Valentine’s Day Table

Yesterday I played around with table decorating!!  It really is something that is so much fun!!  I always challenge myself to use what I have, and if I have to add, I do it on the cheap.
I’ve shared with you before our family Valentine’s dinner tradition.  One of the best parts of this tradition for me, is an excuse to set the table!  
I kept it simple this year, and I love the outcome! I just love it when things come out as good or better than the vision in my head. 🙂
I used my black and white gingham table runners that I made at Thanksgiving.  I added some kraft paper placemats.  Red chargers, white napkins and plates.  
The placemats were simply cut from a roll of kraft paper and I added the XO with black craft paint.  

The only things I purchased were the red paper heart doilies that I used in the center and on top of the plates, and the tulips that were used in the centerpiece.  I gathered together crystal bud vases and candlesticks to cluster together for the centerpiece.  
So, I did this table for about $7.  When I buy dishes and such, I try to buy things that will go with lots of different schemes – white plates, white napkins, crystal, even the red chargers are very versatile.  I don’t really have the storage for lots of different dishes, so this works best for me.
Here are a couple of pictures at night with the candles lit.
I can’t wait for our family dinner!  🙂

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Fridays Unfolded Link Party {#139}

Hello there everyone!  We’re back!!  Again, I hope everyone had a wonderful time with family over the past couple of weeks!  My kids went back to school this week and I am eager to get back into the routine of things.  So, let’s get back to the party shall we?

My Christmas decor came down a little sooner this year than it usually does.  I was craving the space back and the peace of it all.  Honestly my house has a lot of empty space that it looks a little strange right now. 

Do you take time at the close of a year to look back and see all that the year brought you?  We do, and it’s one of my favorite things!  Looking back and recounting God’s blessings is a really great thing!!  

In like style I shared with you some of the most popular posts from last year on the blog! There were a lot of changes around our home last year! It was nice to mark some things of my list of to-dos.  🙂

I also shared where I am headed for the new year. After all the Christmas decor was gone, the festivities and lazy days were over, and the kids went back to school, I was left with a brain of mush that needed a little direction.  Hopefully my plans will help me get there!!  🙂

You guys shared some wonderful stuff as usual. Some of my favorites are Christmas related – since the party started before Christmas, but hey – pin and save for next year right??

Kristi from Making It In The Mountains shared this adorable project.
A pallet-wood Christmas tree for displaying Christmas cards.  I love displaying Christmas cards – especially since most of them are pics of family and friends we don’t see often.

Shelley from Calypso In The Country shared this super cute tablescape complete with gingham and chalkboard – two of my favorite things!!
I love the idea of homemade salad dressing and Jami from An Oregon Cottage shows how to package them up in these adorable mason jars!
And this sweet story from Jemma touched my heart and reminded how good it is to take a moment with your kiddos (or your nieces and nephews, or your grandkids), and be creative with them!
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Make sure you check out the other hostesses to see what they picked.  Also make sure you check out our pinterest boards.  One board for features and one board for other things that may have caught our eye.

As always, thanks for sharing here with us!! Cannot wait to see what you have for us in 2015!!

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Fall Tablescape Inspiration

I don’t know why but I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately.  Not just with projects, but with everything.  I have been circling around several projects on my list for the kids rooms.  I have started many things, and finished a few. (I promise I will get around to share those with you soon!!)  I just can’t seem to get motivated in any one direction.  So, instead of trying to make something happen, I decided to find some pretty inspiration from the lovely world of the internet, and as usual it did not disappoint.

We are hosting Thanksgiving this year since we only get our boy home for a few days, and my mind is spinning with ideas for simple but lovely table decor.  I really want it to be simple, natural, and most of all inexpensive.  Here are some things that I found.  

Please, if you are going to Pin any of these – click on the source below the pic and pin from the original –  Thank you!!

I love the simplicity of this centerpiece – the chalkboard table runner is a fantastic base for just about anything, but looks darling paired with the jars and pine cones.

The wooden box filled with pumpkins, pine cones, candles, and other natural goodies.  Love!

 If only I had a magnolia tree in my backyard….

What a simple and sweet way to remind everyone what the holiday is truly about.  A great time filler and conversation starter too!!

Love the mix of wicker, natural, and silver in this arrangement.  Beautifully natural!

My favorite part of this table is the gingham check runners. I’m definitely gonna have to find a way to incorporate that on my table for sure.  

I don’t know that this was a productive or helpful way to spend my time, because now my head in spinning in another direction!!  ARGH!!  But, I can’t wait to start pulling stuff together.  I know it’s a couple of months away, but we are starting to count down to the time we get to spend together as a family.  🙂

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Party Time Graduation Style

So I mentioned that high school graduation was over.  Last weekend we shared our celebration with our family at our home after the ceremony. Knowing it was just family, I didn’t go too crazy with preparations, but I did want it to be festive. And, to be honest, I needed some cute crafts to keep my mind off the reality that my first baby was graduating high school…

So, to pinterest I went, and I found lots of wonderful ideas from lots of talented bloggers that have done this before :).  I compiled the things that I thought would be doable on a budget and got to work.  

