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December 8, 2016

Special Delivery from the North Pole

It's December, which means we are having our annual Elf Christmas Breakfast! For the last several years, the elves have made an arrival breakfast for my kiddos. This year was no exception! Instead of going with the traditional red and green, they styled the breakfast table using a splash of black. I love how it pulls everything together. 

My kiddos loved everything Sabrina and Frosty made them and were a little shocked it was in the formal dining room, as was I!

These snowmen were their favorite! Who can resist pancake snowmen with a bacon scarf, chocolate chip eyes and powdered sugar snow? I would be all over it!

Aren't these reindeer cinnamon rolls adorable? You simply take mini cinnamon rolls and add the candy eyes and red hots for the noses! So simply and what a great breakfast treat. 

 What a fun breakfast party! My kiddos love when their elves come each year.

This was the perfect idea. We dropped a mini cupcake into an egg cup! Brilliant! It is the perfect size and dressed up the cupcake too. 

Can't have an arrival breakfast if you don't have a note spelling out the rules about being good and Santa coming. 

Mini Jell-O cups were eaten first, I think! My kiddos love Jell-O. Find the tutorial on how to make these delicious dessert cups, here.

You can find this Special Delivery Note Card in our shop along with all our fun elf items from years past. 

December 6, 2016

Our 2016 Shutterfly Holiday Cards

I am so excited to share our 2016 holiday cards with you! I used Shutterfly this year and am so happy with the way they turned out! They have so many fabulous choices to choose from. 

They have a great feature called "Use my photo" where you upload your photos and can preview them in Shutterfly's designs. I was able to preview our photos in all of their designs to help me choose my favorite. This fabulous feature makes it so much easier to choose a favorite. 

I decided on a more casual than usual wardrobe and location this year with red and black tops and jeans.  

I chose the Sparkling Bokeh Christmas Card with the red foil, I picked Mrs. Eaves bold font for "The Kirlin Family" and Arquitecta Italic font for our names. I picked the same fonts for our return address labels. You can see it peeking out in the photos below. 

I love coordinating the card and return address labels, it really adds a finished look and it takes one step away from me when I receive them. 

If you are still looking for holiday cards, go to Shutterfly and check out their fabulous selection! You will not be disappointed. 

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December 2, 2016

Holiday Brunch Bar Cart Party

Hosting a holiday party or celebration? I'm kicking off the holiday season with this Holiday Brunch Bar Cart Party! I've teamed up with Kate Aspen to provide you with plenty of party inspiration. I'm featuring a fun alternative to a regular cake, cran-raspberry mimosas and mini cinnamon rolls so delicious you won't want to share them! Continue reading for all the details. 

Traditionally brunch is served between 11am and 2pm here in the US, so I decided to serve a donut cake instead of a traditional cake. Using a large cake stand, stack your favorite donuts and garnish with donut holes. For dramatic flair and to be truly festive, add tall birthday candles!  

You can definitely serve juice on its own but since this is a holiday party, why not serve it up as an optional cocktail? Brunch is the perfect time to enjoy a mimosa and a Cran-Raspberry Mimosa is my new favorite. There is much debate on the proper proportions for a mimosa, ask any one of your friends and you will probably be told different ways to make them. In my opinion, 1 part cran-raspberry juice and 2 parts champagne, it's less sweet and so delicious! Serve it in these fabulous stemless champagne glasses, add a gold foil straw and you are all set.

A bar cart is such a great alternative to the larger seated table setting and the party dessert table. I styled my bar cart with the color palate of gold and mint. I am swooning over these colors and the bar cart looks so festive! I added some fun party elements, such as the beautiful plates and matching napkins, gold foil straws, glitter snowflake coasters, cheers bottle openers and mini frames. Horn blowers, tissue tassels and mint and gold wrapped packages add party flair. 

These gorgeous diamond shaped favor boxes add such a great dimension to the cart and party and are the perfect take-home for guests. 

Check out Kate Aspen for everything you celebrate and my shop for all your party paper printables! 

