Month: December 2014

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A Guide to Making the Cutest Ugly Christmas Sweater Cookies

Tis the season to get our baking on. But no holiday event is complete with an ugly Christmas sweater, don’t you agree? So why not combine our love of cookies and tacky knits with this adorable round-up of ugly Christmas sweater cookies from POPSUGAR Food. Arguably the most fun part of Christmas parties is pulling out your beloved ugly Christmas sweaters. The more puffs, decor, and sequined appliqués, the better. However, take things a step further by icing cookies, inspired by these notoriously bad Christmas sweater designs. Gaudy snowmen? Check. Bright, blazing Christmas trees? Check. Naughty or nice? Check (the latter one). Glean some awesomely bad decorating tips from these cookies. Then bake up a batch of sugar cookies and get to work! One of a Kind The beauty of ugly Christmas sweaters is that they are one of a kind, so make each cookie unique. Candy, snowmen, snowflakes, candy canes, Christmas trees, and holly all look lovely piped upon a sweater cookie. To get started, you’re going to need a sweater cookie cutter ($14). As for …

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Tips for a Festive Tabletop

No matter what holiday you celebrate, filling the dinner table with festive decor (and good food!) is a must. But how do you make your tabletop feel fun and unique? Playing with color and texture are just some of today’s tips for a festive tabletop. Bring on the Color The key to making your table bright and playful is including color in your decor. Go holiday classic with red & green or blue & white, or choose one main hue and accent it with neutrals. Opt for White Linens With so much color and pattern, we suggest sticking to white table linens. The simple neutral backdrop will really make your decor pop and avoid overcomplicating your tabletop. Mix & Match Metallics Nothing says holiday celebration like bold metallics. Try gold flatware or a silver menorah for a festive feel. Find all of these products and more holiday hosting essentials in our featured collection on Zola.

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Inspiring Interiors: Modern Christmas Decor

When it comes to decorating your home for Christmas, classic red & green plaids and oversized bows don’t have to trump modern style. We love a neutral palette, layered with fresh Christmas greens and natural wooden touches. Bring nature home with rustic fire logs, fresh pine, and snowflake inspired decor. Mix and match ornaments in soft metallics for a white Christmas look that won’t compete with the rest of your home decor. Get inspired by these modern Christmas decor ideas. Skip the Ornaments Go super modern and skip the ornaments all together. The minimalist look of this lone Christmas Tree brings a cozy, natural vibe to this gorgeous home. Faux Fur Rug Swap out your traditional Christmas tree rug for a modern, faux fur throw. The texture keeps a wintery feel while making this living room look even more stylish. Black & White While black & white may not seem festive, but when mixed with twinkle lights, snowflakes, and soft metallics, the combo puts a modern twist on Christmas decor. This living room wows us with its modern take on the …

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Meet This Week’s Hosting Duo, #ZolaCouple Cambria & Spencer

Sweet and bubbly #ZolaCouple Cambria & Spencer are in the midst of planning their wedding. With just a month to go, they’ve got their registry perfectly organized and stocked with some amazing gifts, perfect for their love of hosting and entertaining. We love this couple’s modern yet warm aesthetic and highly recommend checking out their registry for inspiration on creating a stylish home. Cambria & Spencer were kind enough to chat with us about their hosting tips and advice for entertaining guests. Plus learn a little about their daily life together in today’s #ZolaCouple feature. Would you rather be the host or the guest? Definitely the host, we love having people over and enjoying time and great food with friends. Go-to recipe for dinner parties? Wine? Have we said wine too many times? Usually something Italian because that’s what Cambria likes to cook and it tends to be a crowd pleaser. Tips on decorating when you have people over? Put out the good serving plates, glassware and crystal. Not only does it glam up your space, but it …

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Friday Faves

Scouring the wedding blogosphere is one of our favorite past times, so today we thought we’d share with you some of the goodies we’ve found this week in our edition of Friday Faves. 1. Decorating with Poppies Poppies are a bright and fun flower that can be used to decorate all year round. Add them to a beautiful centerpiece or even to your bridal bouquet. Get inspired by this gorgeous photoshoot from the always creative Brooklyn Bride. 2. Tips for Winter Engagement Sessions Winter can be a beautiful backdrop for engagement photoshoots, but it can also be a difficult one. Get some useful tips on creating the perfect winter engagement shoot from Oh Lovely Day. 3. Simple & Delicious Cookies   How mouth-watering do these Lindt chocolate filled cookies look?? A simple and delicious cookie recipe for any occasion, these treats can be found on The Sweetest Occasion. 4. Floral Robes for Wedding Party We love these fun floral robes the bride gave her wedding party for wedding day prep. Not only are they unique and gorgeous, but they …

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Most Popular Registry Gifts Under $100

Ever wonder what other couples are registering for? We did a little digging to find out what our Zola Couples love and what wedding gifts they’re registering for under $100. We weren’t too surprised that most of these gifts fell under the kitchen category, but we love the mix of useful appliances and stylish serveware. Add these affordable favorites to your registry or buy them as gifts for friends & family for the holidays. Shop gifts under $100: Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker Acaciaware Calabash Bowl with Salad Servers Le Creuset Whistling Kettle Cuisinart PerfectTemp Cordless Electric Kettle Proteak Edge Grain Cutting Board Emile Henry Flametop Tagine Kate Spade New York Malmo 3-Piece Serving Set Joseph Joseph Nest 9-Piece Prep Set Shop other Gifts Under $100. Image Credit || Huffington Post

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3 Beautiful Ways to Gift Wrap with Kraft Paper

Now that you’ve gotten most of the gifts off your list, it’s time to start wrapping. Rather than buying classic wrapping paper, try this super simple DIY by POPSUGAR and create your own custom gift wrap your friends & family will love. Get creative with your wrapping this year and use materials you have around the home. Kraft paper, in particular, is great to experiment with, because it pretty much goes with everything. 1. White and aluminum snowflakes What you need: Kraft paper Scissors Tape Snowflake crafts punch White paper Aluminum foil Twine Glue Instructions: Wrap the present up in brown kraft paper. You’ll be using scissors and tape for this step. Here’s an easy tutorial on how to wrap a present. Punch out shapes with a snowflake crafts punch ($11). Use regular white office paper for white snowflake and use aluminum foil if you’d like some shine. Be careful with the aluminum foil because it can be very fragile — you might have to punch out a couple more than you need in case the ones …