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Marshmallow Bird Nests

Marshmallow Bird Nests are a sweet Easter treat!  I am such a sucker for these chocolate eggs, that I start the hunt for them right after Valentines Day!  They fit perfectly tucked in these nests, but how cute would a Peep look as well?

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These cute little nests look so cute displayed on a cute tiered tray, or use them as part of your place setting during your Easter celebration.  They are a fun and unexpected little suprise when your guests sit down to dinner.

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You can find the step by step instructions over at Oriental Trading Company HERE!

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Chinese New Year~Year of the Dog

Over the weekend we celebrated Chinese New year with family and friends.  For the past 10 years we have either hosted a party or head to our favorite Chinese restaurant.

This year, a friend and I decided to host our party for 80 friends!  We also decided to accept donations for the organization that cared for one of our friend’s daughter while she was in China, International China Concern.

Our party was held in a church gymnasium, so you will have to forgive the bad lighting.  It is extremely hard to get pretty pics in such a “hard” environment, but overall we were pleased with how it turned out.

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I was able to get so many fun Year of the Dog decorations from Oriental Trading…my go-to for party decor!

 

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I think one of my favorite elements were our simple and easy table centerpieces.  We took just a take out box, plopped in a primrose, and some chopsticks.  The fabric on the tables, are from a pair of curtains that we cut to make table toppers. Red envelopes were on every table for our guests to place their donation for ICC.

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Our highlight of the evening, were our Chinese Lion Dancers.  This is so fun, and everyone loves it!

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We will definitely call this party a success!  It is so important to out families that we celebrate our girls’ heritage and traditions, so they will always feel proud of their birth country, and it means so much to share it with family and friends.

Xian Nian Kuai Le!!

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Modern Floral Baby Shower (or any occasion)

I love the idea of creating parties and tablescapes not in the traditional style.  Take this Baby Shower for instance, I wanted to show how you could shower the Mother-to-be without decor full of teddy bears and pastel colors.  This decor could easily be a bridal luncheon, a birthday dinner or just a fun girls night in!  You can see all the details on Oriental Trading’s Fun365 website!

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If you’re looking for a couple of  easy and delicious recipes, look no further than my Goat Cheese Honey, Pecan and Honey appetizer or my Mini Cookies and Cream Trifles.

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Serve your guests a Sparkling Water Spritzer done three way!  You will love these recipes!

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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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New Year’s Eve 2018

What’s your New Year’s Eve plans?  Since we have had kids, our NYE celebrations always include our children…because there will be many more to celebrate once they are all grown and on their own!  We seemed to alternate from spending the evening with friends or a cozy night in.

This year our NYE will consist of going out for a movie and dinner, and home before midnight to toast in the New Year, and honestly I could not be more excited!

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I set a fun casual table with some of the cutest paper goods from Design Design, Inc.  I love LOVE the mix of stripes and polka dots with the touch of metallic gold!

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I love mixing high and low’s in my decor, and in this case, the paper plates and napkins mixed with crystal and candlelight.

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Whatever your plans are this year, I wish you a 2018 full of good health and many wonderful memories!

Cheers!

xoxo

Dawn

*I was provided product free of charge, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.”

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Simple & Rustic Hot Cocoa Table

One of my favorite little set ups during the holidays are hot cocoa/coffee stations.  I am getting my coffee station together this weekend, but wanted to share a fun little hot cocoa table idea I styled with some cute buffalo plaid cups and napkins I got from Oriental Trading. 

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The first place I headed was out to my porch to gather my props.  These cute snowy trees and lantern were perfect for my rustic vibe.  The tall white stump I actually use as a side table in my family room, and I love it…plus it makes a perfect extra little seat!  I recently just made the tassel garland after being inspired by something similar at Anthropologie.

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So you see, you really don’t have to over think it.  Start with some cute paper goods that set your theme, and then just go from there!

 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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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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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