Posts in the ‘Decor’ Category
Target has a new line of products for the home called Threshold. And to try them out, they gave me a gift certificate for a hundred dollars. Woo hoo! How awesome! But not so fast...
There was one problem with this deal. I went to Target, found a bunch of cool Threshold stuff, and ended up spending more... a lot more out of my own pocket. I couldn't get over the styles, the quality, and definitely the price!
To give you some background, we moved into our house in September. Before that, we got rid of a ton of our things, so it was a lot like starting over.
We bought a bunch of basics, but it's the little details, the fun pieces that gives your house warmth, that we've been missing.
So that was my goal with my shopping spree, to find interesting things that will show off our personality.
The place I started was with pillows. We have a streamlined grey couch that was screaming out for some pizzazz. So I bought these three pillows, all different patterns and textures and I love how they look together. The ikat is my favorite because for some reason I'm really drawn to ikat patterns these days. The red is more of a plush velour and the mustard has a cool texture of interesting seams.
Then I moved on to the throw blanket. Again, I like the neutral color, the texture, and the warmth it brings to the couch. Plus, with our big windows we can definitely use it on chilly nights.
And because of our windows, I've been dying to hang a mirror on the opposite wall to bring the outside in, and I found this retro sunburst mirror that I thought worked perfectly.
And finally, I bought these two votives because I wanted to bring some hammered metal to the space. I put two flameless wax LED candles in them so my daughter can play with them and I don't have to worry about fire. Plus, they smell really good!
Take a look at this Threshold video and I promise you too will find something you want...
It’s Time for Springtime.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.
I'm always looking for new ways I can decorate my daughter's room, so I thought a simple wreath with felt flowers to hang on her wall would be easy and look sweet. This wreath could also work for a "girly" birthday, baby shower, or even as a Valentine's Day decoration.
- Styrofoam ring
- 1.5" silk ribbon in white
- 1" silk ribbon in light pink
Use a pin to secure your 1.5 inch white silk ribbon on the side of the wreath that will be the back. Then wrap the ribbon around the ring until it is completely covered. Next use the 1 inch pink silk ribbon to wrap on top.
To make the flowers, I cut felt into round spirals, then starting at the center of the spiral, I wound the felt until it looked like a rose.
I secured it with glue. Then used a pin to pin the rose into the wreath. I was able to stick the pin in deep to hide it.
I made the spirals in different sizes so my flowers would be varied sizes.
Finally I attached a pink lace ribbon for hanging and glued three hearts I cut out freehand on top.
I love how it turned out, and so does my daughter, Lainey!
This is seriously one of the easiest DIYs I've ever done, and I can't get over how amazing they turned out!
- Cardboard or Styrofoam cone
- Glue gun
Put a dot of hot glue on the base of the cone.
Attach the yarn.
For the first wrap of yarn only I usually add a few more dots of hot glue to the base of the cone to secure the yarn.
Continue to wrap cone with yarn.
For the candy cane tree, I did six rings of yarn per color. For the green and red one I eyeballed about two inches per layer.
Cut yarn. Secure it with another drop of hot glue. Add another dot of hot glue next to where you ended the last color. Attach the new color and keep going.
I found the cardboard cones to be a little easier to use than the Styrofoam cones because the yarn can stick to the Styrofoam when you're working with it.
I used these yarn trees to style my Cookies and Cocoa dessert table. I thought they added a lot of warmth and color. Don't ya think?
Happy Holidays to you all out there. Getting ready for Thanksgiving I assume? This Party Gal celebrated early this year with our BFF’s who came into town (during our power outage from Sandy, no less).
One of my fondest memories as a child during the holidays was the “kids' table." WE ALWAYS had to sit at a fold out card table. My cousins, sister, and I would gather round that table to partake in the feast. As an adult and a mom of 4, I now understand the reason behind it! LOL
Today I wanted to share with you some ideas that are SUPER easy for your Thanksgiving Kids' Table.
Table Setting – Let’s start with this. Keeping the children busy while their plates are prepared is KEY. Otherwise they get up and go back to playing and you are spending another 10 mins getting them back to the table!
