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set the table: thanksgiving 2014

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While there is no space (and my dishes are all in storage!) to host Thanksgiving this year, I’m looking ahead to next year, knowing that we’ll be in our house and with a new baby (hopefully meaning less traveling). Thinking ahead, it’s fun to collect ideas for Turkey Day next year.

I bought the same “Give Thanks” banner from Pottery Barn Kids last year on clearance (it’s available again this year), but sadly what is NOT available this year are more of the West Elm salad plates I fell in love with and only bought four of last year — I’m on a mission to find some on eBay or through an outlet, but if not, I’ll have to mix and match with another design. Anyone else planning a Thanksgiving tablescape? I’d love to see and live vicariously!

Feather dinner napkins| Gold rock glasses | White pumpkin
Fox salt + pepper shakers | Leftover labels

Set the Table: Easter 2014

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I won’t be in town for Easter this year (girls trip!), but as I was packing things this weekend, I allowed myself a break to play house and create a fun tablescape as if I were going to be. 🙂

Easter 2014 Tablescape | lifeinyellow.com

I like to keep brunch from feeling too stuffy, but still pretty and a bit feminine for the spring season. Other than some jellybeans, I didn’t invest in anything new to bring this look together. (Although I later realized I had some coral colored glassware I meant to set out with this look – it was a MEGA sale score from Target last summer – drat! I’m sure I’ll use it again soon enough!)

Easter 2014 Tablescape | lifeinyellow.com

Easter 2014 Tablescape | lifeinyellow.com

Easter 2014 Tablescape | lifeinyellow.com

I don’t do much for Easter decor – it always seems a little cutesy to me. But I did pick some favorite Psalms and wrote one on a painted wooden tag (originally bought for the Oscar party, but never used!) and set one at each place setting. A shot glass of jellybeans at each plate was about as themed as I go for this holiday. 🙂

Easter 2014 Tablescape | lifeinyellow.com
Easter 2014 Tablescape | lifeinyellow.com

And now for the “pan right…” and you’ll see a peek at the moving chaos already in play!

Anyone else planning an Easter tablescape?? I’d love to see! 🙂

New Years Eve Tablescape (and my favorite cocktail!)

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I am a HUGE fan of New Years. I love the idea of fresh starts, hitting the reset button, and of course…it’s a reason to celebrate!

The only new things I bought for this look were the “Auld Lang Syne” banner and a 12 ft. strand of tinsel garland from Target — I love how lush this garland is and that it has both silver and gold intertwined. It adds some fun texture along the sequined runner. At the very *end* of photographing, I decided on a whim to add some gold washi tape on the white frosted candle holders…so yes, it only shows up in the first picture, but you get the gist! 😉

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I love to plan a tablescape and thinking about our New Years Eve dinner in this year with good friends (and some delicious surf ‘n’ turf) has been no exception. Thanks to some fun paper elements from the “Midnight Magic” collection from Tiny Prints to pull it all together, I love the way this turned out. The invitation sets the tone for a festive evening and the labels adhered to some gold cardstock wish each guest a happy 2014.

New Years Eve tablescape www.lifeinyellow.com

New Years Eve tablescape www.lifeinyellow.com

New Years Eve tablescape www.lifeinyellow.com

New Years Eve tablescape www.lifeinyellow.com

No get-together is complete without a great cocktail (and no New Years celebration is legit without champagne!). One of my very favorite cocktails is the oh-so-simple but delightfully festive “Pom Pop” – champagne with a splash of pomegranate juice, and garnished with a few pomegranate arils.

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Cheers to a fabulous 2014!

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Deck the Halls 2013

Deck the Halls | lifeinyellow.comYou can ask Page — I’ve been on a roller coaster with decorating for the holidays this year. I think that coming off a Fall in which I felt like I was working two full time jobs, I was just worn out…and everything that wasn’t absolutely necessary felt like too much work. Also –  is it just me, or with Thanksgiving so late this year, does the Christmas season feels even more brief?? And maybe it’s that end-of-the-year thing, but I suddenly felt like we were drowning in STUFF and we have spaces everywhere that need to be organized, not cluttered with decorations. (Are you starting to hum the theme to The Grinch yet? :)) So when it was time to deck the halls, I went into it a bit, well, half-hearted (but spoiler alert, Christmas always gets the best of me and I got more into it as I went!)

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deck the halls www.lifeinyellow.com

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deck the halls www.lifeinyellow.com

deck the halls www.lifeinyellow.com

deck the halls www.lifeinyellow.com

I started with hauling out the red and green tubs and sorting through everything. I think my tastes have changed a bit this last year, and while I still love some of my more Pottery Barn-esque traditional decor, I wanted to mix it up with some more modern stuff as well and ended up donating several items to Goodwill or just leaving stuff packed away for another year. This was also finally the year I got rid of the last bits of glitter — it’s such a mess to clean up and gets on everything. Anything glittered remaining in my stash (with the exception of two ornaments I can’t part with) went out the door. And suddenly, having a smaller assortment of decor made the task of decorating the house more manageable (and less messy!) and I could get more excited. (A couple purchases from CB2 and Target didn’t hurt, either!)

