Merry Christmas

Sending holiday love and cheer to my Simply Sarah Style readers!

- From Me & Mr. P

14 Last Minute Tips for Holiday Entertaining

I love to entertain, but believe you don't have to spend a fortune to wow your guests. Here are 14 super, savvy ideas to help with your holiday entertaining.
  1. Use a roll of festive holiday wrapping paper as a table runner on your dining room table or kitchen island. This small investment ($1-$6) can bring great impact to your tablescape. The best part… You won't feel bad about throwing it away when you're finished!
  2. Search Pinterest for free Christmas printables. Print on white card stock and frame for instant (and free) art! Consider placing your new piece on the mantle or foyer table.
  3. Shop your house for decor. Think of ways you can remix the things you already own. Move a vase from one room to another. Switch up the throw pillows. Move a plant for the window sill to the middle of your holiday table. You get the point. Try to use things you already have while creating a one-of-a-kind holiday look. 
  4. Step outside for fresh decor. Bring the outdoors in by snipping branches or leaves and collecting acorns and pinecones. Place them in a vase or bowl to bring a natural, wintery element to any space.
  5. Add glitz to your dining table. Flip a wine glass upside down and place a round globe ornament on top for a modern take on Christmas. Line glasses of different height down the middle of your table.
  6. Use seasonal candy as decoration. Candy canes or round peppermints look great in a bowl or apothecary jar. Plus, they double as breath fresheners for party guests. Extra hint: Shop the dollar store first.
  7. Spice up everyday dinnerware with holiday napkins. My favorite sources for fabulous napkins are Target, TJ Maxx, Marshall's and Home Goods.
  8. Consider spreading out your presents. Think beyond the base of the tree. Add some to a basket in your entry way. Stack some by the fireplace. Utilize them as elements of decor until the moment of exchange.
  9. Use bells as place card holders. Super cheap, super festive and they're slits are super functional. 
  10. Turn bottles into reindeer. Whether it's beer, root beer, whiskey or water, you might as well make it festive. Grab a glue gun and add a pom pom nose, goggly eyes and pipe cleaner antlers. Boom! You have the cutest little gifts or most adorable beverages.
  11. Drop a colored straw into everyone's glass for an instant splash of color. These days you can find these paper drinking straws anywhere - Target, Hobby Lobby, Etsy, etc. They come in stripes, polka dots and even birch tree patterns.
  12. Spray paint pinecones metallic gold and silver. Use them as place card holders, photo stands or plate decorations. 
  13. Search Pinterest for free place cards. Print the design on card stock and use the cards to label seating arrangements or buffet dishes. 
  14. Still missing items, but not wanting to spend a ton of money? Check your local thrift store for the pieces your are lacking. Helpful hint: On Saturdays, most Goodwills offer 50% off all home goods. 
What's your go-to holiday entertaining trick? I would love to hear from you below!

High School Holiday Dance Styling

With snow officially on the ground and Christmas a few weeks away, it's time for holiday dances! Here are a couple of concepts I put together for a client's daughter who will be attending the high school winter formal. Her daughter loves the one-shoulder look. She also informed me that most people wear short dresses to high school formals these days (which is news to me).

She wanted to spend under $100 on the dress. With that being said, let's proceed to the sample concepts!

Fierce Fuchsia 

Dress ($34.99) | Earrings | Belt | Clutch

Midnight Sparkle

Dress ($57.28) | Earrings | Bracelet | Clutch

Disco Queen

Dress ($75) | Earrings | Ring | Heels

Dazzling Peacock

Drees ($50) | Earrings | Bracelet | Clutch

Which concept is your favorite? To see all the dress I pulled for research, visit my Snowball Pinterest board.

Holiday Gifts Under $25: For Him, Her & the Hostess

If you haven't started your holiday shopping, I have three great resources for you. All gifts are under $25. You can't beat that! Plus, you still have plenty of time to order online.

For Her

1 - Stella & Dot Nancy Dot Stud Earrings

2 - How to Dress for Success

3 - Fabulous Fur Ice Scraper

4 - Chella Highlighter Pencil 

5 - Multi-strand Necklace

6 - Sole Society Fox Scarf

The Chella Highlighter Pencil is oh so fabulous!  

For Him

1 - Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas

2 - Plaid Scarf

3 - Jack Black Body Bar

4 - Lexington Bourbon

5 - Puffer Vest

I'm secretly wishing for the Duck the Halls CD too.

For the Hostess

Happy shopping, my friends!
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