Design/Styling | Jennifer Kirlin, BellaGrey Designs
Photographer | Jennifer Kirlin, BellaGrey Designs
Cheers bottle openers, gold straws, snowflake coasters, champagne and wine glasses, gold tea light holders, Cheers corkscrew, mini gold frames | Kate Aspen
Plates and Napkins | Hoopla Events
Mint Diamond Favor Boxes | Parties Made from Paper
Mint and Gold Tissue Tassels | Glitter Girlz Designs
Mint and Gold Packaging | The Container Store

This is a sponsored post written by me. BellaGrey Designs has received trade, products and/or payment from Kate Aspen in exchange for promotion. All opinions and text are my own and I only promote products I love and trust. 

November 30, 2016

Easy Christmas Holiday Stocking DIY

DIY Christmas stockings are a great beginning sewing project that will make you feel like you accomplished something big right away! This year, I wanted to change things up a bit with our stockings. Instead of the traditional red or white stockings I looked all over for polka dot and striped. And to my surprise, I was unable to find exactly what I was looking for, so I decided to make my own. Never making more than a pillowcase or simple cloth napkins, I wasn't sure where to start. I called my mom {who is an expert in sewing} I looked at several patterns, but I did not like any of the styles. I have a few white fur stockings that I love the look of, so I decided to use one of those for my template. 

Here is what you will need to make 4 stockings: 

2 yards fabric {I used 1 yard per design}for the stocking
1 yard fabric for the cuff {I used cream colored linen}
2 yards fabric for lining {I used an old twin sheet I had on hand}
8 yards decorative trim for the cuff **Optional
Thread to match fabric and cuff
Sewing machine
Pattern or template

I have to tell you, I wasn't sure what the outcome would be, then I made one and it was so EASY! Yes, easy! I knew then I had the confidence to go forward to make 3 more. 

Let me show you how: 

1) If you aren't using a pattern, cut out a template. I used my pretty white fur stockings from last year. I simply traced around it and cut it out. 

2) Now I was ready to cut my fabric. I placed the template on my fabric {if you have printed fabric make sure you fold over the fabric so it is facing right side in}. Pin the template in place and allow a seam allowance of at least 1/4". 

3) Here is my stocking cut with a seam allowance.

5) Once the stocking is cut out, I decided to line mine, using an old white twin sheet I had on hand. So placing the cut stocking on top of the sheet I cut it out, this time with no seam allowance since I had already allowed for that for my stocking. 

6) I sewed around the stocking edges and turned the stocking right side out to make sure it had the shape I wanted. I was so excited, it looked perfect!!! {insert happy dance}

7) Now comes the cuff! This step intimidated me more than the stocking did, however I was determined to do it! A cuff with at least 3 rows of pleats is what I wanted. I first had to figure out how big I wanted the cuff. 4" is what I decided was a good width. And the circumference of my stocking was 17" with a 1/4" seam allowance. 

8) After cutting the linen to 4" wide by 17" long, I was ready to start placing my pleated trim.

If using trim, it is really easy to place straight. After sewing the first row on I had a guide to help with the others. I simply aligned the trim edges together and continued sewing all three rows. 

9) After the trim was completely sewn on my cuff, it was time to attach the cuff to my stocking ~ now I'm getting really excited because I couldn't wait to see the finished project! I was in love with how the cuff turned out! 

10) I attached the cuff by turning the stocking right side out and placing the cuff where I wanted it, taking great care to make sure it was straight and lined up with the back stocking seam. I pinned it in place to complete my sewing.  

11) Turning the stocking inside out again, I finished pinning the cuff and made sure it was a perfect fit and wasn't bunching up anywhere. I placed the stocking on the arm of my machine and turned as I sewed. 

12) It's Done!!! I'm so thrilled how they all turned out!! 

13) Don't forget to add your hanger. I had some pretty red grosgrain ribbon on hand, but if you use grosgrain it does like to fray. You can either use Fray Check or a long lighter like the one I used to fuse the ends of the ribbon. Simply run the ribbon edges through the flame quickly a few times.

14) Fold the ribbon in half and secure it with a few stitches. Then place the loop where you want it to be, I wanted mine in the corner instead of on the side. I stitched it to the inside seam and hung it on my mantel. 

With a few of the leftover fabric scraps, I made mini tree skirts for the white mantel trees. I love the look of polka dot and stripes together, don't you?

Super easy Christmas stockings you made are so much better than store bought! Let me know if you decide to make your own and need any additional help or pointers. 

Happy Holidays Friends! 

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