Creative Christmas Outfits

I showed y’all Andy and I’s Hideous Christmas outfits, but we’ve got some super creative friends and I have to share their genius today!  We’ve got the prize winning creative christmas attire from Becky and Mikes Hideous Christmas extravaganza! The winners receive a coveted shake weight signed by previous years winners, ha! (The shake weight was the hottest infomercial item when the contest started years ago, thus the coveted trophy for all Hideous Chrsitmas’ to come!) And the winners are…

3rd place and winners of a deliciously dense fruit cake were the Christmas Story couples costumes: Leg Lamp and Ralphie

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

2nd place was awarded to “Jingle Balls” and “Feel the Joy”, ha!  Sadly, I did not get a good shot of the couple, but here is Claire’s cute costume along with 2 other festive ideas! Claire made her outfit out of a red snuggie! You know what I’m talkin’ about! And her husband was in red footed pajama attire with “Jingle balls” in a certain location!

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

And the grand prize winners of the shake weight trophy went to this cute couple: Stockings hung by the chimney with care and stuck Santa! I mean he had a computer in his sweater with a working fire! Oh and the bricks are red Duck Tape! Gotta love that.

Christmas Costume Ideas

Being the judge of this contest would have been super tricky. I mean what about the Christmas Wrappers! They’re adorable!

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

Or how about the host and hostess with the mostess, AKA Mr. and Mrs. Elvis Santa!

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

I was a bad picture taker. But, I did get a pic of this awesome “ginger bread” house made out of Shiner Cheer boxes by Becky herself! The chimney is a beer bottle. Genius! And the Christmas tree with Shiner bottle cap ornaments?! Love.

Ugly sweater party decorations

 

One last picture of yours truly looking hideously awesome in our head to toe Christmas gear!

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

Looking for more ridiculous ugly sweater party ideas? Here are 32 ugly sweater party ideas and DIY tacky Texas DIY Christmas sweaters!

Giving Experiences {Comfort, Texas}

Note: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Groupon Gift Shop for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

This Groupon gift is for Andy and Maxwell! I handed them this box. (Maxwell was very excited about the balloons and what do you know, they went straight to his mouth!):

creative ways to give money

And here’s what they found inside of one balloon:

creative ways to give money

 

Getting the Groupon    inside of the balloon is a cinch, just roll it up, and stick it inside of the balloon. Then blow up the balloon as you normally would.

creative ways to give money

 

I gave them their gift a little early, in fact I gave it to them the day before we were planning on leaving for Comfort, Texas! Surprise! Vacation! In November! I purchased the Camp Comfort getaway on Groupon. This place is freakin’ adorable. I’d call it rustic chic with great attention to detail. (And just to be clear, this post is sponsored by Groupon, not Camp Comfort!) Camp Comfort is Phil and Lisa’s dream concoction of bed and breakfast perfection! Check out this amazing headboard and quilt in our cabin (and really cute baby):

Camp Comfort

Lisa is not a designer by trade, she was a public school computer teacher for many years, and her husband, Phil, built log cabins in Texas for a living. Lisa proves a degree in design is not necessary when you have an eye for awesome! We stayed in cabin 5, here is the view inside from the front door. Phil built all of the furniture from reclaimed wood. How fun are those night stands? And that bench? And the blue ceiling?

Camp Comfort

So, the only thing I planned for the weekend was the cabin at Camp Comfort. I figured we’d just play it by ear and stroller ourselves here and there. Here’s what went down, and I couldn’t have planned it better myself!

Friday night: Arrived in Comfort about 6pm and decided to walk to town in search of food. We walked up and down High Street in about 11 minutes (it’s that small!) and Andy declared the most happening spot to be a place called The Meet Market! Both doors were swung wide open, and there was a guy serving up a pasta bar on Coleman camping stoves… perfect! We love pasta and Diane got up from a table to greet us and let us know that she and her husband own it and to make ourselves right at home. She was super nice to Maxwell and set a plate of cheese and crackers down on our table. We ate amazing pasta prepared by their friend, Mark, who apparently just cooks for everyone a few times a year. We paid $14 for our beer and wine (& he refused a tip). The pasta was free. Oh and she brought over a delicious caesar salad for us too. What the what? Where are we? Welcome to Comfort, TX.

We walked back to Camp Comfort and put Maxwell to bed, and then we sat right outside by the fire and roasted s’mores! Talk about a nice night. Oh and the Meet Market used to really be a meat market in Comfort, you know I love a good on play on words!

The Comfort Meet Market

 

The fire pits in the courtyard are cozy and the fire wood is chopped and ready to go. Oh and Camp Comfort even has little s’more packages all wrapped up and prepared for your roasting delight! It’s the little things, you know?!

Camp Comfort

 

Saturday morning: We introduced Maxwell to bubbles! Camp Comfort has really awesome, deep bathtubs with air jets. Way fancier than our house. Maxwell was beyond impressed. So impressed that we could not get him to look at the camera! We ate a really yummy little breakfast in the social hall, and then Maxwell went down for his morning nap. We sat on our front porch and read books. Real books, y’all. It was delightful. Check out this view from our front porch, and yes, those are fall colors in Texas! You don’t see that very often in Austin for some reason.

