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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!

 

 

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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.

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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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How to Make a Homemade Advent Calendar – My Dollar Store DIY

This refillable homemade advent calendar is made from dollar store items and is an adorable accent for counting down to Christmas. Fill this homemade advent calendar with your favorite treats, small presents, or activities for a memorable and personal Christmas season!

Dollar Store Homemade Advent Calendar

 

What?! It’s not even Halloween yet, and I JUST posted a Halloween tablescape a few days ago! Have I lost my mind!? No – I have not. Well, maybe a little. But that’s not new or news! What IS going on is that I, along with a few of my friends, am hoping to help you lovelies get a jump start on the season! I’m super excited to be joining the My Dollar Store DIY girls with some super easy holiday ideas that won’t break the bank and are doABLE! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to see all the other holiday ideas as well!

Christmas is in 62 Days

Today, I am sharing a beautiful homemade advent calendar made from simple Dollar Store items that can be reused every year. Metal favor buckets (from the wedding aisle) are the perfect way to create a customized Christmas countdown calendar. This homemade advent calendar is made with 25 little buckets for you to fill up for each day in December. There are so many different you can use to fill an advent calendar – this one uses small treats – but you could just as easily fill the buckets with activity ideas or small toys.

Treats for the Kids and One for You!

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I got so far ahead of myself that I even wrapped up a few little presents in my favorite wrapping paper – I hope I can find it again this year! I also printed off a sheet of fun gift tags from last year. Want to download them, too?  Get these adorable Christmas Gift Tags for free –  click HERE to get them! Now on to the how-to!

How to Make a Homemade Advent Calendar

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You’ll need:

  • 12″x 24″ rug or piece of foam board
  • white paint
  • 25- metal buckets (9 packages from the dollar tree) with tags and ribbon
  • decorative pattern file folder or cardstock
  • Scissors or 2″ paper punch
  • bakers twine
  • Number stickers – I used something similar to this
  • small hooks with adhesive backing
  • ribbon
  • 2-small eye screws
  • 2 – 12″x 1″ pieces of wood
  • 2 – 24″x 1″ pieces of wood

Prepare the Board

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Paint the board or posterboard white. Let dry.

 

Make the Tags

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Cut out 25 cardstock circles and punch a hole in the top of each card.

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Apply the number stickers 1 through 25 to the unprinted side of the tags included with the buckets. Then, stack the numbered circle over the cardstock and thread together with a piece of baker’s twine.

Add the Buckets

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Remove the handles from all 25 buckets.

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Thread the number tags through one side of the bucket tabs used to hold the handles. Fold the flap over to prevent the tag string from coming off, then, add a loop of baker’s twine to the other tab to be used for hanging.

 

Position and stick the hooks evenly onto the board. I used a 5-4-5-4-7 pattern, but use what looks best to you.

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Add trim pieces around the rug to create a frame using glue then screw eye screws into the top and thread ribbon through for hanging.

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I added some snowflakes to each of my buckets, giving my homemade advent calendar the final touch I was looking for.

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Once completed, hang the buckets on the hooks and fill with your favorite treats, toys or activities!

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Now I’m just sitting here waiting for December 1st to roll around so I can start using it! How about you – are you thinking about Christmas yet?

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Don’t forget to stop by and take a peek at these other lovely Christmas Decor ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

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