Monday, November 24, 2014

15 Thanksgiving Table Ideas.

Thanksgiving
Have you decided on a theme for your Thanksgiving table? If you haven't, I have rounded up 15 beautiful Thanksgiving tables that are loaded with great diy ideas and that will be sure to inspire you.















My Thanksgiving table isn't set yet. I will be putting the final touches on our menu and hopefully, will have the table all set by tomorrow. Have a lovely Monday and I know many of us are excited about the short work week! xx

images: {pinterest, marthastewart, stylemepretty}

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cottage Style.


It's rare for me to be posting on a Saturday. But, it's cold and I am still willing myself to get out of pjs. I saw this lovely cottage style home here while trolling my favorite sites.  I love all the natural touches and the eclectic mix of pattern and texture...











Darling, isn't it? Have a lovely Saturday and stay warm my friends. xx

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Scenes from the Weekend.

On Saturday, I painted my first ever painting! And as you can see it wasn't too shabby! A couple of my friends came by the house and a local artist, Tiffany of Swirls and Smocks gave us an art lesson where we learned how to paint our own holiday inspired reindeer. It was the most beautiful evening...






All the artists with their masterpieces! xx

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party.

Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party

Hello everyone! I recently styled the most darling outdoor party for work and it all happened in my back yard!

Now that the mosquitoes have disappeared and the weather has cooled, entertaining outside is a much more pleasant experience. I recently hosted an impromptu casual get together that required very little planning and we all had such a great time! Here are some quick tips to help make your fall soiree a hit with your guests.

Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party

Theme


Developing a theme helps to keep your look cohesive. I like to use color palettes as themes and for this party, I incorporated a predominantly blue and white with splashes of black and gold color scheme. I chose that scheme because our handmade outdoor table is predominantly blue with pink details, and the chosen color scheme would look beautiful against it. In addition, it allowed me to use items I already had.

Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party

Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party

 Table Details

Don’t be afraid to mix old and new! I mixed vintage pieces like the candlesticks, scored from thrift stores with my more modern pieces for an eclectic and fun look. With the abundance of pumpkins since it is fall, I added them in the center and randomly placed some at different areas of the table. Add some gourds, pinecones, and succulents for texture and more color!

Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party

Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party

The Food

We love to grill, and also enjoy shopping at our local Farmer’s Market for fresh produce. You can get whatever vegetables are in season and pair them with your meat of choice. Everything can be prepared on the grill. Our grill master, my hubby, prepared Jamaican jerk chicken, grilled asparagus and bell peppers with grilled sweet potatoes. 
Sliced baguette with cheese made a great appetizer while the main course was being grilled.
Caramel apples covered in almonds made the perfect mouth watering dessert.

Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party


Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party

Drink

Wine was our drink of choice, but spiced apple cider is a fall favorite and would make a great alternative or addition. It can be served either hot or cold.

Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party


The Playlist

Having beautiful music in the background of a party usually helps to create the perfect ambiance. The atmosphere and vibe are dependent on the type of music chosen. Since we wanted a mellow vibe, our playlist had the likes of Sade, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Amy Winehouse, Yuna, Adele, Frank Sinatra filling the air with melodious tunes. 

Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party

Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party

Getting Cozy by The Fire

After dinner, getting cozy by the fire is a must! If you don’t have an in ground fire pit, portable fire pits are a great alternative. They are available at stores like Lowes and Home Whether in ground or portable, fire pits set the stage for a cozy and warm gathering. Add some marshmallows in the mix, and the experience is simply magical. 

Tips for Hosting a Fabulous Fall Outdoor Party

Quick tip: Be sure to have blankets on hand for your guests. 

P.S. If you're local, don't forget to grab a copy of the Observer to read this feature which was the cover story for this week's Sunday Life. 


all images by Tiffany Parsons