Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party

We are teaming up with wedding and event pros to inspire you this holiday season! Last week we had a guest post by Queen’s Sweets dishing up all things sweets, including the trendy dessert bar!

Sweet Desserts Inspiration

You can find sweet dessert inspiration, including one of my favorite party planners, Amy Atlas, here.

Today we are sharing Santa Claus is Coming to Town Party just in time for the first day of Christmas!

Santa is Coming to Town Party!

Once you start a family of your own you realize how precious life moments can be. Holidays and birthday are no longer for you but for you kids. Christmas is no exception!

This is the first year were are home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, which allows us to start new traditions with our family!

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This year we made chocolate pecan banana bread to welcome Holly, the family Elf on the Shelf, at our Santa’s Claus is Coming to Town Party!

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My girls, especially the older one, is loving cooking, baking, decorating, and the excitement of Santa and Christmas! It was a joy to make the banana bread together, talk about baby Jesus and Santa.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Seeing their expressions and hearing them say “Santa” is coming soon was priceless!

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We even picked out some of our party décor together from Hobby Lobby, including the new blue and red plates with “Let it Snow” and Santa saying “Merry Christmas”!

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We read The Elf on The Shelf: A Christmas Tradition at least three times during our party!

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We set up the Advent Calendar to count down the days until Santa’s arrival! 25 days and counting!

Santa is Coming to Town PartyThe girls are even more excited for Christmas Day, especially since we will finally be in our home for the first time! Make Christmas morning just as magical by decorating the kitchen table for breakfast!

For more holiday inspiration make sure you check out our other posts in this series, Décor and Tradition and Christmas Decorating on a Budget.

Come back tomorrow as we share more Christmas décor inspiration and tablescape inspiration for this holiday season!

Vendor Credits

Design & Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Christmas plates, wood sign, tulle, Santa, elf, bells, chevron Christmas tree stand – Hobby Lobby

Red and white chevron table runner & napkins – Target (last year)

Red paper balls – Party City

Vintage Santa Advent Calender – Home Goods

Elf on the Shelf and book – Buy Buy Baby

Christmas Stockings – Pottery Barn Kids

Hope marque light – Target

Merry Christmas garland – Hobby Lobby

Burlap wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Box wood wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions and Trader Joe’s

White lanterns – Ikea

Matching PJ’s – Smoked Auctions

Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Décor and Tradition

Christmas Decor and Traditions

I’m teaming up with wedding and event professionals to give you inspiration for the holidays this year! Last week we shared share Sweet Desserts Inspiration by Queen’s Sweets.

Holiday Dessert Bar

For more Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and Holiday dessert and dessert table inspiration check out the post here.

Holiday Dessert Bar

Today, I’m sharing a Christmas tradition that we started with our family that adds a little décor to the bedrooms of your home.

Christmas Decor & Tradition

Those of us that have kids have learned that sometimes decorating the Christmas tree with kids doesn’t turn out the way we want it. Why not let your kids decorate their own tree and display it in their bedrooms.

Christmas Decor and TraditionsThis is our second year not traveling for Thanksgiving and making a special night during that week to decorate the kid’s Christmas trees. You can find inexpensive varieties at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or Target.

Christmas Decor and Traditions

My girls have a blast and look forward to decorating their own tree every year! Plus, it brings a beautiful and festive feel to their bedrooms, spreading the Christmas spirit throughout the house!

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I hope this inspires you to start traditions with your family! For more Christmas décor inspiration check out this post here.

Christmas Decor and Taditions

Come back next week for more décor inspiration for the holiday season from the wedding and event pros!

 

 

 

Inspiration for the Holiday Season: Sweet Desserts

Events and Beyond Thanksgiving Dessert Table

Today marks the first post in a series on Inspiration for the Holiday Season! What better way to share Sweet Desserts Inspiration than going straight to the professionals at Queen’s Sweets.

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My guest post today is by Makeda Dempsey, founder and owner of Queen’s Sweets. I had the pleasure of meeting Makeda in 2013 and have worked with her on several events. Queen’s Sweet’s is best recognized for their premium mouthwatering miniature desserts showcased at weddings and events since 2010.

