Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pink and White Christmas in July...Hohoho!


Merry Christmas in July!
Today is July 25 and you know what that means...6 months until Christmas day. Yippee!!! Pour yourself a steaming mug of pink hot cocoa and let's get festive! Never heard of pink hot cocoa??? That's okay...let me be the first to introduce you. If I had a recipe I would share it but instead we buy ours at Sur La Table...and it is sooooo good! And before I get started, I want to apologize for the fact that I am cramming so much into one blog post. First up is the whole pink/white theme, then some family traditions we have always done or ones I wanted to do. I hope you leave feeling joyful and looking forward to the Holidays rather than dreading them. Thank you to Maggi for hosting this blog party!!!

Okay, red & green are traditional colors and they are beautiful, but how about a festive pink or white theme? Think soft, fluffy, delicate, simple, elegant, fun, pretty...how nice does that sound? Of course, it goes without saying that the overall decor of your home would probably need to be light and/or neutral to really pull this off so if you have that, go for it. I promise it will be one of the prettiest Christmas decors on the block! We did this for years and whenever friends came over to the house, they all thought it was so magical and wintry. I remember the first year we did this while my husband was out of town and when he came home, he loved it...surprise, surprise!!! hahaha Anyway, I have some photos I found while cruising around on the internet to inspire you. I cannot afford to buy new decorations every time I am in a new phase and you are probably the same, so I'll give you a few cost-savings tips to help you pull it off.
Here are some things to start looking for when you're planning your look:
White twinkle lights
Tulle...pink, white...lots of it and it is cheap. (Makes great gift wrap, too!
Those bags of fluffy white fake snow
White "snow" in a can
White and/or pink cardstock for rings and paper ornaments...lots of hanging paper chains like in the movie "Elf". Everyone loves when we do this!
Crystals in any shape or form...garland, beads
fishing line...for hanging things from the ceiling, chandelier...
white spray paint for pinecones and branches to make white "trees" or to paint any artificial Christmas trees you have
pink bottle brush trees...buy or dye your own
white or soft pink feather garlands
white,silver,pink ornaments
Clear ornaments...Number ONE decorating tip
silver mercury glass...check Target or yard saleswhite candles
fabric remnants in white silk or satin for centerpieces
cheap snowflake decorations...mini ones to embellish packages or tie on
various items such as candlesticks
cherubs and angels...these are mine:-)

Sometimes I think a bit of greenery for contrast is pretty
For flowers...pink or white poinsettias, white amaryllis or my favorites~~paperwhites.

Now that you've decorated, how about a "White Christmas Party"? This is such an elegant party and you can do it up or keep it simple and have a sweet dessert party.
Think about it...layers of white fabric or tulle on your table, as well as snowflakes, candles in little votives, tall paperwhites in silver spray-painted pots...
The menu:
White chocolate cheesecake bites
Green grapes...plain and sugared
White cheeses and crackers
White chocolate dipped strawberries or anything else dipped in white chocolate, such as pretzels, fortune cookies, white chocolate dipped candy canes...
snowflake or star cookiesbrownie pops
snow punch

Decorating Tip #1:
Clear ornaments. You can do ANYTHING with these, from painting them...even simply painting dots on them, embellish them with scrapbook images, stickers or rub ons, fill with colored shreds or pieces of fabric in your color theme, swirl paint on the inside, fill with artificial snow, and my new favorite...decoupaging scrapbook paper on them. SO pretty!!!

Decorating Tip #2:
Use what you have. As I said, I can't afford to buy tons of new stuff each year. I find the prettiest arrangements often include what I have around me...in the case of Florida, that means seashells. White starfish are perfect additions to a Christmas tree or arrangements mixed with ornaments Do you have pine cones where you live? Take the kids to gather pine cones. We used to bake them to make sure there was NOTHING still living in them and then use glue with colored glitter or spray paint them white for your white Christmas. Gather long twigs to spray paint and tie large plastic crystal drops (Joann's or Michael's) from them with fishing line. (Works for other holidays, too) Cheap and easy...I like it!

Decorating Tip#3:
WREATHS!!!* Shell wreaths, button wreaths, "snowball" wreaths, ornament wreaths...use small toys your kids have gathered as well as other special mementos. Lots of ideas!

Decorating Tip #4:
Create little vignettes of things that compliment each other, even if they aren't really holiday items. Just add a little snow and voila! Also, hang stockings everywhere. Instant decorating. (The same goes for gift-wrapped boxes)
Sigh...Yes, I'm dreaming of a White Christmas:-)

Christmas traditions and ideas for the family:
(This is our house)

My family loves Christmas and we are always on the lookout for some new ideas and traditions, so I can't wait to visit the other blogs to get some. We did have some pretty neat ones of our own and a few I found recently that I would definitely do if I could.