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I also decided to change it up and with a finished basement to deck this year, I opted to NOT put up a tree on the main level. Our main tree really IS too large for our 8′ ceilings (we sawed off the bottom – SERIOUSLY – when we bought this house, since the 9.5 footer originally set up camp in our lofted-ceiling townhouse). Last year I squished a bow on the top and made it work, but with the way the furniture was arranged this year, and having the skinny sequin tree to work with, I opted to pass up a traditional tree in here altogether.

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I’ve had moments where I wonder if I miss it, but then again, I like that it feels more open than last year…and I’ve still worked in plenty of lights around the room to get the same “glow” effect of a tree….

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deck the halls www.lifeinyellow.com

This CB2 wreath was a favorite purchase this year — although be warned, it’s harder to put together than you might think! I noticed when it arrived there is no back to it – and other reviewers on their site mentioned the same thing. So using a combination of netting garland and some strings of lights, I tried to “wind” in a bunch of ornaments (also FYI – you need BIG ornaments for this, the “regular” sized ones fall right through the front) and used a couple nails to tack it all down so it didn’t expand away from the wall. I’m sure I’ll have better, more experienced, luck with it next year, but for now, I love it!

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Even if we don’t have a fancy holiday meal this month, I still love the look of a set table at Christmastime. These boxwood wreaths are one of the more traditional elements I just love to get out each year.

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This felt rag wreath was an EASY impromptu project the other night – and is perfect to hang on the pantry door. (Separate how-to post to come!)

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We missed the warm weather window for stringing lights on the house – but I did manage to get the outdoor wreaths up…

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…and some garland over the door.

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The potted tree that was out here last year was on its last leg at the time and we ended up pitching it after the holiday season. In its place, I wanted something different this year – a planter I had on hand, some birch branches I scored this summer, and retro lights wrapped around them made for an easy replacement that didn’t cost me a dime. “Holla!” from our home to yours this Christmas season… 😉

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Heading downstairs, I set up another Target sequin tree (LOVE how simple these are – and the price is right!) and hung up an Ikea lighted wreath (wreath #7 or 8, if you’re counting at this point!) on the wall across from the bar.

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Page and I have jokingly dubbed our evolving house style as “mod lodge”. We are going more and more modern with our taste, but with a lodgey comfortable feeling. With this idea in mind, it seemed only fitting that we deck the deer and add some antlered stocking holders to the mix.

Page and I have jokingly dubbed our evolving decorating style as "mod lodge". We are going more and more modern with our taste, but with a lodgey comfortable feeling. With this idea in mind, it seemed only fitting that we deck the deer and add some antlered stocking holders to the mix.

I unpacked the white tree (usually in my office) to find it all yellowed (boo!) so in the eleventh hour of Black Friday, I braved the crowds to find a replacement. The ceilings are low in our basement, so it didn’t need to be anything crazy large, and I really wanted the look of a white tree – at least for this year. I filled in with some silver stuff, but otherwise went with grey and chartreuse ornaments. (PS – we call the above photo “adventures in creative cropping”…as there were no less than six bulldozers in my backyard today, photobombing all my pictures!)

Page and I have jokingly dubbed our evolving decorating style as "mod lodge". We are going more and more modern with our taste, but with a lodgey comfortable feeling. With this idea in mind, it seemed only fitting that we deck the deer and add some antlered stocking holders to the mix.

Page and I have jokingly dubbed our evolving decorating style as "mod lodge". We are going more and more modern with our taste, but with a lodgey comfortable feeling. With this idea in mind, it seemed only fitting that we deck the deer and add some antlered stocking holders to the mix.

I’ll have to shoot the above again at night to get the real effect – but I am loving these teeny wired lights that don’t get hot (Amazon and Restoration Hardware both sell them)…I feel like Buddy the Elf, but I am calling this my jar of Christmas Spirit! 🙂

I set up my small tinsel tree with the 2007 to 2013 ornament frames in my office, but otherwise didn’t decorate upstairs this year. I feel okay about it – none of our family is coming our way this year for the season, and any visitors we have usually don’t make it upstairs anyway. Hope you are enjoying bringing the holidays into your own home — thanks for stopping by to take a peek!