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Today, Queen’s Sweets is going to share Sweet Desserts inspiration for the holiday season, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve parties. Come get inspired as we talk shop on all things desserts and sweets!___________________________________________________________________

Holiday Desserts and Sweets Table

This is the best time of year to get people together for food, drinks and good laughs. One of the growing trends for parties and events during the holidays is the dessert table or bar.

Holiday Dessert Bar

The dessert table or bar consist of a variety of different desserts that all your guest will love! The size of the holiday party, event, or dinner will determine how many different deserts you will serve. Some of the most popular sweets and desserts this season include: cupcakes, cake pops, dessert shooters, mini pound cakes, mini cakes, and mini pies.

Holiday Dessert Bar

Bite size desserts are becoming the new norm, which allows your guests to sample the tasty treats without feeling too guilty. You’re guests will rave about how delicious and festive those mini pumpkin or apple pies looked and tasted! Try this mini pumpkin pie recipe by Home is Where the Boat Is.

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Christmas Parties and Gifts

Christmas time still holds traditional elements such as the tree trimming, shopping, A Christmas Story (movie), and gift baskets, just to name a few. Some of the more trending Christmas gifts are edible desserts such as cookies, cake pops, cocoa on a stick, and homemade hot cocoa kit.

Order these specialty cookies from Queen’s Sweets just in time for Christmas or hostess gifts!

Christmas Cookies by Queen's Sweets

Cookies by Queen’s Sweets

Get the tutorial on this Hot Cocoa Gift by Luna {all things good}. This make a great activity to do with your kids this holiday season and great gifts that the entire family can enjoy!

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Here’s a Christmas dessert bar that is inspiring us by Amy Atlas, Sweet Designs.

Christmas Dessert Bar via Amy Atlas

New Year’s Eve Parties

New Year’s Eve (NYE) is such an exciting day! NYE is full of celebration and reflection. It’s a time to celebrate with family and friends as you look back on all the fond memories of the current year and the excitement of what the New Year holds. As you usher in a brand new year many will host an intimate party with close friends and family. Trending this year is to have a dessert for each place setting such as a cupcake, cake pop or dessert shooter.

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NYE Place Setting Sweet Desserts Inspiration

What’s inspiring us for a NYE dessert bar is this festive look from Kara’s Party Ideas.

New Years Eve Dessert Bar Karas Parties

Happy Holidays!

Queen’s Sweets, known for its royal status and logo that tops every order off with a crown, has quickly captured the hearts of fans around the country. Queen’s Sweets has become a staple at Charlotte weddings, events, and parties since 2010.

“We have desserts that will fix your cravings! We offer desserts for any occasion whether big or small.”

Contact Queen’s Sweets: Website/Blog

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Fabulous Family Fun: S’mores and Chili Cookoff

Today we’re sharing some fabulous family fun ideas, especially as the weather turns colder.

First up is one of my favorites from childhood, S’mores!

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Make you’re own ready to go s’mores kit with these colorful robin’s egg blue paper crates that I got from the farmers market.

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Instead of boring plan chocolate, use Reese Peanut Butter Cups.

Fabulous Family Fun Smores

Kids of all ages enjoy the dessert making activity!

Fabulous Family Fun Smores

Chili night is another family favorite, especially come football season!

Fabulous Family Fun Chili Cookoff Make a fun night of it and have the kids help prep the chili and then after dinner make s’mores. We also like to host chili cook-offs, where you devour more than one delicious bowl of chili!

Fabulous Family Fun Chili

These are my two fabulous favorite chili recipes, the first is with ground beef, and the second is with ground turkey.  

Fabulous Chili Recipe

Ingredients: Serves 6-8

  • 1 pound lean ground round beef
  • 3 sliced and diced bell peppers (green, orange & red)
  • 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 5 Aidells Chicken & Apple sausages sliced
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon of red pepper or to taste
  • 1 packet McCormick’s mild or medium chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon parsley

In a large skillet cook beef, drain accesses fat and add to large pot. Sauté chicken sausage and bell peppers in skillet and add basil, oregano and parsley. Cook on medium heat for 8 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove and add to large pot. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce hear and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes. Ready to serve with Frito Lays and cheddar cheese.

To make Fabulous Turkey Chili (shown in photo #1) substitute the ground beef and follow the directions.

For more Family fun ideas check out our other posts here and here.

