Hey, there! Since Halloween is Thursday, this week is going to be all about celebrating this fun and spooky holiday. I haven’t yet published anything Halloween-ish on this blog, so I’m really excited about doing so this year. Today, we’re focusing on frightful Halloween tablescapes. ;-) I, like so many of you, love designing a table theme around any holiday (really, I’m not picky!). I love poking around Pinterest for ideas and then putting my own spin on them. Let’s look at some fun ones, shall we?
Are you tablescaping in a fun and festive way for Halloween?
- Halloween Drinks, Costume Party & Costume Party Ideas | Pottery Barn (potterybarn.com)
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It’s been quite a while since I’ve logged on to this little blog, but my husband and I are finally feeling settled in our new place, so I have a bit of time. :-) Yep, we moved — very close to our old place but still a new home to decorate, unpack in, and enjoy. It’s been quite the ride. Along with that, school has been keeping me incredibly busy. I’m looking forward to my Spring break in a couple of weeks — I’m hoping I can get some projects completed the week that I am off! There hasn’t been a ton of time for decorating, except for on the weekends when I can usually get an hour or two of craftiness in — it keeps me sane. ;-)
This is simple enough, right? My mother-in-law decorates with eggs, moss, and nests underneath domes each spring and this is the first time that I have actually tried it myself. Super easy — it literally took me less than five minutes to create this cuteness. The dome is from HomeGoods (where else?) and the moss, nest, and egg is from Hobby Lobby.
I piled some of my favorite decorating books and placed my way-too-awesome nose bookend on its side on top. Quatrefoil coasters are from Pier One ages ago, and the lucite tray is one of my favorite pieces of decor, from Crate and Barrel.
I used the rest of the eggs and moss that I bought from Hobby Lobby and gently placed them in my vintage Waterford crystal bowl. The bowl is sitting on top of a cigar box that my husband really loves.
- Spring Party Decorations & Spring Theme Party | Pottery Barn (potterybarn.com)
A couple of weeks ago, in a blog post that I wrote about pendant lighting, a reader (who happens to be my mother-in-law) pointed out that I had used a gray + white color scheme for most all of the photos in that post! I laughed when I realized that I totally had done just that — and not on purpose. After consulting my Pinterest boards, I saw that my love of gray follows me everywhere in terms of my love for interiors, photography, table settings, you name it. And let’s not even start talking about my closet. ;-) The more that I looked at my love for the color gray, I saw that I especially love the look of layers of gray, coming together to create a beautiful palette that is so relaxing to me.
I would consider myself especially partial to a gray kitchen — I cannot escape my love and affection for white marble countertops and gray cabinetry with stainless steel finishes. However, I wouldn’t mind having a gray bedroom, either. You’d have to twist my arm, though… ;-)
To me, layering grays with a few pops of color or subdued neutrals equals a rich, yet serene color palette that I find to be so luxurious. I love that you can modern this color palette up, or make it just as traditional depending on your furniture and accessories. It’s more difficult to do that with other color palettes, I find.
What do you think of color palettes including layer upon layer of gray? I really enjoy the dimension that it offers in design and I really find that a predominantly gray room has just as much to ‘say’ as a supremely colorful and flamboyant room!
- Choosing Bedroom Paint Colors & Choosing Bedroom Paint | Pottery Barn (potterybarn.com)
- Cloud Colors for Interiors: Gray & White (apartmenttherapy.com)
Hey there, friends! I hope you all had a great first week of 2013. My husband and I hosted a little party on New Year’s Eve and invited our friends to come by whenever — much like an open house. Best. Decision. Ever. Our apartment is lovely, but small, so having people come in waves was really beneficial to us and the amount of space we have to offer people! ;-) This was my very first time having a larger group of people over to our apartment at one time, and to say I was a tad nervous is a bit of an understatement. I was so worried about so many things — would we have enough food? would we have enough space? would everyone have fun? The answer to all of these questions was yes, which got me thinking that it might be nice to share some of the things that I learned for first-time party throwers or people who are always looking for some tips! I am definitely a par-tay novice, so these tips are not necessarily ground-breaking, but they helped me immensely!
1. Figure out where your stations for food and drink make the most sense.
Because we have a long table in what *should* be our dining area (but what has turned into my crafting/office area) I knew that that would be a great place for the food to go. There is space all around the table, so people could essentially grab food from both sides — which made the placement of the food a lot easier since it didn’t all have to be reachable from one particular side. Right next to our dining area is the kitchen, which has what we like to call our little breakfast bar, and we thought that would be great for the drinks because it was a smaller space but still had ample room for all that we needed to place.
