HOLIDAY WREATH PARTY WITH WELCH'S

The holidays are here and I love nothing more than getting together all of our friends and family for an evening of fun! Over the years, we've done Christmas cookie parties, gingerbread house making parties, and even the occasional bonfire on a particularly cold evening in the desert. This year, though, I thought it would be fun to have a little holiday wreath decorating party! The kind folks over at Welch's recently challenged us to share how we plan on bringing the sparkle this holiday season, and with a delicious and festive drink to share with everyone -- it was an easy challenge to take on! Here's a few tips and tricks for throwing your on holiday wreath making party --

Gather your supplies and set your table! Since we decided to use store-bought wreaths to avoid the mess and  have blanket canvas ready to go, we gathered a few bits and bobs that would take our wreaths to the next level. We gathered pine cones from our backyard, sticks of holiday berries from our local grocery store, popcorn, whole cranberries, and a few pieces of our own holiday decor that would make our wreath that much more personal. 

To bring a little sparkle and sweetness into our party, we poured a few glasses of Welch’s Non-Alcoholic Sparkling to get in the holiday spirit. Growing up, we always had their white grape juice in our home for special occasions, a tradition that we plan on carrying into our family celebrations. Welch’s Non-Alcoholic Sparkling also makes a great hostess gift, and is something we often bring with us to parties -- because everyone loves a sparkling drink, especially during the holidays!

Now that we have our supplies and a delicious drink, it's time to decorate our wreath! Like I mentioned, to save time and be a little more mess-free, we opted for a pre-made pine wreath that was under $20 from our local grocery store. It came with a few pine cones and fake berries already attached, so we decided to go with the theme and continue our decorating with similar items. One of my biggest tips I have when it comes to decorating is to always "fluff" out your wreath before your start attaching your bits and pieces. I like to make sure nothing looks squished and gently pull apart the branches so it looks more full and lush.  

Once you feel happy with your base, it's time to start decorating! We started with a few of Scott's handmade ornaments that are special to us, like this shape of Arizona with a big heart right in the middle.

We also added in a handmade banner that a close friend hand-lettered our last name onto, and then another one of Scott's cactus ornaments to even more represent our home in the desert.  

We added in a few pine cones next to round out the few that came with the wreath. We found these in our backyard, but I know they carry them at craft stores this time of year if you're on the hunt for them.

A Swedish Dala Horse to represent my heritage was the last piece we added on! I've been loving the Scandinavian holiday vibes that have been floating around Pinterest lately, so I thought it would be fun to bring a little of that into our own home and pay homage to my ancestors. To me, it's all about those little details that make your wreath unique and truly you. Don't forget that strung berries and popcorn are always a nice festive touch, along with a giant a red bow or even battery powered LED lights to bring a little sparkle and shine to your wreath during the evening time. 

And that's it! Super easy and fun, and a perfect way to spend time with and host your friends and family this holiday season! I would love to know you've done a wreath decorating party in the past, or if you have a special memory tied to Welch’s Non-Alcoholic Sparkling juices! I'm sure this will be the first of many wreath parties in our home, and I look forward to sharing this tradition for years to come. 

Thank you so much to Welch’s for sponsoring this post!

OH, CHRISTMAS TREE

Wow, where did the weekend go? With two craft fairs on the calendar from Friday to Sunday, Monday seemed to be here before we knew it! And while most evenings Scott and I crashed early after wrapping up the market for the day, we did take a few minutes to finish decorating our tree! We like them tall, skinny and full of ornaments and lights around here -- if you couldn't already tell, haha! Less is more is definitely not my motto when it comes to Christmas decorations, and the rest of our house is feeling just as cozy! A lot of our ornaments are from handmade makers, so I thought I would share a few sources in case you're still in need of your 2016 ornament --

- Her Name Is Mud makes the most beautiful, handmade ceramic ornaments! We have her Arizona shaped ornament hanging on our tree, along with a few of her "ugly sweaters" that are just too cute for words! 

- Picking up an ornament from Katie Sterbenz with the year on it is a must! Our 2015 ornament is on a tiny wood slice, and this years' is made out of copper! 

- Proud wife moment -- my husband makes the sweetest, wooden ornaments and I love filling our tree with them! You can see his wooden Arizona state shape ornament, along with a black prickly pear cactus from here! 

Anyways, the list can go on and on! I love picking up a new ornament (or two, or three) every year to add to our growing collection. Anyone else feel the same? Do you have a favorite new ornament this year? Please share links if you have them!

-Chelsea xo 

THE MOST FESTIVE NIGHT OF THE YEAR

Happy December, friends! First off, Scott and I wanted to send out a HUGE thank you for all of your kind words regarding our Design*Sponge home tour feature! We couldn't feel more grateful for the opportunity to share our small space, and really appreciate all of your love and support. Aside from that, I just wanted to quickly share that tonight is the most festive night of the year here in Phoenix -- Crafeteria 2016 is here! Scott and I have been attending Frances Crafeteria for years now, and have been selling there with Citizen Home Decor for the past four years. We love our Frances family and truly enjoy getting to celebrate the holidays with our Phoenix community! If you're in the area, I would definitely make your way to down to Frances tonight for all of the fun (50+ local vendors, live music, food trucks, etc!). Here's to an amazing weekend, friends!

-Chelsea xo

OUR HOME ON DESIGN*SPONGE

Scott and I are extremely honored to have our home featured on Design*Sponge today! We couldn't be more grateful for Sofia Tuovinen who saw beauty in our tiny space and graciously worked with us to feature our home. Rennai Hoefer of Ten 22 Studio did an incredible job of capturing our place exactly how we see it -- light, airy and a perfect mixture of the two of us.

Read all about why we chose our small space, our design process, and the bits and pieces that fill our home right here

-Chelsea & Scott xoxo