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last-minute christmas

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Each year at Christmas, I feel like there is never enough time to do all that I want to do!  It’s actually why I try to do so much early (Christmas shopping, etc.), so that I don’t get overwhelmed in December.  No matter how much I do ahead, ultimately there are extra holiday gatherings and out of town guests that get tossed into the schedule.  It’s important to remember that it doesn’t that you can’t have time for fun holiday activities or decorations.

It may be in the final countdown for Christmas with just 12 days until the big day, but there is still plenty of time to enjoy or make one of these festive holiday goodies!

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Need an easy centerpiece?  Fill a rustic bucket with holly or magnolia branches and add a few sparkly Christmas ornaments for a bit of festive flair.  Doesn’t get any easier!  Plus, this alternative to flowers will last a couple of weeks.

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Looking for a festive holiday cocktail?  This Jingle Bell is simply delicious and refreshing.  No bartender required.

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Love to craft?  This fun music pinwheels will add a touch of whimsy to your holiday decor.

 

What are your go-to, last-minute holiday ideas?

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halloween faves

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It’s that time of year—Halloween is upon us.  Are you still looking for a bit of Halloween fun to sneak in?  Check out a few of our favorite things to celebrate this spooky holiday:

  • These yummy seeds are a perfect snack during trick-or-treating.  Who needs candy?
  • This candy corn wreath makes a fun statement on your front door.
  • Craving something pumpkin?  These pumpkin bars are sure to please.
  • This is our costume fantasy.  What’s yours?
  • Not into costumes?  This is another great option for looking festive.
  • If you don’t have time to carve, I love these.

How are you celebrating Halloween?

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pretty pink baby shower

I’ve talked recently about my crusade to prove that everything for baby boys can be cute (see here, here and here).  Both Diana and I are Mamas to baby boys, so we are partial to all things blue, but even we must admit that we had a ball co-hosting this cute baby girl shower for our friend, Elizabeth, and baby Madeleine.

Throwing a shower truly is more fun when you share the work between friends.  Here are a few of the pretty, pink details:

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These flower spheres are fun to make–and deceptively easy.  Check out how here.

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I was thrilled to work again with the fantastic Cutting Board Catering (Elizabeth is the best!).

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Could there be a lovelier spot to paint canvases for baby Madeleine?

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Another post soon about this fun nursery art project.

Special thanks to Alice for all her adorable touches (the gorgeous flower sphere, banner and fun painting project)!

katherine Greene

special delivery from the stork

Those who know me well, know that I love to plan a party.  Since I had my son three and a half years ago, I have particularly enjoyed throwing baby showers for sweet little boys.  I’m on a campaign that things for boys can be just as adorable (or more so) than for girls!  (Actually, Diana and I both have two sweet little guys that are simply precious.)

For this baby boy shower, my co-host and I wanted something elegant and quintessentially Lexington.  Here is what we came up with:

 

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I love Jonathan at Gratz Park and the lovely Gratz Park Inn.  If you are in the bluegrass area, I highly recommend them!  The hotel is historic and lovely and Jonathan’s food could not be more delicious (and gluten-friendly)!  Since we were hosting out-of-town guests, we felt that it would be a great taste of Lexington.  We had their Sunday brunch.  I love to entertain at this time of day because both you and your guests have the rest of the afternoon and evening to enjoy!

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When your married name is Stork, your baby shower has to be a stork theme!  The sweet invite with the stork silhouette helped to set the tone for this upscale and sweet event.

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The talented folks of Nature’s Splendor helped us to create an adorable stork centerpiece, which greeted guests as they arrived.  This same look could be an easy DIY project using this method.

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I absolutely believe that a take-awayand place cards are a must!  Knowing where you are sitting will put your guests at ease.

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These cute burlap bags were filled with Crabtree & Evelyn lavender soap.  They smelled divine and added whimsy to the table.

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Jonathan’s truly was a lovely setting, which required very little extra decorating.

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Perhaps my favorite detail was the baby’s family tree, with beautiful calligraphy by Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus.  Since it was a family shower, each guest stamped their thumbprint on the tree, which the mom-to-be was able to take home as framable nursery art.  J’adorable!

It was a lovely afternoon and we hope that the mom-to-be had as much fun that day, as we did planning the party.

What are your favorite shower themes or ideas?

katherine Greene

 

 

 

All images by KGreeneOwens

flower gift

One of my favorites things I’ve gifted recently is this adorable flower arrangement to my mother-in-law for Mother’s Day.

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This container was being clearenced out by a local grocery store for Valentine’s Day, so I whipped one up.  With some gerber daisies selected by my son and some of his doodles in colorful chalk, it was a perfect Mother’s Day gift.  Once she’s ready to plant the flowers, I suggested turning the cute container into a mail bin.

What are your favorites gifts you’ve given or received lately?

katherine Greene

easter favorites

These are a few of our favorite easter things:

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  • These decorated eggs turn out lovely every time.  Perfect for kids!
  • Yorkshire puddings are sure to impress any easter guest.
  • A mini birds nest is a lovely table decoration for easter and beyond.
  • Black cherry jello salad is a refreshing starter for the easter meal.
  • Cupcakes make an easy Easter dessert.  Try to display yours on flowerpots like here.
  • Yummy alternative to butter for your table.
  • These dreamy burlap takeaways would be lovely for any springtime party.

What are your Easter traditions?

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baby boy showers can be beautiful, too

Since having my son three years ago, I’ve been on a crusade—everything for little boys can be beautiful!

These are some images for a shower that I hosted this past September.  It was every bit as lady-like a soft as a girly gathering, simply opting for pale blue instead of pastel pink.

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My co-hostess, cleared her family room furniture to make room for two rented round tables.  We love using round tables for gatherings, since they encourage conversation and an intimate feel.

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Guests were greeted with a baby Jacob banner that the mom-to-be took home at the end of the gathering.  Colorful blue suckers added to topiaries added a touch of whimsy.

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Regular readers know of my passion for menu cards.  It is also fun for the honoree to have something to remember the little details of the day by (including the food).  This delicious food was prepared by Cutting Board Catering (highly recommend!)  Having a chef cook in your home is a luxury for you and fun for your guests.

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Don’t be afraid to add a touch of elegance to a baby shower, particularly if it is fitting for the mom-to-be!

katherine Greene

greenery centerpiece

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While I love fresh flowers, the cost adds up quickly when trying to fill your house with them for the holidays.  This year for my holiday open house, I used fresh greenery instead.  This simple arrangement worked well with my overall Christmas aesthetic–rustic and nostalgic.

What you’ll need:

  • Fresh greenery (I snagged some magnolia branches and holly from my mother-in-law’s yard)
  • ornaments
  • rustic bucket (I found this one at TJ Maxx)

Step by step:

1.  Trim your greenery to a manageable length.  You can play with this in your bucket.  Remember, if your guests are seated can they see over the arrangement?  I wasn’t worried about it in this case because it was a stand-up buffet.

2.  Add in assorted ornaments.  I used large glass balls that would not fall through the spaces in the greenery.

Voila!  Easy and affordable centerpiece to grace your table.  Your guests will be impressed!

katherine Greene