Uncommon Designs http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com Creating Crafts and Home Decor Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:45:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.10 Holiday Brunch Bacon Barhttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/bacon-bar/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/bacon-bar/#comments Wed, 07 Dec 2016 12:36:44 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=24104 Calling all bacon lovers. Host a holiday brunch featuring a bacon bar! I love bacon… like LOVE bacon. When I heard about Smithfield’s Bacon Bar, I totally was on board to work with them to share this fabulous idea. I’ve done all sorts of parties, but I thought a bacon bar would be the perfect idea for a holiday brunch! It doesn’t take much to

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Calling all bacon lovers. Host a holiday brunch featuring a bacon bar!

I love bacon… like LOVE bacon. When I heard about Smithfield’s Bacon Bar, I totally was on board to work with them to share this fabulous idea. I’ve done all sorts of parties, but I thought a bacon bar would be the perfect idea for a holiday brunch!

Throw a fun holiday brunch with a themed bacon bar. It is so much fun and who doesn't love bacon? You can also enter to win bacon for a year!

It doesn’t take much to entice me to plan a party, but this one was particularly fun.  First of all, Smithfield has free chalkboard labels and tons of recipes on their bacon bar page.  I decided to make a few different varieties, but they have loads of types of bacon types to choose from.

Throw a fun holiday brunch with a themed bacon bar. It is so much fun and who doesn't love bacon? You can also enter to win bacon for a year!

I made a few different flavors: Hometown Original, Sea Salt and Caramel, Bourbon and Brown Sugar, and finally Applewood. They all tasted so good and you can find the recipes all in one spot here.

Throw a fun holiday brunch with a themed bacon bar. It is so much fun and who doesn't love bacon? You can also enter to win bacon for a year!

I also tried my hand at making bacon jam and biscuits. It was so different than any other jam I’ve ever made and quite tasty, too! I also couldn’t resist adding in some pig figurines that I painted metallic silver. After all, it is the holidays right?

Throw a fun holiday brunch with a themed bacon bar. It is so much fun and who doesn't love bacon? You can also enter to win bacon for a year!

I raised all of the food on these awesome handled trays and the rustic touch was perfect for this occasion. I also used some faux mercury glass lights and candleholders to hold the bacon.

The holidays is the perfect time to connect with friends and family. Invite them for brunch and surprise them with your very own bacon bar. They will love getting a taste of the different varieties of bacon and I have a feeling they’ve never experienced something like this before. They’ll be talking about it for long after the brunch.

Here is the extra fun part…

You can enter to win “Bacon for a Year” with Smithfield’s amazing coupon booklet.  Enter below!

Enjoy!

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Decorating for the Senses and a Cause with Thymeshttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/decorating-for-the-senses-and-a-cause/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/decorating-for-the-senses-and-a-cause/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:37:14 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=24051 The holiday festivities had begun and this year I’m decorating for the senses and a for a cause with Thymes. Can I tell you that I feel more in the spirit than ever? I love to decorate for the holidays, but I firmly believe that the environment that we create for the holidays involves all five senses and a purpose.  Here is a confession… I’ve

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The holiday festivities had begun and this year I’m decorating for the senses and a for a cause with Thymes. Can I tell you that I feel more in the spirit than ever?

This year decorate and give with a purpose with Thymes candles and their Buy One. Plant One. Campaign #ad #TheBestGiftEver

I love to decorate for the holidays, but I firmly believe that the environment that we create for the holidays involves all five senses and a purpose.  Here is a confession… I’ve never ever owned a real Christmas tree. There, I said it… never! With artificial trees and greenery, there is a lot of flexibility.  I know that my tree will stay vibrant and beautiful, even if I put it up way before most people do.  I’d like to say that it is because I’m a blogger and I have to prepare early, but I can clearly remember assembling our tree ornaments in all in our attic as a child.  I thought my mom was going to have a coronary. My little La La I think is cut from the same mold. We love fluffing the branches, feeling and seeing something come out of a box and become a beautiful work of art.

This year decorate and give with a purpose with Thymes candles and their Buy One. Plant One. Campaign #ad #TheBestGiftEver

I have to admit, I have always been on the search for a scent that was so authentic, no perfume, no cinnamon sticks, just the woody evergreen smell of a fresh cut tree.  Can I tell you after searching for 10 years or so I found it!!!

Thymes Fraser Fir

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Y’all… I know it sounds silly, but it is everything I’ve been searching for. It smells like you are walking through a Christmas tree farm. I love that there is nothing else in the mix, no cinnamon and spice… just like a Fraser Fir.

