Miss Cayce's Christmas / Seasonal holiday decorating

Kiss Your Halloween Decorating Stress Goodbye!

Kiss Your Halloween Decorating Stress Goodbye!

I love decorating my home for Fall and Halloween, but with my hectic schedule, I am sometimes short of time. An important rule to sometimes live by when it comes to decorating is the KISS rule, "Keep it Simple Stupid." So, this year I challenged myself to keep my decorating simple.

Front Porch Decorated for Halloween

Simple decorating begins at your home! Bust out those boxes of Halloween and Fall decor. Next, think about the areas in your home that you want to decorate. Is it your kitchen? Dining Room for a party? Your Front Door? I typically think of 3 focal areas, decide on a theme and color story, and then pick the decor I have that fits the look. 

My theme this year is Halloween Candy, specifically candy corn, so my color story is orange, yellow black and white! The three focal areas I am going to decorate are my Front Porch, Entry Tables and the Kitchen Table. 

Candy Corn in Yellow Fiesta Bowl

The key to simple decorating is to invest in products that celebrate every season, holiday or family celebration. Here are three of my favorite products. 

1. Coton Colors

I love Coton Colors and their Happy Everything bases because they allow you to easily transition from holiday to holiday or just everyday celebrations with seasonal attachments. I had a back to school attachment up, but quickly switched it out with a Candy Corn Attachment to match my Halloween Decor. 

Coton Colors offers several different styles of bases is 2 different sizes. There is Black and White Stripe, White Neutral Stripe and the Neutral Dot. A style to fit in with any home! 

Coton Colors Neutral Dot Happy Everything Large Platter and Candy Corn Attachment

2. The Round Top Collection

The Round Top Collection has a line called, “Celebrate Everyday,” that is made for transitional decorating. There is a wide variety of bases and finials that you can choose from. The Bubble Jar base was perfect to use as my candy jar filled with Candy Corn to share, and I chose the Black Cat Finial to top it off because 1) he is adorable and 2) his bowtie and hat match the theme. 

I am a strong believer in adding a bow to everything to spruce it up! Here tied a 3 tier bow made from a thin Glittered with a Black and White Check Rim Ribbon.

The Round Top Collection also has seasonal stakes that you use in your flower pots, or you can unscrew the stake, and add it as the center piece of your wreath or teardrop. My plants are luckily still alive, so I added the the Candy Stakes to my Flower Pot. 

The Round Top Collection Bubble Jar and Halloween Cat Finial

The Round Top Collection Bubble Jar with Cat Finial, Black and White Check Ribbon, Candy CornAdd a Black and White Check Bow to The Round Top Collection Bubble Jar Lid The Round Top Collection Cat Finial Screws on to the Top Of The Bubble Jar

The Round Top Collection Large Candy Corn stake, Halloween Cupcake and Candy

3. Glory Haus

I am obsessed with the Glory Haus Welcome sign. The sign comes with holiday toppers that fit right on top. I switched out the American Flag to the Fall Pumpkin, and it fit my theme perfectly. I will keep the pumpkin up until its time to transition to the Christmas Tree Topper. The Welcome Sign comes with several different toppers to use through out the year. 

Glory Haus Welcome Sign with Seasonal Toppers

The simplest trick for quick and easy decorating is using Bows! I know I say it all of the time, but it is true. I used three beautiful Wired Designer Ribbon in the color story to tie big fluffy bows to wire on my porch lights.

Use a Four inch Statement Ribbon for your big loops, then layer on top thinner accent ribbons to create a beautiful and full bow. We understand the importance of products with great quality that last year after year, so we use ribbon that is not only sturdy and easy to fluff each year, but it is also weather resistant and perfect for both inside your house and out. 

