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Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas

If you are still undecided about your table decor, consider these relatively simple Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas.

thanksgiving table ideas

I love this impressive DIY centerpiece using indian corn and a large candle. {via Eddie Ross}

Add height to your table with this dramatic table top tree adorned with votives. {via Celebrations at Home}

Modern and bright, this is a cheerful idea for centerpieces. {via Hostess With The Mostess Blog}

If you still need an idea for Thanksgiving napkin rings, we have those too!

Spooky Frame Decor

I am always in favor of doing simple DIY projects that will add a punch of pizazz to a party. For Halloween, these spooky pictures frames are the perfect project. Line them up on a mantle, place them in a group of three on on your table or place them in your entry way. Here is a simple DIY Halloween project from Christine of Just Loverly. Thanks Christine!

What you’ll need:

-Picture frames that are 8×10 or smaller
-Black spray paint (flat)
-Spooky images to go into frames
-Paper

Step 1

Remove the glass from your picture frame. Dust it off and then apply the black spray paint to cover the frame. Let dry.

Step 2

-Find images to print that will go into your frame. Christine says:

“The first place I looked for eerie pictures was Graphicsfairy.blogspot.com and she did NOT disappoint! You can get all the images I used in this DIY either under the Anatomy section or the Halloween section. They are so great, I just hope I can do them justice!”

-Print, cut, and place in your frame.

Step 3

-Place spooky chic frame on your mantle or group in a set of three for a spooky centerpiece.

So simple! Thanks Christine for sharing this DIY Halloween decor idea with us!

It all starts with the perfect invitation

So, I decide to throw my husband a surprise sports themed birthday party. The only glitch was I had just about 3 weeks to fully plan and execute it. Yes… 3 weeks. Now, more miraculous feats have been accomplished (I am sure of it), but there was one snag — we were going on a 2 week vacation. On top of that, half of our time away we would be completely disconnected from all phone and Internet access. HOW was I going to do this? Well I knew what had to be done first, a killer sports party invitation was needed.

Thankfully I was able to enlist the help of a very talented designer, Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails. I’ll be honest, at first I was worried she might not “get” my vision. I didn’t want a kiddie invite and of course nothing cheesy. I just wanted… well… I wanted… I had NO clue. I was absolutely no help in conveying what I was looking for. So, how did Kori respond? She said “I got this.” And overnight she had sent me a proof of the best invite I could have imagined (had I actually imagined it).

Here is the proof she sent me (front):

I just loved by the use of fonts here! Check out the rest of the details (back):

All the party details were cleverly incorporated and I loved it! Here is an images of the print version:

Thank you to Kori of Papers & Pigtails for your amazing custom work!

More party details coming soon so stay tuned!

DIY 4th of July Decor

Embarrassingly enough, I have been so busy that I hadn’t even thought of details for our intimate Fourth of July barbecue (hence the last minute patriotic dessert ideas). So today, I decided to look around the house for some inspiration and boy did I find it — RIBBON! I have about 50 yards of American flag print ribbon lying around and decided to put it to good use today.

This is a simple 4th of July place setting. I just used to clear glass plates and layered strips of coordinating ribbon inbetween them. Paired with a navy blue linen napkin — simple!

I used strips of ribbon to make these DIY ribbon cupcake toppers. These took maybe 5 minutes and I just used ribbon I had on hand. Check out these DIY instructions for more detail on how-to make these.

I even incorporated the ribbon decor outside since that will be where we are cooking and hanging out. About 6 strips of red, white and blue ribbon make up this decoration. I hung it from a tree and it looks really nice blowing in the wind.

I hope I have inspired you to look around your home and revisit supplies you have on hand when thinking of decorating. Remember, your party can look thoughtful … even if you just do a few simple touches.

DIY favor bags: Snack Time!

Here is a sneak peek at some favors I whipped up today. These are for a high school graduation party— where everything will have a “school” feel. Think chalkboards, old yearbooks, etc. The event will be for all ages- so I thought cookies were perfect. From toddlers, to teens, to grandparents– who doesn’t love a good cookie?!

The supplies:

Assemble:

Ready to give!

DIY Mini Lunch Sac Favors

Supplies

  • Mini Paper Sacs (I used 3 1/2″ x 2″ x 6 3/4″ found at Michaels Craft Store)
  • Printer Paper/Ink
  • Paper Clips
  • Cookies or Treat of Choice

DIY Instructions

  • Print Message (I chose “School” in School Script Dashed font and “SNACKS” in Octin Sports Free font)
  • Place treats in paper sac
  • Cut printed paper to size, attach to sac using paper clip (closing the sac while attaching the paper).

*School Script Dashed font and Octin Sports Free font are free to download from http://www.dafont.com/.

Type-it-out, A Vintage Guest Book Idea

Perhaps it is my love of vintage, or even love of the written word– but something about old typewriters, well makes me smile. I am loving the idea of using typewriters as an alternative to your traditional guest book. Why not set out an old vintage typewriter, a reel of paper and let your guests type you a little note? At the end of the night, roll up the paper like a scroll and secure with a ribbon!

What do you think?

images via A Modern Proposal, Green Wedding Shoes and Elizabeth Anne Designs

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