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The packaging is gorgeous, too. I love the mercury glass and the dark wood that they have chosen for this collection. It integrates seamlessly into my decor.

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The only sense we haven’t talked about is taste.  Let’s take a little detour from our normal idea of taste when it comes to baking and lets talk about gifts and gifts that are given to us by people with good taste.

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With the Thymes Fraser Fir collection, you are absolutely certain to be deemed as having good taste if you give this as a precious gift. There are a few reasons for this.  First, the packaging is beautiful… just so elegant and simple. You can’t go wrong. This collection will match everyone on the planet’s holiday decor. Plain and simple. But here is my favorite part…

This year decorate and give with a purpose with Thymes candles and their Buy One. Plant One. Campaign #ad #BestGiftEver #BuyOnePlantOne #FrasierFir #DiscoverThymes #SmellsLikeChristmas

The Thymes Fraser Fir collection along with Woodchuck USA is helping you to give with purpose with their Buy One. Plant One. campaign. With every product sold, a new tree is planted.  The tag attached to the candle or packaging actually shows you the exact coordinate where the tree is being planted. This is such a wonderful thing for our environment, and such a wonderful tangible teaching moment for our families.  For me working with Thymes was not just a yes, but a heck yes! I’m so proud to work with this fine company.

Right now you can visit the Buy One. Plant One. campaign landing page where they can purchase the Frasier Fir Northwoods and Limited Edition collections, or individual products, and redeem a Thymes Sample Set – over 12 fragranced body lotion samples – with their purchase of $25.

I’ve taken a little deeper dive into discussing how I plan to celebrate the season with of the senses in this video.

Merry Christmas, happy decorating, and enjoy giving with a sense of purpose!  

 

 

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Elfing Your Neighbor A New Traditionhttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/elfing-your-neighbor/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/elfing-your-neighbor/#respond Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=24052 Elfing your Neighbor has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MerryAndBright #CollectiveBias Elfing Your Neighbor is a blast! I love this wonderful season of gifting, but I love a gift that includes a little extra added fun.  You’ve seen that we love to “Boo your Neighbor“, now we are Elfing our neighbor with a little help from American

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Elfing Your Neighbor is a blast!

I love this wonderful season of gifting, but I love a gift that includes a little extra added fun.  You’ve seen that we love to “Boo your Neighbor“, now we are Elfing our neighbor with a little help from American Greetings.

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Now before you start feeling like you simply can’t add one more thing to you list, I promise you this one is so fun for the entire family.  Bringing a giggle and a smile to someone is a true gift and sharing the joy of the season with your friends and neighbors is what it is all about friends.

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I headed out to my local Wal-Mart to gather my supplies to “Elf” my neighbors across the street.  This was the hard part… there were so many bags, wrapping paper, sweet plush bears, and that amazing larger than life glittered card.

Be sure to enter the American Greetings Sweepstakes, as well:

American Greetings #MerryAndBright Sweepstakes

You can find the Ibotta Offer here! 


Enjoy this fun new tradition at work or in your  neighborhood. Elfing your Neighbor is so much fun to do and we are sharing inspiring ideas and Free Printables! Find more at http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com #Christmas #HolidayTraditions #FamilyFun I picked up this quatrefoil gift bag, curling ribbon, awesome printed tissue paper to wrap the gift in, but I have a special added touch… don’t worry, we’ll get to that. Enjoy this fun new tradition at work or in your  neighborhood. Elfing your Neighbor is so much fun to do and we are sharing inspiring ideas and Free Printables! Find more at http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com #Christmas #HolidayTraditions #FamilyFun I also grabbed some sugar cookie mix, a cute pot holder, a kitchen flour sack towel and individual packs of plain M & M’s in this a collectors box. Be sure to head on over to American Greetings to enter theAmerican Greetings #MerryAndBright Sweepstakes. They are giving away loads of free stuff! 

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I also found these elf shoes craft picks at my local craft store. I used the curling ribbon to spif them up a bit and then added them to the outside of the gift bag.

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Be sure to download your elf printables on the American Greetings site here.  I printed off two of each of the downloads to include in the bag. They give awesome instructions, too!

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Now comes the part where I felt like I was in the movie Mission Impossible. I texted my neighbor all morning so I knew when they were planning on leaving. Once I saw them pull out, the girls and I grabbed all of our goodies and headed across the street to do a little decorating.

