15 Stylish and Simple Christmas Ideas

15 Stylish & Simple Christmas Ideas via Adore Re Mi

We are already busy with family and work, and it's no wonder we stress so easily during the festive season having to buy presents, decorate the home and cook for the family! Ideally we would like to make everything look perfect and nice so I am giving you a heads start with 15 stylish and simple Christmas ideas you can use. Just remember the golden rule, keep it simple and easy!

I was trying to keep it to 12 ideas but there are so many I had to add another three.

I saw this simple idea and made it with neon coloured paper, grass green ribbon and wash tape. Kids will love to help out too!

Via Kickcan & Conkers

How easy is this! I did this for my wedding using ribbon and craft glue, I wish wash tape was available 8 years ago!



You don't always have to buy Christmas themed wrapping paper. I always buy brown or white wrapping paper and dress it up with left over paper with ribbon or twine. Print out these cute labels via Tomfo

Christmas decoration found in Buzznet

gift wrapping via Boxwood Clippings

Beautifully wrapped and photo worthy. It would be ashamed to open them up.. Nah! You can use your signature colour to personalise it. via Boxwood Clippings


Although it might be messy with the glitter, it sure looks cute to make. Decorate your tree or use it as a present/gift label. via Creature Comforts

Martha Stewart, Holiday jars

Martha extends her holiday jar idea to make it look more effective using wire lights to light it up. You can do without the lighting and use the salt as the snow and an ornament. via Martha Stewart

NordicElvesFeature by Nadine Reeves

Love being able to recycle/re-use. Buy felt & craft glue from your local craft supply shop and write a message for these cute Nordic feel advent calendar idea designed by Nadine Reeves

christmas-tree-napkin-fold-collage by Handimania

This is such a great idea. Make the napkins your main feature on your table, this emits so much clutter on the table. I know because I get carried away decorating mine! How to fold instructions via Handimania

ChristmasTableSetting_thumbYour napkins will look great on an uncluttered Christmas table. It's quick and simple especially when your time should be used hosting your guests or cooking! Vases and extras can be bought from your $2 shop. via Finding Home

Watermelon Christmas trees

Our national summer fruit is the watermelon (we love mangoes but it's a little tricky to make shapes.) Use a shaped cookie cutter. The kids, and big kids too will devour it. found in What About Watermelon

Sweet Scarlet

This Holly cupcakes don't look too hard to decorate, as long as you get to kiss a boy or girl. via Sweet Scarlet

Hot Mama's Cake via FB

You have the cupcake touch, maybe these cute cupcakes can inspire you to get creative. It's the trickiest to do but I had to put this cute designs on the list. Check out her FB page via Hot Mama's Cake

Better Home and Gardens

Another easy to do decoration on your cookie or cupcakes via Better Homes and Garden

Raspberry Limocello ProseccoAnd lastly, we can't have a festival season without a refreshing drink (perfect for the Southern hemisphere.) This easy to make drink  recipe is by Damn Delicious.  Non-alcoholic? Homemade raspberry/strawberry lemonade here

I hope I set your creative bug off with the 15 Christmas ideas,. The idea is to see something you like and interpret it your own way and to have fun. Have a good week and I see you on the next post- wrapping gifts inspiration mood board by me!

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Spring Inspired Outfits

On the east-coast of Australia it's been hot one day and windy cold the next (maybe refreshing to some.)
I've put away all my wooly winter jumpers but I've kept my lighter essentials for the chilly nights. So I created 3 spring inspired outfits inspired by Pantone colors to mix and match for this crazy in between season. One for each occasion:
  • work
  • casual/date night
  • day to night

The colour inspiration is from the Pantone Spring 2014. You can't go wrong using Sand and Paloma as your neutral colours and boost it up with the brighter colours.

Now considering my personal choice of colour is black, I do like the colour palette, so I'm making some effort to wear navy and grey as my neutral/base tones. It makes a difference to your mood and you get more compliments wearing colour. Mind you I still love black!
The Way She Wears It.

