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5 Faves :: Holiday Ideas Pinterest

With Christmas just a few days away, you may still be looking for a festive cookie recipe, clever craft for the kids or ideas for trimming the tree. As you may know, Pinterest is one of my favorite go to spots to get inspired and my HOLIDAY DECORATING IDEAS board is one of my most active these days. From clever ways to wrap gifts to adorable holiday crafts, I’ve been pinning some fabulous holiday ideas that are guaranteed to inspire all. Take a look at my five of my most recent faves:
pink holiday tabletop decor // coco + kelley #holiday #pinknon-traditional Christmas treeDIY gingerbread pinata // holiday crafthot chocolate toppings // holiday party ideasmouse box // Christmas gift wrapping idea

image sources: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Also, there is one more day to enter to win a $100 gift card to Target! Who couldn’t use an extra $100 for Christmas gifts?!

happy holidays,

cristin

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Read full story By on December 15, 2014 in 5 favorites, Christmas, craft, DIY, Entertaining, Features, Holiday, holiday decor, Parties, pinterest, tabletop

5 Favorites :: Holiday Dinnerware

disclosure: This post contains some affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using these links.

Thanksgiving table setting // dining room // Lonny

With the holidays just around the corner, your dining table will soon take center stage. Of course linens, glassware and the centerpiece are important items when setting the table, but dinnerware is paramount. Whether you are seeking a modern or traditional feel, there are tons of beautiful holiday dinnerware patterns to choose from. I’ve rounded up a few of my current faves in a variety of styles that would be great options for your holiday dinner party coming up.

favorite holiday dinnerware // simplified bee #tablescape #holiday2014 #thanksgiving

product links:

1. traditional // 2. modern // 3. transitional // 4. exotic // 5. timeless

* first image source Lonny

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Read full story By on November 6, 2014 in 5 favorites, Christmas, dining rooms, Entertaining, Features, Holiday, holiday decor, Parties, tabletop, Thanksgiving

Darling Pink Peonies Picnic Birthday Party

 

Pink peonies are favorite, so I had to share this adorable picnic birthday party of little Mila I spotted on Pinterest.

pink peony picnic birthday party

How cute are the little gold crowns on each chair, fringe streamers and diy pinata letters spelling out the birthday girl’s name?!

Letter Pinatas - Birthday Party Ideaspink peony, citrus and gold metallic table runner #party

Love the little biodegradable  birch wood plates from eco-gecko topped with kumquats. And check out those gorgeous pink peonies in full bloom.

pink doughnut birthday cake

Donuts instead of cake or cupcakes? Why not.

drink table #picnic #birthday #party

At the end of the table a pair of drink dispensers from Pottery Barn are placed for guests to serve themselves. So simple.

pink and gold birthday partypink peony picnic birthday party table

 

Adorable right? For more images and links associated with this party, visit 100 Layer Cakelet!

happy entertaining,

cristin

*images by Jenna Elliot via 100 Layer Cakelet

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Read full story By on August 28, 2014 in baby and children, birthday party, Birthdays, color, craft, Entertaining, flowers, Parties, pinterest, tabletop

Healthy Root Beer Float with Zevia

Recently the smart soda company, Zevia asked if I’d participate in a their “Flavors of Summer” campaign. I love Zevia, so it was a hands down yes. In fact, my family and I have been drinking Zevia sodas for years because they taste great and are sugar-free. What makes Zevia sweet you ask? The sweetness comes from the plant-based ingredient stevia – which makes it all natural and zero calories. Because there are no refined sugars or artificial sweeteners, Zevia is a healthier soda and a smart choice. 

summertime root beer float table - simplified bee

For the campaign, Zevia asked me and a few other bloggers to create a summertime drink using one of their 15 yummy flavors. I polled my kids and they selected Zevia’s Ginger Root Beer. It’s what we use to create healthy root beer floats – the kids LOVE them. It also inspired me to created an intimate summertime root beer float party for kids.

healthy root beer float - simplified bee

Using a dairy free, coconut ice cream, I added two scoops to a chilled Zevia Ginger Root Beer, popped in a straw and a spoon – that’s it. So simple. It wouldn’t be the “Simplified Bee” if it was a complicated drink ;)

Zevia sugar-free root beer floats - simplified beesugar-free root beer floats - simplified bee

This healthy root beer is a great choice for kids with food allergies or sensitivities because with Zevia and coconut ice cream they can be made sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten free. It would be fun served at a summertime kids’ birthday party because always nice to have a dessert that the whole party can enjoy!

Check out all the other fun drink creations from other bloggers, vote for your favorite on  Zevia’s site or Facebook page!

root beer float table idea - simplified beesummer root beer floats table - simplified bee

For the decor, I selected a festive southwestern inspired table runner. The beautiful pattern and muted color palette inspired me to create the box and tray. I’ll be covering how I did it in a follow-up post.

earth-friendly party cutlery by susty party - simplified bee

And how cute are the compostable wood cutlery with grey stars? Susty Party supplied them and the other party supplies (including the plate below) that are all non toxic, renewable and compostable. Love that!!!

Zevia root beer float party - simplified beeZevia Flavors of Summer Pinterest Contest - Win $500

I’ve pinned all of my party images on this Pinterest board. Zevia would like see your own party details and what flavor inspires you the most too! Enter the Zevia Flavors of Summer Pinterest Contest and you may win a $500 grocery gift card.

Can’t wait to see your which flavor of Zevia you choose!

Cristin

*this post was in collaboration with Zevia and Susty Party, but as always my opinions are my own

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Read full story By on May 7, 2014 in Entertaining, Features, Holiday, Parties