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First, we put the bag of all of our goodies by the front door so they would be able to find it.  Although, something tells me that they wouldn’t miss our final product.

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Thankfully she had not already decorated for Christmas yet, because we did a little um “tasteful” decorating for them.

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A few additions of tinsel garland and this rudolph beauty made her home so fun and festive. We laughed and laughed as we decorated.

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When they came home they absolutely loved it and I am so glad that they did. I wonder who will get “Elf’d” next?  I hope they are as good of a sport as this family, who actually still have all this stuff on the front porch.

This was a really fun family tradition to begin this year and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

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Easy Holiday Cookies for Santahttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/easy-holiday-cookies-santa/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/easy-holiday-cookies-santa/#respond Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:00:00 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=24055 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #newforsanta #CollectiveBias You are in for a treat today of Easy Holiday Cookies for Santa! You guys know that I love preparing for Santa Clause to come with my girls. There is just something so special about creating something just for Santa to enjoy while he visits  my girls.

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You are in for a treat today of Easy Holiday Cookies for Santa!

Get the kids in on the fun of creating a easy holiday cookies for Santa. Paired with delicious hot chocolate and this adorable downloadable placemat you are ready for Santa in an instant! See more on http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/ #ChristmasCookies #Christmas #NewforSanta #ad

You guys know that I love preparing for Santa Clause to come with my girls. There is just something so special about creating something just for Santa to enjoy while he visits  my girls.  I love that this hasn’t changed as they’ve grown older. Today I am going to show you how to create some really easy holiday cookies paired with delicious Swiss Miss® hot cocoa. This can even be created in a pinch as most of us have the ingredients on hand. 

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Supplies:

  • Swiss Miss® hot cocoa, we used the k-cup pods
  • Peter Pan Simply Ground™ Peanut Butter
  • NILLA Wafer Cookies
  • Holiday Sprinkles
  • Toppings for Hot Cocoa

Get the kids in on the fun of creating a easy holiday cookies for Santa. Paired with delicious hot chocolate and this adorable downloadable placemat you are ready for Santa in an instant! See more on http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/ #ChristmasCookies #Christmas #NewforSanta #adIf you haven’t tried Peter Pan Simply Ground™ peanut butter yet, I highly recommend it. It is really creamy with just a bit of crunch. Great for the kids! You can find it in the peanut butter section at Wal-Mart.

Get the kids in on the fun of creating a easy holiday cookies for Santa. Paired with delicious hot chocolate and this adorable downloadable placemat you are ready for Santa in an instant! See more on http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/ #ChristmasCookies #Christmas #NewforSanta #ad

 

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Step One. These cookies really can’t get any easier to make, but I’ll walk you through it. Spread a layer of the Simply Ground™ peanut butter on top of one nilla wafer and top it with another. Super simple guys. We can do this in our sleep mamas!

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Step Two. Grab your kids for this part, because it is a lot of fun and it involves sprinkles. Who doesn’t love sprinkles? Just take the now sandwich cookies and roll them in a dish filled to the brim with sprinkles.

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Are they not so cute. These could totally be made last minute if you are in a pinch.  Not that I’ve ever been there (no seriously I have).

Get the kids in on the fun of creating a easy holiday cookies for Santa. Paired with delicious hot chocolate and this adorable downloadable placemat you are ready for Santa in an instant! See more on http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/ #ChristmasCookies #Christmas #NewforSanta #ad

While we make our cookies for Santa, we love to enjoy a mug of Swiss Miss® hot cocoa. My kids love it because it is so rich and chocolatey, I love that it comes in a k-cup… again another time saver! We fill ours up and then top it with whipped cream, marshmallows and sprinkles. It looks so festive and the kids love to get a good whipped cream and hot cocoa mustache!

Get the kids in on the fun of creating a easy holiday cookies for Santa. Paired with delicious hot chocolate and this adorable downloadable placemat you are ready for Santa in an instant! See more on http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/ #ChristmasCookies #Christmas #NewforSanta #ad

If you were checking out this Cookies for Santa Placemat, you can click here to download it!

Get the kids in on the fun of creating a easy holiday cookies for Santa. Paired with delicious hot chocolate and this adorable downloadable placemat you are ready for Santa in an instant! See more on http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/ #ChristmasCookies #Christmas #NewforSanta #ad

What do you have planned this year for Santa?  He’ll be popping down your chimney before you know it!