My favourite is the champagne colour pants/leggings. I personally wouldn't be able to wear it without a longer top, but just the remember the rule for the body conscience- Tighter on top, looser on the bottom or looser on top on tighter on the bottom. This will give you some definition without looking frumpy. (Tighter means NOT skin tight but comfortable tight.)
I added flats to the outfits; as much as I love wearing heels, I can't walk in them for long and you can wear dressy flats and still good look.
Hope the colours inspired you as much as it did for me and helped make a decision on a new outfit you for to try.
To my American & Canadian friends, sending you warm hugs with all the
snow you been dumped!
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Guest Post: Krissy from Pretty Wee Things.

I welcome you my first blog guest post: Krissy from Pretty Wee Things. A blog about health, fashion and beauty and of course her little man!

Pretty Wee Things

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The wonderful part of starting a blog is joining a community of other bloggers. We all completed an online course at The Clever Cookie School of Blog some months ago and throughout the 4 weeks we supported and encouraged each other, getting to know one another and reading each other's blog.

So it was through the school I met Krissy of Pretty Wee Things. A lovely mum of a little boy, newly married to a dashing man (you must check out her stunning wedding photos!) She completed a Bachelor of Science honours in Psychology and also a Makeup Artistry certificate. She is into health, fashion and beauty. Krissy has a some delicious recipes which are healthy and worth checking out too.

Let's get to know Krissy a bit more...



1. What inspired you to start your blog journey?

My son…not literally, but becoming a mum meant I had to somewhat change the way I was used to living (like endless shopping trips, super long showers, white clothing). I wanted to still feel like “me” while being the best mum I could be, so along came Pretty Wee Things. My blog is my space to share the things that still matter to me, like fashion and beauty and health (and my awesome little man), even if my “normal” has changed.


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2. What is your favourite post you've written? (Link please)

I have to say that I LOVE seeing others enjoy my posts, so my favourite posts so far are probably the ones that seem to be enjoyed by most.  Our wedding day was a clear winner, but then who doesn’t like weddings!  And my healthy bliss balls have been a long-standing blog pleaser!  I always find people come back to that one!
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3. Top three health tips for summer.

Stay hydrated with LOTS OF WATER!
Enjoy the summer fruit, it’s not bad for you!
Remember sunscreen (or better yet, buy a day cream that has SPF) and good quality sunglasses

4. What essentials do you carry in your bag?

My water bottle, always a lipstick (I love MAC hug-me at the moment), concealer (I’m using Rimmel), Elizabeth Arden 8 hour lip balm, my inhaler (asthma, kind of a massive essential), baby wipes and nappies.  These days my bag doubles as a baby bag!
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5. Three make-up items you can't live without?

The Kit eyebrow gel pen in Dark Taupe, Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr tinted day cream, and Mascara!

6. What is one tradition your family has at Christmas time?

Growing up, our Santa always had a hole in his sack and would leave a trail of lollies wherever he had been.  I loved the excitement of waking up on Christmas morning and following the trail of candy to find our presents, or to see that he had visited our animals.  I absolutely will continue that tradition, although I may need to think of a healthy alternative to candy!  Any suggestions welcome!

7. What is on your Christmas list?

I haven’t even thought about myself for Christmas this year.  To be totally honest, I would love some new homeware…some cushions and a new giant entrance mirror!
Thanks for having me on Adore Re Mi!!!
It's a real pleasure having you on board at Adore Re Mi. By the way I love your Christmas tradition!
We will see more of Krissy in the near future, I'll be asking more on her beauty, fashion and psychology views. Please check more of Krissy on Facebook and Pinterest .

Navy, Blue and Metallic Inspiration board

I love how no mood, colour or inspiration board are the same. Everyone is as unique as their personality and as the creative creatures we are, we design/create for ourselves and for others. Thanks to my friend Emma, I am a virtual collage addict and here is my first one to inspire you.
Navy, Blue and Metallic

Check out what inspiration board I have created for you next week.
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Baby Shower Ideas

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re Mi


Two different BABY SHOWER IDEAS with a different set up and games to play, but there are traditions you keep like finger sandwiches, the baby shower cake. Not to forget a refreshing drink and tea or coffee.