Credits

Styling and design – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

 

Mama’s Cranberry and Apple Dish: A Thanksgiving and Christmas Tradition

Last week I provided a Thanksgiving round up of home décor and tablescape!

Thanksgiving Inspiration

If you missed all the Thanksgiving inspiration you can check it out here.

Thanksgving Inspiration

After receiving rave reviews and requests for the recipe, I’m finally sharing a family favorite that started with my Southern grandmother: Mama’s Cranberry and Apple Dish.

Mamas Cranberry and Apple Dish

This dish is a Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition in our family.  It’s good with turkey anytime and will wow you’re guests!

Mama’s Cranberry & Apple Dish

Ingredients: Serves 6-8

  • 3 cups sliced, peeled gala apples
  • 2 cups raw cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar or Splenda
  • 1 stick melted butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar of Splenda brown sugar
  • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup of chopped pecans

Put apples and cranberries in layers in a baking dish. Sprinkle sugar or Splenda on top. Melt the butter and mix with flour, brown sugar, oatmeal and pecans. Spread mixture over the top layer of apples and cranberries. Cook at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Serve immediately with turkey and sides.

Mama's Cranberry & Apple Dish

This recipe was first published in America Discovers Columbus, a collection of recipes for easy entertaining from The Junior League of Columbus, when my mother was cookbook chairman. It has come full circle as I’ve started my own family in Charlotte, NC, where my mother was born and raised, and I’m currently a member of Junior League of Charlotte.

Thanksgiving Inspiration

Hope this inspires you to start your own Thanksgiving and Christmas tradition!

Thanksgiving Inspiration and Recipes

Sarah

Credits

Styling and design – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Mama’s Cranberry and Apple Dish – Sarah Sofia Productions

 

 

One Room Challenge: Sources & Behind the Scenes Fall 2014

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Last week at this time we were all a buzz on blog land, Instagram, and Twitter with the room reveals in One Room Challenge hosted by Linda from Calling It Home!

In honor of Follow Friday I’m sharing some of my favorites from this round on Instagram! Make sure you hop on over and follow these talented ladies (left to right): Aquahaus (Celine), Fabulous By Design (Jane Bernard), Design Post Interiors (Beth Barden) and Design Dump (Autumn Clemons)!

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Linda gives a good round-up of all the ORC love and features this week. One of my favorites to follow is Centsational Girl who shared two of her ORC favorites (and mine) in her “Best of the Blogosphere” .

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Home on The Runway featured one of my absolute favorites and standouts this ORC round from Design DareDevil! Just an amazing transformation and a must see!

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You can find more ORC features on Calling It Home here.

This ORC round I completed my daughter Sofia’s Big Girl Room. You can catch the big reveal here!

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If you’re just joining the ORC fun you can get caught up on Operation Big Girl Room here:

Week 1 || Week 2 || Week 3|| Week 4 || Week 5 || Week 6

This is what her room looks like today!

Big Girl Room

Here’s is what inspired her bedroom transformation: Cherry Blossoms. Princess Themed. Chandelier. Birds. Butterflies. Pink. Blue. Green.

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For more details on the inspiration check out Week 1 and Week 2.

The Cherry Blossom painting by Oopsy Daisy was the very first thing I purchased for Sofia’s nursery.  It’s a timeless piece of art that has transitioned well from nursery, to toddler room, to big girl room.

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The chandelier was a must have to transform this room. The paper chandelier from Pottery Barn Kids (pictured in inspiration board) inspired me to find the shell chandelier from Lowe’s Home Improvement!

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I attempted to install the chandelier myself but needed a second pair of hands and someone taller. My husband and I spent several hours trying to figure out the wiring. Thank goodness for YouTube videos that saved the day! However, I’m giving full disclosure here that we need to fix the wires again before using the light because they’re not tight enough when we fasted the chandelier canopy.

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Big Girl RoomBy far this dresser in Annie Sloane Chalk Paint is my favorite piece of furniture in her room! Another timeless piece that has transitioned well from nursery to big girl room! Secret number two: Add a few pieces to make the dresser more “big girl”. Remember sometimes less is more! Simply adding the DIY princess jewelry box and updating the photo in the picture frame was all I needed here.

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The three drawer whicker dresser from Pier One Imports was probably my best upcycle that added function and design to Sofia’s closest.

