Sunday, November 28, 2010

Meet Me Under The Mistletoe Mantle

Jake and I are hosting a holiday party for a diverse group in a couple weeks.  We thought it'd be fun to mix it up and do something a little quirky with our holiday mantle.  We decided that a mistletoe and peppermints theme would be fun.  By "we decided" I mean that we talked about it over dinner at the Olive Garden last Saturday night while he was my captive audience.  :) 

Grab a mint and come on in!

 Max is ready for the holidays too in his little striped sweater from Target.  We picked up our cute initialed stockings there too.

 Here's a detailed look at the right side of the mantle.  If you look closely at the background of this photo (click it to enlarge it), you can also see some of the subtle damask texture of our living room walls.    
The red lantern was on our front porch all summer but I knew it'd be perfect on the mantle filled with ornaments we already had, some extra filler ornaments from Target's dollar spot, and clear Christmas lights.  I picked up the 'J' ornament at Hobby Lobby (50% off!) during my recent business trip to South Carolina.  The tall cylinder vase is filled with wrapped Brach's Star Brites peppermints.  Gotta love edible decorations!

Here it is at night.  So pretty!

Let's take a look at the left side next.
These glass hurricanes are simply inexpensive vases.  I nestled battery operated tea lights into unwrapped peppermint puffs.  How stinking cute is that?  The tall cylinder vase is stuffed full of wrapped candy canes.  

Click here to read about how I made the kissing silhouettes.  It was really easy and no cricut or silhouette machine is required!  The girl has a ponytail like me.  :)   It's hard to capture the twinkling of this red glittered paper on camera but I love it in person.  We found the mistletoe at Target after wandering around several other stores.
A little tip... Glitter was flaking off the paper like crazy so I sprayed it down with aerosol hairspray.  It didn't completely stop glitter from falling off but it helped a lot.  The same trick is used to set charcoal and pastel artwork.

Click here to read about the 'Mistletoe' banner I made for zero dollars this morning.

I love how fun and festive this area of our home looks.  Maybe we'll get a Christmas tree next!

Leila and Kevin from The Lettered Cottage are hosting a holiday mantle party November 30th.  Go join the fun and take a peek at holiday mantles all over the country!

The Lettered CottageThe DIY Show Off Hooked-on-Holiday-House-Tours 

Click here to see some of the parties we'll be mingling at this week.


Kristin said... [Reply to comment]

LOVE it!!!

I'm stopping by from the Monday hop, although I already follow!!

Kristin :)
Keenly Kristin

Grandma Bonnie said... [Reply to comment]

New follower from the blog hop.

Dorothy said... [Reply to comment]

I LOVE your candy cane decorations =)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

New follower

Jill said... [Reply to comment]


I'm a new follower, hope you'll stop by and consider following me back! I love your mantle! It looks wonderful! Your fur "babies" Are so cute too! I have 3 dogs, 2 cats and 2 children :-)

Have a great week!


Debbiedoos said... [Reply to comment]

Wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy tooooooooo cute for words! nice job...:)

Megandvd@Beauty in the Attempt said... [Reply to comment]

I am not surprised when I saw you! This is dripping with perfection & cuteness. Love are sooo good at this stuff. :)


SnoWhite said... [Reply to comment]

That is so cute!! Nice and festive.

Linda@Coastal Charm said... [Reply to comment]

This is just sooooo dang the ideas you had here!


I’m hosting an Christmas Open House on 12/9…would love to have you come by and join in on the fun!

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said... [Reply to comment]

This is the happiest, cutest most fun matel I have ever seen! Beautiful job!!


Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

that is just too darn creative. The lantern looks great!

your schnauzer in his coat is adorable!!

Jennifer @ MillerMusings said... [Reply to comment]

I'm stopping in from Hooked on Houses, this is so cute! I love everything about it!

Karena said... [Reply to comment]

Allison, I love what you have created.... very fun and unique!!

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said... [Reply to comment]

Your mantel is decorated soooo cute!!!

Carla said... [Reply to comment]

Adorable. Love the red lantern with the ornaments. And your ceiling is to die for!

FlyAwayHome said... [Reply to comment]

Your mantel looks adorable!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I think it looks great! I love the theme too...such a fun twist for Christmas.

Nikki said... [Reply to comment]

Soooooooooo cute!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for linking up to gettin' crafty on hump day! :)

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Hello! I am visiting from Shabby Chic Cottage! I have seen a lot of Christmas mantles in blogland, and I must say yours is the absolute cutest!!! Everything is absolutely adorable.

I also noticed your gorgeous ceiling. Wow!

Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet said... [Reply to comment]

Love your mantle! Georgeous!!

Thanks for sharing!

Vanessa said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! What a fun and festive mantel! It is all so well done and I just love the pops of color! But, I especially loved sneaking a peek at your ceiling and your subtle damask wall treatment. Fabulous! Thanks so much for joining the Inspiration Friday party this week and for becoming a new friend here in blogland!

Melynda@Scratch Made Food! said... [Reply to comment]

I fell deeply in love with that red lantern!

rosie said... [Reply to comment]

I love how fresh and pretty it looks! I have a peppermint stripe theme in my dining room as well and I think it's so Christmas-y :)

Nichelle @ Vintage Wanna Bee said... [Reply to comment]

What a great post! Thanks for linking up at tatertotsandjello!

I'd love for you to check out my blog! and maybe give some bloggin' love!

Mucho love,

P.S. I'm your newest follower!

Laurie said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks so much for the visit! I love the peppermint mantel!

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said... [Reply to comment]

I love it! So much! The lantern looks so pretty! I also love the peppermint puffs with the tealight. And the art, so cute! Okay, I love it all. Well done!

Olive said... [Reply to comment]

It is just darling. ♥O

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

What a fun theme! I love the silhouette picture at the top, and the lantern is great. Also, I featured you over at my christmas mantel roundup today.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks so much for linking up to Fancy This Fridays @ Truly Lovely!!! Hope to see you again soon!!!

meand4boyz said... [Reply to comment]

Did you buy your lantern red or did you have to spray paint it?

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Alison! Thanks for sharing your mantel. I especially love your red lantern that I blogged about it here:

Thanks again for the inspiration!

Sapphire @ Life with My Pollitos.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]


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