Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday Tablescaping with Target


Oh what fun it was to tablescape with Target! I was thrilled to be challenged by the Target team to create a holiday table under $200 using fantastic finds from their website and stores!


When I set eyes on this cheerful shatterproof ornament tree, I knew that I had found the perfect centerpiece and inspiration for the rest of my table!  I loved the colors, the classic ornaments and, of course, the touches of glitter!  To add a bit of drama, I perched the tree up on a three tiered pedestal/cake stand for height.  This is such a great purchase for anyone who likes to entertain.  It is so versatile and comes in so handy when serving food as well! I added extra individual ornaments to the other levels and surrounded it with a "wreath" of flowers. 


To spread the nostalgic cheer to each place setting, we added these confetti plates (which look like they are covered in shattered peppermints!) and these charming Vintage Santa melamine plates.


Brightly colored bottle brush trees and ornament place cards tied to the napkins (that, of course, I had to monogram!) topped off each seat.  


I couldn't resist throwing these charming pom pom blankets over the back of each chair as well!


After peeking at the tablescapes, we enjoyed a wonderful meal at a long dramatic table set down the center of the room.


What was the occasion?  We gathered at The Joule Hotel to honor the amazing work of the Just Keep Livin Foundation, founded by Mathew McConaughey and Camilla Alves. JKLivin is an organization that provides a safe place for unsupervised students to gather after school, make new friends, stay positive and stay safe.


But I wan't the only one asked to create a tablescape from Target.  Camilla Alves, who spoke so sincerely about the work the foundation is doing at the dinner, created a charming and playful table with a woodsy feel. 







My talented friend, Camille Styles, came up from Austin to style this gorgeous and fresh table with glimmers of gold and surprising pops of oranges in the centerpiece.




One of Dallas' most charming style bloggers, Amy Havins, of Dallas Wardrobe delighted with this charming and cheerful set up.  I loved the candy cane place card holders!




Merriest Christmas and Happy Hosting from all of us to you!

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Little Girls Gift Guide



My three year old daughter has a long list for Santa this year!  Here is what I hope to wrap under the tree for her!

I want a Vanity Set of my own but I guess I can live vicariously through hers if Santa brings this one!

 Can you think of a better place to curl up with a book than inside this darling TeePee ?

I'm crazy about these I See Me! Personalized Books and I'm ordering them for friends too!

This Princess and the Pea Playset is one of the most charming toys I have ever seen!

I predict hours of fun on this Unicorn on a Stick


My active little one might be able to keep up with her big brother a little better with this Mini Kick Board 

Millie has been playing with (and breaking!) my delicate old lately so I think this more durable Doll House will be worth the investment. 



 I love to get my little ones new Stationery every year and this set is so charming!

I love a toy that feels modern and cool but is educational at the same time!  Can't wait to give her this AlphaBuild Play Set 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Citrus Punch



Christmas Citrus Punch

3 cups of fresh squeezed orange juice
2 cups of fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
¼ cup pomegranate juice
3 cups citrus soda (7-up or Sprite)
orange slices for garnish
cinnamon sticks for garnish


Combine juices in a large serving bowl and chill in refrigerator for at least one hour.  Just before serving, add sparking soda and garnish with orange slices and cinnamon sticks.

photograph by Kelsey Foster Wilson for Kimberly Schlegel Whitman/Sunkist



Sunday, November 27, 2016

Winter Wonderland


I am excited to share my next Chick-fil-A tablescape! I tried to create a table theme that would work for any winter celebration with the little ones. Thanks to Elsa and Anna of Frozen fame, my daughter is as much into blue and silver as my son so this color scheme seemed to be a great place to start!


I covered the top of the child-size table with silver wrapping paper and taped down the edges.  Not only was it shiny and pretty but it was also easy to clean up!  


I took a silver paint pen and drew a tic-tac-toe grid at every corner of the table right on to the wrapping paper and provided a little bowl of buttons for the children to use as their game pieces.  No-mess-fun was the goal and when the buttons and table cover were dirty after the meal, they went right into the trash without a worry! 


I used pipe-cleaners and little silver jingle bells to make some napkin rings.  They added a little bit of sparkle and spirit to the table as the children sat down. I simply made a circle the size of a napkin ring from a silver pipe cleaner and added shorter strands to make a star/snowflake inspired shape.  When I was finished making the shape, I added bells the ends by wrapping the pipe cleaner around the insert of the bell.  No mess or glue or anything!


A little shot of glittery spray paint to some old white bottle brush trees made for an easy centerpiece!  The base of white faux-snow finished off the look and will make the children feel that their table is as special as the adult table!  


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Men's Gift Guide




Monday, November 21, 2016

My Mother's Brandy Alexander



I'm so thrilled to be a part of Lavin Label's Holiday Lookbook! I shared my mother's famous Brandy Alexander Recipe in this wonderful holiday guide.  I hope you will take a stroll her wonderful digital publication filled with gorgeous photography by Kelli Boyd and loads of holiday inspiration! 

My mom makes an amazing Brandy Alexander!  If you haven't had one before, you need to make some and if you have, you should try my mother's recipe!  It is an indulgence for sure!  It is a great night-cap or perfect for a dessert party which my husband and I love to host during the busy holiday season.

1/4 cup Creme de Cacao 
1/3 cup Brandy
1/2 cup Skim Milk
4 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream
Large scoop of Ice

Mix on high in a blender until smooth

Garnish with cinnamon

My mom has been making these for years and makes them all year long.  She serves them on the beach in the summer and in the winter for a snowy winter indulgence.  I hope you will make them this holiday season too!

And don't forget to order your fringe cocktail napkins from my linen line, Halo Home by KSW (as seen in Lavin Label's Lookbook!)




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