Clever Table Top Decor

Want to create a unique and trendy table top- but want to skip all the fuss? Check out these three fresh ideas for decorating your table top place settings.

Use individual beverage containers as a centerpiece. Gather colorful drinks like lemonade bottles, juice boxes, or soda cans. Place a few drinks and place them in the center of the table on a serving platter where guests can reach and grab them for themselves.

This is a great table setting idea, especially for a children’s table. Chalkboard place mats, chalk and an eraser will keep them entertained throughout the entire meal.

I love the idea of using items that you already have on hand to decorate your table top. Above are limes transformed into place card holders- though you could use any type of fruit like lemons or even apples.

See more trendy ways to dress up your table over at Real Simple.

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WIN! $100 with Cambria Cove

If you have never heard of Cambria Cove before, you are in for a treat! This chic online shop and catalogue retailer has so many fabulous items that it is a bit hard for me to concentrate on only a few. From trendy items for home entertaining to stunning desserts……home accessories to aromatherapy, well they have the best of the best.

I love the bright and bold colors of their linen napkins and serving trays. Also, look how fabulous these confetti glass tumblers {which I am lucky enough to own} and matching pitcher are?! Talk about fun and festive, love them!

Time for dessert? Cambria Cove has got you covered with delectable chocolate dessert shells (perfect for entertaining), artisan dessert sauces that your ice cream won’t be able to live without and many more edible creations. Need to serve up your sweets? They have that too- I love the versatility of this milk white serving pedestal.

If you are looking for a unique gift {perhaps a gift for that fabulous hostess in your life}, you will have a hard time choosing just one item from Cambria Cove. I was gifted the Valuspa Floraison candle gift set {above} and I can tell you that all six candles smell extraordinary. I am also loving their journals and stationery gifts, oh so many great things!

The great news is: one very lucky winner will be able to ponder over what fabulous items they would like to buy for themselves. Cambrai Cove is generously giving one {lucky} reader a $100 gift certificate to go on their own shopping spree at http://www.cambriacove.com!

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Yellow and Black Wedding Theme

I love this yellow and black wedding theme. The bright and bold colors really pop and create an elegant-yet playful feel.

Yellow and Black Wedding Theme

Create your own Yellow and Black wedding theme. My inspiration:

“Palm Springs” Yellow Invite and butterfly cake photo from KenzieKate.com, Bride photo via

iamstyle-ish.com, black and yellow favor box from A Modern Proposal, and elegant yellow and black themed table scape courtesy of Bella Fluerny.

Have you decided on yellow as your wedding color but not sold on the black accent? Check out this yellow and blue wedding theme!

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DIY Wedding Centerpieces | Rustic Wedding

If you are looking for DIY wedding centerpiece ideas for your fall wedding, consider replicating these. Emily Newman from Once Wed created these fabulous rustic centerpieces using both natural materials she gathered and inexpensive store bought items.

If you want to see exactly what items Emily used to create these centerpieces, be sure to visit Once Wed where she has shared what items she used and the simple instructions for these rustic centerpieces. For more fall wedding ideas, check out this rustic wedding I planned back in 2007.

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Summertime Centerpieces

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!

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Butterfly Party Inspiration

There is something so innocent and lovely about butterflies- that I couldn’t help putting together this butterfly party decor post. Adding a little flutter to your typical dinner party is pretty simple- and will surely tickle your dinner guests. A butterfly party theme is also very versatile; birthdays, anniversary parties, garden parties…even bridal and baby showers. For a little inspiration, above: Butterfly Paper Lanterns and Drink Stirrers via Martha Stewart, butterfly cupcake wrapper via the Knot Shop, and gorgeous butterfly table decor from Southern Living.

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