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Autumn Place and Menu Card Printables

When I created my autumn printable this year I thought the wreath would be perfect for table place cards and menu cards for Thanksgiving or fall dinner parties so I whipped some up and am sharing them with you today. 
 I designed the place cards so there are 8 on a sheet and all you have to do is print them off and cut them apart. 
The menu cards are 5x7s so you can get two per sheet. 
 You can write in your menu and the names of your cards or you can load the file into Photoshop or Picmonkey and you can add your information with the font features and then resave the file before printing. 
Grab your cards below.
If the widgets are working you can grab the place cards here and the menu cards here.



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Neutral Fall Tablescape

Happy Tuesday everyone! 
Are you ready for the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? Parties, gift shopping, meal prepping, decorating? 
Can I tell you a secret? 
I sure the heck am not!
 We still have two birthdays and one birthday party to make it through before I can shift out of birthday prep mode and change it into holiday mode. 
BUT since the holidays can be such a busy season, I have a simple, neutral fall tablescape to share with you today that you can easily create even when you have a full schedule with little time to spare! 
I kept it rather simple and I love how it came out. 
It will probably just be my little family for the holidays like usual so it doesn’t need to be over the top but still feels special. 
Let’s take a closer look.
I layered a wood charger with a simple white plate and placed the linen napkin on top of the plate with this green pumpkin plate on top.
 
 I found these green pumpkin plates in the dollar spot at Target. I love them and will be the perfect bread plate during dinner. 
I also bought these linen fringed napkins at Target. 
I just tied them loosely with twine so they can easily be opened up for use. 
These white plates are actually are every day dishes but they can easily be dressed up for holiday meals.
And you may recognize these wood chargers from my Christmas tablescape last year. I bought them in the dollar spot at Target last year and wanted to use them in this tablescape again. Yes, it is spun upside down because I didn’t want to see the pine tree and the plate hides it when it is turned this way. lol It is a faux wood charger so I couldn’t just flip them over to use. 
Simple wine glasses round out the place setting, I need some pretty water goblets but that’s another story.
I placed a linen runner with gold dots on the ends down the center of the table, also found a few seasons ago in the Target dollar spot. 
In the center of the table, I placed my stacked floral pumpkins and my simple lace pumpkin along with some candles and dried hydrangeas from our garden.
I love how these hydrangeas dry out before I cut them. They were originally white but turn green when they begin to die out and then start to turn pink as well. Perfect to cut and add into your fall decor!
We will enjoy eating our Thanksgiving dinner with the set up and since
there are only four of us, there is plenty of space on the ends of the
table to place all the yummy food we will enjoy!
There you have it!
Do you like to set up your table even if it is just your small family for a holiday meal?

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Simple Christmas Tablescape

This year I decided to actually set our dinner table for Christmas and set up a simple tablescape. Apparently I like the word simple this holiday season but this really is easy, not very elaborate, and works well for out little family.
Anyways… I’ll admit I have an arterial motive by doing this. Our dining table tends to be a catch all at times and I am hoping with it all dressed and ready for dinner that we will actually stop putting things and keeping them there for long periods of time.
But enough about our messy household, let’s get to the table shall we?! lol
 See, totally simple. Nothing elaborate at all.
We’ll take a closer look.
So it started with this red and white plaid table cloth I bought end of season last year. I pulled it out and put it on the table when I was putting out the rest of my holiday decorations.
Then I kept seeing these wood chargers with little Christmas tree in the dollar section at Target and kept resisting them, which is HUGE for me. They were $3 a piece and I just didn’t want to spend $12 on four random chargers. So I didn’t buy them twice then my store sold out so I thought it was for the best. I ran in one day for a quick trip, (hahaha- that’s super funny to think about when I go into Target ALONE!) and did my normal browse of the dollar section and boom, there were a few back in stock so I just had to get them this go around. 

 I just stacked my plain white dinner plates on top that have a little bit of detail around the edges. 
I originally going to use my grandmother’s china that is white with some silver inlay but opted to keep it straight white. 

Instead of white napkins I thought I would add a little color by using some navy cloth napkins wrapped with a metal twig like napkin ring.

I added some silverware and than a wine glass along with a small glass for water or another beverage.

