’d be hard-pressed to appreciate the sweet moments in life. Decorating homemade gingerbread houses with the kids every year is one of those moments and what better way than with a fun Christmas table, complete with homemade gingerbread cookies, to mark the occasion!

Thank you to Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate for inviting me to participate in her Christmas Tablescape blog hop. Be sure to scroll down to see the other Christmas tables throughout the week!

 

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Our Gingerbread House Christmas Table

The Centerpiece

This Christmas table is ALL about the gingerbread. I love everything about gingerbread. I love the smell, the taste, and how pretty it looks all decked out with royal icing, piped in beautiful patterns. This quick-baking gingerbread recipe requires no chilling, cutting project time in half. We decorated houses the SAME day as I baked and assembled them. And the taste.. yum! Perfectly spicy, firm enough to hold shape, but still soft!

christmas table_gingerbread housesA gingerbread village waiting for candy embellishments acts as a whimsical centerpiece. All three house patterns are available in this pattern set (download it here for FREE!).

Not only decorative, piped royal icing is also the glue holding the homes together!

Christmas Table_Gingerbread Centerpiece

Gingerbread House patternsDIY Christmas Ornaments – Dollar Store Project

 

Later, the kids got in on the act and added colorful candies. The kids love piping their frosting!

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The Table Runner

Dollar Tree paper doilies glued together creates an adorable table runner lovely against the quaintness of the decorated gingerbread village. I love how the scalloped edges mimic the design on the houses. Even better, because we planned to accessorize the homes (Ie: create a mess), I didn’t have to worry about icing or sweets dripping onto good linens – and it cost a dollar!

The Table Setting

 

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You might remember my cute DIY pink dinner plates from last years table, stacked atop DIY polka-dotted chargers.

Christmas table decorating with gingerbread

Sweet dessert plates from Target’s Dollar Aisle completes the stack.  I couldn’t find a link for mine, but these are adorable, too!

 

 

Christmas table ideas

Red napkins in a Christmas Tree fold, topped with a bakers’ twine bow, are the perfect pillow for my grandmother’s silver.

christmas table_gingerbread man decorationsA  teal napkin adds a pop of color and compliments the pattern of the gingerbread house bases. Gingerbread Men Place Markers, piped with each guests name, complete the scene.

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Food

I have to be careful about what I eat, as I have all kinds of food intolerances. Homemade Eggnog tastes even better than the store-bought stuff and contains no chemicals or preservatives!

 

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Other Decor

These DIY Honeycomb tissue paper ornaments are my new favorite things and look lovely dangling over the table. I’ve made one in nearly every color imaginable! christmas table_centerpiece closeup with ornamenets

Gingerbread House patternsDIY Christmas Ornaments – Dollar Store Project

 

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Sweets in bright colors work double time as table decor and gingerbread home decor, especially when displayed on tiered cake platters – I love using food as decor!

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Although not my most elegant Christmas table to date, I have to say, despite all things, this Christmas table setting rates right up there as one of my favorites. How could it not be when we all enjoyed it so!

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It might be a bit chilly in here, but I’m blessed beyond measure! Wishing you as many blessings! May your appliances (and furnaces) behave, and may your Christmas season be magical, bright, and happy.

Christmas Table Gingerbread Pin

Thanks so much or stopping in and don’t forget to check out the other magical Christmas table settings before you go!

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Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop 2018

Monday

Home is Where the Boat Is | Everyday Living | Knock it Off Kim A casa di Bianca

Tuesday

Life and Linda | The Painted Hinge | Panoply | Corner of Plaid and Paisley

Wednesday

Debbee’s Buzz | Follow the Yellow Brick Home | Living With Thanksgiving
Home and Gardening With Liz

Thursday

Red Cottage Chronicles | The Painted Apron | Our Crafty Mom | Celebrate & Decorate

Friday

From My Carolina Home | Sweet Sensations | Me and My Captain | Zucchini Sisters Bluesky at Home

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Perfect Christmas Hostess Gifts for Wine Lovers + Free Wine Gift Tags

Your favorite wine or spirit dressed in these fun printable wine gift tags is the perfect last-minute Christmas hostess gift for your upcoming gatherings.