Camp Comfort

Saturday afternoon: Maxwell woke up around noon, and we decided to take a stroll to town. We ate at High’s Cafe. The food was so yummy (we had this and this) that we actually came back for an afternoon snack (this soup)!  We browsed the cute antique shops and even bought Maxwell a book at the Elephant Polo store which we read at High’s Cafe on our 2nd trip back in one day!

Highs Cafe in Comfort, TX

One of my very favorite pictures from our trip was at snapped at Highs Cafe. I mean does it get any cuter?

Highs Cafe in Comfort, TX

Saturday night: We strolled back to Camp Comfort for Maxwell’s afternoon nap and Andy and I did some more front porch sitting. We even met our neighbors, chatted it up with Phil, and played with Mooch, Phil’s pup. We walked ourselves back to town and decided to try 814, A Texas Bistro. Fancier than we were thinking, but they welcomed us and our stroller with open arms. Another delicious meal. This tiny town of Comfort knows how to do food. We stopped back by the Meet Market to see our new friends and then headed back to Camp. Andy and I discussed building a cabin in Comfort on our walk back home. True.

Sunday morning: We hung out in the social hall, and ate another tasty breakfast of yogurt, granola, toast, juice, and the best blueberry muffins ever known to man. I forgot to mention that Camp Comfort used to be a bowling alley. And the social hall of the hotel was the old social hall for the bowling alley. Maxwell practiecd his standing, don’t worry I cropped Andy out of the picture, he was in an arms reach! He’s 8 months old, and getting very sturdy! (He actually took his first step on Thanksgiving!)

Camp Comfort

 

Check out this awesome chandelier in the social hall, I also love that all of the art work is original pieces of history blown up on canvas!

Camp Comfort

 

We stayed at Camp Comfort until the very last second, and then meandered our way back home to Austin through the hill country. We stopped for lunch at Alamo Spring Cafe, another tasty treat! Turns out, we really love Comfort, TX!

What to do in Comfort, TX

 

Do you ever give experiences over things? I love that idea! I want to give Camp Comfort to everyone I know! You never know what fun adventures lay behind a Groupon Getaway! For more fun ideas about how to give Groupons check out this free printable envelope and embroidered burlaps!

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Christmas Costume Ideas

The ugly sweater Christmas party thing is such a big deal these days. And I’m not going to lie, I kind of love it! It’s casual and easy and fun and you get to wear costumes! Best of all, no fretting about what cute holiday outfit to wear. At this party the goal is riduclousness! Our friends kick it up a notch and host a hideous Christmas party (see the amazing 10 year history of their costume party here). Andy and I attended hideous Christmas for the first time this year and whipped up these hideously awesome costumes just in the nick of time! I’ll do a post soon with the amazing prize winning Christmas costume ideas…! Here’s Andy and I’s 10 minute super easy costumes: A candy cane and a Christmas tree!

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

Remember last year, we did a Texas theme ugly Christmas sweaters? (And then I cut off Andy’s sleeves to make ugly sweaters for wine bottles.) This year, we needed entire outfits! So, I pulled out my all time favorite red, strapless costume dress and figured I could turn it into something Christmasy awesome. That dress has been the base for a lady bug and a coke can costume! And now it gets to be a candy cane, lucky dress. All I had to buy was some silver tinsel, candy canes, and a green long sleeved  t-shirt for Andy. Here are all of the hideous Chrsitmas costume supplies:

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

The white stripes on my dress are white Duck Tape and the candy cane headband is from a red cardboard box with white Duck Tape, easy peasy.

Christmas Costume Ideas

I used an X-ACTO knife to cut out the candy cane shape. I made the shape fit my face perfectly, ha! Then I added white Duck tape stripes. I even used the same headband I used to make the bottle top for my coke can costume. I juse ripped off the coke tab and hot glued on the candy cane, voila!

Christmas Costume Ideas

 

As for Andy, his tree was inspired by this Christmas tree costume. His entire costume was safety pinned together 10 minutes before we walked out of the door! I pinned on the tinsel, led light pack and 3 giant red ornaments and then hung the candy canes from the tinsel. Oh so fancy! I cut him a star out of yellow card stock 2 seconds before we left!

Christmas Costume Ideas

Oh and his tree skirt just Velcroed around his waist. He wore that thing as a cape to another Christmas party a few years ago, ha! Here’s my big candy cane mug shot complete with a crafted bow tie made by Rachelle! Yep, this party even had a craft table!

Christmas Costume Ideas

I’ll share lots more hideous Christmas costumes soon! Has anyone else attended a full out Hideous Christmas party? Any awesome costumes ideas I must know about? We had Chrsitmas Wrappers, an Elivs Santa, and even a Chrsitmas story leg lamp in attendance… so fun!