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When I heard that a rustic-meets-elegant table setting was part of the plan for our holiday party, the first project that popped into my mind was DIY mercury glass votives. I love the timeworn look of the mirrored finish and have been wanting to try out a little trick I know for recreating it with just 2 materials: looking glass spray paint and a spray bottle filled with water. Yep, that’s it, this project is as simple as that – just 2 materials and 2 steps you repeat a few times till you’re happy with the mirrored finish.

But the finished votives don’t look super simple — their subtle mercury glass interiors lend an elegant sparkle to our holiday table:Easy to Make Mercury Glass Votives

Ready to make your own? Get crafting with all my tips and complete step-by-step instructions>>

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Centerpieces are one of my most-requested crafts, and with good reason: they make the biggest impact on your party table, and the wrong choice can seriously impact your good time. After all, there is nothing worse than having a spirited conversation interrupted by a towering flower arrangement, am I right? To add insult to injury, cut flower centerpieces are often expensive and only last for a few days.

With this in mind, I set out to create a lovely, low, and inexpensive centerpiece for our holiday party. I started with a moodboard knowing that I wanted to include velvety dried celosia cockscomb, feathery small ferns for texture, and copper for glamour and warmth. Then it struck me–what better container for a long, low, dramatic centerpiece than a length of gutter? Check out the results in the video below:

The best thing about this centerpiece is that with the proper care it will last from Thanksgiving straight through to Christmas. Here is a total rundown of the materials I used:

  1. aluminum gutter, cut to size with tin snips (be sure to wear work gloves)
  2. gutter end caps
  3. copper metallic spray paint
  4. assorted small succulents
  5. Xerographica air plant
  6. dried celosia cockscomb
  7. flowering kale
  8. lemon button ferns
  9. rabbit foot fern
  10. assorted dried mosses

Be sure to watch this space (as well as our friends at Made + Remade!) this week as we reveal the rest of our holiday table setting ideas. And join me next week for another entertaining Weekday Crafternoon video!

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Have you enjoyed our holiday party posts so far? We have so much more to share with you! Last week, we talked all about the fireplace design in the rustic party space at Knoxville’s gorgeous Botanical Garden. This week, we’ll share our DIY project ideas for creating a perfect holiday table. Today, read on to find our top 8 tips to help you plan and create a table setting that sets a festive mood — without making you pull your hair out. But first, here’s a peek at the finished design:

Holiday Table Setting Ideas From HGTV and DIY Network

Let decorations do double (or triple!) duty. When we started planning a holiday celebration for the Design Happens and Made + Remade crews, we shied away from traditional colors. Why? Apart from the fact that we just wanted something a little bit different for our table design, using a plum and turquoise palette with lots of metallics makes these decorations feel perfectly appropriate from Thanksgiving all the way through New Year’s Eve. One set of DIY projects for the whole season? Yes, please!

Holiday Table Setting Ideas From HGTV and DIY Network

Low centerpieces keep the conversation flowing. We chose a short-in-stature, tall-on-style centerpiece (how-to video coming to tomorrow’s Weekday Crafternoon!) made from a length of gutter and winter florals, plus a hanging branch centerpiece strung with dried cockscomb. That left eye level open, making it easier for guests to chat and enjoy the party.

More Holiday Table Setting Tips

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Update: Congratulations to Susan, from Georgia, on her Pottery Barn win!

How are you enjoying our Home for the Holidays series so far? This week, our main theme was how to decorate your fireplace and mantel. The projects that the Design Happens and Made + Remade teams put together for this holiday blog franchise are just stunning — and easy! for those of you who think you can’t make anything (you really can!).

We hope these ideas are inspiring you. Stick with us in the coming weeks, we have tons more exciting and beautiful ideas to share.

Home for the Holidays

Thank you to Knoxville’s Botanical Garden and Arboretum for letting us use your facilities.

