diy menus

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When I have guests at my home for a dinner party or special event, I always like for them to know what will be served.  It is nice as a guest to know what is coming next.  Will there be dessert that I should be saving room for?  Plus, a menu is a fun take-home for your party goers to remember their lovely evening.

Both of the menus above were for parties for my in-laws birthdays.  (I love the color nail polish that I was wearing in the top shot—Candy Pop!  Thank you to my mom for lending her hands in the lower image).  For each one, I simply used a box of fun card stock stationary that went with the theme of the event.  It is a great way to use up stationary and you can even mix and match designs for an interesting twist.

I like to situate my menus at each place setting, like at the parties I hosted below.

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Are you ready for a party yet?

katherine Greene

fun gift pillow

It is truly better to give than to receive.  That has always been my philosphy!

I love seeing the look on a loved ones face when they open their present, big or small.  This is one of my favorite birthday gifts that I had made for my father-in-law’s 65th birthday (more on that party later).  He is an avid sailor, so I had a pillow made for him by the fabulous boys at House by JSD.  If you haven’t been to House yet, you should check out this amazing store.  It is a Bluegrass Threads favorite!

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The coordinates are those of the city where he was born and raised, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

I just love creative and personal gifts like this!  Wouldn’t this be fun for a graduation gift?  A pillow of your hometown to take with you to college.

 

What are your favorite gift ideas?

 

easter revisited

These are a few of our favorite Easter things:

Polyvore by dthoskins

  • Create gorgeous Easter eggs with this fun and easy silk-tie dying method.
  • Simple Easter centerpiece for your table
  • Adding white back into your wardrobe for the spring
  • Delicious baked cheese blintzes to add to your Easter buffet
  • Good egg finds from unexpected places
  • Fabulous and sophisticated Easter looks, beyond the “Easter dress”

 

What are your favorite Easter things?

cupcake tree

These gloomy bluegrass days have had me longing for spring, so as a pick-me-up I’m revisiting some of my favorite spring things.  This is one of my favorite ways to display cupcakes for a spring shower or party. This display was from my mother-in-law’s birthday party.  She is an avid gardener and it was so fun to use flower pots and mini gardening tools to liven up these simple cupcakes. I also used some fresh flowers to top the yummy brown sugar and pear cupcakes from Babycakes (another of my fave local spots).

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Are you ready for Spring?

last minute ideas for christmas

Here a few things to take your Christmas over-the-top or to help you relax and enjoy the season:

  • Make an easy cheese board for guests to nibble on while dinner gets prepped or for a festive treat during present opening
  • Need a last minute hostess gift?  This wine is my new favorite and so affordable!
  • Love these as a substitute for all that holiday butter.
  • Still need a little holiday pizzaz at home?  There is plenty to time to assemble these snow globes.
  • Need to get out of the house after the christmas fun?  Take your holiday guests to one of these bluegrass spots—one, two, three!
  • Serve a festive holiday cocktail instead of fully stocking the bar.  I like these.
 
Relax and have fun!  Remember to enjoy the little things.  Plus, you might try this for a bit of de-stressing before or after company.
Happy Holidays!
May your days be merry and bright,

 

diy snow globes

This is one of those great “crafts” for the non-crafters out there!  It’s completely fool-proof and totally adorable.  All of those reasons make it the perfect last minute holiday decoration. I displayed these in my bathrooms for a little kiss of Christmas for my holiday guests. They were so easy and so cute!

What you’ll need:

  • epsom salt
  • clean mason jar (or any similarly sized glass container)
  • holiday ornament (I prefer the “Old World” ornaments for their colorful statement)
  • burlap
  • raffia
  • Scissors

Step by step:

1.  Fill mason jar 1/4 full with Epsom salt. This is the snow for your snow globe.

2.  Place ornament into the jar. I twisted mine back and forth a few times to settle it into the salt to steady the ornament.

3.  Tie raffia around the center of the jar to finish the look.

4.  Cut the burlap to create a circular or square “mat” for your jar.   I just eyeballed this step!

photos by dthoskins