I kept my normal centerpiece on the table. 
A few candle sticks with candles tucked into a pine garland which is dressed up with some glittery pine cones. I then placed my Great-aunts ceramic kissing angels in the center. 
The table isn’t exactly the most ideal location for these but when you have two young kiddos that are curious about ALL things, the center of the dining works best at this stage and they do look cute all tucked into the garland.
 And that’s it! 
It will only be our little family so picture this minus two wine glasses and it works so well for our family. 

I’m excited to eat Christmas dinner at the table this year by the light of our Christmas tree with my little family.

We may have to eat here more than once this holiday season.

allison

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MHCT&M: Creating Fall Table Scapes

Hello and Happy Friday! 
Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips. Kara from Mine for the Making here to share tips for creating fall tablescapes! 
With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be fun to chat about how to create the perfect table scape without spending too much money or too much time. 
If you know me, then you know I’m a busy lady and all about saving a buck, but not sacrificing on the pretty stuff of course.  
fall-tablescapes 
1. Shop your house. 
Check out the decor in other rooms of your house and see if you can find some things that go nicely on your tablescape. 
Examples of this are candles, sconces, a throw used as a runner or tablecloth, etc. Most times you will find exactly what you need around your own home. 
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 Image from Canadian Living
 
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 Image from Worthing Court
2. Bring nature inside. 
Using branches, twigs, pinecones, apples, acorns, wood, and pumpkins in your tablescape really brings fall into your home. Most times it will cost you nothing at all if you go out into your backyard or collect things while walking your neighborhood or going on a hike.  
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 Image from Country Living
 
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  Image from Little Green Notebook
 
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 Image from Country Living
3. Use free printables. 
There are so many awesome bloggers who have created free prints for your personal use. Anything from place cards, tags, banners, napkin rings, food labels, and menus.
 Be sure to leave a comment on their blog to let them know you loved using their prints! 
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 Printable banner from Just Destiny
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 Printable placemats from Ella Claire Inspired
 
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 Printable pumpkin tags from Ella Claire Inspired
4. Make your own decor.

Get crafty! 

Make napkin rings, paint pumpkins, build a planter box for the center of the table, make sconces out of dollar store glass vases and candle holders… let your creativity go wild! Often times you can buy supplies at your local dollar store and make something for your table in an hour or less. 
It doesn’t have to be expensive or take a ton of time if you don’t want it to.  
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 Image from Lemon Thistle 
 
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 Tutorial for dollar store napkin rings at Mine for the Making
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 Tutorial for Pumpkin Succulents at Simply Happenstance
Do you decorate your table for fall or Thanksgiving?
 What tips do you have to create a beautiful fall tablescape? 
We’d love to hear!

Your hostesses,

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The Scrap Shoppe | Flamingo Toes | Mine for the Making | A Glimpse Inside

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Mother’s Day Brunch Table Scape

“This post was sponsored by Balsam Hill. All opinions and ideas are 100% my own.”
Mother’s Day is this Sunday.
 I am normally far away from my mother to celebrate with her but if you lucky enough to live near your mom, I have a brunch table scape for you that is super easy to whip together in no time and is pretty. 
 I snagged some pieces from Balsam Hill to create this table scape. 
 Here is a closer look at the table.

 I created a table runner with some place mats in the center of the table then layered some candle sticks, flame less candles, and some flowers before placing the food around the table. 
These tall silver leaf candle holders add lots of height to the table and I love their rustic look.
I then used two ivory flame less pillar candles that flicker just like a real candle on the table near the flowers and food so there are no worries about the flames catching the flowers on fire or getting burned while passing food around the table. 
Between the tall candle sticks, I placed a cake plate with this Phalaenopsis Snowball Arrangement on top of it. These faux floral arrangements are handmade and come in some fabulous containers. I then surrounded the arrangement with white carnations.
 Here is an up close on the container of the arrangement that I used. I love the silver plated container with it’s engraved design on both sides. 
  

