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Your place for personalized celebrations and workshops along with all things holiday. Around here we believe that everyday should be celebrated.

xo, christina leigh

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holiday" how to deck your halls

Whats even better than a macaron? A macaron Christmas tree! When Sukaina came to me about giving the Macaron by Patisse Christina tree a makeover I was thrilled! Needless to say it was the sweetest project of the year! If you wish you could recreate this tree look no further! We have curated your very […]

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holiday" how to deck your halls

Whats even better than a macaron? A macaron Christmas tree! When Sukaina came to me about giving the Macaron by Patisse Christina tree a makeover I was thrilled! Needless to say it was the sweetest project of the year! If you wish you could recreate this tree look no further! We have curated your very […]

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holiday" how to deck your halls

Whats even better than a macaron? A macaron Christmas tree! When Sukaina came to me about giving the Macaron by Patisse Christina tree a makeover I was thrilled! Needless to say it was the sweetest project of the year! If you wish you could recreate this tree look no further! We have curated your very […]

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Dec 2020

Whats even better than a macaron? A macaron Christmas tree! When Sukaina came to me about giving the Macaron by Patisse Christina tree a makeover I was thrilled! Needless to say it was the sweetest project of the year! If you wish you could recreate this tree look no further! We have curated your very […]

At The Helpful Host we love helping people celebrate everyday. Whether that is a party friends and family gather at, or a private event to love on your attendees. We loved working with Morgan of The Foodie Chef to help our host create a custom, catering class in her home! We loved creating these custom […]

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May 2020

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Jul 2019

I can’t believe I am writing this, my little boy is one! If you caught THIS post you know that we thought long and hard about his name. A piece of that puzzle is that a part of Barrett’s name is a nod to my amazing husband, Blair Bear as his family affectionally called him. […]

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It’s safe to say Christmas is our favorite time of year. Whether it be decorating our clients homes, or helping our workshop attendees create meaningful moments for their own guests, we love the holidays! It was so fun to work with a talented group of creatives to bring our Houston workshop to life! We loved […]

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Dec 2018

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May 2018

Before I share all of the goodness below, I have to say how truly blessed I am to have amazing women in my life to shower sweet baby Frederick. I mean look at these ladies, each of which I am eternally grateful for. These ladies pulled out all of the stops, starting with these adorable […]

Hi friends! Welcome to my new website! This site has been a work in progress for a couple of years and I finally decided to flip the switch! It is my hope that I will be able to be more candid with you here, to share more personal things – like life outside of being […]

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Feb 2018

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A Macaron Christmas Tree

Whats even better than a macaron? A macaron Christmas tree! When Sukaina came to me about giving the Macaron by Patisse Christina tree a makeover I was thrilled! Needless to say it was the sweetest project of the year!

If you wish you could recreate this tree look no further! We have curated your very one macaron Christmas tree straight from Amazon! Simple view our Amazon storefront HERE!

Workshops

THH Workshop: Catering

At The Helpful Host we love helping people celebrate everyday. Whether that is a party friends and family gather at, or a private event to love on your attendees.

We loved working with Morgan of The Foodie Chef to help our host create a custom, catering class in her home!

We loved creating these custom attendee gifts, working with Morgan to create a three course meal and of course Becki of Smith House Photography to capture it all. I think it’s safe to say new skills were learned (hello Chef’s knife), fun was had and taste buds were made happy!

Whether you are looking to host friends to learn new skills in the kitchen, a bridal party for a floral arranging afternoon, or an online corporate retreat to share a fun afternoon with clients – we would love to help. Contact us toady to get started!

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A Beary First Birthday

I can’t believe I am writing this, my little boy is one!

If you caught THIS post you know that we thought long and hard about his name. A piece of that puzzle is that a part of Barrett’s name is a nod to my amazing husband, Blair Bear as his family affectionally called him.

I know I only have a few years to pick birthday themes before my little guy weighs in, so I am taking full advantage! I wanted d bear theme, but everything that is mainstream looked like a campsite, and everything else looked like a baby shower. So I took matters into my own hands.

To start I sketched a very special little bear for my little guy. Hidden in his “fur” is a birthday message from mom and I will cherish this detail forever.

I loved working with Katie and Co in Houston to bring the paper details to life. The Sugar Cookie Studio is my go-to for adorable, custom cookies and Alicia knocked these out of the park.

Let’s not forget the adorable bear macarons from Macaron by Patisse and the food from Tout Suite. Thank you Cinnamon Lane for lettering the perfect backdrop to our snacks!

I always knew I wanted to make my children’s birthday cakes, but this was quite the tricky situation. 3 days prior to Barrett’s birthday he actually put his tiny finger in my eye and made quite the mark. Needless to say I am eternally grateful that my mom, Barrett’s Gigi, was in town to help! She and her mom, my Grammy, were where I learned to bake. To have her help me with our family secret white chocolate cake and a chocolate mocha cake was just what was needed. I am sure I would have been off on measurements with my 48 hour eye patch! We also made Barrett a gluten, dairy and refined sugar cake… I’m certain he loved it, but will let you decide.

It was the perfect day with balloons from Big Ass Balloons and bears that we donated to the local fire department.

Happy Birthday little guy. It is the greatest blessing to be your momma, and I love that the Lord gave me a gift of celebrating others to celebrate you!
xo Christina

Photography, Balloons, Venue and Catering

I have linked all of the party supplies on my Amazon page here!

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THH Workshop: Tinsel and Tables

It’s safe to say Christmas is our favorite time of year. Whether it be decorating our clients homes, or helping our workshop attendees create meaningful moments for their own guests, we love the holidays!

It was so fun to work with a talented group of creatives to bring our Houston workshop to life!

We loved sharing Buttercup with our attendees, who doesn’t love a sweet treat! Kristina is truly talented and went above and beyond to love on our attendees!

House of Hough was the most gracious host to offer the space and beautiful linens to showcase. We loved sharing with out guests how to add a little pizzaz to their events at home with a single linen, and an added napkin folding class was an extra fun treat!

No workshop is complete without pretty paper and a lesson on penmanship! Thank you to Katie of Katie and Co and Jenny of A Fine Flourish for sharing with our attendees!

To close out our time together we shared a wreath making lesson, complete with bow, for our attendees to take home! Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh fern and pine during the holidays!

Also, a huge thank you to Jess with Ever and Anon Photography for capturing our workshop and the fun we all had!

We hope everyone had the best time, learned a new hosting tip or trick and loved taking home all of your goodies! We can’t wait to host our next holiday workshop! Sign up for our newsletter to hear about our events first!