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Peppermint Fluff Slimehttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/peppermint-fluff-slime/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/peppermint-fluff-slime/#respond Sun, 27 Nov 2016 03:12:58 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=24063 Peppermint Fluff Slime makes an awesome gift! Today my oldest daughter showed me how to make Peppermint Fluff Slime. It wasn’t exactly what I had planned to do today. I was going to finish decorating my house for Christmas. There were mountains of laundry to fold. I had a great deal of work to catch up on, too. I didn’t finish a single one of

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Peppermint Fluff Slime makes an awesome gift!

Today my oldest daughter showed me how to make Peppermint Fluff Slime. It wasn’t exactly what I had planned to do today. I was going to finish decorating my house for Christmas. There were mountains of laundry to fold. I had a great deal of work to catch up on, too. I didn’t finish a single one of those things, but I spent hours with my daughter making slime and it was so much fun!

Peppermint Fluff Slime is so simple to make. This one is so fluffy and soft and it makes a great Christmas gift with the free printable tags! See more at http://uncommondesignsonline.com/ #Christmas #Crafts #KidsCrafts

She has perfected her recipe and we’ve had the messes to prove it, but she really has the creation of slime down to a science. I couldn’t be more proud to see her excited to create and it was so fun to do together.  We worked really well together, almost like our own mini symphony. To me that time was priceless.  Who really needs folded clothes anyway and do the Christmas decorations have to be finished on November 26th anyway.

Peppermint Fluff Slime is so simple to make. This one is so fluffy and soft and it makes a great Christmas gift with the free printable tags! See more at http://uncommondesignsonline.com/ #Christmas #Crafts #KidsCraftsPeppermint Fluff Slime

Peppermint Fluff Slime is so simple to make. This one is so fluffy and soft and it makes a great Christmas gift with the free printable tags! See more at http://uncommondesignsonline.com/ #Christmas #Crafts #KidsCrafts

Supplies:

  • 1/2 TBSP of Borax
  • 3/4 Cup of Water
  • 1/4 Tsp Peppermint Extract
  • 1/2 Bottle of Large Glue Bottle
  • 1/4 Cup of Shaving Cream

Directions:

Step One. Mix borax with the water in a cup. Add in 1/4 Tsp of peppermint extract. You could leave this out and the slime will have a fresh smell, mostly like shaving cream!

Peppermint Fluff Slime is so simple to make. This one is so fluffy and soft and it makes a great Christmas gift with the free printable tags! See more at http://uncommondesignsonline.com/ #Christmas #Crafts #KidsCrafts

Step Two. Pour half of a large bottle of glue into a mixing bowl. Add shaving cream and mix well.

Peppermint Fluff Slime is so simple to make. This one is so fluffy and soft and it makes a great Christmas gift! See more at http://uncommondesignsonline.com/ #Christmas #Crafts #KidsCrafts

Step Three. Add Borax water mixture and knead until it is smooth and fluffy. That’s all folks!

 

Now the even extra fun part… the packaging! 

Peppermint Fluff Slime is so simple to make. This one is so fluffy and soft and it makes a great Christmas gift with the free printable tags! See more at http://uncommondesignsonline.com/ #Christmas #Crafts #KidsCrafts

I picked up a package of 8 oz mason jars and they were the perfect size for this amount of slime. We also decided to design a cute downloadable tag that you can tie around the rim of the jar.

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Click here or the picture above to download the tags for Peppermint Fluff Slime.

These are such a great idea for your kids to make to give to their friends as an inexpensive Christmas gift. It is also just fun to make at home.  All I know is that I had a great time spending time in the kitchen with my gal.  Be on the lookout for more holiday slime recipes. We will be sharing our recipes for glitter slime and the coolest Stars slime… it is my favorite!

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Easy as Pie Glittered Initial Ornamentshttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/glittered-initial-ornaments/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/glittered-initial-ornaments/#comments Mon, 21 Nov 2016 03:36:00 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/2011/12/glittered-initial-ornaments-a-quick-gift-idea.html For old time’s sake, I was browsing through some of our oldest posts and I came across this post about beautiful glittered initial ornaments. I loved this sweet ornament and the memories it brought back. When La La was in preschool, we made jingle bell bracelets for all for all of the girls in her class. There were only a few boys in her class,

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For old time’s sake, I was browsing through some of our oldest posts and I came across this post about beautiful glittered initial ornaments. I loved this sweet ornament and the memories it brought back.
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When La La was in preschool, we made jingle bell bracelets for all for all of the girls in her class. There were only a few boys in her class, and while we could have given them jingle bell bracelets, I don’t think they would have been a big fan. I would have been a little worried if they were into the way it looked, but they did have a pretty jingle to them.
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Wasn’t she the cutest?  She loved to make things, too and she would actually wear the things I made her like this tunic.  I still love that fabric. You know I love some beautiful fabric, too!  These were the years where she kept a few specks of glitter on her scalp at all times. I’m grateful that her teachers knew we were crafty or they may have wondered why that child kept coming to school with glitter all over her!

