It’s getting to cooler weather- Fall is almost here! Once I get over my initial sadness that Summer is coming to an end, I embrace the warmth and coziness that Fall brings into our seasonal decorating. Of course, we have pieces in our home that we like to keep up all year round, and many suppliers of wall art such as Bumbleajx.com provide products that should be kept up all year. However, it is nice to embrace the seasons and adjust the aesthetic of our homes depending on what time of year we’re in. You may have other furniture to decorate in the house such as your sofa or your curtains, or you may even want to get a brand new set of made to measure rugs to really bring that fall warmth into the home. That’s the great thing about redecorating; you get to choose exactly how far or how seasonal you take it. You may want to have a makeover to celebrate halloween even further, and you may want to even get some new blinds to fit the them, these blinds might make the room appear larger. I’m working on some ideas for my home that I’ll be sharing on social media soon, but until then here are some simple ideas I love to incorporate Fall elements into your home decor- happy decorating!
Entryway & Porch
Fill lanterns with items such as pumpkins, gourds, leaves, branches, & candles- beautiful on tables, in a vignette, or as porch decor.
Use a seasonal wreath & some Fall branches to add a warm & welcoming touch to your porch.
Seasonal Fall mums, pumpkins & a bale of hay arranged together add a country- style touch to porches and decks.
For a more contemporary look, seek out ghost pumpkins or artificial versions- if you love a little glitter, covering them in glitter is a fun touch.
To mix contemporary & traditional, combine white elements with the warmth of reds, oranges, and yellows.
I hope this gives you some inspiration and shows you that adding seasonal touches doesn’t have to be fussy or expensive! oxox TPB
This week I thought I would deviate from my usual edible suggestions and offer up a classic recipe that’s a perfect addition to your Holiday traditions. I don’t think salt dough needs any special introduction, but for those who are unfamiliar with it, it’s a fun & easy dough that you can use for lots of fun projects- in this case, ornaments!
There are only 3 ingredients- salt, flour & water. You can add food colouring if you like or paint & decorate your baked dough once it’s cooked & cooled.
Because this is our first family Christmas, I wanted to make some ornaments that we’ll put on our tree every year and enjoy with fond memories. They’re great to make & give as gifts (think: handprint ornaments for the grandparents!) and they’ll always have a special place on the tree. Plus there’s an added bonus: they’re pretty shatterproof. 😉
1/2 cup table salt
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup all purpose flour
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
2. In a bowl, mix salt & warm water
3. Add flour & mix until well combined; form into a ball
4. Lightly flour a surface and knead dough for approx. 5 minutes
5. Re- sprinkle surface with flour & roll dough to 1/4″ thick
6. Use cookie cutters to make desired shapes; using a skewer, poke to make holes so you can string through some ribbon or twine to hang the ornaments
7. Bake on a parchment- covered baking sheet for 5- 6 hours
8. Allow to cool overnight & decorate to your heart’s content (I used clear glitter for ours)
I am so lucky that the same year I had my lil bundle, many of my friends are also adding a generation to their family. One of my best friends recently found out she was having a little girl and I am so excited to help plan the baby shower!
I’m lucky because I got delegated a lot of the fun items on the to do list: theme, decorations, games, & favours! I love this stuff! When I planned my wedding I really enjoyed creating an overall look and bringing all of the elements together to form a style for my special day. Baby showers can involve many of the same elements and I can’t wait to do it all over again!
For starters, I want to figure out the theme. Since this will determine the decorations, favours, etc, and will determine the overall look of the shower, this is a perfect jumping off point. I want to have one that’s fun and personal, reflect my friend’s personality, and have it tie in with the all the baby- ness! Since she’s having a girl, I’m thinking sugar & spice would be a fun theme! (With lots of pink!)
For the sugar I’m thinking candy & cupcakes (!!!). I’ve seen the Hershey’s idea below and thought that was a simple & cute idea- maybe as part of the favour? And I’m sorry, but women & chocolate is a winning combination, no matter how hard you may want to resist! Indulge a little! There are many companies that offer personalised candy wrapppers, which I think is such a unique idea for favours. If I dont go with the Hershey’s idea I might look on https://candywrapperstore.com/. They have lots of different styles and ideas for personalised favours that I am sure my guests will love.
Even though balloons and streamers are standard fair for any party, I think you can really dress ’em up with some beautiful pom pom tissue flowers. They’re inexpensive & easy to make. Two criteria I love to meet with any project I undertake!
Since my gal pal knows what she’s having, I thought it would be fun to help kickstart that lil lady’s wardrobe. I’m thinking a onesie decorating station…
Again, these ideas are fairly simple to plan & organize, but would be fun and something that Mom can take home with her. Because you can purchase plain white onesies just about anywhere, they’re an easy item for a busy Mom like me to pick up on the run and I plan on getting several sizes (probably 3m+) so the lil lady can grow into her fashionable DIY attire! I’ll probably hit up Michael’s, Walmart, & the $ store for the crafty supplies. 🙂
As for games… I’m still thinking about how I want to organize them… I want to avoid the really typical cheesy/ corny ones, but still have some fun that’s unique only to a baby shower. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
As for favours… To tag along with the sugar & spice theme, I think cupcakes would be cute & simple. Maybe with a little stiletto embellishment (for the spice!) since my friend is infamous for her towering heels!
So that’s where I am so far. I’d love suggestions for games & activities!
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