How to Style a Thanksgiving Bar Cart

Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving week?  Where has this year gone?

I am looking forward to hosting Thanksgiving in my home.  The shopping is done, the menu is planned…my table is yet to set, but that will happen…but my bar cart is styled!

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I love the “you get what you give” sign I found on Oriental Trading‘s website…so fitting for this time of year…a time to remember to give back.  I am also a huge apothecary jar fan, and love filling thiem with different things through the year.

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Napkins in different colors look so pretty tucked inside a square glass vase.

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I made this really easy wine charms with just a few supplies from Oriental Trading…how cute are those little tassels?!?!

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Candles always create a cozy elegant feel, so these glitter pumpkins were perfect.  All that is left is to add wine or sparkling cider and we are ready for our guests to arrive!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours…there is always something to be thankful for!

xoxo~Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  In addition, some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link (Amazon links).  All ideas and opinion are my own

How to Style your Lularoe Julia Dress 2 ways!

I recently went to my first Lularoe Pop-up boutique.  To be honest, I really wasn’t that interested because most of the things I have seen were crazy prints…and while I love pattern, some of them seemed a little too much for my style.  I did, however, hear about the softness of the fabric that everyone is RAVing about, so off I went!

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I knew the dress I really wanted to try was the Julia.  I love the simple “t-shirt” style of this one and love this black with beige stripe.  I had also heard sizing was different in each item, and I agree.  I tried this dress on in a Small, and it was too snug fitting for my liking…the only other size available was a Large, so I went with that.  Ideally a Medium would be the perfect fit, but what I also learned is the Lularoe consultant brings all her inventory to the party, so what you see is what you get!

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(Julia Dress, sneakers, denim shirt)

This is probably how I will wear this dress most often, with my beloved sneakers and maybe a denim jacket.

 However, it is perfect for work too, so booties and a vest look cute too!

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(Julia dress, vest, booties)

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Lularoe also has little girls clothes too!  Lucy is a little like her Mama when it comes to crazy patterns, so this soft blue high/lo tee was exactly what she was looking for!  If you have kids with sensory issues and clothing, I think their leggings and tees would be perfect!

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So, I was definitely pleasantly suprised!  I would buy another dress in this style for sure, and I really would like to try the Randy Tee!

How about you…have you joined the Lularoe bandwagon??

xoxo~Dawn

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How to make Cookies & Creme Popcorn

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Are you ready for some football?  How about a delicious snack while watching the game?

A little salty? A little sweet? I am a big fan of both! This Cookies and Creme Popcorn can satisfy both of those cravings!

Games can get intense, so having something to chew on helps stifle some of that game-time stress!

This recipe could not be a any simpler with only 3 ingredients and about 15 min of your time!

What You’ll Need:

 

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Step 1:

Microwave both packages of popcorn and dump into a large bowl

 Step 2:

Put almond bark into a microwave safe bowl and follow the package directions to melt

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Step 3:

Place the whole package of cookies into a plastic bag and crush into crumbs.

Tip: I left some larger pieces in mine to give an extra “cookie crunch”!

Step 4:

Pour the melted almond bark and crushed cookies over the popcorn. At this point, how fun would it be to add in sprinkles in the colors of your favorite team?

 

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Step 5:

Mix together and let it “set up” until it becomes cooled and less sticky

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Step 6:

Try not to eat the whole bowl!

This is by far one of the best coated popcorn recipes I have ever made. Mixing Oreos and popcorn together just seems like the perfect pair! I can think of several other favorite cookies that my family would love me try too with this recipe

So, whether you’re hosting a big Super Bowl bash or a birthday party for your little one, this will be a guaranteed “touchdown”!

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xoxo ~Dawn

This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.  In addition, some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link (Amazon links).  All ideas and opinion are my own

How to Host an Autumn Get-Together

Fall is my favorite season. Maybe it’s all the pumpkins and pumpkin spice, maybe it’s the gorgeous trees as they turn colors, or maybe it’s just the start of what I like to call the “cozy season.” Whatever it is, these last cool crisp autumn nights are the perfect time to host a get together with friends or family, before the hustle of the upcoming holiday season

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This review is based strictly on my opinion. I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review. I was also compensated to blog on the Oriental Trading Blog.   All ideas and opinion are my own.

When I was planning to style this party for Oriental Trading, I knew I wanted it to reflect a part of a small dream I have to host an outdoor Thanksgiving Dinner.  I live in the Pacific Northwest, so the reality of that happening is, let’s just say, preettttyy slim…can you say Thanksgiving in June??

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I love all the natural elements in this table, from the tree slice cake stand and fresh mums, to the green back drop of the trees.  The cute DIY Autumn Leaves garland, was an easy way to add a little interest to the background.

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Buuut honestly….the Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Whoopie Pies, were hands down the biggest hit!  You will not be disappointed with this recipe and neither will your guests!

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I needed some napkin rings to tie in with my rustic decor, so these were a cheap and easy way to create just that!

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You can find all the details, DIY’s and recipe on the Oriental Blog.  I hope you find some ideas to use in your own gathering this Fall with friends and family!

xoxo~Dawn

How to Set a Kids Halloween Table

 

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I love setting any table, but I really love setting a kids table!

 I have 4 kids (3 are now in their 20’s) but they still love to sit at the kid’s table, because it’s just more fun!

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This table was super easy to put together and not expensive at all!

To start, I used black and white check fabric that I recently thrifted for $4 as the tablecloth.  Fabric is much cheaper than buying a new tablecloth, so check your local craft or thrift stores.

A fun way to “dress up” paper plates is to use your everyday dinner plates as chargers, and layer your paper napkins in there too!

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For the centerpiece, a couple of glittery chandeliers from the Halloween section at your local Target or craft store, a couple of pumpkins and ghosts bowls and you’re done!

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I always love having a little treat at each place setting, so these cute linen bags and bendy straws from Oriental Trading are inexpensive, but were just what I was looking for!

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So there you go, an easy Kid’s Table perfect for your next Halloween get-together!

xoxo~Dawn

Shiny and Bright Halloween Night!

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Styling up my barcart is one of my favorite things to do!  Halloween has been a favorite so far!  It doesn’t have to be loaded with beverages and glasses, however I am a sucker for a pretty bottle!

The beginning of this set-up all started with the amazing foil fringe curtain from Decorative Novelty!  It adds so much fun and shimmer, that you hardly need to do much more!

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Pretty glasses always look great bunched together, and I love these foil drink stirs…they look like a party!

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Lights and candles make it a little more fun, so I added black and orange confetti to my apothecary jars and added in some fun lights!

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How about you? Do you have a spot in your home that you love to style up for different occasions and seasons??

~xoxo Dawn

“This review is based strictly on my opinion. Others may have a different opinion or experience with the product listed above. I was provided the sample free of charge by the company and I provided my honest opinion. No other type of compensation was received for this review.”

How to Throw a Sophisticated Halloween Dinner Party!

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Host a Sophisticated Halloween Dinner Party

Are you wanting to throw a Halloween Dinner Party that’s more Glitz than Gore?  My Glitz-O-Ween Dinner Party I styled using the fabulous products from Oriental Trading Company, is perfect for the most stylish of ghouls.

You will also want to check out some of my fun and fab DIY’s…

~Glitzy Glittered Candle Holders

~Vampire Fang Napkin Rings

~Giant Marshmallow Pops

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You can find everything you need to style this glam table, here!

If you’re needing some other Halloween Inspiration, check out some of my other party ideas!

Eat Drink and Be Scary!

Creepy Halloween Bar

~xoxo Dawn