HomeMade for the Holidays
Idea guide that shares creative inspirations and encourages a homemade holiday. Includes information, tips and visuals for party styling, decorating, crafting, sewing, baking and much more!
What’s Inside? 6 8 32 38 43 14 18 Have A Very Cherry Craftmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 That’s A Wrap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Holiday Brunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Deck your Home with Coffee Filters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 DIY Coffee Filter Garland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 The Pastry Pedestal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Winter Mint Chocolate Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Hot Chocolate Cupcakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Tis’ the Season for Glitter + Gold . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Nothing but Knit-ted Sweaters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Sweater Stockings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Moroccan Inspired White Elephant Gift Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Modern Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Holiday Party Picks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Easy Edible Snow Globes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Make A Wish Birthday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Cake Pops Kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Popcorn Snowball Bites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Candy Coated Christmas Party . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Stocking Stuffer Candy Skewer Pinwheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 A Few of My Favorite Handmade Things . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Confetti Celebration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Controlled Chaos - Gift Wrap Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 26 by Photo Kara Kami hy ograp Phot enski Editor’s Letter : Welcome ! 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As each guest arrives, hand them a gift tag with a number on it to attach to the gift they brought. I am sure you can guess what the activities are going to be? Craft projects of course! Create separate designated areas with signs for different types of simple crafts and provide the supplies needed to create them. The stations at this party were holiday related which included paper ornaments, gift wrap embellishing (adding pizazz to the plain gift they brought) and decorate a cone shaped tree. Once crafting is all said and done, exchange the handmade craft gifts by drawing numbers. Match the number you draw to the number on the corresponding gift tag. Encourage everyone to take home the crafts they made as party favors! 4 Idea Guide Paper Craft Punch Ornaments Visit Pinterest.com to view DIY tutorials for these paper ornaments and many more! Idea Guide 5 That’s A Wrap! Wrapping your gifts can be as simple as craft paper and a string or get creative with layers and layers of printed paper, decorative ribbon and handmade bows. Craft Supplies: • Paper Craft Punches • Scissors • Double Sided Tape • Glue Gun & Glue Sticks • Craft Paper • Printable Pattern Paper • Ribbon & Twine • Gift Tags/Stickers 6 Idea Guide use printable pattern paper 5 Gift Wrap TIPS: 1. Save Money - Use supplies you already reuse your ribbon year after year make gift tags using a craft punch own such as craft paper, old newspapers, cupcake liners, yarn or twine. 2. Controlled Chaos - Keep your supplies organized and the gift wrapping process will be much more enjoyable. (See page 46 for IDEAS) 3. Get Creative - Decorating a present should be fun, so just do whatever you think looks pretty. Try adding and subtracting until it feels finished. Putting in the extra effort is always better! 4. Simplify - Keep the color scheme consistent and the packages will look more put together and less distracting under the tree. Start with a solid colored base, then experiment with different patterns but keep the style in the same category. 