DIY New Year’s Eve *Crackers*


Here’s a neat idea for this New Year’s Eve. If you’re hosting a get-together or dinner party consider this thoughtful treat for your guests — a homemade party cracker! Danielle and Centsational Girl share how.


This decorative tube (an empty paper towel holder in this case) is usually filled with little knick knacks (paper crowns, fortune messages, small toys…) and is wrapped in bright shiny colors. Tradition holds that two people pull from each end of the cracker until it *pops*, emptying out the contents.

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A *Sweet* Buffet for a Very Merry Christmas


While Christmas has come and gone here in beautiful Sydney, I wanted to share one last treat from my favorite holiday… especially since I *technically* have one more day to celebrate in my home town time zone!

Amy Atlas does a fabulous job again, this time for the O Magazine holiday party and Gayle King!


The lavender and cherry color palette is an unusual and beautiful one — I could imagine using these for a New Years Eve celebration as well. I especially love the vase tied in ribbons and bows, and the little custom ‘popcorn’ boxes (could be filled with any favorite candy).


Merry Christmas!

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Hope you’re having a beautiful Christmas day! Here is a little Christmas love from San Diego (though I’m not there right now, how beautiful are the fall colors from our Christmas card?) Contrary to popular belief we do have seasons on the west coast — though I do wish for snow every now and then!


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