Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall Mantel & Hearth 2014

 While I'm sad to see summer leave, I'm looking forward to the cozy feeling of drawing in that the cooler weather and shorter days of fall bring.

I've kept my fall mantel decorating fairly simple this year with some old standby elements so nothing new here. 

  
 
I started by placing an orange berry wreath on the black framed mirror.
 
 
Next, a couple of lanterns with some fall embellishments were set on one side of the mantel.
 
 
On the other side, two black candleholders with "Reallite" faux candles balance things out.
 
These "FALL" letters have been used in many areas of our home at this time of year but now take center stage on the mantel.
 
 
Add in a few faux leaves and pumpkins and the mantelscape is complete.
 
 
On the hearth, I copied last year's décor and put this faux pumpkin in a tall basket with fern leaves.
 
 
A black lantern holds another "Reallite" faux candle.  I love how real-looking these candles are! Its hard to tell in pics but the flame flickers just like a real flame. And you can set the timer to have them come on the same time each day.
(No, not compensated by them...just that I love them!)
 
The coffee table centerpiece of pine cones and leaves in a basket coordinates with the fireplace décor.
 
Back in the spring, I added a black-framed mirror to each side of the fireplace on the existing hardware that usually holds Christmas décor.
 
 
 
I've gotten so use to looking in this one (below) as a last check before heading out the door, that I'm going to miss it when I take them down to put up my Christmas decorations!
 
I also like the way the lamp is reflected in it at night.
 
It seems fitting that a cozy area like our fireplace gets some fall décor which adds to our enjoyment of the living room during these cooler evenings.
 
 
 
Have you added any special touches to your home to welcome the season?
 
Thanks for visiting!
 
 
Click HERE to see last year's fall mantel.
 
I'll be linking this post to these fabulous blog parties:
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Metamorphosis Mondays at Between Naps on the Porch
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Fall into Fall at DIY by Design
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Tips & Tutorials at Home Stories A to Z
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Wow us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
What's It Wednesday at Ivy & Elephants
Be Awesome at Echoes of Laughter
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Say G'day Saturday at Natasha in Oz

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fall Farewell Dinner Party

Last week, I hosted a farewell party for one of my co-workers who was moving.  As this entailed setting a table for multiple guests, I thought I'd share a few steps I took to accommodate a larger group.

Although I didn't take a pre-tablecloth pic of the extra table I used, you can see below how I put it up against our usual dining table which had 2 leaves added to it.
 
 
With 3 brown tablecloths as a base, I added 2 gold table runners and a burlap ribbon down the center of the tables.  Orange napkins were turned diagonally to serve as placemats.
 
Don't worry if you don't have enough matching items as you can see, I had to add a different colour of orange napkins in 2 spots and also used some different chairs.  Once you have the table all set, your eye won't even notice the mismatched objects but will focus on the prettiness.
 
Next, I added the centerpiece items and some gold chargers.
 
A combination of items were arranged down the center of the table to serve as a centerpiece.
 

I placed some faux fall florals inside these 3 of these burlap vases and...
 
 
 
...also in 3 of these little baskets I got at London Drugs this summer.
 
Raffia was tied around some mason jars which were filled with little faux pears and topped with a votive cup/candle. Faux fruits of a fall harvest were also added.
 
 
Amber stemware and a mix of orange and brown plates topped with napkins in gold napkin rings complete the tablescape.
 
Putting everything together looks like this...
 
The sideboard was also decorated for the occasion.
 
I made a banner of a cute phrase that the guest of honour always says which added a personal touch to the party.
 
Hurricane vases filled with faux fruit in a woven tray make up the centerpiece on the sideboard.
 
 
 
Some fall décor was added to the corner area.
 
Guests helped themselves to the potluck food items on the kitchen island and table. 
 
A beverage station was set up in the kitchen as well.
 

 

Guests took a plate off the table prior to serving themselves at the buffet in the kitchen and then returned to a seat at the table.

 
 
A long decorated table, delicious potluck food and lots of laughs with a few tears helped us send our co-worker off with a fond farewell.
 
We will miss her!
 
Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these terrific blog parties:
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Metamorphous Mondays at Between Naps on the Porch
Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Be Awesome at Echoes of Laughter
Tuesdays at Home at Our Home Away From Home
Fall into Fall at DIY by Design
Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters
Wow us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Time Travel Thursday Brambleberry Cottage
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
 
 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Backyard Beverage Station

Before I move on to Fall décor and tablescapes, I wanted to share with you one of the ways I found that made entertaining easier this summer.

By creating a beverage station in the backyard for various gatherings and parties we hosted, a lot of the usual drink-getting duties were avoided.  This allowed us to spend more time with our guests.  Here's a look at the details.

It all started with this beverage cart...
 
 
...which began as a old change table
 
 The vinyl had been stripped off at this point and Mr. Delight spruced it up with some touch ups and a coat of paint for use in it's new capacity.

Then we purchased a few beverage dispensers.
  The outside two are from London Drugs this year and the middle one is from Costco last year.
 Fill them with whatever suits your fancy!
I made tags to identify the contents and tied them around the dispensers.
 
I also made this fun banner for the cart.
 
 
I wanted guests to know that the glasses were on the shelves below on the cart so made these signs as well.
 
I didn't have the sign on it yet in pic below but it shows you how I had the glasses on the shelves underneath. You could also use this area for plates, etc if you were serving food.
 
 It was fun to jump on the "mason-jar-bandwagon" and use some of these with paper straws for drinks.
 
 
Some faux lemons for decorations and a dish of limes for garnish are added to the cart display.
 
On a table beside the cart, I arranged an ice bucket, a pail of different beers and a tray of frozen fruit.
Frozen fruit kabobs along with grapes and raspberries were for garnish but also acted as ice cubes for the drinks.
 
Using the old change table as a beverage cart had me looking around at other things that might serve the same purpose. My sister was kind enough to give me this old table-cart she had.
I didn't get a before picture but didn't do much to it other than dress it up.
 
During the recent engagement party we held in our backyard, it came in handy to hold the beer keg and glasses.
 
Here's a look at the beverage station we set up for that event. (It worked even in the rain!)
 
Beverage stations are easy to create and allow guests to have fun choosing their drinks, adding their own garnishes and mingling at a focal point in your yard.  They also allow you as the hostess to have everything in one spot where you can direct guests to help themselves.
 
Have a look around and see what you can find to create your own beverage station.  It can be as simple as a table or something as unusual as an old change table from when your kids were little!
Thanks for visiting!
 
I'll be linking this post to these fabulous blog parties:
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Say G'day Saturday at Natasha in Oz
Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Table It! at Rustic & Refined
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Be Awesome Link Party at Echoes of Laughter
Wow us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Fall into Fall at DIY by Design
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
What's It Wednesdays at Ivy & Elephants