|A fall tablescape from our Product showcase at Convention|
|A lovely mantlescape from a fellow consultant|
|Notice the different heights on the tablescape-adds interest, and look how they tied the flatware up with the napkin!|
So whether you celebrate Halloween or not, do only fall decor or ghoulish, there are so many great ideas out in the world of blogs, aren't there? I like just fall decor, but there are actually some stylish ways to decorate for Halloween. I certainly don't go for gore, but I've seen some really CUTE ways to decorate for Halloween. What have you seen that you like/ or what have you done? I just have fall decor at my house, and it will last until it is time to decorate for Christmas. That's always a fun transition, especially after I'm ready for a bit of a change.
Speaking of Christmas, have you begun your holiday shopping yet? All I have are some stocking stuffers and some baby toys for that little bundle I mentioned up above, that I wasn't going to get sidetracked with...it's just so darned hard!! Ha.
|The Eclipse Platter|
|The Villla Server|
|A fun tablescape for Thanksgiving|
You can check out www.southernliving.com , www. bhg.com, and www.realsimple.com for good ideas for every season. You can go to my website and if you check in the outlet, there are some REALLY good buys for stocking your gift closet, putting together a cooking basket for a foodie friend, decor items at inexpensive prices, and much more! There are different "products of the week" that are marked down for just that week, so you'll want to check it weekly. And we all know great blogs for inspiration right? So many clever crafty blogs, so many inspiring decorating blogs and an overwhelming amount of handy, diy'ers that will gladly show us how to do it yourself! What are your favs?
Just a few ideas from me: something like the Eclipse Platter shown above can go from Fall Decor to Christmas decor in a matter of minutes. For fall, you could thrown acorns or mixed nuts in and add a few pillar candles and you have an instant centerpiece. For Christmas, simple change out the filler for small ornaments, fake snow, or red/green (or whatever your holiday color choice is) marbles/rock/glass and add a holiday candle. You can also choose gold or silver and use jingle bells surrounding the candles. add a few ornaments laying on top, and you've got holly, jolly decor! In a container like the Villa Server, you can pile it full of pinecones, stick in a bow, or use it for fruits and nuts.....for Christmas, just pile it high full of ornaments with a sprig of greenery and you're good. Or sit in a Christmas Cactus or pionsettia with some bright green reindeer moss stuffed around the edges. Holiday Cheer for your centerpiece! What are your ideas for these products?
So I will close with a recipe......I am thinking of what I will serve at my Open House and Sample Sale coming up a week from today (yikes!!!) and what I will serve. There is an awesome spread to put over cream cheese that many will enjoy.....you get a jar of apricot or peach preserves, put into a bowl, stir in a Tablespoon (or more if you like a little more PUNCH!) of amaretto, and about a cup of chopped pecans. Stir together and spread over a brick of cream cheese. Serve with ginger snaps or wheat thins.....enjoy! That's an EASY appetizer or treat and looks festive! What are your favorite simple and easy appetizers???