DIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythoughtEach Christmas morning I go over to my dad and Manda’s house and we eat breakfast together and then open gifts. The little brothers have a Christmas morning ritual of making little piles of gifts next to each person’s seat – they grab a present from under the tree, read who it’s for and then run them over to that person’s seat. Now that they’ve all got a firm grasp of reading, it goes a lot quicker than when they would have to ask whose name was on each gift. So last year while watching them pass out gifts I decided to start a note in my phone of quotes from family members throughout the year and use their quotes as their Christmas tags rather than writing their name. That way when the boys read out the quotes they get to guess who said it! And from all the quotes I’ve collected from them this year, I think they’ll find it quite amusing! You can definitely tell they’re all from boys under the age of 12 – ha! This project definitely takes a bit of planning if you don’t already save quotes from your kids or family members. Haha! But it’s never too early to start planning for next year. 😉DIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
Blank tags
-A year’s worth of quotes from family & friends 🙂DIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythoughtDIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythoughtDIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythoughtDIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythoughtDIY Quote Gift Tags @themerrythought-Caitlin


DIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtIt’s hard to believe that Christmas is just over a week away! Hopefully you’ve been able to enjoy some slower moments during all the busyness of the season. We’re looking forward to a few more Christmas gatherings with family and friends in the upcoming week and put together this rosemary garland to add a simple, festive touch to our party table. We love that it’s easy and quick to make — definitely a must during this busy time of year — and that it adds a bit of natural greenery to the table. We’re sharing the tutorial below.DIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtBesides keeping it simple with decor, one of our go-tos for effortless entertaining are simple appetizers and desserts. For the last few years, our Christmas day celebration is just appetizers & desserts – no big dinner. It leaves everyone happy & full, and no one is too stressed trying to prep a dinner for our big family (there’s close to 30 of us!). We love putting together simple charcuterie platters for gatherings, not only does it include some of our favorite foods (cheese, meats, crackers!), they’re easy to do. We partnered with 34 Degrees for this gathering and love the flavor and variety of crackers they have, from savory to sweet. We chose 34 Degrees Natural crackers and 34 Degrees Toasted Onion crackers which paired perfectly with the cheese, dip and meats we were serving. 34 Degrees crackers are the key to effortless entertaining – eat them straight from the box or top them with cheese, dips, charcuterie and more!DIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtDIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtDIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtDIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtMaterials:
-fresh rosemary
-wired jute twine
-floral wire
-pliers/wire cutters

Attach sprigs of rosemary to the wired jute twine by wrapping with floral wire. Continue until garland is desired length.DIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtDIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythoughtDIY Rosemary Table Garland @themerrythought

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  • Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 10:09 am

    Sharon Warren - Lovely!ReplyCancel


DIY House Ornaments @themerrythoughtIf you follow us on Instagram you may have watched a quick tutorial we shared for these adorable little ornaments! Since the project was already made and we know some of you aren’t big on IG Stories – we decided to share them over here too! I loved these cookie cutters when I saw them at Target but I honestly never make cookies so – obviously I had to think of a project so I could have an excuse to buy them! I think they turned out pretty sweet and would make nice mini wall decor if you don’t want to hang them on your tree!DIY House Ornaments @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
House Cookie Cutters
-Wooden Beads
-Bottle Brush Tree
-Hot Glue Gun

You can watch the video below for step-by-step instructions!DIY House Ornaments @themerrythoughtDIY House Ornaments @themerrythought-Caitlin

  • Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 11:07 pm

    Katie - So cute! I think I’m running to Target tomorrow. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 6:27 pm

    Maria Miranda - Só nice! Thanks for sharing. Happy christmas. MariaReplyCancel


Pomegranate Brie Crostini @themerrythoughtChristmas is quickly approaching – each year I vow to do better in prepping for it to try to keep things more relaxed, but it always seems to just come too quickly! Luckily, food isn’t usually a stressor for me. Probably because I love to bake. And eat. 😏
For those that might not feel quite the same about food prep, this easy appetizer is just your thing. Pretty, festive, and delicious. Serve it at your next Christmas gathering, or just make it for yourself and eat it while gazing at your Christmas tree lights…it’ll help relieve some of that stress from holiday craziness. 😉Pomegranate Brie Crostini @themerrythoughtPomegranate Brie Crostini @themerrythoughtPomegranate Brie Crostini

baguette, sliced
olive oil
brie, sliced
pomegranate seeds
fresh rosemary, chopped (I left mine in longer stems for the photos only)

Brush each side of baguette slices lightly with olive oil. Bake under the broiler just until lightly toasted (this takes 1-5 minutes, depending on your broiler, watch it carefully). Flip baguette slices over, top with brie slices and broil till cheese is melted and baguette is toasted (again, watch closely so it doesn’t burn). Top with chopped rosemary and pomegranate seeds. Serve immediately.
Pomegranate Brie Crostini @themerrythoughtWhat are some of your favorite holiday appetizers? If you’re looking for a few more ideas to add to your Christmas party menu, here’s a few we love: Pomegranate & Thyme Baked Camembert | Whipped Feta, Pear & Rosemary Crostini | Cheese Ball – 3 Ways | White Bean & Bacon Dip.



DIY Pine Sprig Garland @themerrythoughtI had a bunch of pine leftover from a shower that I helped throw last week and I’ve been throwing the extra pieces all over my open shelving in the kitchen, sticking it in every vase I can find, putting it in ornaments, and still have a bunch more. I put together a couple of these pine sprig garlands to use up the extras and thought I should share them for those of you still working on decorating! Grab some pruning shears, go snip a branch, and you can whip up a few of these!DIY Pine Sprig Garland @themerrythoughtWhat you need:
-Pruning shears
-Fishing line or string

How to make it:
Clip small sprigs of pine and cut a long piece of fishing line (a little longer than the length you want the garland to be). Double knot the fishing line around the stem of each pine sprig and evenly space them throughout the line.
DIY Pine Sprig Garland @themerrythought-Caitlin

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  • Monday, December 11, 2017 - 5:25 pm

    Ivory - Fabulous and creative, two of my favorite things, and you nailed them.ReplyCancel