Holiday Entertaining Ideas from Your Favorite Movies! – Part 2

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Who doesn’t love a great holiday movie? In addition to entertaining us they can
also provide great inspiration for your next holiday party.  Check out some of my favorite holiday movie ideas, as well as the segments that just aired on "The Better Show."

3. Music  “Holiday Inn” and “White Christmas” are a veritable feast of amazing Bing Crosby jingles. Pre-program the iPod or do a little Pandora research ahead of time and everything will seem a lot cheerier!

4. Décor – Take a cue from “Christmas Vacation” and go cray cray on the lights and borrow some fun ideas from classic children’s movies “Elf,” “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or “Frosty the Snowman.”

  • “Elf” – Create a super clean and white color scheme with snowflakes and white garland.
  • “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or “Frosty the Snowman” – Add in a vintage touch with old-fashioned holiday ornaments or break out the paper and crayons and let the kids create some festive place settings.

This second clip gives you more ideas for retro holiday music and décor for your upcoming party. Tell me what you’ve got planned in the comments section below! 

PS – most of the amazing finds I show can be picked up at your local World Market!

Holiday Entertaining Ideas from Your Favorite Movies! – Part 1

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Who doesn’t love a great holiday movie? In addition to entertaining us, they can provide great inspiration for your next holiday party.  Check out some of my favorite holiday movie-inspired party tips, as well as the segment that just aired on "The Better Show" here.

My Top Holiday Tips and the Movies that Inspired Them:

1. Food – More movies than you can imagine rocked the "alternative" holiday meal in multiple ways: Think the spaghetti in “Elf,” the peking duck in “A Christmas Story” or the old school presentation in “A Christmas Carol.”

  • “Elf” – Serve Elf’s favorite, spaghetti with syrup.
  • “A Christmas Story” – Try a Chinese buffet with chopsticks, miso soup and wontons. Decorate with Asian holiday ornaments.
  • “Home Alone” – The kids will LOVE having pizza and an “all you can eat” sundae bar.
  • “Little Women” – Have Christmas breakfast instead of Christmas dinner.
  • “A Christmas Carol” – Serve traditional foods served on multi-layered pedestals, like raisin pudding.

2. Beverages – Coca-Cola has gotten a lot of play over the years in some of our favorite films (“Elf” and “Home Alone”) – whether it's straight out of the bottle or in a champagne flute. Rock your inner carbonation or go old-school beverage with unexpected glasses like in “The Great Gatsby.”

  • “Home Alone” – Coke in a champagne flute.
  • “Elf” – Coke straight out of the bottle.
  • “The Great Gatsby” – Little bottles of champagne.
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” – Traditional glasses with mulled wine, Bailey’s and hot chocolate.
  • “Polar Express” – Hot chocolate and marshmallows – go for jumbos, handcrafted or even dyed marshmallows.

3. Activities – Nothing beats the holiday blues like a little exercise. Think ice skating (“Serendipity”), caroling (“Love Actually”) or exchanging food as a meal (“Little Women”).

  • “It’s a Wonderful Life” – Show some gratitude and have each guest share something that they are thankful for this holiday season.
  • “Serendipity” – Head outside for some good ole’ fashion exercise with a party at the community ice skating rink.
  • “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – Host some “Reindeer Games” (remember adding in the line “like Monopoly” when you sang it as a kid?) with a board game tournament.
  • “Little Women” – A new twist on the gift exchange. Incorporate your favorite holiday breakfast pastries and have a “pastry exchange.”
  • “Love Actually” – After eating and drinking, take a stroll through the neighborhood with some traditional caroling.

Will your holiday bash be full of maple syrup spaghetti and Chinese food? Tell me in the bomments section below!

For more ideas, watch the clip where I share how to recreate your favorite holiday movie scenes on "The Better Show." PS – a lot the goodies I show can be picked up at your local World Market!

Where do you get your inspiration?


Where do you get your inspiration? From Anne Taintor, evidently.


And why this photo? (Answer buried in post.)


