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party timeline

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For lots of us, this week and next are going to be jam packed with festivities.  It can be pretty easy to get overwhelmed with the long list of to-do’s leading up to any fetê.

Today, I want to take the time to not only share MY personal party prep strategy, but also to hear from you all and have you share the ways you gracefully plan for the seasons soirées. 

Eeek!  Christmas is in a week! I have a few more lovely gift ideas for you that will be sure to impress if you're still

printed balsa wood gift tags

If you loved the printable gift wrap from last week, then you’re also going to love these adorable transfer print balsa gift tags.  Remember the Thanksgiving centerpiece?  Well, I had a fair amount of balsa wood on hand from that project (it was a temporary centerpiece), so I thought about the best way to use the balsa wood again for Christmas.  These tags are the perfect use… since one piece of balsa makes sixteen (!!) tags.  That’s about $0.14 each.  Nice, right? Especially in a world where a pack of 8 tags can cost you $10.

They’re easy as every too… Just a pair of scissors and a home printer is all you need.

buffalo check christmas stocking

Ok. So, this isn’t a DIY, but just a little makeover trick that I’ve employed in the past to save some cash and wanted to share with you today.  I’ve talked at length about how and why I use a theme each Christmas, but part of the challenge for me is to do everything I can to use what I have before buying anything new. This year, I used our existing stockings and put a little B&W spin on them with the ol’ cuff trick.  What’s the ol’ cuff trick, you ask?  Well, I’m about to show you.


For whatever reason, my entryway is the place in my house where I always feel the most holiday spirit.  You’d think it would be the tree, but no, in fact it’s walking down the wood steps with the garland lit up and the chandelier dimmed that really brings it all home for me.  It’s the same way every year too.

This year with my black and white Christmas theme, I wanted that special festive feeling I get from my entryway to be no different. Since my walls are blue, I really had to keep the rest of the ‘colors’ to an absolutely minimum so that the black and whiteness of my decorations could really stand out.  Since I obviously had to add in green, any other color (even just a drop of red) would have thrown this whole thing for a loop and made it feel like a circus.  Well… a circus to a colorphobe like me, anyway.  So I worked hard to keep it really tight. 

Well, friends, we're inching closer and closer to the big day!  Are you enjoying the season?  Feeling festive? I've been trying hard to not get



Hi! I’m Erin of Earnest Home co. It’s here that we share up-and-coming' products, tutorials, and gatherings which promote authentic, resourceful, and creative living. We are the new traditional.

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