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.”

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

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!

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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