Any Harry Potter lovers out there? This one’s for you! When my sweet client Julie approached me to ask for help with planning and designing a baby shower for her friend Jackie, I couldn’t resist. When she told me Jackie was a huge Harry Potter fan, as a lifelong fan, I was elated.
When I was asked to plan a Harry Potter inspired baby shower, one of the very first ideas that popped into my mind was to incorporate aged terra cotta centerpieces, a la Herbology class. I scoured the internet for the perfectly aged pots, but they each came up out of budget for one, let alone the 10-15 I needed for the baby shower! Naturally I couldn’t let the idea go, so I came up with this DIY to make my own.
I keep stumbling upon these darling little ceramic houses at Target and Crate and Barrel, but did not want to blow my budget there, so putting my brief stint as an architecture major to good use, I designed these sweet little paper houses! They’re so easy to make, and I’m sharing the template so you can make your own. They’re the perfect addition to your holiday decor, and are easily elevated with small tea lights inside to make them glow. So cozy and warm!
I’ve got to be honest, I’ve always loved every second of wrapping presents. Selecting the paper, the attention to detail, the accessorizing with ribbons and bows, and of course, the gift-giving itself. But the older I’ve gotten, the more I hear from friends and family that they hate wrapping! I can’t relate! I find the whole process to be calming, even meditative, and want to spread a little gift-wrapping love. That’s why I decided to pull together my top tips for wrapping gifts to make it easier, and hopefully a little more enjoyable for you! Happy gifting, friends!
I’ve spent years perfecting my homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe, and this one has been a crowd favorite time and time again. To me, there’s nothing that says the holidays more than freshly baked cookies and the joy of baking (and eating!) them together, so I’m happy to be sharing this recipe with you.