Create Delicate Floral Nests for Your Spring Decor

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Spring is the time of new beginnings and these lovely floral nests are the perfect accessory to your spring table settings. Ok, you know how there are some projects that you really feel good about?  Well this is one of them.  I would LOVE for you to make a half dozen of these and use them…

Cloth Napkins are Elegant and Easy

Apple Pattern Cloth Napkins

You might not call my “apple” cloth napkins elegant, but they certainly were easy and you can create any ambiance you like by selecting fabrics that portray the look or feeling you are going for. When you select your cloth napkin fabrics, make sure they are of an absorbent fiber like cotton. Materials for 2…

Cloth Napkin Folding Ideas

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Little is as impressive as the results of napkin folding on your dining table. Your guests will marvel at the unique origami shapes you are capable of creating. Relax though, they are easier than you think, but let your guests think otherwise! How about starting your napkin folding expertise with the bird of paradise?  Here’s…

10 Seasonal Table Setting Ideas to Try

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If you have a party coming up or just want to surprise your family with a special table tonight, here are some ideas to get you started. A year has gone by and my church had its annual ladies event where we have a speaker, share appetizers, salads and desserts, and many of us offer…

Fall Table Setting Ideas That Bring Compliments

Fall Foliage Centerpiece

With a little extra effort you can create fall table settings that look like they are on display in a store front window or in a designer showhouse. I think we get extra interested in decorating our homes in the fall because we’ve just finished the summer season where we’ve spent so much time outdoors. …

Hand-Made and Decorated Christmas Napkin Rings

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Inexpensive felt and beads come together to give your holiday table setting a special touch.  Add embroidered names and they double as place cards. Go ahead and say it – I’m a crazy woman.  I adore making holiday napkin rings as you’ve seen from the variety I have shown you over the years.  Well, this is…

11 More Seasonal Table Setting Ideas to Try

Summer Table Setting Idea

Many of these table setting ideas work great for summer dining, but there are a few for other seasons and holidays mixed in as well.  As you must know by now, Matt and I do this because we enjoy sharing the ideas and inspiration that we find around us, with you!  Well, this is just…

Create a Star Studded 4th of July Table

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Stars hung from the chandelier are the hero in this inexpensive table decor, adding class to simple paper plates and paper napkins. This festive table setting gets it’s charm from layering and attention to detail. However, it isn’t complicated, it is put together with three easy pieces.  The center piece, number 1, is nothing more…

Your 4th of July Table Needs Red, White and Blue

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Don’t go out and buy all sorts of decor when you have everything you need right in your own cupboards and closets. Interesting centerpieces can be inspiring, and this table setting gets most of its interest from the items sitting in the middle.  Tall things are always noticed, colorful items bring attention and regular household items…

Use a Flag Theme for a 4th of July Table

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This is the fastest 4th of July centerpiece idea around. Just grab a white vase, red tissue paper, a dozen flags and you’re done! A great centerpiece is a good start to a pretty holiday table.  For 4th of July, one of our more casual holidays, I like to keep things inexpensive, simple and quick.  Here’s a…

Decorate Your Door and Table for Memorial Day

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Memorial Day decorations can be very cost effective if you keep them around for all the summer holidays like 4th of July and Labor Day! This Memorial Day I decided that I didn’t want to go crazy with the red, white and blue because that to me is The 4th of July!  Instead I wanted…

St. Patrick’s Day Decorations and Table Settings

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We don’t go too crazy for St. Patrick’s Day, but sometimes it’s fun to bring out the green and gold and just run around acting like leprechauns! I think there are three reasons to get excited about St. Patrick’s Day.  One, you are Irish!  Two, you are in grade school and the teachers make a…

Create Easy Mini Cornucopia Place Cards

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Place cards are a great idea for special dinners with lots of people because it saves the confusion of who site where – one less thing to think about!  Although I only have about 6 people for dinner on Thanksgiving, this year I’m up to 8! My husband’s parents are going to be able to…

Pretty Table Settings for the Thanksgiving Table

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You don’t need to go out and buy beautiful dinnerware for Thanksgiving, improvise with what you have! One of my favorite things to decorate is my dining table. There are so many possibilities when you combine placemats, chargers, different dinnerware, napkins, napkin rings and let’s not even get started on the centerpieces and candles!!! I think…