Archive | January, 2016

What Caught My Eye Vol. I

What Caught My Eye

There have been several things lately that I’ve seen and thought, “Well, that’s really cool/interesting/smart, etc.” and I thought I’d share them with you today.  A new series I’m calling What Caught My Eye.  There are several party centric things today and a couple others that I just really liked.

First, is something I posted on Instagram a while ago from Ikea.  Did you know they have an entire party decor section in their stores?  I didn’t, but I was certainly glad I found it and of course picked a couple things up while I was there.  They had some really great ribbon packs and garlands, but I was most impressed with their honeycomb hanging decorations.

Ikea pic

Next, is a first birthday party that I attended recently.  It was Sesame Street themed and my friend put so much thought into the food and decorations.  It was all super cute.  I loved the signage on the door, it really let you know what the theme was and was personalized for her adorable son.

Sesame Street

And then she went above and beyond and made all of the food platters look like characters from Sesame Street.  How clever!  I never would have thought to use ranch and fruit dip as eyes for Elmo and Oscar the Grouch.

Sesame Street Food

During Christmas and New Year’s another friend of mine wore several pins which I loved and hadn’t really seen anyone wear something like that in a long time.  I asked her to share some of them with me and how cute is that turtle?  I love that you could have so many seasonal pins.  They would really dress up your everyday wardrobe.  This picture takes me back to a drawer in my mom’s dresser where she used to keep all of her pins in a little box.

pin pic

One final thing I stumbled upon the other day thanks to Pinterest is a site called Save on Crafts.  There are a ton of categories if you’re looking for party decorations, wedding reception table centerpieces, gift wrap, or home decor.  The prices are pretty reasonable too which is great.  Has anyone ordered anything from here?  I may be getting some of the following things for the future.

Save on Crafts Collage

So those are just some random things I’ve come across recently and thought I’d share with you.  Do you find any of them interesting?  I could totally eat some of those Elmo strawberries and raspberries right now!  I hope this Monday is a great start to your week!

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Saturday Simple Celebrations: Dinner on Platters

Welcome to the first Saturday Simple Celebrations of 2016!  Saturday Simple Celebrations is a series where I share quick, easy, entertaining ideas to make everyday celebrations exceptional.  You can see all the simple celebrations here, here, and here.  For the first one of the year I’m encouraging you to serve dinner in a prettier way.  I typically cook dinner at home most nights, and that usually entails me plating straight from the stove out of the skillet or pot I cooked in, which isn’t the fanciest way to serve dinner.

The other night I mixed it up a bit and used some of our serving pieces and placed dinner on the table for us to make our own plates.  It definitely made dinner feel more special and fancy sitting down to the table with our food displayed so beautifully.  I’m also pretty sure dinner tasted better this night, maybe because of the way we served it?!

Dinner on Platters

Dinner on Platters

So, I’m encouraging you to get out of the rut of making plates right off of the stove and put all of those serving pieces you got from your wedding registry to use.  It is only a few more dishes to clean and because the food is only on them for a short while they clean up easily (no stuck on messes!).

How do you typically serve dinner?  From the pot on the stove or off platters on the table?  Do you feel like giving this a go at least one night next week?  I hope so, and if you do, tag a photo with the hashtag #TDHDinners on Instagram so I can see!

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Tablescape Tuesday: A Twist on the Pink and Gold Trend

Welcome back to the first full work week of 2016 and the first post of the new year!  Today is another episode (is that the right word?  Probably not, but speaking of episodes, I’m so glad TV is back from the holiday break, my DVR has been woefully empty lately.) of Tablescape Tuesday.

In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table. I think putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’ experience so much better.  Today’s post is putting a twist on the ever popular Kate Spade, preppy, pink and gold trend.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the trend, just look at the blog color scheme, but changing it up can be good too.

So, I’ll be showing you a pink and gray/silver tablescape today.  I think this is a great option for a not so girly Valentine’s Day tablescape or just a way to use some fresh new colors for the new year.

Pink and Gray table

Pink and Gray Table

To make the tablescape, I used some Target Dollar spot wrapping paper as a runner and then ran some gray ribbon down the center of the table.  It’s such an easy, cute, little touch, plus it’s a great way to use up those holiday ribbon scraps you have.

Ribbon tablescape

Pink and Gray table

For the centerpiece I used some mercury glass candle stick holders, a shiny silver faceted candle holder (a great hostess gift I received), and some thrifted bud vases.  To make the bud vases all I did was find some glass or other material bud vases at my local thrift store and then just spray painted them white.  So it really doesn’t matter what the vase is made of because you’re just going to cover it with paint anyway.

Pink and Gray table

I tied the silver ware together using some leftover gray grosgrain ribbon.  Don’t they look so cute!  And yes, if you can’t tell this table is set up right in the middle of my living room, haha.  Just searching for the best light on a rainy day!

Pink and Gray table

Do you think this pink and gray color combo is going to be as big a trend as the pink and gold trend?  What TV shows are you glad are back on your DVR?  Hopefully this first full week of the New Year will fly by for you because Saturday is another Simple Celebrations post!  Keep celebrating!

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Celebrating everyday!