Happy Thanksgiving! My tablescape with Sparkle & Dine…

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Hello. I hope you all are enjoying the aromas and good food in the comfort of your families and friends. Today I share some decorating that is a collaboration with Sparkle and Dine, a company that creates themed parties in a box. I used items I had on hand and added Sparkle and Dine’s faux croc table runner, mercury glass candle holders and napkin rings (which I used to hold votive candles)…

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I wanted to create a glam centerpiece idea along the length of the runner. I added candleholders at different heights, layered different textures with a tall vase full of branches and feathers for drama.

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I wanted a color scheme that had the bright orange you see in the fall but with muted tones like gray and black and a little sparkle with silvers….

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Have a Spooktacular Halloween…

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Have any plans for tonight? It’s cold and super windy here and the leaves are high in the sky like tornado debri. It really is a perfect setting for Halloween. I will be someplace warm and engulfed in the first home game of the season for the Bucks. I love nba season and it’s one of the few things I look forward to when the seasons change…

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I just love these edgy and glam pumpkins via the Life Styled Blog. They are good enough for Halloween but even better for Turkey day. Just use carvable faux pumpkins from Michael’s

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Glitter and feathers and printed napkins? Sounds like a pretty festive affair for a masquerade dinner party. See the rest on Formal Fringe. Whatever you do, be safe and have fun. You might as well indulge in all the goodies because the rest of the year is pretty much downhill from here, sweets wise…

{Other images black and gold party & white pumpkins via BHG}

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Monday Morning Inspiration 3.31.14

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You know how that voice in your head sometimes makes you feel inadequate? It may tell you you’re not good enough, smart enough, cannot and will not get that done. “That” thing you want to get done may be a short term, long term or life changing goal or accomplishment. Sometimes it’s not the people around you that makes us feel insecure. It may very well be ourselves.

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We can be our biggest hater (I hate that overused word), our biggest blocker. Often times we believe our own hype. All hype aint good hype though. Don’t allow yourself to feel as if you will lose before you even get started. We have nothing but time and all we can do is try. You’d rather try than be old and wrinkly rocking away in someone’s chair mad at the things you didn’t do or attempt, right? So do them. Set those goals. Do something daily to achieve them.

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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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Edible arrangements….no really, centerpieces made from fruit & veggies

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I adore this idea of getting away from flowers and using some creative juices to make a beautiful table arrangement. The colors of produce are too vibrant to pass up. This one above is stunning and has a contemporary feel. Of course…doing something like this is best when you actually plan to use the food to eat. Or you can provide custom paper bags for guests so thry can take the fruit/veggies as a favor at the end of the night. How fun for a dinner party.

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