2. Decide upon your menu — are you going to cook? Do you want to have heavy appetizers? How about just some small bites?
We went with small bites. Since our little get-together was going to be an open-house type of shin-dig, I didn’t want anything to have to be kept warm, served hot, or anything like that. The only thing that was hot was a dip that my mom made and brought over, and I just popped that into the oven at 250-degrees and saved it until there was quite a few people at our place…then served it down at the coffee table with some chips. Everything else was able to be left alone for the entirety of the night. We had things like Italian meats, cheeses, marinated mushrooms and mozzarella, crispy bread that I brushed with olive oil and a little salt and left under the broiler for a few minutes, chips + salsa, hot peppers, olives, veggies + hummus, and a few other things. See? Small bites. Enough to fill someone up, but not an inundation of heavy food. Much easier on me! As for the alcohol, we had some things readily available (wine, sangria…) but we asked that if people wanted beer or anything special, they brought it themselves. We aren’t big alcohol people, and we didn’t want to be left with a ton, you know? Our friends brought what they liked, and it worked out really well for us.
3. Shop at stores like A.J.’s for speciality items that you want to be really good and save the rest for Trader Joe’s or a regular grocery store.
There were some things that I knew I wanted to be really good…like some of the drinks, the fig jam (to go on top of the bread with some goat cheese), the olives, hummus, and marinated mozzarella. Oh, and the bread! Everything else I got at Trader Joe’s. In all, our food costs were about $100, but that included the drinks that I bought (non-alcoholic). I got a lot of sparkling water, a bottle of blood orange sparkling cider, and a bottle of French pomegranate soda.
4. Set up plates/platters/etc. the day before (or earlier!) and place small pieces of paper in each serving dish so that you know what goes where.
This is a trick that my mom taught me that my grandmother taught her! It is definitely the tip that helped me the most the night before the party, and I am so glad that I remembered to use it. Just write down the item that you’re serving on a small piece of scrap paper, find the serving implement that you are going to use, and then begin to arrange the bowls, platters, and plates on the table! Easy as that!
5. Allow ample time to prepare the food the next day — and enlist help!
This is an important one for me to remember — the help part. My bestest friend, Taylor, was sweet enough to come over early to help me get things ready, and I have no idea what I would have done without her! If help is offered to you, take it! And remember that you can delegate, too!
6. Enjoy the flow of your party! Don’t stress the small stuff.
My biggest worry was that there would be someone (or everyone!) who wouldn’t have fun. I totally stressed myself out about this, and I wondered what in the world I could do to keep everyone entertained for the entire party. What I realized was that everyone was having a blast just talking to one another. And in the event that the conversation started to dwindle, I knew I had a closet full of games to choose from that could have spiced things up. Don’t worry about the little things — just have fun!
Thanks for reading through all of these tips. :-) I know for those of you who have hosted a ton of parties, there’s probably not a lot here that is new; but I wanted to write down what I’ve learned in the event that there is someone reading who has never hosted a larger group of people before and is feeling nervous like I was. I hope you all had a wonderful and happy new year. The next day, I took our Christmas decorations down. It’s always bittersweet, isn’t it?
- Throw a Great Party in a Small Apartment Space (apartmentguide.com)
- Host a Wine or Beer Tasting Party in Your Apartment (apartmentguide.com)
- New Year’s Parties: Eight Fantastic Flavors Worth the Splurge (wholefoodsmarket.com)
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Good morning, friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that you are enjoying this season as much as I am. As I mentioned in my post on Friday, I have some exciting features coming these next couple of weeks! Get ready for a Christmas Inspiration Overload! ;-) Since I am pretty much finished with my own Christmas crafts and decorating, I thought I would turn this blog over to two wonderful women in my life and show you what they’re up to this Christmas season.
Oh, yes. It’s happening! My beautiful mommy and fabulous mother-in-law have been kind enough to let me house crash and take note of all of the amazing Christmasy details so that you, my wonderful readers, can get all kinds of inspired! This week, we’ve got my mother-in-law, Sharon’s, decor, and you are not going to want to miss out! Next week, I will be writing all about my mom’s beautiful decorating, and I can’t wait to show you that, too! Here’s the schedule for this week…
Is this gonna be fun, or what?! And it all starts today, my friends. Let’s get going! Day One brings us to what we ‘kids’ call The Brick Room. Why, you ask? Because of the brick flooring (aren’t we clever?). This room is off to the left of the formal entry when you walk through the front door. Come on in!
*Be sure to come back tomorrow for Day Two of this week’s Christmas Home Tour — a festive kitchen!*
My mother-in-law zhushed up the tree a bit with some gold mesh ribbon (found at Paddock Pools, no lie!) and a different sort of tree topper. I love this version, too!
Hey, there! :-) Thanks for hopping over from Redecorate this AM. Glad to have you here!
I collect a lot of inspiration for a home that I hope to build with my husband someday… a home in the woodsy wilderness where we can retreat with our family and relax! Most of my gathering of inspiration comes from magazine tear-out sheets, but I also find a lot of wonderful things on my Woodsy Vacation Home board on Pinterest. Every now and then, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite inspiration pictures when it comes to this future home — which is what’s goin’ on over here today! ;-)
Pretty mudroom with a collection of umbrellas for those rainy days.
I like the contemporary feel of this bathroom, but it still says ‘woodsy’ to me, for some reason. Must be the lighting and those faucets!
Amy Meier Design
I mean, come on. It doesn’t get much better than this, people!
The Marion House Book
Just take a look at all of the beautiful natural elements in this vignette. Gorgeous.
What are some must-haves for your woodsy home?