Big Girl Room

The play chandelier from Hobby Lobby was a hit! It took me a few tries to figure out the best way to fasten it onto the play castle tent from Amazon.com but well worth the $12! Another secret is that the pillows are from our kitchen and my daughter Charlotte’s room. When you design a space don’t forget about accessories you already have in your home!

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The biggest transformation was her closet. Going from disorganized and cluttered, to a organized play space fit for a princess.

Big Girl Room Closet

Big Girl Room Closet

Secret behind transforming this space is organization, utilizing existing pieces to add function and design, and adding small low budget accessories such as the designer hooks to hang her princess dresses and display jars and plates. I kept the tower shelving unit to display all her dress up accessories. You can find the DIY tutorial here along with DIY tutorial on the fabric letters above her bed.

Big Girl Room

The bookcase didn’t need a lot. I simply added additional canvas storage bins for toys that I found at HomeGoods.

Big Girl Room

My childhood rocking chair made by my grandfather is a sweet sentiment that also serves as function.

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Once black and gold I simply spray painted it Ballet Pink and stenciled her name in green. Truth be told I had done this for her nursery, but hadn’t finished the green detailing. I was going to give it a fresh coat of pink, but like the chippy and vintage look!

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Here’s a close up of the fabric letters above Sofia’s bed that I made before she was born. You can see them in her nursery and the DIY tutorial here. These were inspired by Anthropology fabric letters. I considered updating the letters, but can’t part with them yet. I simply added these butterfly decals from Pottery Barn Kids and the canopy to complete the big girl & princess look!

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The bed and bedding was the biggest issue for me in this round.

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We’ve transitioned her room from just a bedroom to a play room and wanted enough space for both my girls to play. Additionally, my girls are 18 months apart, which means Charlotte will be turning 2 in a few months a possibly sharing a room with her sister.

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Using the daybed from my inspiration board I decided to transform her toddler bed into a daybed. I loved the Pottery Barn Kids bedding, but due to the time of year full sets were unavailable. Easy solution was to use her current sheets and Harper Quilt with her name from Pottery Barn Kids and mix and match it with other bedding we already owned. Adding a few new pillows such as the pink bolster pillow from HomeGoods gave it a great refresh. Hoping to have another update for you this spring, so please check back!

Big Girl Room

The canopy was a must have to add the princes aka “princess castle” element for Sofia’s bed. As much as Sofia loves it she also loves pulling it down, which is driving me crazy!

Big Girl Room

This wall needed something to pull it together. The bookcase use to sit up against the wall before we moved the play kitchen by Kids Kraft into her room.

Big Girl Room

Simply adding wood and canvas wall art from Hobby Lobby, a DIY memory board of Sofia’s treasures and favorite things, and butterfly decals from Pottery Barn Kids completed the look.

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Loving how the gallery wall looks! Simply rearranging items and adding a few more such as Sofia’s own Starry Night masterpiece completed this look.

Out takesThe lighting was great one morning right before we rushed off to school. In the moment of trying to capture the room there was an impromptu tea party! Unfortunately, that was the only day the week of the reveal that I had good lighting and many of my photos are darker than I had wanted.

However, I did complete every item on my To Do List!

My punch/to do list for Sofia’s Big Girl Room:

  • Update the over all look of the room to match her age
  • More toy storage (her room has become the toy zone/play room in our home)
  • Update the photos (I still have baby/1-year-old photos displayed)
  • Replace/install overhead lighting with chandelier –
  • Purchase chandelier
  • Add a princesses castle element for play
  • Print current photos to replace baby/1-year-old photos
  • Purchase white canopy and set up
  • Purchase wall art
  • DIY princess jewelry box
  • DIY butterfly garland for canopy
  • Update bedding
  • Make her bed into a big girl day bed
  • Finish reorganizing her closet (It’s constantly the storage area for push toys/cars etc.)
  • Add finishing touches to closet like hooks and décor
  • Finish DIY memory display box for Sofia’s treasure’s
  • Hang Butterfly decals
  • Find additional wall art
  • Hang wall art

One Room Challenge Master

Here’s a photo from my first ORC last spring, which started my love affair with the room designer challenge! You can check out all the details in my Master Bedroom reveal here.

