DIY: Quick, Easy and ADORABLE Centerpiece (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I’ve been collecting milk glass bud vases for years. Let’s face it, every flower looks good in a white vase! Many years ago, I had to do a dinner party on the fly and needed a centerpiece and this magic happened. I’ve been using it ever since. So fast, simple and chic! Step one, remove flowers. Step two, replace flowers with ball ornaments! Boom!

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photo by Chia Chong for Domino Magazine

 

Pig Party (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I hope you put on your most festive look and some bluegrass music and party till the pigs come home this holiday season!

Learn how to make these Party Pig Ornaments HERE!

Bermudan Eggnog

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong

I’ve been making this rum laced egg nog for years. One particular holiday party, I rented an old-fashioned bubble drink machine and filled it with the eggnog so my guests could help themselves! I thought it would be so fun and look cool bubbling away on the table…BIG mistake…BIG. You see, the cream just kept frothing and frothing until it eventually became an eggnog volcano spewing all over the dining room floor. As I remember this was well into the party and no one cared one way or the other!

So this year, forget the whiskey and opt for this thick rich eggnog that’s quick to make and laced with the most wonderful dark Bermudan rum…just don’t put it in a bubble drink machine. 

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Bermudan Eggnog
serves 6

What you need:

What to do: 
In a large bowl, or bowl of a standing mixer, beat the egg yolks until just starting to lighten in color. Gradually add 1/3 cup sugar and beat until thick and light and the sugar has completely dissolved. Whisk in the milk, cream, rum, vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg.

In a separate large bowl, whip the egg whites until have reached a soft peak. Add sugar and beat until stiff peaks form.

Fold egg whites into egg yolk mixture. Place in refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes, stir again and serve with grated nutmeg for garnish.

 

6 Unique Handmade Holiday Garlands

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest 

It’s easy really. If a Christmas tree was a party dress, it would need a necklace. 
Garland = Necklace! 

One: Candy Wrapper Garland
Candy wrappers around packing peanuts make for a colorful candy Christmas with no tooth aches!
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Find the DIY here!

Two: White Butcher Paper Garland
White paper strips threaded onto string. Think Elizabethan collar on the cheap. Perfect for a pig inspired tree or any tree!
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Three: Felt Ball Garland
The only thing that would make this garland better is if it were gum balls instead of felt balls. So much happy in one place and not limited to the holidays. This felt ball garland would be perfect to adorn any party place!
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More here!

Four: Paint-Dipped Orange Feather Garland
When you have a self proclaimed “champion” bird dog in the house, you accumulate a lot of feathers and a lot of attitude. This year she got her own tree AND the most beautiful flame orange dipped feather garland. 
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Five: Gingham Garland
I’ve covered Easter basket handles with this garland and used it to decorate an entire room for a certain celebrity party, but nothing looks as beautiful as it does on this Christmas tree.
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Make your own here!

Six: Red and White Pom Pom Garland
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More on that here!

What types of garland are you making this holiday season?
Check out my custom sprinkles for the perfectly fun and delicious holiday gift! Place your order HERE.

DIY: Candy Wrapper Garland

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I love this candy garland!! I’ve used yards of it to decorate a candy bar at the most outrageous birthday party and now to decorate my colorful Christmas tree! Here’s how you do it.

Candy Wrapper Garland
(about 15 candy pieces per foot of garland)
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Ingredients: 
4-inch Multicolored candy foils in a variety of colors (each peanut takes one foil to wrap, about 15 peanuts per foot)
Recycled packing peanuts (I used the white biodegradable kind that seem to multiply in my studio)
Embroidery floss (I used grey)
1 large needle

What to do: 
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Step 01: Lay candy foil out flat, place packing peanut towards the bottom in the middle.

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Step 02: From bottom to top, begin to roll the packing peanut up

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Step 03: Once rolled, twist both ends like a candy.
Pro Tip: Twist carefully so you don’t rip the foil.

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Step 04: Thread the floss through the middle of each peanut carefully to form a garland. I kept my series of colors consistent, but feel free to mix it up. About 15 pieces of “candy” per foot of garland.

Watch the video to get a sneak peek at one of my Christmas trees this year!