4th of July Inspiration

Hi all!  We are gearing up for the 4th over here.  That means I have run to the store about 4 times in a 24-hour period!  We are going to a local parade in our neighborhood that I have gone to since I was a baby, and the barbecuing and swimming with friends.  I thought I would share some fun red, white and blue inspired tables settings.  Maybe you can whip something up tomorrow or file this one away until next year.

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Hope you have a safe, fun and festive 4th!



New Years Table Inspiration

Hello friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  I sure did.  In fact, I think I had too much fun and now a terrible cold has kicked in.  While I normally don’t go to crazy for New Years, I might not be doing much of anything unless I feel better.

I will have to live vicariously through these inspiring New Years Eve tables.  I apologize in advance for the sequins and glitter overload!

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Hope you enjoy your New Years Eve and I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store!



Back to School Cocktail Party

It has just been party party over here.  I hosted a fabulous dessert party last month and this month it was all about back to school and celebrating with my mom friends.

Head on over to the Tiny Prints blog here to read all about an easy and  fun cocktail party I threw in honor of back to school.  You have to check it out..  It involves popsicles with alcohol!!

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I hope you have a wonderful weekend.  We may have some exciting house news to share coming up!!



Tips for Hosting A Dessert Party

Hello lovelies!  A few weeks ago I hosted a dessert and cocktail party for a few of my local blogger friends and today I am dishing all about it on the Tiny Prints blog.  Head on over and find out how simple and stress free this type of entertaining can be.  I promise, it looks like it was way more work than it was.  You can read all about it HERE.

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I hope you are having a wonderful week.  I am in Lake Tahoe this week enjoying some much-needed downtime with my family.




DIY Hopscotch Mat

Today, I wanted to pop in and share with you a fun and simple DIY.  The weather is heating up around here and we are spending tons of time outdoors.  We had a pool party a few weeks ago and I wanted to add some creative games for the kids to play.

DIY Hopscotch matt with watermark

My kids spend hours playing hopscotch at the park and at school, so I thought it would be fun to make a portable hopscotch mat.

Here is what you will need:

  • Plain black runner
  • White Chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • White craft paint
  • Small paint brush

I really think the hardest part of this project was finding a black runner.  You would think they would be everywhere.  I spent hours scouring the internet and could not find a plain black one in the dimensions I wanted.  Finally, I found one on sale at Homegoods.

Here is what you do:

First, using a level, measure the boxes that the numbers will go in and outline them lightly in chalk.

Second, freehand or use a stencil to add numbers to the boxes and trace the numbers in chalk.

Third, go over the entire template with white craft paint.

Finally, spend hours watching your children have fun playing hopscotch wherever their hearts desire- even indoors!

Here is a final picture of Audrey trying to be like her big sister.  Don’t quite think she gets how to play yet!

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This is one of the many DIY project I did for the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge.  You can read about it here or on The Home Depot’s blog The Apron.

What do you think?  Have you ever done a DIY specifically for kids?  I hope this one provides endless hours of entertainment!

Hope you are having a great week!




One Spring Table Three Ways

Hi friends!  I hope everyone is well and enjoying the start of Spring.  I had so much fun shopping for my Easter table, I couldn’t stop at just one spring theme.  So today you are benefiting from my shopping obsession, as I am going to show you how to style one simple white dinner plate to make three different spring-inspired table settings.

First up is a setting with a bold punch of color.  I kept the placemat simple with black and white, but it is the perfect contrast to the colorful plate and napkin.

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Next up is a more feminine table setting.  I found these amazing salad plates on clearance at Homegoods for $2 a piece and they are the most unusual shape with a gold rim.  It compliments the gold flatware from Target perfectly.  You can read all about the latest gold finds from Target here.

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Finally, I used some of my blue and white pottery to create a chinoiserie vibe.  I love the interplay of the blue, pink and gold. Perfection, right?  The scalloped placemat was part of an old 1970’s set I found at garage sale.  They were originally yellow straw color but I painted them a blue-gray color to go with my dishes.

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So, which one is your favorite?  I can’t decide which one to do for Easter?

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Do you have any big plans for the big day?  If you are hosting, I hope this provides some tabletop inspiration!

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DIY Faux Fur Wine Collar

Faux Mink Wine Collar 4 Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I was surprisingly productive despite my family being under the weather.  I was flipping through holiday catalogs over the weekend, and was inspired by this cute faux mink wine collar from Grandinroad. I thought it would make a fun bar cart accessory or hostess gift.  However, at $19.00 I could live without it. Mink Wine Collar I started to think about purchasing some faux mink fabric to do a knockoff, but it was upwards of $20 per yard everywhere I looked.  That is when I realized I had this old toddler coat my girls had outgrown (sorry for the lame iphone pic.) Perfect, right?  I also ended up using the rest of the coat as a tree skirt on a mini tree I am decorating for Christmas.  Stay tuned!! photo I used a seam ripper to detach the collar and then just pinned it and sewed a few stitches with my sewing machine to close up the frayed edges.  I also had an old brooch my grandmother had given me a few years back.  I think it adds just the right amount of sparkle and has special meaning to me. This is how it turned out.  Not bad for free!! Faux Mink Wine Collar 2 . If you are not in a DIY mood you can get a very affordable version at World Market for only $6.99.  It even comes with a hat topper! *_478067_WINE_BOTTLE_FUR_HAT-SHAWL Did you tackle any fun projects this weekend?  Stay tuned in the following weeks as  I have a ton of easy holiday DIY’s coming your way.  In the meantime, you can check out my DIY faux fur tree skirt from last year!


