The holidays are all about reuniting with family and feeling warm and cozy. All of those things make me think of my grandma, so I wanted to channel that inspiration into a chic and DIY way to create a “Granny Chic” holiday!

First: the fashion. You have to start out with some granny chic accessories — think vintage rhinestones and cocktail rings — but kick it up a notch by pairing classics like these with a neon nail polish.

Of course things don’t get started till the invites are sent. Holiday cards are essential for seasons greetings and needlepoint is so grandma, so DIY your own Granny Chic cards by creating a design on a blank card with embroidery thread. All you’ll need is: embroidery thread, embroidery needle and a blank card. To start, simply sew a design onto the card using the needle and thread. Keep the design simple, and seal the thread with a little knot.

I don’t know about you, but I inherited a lot of holiday decorations from my grandma. Instead of using them in the traditional tree-trimming fashion, group them in glass jars to decorate your table. Easy and chic!

Make your gift wrap Granny Chic with some recycled paper bags and pieces from a lace tablecloth. They sell very Granny Chic and inexpensive lace tablecloths at places like Ross, or maybe you have an old one laying around!

Pot Pie has grandma and cozy holiday written all over it. I made my pot pie chic by doing a vegan twist on the traditional heavy dish. Here’s my original recipe  — it’s so good — perfect to serve as the main course at your Granny Chic holiday party! (Just in case you need it, here’s a printable version to keep in your recipe scrapbook.

What You Need:

* 1 sploosh of canola oil to coat the pan
* 2 carrots chopped
* container of mushroom chopped
* bag of frozen pearl onions
* bag of frozen peas
* 1 Field Roast brand Celebration Roast cut in cubes (you could use seasoned firm tofu or seitan)
* 1 container of vegan gravy
* a few sprigs of fresh thyme
* a couple leaves of fresh sage
* salt and pepper
* 1 sheet of puffed pastry
* 1 tsp vegan butter such as Earth Butter

Do It:

1. preheat your oven to 400 degrees
2. coat a big frying pan with oil
3. saute your mushrooms, carrots and frozen pearl onions
4. add your Celebration Roast
5. once veggies are soft, add frozen peas and sprigs of thyme and sage leaves
6. salt and pepper to taste
7. put mixture into casserole dish, and cover with the sheet of puffed pastry
8. coat the puffed pastry with some vegan butter to brown, and pop in oven for around 15 minutes or until pastry has puffed and is toasted

December 4, 2012