Gold Polka Dot Letters

Gold Polka Dot Letters for Christmas Decor. So fun and easy to make to add to your Christmas decor.

DIY Gold Polka Dot Letters for Chrismas Decor

As you can probably tell, I’m totally into gold and polka dots and stripes right now, and I really want to incorporate more white and gold into my Christmas decor, so I came up with these DIY polka dot letters, which will fit perfectly on my mantel below our TV that’s mounted above our fireplace.

Gold Polka Dot letters supplies

Here are the supplies you’ll need for this little project: paper mache letters, spray paint, acrylic paint and round sponge daubers.

Spray painting paper mache letters for Christmas decor

First spray paint your letters in the color of your choice.

Adding gold polka dots to white paper mache letters for Christmas decor

After letting your letters dry, pour some gold acrylic paint into a small container and use your circle paint sponge to add the polka dots to your letters. For this project I used a 1 inch circle sponge and a 1/2 inch circle sponge to touch up any uncovered areas.

Finished gold polka dot JOY letters for Christmas decor

I used my sponges and went over each polka dot twice to make the gold more dark.

Finished gold polka dot letters on my mandle for Christmas. A quick and easy project for Christmas decor

Here are my finished letters displayed on my mantel.

DIY Gold Polka Dot letters for Christmas decor. An easy and inexpensive Christmas decor project.

Gold Polka Dot letters

Are you using any gold in your Christmas color scheme this year?? I seriously can’t get enough of it!! Stay tuned for another gold polka dot project next week! Hint: it’s a printable one! :-)

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5 Easy Tips to Entertain for the Holidays in Style

5 Easy Tips to Entertain for the Holidays in Style

With the holiday season upon us, today I thought I’d share my favorite 5 easy tips to entertain for the holidays in style. I call these “easy” tips because you shouldn’t have to stress out about entertaining and having guests over; you want to be able to enjoy the time with friends and family and not spend too much time prepping for company. Hopefully these tips will help relieve some of that stress and let you enjoy the season.

5 Easy Tips to Entertain for the Holidays in Style


1. Shop your home for centerpieces and table decor.

2. Choose your color scheme.

3. Add namecards to your tablescape.

4. Use wrapping paper.

5. Set the mood to welcome guests.

Shop your home for easy holiday entertaining. Pinecones and ornaments can easily be added to your holiday table.

Shop your home and Christmas decor for things to use for your holiday tablescape.

Use what you have to use as decor for your holiday entertaining.

Tip #1 – shop your home for centerpieces and table decor. There’s no need to go out and spend a bunch of money for items to decorate your table for guests. Pull out your Christmas decorations and look through what you already have to find items that will work for a centerpiece and additional table decor. Look for a couple of items with some height for visual interest in the center of your table, and smaller items flanking the sides if you have room. These trees sit on my mantle for Christmas, but I just pulled them off and added them to the table for the night. Gold and silver glittered pinecones along with aqua colored ornaments act as additional filler for your tabletop decor.

Choose your color scheme for your holiday entertaining based on items you find in your collection of Christmas decor.

Rustic Glam tablesetting in a white, aqua and gold color scheme

Tip #2 – once you have looked through your existing stash of Christmas decor, decide on a color scheme for your tablescape. If you have lots of red and green decor, use that to start with and maybe add some sparkle with gold or silver accents. If you have a particular color scheme in mind, look through your existing inventory and see what you have in that color scheme to work with. Try spray painting old decor items to give them new life and work them into your vision without buying everything new. Choosing a color scheme will help you plan the additional details you want to add to your tablescape and make planning easier.

Use simple tags with gold handwritten names as namecards for your holiday table.

Rustic Glame Tablescape for the holidays. A namecard at each place setting makes guests feel welcome.

Simple handwritten namecards make guests feel welcome at your holiday party.

Tip #3 – use namecards at your holiday table to make guests feel welcome. I just LOVE having namecards at your table for any event, be it birthday parties, casual get-togethers, or holiday parties. Guests (especially little ones) love finding their own special seat at the table and it makes them feel more even welcome at your event. Namecards can be simple or more fun and elaborate. For this holiday party, I used simple black tags, hand wrote the guest names in gold sharpie and tied to the bow on the napkin. Last year I made these cute glittered pumpkin namecards for Thanksgiving, and check out this post for more placecard ideas. Have fun and be creative with this one!

Shop your home for easy holiday entertaining. Pinecones and ornaments can easily be added to your holiday table.

Easily entertain in style by using wrapping paper for an inexpensive tablerunner.

Tip #4 – use wrapping paper for your tablerunner. I use wrapping paper for tablerunners or on my tabletops ALL THE TIME! It’s such an easy and inexpensive way to add some color or pattern to your table. Wrapping paper comes in so many fun colors and patterns now, that you should easily be able to find paper that coordinates with your color scheme or theme; whether it’s bright and colorful, or elegant and reserved. HomeGoods and Target are always a great place to find pretty wrapping paper. I used a kraft paper table runner for my rustic glam tablescape.

Rustic Glam Tablescape for Holiday Entertaining. Use a beautiful fragrance with candles or scented plug-ins to welcome guests to your home.

Use scented plug-ins to welcome guests to your home for holiday entertaining.

Tip #5 – use a beautiful holiday scent to set the mood and welcome guests to your home. I absolutely LOVE to walk into a home and immediately smell an aroma appropriate for the season. I personally use scented plug-ins to keep my home smelling nice all year long. I just love the feelings that a yummy scent can evoke. I love fruity and tropical scents for the spring & summer, pumpkin & caramel for the fall and pine, cranberry & sugar cookie for the holiday season. Having a beautiful candle burning or scented plug-in really makes your guests feel at home and may even evoke a feeling of anticipation and excitement for the wonderful holiday season.

My home smells absolutely fabulous right now because I have the Glade Sparkling Spruce scented plug-in in my kitchen/family room area. I plugged it in a few days ago and it SERIOUSLY got me in the Christmas spirit and totally makes me want to put up my Christmas tree right now!

Glade Sparkling Spruce holiday scents

As I mentioned, I LOVE the scented plug-ins, but you can also find candles, room spray and melting squares to bring that wonderful Christmas smell into your home.

Kevin Ross Image #2

I really enjoyed Kevin Ross’ rendition of Glade’s holiday song, “This Is My Wish” and was inspired by the Sparkling Spruce fragrance and the feeling of anticipation for the season. Click HERE to listen to and download the holiday song to add to your Christmas collection.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Christmas Wonderful Link Party

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Season to Sparkle Holiday Hop – Confetti Favors, Glitter Glasses & Pretty Holiday Napkins

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