Remember the Thanksgiving napkin tutorial we did a few weeks ago? Well, we decided it was equally important to have adorable napkins appropriate for all you Christmas festivities! There is certainly no shortage of parties during the month of December – it almost seems like there is not enough time to fit them all in. Anyone relate? Nevertheless, I love throwing dinner parties and pulling out all the stops. I’m a firm believer that it is the little things and attention to detail that can really make something magical – Even if that means napkins! And have you noticed that there are now some adorable paper napkin options? If you want to step it up a notch, we love these, these, and these! Here are six holiday napkin folding tutorials to elevate your Christmas place settings one napkin at a time!
You know the scenes in the movie “Elf”, when Buddy stays up all night decorating the department store? Or when he does it again at his dad’s house? GENIUS. Well we decided to channel our inner Buddy the Elf and bring some Christmas cheer to the work place! It just seems odd to us that the place where people are generally spending 8 hours of their day often gets neglected when it comes to holiday decor. So we’re making it super easy for you to remedy that trend ASAP. All you need is 1 ream of paper. It can’t get much easier than that! We covered our studio top to bottom in super simply paper crafts that you’ll remember making in Elementary school: Paper chains, lanterns, angels, and snowballs! Never mind the fact that it might be warm and sunny outside, because it will feel like the most magical winter wonderland inside! The key to the magic is to make a ton of paper decorations, so when we say a ream of paper, we mean the entire ream of paper! Don’t worry about doing it all in one night though, we don’t all have the skills that come from being raised by elves. Take a few nights to get in touch with your inner child and fill your floor with paper decorations! This would be perfect for an office holiday party, or even to surprise a coworker!
We’ve got a strong adoration for all things Scandinavian, as you might have caught on. Somehow they manage to execute folk, modern, minimalist, and classic design elements all impeccably. Not to mention their wonderful pastries, 6 hour work days, and ample vacation days. Sign me up! Another thing Scandinavia does right? Christmas. I joined up with a group of Scandinavian bloggers to create a Swedish Advent Calendar: 24 days of posts from 24 different bloggers, each consisting of a Scandinavian inspired project. So mysigt! That means cozy in Swedish 😉 You can find the project for Day 1 by Gina Vide at Willowday and tomorrow’s post with Pysselbolaget as well as a list of the other participants. I’m so excited to see them all!
Because Scandinavia gets so dark in the winter, the Christmas season means lights and candles galore! Saint Lucia Day in Sweden is one of their biggest holidays, celebrated on the 13th of December. It recognizes Saint Lucia who was martyred as a young christian girl because of her faith. Lucy means light, and Lucia was said to wear candles atop her head so her hands would be free to serve the persecuted Christians. Today, St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated in all of Scandinavia. Traditionally, girls wear white dresses and red sashes, each with an evergreen crown of candles atop her head. A procession is then held in each town or school and carols are sung. It’s such a lovely sight! I can’t forget to mention that Pepparkakor (Swedish gingersnaps), Lussekatar (sweet saffron buns), and glogg (a mulled cider), are usually accompanied. Are you sold yet? St. Lucia Day is such a cozy holiday and I think it’s a shame we don’t celebrate it here in the states. Insert: A printable St. Lucia Crown! Skip the frigid winter and enjoy carols and sweets all while looking like a Scandinavian Princess in the comfort of your own home!
A few weeks ago we were delighted to have cactus cupcake extraordinaire, Alana Jones-Mann, visit the Lars Studio for our Cactus Coloring book reveal party! She flew in early in the morning and flew out late that same day! Talk about a trooper! Alana was our guest-of-honor at the party, showing us how to make her delicious desert masterpieces step-by-step. It was AMAZING. But, we didn’t want anyone to feel left out, so we created a quick cactus cupcake tutorial video so you too can create these spiky sweets! We collaborated with the super talented Trisha Zemp to make this adorable stop-motion video that will leave you crazy for cacti. You’ll be surprised at how simple the process actually is, so make sure to give it a whirl! We included written instructions as well to help you on your way!
I am not going to be so bold as to say that pies are the BEST dessert—who am I to discriminate against desserts? But, I do have a soft spot for those buttery, flaky crusts. Pies are often reserved only for the holiday season, and I quickly came to realize that this was doing them a disservice. Pies should be embraced for every occasion and every holiday! In every color of the rainbow! So that’s exactly what we did.
Pies tend to get shafted because they’re a little more time-consuming, a little more involved, and a little more messy. It’s not always “easy as pie,” people. Luckily, method dish soap helped us combat the mess and provided the solution to our clean freak tendencies! We created six different pies in all the colors of the rainbow for every occasion and when it was all said and done, our beautiful white pie plates were spotless. So let them eat pie!