It’s true, presentation is everything. Thanksgiving is a time for festive tablescapes and chic bar displays but who honestly has the time to prepare. This year I was inspired by my collection of blue ginger jars and gold accents I already had around the house. This easy decor has very few elements but makes a big impact, which when entertaining a crowd, you want to put your best foot forward.
If you can’t get enough of pumpkins this Fall, matte blue pumpkins in various sizes, makes a balanced centerpiece. We picked up a bunch on sale and painted them in an ombre style of different shades of blue. You can get these at your local grocery.
Elegant floral bouquets in classic ginger jars, amongst painted pumpkins create a centerpiece that will make your guests gush. These florals are in expensive and can be found at your local grocery plus ginger jars from AtHome
The Celebratory Libation
Don’t forget the cocktail and desert table. This is probably the most sought after area in your house and adding a few decorative touches tis sure to inspire your guests. Don’t forget a signature cocktail for the holiday and wink wink, we have one made for you already. Download the recipe of our Apple Thyme Cocktail here.
Happy Thanksgiving and Enjoy!
The most festive Fall drinks we’ve found: The Caramel Apple Moscow Mule. It’s so easy and so good!
1.5 oz caramel vodka (you can buy it pre-made or infuse your own)
0.5 oz lime juice
3.5 oz. apple cider
4 oz. ginger beer
Combine all ingredients in a copper mug with ice. Garnish with apple slice and/or caramel cubes.
All photos by Kelsey Butler
I don’t know about you, but there is something about a blank notebook, or a fresh stack of monogrammed stationery that fills me with optimism and excitement—the new ideas start flowing and are then poured out onto the pages, and I suddenly feel inspired to write all those thank-you notes that have been stacking up in a backlog that lives only in my mind. When I have a fully stocked paper and mailing station set up, the notes of gratitude to friends, co-workers, or my husband just start flowing, and the practice of sharing how much I appreciate the people I love most lifts me up in an energizing way every time. In honor of last week’s KK Paperie launch, I wanted to share 8 reasons to write a card this month. Tag a friend on Instagram who knows the power of a handwritten note or who writes the best letters, and one lucky winner will receive their own customized set of KK Paperie stationery.
1) Because teachers are the absolute best and whether it was first grade or algebra, she deserves to know it through a handwritten note.
It’s back-to-school, and teachers are some of the hardest working people we know, so drop them a line to share appreciation for taking such good care of your kiddos.
2) Because surprise lunchbox letters are the best.
As kids are adjusting to a new class and new friends, a short word of encouragement hidden in their lunchbox will brighten their day in the cafeteria. Or, mail one personally addressed to them since there is nothing better than receiving a piece of snail mail with your name on it.
8 reasons to write a handwritten note
3) Because it’s been way too long since you’ve seen your friend from college who now lives out of state.
There is something about friendships made in those late-night, carefree, and coffee-filled college days when we had all the time in the world that are particularly special. Drop an old photo of a fun memory in the mail with a note about what you miss about your friend.
4) Because you are still pinching yourself that you lucked out with such great neighbors.
Like a box of chocolates, when it comes to neighbors, you never really know what you are going to get. So if you lucked out and have some that water your plants when you are out of town, send you a text when there’s a package on your porch, or most importantly, they just feel like family, take a moment to tell them how much you appreciate all they do.
5) Because sometimes Facebook just isn’t quite personal enough for happy birthday wishes.
You have to admit it, when those Facebook wall messages start coming in on your birthday from everyone from your oversharing great aunt from Arizona to your first crush from fourth grade, it just feels good. But, sometimes when there is more to say, nothing will make a dear friend happier than hearing how much they mean to you with a hand written birthday card.
6) Because any day is a good day to say, “Hey, Mom—I love you.”
7) Because there’s no better way to say thank you for the interview, the life advice, or the wise counsel.
Sometimes it feels like we are all getting busier by the second, so when someone takes the time to be present and share a valuable lesson from something they’ve learned along the way, take a moment to express your great appreciation with a thank you note. We never forget the people who drop everything to do it in the times we need to hear good advice the most.
8) Because there’s no time like the present to resurrect the lost art of love notes.
Surprise your significant other with a heartfelt love letter listing all the things you love about them, just like the ones you wrote when you were first dating years ago.
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Confession: as a designer and fashion-lover it is no problem for me to come home on a regular basis with new clothes or crazy shoes or décor for our two girls. Everywhere I go I see something cute they should have. So naturally our oldest boy sometimes gets left out. He doesn’t mind so he is says and when I do try to buy him something random just to make him feel included, he usually doesn’t actually care the way the girls do but you get the point. The same has always been true of birthdays. For girl parties there are just so many fun, over-the-top things to do but for boys, again it proves harder. So this week as he turned THIRTEEN – how do we have a teenager (prayers appreciated) – I decided to pull out all the stops to make it feel as special as possible. And maybe he won’t exactly appreciate balloon garland and mini donut toppers as much I imagine he will, I know deep down he’ll absolutely love it. This was my first time doing a balloon garland on my own. In the past I’ve been a little intimated but I found it actually pretty doable. I think the next one will be better but I was happy with how it turned out for a first try. I got balloons large and small from Party City and a helium tank from Balloon Time. But the GAME CHANGER was this tape – who knew – that has holes for the balloons to keep them in a strand.
As a newbie I did my in sections instead of one long continuous strand because I wasn’t quite sure of myself. So here was the first section.
Then I continued to add sections, using tape and glue dots where needed to fill in.
For the mylamar “13” numbers I thought an added touch would be some fringe which is also a super easy DIY. Fold over tissue paper and cut up towards the fold, then cut little sections, use tape to adhere.
Lastly for our donut lover, the time-honored tradition of his donut tower. And as a North Carolina girl, naturally they had to be Krispy Kreme.
Lastly, I added these mini mylamar numbers on top from this adorable Etsy store for a finishing touch.
Here’s to celebrating more, a new school year and a new teenager – say a little prayer for us 😉
I am a big fan of everything McGuire Moorman Hospitality (MMH) does. From the clever interior design to the delicious menus at each of their five restaurants, stepping into one of their spaces is a quick dose of creative inspiration. I sat down with Daisy Ryan, the Assistant Beverage Director for the group, to chat cocktails, summer brews, and easy breezy summer style. She rocked the Katie Kime lemons top and skirt on the porch of one of my go-to lunch spots, Josephine House. It looked like it was made for this sunny California girl who worked at top restaurants like Thomas Keller’s Per Se before moving to Austin to work for MMH. After sipping Daisy’s “Tequila Cobbler,” I know exactly what I will be serving this 4th of July. Cheers!