Organizing a holiday

My husbands family is coming to our house this Christmas eve. There will be 15 of us. Ages 7 -72.  There will be a million presents.  Tons of noise. Plenty of food. My 7 yr old on the piano. And finally, lots of alcohol…for the hostess at least.

In the next 4 days, I am getting together my meal plan, hors d’oeuvres and place settings. I will survive by checking in on my favorite blog spots for holiday help. Here are a couple of my favorites:

Design Sponge:  My dream is to appear anywhere on the pages of this fantastic design blog. Grace Bonney and contributors post the latest and greatest design, decorating, cooking and retail ideas. There are some very cute holiday DIY projects. If you are looking for a gift for a creative type they published a beautiful  book this year.

Dinner a Love Story: My friend Jenny Rosenstrach started this cooking blog two years ago based on her dinner diary. The result is an awesome sight for regular home cooks.  I check her site daily. This time of year she will have valuable tips on cooking, table setting and general family fun. She also managed to co-author a cookbook this year and is working on a second book chronicling her life as a mom, writer, and home cook. I say Julia Child move over!

Pioneer Woman: I stumbled upon this blog six months ago and was immediately addicted. Ree Drummond, a city-slicker who married a cowboy now lives and raises her family on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma. She recently wrote a cookbook and her “Home and Garden” section of her site has some first-class holiday decorating ideas.

Decorpad/Look 4 less: My friend Dana turned me on to this site. Imagine the latest and greatest furniture, decor and accessories listed from the most expensive to the cheapest version of the identical stuff. If you are looking to do any redecorating or updating before the holidays you will love this site.

Mossy: My buddy Marcie launched this site last year. It is simple and beautiful site dedicated to crafting and family. She has a some great ideas on some lovely gifts, eco-friendly wrapping and decorating this season. Keep her bookmarked for the rest of the year for tips on gardening, camping and general laid-back living. (Note: Marcie is making me flower embossed ponytail holders that I will be using for napkin rings/take-away items for my all girl kids table this year!)

Hope this helps.  Let me know some of your favorites!

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