What have we, along with our friends at DIYNetwork’s Made + Remade shown you so far? Well, let’s recap:

Our Inspirational Moodboard
Create a Festive and Glowing Fireplace (Without the Fire!)
Fireplace Moodboard
Make Your Own Funky Stockings
Bar Moodboard
Dress Up Your Holiday Party Invitations
Dining Table Moodboard
Food and Dessert Table Moodboard
Weekday Crafternoon: DIY Wood-Burned Cheese Board
DIY Felt Ombre Trees
How to Style Your Bookshelves
How to Make Leather-Wrapped Books

Now to our giveaway! Cozy up by your fire this holiday season with a couple of ivory ski-lodge worthy pillows from our friends at Pottery Barn. Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win. This giveaway’s question: Are you hosting a holiday party this year? Tell us what plans you’ve made.

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 9:00 a.m. ET on November 15, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on November 18, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of the prize: $200.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932
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When it comes to holiday decorating, true design junkies leave no space untouched, and that includes the bookshelves. For our fabulous holiday party, we knew we couldn’t make any permanent changes to the shoot location, but with the help of University of Cincinnati design student Jill Roebel, we came up with a gorgeous temporary solution that transformed the bookshelves without permanently affecting the structure.

Holiday Bookshelf Paper Backing

We loved the bookshelves’ rustic combination of stone and wood, but we wanted to lighten the space to better showcase our display as well as coordinate with our overall theme. Instead of applying paint or wallpaper directly to the back of the shelves, Jill got crafty with some foam board and stylish wrapping paper.

“Wrapping foam board in paper prevents you from having to cut the paper perfectly straight to get a clean line in the back of your shelves,” explains Jill. “You can chop away at your wrapping paper, and all those zigzag lines will be perfectly hidden on the back of the board.”

Another great benefit of wrapping foam board rather than adding wallpaper to the back of your shelves is the ease at which you can mix up your design. Just measure the opening of the shelves and cut your foam board to size. Using tape, wrap the paper around the board just like you would for a gift. Re-wrap for different times of the year, and you still only have to measure once. And according to Jill, “If you can wrap a gift you can do this project!”

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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So, as you’ve probably heard by now, we’re throwing a holiday party — and not just any holiday party — a crafty holiday party where we’ll make the decorations, drinks and nibbles then show you guys how we pulled it off.

Our event space has a massive stone fireplace flanked by shelves so I decided to finally tackle a project I’d been planning for a while and cover a few of my coffee table books in leather. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m *all* about antiques and naturally wanted my leather books to look like they’d been around for a few decades so I originally planned on covering them in leather from an old bomber jacket. After unsuccessfully scouring thrift stores for the perfect piece of vintage leather, I decided to just purchase new leather then age it myself using the same tricks I use for distressing furniture.

And, voila, they turned out great — and the process was actually easier than I thought it would be. So easy, in fact, that I may have to make a few of these expensive-looking antique tomes to hand out as handmade holiday gifts: Leather-Wrapped Books

Want to make your own antique look-alike leather books to add a timeworn touch to your home or as a cool handmade gift? Get crafting with all my tips and complete step-by-step instructions>>


We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s
Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Are you looking for an easy way to update your home for the holidays? Try re-styling your bookshelves for a fresh look with a festive feel. For the Design Happens/Made + Remade holiday party, we went all out with bright metallics, rustic accents and a touch of glamour. University of Cincinnati design student Jill Roebel was in her element as she styled each and every shelf to make it holiday ready. And lucky for us, she’s shared her top pieces of advice!

Holiday Bookshelves

5 Tips for Styling Holiday Bookshelves

Evaluate the visual weight, color and size of every object you plan to use. If it looks like one shelf is pulling all the weight, rearrange for a more balanced look, varying the size and textures to add visual interest. Keep in mind visual weight does not directly correspond with actual weight. For example, a small object in a bright color or metallic sheen can hold a lot of visual weight, as it has a tendency to draw the eye more than a larger, less interesting object would.