Using 4" Wired Designer Ribbon Creates a Statement Bow with a Few Loops and Tails

2.5" Sheer Black Wired Ribbon 4" Black and White Hounds-tooth Ribbon, 4" Orange with Gold Stripes Ribbon Bow

I always treat my front porch as an extension of my home. I added a bench with pillows to match my theme. My Black and White rug would look so cute with a Halloween mat on top. That just means I need to go shopping! Make a great first impression on your guests with how you decorate your Front Door. 

White Bench with Black and White Pillows, Gold Pillow for Halloween | Designer Ribbon Halloween Bow on Porch Lantern | Halloween Door Decor by Miss Cayce's Christmas

Finally, the Halloween Teardrop completes the look and is the right size proportion for my door. I have two nails in my door painted to match the door to hang my wreaths or teardrops, but for this teardrop, the nails were not in the location I wanted. This is where Command Hooks come in handy! I attached the hook to the middle glass panel and hung the Decorated Teardrop. 

3M Command Plastic Hook to hold the Halloween Door Decor

Halloween No Tricks Just Treats Teardrop created by Miss Cayce's Christmas

Invest in easy decorating that you can use and add to every year. We suggest starting with Coton Colors Happy Everything, The Round Top Collection and Glory Haus. 

Halloween Front Door Decor | The Round Top Collection Halloween Candy Stakes| Glory Haus Welcome Board |

Halloween Front Door Decor | The Round Top Collection Large Pumpkins, Candy Stakes | Halloween Teardrop by Miss Cayce's Christmas | Glory haus Welcome Board

Happy Halloween and Happy Decorating, 

Becky 

 

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Christmas in the Kitchen

Christmas in the Kitchen

"The children were nestled all snug in their beds; while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads" (Clement Moore). This peppermint paradise in the kitchen will bring to life all of your sugary Christmas dreams.

Becky McCraney
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Make Your Front Door Great Again

Make Your Front Door Great Again

Oh say can you see, that Miss Cayce's can be, your place to shop for 4th of July decor.

Becky McCraney
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One Table Multiple Holiday Celebrations

One Table Multiple Holiday Celebrations

Spring is finally here and Easter is close behind.

 

Becky McCraney
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A Few of Kristina Leigh's Favorite Things

A Few of Kristina Leigh's Favorite Things

When you walk into Miss Cayce’s Christmas store the rush of childhood Christmas joy fills you and takes you back to the excitement of the season.

Becky McCraney
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Add the Christmas Magic with Mark Roberts Fairies, Elves and Santa's

Add the Christmas Magic with Mark Roberts Fairies, Elves and Santa's

Create stunning designs with these quick and simple tips for Mark Roberts fairies, elves and Santa's.

Becky McCraney
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Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice, Guest Contributor Kristina Leigh

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice, Guest Contributor Kristina Leigh

Pumpkin spice and everything nice. There is something about the Autumn Season and the bounty we call Fall Décor that brings us joy. Cool weather and warm colors make you want to cuddle under a blanket next to the fire.

 

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Show Me Top 4 Reasons to Theme My Christmas Tree

Show Me Top 4 Reasons To Theme My Christmas Tree ……… part 1

“Theming for a Lifestyle” is a mantra Kathy and I live by! Why you may ask? It narrows down the choices and creates focus and direction in decorating, for a party, your home decor, a celebration or event and your Christmas Décor. Because the Christmas tree is your largest Christmas decoration it is only natural for it to be front and center!

 

Miss Cayce's Christmas Store,Christmas Tree Theme,How To

Kathy and Becky, sisters and co/owners of Miss Cayce’s Christmas store, Midland, Texas since 1984, creators of Show Me Decorating

 

Definition of a theme:
Wikipedia: “a central topic, a subject or concept (the author is trying to point out)”
Webster’s: “a unifying or dominant idea or motif with common elements”
Show Me Decorating: simplified focus, narrowing choices of common elements when decorating for Christmas, parties, events, home décor and personal style
Top 4 Reasons to Theme
1. A unifying concept or theme gives even modest home displays a professional sheen
2. Simplifies your decorating, buying
3. Saves money and time
4. Creates focus and finish

We created several new themes for Vickerman’s Showrooms in Atlanta and Dallas. We hope you are inspired to try theming for the 1st time or incorporate one of our new Show Me Decorating themes in your Holiday decorating!

