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Dec 11, 2012

INSPIRE: Fa-la-la-la Fabulous e-zine Finds

Get in the mood for the Holidays with some of the most Fa-la-la-la Fabulous e-zine Finds!!! Whether you need creative inspiration, new recipes, unique gift ideas or just a way to spend some down time during your Christmas break - these e-zines have a little bit of everything for everyone. Best of all they are FREE! Hope you enjoy flipping through each of the online publications as much as I have!

Open publication - Free publishing - More collecting

Homemade for the Holidays by the Creative Orchard
Bird's Party Magazine by Bird's Party
Festivities Magazine by Frog Prince Paperie
The Party Dress Magazine by Kelly Lyden
Holiday Gift Guide by the Tomkat Studio
Funkytime Magazine by Funkytime
A Homemade Holiday by RUCHE
Sweet Living Magazine by Sweet Living
Gatherings Magazine by Heather Spriggs

Dec 9, 2012

INSPIRE: Ugly Sweater Party!

Grab your UGLIEST SWEATER and dress to impress in your HOLIDAY WORST! Invite friends, family and neighbors to eat, drink, socialize and laugh out loud at the UGLIEST xmas sweaters ever seen! Here are some ideas to help inspire your own UGLY SWEATER PARTY...

Tis' the season for an Ugly Sweater Party and the Creative Orchard's shop has a DIY PRINTABLE INVITATION that was designed just for this kind of occasion! The Ugly Holiday Sweater Party printable invitation is ON SALE NOW for only $10!  For a limited time it will be e-mailed to you within 24 HOURS! Just in time before the Holidays are over, you can still print your invite and mail it overnight, quickly send it by e-mail or share a digital version on facebook?

Continue the UGLY SWEATER theme by decorating your entire party with tacky upcycled sweaters. Use old UGLY SWEATERS to cover vases filled with holiday treats, wrap presents/prizes, cut out tiny sweater ornaments to hang on the tree, display an advent calendar garland, sew stockings hung over the fireplace, design a wreath for your front door, make pillow slip-covers or create beverage cozies. Feel free to go crazy with SWEATER inspired decor and remember that nothing needs to look "pretty" because the UGLIER the SWEATERS, the BETTER the party!!!

INSPIRATION COLLECTION Photo Credits: (Left to Right)
"Ugly Holiday Sweater" DIY Printable Invitation - the Creative Orchard Shop • Mini Sweater Ornaments - BERROCO • Knitted Beverage Cozy - The Cozy Project • Ugly Sweater Party Photo Shoot - John Sharpe Photography • Sweater Stockings - Pottery Barn • Gingerbread Men Sweater Cookies - My Recipes • Sweater Scrap Wreath - Eco Stiletto • Upcylcled Sweater Covers - Better Homes and Gardens

Set the mood for guests by temporarily converting a hallway closet into a photo booth with funny holiday photo props.

Why should only the sweaters get be UGLY? In my opinion, the treats should be just as UGLY but taste YUMMY. Bundt cakes, jello molds, cheese balls, bread loafs, casseroles, meatballs, mini corn dogs, chili cheese dip etc. are not always the prettiest foods at the party but can still taste good.

To encourage extremely UGLY sweaters, I recommend hosting a CONTEST where each guest votes on the sweaters by ranking different categories with points. Award PRIZES to the WINNERS with the most points! 

Contest Category Examples
• Ugliest
• Funniest
• Most Three Dimensional
• Brightest
• Most Sparkle
• Strangest
• Most Colorful
BONUS points for LIGHTS or SOUNDS!

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