Playful Polar Bear Party Tablescape

Playful Polar Bear Party Tablescape

Today I’ve set a winter theme table featuring polar bear dessert and appetizer plates, with a decorated chandelier overhead, and buffet area on the kitchen island.

polar-bear-tablescape-centerpiece

There’s also two different folded napkin options. One uses a snowflake napkin ring, while the other is folded into the shape of an elf’s hat. I’m curious which one you prefer on the red and white, winter theme tablescape?

For the centerpiece, I pulled out two favorite stuffed polar bears and put them into a wicker basket sleigh. Around the base is a dusting of “snow,” along with white and red sisal trees, and a string of battery-operated mini lights. Easy peasy!

To remember the occasion, polar bear Christmas tree ornaments serve as a take-home favor for each guest. Little peppermint swirl plates can also be used to transport extra holiday cookies back home.

Make yourself a cup of peppermint stick flavored hot chocolate and join us at the polar bear party!

(more…)
No-Sew Banner & DIY Wedding Table Seating Chart

No-Sew Banner & DIY Wedding Table Seating Chart

I’ve already shared pictures of the Unique Rustic Barn Wedding Welcome Party Decor. Today, I’ll show how I made the table seating chart and fabric pennant, “I Do BBQ” banner.

The techniques used to make the banner could easily be applied to any party theme, holiday or occasion. That’s also true for the table seating chart — whether a glamorous, formal reception or rustic barn setting.

Both were relatively inexpensive to make. Plus, I utilized many of the same supplies to craft both projects; including the length of fabric, twine, and beads. That also helped to coordinate with the overall theme and color scheme of the party decorations.

Wine corks were also incorporated into both projects, tying in with the centerpieces and other decor. See those in, 7 DIY Wine Cork Crafts, Party & Home Decor Ideas. Additionally, the seating card artwork were part of the same wood cut and eucalyptus design used for place cards and table numbers.

Let me show you how easy both the table seating chart and banner were to make.

(more…)
Not-So-Scary 7 Step Bat Shape Napkin Fold Tutorial

Not-So-Scary 7 Step Bat Shape Napkin Fold Tutorial

Two years ago, I shared the Gone Batty: Black, White & Purple Halloween Table. Since then, I’ve had many requests on how to do the bat shape napkin fold.

batty-black-purple-Halloween-table-painted-wine-glasses

I did publish accompanying posts on how to Craft Marbleized Pumpkins Using Nail Polish in the centerpiece, craft feather bats to hang from a light fixture, and make DIY Spooky Dollar Tree Painted Halloween Glasses.

Apparently, I just ran out of time before it was time to move onto Thanksgiving and Christmas posts. After all, who wants a bat shape napkin fold tutorial in January lol?!

Although I directed folks to the Good Housekeeping YouTube video I followed, most complained it was too fast moving — under a minute in length! Before getting the hang of the bat fold myself, I must have paused and replayed it several dozen times. Don’t be scared off though! It might not be the easiest of napkin folds, but its not that difficult either.

So today, I’ve finally gotten around to creating a fully-illustrated, seven-step tutorial to remove the mystery of folding a bat shape napkin. Grab a fabric napkin ladies, and let’s get batty!

(more…)
7 DIY Wine Cork Crafts, Party & Home Decor Ideas

7 DIY Wine Cork Crafts, Party & Home Decor Ideas

Now that the Unique Rustic Barn Welcome Party for our eldest son’s wedding was held Labor Day weekend, I can share the wine cork crafts and decor. Because a wine theme isn’t occasion, holiday or seasonally-specific, it’s easily applied to many types of gatherings. Perfect for a wine and cheese tasting or fund raising gala, the theme also works for an anniversary or engagement party, couples shower, and wedding reception.

rustic-barn-wedding-welcome-party-wood-slice-table-numbers-wine-cork-stand

Incorporating the corks from a special event into a home decor project makes a lovely memento. Also consider using corks to make a gift for a friend or family member who’s a wine enthusiast. Wine cork crafts make home decor that’s ideal for decorating a bar cart, home bar or wine cellar.

First, I’ll show you how I made large initials of corks for the couple. There’s also easy-to-make, cork-wrapped place card stands that held table numbers and menu cards. More wine corks were strung on twine with wooden beads to create decorative garlands and embellish a banner.

For lighting elements, small and large glass lanterns were simply filled with wine corks. Another fun atmospheric element were clear glass wine bottles filled with strands of glowing LED lights. Finally, party favors included wine charms, and painted champagne corks resembling members of the wedding party.

(more…)
40 Halloween Ideas: Crafts, Decor, Tables & Fun

40 Halloween Ideas: Crafts, Decor, Tables & Fun

Today, I’m sharing a roundup of 40 Halloween ideas from the many posts I’ve published. Can’t believe I’m about to celebrate my sixth anniversary of blogging! Many thanks to those who have followed along and “chatted” through comments.

halloween-wreath-trick-or-treat-purple-pumpkin

There are both spooktacular and not-so-scary holiday decorations, crafts, tablescapes and seasonal activities. Plenty of Halloween ideas to appeal to both family and friends — and, kids of all ages!

You’ll find lots of DIY projects to craft wreaths, decorate pumpkins, hand paint glasses, repurpose photos of costumed trick or treaters, and more.