This first idea is fresh, modern and minimalist. You can't go wrong keeping it simple and adding unique touches like the heart shape watermelon, homemade cake and cupcakes. The girls who organised this baby shower did a wonderful job. The friend who baked a vanilla and raspberry cake did an amazing job (anyone who bakes cakes knows how tricky it can be) and  it was delicious, finishing off with a hot coffee or tea!

The games played were 'guess how many mini marshmallows are in the big baby bottle' & a race to think of girls names from A to Z & lastly 'who could guess the cheapest to expensive baby list'.

The day finished off wonderfully and everyone enjoyed themselves, the ones who stayed on to help clean had extra cake and cupcakes, well at least I did!

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re Mi


Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re Mi


Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re Mi


Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re Mi



Congrats to my sister-in-law who is due late January, cannot wait to meet your little princess.



Second baby shower is a nesting bird vintage theme. Tables filled with vintage inspired decoration, metallic bird cage and paper butterflies.

The kitchen was filled with old vintage cups, ready for tea to be poured in for a cuppa with a scone. The butterflies were an idea from grand-nana who passed away since, always crafting away.

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re Mi


Home-made scones, cookies, butterfly cupcakes and finger sandwiches filled the table.

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re Mi


The courtyard was decorated with a mural made painted on packing paper, inspired by Australian artist Thea Proctor. The lanterns are much easier to ensemble and hung with fishing wire.

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re Mi

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re Mi

Close-up of the mural.

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re Mi

Outdoor table decorated with the nesting bird theme as inside.

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re Mi


Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re Mi

The two bird cages were bought on eBay and filled with fresh flowers to make it stand out.
Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re MiThe baby shower pram cake was baked by a family member.


Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re MiGames played included 'pin the sperm to the egg' & race to unscramble words & who can guess the size of the mother's belly. The ONLY time a woman would allow this!

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re MiIndoor wall murals, drawn on packing paper with butterflies stuck on.

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re MiClose-up of the mural.

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re MiIn the kitchen ready to be served, one sugar or two?

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re MiBeautiful vintage teacups make any guest feel special.

Baby Shower Ideas by Adore Re MiAnd lastly, thank you gifts. These gorgeous pram boxes and mini babies were bought separately on eBay. I have seen the mini babies in party shops.


So there you have it. Two very different baby showers, one from a modern mum and the other who loves old style vintage. Hope you got something out of this and love to know your baby shower party memories- what was a stand out you remember?

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Creative Baby Announcements

Creative baby announcements by Adore Re Mi


When I was pregnant with my first child, I decided on a easy and most popular way to announce my exciting news. I uploaded my baby scan picture, added a few words like 'yes this is mine/ours!' and press post. And like every mum the thrill of sharing the news to your family and friends is heart warming.

3 years later and I am pregnant with my second. I didn't want to announce my baby news until I was in my second trimester, I felt it was the safest time to tell the news. It took me a while to accept my second pregnancy as I had a rough start to the year having 2 miscarriages (I will write my personal story to share with you soon). When my bump started showing, I began to feel more connected, excited and creative again.

So once my happy vibe slowly came back, I wanted to do a creative baby announcement to share with all my friends and family, using my 'big girl' daughter as the announcer. And here is the result:

baby announcementMy daughter isn't a camera poser and when she is, my camera goes crazy, snapping away at her. During the day at Sculpture by the Sea, I took advantage, taking photos of Miss 3 and hoped one of the pictures can be used as the one. And to my surprise, this photo looked super hero-ish.

Luckily Picmonkey- a great site to jazz up your photos, designs, invitations etc, had a superhero theme and I played with the theme until I was happy.

So I got myself thinking what other baby announcements can be created without spending a cent and look over flashy. Personally I like the modern, fresh, not too busy designs where the photo tells the story like this one and that one.

So I stayed on Picmonkey a little longer and designed the following, NOT to sell but to give you some ideas and inspirations using emotions like adoration/love; amazement; acceptance; unhappiness/non-accepting. Guess which emotion fits to each photo...

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And lastly, when the baby arrives and you want to do something different, baby shoes are the way to go to melt EVERYONE's hearts, like fluffy cute announcement 4


I've kept all photos basic and simple, a starting point to create your own. Have fun or suggest this post to a friend or family who is stuck for ideas... blog signature