A Thanksgiving to Remember

This is it friends…Thanksgiving is this week which means ready or not let the Holiday hustle begin!  I will say, Thanksgiving is one of my favorites so I make a big effort to give it its glory.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m itching to get my house decorated for Christmas, but that happens the day after!

I have partnered with Oriental Trading to create this simple, but beautiful tablescape.

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This year I will be hosting dinner for 15 which makes me giddy, the more the merrier!  I am however planning to make things a little more “no-fuss”, which means I miiiiiight be buying the premade mashed potatoes from Costco because they are amazing, and I have let my guests bring their signature dishes, which leaves less time in the kitchen for me!

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Another tip is paper plates.  I know…paper plates??  Honestly though, have you seen how beautiful some of them are??  I found these pretty floral plates and napkins from Oriental Trading and loved the colors and the touch of gold.  Paired with chargers and glassware, you almost forget you can throw them away at the end of the night!

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For an easy centerpiece, I gathered up things I had around my house, like the cake stand, votive holders, and inexpensive table runner…I went to my backyard and clipped cedar branches and sprigs of fresh rosemary…and done!

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I’m the first to admit, I LOVE a pretty table, and I  love creating a tablescape that will make my guests feels special.  I also know that being present and a wonderful hostess means not fussing over the dishes, letting others help, and just enjoying the day…so that is exactly what I plan to do!

Happy Thanksgiving to you!  I hope your day is filled with friends and family, and this is a Thanksgiving to remember!

 I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review.   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

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Winter Pajamas

One thing I love most about Winter and the holidays, are buying new pajamas!  I love snuggling in for the night with a fire, the Christmas tree lit, candles burning, a glass of wine, and feeling cozy in some cute pajamas.  I’ve linked some of my favorites below that will definitely be coming to my house this season.

Shop them all HERE!

Cheers!

xoxo~Dawn

 

Hearth & Hand with Magnolia at Target

It’s here!!!  The Hearth & Hand with Magnolia line is an exclusive home and lifestyle brand designed in partnership with everyone’s favorite couple Chip and Joanna Gaines.

The links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link.

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I love the so much of the line is under $30!  Leave it to Target to make sure the masses can get their hands on some amazing pieces!!

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House Bud Vase, Green Vase, Glass w/brass wrap Vase

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Doormat, Foldable Storge BinHouse Log Holder

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Have you been to Target yet to check out the line??  I can’t wait to see it all in person!

xoxo ~ Dawn

Fall’s Favorite Boots

I have been waiting, and waiting for Fall to arrive so I would have a good excuse to grab some new boots for this season!  I’m showing you my two latest and greatest in the pics below, and I have sourced a handful of others that I’m thinking need to be in my closet this season!

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These Leopard booties were a fun find at Target, and they are perfect all around!

01ac8a56f35b3dc9fe3ed96bd4154fbea1dafca391 I needed to replace my camel booties from last year, and was so excited to find these Vixen Booties at Nordstrom for under $60!  The heel height is just perfect, they are so comfy, and I’m thinking I need the black pair.

 

Row 1:  Wedge Sneaker, Black Bootie, Camel Bootie

Row 2:  Lace-up Bootie, Grey Bootie, Cognac Bootie

Row 2:  Grey Bootie, Beige OTK, Leopard Bootie

 

 

Dave & Busters {Auburn WA}

 

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It seems like every time my family has ESPN on, there is a commercial for Dave & Busters!  As my boys have gotten into their early 20’s, they are always looking for a fun place to meet up with friends for great food, watch the Seahawks, and have fun!  So, needles to say, my family is so excited for Dave & Busters to open their first Washington location right here in our hometown of Auburn WA.

 

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“This 43,000+ sq. ft. location at The Outlet Collection will offer chef-crafted food like the Hawg-A-Saurus Loaded Cheese Fries and BBBacon Burger (featuring three types of bacon!), innovative cocktails like Glow Kones, adult snow cones illuminated by glowing cubes, as well as hundreds of the latest arcade games. The new location will also feature a D&B Sports Bar, making it the ideal sports viewing destination for residents to cheer on the Hawks, Sounders and more with massive HD TVs and “better than the stadium” seating.”

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So get ready, because in early December, western Washington has new destination for food, fun and games.  Stay tuned for more details as the date gets closer!  Hope to see you there!

The Outlet Collection, 1101 Outlet Collection Dr SW, Auburn WA  98001
http://www.daveandbusters.com/auburn

*Photo credits:  Dave & Busters

 

A Halloween Tablescape

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How can tomorrow already be Halloween?  I honestly cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by!  This month has done that as well, which is why I am just now getting this Spooky Floral tablescape up for you so late!  I know you will not be able to get these particular items in time for tomorrow’s festivities, but the good news is…all of the paper goods and the fabulous gold skull centerpiece are now on sale…so grab them for next year!!

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I am a huge fan of layering in my tablescapes, so using a tablecloth, Halloween netting and a table runner gave me the look I was going for.   Another place I love to “layer up” is with my plates.  So here I used a gold plate charger, a white dinner plate from my cupboard and the Spooky Floral dinner plate.  By doing this it really dresses up the paper plate!

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(Spooky Floral Dinnerware, gold plate chargers, gold flatware, table runner)

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This gold skull centerpiece is one of my new favorite pieces.  It is much larger that you realize and there are so many things you could do with him.  I chose to run to my local grocery store and picked up flowers to coordinate, popped a vase in the center and done!  The result is stunning!

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I hope my last-minute Halloween tablescape has inspired you!  Whether you’re using what you already have, or running to your local grocery store and picking up some paper plates, napkins and a bunch of flowers…you can easily create something fun for Halloween night!

*Disclosure: As an OTC blogger, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Over-the-Top Caramel Apples

These are not your Grandmother’s Caramel Apples!  Gone are the days of giving your apples a light dip in creamy caramel….now we take them up a notch (or 5)!

I created 5 amazing creations for you to make this holiday.  Head on over to the Oriental Trading website FUN365 and get the recipe and all the details for creating each of these decadent treats!

Disclosure: As an OTC blogger, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. As always, all opinions are my own. 6789

I would love to know if you create apples of your own!

xoxo~Dawn