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My First Thanksgiving Dinner

Stop the presses!!  I am hosting my first Thanksgiving.  You heard that right, I am going to be hosting my first Thanksgiving dinner ever. I don’t know how I have managed to escape this monumental task for so many years.  I have a very large family, so usually this holiday is reserved for those family members with homes of mansion sized proportions.

The details involved in food prep and having everything come together is stressing me out! Therefore, I decide to take care of anything and everything that can get done in advance, such as the tablesetting, flower arrangements and menu.

Here is a preview of how I set the table.  I used lots of fall colors, gold, and natural elements.  The dishwear is a faux bois pattern that I found around the holidays last year at Target.  The placemats are also from Target.  The table runner was the inspiration for the vignette and I found it at Homegoods. One of my favorite elements are the birch block place card holders.  I simply sliced a birch log into sections and used gold leafing pen to add the names.  I also brought natural elements in by using magnolia branches scattered on the table

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My menu will consist of winter squash soup to start. Next, we will have a second course of roasted beet and carrot salad.  For the main course, we will have herb roasted turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, sausage and herb stuffing, and green beans gremolata.  Finally, we will have poached pears in honey, ginger and cinnamon syrup.  Now, I just have to prepare and cook all that!  I found these perfect menu cards at Tiny Prints that will lay out the menu and make the entire occasion feel extra special and personal. And if you are not hosting Thanksgiving, but are looking for inspiration for your Christmas table setting, you can easily replace these cards with Christmas cards from Tiny Prints.

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Since it is my first time hosting, I really want to make the day memorable and meaningful.  I found these fantastic easel art stands from Tiny Prints that can be used as a dry erase board.  Each guest can write down and share what they are grateful for. By the time I get dinner served I might be writing down “wine!”  The options with this easel art are endless.  You could make a to do list, a week at a glance, or a grocery list, and even personalize it with a photo.

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I also decided to add some accents to my favorite bar cart.  I posted about my obsession with this Threshold bar cart here.  I thought it would be fun to add some pom pom trim in fall colors to some basic white linen towels.  I only needed half a yard of trim and I already had the towels, so this was a very inexpensive DIY.  This is where we will serve drinks and dessert, so I wanted it to have some festive touches.

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Finally, for the kids table, I thought I would put together small arrangements of these flowers that are bursting with fall colors.

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Do you host Thanksgiving at your home?  Any tips or tricks?  Please, please let me know in the comments.  My entire reputation as hostess is counting on it 🙂

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Halloween Dinner Party

Hello Friends!  I have to admit I have not been one to decorate much for Halloween.  But, now that I have kids who love it, I have wanted to throw a Halloween themed party.  They love Halloween and light up at the decorations and spooky fun!

To start, my ideal Halloween party would feature chic decor from ZGallerie !  How fun is this spooky and edgy black and gold tableware?

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Plates / Branches / BottlesCandelabra/ Stemware/ Skull

You can’t have a Halloween party without some Pinterest worthy food, right?

My party would start out by digging into some Monster Brain!

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I would then follow it up with a main course of spooky spaghetti!

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Finally, I would end this feast with spider cupcakes!  How cute are these??

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As for party “guests,” my ideal line up would include some Disney villians (for my kids of course). We would be decked out like the Evil Queen, Malificent, and Cruella Deville.  My kids are actually trying to get me to dress as Cruella this year!  I don’t think I could pull of the black and white hair!!

Do you entertain at Halloween?  What would your ideal Halloween party entail?  What are your plans for Halloween this year??

I am taking part in Atlantic Shopping’s Halloween Dinner Party Competition.  Head over here to check out all of the fun and creative entries.



Juliska Glassware

Hi friends!  Happy Monday.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  We spent some time at the pumpkin patch and aside from a meltdown or two (or four) it was really fun.

As you may have noticed, I love putting together tabletops for all sorts of seasons and occasions.  I even have an entire Pinterest board here on tabletop decor!  Today, I wanted to share with you the most beautiful glassware and dinnerware on earth!!

I was browsing in an antique shop in Sonoma a few years back when I spied the most amazing glassware.  It was so unique, sophisticated and delicate looking.  It was by a brand called Juliska.  I had never heard of it before and when I looked into it, I learned they were a relatively new company (since 2001).

Juliska Fall Tabletop

Not your ordinary stemware, right?  They also now make vases, hurricanes, cake stands, dinnerware and  even lighting.

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So unique and well made.  Here are some spectacular tables set with Juliska.

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You can find Juliska at specialty stores and at high-end retailers like Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

The beautiful glassware and stemware I got for my wedding has been whittled down quite a bit.  The inexpensive Ikea stemware I bought to replace it does not hold a candle to this exquisite hand blown glassware.  Maybe one day I will splurge!  I have heard that on the East Coast they have Juliska warehouse sales.  I might have to find an excuse to head East!!

Do you have special glassware you use to set your table for special occasions?