I'm asked that ALL the time and it's probably a VERY gracious way of people asking what's happening in my head and is everything ok? It might bubble up because I'm so curious about everyone else's creative process (tell me yours in the comments below?). And so today I made a decision. It's been coming for a few weeks, and now that I think about it, started two Junes ago (2013). 


I'm restless.


Maybe this blog should have started with what KILLS your inspiration? Because that comes first and is at the root of all of this.


What kills my inspiration is:

  • Meetings
  • Spelling mistakes (I thought about having that say "Smelling mistakes" just for fun)
  • Typos 
  • Slow people who are not kind, just unfortunate
  • Manuals. I like to make them, but hate to read them. Following them? Impossible.
  • Rules. See "Manuals" above. I like to make them, don't love following. Shocker.
  • Learning new things. Lots of times I LOVE (most of the time) to learn new things, but getting back in touch with actually posting my own blogs in WordPress. Challenging. Not loving this. I feel clunky and lame. 
  • Clunky and lame people kill my inspiration. (Should there be a period "." after inspiration if I'm creating this list and some of the bullets ahead don't need periods?)
  • Constraints


  • Coffee
  • Color
  • Beautiful magazines
  • The awkward, sometimes toothless smiles of my children
  • The soft green eyes of my Mom
  • Old books. Just books actually.
  • Glossy paper.
  • Finding things
  • I'm now obsessed with junk, bottles, trash, plastic I can fuse together and solving mysteries
  • Hiking in the morning, like this morning with nothing but the damp air we've so sorely been denied, the quiet and the color
  • More coffee (no, snarky girl, I am not overcaffeinated as I write this, nor buzzed)
  • Ooooh! Which leads me to vodka. That inspires me.
  • Asian markets. Actually, ethnic markets
  • Anne Taintor stuff. It's raw, colorful, different and absolutely hysterical. I'm also very into #PicCollage, so I've been creating fun images for myself. :)
  • Lack of constraints

So let's go with the "Lack of constraints" mentioned above. You're going to see less of them. Less of me trying to conform to business rules about "what works", what "should work", what everyone blasted says works. (Most of it doesn't and it's very expensive to execute.) I don't care. I'm going to do what works for me. I'm going to work with the clients with whom I love working, on projects I love doing and drink coffee and eat a certain apple fritter brought to me by my favorite Greek friend who always knows how to cheer me up. (And last night that was followed by two halves of cake donuts with frosting and sprinkles. Oops.)


The holidays kind of make me sad (third year in a row.) I don't know why I'm telling you this, but I feel like it. And my birthday is on Friday and I used to absolutely love my birthday. I don't anymore. And it's not because I'm getting older (I'll be 45, no need to sneakily try to Google it – yup, I am due for some more Botox.) So I'm not going to "do" anything for my birthday but sneak away with a delicious little Nugget that showed up in my life one day and who I could squeeze so tight (and do), that all 6' 1" (or whatever) of him gets paw prints on him. I am going to be the first business writing party planner with a hot male muse.


And I'm going to blog more. About what I want to blog about. And no, I'm not depressed. No need to text me to see if everything is ok. Because you know what? It's more than ok. I'm actually in love with love, life, my friends, my loft, my psychotically organized office, my so-fun clients who are attracted to my unpredictible-off-the-wall-ness. (Business Tip: In the last few months that things have been morphing in this direction, I've been getting more press, clients and attention than I ever have before. Interesting what happens when you just be Y-O-U.) 


There are too many normal people out there. So you, my little playmates, should you decide to acquiesce, are now part of my inner world of mischief, inspiration, color and ridiculosity. You will see it here first. The place I will be as least buttoned up, my very own cozy blog. (Sometimes I do Tweet buzzed, I'll admit it, so that's not buttoned up, but those are 140 characters and this is actually kind of long.) Because I no longer want to live. any. other. way. 


xoxoxox and more xoxox's from the odd goddess girl gone rogue. Ha!


P.S. All tYpoSSS in this bLog are intentional. Yup.

P.P.S. Now that I actually published this, I can see that some of my formatting didn't take effect which is challenging, so if you're one of the first ones to see it, sorry, we'll tweak it tomorrow when the smart people are in. :)