High & Low Finds

Thanks to ORC I now have two more complete rooms in our home!

That’s a wrap for ORC Fall 2014! Don’t forget to check out the other designers and bloggers on Calling It Home!

ORC-Participant Fall 2014

Sarah

Credits and Sources

Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Shell Chandelier – Lowe’s Home Improvement

Canopy – Amazon.com

Princess Castle – Amazon.com

Faux pink chandelier in princess castle – Hobby Lobby

Designer hooks in closet – Hobby Lobby

Bird clipboard wall art display – Hobby Lobby

Canvas and wood wall art above play kitchen – Hobby Lobby

Memory box display – Hobby Lobby

Dresser and mirror – Old World New Home

Paint – Sherwin Williams Meander Blue 6484

Baskets in white bookshelf – HomeGoods

Pink and white polka dot pail and basket – Pottery Barn Kids

Bedding – Pottery Barn Kids, HomeGoods

Flower night stand – Pottery Barn Kids

Pink and green herringbone weave rug – Pottery Barn Kids

Decorative boxes in closet – Michael’s

Butterfly and Penelope bird wall decals – Pottery Barn Kids

Blue wall bird cage – Hobby Lobby

White bird cage – Michael’s

Cherry Blossom canvas painting –  Oopsy Daisy

Faux crystal lamp with pink polka dot lamp shade on nightstand – Babies R Us

Silver picture frames – Pottery Barn Kids

Floral arrangement – Target

DIY princess jewelry box kit – Melissa & Doug

Penelope French Fabric Board – 3 Buttons N2 Bows

Chalkboard table and chair – Southern Marketplace

Ribbon wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Fabric letters – Sarah Sofia Productions

Closet tower shelves – Sarah Sofia Productions

Upcycled six drawer whicker piece – Sarah Sofia Productions

White picture frames on gallery wall – Michael’s

Small round mirror on gallery wall – Hobby Lobby

Owl bookend – Hobby Lobby

Piggy bank – gift

Green and blue plastic plates in closet – Target

Glass jar with lid in closet –Ikea

Glass jar in closet – HomeGoods

Mirror in closet – Already owned

Hangers and blue canvas organize system – BuyBuyBaby

Silver bird bookends on dresser – Pottery Barn Kids

Pink bolster pillow – HomeGoods

Santa Claus is Coming to Town…Personal Invitation to Meet Santa with no lines + GIVEAWAY!

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Santa Claus is Coming Town! This is your personal invitation to meet Santa without the crowds and have a private photo session with him at Portrait Innovations at the
Promenade on Providence Shopping Center in Charlotte, NC.

Most of us can relate to the annual obligatory Santa Claus photo-op. First obstacle is making it through the long and winding line, which is a feat in its self! After an hour or so you’ve made it to the front just in time for Santa to take a snack break.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Then you take a snack break in hopes that it will rejuvenate your little ones.  However, the outcome usually ends up like this:

Santa Is Coming to Town

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

No lines. No crowds. Same day prints.

This year, skip the lines at the mall and get a jump-start on your holiday planning with
Portrait Innovations.  Professional portrait sessions that include Santa Claus
are available Tuesday, November 11th through Sunday, November 16th during regular store hours at the newly renovated Portrait Innovations in the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center.

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In addition to getting creative family portraits with Santa Claus, Portrait Innovations is offering a 43 Holiday Portrait Package for only $19.99.  Not only will you receive 43 printed photos of various sizes, but the package includes 5 free 5×7 holiday greeting cards and a choice of a free 11 oz portrait mug or ceramic ornament (with coupon found on portraits.com). 

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I enjoy getting family photos professionally taken and sharing this $100 photo session giveaway from Portrait Innovations just in time for the holidays!  Make sure to enter the giveaway at the end of this post for your chance to win!

“For 12 years, we’ve been a part of the Charlotte
community, helping families capture lasting memories throughout the year,” says
Johnny Grosso, COO.  “But this is the first time we’ve brought Santa Claus to
the studio.  The children will be delighted to spend time with Santa, and our
studios provide a relaxing environment so that everyone can enjoy the
experience.”

Reserve your private portrait session with the jolly man in red today and get a jump start on your holiday planning! Appointments are available November 11th through Sunday, November 16th at Portrait Innovations.