Christmas Hostess Gifts

‘Tis the season to attend parties and you know what that means – yep, what to do about Christmas hostess gifts? Giving the gift of good wine and a giggle is one of my favorite go-to Christmas Hostess gifts during the holiday season.   A dressed up bottle of wine or specialty spirit, and a selection of home-baked goods; A simple gift always appreciated – especially the giggle part! #canyousayholidaystress.

Christmas Hostess Gifts - He sees you and tis the season

To help you dress up your gifts for near-perfect Christmas hostess gifts, I’m sharing a set of cute, cheeky printable Victorian-style Christmas wine and liquor gift tags sure to bring a smile to your favorite host or hostess’ face! I found all of the images on The Graphics Fairy, then paired them with fun and festive sayings such as “Tis the season to be Tipsy” and “He sees you when you’re drinking” to keep things fun and light.  Ready to get started with this project?

HOW TO: The Perfect Christmas Hostess Gifts for Wine Lovers

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

Great Christmas Hostess gifts couldn’t be easier! Start by clicking on the wine gift tag of choice to save to your computer.

CLICK THE PICTURE AND SAVE THE FILE TO YOUR COMPUTER

Print the design onto 8.5″ x 11″ white cardstock. Cut out the design.

Christmas Hostess Gifts - Cut out

Fold where indicated then loop the tag over the bottle-neck. Add a bow or other embellishment if desired.

Christmas Hostess Gifts - Loop on neck

Christmas Hostess Gifts - Put a bow on it

Done. No, really, done!

BONUS

Christmas Wine Tags - Download them all

Want to download the whole set PLUS three more wine gift tags for all of your Christmas Hostess Gifts? Subscribers to my mailing list have access to the entire collection. Click HERE and sign up, and I’ll send you the whole set of Christmas wine gift tags PLUS the bonus tags right away, along with a monthly newsletter – no spam, I promise!

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So, now you’ve got fabulous Christmas Hostess gifts taken care of, what are you going to wear to that soiree?! Sigh. If only you could pick out an outfit as quickly as downloading these ready to print and hang wine gift tags!

Do you have a favorite go-to hostess gift or have you received a favorite gift? I’d love to hear about it!

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My Favorite Things + Christmas Wish List

Posted in Christmas, HOLIDAYS
on November 21, 2018

A gift idea list of My Favorite Things and wishlist items for Christmas to help with your holiday shopping and ideas for everyone on your list!

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Hi there! What a great day! It’s not only the day before an extended weekend for us, but also the day I’ve partnered with some of my favorite blogger friends to share our “My favorite Things Gift Guides” – Think Oprah without the car giveaway.  Everything I’m sharing today is stuff I either own and love or items on my own Christmas list for this year. I hope to help make your holiday shopping a little easier and give you gift ideas at every price point for everyone on your list, or yourself!

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MY FAVORITE THINGS + CHRISTMAS WISH LIST

my favorite things - roomba

 

Our Roomba is one of two appliances I’ve asked for at Christmas. BEST GIFT EVER. With a dog, guinea pig, man, and three kids making a mess, and although it isn’t my method of vacuuming on short notice, it does a decent and daily cleaning for me allowing me to tackle other things. It does not fall down the stairs, it gets into corners like a champ, and exceeds my expectations in all regards.

my favorite things - kitchen aid mixer

The second appliance I’ve asked for at Christmas, I LOVE my mixer. Besides cupcakes, I’m not crazy about baking, but somehow, with a Kitchen Aid, it’s so much more fun. This year I’m adding a veggie spiralizer attachment!

Prybar

my favorite things - prybar

I had no idea how useful this tool would be until I had one! It’s great for pulling staples, or rogue nails that don’t want to come out. It was essential for our staircase makeover.

