A Little Holiday Inspiration

We moved into our house 14 years ago this month, and two weeks later, before all of the boxes were unpacked, before we could figure out where everything should go, we hosted 24 people for Thanksgiving. I don’t remember how or why that happened—maybe I was so excited to finally have everyone in OUR house that I lost my mind and invited the whole damn fam—but I had less than two weeks to figure out how to actually cook Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, and buy a dining room table.

That first year was chaotic and crazy—I only pulled it off because my mom and dad came a day early and helped me get organized. But there was no ambiance. Zero. We had card tables shoved against the dining room table, mismatched dishes, a weird assortment of silverware, borrowed folding chairs and maybe one stubby candle in the middle of the main dining room table.

Over the years I’ve gotten more comfortable with planning and cooking dinner, which has given me more time to focus on the table. I now have fancy “company dishes” with gold-leaf detail, and I’ve inherited some lovely tablecloths from my mother-in-law. Last month my mom gave me her 144-piece collection of bronzeware that they bought in Germany when I was about 3 (I’m totally going to bring the snail fork back!).

So I started to look online for fun ideas for my table this year and found these adorable little gold pumpkins on Julep, a beautiful blog brought to you by the people at Minted.

Pumpkin1I’m a sucker for anything sparkly and shiny and these are gorgeous. I love that they offer DIY instructions, which are so simple, by the way, that even I can do this.

I’m also kind of in love with this Paper Pumpkin Centerpiece.

1_PaperPumpkinsJulep is full of other cool projects like wax paper votive holders, and illustrated portrait place cards, which I may try the next time I have a dinner party.

I love companies like Minted because they offer designers a chance to gain exposure and build their careers. They crowd-source design and art from a global community of independent designers, then sell their best designs as stationery, wall art, and décor, which if you think about it, is pretty awesome.

So I have Thanksgiving taken care of, but Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye. I KNOW. It feels like the time between Halloween and Christmas gets shorter every year. This year I plan to be organized enough to actually not only BUY Christmas card but to even SEND them out. (I just found last year’s cards. Unmailed. Sigh.) I’m excited about these cards I found on Minted:

MIN-IX3-HOC-001YHOLIDAY_A_PDI’m not a fan of photo cards for me because I hate my picture taken and Bill is sort of against putting the dogs on them, so these Garland Ornament cards are kind of perfect for us—they’re simple, sophisticated and are printed on their high-quality paper. You can customize them for Christmas or New Year, and they come with pre-cut linen ribbons so they can be hung on a tree or mantle. You can also add photos if you want.

Although, I wonder if I could talk Bill into these:


Minted always has cool things that make me happy. Check our their huge selection of Christmas cards, holiday wrapping paper, journals and address labels. And if you need inspiration, make sure you go to the Julep blog.

I’ll let you know how the pumpkins turn out!

**I was asked to write a post for Minted & Julep and received consideration from Minted for free products. All opinions are 100% my own.

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