Set the Table: Easter Brunch

set the table: easter brunch | life in yellow

I’m excited to start a new little series of posts here on the blog –> “Set The Table”. I love studying tablescapes from the cleanest and simplest to the most glamorous and elaborate. There really is an art to a well set table that doesn’t feel too cluttered nor too bare for the occasion. No matter the level of complexity, I am all about using items I have on hand, mixing and matching to get the most mileage out of my stuff, and coming up with something fresh each time.

set the table: easter brunch | life in yellow

After my bestie picked up a couple of these aqua Ikea runners I’d been eyeing, I wanted to pull an Easter brunch scheme together around them! I feel like brunches can get a little stuff and overdone, when really, it should be about being relaxed, enjoying a leisurely weekend morning chatting and eating with friends and family.

set the table: easter brunch | life in yellow

I tried to keep the vibe casual by not using a tablecloth, and keeping silverware only to a single fork, which I laid IN the bowls for something different and less formal. I like using these shorter (55″) runners horizontally to double as place mats for each setting. I mixed some chargers I’ve had forever with our everyday dishes and some acrylic glasses I’d spied at TJ Maxx earlier this month (in the color of the year, no less!) and some cloth napkins from Target that I bought solely because they had all the colors of my new scheme for this main area of our house and I couldn’t walk away from them. A vase I had on hand and some sticks from the yard make a very simple centerpiece. The only new item for this setting was the $1 package of Peeps that I stuck on coffee stirrers and popped into each glass. The lemons were in the fridge anyway. Groceries serving double duty as decor – love it. 🙂

set the table: easter brunch | life in yellow

Ironically after creating a table set for four, it will be just the two of us this year for Easter – but I’m so looking forward to a relaxing morning to ourselves. Hope you enjoy your Sunday, wherever you’re spending it!

 

thanksgiving tablescape inspiration

I get a lot of things from my mom, but one of them is a love of setting the table. While I played with my own pink, orange and grey scheme, I still love perusing pretty tablescapes for turkey day to see what others are doing. I came across all kinds of fun takes on the Thanksgiving table…

#1: I love the modern square plates and the orange & grey pattern on the menu cards at each setting…

 

#2: I thought this was a clever, inexpensive way to give each place setting its own arrangement — she spray painted TP rolls to hold branches at each plate.

 

#3: I love the idea of hosting Thanksgiving dinner outdoors if you’re in an area where it’s warm enough. I further liked the idea of playing on a “picnic” dinner by spreading out a cozy blanket as the tablecloth. The yellow and brown is a less traditional color combo, which makes it fun and unique.

 

#4: If you have the need for a “kids table” why WOULDN’T you make it one they can doodle on? Love it.

 

#5: I do love any excuse to dress things up, which is probably why this one is my personal favorite. I like the importance of the event that comes across when you break out the nice china, light some candles, and include a few extra touches to set this apart from any other dinner. The black and white is classic elegant, and would work in just about any room’s decor.

Source: curbly.com via Life In on Pinterest

 

Hope you have fun planning your own family’s Thanksgiving table!

Fall Party / Thanksgiving Free Printables

I am loving the designs I’m seeing lately in invitations and holiday cards that feature these “confetti / bokeh” effect designs…I particularly  love it in the Kate Spade designs like this perfume bottle and these dishes, in the header of this fabulous blog I discovered just last week, and in this beautiful holiday card from Tiny Prints. I’ve been advocating it in the use of our corporate holiday card, used the concept in a recent logo (to be unveiled in a future post!) and I’m using another version of it in these free party printables to be used in every gathering from a fall fiesta to the Thanksgiving table!

The PDFs below are free to you for your own personal use. Please do not re-sell them or include them as part of a product kit for resale. You will find three files – print as many copies as you need of whichever items you want:

 

 

 

 

 

The ToppersToothpicks file will require toothpicks (obviously) and a 2″ circle punch if you want to perfectly punch out the toppers. I love this one if you’re in the market for one. (And if you aren’t – although I promise you’d use it more than you might think! – simply flip a glass over and use it as an Xacto knife guide to cut out the circles.)

You can wrap these around toothpicks – or straws as shown here. (I get all of mine from Shop Sweet Lulu!) And for the circles, tape one to a toothpick, or use two back-to-back, as I did on my “stunt” cupcake.

The MenuLabels file includes miscellaneous you could use to label dishes or use as alternative placecards. The  menu card can be filled out by hand and either placed in a frame,  propped up on a mini easel, or set in a place card holder or photo clip for display.

The PlacecardsNapkinRings file includes napkin ring wrappers that can be wrapped around napkins and taped closed.

The placecards can be used one of two ways. Either print and cut them out in full, and fold in half tent-style. Or, crop them in half (there are tiny crop marks for reference in the PDF) so that they are more like a business card, and insert them into placecard holders, or create your own holders with clothespins, photo clips, etc.

(I seriously have too much fun setting the table – I get it from my mom! – it’s like playing house as a grown-up.)

I’d love to see pictures if anyone uses these for their next fall fiesta! Enjoy the printables and have fun at your seasonal soiree!