5. Personalize It - Add personal touches for the person receiving the gift, for example a gift tag with their monogram initials on it, a photo card or attach a piece of their favorite candy. Thatâ€™s A Wrap! - Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard www.thecreativeorchard.com Idea Guide 7 Whatâ€™s the BEST Part of Waking Up? y a d BRUNCH i l o H A One of the biggest reasons I enjoy baking is the gratification I receive from being able to share the end result. And there is not a better time to be giving and sharing than during the holidays. Remember the season is all about maintaining a high-level holiday spirit through connecting and reaching out to others. There could not be a more perfect way to connect with your children or reach out to your neighbors, friends and family than with home-baked goods! What you choose to bake is completely up to you. It could be as simple as serving the refrigerated festive slice or baking cookie dough from the grocery store... if that is all you have time for. Or you could really go all out with an overflowing breakfast buffet! I created this simple spread of breakfast related food in hopes of motivating you to put something special together yourself. Perhaps you could start a new tradition of having a festive Holiday Brunch on Christmas, ready to be devoured after all of the presents have been unwrapped? You never know, it could start to be the best part of waking up Christmas morning! This idea would not only be a thoughtful gesture but also another way to spend more quality time catching up and socializing. With just a little bit of preparation the night before, you could have everything completely set up and ready to go when you wake up. Iâ€™ll share what my table included but you could certainly substitute things that will fit your own personal budget, time constraints and tastes. My menu consisted of fresh fruit, raspberry crumble muffins, mini quiche lorraines, mini cinnamon nut loafs (packaged for easy take-home favors), oatmeal bar with toppings: brown sugar, raisins, Craisins and spices, gingerbread cinnamon buns with sugared cranberries, pumpkin butter (doubled as a take-home favor) and cranberry scones. For presentation, I used wire baskets, sprigs of artificial red berries, tin cans, glass mason jars and a touch of festive fabric. I hope you have been inspired to bake... itâ€™s one of the easiest, most thoughtful activities you could do to make the season brighter! 8 Idea Guide TIPS TO KEEP IT : e l p Sim e m o H e k Ta FAVOR IDEAS: Brown coffee filters to cover jars of homemade pumpkin butter or wrap mini loaves of bread. Secure with festive fabric strips, ribbon or twine. 1 2 3 Fresh fruit - leave it whole for easy “grab & go” Pre-packaged bakery muffins Full quiche instead of minis or substitute a breakfast casserole 4 Prepare a couple of large sliced banana, pumpkin or cinnamon loaves (store-bought works also) 5 Packets of flavored oatmeal or a variety of cereal 6 7 Substitute bakery croissants in place of homemade scones Store-bought cinnamon rolls - Jessica Kirkland Pen n’ Paper Flowers Studio & Design www.penandpaperflowers.blogspot.com Idea Guide 9 s r e t l i F e e off DECK your HOME with C 10 Idea Guide - Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard www.thecreativeorchard.com TREE: • 1/4 pack brown coffee filters • 1/4 poster board • glue gun • glue sticks • scissors WREATH: • 1 pack brown coffee filters • 1 poster board • glue gun • glue sticks • scissors SNOWMAN: • 1 pack brown coffee filters • 3 paper lanterns • glue gun • glue sticks Idea Guide 11 r e t l i F e e f f o C DIY GARLAND 1 - Lauren Gillmore, Photographer/Designer LA Creative Studio www.lacreativestudio.com Instructions: 2 Supplies Needed: • scissors • string • large white & brown coffee filters 3 12 Idea Guide 1. Stack filters by opposite color.. about 13-15 filters total. 2. Fold over the stack of filters and make a small cut in the middle to run the string through. Tie a knot on the end of the string to start stacking the filters. 3. Pull the string through the stack of filters. 4. Make sure to clump them together after pulling the 15 filters on the string. 