Friday, November 26, 2010

Grocery Store Centerpieces

Real Simple

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

I wanted to share this with you for Thanksgiving and got too busy to post it, but really, this is a great idea for any occasion.

Thursday, November 25, 2010


On Thanksgiving we stop our busy lives for a second, share time with people that we
love, and remember what we are thankful for.
I am thankful for my family first and foremost.
I don't think that anything would mean anything without any of you
and I'm so glad that we all got to be together today.
I am thankful for my small group of very close friends {to me, you are family too}.
I am thankful for today, for the smells coming out of the kitchen,
 for the food we stuffed ourselves with, for the smiles and laughs we had,
 and for the leftovers!! LOL
Truly, every day there is something to be thankful for
and every day I do try to remember that.
Lately, I am very grateful for this blog. This has been so fun for me so far
and I can only imagine how much better it will get. So thank you for taking the time to read this and for all the other times you stop by...
I really am THANKFUL.

xo, Monica

Friday, November 19, 2010

Tiny Tempting Turkeys!

Okay, these just made me smile!!! =)
What a cute idea! Check out the instructions here, they also have some adorable peanut butter cup turkeys!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Let Your Casseroles Arrive in Style!

So you are going to Thanksgiving at someone else's house and you are bringing your "famous whatever". {lol, that's what I like to make!} Well, make an entrance! Check out these pretty casserole carriers!

Isn't this nice!!! I want one! If you do too you can find it here at Tiffiny Designs. You can find other designs and matching oven mitts and potholders too! Please check her out!

Here's another beauty from Steel Magnolia Creations. She's got lots of great stuff at her shop as well, including bibs and aprons! Head on over, what are you waiting for!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thanksgiving Sweet Treats!

Wouldn't you love to be in this pumpkin patch?! These amazing cupcakes are from Duncan Hines. While you're there check out all of their other cute baking ideas!

Okay, THIS just about made me fall of my chair! {these type of things excite me} This would probably literally take you seconds to do but is soooooooo adorable! lollipop sticks, marshmallows, food writers (find 'em at the craft store, baking store, etc.)....Thanks to my sister for sharing this find with me from Readers Digest! You could make these for so many different occasions! These would be beautiful on a Thanksgiving dessert table sticking out of a jar filled with fall colored M&Ms!!! Love it!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thanksgiving Placecards

Today I'm here to share some placecard ideas for you. {Remember if you don't wanna do placecards you could always use them to "label" your dinner buffet or dessert table, etc.}

Both of these beautiful pics are from Better Homes & Gardens.
The top pic would be a great way to do your napkins rolled up with all the utensils inside for your guests and instead of a name you could just write "thankful" or "give thanks" on the tag. {be creative!}
The bottom picture could be used as inspiration for your holiday decor or for a centerpiece. Use a glass bowl or a cake stand, throw in some nuts or small pine cones, a pretty piece of fabric in place of the napkin, then your pumpkin and leaves and there you go!!

Isn't this little guy cute? Find him here at Parents Magazine.
 I would love to put him on the kiddie table even just as decoration!

Look at the turkey placecards/coloring books on the plates!
Me and my kiddies made these yesterday just for fun. They are sooo cute! We just did ours in white so the kids could color the outside too. You can find the instructions and template on Martha Stewart and it has the templates and info for the tablecloth as well. Make sure to check it out!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Thanksgiving Kiddie Table

Sorry, I have been away from Blogland. =( Sick kids and sick Mama and other miscellaneous craziness has kept me away I am back to share an AMAZING kids table I found on the Fiskars site. You must, must, must check out all the details.  I am drooling over all the pics!

Isn't this adorable??!!! One of the amazing Fiskars designers, Lisa Storms, wrote up this playful project. {So, talented!} Head on over and find out how to make everything here plus look at all the other great projects they have!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thanksgiving Inspiration

Halloween is over {sigh}, and as I'm recovering from my sugar hangover, it's time to get started on Thanksgiving! Many of you already have your fall decorations up but may still need inspiration for your Thanksgiving table. I'm hoping that these pictures give you some ideas...

These gorgeous pics are from Brides. I love the pear placecards and the way the plates, chargers, and beautiful glasses add to the decoration. Simple favors would be a great touch to give out as your guests leave and these almonds in really easy packaging would be great!

This setup from Pottery Barn is great but even if you just took one or two elements from it, your party would be a hit.  I love the cylinder vases with the pillar candles and pictures. This would be a great way to remember loved ones that are no longer with us or family that maybe just couldn't make it for the holidays.

Here's another cute placecard idea with pears from Sunset magazine.  Placecards can be a little formal sometimes and during the holidays family may be spread out all over the house and not necessarily all at one table. I think placecards would be really cute at a kids' table though and not to mention I'm sure the kids would get a huge kick out of it! You could use this idea with different materials...use a metallic pen on a fall leaf, or on a strip of paper that can then be placed on a pinecone. Instead of a placecard you could also use it in different ways... label the dishes at your dinner buffet, or for a centerpiece make a bunch and label with different things you're thankful for and place on a huge platter, or cakestand, or right on your table.

Well, I hope I've given you some inspiration for your table and hope that you get decorating and planning your Thanksgiving soon. It will be here before we know it!

Monday, November 1, 2010


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