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

xoxo ~ Dawn

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

Halloween Harvest Trail Mix

Are you looking for a fun and quick snack to take to a Halloween party or serve while watching your favorite Halloween movies??

I share my yummy Halloween Harvest Trail Mix recipe over on Oriental Trading’s site FUN365!   It’s a little salty, a little sweet and a whole lot delicious!

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. 

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You can find the recipe HERE!

Ultimate Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary’s make it perfectly acceptable to have a cocktail before noon! While you’re at it, why not just turn it into brunch! I made three versions of the Ultimate Bloody Mary and am sharing all the details Oriental Trading’s site, Fun365!

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. 

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Breakfast:  Mini pancakes, french toast sticks, sausage, brown sugar rosemary bacon

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Lunch:  Grilled cheese, soft pretzel, tater tots, brown sugar rosemary bacon.

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Dinner:  Mini bacon cheeseburger, fried chicken, tater tots, brown sugar rosemary bacon

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Head on over to FUN365 and get the full recipe!

Enjoy!

xoxo~Dawn

 

 

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Fall is the perfect time for Apple inspired cocktails.  Today I’m sharing a delicious version of one of my favorites, the Moscow Mule.  This is a delicious twist, perfect for those Fall evenings around the fire.  Enjoy!

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What You’ll Need:

  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • 2 oz Vodka (a caramel vodka would be delicious too!)
  • Ginger Beer
  • Apple for Garnish
  • Cinnamon Sticks

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  • In a copper mug add apple cider and vodka and stir (or shake in a cocktail shaker)
  • Fill cup with ice
  • Top off with ginger
  • Stir with a cinnamon stick and add an apple slice for garnish

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You can read all about this gorgeous Fall photo shoot collaboration and the amazing ladies I worked with HERE (A Picnic Under the Apple Tree)

styling // Party til Dawn

venue // Dig-It Flower Farm

photography // Missy Palacol

florals // First & Bloom

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A Picnic under the Apple Tree

 

Nothing feels like more like Fall to me than a visit to the apple orchard.

I was invited by Dani Graham, owner of Dig-It Flower Farm in Duvall, WA for a day of collaborating with some other very talented ladies, whom I am now proud to call my friends!  Dani grows Specialty Cut Flowers and has a seasonal CSA for Duvall residents, offers direct sales to local florists, and can accomodate custom orders for the public.

At the time of this shoot, Dani’s boutique flower farm was overflowing with Dahlias and Zinnias, which were the base of this gorgeous custom arrangement that Florist, Tammy Myers, of First & Bloom designed for me onsite.  Tammy is extremely talented, she took a look at the props I brought with me, we chatted about my ideas,  and from that she created this perfect centerpiece.  What I love about her business is that she hand selects all of her blooms and only sells American grown flowers.

When I heard that there was an apple tree on the property, I immediately knew I had to style a picnic for two!  My vision was rustic and charming, so I gathered up an old chippy table, plaid blankets and throws, copper mugs, and a wooden crate and old tree stump for seating.  I completly lucked out with the cameos of the resident farm dog and cat who made this shoot even more charming.

All of this captured and brought together by Visual Branding Photographer, Missy Palacol, whose photography style is one of my favorites!  Missy works with small businesses and brands to personalized stock imagery.

This was such a fun day, working together with such talented ladies who each have a unique gift and shared it to create such a fun shoot!

So, join me on this gorgeous Fall day under the apple tree.

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design & styling // Party til Dawn

photography //  Missy Palacol Photography

floral design //  First & Bloom

venue & flowers // Dig-it Flower Farm