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Christmas Confection accented with bright colors and sugared treats

 

Chef Santa serves up sweet treats of colorful concoctions from cupcakes to lollipops. Glittered ribbon adds an extra touch, and don’t forget to sprinkle in the multicolor candy polkadot balls. Yum! A Flocked Christmas Tree is the perfect base to highlight this fun mix of colors.

Add in your favorite collection of gingerbread ornaments, perfect for a kitchen or breakfast room!

Peacock Christmas tree theme, peacock decorations, turquoise Christmas tree decorations

Peacock Splendor with regal gold accents.

 

Peacock Splendor Christmas Tree Theme is majestic shades of turquoise, blue, green and gold. Strutting a color palette that matches your homes decor will compliment the celebrations. Picking core ingredients that reflect your taste and personality will give your home its own one of a kind look and style.

The gorgeous Blue Green Tinsel tree shows off all the fabulous shades of blue. Add in your personal collection of gold, crystal or peacock ornaments and you are set to celebrate!

Peacock Christmas Tree Theme, Animal Print Ribbon,

Peacock Gone Wild, slim or narrow Christmas tree works well as a living room tree!

Leopard print ribbon, balls and ornaments added to the Peacock Tree Theme are a perfect match to our homeowners living room. Our Show Me Decorating step by step techniques will help you decorate like a designer!

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Deer, birds and furry creatures will celebrate the Christmas Season with the Enchanted Forest Christmas Tree Theme.

 

Glistening icicles and snow tipped branches, Christmas holly and Red poinsettias transform your Christmas into an Enchanted Forest! Frosty woodland snowmen and critters play amongst the CHristmas Forest shades of greens, rich ruby reds and accented with platinum sparkle and a touch of rustic burlap.

Curl up next to the fireplace on a holiday night and celebrate the Christmas season in an Enchanted forest!

Follow all our decorating How To and bring out the designer in you!

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Show Me Decorating “How To” Trim your Christmas tree

 

Happy Decorating Y’all,

Becky and Kathy

Christmas decorating since 1984

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Next post we share 3 more Christmas tree themes, Peppermint Twist, Christmas Sparkle, Metal Mix and more.

There is something for everyone!

 

 

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Show Me How 2: Celebrate a Family Easter

The Perfect Family Easter

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I don’t know about you but when our family gets together we always have a big meal, especially when it’s to celebrate a special holiday like Easter! Here’s my delicious family celebration menu. Our traditional Easter lunch is centered around my famous brisket, a twice baked potato casserole, yummy green bean casserole and Sister Schubert’s Rolls (almost as good as mom’s). I don’t know what the Sister does, but her rolls are just so amazing!

Here’s my famous brisket recipe! The recipe is so simple, people don’t believe me when I share it with them, but take my word for it, it is!

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This delicious brisket recipe is just like our Christmas decorating recipes; easy & quick and you can do it!

Spray pan with Pam before placing trimmed brisket, fat side up in the pan. I like to use disposable baking pans for easy cleanup!

Pour  1/4 cup of water and  1/2 bottle of liquid Smoke (my favorite Firago) over brisket, and sprinkle with Wyler’s Beef granules to coat the top. And that’s it! No need to add ANYTHING else, trust me!

Cover brisket with heavy duty aluminum foil (Reynolds) and seal tightly. Place in a pre-heated 250-300 degree oven on middle shelf. Cook for 8-9 hours, depending on your size of brisket.

After cooking, remove brisket from oven being careful not to slosh the liquid. Carefully open foil to release steam and heat, then allow brisket to rest, loosely covered.

