December 25, 2012

25 Days of Christmas CoCo Style - Day 25: Merry Christmas!

To all of my lovely readers and followers, CoCo Designs wishes you a very Merry Christmas. And please remember what today is really all about. Presents are nice, but family, friends, health and happiness are worth much more.


December 24, 2012

25 Days of Christmas CoCo Style - Day 24: Snow Globes

There is something so magical about snow globes. From as far back as I can remember, I have been fascinated by them. This fascination led me to look up the beginning of the snow globe.

Precisely when the first snow globe (also called a" waterglobe", "snowstorm" or "snowdome") was made remains unclear, but they appear to date from France during the early 19th century. They may have appeared as a successor to the glass paperweight, which became popular a few years earlier. Snow globes appeared at the Paris Universal Expo of 1878, and by 1879 at least five companies were producing snow globes and selling them throughout Europe.
Images via Pinterest


December 23, 2012

25 Days of Christmas CoCo Style - Day 23: ABC Carpet and Home

On my trip to Manhattan earlier this month, I made sure to hit ABC Carpet & Home. I'm on their website all of the time, but I've never gone to the actual store in NYC until this trip. If only I had known what I was missing. The store has kept the beautiful old wood floors, beams and pillars, but is now filled with sparkly, pretty things. Each floor has a specific style and it's own feel.

I had heard that the store was massive, but I had no idea just how massive. Talk about an interior designer's dream come true. Six floors and almost 350,000 sq ft of oh so much goodness, I had a perma-grin. ABC Carpet & Home occupies 2 buildings and not only has furniture, rugs and accessories, but also has clothing, stationary, jewelry and other fantastic-ness. Did I also mention the endless unique Christmas decorations and trinkets. I could have purchased the whole first floor.

Next time I'm in the city, I will be reserving a minimum of 4 hours to visit the store. Did I mention there is a restaurant in the building, and pretty good from what I've been told. Smart move on the store's part. Feed the customers and give them more energy to keep on a shoppin'.


December 22, 2012

25 Days of Christmas CoCo Style - Day 22: One Divine Party

Today's guest post comes from Miss Amy at One Divine Party. This girl can really whip one hell of a party. Check out her website and read her clever idea for a Mommy and Me Pajama Party below...

This is a tradition that I started when my youngest Jonah was under a year and Jalen was almost 2 years old. Basically I am obsessed with making special moments and memories with my boys and especially my most favorite time of year...Christmas!!! Our segment isn't up yet but check back to watch the link where my boys and I share these ideas.
Here is what the party consists of....
Mom's and kids all wear pj's (I have to say there were a few people at the party this year that were on the naughty list for not coming in Pj' know who you are ;) I have invited as little as 6 kids and their moms to one year I think we had 16...that was wild and very fun:) I let the boys decide for the most part who comes and its for the most part the same people.
 Craft: We usually make ornaments with pictures that are taken at the party or the parents can add them in afterwards. The first one is from this years party that was TONIGHT and we didn't do a picture ornament but instead an empty glass ornament that they could fill or decorate!! This ornament was done by Jonah and had M&M's, marshmallows, red tulle, red tinsel, and red glitter!  The second one is one of my sweet Jonah from the very first party I threw (his first Christmas)...we put both of the boys up every year although the boys were playing with Jalen's so I'm not sure where its at at the moment ;) Its worn but brings back so many sweet memories!!!

Food: I usually do a fun themed snack or light dinner for the kids depending on the time of the party, this year we are doing it mid-week because weekends are so busy with everyone's schedules and decided to get Papa Murphy's for ease.
For Fun: I've done mommy cocktails, you could do a hot cocoa station, dessert bar of course, snow cone station etc.
Here is a link to some ahhhmazing Skinny Cocktails from Everyday Health.
My favorite one was The Sparkler, because it sounds so refreshing!
Springtime Elderflower Sparkler: 54 Calories
The snow is melting, and you can finally see some green peeking through the muddy landscape. Celebrate Mother Earth with an elderflower sparkler, a bubbly cocktail that’s bursting with Fresh Fruit Flavor.
1 tablespoon elderflower concentrate or syrup
1/4 cup extra-dry champagne
1/4 cup seltzer
Sprig fresh mint or edible flower for garnish
Directions: Place elderflower concentrate or syrup in the bottom of a champagne glass, add champagne and seltzer. Garnish with mint sprig or edible flowers, and voilĂ ! Serve promptly for best flavor.
Coordinating Tags/Banners/etc: I love to do this as I do with most of my dessert tables, Modern Moments Designs did some quick little tags and blank coloring sheet for us.  If you want the coloring sheet feel free to email Jessica :) 
Theme: I've done in years past Polar Express, drummer boy, gingerbread, snowman, and this year we are doing Charlie Brown...I am so excited!!!  Are these cookies by Sugar Shapes not the CUTEST!!!
Here is Jalen's (my oldest son)
cookie he decorated Sugar Shapes
awesome cookie kit.
Baking Craft: speaking of Charlie Brown we LOVE the amazing talents of Debbie with Sugar Shapes, she is beyond amazing and we've used her for several events (she donated the cutest mustache cookies and Oregon shaped cookies for our Give Thanks Benefit...wait until you see them!).  She sells decorating kids that are already done for you and make it a snap....can I tell you how happy I don't have to get this all prepared this year!  Here is what comes in the kit for $32 ..16 plain cookies, 5 assorted sprinkles and 3 bottles of frosting....can't tell you how happy I am about this and how cute is it!!!
Also a HUGE shout out to the awesome Charlie Brown Cake Pops by Peace of Cake Balls...her cake pops are so so delicious I use her for all my events!!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and please let us know if you do something like this we would love to hear all about it :)
ARE YOU SO EXCITED about my PJ's....because I am and they are on the TOP of my best gifts list this Christmas!!!!  Locally made and completely customizable....they are called Funsie's!!!  Check out their website, like their page and be cozy.  I literally LIVE in mine....I even wore it to church on family service night, yes I really did and here is the picture to prove it with my fabulous boys Jalen & Jonah and adorable Godson Josiah :)


December 21, 2012

25 Days of Christmas CoCo Style - Day 21: Decorate Yourself

Sun Kim
I appreciate any and every excuse to dress up and the next couple of weeks are packed full of reasons to do just that. Christmas parties, Christmas, New Year's Eve. This makes me a happy girl.

Let's face it. In the city of Portland, there aren't many opportunities to step out in sequins and lace. It's one of those cities where people feel jeans and a North Face jacket are always appropriate. I'm all for comfort and staying dry, but come on. It doesn't kill you to step it up every once in a while.

I've thrown some inspiration together for you. Just do it. You'll be glad you did. Happy shopping!