11/24/14

An Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape



Thanksgiving week is here! I can hardly believe it! We usually go spend the holiday in the mountains with Austin's family, but he has to work this year so we'll be sticking aroud home with my family. I'm also excited that my cousin who is studying in Chicago is flying in to spend the long weekend with us-- should be a fun filled few days. I've partnered with Target to bring some fun entertaining ideas to you over the holiday season - starting with this easy tablescape!

Photography: Krista A. Jones
Florals: Petal & Print
Target products: Wooden candlesticks, wine decanter, table runner, dish towels (DIY'ed as napkins). 
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11/21/14

Winter Mulling Spices


What a week! I couldn't be more excited that today is Friday! And I have the perfect "recipe" to share with you to make over the weekend. I love mulling spices -- in both apple cider and red wine, yum! Today I'm sharing how you can make little bags of mulling spices to give as favors or to include with a gift to your friends this season. I'm including them in a little something I'm working on (more on that next week!). The best part of this "recipe" is that it's not really a recipe at all! Simply combine your spices in muslin bags and drop into a pot of juice or tea - simmering until hot and fragrant.

Images by Krista A. Jones

11/20/14

5 Entertaining Essentials For The Holiday Season


With Thanksgiving a week away the holiday entertaining season is finally upon us! This time of year can come with stress and pressure as you host dinners and parties - but it really doesn't need to! If you stock up on a few entertaining essentials you can guarantee any event will be a success. Here are 5 items I keep on hand all year which really impress guests and make entertaining on the fly a cinch. They also make great holiday gifts for those people on your list who love a good dinner party!

Wine Decanter: I have two and use them every time we have guests over - they look much nicer on the table than a wine bottle.

Golden Serving Utensils: I'm partial to these cheese kinves from West Elm - but I also have salad servers and gold flatware that add an instant dose of glam to your cheese spread or appetizer platter.

Linen Napkins: Invest in a set of linen dinner and cocktail napkins and keep them on reserve for when you have guests over only - this way they'll always look great.

Cheese Dome: The easiest way to make a cheese platter look good is to serve it on a marble cheese dome- it's also a great way to serve mini desserts or appetizers.

Taper Candles: I keep a collection of taper candles on hand and pick them up when I see them at Homegoods or on sale - I always go through white ones quickly since they go with everything.

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11/18/14

No Sew Linen-Like Napkins

no sew linen napkins osnaburg fabric faux linen

Today I'm excited to share the DIY for the easiest napkins that are so versatile you'll find yourself reaching for them all the time. My mother-in-law made 150 of these babies for our wedding! Can you believe that? They turned out so perfect and were such a special touch. Now I use them all the time! These napkins are made with Osnaburg fabric - which I first read about from Julie Blanner's post on Better Homes & Gardens here. It's so inexpensive and they have it at virtually every fabric store and even Walmart - you can also order it online. Read on for the simple steps!

Image by Krista A. Jones

11/14/14

5 Tips For Hosting Friendsgiving


It's about that time! I've always loved the idea of Friendsgiving -- spending time with your close friends before you celebrate the holidays with your family. I've partnered with Caricature Wines to share a few tips on hosting your own Friendsgiving this year. Follow my tips, have plenty of good wine on hand and you'll have a wonderful night!

Images by Krista A. Jones