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St. Patricks Day Tablescape

Posted in DECOR, FAMILY PARTIES, HOLIDAYS, KIDS PARTIES, PARTIES, TABLETOP
on March 6, 2017

Are you looking for timeless, inexpensive table settings and other home decor ideas for St. Patricks Day? If you are, you’ve come to the right place!

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My friend Meg of Green with Decor invited me to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Home Tours(thanks, Meg!). Before you go, be sure to check out the other ideas from the other talented and fabulous blogs listed at the bottom of this post. But for now, let me show you what I came up with and share oodles of table setting pretty picture goodness with you!

According to Wikipedia, “table setting or place setting refers to the way to set a table with tableware—such as eating utensils and for serving and eating. The arrangement for a single diner is called a place setting. The practice of dictating the precise arrangement of tableware has varied across cultures and historical periods.” This definition is followed by 13 –  thirteen – photos of the different courses and service settings throughout a formal meal. It’s dizzying.  And if that weren’t enough to attest to the seriousness of table-scaping, Y’all, Amazon has a book on the “Art of Table Setting.” I’m not all about that. I’m honestly excited if I can put the utensils in the right place (fork on the left), and about using what’s around the house – well, save for a few gold and green coins that I picked up!

I do like to put together a beautiful table, especially for parties – my family loved the settings we put together for Halloween and our Spring Tea Party – and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.

Clearly color played a huge part in this table setting. For a table runner, I pieced together three fat quarters of quilting fabric in coordinating colors and patterns.

The centerpiece is a combination of spring flowers and plants in yellows, whites and a shot of plum. I used two potted shamrock plants, one in purple, one in green – you can find them at most grocery stores at this time of year – daffodils from my yard, as well as a bouquet of Shasta daisies, green pincushion flowers, and freesia, all displayed together in a large basket. Like the table, it’s loose and informal.

The gold chargers are ones I’ve used for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The plates and silverware are those we use for every day – it’s so fun to dress up ordinary things for a holiday. No matter what you serve it looks fantastic!

The napkins are folded into a clover shape and topped with a gold coin embellished St. Patrick’s Day ribbon.

A few other inexpensive, festive touches make this table fit for any leprechaun who might want to leave his pot o’ gold!


While it’s likely this table setting will not end up on Wikipedia my family so enjoyed it, and I hope I was able to provide you with a few ideas for your table this St. Patrick’s Day!

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Huge thanks again to Meg for including me in this home tour.. it’s been so much fun! Please, be sure to visit the other links for more St. Patrick’s Day decorating inspiration!


Jewel Tone Christmas Pinecone Trees

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, DIY, HOLIDAYS, TABLETOP
on December 6, 2016

 

Hi friends! I’m here today to share a fun holiday project with you – Jewel toned DIY Pinecone trees! 

It’s the first Tuesday of the month which means it’s time for the December Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the projects we’ll work on each month, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for next month’s project theme before you go!

This month our material was pinecones. Pinecones are such a great crafting tool, especially during this time of year. And, since I have Christmas on the brain, a Christmas project is exactly what I’m sharing today – jewel tone pine cone trees!

These couldn’t be more simple to create and the materials to make them and very inexpensive, especially if you are lucky enough to live in an area that has pine trees. Or rather, I live near an area that has a ton of pine trees. My son takes therapeutic horseback riding lessons on a farm nearby that happens to have an over abundance of pine trees and cones. During his last lesson, I arrived toting my own bucket! #anythingforcrafting

I love, love the popular bottlebrush trees that are so popular these last few Holiday seasons but more than the shape and texture of the trees I love the colors! This project was inspired by these.

To make some yourself you’ll need:

  • Large pinecones – about 10-12
  • Medium weight, brown cardstock
  • Cone pattern – I used this one here and printed it out on my computer
  • Glue – glue gun and regular purpose craft glue
  • Pruning shears
  • Paint in your choice of colors
  • Matching glitter(optional)
  • Clear spray

1. If you are using outdoor pinecones, start by baking them on a cookie sheet in a 200 degree oven for 30 minutes. This will kill off any varmints! Then, carefully remove the “petals” of each pinecone at the base.

2. Create your cones using varying heights according to the template instructions.

3. Using a glue gun, attach the petals point side facing towards you and down, starting at the bottom and moving around the bottom edge. Continue to add petals, moving upwards in rows, spacing them out evenly as you work until you’ve completed the tree.

 

4. Paint the trees in the color or colors of your choice. Let dry.

 

5. If using glitter, dot each petal with all-purpose glue and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

 

I love how these turned out and am so excited to display them on my dining table this Christmas!

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For even more amazing Pinecone projects, check out the other projects for December!


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Looking for other Holiday related posts? You might be interested in these!

DIY Monogrammed Wine Glasses
DIY Christmas Crackers

 

Festive Master Bedroom 



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DIY Holiday Crackers and $150 Amazon Giveaway

Posted in HOLIDAYS, TABLETOP
on November 21, 2016

With Thanksgiving just days away, it seems like the perfect time for my first Christmas project – a DIY Holiday Cracker – particularly as it’s something that can be used for either a last minute addition to your Thanksgiving table or your upcoming Christmas celebration! 


To make it even more fun, I’m joining some blogger friends to bring you 15 bling-y holiday projects, plus the chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card! Details are near the end of this post so be sure to scroll all the way through.  

For me, I love a little bling on my holiday table and one way to get that is with Christmas Crackers. DIY Christmas Crackers are a tradition dating back to the 1800s in England. They are also a tradition dating back as far as I can remember, growing up in Canada, that my family took part in for both Christmas and Thanksgiving!  These fun and colorful packets are shared with a partner, and “crack” or “pop” when opened by each partner grasping on each end and pulling like a wishbone. Once opened, you’ll find a tissue paper crown – yes, everyone has to wear it -, a joke or bit of trivia, and a tiny gift item of some sort.

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Now that I live in the US, until very recently, those in my family were the only weirdos wearing paper crowns around our Ca-merican Thanksgiving table (yes, that is a real word – that I made up). Lately, though, I’ve seen holiday crackers offered in many places such as Target and World Market. I’ve even seen kits available on Amazon to make your own. No matter how we come to have them, holiday crackers are something my kids look forward to every year, almost as much as pumpkin pie! 

Although you can take part in the fun by purchasing them or buying a kit, there is just something about personalizing them to your family. I’m here today to show you how to make your own. They couldn’t be easier. 

You will need: 




What to do: 

  1. Take your wrapping paper and cut into an 8″x10″ square.
  2. Accordion fold the square along the edge and cut small shapes out along the fold about 2″ on each side – this will make it easier to form the ends by removing some of the bulk. 
  3. Thread a snap through the cardboard tube and glue the snap to the edge of the paper outside the cuts you made in step 1. 
  4. Roll up the tube tightly and glue.
  5. Tie off one end with ribbon.
  6. Fill with trinkets, candies, jokes/or trivia and especially the crowns!
  7. Tie off another end with ribbon and reshape ends. Some people use a shaper for this – I do not as I like them to look a little loose, like a gift.
  8. Embellish!   
  9. Add to your holiday table! When you’re ready, pick a partner. Each grab an end of the cracker and pulls to tear open – the one who comes away with the longest end is the winner! Tell your cheesy jokes and wear your paper crown while eating!

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