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Next, remove the top layer of fat and discard, place the brisket on a cutting board and use an electric knife for perfect slices! Pour off 1/2 of the liquid and discard. Return sliced brisket back into pan (or fancy serving dish) and top off with your favorite bottled BBQ sauce. Cover with foil until ready to eat. You may want to reheat slightly.

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Did you notice my Lisa Frost cutting board?

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Show Me Decorating Tip: Plan a make ahead menu for large family gatherings. This brisket recipe is great prepared the day before and cooked overnight. Most vegetable casseroles can be made the day before and refrigerated until ready to heat and serve. Ask family members to bring a salad and desserts!

We finish off with an Easter egg hunt and fun desserts!

We love to celebrate Easter with the eggs, candy, rabbits and new clothes, but the real celebration is life. Life given to us because Christ is Alive!!

Thank you to AKA Design + Life for this beautiful printable!

He is risen!

Happy Decorating Y’all,

Becky and Kathy

Here is last Easter’s Family Parade…

Kathy's family

Kathy’s family

Becky's family

Becky’s family

Susan and Will in Austin

Susan and Will in Austin

Rebecca's Easter eggs and dessert treats

Rebecca’s Easter eggs and dessert treats

 

 

 

 

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Show Me How 2: Add a Smile with Sprinkles

Oreo Cookie Lollipops

Sprinkles and Smiles

Sprinkles and Smiles

Let me “Show You” a quick snack that is a winner with my grandkids. I love to have my grandkids over to make things, either a craft or something fun to eat. On Wednesday nights we go to KSG at Crestview in Midland where they enjoy crafts, bible study, and snacks! The kids take turns bringing the snacks, and this past Wednesday it was their Emma, Ethan, and Noah’s turn. 

Of course we cannot just take a pre-packaged snack, the kids want to create something! (I wonder where they get that?) They start pulling out the Sprinkles and here we go!

What you will need:

Candy melts, cookies and sprinkles

Candy melts, cookies and sprinkles

You’ll also need lollipop sticks or craft sticks.

Show me Decorating tip: keep candy melts and sprinkles on hand for a quick and easy food/craft project and everyone is happy!

Set up your supplies and get ready for fun

Set up your supplies and get ready for fun and smiles!

You can always adjust the color of the candy melts or sprinkles if you have a holiday or special event to celebrate. On this occasion we went with spring colors and Easter cello bags for packaging. There are a lot of great ideas on Pinterest for homemade snacks! Check out Craft-O-Maniac  and Eugenie Kitchen.

We used Oreos (double stuffed) and craft sticks to create cookie lollipops. I thought I had the lollipop sticks but Rebecca had used them in making cake pops! So we improvised with the craft sticks.

Noah (3yrs) loves to do it too!

Noah (3yrs) loves to do it too!

We started by separating the cookies, dipping the stick in the candy melt, placing it on the white filling and putting the cookie back together. Allow the cookie to set before dipping and decorating with sprinkles.

Follow the instructions on the candy melt packaging. Then let the kids dip and decorate! (Be careful the mixture is hot!)

These goodies solicit goofy smiles!

These goodies create goofy smiles!

Cookie pops are cute and fun!

Cookie pops are cute and fun!

Oreo cookie pops and Sugar wafers are a fun Spring decorated treat!

Oreo cookie pops and Sugar wafers are a fun Spring decorated treat!

Celo bags create our spring goodie bags

Cello bags create our spring goodie bags

I found these cute Easter cello bags at Walmart.

We shared our treats with our friends at church and then took some to cousins in San Antonio.

Barret was thrilled with his treat from his cousins!

Barret was thrilled with his treat from his cousins!

Yummy, just like mom Katy Barret loves a Oreo anytime of the day!

Yummy, just like mom Katy, Barret loves a Oreo anytime of the day!

What will you be serving for your Easter celebration?

Happy decorating y’all!

These 3 can be a crazy bunch!

These 3 can be a crazy bunch!

Creating memories is a wonderful opportunity as a Gram, and hands on activities are the best!

Create Inspire Educate to Decorate!

