Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Tablescapes

image from Jo Malone

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  Yarah Designs is brainstorming tablescape ideas and here are a few visuals to get you into the spirit!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Gift Wrapping Craze!

Just in time for the holidays, Yarah Designs stumbled upon this gorgeous gift wrapping inspiration post on Style Me Pretty created by Grey Likes Weddings.  Does it get any more fabulous?!?! 

Also included are some amazing holiday tags that you can simply download and print.  How very perfect!!

Downloadable tags found here


Pinup Wreath

Anyone looking for a unique idea to display holiday cards?  Yarah Designs simply loves this pinup wreath from Martha Stewart

Decorate a wall or an interior door by hanging a holiday-card wreath. Using wood glue, affix miniature wooden clothespins to a large (about 14-inch-diameter) embroidery hoop. Alternate clothespins to point outward and inward, spaced 1 1/2 inches apart. Suspend from a ribbon, and clip your cards in place as you receive them.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cupcake Liner Flower Tree

These cupcake liner trees would make wonderful accents for recption or buffet tables at any event and different colors and patters could be used to achieve different looks.   The key is to use mini cupcake liners and The Bakers Confections is the place to purchase them.

Yarah Designs found this amazing tutorial on Papercrave on how to make these beauties. 

Supplies needed:
  • a styrofoam tree form (I used a 9” tall form)
  • mini cupcake liners (1 1/4” to 1 3/8” size)
  • straight pins, preferably with a ball head
  • a hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • accessories for decorating (ribbon, decorative picks, etc.)


1. Separate cupcake liners into groups of five. Flatten the liners, and poke a straight pin through the center of each group.

2. Gently “scrunch” the top cupcake liner around the pin head, taking care not to rip the paper.

3. Repeat the scrunching action for the remaining liners. When you’re finished, you’ll have a flower.

4. Using your thumb and forefinger, grab the flower at the bottom and press the liners together and away from the length of the pin. Add a bit of hot glue to the pin, and immediately insert into the styrofoam tree form.

5. Fold two or three layers of the liners over the pin head, taking care not to burn yourself on any hot glue that may have found its way toward the pin head, and press the pin head in until it’s flush with the tree form. Hold in place for five to ten seconds, until the glue starts to cool and the pin is firmly attached. Fluff and adjust the flower “petals”, if needed. Continue adding cupcake liner flowers, starting at the bottom of the form and working your way around and up, until the entire form is covered.
6.  Add embellishments and decorations to the tree to coordinate with your occasion, if desired.

Holiday Sparkle - Glass Globes

Looking for some holiday sparkle for this holiday season?  These mercury glass globes are fabulous from Pottery Barn.  Light up these globes to impart a halo of warmth and good cheer.  These can be used as an illuminnated centerpiece that shines brighter and safer than candlelight.  You can display several together with colorful ornaments and fragrant pine bough on a mantel or console.  Simply insert the strands of white lights and your centerpiece is complete.  Beautiful for the season ...

Homemade Turtles!

Here is a recipe Yarah Designs found on Twig & Thistle and it is simply fabulous and so easy for an impromptu gathering.  All you need is Mini pretzels, Pecan Halfs and Rolos! 

1) On a cookies sheet, arrange the pretzels then place a Rolo on top of each one. Bake at 220 F. for 2 minutes.

2) Remove from the oven and immediately start placing the Pecans on top and pushing them down, squishing the Rolos.  Enjoy!

How easy is that!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bohemia - A Lifestyle Boutique


A lifestyle boutique - Bohemia!  Yarah Designs stumbled across this company with such a passion for its products.  The style for this boutique lived up to the name - independent, original, colorful, open-minded and a great sense of fun.  I am certain you can find some items for your holiday list here.  Enjoy!

Cosmetic Pouch
Leather Pouffe

Just Because ...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Store It In Style

Check out these gorgeous bins from The Spotted Barn.  The bold prints and color palettes make them a fun accessory to any room.  These can be used for toys, magazines, books, remote controls, DVDs, CDs and you cannot beat the price of $18! 

Monday, November 8, 2010

Cascade Braiding

Yarah Designs is loving this braid trend that is everywhere.  The question is how to achieve the braid?  Here are step by step instructions with visuals from A Beautiful Mess.  So simple and so beautiful! 

Friday, November 5, 2010

Beer Tasting Party

Calling all beer lovers!  What a fantastic party to throw for a beer connoisseur.  This party was thrown by Courtney with Pizzazzerie for her boyfriend. 

Check out the cake!  It defies gravity!

There were also Guiness chocolate cupcakes and sandwich cookies!  Yum ...

You cannot have a beer party without wings!  

And of coarse there was an assortment of fun beers along with Beer Scoring Cards!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Strawberries Filled With Cream

This is the perfect combination an not very difficult to pull together for any type of event.  These delicious strawberries look like flowers will add to the beauty of any dessert table.  You can find the step by step instructions on Joy of Baking. Happy making!

Cupcake Liner Pom Poms

These can be use for so many different events!  Yarah Designs simply loves these and the best part, they are so easy to make.  You can see the step by step tutorial by Heidi at How Does She.  These beauties can be made in under an hour and they are much sturdier than tissue paper pom-poms!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Quick Place Card

Looking for a quick and easy place card?  All you need is ribbon, paper, hole puncher and a sweet-gum-tree spur.  How perfect is this for Thanksgiving!  Bring the outdoors to your table this Thanksgiving.

Photo via Martha Stewart

Kid-Enhancing for the Holidays

Why not get the kids their very own tree?  It could be a Halloween Tree, Christmas or Hanukah tree.  This is so simple and fun.  This could be a great place to display all the ornaments they have made throughout the years.  Buy a table top sized tree to add a little festive fun to their bedroom or playroom.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Chic Thanksgiving Dinner

Now that Halloween has come and gone, it's time to start conceptualizing Thankgiving dinner and the parties to be attended.  Here is some chic inspiration for you.  Look at all the details in this inspiration board from The Party Dress.  Simply fabulous!