5. Repeat this about 7 times so you have seven clumps of filters. Crumple each clump to give it a more vintage feel, then hang it up! 4 5 A GREAT GIFT for the Hostess who has everything! One of the newest inventions for party styling created by Jessica Kirkland of Pen n’ Paper Flowers Studio & Design! The Pastry Pedestal (patent pending) is an innovative option for displaying your desserts in a creative way. Very simple to assemble by partially inserting the “rod” into the center hole of the circular “round”. Put a pastry on top and insert the bottom of the stick into a substantial base. Decorate with ribbon, tissue or paper circles. Instant gratification and endless possibilities for use over and over again! www.thepastrypedestal.com NOW Starter Kit Includes: • 12 Acrylic Rounds • 12 Acrylic Rods • 1 Storage Bag Available for Purchase! Idea Guide 13 - Renee Hagloch, Designer The Creative Orchard www.thecreativeorchard.com 14 Idea Guide Why can’t a “Chocolate Bar” be... Hot & Cold? Idea Guide 15 CHOCOLATE BAR TIP: When laying out your chocolate bar, don’t forget to provide all the “extras” like mini marshmallows, sprinkles, assortment of cookies and other chocolate desserts. The more the merrier! 16 Idea Guide - Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard www.thecreativeorchard.com RECIPE Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup milk Directions: Makes 6 jumbo or 12 standard size cupcakes Preheat oven to 350 degrees Line jumbo muffin pan with 6 cupcake liners. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla until fluffy. On low speed, beat in dry ingredients alternating with milk, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Fill prepared liners 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until center is set. Remove cupcakes from pan and let cool. Hot Chocolate â€œInspiredâ€? Cupcakes? - Jennifer Campbell Sweet Little Details Blog www.sweetlittledetails.wordpress.com Mmm... all the yummy taste and aroma of a cup of hot chocolate inside one bite of cupcake! Frosting/Toppings: 1/2 cup butter, softened 3 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder 3 tablespoons milk Beat butter on medium speed until creamy. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Add vanilla, cocoa and milk until smooth. Frost cupcakes then top with mini marshmallows and chocolate shavings. Idea Guide 17 Easy switch from Everyday Holiday to Glitter+Gold Celebration 18 Idea Guide - Kate Martin, Owner/Creative Director Beautiful Days www.beautifuldaysevents.com Photographer: GENEVEHOFFMAN Photography www.genevehoffmanphotography.com GET THE LOOK - DIY Glitter+Gold GLITTER VOTIVE: • Wrap the outside of a small glass votive with doublesided tape then sprinkle with gold glitter. GLITTER PINECONE: • Brush outer tips of pinecone with glue and sprinkle gold glitter. FAUX MERCURY GLASS: • Using a paint brush and gold metalic craft paint, flick paint by grazing your thumb across stiff brush bristles trying to achieve a speckled effect onto the glass votive. NATURE ELEMENTS: • Cut fresh flowers or succulents and place inside mini gold vases. • Use small pieces of birch wood as display pillars. PAPER GARLAND: • Cut gold metallic, foil and glitter scrapbook paper into 2 inch squares. Thread a string and poke through the middle of the paper. Tie a knot every once in a while to control paper squares from sliding. Idea Guide 19 Tis’ the Season for Glitter+Gold Kate Martin of Beautiful Days did a breathtaking job when she styled her home for the holidays! Kate’s attention to detail was impeccable yet simply understated. Tis’ the season for “Glitter + Gold” was certainly kept in her mind when it came to the decorations for this celebration! A beautiful blend of sparkling elegance and rustic charm were scattered throughout the main entertaining areas. The color palette was kept neutral with shades of beige, gold, white and warm natural wood tones. Elements of nature were incorporated like pine cones, fresh flowers and birch wood used as display pillars. A soft mood was set for guests with the use of glittery candles and a paper lantern for lighting. This is a perfect example of having a well thought out plan without making it look overdone, which is always a much more inviting approach to making guests feel welcome in your home! 20 Idea Guide - Kate Martin, Owner/Creative Director Beautiful Days www.beautifuldaysevents.com Photographer: Brea McDonald Photography www.breamcdonald.com wrap around vases pillow slip cover cover glass spheres slip over candles 22 Idea Guide Nothing but Knit-ted SWEATERS - Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard www.thecreativeorchard.com PDF Pattern by MADE www.dana-made-it.com PDF Pattern Includes: • 45 pages • Easy-to-follow detailed instructions • True-to-scale printable pattern • Beautiful colored photos • FIVE different stocking style options PURCHASE the PDF Pattern and get started! 