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You may have seen these fun, glittery branches in our catalog or online. They’;re rather unsuspecting if you only catch a picture, but they’;re one of our secret weapons for dressing up your home for the holidays. They bri...

You may have seen these fun, glittery branches in our catalog or online. They’;re rather unsuspecting if you only catch a picture, but they’;re one of our secret weapons for dressing up your home for the holidays. They bring a little bit of sparkle wherever you need it, they’;re endlessly versatile, and they’;re so basically foolproof! Belowpersonalized gifts for kids, we’;ll show you 3 of our favorite ways to use them:

If you have a fireplace mantel in your home, you probably love decking it out for the holidays, as it often becomes a focal point of the holiday season —; it’;s where you hang stockings after all! Fresh garland dries out quickly with the constant heat of a fireplace, so it’;s nice to have an alternative while still giving it that organic feel. We simply tucked a few branches among our mercury glass trees, and our mantel instantly felt festive without being over-the-top or too much work.

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The best part about these branches is that they look beautiful without tons of work. Simply drape them around, and you’;re done!

We love to mix these branches with real greenery and also traditional green garland. The glittery branches give just a bit of sparkle, plus you can use them year after year. With these tinsel branches from Suzanne Kasler, you can move and mold the branches to form any shape you need, which is wonderful if you’;re mixing it with a rope of garland you already have.

Just tuck it into existing greenery, and you have a gorgeous centerpiece! We added a few other small flourishes like flameless tea light?candles in mercury glass votives and some tiny ornaments too!

The gold, tinsel branches are such a fun way to give your holiday table a little glamour, plus you don’;t have to fuss too much with flower arrangements or lighting tons of taper candles only to have to clean up the wax later!

Of course we can’;t forget the tree! Simply sticking the glitter branches into the boughs of the tree creates the most beautiful shimmery accent. It’;s a great way to fill our your Christmas tree for even more sparkle and shine!

There’;s no fussing involved at all. We literally just inserted the glittery branch and let it rest on the rest of the branches of the tree! Easy and elegant.

Find all of our glitter and tinsel branches here. For more design inspiration,?visit our Pinterest Boards, or find more gorgeous rooms in our?Photo Gallery.?

UPDATE (4/2/15): Did you ever scroll down to see the bottom……APRIL FOOLS’!!!!

Imagine my delight when Clare requested a Peacock-themed party for her 6th birthday. We had some fun handmade ideas but also found many cute peacock products on the market. During our research (a-hem, shopping) we found beautiful items for not only birthday festivities but bridal showers, graduation parties and weddings. Classic peacock motifs don’t seem to be going anywhere soon.Today I’m going to give you a peek at the party. In another post I’ll share all of the product sources. I’m also happy to turn any of the handmade items into a tutorial although everything we did was pretty simple! Just let me know what you would like to know more about in the comments.A few days before the party Clare threw a wrench in the peacock party by requesting a classic “doll” cake. Since I had one for my own sixth birthday and it was one of my favorite birthday memories, I was happy to oblige. I think we pulled in the peacock-theme pretty well. Yes,the peacock princess has a bird on a leash. haOne of Clare’s contributions to the decor was a peacock palace bird house.With our leftover cake batter, I made these easy peacock mini-cupcakes. I really love them. So cute!All of the girls painted and decorated their own birdhouse to take home. I was impress with how hard they all worked on them. I wanted to keep them in a row here on my windowsill.Before the party, Clare took to the craft paper covered table with a peacock feather rubber-stamp. Not only did it add some charm to the tabletop but it helped the birthday girl work out some pre-party gitters.Here the lucky girl in her new peacock feather skirt with lace trim.And here is the poor peacock princess getting her fingers melted off (oops.)In the corner we set up a photobooth and let the girls mug it up with costumes and props. They felt like stars and it ensured that I snapped a pic of each girl with Clare! Of course they are masked so it could become a bit mysterious down the line.Then we played a few classic party games like our Knock ‘Em Down game. Kids love this thing!By combining handmade with store-bought, we saved a little cash and our sanity and created a pretty and fun party to remember. Don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to hear more about these projects and products and I will make sure the info is in the next posts. Happy birthday Clare!

Being a little sister has its challenges, I see that now. Ameli constantly looks up to her sister, imitates her and wants to do the same things. Most of them she can do but there's one she can't - go to preschool. Although she'll start soon, this September wasn't easy for her. Lily went back to school after the summer break and Ameli wanted to join the kids. I wanted to find an idea to make this easier for her, to make her feel like a big girl. And since she likes packing her sisters backpack, I decided to make her a backpack, too.

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