With the flowers elevated, you can easily place more food around the table without impeding the design. 
I simply used white plates and napkins to round out the table. Small glasses of water for everyone but you could always serve some sort of juice or even make some mimosas. It is brunch after all. 😉

 Table scapes don’t have to be super elaborate to be pretty!
 Plus, it is all about who you are sitting down to brunch with that really matters! 
Hope you all have a happy Mother’s Day or have a great day celebrating your moms!
 

allison

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{Feature Friday} #34

It’s Friday, Friday, so happy that it’s Friday!!

It is going to be GORGEOUS here this weekend and unfortunately I will be stuck inside washing carpets and cleaning since pictures for our listing will be happening next week and our house will officially be on the market. Yay to that but boo to cleaning! Can’t wait for this stage to be over.
Anyways, on to the features from last week’s Handmade Hangout Party
Here is what caught my eye from last week. 

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button!! 
I hope you have a lovely weekend and if the weather if gorgeous in your neck of the woods, get outside and enjoy it for me! 

allison

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Guest Post: The Ladies from Craftbaby

Hi everybody! We’re Candie & Liz from Craftbaby, and we’re honored to help Allison while she’s out on blogging maternity leave.
At Craftbaby, we are all about embracing the active crafting community, so every month we host four craft challenges with great prizes and giveaways. Each of our challenges is a designed with the busy mom/working gal in mind – so you have a full month to get your projects completed and submit them. It’s like Craft Wars without the stress!

We also offer sponsorship for every challenge – all you have to do is provide the prize (worth $25+) and we do all the rest! If you’re interested in sponsoring your very own challenge – it’s FREE, email us at contact@craftbaby.com. Check out some of the great projects Craftbaby members have entered, and visit our blog too! Looking forward to seeing all of your awesome projects over at Craftbaby


Let’s face it – July 4th is like the summer-climax; it’s halfway between “schools-out” and “schools-back,” and the only legit day we get off of work. Splashy pool parties, manly barbequing (beer koozies, check!) and backyard, barely legal fireworks. You get to know your neighbors, you wear a cute, summery outfit (or bikini, go you!) and you flirt with your “better” half. What better way to spend a day?

At Craftbaby, we thought we’d piece together a festive, patriotic tablescape for ya. We know it’s the day-of, but it would be weird if we did like a Halloween how-to or just ignored that it was July 4th altogether. So let’s celebrate this day together! 

Most of our ingredients for this setting came from Michael’s, Target, Joann’s or our neighbor’s curbside
trash treasure trove – so you can totally recreate the look on a dime. We wanted to not only give you the final yumminess, but also give you a taste of how we brought it all together.

It was total serendipity (read: we’re not that good) – we were about to break out the boring old cafeteria-style table for this shoot when this fabulous dresser on my neighbor’s curb caught our eye. The neighbor thought it was funny we wanted his grandmother’s trash. We thought it was funny he was throwing it out.

We hung some Target (clearance, ladies!) lanterns, and quick/easy DIY no-sew bunting to get this party started. Liz added woven placemats she got as wedding gifts (Crate & Barrel). 
Below is a behind-the-scenes photo to show you our set-up. For these photos, we needed to take into account a) hanging our lanterns and b) the excruciatingly hot, bright Florida sun, so we pitched our craft fair tent and started adding:
Notice the red bike off to the left side – a prop we decided against using, mostly out of laziness: neither one of us felt like threading streamers through those spokes (a la Martha Stewart). Did I mention it was hot? I mean, 1pm South Florida middle-of-the-summer heat. Seriously. Remind us not to do that again. You can also peep our ladder and the concrete-filled buckets (they’re black) we used as stilts to raise the tent out of our photoshoot but still keep it shady. Together, we’re kind of like MacGyver. Or maybe MacGruber depending on whose judging. 
So, here’s the table all scape’d out after we arranged, re-arranged and referenced the golden ratio:
 
And here’s the table after we decided we didn’t like that set-up and dug around for scrap burlap (Joann’s Fabrics) to brighten things up.
 
Let’s get closer in on some of those details, shall we? ENHANCE!
 
Did I mention we hired an art director for this photoshoot?
He was very quiet and observant until he saw there were cupcakes. 
$2 at Target and a free Craftbaby printable cupcake-topper template really can look delicious:

Here’s the breakdown.

