Daily Quick Links | 2008.11.09

Get inspired by those for your Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations.

fabric bird ornaments :: zoe bakes cakes :: sofa chicago glassware urns

+ An adorable sewing project is those cute birds on the branch. Transform these birds into a modern mobile to hang over your buffet table on Thanksgiving; put the mobile instead of a centerpiece. Or use them as ornaments for your Christmas tree. Photo by Anna Evenius. Via inredningsbloggen

+ Zoe shows us how she decorates the adorable cake she made to celebrate her first year of blogging. I wish for a birthday cake like that at my next anniversary. Via Zoebakes

+ The glass urns are exquisite. See them at SOFA Chicago; it ends tonight. The exhibit presents work from 100 international galleries and dealers from 16 countries. Via Apartment Therapy Chicago

mahar drygoods christmas toys by Tim Haugen of Fantastic Toys

+ The wonderful Christmas decorations and toys of handmade for kids shop Mahar Drygoods. Shown here are Yule the Elf, Joy the Elf, and Polar Bear Softie & Evergreen Tree Set designed by Tim Haugen of Fantastic Toys. I would use these toys to decorate my house for Christmas. A find by Holly Becker of decor8 for Simple Stated

+ Looking for a method to be on time this Christmas, get Simplify Your Holidays: A Christmas Planner to Use Year after Year. Via The Lylah Blog

  • ruth
    November 10, 2008 at 08:17

    This is great! I love everything here. Thank you for sharing Kim!

  • India Harris
    November 7, 2010 at 07:07

    Trying to come up with a great idea for a first birtday party for my daughter. Her birthday is December 22. but we are having her party on the 11th.Help Please.

  • India Harris
    November 7, 2010 at 07:10

    I love all your ideas so I thought maybe you could help me. I had the idea of the nutcracker ballet running threw my head but just can’t seem to pull it all together without it geting to complicated for a one year old. Thanks!!!

    • Kim
      November 7, 2010 at 17:22

      India, there is no need to put that much pressure on yourself. I like the idea of a nutcracker ballet since it goes with the seasonal theme. Any theme could be simply executed for a first birthday. My suggestion is that you add a few decorative touches and props. Go to the essence of the story. For example, decorate the cupcakes or birthday cake with ballet shoes, tutus, drums and toy soldiers. Select activities that rely to the ages of the kids that will be present. You can plan a toy drum playing session or have a short photo shoot where little girls wear a tulle tutu and boys wear a solder hat.