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How to Create a Thanksgiving Kids Table

We’re less than a week away from the big day!  Thanksgiving that is!  What will you be doing this weekend to get ready?  Use my planning printables to help you get the turkey on the table in time.  I know I’ll be making my grocery and shopping lists!  Plus, I’m breaking tradition and probably going to be putting the tree up before Thanksgiving this weekend.  I’m just feeling in the spirit I guess.  Maybe because it snowed yesterday, so it feels like Christmas already.

If you need some more Thanksgiving inspiration, look no further.  Especially if you have kids that will be partaking in your feast.  Did anyone else grow up with a kids table on Thanksgiving day?  I didn’t really, but I’d love to sit at the kids table I put together for you today!

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!You’ll need a few key things to keep the kids entertained while hopefully eating turkey and not just dessert.  First, if you have a table that is just the right height for little guests, they’ll feel more comfortable in their space.  Plus you won’t have to worry about them falling off of tall chairs.

Next, I highly suggest putting some butcher paper or kraft paper down as a base.  It creates an easy clean-up and allows kids to color away while they wait to eat.

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!Then, be sure to use paper plates.  There is no need to have to risk your china or even casual plates getting broken, chipped, or drawn on.  I also recommend paper or plastic cups.  They are so much lighter for little hands to pick up.  Cocktail sized plastic cups are the perfect size for my two year old.

Plastic flatware is also a great choice since little hands barely use them anyway.  Why use a perfectly good fork when you have your hands?!

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!Now, I’m pretty sure restaurants are on to something with the coloring sheets and crayons they have to keep kids occupied.  So incorporate that into your Thanksgiving kids table.  Add a jar, basket, or individual boxes of crayons to the table and let the kids go wild.  They’ve got a great spot to color on the butcher paper.

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!Or provide some themed coloring sheets for them to decorate.  It’s pretty easy to find a Thanksgiving coloring book that you can tear a few pages out of, or just print some off after a quick Pinterest search.  Better yet, Pier 1 has these great Thanksgiving activity placemats.

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!If your kids get tired of coloring, I mean their attention spans barely exist, try an activity.  I purchased these turkey headbands at Hobby Lobby.  They will let the kids at your Thanksgiving spend a few minutes sticking feathers and turkey faces onto squishy foam.  I’d recommend tying the elastic strap for them, but once they’re done, it will be so fun for them to wear while eating.

Click here for ideas on setting up a kids Thanksgiving Table so cute you'll want to sit there too!There you have it.  A few things to help keep the kids entertained so you can enjoy your wine, or second helping of turkey and gravy.  Do you plan on having a kids table on Thanksgiving?  Try to incorporate a few of these ideas to make your kids table so cute and even more functional!

There’s more Thanksgiving inspiration next week too!  Hostess gifts and cocktail recipes are coming at you.  Between the planning guide and everything next week, you’ll be set for a great Thanksgiving!

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Tablescape Tuesday: A Fall Floral Centerpiece

Wow, how long has it been since there has been a Tablescape Tuesday post? Well, we’re changing that today!  The Tablescape Tuesday series is all about ways to dress up your tables.  Dining tables, coffee tables, buffet tables, dessert tables, and so much.  I feel like adding a little extra something to your table makes entertaining guests more special.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.Using floral centerpieces on a tablescape is nothing new, but how they are arranged can bring some dimension to this tried and true technique.  Using a collection of fall florals I changed up my typical arrangement to make a new kind of centerpiece.  By grouping the flowers in small, short, vases I took one large bouquet from Costco and made three smaller arrangements.  This allows me to really change up how to use the arrangement as a centerpiece.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.One way to use these three smaller vases was by grouping them together in the middle of the table.  This works well with a round table, or if you are short on space.  Plus all three of the arrangements can be seen from all angles.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.Next, I arranged the vases in a row down the middle of the table.  Long centerpieces work great if Thanksgiving is eaten around a long rectangular table.  Vases down the middle of the table allow the centerpiece to be spread out among all the guests.  Plus, there is still room for all of your holiday dishes.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.More than the flower arrangements, I also wanted to make a little seating card display.  This is a really simple one anyone can use.  All you need is a pine cone, some brown card stock, and a pen.  You can write your guests’ names, a cute message, or Thanksgiving trivia on these all purpose seating cards.

