Welcome October, time to usher in the start of the holiday season. I have an INSANE and exciting month coming up here. I am doing my first ever bridal show, the Beer Hop Bridal Show on October 28th, so I have some prep happening for that. The One Room Challenge starts on Wednesday, when I will show you the scary before I’m working with on my mom’s kitchen, and I’m helping my friend Miranda of Thoughtfully Thrifted style a fabulous dinner party. That’s where the mood board comes in. The party will be on November 3, if you would like an invite, find @thoughtfullythrifted on insta and shoot her a DM. We are two newbies to West Michigan trying to cultivate relationships. As I mentioned, I have the honor of styling said party, which is truly an honor, because Miranda is a woman with amazing taste, I am thrilled she is trusting me to make it look fabulous! The vibe for the dinner party will be moody and slightly rustic. Since “thrifting” is in the name, I intend to shop my local thrift stores for pretty pottery dish ware, brass candlesticks and wood elements to create a cohesive moody look.
From deep moody blues, to happier cabana striped blues, mixed with blush it’s a winning combination. This color combo is one of my favorite tablescape trends. Actually, I wouldn’t even call it a trend, because this combo is timeless. I love how the photos below show how the palette can go from blooming spring, to perfectly summer, to darling painted gourds for fall and rich and velvety for winter. Do you have a go-to table color scheme?
SHOP THE LOOK
I couldn't let a holiday go by without whipping up a celebratory table top. The best thing about this table is that everything, except for the spider silhouettes, were pulled from my existing collection. The mud cloth is a versatile piece of fabric I've used in many different ways and here as a base for the creepy Halloween table. I layered the textile with contrasting white dishes, hand-dyed napkins, vintage green glassware and L'entrimise flatware. I foraged my yard to create the "dead flower arrangement," and I topped it all off with a few decorations from the house. How do you decorate your Halloween table?
SHOP THE TABLE
Are you guys Project Runway fans? I've watched almost every season. I was inspired by fan-favorite challenge, the "unconventional challenge," for this series. If you're not familiar, contestants must find items to make their garments from an unconventional store, i.e. not a fabric store. Once they had to find items from a hardware store, once from a candy shop and one time in the trash of an office building. I didn't go that extreme, but I wanted to choose shop or store to find items for a tablescape that you wouldn't traditionally think of to shop for tabletop goods. For this first edition I went to good old Home Depot. I mean, I'm there every weekend anyway. Some of these items I even had in my garage already. I wanted to illustrate that you don't have to drop big bucks at Pottery Barn to get a beautiful table (I still love you PB), with a little creativity, you can even shop your garage!
- Drop cloth with left over black paint
- concrete DIY planters (tutorial coming soon)
The beautiful dinnerware was supplied by my friends at L'entramise, a shop full of fabulous disposable dishes and silverware, so perfect for an outdoor party. I used: dinner plate in grey smoke / flatware in jett / tinted water glass in jet / stemless white wine glass
photos by A. Fatouros Photography
It may be March Madness season, but we’re also approaching my personal Super Bowl, The Bachelor finale. At I Love Love Events we’re not shy to admit that The Bachelor is our guilty pleasure, and just like post football season, when Sundays seem a little empty, that’s how I feel about Mondays without Nick Viall. The Bachelor ratings are at an all-time high and participation of Bachelor Fantasy Leagues growing, and with all this love for our favorite show, we thought it was time we threw the ultimate Bachelor finale viewing party. You too can add some excitement to next Monday night with inspiration from our Bachelor Finale Viewing party.
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This event is one part Galentine’s day celebration and one part Super Bowl Party with lots and lots of red roses of course. To bring the vision to life we hit the flower market and bought up all the red and pink long-stem roses. We created a garland of roses to set the backdrop and made the arrangements ourselves mixing in spray roses, and greenery to modernize the classic flower. The best details weren’t in the flower arrangements though, they were in the hand-made buttons we created with our guest’s all-time favorite Bachelors (mine are Ben Higgins and Bob Guiney – old school). And, the night wouldn't be complete without a little game. We teamed up with our calligraphy pal, Lana’s Lettering and created Bachelor Finale Bingo game, to create, which you can download for free by signing up for our newsletter!
Since this celebration was also one part Super Bowl, we needed some good food and drinks. We opted for a pretty cheese plate, popcorn and other easy snacks and a simple cake covered in rose petals. Not only will your guests accept your rose, but they will also accept your rosè, so be sure to stock up. We supplied both regular and sparkling as well as a rosy cocktail with vodka, sparkling water, honey, pomegranate juice and topped with a red rose.
I've been a vegetarian for 20 years, two thirds of my life. I like to pride myself in being an easy vegetarian guest. I am not picky and am fill up on sides, assuming the stuffing isn't filled with gizzards and brussles sprouts with bacon. Also, assuming that the veggie dishes are substantial enough to tide me over until second dinner. I have hosted Thanksgiving, both vegetarian and not, and tried lots of recipes that will please everyone including meat lovers. Today I'm sharing ten of my favorite vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes (a few are even vegan). Guests will certainly be asking to take leftovers.
BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND KALE RISOTTO
recipe: Naive Cooks
BUTTERNUT SQUASH EMPANADAS
VEGAN POT PIES
recipe: Minimalist Baker
BUTTERNUT SQUASH SPINACH AND GOAT CHEESE PIE
recipe: Delicious Magazine
POLENTA WITH SPINACH AND ROASTED MUSHROOMS
recipe: Diary of a Lady Bird
VEGAN BUTTERNUT SQUASH STUFFED SHELLS
recipe: Love & Lemons
BRUSSELS SPROUTS WITH CORN BREAD CROUTONS
recipe: Southern Living
SHAVED BRUSSELS SPROUTS AND SWEET POTATO SALAD
recipe: A Couple Cooks
BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND MUSHROOM LASAGNA
recipe: Foodie Crush
BRUSSELS SPROUTS, WINTER SQUASH AND QUINOA SALAD
recipe: Grown to Cook