So I recommend using a roll of brown craft paper to use as their table covering. Put out some markers or crayons. (I pulled out NEW crayons that I had saved from my Back to School purchases – isn’t everything more fun with NEW sharp crayons?) Now they can draw and play tic tac toe until their plates arrive. Cost $ 1.00 for roll of craft paper at the dollar store. Makes for EZ clean up also!
BONUS TIP: Target Dollar Spot also had paper place mats with activities on them set of 4 for $ 1.00
Snacks – Now you might be wondering snacks? Um they are going to eat in a minute…
Well, if they are anything like my children, eating keeps them busy and out of my kitchen while I am preparing food! I am not talking a full blown buffet of snacks, but just some popcorn, trail mix, or carrots with dip in the middle of their table to share. Just enough to get them through until the meal arrives. I used little individual snack cups that I purchased at Target. I put popcorn in them – reminds me of the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving movie. They gobbled that up and ate everything on their plates!
A Favor/Treat – This year I made two “treats” for the kids to take home with them. One was SO easy your kids can help with it. Using toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls, I put some tootsie rolls inside of them and wrapped them up with some dollar store paper and some jute around the ends. They looked SO cute on the table and the kids had fun ripping them open to get to their prize inside.
The other item was candy corn tubes. I took plastic tubes and filled them with a gum ball at each end with candy corn sandwiched in the middle. They took these with them. Added a pop of color to the table and yummy later!
As an added bonus, the children each received their own Mayflower Place Card Boats. These name place cards doubled as a snack boat with some fishy crackers and a few candy corns hidden inside. I used my Silhouette SD machine to cut them out, put them together with glue stick and then added the sticker (using WORD and AVERY Stickers). I added the cute blue fringe at the bottom for the "ocean" effect. The fringe can be found at Party On Designs.
Crafts – The last piece to the Kids' Table puzzle is a craft for AFTER dinner. After you have cleaned up but BEFORE dessert I like to have a simple craft for them. (Our kids seem to think that dessert is followed within seconds of clearing their plate.) This year I had purchased fall magnets for them to color and take home with them. This activity kept them busy while I cleared the adult table and prepared desserts.
Well there you have it – my Kiddie Table for Thanksgiving on a budget. I hope you walked away with something you can incorporate into your holiday! Until December – Party on Friends!
What's so tasty about it is the smoky flavor from the Gouda and the heat from the chili pepper. I love to serve it with a crunchy baguette or pita chips.
Here's how I do it...
SPINACH DIP RECIPE
- 2 pounds fresh spinach
- 1 small onion or half a large onion
- 4-5 garlic cloves
- 1-2 small hot peppers - (jalapeno or fresno peppers work well)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3/4 cup of cream cheese
- 3/4 cup grated smoked gouda (you can substitute mozzarella, jack, or your favorite cheese)
- 1-2 teaspoons salt
- pinch of black pepper
Preheat the oven to 425.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a sauce pan and heat on medium high heat until shimmering. Add 4-5 minced or pressed garlic cloves, diced pepper (remove the seeds), and diced onion. Cook until onion is soft and translucent.
Roughly chop the spinach, and add to the saucepan along with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Cook down the spinach; it's always surprising how much it shrinks! Add the salt and pepper to taste.
Pour the spinach into a strainer and set in the sink. You can press down on it lightly with a spoon or whisk to get some of the liquid out.
You can now add the milk to the sauce pan on medium heat. Whisk in the cream cheese. Add 1/4 cup of the gouda (save the rest for topping), and continue whisking until it is melted. Now you can mix the spinach back to the saucepan.
Add the mix to your baking dish. It will fill 2-3 large ramekins, or you could use an 8 inch baking dish.
Sprinkle the remaining gouda on top.
Cook for 25 minutes. If you aren't getting a nice golden brown crust on top, put it under the broiler for minute before you take it out. Watch it closely because it can quickly go from brown to black!
