*Tiny Prints* Holiday Card Giveaway!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Earlier this week I shared a few of my favorite Tiny Prints designs for our 2010 Christmas cards, and Tiny Prints has followed up with an offer to host a $50 giveaway for one of PDB’s readers!

Here’s the final design that we chose. I love the circular shape of the cards, the modern print and the great colors:

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But they have a ton of terrific designs to choose from – and if you already have your Christmas cards in order, use your credit for birthday, wedding or shower invites (or even baby announcements! We’ll be in need of those soon…).

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Tiny Prints is offering a $50 credit towards any cards/products on the site!

To Enter: Please visit Tiny Prints and leave a comment here sharing your favorite design or card. For extra fun, share whether you traditionally send holiday cards (before or after the holidays) and how you choose the photos!
For Additional Entries: Become a fan of PDB or Tiny Prints on Facebook! Be sure to leave a separate comment here for each letting us know you are already a fan or currently added either page.

Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 1 at midnight PST, winner will be chosen randomly and announced the following day. Good luck!

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Last Minute Thanksgiving Decor: A Quick Round-Up

Just in case you’re as last minute as I am, here’s a quick round-up of Thanksgiving table spreads posted here on the blog from this year and last:

Above, a rustic Thanksgiving spread full of thrift store finds and soft colors. Below, a vintage turquoise & orange tablescape or dessert bar – I love the antique glassware.

Centerpiece ideas for every style:

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Don’t forget about the kids! Plenty of easy ideas for kids tables found here.

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An outdoor ‘pumpkin’ themed celebration, the rattan floor cushions would be such a comfy way to eat a Thanksgiving meal:

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As mentioned earlier last week you just can’t go wrong with burlap:

And finally, a french country-inspired fall tablescape that’s full of cottage-esq inspiration in the muted colors of fall:

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And here are a few fun ideas for DIY placecards, doggie bags and fall home decor. PS have you had a chance to check out Amy Atlas’s Thanksgiving dessert table?

Getting Ready for House Guests

Tis the season for house guests – this time of the year can feel like a swinging door with family and friends coming in and out for Christmas parties, Thanksgiving dinners and long weekends. I love it.

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It can be nice to have your home back after a few days of craziness, but it can be so fun and special to host out-of-towners. Board games, giant jig saw puzzles by the fire and early mornings sharing the newspaper – just a few things I love about family in town.

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I was thinking about what I can pull together to help guests feel cozy and special: soft towels stacked and easy to find, fresh flowers on the dresser, scented candles (I cheat and light them about an hour before expecting guests so the house smells like the holidays), a basket of toiletries (I keep a basket ready with little hotel shampoos, soaps, razors, etc to make it easy for guests to hunt down what they have forgotten), a collection of teas by the bedstand (they can help themselves in the morning or afternoon), fresh reading material (paper backs or new magazines – not the three year old versions), an extra blanket for the night, several hangers and maybe even a couple of drawers to unpack, an alarm clock and lotion by the bed.

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BeSpoke shares a delicious recipe to have ready:

Pumpkin Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 cups pumpkin puree, 4 eggs beaten, 3/4 cup canola oil, 3/4 cup applesauce, 1 cup sugar, 3 cups flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1 cup coconut flakes, 1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then spray muffin tin with nonstick oil. Whisk together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, applesauce and sugar until smooth. Combine all dry ingredients and add to pumpkin mixture. Fold in coconut flakes and chocolate chips. Pour batter into muffin tins, then bake 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool, then enjoy!

Oh delicious!

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We don’t have a guest room at the moment (with the nursery taking its place) so putting a few extra goodies together for guests is even more special (since they’ll be couchin’ or air mattressen’ it for a while). That very top image is beautiful inspiration for a future addition – ditto on the deliciousness for that too.

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