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Show Me How to Make a Fiesta Wreath

Fiesta Wreath Ingredients

Fiesta in San Antonio begins this year on April 10th. Fiesta is an annual Spring celebration that  started in 1891 when a group of citizens decided to honor the heroes of the Alamo and Battle of San Jacinto with a Battle of Flowers.
The first parade had horse-drawn carriages, bicycles decorated with fresh flowers and floats carrying children dressed as flowers. The participants pelted each other with blossoms. It is the largest celebration in San Antonio and includes many parades(River , Flambeau, & Battle of Flowers) festivals(Oyster Bake & King Williams Fair), NIOSA, and a city wide holiday for Battle of Flowers Parade.

To decorate homes, people add Fiesta wreathes to their front door with lots of ribbon, flowers, in bright colors.

Ready to make your own? You can with Show Me Decorating’s easy to follow steps-

What makes for a fabulous seasonal wreath?

1.Quality Ingredients- start with a good base. A wreath with sturdy branches/arms that will hold it’s form when you shape it. Choose colorful focal points to set the theme for your wreath, Wired ribbon in several widths, & Florals.

2. Decorate in a triangle

3. Decorate in layers and fill in spaces to your triangle as you go.

4. Step back & enjoy!

Fiesta Focal points-

RTC Fiesta collage

The Fiesta Collection at http://www.ShowMeDecorating.com

So many cute things to choose…
Start with a great quality base

We love this Lime Green for Fiesta
(This wreath also comes in Orange)

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Lime Green Wreath

Gather your ingredients-Flowers in bright colors, ribbon half bows, and ribbon streamers.

Ribbon, Floral, Streamers, Spring, Fiesta

Ingredients

Think of your wreath as a triangle and place focal points and bow at each corner. Then fill in with flowers and half bows!

Wreath, Ribbon, Floral, Fiesta

A Few easy steps

Almost done, but first you have to add Ribbon Streamers to make it truly FIESTA!

Fiesta, Wreath, Ribbon, Floral,

Viva Fiesta

Ingredient list-
1 30” Lime Green Wreath
1 Metal Donkey Pinata
1 Metal Fiesta sign
1 Bolt of Candy Loop Ribbon – 5 Yards
Available from-
www.ShowMeDecorating.com

Fiesta Flowers can be bought or made from paper( don’t hold up as well outside) or from plastic tablecloths
Flowers purchased from Alamo Fiesta in San Antonio
5 large plastic flowers
5 small plastic flowers

Bows tied using the app from www.app.showmedecorating.com

1 large bow
6 half bows
Streamers tied with curly ribbon and satin ribbon

Fiesta Wreath kit available at https://show-me-decorating.myshopify.com/admin/products/270596973

Now you are ready for Fiesta or Cinco de Mayo!

Thank you Lanisa Cole and Sal Priddy for the beautiful wreath!

 

Happy Decorating,

Jennifer

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Show Me a St. Patrick’s Day Wreath

St. Patrick Day Decorations

 St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.  ~Adrienne Cook

Start with a St. Patty’s Day Wreath in lively shades of Green, Gold, White, and Black

St. Patrick's Day Wreath

1. Quality Base Wreath- I repurposed from Halloween. A black wreath can be used for many season’s when topped with the colors of the Seasons. Wreathes come in many colors and a green tinsel wreath would be great for St. Patty’s Day. Shop at http://www.showmedecorating.com/collections/wreath.

2. Next add in focal points. To save, I purchased these focal points from @PartyCity. A Green & gold thin garland with gold 4 leaf clovers,  a Lebrechaun Hat, and a Lucky Horseshoe

3. Black and white tied into a Show Me Bow will top off the wreath, with pig tail bows added in and gold balls for the gold at the end of the rainbow.

4. When you decorate a wreath, think in the shape of a triangle and in 3’s.

Another touch of the season is to decorate a table top. Here I reused the same ingredients just in a different way.

St. Patrick Day Decorations

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