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Holiday Giveaway Series Day 4: Boatman Geller

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Lauryn C.!

It’s the last day of the Holiday Giveaway Series! To wrap up this festive week, we’re giving away a Boatman Geller lucite tray! Taking cue from fashion-forward trends, Boatman Geller wows with a fabulous personalized collection of dishware, cell phone covers, notecards, stickers and more. A must-have gift for your favorite hostess, this customizable acrylic serving accessory catches the eye with a stunning gray and white wrought iron print. Love this contemporary platter as much as we do? Follow the instructions below and enter to win! Once we select the winner, we’ll help customize your prize.

Boatman Geller Giveaway from Layla GrayceBoatman Geller Lucite Tray

To Enter:

1. Like Layla Grayce on Facebook

2. Sign up for our Newsletter for more Layla Grayce giveaways!

3. Leave a comment on this blog post (and be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you).

*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce on Facebook, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Giveaway closes Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at midnight EST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday , December 18, 2013.Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

Boatman Geller Giveaway from Layla Grayce

Express your style! From sophisticated stationery to posh placemats, Boatman Geller provides a variety of customizable accessories to make a memorable statement in the office and home.

Boatman Geller Giveaway from Layla Grayce

What’s your signature print? Whether you crave a classic or mod aesthetic, each product in this one-of-a-kind line offers an assortment of vibrant patterns and colors to suit your look! Shop the entire Boatman Geller collection here.

Holiday Giveaway Series!

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Destiney S.!

Ready to add even more excitement to your season? Enter our Holiday Giveaway Series! From December 10 to December 13, we’ll be giving away a new gift daily from these amazing vendors: IceMilk ApronsPSA EssentialsBoatman Geller and Gorjana.

To kick off our series, we’re starting with the IceMilk Mother and Daughter apron set! Combining feminine flair with functionality, IceMilk delivers simple yet sophisticated designs for the kitchen. These customizable linen covers keep mom and her favorite little helper clean and stylish while whipping up delicious treats! If you love these cooking accessories as much as we do, be sure to check out the details for entering below!

Holiday Giveaway Series from Layla GrayceIceMilk Mother and Daughter Full Apron Gift Set

To Enter:

1. Like Layla Grayce on Facebook

2. Sign up for our Newsletter for more Layla Grayce giveaways!

3. Leave a comment on this blog post (and be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you).

*Limit one entry per person. You must have a Facebook account, like Layla Grayce on Facebook, and sign up for Layla Grayce newsletters in order to enter this giveaway. Giveaway closes Tuesday, December 17, 2013, at midnight EST. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday , December 18, 2013.Click here for official Layla Grayce contest rules.

IceMilk Aprons from Layla Grayce

Serene, neutral colorways deliver soft elegance to the IceMilk aprons. A fabulous look for a mother-daughter cooking team, this color-coordinated set delights with gorgeous bow details and spacious pockets for effortless everyday style.

IceMilk Aprons from Layla Grayce 

The perfect heirloom gift, the IceMilk mother and daughter set comes specially packaged in beautiful, vintage-inspired mason jars. Each apron includes heritage tags, apron stories and 25 blank recipe cards ideal for jotting down favorite dishes!

Top 10: Stocking Stuffers

1. Lollia Relax Bath Salt Sachet 2. Drops of Jupiter India Green Gold Earrings 3. Petunia Pickle Bottom I Belong To Tag Classically Crete 4. Blabla Rattle Cat Pink 5. Jessie Steele Rubber Gloves Gingham Floral 6. Illume Boho Oceano Small Candle 7. Mor Cosmetics Little Luxuries Lip Silk Lychee Flower 8. Petunia Pickle Bottom Powder Room Case Brocade Aquamarine Roll 9. Aden & Anais Dribble Burpy Bib Set Jungle Jam Monkey and Giraffe 10. Skip Hop Zootensils Owl

As we welcome December, many of us are trimming trees, putting up lights and hanging stockings by the chimney. Though big gifts are always fun, one of our favorite tasks this time of year is the search for the perfect stocking stuffers! Whether you’re shopping for your mom, sister or little one, we have compiled a collection of our favorite pint-sized gifts that are both thoughtful and stocking-ready. Shop our entire Stocking Stuffer collection here.

Pastel Holiday Party

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

Pastel Holiday Party from Layla GrayceDesign, styling and photography: Kate Landers

 

Kate Landers here again, excited to share with you lovely pastel holiday inspiration. It probably comes as no surprise that I love pale colors, and integrating them into holiday baking, decorating and crafting brings beautiful results.

Here are five tips to incorporate pastels into your holiday projects and gatherings.

1. Pastel Holiday Baking: No need to run out and purchase new cookie cutters! Keep those traditional holiday shapes, and decorate them with pastel icing or fondant. I loved the idea of pastel tree, sleigh and snow globe cookies. Cupcakes and petits fours alike are sweetly festive with pale green and pink shimmering fondant holly on top. Sugar crystals give a sparkling frosty snow effect to snowflake cookies, and edible gold paint takes pink French macarons from ordinary to extraordinary. Pale pink edible poinsettias with gold centers decorate individual size cakes and make a stunning dessert for your guests at a holiday party.

Candy is a favorite this time of year, and displaying pastel color candy in clear apothecary jars can double as decoration and dessert. Just have a little wooden candy scoops and food-safe goody bags handy for guests to take some home after a visit. I like using medium basic white paper favor bags, folded at the top and sealed with gold glitter tape so no stray candy leaves a mess in their car.