Happy Holidays! Sarah

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Thanksgiving Inspiration: Get The Look For Less

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Now that Halloween is over and we’re entering the second week of November I wanted to share some more fall and Thanksgiving inspiration with you.

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Glamming up your pumpkins, gourds, and eggplants not only add color but dimension to your Thanksgiving décor. For the easy DIY tutorial check out here.

Fall Entertaining 2012

You’re Thanksgiving tablescape doesn’t have to be fancy or traditional to be festive and colorful! Adding décor pieces that you already own and mix and matching them with one or two new pieces work great. Get the details for this look here.

Festive Fall Decor Tablescape

Here’s another simple Thanksgiving tablescape that I shared with you to kick off fall! I love the pop of orange, yellow, and red against the blue and burlap. You can check out the details of this look here.

Don’t forget the front of your home is the first thing that will greet your guests.

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Get the look and details from my previous post here.

Pottery Barn is always a source of inspiration for me during the holidays. Get the look for less and in 15 minutes.

Thanksgiving Decor

First step is to use accessories you already own! Everything you see here is something I’ve pulled from different areas of our home.

Thanksgiving Decor & Tablescape

I absolutely love these black lanterns from Ikea! I usually have them displayed outside but brought the outside in for a rustic look. The faux sparkle pumpkin is one of my favorite buys from Michael’s, but you can easily do it yourself. This gold sea urchin was pulled from our master bedroom. Don’t have colorful table linens? Make your own. I bought this fabric from Hobby Lobby for an event and have used it several times since then.

Thanksgiving Decor & Tablescape

I’ve wanted to try pumpkin carved votive for a few years now and love how it turned out. All you need is a small pumpkin, knife, spoon, candle, and electric drill.

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I was easy and took less than 10 minutes. Simply slice off the tops, carve a small hole, and scoop out the flesh & seeds of the pumpkin.

Thanksgiving Decor & Tablescape

I decided to use pumpkins again this year as place settings. Simply write the name on the pumpkin with chalk paint or permanent maker.

Thanksgiving Decor & Tablescape

You can easily turn this pumpkin into a DIY decorating craft for kids to keep them occupied during dinner. Simply add fun stickers to the table.

Did you catch Mama’s Cranberry and Apple Dish, that will WOW your guests?

Mamas Cranberry and Apple Dish

If not check out the recipe and more Thanksgiving décor inspiration here.

Thanksgiving Inspiration and Recipes

We’re also teaming up with wedding and event pros this holiday season! Make sure you check out all the dessert inspiration, dessert table, and mini pumpkin pie recipe here just in time for Thanksgiving!

Holiday Dessert Bar

Mini Pumpin Pies Home is where the boat is

Credits

Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Black Lanterns – Ikea

China and silverware – Villeroy & Boch

Orange chevron table runner – Hobby Lobby

Gold sea urchins – Target

Gold pumpkins – Michael’s Craft Store

 

One Room Challenge Week 6: Big Girl Room Reveal

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It’s week 6 in the race to the finish line in One Room Challenge (ORC) , created by Linda from Calling it Home, who is an extremely talented and creative designer.  That means today is the BIG REVEAL of Operation BIG GIRL ROOM along with my fellow 90+ participants!

Big Girl Room

What’s the big prize for participating in ORC? A finished room in 6 weeks and the opportunity to participate and share the experience of completing a room with talented designers and others that enjoy interior design! Yes, that’s right no money or honorary first place.

Sofia's Big Girl Room

If you’re just joining the ORC fun you can get caught up on Operation Big Girl Room here:

Week 1 || Week 2 || Week 3|| Week 4 || Week 5

The moment you have all been waiting for…Sofia’s big girl room!

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Big Girl Room

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This distressed vintage dresser in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is my favorite piece of furniture in Sofia’s room and perhaps in our home! I love the detailing and the antique mirror.

Big Girl Room

Sofia is no longer 3 months, and it was time to replace the baby photo in the “giggle” picture frame with a current one of Sofia and her sister Charlotte. The DIY jewelry box adds the big girl and princess element to the dresser.

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The silver bird bookends and wooden Sofia plaque have been great accessories that have transitioned her room from nursery to big girl room.