Don’t stick to traditional rules. Collections of objects don’t have to be centered on the shelf. Push them to one side or the other, and lean a few books on the other side for balance.

Rethink the way you shelve books. A fresh new way to display books is to stack them horizontally and place an interesting object on top. Try this for one or more of your shelves.

Holiday Books Stacked

Ornaments aren’t just for the tree! Add a few shiny bulbs to give your shelves some sparkle. And since metallics are inherently festive, work them throughout your shelves for a splash of holiday glitz.

Don’t forget holiday greenery. Add a few pieces of greenery or holly around objects to instantly give them a holiday makeover.

Holiday Greenery

That’s all it takes, folks. So, turn up the Christmas music, and let the decorating begin! For even more tips for throwing the perfect holiday party, keep up with all of our party posts here.

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Here at Design Happens, we know how frustrating it can be to see a beautiful home (or in this case a phenomenal party space) and not have any idea how to replicate the design. That’s why we wanted to make sure the food, drinks and decor for our joint holiday party with DIY Network’s Made + Remade were not only gorgeous but also doable. Take these adorable ombre felt trees, for example. Despite the fact that they fit right in with fancier, store-bought decorations, they found their humble beginnings as a DIY project on a holiday episode of Weekday Crafternoon.

Ombre Felt Trees

Mercury Glass Trees courtesy of Pottery Barn

Interested in making your own ombre felt trees this holiday season? Just follow Marianne’s step-by-step instructions. And don’t forget to check back all month long for more tips and ideas to help you throw your own spectacular holiday party!

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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I love a party, so when I heard about the Design Happens/Made + Remade holiday party, I jumped at the chance to contribute. And I must say, the projects I made for this party are among some of the favorite things I’ve ever made, ever. To kick things off, my sights were set on the food table. I dusted off a wood burning tool and made this rustic modern cheese board — I don’t think I’ve used one of these tools since summer camp!

This cheese board is a simple afternoon project that you will use for Thanksgiving straight through to New Years Eve, and did I mention it also makes a lovely hostess gift?

Wood-Burned Cheese Board

Stick around, in the coming weeks I’ll show you how to top that board with the perfect cheeses, as well as gift wrap, entertaining, and holiday decorating ideas. It’s gonna be fun, y’all.

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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By now you might have heard that the Design Happens crew has teamed up with DIY Network’s Made + Remade to host a handmade holiday party. You’re invited to follow along as we design the invitations, put together our moodboards, plan the menu and make the decorations. And of course, we’ll show you how to create it all in your home.

We’ve already shared our plans for the fireplace and mantel, bar area and main dining table. Now, back to that menu. The party space has a rustic vibe, so we chose casual recipes and in-season produce to match.

Holiday Food Table Ideas

We’ll start with a rustic tree backdrop (1) , then line the table with a wood-burned cheese board (2) , homemade lavash (3) and custom winter relishes (7). A DIY tablecloth made of metallic marbled fabric (4) is the base of the table. We’ll also serve sweet potato soup shooters (5) and a variety of savory galettes (6).

Holiday Dessert Table Ideas
For the dessert table, we went for a mix of refined and rustic. Here’s the plan:

Getting hungry yet? We’ll share the recipes and DIYs for the food and dessert table throughout the month.

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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You’ve probably noticed that we’re starting the holidays a little early this year. That’s because we’re throwing a party with our friends over at DIY’s Made + Remade, and we want to bring all of you along with us! This week, we’re sharing the moodboards that helped us plan the festive look and feel. Now that you’ve seen our fireplace and mantel plans and bar area overview, take a look at our plan for the main event: The holiday table.

If you’re hosting a sit-down dinner like we are, it’s important to add festive touches while still allowing guests plenty of room for food, drink and conversation.