1 2 3 4 5 The perfect project to work on as a family! Visit your local thrift shop and let each person pick out a sweater or raid your own closets for old ones. Then transform them into one-of-a-kind SEW EASY Sweater Stockings. Reduce, reuse, and recycle... even during the holidays! MOROCCAN 12 White Elephant Gift Exchange Get the Look... 1 3 10 4 2 9 t phraty n e l E Whitexchange pa 6 #2 Home Decorators www.homedecorators.com #8, #9 Pier 1 www.pier1.com 1 24 Idea Guide #1, #3, #7, #10, #11 World Market www.worldmarket.com #6 The Creative Orchard wwwthecreativeorchard.com , 201 ber 3 ecem . day, D to 10 p.m r u t a . S 7 p.m hant Drive lep 123 E a, IL 61606 or Peori 5-5555 55 com (309) ee at eorchard. iv P. Ren one R.S.V. @thecreat bring renee ds to Each Product SOURCES: #5 The White Company www.thewhitecompany.com gift e 5 11 t nee ass! gues t to p dâ€? gif â€œfoun 7 8 #4 Amazon www.amazon.com #12 Ten Thousand Villages www.tenthousandvillages.com Inspiration... Style Me Pretty www.stylemepretty.com Amy Atlas Events www.amyatlas.com Better Homes and Gardens www.bhg.com Better Homes and Gardens www.bhg.com DIY Projects... Cake Ink www.cakeinkevents.blogspot.com Color Scheme... We Heart This www.weheartthis.com - Inspiration board compiled by: Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard www.thecreativeorchard.com Oh Happy Day www.ohhappyday.com Ruffled www.ruffledblog.com A Coupleâ€™s First MODERN CHRISTMAS - Tori Hendrix & Myka Haddad Sitting in a Tree Event Styling + Coordination www.sittinginatreeevents.com Photos: Joielala Photography Models: Belli Belli Salon GET THE LOOK - DIY 5 Tips to help you achieve an adult friendly Merry Modern Christmas! TIP #1: FEATHERS 26 Idea Guide Wrap a white feather boa around a styrofoam wreath, then pin it in place. 1 2 TIP #2: GLASS With no children living under your roof, you have the freedom to use glass! And LOTS of it! If you stick with clear glass accessories, you can mix and match different shapes and styles and still achieve a cohesive look. Idea Guide 27 TIP #3: GOLD No plastic for this place setting! Gold adds a touch of glamour and sophistication when set on blue ceramic plates with gold accented rims. 3 28 Idea Guide 4 TIP #4: DEER Bring the outdoor lighted deer indoors for a change! TIP #5: WHITE 5 White is the best backdrop to flatter any pop of color like fuchsia! Idea Guide 29 s k c i P y t r a P y a d i Hol • Paper Straws • Treat Boxes • Twine and Ribbon • Round Balloons • Milk Bottles • Garlands • Ornaments & MUCH MORE! www.shopsweetlulu.com Bring the PAST to the PRESENT... make your party pretty with Vintage Style! upside down fish bowl s e b o l G w o n S EASY EDIBLE Instead of the traditional gingerbread house! - Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard www.thecreativeorchard.com What you need: • ribbon • cupcake liner • glass fish bowl • ceramic bowl • ceramic plate • tooth picks • gum drop candies • snowball cake • peppermint stick • holiday lollipop Idea Guide 31 Make a WISH Birthday! â€œThis birthday party would be a Wish Come True for any little girl! Paula of Frog Prince Paperie thought of every sweet detail possible and then executed them beautifully. From the soft dreamy color palette to the wish snow globes, nothing was left undone when it came to this magical theme! â€œ - Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard 32 Idea Guide As a kid, the birthday wish was the allimportant-part of the birthday celebration. Blowing out those candles meant there was a glimmer of hope that some small dream in your little heart would have a chance of coming true if made at that very moment. There is so much that is magic about birthdays when you are a child that seems to go away as we get older; celebrating and capturing some of that magic was my aim when we started planning Madeline’s 5th “Make a Wish” birthday party. Maddie was given three birthday wishes as part of the party. She wanted ball gowns for everyone and her best friend who lives 2.5 hours away to be there; the way things worked out, these wishes were granted to her before her party with a trip to the Bibbity Bobbity Boo Boutique at Disney. This was a great start to a week of birthday magic, with lots of sparkling pixie dust and a great time with an old friend! We didn’t want to keep the birthday wishes to ourselves, so we asked our blog readers what their birthday wishes as small children were. I took all those wishes and bottled them or hung them in stars – I think this ended up being my favorite party detail. I laughed and cried at the responses I received – wishes for rainbow