If you have extra, add to a ramekin, tightly seal with plastic wrap, and put in the freezer. You can keep it for at least a month, and then bake when you are ready to serve.
And for last-minute entertaining, here are a few of my other tips...
Tip 1 -- Have some quick table setting items that you can quickly pull out in a pinch
My table settings tend to be simple, I'm a minimalist at heart. I have my go-to table runner, napkins, and plates that I use all the time. Plus, we have a lemon tree outside so I love picking a bunch of lemons, putting them in a basket, and using that as my centerpiece. See... simple. Also, I like to put out low candles because they look so pretty lit on a table (as long as there are no young children around). I keep everything ready to go in one cabinet in my dining room.
Tip 2 - Have food on hand that could work for fast preparation
Here's what I always have on hand that is easy to pull out of my fridge and cupboard for quick entertaining: cheese and crackers, puff pastry for making these cheese pinwheels, and silver dollar pancakes to top with whipped cream and strawberries (which are always in my fridge because they are my favorite fruit).
Tip 3 - Have mixes on hand to whip up some last minute desserts
I'm a big fan of dessert mixes. They are great to pull out for unexpected guests, school potlucks, and even a rainy day activity with my daughter. Since I think yummy smells add so much to a party, it's fun having something sweet cooking in the oven when your guests arrive, and they never have to know that it's really just a mix. Plus, they are easy to spruce up with powdered sugar, fruit, frosting, or sprinkles.
Tip 4 - Have candy, cellophane bags, and ribbon on hand for last-minute party favors
I usually like to send my guests home with something sweet. I keep candy stored away in my cupboard just for these situations. I like to put the candy in cellophane bags and tie them with pretty ribbon. It makes me look like such a seasoned host, but little do my guests know it took two minutes to do. This also works great with home baked items like cookies or brownies, even ones you've made with a mix. :)
What are your quick entertaining tips? Please leave them in a comment here or on our Facebook page. I'd love to put a post together incorporating them.
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by LG via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of LG
BOO! Did I scare ya? LOL Getting ready for your Halloween Bash? Maybe it’s a monster theme? Maybe you are traditional and love the pumpkins? Whatever your theme – KNOW that quality entertaining does not have to “break the bank”! With Target dollar spot areas… dollar stores… and your creative mind you can certainly entertain on a tight budget!
Last year at our Annual Newell Family Halloween Bash I got real creative and used my Silhouette SD Machine for some SIMPLE décor! Using Dollar Store frames and black paint were my biggest expense! Check it out…
BONUS TIP – Big bang for the buck….most grocery stores, dollar stores and even pharmacies sell the cute PEEPS (ghosts and other shapes) – put them on a stick, put out some hot chocolate and watch the kids dip and drink! Swirling them into the cocoa makes them creamy! Fun to eat and won’t break the bank!
Have a great Halloween and don’t forget to stick to the budget! Until November…Party On Friends!
Honestly, I've never been good at carving pumpkins. Mine always turn out looking so juvenile, it's a little embarrassing. :)
So yesterday I decided to try out pumpkin carving templates. I don't know why I'd never thought of this before, maybe because I thought they'd be hard and weren't worth the money. Well these I got for FREE from HP and they were super easy to use and look how awesome my pumpkins turned out!
Here's how I did it...
I cut off the top of the pumpkin and removed the seeds and pulp.
I taped the template to the front of the pumpkin, not worrying about making it look too perfect.
And here's the best part... Using a black ball point pen, I poked little holes in the pumpkin using the template as my guide.
When I took the paper off, I knew exactly where to cut... brilliant!
I used this pumpkin carving kit I found at Target. The little saw was the most helpful tool, but I still needed to use my small kitchen knife to get out the big chunks of pumpkin.
And here's how my first pumpkin turned out.
A little clean-up, some lit votive candles inside and... voila! My first two carved pumpkins of the year!
As Halloween gets closer I will definitely be doing this again. It's really simple and I loved the results!! After all these years, I now know the secret to a great carved pumpkin!
We wanted to try something new, so we decided to make piña colada and mojito gelées! What's a gelée, you might ask? Well, it's fancy way of saying "Jello shot."
