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Apartment Living: Decorating for Christmas in a Small Space

6 Dec

If you live in a small space {like I do!}, Christmas decorating can be a challenge! Here are some of my favorite ways to bring the Holidays into small spaces:

Don’t have room for a big Christmas tree?

Go smaller! Two of my favorites this season: a classic little Charlie Brown Christmas Tree or these Red and Green Sequin Tabletop Trees {on clearance at Target for only $12.48!}.

No room for a tree at all? Get creative – like they did at Apartment Therapy – and make an everyday item, like your bookshelf, into a tree:


And of course, Deck the Walls! You can use art arrangements or wall decals to bring Christmas into your home – and use zero space to do it:

Wall Art Sticker - Christmas Tree - Vinyl Wall Decal

I’m loving this Christmas Tree Decal from secretofthecat {above}, and this Glass Ornament Decal from evgieNev {below}.

Holiday Decor Set - Christmas Ornaments Set  - Winter Vinyl Decal Sticker - HDCO010

If you’re not feeling the decals, consider replacing some of the photo frames on your wall with funky Christmas prints for the season – like this free Holiday Subway art from Eighteen25, or this free Elf printable from LessCake{MoreFrosting}.


And if you’re feeling really bold, deck the walls like Jane  or Veronica {what inspirations!}:

Green ball Christmas tree

Peace, Love, & Happy Decorating!

Free {and Adorable} Thanksgiving Printables!

4 Nov

In honor of Thanksgiving coming around the corner {and being frugal}, I’ve compiled a list of ADORABLE and free Thanksgiving printables. Check these out, print, cut, & host to your heart’s desire:

Here’s a terrific {and HUGE} set of printables from DimplePrints. Enjoy menus, name cards, bunting printables, cupcake liners, & more:


Skip to My Lou is offering adorable cupcake {or any food, for that matter!} toppers for free:


And here is Craftily-Ever-After‘s Turkey Day version of the classic “Keep Calm and Carry On” print:

Thrifty Entertaining: My DIY Oscar Party

3 Mar

The husband and I gathered friends together to watch the Oscars this weekend! We had a great time AND saved $$, so I had to share.

When everyone arrived, they got to fill out a cute little ballot and guess who they thought would win the big awards of the night! These little ballots were FREE printables from the blog Twig and Thistle – I used black and white ink to save on printer costs [and I think the black and white look is classy and has a fun vintage feel to it].

We decided to go with the classic “movie theater” menu: popcorn and sodas! We made original and Parmesan brown butter popcorn [from the recipe we found here]. I snagged these cute little red bags for 25cents each at Walmart, and used a scalloped-edge pair of scissors to cut the bags.

Thrifty Note: Cutting the bags to about half of their original size meant smaller servings… which meant we needed to make less overall… which meant less $$. The same goes for most party foods – use small plates, smaller napkins, and smaller glasses while you entertain. Your guests will naturally eat less.

We also set out fun, vintage sodas we found at a local soda shop! I loved the feel these brought to the party.

Add in cake balls for dessert + great friends, and I’d say it was an overall success! What do you do to help save $$ when you entertain?

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