There’s also table settings galore, with themes including; witches, skeletons, bats, ghosts, and mummies — in traditional colors of black and orange, or purple and green schemes. Some are silly and one is over-the-top glam! Most carry the theme from tabletop to ceiling with a decorated chandelier or light fixture. There are neat tricks to fold a napkin into a witch hat, femur bone, bat or mummy. And, fun guest favors and serving presentations too!

Finally, travel with me virtually to Sleepy Hollow for the most amazing carved pumpkin display ever! And, if you can’t make it there, consider playing a retro game of Green Ghost and reading not-so-scary stories to the kiddos!

(more…)
Unique Rustic Barn Wedding Welcome Party Decor

Unique Rustic Barn Wedding Welcome Party Decor

Nine months in the making, I’m finally able to share the decorations and details of the rustic barn wedding welcome party that we hosted for our eldest son and his now bride.

As I explained in, Easy DIY Champagne Cork Wedding Party Figures, the event was held at Flat Mountain Farm in Highlands, NC over Labor Day Weekend.

Rather than a more intimate rehearsal dinner, we invited all 90ish wedding guests. It was a great opportunity for the bride’s West Coast and our East Coast family to meet and get acquainted. It was also a reunion of old and dear friends, who we consider extended family.

I elected (with input from dear hubby and the couple) to put a more sophisticated spin on the food and decor for the I Do BBQ. What my British friend described as, “posh rustic” lol! So, I opted for decorations and centerpieces that incorporated romantic lighting elements, live edge wood slices, wine bottles and corks to compliment the barn and mountain woodlands setting.

In her remarks thanking us for the party, the bride noted that I am known as, the “queen of theme.” Adding, with a grin, that I bestowed her the title of my princess lol! Gosh it’s great having another girl in the family!

(more…)
Easy DIY Champagne Cork Wedding Party Figures

Easy DIY Champagne Cork Wedding Party Figures

Hello friends, I’m back from my eldest son’s destination wedding in Highlands, NC! Although I’m still regrouping, I wanted to share a quick post on how I made champagne cork wedding party figures.

champagne-cork-bridesmaid-figure

In lieu of a reception dinner for the immediate family and wedding attendants, hubby and I hosted all ninety guests at a welcome party. After all, they had all traveled for the three-day, Labor Day weekend event. Most of the bride’s family and bridesmaids flew from CA. And one of my son’s high school friends came all the way from South Korea!

To kickoff the wedding weekend, we invited everyone to Flat Mountain Farm, a 28-acre luxury micro-resort and historic rhododendron farm. It was a magnificent setting! See a recap of the set-up, DIY decorations, food and beverages in, Unique Rustic Barn Wedding Welcome Party Decor.

The welcome party was held in Flat Mountain’s antique, Scandinavian-style black barn. It had been relocated all the way from Pennsylvania and renovated with a long back porch, restrooms, commercial kitchen, and stone fireplace.

To compliment the setting, I wanted a rustic but sophisticated style for the party decor. So I choose a theme that incorporated wine bottles, corks and wood slices into the centerpieces and other decorations. And, to personalize each place setting for members of the wedding party, I hand-painted and embellished a champagne cork.

(more…)
Updated Curb Appeal: Landscape, Front Pad & Sidewalk

Updated Curb Appeal: Landscape, Front Pad & Sidewalk

Three years later than planned, we finally have updated our home’s curb appeal; replacing the front pad, sidewalk, and significantly rejuvenating the landscaping.

front-door-butterfly-bee-wreath

Like many things, the pandemic threw a wrench in our plans. During the summer of 2020, no one was vaccinated, and we were mostly staying home and social isolating. The following spring and fall, we tried to work with contractors and nurseries to even come and bid on the cement and landscape projects.

Last year, the service providers we had “hired” failed to show up — mostly due to a shortage of workers. It was extremely frustrating! We had saved for the home improvements for some time and were ready to go. It didn’t help that there was a cement shortage and costs had risen on everything.

Last January, we were able to secure and schedule a cement contractor to replace our 38-year old home’s original front pad. He also replaced the Omni Stone walk — weed control had become a relentless chore. Happily, the crew showed in April, as planned. It was just days after we returned from nephew’s Charleston wedding, and Netherland’s vacation to see the Tulip Fields.

A few weeks later, I noticed a landscaper at my neighbor’s. I walked across the street and asked for an estimate. We hired him on the spot, and the work was completed in late June. We are delighted with the results, and have been watering ever since lol! Come take a look at our improved front curb appeal.

(more…)
Easy Refurbished Butterfly & Bee Theme Wreath

Easy Refurbished Butterfly & Bee Theme Wreath

After having our front landscaping, walk and cement pad redone, the bee theme wreath hanging on the door was looking pretty faded and shabby.

front-door-butterfly-bee-wreath

It was the first deco mesh wreath I ever made, as decor for the bee theme My Favorite Things Party. Now nine years old, the years and weather had taken a toll on the once vibrant wreath. Without an overhang, the bright sun had faded the once black color. Meanwhile, rain had caused some rust staining from the wire in the ribbon.

Until this past week, I couldn’t carve out a few hours to tear apart and refurbish the bee theme wreath. Between the big outdoor projects, travel, out-of-town guests, our nephew’s wedding, and eldest son’s upcoming destination wedding, there hasn’t been much spare time — including for blogging!

I’ve been busy as a bee crafting decorations, invitations, and more for the big end-of-summer event set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Highlands, NC. Come early fall, I’ll have a backlog of projects and party details to share.

(more…)

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This