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Friday, November 28, 2014

Harvest Round Up

Always a lover of Autumn, we celebrated the season in very natural stages, and we are well into our holiday preparations, so I thought I'd include this post on a tiny bit of our Harvest Home Decor, and finish up with our Thanksgiving Table for the sake of the record. I'm in an inward thinking season right now, so blogging hasn't been high on my radar as I know I'm needing to work through my thoughts and life, eventually they'll make it onto print somewhere, somehow...

In September, after the summer clean up and getting our home school and student rooms ready, then getting the schedule happening, and finally the baby girls party finished (with post), in Canada, we were READY to embrace all things fall. I've been embracing my functional country chalet home, and letting the decor and seasonal decor reflect that, it's working for me.

 This was my portable table centerpiece. Very eclectic but festive and cheap as I used all things I already had.

Again, re-locating older items, I created this "mantel" with items from around the house.
 putting out "harvesty" plates and bowls on the open shelves made for some "functional decor".
 A thrift store basket filled with canning rings.

The vignette at the top of the stairs to the family room...


A cosy space to enjoy the final weeks of warmth and sunshine outdoors.

 Front entrance...

Formal Livingroom. There were other touches of fall throughout the house, these were my favs this year.

Thanksgiving 2014
In honour of the American Thanksgiving yesterday, here are the pics from our Canadian thanksgiving almost 6 weeks ago - lol!

 Table set for 12.

 Centerpiece from my flowerbeds this year.


Each place setting had a reading to share at the dinner.


Thrifty Turkey always finds a place on the table :)


 Conversation Starters from pinterest worked really well.


 When you're feeding 20, there is no shame in plastics - loved my place cards though.


 I love guests who bring good wine :)



 The kids table...


My kinda sad attempt at a garland.

 Goodie Bags.


 Bountiful Dinner...

 My attempt at decorating the hideous light fixture.

 


 Setting up the tripod for the group pic.




Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Tea for "Two"


After 10 years of Lego and Superhero birthday parties (all in the winter, mind you), yes I am so excited to host little girlie birthday parties in the fall (the most wonderful time of the year!) This year for E's birthday we had a little tea party for her little friends, their moms and few big sisters, her brothers and aunties...

We put on our party dress...
 We decided to host the party in the back yard. The weather held and the sunroom and yard was still presentable enough to be enjoyed before the great fall clean up begins next week.
It was a perfect day, not too hot, not too cold...and some flowers were still in bloom.

The little girls' table

We pulled out the heirloom teacups - this one was Great Aunt Fern's - we found out we were expecting Elaina shortly after she passed away, but they shared the same birthday month.
The big girls table.
We mixed a bunch of heirloom stuff with paper plates, etc for ease of setting up, cleaning up and also to not get stressed over possible breakage outside.


I converted our old TV cabinet to a "dress up" center for the girlies. It added to over all pretty decor.
Red velvet with Cream cheese icing.
Our menu was simple, crab salad on croissants and vegetable cream cheese roll ups. We had veggies, fruit and cheese trays and of course coffee and tea. For dessert we had a variety of mini cakes and cookies, candies of course chocolates.


The "take home treats" were personalized dress up fairy outfits.

Bling for the littles... I figured this was nicer than sending them home with more candy. There were enough sweets to enjoy at the party, I hoped the moms appreciated not having more candy later at home.
 



The girlies! So so cute!

After lunch, the littles decorated tea party hats from the dollar store with silk flowers.
Yaya helping the birthday girl decorate her hat. 


One of the big sisters helping with hat decoration.
 Then we released them into the dress up cupboard.
DRESS UP TIME!!!


After much play time, we gathered for the present opening and cake.
Opening Presents...so thankful!



After all the birthday celebrating, she finally got the hang of "blowing out the candles"
Our cheeky two year old!
I hope you enjoyed this post, we certainly enjoyed our day, and love every day with our little princess.


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