Carrot + Roses Arrangement for Easter

For the past few years I’ve been seeing this arrangement, and ones like it, pop up on Instagram when I’ve been looking for Easter centerpiece inspiration. Feeling intimidated, because really who the heck do I think I am to be able to create something like that, I just moved right along and saved it for “someday.” Well, friends, someday came this weekend and I went for it. And it was not at all as challenging as I thought it was going to be!

You just need a few of the right supplies and a little bit of patience, and I promise you, you too can have this centerpiece. And I’ll even tell you how to make it better than how mine came out!

A Table Ready for Christmas

You know what I always think really makes a meal an event? A really nice table. You know, the one where you walk into someone’s house and think, “wow, they really took time to set a table for us,” or “how does she have the time to set such a gorgeous table?” or “how the heck do they pull off a table like that, I wouldn’t even know where to start.” I love those kinds of tables. I’m always impressed by that kind of thought and, if we’re being honest, that kind of style.

So can I tell you, that this table, ready for hosting Christmas Eve, since we don’t host Christmas, really is something I’ve been planning and plotting since Thanksgiving? It’s really taken me that long to get it right. And, once it’s dressed, it’s going to look like that until the holiday. Because I’m only doing this one once!


5 Inspiring Thanksgiving Tables

I can’t get enough of a beautiful table, especially for the holidays. There’s something that really elevates a Thanksgiving meal when the table is put together. These tables are helping me wrap my head around what our Friendsgiving table will look like (since we don’t actually get to host Thanksgiving). I’m thinking I need some feathers…thoughts?


  1. Pumpkin Spice


Get the Look:

Burnt orange table runner like this or this in pumpkin and napkins; elegant glasses for water or wine; gold flatware; simple vases; moody dishes like this and this.


2. Neutral Tones


Get the Look:

Round jute placemats; clear bud vases; brass candlestick holders and white taper candles; white, green and maroon flowers; eucalyptus stems for the table; your favorite dishes!


3. Into the Wood(s)


Get the Look:

Mercury glass votives; small wood slices for votives; large wood slice chargers; wooden place card holders; greenery and pine cones for the runner.


4. Apple of my Eye

(diy fall table setting by julie blanner via)

Get the Look:

This is the oh-crap-I-forgot-about-my-table table. You just need some eucalyptus branches, tall and short pillar candles like this set, and maybe a little burlap or gauze fabric.


5. Throwin’ Down


Get the Look:

This is another easy one! Grab a few white pumpkins, maybe a few antlers and pine cones, a plaid throw blanket and a charger to coordinate with the colors of your throw blanket. Then I’d rock it with some clear glasses and white dishes. If you are looking for the perfect chargers, Pier 1 and World Market are my go-to!


How are you dressing your Thanksgiving table this year?



Wild Flower Arrangement

I can’t tell you how much I love fresh flowers. I day dream about running through fields of wild flowers bursting with colors so naturally I need flowers in the house at all times. All over the place.

These are actually not wild flowers, but all different types of filler flowers from Trader Joe’s. They really have the best price on flowers if your heart isn’t set on a specific bloom.

It’s so easy to put together a beautiful stunning flower arrangement from grocery store flowers. My first tip, don’t over think it!


2 Simple Ways to an Elegant Easter Table

When I planned our Easter table, I wanted to find a few special ways to elevate the spring tablescape to be a little more elegant. Flowers can go a long way, I mean, check out those peonies and ranunculus!

I think of hosting gatherings as an event for our guests – how can we make every detail a little more special to really make a meal be an event for guests? It almost always comes down to taking one little extra step for a pretty detail.

Pretty ice cubes have always been #goals for me, but for some reason they always feel like so difficult to pull off. I’m here to tell you that’s not the case! Grab a bunch of edible flowers (here’s a list, super important to check first and not poison your guests) and toss some petals in an ice tray, topped with water. So simple, but so special!

My other favorite way to elevate a meal is a drink in a pretty bottle. I found these adorable bottles of elderflower sparkling water at World Market. It’s my new favorite place to find specialties to make my table feel elegant and I can’t wait to have an excuse to go back and find more goodies! Use a unique vessel to house the bottles, such as a large punch bowl filled half way with ice.

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Easter Ready Spring Table

With Spring’s arrival tomorrow (albeit dropping in on us with 4-5 inches of snow) and Easter just around the corner, I’ve started putting together our table and menu for the holiday.

I love making a table feel extra special for guests, and make them feel like we really gave some thought to entertaining them in our home. A few extra layers – and cloth napkins – can really up your game.

This Spring-Easter-Ready table came together when I found these chargers at Pier1. I love the rustic look, which gives the table some texture. I added my scalloped plates from West Elm, which are no longer available but I found a great alternative from Target here.

These misty-green-blue salad plates from Pier1 have a subtle distressing around the trim, which goes so nicely with the charger. Then I found these amazing placemats? chargers? from World Market. Unfortunately, they’re not online, but if you have a store near you, see if they have them! They’re so springy and I know I’ll use them again and again as the weather gets warmer.