Here’s a detailed look at our table plans:

We’ll also bring plenty of sparkle through metallic accents, handmade mercury-glass votives and more. And, of course, we’ll show you how we made all of the elements for the table in the coming weeks.

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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By now, you’ve seen the inspiration for our overall holiday party, the eye-catching fireplace, plus the food and dessert tables. Instead of putting the food and drinks together, we wanted the signature cocktail and champagne to have a space all to themselves. I mean, sparkling swizzle sticks and trays of skewered cranberries and rock candy garnishes deserve to be showcased, amiright?

We also wanted to make sure holiday entertaining is seamless for you this year, so we paired quick and easy cocktails with beautiful handmade decor you can prepare in only hours. Take a look at our vision for the bar setup for our holiday party. Who’s ready to pop open a bottle of champagne?

Home for the Holidays Bar Inspiration

1. Bunches of sleigh bells tied to natural rope as the bar’s backdrop
2. Sketches of evergreen garland (above the bar) by Hannah B. Slaughter
3. Gold cocktail shaker for the signature cocktail
4. A mobile bar cart with a vintage feel
5. Picture-frame ornaments hung from an evergreen garland
6. A metallic console table to accompany the bar cart
7. + 8.  Fun champagne garnishes like rosemary, pomegranate and rock candy
9. Sparkly swizzle sticks for the signature cocktail

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!

Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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So, what do you think of our holiday party hues? Plum, deep turquoise, cream and copper pair well together and helped inspire a slew of ideas to plan each area of our holiday party. Starting today, we’re going to share a collection of mood boards, from the fireplace to the food tables, that went from Pinterest pins and sketches to a festive reality.

The fireplace, mantel and built-in bookshelves in our shoot location were covered in a gorgeous natural stone, so we wanted to showcase that rusticity with organic materials and warm metallic hues. A cozy sitting area with pillows and throws would allow partygoers to mingle yet relax while sipping cocktails and snacking on hors d’oeuvres.

Take a look at the ideas that inspired our eye-catching fireplace design (coming soon!).

Home for the Holidays Fireplace Inspiration

1. Tea lights and pillar candles to brighten up a non-burning fireplace
2. String lights wrapped around logs for a festive feel
3. Paint-dipped pinecones placed throughout an evergreen garland on the mantel
4. Gifts wrapped in kraft paper and decorated in metallics
5. Handmade fringe trees on the mantel
6. Lots and lots of copper
7. Layers of throws and pillows on chairs by the fireplace
8. Layered area rugs in a bold pattern
9. Sitting area with champagne + cranberries nearby
10. A vintage-inspired light-up star as the mantel’s centerpiece (coming soon to Weekday Crafternoon!)

Check out the mood board that inspired our entire holiday party >>

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited! Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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Home for the Holidays - Holiday Party Planning SeriesHere at HGTV headquarters, we start to plan our winter holiday projects pretty much as soon as we get back from the previous year’s celebrations. Yes, really. As we go through the process, though, certain projects are a little closer to our hearts than others. You know what I’m talking about: That wreath or cake or centerpiece or vase that you *keep* repinning on Pinterest, peeking at in a months-old magazine, gawking at in your favorite retailer, or sketching out on a notepad while at a stoplight (okay, that could just be me.)

This season, we decided to team up with our friends over at DIY Network’s Made + Remade blog to bring those dream projects to life at a real holiday soiree. You’re invited to follow along with our party-planning process all month long, from the color inspiration to the moodboards to the DIY projects to the setup to the final celebration. Along the way, we’ll share tips and step-by-step photos to help you host your own shindig. Here’s a sneak peek of the party as it all came together:

Holiday Party Ideas From HGTV and DIY

Read on to see the colorful moodboard that kicked off our planning process. Later this week, come back to see our moodboards for the four separate areas of the party space.

HGTV and DIY Holiday Party

From the plum, deep turquoise, copper and cream palette, we drew the inspiration for the rest of the party. I can’t wait to show you the rest of our planning process!

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