princess unicorns, giant engagement rings from Justin Bieber, and abandoned Toys “R” Us trucks made me smile. Other wishes like those made for healthy parents, just to have any birthday party at all, and a wish to live in America were perspective adjusting. We so enjoyed having all those birthday wishes as part of our party! Idea Guide 33 DECOR I love party art! In the party rooms, we hung sewn circle garlands and streaming trails of little silver stars. Renee Adler, a Frog Prince Paperie designer, was nice enough to create the “Starlight, Star bright” poster I placed on a painted canvas to display. The triple sliding glass door that is a prominent feature in the party room had dandelion vinyl art applied to the length. Natalie at the Knock Knock Factory provided a colorful wreath in the “Wish” theme. I also used an Ikea chandelier and an old torch lamp to create a giant dandelion for decoration! It was very funny to watch the children blowing on the dandelion trying to make extra big wishes. Visit the Frog Prince Paperie blog for MORE details! 34 Idea Guide - Paula Biggs, Designer/Party Stylist Frog Prince Paperie www.frogprincepaperie.com Photographer: John McLaughlin www.colorandtexture.com Y I D DIY ACTIVITIES! Ribbon Wand Details: Cut multiple strands of thin ribbon at various lengths, then tie to the end of a wood dowel rod or hard plastic straw. Snow Globe Details: Glass mason jar with lid, turned upside down. Then hot glue a sparkly star wand inside. DIY Idea Guide 35 ! e l b a l i a v Now A CAKE POPS KIT by Bakerella This adorable kit makes whipping up cute mini treats as easy as cake! The booklet contains 10 cake pop designs including new projects and old favorites along with step-by-step instructions. Also included is a stand, treat bags, sticks, tags, and ribbon to make 48 pops! This kit is the perfect gift for bakers and crafters alike! Visit www.cakepop.com to find out where to purchase a CAKE POPS KIT! l l a b w o n S POPCORN BITES Ingredients: 3/4 cup light corn syrup 2 tablespoons margarine 2 teaspoons water 2 cups sugar 3/4 cup miniature marshmallows 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 quarts plain popped popcorn Directions: From the Kitchen of Sheila Force - Printables by Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard www.thecreativeorchard.com 1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the syrup, margarine, water, sugar and marshmallows. Heat and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Carefully pour the mixture over the popcorn, toss gently with a large spoon to evenly coat each kernel. 2. Lightly grease hands and quickly shape the popcorn into 2-inch mini popcorn balls before it cools. Cool completely on waxed paper. Store at room temperature. Idea Guide 37 Kids Candy Coated 38 Idea Guide CHRISTMAS PARTY CANDY COATED THEME: Are you ready for some inspiration for a kids Christmas party? If you’re like me, the kids will be out of school for the week leading up to Christmas and you’ll need something to entertain them, right? This may just inspire you – I hosted a small gathering for my kids and a couple of friends. We called it a “Candy Coated Christmas Party” because it was all about sweet decor, decorating their own “Christmas Trees” (ice cream cones) and cupcakes. PLACE SETTINGS/ACTIVITIES: Each child had a place setting with personalized aprons, “snowman” milk bottles and candy cane napkin rings with a decorated cookie on a stick. They had their own dish of icing to cover the cones and cupcakes and plenty of candy toppings to add on top. White cotton candy was the perfect “snow”, while powdered donut holes were the perfect “snow balls.” DIY CENTERPIECE: The centerpiece was a trio of trees I made by hot gluing candy to white foam cones. Adding ribbons to the top, and cotton candy for a snow-covered base finished it off perfectly. Candy bouquets were made by filling a vase with foam to securely hold candy canes, lollipops and cookies on a stick. Idea Guide 39 SNOWMAN Milk Bottles Supplies: 4 glass milk bottles 8 black adhesive sequins 1 piece of green felt 4 powdered donut holes 4 straws 1 tube of black icing 1/2 gallon milk scissors 40 Idea Guide 1 Instructions: Wash and dry each bottle, remove sticker labels. 2 Stick two adhesive sequins on the front in their button location. 3 Cut a long thin strip of felt for the scarf and make small slits at the ends to mimic fringe. Tie around the neck of the bottle. 