DIY Glittered Initial Ornaments

Glittered Initial ornaments

Supplies:

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Directions:

Step one. Paint your wooden letter with the acrylic paint. You don’t have to use red… they would be gorgeous in any color! Let dry completely.

Step Two. Flip the letter over so that you are seeing the backside, Paint on glitter glue.  Add glitter making sure to fill in the entire letter.  The more the better here folks. Let dry.

*** Here is a tip! Glitter over a paper plate and then you can use the excess again or dump it back into the container, whatever you do, don’t just shake it on with the shaker. Get a spoon and sprinkle it on there by barely tapping the side of the spoon.***

Step Three. Turn the letter over and repeat with the glue and glitter.

Step Four. Find the best place for your letter to add the screw eye. Each letter is different, so imagine it hanging on a Christmas tree.  Where would it need to be placed for it to hang the most naturally. I can usually just twist it in my hand. If you are having trouble you can use an ice pick or a drill to start your hole.

Step Five. Spray the back side with the acrylic sealer, let dry and then spray the front.  This should help the litter from going everywhere.

Step Six: Thread the decorative ribbon through the screw eye and tie it off. That is it!

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There you have it!  These are sturdy, well made monogrammed ornaments that anyone will love. Give them as an ornament, make your own for your tree, you can even use them to tie to the top of presents.  Whatever you use them for, I promise you’ll have fun making them. Your kids will enjoy having the chance to do several parts of this ornament and they will be so proud!

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An Organized Entertaining Closethttp://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/an-organized-entertaining-closet/ http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/an-organized-entertaining-closet/#comments Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:16:02 +0000 http://www.uncommondesignsonline.com/?p=24012 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WinterizeYourClosets #CollectiveBias It may sound silly, but I have always dreamed of having a super organized entertaining closet. Some of you may be wondering what the heck I am talking about, so let me explain a little. Some of my very favorite things are beautiful dishes, cake stands, and

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This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WinterizeYourClosets #CollectiveBias

It may sound silly, but I have always dreamed of having a super organized entertaining closet. Some of you may be wondering what the heck I am talking about, so let me explain a little. Some of my very favorite things are beautiful dishes, cake stands, and pretty glasses. I am the gal in my circle of friends who is constantly asked… “Hey Trish, can I borrow your (fill in the blank) for a party I’m hosting this weekend”. Before I would have to take my friends into my bathroom… yes the bathroom for them to pick out what they wanted to borrow out of a closet that was deep and dark and a little embarrassing at times.

Transform a rarely used coat closet into an entertaining closet. It is the perfect place for storage of cake stands, trays, candle sticks and glassware. Having everything at your fingertips makes entertaining a breeze and there is still room for storing your guests coats!

I’m not embarrassed any longer. And my friends and I don’t have to hang out in my bathroom pulling things out of the closet to get to what they need.  Isn’t she a dream?  I love my new entertaining closet and I am so grateful that it was so simple to put together. Remember when I redid Ann’s closet?  Well I have teamed up with Rubbermaid again and they continue to rock my “wish I was always organized” world.

Transform a rarely used coat closet into an entertaining closet. It is the perfect place for storage of cake stands, trays, candle sticks and glassware. Having everything at your fingertips makes entertaining a breeze and there is still room for storing your guests coats!

This is what my closet somewhat looked like before.  I say somewhat because I had to clean it up a little before I shared it with you guys. It was literally filled to the brim with throw pillows, table leaves, and clothes destined for the thrift shop. Those items were taken care of first, so I could do a little measuring

Transform a rarely used coat closet into an entertaining closet. It is the perfect place for storage of cake stands, trays, candle sticks and glassware. Having everything at your fingertips makes entertaining a breeze and there is still room for storing your guests coats!

The next step in my closet organizing journey was using the Rubbermaid Storage Planner to get an idea of how I would go about the installation.  The planner was amazing and so simple to use.

