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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! 


November 16, 2016

A Roundup of FREE Thanksgiving Printables by BellaGrey Designs

With Thanksgiving next week we thought we would round up a few of our FREE PRINTABLE Thanksgiving offers. 

If you are like our family, we always have leftovers! So stock up on takeout boxes, ribbon or twine and print out these labels. I cut these out with one of my scallop shaped paper cutters, but you can leave them square too! You can download your FREE printable here

I hope you will have a Thankful and Blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends! Please enjoy our FREE chalkboard print. Download the printable above, here.

And to dress up your table, don't forget to download these FREE Napkin Wraps!

Our Thanksgiving "I am Thankful for You" tag is one of our most downloaded tags we offer for FREE! To download yours, simply click here


November 14, 2016

Friendsgiving Thanksgiving Celebration

Hosting a Friendsgiving Thanksgiving Celebration this year? Then follow along with me, as I share some Fall ideas and inspiration.

I celebrated Friendsgiving for several years, especially back when I was in college. But since having my own family, we haven't celebrated Friendsgiving Thanksgiving as often. However, I love the idea of getting together with friends to celebrate, even if it is the weekend prior to the actual holiday. 

I love to entertain and use different textures, so when I teamed up with Kate Aspen, for our Friendsgiving Thanksgiving Celebration, it was the perfect excuse to pull out my copper table top items. I am loving all the metallics the last year has brought to our lives. Whether you use only one metallic or mix them, they are all gorgeous! 

I immediately fell in love with these copper and concrete bud vases and geometric tealight holders from Kate Aspen! They were so perfect for this table. Instead of a tea light, I opted for a votive in the rich copper orange color to tie in with the other copper tones. 

For the place settings, I used beautiful copper chargers with elegant black plates. I love how the copper maple leaf napkin ring looks against the black cloth napkin. Each place setting has their own candle in case we decide to dim the lights later in the evening. The hammered copper mule mugs are the perfect addition to the fur and elegance of this table. 

I kept the centerpieces to a minimum and low lying for conversation sake. Nothing worse than trying to talk to your friend across the table only to dodge and duck under the beautiful centerpieces.

I try to always appeal to the five senses {taste, smell, sight, hear and touch} when setting my table for friends and family. Play music in the background, prepare delicious appetizers to please the palate, light some candles or have fragrant flowers in the area, set a beautiful table and add textures to it for dimension and appeal to the touch sense. You always want your celebration to be memorable, if you appeal to the five senses you will do just that ~ make it memorable! 

I hope you have a very memorable Friendsgiving Thanksgiving full of gratitude, laughter and good times. My hope is to always inspire you! 

Design/Styling | Jennifer Kirlin, BellaGrey Designs
Photographer | Jennifer Kirlin, BellaGrey Designs
Copper and Concrete Bud Vases and Tealight Holders | Kate Aspen
Table Runner and Grey Faux Fur | Target

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. 

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