You’re Invited to Our Handmade Holiday Party!

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At DIY’s Made + Remade, we love entertaining, especially at the holidays, but we’re more into making (at least some of) our decorations than buying them. And I know you know what that means … mornings at the sewing machine, nights with the glue gun, lunch-break runs to the craft store, all in the quest for a unique, inspiring and gratifying handmade holiday.

Because handmade takes more time, we decided to begin extra early this year and partnered with our friends at HGTV.com’s Design Happens blog. Together, we threw a party full of inspiring holiday decorating ideas and handmade how-to projects, from the table setting to the mantel décor to the food. Oh, and of course, you know we didn’t forget to stock the bar — we even made our own signature cocktail for the soiree!

When planning a handmade holiday party, where do you start? It helps to gather inspiring ideas, projects and products first. Check out the mood board and color palette that Design Happens’ Liz Gray put together to inform all our projects and ideas. With this handy design guide in hand, we got down to business, making and remaking until the big day finally came.

Here’s a quick glimpse at some of the how-to projects that went into our party.

sewing funky stockings

Who needs traditional stockings? We made ours funky. (OK, so we like traditional, too, but it’s time to shake things up a bit.)

napkins printed with pinecones

Block-printing napkins adds a special touch without a lot of extra effort.

copper paint

Every holiday decoration needs a little metallic paint … and glitter.

making fresh greenery garland

And what’s a holiday without fresh greenery and good friends?

Over the next few weeks, we’ll let you in on all the projects, recipes and design ideas (first up: these easy customizable invitations) that went into making our party a great success. We hope they inspire your holiday parties, too. Our advice? Get started early. A handmade holiday takes a little extra effort, but it’s so worth it!

We’ve teamed up with our friends over at HGTV.com’s Design Happens to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited! Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.

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