Transform a rarely used coat closet into an entertaining closet. It is the perfect place for storage of cake stands, trays, candle sticks and glassware. Having everything at your fingertips makes entertaining a breeze and there is still room for storing your guests coats!

When you are done with the planning, the Rubbermaid Planning Tool even summarizes everything you will need and a cost estimate. So very helpful, right?

Transform a rarely used coat closet into an entertaining closet. It is the perfect place for storage of cake stands, trays, candle sticks and glassware. Having everything at your fingertips makes entertaining a breeze and there is still room for storing your guests coats!

Off to Lowes I went to go check out Rubbermaid® FastTrack® closet system. It is great for laundry rooms, linen closets, pantries, and I knew it would be the perfect selection for my entertaining closet. I purchased my supplies and headed home to get started.

An Organized Entertaining Closet

Transform a rarely used coat closet into an entertaining closet. It is the perfect place for storage of cake stands, trays, candle sticks and glassware. Having everything at your fingertips makes entertaining a breeze and there is still room for storing your guests coats!

The walls of my closet were pretty beat up, so I decided to use this fancy wrapping paper to line the walls.  It was really thick paper with raised gold imperfect and random dots.  Perfect for an imperfect and random  girl who loves beautiful things.

Transform a rarely used coat closet into an entertaining closet. It is the perfect place for storage of cake stands, trays, candle sticks and glassware. Having everything at your fingertips makes entertaining a breeze and there is still room for storing your guests coats! I lined the walls with the paper and began the install.  Using a level, you first instal the rail that you see at the top and then follow up with the white hanging upright rails.  This was so easy to do and I couldn’t believe how quickly it all came together!

Transform a rarely used coat closet into an entertaining closet. It is the perfect place for storage of cake stands, trays, candle sticks and glassware. Having everything at your fingertips makes entertaining a breeze and there is still room for storing your guests coats!

Here is where the real fun began.  I knew that I wanted to be able to separate my table linens, so I used the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® White Plastic Shelf Dividers on the top shelf. They literally just snap into place!

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Now my tablecloths are neatly folded and in one designated spot.  Before, they were in the bathroom closet, dining room drawers, you name it. Now they are ready to whip out at a moment’s notice and be wrinkle free and clean!

Transform a rarely used coat closet into an entertaining closet. It is the perfect place for storage of cake stands, trays, candle sticks and glassware. Having everything at your fingertips makes entertaining a breeze and there is still room for storing your guests coats! I filled in the the other shelves with my entertaining essentials. My sister recently handed me down her set of cake stands, and they have a prominent place on the middle shelf.  The mason jar utensil holders get used almost weekly around here, too!

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Then I used a few of my favorite gilded gold trays to house my glassware and added in my favorite candlesticks and white entertaining dishes.

entertaining-closet-4This tiered storage item is meant for storing plates, but it was perfect for my small glasses and dishes.

entertaining-closet-5You will also see that I included a gift that my grandmother gave each granddaughter when they married. Peggy Post’s book on etiquette. I have referenced it so many times, even in today’s casual world, a little bit of manners never hurt anyone. :)

Transform a rarely used coat closet into an entertaining closet. It is the perfect place for storage of cake stands, trays, candle sticks and glassware. Having everything at your fingertips makes entertaining a breeze and there is still room for storing your guests coats!

I know you must be thinking about not having the ability to store coats in a coat closet. Well, we have never been able to do that due to my cluttered closet, but now we can store guests coats when they come and they even have a mirror on the door to check their lipstick and hair as they enter and leave.

Transform a rarely used coat closet into an entertaining closet. It is the perfect place for storage of cake stands, trays, candle sticks and glassware. Having everything at your fingertips makes entertaining a breeze and there is still room for storing your guests coats!

This is made possible by using the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® White Steel Valet Rod. It recesses when not in use and you can pull it out to hang coats when you  need to. See… problem solved!

Transform a rarely used coat closet into an entertaining closet. It is the perfect place for storage of cake stands, trays, candle sticks and glassware. Having everything at your fingertips makes entertaining a breeze and there is still room for storing your guests coats!

It may seem silly, but when you have a heart for entertaining, a closet like this might just set your heart a flutter.  I love it and keep going by and opening the door. The kids think I’m crazy, but what is new?

Can you think of a closet in your home that you would like to get organized?  Maybe you have a linen closet that doesn’t quite fit your lifestyle or do you dream of a pretty closet like mine? Rubbermaid® FastTrack® can make these dreams a reality for you! Just jump in!

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