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Monday
Jan212019

a new favorite entertaining staple

If you follow me on Instagram you proably have seen I've added a new favorite to my collection of entertaining staples - these gorgeous rectangular water hyacinth placemats from Pottery Barn that Santa left under my tree for Christmas!  Anyone who knows me knows I love all things Ina Garten and these placemats remind me so much of the ones she uses to set her table.  I figure, I already have French wine glasses similar to hers (mine are dupes from Crate and Barrel), why not add these, too?  I love the texture they bring to the table but I especially love how adding these beneath simple white dinner plates just makes dinner feel a little bit more special.  I've used these for takeout as well as homecooked meals and they make me so happy, every time I pull them out of the pantry! 

I've gotten so many DM's about these and so I'm excited to share them here on the blog, as well!  Right now, they're 25% off with code REFRESH at Pottery Barn, if you're interested!  Maybe an early Valentine's Day treat???

I have mine styled here for dinner with the hubby a few weekends back; the navy linen napkins are from Hobby Lobby, the bamboo flatware is from Harold's Finishing Touches (these are going to be back in stock very soon, so if you're interested in these, send them a DM!), the dinner plates I bought at TJMaxx a few years back and the wicker vase was actually a candle that I cleaned out in the oven (see how I did it here). 

Wishing you all a great start to your week!

Thursday
Nov292018

throwback thursday: christmas table setting

This week has been so incredibly long that I feel like a little throwback is in order to bring a little Christmas spirit to the old blog here.  And what better way to do it than with a table setting I did last year for the holiday season!  Red is definitely not a color that I use on a regular basis in my decor but it brought just the right pop of color to the table last year with a linen runner I found at TJMaxx the year before.  And when you pair it with bamboo flatware, rattan covered glasses and water hyacinth chargers, it feels so fresh and modern and still a tad bit coastal, which, of course, I'm all about.  The French wine glasses are a staple around here and look so pretty next to the woven glasses (I got mine at HomeGoods, but here is a similar set).  I finished the table off with some clippings from the green giant arborvitae on the side of the house and stuck them in an antique silver pitcher; if you really want to add some sparkle, a string of battery-operated twinkle lights would look amazing! 

If you're looking to treat yourself to something special this holiday season, I can't recommend this bamboo flatware set enough! I hope you're all having an amazing week and gearing up for an equally wonderful weekend!

Monday
Nov192018

getting ready for thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is in two days!!!  I'm not quite sure which I'm more excited about - eating my weight in turkey and fixings or setting my table.  This year I'm keeping it simple on both counts; the older I get the more I crave simplicity in every aspect of my life and that most certainly includes entertaining!  I had high hopes of sharing links to everything I'm using to host much earlier than now, but it rained every single day last week, making it impossible to get decent pictures! 

Over the years I've accumulated a great mix of basic dinner and serveware that I use on a daily basis that can also easily be dressed up for holidays and special occasions.  Add some fresh greenery in a gorgeous ice bucket and some beautiful linen napkins and I'm set!

This year I really wanted to add deep, dark indigo and I found it in these navy napkins (they're currently buy one, get one half off; thank you for the tip, Tessa!) I think they'll be the perfect compliment to my rattan chargers, bamboo flatware and French wine glasses (which are on sale!).  These bamboo servers are a budget-friendly alternative to buying all new flatware and look amazing paired with a simple white salad bowl (HomeGoods always has some beautiful, inexpensive options!) and no matter what I end up doing for a centerpiece, I always add a few unscented white votives to really up the cozy factor.  I love this set from Amazon but I also found sets of two at the dollar store and grabbed about a hundred of them, so I'm pretty much set for the next decade! 

Whenever I'm buying something for entertaining, I try to be mindful of my storage space and make sure what I'm considering purchasing is super versatile.  These woven glasses add a beachy vibe in the summer but add just the right amount of texture to a fall table, too, and I have a weakness for beautiful ice buckets because you can also use them as makeshift vases - the same goes for wine coolers!  I love this marble option and at $25, the price can't be beat! 

Greenery can be as easy as a few snips from a bush or tree in your yard or a simple maiden hair fern or topiary, if you're lucky enough to find them near you.  One year I snipped some purple sweet potato vine from the pots on our front porch and put them in vintage glass mini bottles down the tables.  The contrast was gorgeous against my gray/green Cinderella pumpkins and it didn't cost me a thing!

So, that's pretty much it for us this year.  How are you guys setting the table for Turkey Day?

Monday
Jul232018

woven drinkware - where to find

One of the questions I get asked the most whenever we have people over is where I found my woven drinkware.  Of all the things in my entertaining arsenal, these are definitely one of my favorites because they're as pretty as they are versatile!  I serve cocktails and even wine in the summer in the double old fashioneds and I use the drinking glasses for water every single day.  An added bonus is how pretty they look on the table or a makeshift bar setup and they add so much texture and interest to all the white dinner and serveware in my glassfront cabinets. 

I actually have collected two full sets of these over the years - the lighter ones are from HomeGoods and the darker double old fashioneds and taller drinking glasses are from Tuesday Morning!  I even found the matching carafes and pitchers, so it's definitely worth a quick stop in if you have one locally!  I recently just picked up another six of the drinking glasses for $4 a pop, so I know that they're still around.  But just in case you don't have a store locally or haven't been able to find them, here are a few other links to all of the ones I have:  

World Market has the best prices that I was able to find online; they have a set of four double old fashioneds for $28 and a set of four highballs for $32.  And here is the rattan pitcher I found that match my darker set.  The wine carafe comes in both light (here) and dark (here). 

These look amazing paired with water hyacinth chargers, patterned napkins and bamboo cutlery and are my favorite way to dress up your basic every day dinnerware!  

Happy shopping and Happy Monday! 

Tuesday
Jun122018

summer entertaining must-haves

Summer is in full force around here and there is nothing I love more than having friends over for a swim, a bite to eat and a few cocktails.  While most times it's impromptu and usually eaten off paper plates while chasing kiddos, there are still times I like to put a little more effort into a chic table setting, even if dinner is going to be buffet-style.  I always pull out my favorite pieces that I use year-round, like simple white serving platters, my budget-friendly water hyacinth chargers, bamboo servers and woven tumblers and add even more natural textures for the warmer weather with wicker wrapped serving dishes, a rattan ice bucket and a chic chip and dip tray.  To keep everything simple and easy, my oversize clam shell adds interest and a coastal, summery vibe and is a great alternative to flowers as a centerpiece.  With all the natural textures, I like to keep plates and serveware white; it's such a laid back but beautiful feel for a summer get together! 

Ada woven carafe / Simple white platters / Woven tumblers / Wicker wrapped serving dishes /

Soare chargers / Atlantis large clam shell / Bamboo servers / Rattan ice bucket / Votives

Rope bottle opener / Water hyacinth chip and dip tray

What are some of your favorite summer entertaining essentials?