Are you looking for creative summertime centerpieces? With end of summer entertaining, be sure to decorate your table with a centerpiece that fits your party mood. Here are a few of my favorite simple summertime centerpieces courtesy of Martha Stewart. Check them out!
How simple is this? Perfect for a garden party or brunch, this vegetable centerpiece can be made with veggies from your own garden or from your local farmer’s market.
If your party is beach side, use candles and natural elements like shells or coral to accent the already gorgeous setting.
Who knew dinner bowls and a few floating flowers could look so elegant? I love the pink and yellow color combo going on here.
Naturally stunning, use moss to bring your table alive. This looks elegant yet very simple- love it!
Weddings are perhaps my favorite occasion to celebrate, and also my favorite to coordinate. Love, romance, and a plethora of fresh blooms– I mean come on, who doesn’t love weddings? When coordinating a wedding, I tend to favor simple ideas that create a stunning result. This DIY wedding aisle inspiration from Martha Stewart Weddings is one of “those.” Look how simple this idea is. Fresh rose petals and hurricane vases with floating candles? Very simple but oh so stunning, right? I just had to share this!
Most often- it is the little details that make all the difference. Little thoughtful touches can really be impressive and usually are much more meaningful. While checking out my favorite magazine, I came across this very thoughtful idea. The next time you make or order a flower arrangement for someone, consider picking out blooms that fit their personality. Did you know flowers have meaning? Me either. Not only are they gorgeous sentiments- they also can hold extra special meaning to.
If you are a bride, I love this idea over at Real Simple: Add a signature flower to each of your bridesmaids bouquets that fit their personality. Attach a small note sharing why you chose that particular flower for them. Thoughtfull right?
Here are what a few of my favorite flowers mean- in the language of blooms:
-Lily: Purity and sweetness
-Peony: Happiness and prosperity
-Sweet Pea: Departure
To see what your favorite blooms means, visit Real Simple to read their full list.
I have a ton of magazines stacked in my house. Why? Well, they are just so pretty I can’t throw them out, so instead I keep them stacked in a basket. Not the best solution I know- so I went browsing for some ideas on what to do with them. I came across this fabulous idea for re purposing old magazines. On How About Orange I found this great way to recycle my old magazines and make them into coasters! Now I can turn pretty magazines into something that is actually useful.
Aren’t they cool looking?
Head on over to How About Orange and see the simple way you can turn 6 magazine pages into one gorgeous and crafty DIY coaster! You can even learn how to make recycled magazine baskets :). This site never fails to inspire me to get a little crafty- remember those DIY bookmarks I shared with you? They are still one of my favorite little projects!
I find this site refreshing in the current economic time. This is a nation wide resource listing free and discounted offers you can receive on your birthday. From Disneyland to local restaurants, there is really no strings attached. Easy to navigate and fun to browse to see what you can get FREE for your birthday. Come on…how easy is this?! You can even search for free stuff for your pet!
Free Birthday Treats offers users access to free and discounted deals on items and services for kids, adults, and even pets. Now THAT is inspiring!
My tip: Sign up for their free email newsletter and be in the loop when knew freebies are added!
What do you guys think? What’s the best FREE treat you’ve ever received on your birthday? What would make a good Birthday Freebie?
1. Don’t assume you know what mom wants to do or as a gift. She may prefer a picnic over brunch in a fancy restaurant.
2. When buying gifts, think locally made.
3. Avoid using wrapping paper. Substitute fabric wraps you make yourself from scarves or other fabric you have on hand, or purchase from a mom-owned company like Bobowrap. These can be used over and over again.
4. Give the gift of yourself. Whatever you can do for mom most certainly will be appreciated whether it’s washing her car, cleaning her gutters, or sorting and organizing old photos. Find something you can do that costs nothing but your time. Repeat once a month for a year!
Article Courtesy of our Celebrate Green Friends:
Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and co-authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, available at http://www.CelebrateGreen.net
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