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I made subtly changes to the reading nook such as adding some glam and pop of color with the floral arrangement.  I updated the photo to one from our apple picking adventure this fall.  Sofia loves looking at it and remembering the fun filled day! I love using unique storage baskets such as the pink and white polka dot tin pail for her music instruments.

Big Girl Room

Here’s the end result of the canopy aka “castle” that Sofia requested, her updated day bed, and the beautiful shell chandelier.

Big Girl Room

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Mix and matching new and old bedding items made the transition from little girl to big girl without breaking the budget and having to make a major decision on all new bedding at this point. I hope to have a decision and more updates this spring so check back!

Big Girl Room

Big Girl Room

Sofia wanted a castle and a princess like room and this princess castle from Amazon.com did not disappoint! The shimmery chandelier from Hobby Lobby was a hit!

Big Girl RoomWe moved this play kitchen by Kitchen Kraft from the family room into Sofia’s room in late August but needed to update the wall. I love how the wall art from Hobby Lobby works in her room next to the DIY memory board of Sofia’s treasures and favorite things!

Big Girl Room

Last but not least is the gallery wall with the cherry blossom and bird painting that inspired the look for Sofia’s nursery, her first birthday party, and now has transitioned the look to big girl room!

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Big Girl Room Big Girl RoomBig Girl RoomThere are so many fun personal touches on this wall like my childhood books displayed with the bird cage, Sofia’s art work displayed with new bird clip hooks and an updated photo from the first day of preschool as a three year old!

I had to display her recent master piece, Starry Night, which is one of my favorite paintings by Vincent Van Gough!

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I love how my HomeGoods pink and coral baskets look in this white bookcase, which was mine as a child and repainted by my mother. Clean up at night has been a lot easier now that we have plenty of storage.

Last but not least is the transformation of a once boring closet to a fun secret hide out fit for a princess!

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Big Girl Room Closet

The DIY pink and green tower shelf use to be displayed in Sofia’s room. You can find the DIY tutorial here along with DIY tutorial for the fabric letters above her bed. It works great in her closet to display all her dress up accessories.

Big Girl Room ClosetThe pink and green designer hardware I found at Hobby Lobby.  They’re the perfect feminine touch to hang her princess dresses.

Big Girl Room Closet

I upcycled this 6 drawer whicker piece that I purchased years ago from Pier 1 Imports. Nothing a little pink and antique gold spray paint can’t fix to add some GLAM for this princess retreat! It serves as additional toy storage and displays her art work.

Big Girl Room Closet

The once cramped shelf now displays some of her stuffed animals and boxes with arts and craft supplies.

Big Girl Room Closet

The blue and green trays were a Target dollar store find, which add a pop of color. I love how the quatrefoil stencil turned out in my daughter Charlotte’s bedroom but decided to use this turquoise removable contact paper for the accent wall.

Big Girl Room Closet

Every princess needs a mirror at her height and a place to hang all her purses!

Closet Before

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Most importantly, my client loved her big girl room and closet reveal SO MUCH she wanted more surprises!

Big Girl RoomThank you for all your kind words and encouragement through this process! Make sure you come back and check out my full source list and additional behind the scene footage next week!

Please make sure you check out the 20 professional designers who revealed their stunning transformations yesterday here and the 90 + participants sharing the reveals today here.

I leave you with one last image of this gorgeous shell chandelier that ignited my inspiration for Sofia’s big girl room.

Big Girl Room

Praise him, sun and moon; Praise him, all you shining stars! Psalm 148:3

Thanks for stopping by!

Sarah

Credits and Sources

Design and Styling – Sarah Sofia Productions

Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions

Shell Chandelier – Lowe’s Home Improvement

Canopy – Amazon.com

Princess Castle – Amazon.com

Designer hooks in closet – Hobby Lobby

Bird clipboard wall art display – Hobby Lobby

Canvas wall art above play kitchen – Hobby Lobby

Memory box display – Hobby Lobby

Dresser and mirror – Old World New Home

Baskets in white bookshelf – HomeGoods

Pink and white polka dot pail and basket – Pottery Barn Kids

Bedding – Pottery Barn Kids, HomeGoods

Flower night stand – Pottery Barn Kids

Pink and green herringbone weave rug – Pottery Barn Kids

Decorative boxes in closet – Michael’s

Butterfly and bird wall decals – Pottery Barn Kids