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Glamorously Gorgeous {Christmas Party Style}

To me, Christmas is much more than sending cards to loved ones {although I LOVE making cards, as you can see by my Etsy shop: piecefuljoy.etsy.com}. Christmas is about the Reason for the season {stay tuned for upcoming blog post but for a preview, check out Luke 2:11} as well as spending face to face time with friends and family  {and no, I don’t mean face to face time as in facebook time. ;-)} Gathering together and celebrating Christmas during this special holiday season is where many fond memories begin.

Speaking of gathering together, many of us will be spending time with parents’ friends, significant other’s coworkers, meet the brother’s girlfriend for the first time, etc around this time of year. Will you be attending or hosting any Christmas parties in the near future?

“Whatever shall I wear?!”

No fear, dear friends! Take a peek at this Etsy treasury with me……I’m trying to decide what I shall wear for a Christmas party tomorrow night! Here’s how the thoughts run through my head (if you care to join my whirlwind of decision making): denim trousers (or classy black straight leg dress pants?) with black flats (or the black heels that have the silver accent? If I decide to wear the heels, then I’d need to wear the long denim trousers or the black dress pants) with a sleeveless silky ruffled collar blouse topped off with a drapy black cardigan (or maybe the silk light green one with mother of pearl buttons) accented with tear drop diamond necklace. I would wear the matching earrings, but I lost one of them somehow in between the trip of home and traveling to visit family (My wedding jewelry, no less. Great job, Sarah).
Anyway, please click and take a look at this fabulous collection of items gathered along the theme of a classy Christmas party. You may find some inspiration….I know I did!:


{By the way…if you fall in love with any of these items – they’re for sale by Etsy sellers! But be fast, because some of these items are one of a kind! :-)}

Black Ruffly Maxi Dress

Black Ruffly Maxi Dress

Damask Clutch

Damask Clutch

Vintage Hair Clip

Vintage Hair Clip

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Halloween Can Be Even More Fun with…

…surprisingly spooky beverages!! {I love entertaining about as much as I enjoy making cards and these Martha Stewart beverages are great for spooky entertaining! ;-)} Take a look at the following recipes and the pictures I took!

Shrunken Head Cider


{Serves about 30}

  • 2 cups lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 8 large Granny Smith apples
  • 32 whole cloves
  • 2 gallons apple cider
  • 2 (12-ounce) cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 cups spiced rum (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. In a medium bowl, mix together lemon juice and salt; set aside.
  2. Peel apples and cut each in half through the stem; remove seeds and core. Using a sharp paring knife, carve a face, as desired, on the rounded side of each apple half. Place apples in lemon mixture for one minute; transfer to paper towels to drain.
  3. Place apples, face-side up on prepared baking sheet and transfer to oven. Let bake until apples are dry and begin to brown around the edges, about 90 minutes. Remove apples from baking sheets and press cloves into the “eye” sockets.
  4. Combine cider, lemonade, and rum (if using) in a large punchbowl; float shrunken heads on top.

Deadly Punch

Tools and Materials 
  • Duct tape
  • Plastic face mask
  • Green liquid food coloring
  • Clothespins
  • Plastic container, such as a Sterilite bin
  • Packing material such as Styrofoam peanuts or bubble wrap
  • Gummy worms
  • Pair of large latex gloves
  • Rubber bands
  • Sheet pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Beverages, such as ginger ale or lemonade, to make punch
Ice Face and Hands How-To
1. Using duct tape, tape up all of the mask’s orifices, such as the nostril holes, inside and out. Place the mask face-down in the plastic container, stabilizing the mask in place with the packing material.
2. Using the food coloring, dye about 3 cups of water light green (this should require only about one drop of the coloring). Pour the mixture into the mask, filling it about halfway.
3. Lay the gummy worms as desired around the head of the mask, creating Medusa’s hair and using clothespins to hold them in place. Freeze the mask, at least overnight.
4. To create the hands, fill the latex gloves with water (one glove holds about 1 1/2 cups water, so you’ll need about 3 cups for both). Using rubber bands, tie the gloves at the wrists to seal them shut. Place the hands flat on a sheet pan covered with parchment paper, to prevent them from sticking. Freeze the hands, at least overnight.
5. Remove the mask from the container, remove the face from the mask mold, and remove the hands from the gloves. (They should come out easily, but if not, place the hands and face in another container filled with room-temperature water to loosen them from the molds.) Turn the face upside-down to reveal the green face with worm hair.
6. Prepare the punch of your choice (Martha uses lemonade and ginger ale), gently slide the face into the punch, and add the hands — one on each side, palms facing up.

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