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Thoughts :: Need Thanksgiving Ideas? Me too.

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If you haven’t seen this AMAZING Thanksgiving tablescape from Chris from Celebrations At Home — you must. Check out her feature over on Daily Grommet’s blog today (she’s got some great styling tips and Thanksgiving ideas).

It’s right around the corner — Thanksgiving. Actually, it’s in less than a week. What have I done to prepare you ask? Nothing. Nope, nada. The good thing about sticking to simple entertaining and hostessing ideas is that (when needed) you can pull it all together last minute (yep, literally).

I thought I’d keep it real and share with you all that I am lagging in my planning, but that I’m okay with that. I’ll turn to some of my favorite past ideas like these:

And I’ll throw in some new Thanksgiving ideas like the ones Chris shared here. How about you? Are all your T’s crossed and I’s dotted? How is your Thanksgiving planning coming together?

If you could use a little help pulling your thoughts and ideas together, join me and several other entertaining, design, food, and craft bloggers on Twitter Monday night the @DailyGrommet #HolidayHelp chat. More details here.

Hope to share (and learn) with you there!

 

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NYE Party: Glitter & Snow

Looking for New Year’s Eve party ideas? This chic and elegant party idea from Bird Crafts is one of my favorite themes this year!

The black and white color scheme adds a sense of elegance while the damask print and sparkle accents bring on the chic.

The “Glitter & Snow” party invitation sets the tone for the event. I also love how the mirrored plates used here lend the element of sparkle to the table.

Love the party theme? Be sure to check our Bird Crafts’ post for all of the styling tips (including the DIY table cloth and shower curtain backdrop). You can also find out all the information for ordering these chic party printables for your New Year’s Eve party!

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Creepy Chic Halloween

Looking for a more chic way to celebrate this Halloween? Christine of Just Loverly has some great sophisticated handmade designs that will set your Halloween decor apart from the rest.

In her own words, Christine says, “Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean your décor has to be unsightly!” I couldn’t agree more! Check out her great designs:

I love the pairing of traditional Halloween colors and unexpected patterns like the black and white damask seen on the Halloween banner. These creepy chic Halloween napkins are actually hand stamped! The napkins have 2 different images: one with a spider hanging from a chandelier and the other with a Victorian chair hosting black crows. Love them! And of course, no spooky sip would be complete without one of these themed straw toppers to tie it all together.

Be sure to check out these Halloween themed cocktails when planning your creepy chic Halloween party.

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You asked! Our Halloween Party

Today I am receiving so many emails, tweets, and messages asking if I had a Halloween party and email inquires like (as one reader put it), “Why are you starving us of your party pictures?” that I decided to throw up a few pictures from our party. Oh, and of course I had a party, did you really doubt me?

I wanted to do a little something to keep the kiddos (and their parents) busy pre trick-or-treating time.

The Halloween invites sent out to the little monsters.

Some of the simple DIY Halloween decor. The Halloween wine glasses were made by rubbing on scrapbook transfers. They come right off with a quick soak in warm water.

Sweets (of course).

These were a big hit, simple DIY Halloween Treats. Spider web cupcakes (inspired by Eddie Ross), doughnut hole eye balls and marshmallow pops made up a haunting Halloween dessert table.

Simple party favors were made using paper lunch sacs, white shipping labels, and a creepy spider web font. Placed atop a table near a “haunted” tree.

It was a fun time for the kids. A little lunch, a few Halloween games, prizes, and a lot of sugar! What more can a kid ask for?

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Halloween Paper Goods

If you are thinking about hosting a Halloween party (or just looking for a creative way to make the day more festive), here is my advice: start with the basics. A very simple (and non-intimidating) way to create a pulled together party look is to start with printed plates and napkins. I know, simple right? Even though paper plates and napkins might seem… well too simple, they are a great way to create a themed look with out all the fuss or stress. Check out these festive Halloween paper goods from Plates & Napkins. They would be a great base for any Halloween party theme.

Halloween Paper Goods

These festive prints would be great for a Halloween themed party for either kids or adults. The more basic prints like stripes and polka dots, could be paired with more fun elements like candy and favors for a children’s party. The more sophisticated prints like the damask and filigree could easily be paired with candelabras and more formal or classy decorations.

For more whimsical and fun decor, order your Halloween paper plates in a spooky design. These are playful but could easily be “dressed up” by adding solid napkins and a solid table cloth or runner to your table. Above from left to right: Midnight Madness, Bonehead and Batty.

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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.

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