Crab Feast Party | crab and shrimp boil summer entertaining

Crab Feast Party | crab and shrimp boil summer entertaining

Crab Feast Party | crab and shrimp boil summer entertaining #michaelsmakers  The season for outdoor entertaining has arrived! There are so many things to celebrate this time of year and so many reasons to entertain. Father's Day, Independence Day, Backyard BBQ's and more - even if it is simply gathering the ones you love and enjoying the beautiful outdoors No matter what the occasion may be, for us, a Crab Feast Party is the essence of summer entertaining. A Mid-Atlantic summer would not be summer without steamed crabs! Hosting a Crab Continue reading

Nautical Table Setting | diy beach themed tablescape

Nautical Table Setting | diy beach themed tablescape

Nautical Table Setting | DIY Beach Themed Tablescape - Bring your next event together with color and style and create a festive mood with a themed table setting. One of my favorite parts of planning a dinner party is creating a charming tablescape. Investing a little bit of time and thought into the table setting can transform even the simplest of meals into a memorable experience for your guests. For this Nautical Themed Table Setting, I pulled some neutral serving pieces from storage and paired them with some fun embellishments from Continue reading

Christmas Table Setting Ideas | refreshed holiday decor #michaelsmakers

Christmas Table Setting Ideas | refreshed holiday decor #michaelsmakers

Christmas Table Setting Ideas | refreshed holiday decor #michaelsmakers It's really hard resisting the urge to purchase new holiday decor this time of year. Even though I have several containers packed full of decorations, I still catch myself browsing the seasonal aisles in hopes of finding something different and exciting. As much as I love refreshing my home with brand new items, it can be tough justifying those purchases with so many items in storage. This month Michaels challenged the Michaels Makers blogging team to come up with some Continue reading

Dum Dum Turkey | allergy free thanksgiving favors

Dum Dum Turkey | allergy free thanksgiving favors

Dum Dum Turkey - an allergy free thanksgiving favor | I've been working on our kiddie table for Thanksgiving dinner and came up with this easy little favor that even my little guy can enjoy. It's a spin off from the Dum Dum Lollipop Cake I previously made for his birthday. Even though he can't necessarily eat the dinner, he still enjoys sitting around the table with his cousins - and this Dum Dum Turkey is at least one treat they all can appreciate. Materials Needed: 2 inch FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Ball 3 inch FloraCraft® Make It: Continue reading

Thanksgiving Table Setting | setting a fall tablescape with Better Homes and Gardens

Thanksgiving Table Setting | setting a fall tablescape with Better Homes and Gardens

Thanksgiving Table Setting | setting a fall tablescape with Better Homes and Gardens  Thanksgiving dinner is one family tradition I look forward to the most this time of year. Nothing is more precious than gathering friends and family around the table to celebrate, reminiscence, and give thanks. Since we won't be entertaining before the big day I finished up our Thanksgiving table setting last week. There are a few things I'll have to touch up before the feast arrives, like the flowers and bread placecards, but for the most part I'm just Continue reading

Coffee Tasting Cookie Bar Party

Coffee Tasting Cookie Bar Party

To officially welcome summer, I gathered a few friends last week for a coffee tasting cookie bar party. I'm a big sucker for attaching a party theme to any occasion - even if it's just a casual get together - and this one was a fun combination of cookies and coffee just for the girls. Summer means keeping things simple - and I stayed true to that philosophy by grabbing everything needed for this coffee tasting cookie bar party with one quick trip to the grocery store. First stop - Safeway's bakery for some pre-made cookies. Freshly Continue reading

Our Kid Made Easter Table Setting & Holiday Festivities

Our Kid Made Easter Table Setting & Holiday Festivities

To get back into the swing of things, I thought I would share a recap of our Easter Festivities. I know it's been over two weeks - however, this year I passed the decorating off to the kids and let them take over our Easter Tablescape. My six year old niece, Brianna, came up with many of the ideas and I was so thrilled with her design work, I just had to share. I really enjoyed keeping it low key and casual this time around - as typically I am running around the week of trying to find the right fabric to make a custom runner and napkins - so it Continue reading

Embellished Paper Table Runner: Inexpensive Party Table Covering

Embellished Paper Table Runner: Inexpensive Party Table Covering

I always have problems finding table coverings for my dining room table. Whether I'm looking for something specific to fit a particular dinner or party theme or simply need something to protect the top - the fact that my table is 103 inches long automatically narrows down my choices. I usually end up making a version of this simple table runner from fabric and fusible tape - as I figure I can always repurpose the material in some way when it's no longer needed on the table. My other super easy go-to, especially if time is of the Continue reading

35 Easy and Simple Easter and Spring Centerpiece Ideas {Saturday Inspiration and Ideas}

35 Easy and Simple Easter and Spring Centerpiece Ideas {Saturday Inspiration and Ideas}

Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful holiday weekend. Many of you probably already have your Easter table dressed and ready for guest, however if you are like me this year - it is something that will be put together, last minute, tonight. Easter has crept up on me this year and among everything else, I am going to wing getting everything ready for tomorrow. Although what makes a great gathering is family, friends and the company you are with - it does not take much to add a little festive touch to your table with these easy and simple Continue reading

Monogram Feather Ornament Place Card {Handmade Ornament No.24}

Monogram Feather Ornament Place Card {Handmade Ornament No.24}

Hope everyone has enjoyed, and hopefully found some inspiration, in the past 23 ornaments shared the past week for the Handmade Ornament Series. I am happy to be concluding the event with my take on two last minute holiday ornaments that I created for the season. The first is an incredibly easy project that serves a few different purposes. They of course are ornaments that would look great on a tree, but I decided to make them into place cards for my holiday table. The individual monogram makes them great personalized favors for our dinner Continue reading