Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Colorful Kids' Thanksgiving Tablescape

My family knows--when it's Thanksgiving at our house, it's my husband who dresses the turkey and me who dresses the tables.  And while I love putting together a formal tablescape for the adults, it's even more fun to decorate the kids' table!

We celebrated Thanksgiving a little early with my side of the family this past weekend while my sister was in town and that always means a house full of girls!  So, we needed a good girly table for Thanksgiving.  (Here's my mom with all her grand girls!)

Remember this kids' table I did a couple years ago with a chalkboard top?  Well, the kids loved the idea of being able to doodle while they wait for their food, so I went with a paper table covering again this time, and it was a hit.

Just like with the black poster board before, I covered the table with plain white poster boards this time, with my favorite kind of runner for the center: wrapping paper!

Each place setting started with a colorful 12x12 patterned paper (all from Hobby Lobby), layered with paper plates and cups and a napkin.

The centerpiece was my head vase filled with greenery from the yard.  And I made a thankful banner for a little color!

I just used some die cut feathers, ribbon, and stickers (all from Hobby Lobby)...

And to hold the banner, I glued some straws to bamboo skewers and stuck them in the vase!  (This trick works great for cake banners, too.)

And for a colorful treat for the girls to keep, Lily and Lola and I made some easy tassel necklaces.

Also from Hobby Lobby, I just bought some colorful beads and cording, and some adorable tassels.

The girls just strung them on, we tied a knot to hold the beads in place, then tied a bow to finish!

I dressed up the plain white cups just a little with a die cut feather and the place cards were also from (of course) Hobby Lobby.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your kids' table!  For ideas for the grown-ups, check out that tablescape here!  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party: November!

It's time for the November edition of the Pretty Preppy Party!  The hostesses have all been busy with some great projects which we can't wait to share, but most of all, we want to see yours!  

Sarah shared a creative way to display her Thanksgiving menu in this fun DIY project!

Sarah @ Life On Virginia Street
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At 11 Magnolia Lane, Amy updated her first floor powder room for the One Room Challenge. You can see all about it HERE.

Amy and Christy @ 11 Magnolia Lane
Heather from Southern State of Mind shared her never before seen Guest Room that she recently "zhushed" just in time for her holiday guests. Although it took 18 months to decorate, she believes it's better not to force it and to wait until inspiration strikes to decorate.

Heather @ Southern State of Mind

And after being crazy about chalkboards for forevah, I finally painted a chalkboard wall in my house and I'm loving it!  See my tips and get a free download of the art here

Julie @ Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

Brett at Being Bianca is taking a little break this month, but we look forward to her being back soon!

Now it's your turn!  Feel free to link up any preppy projects from this month! You only need to link up via one blog and your post will show up on all six blogs. We can't wait to see what you have been up to. Please be sure to include a backlink to the party in your post somewhere as we can't feature your project without one. Not a blogger? No problem! Just post a photo on Instagram, be sure to tag at least one of the hosts and use the hashtag ‪#‎prettypreppyparty‬ so we can see your preppy goodness!

- Link to your specific post, not your home page.

- Your project must be pretty and preppy. If it doesn’t fit this category, it will be removed. We want this to be a cute and fun prep-destination! 

- Please link back to one of the hosts in your post. Only those with a link will be considered for a feature!  Use the button below, or a text link.  

– Be inspired! Visit and comment on other links in the party.

Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss

Each hostess will pin our features to our Pretty Preppy Party Pinterest board each month, so make sure you’re following along to see the best projects and inspiration!
Let’s see those Pretty and Preppy projects:

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Fall-ing into Christmas with New Abstract Deer Silhouette Art! (a Giveaway!)

Everywhere you look it seems like Christmas is the new fall.  And I get it--it's so much fun to decorate for Christmas and such a short time to enjoy it!  But we're holding off just a little longer here at our house.  No Christmas tree yet, but I did put up a little festive art that works well for both fall and winter!

It's my new deer silhouette abstract art, and it brings a great pop of color to the kitchen!

I started with this empty frame I Instagrammed about and gave it a couple quick coats of my favorite gold spray paint.

I used a 140 lb art paper from Hobby Lobby as my canvas, backed with some foam board for stability.

Using this free deer template, I enlarged it, printed it and pieced it together to get my pattern.

Then, I simply laid the pattern over the paper and outlined the image with a dull pencil to impress the outline onto the paper.

So I gathered my acrylic craft paints in the colors I liked and practiced a little to see what worked!

Then, I just filled in the outline on my paper!  I just simply layered similar shades of paint, letting them overlap each other.  

And adding touches of metallic gold gave it a little more dimension.

I think it's just right for our falling-into-Christmas kitchen!  It'll be decked out like the rest of the house soon enough!

What about you?  If you'd like a print of this to bring a pop of color to your space, I've made them available for a limited time in my Etsy shop!  Just click here for all the details.

And just for a special thank you to my readers, I'm offering one 11x14 print in a giveaway! To enter, just comment here, on my Facebook page, or on my Instagram! Be sure to follow me and watch for the winner to be announced on Facebook and Instagram on this Thursday night at 9 pm EST.  (U.S. addresses only on this one, please.)

 I'm loving this punch of color for fall and winter! Can't wait to dress him up for Christmas!