I highly recommend trying these at your next cocktail party! They were simple to make, looked great when we were done, and tasted delicious.
Here's how to do it...
1 cup pre-mixed cocktail 1 packet gelatin 1 tablespoon lime juice
For the garnish 1/4 cup shaved coconut 1/4 cup dried pinapple 12 bunch mint Zest from 1 limeDirections
In a saucepan, add 1 cup of your cocktail and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Stir in one packet of gelatin.
Stir the mixture in the saucepan over low heat until the gelatin completely dissolves - about 5 minutes. You don't want it to boil (or even simmer) or the alcohol will evaporate.
Lightly oil a silicone mold, and wipe out any excess oil. We used a silicone brownie square mold for the square gelées, and a silicone mini muffin pan for the round gelées. We filled the molds with a baster, but you could also use a measuring cup to carefully pour the mix. Put the molds in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or until the gelatin has solidified.
Makes approximately 12 gelées
We left them in the fridge until we were ready to serve, then we carefully popped them out. A few stuck so we used a knife to loosen the edges. Next time we will add a little more oil to the silicone trays so they slip out more easily.
We garnished the piña colada gelée with a small piece of shaved coconut and dried pineapple, and we garnished the mojito gelée with some lime zest and a small mint leaf.
To keep it simple, we served our gelées with plantain chips and macadamia nuts.
- Cream and black napkins from West Elm
- Shiny silver napkin rings from Crate & Barrel
- Silver bowls and a silver tray from CB2
- Rhinestone tea lights from Z Gallerie
- Cocktail picks from Williams-Sonoma (which we put out with the gelées but was a cheat because you couldn't pick up the gelées with the picks, you had to use your fingers, or better yet tasting spoons :))
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Bacardi via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Bacardi.
If you read my Facebook page you know I'm always showing off circle fan rosette backdrops. What I love about them is they're easy to make (you just fold paper like a fan and pinch in the middle, then attach a couple fans together) and they add dimension to a wall or dessert table. Here are some of my favorite circle fan rosettes from our site.
(Click on the photo to see what party they're from.)making your own circle fan rosette backdrop.
How gorgeous are these paper flower centerpieces Wanessa from Wanessa Carolina Creations created, and how beautiful would these look on a table or mantle.
We'll, thanks to this tutorial Wanessa put together, here's how you can make one, too...
To put together these paper flower centerpieces, all you need is a tall glass cylinder or a large vase, a spray painted wine bottle, some pretty paper flowers, and voilà!I wanted to make 3 centerpieces so I chose one color for each bottle. You can see how I clean the wine bottles here.
The cylinder glass and the large vases I found at Walmart for less than $20.00 each.
First, I customized the vases by gluing rope to the bottom.To make the paper flower bouquet I used two different techniques.
For the rolled flowers you can find the tutorial here. You just have to start rolling tight from the end to the center, then release the paper, and glue the bottom.
For the petals flower here is a step-by-step:
I always like to double side my paper to make these flowers. I chose a plain color for one side, and a patterned one for the other side ,and attached them with spray adhesive.
- Cut out 7 pieces from a scalloped (or a 1 3/4" round) paper punch, cut out 5 pieces from a 1 1/2" paper punch, and cut out 4 pieces from a smaller round paper punch (see image 1)
- Cut a slit in each piece from the edge of the cutout to the midpoint (see image 2)
- Fold one flap over the other to make a small cone and glue (see image 3)
- Glue the 7 scalloped (or the 1 3/4") pieces together, glue 5 of the 1 1/2" pieces together, and glue 4 of the smallest pieces together (image 4)
- Place one bunch inside the other, biggest to smallest, and glue (image 5)
- Cut out some leaves (image 6)
- Pinch and glue the bottom edge of the leaves to give them dimension (image 7)
- Fold the end of a piece of floral wire into a small "L" and hot glue the leaves and flower to it
- Place in your flowers in your wine bottle and arrange
And if you make a paper flower centerpiece, please send photos. I'd love to see how yours turned out.