Click here to see tips on using a fall floral centerpiece and tablescape this fall.Happy November 1st, I hope you had a great Halloween and are making it through the candy coma ok.  It’s such a fun time of year gearing up for the holidays.  Be ready to see a lot of Thanksgiving themed posts coming up this month!

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Tablescape Tuesday: Wedding Centerpieces

A few weekends ago, we had the opportunity to attend two very different, but very fun wedding in the same weekend.  We went from a rustic, beautiful, mountain wedding to a fun-filled, 20’s themed, elegant mansion wedding.  It was quite the weekend.  Today I wanted to share the tablescapes from those weddings with you.

It’s another round 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.  Putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’, and your experience so much better.  These weddings certainly didn’t disappoint in their tablescape game.

The first wedding was on top of a mountain and absolutely beautiful.  Because of the wedding’s location, there was a rustic element to the wedding, but it was so beautifully done.

Pink Rustic TableI mean isn’t this table absolutely gorgeous.  It felt like I was living in a pinterest photo.  The rustic wood table, textured runner, and the centerpiece that ran the entire length of the table were so pretty.  I thought it was great to have just a runner on the table and let the beautiful wood table shine.

The flowers were amazing.  Spilling out from a lantern in the middle was greenery and color coordinating roses.  The gold mercury glass votives made the whole affair so intimate as the night went on.  Color coordinating napkins brought the whole theme together nicely.

Pink and Purple Floral CenterpieceIt was almost too pretty, almost.  I really did feel so excited to be at such a beautiful wedding.

The second wedding of the weekend was so different, but so fun.  The wedding was roaring 20’s themed at a mansion, and everyone really dressed to the theme.  It was so fun seeing everyone in 20’s attire.  Some looked like they stepped right out from that decade.

The tablescapes were alternating centerpieces of greenery, feathers, and flowers.  We sat at a table with some great greenery.

20's Themed TablescapeI loved the aged feel of the venue, it really helped bring the theme out throughout the entire event.  The crystal chandeliers didn’t hurt either. Tables with greenery centerpieces were dressed up with a light shine of gold paint which was a great little touch to tie into the theme.  Wedding guest’s sipped on deep glasses rimmed with gold.

Gold Rimmed GlassesOverall, it was such a fun weekend.  Albeit, busy, but so fun.  It was great getting to go to two very different weddings and see how the personality of each couple really shined through.

Which was your favorite, rustic, pink, mountain wedding or black and gold 20’s themed party?  Stick around because I’ll be giving a full recap of both weddings in the next few weeks.  Let’s face it, you want to see the rest of both weddings after looking at just the tables right?

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DIY Moss Covered Balls

Good Morning and happy Monday, if that’s such a thing.  In hopes that today’s post will bring back spring like weather and melt the ridiculous amount of snow we got in Denver over the weekend, I’m sharing a DIY spring craft with you.  I’ve always wanted some moss covered balls, but at almost $10 a piece I just never felt right paying for them.  So, I finally DIYed some for myself.  I’ll show you how below and I’ll apologize ahead of time for using the word balls so many times.

DIY MossHere’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Moss (I used this kind from Hobby Lobby)
  • Foam balls, or anything round that you don’t mind covering.  I put our mountain of packing paper to work and just balled that up into a round shape.

DIY Moss BallsFirst, you’ll want to heat up your glue gun, and then begin covering your form with glue.

DIY Moss BallsThen, grab a small amount of moss and stick it right on top of the glue.

DIY Moss BallsContinue doing that until the entire form is covered with moss.  Then, look for bald spots that need to be covered up and repeat the glue and stick method.  I found that using the smaller pieces of moss that fell off worked best when covering the bald spots because they really filled in the gaps.