2. Pastel Party Décor: Beautifully wrapped packages in pastel colors is a quick an easy way to decorate your home in your soft color palette. Packages aren’t just for under the tree; they make lovely centerpieces and decorations in entryways, on end tables, and in any corner that needs a festive touch.

Creating a white pom pom wreath with large double-faced satin pink bow is lovely above a mantle, and coordinating yarn-wrapped Styrofoam “trees” complete the look all across your mantle.

3. Pastel Holiday Gifts: Surprise your friends, neighbors, guests (and even your postal carrier or dog walker) with a beautiful pink box full of your pastel baked goods. Tie up with gold baker’s twine or ribbon and attach a label with a sweet holiday sentiment. With all the red and green out there (which I also love!), it surely will stand out from the crowd.

4. Pastel Tabletop: White table linens, cake plates and china are all fantastic investments for your home. Adding a simple pale pink ruffled table runner as I did here can be a wonderful way to add a hint of soft color, and can be used for Valentine’s Day, Easter and Mother’s Day too! Consider it your next great investment piece.

5. Pastel Party Goods: You can take ordinary clear plastic milk bottles and dress them up for the occasion with custom printed labels, paper straws and a little twirl of baker’s twine. Serve eggnog for a pale creamy look, or consider strawberry milk for children and sparkling fruit juices for grown ups.

Tissue paper fans in pale pink and white create a pastel winter wonderland, and pink baker’s twine is a staple in my home for baking, crafting and decorating alike. Find resources for products mentioned above in vendor credit list below.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the beauty of the season. Cheers!

VENDOR CREDITS

Top 10 Gifts for Children

1. Blabla Doll Wooly the Sheep Large 2. Bedhead Children’s Pajamas Wild Kingdom 3. Sabrina Gray & Cream Bow Hat 4. Skip Hop Wood Toy Treetop Friends Nesting Tree Puzzle 5. Icemilk Childrens Apron Bowl of Batter 6. Little Giraffe Luxe Faux Fur Hooded Towel 7. Oopsy Daisy Nightlight Radley 8. Fox with Hat Stuffed Animal 9. Swaddle Designs Marquisette Receiving Blanket Chevron True Blue 10. Pink Ruffled Pettiskirt

Make this holiday one to remember with the perfect presents for the kids! Ready to make the season bright, our curated collection of blankets, toys, stuffed animals, pajamas, accessories and more is sure to put a smile on a little one’s face. And just in time for the gift-giving season, you can save 20% off sitewide during our holiday event now through December 3rd! (*Some exclusions apply.)

Entertaining with Kate: Do-It-Yourself Hobnail & Shabby Chic-Inspired Pumpkins

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

Kate Landers Halloween Pumpkin Decoration Layla-Grayce Photography: Kate Landers

It’s Kate Landers here again, sharing some inspiration for fall and Halloween celebrations. I absolutely love autumn and the beautiful pumpkins and gourds it yields. I also adore all things “shabby chic” (including Shabby Chic designer Rachel Ashwell) and loved the idea of pairing my style with this season’s décor.

I am here to share two beautiful ways to dress up pumpkins. The first is a white hobnail milk glass look, and the second a shabby chic ruffled look inspired by my dear friends of the former Icing Designs.

These would be fabulous displayed on a hearth, mantle or tabletop centerpieces for both Halloween and Thanksgiving. I also love them as decorations for a fall bridal or baby shower, wedding or a little girl’s autumn first birthday.

Supplies Needed:

  • ~ 4″ and 8″ crafting pumpkins (I used ivory ones from Target)
  • ~ White flat-finish spray paint such as this one
  • ~ White upholstery pins (approx. 150 to make 1 large & 1 small pumpkin) like these.
  • ~ Needle, white thread, scissors and 1 yard white muslin fabric
  • ~ Lo-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • ~ Black paper bat decorations (optional) from Martha Stewart found here

Instructions: White Hobnail-inspired Pumpkins

1. Insert white upholstery pins into pumpkins in vertical lines, each pin approximately 1/3″-1/2″ apart. For 8″ pumpkin, each row should be 1.5″-2″ apart. For 4″ pumpkin, each row should be 3/5″-1″ apart. There is no exact formula to this; these are basic guidelines, so do what feels best to you!

2. In a well-ventilated area, coat pumpkins (pins already inserted) with white spray paint. Allow to dry minimum 4 hours, preferably overnight.

Instructions: White Ruffled Pumpkins

1. In a well-ventilated area, coat pumpkins with white spray paint. Allow to dry completely, preferably overnight.

2. Fold yard of white muslin fabric in half (this yardage includes extra fabric if you want your ruffles wider or fuller).

3. Cut fabric into eight 1″ strips (fabric is folded over so there will be two strips one on top of the other, total 16 strips) for small pumpkin, and ten 1.5″ strips for large pumpkin (again fabric folded over, so there will be one strip on top of the other, total 20 strips).

4. With a simple needle and white thread, use a simple stitch (thread knotted at end opposite of needle) and thread needle through center of strips (having the two strips on top of one another creates a fuller ruffle), each stitch close together for tighter ruffles. After approximately 15 stitches, you can push fabric down thread and see it gather. Continue until you reach end of the strip and push down fabric so it all gathers. I recommend approximately 12″ gathered length of strip for large pumpkins, and 8″ for small pumpkins.

5. After you hold up your ruffled strips of fabric to the dried painted pumpkin to confirm proper length (you can elongate by making ruffles further apart or make shorter by scrunching ruffles closer together), knot thread at end so ruffle length stays in place.

6. Warm up glue gun, and carefully glue ruffled fabric strips onto each pumpkin, top to bottom, one at a time.

Enjoy your pumpkins!