~Christmas tree in every room: Family room-family tree, living room-mommy's pretty tree, kids rooms-their theme (Barbie, sports...), master bedroom---hate to say it but this is where the dogs sleep so this is where the doggy tree is:-)

~Gingerbread houses...make great decorations and wonderful gifts to give. Think of the sweet lady who used to make these with her children and now lives alone. What a way to sweeten the Holidays for her!:-)

~Gingerbread Cookies. Have a gingerbread cookie party for the kids or do what we did one year. On Christmas Eve, my kids delivered gifts to neighbors. Inside, gingerbread men unfrosted with all of the toppings...frosting, candies...and a tag that said "From our family to yours...Merry Christmas!" Gingerbread families...get it??? hahaha

~When the tree goes up all of the stuffed animals in the house or at least the special Christmas ones were placed under it to wait for Santa.

~Thanksgiving Shopping Party: I had a friend who held an open house the day after Thanksgiving, to kick off the Christmas season. She had leftover turkey sandwiches as well as cookies and a few other goodies. She sent out invites telling her friends to stop in for some Christmas cheer in between shopping. it was always a big hit!

~Make up "Christmas Survival Kits" for friends, other busy moms... Buy empty paint cans at Home Depot and decorate with paint, ribbon, cardstock... Fill with a candle, a favorite Holiday book, bath salts, hot cider mix and a few yummy chocolates.

~Always, always, always make copies of your children's Christmas letters to Santa. I did this...thank goodness. I will always cherish the letter from Jordie to Santa asking for only 4 simple things when she was 5...a limo, a puppy, a rainbow and a unicorn. Hooray for puppies:-) I think Santa decided she needed an outlet for her creative mind and she got an art easel!:-)

Taylor just asked for every Barbie ever made...and I am NOT kidding. She did serious research into this every year. One list asked for Mermaid Barbie, Nutcracker Barbie and the Prince, Sleeping Beauty Barbie...and the Prince, Wedding Barbie, Chocolate Barbie, Citrus Barbie, Disco Barbie, Teacher Barbie, Marie Claire Barbie, Spanish Barbie and drum roll please...King Kong Barbie. No kidding! hahaha

~Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with a tiny gift each day to your kids. They will soooo look forward to this and it helps with the wait for the big day.



~Christmas rings...we made 25 rings each year and on each one, I wrote something special and festive we would do. Each day, we took off a ring and would go for a ride in the convertible with hot cocoa to look at Christmas lights,
make gifts for family, go shopping for other children from the "Angel Tree" at the mall, watch a Christmas movie, have dinner by the tree, sleep by the tree...silly little things that made their day! The 25th ring said Merry Christmas!

Well, obviously I could go on and on but I've probably lost my party guests already. hahaha Guess I'll just have to spend the next 6 months adding in all the stuff I forgot!. Lucky you!!!:-) Hope you liked my early Christmas and be sure to visit the others at Maggis party hop. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a jolly Christmas in July, from my family to yours!!!
Hugs, Suzanne
P.S. I have had a few emails asking for recipes and instructions and I will try to do this sometime next week.










39 comments:

  1. Merry Christmas in JULY!

    I loved your post, I got so many idea's for this Christmas. Thank you so much. You have a beautiful site.

    xxx DJ

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  2. Merry Christmas in July!!! Your party is one of my favorites :-) Thank you for sharing and all the time you put into this post!

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  3. MErry Christams and my favorite PINK!!!!!!!! Just love all the pics!!!!! :)

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  4. Wow Suzanne, what an elaborate and beautiful post. I'll have to bookmark it and visit back in November for inspiration. Love the music too!

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  5. Merry Christmas in July!

    Love the pink!

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  6. I found you at the mommy blogger club!!! Excellent.

    Beautiful Christmas pictures and post!!! Fun

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  7. What a lot of great ideas! love them!

    For a minute there, you almost made me wish it was christmas!

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  8. Absolutely beautiful images. Makes me want to start decorating RIGHT NOW. And eat....

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  9. love the dog tree idea LOL! amazing photo of your kids with wings. the santa letters are sure a treasure - king kong santa, who knew? merry christmas in july!

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  10. OHHH LOVE the all white and pink Christmas look, so pretty, Thanks so much for the little peek!

    M

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  11. HO HO HO!
    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~

    I came in from the warm and sun,
    To find that Christmas has begun!

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much for the tips and tricks! I am so in love with the idea of a pink and white Christmas! And how amazing is your house at Christmas, so fun!


    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Rest of Your Year!

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  12. I am swoooning over all things white in your holiday post. Ooolala! That bedroom. Oh, be still my heart.
    Lots of great tips-love the survival kit too-those brownie pops are too perfect!
    Great Christmas cheer right here!
    Merrrrry Christmas!!!!
    xoxoxox rhonda rooo (also a FL girl)
    PS (we love paper chains and christmas light sightseeing too!)

