Only 9 more days of the Advent season. Our “Gifts of Togetherness” has helped slow down this month as we focus on the moments and memories vs. the stuff and the shopping. You can see my original list of activities we do this month here, and you can follow along on the daily activities here…Read More
I love good table conversation! As a family, we love coming up with new questions beyond our “highs and lows of the day." When dining with friends I also love coming up with questions to add depth to dinner conversation. Surface talk isn’t what builds relationships after all…Read More
Life should be celebrated.
This means you also need to let others celebrate you! I gave in to my husband (aka, Kevin) throwing me a 40th Birthday party and I'm so glad I did. It was an entire year of me pushing back on his idea of planning a celebration. Over time I realized it was something that was important to him and I needed to let him take the honor in planning. For me, it was simply a celebration of friendship and love.Read More
I get more excited about special touches in table decor than I often do about the food itself. Wouldn't it be sweet to sit down with a photo of you and a loved one in front of you? A good place setting makes up for a dry turkey or cold potatoes in my opinion. This is a photo of my sister and I. I think digging up old family photos would be such a fun treat for your guests.
I do so many last minute projects like this one with my Instax printer. I love to decorate with photos any chance I can get.
There's so much great inspiration for adding personal touches to Thanksgiving and I pinned several of my favorites here:
Do you have your stretchy pants ready? All the velvet is calling my name!
I'm hearing this hashtag will be all the rage and I hope to see some funny stuff: #WeirdThanksgivingTraditions
And this podcast might be helpful to listen to before you enter into Thanksgiving with your family. Fascinated by this podcast series. I grew up in a family who loved to debate politics over the holidays. To this day I avoid talking politics, but I'm happy to listen in on your debate for nostalgic sake.
My daughter had a very belated birthday celebration because she wanted to wait for our backyard renovations to be done. I know it's so hard to keep a guest list short, but with parties, less is more. In most situations. I also love a big bash with lots of mingling but, in my experience, the host tends to not enjoy themselves as much. The benefit of an intimate party is you have room to add special touches and sit around the same table sharing the same conversation. I adore this special touch my daughter added to the table decor. She wrote each of her friends a personal note telling them what she loved about them and how blessed she was to have them in her life. I took pictures of each note and sent to her guests. I watched as each sweet friend found their seat and gushed over the words Addi Mae left them. My husband and I made them a homemade meal and we served them as they simply chatted about their lives.
This party was planned with one trip to target and a quick amazon order.
Party animal napkins are from dollar section at target.
This paper table runner is something I always have on hand for multiple purposes.
The cake pops are from Mon Aimee Cake Pops and the best I've ever had.
The only other decor item I purchased were these that gave the pool house just enough of a party vibe.
Have you seen the saran wrap game played at parties? It was a hit! Target dollar section for the win again.
I've had a lot of questions about these chaise lounge chairs! Love them. Highly recommend! And yes, I plan to do a full backyard tour soon to share how we renovated and decorated the space!