Wednesday, June 21, 2017

~how to make a farm table on the cheap~

More graduation party posts!

We needed a BIG table for our party so we wracked our brains and tried to think of the cheapest way possible to make a 17' table.

What we came up with may not be super high end or fancy, but it's cute and it'll do the trick and worked for us in a pinch.

We staggered scaffolding boards on sawhorses, and screwed them in for 
extra stability.
Any wood would work for this but scaffolding planks work extra well because they are meant to span long lengths and still be really stable.


I have yet to even clean them, but I am already loving the writing on them.


We only had 2 wood sawhorses, so we ended up having to use these plastic ones. See, I told you, not fancy, but that's ok! You could probably cover them with burlap or linen or another kind of fabric, but in our case, the chairs cover them pretty well and I am not too picky.


I picked up a bunch of chairs on the cheap at thrift shops and painted them. 
I mostly used Annie Sloan greys.
I am having a flea market the following weekend so I figure I can just sell all this after the party!


Excited to show you bits and pieces of the party, but I cannot wait until it all comes together and I can show you it all!

xoxo

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

~graduation food ideas~

Even though Savannah's party isn't until Saturday, I have been planning the menu for a while now.
We are serving appetizers and desserts.
I have a combination of home made treats, store bought items, commissioned desserts, champagne, wine, and other drinks.

While our party doesn't have a theme, we are heavily leaning on French inspired foods, as we are going to tour Europe this summer!

While this does not tie in with French food, I couldn't pass up this cute cake and ordered it from my friend Jenny through her bakeshop.


I am having flat bottom cake pops made from my friend Margo who owns PinkaBella Cupcakes.



They will look similar to these, found on Pinterest.

I made madelines, eclairs, and sugar cookies in the shape of fleur de lis.

I bought eclairs, cream puffs, wafers, and Pirouline cookies.

Trader Joes has some amazing desserts in their frozen food section and I also bought caramels there.
We also have all the making for smores!

For appetizers I am making charcuterie boards, caprese skewers, and fresh fruit.

I bought this from World Market .
And as I mentioned before a selection of wines, champagne, and other non alcoholic drinks.

I am envisioning something like this:


Here is a picture of us yesterday at the graduation ceremony!



Wish me luck!
xoxo




Monday, June 19, 2017

~globe guest book for graduation~

We've been getting ready for our daughter Savannah's high school graduation party.

{she actually graduates TODAY!}

I wanted to have a guest book that wasn't your traditional guestbook, so I decided to paint a couple globes with chalkboard paint and have the guests sign them with a white permanent marker.

I think it's fun to have the globes, they symbolize the grads taking off and going to different colleges all over the country.

After the globes were painted I hired a friend to write "2017" on one, and "congrats" on the other.
I thought about trying to do it myself, but I am so glad I didn't because she did an incredible job!



Aren't they sweet?
Things are coming together. 
I hope to share a bit more of the party planning and progress all week.
Even if you don't have a grad, maybe you can take something away for an event of your own?
Or maybe you can adapt some of the ideas into your home?



Friday, June 16, 2017

~Friday favorites~

Did you get to check out our summer home tour?


My friend Holly was featured in Country Living magazine.
I love her home!


This cookie dough cheesecake looks amazing!

This green and white kitchen renovation is stunning and totally family friendly.

Cute 4th of July dessert ideas here.

Create a beautiful map print of your love story.
{think wedding gifts!}
For 20% off use promo code MAPS20 at checkout.


In a decorating rut? Here's 13 easy ways to get out of it.


Hope you all have a great weekend!
xoxo






Thursday, June 15, 2017

~summer blues~

There is something so fresh about blues. 
When used in the summertime, blues add a touch of serenity and calm, almost a coastal beach feel.
Here are some of my top picks for summer blues.

This pillow is so fresh! A couple European sized ones on a white couch would be so pretty!

This abstract print would look great in a bathroom or entry.


This platter would look great piled high with strawberries and other fresh fruit.


Make a first impression with this outdoor rug.


These chairs are good for indoors and out.


I have this art in Savannah's room and it is one of my favorites!


I LOVE this jar!


And finishing it off with one more gorgeous pillow!


xoxo







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