Happy Valentine’s Day…

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{Photo by Natalie Franke via Style Me Pretty}

Better late than never :-). You can still create some of these ideas for anniversaries as well.

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Bow & arrow balloons {via}
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Love messages in a box {via. How fun to add trinkets and small randoms for nieces, nephews, kids, parents and friends. Hope your day was filled with some love from someone special.

In a sea of lookalike home tours, these are refreshing…

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I love lofts. Always have. I want one. With the same bones as the two tours below. In the first home, they have a dry cleaning rack for clothes in their closet, a wing from a plane and beautiful floors with a brick and concrete wall combination. It’s odd in some ways but the quirky elements are fun. It’s a great breath of fresh air to the typical “all white everything”that we’ve been seeing lately.

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Quick NYE decor ideas with these essentials

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It’s almost that time. If you are a last minute decorator, head to your nearest dollar store now. With tissue paper, carboard, metallic sharpies, craft paper, scissors and glue, you can jazz up for a party relatively quickly. For starters, you get some washi tape and tape them around basic glasses. If you need more stemware, seriously….a dollar store will come in handy. Sharpies are great for writing your own slogans on black balloons. Pipe cleaners are excellent to bend and make crowns or jazz up drink stirrers. Cut tissue paper in fringe style for backdrops or DIY tassled banners. Tissue paper can also be used to make confetti.

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You know those faux silver plated dollar store platters? Buy some. Nobody cares if it’s not real silver. People are too busy trying to get tipsy. They are disposable so you don’t have to worry about cleaning them up. They even have faux disposable china and utensils that elevates the look versus your typical paper products.  Even if you mix and mingle with white serving platters, it will still flow. Notice how they used the square Dollar Tree candle holders to give that platter some height? Buy some of those. If you entertain even a little bit, those square candle holders come in handy for so many things without breaking the bank. Get some. Dollar Tree also has their Christmas stuff 50% off. (yeah I know, I didn’t realize they had sales). Get some of the gold and silver oranments and stars to float and scatter around. They are cheap so if they break, who cares! I love this backdrop. You van easily hang black foam core boards or craft paper behind a table. Use the sharpies to freehand different fonts…
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My $6 thanksgiving decor for a beverage station

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I wanted to create a real tablescape but I only have a desk in my place. I don’t have a real dining table because my den area is my office. That could have been a dining room but I would rather have a room for something useful. So after thinking, I figured if I did entertain I would have food in the kitchen but a beverage station could easily go on the desk. So I used items from around the home….like I would have to do if it were an impromptu shindig. I did however use $6 worth of dollar section Targetcraft stuff.

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I used the same oversized martini glass from the burlesque party for Thanksgiving convo starters. You can add whatever questions you want but here are a couple of mine.

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Vintage kitchen menu DIY inspirations

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When I saw this on Fabric Paper Glue I immediately thought about recreating this for my kitchen. I currently don’t have any art in my galley styled kitch so this would be cute and simple.

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Love to see menus at weddings in chalkboard or windowpanes….
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Vintage menu signage adds some fun to a kitchen. It reminds me of grits and eggs and country eating like at Cracker Barrel.
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Framing vintage prints in a clean frame with a mat can keep the look more modern. Which is why I passed up the window pane glass frame at the Goodwill. I didn’t want too country of a look for my menu which is why I love how clean the one in my inspiration looks. So since it’s going yo be really cold this weekend, I should be able to share how thia turned out come Monday. Stay tuned. Are you tackling any home projects this wknd? Do share!

{Images via wedding chicks, DIY bride & pinterest}

Easy Thanksgiving Table Decor and traditions..

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You’re going to have food on the table or desserts so you don’t want a centerpiece that will take up too much room. Use small gourds and pumpkins that you spraypainted and intermingle with vegetables and moss for a natural display. Contain everything in a shoebox lid.
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I love the idea of decorating with veggies as seen here in a post filled with edible arrangements . It’s so organic and can be used to cook with later. It’s no different than having veggies out at a grocery store.

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Push together storage bins and top with a tablecloth or thin blanket for a kid’s thanksgiving table. Hot glue leaves drawn and cut from craft paper for the centerpiece…
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Snatching branches from the ground and sticking them in empty paint cans or mason jars filled with shredded paper can create a nice woodland themed display. Use acorns, tree stumps and squirrel and fox decor…

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Spray paint acorns and stick sparkly letters cut from craft paper to spell out whatever you wish. BE THANKFUL, GIVE THANKS, & HAPPY TURKEY DAY are some ideas…

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Spray paint branches and dip feathers in gold. The kids would love to help out with making glittered feathers.

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What traditions does your family do? I have been watching the Macy’s parade and putting up the Christmas tree during it since I was a kid. Another thing I would do is watch Beyonce concert specials on tv. That’s basically it. I found a few other nice traditions we can try like writing letters of thanks to everyone who did something nice for you this year and send them off. I also like the idea of hosting a “Friendsgiving” which is a separate dinner for friends over the Thanksgiving weekend. It could also be a big pot luck or a dessert party,where you feast on bunch of different sweets. Yeah, you may just want to resume those diets after Turkey Day.

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My DIY semi success semi fail with a tassled geronimo balloon attempt

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So I am obsessed with these ginormous geronimo balloons and the tassles. They are so incredibly fun and festive and so expensive. So I browsed many sites and kind of created my own tassles. See below.

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Sorry for being M.I.A. but been planning a Burlesque themed Bday Bash…

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I have also spent entirely waaaaaaay too many hours searching online costume stores, going back & forth with myself on if I want to purchase from random sites, checking BBB on said sites to ensure authenticity and reading reviews only to buy my corset/tutu from a real lingerie company via Amazon. That free shipping gets ya! The corset is very pretty and I can’t wait to see the detailing in person. I’m the event stylist for my friend’s bday bash…

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(Sidenote: isn’t it ridiculous how for a couple funky pieces of fabric costume stores charge $49 & $54 and more? Then you have to buy the hats, tights, gloves, and other stuff because it isn’t included. I’m in the wrong business).
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The party will be at a club in VIP and we are going to tour it tomorrow. Unsure how many tables they have and if there will be a wall where I can set up a backdrop for a makeshift photo booth area but I sure hope so. Here are some cool sexy burlesque, moulin rouge, cabaret party ideas for a bachelorette, birthday, Halloween party or bridal shower.

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Tuesday’s Tips: use a curtain rod for heel storage + a sharpie marker diy

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The rod idea is easier than the molding one. I may have to do this with a rod I bought once without measuring the window. Yeah….real smart.

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You know how much I love a campaign dresser so imagine my excitement when I saw this. Super easy to do.

{Images from our Fifth House}