I simply adore this arrangement featured on One Charming Party. As they suggest, it would be perfect for Mother’s Day. I could also see it as part of a Spring tablescape, a ladies’ tea, a bridal shower…. The bright orange color and the pops of citrus make it a happy addition to any table!
Wishing everyone a very happy Easter. This little “nest” is absolutely stunning, isn’t it? Beautiful for an Easter celebration.
Even though it seems like it was just New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day is around the corner. While it is always sweet to give your Valentine a box of chocolates or a heartfelt card, there are tons of other small DIY crafts that make thoughtful and fun gifts! Below are two of my favorite but there are plenty more to choose from on Martha Stewart’s website.
Remember those conversation heart candies that you used to give your Valentines when we were kids? These heart shaped soaps are the grown up version. They require a few ingredients and time to make, but your Valentine is guaranteed to love the thought and effort you put in!
This message in a bottle idea is easy to pull off. All you really need is a clear, empty wine bottle, markers and a few heart decorations. Then write your love letter on a pretty piece of paper and slip it in the bottle. It may seem simple but your Valentine will love this fun and quirky gift!
Whether you are hosting guests for a Valentine’s Day get together or just want to show that special someone you care, this project is for you! These pomegranate filled ice cubes are easy to make and will instantly make any drink you serve that much more special.
You can find a step-by-step process on how to make these ice cubs here, but essentially you just put three pomegranate seeds in a heart shaped ice tray. Freeze and then serve in your drink of choice!
As we’ve gotten older and friends’ families have started to grow, we’ve found that its naturally harder to plan New Year’s Eve events. Last year the idea came to me of hosting a New Year’s Day brunch instead. That way, our friends and their children could all come together to celebrate the new year in a family-friendly way.
We hire baby-sitters and make sure there are fun activities for the children. Friends say that this helps them to more easily connect with people at the party while knowing that their children are safe and having fun. I create a separate buffet with kid-friendly food in addition to a brunch buffet, dessert display, and beverage “station” for all of the adults.
I wanted the party to be “sparkly” and focused on a silver and white color palette. I sewed a silver sequin runner for the buffet table and a sequin topper with a white skirt for the dessert buffet sideboard. Flowers (done by Petal’s Edge) featured whites and greys and some of the vases we wrapped in sparkly ribbon. Drink stirrers were also wrapped with tiny tinsel strands. Subway art above the buffet is from Eighteen 25.
Here are a few photos from the brunch, beautifully captured by the talented photographer Katarina Price. Thanks, Katarina!
There are lots of ways to dress up your dinner table to impress holiday guests. Special china, unique glassware, pretty napkins… Adding a centerpiece, however, always helps to complete the tablescape. Whether it be flowers, fruit, or even pinecones, a holiday centerpiece does not need to be complicated to be impactful. Check out these simple ideas from Martha Stewart for beautiful, do-it-yourself centerpieces.
Fresh cut flowers are a traditional centerpiece for any dinner table. What makes this beautiful centerpiece unique are the cranberries in the vase. The pop of red color is gorgeous against the white flowers and stay in the color scheme of the holidays.
This is another beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table. This time the flowers are red and the candles are white but you can swap out different colors to match. Depending on the length of your table, line up three to four of these centerpieces to brighten up the whole table!
As Christmas is fast approaching it is time to start the fun, but sometimes daunting task, of Christmas tree decorating. If you’re someone who decorates a tree every year I am sure you have your fair share of classic colored balls to hang on the tree. But with more and more stores selling beautiful and unique Christmas tree ornaments, it is fun to spice it up with a few stand out ornaments.
Bloomingdales sells a variety of dog ornaments that come in several different breeds. This Black Lab Ornament is my personal favorite, but you can pick one that matches the family pet (they even sell cats)! Adults and children alike will love hanging a replica of your furry friend on the tree!
For a more sophisticated Christmas tree, the two Anthropologie ornaments above are sure to please. The Pearl Bauble ball will add the perfect amount of shimmer to your tree, while the Floating Peacock ornament will add a whimsical touch. Both are beautiful Christmas tree ornaments that will catch the eye of your holiday guests!
For the most unique Christmas tree ornament, choose this custom photo frame ornament. You can put your very own family photo inside and surround it with the text of your choice. It even comes with a silver plated “2012″ charm, so you can collect them year after year!
With all the focus on Christmas trees and indoor decorations, some people forget that there are great outdoor holiday decorations as well! These decorations will give a warm welcome to your holiday guests or just put passersby in the holiday sprit! Pottery Barn sells a great selection of outdoor holiday decorations…below are some of my favorites!
These gorgeous lit boxwood peace sign topiaries are the perfect things to place on either side of your front door. The lights keep them traditional while the peace sign shape keeps them hip and fun!
This lit twig tree is the gorgeous accessory for any front stoop. The mini tree will leave your holiday guests wondering what the inside Christmas tree has in store!
While these pinecone clusters can be hung indoors or outdoors, they are the perfect accessory to add to your outdoor holiday decorations! Hang them near the front door to show holiday guests your attention to detail.
Sometimes the hardest holiday gifts to pick out are for the college-aged girl. The gifs below are guaranteed to put a smile on her face this holiday season!
This gorgeous, gold vermeil evil eye ring is the perfect holiday gift for a young woman! It will be a go-to accessory taking her from casual outfits for class to date night.
This is the perfect stocking stuffer for the college woman. This Kate Spade sparkly sleeve will brighten her day every time she pulls out her iPad in the library!
This cute Vintage Havana sweater found at Cusp is a great holiday gift for the fashion forward girl! The big star graphic is on trend and the neutral colors make it an easy item to incorporate into all different outfits!