  1. Tent – owned
  2. Dresser – dumpster find
  3. Lanterns
    1. White – Target clearance, $9.98 for 10
    2. Red (Solar) – Target clearance, $4.98 – bought 2
    3. Blue polka-dots & Red striped – Target (Spritz brand) party supplies $7.14 set of 3
    4. String – owned
  4. No-sew BuntingSee quick, no-sew bunting tutorial on Craftbaby.com
    1. Pinstripe Fabric – Joann’s $14/yard, 1/2 off coupon (obvs) = $7
    2. Blue paper clips – owned
    3. String – owned
  5. Libations dispenser – Target $19.99 (expensive but freaking cute)
  6. Pinwheels – cheap! Check out our super cute pinwheel tutorial over on RockCandieBlog.com
  7. Cupcakes
    1. Patriotic cupcakes – Target $2 for 12. Why did we buy 24 cupcakes and only use 12? We’re on crack (ok, maybe a bit sugar-high).
    2. Festive cupcake toppers – Download our FREE cupcake topper template on Craftbaby.com
  8. Strawberries
    1. Legit summer fruit – Target $1.79
    2. Weird vanilla melty candy – Michaels – Wilton Candy Melts $7.45
  9. Faux-fabulous Flowers – See how we made this flower arrangement on Craftbaby.com
  10. Straws – Target $1.00
  11. Sparklers – Target $2.50 for 6 boxes of 12
  12. Berries & Cream Dessert
    1. Hurricane vase – owned
    2. Frozen berries – Target $9.99
    3. Whipping cream, vanilla & sugar – owned but who has whipping cream just lying around? Liz’s southern-blooded husband. “For coffee.” He stares cholesterol right in the face and laughs and drinks his full-cream coffee.
  13. White dishes – owned. See “wedding gifts” in paragraph 4.
  14. Random patriotic props – Target $1 area – $3
Total: about $85

That might sound a bit expensive. But let’s take a moment here and just talk this through. If you’re anything like us, you HATE to waste – and you take any opportunity to return (eh-hem, cough) lightly-used items to the store. So, when we take that into consideration, let’s knock off about $20. Now, don’t forget, we got about 5 days worth of dessert here too… and a pretty, patriotic flower arrangement that will make Liz’s 99-year-old aunt VERY happy since she doesn’t have to water it.

So let’s take a deep breath and check out that beautiful set-up again:

If you’re out there right now soaking up the sun, drinking margaritas – or some other cool summer drink – snacking your heart and out spending quality time with your family, more power to you. When you do find your way back here, tell us about your July 4th adventures. See any awesome hostess ideas? Did you do your own tablescape, or see a great one out somewhere? 

Feel free to link it up in the comments below.

Happy July 4th, everybody! 
Thanks so much for sharing ladies!! Looks fabulous!

allison

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Thanksgiving Festivities

I hope that you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving.
Both of our families were here so it was busy, busy, busy!

But we did have a great time.
Here are some pictures of our Thanksgiving Festivities.

Table decorations.
It didn’t turn out how I wanted but I pretty much just threw it together as everyone was showing up so this is how it ended up! haha

Travis got me the flowers last weekend so they worked out well in the center of the table.
The turkey worked well now. I bought some small real pumpkins and scattered them. I bought fake acorns and scattered them and everyone thought they were real. Had my candles and then also glittered some more small pumpkins.

One of my new glittered pumpkins. I let everyone pick their favorite and take it home with them.

Travis pulling our giant turkey out of the oven.

Host and hostess.

My sister captured me setting the table.

Here is a picture of the place setting. I had my mom bring her silver chargers and then I used the china that used to be my grandmother’s. The napkins were made by my friend’s mom for my bridal shower so I brought those out as well.

Bunch of random pictures to show what everyone was doing while the food was cooking.
All the men in the living room watching football… surprise, surprise!
Cooper trying to occupy himself.
And the ladies in the kitchen by the stove.

For some reason, our stairs became a big hit as a slide during the weekend. We were all going down on our butts or even head first. Travis decided that he needed to get a box and go down faster so here he goes. He looks a little scared doesn’t he?! lol

Here is Cooper crawling down the steps head first. Guess me and his dad shouldn’t have taught him this! haha

We had our first snow on Thanksgiving night. It was really pretty when we woke up and the dogs loved to play in it!