4 Use a powdered donut hole for the head. Add eyes and a mouth using black icing. 5 Fill the bottle with milk. Poke a straw down the center of the donut, then place on top of the bottle. ACTIVITIES: After the kids decorated their food items, they played outside in the (barely there) snow. Hot chocolate was waiting to warm them up, with a snowman Peep on the side. This is the time they were able to write their letters to Santa using the adorable free printables from The Two Savvy Sisters. PARTY FAVORS: There were plenty of treats to take home in their ‘take-out’ boxes, as well as the personalized aprons. They all had a great time, and needless to say my kids didn’t have an appetite for dinner that night! - Chris Nease Celebrations at Home www.celebrationasathomeblog.com Stocking Stuffer Candy Skewer PINWHEELS! Supplies: mini pinwheel on a stick (Hobby Lobby) assortment of gummy candies long skinny plastic treat bag (Hobby Lobby) twist tie ribbon stocking Directions: - Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard www.thecreativeorchard.com Twist to temporarily remove the pinwheel topper. Carefully poke and slide an assortment of stacked gummy candies onto the pinwheel stick. Cover with a clear plastic teat bag and place the twist tie around the bottom of the bag to ensure the candy stays fresh. Then firmly poke and twist the pinwheel topper back into place directly through the bag. Tie ribbon to the bottom. Stuff candy skewer pinwheel inside stocking! Idea Guide 41 A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS Gift Ideas nail visit ea images to hops! of their s on thumb K C I L C ch Fabulous ds n i F y s t E 0 3 $ r e d n U - Compiled by: Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard www.thecreativeorchard.com CELEBRATE A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE THINGS with a Confetti Cocktail Party! Idea Guide 43 FAVORITE THINGS CELEBRATION “Let’s CELEBRATE your FAVORITE THINGS, FAVORITE FOODS and FAVORITE DRINKS with your FAVORITE PEOPLE!” How does it work? Each person brings 5 of their FAVORITE THING and it can’t cost more than $5. Now let’s do the math... 5 of the same item times $5 each equals a $25 total budget. Got it? Number of guests invited and amount of budget may vary according to the party host. You can choose one of anything you like such as your FAVORITE lotion, gift card to your FAVORITE store, FAVORITE kitchen utensil, box of your FAVORITE candy, FAVORITE magazine, etc. In addition to the gifts, you could also ask everyone to share their FAVORITE FOOD or DRINK. Once you have arrived at the party, write your name on five slips of paper and toss in a bowl. Pass the bowl around so that each guest can draw five different names (be sure not to pick your own). One at a time each person introduces their FAVORITE THING and then reads out loud the five names they picked from the bowl while giving their FAVORITE THING to those five guests. After everyone at the party has presented their FAVORITE THING, each individual should end up with 5 gifts. As a courtesy, the host should provide a gift box or bag for them to conveniently take their gifts home. The most interesting part of the party is seeing what other people have chosen to share as their FAVORITE THING! Who knows, maybe someone else’s FAVORITE THING may end up being your NEW FAVORITE THING? 44 Idea Guide - Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard www.thecreativeorchard.com TAKE A LOOK ive ideas t a e r c e s at all the hristmas c e h t l o r to cont rapping! w t f i g f o chaos Controlled Chaos Gift Wrap Organization 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 5 - Compiled by: Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard www.thecreativeorchard.com 46 Idea Guide SOURCES: #1, #2 Ballard Designs www.ballarddesigns.com #3 Martha Stewart www.marthastewart.com #4 Country Living www.countryliving.com #5 Home Made Simple www.homemadesimple.com #6, #7, #8 Better Homes and Gardens www.bhg.com VE S TI ON S EA TI LE CR IRA TAB SP IN IN PR & THANKS for viewing our Holiday Idea Guide Also thank you to ALL the participating contributors! All the Printables inside this guide that were seen in the Creative Orchard articles are NOW AVAILABLE online in the Creative Orchard Shop to purchase for a limited time. Become a fan on facebook to get a heads up on SPECIALS and NEW blog entries! Published by: Renee Hagloch the Creative Orchard For more creative inspiration visit www.thecreativeorchard.com