Monday, July 25, 2011

Happy July Rudolph Day!


Merry Christmas in July!!  Life has messed up my plans to blog EVERY day in July....but I still consider it a pretty successful month....I've been able to share a lot!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

More Fun Coming Soon!

Having troble downloading picson Blogger today....so I'm just posting a reminder that the fun continues...

July 25th-Aug. 24th is Finish Up Your Stocking Stuffers Month!!

August 25th-Spet. 24th is the Month of  Elf

So stick around for more holiday fun in the weeks to come!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Charlie Brown Game



I wanted to share this game I came across. I thought it would be a fun addition to family game night for the holidays!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Week Three of Christmas in July

It's Week Three: A Small World Christmas.....around the world the celebration of Christmas is one of the most beautiful of all holidays! So this week please join us at Magical Holiday Home for "It's a Small World Christmas" as we check out celebrations around the world!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Christmas Fairy

Check out this 2010 Christmas Fairy....after all in Hollywood... Fairy Tales DO come true!  Take a closer look: HERE 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Something fun for the "younger" Hollywood set: A Gingerbread House Decorating Party. There's a fun little twist to this one....it's made from rice krispies. So for those of you that aren't fond of gingerbread....this is a new twist on an old tradition!

You can read the directions and see step by step pictures of how to create the house over at Rachael Ray   Whether you use her idea for a rice krispie house or use the traditional gingerbread one this party can be a success for kids and adults alike!  There are so many possibilities for colorful and clever decorating materials!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Bundt Cake Anyone?

When I think fancy ....I don't necessarily think bundt cake....but this one has a classic look to it! With fluffy wintery white icing,  peppermint candies, and that sugar sparkling cake plate it says...CELEBRATE! You can find ideas for create this lovely cake, along with several others over at Southern Living.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hollywood Christmas Parade

The Hollywood Christmas parade for the past 80 years raising money for Toys for Tots.....Hollywood in the spirit of Christmas.
Check out clips form the 2010 parade: HERE

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tablescapes

If you are looking for tablescapes, check out the ideas over at Inspire Bohemia  Not only does she share this little beauty but she has a dozens more! So lovely and creative!

Over at Dream Mom, you can check out a classic tablescape featuring red and gold.  So classic and there are lots more pictures so pop over and take a close up look!


Calfinder features a glitzy tablescape idea using trees!  The pretty colors and the ornament trees are unique and will bring make a special tea party even better!

If you like to entertain during the holidays, July is the time to start thinking!!  Remember to SIMPLIFY by using items and decor that you already have on hand. Use them in new or different ways, combine unusual pieces or display them in new places. You can bring glitzy to your Christmas without investing a lot of money. Use what you have and add a little sparkle from the dollar store!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Holiday Decor: A Christmas Carol


Since I posted about A Christmas Carol on the Magical Holiday Home page and at Rudolph Day.com I thought I'd make it a trio by posting about it here....with A Christmas Carol ornament round up! The ones pictures above are awesome although a little too pricey for me. They come from: Old World Christmas Treasures

A sign featured by Molly Mechant

An ornament featured over at Midwest Sass.

Then there's the Mickey version.....at Disney Cartoons.

Regardless of your choice of holiday decor....always remember....




Monday, July 11, 2011

It's A Grinch Roundup

I thought it would be fun to dive into Hollywood via the villian of Christmas....the Grinch! The lights featured above I found over at Nerd Approved.

Then there are personalized Grinch ornaments at Gifts.com
Or perhaps you could include your stuffed Grinch in a wreath creation! This is shown over at: Hubpages.com

Or maybe a game of Grinch Bingo. I picked this up one year after Christmas at Target and last year Evan loved playing it!!

And then over at Sugar Swings....we have the Grinch Cupcakes!! These are sure to please the kids!



No matter how you stack it...the Grinch is a classic Christmas icon...Thanks to Hollywood and the movie industry!



Sunday, July 10, 2011

Christmas Hollywood Style

Week Two and we are moving into Christmas Hollywood style. Look for lots of glitzy decor and gold. We are moving into tablescapes, recipes, and fancy trees. Along with all of it we will be looking at some Christmas favorites (movies) that come to us via Hollywood!

I hope you are enjoying Christmas in July and we hope you'll enjoy a serving of it Hollywood style!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Rudolph Noses

There are many cute cute thrifty things to create and give as gifts over at It's All Fiddle Fart.

Check out these Rudolph Noses. So cute as a stocking stuffer or tucked in a gift basket, or as a hostess gift or a little treat for someone special. Maybe even as a gift from your magic elf!


And then suppose...just suppose....Rudolph had a Cold.......


Super cute and there are lots of other Christmasy ideas at her blog...so hop on over and check it out! You are sure to find something that suits your fancy!!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Rudolph Cookies Roundup

I thought it would be fun to do my own little Rudolph cookies and candy roundup. Here's a quick sampling of what I found:

From MyLifeThroughMyLens


From: Plating Up


From: Big Oven



From: Cake Central



From: A Lady's Findings


There are lots more out there but these are some of my faves!!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Gum Drop Tree

This classic little gumdrop tree...looks so sweet with Christmas candy!  It would make a quick and easy centerpiece for the main table or on a buffet.

Here's another version of a Gumdrop Tree. I like the little star shooting out of the trees!
And then another take on the gum drop tree.....so dainty!


Isn't it amazing what creative takes one can find on candy....and nice that it can serve two purposes...decor and dessert!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Sweet Gift Wraps

Isn't this sweet? Using candy to add to your gifts instead of bows. What an extra special little treat included with your gift. This idea comes to Rudolph Ramblings from Country Living.

I like the pretty red and white sucker and how it coordinates with the paper and ribbon, I think it would also be fun to get those little treat bags (cloth not paper) and tie them with ribbon to dangle off the gift. We throw away so much paper and bows that it would be fun to include something that will actually get used (eaten!)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Christmas Almond Crunch

Check out this recipe over at All Recipes

This yummy recipe would be perfect in gift tins, boxes, or baskets! Crunchy and sweet.....the perfect combination for a Sweet Candy Christmas!!!

Also check out Carmel Corn Snack Mix and Stained Glass Candy  Those are two other great "gift" candies!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Christmas in July Candy Ornaments

What would a Sweet Candy Christmas be without some candy ornaments. Check these cuties out over at Trendy Tree.

Some of their items are out of stock right now but it's a site worth bookmarking for future use! Check out the elves and candy too...

What a super cute set and they would be perfect for an elf tree!!!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

A Sweet Tree!

Isn't this the cutest? The wooden limbs of the tree would be easy to cut, paint, and drill holes in for the lollipops. The topper could most likely be bought at a craft store....hmmm....the base might be tricky but could probably find something to use.

This would certainly make a child's eyes light up! It would also work great as an "elf tree" from your magic elf! I'm sure with some creativity we can think of all kind of ways to use this festive  candy tree.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Everythings Candy Canes!!

Here's a candy cane version that uses poms but over at Skip to My Lou. There are several candy cane versions...so be sure and check it out!
There are plenty of candy ornament crafts out there...I'd love to hear about some you have found!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

It's a Sweet Candy Christmas!

Isn't this the sweetest and simplest little craft around! And it fits perfectly with the first week of Christmas in July...so gather up some empty jars, add a ribbon and small trinket....and at Christmas fill it with some colorful Christmas Candy. This would make a great hostess gift when you are attending parties!