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.

Spring Table Setting 2

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.

Spring Table Setting 1

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.

Spring Table Setting 3

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

Spring Table Top collage

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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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.

Thanksgiving Table #4

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.

Thanksgiving Table #3

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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.

Thanksgiving Table #1

Thanksgiving Table #2

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

Thanksgiving Flowers

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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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.



Juliska Pitcher

Juliska Dinnerware

Juliska Lamp 2

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

Juliska Tabletop

Juliska Tabletop 2

Juliska 2

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?


New Fall Line: Oh Joy For Target

It’s almost Fall Y’all!!  I popped into my beloved Target the other day for some “school” supplies and noticed that they had a new Fall line of Oh Joy for Target.  I posted more about her debut line here. Joy of Oh Joy is a lifestyle blogger and creates fun and whimsical designs.  Her line for Target is also totally affordable.

I love how the pieces in the Oh Joy collection can be used in unusual and fun ways to create unique vignettes.  For example, I bought this Oh Joy pitcher on clearance at Target for only $6.  While it would be lovely as a pitcher, I thought it might make a fun vase.  I like how the green compliments the pink roses.  Very Lilly Pulitzer!


And look at how someone styled her goblets.  They are plastic but this makes them look so unique and high-end!

Oh Joy Summer Line

 Oh Joy

Here is a picture of some of her fall items grouped together.  They are more graphic than the summer line and have subtle pops of color!

Oh Joy Fall Line

Here are my favorites.  Even though I have the goblets from the summer line, I think I have to have the fall colors.  They make the best bud vases and are only $4.00 for a set of 4!

OB-oh joy fall

 Bowl / Goblets / Servers / Mugs / Pitcher / Lantern

What is your favorite piece in the collection?  Please tell me in the comments!


Come On Over For Easter Brunch!!

I am actually really excited for Easter this year.  My two girls are super giddy about it and that makes it even more fun.  Oh, to be a child again!!  I love entertaining and this table I set up for an Easter brunch was simple, but turned out really elegant.  I used mostly things I already owned, which makes it even better.  So, come on in and see how we roll for Easter . . .

Sprint Tour 8

The flowers are ranunculus, tulips, hyacinths, ornamental kale and reindeer moss.  You can’t have an Easter table without tulips, right?

Easter Brunch 3

The plates are a combination of basic white plates from Pottery Barn and fancy china from Vera Wang and Wedgwood.

Easter Brunch 5

Easter Brunch 2

I found these little moss-covered baskets at World Market for only $2.99.  How cute are they?  The napkins are just inexpensive paper napkins I found at Tuesday Morning.

Easter Brunch 7

This ornamental kale was very inexpensive, very pretty and lasted FOREVER!

Easter Brunch 6


Easter Brunch 8

Easter Brunch 1

Now, I just have to cook some amazing food to eat!  What are your plans for Easter?   Do you entertain or host?

Party Time: Oh Joy For Target

Oh Boy am I excited about the Oh Joy collection at Target!  Joy Cho, the creative genius behind the lifestyle blog Oh Joy has collaborated with Target on a line of party items.  I absolutely adore her style and think this collection would be so perfect for a summer party, a little girls birthday party, or even a baby shower.

Oh Joy Target 3

This collection is available for a limited time only, so I would jump on it if you have any fun parties to plan this year.  My daughter’s birthday is in July and I can’t wait to snatch up some of these items for her party!

Here are some of my favorite picks from her collection:

OB-Oh Joy For Target


Cake Stand /  Wall Decals / Pitcher / Party Hats / Cake Topper / Plates

What do you think?  Not your average party decor, right?  There are even patterned garbage bags for the hostess who thinks of everything!


DIY Birch Pillars

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So, I was brainstorming ideas for a spring table when I came across these birch rounds at Michael’s craft store.

birch pillars

They came in a variety of  thicknesses.  The only problem was they were about $8-10 a piece.  That is no biggie if you just want a few, but if you want to make a big statement, that can get pricey.  So, I started to think about how easy it would be to make my own.

I went to my birch log stockpile  (doesn’t everyone have one of these??) and pulled out my circular saw.

birch logs

Some of the rounds needed to be sanded down a bit, but all in all they looked really nice.  Here they are dressed up like little models!

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birch pillar 2


birch pillar 1

They just put a little “spring” in my step!  Stay tuned, as I will have a reveal of our table set for a spring brunch and will show you some other spring touches around our home.