Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pretty Preppy Party Features: November

It was another inspirational month with the Pretty Preppy Party!  You guys are still busy DIY-ing, even with Christmas fast approaching.  I love the diversity of all the projects, whether big or small, and we love it when you share them at our party!

Here are just a couple of my favorites I chose to feature, and I'll be sharing others on my Instagram!  My fellow hostesses will be sharing their faves as well, so be sure to check them out!

First up-- I love how Sarah at Just the Bees Knees made over her craft room/guest room and made the combination work beautifully!  Here's just a little sample.  Click over here to see more!

And then Sue at A Purdy Little House shared her secrets to making a super-cozy bed!  Love all the whites!  Check out the full post here.

Be sure to go visit my fellow hostesses to see who they featured this month!  And join us again on the third Thursday of December for some preppy holiday fun!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

In Search of Thanksgiving...

So much talk about being thankful today!  After all, this is the day to be just that!  But, maybe there's just that one or two of you reading this who are struggling just a little today.  Yes, you've got a list in your mind somewhere of all those thing you're thankful for, but you can't seem to remember many of them just now.  Circumstances have clouded your vision just a little and if you're honest, you would opt to just skip the holidays if you could.  I've noticed.  I sometimes pass you on the street, I read between the lines of your Facebook posts and I've received your emails asking for prayer.  And, yes, with the year I've had, I've even walked in your shoes a few times.

So, today, before the turkey is carved and the busy-ness of the day begins, take a moment to ask the Lord to help you remember.  He knows how you're feeling.  He remembers that day He created us from plain ol' dust.  We're weak sometimes and He gets that.  And yet He loves us anyway and pursues us relentlessly.  That alone is a huge thing to be thankful for today.  

Need a little prompting for your Thanksgiving list? Start here with Psalm 103.  It's a great place to start...

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13 Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.
15 As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth.
16 For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;
18 To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
21 Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Colorful Kids' Thanksgiving Tablescape

My family knows--when it's Thanksgiving at our house, it's my husband who dresses the turkey and me who dresses the tables.  And while I love putting together a formal tablescape for the adults, it's even more fun to decorate the kids' table!

We celebrated Thanksgiving a little early with my side of the family this past weekend while my sister was in town and that always means a house full of girls!  So, we needed a good girly table for Thanksgiving.  (Here's my mom with all her grand girls!)

Remember this kids' table I did a couple years ago with a chalkboard top?  Well, the kids loved the idea of being able to doodle while they wait for their food, so I went with a paper table covering again this time, and it was a hit.

Just like with the black poster board before, I covered the table with plain white poster boards this time, with my favorite kind of runner for the center: wrapping paper!

Each place setting started with a colorful 12x12 patterned paper (all from Hobby Lobby), layered with paper plates and cups and a napkin.

The centerpiece was my head vase filled with greenery from the yard.  And I made a thankful banner for a little color!

I just used some die cut feathers, ribbon, and stickers (all from Hobby Lobby)...

And to hold the banner, I glued some straws to bamboo skewers and stuck them in the vase!  (This trick works great for cake banners, too.)

And for a colorful treat for the girls to keep, Lily and Lola and I made some easy tassel necklaces.

Also from Hobby Lobby, I just bought some colorful beads and cording, and some adorable tassels.

The girls just strung them on, we tied a knot to hold the beads in place, then tied a bow to finish!

I dressed up the plain white cups just a little with a die cut feather and the place cards were also from (of course) Hobby Lobby.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your kids' table!  For ideas for the grown-ups, check out that tablescape here!