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Holiday Entertaining Recap

If you follow me on instagram (@designershay), you may have seen all of the fun I was having setting up for the holidays with my family over the last few days.  So, today I thought I’d share a quick recap of a few of our tabletops over Christmas.

I made this Christmas Tree cheese tray for Christmas Eve.  I found the idea on Pinterest & made a few small tweaks.  I used Boursin cheese for the tree “topper” & made a star on top with dried cranberries.  Port cheese, white cheddar & aged Vermont cheddar cheeses are layered between cherry tomatoes and rosemary twigs.  It’s so easy & makes quite the festive presentation!

We gathered in our formal living room after we returned from Christmas Eve candlelight service to have some yummy food & enjoy the eve of Christ’s birth.  Our spread consisted of the Christmas Tree cheese tray, dips, shrimp cocktail, cheese biscuits and veggies.  This has been a tradition in my family since I was a kid.  Now as an adult, it brings me so much joy to go all out to spend quality time together like this with my family.

This was the kids’ table setting for Christmas Day dinner.  The inspiration for this table also came from Pinterest, but I made a few tweaks to this one as well.  We used chocolate covered mint oreos for the eyes, a carrot for the nose, party crackers for the bow tie, dinner & cocktail napkins for the hat & scarf, our casual china for the snowman’s body & head and silverware make up the arms & the brim on the hat.

My daughter Jaylie had so much fun helping me set the table!  We will definitely keep this cute idea in our file for years to come!

For more design inspiration follow me on Pinterest and instagram (@designershay).  Happy Holidays & Happy Decorating!!!


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Holiday Inspiration: Snowmen & Kiddos

Happy Sunday design devotees! I hope you’re enjoying this time off with your family. We have lots of family in town right now & we’re having such a blast! My kiddos are so excited to have their cousins around. Last night we opened a few presents and played the build a snowman game. Jaylie played it during her Christmas party at school & we thought our family would enjoy it too!
20121223-105941.jpgIt’s so fun & easy! All you need is one roll of toilet paper, something for the snowman’s scarf (we used tinsel garland) & a hat for each snowman. We divided up into 3 teams consisting of 1 “snowman” and 2 “builders”.
20121223-110341.jpgThe team that finishes the snowman first, WINS! Our niece Emma’s team won last night! We will definitely be making this a holiday tradition!

After everyone left last night, I was looking through the photos on my phone and noticed we seem to have a snowman theme going on right now.20121223-111426.jpgJaylie’s class made gingerbread houses during their Christmas party.20121223-111531.jpgI thought it was genius that she used the Hershey’s wrapper to make the snowman’s scarf! She is one creative kiddo!20121223-111750.jpgToday I’m playing around with our holiday tablescapes. This is what I’m doing for the kids’ table. I found the idea on Pinterest. I used aqua napkins (instead of the red ones shown in the Pinterest inspiration) to match the color palette in our breakfast nook. I also used mint chocolate covered Oreos instead of gumdrops for the eyes.
Placemat: white construction paper with snowflake stickers
Hat: aqua polka dot dinner napkin & knife for the brim
Scarf: aqua stripe cocktail napkin
Head & body: casual everyday salad & dinner plate
Arms: fork & spoon
Eyes: mint chocolate covered Oreos
Nose: baby carrot

For more holiday inspiration, follow me on Pinterest & find me on Instagram: @designershay

Wishing you all a beautiful holiday season!