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Easy holiday potluck party decor!

This will be our third Christmas in our new house. Since we moved in and began to feel really settled in our space and proud to share it with family and friends (and since we finally had room for more than a couple people to be over at once!), we've really enjoyed having friends for dinner and - scary - having parties!

Last Christmas we had our first holiday potluck. I hope it will become an annual tradition! It's so hard because there are so many family, work, and friend parties and commitments leading up to Christmas, but we really wanted to put something on the calendar so we chose a Friday evening (this week!).

I picked out some party invites from Zazzle and they gave them to me, along with a bunch of cool printed goodies. It was hard to choose between the designs, but I wanted something very low-key and simple. It's not going to be a fancy party, just a relaxed, cozy evening in!

I went with some holiday botanical print invitations (these here). I loved the simple two-color look and natural elements!

I contacted the invite designer on Zazzle (Dulce Events) and she put together not only the cards but all kinds of other fun coordinating items, more than I could have imagined.

She made these thank you stickers I can use on favors (I made these chocolate peppermint coconut macaroons last year for friends and packaged them like this...), even matching brown/white print tissue paper!

I wanted coordinating everything--stamps as well as potluck dish cards, maybe some pre-printed table place cards, maybe even cloth napkins (which you can order in ANY color!!).

Imagine our buffet table looking a little like this!

I love having cute cards for people to write the names of their dishes on.

I don't really need them for the potluck, but I couldn't resist these pretty name cards. I'll find some use for them sometime. 

What a fun, fresh (and complete) party suite I ended up with!

Other favorite invites on Zazzle (some of which would totally work for a New Year's party after the holiday!):

Another Zazzle shop I love is Hooray Creative, and also check out Blush Printables for some gorgeous gold and glam pretty things.

Zazzle is having a big sale today (Wednesday 12/10) where you can save 80% off invitations & 20% off site-wide with code: FUNCHEER4ALL

Here's to simple potlucks to celebrate family and friends this season!!


  1. Has the minted giveaway winner been picked yet?

  2. Yes, the giveaway ended at 9:00pm and she was notified. Thanks for entering!

  3. Zazzle is such a site. I have used them so many times! I love the customized mugs too!

  4. What a lovely party idea. I just bought cheap paper plates from Jo-Ann's that say "Happy Hanukkah." They were the only ones left and I don't want to do dishes on Christmas. Next year, I will try to take a page out of your book.

  5. Have you looked for that cut of jean on ebay, poshmark, vinted, or any of the other sites? I found several pair of my favorite jeans several years after they had discontinued a style at Maurices on ebay, and for pretty decent prices! However, mending what we have is always a good idea--we don't live in a throwaway world!

  6. Yes! I've ordered several fun printed ones!

  7. Oooh, thanks for the reminder that I should buy some paper plates!! Last year I used the real ones but ran out really fast!

  8. Good for you. It's all about sharing and having a good time.

  9. Such lovely designs! I have an old dormant shop on Zazzle that I should probably close... but this is a great reminder to revisit their offerings. I love the designs you chose!

  10. these are gorgeous invites! i love them! :)

    ladies in navy

  11. Ok how about a hole or tear along the back pocket?

  12. That's an extra tricky one. I've done it before, but you may want multiple thread colors to match the pocket top stitching, and you may want to use another piece of fabric behind the fusible interfacing like I did in this variation: http://www.create-enjoy.com/2012/10/favorite-new-old-boyfriend-jeans-my.html

  13. What type of Pellon Interfacing do you use on jeans? I've purchased some midweight fusible and I am wondering if that will work.

  14. Thank you so much. Pinned this, knowing my one pair of decent jeans would need patching soon on the same area as the tutorial. Can't walk around with a hole there. Just used it, and awesome. So glad this this worked. Saved me money since I already had everything in the house and you can't even tell its patched. Denim thread blends right in to my jeans.



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