If we went out shopping on Black Friday it was pretty early so we decided we would head to post and do a little bowling. It was a lot of fun!

With my favorite little man.

Waiting for our turn.

Travis’ parents, Ray and Sue

Cooper LOVES to bowl. And he is really good at it.
He is super fast though. He drops that ball, turns around running back with his tongue sticking out of his mouth every time, stand at attention as we watching his ball and then stands at the ball return staring into it waiting for his ball to come back so he can do it all over again.

My whole family left on Saturday but Travis’ family stayed an extra day. We all headed to the movies Saturday and then Sunday morning headed up to Louisville to our favorite store Tickled Pink before they headed home. We got some stuff there so I will share what we got with you guys later.

I was planning on getting all my Christmas decorations up yesterday but that didn’t happen! At all! I only cleaned the house a little and got all my fall stuff put away. My house is full of the boxes with my decorations in it so that is my mission today! Have to get started on it, especially since my Holiday Open House party starts Wednesday, which I hope you will join me for!!

So I hope you guys had a fun filled Thanksgiving with all your loved ones!
I also hope that you got more Christmas decorating done then I did!

Reminder:
Holiday Open House Party starts Wednesday! Open your house and show us your decorations!
Catch a Glimpse party will be back on Thursday as well so hope you have some fun stuff to link up! 🙂

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Tablescape Thursday

I decided to participate in Tablescape Thursday once again over at Between Naps on the Porch. And with July 4th being this weekend, I thought it would be a perfect theme for my tablescape. So without further a do, here ya go:

Not too fancy again but July 4th isn’t really a fancy affair! (And don’t mind all the wrinkles in the tablecloth. It is new and I didn’t have time to iron them out. )

Gotta have some stars for July 4th.

Centerpiece which didn’t cost me more than $20. More on this later.

I loved these little tins when I saw them. I put a little votive candle in then and they are super cute!
Glitter stars in blue and silver

Breakdown:
-Red square plates- gift from my sister for xmas one year, from Kohls
-White plates- my white salad plates from my big box set from Linen n’ Things when they were going out of business
-Star plates- Target for $1.50
-Blue napkins- Target
-White Tablecloth- Target
-Silverware- our everyday set
-Glitter stars- Target dollar section
-Blue and Red Tins- Target Dollar section
-Am. Flags- Target Dollar Section
-Vase- one I had
-American Flag centerpiece- Is actually a wreath I got at Hobby Lobby 30% off
-Wine glasses- got as gift for our wedding- from Kohls



Linking up to:
Between Naps on the Porch: Tablescape Thursday

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Tablescape Thursday

Today is my first attempt at creating a tablescape for Susan’s Tablescape Thursday Party at Between Naps on the Porch. My tablescape is not near as spectacular as the ones that Susan creates but I am pretty happy with my first attempt. I have been wanting to create one for a while now. Every time I go places, I think how cute that would be in a tablescape but never buy anything. Everything I used were items I currently had. I had a few more ideas but couldn’t figure out how to execute them exactly like I pictured in my head so I scraped them. All well… can try again next time. Sorry the pictures aren’t great! Was have trouble with lighting and ignore the junk in the background. Stuff is still laying around from our move!

Blue, Green, and White- Summertime Delight







-Floral placemats: Martha Stewart collection at Macy’s. Got last summer on sale for $6 a piece
-White plate- Came in a big box set from Linen’s n’ Things when they were going out of business. Can’t remember the price but cheap.
-Salad plate and bowl- They are part of our everyday china we use. Got the whole set (including dinner plates not pictured) at TJ Maxx.
-Wine glasses- wedding present, from Kohls
-Spotted glasses- Bought at Burlington Coat Factory, gift from MIL
-Monogrammed Napkins- My Maid of Honor’s mom made them for my bridal shower
-Candle holders- Kohls
-Vase- Came from a store called Trees and Trim, was used as part of our centerpiece decor at our wedding.

Hope you enjoyed my first attempt. A bit casual but we don’t normally do things up very often so it fits us well.

Linking up to Between Naps on the Porch: 95th Tablescape Thursday