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  13. Merry Christmas in July! Just stopping by from Maggi's. :)

    <3 Gina

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  14. Love LOVE Love a pink and white Christmas! Now that is my kind of a Christmas! Merry Christmas in July! I can't believe it is only six months away! TOO crazy:)

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  15. What a fun party - love all those white goodies! I think my fave treat has to bed those pretzel snowmen, gotta try those! thanks for sharing all your great ideas and happy Holidays!

    Shanna

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  16. I love your post!!! Merry Christmas :)

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  17. I'm all about the pink Christmas. :) Thanks for so many inspiring ideas! Merry Christmas in July. Stop by for a visit some time - the door is always open, and the pink decor is always in place.
    ~Bella (Beauty Does Matter)

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  18. Wonderful CIJ party. I am finally getting to make the rounds. I did a quick check on my party and visited with guests there, so please excuse me if I missed you. I will be back home later to mingle some more. Right now, I am trying to fit in all the blog parties. This is such fun!!!!!

    Merry Christmas in July from Texas!

    What a wonderful post. TFS. I loved all your hints and ideas about decorating.

    We had a pink aluminum tree back in the 60s and I would love to have it now!

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  19. loved all the great ideas! thank yo!

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  20. wow! lots of cramming....my head is spinning with inspiring ideas, thanks!the shot of the angels is pricless....oh! Dolly & Rob!great post.
    Worked today so I'm late and still have five to go. it was a pleasure. HIHOHO, Heidi

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  21. Merry Christmas in July! I love all the pink! And what a great bunch of ideas for us - lovely party!

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  22. I love Pink Christmas!!! Great job!

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  23. I love this!! I'd never really considered a pink and white themed Christmas before, but this CIJ blog party has shown how wonderful it looks (especially yours)

    Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

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  24. Wow! I think I just had the best Christmas ever. Love these ideas and I am totally doing the paint can this year...what a brilliant plan! You are so creative Suzanne. I love all of these ideas.

    You and my husband would get along famously. Before we met, he had a house in Indiana and did the tree in every room theme. He would go nuts for Christmas if we had the room!

    This was so much fun!

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  25. great ideas! My favorite is the angels! Merry CHristmas in July!

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  26. Hi, me again,

    Just had to come and welcome you to "the Attic" saw your sweet picture on the sidebar.

    xxx DJ

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  27. Merry X'mas! Thanks for sharing! I've had a wonderful experience! :)

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  28. Merry Crsitmas in July what a lovely, wonderful post! I loved everything about it & you have such a beautiful fmaily! xoxo

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  29. Lots of great ideas & suggestions. I live in a family of all boys & every year I do a girly tree just for me. But don't worry, the boys get their manly tree too.

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  30. Loved visiting your Christmas Blog Party! Lots of great ideas! Thank you. I'm now a follower, and I'll be looking forward to coming back very soon!

    Merry Christmas in July!

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  31. Your blog is too cute!!
    I LOVE the pink and white Christmas!
    Lots of wonderful pictures and you house is lovely!
    Merry Christmas!

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  32. I looooove pink Christmas!
    In fact, I am having a Christmas~in~July giveaway on my blog this weekend, and it is something PINK!
    Would love for you to stop by and enter to win!
    :)
    ~Becca~

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  33. Hi,
    I am so excited about trying out some of your ideas for this Christmas ,Thanks so Much for sharing. Everything in this post is so elegant & lovely. I have really enjoyed your party. Thanks so much for visiting my party & leaving the sweet comment. Merry christmas in July! 8-)
    ~Myrna

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  34. I love it! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Pink to boot! You have a beautiful family by the way. You have also given me so many great ideas! It looks great! Have a fantastic week.
    Also, my husband's birthday is on Christmas day!
    XOXO

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  35. I've been such a bad blogging friend...haven't been by lately! Well, I certainly enjoyed this visit to your Christmas party. It gave me some ideas and I have to say I'm thinking about Christmas now in my head:) Love the outdoor decorations at your home...beautiful!

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  36. What a beautiful, beautiful post. I love your blog, it makes me smile...

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  37. This is a very cool blog, I love the whole pink and white theme it’s very colourful. Your site gave me some great tips for some Christmas party fun. Having pink fluffy decorations and white ornaments will being a dazzle and add to the Christmas party theme. Also can you please try and find out how to make pink hot chocolate, sounds amazing.

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  38. Fun post !
    Love your choice of colours to celebrate the season. For those of us living in warmer parts of the globe it is fun to find new ways to celebrate in all kinds of bright new colour schemes. Thanks for sharing the inspriation.

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