DIY Moss BallsLastly, you’ll want to trim off any excess moss that’s sticking out if you don’t like that kind of look.  I was going more for a flat moss look so I trimmed the excess off of mine.  No one wants #hairyballs.  Sorry, I couldn’t help myself, forgive me.

I was able to make three moss balls in a couple hours, but I took a ton of breaks because I have a needy toddler.  I only used about half the bag of moss I bought, so I’m sure you could easily make 5-7 of these with one bag of moss depending on how big your balls are.  I’m not even going to touch that last ball joke.

Here’s the finished product!  I think it adds a little spring flair to my dining table.  These would also be great for any woodland themed parties or showers.  I plan to use them again next year around Easter with Easter eggs tucked in around them.  Or you could use the moss to make a table runner by gluing and sticking it to a long piece of kraft paper.  You could also stack them to make a moss ball topiary, which would look great on a mantle to add some height.

DIY Moss Balls

DIY Moss BallsI am pretty happy with how they turned out and even happier that I was able to make three moss covered balls for less than $3 instead of paying $7 for just one.  And it didn’t take me very long at all.  What do you think?  Is this something you would have a use for?  I’m pretty sure anyone could make these as long as you can glue and stick, which you can.

I’ll be back Wednesday with Week 3 of the One Room Challenge, oh geez we’re already halfway through, yikes!

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Tablescape Tuesday: A Console Table

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Tablescape Tuesday.  After the holidays I really enjoy just cleaning off every surface and letting my furniture breath.  Plus we were gearing up to move so my tables have been pretty bare.  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’, and your experience so much better.  Today is all about a nautical themed console table.

In our new house there was kind of a weird wall next to our couch that needed a little something on it and since our couch is now up against a wall, the console table we previously had behind it didn’t work anymore.  Low and behold, the console table was the perfect size for the wall next to the couch!  Now we have a great little spot to put a drink, the remotes, and another place to decorate.

Console Table with Nautical ChartA few days after we moved into the new house we spent a good portion of the day just moving small side tables around the house to see where the best place was for them, and this spot turned out so cute.  I like for our house to have a bit of a nautical/coastal vibe (I blame it on the Navy) and we have these nautical charts of the home ports where we’ve been stationed, which fit that vibe perfectly.   This one is of Pearl Harbor and I still need to get it framed, but since it’s so big I’m dreading how much that’s going to cost.

Console Table with Nautical ChartAgain with the coastal vibe, there is a decorative vase with rudders.  I was also able to keep my orchid alive through our move so she is proudly displayed on the table as well.  I think it’s so funny that I kill succulents (apparently an easy plant to keep alive), but orchids tend to thrive under my care.  I’ve had this one since Easter 2014!

I have a couple of great decorating books on the table as well.  Click the link above to purchase them on Amazon if you’re interested (affiliate link used).  I especially love The Nesting Place because it’s all about loving the home you’re in and that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.  As a recovering perfectionist, it’s perfect (get it?) for me.

Here is a great blog post on formulas to style a console table.  My general thoughts are that you need little vignettes, usually an odd number of pieces; something with height, like a lamp or plant; and I’m a stickler for symmetry, so I like things to be fairly symmetrical.  A console table like this gives you an opportunity to add some art above it as well.  Use one big piece, like my chart, or do a gallery wall of smaller frames.  If using a gallery wall, I’d tend to keep the items on the table a little more streamlined or the whole area might look a little too busy.

Console Table with Nautical ChartHow was today’s take on Tablescape Tuesday?  Do you have a spot in your home that you’ve found the perfect piece for?  I love when that happens, and it’s usually because of trial and error, just moving things around until you find the best spot.  I’ve also linked this post to a great round up of home decor inspiration hosted by Laura at Decor to Adore, be sure to check out a ton of other home related posts every Thursday for Thoughts on Home on Thursday.

I hope your week is off to a great start, be sure to come back on Thursday to see the updates and progress that’s been made in my One Room Challenge shared office and playroom.  I’ve found some great items to incorporate into the room!

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