This is what my kitchen table looked like about half-way through!!

And a few hours later this is what I had (plus the garland :)).

Here is how things looked on party day!!

Like I said, my ideas came from lots of different places, and most of them I modified just a touch to make them work for me.  

I knew I wanted to make some of this tissue paper tassel garland.

I looked at lots of tutorials, but this one was my favorite.

I added the pennant sign, by cutting the triangles and circles from scrapbook paper.  The letters are traced on with a sharpie using a letter stencil I had.

I loved this adorable nod to the day – silverware tied in the napkins to look like diplomas.

These little bottle hats I found here, and knew I had to make them for sure.  They were super simple!!  I used embroidery floss for the tassels on mine.  I just tied a knot in the middle and pulled apart the string on one side.  🙂

I had made pennants like these before for our baseball banquet last year they were super easy – cut out of scrapbook paper, glued on painted black dowel sticks.

The pots are simple plastic garden pots with some rocks in the bottom to keep them from blowing off the table, some styrofoam, and silver basket filler.

I scattered pics of my boy at all ages, that I gathered from around the house, on all of the tables.

And this cute subway print was free to download here.  It was the perfect addition to the table!!

A friend of mine made these once for our preschool graduation, and I have always thought they were adorable, so they were a must.  They are simply a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup, and a Deluxe Graham cookie. I used a white Twizzler for the tassel because I did not want to pipe that. All the elements held together by some melted chocolate almond bark.

I wanted the cake to be simple but festive, so when I saw these I knew that was the way to go!!

You can check out my Party Time pinterest board if you want to see more.  I wanted to do it all, but I had to stop somewhere.  🙂  I only spent around $25 total for the decorations – all DIYed (except the balloons).  The small star balloons, and the silver filler, the silver tray and the green cake plates all came from Dollar Tree. The rest from Walmart or things I already had. Always shop your house first before you run out to buy things for a party.  I am always surprised when I find things that work great!!   

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Traditions – Valentine’s Day Style {Family Friday}

I am posting this way later than I wanted to, but again life – errands, sick child, pulling this table together at the last minute.  My hubby and I have never made a big deal about Valentine’s Day. Every year is different.  I mean really though – everyday is Valentine’s Day with my hubby :).  A few years ago though an older mama friend was sharing with me that they would have family Valentine’s dinner at home.  She would pull out the china, set the table real nice, cook a special meal, everyone would dress up and come to dinner at the family table.  I was instantly in love with the idea, for many reasons.  One, is sounded like fun – I never pull out any kind of dishes but everyday ones, and we never get dressed up for dinner.  Two, we never eat out at fancy restaurants as a family – there are six of us and our budget just doesn’t allow.  So, I was thinking in the back of my mommy mind that this would be a great teaching opportunity for manners and such.  You know in case they were ever with someone who cared about those things.  🙂

So, for the past few years we have done it.  I was kind of dragging my feet this year because my hubby has to work tonight.  I was pouting and considering not doing it, but then I just decided to do it on Saturday night.  It’s just a day, right?  So, then I was blog-reading this morning and came across some really cute tables, (herehere and here), and that was all I needed to get me going.  I didn’t have a ton of money, but I knew I wanted to change it up a bit from last year.  So, I decided to challenge myself to come up with a cute Valentine table from the Dollar Tree.  

I went, I saw, I conquered, and I came home with this.

I know it doesn’t look like much, but I knew I already had a few things I was going to use and just needed some fun extra touches.  So now comes the onslaught of pictures!!

First, I simply used my charges as a cutting guide for the wrapping paper – soon to become place mats.

Then, I just started layering.

Okay so honestly, the only things so far that didn’t (and couldn’t have) come from the Dollar Tree are the red chargers.  But, those I purchased at Hobby Lobby years ago and I use them for a lot of things.  The black layer on top of the wrapping paper is simply black construction paper.

Skip ahead a bunch, because I got excited and forgot to take pictures after each addition!!

The ribbon for the napkin “rings”, Chinese take out boxes, and goblets – all Dollar Tree.  The mirror, and the napkins I have also had for years.  🙂

I couldn’t believe my luck when I stumbled upon that polka-dot gold, wire-edged ribbon at Dollar Tree!!  It layered perfectly with my red sheer ribbon I had left-over from my Christmas star.

The centerpiece is finished off with some hurricane vases filled with red and white candles, red basket filler, and more gold polka-dot ribbon.

To finish it off each person got an “I love you” message and some Hershey hugs and kisses in the take-out box.

The tag on the take-out box was made with a stamp and some left-over scrapbook paper, tied on with some red ribbon (also from my stash). 🙂

I had so much fun putting this together!!  And it was less than $10!!  And I know tomorrow night will be lots of fun also!!  I will take some night shots with the candles lit and share those on instagram, so follow along if you want to see!! (@denisegwood)

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