Leopard Print Sweater

my favorite things - leopard print sweater

 

Anyone who knows me knows my love for leopard print and knows on any given day I’ll be wearing at least one animal-print item. This sweater holds its shape, is relatively lightweight, and, can dress up or down. My favorite thing is the price point!

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Dry Shampoo – For Brunettes

my favorite things - dry shampoo

We all know dry shampoo is the BEST is magical, but as a brunette, I’ve always struggled with the white residue with each application. Those days are over with a tinted dry shampoo just perfect for us brunettes! Not a brunette? They have a tint for you too!

Benefit “Porefressional”

my favorite things - benefit porefessional

 

Hooked after receiving a sample of this primer in my stocking last year, it’s silky, velvety texture hides pores, and fades away fine lines!

Imagine Dragons – Origins

my favorite things - imagine dragons origins cd

 

I’m a 48-year old woman who loves pop music- I always will! I listen to many artists, but lately, I’ve loaded my playlist with a ton of Imagine Dragons. They have such a fun, catchy, versatile sound, with a song for every moment of the soundtrack of your life. If you happen to see me driving, I’m not yelling, I’m singing. And, I sound fantastic.

Against All Grain Celebrations Cookbook

my favorite things - against all grains celebrations cookbook

Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis last year, I’ve made numerous dietary changes – today, I follow a diet close to Paleo. As a foodie type person, I’ve spent the better part of the year learning how to cook for myself and our family all over again. This book has saved me in so many ways and taught me how to follow a best-for-my-body diet but one good tasting. Whether or not you’re grain-free, you’ll find every recipe to be foolproof and delicious!

Kendra Scott Elisa Filagree Necklace

my favorite things - elisa filagree pendant

A gift from my husband, this necklace is around my neck on a constant basis. A favorite accessory, it goes with everything, can be dressed up or down, and is a little bit dainty. A whole year in rotation and I don’t see myself taking it off anytime soon!

Milked Cashews Non-Dairy Milk

my favorite things - milked cashew milk

 

It’s amazing how much one misses cereal and milk when one can not have cereal and milk! While searching for non-dairy milk, I found this. It doesn’t contain guar gum or soy – neither of which I tolerate well. This milk comes in other nut varieties such as almond and hazelnut.

 

VictSing Essential Oil Diffuser 

my favorite things - essential oil diffuser

We love our essential oils, and this diffuser helps us to enjoy them. I love the large size water well. I fill it every few days or when I switch scents. It has multiple light settings and three timer settings, with auto shut off. I have a few other models in our home, but this one is my favorite.

 

Pink Velvet Pumps

my favorite things - pink velvet shoe

I’m already planning outfits including these adorable pumps – Come on, Santa, don’t let me down! If you’re a review reader, they are cute, comfortable and you can’t beat the price! They also come in gray – they may both be going on my list!

Mini Purse

my favorite things - mini purse

I’m a mini purse carrier and own a navy version of this exact purse – I receive constant compliments on it. Although I still stuff my bag to capacity, the smaller size prevents the neck and shoulder pain I was experiencing with a larger bag. Let’s not forget how adorable it is!

Rosegold Silverware

my favorite things - rose gold flatware

As I mentioned in my Thanksgiving tablescape post, despite finding a fun disposable alternative, this rose gold flatware is a top item on my Christmas list. I love the clean lines and can’t wait to style tables within the new year!

Dough Bowl

my favorite things - dough bowl

I have been coveting a vintage wooden dough bowl FOREVER. This year, I’ve put a few stars next to the “dough bowl” entry on my Christmas list. Crossing my fingers, I’m not on the naughty list!

Thanks for letting me share my favorite things (and the things I wish to find under the tree)! I hope you found a few ideas for one of your favorite people, or even for yourself!

But wait, before you go be sure to check out the other “My Favorite Things” lists!

 

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