Falling in love with dinner parties

Happy Post Election Day!

I cannot believe the election is over! Speaking of elections, I felt inspired by celebrations going on across the country, and began dreaming of how I could organize a dinner party to celebrate with friends and family, just for the sake of being able to spend time together.

Now I know Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but I want to organize a dinner party for my friends when I’m home during my next break.

I’m feeling in the mood for a kind of autumn and leaves “rustic” feel to celebrate the rest of the season until the tide turns for the winter holidays.

Here are some ideas I found I’d like to work with:

Courtesy of Martha Stewart, glass votives, wrapped in dried cornhusks, cast a soft glow and make beautiful fall favors.

I found this on style me pretty. I like the use of burlap and the texture the twine adds to the mood. Very autumn outdoors. The jewel adds a touch of vintage antique that makes it classic.

Here’s another take on the burlap textured look from Pinterest. I would stick to autumn themed colors.

This table number idea I found on Pinterest would also fit in great with the theme. Though instead of numbers, I might use these jars for my guests’ names.

I love this pumpkin candle centerpiece, also from Pinterest. It adds to the “shabby chic” factor with the small sparkle added to the napkin ring seen above.

It also hints at the sparkle to be expected once the winter holiday season kicks off soon!



Sweet Summertime : Part 2

One of my annual summer projects consists of my mother and I cleaning out our closets. While I could bore you with details about organizing and sorting clothes, I’m going to jump ahead to the most exciting part of our cleaning expedition. While cleaning out her project, my mother found an old dress of hers from about the late ’80s to early ’90s. She actually bought it at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City while on vacation.

I couldn’t believe the treasure she uncovered! I immediately asked her if I could have it, and she said yes! I tried it on, and it fit perfectly. It was as if it was waiting for me all those years. I decided to turn it into a DIY sewing project. So far, the only thing I’ve done is remove the ridiculously large shoulder pads. But I’m planning on shortening it, rolling up the sleeves to about mid length, and adding a new belt to make it modern.

What makes this vintage piece even better in my eyes is its bright red color and quirky swirly black dotted pattern. I’ll be sure to post the final results of my new vintage dress.

Stay tuned for part 3!